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Dave Redinger's The Neighbourhood Mechanic 3/28/06

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On April 1stthe Neighbourhood Mechanic” is available on “1050 CHUM”

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When you purchase gas at the self-serve and walk over to the kiosk, do you lock your car? I do, simply because I have so much stuff in the car I can’t afford to loose. The other day I ask the attendant “do cars ever get stolen while folks are paying for gas?” “Yup…more times than you think”, was his answer. Seems women are more diligent then the guys. First off they like to pay at the pump, especially if there are kids on board. Secondly; they lock up. The fellows, well, we’re more lax. More testosterone I guess.

Just a thought.

The check engine light on my 1999 VW Eurovan engine comes on and stays on for a couple of days without blinking and then disappears.. A mechanic checked it out with his diagnostic instrument without any indication of trouble and said not to worry. However whenever it rains the light is sure to come on. The ignition wires were replaced recently. Any ideas?

Because the light is not staying on ( we call that a soft code) we can assume that your problem is temporary.

Sounds as if the computer is picking up a misfire in the engine when is damp. This should be a problem in the ignition but it due to the complexity of today's cars it could be something else entirely. Have your mechanic set his scan tool on “snap-shot mode”, the unit will record any codes the instant they appear. This might entail driving with the equipment attached during your regular day. Once identified follow accepted repair procedure.

I enjoy your column in 24 hours and the expertise you are able to give people. I'm hoping you can provide me with some insight into my car issue. I have a 1999 Acura 1.6 EL, 5-speed manual transmission with an extended warranty that will expire in April. It's a great car and I have no complaints. Two years ago, whenever I engaged my clutch, it began to squeak, especially during warmer weather. At that time, the dealership replaced the release bearings under warranty and that seemed to fix the squeak. Over the past year, my squeaky clutch has returned on occasion (again, mainly in the warmer weather). The dealership lubed the clutch and said the squeak would come back in a couple of months because it's the master cylinder/slave valve, which is a big job to fix but it's covered under the warranty. I'd like to know if this is a sign of a bigger problem to come, and if so, why don't they just fix it now? I'd appreciate any advice you can give me since I'm a female who is not mechanically inclined!

Take care.

By depressing the clutch, the driver engages the throw out (release) bearing. This unit is mounted on the centre shaft of the transmission. Under normal driving conditions the unit last the life of the clutch assembly. However; in areas that are dusty or in our case salty the lubricant that is used breaks down. In this case, the repair faculty should lube the assembly with

HIGH TEMPERATURE grease. These products are supplied by HONDA (p/n08798-9002) or aftermarket by companies such as MOLYSLIP. Keep your paper work for if you require future repairs.

Dave Redinger a mechanic with over 40 yrs of experience. Dave operates his shop “DOCTOR H HONDA SPECIALISTS in Toronto for the last 25 yrs.

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