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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
number of years ago I owned a Chevy
Suburban that needed the rubber body
mounts changed. I placed the vehicle
in my driveway, which is somewhat
steep, and put the transmission in
park but did not apply the parking
brake. I then started to replace the
mounts one at a time by removing the
mount bolt and raising the body with
a floor jack just enough to remove
the old mount and install a new one.
Starting at the left front of the
vehicle, I got to the mount right
under the main body itself. I raised
the body several inches, but needed
just a little more clearance. When
the jack was pumped that "one
more time" it was just enough
to pull the shift linkage out of Park
and allow the vehicle to roll backward
down the driveway, over the jack and
into the street.
Luckily there were
no cars coming. However my son's car
was parked directly across the street
right behind my truck. After making
a mad dash to get the door open, jump
in and hit the brake, I was able to
stop within inches of his car. Breathing
a big sigh of relief I started my
truck to pull back up the driveway.
However, I forgot again that the transmission
linkage had moved, and that when I
placed it in Drive, it was actually
in Reverse. So when I stepped on the
gas I shot backward. I just barely
stopped without hitting my sons car
on my second attempt. What a day!
Darrell in California
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Where is the hood lock release located
on the Ford Transit Connect van?
A. There is a keyhole
hidden behind the Ford logo in the
B. There is an electric release button
mounted on the steering column below
the turn signal switch.
C. There is no hood lock. A mechanical
hood release arm is accessed through
an opening in the bumper cover.
If I Had To Bet...
recently attended the annual new car
show in Seattle. I saw the Nissan
Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and Smart electric
cars. I could not peak under the hoods
or even sit in them, but I could see
their brake pads clearly! I think
they were real, ready-to-drive cars.
I climbed behind the wheel of an awesome
Ford Raptor pick-up truck capable
of driving 100 mph off road. I test
drove a high-tech Toyota Camry Hybrid.
I drooled over a Dodge Challenger
SRT, a Ford Mustang GT with an enormous
5.0 reincarnated on its side, and
a Chevy Camaro SS. I marveled at the
compact (easy to work on?) 1.4L turbo
engine in the new Chevrolet Cruze.
I saw the beautiful new four door
Porsche Panamera. It costs a little
less than the average house in Boise,
There may not have
been such a diverse set of automobiles
exhibited at new car shows since around
1912 when everything from electric
to steam powered cars were on display.
Now is an exciting, risky time to
be in the new car business.
Will electric cars
thrive this time around? Nissan and
GM certainly hope so. Will Baby Boomers
go for 1960s retro muscle cars or
luxurious small cars? Is there going
to be a niche vehicle to satisfy every
buyer? Are there enough people willing
to pay over $30,000 for low volume,
niche vehicles? Is the Holy Grail,
a world car that can sell everywhere,
really attainable? Almost all the
cars at the show seemed to have big
question marks hanging over them.
There were signs that bets were being
made and bets were being hedged. Parked
next to the big 6.2L powered Ford
Raptor were a couple of compact 2.0L
Ford Transit Connect vans.
was nice to come home to my serene
fleet of old cars standing ready to
drive me wherever I need to go. Let
the new car industry sort itself out.
I do not have to rush to be part of
any $30,000 gambles. If I had to bet,
I would bet on a technology that was
almost non-existent at the Seattle
show: compressed natural gas (CNG).
It is abundant, costs less than $2
per equivalent gallon of gasoline,
and releases 90% less carbon monoxide
and 25% less carbon dioxide into the
atmosphere. The Honda Civic is the
only mass-produced CNG passenger vehicle
available in North America at the
moment, but I expect other car manufacturers
will do the relatively easy CNG fuel
system conversion soon. Maybe next
year I will clean out the corner of
the garage where the natural gas pipe
comes in from the street, just in
|Scott's 1988 Ford Festiva
In the 1990s I ran
an automotive parts remanufacturing
operation in Southern California.
We delivered parts throughout the
LA basin in heavy traffic. At the
time I decided to try using a Ford
Festiva as a delivery vehicle. With
all the seats removed, except the
drivers, it was a fairly large box
that I could fit quite a number of
Drive Axles and Rack & Pinions
into. I knew that the Festiva would
get great gas mileage, but I was apprehensive
about the endurance capabilities.
To my surprise, the Festiva never
broke down! We had to replace the
rear wheel bearings which we ruined
because of the weight hauled around
in them and the brakes, but other
than that, they had unbelievable endurance.
I ended up having five of them over
the next few years and they all put
in over 250,000 miles of service.
Today, I commute
over 140 miles a day round trip to
my job in Orange County California.
I have been putting too many miles
on my Mitsubishi EVO 9 and have been
looking for a clean Festiva for work
duty. I finally found a 1988 Festiva
with 83,000 original miles on it that
had been cared for by a physics professor
for the last 21 years. While it looked
like new, and the engine ran fine,
the suspension needed a little help.
RockAuto delivered front and rear
KYB struts to my door at a savings
I could not believe! Your price for
the struts was almost $100 less than
other companies wanted for lower quality
Scott in California
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Where is the hood lock release
located on the Ford Transit
There is a keyhole hidden behind
the Ford logo in the grille.
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