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[Help Needed] Compilation of Car Repair / Tech. Q & A

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Feb 6, 2010, 7:42 AM

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I am trying to locate 31 great questions [and their answers] about common, or not so common, car problems. Think of it as a small guide for the car-illiterate (much as I am).

I thank you all for the assistance you can provide. Tongue

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Feb 6, 2010, 10:39 AM

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Here are some typical questions that have stumped the best.

1970 buick skylark 350 v8 4dr sedan. to make it short....broke distributer base, bent shaft to oil pump, scored gears so oil pump will not seat.
mechanic states will try to resurface, i know this can't be done. next message he states he replaced scored gear and got car started, will be replacing oil pump in morning.
mind you, this is not a shop which works on cars as aged as mine. i would like to know, where he got the gear, then the oil pump. did he just install oil pump repair kit? or what??

Umm..I want to find "The biggest auto repair shop in asia" and I just can't find anything.If anybody know ..please let me know how ,where it is.
Thank you for every answer --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I am totally baffaled as to what is wrong with my 96 Ford Ranger..I fixed the muffler pipe by the flange and then the truck wouldnt start.. realizing that the starter(once I tapped it)had a problem, I replaced that and when I went to place it(the starter) into position It grounded and sparked.. thinking no big deal, I continued to replace the Large wire that leads from the starter to the solenoid which had rusted off at the end, (Before this when I turned the key I would at least get a click in the solenoid).So I thought, maybe I blew the solenoid.. so , After replacing the solenoid I tried the ignition again. now I get Nothing!! not even a click in the solenoid. I have no lights, nothing.. I even replaced the battery thinking It must not be any good, I should at least get my headlights to work! I have checked my fuses, both inside and under the hood, nothing seems wrong.. Please if anybody has any answers or suggestions.. I would love to hear them.

I have a '95 Eagle Vision TSI 3.5L V6. I was driving it down the highway and when I activated the Cruse the car died.

I thought it was the fuel pump, but I tested that theory.

Then I checked to see if it was getting any spark. It was not firing.

What should I do now, or should I just take it in to a mechinic. I am a novist at repair. '

my SR5 light turned on a week ago or so...does anyone know why it could be on? it was never on before...i dont think its supposed to be on....

Just thought I would show you what we are up against sometimes. Cool


(This post was edited by re-tired on Feb 6, 2010, 10:44 AM)

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Feb 11, 2010, 1:05 AM

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First off, please don't take what I say as condescending, but as friendly advice. When you look at problems people have had in the past and the fixes that got them on the road, realize that a majority of the problems have multiple causes. There are posts all the time by people destined to save a buck who go replace every single sensor in an engine, the computer and many other parts to only have the same problem. If they had the problem properly diagnosed the first time they actually would've come out AHEAD monetarily after so many unneeded parts were installed. I applaud you for taking an interest in your car repair and everyone looks to save a buck. If you want to learn how to diagnose and replace some parts on your car then you are a more involved owner than many who only do something when the car will no longer move and substantial damage is done. Get a good shop manual for the exact vehicle you have and look through it. But if you have pretty much no tools and all are made in china, do yourself a favor now and either invest in a decent set or don't bother. I'm losing track of how many jobs have been towed to me because of inexperience and substandard tools. Realize that good tools aren't a cost, they are an investment. This forum can help you quite a bit as a novice. There are many people who make their professional living as mechanics as I do who can talk you through troubles you may have with your car. Certain things will be beyond your ability and its a smart man who admits that. I know you want to save your money doing it yourself, but realize that us pros have 50 to 100 THOUSAND in our toolsets by retirement commonly. Thats why this costs so much. I just bought a scanner last week for my shop and it was $4000! I needed it or I wouldn't buy it. Would I rather rent a cabin up north for me and my girl to have a great weekend? Yes. But I bought that instead. Those of us in the industry spend a lot of money and thats why it costs good money for repairs. But you get good repairs for your money because of it. Please feel free to post anytime you need info on a problem, and give all the details you can (the post that says "read this so we can help you" needs to be viewed). We will find the information you need. Its what we do. Help us help you

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