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Technical Questions Answered

Honest John and other experts answer the technical questions about your car

I'm having some issues with my petrol Renault Clio Rush 1.2 8V. I had the water coolant tank and stop light show on my dashboard because the engine was...
My 2011 Hyundai i20 CRDi 90PS diesel has developed sluggish starting and oil splashed 3/4 way up the dipstick (checked after overnight standing). Coolant...
I own a 2005 Ford Fusion 1.4 manual petrol. It keeps losing power in second gear, accompanied by a burning smell. I heard two loud bangs in the rear of...
My 2011 Ford Mondeo boot button isn't working, but will open on the key fob remote. Ford have tried a new micro switch but it isn't that. They say it needs...
How do you depressurise fuel, prior to replacing injectors, on a Peugeot 406?
My Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi runs fine for 35 - 40 miles, then cuts out as if the ignition was turned off. When I stop and turn off the ignition and then restart...
What does the engine warning light on my Volvo V60 mean?
The headlights and dashboard of my Peugeot 206 come on when the car is switched off. When I open the driver's door they turn off. There's also high pitch...
I have a leak in the driver's side footwell of my 2003 Vauxhall Corsa. The carpet is saturated but I can't find the leak.
I've just replaced a clutch kit on a 2004 Peugeot 206 CC. Is it possible to put the clutch plate in the wrong way? I've bled the hydraulic system and can...
Recently, the battery light on my Volkswagen Touran 2.0 TDI comes on above 3000 revs but as soon as I drop below it goes off again. There is also a whirring...
I have a 2011 FIAT 500 1.3 MultiJet diesel purchased in March 2016. I've had a problem with sporadic engine noise, vibration and black smoke coming out...
I recently fitted a new battery on my 1994 Mazda MX-5 after making a few small journeys and it started with no problem. I returned home and within half...
What is the cause of white exhaust smoke, even when the car is warm, from my 2008 Renault Modus 1.2 petrol with 32,000 miles on? There is also a small...
My 2005 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi has done 147,000 miles. It had a previous issue where the glow plug light would flash and it would go into limp mode. I read...
Our 2011 Toyota Yaris Mk2 has problems with both front and rear windscreen washers. The rear one is now barely a trickle, and the front ones seem low on...
I have a four year old Nissan Qashqai. Recently the map display says the card is not inserted even though it is. Sometimes the problem cures itself and...
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...
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...

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

I'm looking to buy a new or nearly new small vehicle but need an automatic due to disability to left hand. I've read reviews and it appears that the Hyundai...
I like the look of the new model Renault Scenic and am considering changing my lovely BMW E89 Z4 M Sport auto for one. The Dynamique S Nav appears to be...
How reliable is the DSG gearbox?

Technical Questions: DPFs

My 2011 Hyundai i20 CRDi 90PS diesel has developed sluggish starting and oil splashed 3/4 way up the dipstick (checked after overnight standing). Coolant...
We have decided to purchase a year old Volvo V40. It's a second car that would have be mostly short journeys and twice weekly 40 mile commutes, doing about...
I've just acquired a 2004 Citroen C5 saloon that's done 100,000 miles. I've been driving it for a few weeks now and have an anti-pollution warning light...

Technical Questions: DMFs

We have decided to purchase a year old Volvo V40. It's a second car that would have be mostly short journeys and twice weekly 40 mile commutes, doing about...
I took out an extra 3 year warranty, paid in full, when I purchased a Ford C-Max. I have since had an intermittent fault of the clutch pedal not fully...
I'm looking at buying a 2008 Ford S-Max 2.0 TDCi, 133,000 miles on the clock. It's priced at £2650 and I'm looking at it this week. What things should...

Technical Questions: Suspension

What type of front suspension is fitted to the MG RV8?
I have read that Citroen has patented a new suspension system that will be introduced this year. I am thinking of changing my C5 Tourer which has the hydro-pneumatic...
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...

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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