Andy Y

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Question Answered: rusts
January 05, 2009, 02:45 PM
Is the liftgate rusting or is it just the trim piece? Maybe the paint was scratched the last time it was fixed and was susceptible to rusting. Rust or corrosion should definitely be repaired before it gets too bad
Question Answered: were is the engine control computer located
January 05, 2009, 01:23 PM
Jet has instructions on their website to use their programmer. http://www.jetchip.com/howto.asp?folder=FordPerformanceProgrammers You will need to copy/paste that link. The programmers plug into the Diagnostic port, most likely somewhere under the steering wheel on the lower dash. I think the PCM is in the engine compartment near the battery. You can probably find some good info about the Jetchips from a Mountaineer/Explorer forum. Many people make good how-to write-ups on mods
Question Answered: electrical/battery problems
January 05, 2009, 11:50 AM
Is the battery old? It's possible the battery has become weak and this cold weather really drained it. Cold weather really does a number on batteries. Most shops can test the battery for you and many auto parts stores will test it for free if they have the tool. It's possible something else is draining the battery when the key is off but that would require some basic electrical knowledge and a multimeter to diagnose
Question Answered: No manual.
January 05, 2009, 11:37 AM
I'm not familiar with your Mercedes but the people at Benzworld may be able to help with your question. http://www.benzworld.org/forums/ If you have an S420, that would be the W140 chassis (known internally as the 140) http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w140-s-class/ They seem to have a stickied post at the top containing user manuals. You'll need to copy/paste that second link for it to work properly. Hope this helps!
Question Answered: Air in cooling system - head gasket leak?
January 05, 2009, 11:30 AM
Is there any apparent leak that you can see? Do you see white smoke from the exhaust? Check your oil dipstick for oil and coolant intermix. It will look like a mayonnaise that has turned. Does the coolant smell like exhaust or gasoline? If the car has overheated, there is a good chance the head gasket has blown but it should be verified.
Question Answered: alternator
January 05, 2009, 11:14 AM
You can check out Autozone's website, they offer free repair guides online or maybe consider buying a repair manual from the local auto parts store. From the manuals, it looks like the alternator is mounted down low and some things need to be removed to gain access. I've found that online forums can be really helpful with how-to write-ups
Question Answered: Auto Trans
January 05, 2009, 10:52 AM
For many repairs, Parts and labor at many dealers has a 1 year warranty attached to that repair. If the dealer has just replaced the transmission, and it's already whining, definitely call them
Question Answered: how do I do a compression test on a 1993 mercury cougar 3.8l v6
January 05, 2009, 10:42 AM
You can also check the oil dipstick for oil/coolant intermix. It will look like a mayonnaise that has turned. You can also look on the underside of the oil filler cap for evidence of intermix. Why do you think the head gasket has blown? Is the car overheating? Are you seeing white smoke from the exhaust? Head gasket problems were not uncommon with the 3.8L
Question Answered: Gear shift won't shift.
January 05, 2009, 10:31 AM
Something in the shift linkage may have broken if you can shift it manually under the under hood.
Question Answered: Truck cranks up, but it won't start.
January 05, 2009, 09:55 AM
A defective fuel pump will rarely set any trouble codes but is a likely culprit for crank-no start conditions. You'll need to check fuel pressure. Try to listen for the fuel pump when you first key on (it will automatically shut off after a couple seconds). Also look for any blown fuses.
Problem Reported: AC System Leaks Refrigerant
January 11, 2011, 04:05 PM

O-rings in the quick connect fittings commonly allow refrigerant to leak from the AC System. The o-rings at system quick connect fittings should be replaced.

Problem Reported: Ticking Noise from Heater Blower When Fan Is On
January 11, 2011, 04:04 PM

Internal heater blower motor issues can cause a ticking noise from the heater blower when the fan is on. To correct this concern, replace the heater blower motor with a revised unit.

Problem Reported: The Horn Will Not Work Intermittently
January 11, 2011, 04:03 PM

The horn may not work sometimes. A higher than appropriate horn voltage can cause switch damage and a relay kit should be installed to moderate voltage and maintain functionality.

Problem Reported: Buzzing Noise from Exhaust at Different Engine Speeds
January 11, 2011, 04:01 PM

If a buzzing noise is coming from the exhaust at different engine speeds and conditions, this is commonly caused by the heat shields on catalytic converters coming loose at points. The buzzing is the metal on metal contact. Installing a large worm clamp around the catalytic converter and heat shield assembly will prevent the noise and secure the shields.

Problem Reported: Automatic Transmission Shifts Hard
January 11, 2011, 04:00 PM

If the throttle lever is out of adjustment, or the grommets are missing / broken at the throttle or transmission, the automatic transmission can shift hard. Replace the grommets as needed and adjust the throttle lever.

Problem Reported: Speedometer Operation Affected and Poor Transmission Shift Quality
January 11, 2011, 03:59 PM

The vehicle may lose vehicle speed signal, which can affect speedometer operation and transmission shift quality. Most often the Vehicle Speed Sensor is faulty, however, at times, the driven gear inside the transmission is at fault. Replace the Vehicle Speed sensor and inspect the driven gear upon sensor removal.

Problem Reported: AC System Leaks Refrigerant
January 11, 2011, 03:57 PM

O-rings in the quick connect fittings commonly allow refrigerant to leak from the AC System. The o-rings at system quick connect fittings should be replaced.

Problem Reported: Ticking Noise from Heater Blower When Fan Is On
January 11, 2011, 03:53 PM

Internal heater blower motor issues can cause a ticking noise from the heater blower when the fan is on. To correct this concern, replace the heater blower motor with a revised unit.

Problem Reported: The Horn Will Not Work Intermittently
January 11, 2011, 03:51 PM

The horn may not work sometimes. A higher than appropriate horn voltage can cause switch damage and a relay kit should be installed to moderate voltage and maintain functionality.

Problem Reported: Buzzing Noise from Exhaust at Different Engine Speeds
January 11, 2011, 03:46 PM

If a buzzing noise is coming from the exhaust at different engine speeds and conditions, this is commonly caused by the heat shields on catalytic converters coming loose at points. The buzzing is the metal on metal contact. Installing a large worm clamp around the catalytic converter and heat shield assembly will prevent the noise and secure the shields.

Car Review: 1991 Jeep Wrangler
January 16, 2009, 04:21 PM
What can I say? It's a Jeep and the short wheelbase makes for a stiff ride. I LOVE the torque from the 4.0L HO engine but it eats gas like it's going out of style. Oil leaks everywhere mostly fixed now... valve cover gasket, pinion seals, diff covers, transmission oil pan gasket, and oil cooler lines. After test driving some soft tops I'm really happy with the hard top, it's much quieter and seals much better.
Car Review: 1994 Ford Ranger
January 16, 2009, 04:12 PM
This truck was damn near bullet proof. I kept up with the oil and coolant changes and air filters it never had any problems. I had the 3.0L V6 with the automatic transmission... it felt a little underpowered but it was dependable. It always had that power steering whine but my old Taurus did too. I sold it with 190,000 miles on the clock and it was still going strong, passed smog no problem when sold.
Car Review: 2007 Honda Civic
September 25, 2008, 03:15 PM
This was my first new car and I love my car! I had the problem with my sun visors and the dealer took care of me. I've had one leak from my timing chain tensioner cover (warranty) and I just replaced the tires. With the synthetic oil I'm getting 33-35 mpg each tank! Sometimes the AC takes a little long to get cold but I'm really nit picking
Comment: Ferrari 275 GTB: Rendezvous in Paris
May 13, 2009, 11:28 AM
Awesome, nothing sounds like an Italian V12
Comment: One Car We Will Never Have on RepairPal
February 03, 2009, 03:09 PM
Awesome! I want one! It'll look great next to my rock crawler Great picture! nice blue-bird day in the valley
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