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Mini Cooper S; Dodge Dakota 4X4


  • mkunze
    2008 Chrysler Town & Country 150,000 miles.
    Water Pump is bad. Mechanic says spillage contaminated the timing belt. Do I need to change the belt for sure (was already done once)? Also he now wants to change all the stuff inside the timing area - pulleys, shaft seals. Increases bill by about $400. Is all this necessary if I want to get about 50,000 more mile out of it before buying a new car? Total bill for all is $944 0r $567 for belt and water pump. Not experienced with this auto shop.
    October 18
  • quetips
    hey there....yes it is a 5 speed manual tranny. it shudders under acceleration felt thru out the car. cv s are newish .tranny guy said it is not cluch or transmission......idles and revs up well . the shuddering felt more in 3rd and 4th gears and lessens when I have more weight in the car...weird!so Mr Shiftright diagnose this 2007 Hyundai Tucson for me if you would please.
    October 14
  • kel2009
    Mr. Shifteight,

    I  asked for anyone's opinion this weekend about my 2009 GMC Acadia. I just got a call this evening stating that they will replace the entire engine due to it throwing a rod. I had all my oil changes done at GM dealership and they recognized it was not of my doing but this engine having issues. Thanks for responding to my comment. Just wanted to keep you up to date! 

    September 23
  • fortee9er
    Hi Mr Shiftright,
    It has been a while since I last visited the forum. I stopped receiving emails with new posts and I thought maybe the forum had been closed. I am concerned about the prospects for the hobby (car collecting) in the near future. For the following reasons: Demographic changes, baby boomers, such as myself, will soon (not soon I hope) will be going to the big garage. The next generations are not car crazy like us. None of my children (all in their 30s) are interested in cars. I am not the only one many of my friends have the same situation. The domestic and global financial situation looks grim. Last but not least, The fast advances in self driving cars and alternative forms of propulsion such as all electric vehicles.
    These trends concern me because I love to drive and I find the idea of being in some robotic pod repulsive and an attack on my freedom of movement. Should I dispose of my insignificant collection of insignificant cars quickly?
    Best Regards
    September 14
  • speedy19
    Hello - I saw your post and I am having a issue with a BRAND NEW honda accord and was hoping you could take a look at my letter? Or perhaps provide some advice? I would really appreciate it.
    949 6825267
    September 13
  • prtykty
    Hello - I have a 2006 automatic X-type Jaguar. For quite sometime I've had a grinding noise when trying to start the car. The starter was replaced 2 years ago, then the starter motor along with fuel pump, then the cooling fan within the past month!
    The grinding has started up again and I'm told it's the flywheel. However, from what I've read, automatic trans do not have flywheels. The car starts but sometimes it takes a few tries. I'm sure this isn't good for the car. Can you give some insight?
    Thank you!
    August 26
    • Mr_Shiftright
      Yes, automatics have a flywheel. You can remove the starter motor and examine both the starter drive gear and the "ring gear", which attached around the flywheel, and provides the "mesh" for the starter drive gear. If they ring gear is badly damaged, then the transmission will have to come out.
    • Mr_Shiftright
      Also, the starter motor on some cars requires use of a special bolt and sometimes shims, for proper gear alignment with the ring gear. So it's important that the starter motor was replaced properly.
  • shellilo
    mr shiftright?, my 2000 concords windows, radio, tail,and dashlights, turn signals all quit working sfter seeing a small puff of smoke, they all work however if i hold the high low beam arm engaged except the windows, can you tell me what could be the problem?
    August 26
    • Mr_Shiftright
      No idea given all the possibilities, but by all means check the fuses. Where did this smoke come from? Can you get underneath or into the area of the smoke and examine the wiring harness for damage?
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