Here are some tips for preparing your car for summer. Some of these
tips can be performed by any do-it-yourself; others require an auto
Air Conditioning - A marginally operating system will fail
in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified
technician.Make sure that there are …
Here are some tips for how to prepare your automobile for winter, i.e. "winterize your car." Some of these tips can be performed by any do-it-yourselfer; others require an auto technician.
Engine Performance -- Get engine driveability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power,…
Two things: The accelerator cable is frayed or sticking. Change it or lube it alot. Your idle is too high. Have it lowered. The problem could be some type of vacuam problem. That is what happened to our Explorer. Or maybe a throttle body problem? if you mean accelerator sticking, I would check t…
1-Compression test. This tests the state of the 'bottom half' of the engine and the valves and seats. All cylinders should should be within 5 psi, and near the high end of spec. If your compression gauge is old or of poor quality or the vehicle battery is suspect, look only for equality between cyli…
The egr has nothing to do with idling high, the egr valve is not used at all at no load. and if there was something wrong with the egr valve it would cause the idle to be very low.
check your EGR valve for leaks on your exhaust manifol. If you have a factory service manual, they have trouble shooti…
A bad idle is caused by a problem with fuel or spark these are two different systems, both with multiple components. Let�s look at Spark first.
When was the last time the ignition components were serviced? I don�t think tat you need an electrical service (commonly referred t as a tun…
If your car hesitates when the brakes are applied, and or when you are driving it acts like it is giving itself gas, or accelarating on its own, The problem is your Throttle Position Sensor(TPS). It costs about $34.00 at autozone, and only takes about 10minutes to replac…
Any vehicle can be made faster (top end) or quicker (acceleration) by installing higher performance parts. The "big three" for a normally aspirated (NA) vehicle are an intake, header, and exhaust. Depending upon the displacement of the engine, the total power gain will be mild to moderate, however t…
If you have a late model Audi A4 or A6 or a VW Passat, it is possible to crack the engine oil pan and/or the transmission housing/case. If you have an older Chrysler FWD sedan, it is easy to put a hole in the engine oil pan.
On many RWD and 4WD vehicles, the rear differential and the transmissio…
This happened to us on our Toyota. We had to replace the Thermostat. But make sure you follow the directions carefully b/c if it is not put in a certain way it will not work properly.
What is your coolant level? If it isn't full, make it full.
The thermostat may be stuck open. It is su…
Are there particular circumstances when it hesitates? (engine hot or cold?, damp outside? certain speeds?, from a start?, etc. How many miles are on the car? Is the check engine light come on? When was the last fuel filter installed? When was the last time the throttle body was cleaned? or air indu…
dirty fuel filter, needs oil change.
loss of compresson ie. worn rings, leaking head gasket, burnt valvesincorrectly adjusted linkage to foot pedal to maifoldbad fuel pump, dirty fuel or air filter, dirty injectors, clogged exhaust or worn turbo,bad or dirty EGR valve or cat convertor on mode…
I had a very similar problem, my car (VW 4 Cyl) was fine until it warmed up. Then, slow sawtooth like acceleration and rather poor performance along with high gas consumption (low mpg). I figured at 200k the O2 sensor needed replacement and voila, it works like a charm now. O2 sensors are critical i…
happened with my dads auto transmission.. it was shot and it wouldn't shift out of the 1st automatic gear, hence, not being able to accelerate over 20/
It could also be a tranmission tourque converter failing. Also could be a broken gear inside the tranny, which will not engage …
The first step is to establish HOW your engine is losing oil -- whether it is actually burning oil (usually indicated by blue or black smoke) or leaking it. A "minor" leak from a worn-out drain plug or a bad gasket can result in the loss of a surprising amount of oil. Also, oil leaking onto a hot e…
A new car's invoice price is the manufacturer's initial charge to the dealer. Keep in mind that the invoice price also has a little bit of profit for the dealer called dealer hold back This is usually higher than the dealer's final cost because dealers receive rebates, allowances, discounts, and inc…
If you decide to finance your new car, be aware that the financing obtained by the dealer, even if the dealer contacts lenders on your behalf, may not be the best deal you can get. Contact lenders directly. Compare the financing they offer you with the financing the dealer offers you. Because offers…
Trading in your car
You should only discuss the possibility of a trade-in you've researched the value of your old car. Check the library for reference books or magazines that can tell you how much it is worth. This information may help you get a better price from the dealer. Though it may take lo…
Just a common sense approach with this suggestion.The reason you
would buy a newer or new car is your current vehicle is costing you
more than a car payment each month.My recommendation is research
the cars your interested in on overall reliability and resale
value.All cars have there good and bad p…
Leasing a car The following information assumes you're talking about a closed-end lease, the most common type of vehicle lease. With a closed-end lease, you may return the vehicle at the end of the lease term, pay any end-of-lease costs and walk away. When you lease a vehicle, you have the right to…
The following information assumes you're talking about a closed-end lease, the most common type of vehicle lease. With a closed-end lease, you may return the vehicle at the end of the lease term, pay any end-of-lease costs, and walk away.
At the beginning of the lease, you may have…
Lemon VehiclesStates with lemon laws allow the owner a refund or replacement when a new vehicle has a substantial problem that is not fixed within a reasonable number of attempts. Many specify a refund or replacement when a substantial problem is not fixed in four repair attempts or the car has been…
There are many opinions about which cars have the most comfortable
seats. Here are some opinions from the community:
I would recommend tha Cadillac Seville.
Volvo has the most comfortable seats I've sat in. Our Volvos
are nine and ten years old each and the seats are still extremely
The Kelly Blue Book is the "Bible" of the Car Industry. The "Lease-end" Value is a projection of what the car will be worth "Wholesale" (not Retail) at the end of the "Term" This assumes you stay within the miles allowed for the Lease. Generally 10-15K per year.This also assumes the condition of the…
Try asking the question a different way.I have been in the business for a long time and have never heard of substitute plans.
According to Texas's top seller of new and used car, SoloAutos, the
color white is the sought after color for new as well as used cars.
Try the VW Jetta TDI model 2000 through 2004. This is a computer controlled Turbo Diesel with Intercooler European solid build sedan. 40 MPG for me. Max torque at the low end. Unstoppable going up hills. Doesnt bog down at all, and you dont need a "running start" before going uphill. The turbo sucks…
I am assuming you bought this from a dealer. You need to go over your paperwork and see if the vehicle was listed as new or used. This would be on the purchase agreement, finance documents, odometer statements and title/registration paperwork. If the dealer represented the car as new and it is use…
Here are some facts to gather when buying a used car:
Are you the registered owner:
Everything electrically sound:
Do all gauges work:
How often was the transmission fluid added:
Car Make, Model, & Year:
Selling Price & what is the lowest they'll take:
No, the minute you've signed the contract, the vehicle is yours. "Buyer's Remorse" is a myth pertaining to the buyer's supposed legal right to change their mind and return a vehicle after signing the contract. Not at all based in reality! This myth probably stemmed from a stipulation called the "Rig…
No. Once the tailpipe leaves the curb, it is a used car and you are the owner.If the dealer has given you a special deal that you may return it, and you have that deal in writing, sure...you can return it then. But most state's 'real property' law prevent consumers from canceling legal contracts aft…
likely NOT without an attorney because once the dealer gets YOUR money in HIS hands, it just don't want to come out.
In Texas, the DOT regulations state that the contract is set once it is signed and the car is in your posession. Posession is when you look over the car and tell what flaw…
Toyotas and Hondas, if well maintained, will be extremely reliable
cars. Toyota Motor Corporation and Honda Motor Company have long
dominated reliability, Toyota since about 1977 and Honda since
about 1980. Also, Toyota holds 18 of the Canadian Automobile
Association's Pyramid Awards for "vehicle en…
Used Car Problems to Look Out ForMost dealers will allow you to take the car to a mechanic for a "used car exam". You should always do this.One major concern is odometer tampering. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that consumers lose billions of dollars a year to …
It's best to have any used car inspected by an independent mechanic before you buy it. For about $100 or less, you'll get a general indication of the mechanical condition of the vehicle.
A pre-purchase independent car inspection is a good idea even if the car has b…
Buying used car more complicated than buying new car. You have to put more effort on this .You need to select right sellers and should know the complete history of the car. If you want to know the more our experts tips kindly visit website WWW. dealerdemon.com.
Once you've got the car and the dealer/seller provides title (presumably received the money or the loan), the contract is "executed". And the first step in any question like this, is read the agreement you signed and made. Agreement may or may not be important. Go back to dealer or private party a…
Insurance Coverage. The answer below is incomplete. It is true that you should check with your carrier, but keep in mind, their answer will normally will result in getting more premium. With State Farm and Allstate you as a policyholder will always be covered, unless an excluded driver uses your veh…
It all has to do with what insurance is. Insurance is the transference of risk. You pay a premium to the insurance company, it turn they agree to indemnify you, or put you back to the financial status you were previously at prior to a claim within the limits you have selected. In simple terms you hi…
Auto Insurance Required for Learners Permit? Yes, you can. A Drivers or Learners "Permit" is permission to drive and therefore a temporary license with certain restrictions. You can obtain your own auto insurance or you can be covered under someone else's policy such as your parents or the vehicle …
One may generally insure the property of another if you have an
insurable interest in it. This means that you have a financial
interest in the property that may be harmed if the property is
damaged or destroyed.
AIG International Services offers short term auto insurance for tourists in the U.S. The car would have to be licensed and registered in their name in the U.S. You can call them at 877-708-6995 or visit their website at www.aig-is.com.Yes. Most large insurance firms won't do this, however, especiall…
You can call some salvage or wrecking yards in your area and ask what they are willing to pay you for the totaled car. It is best to call several wrecking yards and then average the price they offer you. A reasonable estimate is 15-20% of the retail value of the vehicle at the time of loss. Keep in …
Yes, your car will be sold and if the price they sell it for is less than the balance left on the loan, plus the repossession fees, you will be responsible for that difference and will have to pay it.
It varies from state to state, but in your case about 10 to 14 days. Its time of process is counted on importance.
Yes, you can voluntarily give up one of your vehicles but still
continue the payments on the other. It will, however, affect your
credit. No repossession on your credit record is positive, but you
can at least provide a better logical explanation to a voluntary
repossession than you can a forced one…
Most places cannot repo a car that has another lien on it, such as in your case. You will have to check your local law.
In ALL states, the storage lot is REQUIRED to notify the OWNER and LEINHOLDER within a certain period of time. Usually 5 days. That way everyones interest is protected.
This depends on where you live. In Florida and California, you have to be certified by the state. State permit etc. Other states, mostly wide open. It's NOT a very regulated industry yet.In California you must be employed by an agency that is already licensed by the state. You must then be registere…
Personal Property in the Vehicle According to the FTC: Regardless of the method used to dispose of a repossessed car, a creditor may not keep or sell any personal property found inside. In some states, your creditor must tell you what personal items were found in your car and how you can retrieve t…
RepossessionCall your local dispatching service for your law enforcement. The Repo man is required to report the repo immediately to them. You could also call the bank or company that has financed your loan.In Illinois, we are required to report repossessions immediately to the police. In some citie…
There is no set fee for a repo. I charged 375.00 per car if it was a good address. 150.00 and up if i had to locate the car. and 1.00 per mile both ways. so a repo could cost 375.00 to 1500.00 easy. This varies by state, company, and voluntary repo vs involuntary repo. I have paid up to 250.00 to …
As you likely know by now, the lender has the right to accelerate the balance due when the car is repoed. Usually this is upon the 2nd repo or after X number of times in DEFAULT (late payments). It is at the lenders option. Read your contract again. It should be found where it says DEFAULT.
That is a repossession. Anytime the lender get's the car back instead of the money agreed to on the contract, it's a repossession. It will show as a voluntary repossession. And hurts the credit.
Doing it does not relieve you of any deficiency between the amount…
Purchasing a repossessed car Most lenders run their repo's through "dealer only" Auctions, but you there are still a lot of smaller banks and credit unions that may sell to the public for a deep discount.
Jo, the odds are NOT good unless you are or have access to a mechanic. BUT, you may hav…
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Car with Best Fuel Efficiency Check out www.fueleconomy.gov for yearly information on all US cars fuel ratings. Any hybrid car (Honda Insight, Toyota Prius) will have excellent fuel ratings. Also, turbo diesel engines by VW do very well. Both the VW New Bug and the VW Golf models with TDI engines ge…
According to the US DOT Federal Highway Administration, the average annual miles per vehicle is 12,334 per year. This is based on a total annual miles traveled (3,049,047 million) divided by the total number of vehicle registrations (247 million). This data from 2007 but statistics like this are oft…
Car buyers often get suckered into high interest or extended-term
loans which far exceed the value of the vehicle. This is especially
true for buyers with bad credit.
While debt relief and credit counseling agencies will tell you they
can help, many of these companies are scams and will do more dam…
As the vehicle owner, you can sell the car whenever you choose. You are liable for the car loan. If you are selling the vehicle for less than the loan (especially when you are upside-down on the loan - you owe more than the car is worth), you need to pay the difference to your lender. When trading …
I think you should get an auto loan instead of leasing a car. You can get an auto loan easily at a lower interest rate and you would get a new car which would be your own . Where as in leasing a car you would get a used car and there are many other problems in leasing a car.
There are many be…
Yes, but the money you still owe (negative equity) must still be paid. Example: you owe $10k on a car and the dealer will only offer you $8k in trade - the $2k difference must be paid. In some cases, your lender or dealer financing will allow you to roll the negative equity into the new payment as l…
Mainly, it's like trading in your old car for a new one. You'll have to be approved for a car and they may give you certain choices to choose from. And another thing is that your car note is most likely to go up, but you know what you're able to afford. And remember if you're thinking abou…
If you mean U-Haul type (private), then it is the renter through their auto insurance. If you mean a business like a Budget or Siva type, then it is the business that is renting that usually provides the insurance. this would be through the business insurance (i.e. the insurance on the building(s)/…
In the UK - determining who is legally at fault depends to a degree on the type of accident that has occurred. For example - in a RTA the Road Traffic Act and Highway code are influential in deciding who has made a driving error. In an accident at work there are regulations for manual handling and k…
You will receive the fair market value for your vehicle. An insurance company is only required to compensate you at the fair market value. This may be more or less than is still owed on a vehicle if it is still under a finance note The amount still owed on any finance note has no bearing on the curr…
It depends upon the type of vehicle and the jurisdiction in which you registered the vehicle. Generally, motorcycles and trailers require only one license plate. In North America, all passenger vehicles have at least one license plate affixed to the rear of the vehicle, and in some jurisdictions, a…
Humans and Machines Together Cars are built by a combination of humans and robots (programmed by humans) on an assembly line. Some cars are totally built by hand, basically limited production cars, classic cars, or something special. Some others are totally built by machines. Quality checks are norm…
Breaking-In a New Car
Most manufacturers have recommendations in the handbooks. You should start off treating the engine very gently i.e. gentle revs and never more than 1/4 throttle. Over time you gradually use more revs and more throttle until you eventually end up using the full range of the …
a race car about fift-60 mph a refgular car iwould NT go more thatn 30 for a reg car or race car if you do go fast in reverse i can be dangerouls u don't have as much control
In Texas, when your car is impounded, it is best to go immediately and retrieve your car. The towing charge and daily storage mounts up. The longer you let your car stay in impound the more you are charged. If you have a mortgage on the car, the company that has the mortgage is notified and they pay…
warranty begins on day of purchase by original owner. if u buy a used car that should still be in original warranty, dont rely on manufacturer, honoring the warranty, as you are not original purchaser i have found it is difficult to get proper warranty work even if original purchaser, which is why…
This depends on your state/local laws. In most areas you can get a learners permit, where you can drive with a parent/legal guardian at any daylight hour, and drive without at either 16/17. When you start driving unsupervised, some areas will not allow you to drive any non-immediate family member. …
To break in your new car, it is suggested to not subject the engine
to constant speeds. Better piston ring seating will be achieved by
varying the speed and avoiding hard and sudden accelerations at
least during the first 500 miles. Gradual accelerations with some
decelerations are the most benefici…
My 2011 Honda Fit Owner's manual says: During the first 600 miles Avoid full throttle starts and rapid acceleration.Avoid hard braking during the first 200 miles.Do not change the oil until scheduled maintenance time. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Well in a w…
Only driving VERY SLOWLY through areas that they are known to live will reduce "accidents": oftentimes, we are driving along and the deer's "chase response" is triggered, and they will run right into a car (or truck) trying to make it maneuver away from them. That's because that is what they do in n…
There are many different opinions about what gasoline to use for a car that is a V6 and not a performance V8. Here are some of them:Most turbocharged or other vehicles requiring higher octane fuel will lose power and economy as part of the computer's strategy for using the low-octane fuel safely. Al…
Gears 1 and 2 First and second gear selection in an automatic transmission vehicle do basically what they would do in a manual transmission vehicle. In some (usually older) vehicles, the shifter will manually actuate the transmission valve body, meaning you are manually selecting whichever gear you …
Assorted s from the community: The LEFT pedal is the CLUTCH. It must be depressed to crank the car, then released SLOWLY with the stick in 1 to go. It may take you some practice to get it down, but don't quit.
Be careful because as you learn a manual transmission you'll see there are cons…
A vin number on a car can tell you a number of things about a car , whether it is a 4, 6 or 8 cylinder, it can tell you about the interior of the car, or the if it is a classic or tire size but im pretty sure that a vin number doesnt have the state of where it is from, my advice to you would be to d…
Call DCA's Consumer Information Center toll-free at 1-800-952-5210. In the Sacramento area call (916) 445-1254. ag.ca.gov they can tell you what the requirements are for towing impounds. If you want to know what happened to the car, just call the police department that had it picked up and I'm pre…
Using the conversion factor of 16.387cc=1CI, we come up with a displacement of 73.22 cubic inches. Most American cars are quoted in liters these days (5.7 liter mustang) so a 1.2 liter would be a 1.2 liter. same amount of displacement. I don't think any American car has an engine this small. Alth…
You want to start with at least a 2" system. At the motor, you want a set of headers, followed by high-flow Cats. If you car is pre-emission, then just go with dual exhaust and glasspacks; they get louder as they get older. if you have anything stock, forget exhaust sound. At the end, put a tip that…
You can go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and fill out a form to find the last person who titled the car.Although it's true in a general sense that you can walk into a motor vehicle agency and get information regarding the owner of a vehicle if you have the VIN, there are some specifics. I'm qu…
Pretty much just a waste of money. use the money toward keeping up the preventative maintanence on your vehicle and you wont need and extended warranty. change oil regularly, get your trans and radiator flushed every 30,000 miles things like that. spark plugs only last about 30,000 as well to work e…
Some states' DMVs will provide this information, but only for a certain period of time. It's best to call and ask there instead of here.If you have the full vin, almost any dmv will provide you current ownership of the vehicle because this kind of information falls under the category of Freedom of I…
You need your Bankruptcy Chapter 7 to be discharged first before getting a loan to buy a house. Most lenders require two to four years of re-established credit before they will consider making you a loan. However, many lending sources are competing today to make loans to borrowers with …
A co-signer is jointly and severally liable on the note, but
doesn't have any security interest in the vehicle. In other words
he has no rights to the vehicle, other than to pay off the note if
you fail to do so. A cosigner can ask that his name be added to the
title, which means he has equal owners…
Generally speaking, the smaller the engine, the better the mileage. Most common fault for poor fuel consumption is dirty air filters, an aggressive hand & and bad riding practices. Fuel consumption is like asking how long a piece of string is. It all boils down to how hard you accelerate, how …
Number of Cars in the US According to the U.S. Department of Transpotation Statistical Records Office there are approximately 62 million registered vehicles in the U.S. at the current time and appox. 6.4 million unregistered functioning vechicles. Roughly 32% of those two numbers combined would acco…
Hourly rates vary quite a bit across the country and in different shops. Large corporations may pay as much as $15 per hour, but the typical hourly scenario is usually around $8-10. In order to make good money as a mechanic, a person needs to: (1) become ASE master certified or better; (2) speciali…
1672 Ferdinand Verbiest invented the first car in the year 1672. It
was the first ever car invented and was powered by steam. Ferdinand
was an experimentalist and a missionary to China. He built his car
The very first self-powered road vehicles were powered by steam
engines and by t…
In regards to nursing there are a number of specialties that enable one to make 100,000. There are nurse anesthetists which are among the top paid nursing specialty, along with psychiatric APRNS, and sometimes dermatology APRNS. This is dependent though on your area, how much the cost of living is,…
1/32 inch (according to driversed.com)
From the California Vehicle Code online:
(1) One thirty-second (1/32) of an inch tread depth in any two adjacent grooves at any location of the tire, except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3). (2) Four thirty-second (4/32) of an inch tread depth at al…
These are common causes of 'no-heat' when the coolant is flowing: Blocked / plugged heater core To check - confirm that both heater hoses going into the firewall are warm. If only one is warm, likely there is a blockage and the core will have to be flushed and/or replaced. Temperature blend door is …
Car brands starting with M: Mclaren, Mazda, Mercedes, BMC's Mini,
Maserati, Mitsubushi, Mercury, Messerschmitt, MG, Morris, Merkur,
Marcos, Morgan, and Mathys.
(*also the German brand Maybach, from the company
Maybach-Motorenbau, and Mahindra & Mahindra of India)
Models starting with …
No special lights. They have special plates with wheelchair symbol or placard that hangs from mirror. (same symbol) Good question though.
It may eventually clog the fuel filter - about the same effect as if you'd put sand in the tank. It's a myth that sugar will dissolve in gasoline or that it will somehow get past the several filters between the gas tank and the engine and then ruin the entire engine. No, it won't do the damage tha…
Well batman drives the bat mobile so I would assume that birdman
would drive a bird mobile. Now from the picture it would apear that
the birdmobile is a jeep. I don't think bird man would be driving
an all electric car. Out in birdland you don't find that many
charging stations. Heck you are lucky i…
The Gold Coins each give you 10 credits on Mathletics.