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: 1994 GS300 Transmission lock button will not depress unless bypassed.??
July 12, 2013, 04:32 PM
There is a solenoid that releases the shifter lever from park when the brake pedal is depressed. So it can be the solenoid or can be the brake pedal switch.
Question Answered: replace ignition sw./lock, require new keys or new unit tumblers reset
July 11, 2013, 04:34 PM
You can call your local MB dealer parts department and they will ask for your VIN#. You can get the switch/lock/tumblers and will work with existing keys.
Question Answered: MY 2005 CHEVY COLBALT IS STALLING WHEN i COME TO A STOP
July 11, 2013, 03:57 PM
I may ask a lot of questions but to shed some light on your issue. Does it stall Every time, all the time? or once or twice in a day? is there anything you can do to not to make it stall, like neutral or raising your rpm? once in a complete stop or when coming to a stop? check engine light on? any malfunction lights on>?
Question Answered: Why does my steering wheel vibrate and my whole surge?
July 11, 2013, 03:55 PM
Have your suspension checked and wheel balance checked.
Question Answered: Shifts hard in low gears?
July 11, 2013, 03:53 PM
Sounds like going into a limp mode...are there any Check engine light or malfunction lights? Have you used OEM sensors?
Question Answered: Instrument panel lights flash
July 11, 2013, 03:51 PM
Check your basics first. battery and charging system. Low charge or failing alternator can cause all sorts of weird symptoms.
Question Answered: Changed out sparkplugs,wires,coil pack and code PO303 came up again.Car hesitate
July 11, 2013, 03:49 PM
Have it diagnosed by a reputable repair shop. Misfires can get costly with guessing game. Possible ignition problem, Scoping it should further shed some light on ignition faults. Check fuel system also, a failed injector cyl. 3 can be the cause. Or it can be mechanical, cylinder compression test and leakage test can be performed to check mechanical integrity.
Question Answered: Why does my a/c not hold a charge? How can I further solve my problem?
July 11, 2013, 03:46 PM
If it is loosing charge, then there's got to be a leak somewhere. I would use a dye to detect leaks, also check drain tube of your evaporator while using a black light. Your leak might be inside the HVAC housing reason its hard to find, if leaking could mix up with water and drain out in the hvac drain tube. A reputable auto repair shop should get you on the right track.
Question Answered: Is there a sequence to tightening motors mounts? 03 EX COUPE 1.7L
July 08, 2013, 09:51 PM
Energy suspension bushings are a lot harder than your stock rubber bushings and does not absorb vibrations as well as the stock ones do. They are great to prevent movement but not so good with absorbing vibrations. We do quite a few of engine swaps on hondas and whenever we swap it for a bigger motor we use modified motor mounts which are a lot harder than stock. Vibrates like hell. :) Switch to stock mounts.
Question Answered: rain water is getting in the car running down the passenger side windshield
July 08, 2013, 09:41 PM
Check weather strip around the passenger door for cracks or cuts. Also on the passenger side under the glovev box look for any cracks on the plastic casing. check to see if there are any water leaks there. you may need to remove the kick panel to have a better view. I have seen cracks there before causing water leaks.
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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