Causes of Leaking Oil Pan PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 March 2012 20:35

Dear Barbara,

My car’s oil pan is leaking. How did this happen? Did the mechanic that changed my car oil the last time do something wrong?

Thanks,

Willy


Hi Willy,

There are several causes for the ole oil pan to start leaking. The most common are the pan gasket, drain plug, or a simple crack in the pan caused by age or rust. Be sure to locate the exact cause of the leak before replacing the oil pan or oil pan gasket. Check the pan bolts and tighten if they are loose. You might want to then clean all of the oil from the bottom of the engine and see if tightening the bolts stopped the leak. On a clean engine, the leaks show up close to the leaky areas.

When replacing the pan gaskets, if need be, always remember to use a thread lock on the hold-down bolts. This will prevent the bolt from backing out when the gasket compresses.

Thanks for writing in,
BT

 
Outside Temperature Indicator in Ford Expedition, Limited 4x4 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 March 2012 20:26

Dear Barbara,

I enjoy your column and always find something beneficial and interesting, especially since my only and most talented activity in a car is turning on the ignition!

Here is my question. I just purchased a new Ford Expedition, Limited 4x4. I love the truck and hope to put many interesting miles on it as my wife and I really enjoy driving around the country. I thought, however, that the Limited edition would have a feature indicating the “outside air temperature”. The manual shows that some models of the Expedition have that feature, but as I am getting familiar with the truck, I can’t find it. There are three scenarios in the manual and it seems I got the one without that feature.

Is there some after-market device that I can get that would provide me that feature? I had it in the previous car and got used to it.

Thanks for your help and keep up the good work.

Mike and Lorena


Dear Expedition owner,

Oh how I have been spoiled by driving and loving my Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited! They all come equipped with this feature and it is so nice having it, especially when the weather is touch and go around freezing temperatures to be able to keep an eye on the temperature outside to know whether it has dropped to freezing, especially if you are driving in wet weather, and to know if it is freezing on the roads, black ice can be very tricky and dangerous.

One of my brothers just recently bought this temperature gauge and loves how easy it was to install and how it did not break his bank account!

You are so correct regarding the fact of having something in the past and getting used to it and how we miss it in the future if we do not have it. I have just spent a couple months in a small one-bedroom cabin on a lake in South Carolina, and this cabin did not have a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher or washer/dryer; however it did have running water and a killer shower, so I should not be complaining, right?

Thanks for writing in,
BT

 
Audi’s A5 – Buy Now or Later? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 March 2012 20:19

Dear Barbara,

My wife and I are shopping for a new car and discovered Audi’s A5. We absolutely love the looks and how it drives. We were smitten as soon as we drove it. We understand there is a difference in performance between the A5 and the S5, but the car seems to be what we want.

Our question is: Have you heard anything about the A5/S5? A good build or so/so? We know it is on the A6 chassis, but this is a new design for Audi. Does this look like a model that will have to go through numerous years of maturation to get right or can Audi get it right the first time?

Any info you can offer up on this car will be greatly appreciated. It is way too expensive to make a mistake on it.

Thanks,

Mike


Dear Mike,

You obviously have your doubts about buying the new Audi its first year out of the gate, and rightfully so! I always tell everyone to wait until the second year of any new make and model no matter the manufacturer, so that it gives them time to get out all of the kinks. I have heard all of the hype about the A5 and think it will be a great ride once it hits the streets.

Audi made a ton of improvements in 2001 and I have always recommended and stood behind their product by giving the consumer all of the luxury amenities without breaking the bank. By waiting until the second year of this beast being out of the gate, you will save yourself a lot of time by not having to repeatedly go into the service department at your local Audi dealership.

Thanks for writing in,
BT

 
Toyota Camry’s Nonresponsive Window PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 March 2012 20:21

Dear Barbara,

When I try to roll down the passenger window on my Toyota Camry, it whines and has now completely stopped working. Is this a quick fix?

Thanks,

James


Dear James,

In the old days, you did not have to worry about this problem occurring; you just simply had the only option available and that was to roll the window down manually.

Power windows these days are controlled by three main parts and more than likely, your problem has to do with one or more of these three: the window motor, the window regulator, and the control switch.

When you move the switch one way or the other, an electrical current is sent to the window motor that will force the window to go up or down, depending on the direction of the switch; and by the sounds of it, your window is nonresponsive!

I would suggest that you take your Camry and its power window problem to the pros to fix or you may blow a fuse of frustration yourself after taking the door apart and possibly getting confused with the fix itself or trying to put all of the intricate parts back together exactly as they were before you started tinkering with it.

Thanks for writing in and good luck!
BT

 
2001 Ford V6 Showing “Check Engine” Light PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 March 2012 20:14

Dear Barbara,

Some time back, you were kind enough to help me with an oil change question and now I have another one I hope you can help with. 2001 Ford F150 4.2 V6 59,000 miles. The weather here in Texas has been quite cold the last couple of days, so I let my truck warm up for a few minutes in the mornings. This AM I came onto my office (9 miles) and out of the blue, the check-engine-soon light came on. Took it to my local shop; and they advised that this is a well known problem. It seems that the cold weather causes the intake manifold gasket to shrink; hence the “check engine light. It also seems that there is a kit just for this problem, total parts and labor around $450.00. They tried to reset the light but it just came back on again. I trust your judgment; so does this make sense? And if so, have you heard of this problem before?

Regards,

Don


Dear Don,

Okay, Ford did have issues with their 4.0 liter V6 pertaining to the upper intake/plenum. This particular problem on the 4.2 liter V6 problem is not so common. Unfortunately, you will have to get this addressed to correct the problem and keep that annoying check engine light off. I suppose your truck is running real rough too, probably like a train on a track that is being shook up by an earthquake! The repair should cost more like $275.00 to $325.00; so shop around and get a better price.

Thanks for writing in,
BT

 
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