EricTheCarGuy Answers Questions Live #63 3/30/2016

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In this show we talked about what manual transmission fluid to use, performance problems, O2 sensor problems, axle seals, power steering problems, when to change ATF, exhaust smells, Toyota carbureted trucks, brake problems, power window problems, automatic transmission failures, parasitic draws, brake noise, Honda oil leaks, and a few other things.

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24 thoughts on “EricTheCarGuy Answers Questions Live #63 3/30/2016

  1. Off topic question .
    I have a mx3 and the knock sensor
    Is in tricky position to get to.
    Can I put the knock sensor I any other
    Place on the engine?
    Does original position is critical to it?

  2. i have a question about manual trans with high mileage. ford uses atf fluid andi was wondering if swaping it for like 20w50 oil. just to quiet it down a little.

  3. The power window question: In fords 2003-2006 crown vics have similar issues with the power windows not wanting to work. The fix for that on those cars is just replacing the switches. They get all gooped up with green crap on the copper contacts. Check to see if that could be an issue as well.

  4. Are you going to start doing AMA or not?  If yes when would the first one be?  I'm just curious because the overall reception appears to be very positive.

  5. I'd love and Ask me Anything video. We want to know the "Real" Eric behind the wrench. Also on the carpal-tunnel, get a Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000. Take care of the wrists man, you will be glad you did. Yes I am one of those IT guys the DIYs on cars for fun. I type all day everyday and a good keyboard will save you a lot of pain. The MS 4000 is affordable and works really well for keeping the wrists strait.

  6. Hey Eric. I have a 2002 Honda Civic EX (1.7L engine) that won't suck up coolant from the overfill tank as it cool. However, it does keep pouring from that tank as I drive. I do not see white smoke and I do not see water when I take out the spark plugs. I have already changed the radiator, overfill tank, thermostat and colling fan switch. I have to fill it up every time I drive to work. with 170k, what is this car's issue? Is it even worth fixing it at this point?

  7. Eric, do brake boosters go bad all at once or over time? Reason I ask is I replaced my front rotors and pads on all four corners on a 2010 Dodge Caravan. After the change I have a really stiff brake pedal. It has been months and I don't drive the van often my wife does. Anyhow, tried pumping the brakes with the car off, turning it on and the pedal does go down slightly so it seems to pass the booster test. What am I missing? The parking brake is also really stiff. Maybe the pedal will get softer as the pads wear in?

  8. Nice to see you upgraded from your Potato camera. You went from a walmart stanley to craftsman so to speak. Logitech c920 is good enough for behind desk applications.

  9. I've always been curious as to what happened to Barbara's Town & Country air conditioning in Fixing It Forward. When you found out she had rear A/C, you turned that on and its refrigerant/lines, etc. were obviously now in play. You began to have increased cooling. Then the video wrapped up. What was her ultimate outcome with the A/C? Did you ever [have to] go back and recharge it more, with ALL the A/C systems fully engaged?

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