Question Answered: Failed Motor Vehicle Inspection
June 30, 2010, 09:34 PM
Check out this article. There is a whole bunch of information on the PO171 code, what it means, and what you should check. Sounds like all of your problems are mentioned in this as well. Hope this helps!
Question Answered: Timing belt & Water Pump
June 30, 2010, 04:31 PM
You should replace the timing belt every 60-90k miles. You can find more information via this article http://repairpal.com/timing-belt-replacement. Typically the water pump is replaced at the same time as the timing belt as they go out around the same time, plus what is needed to disassemble the car is the same for both eliminating future labor charges. http://repairpal.com/water-pump-replacement
Question Answered: I just got an estimate for $1,995 for a 2004 CRV Clutch
June 30, 2010, 03:38 PM
It does seem a bit high. You could probably get it for a couple hundred cheaper elsewhere. I'd recommend calling around some of the local shops in your area. You can find them here http://repairpal.com/directory?address=92127&car_brand_names=Honda.
Question Answered: got code p0442
June 30, 2010, 03:10 PM
P0442 - EVAP System Small Leak Detected. The NVLD stands for Natural Vacuum Leak Detection. Sounds like they are saying you need a new NVLD vacuum switch. There are a handful of reasons this code can go off all of which relate to emissions. Loose gascap, A small leak/hole in a fuel vapor hose/tube, and so forth. Generally they'll do a smoke test to find where the leak is coming from, but the easiest thing to check first is the gas cap.
You can find more information at http://repairpal.com/OBD-II-Code-P0442. Hope this helps.
Question Answered: service engine light is on
June 30, 2010, 02:58 PM
That code is typically related to the Air Pump system. You can find more information on that code specifically here http://repairpal.com/obd-ii-code-p0410. You can find local shops in your area by going to www.repairpal.com/directory and search by zip code. Hope this helps.
Question Answered: Error Code P0012
June 30, 2010, 01:10 PM
It sounds to me like you should get another mechanic to take a look at it if he's done all that and still can't find the problem. That code relates to all the things you've replaced.
Question Answered: Oil changed ,cannot reset service warning
June 30, 2010, 12:54 PM
This is for Push Button Start E60 models only
Put the key in ignition. Leave the car in gear and push the "Push to Start Button" but only press it 1 time. Don't worry, car will not start. This is called position 15. All dash lights will light. Now push and hold the Odometer reset button. It will initially light up a warning triangle, continue to hold until the Oil can symbol lights up. The oil lamp should be the first to illuminate. For the oil reset, when the oil can illuminates, let go, then press and hold. After about 3 seconds a message saying "Reset?" will appear. When it does, let go of the button and press it again until the mileage indicator resets itself. That should do the trick, if for some reason you try this and doesn't work then I recommend taking it into a certified BMW shop/dealer and have them reset it for you. They shouldn't charge for a simple reset.
Question Answered: engine light on due to "catalyst efficiency below threshold bank 2
June 29, 2010, 05:24 PM
This could mean a couple of things related to emissions. The catalytic converter could be shot, it's possible the oxygen sensor went out, or you could have an exhaust leak. I'd recommend taking it to an emissions specialist and get it diagnosed to find out exactly what the problem is. Check out the directory to find a local shop www.repairpal.com/directory and search for your zip code. Under each shop location it'll list whether those shops specialize in emissions or not.
Question Answered: Brake lights not working
June 29, 2010, 01:30 PM
Check the stop light switch as it may have gone out. It's located on the upper back side of the brake pedal and if that's the problem it's about $12 at the parts store.
Car Review: 2003 Saturn Ion
May 21, 2010, 05:02 PM
I've had my Ion for seven years. In the beginning it was great, and I was excited to own my first car. I enjoyed the fact that the dashboard meters were located in the center dash as opposed to behind the wheel. I personally feel it makes it more visible and easier to keep track of your speed. For the majority of the car it worked from getting me to A to B, but if push came to shove and I had to get out of the way quickly the engine is not powerful enough for that quick acceleration.
Ever since day 1 I've had electrical problems which I've been told is related to the Sun Roof they put in. I constantly get the map lights to flicker on and off due to vibrations, all of which has never been fixed by the factory as "we could not duplicate the results." When it comes to the Heating and Air conditioning I will warn you that even when it is not turned on I still feel air/heat coming through the vents. Not quite sure how to explain that. The other gripe I have about it relates to the nozzles. When you want to change the direction of the flow it works great from design allowing you to swivel it in many different directions, but it does not have vents per say to close. When you try to close the valve by turning the nozzle sideways you will hear a loud whistling noise which is quite annoying.
On the other side of things it is very spacious and reasonably comfortable. It worked great for me while in college when constantly transporting stuff back and for, but for the long term I'm ready for something new. All in all it's a decent car nothing more nothing less.