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Intake Manifold Gasket Leaking

Q: I was having some service work yesterday and was advised that I have an “Intake Manifold Gasket Leaking.” How serious is this and when should it be fixed? This on a Buick Park Avenue with 50000 miles.Thanks, Bill A: A leaking intake manifold can be very serious, and if ignored, can result in cross-contamination of engine coolant and engine oil. At each corner of the intake, coolant flows through to aid in cooling the engine, heads, and block. At the front and back of the intake is the sealing area where engine oil is present. If the coolant is leaking externally, it is very possible that the gasket is breeched and leaking internally as well. I would recommend you try to make the repairs as soon as possible to eliminate a more costly situation

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My fuel tank gauge always shows I have a full tank

Q: My fuel tank gauge always shows I have a full tank. What causes this and is it expensive to repair? I have a 1997 Buick Century. I have about 85,000 miles on my car. Maddy Leckey A: Inside the fuel tank, there is a float attached to the fuel pump. As the fuel level goes up and down, so does the float. As the float moves it sends a signal to the gage in the dash that indicates the fuel level. The float is connected to a resistor and if it goes bad you will get false readings on the gauge. Another possible cause is a bad fuel gauge in the dash. However, the most common problem is the sending unit in the tank. On your model vehicle, the float, resistor and fuel pump are all one unit (called a fuel pump module assembly) and have to be replaced as one unit. The average cost to replace the unit is around $700-$800 for the repair. Due to the potential expense, I would recommend having the system diagnosed to determine which of the two parts are in fact bad and e ... read more

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What is a battery service and do you recommend it?

Q: My mechanic recommended a “battery service” for my 2005 Honda CRV. I don’t see that service in my owner’s manual. What is a battery service and do you recommend it? -Mark A: You will not find Battery Service in the book. There really is no set time frame for servicing a battery and it’s a purely visual inspection. Over time, batteries vent acid and build corrosion on the terminals. This corrosion should be cleaned. At best, it will make your battery and starter work harder than it should, shortening its life. If it gets bad enough, the corrosion will eventually eat the cable ends and could impact the vehicles ability to start. If you have any doubts as to the legitimacy of the recommendation, just ask the service advisor to show you. What you’re looking for is either a white/green fuzzy looking buildup on the top of the battery or a gray dull look on the battery terminals. We do recommend battery service on an as needed basis. Our battery service includes ... read more

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Does my new car have to be serviced by the dealer?

Q: I just traded in my old clunker. Does my new car have to be serviced by the dealer?-Judy A: No, Preventive maintenance and service can be performed by any ASE certified automotive technician and they can maintain all manufacture warranties. However, do keep records of services and do the recommended services according to the manufacturer, so your warranty will be honored. The only service that must be performed by the dealer are the Manufacture’s Warranty repairs. An ASE certified technician and auto shop should make sure that you meet all of your manufactures recommendations and maintain your records. When a warranty issue does arise, your shop of preference should alert you, so you can take the vehicle back to the dealer for warranty repair. A simple phone call to your dealer is always a good idea so that you may confirm the item in question is still under warranty

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My heavy-duty battery often runs down

Q: I have a 2005 MR-2 Spyder, made in the last year Toyota made that model. I love the car, but don’t drive it very often, since it has only 15,000 miles or so on it. As a consequence, the heavy-duty battery often runs down. I’ve been told that part of the reason is not only the convertible’s infrequent use, but the fact that it was equipped originally with a Mobile Guardian system which aids in vehicle recovery and remotely disabling the vehicle. This system has never been used, but surely must help draw down the battery. I have asked several garages to disconnect this system, but no one is willing to do that. Do you have any suggestions that will help? Thanks for your help. Robert L. A: The alarm system should not be creating enough of an electrical draw to drain the battery, unless the car is being driven very infrequently (such as only once every few months). I would recommend you take the vehicle into a qualified service ce ... read more

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Radiator fan motor, underhood fuse box and front harness all has to be replaced?

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Radiator fan motor, underhood fuse box and front harness all has to be replaced?

Q: I recently took your advice in reference to getting a second opinion (re: article of 04/15/09). I had my 2000 Cadillac Seville serviced on 03/24/09. From a previous problem I also expressed my concern over coolant leakage and minor overheating of the engine when operating the car at slow, sustained speeds in heavy traffic. I was informed the radiator fan motor, under hood fuse box and front harness all had to be replaced to the tune of $2,500. I also received a warning not to drive too far! The second opinion I sought on 03/30/09 from an AAA approved, ASE Certified auto repair shop informed me that the suggested repairs were not needed and everything was working properly Ironically, since I received the first suggested repair estimate on 03/24/09, I have had no problems with coolant leaking or overheating. Could it be that the car healed itself? I have put on ... read more

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What service is essential for a 5-year-old car with 25,000 miles on it?

Q: I have a 2004 DeVille which I intend to keep as it is a great car and a beauty as well. I always have traded for new cars whenever the warranty expired so I never worried about service other than oil changes and lube jobs. My question is, what service is essential for a 5-year-old car with 25,000 miles on it? A: We do encourage car owners to keep up with their scheduled maintenance. Not only can it extend the vehicle life, it may also increase fuel efficiency. And, a properly maintained vehicle may also have a better resale value. At 25,000 miles, we would recommend the following services: Coolant flush Transmission flush Check belts and hoses and replace if needed Air induction service to clean the throttle body and keep the fuel burning clean and restore original power Fuel injection It’s important to remember that while these services would be appropriate for most makes and models, you shou ... read more

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Warning display screen indicated that the car was low on engine coolant and was overheating

Q: I drive a 2000 Cadillac Seville with approximately 100,000 miles on it. Recently, the warning display screen indicated that the car was low on engine coolant and overheating of the vehicle was subsequently occurring. The dealer suggested that I either replace the radiator or water pump. I opted for the new radiator since the water pump and thermostat had been replaced at 55,000 miles. The problem, however, continued and a new water pump and thermostat were installed. Still, the problem persisted and you guessed it, the coolant reservoir had to be replaced. That solved the problem. Is there a test other than trial and error to determine where coolant is leaking? I enjoy your column and look forward to your answer and comments.” Thanks in advance. Ken G. A: Coolant leaks require a visual inspection to locate them. It is a simple procedure using a tool called a “Coolant Pressure Tester.” If a vehicle comes in with a coolant leak, the first thing we do is ... read more

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How do I know I am getting quality service from my car mechanic?

Q: How do I know I am getting quality service from my car mechanic? With these tough economic times, is my mechanic adding unnecessary items to the repair list of my car? A: Ask around-starting with neighbors and friends-and find out where they go and don’t go. I would always look for a place that has ASE certified technicians. ASE certifies the competency of individual technicians through a series of standardized specialty exams (brakes, steering & suspension engine repair, etc.). A reputable repair shop representative should be able to explain what kind of work they are recommending and why. They should also advise you if the repair work is preventative maintenance or something that is safety or break-down related. Keeping good records will also help you determine what might have already been done on your vehicle so you can inform the technician accordingly. Once you have chosen a repair shop, a professional auto repair business and technician will alwa ... read more

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