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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
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.
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
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.
Sep
4
comment 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Disc Brake Conversion
Disc brakes don't grip well when they get wet, which can be a problem when off-roading. Their advantages (self-adjusting, easier to service, less fade when hot) more than make up for this, though.
Jul
25
comment 2003 Ford Escort ZX2 has creaky steering
You could ask someone to check to see if they need to be lubed. Another possibility is your sway bar. If your bushings are starting to get hard or worn, they could creak as the weight transfers to one end. You should be able to check this by pushing down on the left front corner of the car. If it creaks or groans, that may be your culprit.
Jul
23
comment Uneven rotation sounds when my car gets to 50-60 MPH
@BobCross: Before balancing a new tire, they will remove all the old weights. I've never been to a place that cleaned off the old weight adhesive.
Jul
23
comment What is the life expectancy of a Honda Civic Hybrid Continuously Variable Transmission?
@BrianKnoblauch: Speaking as a former Civic Hybrid owner, there isn't a lot of power available to put down! This is pretty clearly a case of "provocative maintenance".
Jul
23
comment Audi A4 '05 strange electrical problem?
I remember it was fairly common in Paris for cars on narrow streets to park with two wheels on the sidewalk. Drivers there usually parked with their side lights on.
Jun
29
comment Why does my engine perform poorly and get bad gas mileage after using fuel injector cleaner?
I wonder how much of it was the new plugs. If you have a lot of build-up on your intake valves, when the fuel system cleaner dissolves it you can wind up with fouled plugs (and sticky exhaust valves). Normally this makes the car run rough, but modern ECUs and high-voltage ignition systems may be able to smooth that out. Glad you got it fixed!
Jun
29
comment Is it feasible to Turbo a NA engine while maintaining 87 AKI octane fuel use?
My car's engine has 10.9:1 CR, and the manual makes a big point of saying that the use of gasoline with an octane rating below 91 is strongly discouraged.
Mar
29
comment If one coil spring needs replacing, do I need to replace both?
I'd also add that if one has failed, then you've transferred a good deal of its load to the other one, placing it under higher stress. Another good reason to replace both.
Mar
29
comment Does a car lose its pickup with age?
Almost any car with close to 200K miles on it is going to have lost some performance. Engine deposits, mechanical wear, leaky seals, faulty/failing sensors -- all these things accumulate over time. As you say, they can all be fixed, but there will be performance loss. Old engines used to require a rebuild at 100K miles, new ones probably just need a new set of injectors, new sensors, new coil (or coil packs)/plugs/wires and a good MAF cleaning. Catalytic converters get plugged too, but they're kind of expensive so I don't know if I'd replace one unless it was known bad.
Mar
9
comment Why don't my wipers clean the windshield very well?
FWIW, I've had problems with smearing when I changed my wipers and applied Rain-X at the same time. I'd recommend cleaning your windshield and applying the Rain-X first, then replace the wipers after the next rainstorm.