Q: Once I test the transmission fluid stage dipstick on my 2003 Honda Accord, do I test with the automobile on or off?
A: This query isn’t so simple as it’s possible you’ll assume. Usually, any automobile with a dipstick for an automated transmission is checked with the fluid at regular working temperature and the engine working on a stage floor.
In keeping with the service handbook to your Accord, it is just a little totally different. The engine must be heat, however the fluid stage is checked with the engine not working. So, on this case, heat up the engine, shift from park to reverse, then to drive and again to park, shut off the engine after which test the fluid stage with the dipstick.
Q: I’ve a 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport that I retailer in Florida for lengthy durations of time. This may sometimes be two to 3 months. It’s parked underneath a carport with no entry to electrical energy for a trickle charger. The battery is 2 years previous, but when the terminals usually are not disconnected the battery goes useless in a few month.
Once I left in Could, I made a decision to take away the adverse terminal of the battery. Once I arrived in Florida lately, I linked the terminal and the automobile began proper up. Nevertheless, each gentle attainable comes on: ASC, engine gentle, 4-wheel-drive gentle, ABS gentle, and so forth. The automobile runs advantageous, aside from the annoyance of those lights.
I introduced the automobile to an Auto Zone retailer, they usually used a scanner and mentioned that the restricted testing didn’t point out something unsuitable with the car. They prompt bringing the automobile to a mechanic. I do not consider there’s something unsuitable. I wish to understand how I can reset the system so the lights go away. How do I retailer the automobile sooner or later to keep away from these lights?
A: You could have multiple factor happening. First off, you might have some type of slight parasitic drain on the battery. A totally charged battery in good situation ought to be capable of maintain a cost for a month or perhaps a little longer. I might begin with checking all the fuses and absolutely recharging the battery and retesting it.
I might additionally fully “reboot” the automobile’s laptop programs. That is completed by disconnecting the optimistic and adverse cables and connecting the cables along with a jumper wire. In case you are not sure about this, have your restore store do it for you. This may fully discharge the capacitors within the system and clear all the reminiscence.
You might discover after you reboot the system that it acts just a little odd for a few restarts till it relearns the correct operation.
Though you don’t have electrical energy the place you park, you do have the ability of the solar to take care of the automobile’s battery. You could possibly have a look at photo voltaic charger maintainers. CTEK makes a real battery maintainer with an add-on photo voltaic panel. Cheaper battery chargers can be found from Schumacher and from Deltran, which makes the very fashionable Battery Tender. Each have photo voltaic battery maintainer/chargers.
Q: I’ve pushed Nissan merchandise for roughly 35 years and discover them to be pretty dependable, for probably the most half. My mechanic has nothing good to say about them for causes unknown. What’s your opinion of the newer Nissan fashions akin to Rogue, Altima and Sentra, and simply Nissan normally?
A: Some work out advantageous, however the CVTs (frequently variable transmissions) are both good or fail round 75,000 miles. Some earlier automobiles had some extreme rust points as nicely.
I do consider that all the modifications in administration have helped with high quality over what I’ve skilled up to now.
The newest Roque is fairly good, as is the Altima. The final Sentra I evaluated was only a horrible automobile, and the Murano is simply not my cup of tea.
Issues with some Nissan fashions are usually traced to electrical points.
My final analysis of the most recent Frontier truck was fairly good, and the extended-range Leaf EV was sensible and enjoyable to drive.
As an entire, I might put Nissan high quality at mid-pack, with the extra standard Altima, Maxima and Roque within the high one third in comparison with different fashions.
Q: Each time I take my Toyota in for service, I count on the gas filter to get replaced, together with routine upkeep. When I’ve requested why they didn’t substitute the gas filter, they only mentioned it didn’t want it.
I’ve a garden tractor and a small boat, and I substitute these filters each three years. Why not the automobile’s filter?
A: Some filters are designed to final the lifetime of the automobile and are solely changed if the gas was contaminated. Many Toyota merchandise have massive gas filters which, underneath regular circumstances, don’t require substitute.
John Paul is the AAA Northeast Automobile Physician. He has greater than 40 years of expertise within the vehicle trade and is an ASE-Licensed Grasp Technician. Write to John Paul, The Automobile Physician, at 110 Royal Little Drive, Windfall, RI 02904. Or e mail [email protected] and put “Automobile Physician” within the topic discipline. Comply with him on Twitter @johnfpaul or on Fb.
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