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Mar
20
comment Does waiting until the gas cap become faulty cause any damage?
I've been fixing my cars and working overtime at work. Nothing to do with the site.
Mar
12
comment Problem with Temperature rising after 30 minutes of driving?
It's been short trips to work, right at 30 minutes, but today I'm doing an hour on the highway.
Mar
6
comment Problem with Temperature rising after 30 minutes of driving?
On the overflow reservoir I drove it with the cap off for a while. I've done that before and it's worked to push air pockets out of the system.
Jan
18
comment Does waiting until the gas cap become faulty cause any damage?
Good point, but on my car (Mitsubisihi), the leak can be very very slight before the CEL comes on, which is a good thing. Normally, the rule of thumb I go by is when you see a CEL get it checked out and fixed as soon as possible before the problem(s) get more expensive. Ignoring a CEL normally means more work down the road.
Jan
10
comment 1982 Yamaha Virago - Several things are wrong and i'd like to repair myself
It helps keep us from guessing things.
Jan
1
comment Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTI Thermostat replacement?
Please add a picture if you have one that would show the exact location of the housing.
Jan
1
comment 97 Honda Accord won't start after head gasket replacement
Thanks for letting us know what the solution was.
Jan
1
comment Can I buy a used car to learn auto repair & DIY?
Totally agree and yes thank you for adding the in part about risk, which I left out. Getting into a repair that is over your head and having a car that can't run because all the parts are laying over the floor is a bad situation that you want to avoid!
Dec
31
comment Engine idle surging on startup & sputters during acceleration
Are you getting a CEL (check engine light) coming on? You can get a free check for the code(s) at most auto parts stores.
Dec
31
comment 97 Honda Accord won't start after head gasket replacement
What customer service people fail to realize is that customers pay for their salaries. If no one comes to their shop they go out of business! Your car is important because it's your transportation and they should treat it in that regard. You are right about them needing to keep their opinions about your car to themselves.
Dec
30
comment New fuel pump and spark plugs but gas pedal still not responding
Does it do this when you turn both left and right or just one direction? Is it consistent?
Dec
30
comment Does overheating that goes away under high RPMs indicate a sticky thermostat?
If you don't mind replacing the thermostat, that might be a good first try, depending on the mileage and age of the current one. If I suspect a faulty thermostat I will change it if it's old because that is something that seems to go out when you don't want it to. If you are careful you can feel the temp on the two coolant hoses while the car is idling. That is how I can tell if when the thermostat opens up. I would definitely check the radiator fans as a possibility too.
Dec
30
comment My 94 Toyota 4runner doesn't seem to gain speed even while I'm flooring the gas pedal…whats the issue and how can I fix it?
You need to give more details on the symptoms here, otherwise we could guess dozens of things. How was it running before you did the change?
Dec
28
comment Can I buy a used car to learn auto repair & DIY?
Knowledge of PC's doesn't carry over much to cars, except for the electronics, if you know that well it could possibly help.
Dec
25
comment Can I buy a used car to learn auto repair & DIY?
I would ask, what is the reason why you are wanting to do this? Is it to save money or because you are wanting to start it as a hobby or you are eventually going into the field as a mechanic? etc... That would help us with the right answer to the question.
Dec
25
comment How to install a California oxygen sensor into a federal catalytic converter assembly?
It took lots of searches on Google, but Yes I was happy when I found it and I would have, but I wasn't sure if it would all fit in the page.
Dec
13
comment 08 Prius, New battery. Still dead
Can you give more information about the symptoms? Like is there a click when you turn the key? I've heard of issues with the ignition module that could cause this, but we need more details.
Dec
4
comment Cleaning fuel injectors with a pressurized can?
So running off a can isn't an option? I had seen some videos on you-tube and they said it works better than adding cleaner to your tank.
Dec
4
comment Cleaning fuel injectors with a pressurized can?
I'm assuming it's the injectors as putting cleaner in the tank gives a temporary solution. Spark plugs, maf, and air filters are well maintained.
Dec
4
comment Cleaning fuel injectors with a pressurized can?
I added two cans of cleaner when I had about a 1/4 tank of gas. That is what cleaned it out well the last time.