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Technical Questions Answered

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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...
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?
I bought a brand new diesel Volkswagen Golf in January. There was a series of minor problems at first; tyres at the wrong pressure, pulling left, a burning...
I bought a van on finance and have now found out that it's been clocked. The mechanic just found multiple issues and it needs new gearbox. I bought over...
I gradually keep losing clutch fluid from my 1996 Ford Fiesta. It seems to be coming from underneath the engine, I have to top up the fluid once or twice...
Since my Audi A3 had it's emissions fix it has had problems with the engine management system light flashing intermittently and the engine losing power....
My five year old Mercedes-Benz E550 has done 17,000 miles and has had the brake pads replaced and now the rotors. Apparently the reason for the rotor failure...
My Ford Focus Mk1 dashboard lights keep flashing like a Christmas tree while I'm driving.
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...
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...
I have a 2003 diesel Renault Clio 1.9. The engine turns over, but there is no ignition. There is a strange whirring noise coming from the engine bay. So...
Any ideas on how water is getting into the boot of a fairly new Citroen C1?
I have a 2015 Nissan Qashqai 1.2 with only 11,000 miles on the clock, but have had three oil top ups in six months and four software updates. Is there...
Last night my Volkswagen Caddy lost power on the M5 (with 3 children in the back) and I had to be towed off. It had the emissions update a week ago and...
My wife's Mazda 6 Tourer has had the power steering fail, which happens after she starts the engine and can only be resolved by restarting the car. Have...
My car is moving off very slowly and also over revs. In first gear, I put my foot down and the revs are very high but the car only moves slowly. Once I...
My Ford Focus 1.6 has done 88,000 miles. It kept showing an intermittent display fault with the odometer, speedometer, fuel gauge and temperature gauge...
I keep experiencing intermittent shaking of the steering in my Saab 9-5 Estate. The wheel shakes and shifts, but not consistently. It feels like a flat...
The transfer box on my 2013 Vauxhall Antara requires replaced as the bearing exploded and cracked open the casing. The garage have informed me that although...
I have a three year old Ford Fiesta automatic that has 14,500 miles on the clock. From time to time, the engine judders when accelerating from stationary...
I have a 2016 Peugeot 5008 automatic that was stored for three months over the winter. I took it for its first drive of the year yesterday, but as I was...
I purchased a brand new Peugeot Boxer from a main dealer in May 2016. In June, it started to have a slight hesitation which has now worsened and makes...
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...

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

I've recently purchased a 2011 Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi. After the local Ford dealer changed oil and all filters they advised me to (as the car was immobile...
I'm currently running a 2009 Volkswagen Golf Plus 2.0 TDI that I've had for almost five trouble-free years. It'll be at 90,000 miles soon and I think I...
I bought a brand new diesel Volkswagen Golf in January. There was a series of minor problems at first; tyres at the wrong pressure, pulling left, a burning...

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

I'm looking to purchase a new BMW 440i. Please can you add some clarity to the wildly opposing views on the benefits, or not, of Adaptive M Sport 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...

Technical Questions: Bodywork

My husband bumped my Land Rover into a bin. The side door is dented and has a large scrape on. What would be cheaper, to claim on the insurance (I have...
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...
 

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