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Kathleen Long

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I'm the VP/ GM of RepairPal's shop network. I'm excited to be an advocate for the independent repair shops that help to keep us and our cars on the road safely and securely.
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Question Answered: How do I fix the problem?
March 07, 2017, 08:31 AM
Make sure you shut down the engine before the water has any chance of reaching the air intake. If this has already happened and the engine has stopped, do not try to restart it. Using the starter motor in the aim of bringing the engine back to life is the most common way to solve the problem (if no damage has occurred), but only after the combustion chamber has been given an orifice to eliminate the water through - this can be done by removing the spark plugs or the injectors, but I'd recommend towing it to your nearest Certified shop to have them help you before further damage is done, especially since it's your first car! Water can lead to problems so profound the engine needs to be replaced altogether. Only a shop can evaluate the situation for certain.
Question Answered: i have to jiggle the key in the switch and turn the steering wheel, how do i fix
August 17, 2016, 04:49 AM
I have a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire and learned through research that this is a really common problem. It has to do with the lock pins in the ignition module. Here is a PDF that walks you through the fix (or that you can provide to your mechanic). http://up.sur-la-toile.com/iSSK Initially, when I experienced the same problem, the mechanic replaced my whole cylinder and that was quite expensive and I had to go back and have more work done, which cost more money after that because it didn't solve the problem. Removing the lock pins completely resolved the issue. Good luck!
Question Answered: Mice eating wires due to the presence of wheat in the wire makeup?
June 01, 2016, 09:30 AM
Apparently some of the automakers are using wiring which is insulated with a soy byproduct. They seem to be aiming to be more 'green'. This is a very common problem and may actually be covered by your insurance. Give them a call before you spend any money on the problem.
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Comment: How to Jumpstart a Car
March 07, 2017, 05:02 PM
I've been jumping cars (my own and other people's) since I was a wee lass of 16... and I still learned something. One thing I've learned the hard way is to always keep a good pair of jumper cables in my car, and to make sure they're long cables (20 feet or longer, and no, I don't get residuals from recommending these even though my last name is Long). These help ensure I can get myself out of any kind of jam, even if the other car isn't able to get really close to me because of where/ how I am parked.
Comment: How to Clean Battery Terminals
March 07, 2017, 05:00 PM
As a side note, I've heard this only applies to gasoline powered cars and that hybrids should be left to the experts, especially as it relates to the battery. Do you agree?
Comment: How to Fix Your Brakes
March 07, 2017, 04:57 PM
Any recommendations on how to evaluate parts quality? I've heard that lower quality brakes squeak, and I'd like to keep my commute into work as quiet as possible, so the swearing I do when I hit the inevitable potholes can be heard clearly.