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Question Answered: tires losing pressure
January 14, 2009, 09:18 AM
You've probably got a leak in the tire. It is most likely a very small hole and a slow leak, which explains why it doesn't just go flat. Sometimes the place where you bought the tires will fix this for free. The tire probably just needs to be patched.
Question Answered: where to find the best toyota repair shop in dundalk area?
January 13, 2009, 03:36 PM
This can be pretty tough. When you search in the directory for shops that work on Toyotas and have ASE certified technicians, you get these three: ASE certification is helpful for picking between shops. You can also try search your area and some of the surrounding areas on, which can be useful for finding good technicians. Good luck!
Question Answered: Speedometer
January 12, 2009, 04:42 PM
I don't know this car specifically, but there's probably a speedometer cable and a sensor. The problem could be at either end--with the sensor or with the connection at the dash. I recommend getting a repair manual for this car and checking the diagrams--they probably have a manual at your local library. That'll tell you whether or not you can replace the part yourself--could be a big job.
Question Answered: transmission
January 06, 2009, 03:03 PM
Do you find fluid on the ground after parking for a longer period of time? It could be a simple leak, which may be easy to fix; however, the transmission may be damaged and need repair, which can be very expensive. The best thing to do is get a good diagnosis from a technician you can trust--they can help you find the most cost-effective solution.
Question Answered: How do I open the center console in a 2002 Lexus ES 300?
January 05, 2009, 02:01 PM
I recommend trying to get your hands on a repair manual--you may be able to check one out at your local library. Interior disassembly can be a pain and is complicated, and you'll really save some time and trouble by having access to a diagram that shows you where the fasteners are.
Question Answered: hi once again
January 05, 2009, 02:00 PM
Unfortunately, cracked cylinder heads can be difficult to fix, and they are always expensive. the best thing would be to replace the cylinder head, but if the part isn't available, then that's a problem. It may be possible to fix the crack and keep the car drivable. I recommend calling some other shops and even parts stores to see if anyone can offer to a less expensive solution than replacing the entire motor. Sorry you're having such a mountain of trouble!
Question Answered: 60k tune up
January 02, 2009, 05:39 PM
Going with the owner's manual is the best thing that you can do. The manufacturer has recommendations that are specific to your car, so you can ask the dealer to include what the manufacturer recommends and ask for them to justify everything above and beyond that.
Question Answered: Anti lock brakes
December 31, 2008, 12:00 PM
That shudder associated with anti-lock brakes should only occur under circumstances when you are braking very hard and the wheels are starting to lock up. Wet conditions are a great example of when it happens more frequently. It is unlikely that the ABS system is coming into play when you are parking, which is probably at low speeds. Since you say that it happens only when the wheels are turned, it could be a problem with a steering component or a suspension component, and not be related to the brakes at all. If it happens every time, it should be easy for a good technician to diagnose and fix.
Question Answered: service tips
December 31, 2008, 11:10 AM
BMW 325i's are very reliable cars when they are well-cared for. The information I'm looking at says that BMWs made in the early 90s require what BMW calls and "Inspection I" at least every 10,000 Miles, according to factory specifications. This service includes changing the oil and oil filter, and possibly the air filter. What service you should perform now also depends on what was last performed by the prior owner. The best bet for keeping the car tip-top is to take it to a BMW expert and have them service your car based on what was most recently done and what it appears to need. The oil leak on the engine is definitely a concern. I wouldn't recommend mineral water--distilled water is best, or at least clean water with low mineral content in an emergency, but maintaining the right coolant mix is very important. BMWs are sensitive, high-performance cars, and investing in maintenance will save big bucks in the long haul.
Question Answered: unlock dvd
December 30, 2008, 03:42 PM
The multimedia systems in these newest cars are hugely complex, so I don't know of any solution for you. Maybe try a Mercedes enthusiast site? There may be some seriously knowledgeable hackers out there. One thing to look forward to? I read recently that Mercedes is working on "split-screens" that will be factory equipment in there cars and show the driver the navigation screen and the passenger a DVD.
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Car Review: 2002 Acura RSX
January 19, 2009, 08:47 AM
This is a terrific car--they should just call it an Integra. The RSX is fast when you want it to be, and fun to drive. Practically no maintenance issues, and great gas mileage.
Car Review: 1996 Lincoln Continental
January 02, 2009, 11:20 AM
Have owned this car since almost new--more than a decade, and it's still treating me well. The interior has worn okay, and I've had to replace an alternator. Otherwise, it's comfortable, safe, and powerful. One of the best Lincoln's I've owned.
Car Review: 1994 Ford Aerostar
January 02, 2009, 11:16 AM
This was a horrible vehicle. Rode like the truck chassis on which it was based, had persistent "check engine light" trouble, and one time, the front tire almost sheared off, according to our mechanic.
Car Review: 2001 Nissan Altima
December 14, 2008, 03:25 PM
Indomitable! The Nissan Altima just would not die. The engine has been no problems, the interior and radio are still working just great. No problems. Really reliable and low maintenance prices.
Car Review: 1990 Oldsmobile 88
December 14, 2008, 03:22 PM
Okay--I had an '87 88, but I have to review the car anyway, as it was my first. Strong engine, and absolutely a Detroit tank of a car, but it was comfortable as hell and low-maintenance. Problems: the headliner will sag on you as only GM headliners can. You will develop timing chain and valve problems over time.
Car Review: 1995 Isuzu Trooper
October 28, 2008, 05:01 PM
We put this car through hell. It was very reliable, but the engine finally gave out at about 150K. Otherwise, brakes, transmission, the body and the interior--pretty reliable.
Car Review: 2007 Chrysler 300
October 28, 2008, 04:59 PM
Rented one of these lately, and while it seemed reliable, the interior is cheap in look and feel. The engine was anemic, the steering soft. Not a car I'd recommend buying.
Car Review: 2006 BMW X3
October 28, 2008, 04:56 PM
Parents have a BMW X3 that I drive. It's been fun, has a lot of room, and is easy to maintain. BMW pays regular maintenance under warranty, and we've never had repairs. Not great gas mileage though.
Car Review: 2005 BMW 325i
October 28, 2008, 04:55 PM
My dad has a BMW 325i, and I want to steal it. Fun to drive, it's been very reliable, and he hasn't spent much on maintenance and nothing on repair. The brakes are expensive, but they were under warranty. The oil changes are expensive, but you only have to do them once a year or less.
Car Review: 2001 Nissan Pathfinder
October 28, 2008, 04:53 PM
Our Nissan Pathfinder has been exemplary. No major problems, minimal repair and maintenance costs for a car with 105,000 miles. We have only done spark plugs and oil changes, and drive belts on schedule. Brake pads are expensive because of the 4 wheel drive.
Comment: Do-It-Yourself Auto Repair: Sometimes Not A Fix
February 27, 2010, 06:22 PM
Sorry that the link is no longer working. Couldn't find a replacement.
Comment: Are Cars Getting Scary Again?
February 27, 2010, 06:21 PM
Great contribution, M.Fulton! Thank you. For those of us who watch these things closely, the media coverage just hasn't made sense. Toyota's record, even with this recall, is extraordinary.
Comment: Chinese Automaker Offers a Hybrid
December 31, 2008, 12:03 PM
Is that not a Hyundai?
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