Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair newsletter

Top new questions this week:

brake squeal and grinding rotor even if I had just installed new pads

I have just noticed that my brakes started squealing non stop even though the pads are fairly new (8 months with just 7,000 km on it). Also I have just noticed last night that one of the brakes is ...

toyota brakes corolla  
asked by marchemike 5 votes
answered by Nick C 4 votes

hooking up a battery tender to your car for the winter

Do I need to disconnect my battery to use a battery tender for the winter? Is there the possibility of damaging the charging system if I leave the cables connected? Thanks

battery  
asked by drew 4 votes
answered by Paulster2 3 votes

Is a power steering flush likely to be necessary at 60k miles?

I was recently sold a power steering flush on a 2010 Civic with 60k miles. Cost: $150. They said the fluid was 'filthy'. I've since read that P/S fluid should last much longer than this, If it was ...

power-steering  
asked by hooverlunch 3 votes
answered by Paulster2 1 vote

Unwrapping and replacing two positive-side battery cables

There are two, not one, battery cables on the positive-side of my Pontiac Vibe's battery. One of the cables is considerably thicker than the other. I'm not sure what function that smaller cable has, ...

pontiac  
asked by Calaf 3 votes
answered by Bob 0 votes

Does a jump starter with lower amperage than your car battery work?

I have a 3.0 litre V6 Diesel Jaguar XJ which has a 850amp battery. A fair number of people on this 400amp Amazon jump starter say it started their 3.0 litre cars fine. ...

battery starter jump-start jaguar  
asked by User101 3 votes
answered by Paul 3 votes

What causes battery terminal corrosion?

I put a new battery in my car about 8 months ago. After a problem starting a couple days ago, I found that there was massive corrosion under the battery terminals, so I cleaned them out and ...

battery wiring  
asked by Brian Knoblauch 3 votes
answered by Paulster2 2 votes

How do I know where to place my air filter?

I am thinking of buying a performance air filter for my 2001 SEAT Ibiza (6K2). The reason I'm considering this is because my stock filter needs replacing and I figured I might as well do it right the ...

air-filter cooling seat-ibiza  
asked by Marco Geertsma 2 votes
answered by Nick C 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is ECT Mode for? - Toyota Cars?

I'm not sure if this is a feature on Toyota cars alone, but I currently drive a '99 Avalon XLS and in addition to the D3 mode which I know disables overdrive, right above the radio near the top of ...

automatic-transmission performance towing  
asked by theonlylos 4 votes
answered by Brian Knoblauch 3 votes

Is unlocking radio without code possible?

I bought Ford Mondeo 2004 but I forgot about the radio code. After unplugging the battery the radio now requires code and is locked. What options do I have now? Is it in essence possible to unlock a ...

ford radio  
asked by daniel.sedlacek 2 votes
answered by mikes 3 votes

Can you answer this?

How do I get the most out of a "smart" OBDII scanner?

I recently purchased an OBDII scanner that allows me to read and log data using my tablet. How do I get the most out of this device? I am already familiar with simply reading the trouble codes to ...

troubleshooting obd-ii dtc  
asked by Freiheit 2 votes
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