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Question Answered: cost to re[lace rear air suspension with coil springs and shocks
August 23, 2010, 05:23 PM
Check the RepairPal estimator for your car--there should be Shock/Strut Replacement to give you an idea of how much labor is. Most shops won't install a part that a customer brings in, however. It exposes to liability and warranty issues.
Question Answered: motor mounts&dampers
August 23, 2010, 05:22 PM
I would start with the parts department/store. Motor mounts are pretty complicated in most cases--often times even professionals will need to see the parts before they know which is which and where they go.
Question Answered: Information!!
August 23, 2010, 05:21 PM
Take a look at the RepairPal estimator for replacement costs. And take a look at the common problems. These vans can be severe problem vehicles--be careful what you buy.
Question Answered: 160,000,tune up at 100,000.when valve& water pump be adjust & replace?
August 23, 2010, 05:20 PM
What does this mean? You maintenance schedule can be found in RepairPal's estimator: http://repairpal.com/estimator
Question Answered: How to install a 7.5 motor into a 1973 Mustang
August 23, 2010, 05:19 PM
This is a hugely complicated enterprise, and you need the assistance of someone who really knows what he or she is doing to work through this with you.
Question Answered: P0175 (Turbine speed sensor malfunction) stuck in limp home mode (1st gear)
August 23, 2010, 05:17 PM
Here is very detail information on this code: http://repairpal.com/OBD-II-Code-P0172-and-P0175
Question Answered: Replace belts for ac and power steering on toyota solara
August 23, 2010, 05:16 PM
If you've never done this before, then you need to invest in a repair manual with step-by-step instructions and diagrams. You can get access to one online for cheap: http://bit.ly/mitchell_repair_manuals_online This can be tricky and sometimes requires special tools, so you will likely be better off taking it to a shop. It won't be THAT expensive.
Question Answered: Gas gauge is not accurate, floats back and forth
August 23, 2010, 05:14 PM
Chevron has a fuel system additive called Techron Concentrate Plus. The formula with the "Plus" is specifically designed to help with this very common GM problem--it's caused by corrosion on the fuel sending unit in the gas tank. If a couple of tanks with the Techron Concentrate doesn't work, then you are probably out a bundle for the fuel sending unit.
Question Answered: Dealer doesn't honor Recalls/TSBs
August 23, 2010, 05:13 PM
The dealership will have Recalls relevant to your vehicle searchable your VIN. Not all Focus are necessarily affected by each Recall campaign number. Your recourse is to ask the deal what Recalls have been issued for your VIN. If you are uncomfortable with they way they are treating you, then I would call Ford itself and ask them about your vehicle. Your state may also have an auto repair consumer protection arm, as in California with the Bureau of Auto Repair.
Question Answered: front brakes apply and lock while driving
August 23, 2010, 05:10 PM
This is strange behavior and a serious safety issue. I strongly recommend you take the car to a professional for thorough diagnosis and repair.
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Car Review: 2002 Acura RSX
January 19, 2009, 08:47 AM
This is a terrific car--they should just call it an Integra. The RSX is fast when you want it to be, and fun to drive. Practically no maintenance issues, and great gas mileage.
Car Review: 1996 Lincoln Continental
January 02, 2009, 11:20 AM
Have owned this car since almost new--more than a decade, and it's still treating me well. The interior has worn okay, and I've had to replace an alternator. Otherwise, it's comfortable, safe, and powerful. One of the best Lincoln's I've owned.
Car Review: 1994 Ford Aerostar
January 02, 2009, 11:16 AM
This was a horrible vehicle. Rode like the truck chassis on which it was based, had persistent "check engine light" trouble, and one time, the front tire almost sheared off, according to our mechanic.
Car Review: 2001 Nissan Altima
December 14, 2008, 03:25 PM
Indomitable! The Nissan Altima just would not die. The engine has been no problems, the interior and radio are still working just great. No problems. Really reliable and low maintenance prices.
Car Review: 1990 Oldsmobile 88
December 14, 2008, 03:22 PM
Okay--I had an '87 88, but I have to review the car anyway, as it was my first. Strong engine, and absolutely a Detroit tank of a car, but it was comfortable as hell and low-maintenance. Problems: the headliner will sag on you as only GM headliners can. You will develop timing chain and valve problems over time.
Car Review: 1995 Isuzu Trooper
October 28, 2008, 05:01 PM
We put this car through hell. It was very reliable, but the engine finally gave out at about 150K. Otherwise, brakes, transmission, the body and the interior--pretty reliable.
Car Review: 2007 Chrysler 300
October 28, 2008, 04:59 PM
Rented one of these lately, and while it seemed reliable, the interior is cheap in look and feel. The engine was anemic, the steering soft. Not a car I'd recommend buying.
Car Review: 2006 BMW X3
October 28, 2008, 04:56 PM
Parents have a BMW X3 that I drive. It's been fun, has a lot of room, and is easy to maintain. BMW pays regular maintenance under warranty, and we've never had repairs. Not great gas mileage though.
Car Review: 2005 BMW 325i
October 28, 2008, 04:55 PM
My dad has a BMW 325i, and I want to steal it. Fun to drive, it's been very reliable, and he hasn't spent much on maintenance and nothing on repair. The brakes are expensive, but they were under warranty. The oil changes are expensive, but you only have to do them once a year or less.
Car Review: 2001 Nissan Pathfinder
October 28, 2008, 04:53 PM
Our Nissan Pathfinder has been exemplary. No major problems, minimal repair and maintenance costs for a car with 105,000 miles. We have only done spark plugs and oil changes, and drive belts on schedule. Brake pads are expensive because of the 4 wheel drive.
Comment: Do-It-Yourself Auto Repair: Sometimes Not A Fix
February 27, 2010, 06:22 PM
Sorry that the link is no longer working. Couldn't find a replacement.
Comment: Are Cars Getting Scary Again?
February 27, 2010, 06:21 PM
Great contribution, M.Fulton! Thank you. For those of us who watch these things closely, the media coverage just hasn't made sense. Toyota's record, even with this recall, is extraordinary.
Comment: Chinese Automaker Offers a Hybrid
December 31, 2008, 12:03 PM
Is that not a Hyundai?