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Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
15
comment Should rotors with rust on the rims but not the faces be replaced along with the pads?
Obviously you don't have to commute in traffic. I have to haul my car down from 65-70 to 15-20 at least a couple dozen times on my way to or from work, every day. If your car's reasonably chunky (mine's a 2001 A4) it really doesn't take long to eat up a set of front pads.
Jul
11
comment Coolant spills out of the overflow tank at high pressure
If it's the head gasket, you'll probably have coolant in your oil. If so, then you need to fix it sooner rather than later, as diluting the oil will lead to bearing failure and other expensive things.
Jun
4
comment Honda Loses All Power, but Starts Back Up
What do you mean by "flashers come on" -- the flashers suddenly start flashing, or it's possible to use the hazard flashers even when the car won't start? Have you tried using a code reader to see if there are any fault codes?
Jun
4
answered During accelerating, tachometer needle increased, but speed needle does not increase until RPM hits over 2
Jun
4
comment Mercedes Benz ML320 Faulty Power Steering whine?
@SpYk3HH: You can jack up the front end, start the engine and then turn the wheels left and right. If the noise is still there, then it's probably the pump. Have you checked the belt for glazing or cracks? Could it be slipping? Sorry, trying to diagnose engine sounds without being able to hear the sound is a skill I don't possess.
Jun
4
answered Loss of power to the sound system. Can it be the ground?
Mar
8
awarded  Yearling
Jan
17
comment truck will not start
I'd also check the ground cable where it attaches to the frame. Every time I've had an issue where the engine wouldn't crank, it was the battery or the ground cable.
Jan
17
comment In the -20F temperatures last week my temperature gauge was stuck under the 1/4 mark. Heating was also affected
I've wired cardboard flaps to my radiator when the temps get down below zero. Cheap, easy, and works like a charm!
Jan
17
comment Should rotors with rust on the rims but not the faces be replaced along with the pads?
In most modern cars, the rotors are so thin that they can't be resurfaced without making the rotor thickness fall below the minimum. My 2001 A4 usually needs new ones every other pad change (with factory pads). On my wife's Grand Caravan, the front rotors need to be changed every time you change the pads. They also tend to warp if you get them too hot, don't get me started on that!
Jun
7
answered How to know when automatic-transmission box needs to be changed?
Jun
7
answered Car making a groaning sound when it moves?
Jun
7
comment 2000 Chevy Camaro starts, idles low around 1000 rpms for 4 or 5 seconds before dying
How's the acceleration? It sounds like you might have a dirty air filter or an obstruction in the air intake. How does the car perform once it's warm?
Jun
3
comment Why did my car stall when I used the foot brake?
Keep in mind it's not just an increase in load, but also a reduction in engine RPM. When your engine slows down during braking, your alternator output drops. So you're drawing more current from the battery, and putting less back.
Jun
3
comment When do brake rotors really need to be replaced?
I just did the front brakes on my car this weekend, and I noticed that the allowable rotor wear was only 2mm. I think resurfacing them after a normal amount of wear would probably take them over the limit. I tend to just replace them every other pad change -- they're not that expensive, considering how important they are.
Mar
8
awarded  Yearling
Oct
1
answered Cooling fans not running
Sep
26
answered 1999 Honda Civic CNG, Flashing check engine light
Sep
26
answered Hesitation and backfiring on sudden acelleration when warm