Q: On a really brilliant day, it’s nearly unattainable to see the show on my Nissan Altima console it doesn’t matter what I do. Is there something you’ll be able to recommend that may dampen the results of the glare? Possibly I might use some form of translucent defend that may be utilized to the display screen? I am unable to see the maps or the names of my cellphone e book when utilizing voice instructions.
A: I’ve seen this in lots of autos, particularly if they’ve a sunroof. The solar washes out the show.
Some individuals have had some success with a cling-style window tint utilized to the show or a particular anti-reflective movie. These movies are much like display screen protectors for tables or telephones.
The opposite challenge is many of those shows flip nearly invisible if you’re carrying polarized sun shades.
Q: I personal a 2014 Porsche Boxster and beforehand owned the 2008 model of the identical automotive. Once I flip the wheel all the best way to the suitable or left and transfer ahead at a sluggish pace the automotive bucks/hops like a four-wheel-drive automobile will do in a decent nook. This sensation has occurred on each autos. The Porsche service heart says that is regular. Is it? I’ve by no means obtained a transparent clarification whether it is.
A: The primary place to begin is with a verify of the wheel alignment to rule out any potential points with steering angles and suspension.
Porsche and another sports activities automotive manufactures deemed it extra necessary and regular to have a decent steering radius than clean operation when at full steering lock. The feeling occurs when one entrance wheel turns greater than the opposite. That is known as the Ackerman Impact and it dates to horse and buggy days.
Q: My 2012 Toyota Rav4 has a knock after I shift in/out of park both on a slope or flat floor. I had a transmission flush and filter considering that may care for it. Any ideas?
A: There are a lot of issues that may trigger this kind of noise. At this level, you’ll be greatest served to take the automotive to a restore store and drive it with the technician and display the noise. Then the technician will put the automotive on a elevate and attempt to duplicate the noise. In the event that they decide that nothing is shifting/transferring, the issue could possibly be inner to the transmission or driveline.
Q: My verify engine gentle has been on in my 2009 Cadillac CTS. A mechanic scanned it and mentioned it learn a timing challenge (belt or chain) however mentioned it is not unhealthy. I imagine I haven’t got the acceleration I as soon as had due to it. I need to get it mounted however heard it’s a main job. What’s the common worth for this job?
A: There are a few points: Cadillac reprogramed the engines to reduce put on on the timing chain and that software program change could not have had the specified outcome. To alleviate proprietor’s issues, Cadillac prolonged the guarantee to 10 years or 120,000 miles — whichever comes first.
Since your CT-S is greater than 10-years outdated, you would wish to pay for the restore. The foremost elements will value about $350 and it’ll take about 11 hours to finish the restore. Relying on the store labor charge, it’s straightforward to see the whole value exceeding $2,000.
In case you are having the supplier carry out the restore — and since there’s a recognized downside — maybe the supplier can contact Cadillac and ask for some “goodwill” help that may be utilized to the restore value.
Q: I’ve a 1983 Marda RX-7 and I am on the lookout for a horn reply and horn change. The native auto elements retailer and supplier have been no assist. Any concepts?
A: When coping with an older automotive — particularly a sports activities automotive — elements generally is a problem.
The horn rely is straightforward. I discovered a substitute on www.rockauto.com and www.carid.com. The horn change is tougher. The system is an easy grounding circuit. If the elements are intact, you’ll be able to most likely restore what’s there. If the elements are lacking, you would substitute the complete steering wheel with an aftermarket unit which comes with a horn change.
Clearing up some confusion: In a automobile with a dipstick, engine oil is checked with the engine off and transmission fluid is checked with the engine working.
John Paul is the AAA Northeast Automobile Physician. He has greater than 40 years of expertise within the vehicle business 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.