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Vehicle(s) I currently own
Mini Cooper S; Dodge Dakota 4X4, Triumph TR6


  • wildeman1
    Hi, I've got an 85 motorhome w/a cheve 350cid V8. I just failed SMOG test. Hi speed is OK, but the idle is way hi on hydrocarbons (Max permitted 250, Measured 1366). Is there an idle mixture adjust on this carburetor (Rochester m4mc)
    Tx, JW
    March 23
  • chuckster7947
    I'd like to come direct to you to ask a question as you seem to be on top of the Mini Coopers. I really want a Mini Convertible but can't afford a new one. So I've got my eye on a 2010 Mini S convertible with 74k on it at a decent price. Seems to be in very good shape as far as looks go. Pristine condition and 74k isn't much mileage per year. But I hear Mini repairs can be more costly than average (true?) and are up there with BMW's and Volvo's.

    So is there anything in particular to look out for and would you think this would be a good car for a 71 year old who is still VERY immature (make that young at heart?) and thinks a Mini convertible is just the thing to keep me young. I plan on driving it at least 25k a year. Perhaps there is an article you are familiar with that approaches this subject.

    Thanks in advance for you help.

    Chuck Cloninger
    March 17
  • jomrfixit
    Oh, I have a good one! Just bought a 2005 jeep liberty.....engine runs, transmission doesn't respond in any gear...but gets weird here....there's no will not ,even coast, cannot be towed. Then while we were using the winch to get it onto the trailer, we discovered that if the ignition is turned off, while trans is in neutral, the vehicle will freewheel.. bUT if you turn the ignition back on, it locks up lost on this one!!!! Pulled code, shows transmission control module. Help!!!!!
    March 11
  • 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