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Alchemist
05-15-2009, 08:48 AM
oil pressure
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=80620

honda stalling at light
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=80599

buick 455
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=80563

suburban stalled.
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=80528

volvo xc70
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=80432

malibu
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=80633

silver_fox
05-17-2009, 11:55 AM
Kramer 427, a torque converter will not work, it will not fit, buy an automatic.

silver_fox
05-17-2009, 11:57 AM
:lol:
i want to take the standard clutch out of his truck and put in an automatic torque converter so he doesn't stall out at every intersection and burn through 3 clutches a year, would the torque converter work with the standard tranny?

kramer 427
05-19-2009, 11:21 AM
anyways, does anyone know how many quarts of oil an 84 rx-7 will hold?

scourgeofomnius
05-27-2009, 04:02 AM
So I now have a white smoke problem emanating from my tailpipe. I know this is usually bad. Could mean Blown Head Gasket or Cracked block. And neon are notorious for Blowing the Head Gasket. Here is my particular problem.

It will smoke while idling(even in warm weather) and has a new oily smell(no sweet smelling antifreeze, thank god). No antifreeze in the oil. As soon as I step on the accelerator the smoke dissipates. It is not black smoke so I think it is not a leaky fuel injector.
Could I have a valve problem or something?

Alchemist
05-28-2009, 05:58 AM
lesabre miss
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81141

santa fe electrical issue
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81198

ts87
05-30-2009, 03:49 PM
Car: 2000 Honda Civic EX, 1.6L 127 hp I4, 4-Speed Automatic Overdrive,

Problem: My engine is overheating. Whenever I drive in stop-and-go traffic for 30-45+ minutes my car starts to overheat -- in cold weather, hot weather, with the air conditioner on or off, with the air vent on or off (although, I’ve noticed that driving with the air vents on the blue/cool setting will make the car overheat faster than if I dive with the ac on).

Additional Info:
The temperature gauge will almost immediately return to near-normal levels upon turning my heater on. The car doesn't overheat with freeway driving.

My timing belt was just replaced. I have no blockages in the hoses. The hoses are new. The thermostat was also just replaced. The radiator has been flushed. The coolant mixture is balanced to the correct levels and does not fluctuate when my car overheats. My oil levels do fluctuate, however: when my car overheats, the oil levels drop. I don’t have an oil leak, nor is their any sign of water mixing with my oil (i.e. a murky gray film or color on the underside of the oil filler cap) nor does my car begin to smoke or let off steam when it overheats.

The fan seems to be working (when idling, the car will heat up, but the fan will turn on when the temp gauge climbs about to the mid point -- cooling the engine back to the normal temp. However, when I drive in stop/go traffic, the temp gauge climbs to the highest point, and will only drop once I turn on the heater on full blast), but my mechanic still thinks that my fan switch may be the problem. I just had the 100k tune-up.

Knowing absolutely nothing about cars, I asked my mechanic about the possibility of a blown, cracked, or otherwise damaged head gasket (which seems to be the consensus diagnoses in other forums dealing with similar issues) -- he scoffed and said that wasn't the problem. Hopefully, he’s right. That would be a huge kick in the pants.

Anyone have any idea why my car is overheating?

Thanks.

crimson487
05-31-2009, 12:37 PM
wats up guys

im working on a project rite now and the front brakes r locked in so i cant move the car
i took one of the brakes off and as i was working on the other brake my friend had 2 leave and took his jack with him, but then i realized that the wheel wasn't straight back on the mount, can this do any bad damage to the car?
i do need new wheels regardless tho

rice400
05-31-2009, 09:18 PM
Car: 2000 Honda Civic EX, 1.6L 127 hp I4, 4-Speed Automatic Overdrive,

Problem: My engine is overheating. Whenever I drive in stop-and-go traffic for 30-45+ minutes my car starts to overheat -- in cold weather, hot weather, with the air conditioner on or off, with the air vent on or off (although, I’ve noticed that driving with the air vents on the blue/cool setting will make the car overheat faster than if I dive with the ac on).

Additional Info:
The temperature gauge will almost immediately return to near-normal levels upon turning my heater on. The car doesn't overheat with freeway driving.

My timing belt was just replaced. I have no blockages in the hoses. The hoses are new. The thermostat was also just replaced. The radiator has been flushed. The coolant mixture is balanced to the correct levels and does not fluctuate when my car overheats. My oil levels do fluctuate, however: when my car overheats, the oil levels drop. I don’t have an oil leak, nor is their any sign of water mixing with my oil (i.e. a murky gray film or color on the underside of the oil filler cap) nor does my car begin to smoke or let off steam when it overheats.

The fan seems to be working (when idling, the car will heat up, but the fan will turn on when the temp gauge climbs about to the mid point -- cooling the engine back to the normal temp. However, when I drive in stop/go traffic, the temp gauge climbs to the highest point, and will only drop once I turn on the heater on full blast), but my mechanic still thinks that my fan switch may be the problem. I just had the 100k tune-up.

Knowing absolutely nothing about cars, I asked my mechanic about the possibility of a blown, cracked, or otherwise damaged head gasket (which seems to be the consensus diagnoses in other forums dealing with similar issues) -- he scoffed and said that wasn't the problem. Hopefully, he’s right. That would be a huge kick in the pants.

Anyone have any idea why my car is overheating?

Thanks.

was it overheating before u replaced the thermostat

Alchemist
06-02-2009, 06:00 AM
amigo tapping
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81476

Alchemist
06-05-2009, 11:11 AM
cavalier
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81564

stalls in drive
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81565

awd speed sensor codes
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81588

hvac blend
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81616

ford escort
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81676

s10 fuel pump
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81690

daewoo starter
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81692

GM transmission
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81729

fiji_fury
06-07-2009, 06:59 PM
I have a 2000 Camaro 3.8L, and the problem is that when I put the car in neutral and turn at low speeds while braking the car shuts off. There is no sputtering or stalling noises made. Also the oil pressure gauge goes to 0. The car stars right up though after this happens. This has happened 3 times so far and I am thinking it might be the fuel or power steering pump, but those are just guesses. Just wondering if anyone else knows what the problem is? Thanks for the help.

Xero
06-07-2009, 07:38 PM
Why would you put the car into neutral? is it a stick or automatic? Sound electrical to me. You turn and wires touch and short out.

fiji_fury
06-07-2009, 08:16 PM
Its a manual.

Alchemist
06-10-2009, 05:29 AM
cougar running issues
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81755

sale electrical issue
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81775

radio antenna
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81885

saturn running issue
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81883

impala power windows
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81843

thunderbird shuts off
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81944

cavalier gas leak
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81948

fuel tank
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81965

Alchemist
06-12-2009, 07:33 AM
4wd vibration
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=81999

abs hydraulic control valve
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82056

FirstCarBuyer
06-14-2009, 06:29 PM
looking to buy a used 2002 base rsx. it was in an accident in 2004
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82097

Alchemist
06-15-2009, 05:06 AM
coolant leak
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82098


speedometer works but odometer doesn't
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82183

Alchemist
06-16-2009, 03:47 AM
coolant leak
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82098


speedometer works but odometer doesn't
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82183
fluctuating idle
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82198

Alchemist
06-17-2009, 03:58 AM
lesabre miss when cold
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82271

99 eclipse
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82253

multiple trouble codes
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82251

emmittgator
06-18-2009, 08:47 AM
I have a scooter, 2007 honda ruckus, bout to change the oil myself, want to make sure i can use what i bought. i bought pennzoil sae 10w-30. am i suppose to use oil deignated for motorcycles?

Alchemist
06-19-2009, 07:34 AM
I have a scooter, 2007 honda ruckus, bout to change the oil myself, want to make sure i can use what i bought. i bought pennzoil sae 10w-30. am i suppose to use oil deignated for motorcycles?
use whatever the owner's manual tells you to use. should be Pro Honda GN4 or equivalent.

i would use oil formulated for motorcycles.


In general, motorcycle oils have:

* Additive packages balanced differently for motorcycle engine and transmission operation. For passenger vehicles, fuel economy and emission system protection are higher priorities. These require low phosphorus systems and the use of friction modifiers. Motorcycle oils do not require friction modifiers for fuel economy and for better clutch friction less/no friction modifier is optimum. Motorcycle oils allow the use of higher levels of antiwear additives such as ZDDP (phosphorous).


Mobil 1 Racing 4T 10W-40 is designed for sport bikes. Most of these bikes have multi-cylinder/multi-valve engines and use a common sump, which means the engine oil lubricates the engine, transmission and wet clutch. So unlike Mobil 1 for cars, Mobil 1 Racing 4T 10W-40 has no friction modifiers, which could lead to clutch slippage.

The motorcycle oil also has more phosphorus/zinc for enhanced wear protection at high engine speeds and high loads.

In addition, Mobil 1 Racing 4T 10W-40 has a high performance dispersant/detergent technology for better high-temperature performance and engine cleanliness. Mobil 1 Racing 4T 10W-40 is also offered in a different viscosity grade than Mobil 1 for passenger cars.

Alchemist
06-19-2009, 07:34 AM
CEL p0401 code
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82330

emmittgator
06-19-2009, 09:59 PM
I have a honda civic hatchback, automatic,1996 just reached 200,000 miles, keeps overheating, and radiator loses water, but the radiator itself doesnt seem to have a leak.

turbodreamswrx
06-19-2009, 10:24 PM
I have a honda civic hatchback, automatic,1996 just reached 200,000 miles, keeps overheating, and radiator loses water, but the radiator itself doesnt seem to have a leak.

did you do anything to the car prior to it overheating? Did you run dry with the coolant? Can you physically see the fluid leaking? Could be a blown line. I'd check for a blown coolant line, if there physically isn't any leaks. I'd try and flush the system and try and get rid of all air that's in it, as well as changing the thermostat.

emmittgator
06-20-2009, 03:35 PM
i can see the coolant boiling in the reservoir. thermostat is good because the return hose is hot. and no, there is no leakage that i can find, other than it steaming out of the reservoir.

cbo0485
06-20-2009, 08:07 PM
My wife has a base model 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse. It's the 2.4L L4 engine, automatic transmission.

The other day she was at a stop, making a turn, and didn't see a pothole and hit it pretty hard and she said she heard it hit the under part of her car. It was the front right tire that hit the pot hole.

Not sure if it's related, but now about a week and a half later it's making a rattle noise. It's not a very consistent rattle, like it doesn't only happen when you rev the engine, and it doesn't only happen when the car is idle. One thing I noticed, is it happens more when the air conditioner is on. She also mentioned that on her way to work today that the car shook quite a bit when she accelerated, and it shook enough that it made her nervous getting on the highway and she didn't want to go over 55mph.

Any insight on what it may be would be great, grant it I'm probably going to have to take it to a dealership either way b/c I'm not very mechanically inclined, I'm just hoping it's okay for her to drive until we are able to.

Alchemist
06-23-2009, 05:22 AM
low oil pressure at idle
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82403

trans. valve body
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82405

lights remain on when switched off
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82448

Alchemist
06-25-2009, 04:59 AM
gm 3.4 timing
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82527

cavalier electrical
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82570

DTC P0500 VSS Sensor bank 1
P0600 TCM TO ECM Communication line problem
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82572

FirstCarBuyer
06-27-2009, 04:13 PM
I'm looking to buy my first car and saw a 2001 Toyota Celica with 208,811 miles for $4,500. My first thought was that the owner probably took very good care of it since it reached that many miles, but then I started to worry that it is near the end of it's life. What are your thoughts on this?

rice400
06-28-2009, 08:37 AM
I'm looking to buy my first car and saw a 2001 Toyota Celica with 208,811 miles for $4,500. My first thought was that the owner probably took very good care of it since it reached that many miles, but then I started to worry that it is near the end of it's life. What are your thoughts on this?

too many miles for $4,500

Alchemist
06-29-2009, 05:35 AM
mazda 323 head gasket
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82693

76 gmc with dual fuel tanks
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82697

key cylinder
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82728

tahoe cuts off
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82744

edelbrock kickdown
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82753

aram323
06-29-2009, 10:39 PM
I have a 2004 MB E320.

If I turn the air-conditioner up too fast, it just completely turns off. Then I need to wait like 10 minutes or turn the ignition off or w.e. to get it to work again, basically play with it. Honestly, I don't really use the air-conditioner that much, I usually just open the windows, could that be the cause?

Also, maybe once to twice a month when I'm driving and have my foot off the brake, but not pressing the gas, the car starts like shaking back and forth. It's actually a weird feel, it just like spazzes out back and forth really fast, then goes back to normal. Like I said, this is a rare occurrence, but happens.

Another thing is sometimes after pressing down on the brake and then taking my foot off, but still placed on the brake, I can feel the brake pedal shaking and there's a noise. It like shakes and there's like a buzzing sound for a few seconds and then it goes away.

I bought this car used with 50,000 miles on it and from the beginning till now, it's had these problems. It seems as I've owned the car longer the last 2 problems have happened less.

Can anyone provide any insight?

nemoo
07-01-2009, 04:42 PM
I own a 1998 Dodge Stratus. About a month ago I had the brakes fixed and while I was there they told me I needed my belts replaced. I didn't have the cash at the time so I held off.

Yesterday when I got home from work there was a really nasty burnt rubber smell and I looked under the hood but couldn't really find the source (I'm a car noob)

Today on the way home the a/c was blowing ice cold as always and then it just went to neutral air in the snap of your fingers.

I'm assuming it's just the belt but how do I know for sure? I looked and both belts appear intact... I'm not really sure what to do to test this or how to replace it. There's a LOT of stuff blocking me from getting to the belt.

They wanted to charge me $200 to replace the belts before. Do you think that's a bit outrageous? Is that even the problem why the A/C quit working?

Xero
07-01-2009, 05:03 PM
feel the underside of the belt. There should be ridges under it. Sounds like the belt is old and stretching and not gripping like it should. Also check the idler pulley and tensioner. Doing the belt is a $50 job yourself....

Alchemist
07-02-2009, 03:07 AM
600 cfm performer
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82946

jeep 4.0 throttle body
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82950

geo transmission
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82956

lumina, no headlights
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82875

Alchemist
07-03-2009, 08:03 AM
280z cold start
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83084

blazer slave cylinder
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83088

olds 442
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=82914

soccerlover7
07-03-2009, 07:20 PM
I recently purchased a 1994 Honda Civic LX. When I originally bought the vehilce, the previous owner was running a stock exhaust system with no catalytic converter. I wasnt concerned because I had intentions on replacing the whole exhaust system anyways. I bought headers, a resignator, hi flow cat and a muffler. I took these parts to the muffler shop and im pretty sure they put 3" piping in between. At the time I didnt even know that they had different pipe sizes and that it made a difference. Now i'm not exactly sure if my exhaust system is the problem but my car is extremely low on power. I can barely get up hills. In fact I cant gain any speed up hills all my spedometer does is drop along with my rpms..even when I switch into a lower gear I still cant get up them. And its not only big hills its any slope thats not level and i mean ANY. Its ridiculous because if im at a stoplight and i try to accelerate normally my car will just run backwards until i get up into the 4000 rpm range and then it will slowly make its way up but only when I ride the clutch! Please someone help me. Could this be because of my exhaust system or is there another underlying problem. And what are my options in fixing the issue.

Alchemist
07-06-2009, 04:43 AM
stuck in reverse
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83122

firebird misfire
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83127

Alchemist
07-06-2009, 04:44 AM
I recently purchased a 1994 Honda Civic LX. When I originally bought the vehilce, the previous owner was running a stock exhaust system with no catalytic converter. I wasnt concerned because I had intentions on replacing the whole exhaust system anyways. I bought headers, a resignator, hi flow cat and a muffler. I took these parts to the muffler shop and im pretty sure they put 3" piping in between. At the time I didnt even know that they had different pipe sizes and that it made a difference. Now i'm not exactly sure if my exhaust system is the problem but my car is extremely low on power. I can barely get up hills. In fact I cant gain any speed up hills all my spedometer does is drop along with my rpms..even when I switch into a lower gear I still cant get up them. And its not only big hills its any slope thats not level and i mean ANY. Its ridiculous because if im at a stoplight and i try to accelerate normally my car will just run backwards until i get up into the 4000 rpm range and then it will slowly make its way up but only when I ride the clutch! Please someone help me. Could this be because of my exhaust system or is there another underlying problem. And what are my options in fixing the issue.
3" is too damn big.

Alchemist
07-07-2009, 05:28 AM
malibu no start
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83194

nissan transmission
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83195

Alchemist
07-08-2009, 05:37 AM
GM gear selector
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83217

Alchemist
07-09-2009, 05:32 AM
e4od trans. speedo doesn't work
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83263

gsx resurface head
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?goto=lastpost&t=82054

blower relay
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83257

Alchemist
07-10-2009, 08:35 AM
sentra crank sensor
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83326


300zx
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83334

zeig
07-11-2009, 08:11 PM
i have a 2001 mits ecplise.

when i turn on my airconditioning i hear random vibrating that is too loud to be normal, it comes and goes, and i didnt have it a few months ago.

Alchemist
07-13-2009, 05:46 AM
starter shims
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83434

saturn trans.
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83457

taurus transmission
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83373

continental low on power
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83380

zeig
07-13-2009, 09:37 PM
huh..?

Alchemist
07-14-2009, 05:33 AM
i have a 2001 mits ecplise.

when i turn on my airconditioning i hear random vibrating that is too loud to be normal, it comes and goes, and i didnt have it a few months ago.
do you hear the vibrating with different fan speeds, and the a/c off?

could either be the blower motor or a/c clutch on the compressor

Alchemist
07-14-2009, 05:34 AM
cadillac vacuum lines
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83512

GM 3.4 engine
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83533

blower fan doesn't work on highest setting
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83534

zeig
07-14-2009, 09:02 AM
do you hear the vibrating with different fan speeds, and the a/c off?

could either be the blower motor or a/c clutch on the compressor

idk about the fan speeds, ill listen today and getback to you, but when the AC is off it stops

emmittgator
07-14-2009, 10:54 PM
is this a scam or would the chip actually do what it claims?
http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=96+civic+performance&_sacat=0&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313&_dmpt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&_odkw=96+civic+interior&_osacat=0

emmittgator
07-14-2009, 10:55 PM
sry it didnt let me link the whole ting but its the 8th down and starts with +20 hp gain

zeig
07-17-2009, 08:55 PM
do you hear the vibrating with different fan speeds, and the a/c off?

could either be the blower motor or a/c clutch on the compressor

vibrates no matter speed and with the a/c off it doesnt vibrate

Trajik
07-17-2009, 09:28 PM
is this a scam or would the chip actually do what it claims?
http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=96+civic+performance&_sacat=0&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313&_dmpt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&_odkw=96+civic+interior&_osacat=0



all that chip or resistor from radio shack does is trick you computer in thinking its still in cold start mode. you know when you start your car and it idles higher. that what it does always. you could make it yourself. And no, 20 hp my a$$

Alchemist
07-20-2009, 05:40 AM
mercury transmission
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83563

GM v6 in trooper
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83642

isuzu
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83677

honda electrical issues
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83678

rear hatch
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83714

Alchemist
07-21-2009, 05:38 AM
stalling with a/c on
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83814

no start when warm
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83820

oldsmobile overheating
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83825

Houty_83
07-21-2009, 03:47 PM
i know a catylitic converter might not be installed, but what else do i need to look for. And how much might it cost to have all the parts installed, if need be?

Houty_83
07-21-2009, 03:48 PM
if anyone can answer this ?, please do.

turbodreamswrx
07-21-2009, 03:55 PM
depends on the state..What state are you trying to pass for? Some states don't require you to pass emissions on any cars over a certain year, esp it being a 1979

Alchemist
07-22-2009, 05:14 AM
jimmy misfiring
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83853

chevy pickup oil leak
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83843

msymills
07-22-2009, 08:31 AM
I have a question. When my 2005 Scion XA gets up to 50 it feels like my tire is almost flat. I hope that makes sense. It's hard for me to describe it. And the wheel kinda vibrates. I just recently put air in my tire, could it be maybe I piut too much air in the back tire?

VertigoPills
07-22-2009, 02:28 PM
I have a question. When my 2005 Scion XA gets up to 50 it feels like my tire is almost flat. I hope that makes sense. It's hard for me to describe it. And the wheel kinda vibrates. I just recently put air in my tire, could it be maybe I piut too much air in the back tire?

Wheel vibration could indicate a wheel balance or alignment issue, bearing issue, and/or suspension issue. Most likely its wheel alignment/balance, check that first.

Alchemist
07-24-2009, 05:11 AM
honda accord running problem
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83902

eagle summit dies randomly
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83913

buick ultra electrical
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83910

removing driveshaft
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83938

truck shaking
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83957

Alchemist
07-27-2009, 05:37 AM
gm 3.4 idles too high
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=83995

engine dies when shifting to drive
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84017

whirring noise
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84038

escort running issue
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84047

Disturbedkid
07-28-2009, 04:36 PM
2001 Malibu 3.1 stock car is running at 220 and is constant coolant gets hot and boils out the bottle. Closed system and the hoses are empty little to no flow in them. Brand new thermostat in it yesterday and I tested it before putting it in. Exhaust has no sign of coolant and intake is dry as a bone and other than the bottle puking no visible leaks. Can't be air bubbles either it's been bled for about 2 hours straight today.

Disturbedkid
07-28-2009, 04:50 PM
2001 Malibu 3.1 Stock. New thermostat in it as of 7-27-09. Car is driveable and runs at a constant of 220 degrees. Hoses arent carrying coolant, and the coolant is puking back out the bottle. It is a closed system. Exhaust has not signs of water/ coolant coming out and intake is dry as a bone no sign of leaks anywhere other than the bottle. Water pump is not seized and makes no grinding noises or anything of the sort. Car is taking coolant in getting it to the point of boiling and then just puking it back out the bottle.

78 dodge d100
07-30-2009, 08:48 AM
how hard is it for a novice/intermediate car guy to replace the power steering gearbox and pump on a 1978 dodge d100 5.2 L V8 318? could some one give me a quick walk through?

HONSER12
08-02-2009, 04:06 PM
I have a 97 f150 5.4 i removed the alternator but cant get the tension loose to re-install new alternator. how do i release the tension??

SneekTip
08-02-2009, 07:06 PM
1992 Toyota Camry
When turning the wheel all the way and riding it makes click noises

like this.. tiik tikk tiklkkk tikkkk tikkk

this only happens when u turn, im sure what the problem is, and i've checked it out, might be the axle.

anyone know?

Deano
08-02-2009, 07:22 PM
Sounds like your CV joints are popping. Might need to get under there and check them out.

SneekTip
08-02-2009, 07:33 PM
Sounds like your CV joints are popping. Might need to get under there and check them out.

replace them?

or fix them?

Deano
08-02-2009, 07:35 PM
Depends on what's wrong with them. You might be able to get a new boot and just re-seat it yourself. If it's in bad condition, you might want to think about replacing it. I've re-seated a set once. Not that difficult once you actually get it off the car. Get a second opinion before you go ripping shit apart, though. I'm no mechanic, I'm just telling you what I think it sounds like.

rice400
08-02-2009, 09:25 PM
replace them?

or fix them?
take it to a mechanic and have them replace that half axle

SneekTip
08-03-2009, 07:50 AM
take it to a mechanic and have them replace that half axle


ok, but why just the half axle?

i can get parts for cheap or better for free so can't i just change the whole axle?

srogers50
08-06-2009, 08:35 AM
I posted a thread about a crankshaft pulley bolt on a 2000 Tacoma 5vz-fe engine, I cant get to pop loose, I've tried a breaker bar, impact wrench (400 ft lbs. torque) sledge and cheater bar, i don't know what else to do do i need a more powerful impact?

Alchemist
08-12-2009, 05:57 AM
galant will not idle
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84565

accord will not shift out of 2nd
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84579

town car, replacing heater core
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84691

sonoma vapor canister
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84702

chrysler a/c
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84725

rcracin2
08-12-2009, 07:01 AM
K, 1977 FORD F100 302 with c4 auto trans, trans wont go into any gear except reverse. first started going into 1,2,3 slowly, like slipping a clutch in a manual, but when it went in it would not slip a bit and the rest of the day it would go right in gear, only did this first time after sitting all night. now it wont do anything except reverse. changed filter and fluid and no change. any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

Alchemist
08-14-2009, 08:41 AM
carbed 383 ignition issues
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84805

shifter plate
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84790

astro van trans
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84788

Alchemist
08-17-2009, 05:39 AM
skylark coil pack
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84854

windstar problems when cold
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84887

tahoe mystery wire
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84877

rebuilding a ps pump
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84871

doubled
08-17-2009, 06:33 AM
****QUESTION****
I have a 2000 ML 320 Mercedes. For a period of 2 months it will start right up than it won't for 2 months meaning that I will start it, it will turn over and time out. Than when I start it again, it fires right up! What gives? Is it time to replace my fuel filter? I just has the fuel sensor replaced. Is replacing the fuel filter something that should be pretty easy and inexpensive.
Thank you for your help and replies.
DDD

cthenke1999
08-17-2009, 10:29 AM
Dies at idle or driving down road. I did put fuel pressure gauge on it today found when it dies lose all fuel pressure when it sputters. replaced fuel filter and pump with pickup screen 13 months ago.

Alchemist
08-18-2009, 04:29 AM
shift solenoid
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84927

ranger uses too much fuel
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84940

runs hot with a/c on
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84941

Alchemist
08-19-2009, 05:17 AM
mercedes stalls
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84984

cracked 4x4 hub
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84987

isuzu running issue
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84968

74 roadrunner heads
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85003

vw no power to fuel pump
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85026

elementofice
08-22-2009, 12:53 PM
Hi I have a 1995 Mazda MPV with a little less than 120k miles on it. I just took it in for an oil change and the mechanic at Speedee Oil Change and Tune Up said that I needed to flush my transmission fluid. They would charge me $99 so I decided to go online and do some research. I found that people say if the fluid is dark then its dead and flushing would be useless. I wanted to confirm this statement. I checked my transmission fluid and it is certainly brown, wouldn't say its really dark brown but like coffee color brown, also no signs of any tar or speckles on it, just looks like plain brown fluid. So in this case, should I still get my transmission flushed or is it dead?

The mechanic also said I had a valve cover gasket leaking and also wanted to charge me for fixing this, but I again was a bit skeptical. Would they really be able to fix the problem by either replacing it or plugging up the leaks?

Some other symptoms I've been experiencing: the car vibrates alot (especially the passenger seat area) when I'm stopped at a red light. When I'm driving the vehicle (at w/e speed) the vibrations are much less noticeable, but there is a bit. THe mechanic told me this has to do with the engine or something; he wasn't too clear.

Also when I turned on the A/C for once in like a year (A/C is fine, its cold) it seems to put some strain on the vehicle, like I feel the engine is a bit weaker or something, it's struggling a bit more to keep the A/C on and the engine running.

Also I plan to drive this van for about 6 hrs/340 miles~ from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA in about a week or two. Now with these problems my van has would that be possible? Of course I would be bringing lots of water and coolant to keep the radiator in check.

rice400
08-22-2009, 01:10 PM
i would get your transmission fluid changed soon. the vibration when stopped at a light could be caused by a low idle causing the engine/car to shake excessively. the engine maybe a little weaker with the ac on because it takes some power from the engine to run the ac compressor

elementofice
08-22-2009, 10:46 PM
i would get your transmission fluid changed soon. the vibration when stopped at a light could be caused by a low idle causing the engine/car to shake excessively. the engine maybe a little weaker with the ac on because it takes some power from the engine to run the ac compressor
so do you mean that my transmission isnt dead and that the problem will be fixed by flushing the transmission fluid?

Also, what's your take on driving the van for 6 hrs/340 miles? Do you think it is possible with the condition my car is in now?

rice400
08-23-2009, 11:50 AM
just cause its brown doesn't neccessarily means its dead, it just needs to be changed soon (the fluid). i would recommend taking it to a general mechanic or a transmission shop instead of a jiffy luby kind of place to get the fluid changed. while at the mechanic have them check and see whats possibly causing it to shake so much. my guess is a vacuum leak is causing it to idle low and shake the car

elementofice
08-23-2009, 12:18 PM
just cause its brown doesn't neccessarily means its dead, it just needs to be changed soon (the fluid). i would recommend taking it to a general mechanic or a transmission shop instead of a jiffy luby kind of place to get the fluid changed. while at the mechanic have them check and see whats possibly causing it to shake so much. my guess is a vacuum leak is causing it to idle low and shake the car
what do u mean by jiffy lube kind of place, are they known for being bad at fixing cars or something? also have you heard of speedee oil change, do you think it would be fine doing it there?

lastly what do you think about driving the van for 6 hrs? is it doable?

rice400
08-23-2009, 12:49 PM
the employees aren't trained well and are prone to screwing stuff up. i would much rather take my car to a certified mechanic, but thats my opinion.

speedee oil change might be ok. i'm not familiar with them but according to their website they seem to be an actual auto repair place that does more than change oil and clean windows:)

u would probably be ok on the trip

elementofice
08-24-2009, 11:18 AM
so i called speedee and asked them about the tramission fluid problem. they said in addition to flushing the fluid they would also clean the tramission filter. now should i just get the fluid flush and let them clean the filter or find a place that will flush the fluid and replace the filter (if its necessary)?

rice400
08-24-2009, 11:32 AM
i would have them replace the filter

centervilledon
08-27-2009, 09:14 AM
This is not a reply (sorry) but I have a question about a car and don't know how or where to post it. My daughter's 1998 pontiac Bonneville occasionally won't start. Sometimes when she goes to start it, the motor will chug along for 20 or so seconds before smoothing out, and then run smoothly. If it fails to start after several attempts she has to wait for a long period of time before it will start. Usually it takes from 1/2 hour to 1 hour as if it were flooded. The plugs and wires plus 1 coil are new. I have added injector cleaner a couple of times also. It is a beater so she doesn't want to pour in a lot of money. Does anyone know what could be happening here? Centervilledon

Alchemist
08-28-2009, 06:02 AM
2004 gm hvac problem
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85313

oldsmovile shifting problem
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85317

dodge avenger
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85352

electrical problems after changing spark plugs
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85385

chrysler 4.7 ticking
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85387

rice400
08-28-2009, 08:04 AM
This is not a reply (sorry) but I have a question about a car and don't know how or where to post it. My daughter's 1998 pontiac Bonneville occasionally won't start. Sometimes when she goes to start it, the motor will chug along for 20 or so seconds before smoothing out, and then run smoothly. If it fails to start after several attempts she has to wait for a long period of time before it will start. Usually it takes from 1/2 hour to 1 hour as if it were flooded. The plugs and wires plus 1 coil are new. I have added injector cleaner a couple of times also. It is a beater so she doesn't want to pour in a lot of money. Does anyone know what could be happening here? Centervilledon
check fuel pressure

centervilledon
08-31-2009, 04:16 AM
Thanx rice400, I had thought of that, but I don't have any way to do that here at home. I'll see if the local auto Zone has an inexpensive fuel pressure gauge. I have been thinking it is a weak fuel pump but as I said the car is a beater and I'm not sure she wants to put another 2-3 hundred dollars in it. I was hoping it might be something simple that I could do. Don

Alchemist
09-01-2009, 04:45 AM
th400 vs th700r4
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85446

fuel line
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85473

mazda CEL
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85495

Alchemist
09-04-2009, 06:18 AM
1970 monte carlo dashboard
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85577

e-brake
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85616

mustang high idle
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85677

Alchemist
09-07-2009, 05:38 AM
mercury tracer
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85698

focus overheating
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85723

hvac indicator lights
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85737

rear wiper inop
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85738

s10 backfires through intake
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85735

mercedes 300diesel no start
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85728

tzimisharris
09-07-2009, 03:19 PM
sometimes i revert key by mistake and i enable the car starter motor when the engine is in function.That causes a terrible noise from the car. Can this mistake harm any piece of my car? Because if there is any chance i must go to check it to prevent any bigger damage.

john dillinger
09-08-2009, 10:06 PM
1995 mercury cougar with the 4.6 v8 i dont know what tranny but from a dead stop until about 30 mph the car kinda shakes until 2nd gear then it goes fine

rice400
09-08-2009, 10:27 PM
sometimes i revert key by mistake and i enable the car starter motor when the engine is in function.That causes a terrible noise from the car. Can this mistake harm any piece of my car? Because if there is any chance i must go to check it to prevent any bigger damage.


every once in a while, it should be okay. just don't make a habit out of it.

YourcarFTL
09-08-2009, 10:59 PM
every once in a while, it should be okay. just don't make a habit out of it.
Its ok, it only grinds down the teeth on your starter / flywheel.

YourcarFTL
09-08-2009, 11:00 PM
Is there anyway of actually only allowing certified mechanics to reply in this thread?

Elite_Deforce
09-08-2009, 11:02 PM
Is there anyway of actually only allowing certified mechanics to reply in this thread?
If someone is wrong, correct them.... and then kindly ask them to gtfo. :biggrin:

YourcarFTL
09-08-2009, 11:13 PM
If someone is wrong, correct them.... and then kindly ask them to gtfo. :biggrin:
Lol i hardly ever check this thread. bobby seems to do a good job at holding down the fort the vast majority of the time.

Elite_Deforce
09-08-2009, 11:15 PM
Lol i hardly ever check this thread. bobby seems to do a good job at holding down the fort the vast majority of the time.
:thumbsup: Good plan.

YourcarFTL
09-08-2009, 11:17 PM
I help when i can.

Alchemist
09-09-2009, 04:51 AM
jeep liberty speedometer
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85818

Alchemist
09-09-2009, 05:05 AM
I want to say that i appreciate the volunteer effort of mb90nash, Thatotherguy, Deltaolds, rice400 and any other of CF's unofficial technicians.

You folks do a good job helping someone with car trouble who is hundreds of miles away. Even if you can't diagnose the problem without looking at it, you at least point them in the right direction.

A cookie and 20 internetz to each of you:cookie:

rice400
09-09-2009, 08:56 AM
i don't claim to know a whole lot about cars, but at least i attempt to help

also, i realize that you're grinding teeth on the flywheel. what i was saying is that if once in a blue moon u accidently turn the key for half a second i don't think it would damage it a whole lot, but not to make a habit out of it

jleyster89
09-09-2009, 10:28 PM
Speedometer is not working.
Took a fast turn one day and the radio and speedometer went out, radio issue was a power lead connection that wasn't good. can not find any blown fuses anywhere in car that would lead to speedometer issues. Just installed a new speed sensor.

rice400
09-10-2009, 08:40 AM
my guess would have been speed sensor but u already replaced it.

is it a digital or mechanical gauge?

jleyster89
09-10-2009, 03:34 PM
Its mechanical, in the process of replacing the speed sensor there was never a cable hooked up to it though

BazookaSquirrel
09-11-2009, 12:54 PM
My car starts to shake (Noticably at 20+, violently at 45+). I've noticed it doesn't shake as much while I am accelerating. I know I have two bad front tires (getting replaced tomorrow), could this be the issue? (I check several times a day, yes they are all at the same PSI).

Also, it turns slightly (Not violently, but more than I deem acceptable) to the left, could this be related to the tires?

turbodreamswrx
09-11-2009, 01:02 PM
when you go in get a full tire rotation and balance and get an alignment that should fix your issue

YourcarFTL
09-11-2009, 01:07 PM
Its mechanical, in the process of replacing the speed sensor there was never a cable hooked up to it though
cable some how fell off which is why it stopped working? doesn't do to much for you if its not hooked up lol.

BazookaSquirrel
09-11-2009, 02:23 PM
when you go in get a full tire rotation and balance and get an alignment that should fix your issue

That's exactly what my brother just told me. (That or a bent rim, which I didn't see when I looked for that.)

Thanks.


Edit: If anyone has any idea where the sensor is for a 99 Cavalier (there's a sensor that tells you when you need to turn on your lights), I'd like to know that. Mine seems to be corroded, or broken.

jleyster89
09-11-2009, 02:53 PM
cable some how fell off which is why it stopped working? doesn't do to much for you if its not hooked up lol.



There is no way the bacle was ever hooked up the original VSS sensor had a cap on it where it would have hooked up.

YourcarFTL
09-11-2009, 03:38 PM
There is no way the bacle was ever hooked up the original VSS sensor had a cap on it where it would have hooked up.
So if you have a senor. with no wires running to it. what does it do.

nonetheless, if your sure the speed sensor is hooked up and operating properly then the problem is in the cluster or wiring to the cluster more then likely.

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09-13-2009, 11:44 PM
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Alchemist
09-14-2009, 05:15 AM
malibu electrical issues
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85879

saturn dohc high idle
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=85964

plymouth voyager dead gauges
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86020

Brie
09-18-2009, 01:18 AM
I was driving my dad's 1996 Pontiac Grand Am today and when I drove towards a parking space and started pushing on the brakes, the car thrusted backwards, as if I was pushing on the gas in reverse. I hadn't shifted to reverse, I was still in drive, and when I let off the brake the car rolled forward again. I pushed the brakes several times and even double checked my foot to make sure it was in the right spot and made sure I was still in drive, and each time I pushed on the brakes the car went backward. Finally I realized I couldn't stop the car from moving with the brakes so I put it in park and it stopped. Needless to say I was pretty freaked out and shocked. I went off to do something else for a while and when I came back and started it up again the brakes worked fine. I told my dad about it and he doesn't believe me; he says it's impossible.

Can anyone explain this?

Bent5460
09-20-2009, 04:43 PM
I have a 99 lincoln town car, 4.6L, V8. I cant get my car out of park, ive checked ALL fuses but they were good. Everything works fine even the back lights, I read in the owners manual and it tells how to bypass the shift interlock but it requires applying the parking break which is a problem because my parking break doesnt work. I still tried what the book said but it didnt work. what should i do now? how can i pin point the problem so i know what im up against? Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Tom

Alchemist
09-22-2009, 05:48 AM
heater hose replacement
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86154

4.0 ford sputters when cold
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86137

running issues in hot weather
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86225

PO446 code
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86233

mitsudriver
09-24-2009, 12:04 AM
Hey havent been on the forums in a while, been going to school and stuff. Quick question, i need a part for my mustang but i cannot for the life of me remember the name and the junkyards i call dont understand what im talking about because they wont go and look at the car, which i understand. It is the Y pipe that comes out of the top of the water pump on a 97 Mustang 3.8L. I believe it is call the heater bypass pipe, but i am not 100 % sure if that is it. If you could help me with the name of this and also maybe tell me the best way to come across a new or used one of these as ford doesnt have them anymore, that would be great. Thanks. If needed i can post a picture as well to show what im talking about.

Spyder7
09-24-2009, 07:30 AM
Ok yeah, haven't been around for a while. Wondering if anyone could help me with this...the dash lights won't come on in my 96 Lumina car...so I can't see how fast I'm going or see the console controls at night without turning on the dome light. I've checked the fuses, but I couldn't find one that would control that or any that were broken. Wierd...also if it helps that annoying dinging when the lights are on and the door is open doesn't work either. Thanks.

danstelter
09-24-2009, 08:00 PM
Hi,

I am a car novice and am desperate for help...here's my story:

I have a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue with 195,000 miles on it. I replaced the passenger front wheel bearing on it at 165,800 miles via a friend. The same bearing and the other front one had to be replaced again at 183,500 by a small repair shop. The shop claimed that the bearings had been torqued down too tight by my friend. Now, the same bearing has gone out again at 195,000. Is there any known issue specific to the Intrigue or anything else that could be causing this? This third time the bearing going out was different. The first two times it did that whirring noise for about a week before I decided to repair it. The third and most recent time, there was a rhythmic knocking in what sounded like the front left wheel (although I could be wrong) and the knocking occurred once every time the wheel turned. After about 3 months or so of the knocking, the knocking still continues and then the familiar whirring of the bearing started once again and got so loud that I felt I had to stop driving on it after two days, instead of the week or so I had waited before. Please help, I am frustrated and tired of dealing with this issue.

Alchemist
09-28-2009, 04:40 AM
saturn idling issues
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86357

alero iac
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86340

vats wire
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86486

park ave dies, no warning
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86490

alfa heater switch
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86511

gauge cluster lights
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86512

jetta starter
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86514

Alchemist
09-30-2009, 04:57 AM
volkswagen egr
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86560

buick regal stalls when cel goes out
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86620

Alchemist
10-03-2009, 02:18 AM
fuel gauge stays pegged
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86660

signals blink fast; bulbs good
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86659

door will not open
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86671

fuel pump noise
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86768

Alchemist
10-05-2009, 05:38 AM
fuel gauge issue
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86803

focus ac/overheating issue
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86814

transfer case seals
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86816

ignition cylinder locked
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86826

Alchemist
10-06-2009, 05:21 AM
ac/overheating
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86868

th350 vacuum modulator
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86859

wipers parked in up position
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=86890

Alchemist
10-13-2009, 05:10 AM
hyundai electrical issue
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87144

new ignition cylinder; now wont start
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87221

BazookaSquirrel
10-13-2009, 12:11 PM
Major issue.

The mounts holding my timing belt have been broken, but not critically so. It was a race against time. I needed the money to fix it. Well, they broke. So, it died. I was driving, heard an awful noise, then the oil light came on and the car died. Oil wasn't completely out when I checked it. So now the need to replace the timing belt/chain, the mounts, and whatever else broke/wore out from the constant grinding of the metal.

Any estimates of how much this'll cost?

Also, would it be cheaper to just go pull a similar engine and replace the whole thing, in the event that I fried it?

jswift
10-13-2009, 01:16 PM
I got a cel p0401 which is EGR valve. I have '05 mercury monterey. Is there anything I can do first without replacing the egr valve? Thanks.

YourcarFTL
10-13-2009, 04:10 PM
Major issue.

The mounts holding my timing belt have been broken, but not critically so. It was a race against time. I needed the money to fix it. Well, they broke. So, it died. I was driving, heard an awful noise, then the oil light came on and the car died. Oil wasn't completely out when I checked it. So now the need to replace the timing belt/chain, the mounts, and whatever else broke/wore out from the constant grinding of the metal.

Any estimates of how much this'll cost?

Also, would it be cheaper to just go pull a similar engine and replace the whole thing, in the event that I fried it?
youll be lucky if the engine isn't toast. pistons meeting valves usually isn't a good thing.

BazookaSquirrel
10-13-2009, 09:24 PM
It's not toast, just a 1900 dollar fix. Not happening.

So, I'm going to sell it as is, for $300. Use that plus the little I have for a down payment, on a new/used financed. Any tips on what I should get? (I'm looking for low gas, low insurance, cheap)

Alchemist
10-14-2009, 05:57 AM
accord failing emissions
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87274

psych0fish
10-14-2009, 01:02 PM
Missing Oil :pfish:
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87341

Alchemist
10-16-2009, 08:44 AM
cannot shift out of PARK
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87351

stalls when turning
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87353

kia, new battery, no start
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87361

climate controls
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87405

setting timing
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87425

brake lights stay on
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87426

Alchemist
10-19-2009, 05:49 AM
stalls when using heater
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87445

converter below efficiency
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87481

remove steering column
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87496

jswift
10-21-2009, 11:36 AM
Hello,
I recently had code p0401 on my '05 mercury monterey. I cleaned the egr valve and reset by taking off neg. battery cable. now van gets horrible gas mileage. Why is this going on? thanks.

Alchemist
10-22-2009, 04:57 AM
saturn sc2 to sc1
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87538

neutral safety switch
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87651

chevy 350 overreving
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87652

nestygrind
10-23-2009, 01:36 PM
I got a question, my father is doing a job. He's working on a 5.3L engine GMC Yukon. He told me an issue that he doesn't seem to get or understand. The issue is that the anti freeze has been missing. No leak, no mixture with the oil. It just dissapears, he is wondering what seems the issue to this? can anyone help me with this? I would appreciate it! thanks!

MsRae
10-23-2009, 02:24 PM
The only way it could just disappear is if it is getting into the engine and being blown out the tailpipe. Are you certain there is not oil in the antifreeze/radiator or antifreeze in the oil? I would double check.

nestygrind
10-23-2009, 03:48 PM
I asked my dad, he told me there is no oil in the radiator and no antifreeze mixed with the oil. Also if the antifreeze would be coming out through the tail pipe, smoke would appear. He told me there's no smoke coming out. Any ideas? I would appreciate if someone can help me on this.

MsRae
10-24-2009, 12:34 PM
How quickly is it disappearing? There could be several ideas on this. One is that it actually is leaking, but only when the car is running, perhaps a leaking water pump? Or a small leak in the top of a hose that only leaks when enough pressure is in the system? Could have a small head gasket leak. There are several things is could be. Could be a leak from the heater core and it actually leaking inside the vehicle but is a small enough amount that is has been unnoticed.

abcman001
10-25-2009, 11:02 AM
I was wondering how hard an engine swap would be? (Assuming I have access to any and all tools) Its something I really want to try but I only have one car and I can't go more than 2 weeks without it and I don't want to mess it up beyond minor repairs if I attempt this myself ><

Alchemist
10-28-2009, 05:44 AM
jetta timing
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=87801

Alchemist
10-30-2009, 12:52 PM
corolla driving issue.
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88002


escape throwing codes
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88029

map sensor, mercury cougar
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88020

shashwath123
11-07-2009, 04:11 PM
i recently changed my front rotors (brembo discs) and brake pads (ceramic Akebono) on my 2004 BMW 325XI, everything was well until recently (this is like a month from when i changed my pads+rotors) when my car started to vibrate violently (primarily the front end) while on the freeway to a point that I could drive it no more and had to get it towed. Basically, when i travel for like 15 minutes on highway speeds (45-80 mph) this starts to happen and does not go away even when i slow down (to like 30 mph or less). however if i let the car to sit down for a few hours and start up again its normal until i hit the highway and use my brakes. the car does not drag to one side or another, it just vibrates a lot after i drive it for a while.

based on the feedback from my mechanic and dealership this is what could be causing it

1. calipers or sliders sticking causing overheat (stated by dealership, got it checked by local mechanic and he says the calipers are fine)

2. alignment/balancing problems (claimed by my mechanic but my tires are kinda new < 6 mos old and had it aligned/balanced recently)

3. i was thinking maybe the rotors were warped?? but haven't checked this?

could anyone please help me out with this situation? as i really don't feel safe driving the car anymore and am getting stressed out by this.

Thank you very much!!

Alchemist
11-09-2009, 03:58 AM
oldsmobile transmission
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88121

bronco II front end
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88442

k1500 suburban
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88429

YourcarFTL
11-09-2009, 10:47 AM
i recently changed my front rotors (brembo discs) and brake pads (ceramic Akebono) on my 2004 BMW 325XI, everything was well until recently (this is like a month from when i changed my pads+rotors) when my car started to vibrate violently (primarily the front end) while on the freeway to a point that I could drive it no more and had to get it towed. Basically, when i travel for like 15 minutes on highway speeds (45-80 mph) this starts to happen and does not go away even when i slow down (to like 30 mph or less). however if i let the car to sit down for a few hours and start up again its normal until i hit the highway and use my brakes. the car does not drag to one side or another, it just vibrates a lot after i drive it for a while.

based on the feedback from my mechanic and dealership this is what could be causing it

1. calipers or sliders sticking causing overheat (stated by dealership, got it checked by local mechanic and he says the calipers are fine)

2. alignment/balancing problems (claimed by my mechanic but my tires are kinda new < 6 mos old and had it aligned/balanced recently)

3. i was thinking maybe the rotors were warped?? but haven't checked this?

could anyone please help me out with this situation? as i really don't feel safe driving the car anymore and am getting stressed out by this.

Thank you very much!!
My guess would be warped rotors. Rotors heat up, metal expands, they begin contacting the brakes and causing the vibrations.

shashwath123
11-10-2009, 05:30 PM
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Alchemist
11-11-2009, 05:04 AM
radiator fan
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88560

blazer steering column
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88567

boilyte
11-12-2009, 12:26 PM
Okay i have a question, i just purchased a 1998 chevy cavalier z24, 2.8L V6 fuel injected, and i have been having some trouble, when i first went and picked up the car the battery was dead so we boosted it and it ran fine. i drove it home and parked it, then i tried starting it again and the battery was dead, so i boosted it and it started and idled fine, but everytime i slow down it almost wants to die, it stalled on me twice already. it has fresh gas in it and theres nothing wrong with the fuel injection, do i just need a new battery or alternator?

Alchemist
11-13-2009, 08:23 AM
98 cobra fuel pump
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88623

galant stuttering
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88676

isuzu trooper
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88699

forester brake line
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88708

ruschmanna
11-15-2009, 10:09 PM
The alternators go out pretty easily on Cavaliers. If the Battery isn't very new I would start with that. After you replace the battery if you still have issues you can pull the alternator and have it tested at Autozone or someplace similar

Alchemist
11-17-2009, 05:14 AM
timing belt
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88733

hyundai elantra
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88798

toyota corolla
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88856

toyota previa
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88808

coolant sensor
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88866

new timing belt
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88834

Alchemist
11-19-2009, 04:19 AM
honda accord
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=88987

Alchemist
11-20-2009, 04:51 AM
overheating near idle
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89059

Alchemist
11-23-2009, 05:55 AM
transmission fluid
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89146

neon control arm bushings
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89116

mitsubishi cutting out
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89069

pt cruiser
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89190

cuddlycookie
11-26-2009, 03:04 PM
i got one for ya my clutch pedal on my ford escort estate 98 is on the bottom have took the cable off seems to be in one peice what else could it be. clutch itself seem fine as it would drive in 1st gear but not able to change as no pedal.:welcome:

estricklin
11-26-2009, 04:22 PM
Possible pressure plate problems or the cable has a bur in it and its stuck.

YourcarFTL
11-26-2009, 10:00 PM
i got one for ya my clutch pedal on my ford escort estate 98 is on the bottom have took the cable off seems to be in one peice what else could it be. clutch itself seem fine as it would drive in 1st gear but not able to change as no pedal.:welcome:
try bleeding it quickly see if it changes.

Alchemist
11-27-2009, 05:11 AM
cavalier dies
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89334

pontiac montana battery drain
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89359

oil pressure
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89371

Alchemist
11-30-2009, 05:01 AM
cadillac blower
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89517

kkbaby08
11-30-2009, 10:14 AM
2000 lincoln ls v6 - brake pads need to be changed and on my last few cars, ive done it myself. but i just got this car and dont know too too much about it so i was wondering if you knew if there was some special tool needed to take the pads off and put them back on.

estricklin
11-30-2009, 04:27 PM
They are as straight forward as the rest. You should be good to go if you've got a few under your belt.

Alchemist
12-01-2009, 07:03 AM
control arm bushings
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89612

suburban dash lights
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89556

electrical drain
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89606

grand marquis wiring
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89609

ecm failure
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89611

saturn ran out of gas
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89617

Alchemist
12-03-2009, 05:50 AM
engine dies with steering wheel at full lock
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89712

skylark won't stay running
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89716

no dash lights
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89718

maeflower1981
12-05-2009, 08:06 PM
Could someone please tell me where the starter is on a 1987 ford F150 302 motor 4 wheel drive?

Alchemist
12-07-2009, 05:07 AM
Could someone please tell me where the starter is on a 1987 ford F150 302 motor 4 wheel drive?
on the lower left or right of the engine, just before the bellhousing of the transmission. you have to be under the truck to see it.

Alchemist
12-07-2009, 05:07 AM
rubbing sound in reverse
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89850

isuzu timing
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89852

Alchemist
12-08-2009, 05:59 AM
rodeo transmission
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89914

grand prix died
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=89916

Alchemist
12-14-2009, 07:03 AM
blowing cold air with heater on
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=84124

geo storm
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=90186

mazda 3
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=90211

buick transmission
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=90213

clutch slipping intermittently
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=90228

grand prix
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?p=937226#post937226

Cabose
12-15-2009, 06:20 PM
I'm looking to buy a 1988 Ford Ranger V6 standard, However the clutch feels really close to the floor. There is not a lot of room between having the clutch in and the motor engaging. I've asked a couple people and some say the clutch is about to go while others think I just need to adjust it. I'd like to know your thoughts.
Cheers
Cabose

potatoface
12-16-2009, 12:27 PM
My 4 year old Corsa broke down and a garage quoted me &#163;480 for a new head gasket and to get it skimmed.

They came and took the car away and a week later have rang me with a problem. They said they have sent the part away to be skimmed but because I drove the car till it stopped working that skimming it hasn't been enough and its more worn away and they need to re-align the cylinder heads (I think thats what they said!!) and they have said its going to be an extra &#163;200 to do that.

Does this sound right? I feel like I'm being ripped off and I don't know what to do.

rice400
12-16-2009, 01:27 PM
What causes my `98 Ford Escort, when in cold weather, not DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING unless I get a jumpstart? All lights work in car I can lock and unlock doors with keychain remote. Also, when I DO get it started, my head lights aren't dim while revving. I bought my battery in Dec. of `08, and had both it AND my alternator checked at AutoZone. HEELLLPPP!!!!:angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire

the starter could be drawing excessive amps and not leaving enough power to start the vehicle

when u say it does nothing, do u mean it makes no sound at all, or it cranks but wont' start?

rice400
12-16-2009, 01:29 PM
by "skimming" do u mean having the heads machined flat?

Alchemist
12-20-2009, 08:19 AM
daihatsu water pump
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=90513

plymouth water temp
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=90516

high beams
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=90534

Alchemist
12-21-2009, 08:08 AM
plymouth shudder
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=90551

emmittgator
12-24-2009, 06:47 PM
alright so i have a 96 civic dx. A few things are wrong with it. some shortage in the wiring or something i guess. but figured u guys might know right away. a few odd things quit working all at the same time.
- the dome light
-the beeping sound when the keys are in the ignition and the door is open.
-the warning that my headlights are still on when i take my keys out
- the intermediate wiper setting
i checked most of the fuses that i thought would have been the ones. so idk what it is. thx for any advice u might have.

Alchemist
12-28-2009, 06:55 AM
grand prix wipers
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=90647

dim dash lights
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=90741

mitsu oil
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=90770

f150 overheating
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=90996

Alchemist
12-29-2009, 06:30 AM
rover issues
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=91105

door won't open
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=91106

burnt smell
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=91113

grand prix choking
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=91144

Alchemist
12-31-2009, 07:24 AM
leaking transmission
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=91175

saturn stalling
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=91224

mercury tracer
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=91233

abs issue
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=91234

kjeff1990
01-08-2010, 04:58 PM
anyone know if a tranny and engine 3.1 v6 out of a 97 chevy lumina will fit in a 96 lumina. same body style and engine size. thanks

Ravant
01-08-2010, 05:01 PM
It will, but you will also have to swap out the wiring harness and engine control unit. The ECU isn't hard. The wiring harness is.

kjeff1990
01-08-2010, 07:48 PM
so Ravant. would i have to buy a new ECU and wireing harness or just stright swap it from the 97 into the 96.

email2hshin
01-14-2010, 03:47 PM
I posted this question in the general forum but I repost here thinking this might be the right thread for the question.

I have Buick Lucerne 06. While changing engine oil, the massive air flow sensor wire to air filter was disconnected by accident. This caused check engine light to turn on and strong jerk and heavy clunking quite frequently while driving. The car was driven for about 100 ~ 150 miles with this condition. Since then, there was light clunk while accelerating, not as strong as the one with the sensor wire disconnected. The dealer identified this caused by damaged engine mount.

So my question is, could this engine mount problem possibly be caused by those strong jerk/clunk during those 100 mile drive ? The dealer denies this possibility. According to him it won't cause the engine mount damage by driving even 10000 miles not just 100 miles, in that condition.

What do you expert think about this ?

lchen
03-05-2010, 12:42 AM
You can find more tools about jack stands, Lincoln welders, Greenlee tools, hobart welders, tire machine.

soccerballtux
03-15-2010, 11:20 AM
I don't think it's the engine; when I have it in neutral at a stop light (manual) and I rev it, it doesn't do it. It's only when the engine is in gear when I'm driving, and I let off on the gas, I hear a faint squeak. It doesn't sound like metal.

Any thoughts anyone?

jcx1028
03-24-2010, 10:25 AM
A month ago, I took my vehicle to the dealership due to a severe drop in gas mileage. They said that the right front brake caliper had seized and needed to be replaced, to the tune of $1300, which I agreed to (also replaced: the left front brake pads). Driving home from the dealership a few days later, I was temporarily back up around 19mpg, but that number came back down to 13 within a few days, at which point I took my car back to the dealership. They looked at spark plugs and o2 sensors, but said both seemed fine and suggested I consider a fuel injector cleaning, which I would've agreed to had I not performed a Seafoam treatment before this second trip. The Seafoam, alas, did not help my mileage. So, essentially, the dealership did not have any suggestions during this second trip. It is now three weeks later. The car is back at the dealership because the left front brake caliper has also seized. They want $500 to fix it. Is it a coincidence that both brake calipers fail within a month of one another? Or is this something the dealership may have caused or, at the least, should have seen?

aceranger2010
03-25-2010, 04:07 PM
I have got a citroen saxo vtr and i think the power steerin has gone, how do you change the pump?? cheers karl

kduffy33517
03-30-2010, 07:35 PM
We can't find where the thermostat on my 1999 Chevy Malibu is, its a 2.4 4 cylinder car. And I can't figure out why its overheating.

jamesm760
03-31-2010, 03:03 PM
OK so this is whats going on.

i have a cadillac that had a bad coolant reservoir because of a crack and one day it completely broke off when i was driving (im guessing cause of the pressure) and i decided to buy A new one for 90 bucks.

since then the car started heating up and i have done the following,

Changed water pump
changed thermostat
changed radiator
(online said there was no bleeder for this model so i guess it did that on its own)

recently it just started smoking white from the back of the motor when i gassed it to about 5K and started slightly accelerating on its own when super hot if thats norm then disregard this part

so i also did the check engine diag and said system was too lean (online it said this might cause it to over heat but how do i fix this if it is a prob?)

i also did make sure the fans are working and there is some pressure from the top radiator hose so i know the water is circulating right?

and i read this article about cars over heating:

http://wwwdotheliumdotcom/items/518879-possible-diagnoses-for-an-overheating-engine

but didnt help me out.... SOME ONE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jamesm760
03-31-2010, 03:08 PM
It is located underneath the throttle cable assembly, behind the exhaust manifold

Monstakillahomie
04-06-2010, 09:57 PM
1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4
5.9 Engine 46rh Tranny

Truck shakes like living hell when you hit a bump at 45 and higher on the left front side. Feels like a tire blowout. slow back down to 20 and it quits you can speed back up.

Replaced Front Shocks. LF Ball Joints. Tires. Got it Aligned. It quit for 4 or 5 days. Back at it again. WTF

I was thinking a coil spring or a control arm. Any opinions?

Monstakillahomie
04-07-2010, 04:59 AM
Did some more research heard dodge has a bad problem with track arms. Gonna check it this morning. see what happens from there.

bbb54321
04-10-2010, 12:15 AM
try this out

worst case scenario u loose 5 min.

carknol.blogspot . com

marco20
04-11-2010, 09:46 PM
nissan quest 1999. when needing to replace any part on the axle, is it better to replace it or the entire assembly?

josh211203
04-14-2010, 05:26 PM
91 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L I4
runs rich when in gear, fuel contaminated oil, low vacuum in gear fine in park, hanging rev when you tap the gas... any ideas? I've been trying to figure this out at home for weeks now and I cant figure it out :(

josh211203
04-14-2010, 07:14 PM
Please help me :'( lol

Xero
04-14-2010, 07:20 PM
running rich is caused by your fuel and oil problem. Could clog up the cat with is messing with the revs, low vacuum....would be a vacuum line...


OR

you have a crack in your intake manifold. But that wouldn't necessarily explain the fuel in oil.

IMHO do a leakdown test and a compression test. Check all the vacuum lines for cracks and if all else fails try to seafoam the bish.

josh211203
04-14-2010, 07:31 PM
okay, thx for the advice. its just really frustrating me cause I just rebuilt the engine and the only thing I wasnt able to do was hone the cylinders and put new rings in which im regretting... I just cant wrap my head around whats going on with it :(

josh211203
04-14-2010, 08:07 PM
Actually lemme go over all that iv'e found on the issue.

1 Low compression on all cylinders 80ish PSI
2 Running Rich especially under load
3 Check IGN timing and set
4 Check Timing belt marks and good
5 Checked for vacuum leaks, may be missing something but I cant find any
6 Fuel getting into oil from running rich I guess
7 No known miss fires
8 Revs seem to hang for up to 5 seconds after hitting gas
9 Low vacuum underload like in gear, not to bad at idle
10 when in gear if you tap the gas the engine chokes for a second

I just cant seem to make the pieces fit together.

Alchemist
04-18-2010, 12:13 PM
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=99719

http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=99728

http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=99837

http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=99846

http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=99841

easybe
04-18-2010, 12:52 PM
I recently last September brought a used car an 98 Nissan Altima GLE. Up till now my car broke down. It all started with me driving from school on the interstate at nighttime. I was trying to accelerate, until I couldn't speed up anymore, I look at the speedometer and it was slowly going down. So I pulled over and stopped and parked the car. I tried start the car, it would act like it want to turn over, but it doesn't. I thought that maybe it was the battery, but the headlights were not dim enough. My mechanic really couldn't tell what was wrong with the car, so he suggested that it may be the computer. So now my car has been sitting over my mechanic's house for a month now, since he said he finding it hard to find a used computer part at the junkyard. I feel like their may be something else wrong with it, but I really don't know anything about cars at all.


Any suggestions are helpful, I know I just don't want my car to sit over there for another month, for the simple fact he can't find a used computer part in Alabama. I just feel like he is not trying enough, or may be I need to get a second opinion?


Thanks

sahana404
04-19-2010, 07:28 PM
Hey. Sorry this is something of a long story, but this is a reoccurring issue.
I have a 2000 Kia Sephia. It was used when I got it, but it's never given me trouble until last year when it began overheating. I took it in and they replaced a fuse and it was fine again.
Until the warm weather hit again. This time the needle would drift up over half way up the meter and I'd have to pull over and let the car sit for a while before restarting it. I even stopped and put some more coolant in, which helped, but didn't take care of the problem for long so I took it back in. The shop people sent me away telling me there was nothing wrong with my car. About a week and a half later it began overheating again. I'd pull over, let it rest for 10 or so minutes, but the meter would jump right up again in just a few minutes. At one point it even lept up almost all the way. So I pulled over soon as I could, let it cool, added some water, and just barely made it home.
I took the car back and the guys told me the head gasket was broken and that it'd be a $700 job to fix. I have a couple of questions.
Could the head gasket have somehow caused the overheating or is it definite that the heating broke the gasket? Did the guys at the shop screw me over by sending me off in an overheating car? And, if so, what could be causing my car to overheat ?

Note: The car seems to take a while to warm up before overheating. Never right away, but after about half an hour of driving. Also, it only seems to do this when it's warm out. Turning on the heater only reduces the problem a little bit and it sucks to ride around in the 75 degree weather with the heat on.

SneekTip
05-07-2010, 08:55 AM
1992 Toyota Camry, when turning fully to right or left "clunk clunk clunk" noise appears ?

HarveytheLawyer
05-27-2010, 09:37 AM
2004 Saab 9-5 linear station wagon, turbocharged 4 cylinder engine, 5 speed automatic transmission. manual recommends premium gasonline. is it really necessary? what will happen if i use regular?

Alchemist
06-13-2010, 11:29 AM
http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=104609

http://www.carforums.net/showthread.php?t=104627

Alchemist
06-13-2010, 11:33 AM
2004 Saab 9-5 linear station wagon, turbocharged 4 cylinder engine, 5 speed automatic transmission. manual recommends premium gasonline. is it really necessary? what will happen if i use regular?
premium gasoline is necessary for turbocharged gasoline engines.

if you use regular, you will get poor gas mileage, the engine will have reduced power, increased emissions, and the A/F mixture will igniter before the spark plug fires, causing pinging/knocking.

just bad stuff all around. if you don't want to buy premium gas, don't drive a turbocharged car.

FordFanatic83
06-21-2010, 06:19 AM
Okay, I have never been so mindless with mechanical work EVER before.

I had to tie my front calipers up to my springs while I was doing axle work. I forgot to bolt them back in place over my rotors after :S

A week later I replaced a rear caliper brake hose. I had a friend pump the brakes as I used the bleeder screw to release all air in the brake line. Well after completing this I had remembered that I left my front calipers hanging tied to my springs with nothing in them but the brake pads. (STUPID ME)

I took a look and my brake pads were crammed tight together in the calipers. I took the calipers apart and got the brake pads out BUT...

Using the bleeder screw and with the brake fluid reservoir cap off I am not able to C-clamp the piston back in. They are not seized. What may be the issue? and what are my options to getting the piston back into place?

Qstions
06-26-2010, 05:14 PM
Okay. I don't know if this is a stupid question or whatever. But someone I know has racing cars and bought a piston for their car, a "AO P73" and they're curious as to what the "P73" stands for, I am thinking the P73 is just the model number to tell it apart from the rest of the pistons but just wanted to make sure?

rocky61071
08-01-2010, 11:39 PM
i have a 95 saturn sl2 1.8 ltr 5 speed 200k miles. i noticed that when i start to move my car and after i shirt in any gear my car revs up to like 3 to 4k then after doing this for a while my car will not gain no speed easily anymore and now what i believe to be went out is my clutch and the serpentine belt broke and it also is leaking coolant from the front passenger side when my car was still hot. what is all the problems with the car. thanks

blah
08-02-2010, 12:07 PM
that does sound like a clutch issue. prior to this, did you notice that the revs would climb as you go up hill but no speed would be gained? was there a clutch judder?

get a new belt.

is there a check engine light on?

ckessler194
08-15-2010, 11:37 AM
I recently acquired a 97 VW Golf manufactured for the Canadian market. I live in New York state, I have contacted VW about the safety standards and they informed me that the car was made with an active restraint system, however the U.S. requires a passive system. Any idea what modifcations need to be made if any to get the car approved to drive in the U.S.

Thanks
Chad

estricklin
08-15-2010, 10:01 PM
The caliper is probably ruined.

ScottskiHudhud
08-20-2010, 09:58 PM
Hey everyone. I have a couple problems I could use some help with. Being fairly new to cars, I don't quite know what any of my problems may be. I drive a '94 Z24 Cavalier Coupe with a 3.1L V6 manny tranny.

First off is my drivers side window. My windows are power windows for starters. The problem is when i try to roll the thing up. It goes slow, and half the time just dies before I can get it all the way up. Trying to put up the passenger side window at the same time makes it roll up even slower. It has no problems going down though. My guess is the motor is starting to go but due to lack of experience, I'd like a second opinion.

My second problem is a bit harder to describe but I'll try. Occasionally when I start the car, my parking light starts to flash and my windows won't work. Sometimes my radio will work and sometimes it won't. To get around this, I just turn the car off and turn it back on until the lights go away. Back when I just got the car, I used to use the parking brake to park the car but about a week later, I started the car one day and forgot to take off the parking brake, as I was still used to my first car where i would just put it into gear to park it. After that was when the parking brake light would start to flash at me. Any ideas what might be wrong?

khoiey
08-30-2010, 06:59 PM
I have an '04 Acura RSX 5-speed manual. Last night while shifted gear on the road, the engine died on me. It's not the battery problem and when I tried to start the engine, it gave a cranking noise but engine won't start.

Last night while driving, I also heard a swoosh swoosh noise coming from the right side and I thought it was the brake. The noise would speed up if I drive fast and slow down if I drive slow. I don't think it is a related problem but thought that I might as well present it here.

My car has about 106,000 miles here. What might be the problem? My uncle said he replaced my belts already. Oil level is good etc. Thanks in advance.

auto123
09-13-2010, 12:02 AM
hmmm... rough idle at startup. does the idle go back to normal once the car warms up, or is it a constant rough idle. and what does the car do, just act like its about to choke out, or does the idle bounce around? if it bounces, is it erratic or a constant bounce, how many rpm's does it vary? it could be anything from a bad throttle position sensor to a clogged inhjector to a dirty air filter or dirty throttle bore. it could just need a tune-up, but it sounds more fuel/air related. if it was electricla, the problem would eb constant, not just at idle, or just at warm up.
oh, it could also be a bad or clogged EGR valve/line/solenoid.

Give your car a smooth drive rather than a rough drive for better working. Check for your air and fuel filters. Solve all the problems that are related to car for better working of your car.

SneekTip
09-15-2010, 10:07 AM
What's the difference between Inline Vs V's
example Inline 6 Vs V6
Besides the figure/shape.

auto123
09-16-2010, 01:02 AM
Ok guys, this thread is for all mechanical related questions, and hopefully Bobby will be making it a Sticky. Car not starting? Rough Idle? Vibrates at 30MPH? Or anything of the like? Go ahead and ask! Just give me the year, make, model, motor, and tranny of your car to start with. When describing your problem, just give me the symptoms, not what you think the car is doing. For example, lets say when you're driving down the road and your car won't shift properly, don't tell me "My car isn't shifting.", tell em the symptoms and conditions. "At full throttle, my car will hang up at high RPM's for a few seconds before shifting into the next gear". This will allow me to give a more accurate diagnosis, since I'm unable to drive the car myself. And remember, neither CF, its affiliates, or myself are responsible for the repair or misdiagnosis of your car. This is to be used only as a guideline thread for people who work on their own cars and aer running into some hard spots, or for people who don't want to get taken advantage of at their local mechanics shop.

Ryan.

There are many problems that do come to your car, so what we can do is keep ourself updated with the problems as well as their solutions that can help to clear them easily..

dollysnw
09-16-2010, 09:57 AM
Three hundred companies making electric cars in the early 1900's, and more than 30,000 electric vehicles on roads. Electric cars looked like they were here to stay.

SneekTip
09-17-2010, 09:08 AM
I'm Going to Bump My Question,

What's the difference between Inline Vs V's
example Inline 6 Vs V6
Besides the figure/shape.

Jeremy Walker
09-17-2010, 09:28 AM
I'm Going to Bump My Question,

What's the difference between Inline Vs V's
example Inline 6 Vs V6
Besides the figure/shape.

You already created a thread about this. Had you checked it, you would see I posted an article for you to read on this very subject.

dollysnw
09-17-2010, 11:44 PM
First, try to research various automotive certifications. A good auto mechanic will be ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified and should have a certification indicating what areas he is proficient in.

clifflindsey
09-19-2010, 08:12 AM
maybe someone here can help me out. my car isnt getting spark. i changed my distributor cap, rotor, sparkplugs and cables, and coil. what do you guys think the next step is?

my battery is fine by the way.

dollysnw
09-24-2010, 05:06 AM
Replacing an air, oil, fuel or air cabin filter is necessary to keep your car in top running condition. In most cases this service is easy to perform, we show you how to replace all of your vehicles vital filters and fluids. When a filter is left unchanged it can cause poor runability, low power, engine misfire, poor mileage, stalling and more. Check you car's filters and service regularly to ensure proper operation.

_peter_
10-03-2010, 07:33 AM
I have a Mitsubishi Mirage 1997 ASTI 1.3l auto. One of the window motor/regulators failed. Before removing it, I was trying to raise the window so that I could gain access to the screws that hold the window to the regulator. I tried pushing the window up while using the up button on the door. The motor made some effort and got to raise it a little, but it caused the lights and radio in the car to switch off. Now the car no longer starts. I assume the window motor pulled too much current through, but I have checked fuses and they seem ok. Currently I do get lights and dashboard working, but the motor makes no effort to start (although I can hear the ignition relay click). Similarly, windows, radio, etc.. no longer work.

Any ideas on what I should check? There is no engine warning light on, so it seems ok. I have a service manual but I cant figure out where the point of failure is for radio, windows, wipers, starter to all fail? - have checked battery and fuses, both ok.

thanks

spids
10-16-2010, 09:10 AM
I have a 98 BMW the ignition is going and it rarely starts with the key. I was wondering can I set up a push start button easily?

SneekTip
10-16-2010, 10:33 AM
92 Toyota Camry, Wipers aren't functioning, the motor works good, but the link is broken ? what should i do get a new or used link ?

ray*ou812
10-17-2010, 07:04 PM
I have a 1998 ford ranger with an ohv(pushrod)4.0 liter v6. at idle only, with engine at full operating temperature on very warm/hot days there is a high pitched howl/whining noise coming from the rubber air intake hose above the airfilter it"s very loud with the hood shut but if you pull the top off the airfilter box it"s earsplitting there is no check engine light on and the engine never overheats but on warm days when this happens the throttle definetly becomes sluggish and if it goes on long enough it causes a slightly rough idle.also the noise fades when throttle is applied and is gone imeadatly/completly once the truck begins to move I do belive it also affects the gas milage. and on cooler days (60 or less) the engine has a hard time reaching operating teperature at all HELP!thanks ray:headscrat :confused:

ray*ou812
10-23-2010, 08:36 PM
1992 Toyota Camry, when turning fully to right or left "clunk clunk clunk" noise appears ?

as an ex under car mechanic that has heard and correctly diognosed this very same problem before that you probobly have at least one or both cv joints completly failed depending on witch side (or both sides)the noise is coming from.

placebo_effect
10-28-2010, 03:36 PM
Please help me decide between the 2010 Ford Focus S and 2010 Kia Forte LX.

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com...rd_Focus/2010/

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com...ia_Forte/2010/

They both have the standard safety features I am looking for. Both have great safety ratings too. I have quotes and can get both of them for roughly the same initial price. I am looking to own the car for around 5 or 6 years.

Which would have a lower total "cost of ownership"?

Which would you get, and why?

Need to decide within the next couple of days. Thanks in advance for your help.

jaysonbarn
12-29-2010, 08:24 PM
My car makes a sound when the clutch is engaged. I have 07 Swift. What all do I need to check for, to solve the problem. Can someone suggest some solution.

chrisnupp
12-30-2010, 07:57 AM
I am having a problem with my 2000 Rover 75 has a V6 24 valve Quad Cam automatic transmission.

I start the car normally, pull it up the driveway to make packing the things I need for the day easier to get into the trunk (Driveway is about 40-50 feet long) I turn it off, but there was a strong smell of gas, curious I check under the car for any leaks, and find none, so I gather my things and put them in the trunk (not even 5 minutes). I go to start the car again, and the engine turns, but won't start, try it again and it starts up a bit rough.

Symptoms:
Starts fine.
Smell of fuel.
Engine turns but won't start.
Engine starts on second try.

My experience tells me that this could be fuel flooding the engine, possibly even some damaged wires to the ignition system, but the smell of fuel kind of put that out of my head, but I am not a certified mechanic yet, and I have much more to learn. Hoping I don't have to replace the fuel pump.

thanks,
Chris

intropiles
12-31-2010, 03:11 AM
Hi Catholic Damage . Thanks for notifying us. Glad you are here. :)

AlanG
01-07-2011, 01:06 PM
My car makes a sound when the clutch is engaged. I have 07 Swift. What all do I need to check for, to solve the problem. Can someone suggest some solution.

If by "engaged" you mean the pedal is depressed at which time the clutch is actually DISengeged, and quits when the pedal is released, you have a bad release bearing. If it makes noise in neutral with the clutch pedal released and quits when the pedal is depressed you have a bad input shaft bearing. In either case the transmission has to come out.

jaysonbarn
01-21-2011, 10:43 AM
Ok sorry my mistake friend a when the clutch is depressed.

4wheelsonline
06-13-2011, 11:13 PM
kokoko

4wheelsonline
06-13-2011, 11:18 PM
Why is it that some of car mechanic always ask a high price. And even if a car owner went to a car mechanic to fix some or a little problems for its car, the car mechanic always says that there's a big problem and the will ask for a high price...

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