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I want to know my stock alternator amps.
Hey there. It looks like your vehicle is most likely equipped with a 140 amp unit. It would probably be best to contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer to confirm this. A qualified professional from YourMechanic can assist with an alternator...
Interior lights don't work when doors are opened
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300D. Typically there are a couple of different options in the interior light switches. There is usually an option to turn them on manually, or to have them come on...
Can I use alternative Transmission fluid to the quotes recommended fluid if i'm bringing my own parts?
I would recommend buying the correct fluid. The reason is because I want to make sure your car is taken care of and is running as long as possible. You wouldn't want to put something foreign in your car that...
Car loses power. 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300D
Hello. It sounds like there is a problem with the turbo system. There could be a bad wastegate, the turbocharger could be wearing out, or other components to the turbocharger system may be malfunctioning. I suggest that you have the...
Car won't pass smog due to computer code P0420 - 2006 Volkswagen Rabbit
This code is related to the catalytic converter. As you may know, the catalytic converter is a section of your exhaust system that helps to complete the combustion process when excess unburnt fuel gases pass through the exhaust. Due to...
Cost to replace engine power relay
I would first confirm the diagnosis before talking about the cost. Did they explain in some detail what the fault is? Did they show you test outputs or any tangible proof? They should be able to show you a print...
cv boot
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2008 Volkswagen Jetta. This depends on the condition of the axle. The CV boot protects the joints from outside debris and dirt from getting into the joints. If the boot has been...
Hi my steering light is on but I know that my battery is not functioning properly. Can the malfunction battery affect the steering
Hello. If there is a voltage issue going on within the vehicle, then that can affect the function of the power steering. I would usually start by making sure that the engine drive belt is intact and tight. If it...
2013 vw 2.5 passata replace alt.having a problem with lower bolt in alt to lomg to remove hitting frame
I've never worked on one of these but the basics should be the similar to other cars. You will need to support the engine using a floor jack with something on it like a block of wood, then loosen the...
Remove alt. Lower bolt to long to come out..
You will have to disconnect the coolant pipe mountings to move it out of the way to get the alternator out of vehicle. You will need to loosen all four bolts that hold the alternator to the engine and then...
4 days after dealership replaced headgasket I need a new transmission
Hello. The sequence of events and multiple failures you are describing are unusual. To replace a head gasket at 95,000 miles is unusual, except in a circumstance where the engine was overheated at some point in its life. Because you...
Discoloration in paint work
You will need to take the car to a body and paint repair shop or the dealer to let them have a look at the damaged paint. It sounds like something was on the car that damaged the paint while...
Could it be a battery problem - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Hello. Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system which are controlled by the car's ECU. When the...
Air conditioner blowing hot air. Then fan was running low then sped up to high.
Hi there. It sounds like you have a low refrigerant charge; your AC system has a low charge. This is usually caused by a leak in the system. This low state of charge can cause insufficient cooling, thus the hot...
ABS Module failed. Can I install a refurbished part or does it need to be programed.
This is a good question, and a common one! ABS modules are made by vendors other than the auto manufacturers, they DO have software in them, and the software is different from one automobile implementation vs another. For example, Ate...
Car jerks with slow acceleration
First thing to check is for problem codes in the engine/transmission management, whether the Check Engine light is illuminated or not. Your transmission may be in "limp mode" (2nd gear only), or the electronic throttle position sensor is failing. Since...
if I cant find where my oil leak coming from could I use blue devil oil leak treatment?
Hello, thanks for writing in about your Acura TL. The safest thing to do is this: Clean any oil off the engine. Have some leak detector dye put in the engine oil. Within a short time, the dye will come...
Should it really cost 1000 for replacing radiator mounting bracket 2009 jetta
Cost is determined by the cost of parts and labor combined. If your using a dealer, it will be more than an independent repair shop. In regards to the radiator mounting bracket on you Jetta, it easily can. The...
My car won't start
Hi there, It sounds like your battery is now "flat" - no charge ("lights on my dash start to dim"). The security system has probably invoked the "immobilizer" as well, the portion of the security system that detects what it...
Just wondering if this model is a good vehicle to purchase?
Hi there. Purchasing a used car can be an overwhelming experience. There are concerns of the car's current condition, value, safety, and maintenance history; not to mention if there are any outstanding recalls. A pre-purchase inspection is your best bet...

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