Question Asked: rough idle
July 03, 2013, 12:11 PM
Just rebuilt this 98 350.Heads milled and tested, block tested and honed new pistons,rings,bearings,oil pump, new cam and bearings and new lifters. Started up fine, have a very rough idle. Firing order is correct and timing is correct. all hoses and wires reconnected. Totally out of ideas here. Cylinders are firing. entire engine shakes and has very little power. Have checked for vacuum leaks and can find none. Engine was running this was before the rebuild. Any suggestions????
Question Asked: Automatic Transmission shift problem.
December 16, 2012, 09:11 AM
2012 F-150 STX 4X4 5.0L
When in low range 4WD the automatic transmission will not shift through the gears and stays in 1st gear. When RPM's hit the 4000 range it then will shift into second and give you whiplash in the process.I can manually shift through the gears using the gear selector however. I have owned several 4WD trucks and all have shifted normally in low range 4WD. This something new that Ford has put into their transmissions? Has anyone else had a simalar problem?
Question Asked: Secondary Air Pump
December 02, 2010, 06:53 AM
The secondary air pump comes on and runs until it completely drains the battery. (sounds like a small vacuum cleaner running). I located this pump just behind the fog light on the driver side and unplugged it. This of course turned on the Check Eng. Light. Diagnostic results (Secondary Air Pump) lack of flow. I don't recall the specific code number. A new pump costs about $375. How do I know what is causing this pump to suddenly come on while in the garage at anytime and drain my battery? Is it a short circuit in the pump or the ECM telling it to come on? Anyone else had this problem?
Question Asked: Transmission slips. and the engine sputters and nearly dies. The Power/Com
October 21, 2010, 07:47 AM
I've been haunted by engine performance issues for over a month now.Now my transmission seems to be slipping. The Power/Comfort selector switch light just above the shifter blinks when in the Power Mode. What exactly does this blinking light telling me? I'm assuming it's time for a trip to the salvage yard for the whole car.
Question Asked: Engine bogs down.
October 06, 2010, 08:58 AM
136k miles. After heating up my car seems to bog down almost dying and then the rpms come up to about 1500. It does this about 4-5 times in a row and then clears up and runs fine.It only does this when accelerating. There is excessive pressure in the fuel tank when I open the cap.Could this be the fuel pressure regulator?
Question Answered: What is differential seals?
October 18, 2011, 09:47 AM
The 2002 and newer Explorers do not have a solid rear axle and utilize a independent 4 wheel suspension. The rear drive axles are actually CV type axles found on front wheel drive vehicles. The differential seals are actually on the differential itself and not on the end of the axle. The half-shaft axles are easily removed and the seals become visable for relatively easy replacement.
Question Answered: how do i fix a death wobble
October 01, 2011, 08:34 AM
I had the same problem on a Dodge Ram which has a very similiar front end. It"s called a trac-bar which prevents the front alxe from shifting side to side. One way to verify if it's the track bar is to put it in 4WD and get up to 50. If you do not have the wobble then it's the trac-bar. Good Luck!
Question Answered: Why does a yellow car icon light up on dash of 1999 Toyota Solara?
July 04, 2011, 07:24 AM
I've had the same indicator light on my Solara. It't a warning indicator the alerts the driver that a bulb has burned out on the car. Check all your bulbs to find the one at fault and replace. The indicator light will reset automatically.
Question Answered: Head Gasket & intake manifold
December 09, 2010, 06:51 AM
I to had a similiar issue with a friends truck. The crankcase filled with coolant from the engine block. I immediately assumed a head gasket was blown. I tore into the engine to find that the head gaskets were in good shape and not blown. After searching for the source of the leak I noticed that the intake manifold gasket had failed (blown) and caused the leak. I could have saved a lot of money simply by checking the manifold gasket. These Chevy engines are notorious for intake manifold issues. Before dumping a bunch of money into head gaskets I strongly suggest taking a closer look at the intake manifold gasket before digging too deep into the cylinder heads. Many times the head gaskets are not blown and you can save a ton of money and repair the engine as well. Good Luck!
Problem Reported: Check Engine Light Due to Failed EVAP Purge Control Valve
September 15, 2010, 10:08 PM
<p>Intermittent failure of a <a id="ce_10336" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/canister-purge-valve">purge control valve</a> in the <a id="ce_9144" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/evaporative-control-system">evaporative emission system</a> can cause the <a id="ce_5700" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/understanding-the-check-engine-light">Check Engine Light</a> to illuminate. A failed valve should be replaced to correct this problem.</p>
Problem Reported: Ignition Coil May Fail After 100,000 Miles
September 15, 2010, 10:08 PM
<p>On higher mileage vehicles, <span class="ct_selected tooltip">an <a id="[object HTMLInputElement]" class="ct_auto care advice tooltip" href="/misfires-and-their-causes"><span class="ct_selected tooltip">engine misfire</span></a></span> may develop and/or the <a id="[object HTMLInputElement]" class="ct_auto care advice tooltip" href="/understanding-the-check-engine-light"><span class="ct_selected tooltip">Check Engine Light</span></a> may illuminate due to a failed <a id="ce_84" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/ignition-coil">ignition coil</a>. It is not uncommon to replace all the coils when the first one fails in order to prevent return trips to the repair shop.</p>
Problem Reported: Quick-Connect Fittings For Heater Hoses May Leak Engine Coolant
September 15, 2010, 10:06 PM
<p>The quick-connect fittings for the <a id="ce_83" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/heater-hose">heater hoses</a> tend to leak engine coolant. This problem commonly occurs because the metal housing has become brittle, which can break and cause leaks.</p>
Problem Reported: Air Conditioning Compressor May Become Noisy
May 27, 2010, 11:07 AM
<p>The air conditioning <a id="ce_3" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/air-conditioning-compressor">compressor</a> may develop an abnormal noise and require replacement. We recommend that whenever an AC compressor is being replaced for a noise condition, a filter kit should be installed to prevent any metal particles in the system from damaging the new compressor.</p>
Car Review: 2012 Ford F-150
December 16, 2012, 06:35 PM
Bought it with 3 miles on it. So far great truck. STX 4X4 short wheel base, 2 dr with the 5.0L, 3.55 axle ratio.
3k miles on it so far. Gas mileage is about 14 city and 18 highway. Plenty,(maybe too much) power for this light truck! Asphalt roads are great however, dirt roads and this thing can get away from you. Love the truck. Looks great, performs better than expected an turns heads! Impressive exhaust (rumble) sound when stepping on the gas with the stock exhaust system.
Love this truck! I do however, have minor issues with the shift points of the auto trans in the 4WD low range.. I'm working with the dealership to fix this problem...
Car Review: 2003 Volkswagen Passat
December 09, 2010, 11:44 AM
I've owned my 03 Passat, 1.8T for 4 years now. I've had pretty much all the same mechanical problems as everyone else. There is 1 very expensive repair I have to do soon and that's to replace the secondary air pump. VW wants over $800 to do it. I can do it for $350. Ignition coils were covered by a recall as well as the brake light swich. Oil leak is embarrasing when I park in a friends driveway. The only other issue I have with this small engine is turbo-lag and the drive by wire accelerator. I can't rely on a quick burst of speed to get into traffic. Throttle response is very slow. Also, the sealed transimission worries me that I can't monitor the fluid level and condition. Overall I think this is the safest car on the road. My wife was T-Boned on the driver side rear. I didn't know VW put airbags in the seats! Although expensive to repair comfort and safety earn high marks.