Category Archives: Auto Repair

Parking Pylon Problem (Part 3)

Once I had the repair estimates I checked the book value of the car. It’s about $5,900 without damage and about $4,500 as is. There are four plausible alternatives we can choose from. Don’t repair the car. Try paintless dent … Continue reading

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2003 BMW 3-Series Coolant Leak

Last weekend I met up with some friends, both of whom have BMW 3-series sedans (type E46). Upon arrival, one of them started leaving a puddle of coolant in the parking garage. Not good. I could see it was dripping … Continue reading

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Parking Pylon Problem (Part 2)

So I took my Mom’s car to get repair estimates at 3 different body shops. All the quotes were in the region of $1,300 to $1,800, depending on whether I wanted to get a separate fender ding fixed. Here’s what … Continue reading

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Parking Pylon Problem

My Mom called me a few days ago to tell me about a little problem. It seems a new parking pylon was installed in the garage at her office, a pylon which is kind of low which she didn’t see … Continue reading

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GM Ecotec Engine Ticking Noise – And What To Do About It

Here’s a GM Ecotec engine with an unusual ticking sound…. good for reference if you have say, a Chevy Cobalt or Cavalier, and it starts making strange noises. And maybe what you can do to fix it:

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Wheel Alignment

This clip contains clear explanations of wheel alignment, toe, camber and caster. It also recommends that you should get your car aligned after rotating the tires, which makes sense. But if the interval is pretty short (say 7,500 miles) then … Continue reading

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How to Change A Timing Belt

This is one of the more lively yet informative clips. Scotty Kilmer walks us through the process of replacing the timing belt on a Toyota Camry. The front wheel skid with the motorcycle in the intro is pretty impressive too. … Continue reading

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Tire Rotation: How To – Part 2

Procedure Before doing anything else, check the tire pressures and inflate as needed. Do this for the spare as well. There are several patterns by which you can rotate the tires. Two typical ones are the “X” pattern and front-to-rear. … Continue reading

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Tire Rotation: How To – Part 1

Why Rotate? The reason tires need to be rotated is to make them last longer by making them wear more evenly. Each tire position on a given car will wear out at different rates depending on the car’s design, tire … Continue reading

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How to Get A Repair Estimate

The key to getting an accurate repair estimate is to know what you’re asking for. Be specific when identifying the problem (symptoms). Don’t speculate on the cause, even if you know the answer. That’s why you’re asking for professional help. … Continue reading

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