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 would cause the headlights to act up with the daytime running lights
August 26, 2013, 03:36 PM
check your fuse and relays to headlights also check the bulbs. have they been replaced recently? wrong bulbs can make them act weird which can lead to confusing diagnosis
Question Answered: how do I check the fuel pump relay switch for electrical current
August 26, 2013, 03:35 PM
relays usually have a wiring schematic on the case of the side of relay. you can follow that to actuate the relay and check resistance or continuity.
Question Answered: My wife's 2000 quest starts and drives fine most of the time however she says
August 26, 2013, 03:32 PM
Is there any check engine light on or blinking malfunction lights while it sputters?
Question Answered: CAR WONT START
August 26, 2013, 03:31 PM
does the key turn to start position? does it crank or make any noise when attempting to start? does dash lights turn on when trying to start?
Question Answered: Can wheel sensors be cleaned on 2006 HHR 2.4
August 26, 2013, 03:29 PM
Yes they can but often replacement is necessary. When the vehicle is shut off the traction light will reset. when turned and driven when the module sees a problem or lost signal with the wheel sensors it will turn on the light back up until it is shut off once again. Have your vehicle tested for codes with a capable scanner. the codes will help you give direction on which sensors or circuits to check.
Question Answered: a round yellow light is appearing on dashboard what does it mean
August 10, 2013, 12:29 PM
Round yellow with three marks on left side and three marks on right side? that is a brake pad sensor. Either pads are wearing or sensor harness is damaged.
Question Answered: I keep hearing about this Royal Purple motor oil...What is so special about it?
August 10, 2013, 12:20 PM
There are a lot of myths about synthetic and conventional oil. Synthetic is much better for the engine in my opinion, it does not breakdown from heat as fast as conventional oil and works well under different ranges of temperature. Also depending on the brand/type different additives is added to the oil which can also help clean,prevent and protect engine from sludge build up. You can gather more info on this from manufacturers websites like Castrol, Valvoline, Mobile1, AMSOIL, Royal purple etc...
Question Answered: Why does my car indicate the hood is open
August 10, 2013, 12:10 PM
check the hood sensor, sometimes it pops out of its place when hood is pushed to hard or slammed hard. its under the latch catch on passenger side
Question Answered: h3 hummer needs a tune up. What parts do I need and what will the cost be ?
August 10, 2013, 12:06 PM
Not sure a tune up or routine maintenance will cause/fix your issue. When it does not start...does the engine crank over? the whizzing sound...do you hears this in engine area or towards back of the car by fuel tank area?
Question Answered: 3.6 engine clatters when first starting after sitting . is there a fix for this?
August 10, 2013, 12:04 PM
Determine the location of noise, either in engine left, right, lower or drive belt area. At least to narrow a possible location. We have seen drive belt tension assembly rattles when starting up. so i would check that too.
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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