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Question Asked: Is regular tire rotation an alternative to replacing the control arm bushing?
August 21, 2014, 12:48 PM
I drive an Audi A6 Quattro 187k+ miles and was told the control arm bushing needs replacement & is causing the wheel alignment issue. The replacement is very costly and I was wondering if tire rotation every 3k miles can delay the replacement? What can happen if I delay replacement in addition to uneven wear and tear of tires?
Question Asked: Broken oil dipstick
September 18, 2013, 05:01 PM
3/4 of the lower part (orange plastic part with metal underneath it) of the oil dipstick broke off and I don't know when it broke or where the part went (stuck in the tube or dislodged in the pan) ? My questions are: (1) is this something I should be concern about? (2) doesn't the car have an oil filtration system that will stop unwanted elements from advancing to where they shouldn't be? (3) will the broken part (stuck or dislodged) cause any kind of trouble to the car in any way? (4) can the part be removed when oil is being drained during an change oil? or is it an extra procedure that needs to be done? if it's something extra, approximately how much extra would it cost to get the broken part removed? Thank you so much in advance.
Question Asked: Engine & Transmission Mount replacement
June 12, 2011, 03:44 PM
My car used to be so quiet when I turned on the engine. So quiet that sometimes I would switch it on again forgetting it was already on. That was a 100k miles ago. Now it's not as quiet and I definitely can tell the engine is on with a little vibration, with 170k miles on it, that is expected and acceptable, don't you think? I had an earlier post about the coolant reservoir replacement, now that that's resolved, my new mechanic tells me the engine (L & R) and the transmission mounts (both) need to be replaced because they're getting old and loose hence the vibration. There were certain services on my car that my old mechanic suggested to ignore, unnecessary repairs on an old car is truly a waste of $$. For as long as it did not affect the car performance/engine, leave it alone. (1) I want to know if replacing the part in question is one I can ignore, after all, the little vibration I feel on the car is not really bothering me? (2) How much does it normally cost for this kind of service if I took my car to an Audi Specialist? (3) Can you please recommend a trust worthy one within 15-30 miles from 92336 area code SoCal? Thanks in advance.
Question Asked: Leaking Coolant
May 28, 2011, 10:32 PM
I hope someone can give me a sound advise. The coolant reservoir tank on my Audi A6 Quattro 1995 was replaced 2x in the past 2 years & now coolant is leaking again. At least half of a full tank leaks out to the ground directly underneath the coolant tank on the driver side. What could be the cause of the recurring leak? Did the mechanic miss anything? If I have the reservoir tank & cap replaced & the leak persists, what then? Where else should I look for possible source of leak?
Question Asked: Catalytic Converter
April 14, 2011, 02:46 PM
My car used to rattle a lot especially on a cold winter day. The rattling sound which dissipates when the car warms up, was caused by a faulty catalytic converter (I was told my mechanic). Now that I moved to SoCal, the car rarely rattles. Do I still need to replace the converters especially if it passes the smog test?
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