TristanReal

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I am a ASE Master Certified Technician with other 10 years of experience. I am also ASE L1 advanced specialist certified and X1 undercar specialist certified. I love to help others and to educate about automotive service repairs and maintenance. Now, what can i do for you?
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Question Answered: what is a reasonable cost for oil gasket and pan replacement on a 2007 bmw 525
July 02, 2013, 01:56 PM
New Oil pan from your local dealer is $630. labor $600 @ $85 labor rate. check labor rate in your area or shop of choice. plus the cost of oil and gasket. Prices will vary from shop to shop but should be around this ball park. dealer of course is much more. Find a reputable shop here on repair pal and consult with them. :) goodluck!
Question Answered: What could cause my car to shake and lose horsepower when accelerating rapidly?
July 02, 2013, 01:40 PM
A flashing check engine light is a definite "Misfire" and a catalytic damaging issue as well. There are many variables that can cause a misfire. Its very broad, you can have issues with ignition, fuel, air intake, exhaust, timing issue to name a few. My advice is to have it diagnosed and tested by a reputable shop that works or specializes on volvo's. let us know once you figure out your problem. So somebody else with the same issue can be helped. :)
Question Answered: torque settings for the allen bolts that hold the brake callipers
July 02, 2013, 01:29 PM
Brake caliper bracket bolts are 75 ft/lb (100 Nm) recommend to use new bolts! torqued bolts stretch when its torqued:)
Question Answered: Fuel Sending unit/sensor
July 02, 2013, 12:29 PM
Have the fuel pressure checked. New parts can be defective at times.
Question Answered: I have an oil leak and I am trying to figure out where it is coming from?
July 02, 2013, 12:28 PM
You can purchase a dye that can be mixed with your oil and locate it with a black light. Another tip would be to clean the area of the leak completely, it makes locating oil leaks easier. :)
Question Answered: Why does my battery keep draining.
July 02, 2013, 12:27 PM
Have your battery tested first. I believe parts stores does this as a free service. start there. Otherwise a parasitic current draw could be the cause of your issue. Finding and locating this takes understanding of an automotive electrical system and skill. Find a reasonable reputable shop to do this for you.
Question Answered: Where is the cam and crank position sensors on 2001 Chrysler town and country?
July 02, 2013, 12:14 PM
Camshaft sensor should be mounted in front of the timing cover Crankshaft sensor is located on the rear of the transmission housing.
Question Answered: engine is loud and clanging suddenly does sat l300 have rods or is it valves?
July 02, 2013, 12:12 PM
Clanking or knocking noises can be caused by bad rod bearings which are caused by oil deprivation. Check your oil quality and level.
Question Answered: Don't turn over. Lights come on when key turned, then they go off, no cranking
July 02, 2013, 12:08 PM
Sounds like a power issue. Make sure all wires and connections to the battery are tight and secure. if you have not yet done so, bring your battery to a parts store to get a proper reading and testing of your battery. Some bad batteries can still take charge but when put under load like a starter completely looses half of the voltage if not completely.
Question Answered: the gas gauge is not working
July 02, 2013, 11:57 AM
First thing i would check would be the gas gauge. By turning your key to the on position without starting all the gauges should cycle and malfunction lights turn on and off. This is a gauge check. you will see the mph, tachometer, temp, oil press, gas needles do a sweep and goes back down. if all work except your gas gauge then you most likely have a bad gauge cluster. This luckily these can be rebuilt for about $150-200 installed. if the sweep is ok the Second probable cause would be your fuel tank sending unit which are usually part of the fuel pump assembly. These are common issues with GM vehicles.
Problem Reported: Heater Stuck on Hottest Setting Due to Broken Heater Blend Door
May 27, 2010, 11:08 AM

A failed heater blend door or actuator can cause the temperature control for the HVAC system to stop working. A clicking sound from the dash area would commonly indicate an actuator fault. If the heater gets stuck on the hottest setting, the heater blend door may be broken requiring replacement of the heater box to repair the issue.

Car Review: 2001 Honda Civic
July 02, 2013, 03:49 PM
Reliable, cheap to maintain. Classic civic. daily driver. Good job honda!
Car Review: 2000 Volkswagen Passat
July 02, 2013, 02:47 PM
I got the passat 4 motion which is 4wd. Pretty cool to use on winter time. but here are the commons. front suspension corrodes and hard to remove so you end up replacing all components. caliper rear just crapped out on me. but thats ok, rust in illinois is my enemy, thats just mother nature who am i to complain? :) very good car solid. and maintenance is not so bad. i will be driving this one for awhile.
Car Review: 1994 Mercedes-Benz S320
July 02, 2013, 02:44 PM
If you want a luxurious sedan. This is it. rides smooth extra quiet with its double pane glass (looks like bulletproof glass). but of course when you buy luxury, guess what maintenance is luxury too. :)
Car Review: 2002 Honda S2000
July 02, 2013, 02:41 PM
Truly an awesome car. its at its simplest form of a convertible sports car. its nimble, quick, reliable and is good looking. Lowered it with 9 inch wide wheels.
Car Review: 1999 Saab 9-5
July 02, 2013, 02:39 PM
Love the car but man its so expensive to maintain especially now that saab do not make cars. parts are harder and harder to find which mean they are expensive. Engine is solid but leaks so much oil around the gaskets like valve cover, timing cover, oil seals, turbo gaskets. Primarily due to bad crankcase breathing system which was updated but did very little help. Still leaks. Transmission is good and engine is good i have over 230k miles on this and its still the stock engine and trans. Big repairs include timing cover gasket leak repair which includes replacement of head gasket. brake booster leaks, turbo charger, replaced alternator twice. SID display goes blank and flickers a common problem. Antitheft module alarms on its own at times if you live in a rust belt like illinois. these items corrode faster with salt on the road. but other than that i still love it and enjoy driving it. I spun out on the highway going 70mph during winter with my whole family in it and everyone walked away no one was hurt. even my saab wasnt hurt, well couple bruises on the bumpers but thats it.
Car Review: 2001 BMW X5
July 02, 2013, 02:24 PM
First bought this X5 is very stunning good rugged looks but unlike other trucks this is elegant and stylish. Love bmw's because they never go out of style, even for an older model does not look so old. As with any car/truck common problems plauge such as Coolant reservoir, PCV system, Sway bar links, front axles, mass air flow meter to name a few. but not so bad.
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