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  • carl
    carl - 2012 Honda CR-V - Preventive Maintenance - 4/4/2014
    Is an older BMW a money pit?
    Looking at buying a 1988 BMW 325i convertible as a second car. Are they trouble prone and how expensive is the maintenance?
    • bear.1216
      4/4/2014 bear.1216
      BMWs are built very well. They have few problems. However. When they do have problems. They are really expensive to fix. Most has to be performed at a dealer. A convertible will be even more expensive. They do have a lot of issues with the roof leaking. Every used car will have its own issues. Have it looked at by a mechanic first. And be sure to test drive it in a heavy rain. Then check for seal leaks or wet interior and trunk. If you like it, go for it. You should expect all of the repairs to cost almost 3 times more than a similar repair on a domestic vehicle.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 3/30/2014
    What could be causing my 2010 Honda Accord to drop 50% of the miles per gallon?
    My 2010 Honda Accord has dropped by approximately 50% in the miles per gallon it once had. I have been advised by two different sources the following solutions; 1. oxygen sensors need to be replaced 2. Fuel Injection Flush should be done Does anyone have any ...
    • Jimm
      3/30/2014 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      This step is a must - to minimize the cost.

      Before replacing any parts and incurring any costs - the OBD (on-board diagnositc) system should be scanned - for free to retrieve any stored fault codes. Any local auto parts store can scan the stored codes - even if not displayed.

      Then, post a reply with any codes for further assistance. As the next step - clean the mass air flow sensor with mass air flow sensor spray cleaner aerosol. Check these items; air filter, fuel filter, tire air pressure - check and rule out the basics before spending anything for replacement parts.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 3/26/2014
    When do i need to change/flush my transmission fluid?
    2010 Honda Accord had car for 4 years has 52K now.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/25/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I would do it now but has to be done with fluid exchanger machine and must use genuine Honda fluid.
    • Jimm
      3/26/2014 Jimm
      Typically, the transmission fluid and filter service is performed every 36k miles.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 3/19/2014
    Seems to be a funny grating sound/rattle from back drivers side wheel,
    seems to be worse when turning left.
    • Jimm
      3/19/2014 Jimm
      Most likely the noise is related to either worn / faulty rear axle bearings, or worn / faulty rear hub bearing assembly on that one side.

      As the first step - raise and support the rear wheels off the ground (use jack stands for support). Then, slowly - by hand - rotate each rear wheel and listen carefully for any noises at the center of the wheel / hub area. Telltale trouble indicators for the rear bearings would be any; especially - grinding, scracthing, dry sounds heard.

      The rear hub bearing assemblies are easily and inexpensively replaced. Use the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources,,,,, - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the rear axle hub bearing assembly from around $23.70 each for your vehicle. Be sure to replace both the rear bearing hubs at the same time due to mileage / age / wear considerations.
  • Cybage 1
    Cybage 1 - 1998 Honda Prelude - Preventive Maintenance - 3/6/2014
    This is a test question
    This is a test question
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 3/2/2014
    When will I be in trouble with timing belt and transmission fruid changes, nothing has been done so far
    vehicle has 110,000 miles and still currently runs good. Don't have a lot of money is this a do it yourself project
    • CVO
      3/2/2014 CVO
      1. The 2.4L 4Cylinder in the Accord has a chain designed to last the life of the engine, and it is self adjusting. Change the engine oil regularly ( see owner's manual) will help to maintain the timing chain.

      2. Transmission fluid replacement. See this video clip

  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 2/28/2014
    Dash, park & tail lights out. Are they controlled by something other than fuses & bulbs?
    Checked bulbs & fuses, ALL are good
    • AutoMD Member
      2/28/2014 AutoMD Member
      Headlight switch controls those lights, & generates a lot of heat, which can burn out switch(or connection@).
  • jenn
    jenn - 1998 Honda CR-V - Preventive Maintenance - 2/14/2014
    What is long yellow plug under drivers side next to gas peddle?
    the yellow plug is unplugged,i haven't noticed anything not working.but only had it for two weeks.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/13/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Impossible to say. Try at least posting a link to clear photo of it on some photo hosting sight from the side view and the pin view and then I have a shot. It is likely NOT supposed tobe plugged into anything so do not worry.
      2/13/2014 jenn
    • John's Auto Repair
      2/14/2014 John's Auto Repair
      If it has a bright yellow connector, it could be for the Air Bag System. See if your air bag light
      comes on with the key on/ engine off.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 2/12/2014
    Airbag light comes on sometimes with or without a passenger.
    less in cold weather.
    • Jimm
      2/12/2014 Jimm
      Honda Motor Co. is recalling 81,000 of its 2004-2005 Accord sedans because of issues that could cause an air bag-related sensor to fail, the company said recently.

      Honda said in a Jan. 9 letter to the government that the wiring harness for the seat position sensor, which detects the driver's seating position and adjusts the air bag inflation pressure accordingly, was attached in the wrong location and may have been overtightened.

      Honda said the sensor wire could break and cause the air bag warning light to be illuminated and prevent the sensor from working properly. When the sensor fails, the air bag system automatically moves to full inflation pressure, which could increase the risk of injury for smaller drivers in a frontal crash, the Japanese automaker said.

      Honda spokesman Chris Naughton said the company was not aware of any injuries or incidents connected to the recall.

      The recall is expected to begin in early February, and dealers will replace the seat position sensor wiring subharness, Honda said.

      Contact the local dealership for more detail in regard.
  • Phil1981
    Phil1981 - 2004 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 2/6/2014
    My heating/cooling controls don't work neither does the defrost or other 2 buttons. Car wants to overheat.
    If I drive to far the temp goes up the first time I'm stopped for more than 2 min.
    • Jimm
      2/6/2014 Jimm
      Loss of coolant because of a coolant leak is probably the most common cause of engine overheating. Possible leak points include hoses, the radiator, heater core, water pump, thermostat housing, head gasket, freeze plugs, automatic transmission oil cooler, cylinder head(s) and block.

      Make a careful visual inspection of the entire cooling system, and then PRESSURE TEST the cooling system and radiator cap. A pressure test will reveal internal leaks such as seepage past the head gasket as well as cracks in the head or block. A good system should hold 12 to 15 psi for 15 minutes or more with no loss in pressure. If it leaks pressure, there is an internal coolant leak (most likely a bad head gasket but possibly also a cracked cylinder or engine block).

      It is important to pressure test the radiator cap, too, because a weak cap (or one with too low a pressure rating.

      If no leaks - either internal or external, then there are a few possibilities for the overheating. Clogged or dirty radiator passages, faulty thermostat, clogged radiator hoses, clogged heater hoses, clogged heater core, radiator cooling fans not working.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 2/3/2014
    In cold weather the headlights won't go to bright and the windshield wipers will only operate on low.
    When you flip on the brights the blue dash light illuminates, but no brights. Windshield washer also will not work. When interior reaches a temperature that is almost unbearable wipers and brights start working again. Replaced headlight switch and wiper switches, ...
    • Jimm
      2/3/2014 Jimm
      Try a different relay; exchange the relays (swap one like relay of the same size with another) to see if the problem moves. There may be at least one faulty relay to be replaced - this test will help to determine this condition.
  • jim
    jim - 2005 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 1/8/2014
    Rear defroster will not work
    Already changed fuse
    0 answer
  • Bharat Prajapati
    Bharat Prajapati - 2007 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 1/8/2014
    Hot air did not come
    change thermostats,
    • CVO
      1/8/2014 CVO
      See this url

      Check the two hoses run in the heater core ( inlet and outlet ), they both must be hot in order to fill the heater core. If the outlet isn't hot then the heater core clogged.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 1/7/2014
    Why does my car over heat and loses all radiator fluid no signs of leaks and on passenger side floor is soaken wet
    what does it need ???
    • AutoMD Member
      1/6/2014 AutoMD Member
      can anyone answere my question please!
    • Jimm
      1/7/2014 Jimm
      If the passenger side floor is wet - then this would be sign of a leak. What is the fluid on the interior? If coolant, then you have a leaking / faulty heater core or heater hose.
      Have a simple cooling system pressure test performed - with the engine cold - to determine the leak source, as your first step.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 1/6/2014
    Why does my car over heat it loses all radiator fluid and on passenger side floor is soaked what does it need???
    was going to put water pump but now not sure if its heater core help???
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/6/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Pass side floor soaked with coolant / water? That is a leaking heater core for sure. Unless this only wets the floor when it rains?
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