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Mini Cooper S; Dodge Dakota 4X4, Triumph TR6


  • hondalova
    Hello Mr. Shiftright - long time no speak! I have an e-brake question re: my 2011 Accord EXL V-6 Manual Trans. Coupe.

    Specifically: the e-brake is no longer holding, even with handle fully up tight at top of ratchet travel. Local mechanic says it's not a cable issue and that, instead, a lever on the caliper that sets the e-brake is sticking. He claimed to have lubricated the lever and the brake handle went back to grabbing tight around 2/3 of travel to the top, but it soon loosened and began slipping again. Mechanic now wants to replace rear caliper (as a set of course).

    This guy has been 100% honest with other repairs so far, but this makes no sense to me. E-brake is not stuck in applied position. I've never heard of replacing a caliper to fix an e-brake. Am I getting ripped off? Is there anything else you'd recommend I try first?

    As always - thanks for your help!

    -FS (Hondalova)
    February 17
  • dawn975
    Hi There!
    I have a 2002 Nissan Altima. Water is leaking into the trunk from the driver's side hole just above the rear tail light but I can not locate it exactly. The water runs off the trunk or window during the rain and runs along the seal until it drains out into the trunk. Any ideas on how best to precisely locate and seal it?
    February 15
  • sbasacco
    2003 Jeep Liberty....running light not working...turn signal works..replaced bulbs in both...still not working..sprayed dielectric grease in socket..still not working....just the running light not working...

    any ideas?
    February 7
    • sbasacco
      sorry passenger side side marker/running light
  • carwontstart
    1999 Toyota Avalon won't start. Looks like the door might have been left open for several days. With boost, checked connections carefully, get no lights inside or out (when turned on). No electrical power at all.
    February 2
  • rodbass
    Here is one great miserable problem with Hyundai warranty.  My 2013 Veloster Turbo engine just blew 150 miles after Hyundai covered a turbo replacement.  They say I modified my ECU and will not cover the blown engine.  I have never ever touched the car except to take it in for routine maintenance.  I believe Hyundai has a huge problem with this engine and has now figured out how to get out of doing something about it.  How in the world am I supposed to prove a negative, I did not modify the car, how am I supposed to prove it...
    January 31
  • ethnie69
    I have a 2005 PT Cruiser Convertible 5 speed manual. 140K miles. non turbo. Car is super sluggish when I go up hills. Noticed remarkable improvement when I got it recently tuned. They changed the spark plugs and wires and up and down sensors. I think my receipt also said Cam ign. Car rides significantly better but still accelerates sluggish especially when I am on an incline. I can floor it and it will still struggle and feels like its not getting power to accelerate when on a hill. If I am on a mountain steep hill, I feel like I'm not going to make it up. Any help you can give will be appreciated. I asked them to test drive it after maintenance but I dont think they did it on a hill. Rides ok on flat surface but still with slightly sluggish acceleration. Please advise. Thanks in advance.
    January 18
  • sillyivan
    Hi there,

    Just took a trip in my Mercedes C300 to NV from Los Angeles in the rain - and had quite a thrilling ride for the first 100 miles. Lots of sudden swerves. It has low profile run-flats with 13K miles on them. When I made a rest stop I checked the tires and discovered that the rears were practically smooth. The front tires were worn but still had tread. C300 comes with wider tires on rear than front. Pirellis. So... couple questions: is 13k the typical life of these tires? Also, does replacing with an alternate (cheaper) brand affect the Mercedes lease agreement? If not, do you have any recommendations? Thanks for any enlightenment.
    January 9
  • freitasphil
    Hello Sir, I have a 2003 Ford Focus that had a blaunkprint radio in it. I replaced it with a dvd/nav boss radio I had laying around. The radio works and all its feature. the problem Im having is that, now the light next to the hazard light just blinks. and after I turn the key on and off the radio pre sets don't save. what have I done wrong here?
    January 2
  • lawcar
    I bought 2012 E350 after I had BMW 528 and Lexus GS 300 (both of which I liked).Decided on the MB and was glad with my decision. I always leased cars since my firm paid for them but decided to buy the 2012 E350 because the firm would pay for it and I planned to keep the car 10 years. After 5 years, it is paid off with 56,000 miles. My firm will still pay monthly payments on a new car, and since this will probably not happen again, am considering another MB: the new 2017 E300 or the 2016 E350. Pros for new 2017 E300: lots of new safety features; new technology features (parking assist, etc.); completely new body style; hold value more since it is the newest E-series as opposed to the "older" series (although a 5-10 year old MB drops in value even if it is a luxury car. Cons: glitches with new model (as you pointed out the recall) and feels smaller in cabin and not as user-friendly controls. What are you suggestions? What about getting a new 2016 new old stock? Thank you, David
    December 2016