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#5677 of 5686 Re: Wheel Bearing Failure: Opinions Needed [j5757]
Jul 09, 2013 (5:46 am)
I'm curious, what were the symptoms that made you feel it needed brakes?
The vibration above 70 mph points to wheel balance first, it could be due to warped rotors if it occurs while braking only.
I'm not a fan of trans flushes, would that flush include dropping the pan and replacing the filter?
I haven't had many wheel bearings fail myself, but when it did there was always a noticable grinding or humming noise a low speeds. When turning the wheel by hand it was obvious. I had a rear wheel bearing go bad once and it would intermittently feel like I was braking.
I once helped a friend replace a spindle on a Chevy Nova that the wheel bearing was bad on. He let it go and it overheated and welded itself to the shaft.
#5678 of 5686 Civic Hybrid battery fixable?
Jul 11, 2013 (11:27 am)
I've been thinking of buying a 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid. It has 100,000km on it and a brand new battery. Everything I've been reading lately says that the battery is a problem in the car.
My question: Is the problem with the actual battery or the car? (In other words, can the issue be fixed with a new battery, or does the problem continue no matter what battery is in there).
I drive 40,000 km a year, so I need the battery to last a LOOOOONG time or else the fuel savings gets eaten up by the cost of battery replacements!
#5679 of 5686 Re: Civic Hybrid battery fixable? [rafe]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 11, 2013 (4:17 pm)
Though Honda has not issued an official statement on the matter, a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) published in late 2012 extends the warranty on the IMA drive battery.
Cars that were previously covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles are now covered for 11 years or 137,000 miles, while cars originally sold with an eight-year, 80,000-mile warranty are now covered for nine years or 96,000 miles.
Customers who’ve already replaced the drive batteries are also extended a warranty, though only for three years or 36,000 miles.
#5681 of 5686 2005 range rover steering assembly
Aug 09, 2013 (8:17 am)
my 2005 rover, at 48,000 miles just decided to pitch a hissy. It will no recognize either of our keys and sits must on the concrete. After being towed to the dealer, (75.00) and having a diagnostic ran, (175.00) I was told I needed a new steering assembly (6,500.) and install, (900.00).
I looked for a new part, no joy. I did a low mileage replacement part at 2k. My dealership informs me that each steering column is geared to on car only, and that regardless of the low mileage from the part store, my vehicle will not run, nor will they assume any responsibility for the part. Further, there is no way to check the part prior to installation to confirm it is a valid part. My concern is that the dealer has a conflict of interest here. Are thy jerking me around to get the higher price? Or are they telling me the truth?
#5682 of 5686 Re: 2004 Chevrolet Suburban [bveque]
Aug 09, 2013 (11:23 am)
Just a solid follow-up to my own post on my 2004 Chevrolet Suburban LT; I discovered the problem through massive trial and error. What I discovered about this vehicle (and most Chevys from 1996 through today) is that it IS NOT a fuel issue, not at all. Many believe a fuel pump, regulator, or filter is the sole problem for these trucks failing to start. The problem is the ignition security system that Chevy uses, going all the way back to 1996. Seeing as I am a poor American (lol) I could not afford the cost of a new fuel pump, let alone installation seeing as it's just about impossible for a backyard mechanic such as myself to drop the fuel tank to check the fuel pump. This truck provides no easy way of draining the fuel tank, so dropping the tank in my garage is literally out of the question. So, being completely at a loss on this problem, I bugged a local mechanic and explained my issues in great detail. His reply was "this does not sound like a fuel issue, it sounds like your key". I was blown away when I heard this and started scanning the net for answers. I came across a website that sells bypass modules for the ignition security system for less than $200 ... this compared to the $1500+ cost to replace the module, I gave it a shot. My truck starts now, runs great, and I have had no problems since installation ... that I was capable of performing myself. If you want more information on this option, contact me and I will point you in his direction.
Sep 10, 2013 (6:18 pm)
The car: My daughter's '02 Jetta 2.0 with ~81,000 miles.
The issue: Two types of oil approved by VW for this engine are Mobil 1 5W40 and Castrol synthetic 5W40. My daughter took her car to a local gas station for an oil change and asked for synthetic. No other instructions. The old Castrol oil was replaced with Duralene 5W30 full synthetic. I'm not familiar with this brand so I don't know the quality of this product.
After having been driven about 1,400 miles since this oil change the level is down about 1/3 quart. That's normal for this car.
Question: I have a supply of Castrol 5W40 synthetic. Would it be okay to use the Castrol to bring the level to the "full" line sometime before the level gets to the "add" mark? In other words, would mixing oil brands damage the engine or cause adverse effects? It would be convenient, since I already have the oil, but I don't want to cause any harm. Please advise.
#5684 of 5686 Re: Mixing Motor Oils [hpmctorque]
Sep 10, 2013 (7:49 pm)
Duralene is made by United Oil Co. & been in business since the early 20's.
Adding less than a pint of Castrol would be a no worry. If it is down less than 1/2 a quart, I would check the level after sitting all night to get a better reading.
Dec 05, 2013 (3:51 pm)
I now own a toyota 98 corolla--clock radio and lighter are out. Looked under hood fusebox and seem like all fuses ok Is there another fusebox under dash? cant see it. What else could interrupt circuit? everything else working rbillieux
#5686 of 5686 Re: 98 toyota corolla [rbillieuxsr]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 05, 2013 (5:24 pm)
Yes there should be one at the driver's side lower kick panel and maybe another under the dash finish panel (under steering wheel area). The "book" is a little vague but definitely there are fuses in those areas. Cigarette lighter is #19. the radio might have an inline fuse.