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Subaru Head Gasket Failures
Subaru’s are great year round cars for New England. On any giving day you drive by our shop it can look like a used car lot for Subaru’s. We do service that many.
As I said they are great cars, but like all things good they’re not perfect.
There are three repairs that strike fear in the hearts of Subaru owners. If you own a Subaru, the odds are not in your favor of avoiding one of the following repairs:
The top three most expensive problems with a Subaru
1. Timing belt replacement. (Necessary maintenance)
2. Converter replacement. Short trip driving, ignoring a check engine light or poor maintenance are a factor. Other times it’s just dumb luck.
3. Cylinder head gasket replacement. The “luck” thing plays into this in a couple of ways. But, it is helpful to follow the recommended service/maintenance schedule provided by Subaru.
All of these items can be costly repairs, but today we’re going to talk about cylinder head gaskets. The other day a Subaru wagon came in for a basic service. The customer also complained of a burning smell coming from the vehicle. With the vehicle on the lift, inspection found that engine oil was leaking onto the exhaust system.
Where was the oil leaking from?
The head gaskets, in fact, oil was leaking from both sides of the motor. [Read more...]
The Mystery of Neil’s Truck
The image to the left is the under-hood of a Chevy pick-up. The customer’s concern was for a slow loss of coolant and this coolant loss was a bit of a mystery. Neil, the owner of the truck, reported that he would have to add a couple quarts of coolant every two or three weeks. His truck was always parked inside a garage and there was never any evidence of a coolant leak.
This problem is seen primarily on GM’s cars and light trucks. Here’s how it starts. [Read more...]
The tire pressure warning light has recently started to come on most every morning. The display shows 2 to sometimes 3 tires being low in pressure. None of them look flat or low. After I drive the car for 15 minutes the warning light goes out and I don’t have the problem again until the next morning. The dealer checked and set the tire pressure to specification and told me it was a temperature related problem. I heard that when they break they’re expensive to replace. So, why should I even have these sensors on my car? When they break why should they be replaced? They seem to be over priced, unreliable and an unnecessary add-on that drives up the cost of owning a car….. [Read more...]
Isuzu Rusted Frame Recall, Time Running Out
Isuzu Corporation has announced the recall on 1998-2002 Rodeo and certain 2002 Axiom. This safety recall is so late that it’s a joke!… [Read more...]
Traction Control Goes Bad
Love it or hate it, today’s cars have great technology, making you a safer driver. This technology can handle adverse weather conditions better than most any driver! Growing up in New Hampshire before this technology reared its ugly face, meant great driving fun in the winter.
Ripping across an ice covered lake or burning sideways into the driveway, ice and snow were always a great reason to get a car sidewards. The configuration of the road in front of my house and the driveway allowed for some great, get it out of shape driving.
Yet, even in the winter, you can come into my driveway hot enough to lose control, go over the snow bank [Read more...]
Chrysler Corporation has extended the warranty on their Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan for wheel bearing problems. The wheel bearing/hub assemblies are now warrantied for 5 years or 90,000 miles, whichever comes first. Below you’ll find a [Read more...]
Rodent Damage on the Rise
Rodent damage to cars has been on the rise. In New Hampshire we can thank the mighty Oak tree for the amazing abundance of acorns that have fallen over the past 2 years. With such a splendor of winter food the rodent population has exploded. Though you may not know it the automobile is the storehouse of choice! [Read more...]
Nissan Leaf, not made for New Hampshire
The Leaf has an estimated driving range of 70 to 100 miles under ideal driving conditions. For many of us, this range would work just fine. Imagine..no gas to buy just drive home and plug it in and you’re ready to go the next morning!
The Great White North has a way of bringing out the best in us, but how can a car with a 70 mile range become a 20 miler in the winter? Not a great roadside thing in February during a cold snap; wind chills that make 17 degrees feel like a heat wave after the wind stops.
The cause for this mileage short fall? [Read more...]