Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair newsletter

Top new questions this week:

Realistically, how much can I expect to improve cloudy headlights by polishing?

The headlight lenses on my vehicle (a 2001 Ford F-150) are cloudy, and presumably as a result, the headlights are not terribly effective. (I could post a photo if you want.) I bought a polishing kit …

ford headlight f-150  
asked by Nate Eldredge 3 votes
answered by TDHofstetter 6 votes

Steering wheel locks up after screeching noise and air bubbles in power steering reservoir

This morning my 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe started screaming and the wheel locked up. I turned the car off then back on, and it was fine. Drove it home and parked it, and when I drove it again, the wheel …

hyundai power-steering santa-fe  
asked by Ashley 3 votes
answered by Allan Osborne 2 votes

Fiat 500 Airbag Sensor

My Fiat 500, 2008, 1.2 Pop, 51Kw has had its front left side somewhat crushed. The body has been fixed for the most part, but the electrician/mechanic tells us he cannot turn on the vehicle in order …

electrical sensor airbag fiat ecu  
asked by Swader 2 votes
answered by Allan Osborne 0 votes

AC Recharge- What did I do wrong?

I drive a 2010 VW Golf. The AC has not been working at all lately. Before taking it in to the pros, I bought an AC Recharge Kit and only got to step 1 on the directions. When I hooked it up to the …

ac vw golf diy  
asked by interrobang 2 votes
answered by Larry 2 votes

2001 Mercury Sable -- Rough Idle/High RPM and Transmission Leaks

I have a 2001 Mercury Sable (24V DOHC V6) that has been having problems with its vacuum system. I live in Florida where the average temperature lately has been in the 80s. For roughly a month now, …

automatic-transmission rough-idle leak mercury pcv-valve  
asked by Sage 2 votes
answered by Allan Osborne -1 votes

Can I hack a usb cable into the console display in my Vauxhall Meriva?

I tend to use my phone for GPS these days, but it drains the battery something chronic. Rather than having a cable dangling down from the windscreen all the way to the cigarette socket, I was …

vauxhall power-outlet  
asked by xorsyst 2 votes
answered by Paulster2 2 votes

Do I change my brakes, because I'm trimming my rotors?

I'm resurfacing/trimming my rotors, do I have to replace my brake pads too?

brake-rotor  
asked by Luna 2 votes
answered by Paulster2 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Is there a way to put Prius with dead battery into neutral?

I own a 2010 Prius. It has a dead battery, front facing forward in my garage. I do not have long enough jumper cables. I’ve searched the Internet. Did Toyota really create a car that cannot be put …

toyota battery automatic-transmission  
asked by Agile Scout 24 votes
answered by Larry 26 votes

Is idling bad for your engine?

If I sit in my car for 30-40 minutes with the AC and the car idling, does that "hurt" the engine, or does it simply waste gas and pollute the air? Would it be better if I turned off the car? A …

engine fuel-consumption  
asked by RHPT 7 votes
answered by Jessie 10 votes
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