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Q: You had a recent article about someone that
soaking the rugs. I am having a similar issue with my 2002 Lincoln Town Car. The water is coming in from under the dashboard on the passenger side of the car. I just had the windshield replaced because someone said it was probably that, but it wasn’t. Could you please give me advice? My mechanic is baffled.
Q: I always thought I knew what the numbers A: This condition could be caused by an Q: I have a 1999 Jeep Cherokee and the
where finding and repairing water leaks has become a specialty area. Your car like all cars has water continuously running through a series of drains. These drains are in the body and doors. The problem is over time the drains that allow the water out can clog and cause the water to back-up into the cabin of the car. The first place to look is at the air conditioner drain. The second place I would look is at the moon-roof drains. These drains can clog and water will back up into the cabin.
A: Water leaks can be a challenge to the point
on a can of engine oil meant but now I’m not so sure. The owner’s manual for my 2011 Honda specifies 0-20w oil. Can you explain to a non-mechanical person what these numbers signify?
had a problem with water leaking in the car A: There are a series of numbers and letters on
Q: I drive a 2007 Buick LaCrosse with 64,000 Q: My 1991 Toyota Corolla’s engine skips A:It may be time to move on to a new repair
a container of oil. The “W” in the oil numbers indicates the oil is suitable and has been tested in cold weather conditions. The numbers are the viscosity index. Honda recommends a multi-viscosity oil, the lower the number the better it flows in cold weather. In this case, this oil would perform like a zero weight oil when cold and a 20 weight at operating temperature. In addition, there is the API (American Petroleum Index) rating. This two letter designation is for the engine type and quality rating.
miles. When standing still or have slowed down, on accelerating the car will move forward, there is a hesitation in the shifting process followed by an extreme jolt forward. Do you have any thoughts as to the problem and a remedy?
internal issue with the transmission. Some model Buicks had a problem with the shift characteristics of the first to second gear shift. The repair requires disassembly of the transmission to cure this shudder and jolt.
headlights are cloudy, to the point that the Resident
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headlights look dim at night. How do I clean and keep clean the plastic headlights on my car before it becomes more of a safety issue.
you can use to clean these plastic lenses. I have had good luck with products made by Quixx and Sylvania. Once the headlights are clear again they need to be sealed to prevent further degradation of the lenses. Both these kits cost about $
occasionally when idling. The spark plugs have been changed. One mechanic suggested the alternator may need changing. I have had no trouble starting the car and the battery seems fine. Any thoughts?
e alternator is not where I would be looking for an occasional poor idle issue. There are so many problems that could cause an intermittent idle problem. Some that I would look at are a faulty distributer cap and rotor, faulty ignition coil and fuel injector and valve carbon issues. When dealing with a 21 year old car, it is always best to start with the basics of fuel, ignition and engine compression and work from that point.
John Paul is the public affairs manager for AAA Southern New England and also known as the Car Doctor. John is an ASE certified master technician with additional certifications in advanced diagnostics and alternative fuels. He can be reached at email@example.com
or follow him on Twitter @johnfpaul.
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