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Should You Really Leave Auto Repair To Some Professional Mechanic? Every car fails


sooner or later, and that's a truth! With that being said, some cars are more prone to malfunctioning than the others, and when you're in a tough situation, you may be left to wonder: can i attempt a DIY auto repair or engage a mechanic? An oil change is a great instance of something also a novice driver could do, but if you have troubles beyond that, acquiring a car mechanic to accomplish the repairs could be a wise decision and here's why: Experience You possess virtually no idea what you're doing and you might actually find yourself making things worse. Even when you think that you're a DIY savvy person, you could end up causing other regions of your car to malfunction. Not to mention, you merely have no idea what's actually wrong along with your vehicle, except if you accept it apart and hope with all your might you may place it back together again again. A vehicle mechanic continues to be carrying this out for a long time and he can certainly diagnose and repair any issue your car or truck could be against. Right Tools You want the best tools as well as a decent workspace to get started on taking care of auto repair. If you do not have an entire garage with equipment and tools focused on this task, you have got to invest in the required tools to fix your vehicle. Naturally, without prior experience dealing with car repair, you possibly will not know what you need to purchase, not forgetting, you may never begin using these tools again. Hiring a professional car mechanic can eliminate the need for you to invest money into tools and equipment you're unlikely to utilize again as he will currently have everything accessible. Speedy Repairs When you just have one household car you need to use to access focus on time, you have to be sure that your particular car is fixed as quickly as possible. Naturally, when you attempt a DIY repair, things can go wrong, and in many cases after they don't, it can take you plenty much more time to get your car running than should you hire a mechanic. You may have your car or truck out from commission for a day or two when taking it to a mechanic, nevertheless it sure beats being unable to start working! Save Money Perhaps one of the most compelling top reasons to drop your car off for repair with a mechanic's is to economize. You won't must invest money into tools, equipment, and auto parts you may never need. In addition to, while your car is out of commission, you might have to rent a vehicle or consider the bus-- costing you more cash! Getting a mechanic for auto repair will save you from the long haul, particularly if you take into consideration that employment well done can prolong the life span of your own vehicle. Next time your car offers you trouble, why not stop at a car mechanic's?





FAQ's Auto Repair

How Much Would It Cost To Fix Blown Head Gasket?
I Am Looking For A Car And I Keep Seeing Adds That Say :Blown Head Gasket. I Have A Descent Ability To Work On Cars Myself, But Now Too Good With Terminology. When They Say Blown Head Gasket, Is It Just A New Gasket That Needs Changed Or What? How Much Would That Cost? Looking At A 92 Toyota 4 Runner For 500.

If you are asking this question then you are not even close to being able to tackle this one yourself.

The "blown head gasket" can mean a lot of things but it usually means your engine is fried or damaged. Chances are good that you might need to do a lot more than replace the gasket. You often are looking at a total engine replacement.

... and don't bother with a Toyota 4Runner with this problem. The engine is toast.

1993 Ford Bronco Over Heating
Radiator Is The Biggest I Coulfd Get And The Thermostat Is New And Put In Rite, And If It Was A Blow Head Gasket Would There Be Water In My Oil And There Is Not, And Fluid Level Is Good In Radiator, And It Only Does It When I Pull A Hill Hard Or Pull My Trailer, Would A Mechanic Be Able To Tell Me More

No water in oil doesn't mean that the head gasket is not blown. but check the transmission fluid and trans cooler. might need to add an external cooler for the trans. how about adding an auxiliary cooling fan. check your fan clutch also with motor warm turn off try to turn the fan by hand if it turns easy then the fan clutch is bad and needs to be replaced.

Becoming An Auto Mechanic?
I Was Really Looking Into Becoming A Mechanic But My School Doesn't Offer An Electives For Shop Or Anything Like That. There Is A Shop Down The Road From Where I Live, How Would I Go About Working There To Learn? Would That Help?

YOU CAN LEARN ALOT FROM A SMALL AUTO MECHANIC SHOP BECAUSE THEY WILL TEACH YOU SOME TRICKS THAT YOU WONT LEARN IN SCHOOL. IT SOUND TO ME LIKE YOUR STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL IF I WERE YOU I WOULD TRY TO GET A PART TIME JOB AT THAT SHOP THAT YOU SPEAK OF UNTIL YOU FINISH SCHOOL AND THEY FIND A TECH COLLEGE IN YOUR AREA THAT OFFERS AUTO MECHANICS. GET THAT EDUCATION LIL MAN TRUST WE YOU WILL MAKE SO MUCH MORE MONEY IN THE LONG RUN WITH A DEGREE. HOPE IVE HELPED YOU GOOD LUCK AND TRY HARD

2004 Toyota Camry Shot Water Pump And Now Car Wont Turn Over? Help Please!!?
I Have A 2004 Toyota Camry That I Got For Graduation In May. When I Started Driving It It Had About 144,000 Miles On It Already. About A Month And A Half Ago My Car Started Making This Godforsaken Noise That Sounded Like A Engine Knock But It Progressivly Got Worse. My Boyfriend And His Dad Both Looked At It And Couldn'T Figure It Out At First. My Bf Thought It Was My Alternator Going Out. Well Today We Were Putting My Snow Tires On My Car And After We Got Them On We Turned The Car On To Warm It Up So We Could Test The Tires Out A Little. After We Jacked The Car Down He Noticed There Was All This Fluid Running Out And Dripping Onto The Ground. It Was Just Old Water And He First Thought It Was All The Snow Melting Out From Under My Car Because We Live In North Dakota And It Gets Pretty Frickin Cold Up Here. So We Got In The Car And Drove Off And Noticed The Engine Was Warming Up But There Was No Heat Coming Out Of The Vents. The Temp Was Perfect Until We Were Trying To Figure Out Why The Heat Wasn'T Working And After It Just Sat There For About A Minute And Blew Freezing Cold Air, The Engine Temp Gauge Was Almost All The Way Maxed Out. My Bf Knew Right Away That It Was The Water Pump Because We Weren'T Getting Any Heat And My Engine Was Overheated (But Not Smoking Or Steaming. Weird..) So He Threw The Car Into Neutral And Turned It Off And We Started Coasting Our Way Home And We Had To Stop At A Stop Sign So He Tried To Start The Car To Just Get It Moving Again And Then Turn It Off. But We Ended Up Getting Stuck At The Stop Sign Because My Car Wouldn'T Start Up Again. It Was So Dead That The Internal Lights Didn'T Even Turn On And The Information Panel Lights Were Baaaarely Dim. So My Boyfriends Dad Ended Up Pulling Us Home. Well All Day It Sat In The Driveway And Then Tonight I Went Out There To See If It Would Turn Over But It Didn'T. It Has A Charge, I Know That Because I Tested All The Lights. When We Got Home Today I Couldn'T Even Use My Key Fob To Lock The Car Doors Because Thats How Dead The Car Was, But When I Went Out There Tonight The Lights, The Brights, The Blinkers And The Internal Lights And Everything All Work Perfectly And Are All Bright As Can Be, But When I Try To Start My Car It Just Makes That Horrible Clicking Noise And I Have To Turn The Key Back Again. My Bf'S Dad Thinks That Theres Just Not A Connection Going On Right Now And That My Battery Is Probobly Shot. But I Don'T Know Really. I'M Honestly Not Too Worried About My Water Pump Because My Bf Knows How To Replace Them, But I'M More Worried About Why The Heck My Car Doesn'T Start Because I Really Don'T Want To Have To Get A New Alternator Because I Have Absolutly No Money At The Moment And I Need My Car To Get Around. :/ Any Ideas? The Car Has 156,000 Miles On It, The Oil Was Just Changed Less Than A Month Ago, My Radiator Is In Good Condition And There Has Never Not Been Coolant Or Anything In There. Living In North Dakota Sometimes I Drive The Car In Low Gear Just For A Few Blocks To Get The Engine Warmed Up Perfect And Fast Because It'S So Cold Outside. I'M Wondering If That'S Maybe What Did It. But This Is Also The First Time My Car Has Ever Overheated Or Had Any Problems At All. But From My Research The Water Pump On Camrys Is A Constant Reoccuring Problem And They Usualy Go Out Between 70 And 100,000 Miles...So I Am Kinda Way Past That Mileage Range Lol. Help Please!? Thank You. :))

the all important Q here is what engine is this?

if you have the I4, yea, prolly toasted a head gasket. since the water pump is driven off the accessory pulleys. therefore no reason, given your scenario, why it wouldn't at least start other than a head gasket issue.

but if you have the V6 you may not have a head gasket issue. there is a good chance this maybe ok. after repair.
those have under timing belt water pumps. if the pump was the source of the noise, the pulley was prolly wobbling. leaking. it would leak coolant onto the timing belt providing a lubricant for it to slip.
yes, she over heated. the chance it that the belt slipped b4 she got too hot. and that,s why it won't start.
now here's the catch, the mz family of V6's maybe of VVT-variable valve timing or not. toy call's these an interference type engine. those, usually, if a timing belt slips/breaks, cause internal engine damage. however, i have read that they are not interference type at or below valve (VVT) advance curve. that means if the belt slipped or broke at low enough rpm, yes, she won't start, but it's possible there maybe no engine damage other than a water pump and timing belt.
toy calls these interference type, but do not make the distinction being non-interference type statically (engine not running-or below advance curve.

this is only what i've read. some have gotton away with this type of issue w/o any internal engine damage. but i have no personal experience to back it up.
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summary,
it is *possible* on the V6 only, the water pump leaked, caused the belt to slip, and even though it got hot, the belt slipping is the cause of no start. and, if there was no valve to piston contact, you could only be looking at a pump and belt replacement. which on these is pricey enough. 300-400 bucks for just labor. but, the engine itself may not be damaged.
so since a new engine of this type would run around 2000+++. it would be worth the effort, if there's no coolant in the oil or vise versa, to replace the pump and belt, check compression, passing that, chemical test coolant for petrol base contaminants, check oil for coolant one more time. doing and passing all that, would be worth the effort.
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a reputable ASE shop or the dealer is best for quality work. but you might look into a reputable local independent shop to keep the costs down.

What Is A Smog Test?
I Am From Minnesota And They Dont Have A Smog Test Here, Currently My Dad Is On A Contract In California But He Chooses To Have A Minnesotan License Plate, I Asked Him Why And He Said That You Have To Do A Smog Test If It Is A California Vehicle, What Is A Smog Test And Why Dont People Want To Do It

WHY DOES CALIFORNIA NEED A SMOG CHECK PROGRAM?

In 1970 Congress passed the Federal Clean Air Act, which set quality standards for the nation. The act required areas that did not meet air quality standards to implement emissions control strategies or they would lose their building and highway funds. California did not meet the Federal Air quality standards. Hence, in 1982 it decided to implement an emissions inspection program, currently referred to as the "Smog Check" program.

The California Smog Check program is designed to identify vehicles, which are polluters through the use of a state of the art exhaust gas analyzer. The exhaust analyzer is much like a photo camera except it takes pictures of your vehicle's exhaust (rather then your vehicle) and translates that into information which a Smog technician can read/understand and evaluate. Based on this information the technician can diagnose your vehicle's engine condition.

The Smog Inspection is not to be feared. It's simply an inspection designed to make sure your car is in good running order. It's also an excellent opportunity for you to evaluate your vehicle's engine performance and make sure your car is running at optimum levels.

The average smog inspection price will vary shop to shop. It will normally range anywhere between $29.95 to $59.95 depending on the county you live in and the type of smog inspection your vehicle requires. This price may or may not include the State's Certificate Fee of $8.25. In some parts of California, where smog inspections are not so common, shop owners may choose to charge a little more for the smog inspection in order to make up for the high cost of maintenance.

There is no State of California regulation for the actual cost of the smog check due to the fact that smog stations are privately owned businesses. However there are laws which require smog stations, smog test only centers and smog repair centers to display thier smog inspection prices in areas accessible to and easily viewed by the public.

Find out how to pass the California Smog Test by visiting http://www.smogtips.com

Click on the "It's an Easy 3-Part Test" link.

I hope this information is helpful to you.

Cylinder Head Gasket 91 4Runner Replacement??
After Closer Inspection I Realized Where That Coolant Was Really Coming From! :P I'Ve Done A Few Before. Just Wondering If Anyone Who Has Done This Type 1991 Toyota 4Runner Sr5 4X4 3.0L V6 Has Any Hints Or Tips For The Diy'Er. Alrdy Got Ome Replacement Parts(Bolts, Washers And Gasket Set). O Btw I Called The Toyota Dealership And Checked The Vin# For The Recall And They Say It Had Been Done In 1996 And They Only Cover It Once And Quoted Me At 1800$ For The Repair. I Got Bolts And Washers - 125$ Left An Right Cylinder Head Gaskets - 70$ Each New Knock Sensor 150$(Should Replace Whenever Your Doing This) All About Saving Money :P Almost 1500$ Is A Big Deal If U Don'T Mind Spending A Weekend Getting Greasy. Cheers

Funny I don't see any timing belt drive belts radatior hoses or tensioner idlers front engine seals? Good luck dude! I would not attempt a major repair to a 1991 engine with out all brand new rubber hoses because your intake manifold is off and your timing belt should not be reused your work weekend is going to be a long one if you don't have everything your going to need lots of trips to the dealer that may or may not be open after 12 noon today. Think Again get all the parts first before breaking out the wrenches and don't forget the red antifreeze