Recent questions

Question
Starts and runs for about 2 to 3 seconds
Hi There, This may be related to many different possibilities, some of which may be related to a lack of spark or possibly timing issues and some of which may be related to a fuel delivery problem or a combination...
Question
Shifting problem?
Hi There, As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission fluid into the valve body to engage the correct...
Question
The riel light comin on the right side of the dashboard of my 2001 ford tacrus
Hi there. Most of the time, a gas pump or gas cap warning light is an indicator that your fuel level is dangerously low, or that a problem has been detected with the EVAP system. The EVAP system is designed...
Question
Front grinding when I brake but brakes are fine plenty of meat on then but disc has groove in them ?
This may be a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure which forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads against the...
Question
Tow haul feature
The tow haul function is supposed to be used at all times when the vehicle is towing something behind the vehicle or the bed is loaded with a lot of weight. This is so you do not damage the transmission...
Question
Can you tell me specifically what the name of this part is?
The part you indicate got damaged is called a lower control arm. You have the rear and forward lower control arms on the rear of each side of the vehicle.
Question
Dash lights flashing. Not working
Hi there. If you are having problems starting your vehicle, it's likely due to a fault in the ignition or fuel system. Sometimes, these components can be electrically powered or sensors that will trigger error lights to illuminate on the...
Question
Gauges
Hi There, It sounds like the quickest and best way to tell whether you have internal component failures or if your gauge cluster has failed might be to check the temperature of the motor by the use of an infrared...
Question
I have a 97 mountaineer that is dumping brake fluid. The brakes suddenly went soft while driving how do I diagnosis the problem
The problem sounds like a brake hose blew out in the process of the sudden stop. You should have the fluid filled and when someone pushes the brakes locate where the fluid is coming from. If a hose blew out...
Question
Was blowing smoke, bluish white smoke, heavy
Hi there. In most cases, when white smoke blows out of the tail pipe, it's an indicator of coolant being in the oil and lubrication system. It's typically caused by a blown head gasket, which could also lead to significant...
Question
Removing belt tensioner
If you are removing the tensioner assembly then the retainer bolt is tightened clockwise and loosened counterclockwise. It may have locktite on the bolt and may be tightwhen removing. You can use a ratchet to remove the bolt.
Question
Overheating and heater not working
The heater not working in some cases may be related to the overheating problem you are also having. This may be due to a faulty heater blower motor or potentially a bad heater core. As you may know, the heater...
Question
Codes For Mountaineer I Asked About Earlier
Any time you are getting multiple codes then you should document the codes and then have them cleared to see if the codes are returning again after a road test. Then scan the computer codes again and then do the...
Question
Is it worth replacing my throttle body to try to eliminate the epc light?
When the EPC light comes on, it often a problem in the throttle body, but not necessarily. If the light is on, it means the controller will have stored codes to assist in the diagnosis. It's not something you want...
Question
Car sputters, shakes, and check engine light on
A good first step that you can perform is to check the engine for air leaks. Any rubber boot, bellows or vacuum hose that is allowing air to leak in can affect the way the car runs. Whether or not...
Question
Hi we just bought a 2006 BMW 325i and today it doesn't want to start. We tested the battery and it is fine.
At 125,000 miles it really could be anything. But two of the most common reasons that a 325 will crank but not start are the power relay or the crank position sensor. If I had to bet on something without...
Question
My 2006 C 230 sways left and right at every dip in the road. Do I need new struts?
This may seem obvious, but did you check the tire pressure? Low pressure on even one tire will make the car seem very unstable. That having been said, it's possible that one or more of the suspension links have been...
Question
Idle fluctuates and then stalls.
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a vacuum leak or potentially a dirty or faulty idle control valve. High idle speeds or in some cases rough idle, stalling and hissing sounds are common signs of a vacuum leak....
Question
I can't turn the key on my Mercedes E320
The simplest Answer is that the steering column is under torque. If the car was parked while the steering wheel was sharply turned, the column lock may be jammed. You can unjam it by turning the steering wheel slightly. In...
Question
New battery, car still won't start. Single click sounds, like a dead battery
It sounds like you may have a faulty starter solenoid. If you hear a clicking sound when turning the key, it is likely that your starter solenoid may be faulty. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has...
Question
Neutral Safety Switch
Hi Chris, Your vehicle's neutral safety switch prevents the vehicle from starting when it is in any gear position other than park or neutral. If this has been removed, your car will not operate correctly as this is is a...
Question
Car drives then ideals when pressing gas
This may be a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission...
Question
Car putting and will not accelerate
This may be a sign of a clogged catalytic converter. The catalytic converter converts toxic exhaust gases into less harmful pollutants that are suitable to be expelled into the atmosphere. When this is clogged, this causes these gases to be...
Question
Car is overheating
The heater not working in some cases may be related to the overheating problem you are also having. This may be due to a faulty heater blower motor or potentially a bad heater core. As you may know, the heater...