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: Check engine light comes on, once or twice a year. What could it be?
July 08, 2013, 09:31 PM
This could be signs of failing camshaft sensor. Have it diagnosed to prevent breakdowns.
Question Answered: my tranny gets 2 gears I think. I gotta get 2500 rpms and let off the gas
July 08, 2013, 09:29 PM
Check your transmission fluid first. Make sure your at the correct level.
Question Answered: My fan is constantly running. What could be the cause?
July 08, 2013, 09:28 PM
Engine Cooling fan or interior blower fan? Engine cooling fan continuous operation even when engine off and key off?
Question Answered: Intermittent binding, pulling and tire squeal above 50mph
July 08, 2013, 09:25 PM
Have you had a professional look at it? Sounds like a drivetrain issue. Check axles, bearings, and front differential fir looseness and play.
Question Answered: how do you know when you need a new transmission
July 03, 2013, 09:21 AM
Is it automatic or manual? Slipping automatic transmission will feel like your car is going in neutral during acceleration thus increasing the rpm and a non shifting auto transmission will have your rpm really high but not pick up speed.
Question Answered: WHY DID RADIO STOP OPERATING?
July 03, 2013, 09:18 AM
I remember seeing a service bulletin for Audio/Command wiring harness going bad on these. Maybe covered under warranty. check with your local mercedes benz specialist or dealer.
Question Answered: what do i look for i get a shake on the left side when i drive over 50 mile
July 03, 2013, 09:13 AM
First check tire condition. Is the threads even, is it worn? Also have your wheels balanced. Second check your steering and suspension components for looseness or worn bearings.
Question Answered: i had the cam sensor & crank sensors replaced
July 03, 2013, 09:11 AM
Have your oil pressure checked. you may have a bad oil pump. There is a bulletin for oil light flickering if my memory serves me right, but that is just for a bad connection to the oil pressure sensor and not cause any knocking noise.
Question Answered: Suspension compressor will not shut off.
July 03, 2013, 09:08 AM
You will need a wiring diagram to see how this is hooked up. Have a technician diagnose it for you. Most likely you have a power line shorted directly to your pump bypassing relays and air suspension fuse. Or you may have a leak in your air suspension lines and air strut continuously running your pump.
Question Answered: 2002 ford f150 truck 4.2 litre.codes po172 & po175.help
July 02, 2013, 02:12 PM
These codes indicates that your engine is running "rich". This means your o2 sensor senses more fuel less air. check your air intake up to the throttle body for obstruction(air filter, mass air flow sensor and screen, hoses etc.) Its possible that injectors could be leaking into the cylinder instead of atomizing and spraying properly. double check your new fuel regulator as well if its leaking fuel into the vacuum hose to intake. How does it run? does it sputter/hesitate/misfire?
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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