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My 2010 Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI has had numerous faults after the emissions fix. Erg valve has been replaced, injectors were replaced. The light has come...
I have a problem getting all the air out of the cooling system after a thermostat change. What do you recommend?
The battery in my Peugeot 308CC was draining frequently, especially in cold weather. I replaced the battery seven months ago but it still goes flat after...
I have a 2009 Honda CR-V CDT-i with 60,000 miles on the clock. Under heavy acceleration there is black smoke out the exhaust - a fair amount. We have done...
I recently hit a bird, which necessitated a new windscreen for my Audi SQ5 as a mater of urgency. I ordered a replacement to be fitted by Auto Windscreens...
Should the fan run continually when the engine is running or only when coolant reaches a certain temperature?
How can I make my Peugeot 307 stop running. I tried taking the key out and disconnected the battery, but it's still running. It's very annoying as we have...
I have a Renault Clio MkII. The indicators and windscreen wipers start on their own. They also go at different speeds than they should.
The central locking on my Vauxhall Meriva isn't working. I turn the key once to unlock the drivers door and twice to unlock the back and passenger doors,...
Recently, the fan belt, tensioner and battery light came on in my 2004 Ford Mondeo. I had belt and tensioner replaced, but battery light still. I checked...
Why does my Ford Fiesta keep overheating?
The passenger door of my Peugeot 807 has locked itself. What should I do?
I have a 1969 Volkswagen Type 2 campervan. It starts as sweet as a nut when it's cold, but once it's warm it struggles to tick over. Once running, it's...
I changed the oil and filter on my 2012 Ford Fiesta. Now the engine fault light is on and the turbo isn't working.
I have a 2009 Ford Mondeo TDCi X Sport that's done 95,000 miles. I was driving at appox 40mph when I suddenly lost my power steering. The engine management...
When I turn the ignition key, the lights come on the dashboard but there's just a clicking noise and the engine doesn't turn. I've charged the battery...
My 1982 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W123) auto doesn't like to start when the engine reaches normal running temperature. It has a K-Jetronic ignition system.
The DPF on my 2010 Ford Mondeo TDCi burnt out, glowed red, smoked and then the exhaust dropped after 109,000 miles. No warning lights came up on dash....
After carrying out an oil change, I have a leak from the sump plug. I used a metal washer from the filter pack, not a copper one, as I would have expected...
We have a Volkswagen Transporter T6. Had a few problems with a fuse blowing and now the central locking is not working. Could this be a fuse problem?
Nearside indicator isn't working on my 1996 Audi A4. The hazard lights are okay. I've changed the hazard relay switch but the nearside indicator still...
My Citroen C4 refused to start today. I can't move the gear stick from parking to any other position unless I press on the brakes. When I do move it, the...
Our 2007 Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi broke down on Sunday evening. The engine cut out at 75mph. It started up again and revved fine, but came up with 'Engine...
My Fiat Grande Punto is having various electric problems, from headlights not working to headlights coming on when I've not got the key in the ignition...
The fan in my car isn't working properly. The temperature of the car is going up to 100 degrees and it only cools down when I put the interior fans on...

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 own a Volkswagen Golf SV with a DSG six-speed gearbox. I have seen your reports that there have been many problems with these boxes. My car is coming...
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...

Technical Questions: DPFs

I have a Peugeot 308. I have done 20,000 miles since I bought it, total mileage is 40,000, and I had the engine oil changed twice. I'm concerned that I...
I bought a Mazda 3 2.2d in June this year. Four months later, the oil pressure light is on. The dealership warranty was only for 60 days. Who do I set...
I have a 2011 Peugeot Partner which has just started displaying a 'risk of filter clogging' warning. I took it for a run on the dual carriageway, but it...

Technical Questions: DMFs

The clutch and flywheel on my Ford Focus 1.0 Ecoboost (new since September 2015) were burnt out and replaced in November 2016. The dealer and Ford wouldn't...
The gears are not engaging properly on my 2005 Seat Alhambra 1.9 TDI. The bite has become lower on the clutch pedal and no gears could be engaged. However,...
I've got a 2008 Volkswagen Golf which requires a new clutch and dual mass flywheel. I've been told it's a lot cheaper to replace it with a solid flywheel....

Technical Questions: Suspension

I'm an Antiques dealer and therefore need a van with a soft ride. Which vans have the softest suspension?
I have an Audi A1 1.6 TDI Sport which is well built, lively and economical. The only downside is the firm suspension which is not suited to the poor quality...
I own a 2014 SEAT Ibiza ST and when I drive down a road with an uneven surface, whether it be potholes, draincovers or speed bumps, I get a rattle noise...

Technical Questions: Bodywork

I bought a six month old Porsche 911 (991) model Carrera from a Porsche main dealer in September 2015. Mechanically the car is perfect, but there is an...
I bought a new Ford Transit Custom M-Sport from a Ford main dealer in March 2016. In January 2017, the paintwork bubbled in the cold weather. Ford put...
My wife reversed her Vauxhall Meriva into a stationary BMW in a supermarket car park in March 2017. Very minor rub marks were left on both cars (I polished...
 

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