Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair newsletter

Top new questions this week:

changing a tire on a slope

So one of the tires on my car had a blowout on a road with a slight slope. I tried lifting the car up with a hydraulic jack but after the car got to a certain height the jack fell forward and the car …

tires repair jack  
asked by neubert 6 votes
answered by Paulster2 10 votes

1987 Ford Ranger fuel gauge not working right

My fuel guage will work but when it gets to half a tank it will drop to empty with in a few minutes but still has gas in it.

ford fuel gauges  
asked by jm hayes 3 votes
answered by Paulster2 3 votes

What options do I have if I've stripped the threads for my Helicoil repair?

A while back I had repaired a stripped thread on my aluminium timing chain cover with a M6x1.0 Helicoil. This involved: drilling out the damaged thread tapping a slightly larger M8x1.0 internal …

helicoil keysert stripped-threads  
asked by Zaid 3 votes
answered by Zaid 2 votes

Do the Check Engine and Oil Pressure lights have any significance when the engine is off?

I should preface this by saying that I'm a relatively brand new driver, and I know next to nothing about cars. I've got a 2005 Chrysler Sebring, and I've noticed just today that when I put the …

oil cel chrysler  
asked by agent154 3 votes
answered by Nick C 4 votes

Battery dash light comes on when starting car then disappears while driving

2002 Honda Civic EX here. When I start my car, my battery dash light has been staying on usually until I get onto the highway, then it will turn off. If I hit a stop sign or red light, then it'll …

honda electrical battery civic alternator  
asked by Fred Thomsen 3 votes
answered by Paulster2 4 votes

2011 Grand Caravan only blows hot air to the rear and passenger

I bought a 2011 Grand Caravan last November, maybe that was my mistake, buying in the winter. It has the dual climate control (one driver, one passenger) and a rear control as well. Fast forward to …

dodge hvac caravan  
asked by John the Ripper 2 votes
answered by Mark Johnson 0 votes

2012 Dodge Caravan - Lubrication of door channel

Both the sliding doors make a grinding noise when opening or shutting down. The place I take this to for an oil change claims to lubricate doors and windows. Now I am not too sure. What level of …

lubrication diy  
asked by abhi 2 votes
answered by Mark Johnson 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Should I pull my wipers away from the windshield when parked during a winter storm?

When we are expecting snow storm and the vehicle is parked, do we pull out the wipers so they don’t touch the glass to avoid the freezing to the windshield? Or would that hurt the springs in the wiper …

maintenance windshield-wipers  
asked by Dan Dietrich 7 votes
answered by mac 11 votes

How far can I drive with 1 gallon too much oil?

I have way too much oil in my Acura TSX. Do I need to take care of it without turning it on or can I drive it to a service station? If I need to do it in place, I don't have the ramps or a pan or …

oil oil-change  
asked by uosɐſ 18 votes
answered by Bob Cross 26 votes

Can you answer these?

noisy free wheeling hub

Having manually locked my front hubs (they operate freely) and engaged H4 on my fj40 cruiser there is an intermittent droning from the l/front wheel at approx. 50mph. At low speeds turning a corner L …

toyota troubleshooting fj40  
asked by mike 2 votes

Transmission sticky for first 10 mins of driving

I have a 2003 VW golf with the 2.0L petrol engine and a manual transmission. I recently had the transmission fluid changed as part of a regular maintenance. Ever since shifting into 2nd gear has …

transmission vw  
asked by user2556520 1 vote

Ford Ranger manual transmission randomly squeals in 5th gear

My clutch started to slip and was squealing so I had a new clutch, flywheel, slave cylinder, pilot and throw out bearings all replaced. It drives fine, but it randomly makes a loud squeal in fifth …

ford clutch manual strange-sounds ranger  
asked by jm hayes 1 vote
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