Issues To Consider About Auto Repair It could be a very stressful situation when worrying about what company to decide on
to your auto repair, but so long as you know how to go about the process it might be rather easy. Every company will claim they have the best mechanics and give the best prices, but clearly that may be incorrect. The best way to know that you are having the best repair for the cheapest price is usually to spend some time to seek information. Step one to finding the right company is to consider the reviews that have been left by past customers. Most likely you may have more mechanics in the area than you can count. It can be difficult to pick which companies to even compare with others. Search for a site that provides the choice to see their reviews at the general star level. Following that you must be able to get the top 10 companies in your town. Then you certainly should make time to browse the reviews that have been left by their past clients. Realize that there definitely is going to be negative reviews, regardless how good the business is, however the vast majority must be positive. Seek out negative reviews that share exactly the same issues, including having to bring their vehicle in a shorter period of time because it actually had not been yet fixed. Any shop should e capable to diagnose and fix a car or truck the 1st time. Through your initial selection of 10 you will be able to narrow it as a result of 3 different companies that are the most effective. You can then call each and get should they be willing to provide you with a quotation free of cost. If they have made your top 3 list they will be a lot more than willing to do this. That way you can determine what they think to become the problem along with what they think it is going to cost. When you have quotes from all 3 you can then decide who to make use of. It may be tempting to make a decision simply in accordance with the cost, but just how they treat you must also be looked at. Customer service is vital when it comes to auto repair. Should they be prepared to explain everything to you personally and reveal to you that they can feel that you may have value they are truly considering obtaining your business and keeping it. Take into consideration every aspect of your interaction prior to making a conclusion about which mechanic you feel is advisable to service your car. Every auto mechanic will claim they have the best costs, from parts to service, but the truth is which they all differ in several ways. Take time to investigate how others have felt concerning their service, what their prices are and how you personally felt whenever you visited their shop. This is certainly the easiest way to get a quality auto repair center that can meet your needs and expectations.
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Is Kia Rio A Decent Used Car?
Hell All - Looking For A Car To Get For Mom. Are Used Models From 2004 To 2007 Any Good? Would Probably Look For One With 60K Mile Or Less. I Would Like To Hear Qualified Opinions From People Who Actually Own Or Have Owned This Car. Let Me Know Of Any Quality Issues And How Much You Like Or Dislike This Particular Model. Thanks All 10 Best Auto Places Near Me in Cottonwood Directory
I think the first generation Rio is derivitive of what Ford sold in the US badged as the Aspire.
The Ford Aspire was an appropriately named car. It aspired to be a real car but fell short. Most Popular Auto Places Near Me in Cottonwood Directory
The first Rio had it's share of problems. Electrical, head gasket, etc... Really no worse than an Escort, Cavalier, or Neon though.
The current generation (05+) is a similar design to the Hyundai Accent. It should be a better quality car
What Is The Highest Paid Automotive Mechanic Top Ten Auto Places Near Me in Cottonwood Directory?
I Asked A Question A Couple Of Weeks Ago About Mechanics And I Saw That Someone`S Mechanic Teacher Worked At Land Rover And Made Over $200,000 A Year. If You Are An Automotive Mechanic For A Luxury Car Company Does That Generally Pay You High? I Have Always Wanted To Be A Mechanic For A Nice Company Like Mercedes-Benz Or Bmw
most Mechanics are paid on what is called a flag hour scale based on an hourly rate. so if a say for instance a tune up,and a brake jobwith turning the rotors. calls for a total of 7 flag hours. And the Mechanic completes the entire Job in 3 hrs. Then they pay him for 7 hrs at what ever his hourly rate is. but if that same job takes him 10 hrs to complete then he only gets paid for 7 hrs. 10 Best Auto Places Near Me in Cottonwood Directory
So a good mechainc who is fast and accurate can make as much as he wants in one day. So $200,000 a year is possible without working for BMW , Mercedes- Benz.
What Toyota 4Runners (What Years) Had Problems With Blown Had Gaskets?
I'M Looking At A 1999 Toyota 4Runner V6 And I'M Wondering If There'S A High Likelihood Of The Head Gaskets Going Out. Or We'Re Those Problems Fixed By That Year Most Popular Auto Places Near Me in Cottonwood Directory?
Head gaskets haven't really been a trouble spot on either of the 3rd-generation (1996-2002) engines. There is the occasional head gasket failure in that generation, but the percentage isn't large enough to be notable.
The engine with the most notorious head gasket issues was the 3VZ-E 3.0L V6 that was available in 4runners from 1988-1995. Even then, the problematic head gaskets were replaced by Toyota under a service bulletin and the failure rate on the replaced gaskets is not high enough for concern. The rumor mill ran wild with the initial head gasket failures, so the 3VZ-E still has a tarnished reputation, even though it's a fairly decent engine as a whole. Best Ten Auto Places Near Me in Cottonwood Directory
I Failed My Smog Test?
My 2001 Cadillac Deville Just Failed The Smog Test. It Said It Was The Vehicle Failing The Mil/Check Engine Light Test Due To Failure To Successfully Complete All Obd Self Tests.Also The Obd Diagnostics Said The Catalyst Was Not Ready And The Evaporative System Not Ready. Can Anyone Explain This To Me And Suggest What I Should Do? Thanks Best Ten Auto Places Near Me in Cottonwood Directory
The car runs some tests of the emissions system as you drive it. Sometimes these tests require several hundred miles of normal driving to complete, or specific types of driving, called a "drive cycle". For example, some tests might require the car to be warmed up and going over 35 mph for a certain amount of time.
OBD means On Board Diagnostics. Having OBD tests not complete means the OBD system hasn't had time to complete all its tests. This can happen if the battery was replaced or run dead recently.
http://www.justanswer.com/cadillac/2ujzp-need-drive-cycle-cadillac-seville-sls-2001.html shows a drive cycle. You just need to do the ones related to the catalyst (5 minutes of steady 55-60mph). That should take care of your evap system also. If not, do the ones that say "EVAP purge" also. Best Ten Auto Places Near Me in Cottonwood Directory
How Do You Change The Water Pump In A '95 Ford Contour Do You Have To Remove The Motor Mount Or Timing Belt 10 Best Auto Places Near Me in Cottonwood Directory?
For the V6 of this model year, it's relatively easy. Best to ensure the engine cannot be started by removing the battery ground cable first. While draining the coolant via the rad petcock (don't ask me how these things get their names), remove the plastic cover over the front cylinder bank. The water pump should then be visble on the driver side of the block below the front head. It is driven by the front camshaft pulley and a belt that uses a small tensioner. You can release the belt tension by hand. The air filter housing cover and inlet that is attached to the air horn (on top of the engine) and anything connected to this assembly, must be removed. There are also a few small hoses, wiring connectors and other paraphenalia that will have to be disconnected. Make careful observations during dis-assembly and re-assembly. Best Ten Auto Places Near Me in Cottonwood Directory
Sorry that my memory is a bit fuzzy on this part, but I recall that some of the pump mounting bolts are what are sometimes referred to as through-bolts (since they pass through something you usually don't want to disturb; in this case the pump housing attached to the block). I was careful not to disturb this housing too much; there may have been one or two bolts holding it in place that did not need to be disturbed. If that's the case, leave them alone and you should not need any other gaskets other than the one for the pump assembly. Always check your new parts for clues to dis-assembly and to confirm you have the right part for the job. Make sure all of the old gasket material has been scraped/sanded of of the block before installing your new or rebuilt pump. Top Ten Auto Places Near Me in Cottonwood Directory
NOTE for other posters: Did you notice that the original poster didn't think to specify the engine he had? Try to provide as much useful info as possible when soliciting help.
What Is The Torque Sequence On A Ford Bronco 2 Head(Blown Head Gasket) Most Popular Auto Places Near Me in Cottonwood Directory?
6 Cylinder 2.8? Fuel Injected
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Help!!! 1990 Honda Accord Missed Step In Head Gaskt Chng?
Please Don'T State Obvious Or Silly Responses!!!!
I Don'T Claim To Be A Mechanic But I Have Rebuilt Two 67 Mustangs And My 97 Maxima Runs Like New! So I Started This Project With A Little Confidence!
What Step I Skipped: Yes I Know That You Should Always Bring Your Cranks To Tdc When Working On Heads, Timing, And Crank Seals...And Thats The Step I Skipped!!!
I Was Asked To Repair A 1990 Honda Accord And Doing So My Brother In Law Would Give My Wife A 2000 Toyota 4Runner In Exchange For The Work And Monies Owed! So I Took On The Repairs...I Thought It Was Just Head Gaskets But Went Ahead And Changed The Valve Gaskets And The Oil Pan Gaskets Too Since They All Looked Like They Looked Bad! Well...After All The Work Was Done And Put Back Together...I Started Putting Oil In The Car And Once I Got To The Fourth Quart I Started To Hear A Trickle Sound Coming From The Bottom Of The Car, It Was Coming From The(Under) Timing Belt Cover. Haven'T Opened It Up Yet But Im Assuming Its The Cam Or Crank Seal(I Was Told It Was Leaking Like That Prior, And Thats Why They Said It Was Leaking). I Went To Read The Service Manual And Realized That When I Did The Heads...I Had Taken Apart The Rocker Assembly And Didn'T Put The Cylinders To Tdc!!!!
First, What If Any Is The Remedy For My Skipping The Step? Second...Any Tips On Changing The Two Seals??? I Hear The Crank Pulley Is A Toughy To Take Off??? Thanks For Any Help
The timing belt is no big deal, you just have to take it slow. It is not likely you moved the cam much when you had the head off and probably did not move the crank at all. If the cam was moved a lot it can still be done but it takes more patience.
You are right - the crank bolt is a devil to get off but you probably don't have to. If the spark plugs are in, take them out to kill compression. Put a socket on the crank bolt and gently pull the crank counterclockwise (yes, like you are loosening the bolt - never turn the crank clockwise on that era Honda) until the TDC mark lines up with the pointer above the crank. Use no more force than necessary to move the crank so you can feel if the pistons and valves try to bang heads. If you feel the valves and pistons hit, remove the timing belt from the cam sprocket and move the cam sprocket one tooth whichever direction it will turn, put the timing belt back on, and continue. When the TDC mark lines up you can do the final setting of the cam sprocket like normal and go ahead on.
If you get into a corner where the crank is at TDC but the cam won't turn far enough to line up without hitting the valves, turn the crank clockwise (I know I told you never to do that, but we will deal with the problem) about a tenth of a rotation... not critical, just enough to ensure no pistons are all the way up. Remove the timing belt from the cam sprocket and turn the cam sprocket to line up the marks. Turn the crank back (CCW) to the TDC mark and put the timing belt on, lined up. The problem with turning the crank backward is the tensioner is then on the wrong side of the belt and the belt can jump. We just fixed the timing afterward.
I doubt the crank seal is bad. The crank seal is entirely out of the oil under normal conditions (after all, the oil should never reach the bottom of the crank), but the cam seal has to hold back the oil when you put oil in and when it is running. If you have to change the cam seal get the cam lined up with the crank first so you are not fighting that after disturbing it again.
Sell Car Or Repair It?
I Need Help On Deciding Whether To Keep My Used Car Of Sell It. It'S A 1994 Ford Explorer, And It Has Over 160,000 Miles On It. It Keeps Needing Repairs And I'M Tired Of Paying So Much For Repairs. I Understand That It'S Old And Will Eventually Need These Repairs Like All Cars Do, But I Feel Like I'M Wasting Money. Should I Keep The Car Or Sell It As Is? I Have A Daughter And Husband, But My Husband Rides His Bike To Go To Work And I Can Use The Public Buses To Take My Daughter To Her Daycare, Even Though It'Ll Be A Hassle In Rainy Days. Only Grocery Shopping And Occasionally Going Long Distances Would Be A Problem, As Well As Emergencies. It Would Definitely Be Economically Better To Use Public Transit. I Do Not Want To Buy A New Car At This Point. Should I Keep The Car For Its Convenience Or Sell It?
even in your situation, not so crucial to own a car. you still should have one you know, in case of emergencies. what if your child or either your husband or yourself needed a trip to the emergency room(very likely with kids believe me). maybe i am a little prejudiced, but i only felt comfortable with a ford when it was relatively new (1 to 4 yrs.). i have had many different brands of cars over the years and the one that has been the best is the one i own currently. it is a toyota Tacoma. while this may be too small for your needs they do make larger cars for families. this is the only one i have purchased new. it has 289000 miles on it because i used it in my business. it is a 2003 model. in all this time the only thing i have had to do to it is replace front brake pads (normal), put belts on, tires, and two batteries. no other repairs. not even a tune up. it has never failed to start, and the only time it has left me on the side of the road is a flat tire. i have also owned a camry, and a tercel. they were all very reliable and i highly recommend them. quite frankly though any car, even a toyota that gives me trouble, it has to go. ask yourself would you feel good about getting in your car right now and travel from one coast to the other coast and it not break down on you? if the answer is no, my advise get rid of it! now before you purchase any used car take it to a qualified, uninvolved mechanic to get it checked out. the money you spend will be worth it ! if a seller does not agree to this, find another dealer!
Will My Car Make It 10 Miles? Drive Or Tow.?
According To The Mechanic Of A New Car Dealership, My 1997 Ford Contour Needs A Radiator Fan, New Radiator, Serpentine Belt And Oil Gasket Pan Replaced. I Have A Friend Who Owns A Service Center 10 Miles Away Who I Feel Could Fix It For Less Money And Be More Honest With The Diagnosis. Should I / Can I Risk Driving My Car To Them 10 Miles Away, Or Should I Look To Get It Towed For Around $100?
If your car severely over heats, could blow head Gasket $300.00 at least or total engine, warp head making it not worth the expense to fix.Serpentine belt slips or comes off, can bend your valves, oil pan gasket, just an oily mess, although a chance of fire.
If you are going to drive an old car, buy AAA, Auto club, $35.00 a year, your cost is made up in one tow, one jump, one tire, one battery.
1986 Toyota 22R - Remove Rust In Engine'S Coolant Chambers?
I Have A 1986 Toyota 4Runner 4Wd. The Truck Has Sat Up For A Year After A Blown Head Gasket. Now The Engine Has Surface Rust In The Chamber. It'S Not A Deep Thick Rust, But More Like A Dust Throughout The Coolant Chamber. How Can I Remove The Rust Without Being Able To Start And Run The Engine? Thanks!
you cant really best is start it add antifreeze run it a few weeks and flush it with a cleaner designed to remove rust you will never get all of it you can get most this is why antifreeze is important
How Long Does It Take To Change The Head Gaskets And The Valves On A Toyota Camry?
The Shop Owner Claims Its Going To Be 3 To 5 Days......Should I Believe Him?
It really depends on how busy he is. 3-5 days seems like quite a while.
1-2 should be it. You can do it in one day, but that's with full concentration on your car. 3 tops for a mechanic.
Why Could My 93 Toyota Camry Be Overheating?
1 Inspect Hose Ruptured, Cracked or Leaking Raditor Hose.
2 Inspect Head Gasket Leaking Head Gasket.
3 Inspect Thermostat Thermostat Stuck Closed.
4 Inspect Raditor Cap Worn or Damaged Raditor Cap.
5 Inspect Raditor Raditor Fins Obstructed.
6 Inspect Intake Manifold Gasket Leaking, Worn, or Damaged Intake Manifold Gasket.
7 Inspect Relay - Raditor Cooling Fan Motor Faulty Cooling Fan Relay.
8 Inspect Cooling Fan Switch - Raditor Faulty Raditor Cooling Fan Sensor/Switch.
9 Inspect Water Pump Leaking Water Pump.
10 Inspect Raditor Fan Motor Faulty Raditor Cooling Fan Motor.