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User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2688 times:

Yesterday, I had to go to the post office to post some urgent mail, it had to be at its destination within two days or I would be screwed for the whole year. I had 40 minutes before the shop closed. I go to start my car, after not using it for two weeks, and guess what happened. It wouldn't start. I tried for five minutes, then called the Automobile Association as it is here (AA) and got them to send someone up to check and fix my battery. After 25 minutes the guy came and then spent 5 minutes charging the battery. Now I had 5 minutes to get to the post office which was an easy 10 minutes away. I sped like a mother f**ker going about 80-90km/h in a 50km/h zone and was lucky to not be pulled over or have a crash. As I arrived at the mall where the post office/book store is I ran so fast, and as I got there the mail man had just finished tying the mail sack for the fast post mail, and was loading it in his van. I begged him to untie it and then slipped him $10 to re-open it. Luckily he did.

Then today, a few friends and I went for a long drive to the beach, then up the hill so see the view. On our way I had the car lights on as we went through a tunnel. On the hill we went for a walk and messed around for about 40 minutes and when we got back to my car guess what happened? I had left the lights on and the battery was flat again. After asking people in other cars if they had any jumper cables, no one did. So I had to call the 'AA' again. We were 40 minutes away from the city and he arrived at that.

So that’s twice in two days. It was even the same AA guy as the day before. Luckily I am an AA member so it cost me nothing.

Has anyone else had trouble or anything like this with your car? Let’s hear it.


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User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

My 93 Honda Accord has a problem that I've spent hundreds on and have yet to fix. It's not a debilitating problem but every three-five weeks my car will suddeny lose power, (rpms go to zero), and hopefully I can get to the side of the road (once I couldn't, luckily it was on a small road so I could push it to the side), but once it happened on I-80 going 85 mph, and all the sudden, I noticed I was decelerating, and that pushing in the gas didn't work. Luckily I was in gear at the time and my power steering was still there, I barely got over to the right. My cell phone was dead, and was there for an hour, with the Utah Highway Patrol passing me time after time (those bastards). It always happens that I keep trying to restart and just get a smoky smell. It always starts fine, though, after about an hour or two. The first time they said it was the spark plugs and fixed that. The second time it was the fuel line and fixed that. The third time it was the fuel filter and fixed that. And on and on it goes, it hadn't happened in a while before I came to UW so I hope the problem is solved, though I'm not holding my breath.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

Theres a piece of plastic "paneling" that wraps around the frame of the car where the front driver door shuts on the inside of the car...its there largely for asthetic reasons, and it randomly popped out a month ago or so and its got some kind of weird attachment that I havent figured out, just been too lazy to take it to the dealer to have them put it back on...

Greg



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2666 times:

My front left tire loses pressure damn quickly...and it only started last week after I brought back my car from servicing. I had just filled air 2 days ago, and now it's dropped to 15 pSi from 34!

Not really a car problem, but annoying nonetheless. Looks like I need to buy a new tire. Michelin tires suck.



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8434 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Where do I begin? I just need a new car period

Drivers door is warped to the shit house cos people kept hitting that door when it was my sisters car (yes hand me down car) and everytime I go through the car wash I have to pull the door in so that it seals otherwise I get wet. Thankfully it doesn't do that when its raining.


User currently offlineN801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

The digital clock on my 98 Camry is either fine, dim, or dark. Two shops said there is no electrical problem. I (and some A.netters) think it is a dimmer issue but I haven't had anyone look at it again. The time is never lost, just the display. Unfortunately, for the sake of repair, it has basically been working properly lately.

User currently offlineDazultra From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 689 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

i have an intermittant misfiring engine, and im getting crap fuel consumption and loss of power as a result (mk3 vw golf).

User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8494 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

Transmissions that fail on Chrysler minivans.

User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2606 times:

I'm getting point-float above about 6000 RPM in my 1962 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder. It's really limiting my top end!

Well, actually I have a persistent electrical short in one of my Toyotas.





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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2600 times:

My rearview mirror fell off.. I got a cheap one to replace it and that fell off too! I got it serviced last friday though and they put the original one back on, my god how I missed it..

User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

The tailgate on my Explorer Sport Trac squeaks. Lube the pivot point and it's quiet for maybe a couple days. It's so loud that people on the sidewalk turn their heads.

Mark


User currently offlineChristian From Sweden, joined Oct 1999, 348 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

SLC1: Have you checked your exhaust system.

I had a car in the workshop with similar problem, and the fault on that was that the catalyst had melted and stopped the exhaust to leave the engine.

So my tip is that you should replace that.

/Christian



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User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2517 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2579 times:
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On my Subaru WRX my latch to open the trunk didn't work. I fixed it yesterday. One of my daytime lights burned out, my left foglight burned out. My blow off valve goes off more than once when I shift at lower boost. All these problems are rather annoying, everytime I unlock the car or lock it with the remote only one of the headlights blinks cuz the other little lamp is out. It's not the headlight that is out, it's this little bulb right next to it. Fixing lighting is always a bitc*

User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2573 times:

KIA refuses the fix the interior of my car because apparently, according to them, I voided the warranty by wrapping a BMW around it.

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User currently offlinePoRtColuMBus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

Nothing yet on my Hyundai Elantra, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

User currently offlineFokker Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

If the exhaust doesn't work like Christian said, it could also be an intermittent fuel pump problem. Possibly overheating in the tank.

User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2561 times:

Christian, thanks I'll have that checked out.

User currently offlineSkyway1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2559 times:

SLC1.....

My thoughts would be some sort of fuel pump issue as well. Like you said have it checked out.

Chris


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

My '95 Astrhaa has various niggling problems (former Poupinoumobile btw) :
- Rear wiper works intermittently
- OAT indicator works intermittently
- No HVAC control lighting (rhaa !)
- Tape deck sometimes jams (no strawberries, either)
- You need to pump like a shadok if the car doesn't run more than two days in a row (right now it hasn't moved in 2 weeks)
- The clutch pedal squeaks like a rhaat
- The brakes squeal when cold

UTA



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8434 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

i have an intermittant misfiring engine, and im getting crap fuel consumption and loss of power as a result (mk3 vw golf).

Does it happen while you are accelerating? I recently had a similar problem and discovered it was spark plug leads.


User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2510 times:

Transmissions that fail on Chrysler minivans.

Amen to that!

I have a '97 Grand Caravan that the tranny crapped out in 3 times in the first 62K miles. The last one they put in is still going strong at 220K. I guess they fixed the problem on their trannys finally.

I also had a problem with stalling while coasting in warm weather. The dealer said I needed a fuel induction system cleaning which I refused. They finally found a TSB about a software flash for the PCM that took care of it when I took it in @99K for some other warranty work before it expired.

The only other problem I've had is that the outboard pads on the front discs wear very prematurely. The calipers float freely on their mounting bolts and are lubricated regularly. I can't figure it out. It's costing me $$$ in new pads and rotors.

Dl757Md



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User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

I have a very annoying rattling sound in my Opel Tigra now, you can hear it when pulling up or driving with low rpm. Must be something loose... have to get an oil change this week, will have it checked out.

User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

Prolly a fan belt is loose (like the screw in the rhaat's head).

UTA



Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2153 posts, RR: 36
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2501 times:

The clutch pedal squeaks like a rhaat

Fool the thing that squeaks is Ms. Plane not a rhaat.

Btw wtf is the screw in the rhaat's head?

Runway23 (the rhaat)


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

A screw is loose in the rhaat's head, thus making noise.

UTA



Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
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