Turning Radius of 1996 Toyota Camry PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:40

Dear Barbara,

I have a 1996 Toyota Camry that has a small turning radius, about 1 1/2 turns from center, but only to the right. The left turning radius seems fine, any clue why?

Thanks,

Steve


Dear Steve,

It sounds like your steering rack is out of whack. Something has either gone bad in the steering rack or if someone has messed with repairing it, they have put it on out of whack. I would look in this direction in order to keep steering straight down the road of life!

Thanks for writing in,
BT

 
1995 Jeep Cherokee Maintenance PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:32

Dear Barbara,

I was searching repair for a 1995 Jeep Cherokee Country 4.0 4x4, straight 6. I haven't been keeping up on maintenance as of late.

The problem: I turn the ignition on; engine idles for up to 10 minutes; then dies. It is followed by a ticking coming from under the valve cover and it slows down in a few minutes until it is completely gone. I replaced plugs, wires, distributor cap, and fuel filter (looked like the original, just rusty). I was researching the cause of this and so far, I have found what they are calling valve lagging. Is there any way to repair it at home, or add something to the running engine to de-gum the valves as I need to change the oil anyway? I am willing to work on it myself if possible.

I am now a fan of yours regardless of the answer.

Truly,

Alon


Dear Alon,

You need to get your hands on a can of reslone to help with your valve lagging. So before you go in to replace your lifters, put a quart of the reslone in it and drive it for about a week/approximately 150 miles to see if this stops the lifters from ticking. If this does not work, you will need to replace the lifters. You may end up wanting to invest in another Jeep and retire this ole guy.

Thanks for writing in and being a fan… smiles!
BT

 
Leaking Oil Pan PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 February 2012 06:26

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


Dear 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.

Good luck and thanks for writing in,
BT

 
The Right Octane for Acura TSX PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 February 2012 06:32

Dear Barbara,

I am currently driving a 2007 Honda Accord V6, which uses regular grade gas. I am interested in buying a 2009 Acura TSX, which requires premium grade gas. What would be the consequence of using regular grade gas – 87 octane or mid grade 89 octane – in the TSX vs. 91 octane? Could it cause internal damage, lower gas mileage, less power/performance, or void the warranty? What are the tradeoffs for the dollar savings?

Thanks,

Dale


Dear Dale,

I would use the octane that your owner’s manual tells you to use. I will, however, say that you possibly could not go wrong with running the 91 for in-town driving and 87-89 for highway driving in order to keep a little extra dough in your back pocket. You will not void the warranty by using a different octane than recommended by the manufacturer and I really do not think that you will notice a difference in the performance.

Thanks for writing in!
BT

 
Air Conditioning Problem in 1995 Honda Accord PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 February 2012 05:56

Dear Barbara,

I am sending an email on a problem I am having with a 1995 Honda Accord. We have had the car in the shop for air conditioning problems and they have replaced the compressor twice, cleaned the evaporator, cleaned the condenser—then it blew a line going to the compressor. They fixed that; then I got it out of the shop last Saturday and the air conditioner was blowing cold air just like it should; then I get in it today, turn on the air, and it was barley blowing cold air again and blowing warm air. I do not have any idea what is going on and why it won’t keep blowing cold air. Could they be missing something in their analysis? And I sure would appreciate any help you could give.

Thanks,

Joe


Dear Joe,

I would ask your mechanic to stop assuming your problem is just your compressor and start inspecting your car’s whole cooling system—the hoses, lines, clamps, expansion valve… the whole kit and caboodle. It sounds like to me that you have a leak somewhere causing all of your Freon to run out. So instead of spending another $500.00, you may just be looking at a $20.00 fix. You might want to consider taking it to another shop that is more into digging into the problem, not just jumping the gun to take all of the money out of your back pocket by replacing the compressor over and over.

I hope this helps and thanks for writing in,
BT

 
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