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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
the late 1970’s my father bought
a new pickup truck from a local dealer.
Within just a few days after taking
delivery of his new pride and joy
the engine developed a noise that
sounded like a rod bearing knock.
My despondent father immediately took
the truck back to the dealer who agreed
with the diagnosis and proceeded to
replace the rod bearings. After the
bearings were replaced the dealer
started the engine only to find that
the knock was still there. Thinking
that they had missed something the
dealer pulled out the rod bearings
and replaced them a second time. Of
course, each crankshaft journal and
rod end was measured and found to
be within the factory tolerances.
Unfortunately, the knock persisted.
The dealer told my
father to take the truck home, drive
it normally for a few weeks, then
bring it back for another examination.
My father was not happy but had no
other choice. About two weeks later
I stopped by my father’s house
and found him in the driveway washing
the truck and detailing the engine
compartment. While the hood was open
I noticed that there was a 3”
long chunk of rubber missing on the
underside of the V-belt that drives
the alternator and water pump. We
jumped into my car, drove to the auto
parts store and purchased a new V-belt.
Once the new V-belt was installed
we started the truck engine and realized
that the “knock” had suddenly
time the gap in the V-belt rubber
passed over the stamped sheet metal
water pump pulley it made a “knock”
noise which every one took to be a
bad rod bearing.
Randy in Nevada
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engine in the original Volkswagen
Beetle was air cooled. There was no
engine coolant, radiator, or heater
core. Without a heater core inside
the car to transfer heat from engine
coolant, how do original VW Beetle
drivers stay warm in cold weather?
A. A blower forces
air over an electrical heating element
in the interior ventilation unit.
B. Original VW Beetle drivers do not
stay warm in cold weather.
C. The engine fan blows air through
a box welded onto the exhaust manifold.
The heated air then travels through
tubes into the interior.
D. An engine oil cooler is used in
place of a heater core in the heat/AC
box under the dash.
Not Even a Click From the Starter
happens when the ignition key is turned.
There is not even a click from the
starter. The back up lamps stopped
working last week. These are some
of the symptoms of a faulty Neutral
The neutral safety
switch only allows the engine to start
if an automatic transmission equipped
car is in Park or Neutral. The switch
typically provides the electrical
ground necessary to complete the starter
solenoid circuit. The neutral safety
switch also often has the job of turning
on the back up lamps when the transmission
is in reverse.
Most often the neutral
safety switch is mounted on the side
of the transmission. Mechanical pieces
inside the transmission and/or the
linkage to the gearshift activate
Over the years, car
manufactures have added many new names
for the switch such as neutral start
switch, transmission range (TR) sensor,
manual lever position sensor (MLP),
etc. But “neutral safety switch”
is still the place to start looking
in the repair manual and the RockAuto
catalog (under Electrical-Switch
& Relay). Sometimes the neutral
safety switch is now found on the
steering column and sometimes it plays
a role in other safety systems such
as the brake shift interlock. Newer
vehicles might actually start but
idle or run poorly if a bad neutral
safety switch cannot accurately tell
the engine control module what gear
the transmission is in.
The duties and complexity
of the neutral safety switch have
indeed expanded. The neutral safety
switch on my 1979 Chrysler 300 just
threads into the side of the transmission,
plugs into a three wire connector
and currently costs about $7 (Standard
Motor Products) at RockAuto. A neutral
safety switch for a 2002 Porsche 911
has about twice as many wires and
is currently about $330 (Airtex/Wells).
On some car models,
the neutral safety switch and/or shift
linkage needs to be adjusted when
a new switch is installed. The adjustment
is often not difficult, but a repair
manual (found under Literature at
RockAuto.com) comes in handy. The
neutral safety switch on my ‘80s
Fords are adjusted with a Number 43
(0.089 inch) drill bit!
|Tom's 1989 Mercury Cougar XR7
first came across this car during
the summer of 2006. The owner had
placed a for sale advertisement on
SCCoA (Super Coupe Club of America)
Forums. I had always liked the 1989-1990
XR7 Cougars, so I contacted him. He
sent me some photos, I gave it some
thought, but didn’t pursue it
any further. Money was in short order,
and I really didn’t need another
project. But 4 months later, the owner
dropped the price, and I agreed to
purchase the car.
The car had been
parked in a garage since 2004. It
had light collision damage on the
front end, was in need of brake work,
and a few other odds and ends. It
was complete and overall a clean example
of this rare Mercury. My original
plan was to fix the body damage and
brake issues, complete a thorough
tune-up, and give the car a good cleaning.
I thought I would keep it all factory
original, enjoying it as a good example
of a 1989 Cougar XR7. But the more
I worked on the car, the more those
plans changed. Over the next 3 years,
I would end up upgrading nearly every
aspect of this car.
Today, it is a mechanically
sound example of these great cars,
and happens to run low 13's at the
track with its little V6 and an automatic
transmission! The rebuilding process
has really been enjoyable, and RockAuto
has helped me do it on a limited budget
while I finished up College. Some
of the many parts purchased from RockAuto
include motor mounts, 02 sensors,
water pump, full engine gasket set,
transmission filter, rear main seal,
sway bar end links, strut mounts,
tie rod ends, brake calipers, wheels
hubs, brake pads, brake booster, shock
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C (B might also be correct in
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is a problem!)
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