Question Answered: what exactly is a purge valve for the audi? mechanic said car's running to rich
April 02, 2012, 03:41 PM
Purge valve is a small motor unit that pulls gas vapors out of tank then is pushed into your intake. Makes vehicle more fuel efficient- it's used as part of your evaporative emissions system. I've never heard it making the car run more rich- usually uses more fuel and possibly chokes if not working. You should however get a trouble light on dash when your computer recognizes problems with that system. Mass air flow sensor makes more sense as to the problem though just the same you should be getting a trouble light for it.
Question Answered: water leak aginst the firewall two metal pipes that join together
April 02, 2012, 11:57 AM
You have a bad heater core. You can at least get hose connector kit from your local auto parts store to connect hoses together to get you by until you can replace. I'd do before gets cold again cuz your heater will not work while doing this.
Question Answered: Why does my check engine light come on?
April 02, 2012, 11:52 AM
It failed because your check engine light is on. Have it checked for free at your local Autozone and they'll give you good place to start. Your receipt from DEQ should already have code written on it (under trouble codes starting with "P"). Id go to Autozone and have them print you the code or codes and go from there. Could be very simple problem. If you have a vehicle 1996 or newer that has check engine light on don't even bother to take for emissions test- will fail everytime. Have checked whenever it comes on and do everything you can to keep light off. In the end it'll save you gas!
Car Review: 2006 Ford Fusion
March 19, 2012, 11:00 AM
Have owned my 2006 Ford Fusion with V6- Aisin F21 6 speed transmission since new. Taken very good care of it- now less than 64K miles. 2 months ago had issue with hard shift and "bucking" from take off. Only happened like 2 times, my wife explained to me that felt like computer didn't know what gear to go into. Nevertheless, changed transmission fluid even though owners manual didn't suggest until 100k. Thought it fixed but then other day happened again. Been looking online last couple days and been reading up on other stories and TSB reports. Sounds like problem is either with a TCM reflash for update- which i read vehicles built before 9/4/2006 (mine is 10/2005) or with a faulty Valve Body which in my case hope not due to $1400 cost plus install. Well not sure at this point what fix will be but just dropped my car off at Ford dealer for TCM reflash and hoping this $118 fixes my problem. Service advisor checked my car and did have old software so hoping at this point this corrects problem!
I'll give an update at later date with my results which hopefully will help someone else that runs into this problem. Have read alot of horror stories from many individuals but my experience had been very positive with my car. Until now never faced any mechanical problems. During my full warranty period only had to return for service right before warranty ran out to replace both rear door handles that had broken.
I can't even put into words how much the information I've read lately on this problem has really helped me decide on what direction to move in. My first reaction was got to trade in and get out from under a huge potential problem but then would be facing many more years of payments (got 11 more payments). I've loved my car and didn't want to have to do that but would if i had to. The information I've received gave me a very positive outlook on fixing my car so i can keep as i'd planned for many years.
Ok well hopefully this will give someone else hope and I'll update in couple months with my results. Will update sooner if problem happens again.
Update: 3-26-12 NO PROBLEMS YET. HOPING FLASHING WORKED. BEEN THINKING ALOT TOO OF HOW MY WIFE DRIVES CAR LOL I'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED THIS PROBLEM MYSELF AND WONDER IF HOW SHE DRIVES. I'VE ONLY BEEN DRIVING IT AND ALL GOOD AT THIS POINT.