Jun 132019

2008 Toyota Yaris

My Yaris is very under powered and is consuming a lot of fuel.
When cruising in 6th gear changing down to 3rd or 4th and flooring it provides almost no extra acceleration at all even well into the torque band, the engine revs as it should but the power is simply not there, the engine itself also sounds a bit rough, like a faint scratching noise when accelerating hard. The fuel consumption has increased by 2 litres for every 100km. (I’m from South Africa, sorry for the metric units).

It has 400 000 km on it. No check engine light comes on whatsoever. I’ve replaced spark plugs, oil, filters and cleaned the MAF sensor. The exhaust system has been checked for leaks and there are none.
I’m trying to look at any other cause before taking the car to have the engine rebuilt. Do you have any suggestions as to what could be causing low power with high fuel consumption?

The Top 5 Causes of High Fuel Consumption in Petrol Engines

Below are the top 5 causes of high fuel consumption for vehicles with petrol engines.

  1. Carrying Excess Weight – One simple cause of high fuel consumption is when a vehicle is carrying too much weight, whether it has a lot of items in the trunk or in a trailer that it’s hauling. The more weight that’s being carried around by the vehicle, the more demand that is being put on the engine to generate enough power to move all of it. Whenever the engine must generate more power, it needs to burn more fuel in the internal combustion process. Therefore, you end up having to pump more gas because the vehicle uses more gas to satisfy its power needs.
  2. Bad Spark Plugs – When spark plugs get worn out, you will have a lot more engine misfires with your vehicle which will use up more fuel. You need to be sure to use the best quality spark plugs possible, so you can get the most miles out of them. Iridium spark plugs and platinum spark plugs are the two most preferred types.
  3. Dirty Air Filter – There are many reasons to have a clean air filter, but one big reason is to have a strong fuel economy. If your engine is filled with dirty air, then its internal combustion mixture won’t create as much power for the engine. This means it’ll use up more fuel just to perform the most basic driving needs. So, remember to change your air filter regularly.
  4. Low Tire Pressure– The tires on your vehicle need to be inflated to the proper amount of air pressure, usually between 32 PSI and 34 PSI on the majority of economy cars. If you’re driving a vehicle with low tire pressure on any or all the tires, it creates more wear and resistance for those tires. This causes the engine to work harder to make up for the pressure loss, which means more fuel will be used to power the engine for this purpose.
  5. Bad Oxygen Sensors – Your engine has oxygen sensors which keep track of the mixture of air and fuel in the internal combustion chamber. Based on what it senses, it tells the powertrain control module to either take away fuel or add fuel. But if the oxygen sensor does not work properly, the system will automatically add more fuel even if the engine doesn’t need it.

Source: https://oards.com/causes-of-car-high-fuel-consumption/

Jun 132019

Chrysler Town and Country

van is fine under 45 mph. Once over 45, it starts to “bump” – rough ride like something is wrong with a tire or something. (tires are fine.)

Is it the torque converter?

If your car shakes and shudders, it could mean the lockup clutch is malfunctioning. This might occur at speeds around 35-45 miles per hour. It’s a noticeable problem and feels like you’re driving on a road with lots of small bumps. A worn out lockup clutch can make the transition from acceleration to direct drive difficult, and it’s a sign that you need to have your transmission checked.

Source: https://aamcominnesota.com/reasons-why-your-ride-is-bumpy-and-rough/

Jun 062019

Cadillac Deville

F04027 1572654; 52474989; 52482937; 52487844; 52492937; 89018381I need to replace the Blend Door Actuator (blowing hot intermittently on passenger side). It seems there are separate parts for the drivers and passenger’s sides? It seems Dorman 604-165 is the one I need? Just wanted confirmation before I order. 604-166 appears to be the driver’s side.

Dorman Part # 604-166

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Dorman Part # 604-165

Does not state which side it is for but does match the part numbers you stated needs to be replaced.

Reference information indicates it is a replacement for OEM part numbers: F04027 1572654; 52474989; 52482937; 52487844; 52492937; 89018381

To be certain you may want to contact Dorman Direct at https://www.dormanproducts.com/pages/forms/customer.aspx

or call them at 1-800-523-2492

Jun 052019

Chrysler 300How does the wiring harness on the anti-lock brake control module unhook? Is there something I have to do to be able to pull it off?  Did not want to pry on it too much. Was wondering if there is a release somewhere on it?

  • Depress tabs on each side of connector cover, then
  • Pull outward and upward on the lower half of cover until it locks into position pointing straight outward(2). Connector can then be pulled straight outward off ABM(1)


Jun 052019

Everybody expected smooth driving, if your car pulling the one side so that you have a question Why Does My Car Pull to the Right? Such types of problems not only un-comforted but also Dangerous , can happened serious accident, so don’t be worried we have discuss details here about the issue Why Does My Car Pull To The Right? Symptoms, Reasons As well as solutions too.
Here we have point out some common symptoms of car pull to the right:
1. Pulling On High Speed.
when your vehicle goes for high speed and you can fell this symptoms, if you feel this symptoms you must go to garage
2. Pulling on Certain Roods.
3. Pulling On when pressing the brakes.

In my experience the most common reason for a car to pull, that hasn’t been in a wreck, is from a busted belt in a tire. Replacing the tire would be the fix. Usually the damaged tire is found on the front. The rear tires can be rotated tot he front for quick testing.


Jun 032019

2009 Ford Edge

I am having problems with the air conditioning system, it comes on but there is no freon, already added some plus a sealer for leaks, dont know if that cause the problem. The compressor comes on but the Clutch start and then stops, when i try to turn on the AC, it makes kind of like a fart sound and leaks freon at the same time. Please help if anyone has had this issue before, i bought a compressor to install it but havent done it yet, dont know if that could be the issue itself

When the clutch clicks on and off it generally means the system is low on Freon. This is referred to as “short cycling”. The system may have such a large leak that the Freon is leaking out quickly. The system should be evacuated and vacuum put on the system and held to determine if there is a leak present. Once a leak is determined some oil with dye added can be inserted to help locate the origin of the leak.

May 212019

I have 2010 Honda Accord EX L v6 4 dr sedan. Can you tell me how many and where my car has 02 sensors? Also I understand that there are 2 types of catalytic converters too, one that can be replaced by a universal and the other more costly as it is attached to the manifold/exhaust. in my car which type catalytic converter does my car have? Thanks so much

Catalytic Converter 2010 Honda Accord EX-L V6

Oxygen Sensor Location

oxygen sensor location 2010 Honda Accord

May 202019

Suzuki Swift

Is there any differences between the 2006 and 2011 models or are they exactly the same?

According to Wiki the second generation Suzuki Swift ranges from 2004 – 2010. And the Third generation from 2010 – 2017. This would lead me to believe that the 2006 model is definitely different from the 2011 model.

Although the engine on the sport model wasn’t changed until 2012 to the revised 1.6L.