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  1. I have a 2000 4Runner 4 cylinder, I changed the thermostat, radiator cap, and put in new coolant. After all that stuff it still keeps getting hot. What should my next steps be in trying to fix it?
  2. I drive a lexus rx 300 1999 SUV with 160000 miles..when it was purchased there was always a transmission sensor problem but it has driven well until recently. Last December it started to buck while in drive and this week it happened again after driving for 20 minutes. It felt so bad on the car I had it towed to the mechanic. The tow guy put the car in neutral and I picked the car back up the following day. I was told the reverse was gone but I would be able to use other gears. The mechanic also drained fuilds out and refilled. The engine runs good and I checked the transmission fluid level before pulling off. It indicated a pink color and on the cool line. When I pulled off the tires did seem to rub a little. I reached 3 blocks with no bucking before the car just stop moving. None of the gears responded. I remember hearing crackle and loose sounds on and off while driving the 3 blocks. I called for a tow truck and when he tried putting the car in neutral it did not respond. He tried going forward and the car drove backwards as well. He said my transmission locked and it will not be possible to tow. With effort we were able to tow home. Is this common?????? Did my transmission just randomly fail?? What are the indication of a failing transmission ?
  3. Hey! I recently came across a 1958 4DR Buick Super that I'm told went through some flooding damage and would need new engine and transmission in order to run. I am fully prepared to do what it takes, I am just in need of some advice on what I should consider putting inside the classic. I don't plan on rebuilding its original engine or anything either, the more modern the better. Any other advice is much appreciated as well, thank you!
  4. Can anyone help me with a leather seat issue, I was driving on a hot day due to the sweat on my back my seat got wrinkles or bumps is there fixable?
  5. Hello, My 04 Mercury Sable needs a new PCV valve and my buddies and I need help locating it. We have watched numerous videos and looked at many photos but cant seem to find anything with the exact model . If anyone knows anything about Mercuries and where the PCV valve is located your help would be much appreciated. Thank you
  6. Hey guys, I made a rookie mistake. I accidentally forgot I had a screw in my hand and when I went down to look under the car. My hand had popped against the front bumper releasing the screw to land right on top of my Intercooler. Upon trying to get it out I pushed it further right between the radiator and Intercooler. At this point I’m assuming it has dropped on the splash guard, but if not what risk does this impose when I’m driving. Will it be fine? Thank you for your time! the picture below is where it landed and than the arrow points to where it has gone to.
  7. A few days ago, I took my car to a car shop nearby for an oil change. However, after a week of usage the oil is black. Is it normal for the oil to be dark after oil change? Do I need to visit a car shop to check-up and possible repair?
  8. If you’re a car owner, then you probably already know that having a car can be quite a commitment. After all, you can’t just let it hit the road all the time or let it linger in your garage. If you want it to run smoothly and efficiently, then car maintenance and repair are your safest bet, which means that you need to visit an auto shop or a car shop routinely. Avoid these car repair mistakes that will put your car at risk. As much as you want the best for your vehicle, there are still instances when certain car maintenance procedures can go awry, or when you forgo certain repairs — all of these, needless, to say, can be damaging to your car and your safety. In order to avoid these dangerous and costly blunders, it’s advisable that you familiarize yourself with them as early as plausible. Listed below are some of the most common car repair mistakes. What are the common car repair mistakes? Opting for a very low-cost mechanic. Filling the engine with an incorrect type of oil. Skipping the oil change. Not changing dirty filters. Ignoring scheduled maintenance. Overlooking your tattered brake pads. Forgetting to check cars. Neglecting fluids. Opting for a Very Low-Cost Mechanic Sure, you want to save some money on repairs, and your instinct might be to go to an extremely economical auto shop or car shop. Unfortunately, there’s a reason why there are low-cost mechanics and more expensive ones — that is, the disparity in quality. You don’t want to sacrifice the welfare of your car by opting for cheap services (not to mention that doing so might lead to more repairs in the future). This doesn’t mean that you need to select the priciest of the bunch. It’s safe if you veer in the mid-range. Additionally, do your homework and check some online reviews or ask for referrals. Filling the Engine with an Incorrect Type of Oil Albeit using an incorrect type of oil won’t necessarily lead to engine failure, doing so can still harm your engine and sacrifice its performance. At any rate, it’s best to be sure what sort of oil you’re supposed to put in your engine. Skipping the Oil Change In other instances, you might decide to skip the oil change altogether. As with the previous one, this might cause your engine to eventually wear out and run less efficiently. In the end, your engine might finally break down. Not Changing Dirty Filters Not changing dirty filters can lead to serious problems in the future. For one, some of your car’s sensors might fail, which means thousands of pesos of repair. Ignoring Scheduled Maintenance A vehicle’s scheduled visit to an auto shop or car shop is already listed down in the car manual, and yet, some car owners still choose to blatantly ignore it. You shouldn’t! After all, a car manual has all the information you need to know about your car, and this knowledge might spare you from expensive repairs! Additionally, following all the instructions written in it guarantees that your vehicle will always be functioning seamlessly. Overlooking Your Tattered Brake Pads Not changing your brake pads when there’s already a sign of wear and tear can be hazardous to your safety. As you might have guessed, it can lead to some accidents that you easily could have avoided if you replaced your brake pads with new ones. Some of the most common manifestations of frayed brake pads are difficult when you’re turning a corner and a deafening, screeching sound that accompanies your car every time it comes to halt. Forgetting to Check Tires For tires, you’ll need to constantly rotate them and to check air pressure. This will help you avoid the imbalanced tread wear on your tires. Uneven tread wear can lead to myriads of issues, such as vibration when driving, irregular traction, and damage to steering and suspension parts. Most auto shops or car shops will rotate your vehicle for a fee. However, if you have a jack and jack stand, then you can perform it by yourself at the comforts of your home! As for air pressure, you can just have it checked at a nearby gas station. Lastly, air temperature also disturbs tire inflation. So even if your tires don’t have air seeping out of it, you might still need to have your tires checked, just to be sure. Neglecting Fluids These fluids are there for a reason — that is, they ensure that your vehicle will be running smoothly and efficiently. If you want to be sure about the fluids that your car will need, then your car manual is your best friend. Key Takeaway Being a car owner isn’t simple. There are tons of things that you need to know and need to do, and one of them is the necessity of regularly visiting an auto shop or a car shop. After all, you need to ensure that your vehicle is always in its prime condition. Unfortunately, there are times when these repairs aren’t really helping. On the contrary, they can be detrimental to your car. There are also instances when you might deliberately ignore certainly. In order to avoid these car repair mistakes, it’s wise that you familiarize yourself with them.
  9. Last Wednesday I scratched a 1974 Cadillac DeVille in a parking lot. The left rear taillight and an area near the left rear tire were damaged. I didn't notice anything else but I was in a hurry and might have missed something (The towel was already in the window). I immediately took photos, found the owner and offered to pay for the damages. This Wednesday he handed me a bill for over $5,000, including a full all-over repaint and $3,840 in labor (That's 48 hours of labor). I'd like to get a second opinion on his car from another body shop. I thought of questioning him today but decided to post this question here first just to be sure. What do you think of that much money for this? Pictures and the invoice are attached. Thank you. Deville1.PDF DeVille2.PDF
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  11. I own a 1992 Jeep Wrangler that I'm currently trying to fix up. A major problem is that my the gauges and lights on my dashboard don't work correctly. My MPH and RPM gauges work fine, but my gas gauge and the three gauges next to it don't. they just sit at about a 1/4 full. Also the lights on my dashboard don't turn on when my headlights are on. So like when I'm driving at night with my headlights on my dashboard is pitch black. The lights have come on randomly before, but then don't work again the next time i drive with my headlights. Can anyone tell me how to fix these problems to help me on the path to getting my car like new again? Thank you!
  12. Alright, so I bought a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am for a really good price considering the damage it has, and I'm working on fixing it. I've read about drilling holes and using Bondo, using a hot glue gun, and some other methods, but I'm not sure what would work best for this situation. It's the rear passenger door and it's almost completely smashed in (see images). I've looked at just buying a new door completely, but I couldn't find any places online that have a complete door for sale. I also have the side-molding that goes on the door. So, what's best for this situation, Bondo? Hot Glue? Drilling a hole and pulling it out? Or buying a new door (last resort). I'm willing to put money into the car as I only payed $200 for it and everything is running smoothly and the interior and all of the exterior (with exception to the door) is perfect. Thanks to any suggestions that you may have!
  13. I just bought a new 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 and it had some super lame monster stickers on the rear view mirror. So I took it off (just the mirror part), and scraped off the stickers. Simple enough, right? It was going well until I tried to put the mirror back onto it's ball joint. Let's just say I haven't got the mirror back on yet. This seems super easy to do but I just cannot do it. Anyone have any tips, tricks, or other methods for snapping the mirror back onto the ball joint? Thanks in advance.
  14. Hey guys, I am not a regular here or anything but would really appreciate some information. Car: 1998 Chevy Malibu My stereo was literally ripped out of my console and stolen ( broken window and all,anyway.. ), and the brackets where the potential new stereo would screw into it have been compromised and completely broken. My question: How do I replace these? Is the replacement pretty much the entire console? or I there an affordable fix? I have no idea what t even look up on google to find the parts Pictures Below! Looking forward to some helpful replies ,Thanks! - Andrew
  15. Hey all, in an effort to educate myself and become more self reliant (saving money doesnt hurt) Ive decided to take an active interest in learning more about cars. I drive a 98 pontiac Grand Prix. I just bought it for an in town commute car. So, it seems like a great starting point! I already plan on picking up the appropriate Haynes manual. Also, it helps that I already own a collection of tools (Im handy, just never put that skill into an automobile) So some Q's -I bought this car like two hours ago. What are some things you do immediately after buying a used, high mileage car? Things to check, fluids to flush etc.... -The car runs a but rough (Doesn't effect performance really). From my little knowledge, I think it could be related to a spark plug not firing off. Would you suggest testing them or just replacing the lot as part of a new ownership tune-up? -How hard is it to change brake pads? Thats all for now, but really excited to learn more and work on this thing. Im a big DIY guy, thanks for any help in advance!
  16. Do you guys think these scratches will go away if I use the meguiars ultimate compound?? I have the worst car ocd even when you can't see it and it's under the front bumper. Here's some pictures http://tinypic.com/r/9av1mt/5 http://tinypic.com/r/j7qoo0/5
  17. Hi all, I am new to this forum and to cars in general. I plan to buy a slightly older car (something between 1980 and 2000) to initially use to learn about repairing cars. The long term goal is to try to restore/improve if possible. So I need something that has the flexibility to potentially go crazy with. For example I really like the 1980s model of the BMW 5-series, but i don't know if this is the right car to use for such a project. Hopefully this will spark some discussion and provide me with a good starting point. Regards, JK7070
  18. There is a product out on the market that is perfect for car hobbyists/enthusiasts called Versimold. It is a ready to use silicone that can be molded into gaskets, bumpers, o-rings etc. perfect for antique cars where availability of these parts are scarce. It molds then cures by applying a heat gun, turns into a durable rubber part. We also are the manufacturers of ER tape, a silicone rubber self-fusing tape that is superior to other brands in the market. Both were just featured on Stacey David's Gearz show. Visit us on our website and take a look - www.Rowe-Performance.com Feel free to email with any questions on the Rowe-Performance website.
  19. After attempted theft this part has been broken off the steering column it is a vauxhall corsa, can some one tell me what this part is? Thanks.
  20. I have a 1998 Chevy Astro and I recently notice the back door (suv style) wouldnt open so I replaced the lighter fuse in the fuse box below the steering wheel and the door then open perfectly accecpt the shock doesnt hold it up anymore and then the fuse burn right back out after i closed it? Any help on the door lock/fuse problem or help on why the door wont hold up (shock problem? Please and thanks.
  21. Hi everyone, I have just brought a second hand Mitsubishi Colt Black Hawk 1.1 3door, however the stripes are fading on the roof and beginning to crack a little on the bonnet and want to know if it they can be repaired? I have been told that it is quite common for the stripes to do this as it's a third party process, it was also mentioned that the stripes can be heated and peeled off, but I would prefer to keep the stripes and either get them repaired or replaced if this is possible?? I would appreciate any advice!! Thank you!!!
  22. my new car I got is a 2000 celica Gt-s 6 spd 1.8L. 4 cylinder engine 2zzge and it starts but then after about 5 or 10 mins it sputtered then shuts off. Can't start it again for another 20/30 mins. Check engine light ain't on and i replaced the ecm......? The idle also goes up and down sometimes when it does run as if some is revving the car but no one is. Please help me. O.o I'm not getting rid of it. I'm determined to fix it and continue to keep my dream car. I just want to know how to fix my dream car so i can drive it without trouble.
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