Question Answered: Air filter change
August 17, 2009, 09:10 PM
Facing the engine , the air filter is contained in the black plastic housing on the right side of the engine.The actual air intake is very close to the oil filler cap.The housing separates via two clips to expose the filter element.
You should get a service manual , http://www.bentleypublishers.com/.
Question Answered: car will not start
August 17, 2009, 08:51 PM
The ignition switch is a common failure on these....
Question Answered: transmission leaking fluid
June 03, 2009, 02:16 PM
This depends entirely on the source of the leak. Torque converter seal , pan seal , final drive seals , etc.
Question Answered: what is the distributor o ring, and rear main seal
June 03, 2009, 02:13 PM
The distributor o ring is described here http://hondaswap.com/general-tech-maintenance/how-change-distributor-o-ring-81866/.
The rear main seal is at the rear of the engine , where the crankshaft couples to the transmission.
Incidentally a badly leaking distributor o ring can appear to be a leaking rear main seal since the distributor is located directly above the rear main seal.
Question Answered: Black smoke, won't go up hills
June 03, 2009, 01:32 PM
Failed engine coolant temp sensors are common on these.
It is blue with four wire beige connector , mounted at coolant hose near battery....
Question Answered: tranny
June 03, 2009, 01:26 PM
If the entire gear shift display is highlighted the transmission is in limp mode.
The transmission control module is mounted under the carpet on the passenger side. It is probably wet........
Question Answered: Reverse up hill
June 03, 2009, 01:21 PM
If this an an automatic transmission , be sure you aren't just low on fluid. They act just as you describe when low enough.....
Question Answered: Spark Plugs
June 03, 2009, 01:14 PM
I would urge you to use the dealer supplied genuine part. Usually manufactured by NGK or Beru. Various issues related to cold start/performance and misfires are related to aftermarket spark plugs.
This statement is based on years of experience.
Question Answered: Air Bag
June 03, 2009, 01:08 PM
You need to clear the air bag fault after diagnosing it. If the fault relates to "low voltage term. 30" you may have created that condition during the battery disconnect.
The 968 air bag light can only be accessed or reset using the Bosch "Hammer" diagnostic tool.
Car Review: 2001 Volkswagen EuroVan
October 17, 2008, 02:47 PM
I've not actually owned a Eurovan but I've worked on them for years and years as a technician at the VW dealer.The majority of the issues are maintenance items such as brake pad and rotor replacement , some coolant leaks and occasional electrical issues including check engine lights. Nothing really dificult to resolve.
The owners love these cars for their utility , and space.I see them used for camping trips , day to day family "shuttle" and all around city vehicle.
They are large vehicles and most of the wear and tear is related to that.
Just my impressions as a non-owner......
Car Review: 2003 Volkswagen Beetle
October 08, 2008, 01:45 PM
I've enjoyed the beetle since new.Stylish in it's own way.It grows on you.Simple 2.0 Liter
engine runs and runs.
I wore out the clutch at 50,000 miles , replaced brakes now and than.
I drive hard , the car does well.
Car Review: 2001 Volkswagen Passat
October 08, 2008, 12:42 PM
Compared to the Audi A4 this a lot of car for the money.A few electrical problems...the flashers quit , door remote problem.The check engine light came on twice.Replaced coolant sensor and a spark plug wire to fix.Brakes have been replaced front and rear.
Mechanically other than maintenance I've done the axle boots.
Very comfortable around town and on the road.OK by me.
Car Review: 1993 Porsche 968
October 06, 2008, 02:22 PM
A real nice car.Easy to drive fast.No drama.Stick shift coupe was hard to find.Most are convertibles with automatic transmissions.A real classy ride.A little spendy to keep up at times , but not bad.
Red with Black leather interior is it.
Car Review: 2000 Audi TT
October 06, 2008, 02:11 PM
This has been a fun car.Not super fast , it handles well though.Maintenance cost are so-so.A few water leaks in the rain.All OK now.Had to fix a few things in the suspension....creaking noise.Brakes needed a few times as well.
Car Review: 2002 Audi Allroad Quattro
October 06, 2008, 02:02 PM
For the right owner these can be great cars.Not an SUV and not an avant this is the right mix of both.Somewhat high maintenance , a great performer and stylish.The proven Quattro four wheel drive system works well with the air suspension.A real joy is the V-8 with the manual transmission.Hard to find though.
Many very high mileage daily drivers on the road still.A sought after choice in the used car market attest to their popularity.
Car Review: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta
October 03, 2008, 02:07 PM
This has a pretty good bread and butter sort of car.Not exciting at all , but it runs and runs.Fairly comfortable , not a great performer , but easy enough to keep up.The interior shows its age , I put tires on it now and again.Biggest expense has been timing belt and water pump replacement.A/C went south awhole back but still a good daily driver.
Car Review: 1990 Porsche 911
October 03, 2008, 01:58 PM
A real success story for Porsche.The 911 line up seemed to get better with each year.This is the "real" Porsche design philosophy...rear engine , air cooled.A great performer , the engine is as strong as they come.Service cost can be high.For example valves require manual adjustment , dual ignition has twelve spark plugs...every 15,000 mile service.Plus twelve quarts of synthetic oil every 7,500 miles.Unfortunately deferred maintenance will cost in the long run.A few oil leaks remain to be fixed , but thats on the list.
All in all a real tour de force from concept to build.
Car Review: 1991 Porsche 928
October 03, 2008, 01:44 PM
A great car for around town or trips to L.A.Generally people love the styling , though some hate it!By contemporary standards this a real eye catcher.Anyhow , a bit of a chore to keep up with service needs.Engine is a great performer but tempermental at times.For a large car the handlig is great.If you like going fast , tire life can be disappointing.Very comfortable for two , climate control is fully up to the task.Sort of an overlooked gem in its time.They can be a great buy today.Buy the latest model you can , problems were resolved in the later years of production.A real joy to own.
Car Review: 1990 Porsche 944
October 03, 2008, 01:31 PM
As an affordable entry into owning a Porsche this has been a great car.Parts are pretty affordable ,a little tricky to work on.but basic stuff like brakes and oil change no problem ,if your set up.I am at 145,00 miles now , after nearly 80,000 of ownership.No real failures at all.Replaced timing belt twice as needed and replaced the water pump once.Brakes are really good , replaced pads & rotors awhile back , pad life more than reasonable.A good first , modern Porsche.