Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair newsletter

Top new questions this week:

2002 Peugeot 206 Clutch won't disengage

When the car is running, I am no longer able to put it into any gear; like it would happen when you're not holding the clutch, so that is one of the reasons why I think there is something wrong with ...

transmission clutch  
asked by iwishicouldflyinsteadofdriving 5 votes
answered by iwishicouldflyinsteadofdriving 0 votes

Any truth to the "myth" about changing transmission fluid in older vehicles?

I have had people give me anecdotal stories (friend of a friend type thing) about changing the transmission fluid in vehicles with 150,000+ miles, especially those that haven't had regular ...

chevrolet transmission scheduled-maintenance  
asked by Ogre Psalm33 5 votes
answered by Juann Strauss 2 votes

replacing distributor-- spline doesn't align

I'm working on my 63 impala (283 motor) and the previous owner had put a beat up Delco HEI distributor on the car, but it's so large that you can't really time it correctly-- the cap hits the firewall ...

engine ignition  
asked by user101289 5 votes
answered by mikes 2 votes

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee -- quiet whine from steering wheel -- what's causing it?

I have a 2014 Grand Cherokee Laredo. There is a very low high pitched whine that comes from the steering wheel. If I turn the wheel two inches to the right or left, the whine goes quiet. If I let go ...

jeep power-steering steering grand-cherokee  
asked by Robert Hume 4 votes
answered by Zaid 1 vote

What is the difference between an automatic and an AMT

I have seen many recent car launches in my home country which claim to have something called as an AMT or Automated Manual Transmission. I am curious to know how is this different from a traditional ...

engine transmission automatic-transmission  
asked by Anarach 3 votes
answered by knocksAndMisfires 3 votes

Painting Racing Stripes

I have a couple of small (1-2mm in diameter) rust spots on the roof of my truck. I'm thinking of painting flat black racing stripes over the hood (bonnet to you Brits!) and roof of the truck to cover ...

chevrolet paint rust silverado  
asked by Paulster2 3 votes
answered by Nick C 0 votes

Do the front wheels turn a little bit on potholes and bumps?

I just replaced the inner and outer tie rods on a vehicle, and some time later was thinking about the linkage. I don't recall if the inner ball joint was at the same location as the inner suspension ...

suspension steering ball-joint  
asked by Adam Davis 3 votes
answered by Paulster2 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What are the risks of overfilling a small engine with oil?

I recently overfilled a 4 stroke lawnmower engine with oil. It has been run for about 1.5 hours while overfilled. It smokes a lot right after being started but after 30 seconds or so the smoke clears. ...

engine oil  
asked by Greg B 13 votes
answered by Eric Fossum 10 votes

Is there a way to prop up a window that falls down?

The windows on my car stopped working a few months ago. I could hear the motor running but the wouldn't go back up. Managed to get them closed by putting my hand flat against the window and pushing ...

power-windows  
asked by Matt 5 votes
answered by Mark Johnson 6 votes

Can you answer these?

OEM cables don't match new LED mirrors, need specialized adapters?

I replaced the mirrors on my Honda with LED mirrors after one of them broke off and I don't think the cables match, so I'm unable to control the mirror electronically. A few other sets of cables came ...

fuse mirrors led  
asked by GettingNifty 1 vote

Nissan Versa - metal bracket popping out at the entrance of steering shaft near the break pedal

I have a 2009 Nissan Versa - turning into a parking lot this morning I noticed this metallic snapping/clanking noise which I could also feel at my feet as well as in the wheel. I discovered what looks ...

nissan steering  
asked by PuppyCat 1 vote

Charging USB Device via Cigarette Lighter Overheats

We have recently switched vehicles and like to charge a mobile device via the 12v cigarette lighter. In the previous vehicle, you could leave the charger in for a very long time and it would never get ...

charging usb  
asked by JeevesWeevil 2 votes
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