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Technical Questions Answered

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I own a 1.2-litre 2009 Fiat 500 Sport. The head gasket went in six months ago I had the head skimmed and the engine rebuilt. An hour after I picked it...
My daughter owns a Fiat 500 soft-top and the power steering has failed. She has spent £300 trying to get it sorted but no-one seems to know what to do....
I've used every suggestion known to get rid of smears on the windscreen on my 14 month old Qashqai. The wipers seem to clear the screen, but they leave...
Can you tell me what the two little arrows on the dashboard mean?
The EGR cooler has failed on my Volkswagen Golf. Is this common?
I have a Nissan Qashqai. The key fob is not working. The car is two years old and has 11,000 miles on the clock. The dealer will check the fob and see...
We bought our 65-plate BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer last January. One of the reasons for the purchase was the low VED for £20. However, we have just received...
I am thinking of buying a 2013 Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI DSG. The dealer tells me it is a six-speed wet clutch DSG with a sealed box. Does this description...
Three months ago I purchased a 2015 Audi A4 Avant. When driving at night I noticed a patch of darkness. This strange beam pattern is only affected by the...
My Renault 19 diesel is losing coolant every few days. The temperature warning light has also come on, along with the low oil. However, I’ve checked the...
I own a 2008 Volkswagen Golf with 68,000 miles on the clock. Recently the ESP warning light has come on. Pressing the ESP button has no affect. Will this...
I own a 2016 Ford Fiesta and have dropped my keys through the handbrake cover. I can just see part of it when I pull the handbrake up. Being brass and...
Did Ford ever come up with a fix that you are aware of for the hill start issues on the Ford Ka with the Fiat engine?
I drive a 1998 W208 series Mercedes-Benz 320 CLK that's had oil changes every 9000 miles and has been utterly reliable since new. The 3200cc M112 series...
Five months ago I bought a 2013 Ford Fiesta 1.25 petrol. I'm only 18 years old and the car was sold with 33,000 miles on the clock and a six month dealer...
While swapping over to winter tyres on my 2011 BMW 320d Touring I noticed that the rubber bellows on one of the rear shock absorbers was damp and disintegrating....
My car's heater only works when I put it the fan on full. However, while the interior heats up, the engine temperature warning light comes on and I notice...
Can you please recommend companies who can provide replacement remote keys for my Peugeot 407 SW?
I was restoring a 1974 4.2 Jaguar XJ6 - then its engine was stolen. Is it worth carrying on, or should I sell it for parts?
I have a big problem with my Ford Mondeo diesel. The car is now at my local mechanic's workshop for heater plug replacement. Two of the plugs will not...
I've just picked up a Hyundai Accent hire car and am gobsmacked to discover that the indicators are on the right-hand stalk. I thought that they had standardised...
I own a Volvo 960 and the lambda warning light keeps coming on. My local garage reset the system, but the light came back after 100 miles. Any idea what's...
My 2007 Audi A3 2.0 TDI quattro has started making a hissing noise when the brake pedal is depressed. It recently had a service, with new discs and pads...
Having just purchased a space saver spare wheel for my 2016 Audi TT, I would like to know where I can purchase the styrofoam insert that fits beneath the...
Premium diesel is about 70p more per gallon and one of the additives used to formulate it is detergent. Would it be a good idea to add washing up liquid...

Technical Questions: Engines

I have just bought a 9 month old third generation Honda Jazz SE. The manual recommends the use of 95RON super unleaded petrol. Will I damage the engine...
Is the engine on a Daewoo Kalos 1.2-litre 2003 8-valve after timing belt failure?
What do you think of BMW 316i? Bearing in mind that I'm not the kind of driver that tends to push the car towards its limit, I'm concerned that the engine...

Technical Questions: Gearboxes

The DSG gearbox in my Volkswagen Golf recently packed up. Is this a usual thing to happen in a 6 year old car?
My wife's Volkswagen Golf DSG has had an intermittent EGR light popping on and off for a few weeks. I got it checked at the last service and Volkswagen...
My Jaguar F-Pace is just two months old. Today, I was totally unable to select second gear from third. On restarting the engine the problem solved itself,...

Technical Questions: DPFs

Would you recommend a Ford Mondeo Mk lll estate and, if so, petrol or diesel? I'm doing about 10,000 miles a year, and next year will be driving to Europe...
What's the best second hand automatic car for a tall man, with a tall family, that does a various distance of miles for work?
During a rainy drive, with family in the car, the engine on our 2011 (41,000 miles) Nissan Qashqai emitted an acrid smell - no smoke from the exhaust -...

Technical Questions: DMFs

I am getting a vibration through the pedals on my 2009 Volvo XC60 between 55-70mph. My garage are pointing towards the dual mass flywheel. Should I replace...
I own a 2006 Honda FR-V 2.2 CDTi from new and I've always used Shell fuel. It's had oil changes every 8,000 miles following your advice. Apart from a couple...
I bought my 2011 Qashqai from a local Nissan dealer. We were concerned about our previous second hand car and clutch problems, so were offered the extended...

Technical Questions: Suspension

I am looking to replace my 2009 Citroen C5 VTR+ Tourer 140 HDI with one that is 2 or 3 years old. I travel 8000 miles a year, 30% in town and the balance...
While swapping over to winter tyres on my 2011 BMW 320d Touring I noticed that the rubber bellows on one of the rear shock absorbers was damp and disintegrating....
My Mercedes-Benz C-Class has developed a front end 'knock' from the passenger side when driving over irregularities in the road, such as potholes, at low...

Technical Questions: Bodywork

I have purchased a 2015 Mazda 2 115 sport Nav. I'm impressed with the drive, economy, and specs and look forward to many years of ownership. However,...
I am a second owner of a 2011 Nissan Note purchased in May 2012. During the annual waxing in June this year (as advised under the 3-year warranty) I noticed...
We received a call from the dealer, and apparently the reason for the multiple indentations on the car we bought was hailstorms. The dealer is taking the...
 

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