Question Answered: low and rough idle
April 04, 2010, 08:38 PM
A leaking intake manifold gasket is very common on this engine. The way I find it is to get a water bottle and spray a stream of water around the intake runners where they attach to the head. They normally leak at the ends,, near the #1 or #6 cylinder intake runner. If the gasket is leaking, the engine will stumble when the water is drawn into the cylinder from the vacuum leak.
Question Answered: change front shocks
April 04, 2010, 09:48 AM
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Question Answered: thank you
April 04, 2010, 09:47 AM
There can be few reasons the power is not getting to the compressor. Low pressure switch, a/c switch, or any other part of the electrical circuit that powers the compressor. It's best to have a wiring diagram and a good understanding of the requirements needed to engage the compressor.
Question Answered: radiator fan always running
April 04, 2010, 09:41 AM
If your check engine light is on, the engine may be keeping the fan on, is the light on?
Question Answered: starter issues
April 04, 2010, 09:41 AM
Check all the battery cables, make sure they are good. Here is some info on how to properly check a starter: http://www.excelauto.com/online/Tech.d/strvdt.html
Question Answered: Loss of all power
April 04, 2010, 09:39 AM
It is quite possible the alternator, but it is best to have this inspected by a shop, and not the one you took it to, because they obviously didn't check it properly, or they would've found the problem.
Have a starting and charging system check performed to identify the issue, have it done by a reputable shop, and use only quality parts.
Using the least expensive shop and or parts will cost you more in time and money in the long run.
Car Review: 1998 Mercury Mystique
December 08, 2008, 01:39 PM
My parents own one and they have it in the shop every month. I have a Mini Cooper and a Honda and nowhere near the problems this has. Heck, just look at the list of recalls and service bulletins! I'm not even going to list all the problems, just avoid one of these!
Car Review: 2001 Volvo V40
December 08, 2008, 01:29 PM
My Volvo V40 is a nice ride, fun to drive. The interior is the big drawback, it just feels cheap, not like other Volvo's. The power of the 4 cylinder turbo is great, it really get's up and goes when you want it to. We had some check engine light issues that took a few visits to the dealer to get repaired, but has been ok since then.
Car Review: 1997 Honda Passport
December 08, 2008, 01:25 PM
This was my first Honda and it sure didn't live up to the expectations I had. I later found out it's an Isuzu Rodeo! The engine and transmission leaked oil, and the alternator went out. It didn't have very good power and didn't handle well.
Since it really is an Isuzu, I may try Honda again, but I'll make sure it's really a Honda!
Car Review: 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK430
November 06, 2008, 12:33 PM
I don't have one of these cars, but I was looking into one that is on craigslist for a good price, but after seeing all the common problems you guys note, maybe there's a reason they are trying to get rid of it. Thanks for the heads up, your service may have saved me a big headache! Sure is a nice looking car though!
Car Review: 1991 Volkswagen Vanagon
November 06, 2008, 12:16 PM
My VW Vanagon had to have the cylinder heads replaced and the water pump too. The cylinder heads were pitted and leaking coolant, very expensive repair! Other than those problems it's been reliable and it offers a unique driving experience!
Car Review: 1991 Saab 900
November 04, 2008, 04:08 PM
My experience with my Saab 900 SPG was really good. It looked and handled really good. I had the water pump fail but otherwise I had few problems before I sold it for a bigger car. I miss it!
Car Review: 2001 Saturn LW200
November 04, 2008, 03:42 PM
We had one of these for a couple years and had tons of problems. When the timing chain broke that was the last straw. Never again!
Car Review: 2003 Mini Cooper
November 04, 2008, 03:37 PM
Handles and brakes really well. Super fun to drive, however I did have the automatic transmission failure that is mentioned here, fortunately it was still under warranty. Gotta love the great mileage too!