Question Asked: Do I need to replace my shock absorbers?
December 10, 2011, 10:52 AM
I've heard it both ways, mostly that they need to be replaced by someone trying to sell me an expensive new set.
My car-nut buddy says they're fine, never need replacing.
But my truck seems to sit a little lower on the driver's side (I'm not THAT heavy, only 175 lbs!) and the suspension seems to squeak sometimes going over the bump into my driveway.
What's the deal?
Question Asked: Changed oil - got 3 quarts out, put 5 back in, but there's no leak/burn, WTF?
December 10, 2011, 10:31 AM
It had been around 5,000 miles since I had it changed at a shop, and after I put the 5 quarts in that the manual suggested, it read way above full on the dipstick.
My car-repair nut friend thinks I have the wrong dipstick, possibly I got a 4-cyl dipstick for a 6-cyl engine?
But that doesn't explain the missing 2 quarts of oil. The truck isn't burning it, there would be a black cloud following me, and I park every night in my driveway and would spot a leak immediately, but there's none.
Question Asked: Cost to replace auto transmission?
Feasible to swap to manual trans?
December 10, 2011, 10:24 AM
I've mistakenly trusted various shops with changing my oil and checking my fluids, but recently noticed a leak in my radiator, so I bought the part and asked a friend to help.
While swapping in the new radiator, my friend disconnected the hose that runs from the transmission to the radiator (I didn't know it did this, I'm not much of a car guy) and he smelled a bit of the fluid that dripped out, around 1/2 cup. He said it smelled bad, burnt.
After the job was done, I started the truck to move it and immediately knew something was wrong. The transmission felt like it was grinding. I shut it off and we checked the fluid level - it didn't register on the dipstick.
We added 3 quarts, and it finally showed on the bottom of the stick, but my friend advised against adding too much, saying it might make a bad problem worse faster.
Now it works, but I can feel it slipping a bit.
Am I totally hosed?
Should I replace the thing or try rebuilding it? Truck has 203,000 miles and I was hoping to keep it a couple more years. Time to replace the entire truck?
I'd rather have a manual transmission, does it make sense to switch now?
Question Answered: Why doesn't the brake light on the dash go off?
December 10, 2011, 06:43 AM
I've found that my jiggling the emergency brake handle it will sometimes turn off for a brief time, therefore it must be a problem with the switch under the dash at the bracket.
My solution was to place a small piece of black electrical tape over the light on the dash. Problem SOLVED!
I've never failed emissions, and have over 200,000 miles on the truck and have had it over 8 years.
Problem Reported: Failed Emissions Test Due to Blocked EGR System
May 27, 2010, 11:07 AM
<p>The <a id="ce_9145" class="ct_null tooltip" href="/exhaust-gas-recirculation-system">EGR</a> System tends to get restricted or blocked with carbon after 100,000- 125,000 miles which will cause an emissions test failure for NOX. If the EGR system is equipped with an EGR temperature sensor it will trigger a <a id="[object HTMLInputElement]" class="ct_auto care advice tooltip" href="/understanding-the-check-engine-light"><span class="ct_null tooltip">Check Engine Light</span></a> for improper EGR flow. The repair is to clean out the EGR passages and the EGR Temperature sensor. Our technicians tell this repair is pretty straight forward and takes about 1-1.5 hours. It is also wise to verify the EGR system components i.e. the Transducer, EGR Valve and VSV Solenoid at this time.</p>