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Kristi1024
Kristi1024

Hey Scotty,
I have a very weird issue going on with my car, it is a 2010 Toyota Corolla S Automatic 1.8L and almost 100,000 miles on it and doesn't show any codes on the car. It has a low idle between 600 and 800 and the whole car shakes while coming to a stop, while in reverse the car shakes really bad or the car almost dies but doesn't. Also it shakes bad while rolling up and down the windows. Back last year I had to replace my alternator, which my dad and I thought the new alternator could have been bad so recently we replaced it again. It didn't change anything and we also did the spark plugs and cleaned the intake manifold at the same time of the spark plugs. Also I have replaced 3 motor mounts, did a transmission fluid and flush with a filter change and have had many oil changes. Oh and for some unknown reason it idles a little bit better when it is 65°F outside. Any ideas what the issue could be? Thanks

x2c.diamundz
x2c.diamundz

Hey Scotty, I picked up a used 08 Jeep Commander 4.7 as a winter vehicle for the year. Currently, it makes a howling noise in the front of the car at any speed between 35-50mph; after 50 the noise fades out and is really bad around 40. My mechanic friend took it in for diag and claimed the front differential was going out. Could there be any other culprits to this noise? Is there any way of knowing what's broken without tearing the differential open? I did change the fluid and it seemed fine.

Andrew95
Andrew95

Hello scotty. I bought a 2011 toyota yaris hatchback. It has a 1.0L 3 cylinder engine and manual transmission with only 37000 miles on it but the car shakes while idling. The guy i bought it from said he bought it for his wife a month ago. He said he took it to a shop and did all the maintenance on it spark plugs, belts, brakes, engine oil, etc but his wife didn't like the car. So he's selling it again. Considering the miles i don't think anything's gone bad on the car. I thought that maybe the injectors got clogged up. So i poured a bottle of injector cleaner in the fuel tank. Seems like it fixed it a bit but there is still shaking.

Thanks for answering.

marck79
marck79

Sir,

may i know what cooling system cleaner do you recommend that is safe to use for 2015 VW Golf Gti mk7 (CHHB),DSG 7,500 miles. its not throwing any trouble codes. it got contaminated with rust,scales and thin greasy film but didn’t smell like motor oil. i checked the oil cap and dip stick no signs of coolant contamination. no overheating issues at all.

thank you!

jaimeslife
jaimeslife

Hello Scotty, I have a 2009 HONDA ACCORD COUPE EX, with 152,000 miles, 4 cylinder, automatic transmission. CURRENTLY IT IS CRANKING BUT NOT STARTING. When I open the hood it smells like gas. Any thoughts?

jaimeslife
jaimeslife

Hey Scotty, I have a 2009 HONDA ACCORD COUPE EX, it’s a 4-cylinder, automatic. CURRENTLY IT IS CRANKING BUT NOT STARTING. When I open the hood, it smells like gas. Any thoughts?

Harley Pereira
Harley Pereira

Hello Scotty, sorry to bother you but I was wondering if you know where I can find the crankshaft position sensor in a 2014 hyundai santa fe. I have been looking for this sensor for 4 hours, looking videos on youtube and google. I found some videos for 2013 santa fe, but is not even close to the 2014.

Szymonik
Szymonik

Scotty, I have a 2011 Toyota Sienna Limited AWD with 135,000 miles on it. The driver side front tire had wear down to the steel belt on the inside, rest of the tires had normal wear. I got a new set of tires.

When I took it to the dealer to have the alignment done - they told me they couldn't get my wheels off because "the lug nuts were swollen". I won't be going back to that dealer :-)

I then went back to the tire shop and they did the alignment, which did need correcting - oddly, they said the driver's side front was fine, but told me they couldn't adjust the passenger rear - and I would need to go to the dealer to have it done.

Have you heard of anything like this before?

Thanks and love your show!
Peter Szymonik
Glastonbury, CT

Ryan Mostafa
Ryan Mostafa

Hello Scotty Kilmer I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 cargo van V8 Gas 5.2 L engine it has 260,236 miles it has a automatic transmission. It was in limp mode and it won’t go pass 20 miles per hour when I put in drive the lights on the gear shift says park and drive. Then I put a new rebuilt transmission in and it is still in limp mode and won’t go pass 20 miles per hour and it has no trouble code and no check engine light. If you have any suggestions on what it may be please let me know I am a big fan and thanks for being honest Mechanic

Bronypony880
Bronypony880

Hello scotty i am 19 years old and will soon be getting my license
And was trying to decide on the right car. I was thinking between a Toyota Corolla or a Toyota camry or a Toyota yaris and I don't want to spend more than 1000-5000k USD for my first car

What should I get??

PGThunder
PGThunder

Hello Scotty, love your videos. I have a 2017 Mazda3 GT Automatic with 43,000 miles on it. One of my tires is not holding up the air pressure. I have to pump in air every couple of days to get it to 37 PSI. I went to the dealership and they said they find nothing wrong in it. I had the same tire punctured and got a patch on but the dealership said even that’s not a problem. The pressure goes down to almost 7.5 PSI if I don’t put in air every couple of days. Please help.

Nickthewaffler
Nickthewaffler

Hey Scotty, I recently swapped my automatic CVT 2018 civic to a 6sp lsd. Car runs great, but there is this annoying clicking noise near the front of the car when going over bumps. Ive alligned the subframs with collars, replaced all engine mounts, and checked for any loose bolts and still no major improvments. Im currently waiting for some coilovers and front sway bar endlinks, hoping theyll solve the problem. What do you think it could be?

Thanks, Nick

Ellyan Gonzalez
Ellyan Gonzalez

Hey Scotty! I’m having some issues with a 2006 Chevery Silverado 1500, it has 122k miles and it is a manual transmission. I recently ch aged out the spark plugs and ignitions wires while at i ch aged the carburetor cap to make it better, but instead it didn’t fix the misfire, I also noticed a strong scent of rich gas coming from the engine bay, would appreciate the help!

bry.xxe
bry.xxe

Hey Scotty, I got 2 questions as this is my first car. I have a 2006 Lexus GS300 automatic, 130k miles. I got my oil changed about a month ago and the oil is just fine (changed it bout 3 weeks ago) but the light recently started to pop up when I first start my car (it’ll say oil maintenance required soon) but dissappears befire I even start to drive off. And about a week ago it was really hot outside (like 108f) and I was going 80mph, whenever I was clicking on the gas at that point the RPM would shoot up to 6, and stay there (continue to go up if I held the gas) (this is also not a problem I have everyday, just a few times on those really hot days) my grandpa said my best bet is to change the transmission fluid. I contacted a mechanic In My area and he said changing the transmission oil might mess up my whole transmission and idk what to do. Should I get the transmission fluid changed, should I add more to it, or what. question #2 is what’s the most affordable way to add a decent amount of horsepower to it?

joshua parker 1492
joshua parker 1492

Hi Scotty, I have a 1996 Toyota Camry with an automatic transmission and 121 thousand miles i hooked it up to a obd 2 reader and it gave me the p0301 code so I replaced the spark plug in cylinder one and it is giving me the same code I’m not sure what to do from here.

j.vashahri
j.vashahri

Hi , I am from Australia. What do You think about buying Honda Accord 2005 with 266km on it from a private, A$3000 which is roughly 2000$ USD?

C-Los
C-Los

Scotty, I am planning on getting a 2021 Lexus NX300 that only has only a Turbo inline 4 engine or a 2021 Toyota Venza that comes only in a hybrid and want to keep it forever but I know you have said that either turbo or hybrids can be problems as they get older as far as maintaining them. If you had to choose between the two engines, would you do the Lexus with the turbo or the Venza with the hybrid? Thanks

tthomas104
tthomas104

Hey Scotty

I just bought a 2003 Honda CRV 2.4L Automatic with 190k miles. It bounces on bumps and gives off clunky noises at low speeds or when turning. I also noticed a CV axle boot is ripped and leaking grease.

I only bought this car as a cheap beater to run pizza delivery for about a year. Can this Honda last that long with these worn parts or am I doomed to throw money into addressing these things?

Gustav0
Gustav0

Hi Scott I just get a 2016 Toyota corolla s I Notice the RPM keep Dropping Randomly start to shek when I stop at a light . I took it back to the dealer but they can find the problem. (I thing is it because they Disconnected the battery now it don't idle correctly) any idea's to fix this problem.

Tstone_1022
Tstone_1022

Hey Scotty, what brand of dirt bikes you recommend??? I know you like a fair amount of motorcycles.

JRJ7
JRJ7

Hi Scotty thanks for all the great videos, truly you possess amazing wealth of knowledge. I desperately need your help, I own a 2013 VW jetta 1.4 tsi EA111 CAVD engine, the car had been acting strange for the past 6 months or so cold starts will cause it to vibrate badly but when the rpm stabilizes at 730-ish the vibration goes away and car runs smoothly doing a scan using OBD11 picks up misfires on Cyc 1&4 but not enough to throw a check engine light so I replaced the spark plugs by myself during movement control order after which the car ran smoothly though OBD11 were still picking up misfires.

Managed to get it to the garage after 4 months back they found 2 coil connectors were broken that was replaced they also performed scans which didnt pickup any misfires they also ran a compression test twice and results were perfect. At this point I thought the problem was fixed but after 2 weeks found that my fuel consumption had deteriorated a little so I ran OBD11 again only to find out there were misfires but no fault codes or CEL baffled by this I got it back to the garage this time injector test were done along decarbonizing (walnut Blasting) too and still there were misfires at this point I thought it could be my cheap OBD11 I wasn't accurate and so left it.

Just a week ago while I was driving home car started shuddering like it was going to stall car went into limp mode so I drove it slowly back home check engine light flashed about 3 times then went off but the EPC light stayed on used the OBD11 and faults registered were P0300. P0301 and P0304. Engine misfiring on cyc 1 & 4. Tow it back to the garage and they recommend changing coil packs which solve that problem. However the cold start vibrations still occur and when the car idles you can feel an intermittent vibration from under the seat.

This time after 3 days of testing in the garage they recommend changing the engine at 6k without a concrete reason. I brought the car home still runs smoothly except when it idles and cold starts vibration. I would really appreciate any advise Scotty.

Thanks

JR

z.brown98
z.brown98

I have a 1990 Dodge Ram 50 Automatic trans and 180k miles. I have coolant in my oil and I have replaced the head gasket and the head looks good, it’s pretty clean for a 30 year old truck and I was wondering, where else could I be getting coolant in my oil from?

tomlang
tomlang

Hi Scotty, love your videos.

I just bought a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Ecodiesel from a friend. It has only 22000 miles on the clock and some power train warranty plus 6 years of added emissions warranty remains. The messed up recall campaign emissions firmware has been fixed and it runs better than new with better than 30mpg average on the highway and no hesitation.

I needed a car that’s flat towable behind my MotorHome, and has four wheel drive. Very few choices outside of Detroit, and my 100% reliable 2006 Acura MDX has 180000 miles is getting a bit old for a planned rv trip to Alaska.

My mechanic tells me it’s a good car, but social media flaks say it’s trouble, a money pit, and needs an illegal tune and delete, which I won’t do. I’m in California. What’s your take on this?

Tom

Ps. I really love your videos.

HyperionR
HyperionR

Hi Scotty love your videos. Father in law gave me his used 15 Nissan Frontier 4x4 v6 manual. 90k miles on it. Are there any tips/advice for preventative maintenance or anything to lookout for?

Krazymuffin04
Krazymuffin04

Hi Scotty,
I have a 2012 Chevy Cruze 1.8l manual transmission car. A couple weeks ago my upper radiator hose exploded, then my heater outlet hose. (It comes out of the firewall and v’s to the coolant tank and engine. Before it stopped running it said it lost oil pressure. I replaced the hoses, added new coolant. I’m in the process of having the oil changed as soon as possible. When you try and start it, it cranks but doesn’t turn over. I had the thermostat changed about 3 months ago. It has 185,000 miles (I’m the 3rd owner, the 2nd owner bought it with 10,000 miles, and used it as a work commuter) the codes are P0327, P00B7, and P0117. What should I check next?

Gustavo Haro
Gustavo Haro

Hey Scotty i bought this 1999 Pontiac automatic firebird from this private seller having 277,000 miles and it runs and turns on. And one code it gave me when I scanned it was P0307 but It’s a 6 cylinder. I was wondering if I can bring it to you because I live in the Houston area

mjuilius
mjuilius

Hi Scotty

Are chevrolet ventures good buy? My old client wants to sell his van for $1300 with 132k miles. It starts good. Fluids are good too. Wheel bearing on the driver side is bad.

Fusionguy
Fusionguy

Hi Scotty I purchased a 2017 Ford Fusion, automatic with 18000 miles. It was too good a deal to pass. I specifically went for the base model with the Mazda-derived 2.5 because I’ve heard very good things about that engine. My main concern is with the GM-Ford six speed automatic transmission. I haven’t heard much about it and I’m wondering if I should get the extended warranty on the car. Thanks!

Renea19
Renea19

Hi Scotty! I have a 2004 Honda Civic Lx automatic. It has thrown the map and iac codes as well as P0141. And recently the speed sensor code which we replaced not even an hour before. It revs high before shifting up. I cannot get it to go past 60-65. I’ve replaced the map sensor, transmission, cleaned the IAC, replaced speed sensor, air filter, fuel pump, as well as O2 sensors. I absolutely cannot figure what is going wrong with this car. Please help!

johnGmorris
johnGmorris

Hey scotty I just bought a 07 dodge ram 2500 mega cab laramie with a 6.7l and a 68rfe trans been very well maintained tran has about 27000 miles on it engine has 235000 miles any advice

Davdman01
Davdman01

you probably dont have time for this but i am asking anyways...i'm retired, fixed income, and needing to replace my truck. I will be keeping the next one till i die. I will buy a one year old used one from a ford or toyota dealer. I know you like both trucks. If you were me would you get an f150 or a tundra? thanks, and if you say either then i'll just go for the best $deal.

Arielmc
Arielmc

Hi Scotty! I have a 2003 Mercedes Benz e320, 137k miles with an automatic transmission. Recently it has been over accelerating, so if i try to go anywhere over 25mph, it will shoot up to 30rpm and stay there. Went and checked under the car and the transmission fluid was leaking, fixed the leak and the transmission fluid level is now normal, but I still have the issue.

Would appreciate some help!

8thGenCivics
8thGenCivics

Hi Scotty!
I have an 8th gen 2007 Civic LX with 140,000 miles on it.

The other day my car battery died, and when I took it to O'Reily to test it, they said it was a bad batter, and I'll need a new one. I have a portable power bank that I use to jump start it, and I was thinking about jumping it every time I drove it for a while, in lieu of replacing the battery. My only concern, is when I jump start it, there's a grinding noise and I'm worried that I'll prematurely wear my engine.

Any advice would be appreciated!

Dunneone
Dunneone

Hi Scotty,
James here from California; I know you’re not a big fan of vws, but I’m thinking about getting a mk6 Gli as my next car. I have a Jetta currently and know my way around it for the most part. Is there anything I should be wary of as far as common problems go? Also, is there a car you would recommend with similar hp, torque, weight, and has a quick transmission? Thanks

kyoushiro
kyoushiro

Hello Scotty love your videos. I live in Houston too so it would be cool to meet you. Anyways about my question. I am about to turn 16 and for my first car I want an Acura RSX with a standard transmission. Would this car be a reliable good daily for a teen who wants to have a fun car?

Wardrop88
Wardrop88

Hey I Watch your YouTube videos every day! Iv learn so much about cars, you are amazing! Keep giviner! Anyways I live in Ontario Canada I own a 2008 Honda Ridgeline 5 speed automatic, had 250000 kms. About a year ago the antifreeze got into the transmission (this is what my machanic told me) so I had it flushed out 2 or three times to get all antifreeze out, then had the tranny filled with new oil. Ever since I had it fixed it shifts hard sometimes going into 5th gear going around 95kmh. I am stumped. Please help! Thanks Scotty 😎

kiltkop
kiltkop

Hi Scotty, my son has a 97 Celica GT with the 2.2L. Car has 300k miles. The car is sending a P0505 code. We have already replaced the IAC and have sprayed the vacuum lines with starter fluid/also tried propane to see if there is a leak. No fluctuation in the idle was observed. I also put a vacuum gauge on the manifold and it is consistently pulling 16-17 lbs of vacuum. Any idea what we should check now?

Gloria P
Gloria P

I have a '99 Grand Marquis and it starts fine but when I put it in gear it kills the battery. My alternator is fine I had that checked and it's a brand new battery.

I've been trying to take the IAC valve off to clean it but the screw is stripped.
I've cleaned the throttle too.

Gloria P
Gloria P

How long does it take to get a response?

Gloria P
Gloria P

I have a '99 Grand Marquis and it starts fine but when I put it in gear it kills the battery. My alternator is fine I had that checked and it's a brand new battery.

I've been trying to take the IAC valve off to clean it but the screw is stripped.
I've cleaned the throttle too.

CryingCat
CryingCat

Hello Scotty,

Was it a smart move to buy my neighbor's (W203) 2004 Mercedes C240 with the M112 V6 (Auto tranny with 175,000 miles)? It is made in Germany, heard on the forums and from others that these older Mercedes can go up to 300,000 miles if maintained well. My current car, an (XV40) 2007 Toyota Camry LE, with the 2AZ-FE (Auto tranny with 125,000 miles) needs a new powertrain to run well, according my my mechanic. The car burns oil(quart every 1000 miles), and has metal shards in the oil. Transmission is starting to slip. Both cars don't have any codes. Thank you.

Tavish
Tavish

Hey Scotty I love your videos just wanted to see if you can answer a few questions

  1. Do you think a 2019 Buick Encores are good cars?

  2. How do you change the transmission fluid on a 2016 Nissan Versa Note got it for 6,000 with 85,000 miles on it and o don’t know if it’s been change

Olives in my Garden
Olives in my Garden

Hi Scotty,

I'm in an interesting spot and I'm looking for some professional advice. I'm about to begin my first real job, meaning that I will be about to start making some real, albeit very modest, money. I am looking for a new-ish sedan that is fun to drive and that will last me a long time. The two main vehicles I'm looking at is a 2017 Acura TLX and a Subaru Impreza Sport (maybe between 2017-19). Acuras will go forever but I know that repairs can be pricey since its a luxury vehicle. This definitely seems to be the better car, but I'm wary about buying something with 25k-35k miles as compared to something that is basically new. Do you have any insight or suggestions for other vehicles in the $15,000 - $20,000 range.

Thanks, Scotty!

heyitsralph
heyitsralph

Hey Scotty, do you have any advice on buying a 2010 Lexus is250 or a 2013 Lexus ct200h? They both have around the same mileage and price. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you :D

Younes
Younes

Hi scotty, i have a 2014 lexus GS350 and lately the fuel consumption has gone up very much, i took my car to the garage and checked the spark plugs the air filters and the fuel injectors but still the fuel consumption is very high
What should i do fo fix this problem ?

terrysimmons96
terrysimmons96

So need expert advice I own a 2000 Subaru outback 4 dr sedan her engine blew from a cracked head from the previous owner about a month ago I sent it in had a new engine put in but when I got it back it still hesitated an it ran for a week then on the Interstate I lost all power to the engine none of these fairmont wv garages can fix it this is twice it's been in a shop when she lost power there were no fluids or hoses leaking an she had a rattle to her I believe the engine blew up I need an expert like you to maybe help explain why my beautiful monster is blowing up so easy she's my daily work car pls help me out I watch your YouTube videos an I gotta say excellent work seriously

jentrepeneur12
jentrepeneur12

Hey Scotty I have a 2012 Honda Accord w 162,158 miles automatic transmission something kept draining my battery so I switched out the alternator & as I was connecting the positive terminal, sparks jumped out of it & burned my battery Fuse.

catlapp
catlapp

Scotty I have a 1998 GMC Sierra 350ci(easiest truck ever to work on), 175k miles, auto trans. When I rev the truck in neutral/park to only a few thousand RPMs and then let off, it sputters and gasps like it's starved of fuel and won't idle correctly until the computer adjusts it after a few seconds. I have personally replaced the fuel filter and just about every intake and exhaust sensor there is. No codes, truck runs perfect and accelerates no problem otherwise. Fuel pump seems to be running with no issue as well. my next guess is the fuel pressure regulator but that seems to be working fine too. Any thoughts?

Darren Asks
Darren Asks

Hi #savagescotty - QUESTION: You say big engines outlast small turbo engines, but what about turbo diesels?

I want a 2014+ Grand Cherokee for daily driving and towing a camper. Would you get the 5.7 Hemi, or the 3.0 Turbo Diesel? They cost about the same, and have similar power. (Hemi has more HP, diesel has more TQ and MPG)

Thanks!