Mar 182008
 

Question:
On my 1991 Ford Taurus GL I hear a whining noise when I press the gas pedal and the car does not accelerate until I raise my foot off the pedal then it sort of jerks and then accelerates. This is after being told I needed catalytic converters and EGR valve sensor replaced. Can you help me?

Already Tried:
New catalytic converters and EGR valve sensor

Answer:
To me it sounds like a transmission issue. Check your transmission fluid level with the engine running , in park, and on a flat surface. The issue you are describing is what happens when the trans fluid level is low. If the fluid is dark in color or has a burnt smell you may have burnt the internal clutches and this will require a rebuild on the transmission.

Mar 172008
 

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Question:
What are causes for a 1997 Chevy Lumina, 3.1 v6 having green antifreeze showing up on oil dipstick. This happens approx every 2 weeks when coolant gets low & no heat in car then?

Answer:
This is caused by either a leaking intake manifold gasket or head gasket. You will need to have the cooling system pressure tested to find the exact location of the leak. Intake manifold gaskets are very common on this engine.

Mar 152008
 

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Question:
I have a 2003 saturn vue, works great, but once the transmission becomes warmed up,and you turn the vechicle off,it will not move in drive after restarting. but works great when cold. have any idea what may cause this.

Answer:
Sounds to me like the Electronic shift solenoids are hanging up and need to be replaced. There are lots of issues being reported on the transmissions of the Saturn vue but there is no mention of a recall. You may want to contact your local dealers service department with the VIN# and verify this before having any repairs done.

Mar 142008
 

Question:
A 1999 laSabre, transmission suddenly stops shifting, and the rpm’s are at 2600 when the car is supposed to be at idle… This just happen after a simple oil change…

Answer:
The high rpm’s at idle are a classic description of a vacuum leak. More than likely the oil change place knocked a hose loose at the transmission or there abouts. You should be able to take it back to them and ask them to look at it for free as you just got the oil changed and it did not do this before they changed it.

Mar 142008
 
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Independence, MO — December 2007 — Law firms Girard Gibbs, LLP and Shughart, Thomson & Kilroy, PC announced a tentative agreement with General Motors in their suit over performance and service issues surrounding DEX-COOL coolant and related cooling system components. While the case was originally certified in Missouri, the agreement covers the entire United States. (Cases were pending certification in several states.)Final agreement is expected to be reached by all parties by January; concluding details to be announced at the time. Here’s the agreement as of today: Continue reading »

Mar 072008
 

 This year’s Top Picks in 10 categories include four new models. For the first time since 2005, a U.S. model, the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado, made the list as our choice in pickup trucks. And for the first time ever, a South Korean automaker is represented: The Hyundai Elantra SE and Santa Fe are our top small sedan and midsized SUV, respectively. The fourth new entry is the Lexus LS 460L, the highest-scoring vehicle we’ve tested and best among luxury sedans.

Green car: Toyota Prius

Small sedan: Hyundai Elantra SE

Family sedan: Honda Accord

Upscale sedan: Infiniti G35

Luxury sedan: Lexus LS 460L

Fun to drive: Mazda MX-5 Miata

Small SUV: Toyota RAV4

Midsized SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe

Minivan: Toyota Sienna

Pickup truck: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Reference Source http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm?EXTKEY=AYAHAFP01

Mar 072008
 

Question:

Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0td starting issues. we have had the starter motor changed, a new battery and a new crank shaft position sensor and still the car wont start without easy start spray, any suggestions?? 

Answer:

This is a common symptom of a sticking IAC (idle air control) Also, you should clean the inside of the throttle body around the butterfly. This gets clogged and restricts airflow.