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{Wheels.3.938}: Periwinkle Slowtzer {periwinkle2} Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:44:13 CDT (2 lines)

It is something to do with the part where you put the key in the car to
start the car the contact is broken he had to change that part.

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{Wheels.3.939}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:13:23 CDT (6 lines)

Ah - the ignition. It's not making contact with the starter circuit,
then.

It is odd that it broke on a car that isn't that old. Do you put a
lot of keys on your ring? If your key ring's too heavy, it can be
hard on it.

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{Wheels.3.940}: Periwinkle Slowtzer {periwinkle2} Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:37:31 CDT (13 lines)

No there is only the car key and one other key on it and a very light
key ring.

Also he apparently replaced it with a golf volkswagen one and not a
Suran volkswagen one as the golf one is made of alluminium  while the
one of my car is made of fibre which is says is not strong and this
one will last forever.  He said he had to programme it as it has
something that locks the steering wheel. I hope he knows what he is
doing and the steering wheel wont lock up while driving :( as I did
not take it to the agent.

Can I believe what this guy is saying do you think? Mechanics here are
not what they are abroad ....

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{Wheels.3.941}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:54:02 CDT (9 lines)

Yes, some of them need to be programmed. It's a theft prevention
system. Keys have microchips in them. When you insert and turn the
key, the chip "talks" to the car's system. If you try to use the
wrong key, the car won't start.

The ignition also locks the steering wheel in place when you shut off
the engine and remove the key. You'll notice that if the car is shut
off and the key isn't in the ignition, you can't turn the steering
wheel. This is also a theft prevention system.

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{Wheels.3.942}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Sun, 03 Aug 2014 12:11:31 CDT (7 lines)

Here's a question: There was a time with my 07 Altima where I would
frequently have problems with warped rotors. At that time, I was also
setting the parking brake whenever I parked my car (mostly out of
habit from driving a manual). Ever since I stopped doing that, I've
stopped having issues with warped rotors.

Is this possible?

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{Wheels.3.943}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Sun, 03 Aug 2014 14:48:30 CDT (36 lines)

For reasons having to do with having literally ZERO money and lets
leave it at that mainaitance on my Acura CL has been limited to
putting gas in it for the past 3 years. However I haven't been driving
it very much it all and then only on very short trips usually well
under 10 miles. Anyway I was going to go out the other day got in the
car, turned the key and literally EVERY light on the dash light up and
all I get is a clicking sound. I'm guessing it isn't the battery since
the radio and lights work, but I dunno maybe related to oil or lack of
it. I bought a bottle a few months ago and after measuring and finding
NOT VERY M<UCH on the dipstick thingee poured it in.

Could this be a case of burning off the oil? If I add in a couple more
cans could I get the car going?

And can we please spare the "DON"T YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE OIL
BLAH blah!!"

Yes I do know that.

But I also have no insurance the car hasn't been inspected or
registered and my license is expired and presuimably suspended.

I have ZERO money to get anywhere near remedying ANY of those things
so please don't.

I know I'm a horrible person blah, blah.

It wouldn't be so bad but I'm about two miles from the nearest
shopping center and while my landlord has been pretty nice, when I was
talking over the rent situation last month the word "Lieing" was used
by her in reference to me, this after i had laid out the details of my
various car issues, minus it not starting which she doesn't know
about.

If it IS the oil is it going to really mess the car up if i try and
get it jump started?

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{Wheels.3.944}: Ted Hurst {thurst} Sun, 03 Aug 2014 15:12:13 CDT (HTML)

Disconnect the battery terminals (negative first). Clean the connections shiny bright. Neutralizing any acid with water and baking soda is a good move, but don't allow it to enter the battery. Reconnect and try starting. If necessary, jump start it. After running a bit, shut off the engine, and check the electrolyte levels in each cell of the battery if it has removable caps. Add distilled water only to near the top of the level indicator slot. Replace the caps, and restart the engine. Let it charge a few minutes by idling or a short drive.

Do not add excess oil to the engine or you will ruin the main seal and enjoy a leak for the rest of the time you have the car.

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{Wheels.3.945}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Sun, 03 Aug 2014 15:19:43 CDT (1 line)

Ted, is that advice for me? If so thanks.

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{Wheels.3.946}: Ted Hurst {thurst} Sun, 03 Aug 2014 16:01:09 CDT (HTML)

It is for anyone getting that "clicking sound", Joe.

Today, you're it!

;-)

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{Wheels.3.947}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Sun, 03 Aug 2014 18:28:59 CDT (6 lines)

Thanks Ted. I hope that's it, talked with my landlord and maybe if I
remind her I'll get a jump start in a couple of days She's a bit flighty
sometimes. The battery is new, relatively speaking, no buildup or gunk
on the terminals. Will report back later.

Thanks again Ted.

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{Wheels.3.948}: Ted Hurst {thurst} Sun, 03 Aug 2014 19:03:12 CDT (HTML)

I recommend getting a little terminal wire brush for about $2 to keep in the glove compartment with a wrench or pliers. Often, no jump is needed after brightening the connecting surfaces and tightening the clamps.

If you need a jump due to drained battery, letting it sit in a discharged state will shorten its life, possible to zero.

Time to recruit a local buddy!

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{Wheels.3.949}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:02:16 CDT (15 lines)

<<There was a time with my 07 Altima where I would
frequently have problems with warped rotors. At that time, I was also
setting the parking brake whenever I parked my car (mostly out of
habit from driving a manual). Ever since I stopped doing that, I've
stopped having issues with warped rotors.>>

It's possible that you were applying the parking brake when the
rotors were hot; that can cause warping.

<<Could this be a case of burning off the oil? If I add in a couple
more
cans could I get the car going?>>

Lack of oil will result in an oil light coming on, but the engine
will run. Your problem is electrical.

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{Wheels.3.950}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:28:27 CDT (1 line)

Thanks, Jil. I figured that that was what was happening.

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{Wheels.3.951}: Doug White {dwhite} Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:47:32 CDT (3 lines)

No more late-braking into freeway off-ramps for you, Joe!

Good excuse to trade up to cross-drilled and vented discs.  Heh.

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{Wheels.3.952}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:14:48 CDT (3 lines)

LOL.

I'd suggest it's a design defect. But, what do I know?

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{Wheels.3.953}: Periwinkle Slowtzer {periwinkle2} Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:26:32 CDT (7 lines)

Well after taking the car 2 months ago to the agency to maintain the
car, the air conditioner compressor has burnt out.  They were supposed
to have changed the a/c filter.  What causes an A/c compressor to burn
out?? Apparently the oil ring fell out of something that has a belt on
it not sure what that is called is that the compressor? Of course the
a/c is not working. Any ideas what all this is about will have to send
it to the agency to fix -- another expense aghhh.

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{Wheels.3.954}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:35:24 CDT (10 lines)

I replaced the compressor on my truck a little while back. They're
generally the most expensive component of the air conditioning
system. It's operated by a belt that drives it off the engine.

A/C works when refrigerant is continually pumped through a closed
system that alternately turns it from a liquid to a gas, which causes
it to become cold. The compressor compresses the liquid and turns it
into a gas. There's oil inside the compressor to lubricate it as it
runs, so if the oil leaked out because of a missing oil ring, the
compressor will fail.

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{Wheels.3.955}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:34:12 CDT (3 lines)

Got the battery jumped and let the car run for about 1/2 an hour
yesterday then started it again today. Started up fine. Now to get some
oil.

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{Wheels.3.956}: Periwinkle Slowtzer {periwinkle2} Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:05:45 CDT (8 lines)

So it must be that oil seal that was not good so the oil leaked out
and burned the compressor great!! I last took it to the agent on 19
May this year and they changed the A/C filter and filled it with
freon so it is a bit much that something like this happens don't you
think? I paid a lot of money for the last maitenance and the car is
only 6 years old do you think I can get them to put a free
compressor in the car as this looks like they did not do the last
maintenance properly.

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{Wheels.3.957}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:00:47 CDT (4 lines)

Maintenance service wouldn't look at the oil ring in the air
compressor, though.

That said, a compressor should last more than six years.

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{Wheels.3.958}: Periwinkle Slowtzer {periwinkle2} Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:27:46 CDT (3 lines)

So far I have had to change the whole gear box, now the compressor
and even the ignition on a 6 year old car WOW. Time to trade this in
and get a new car.

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{Wheels.3.959}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:37:21 CDT (2 lines)

There's something very much wrong with it. All that shouldn't go
wrong.

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{Wheels.3.960}: Periwinkle Slowtzer {periwinkle2} Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:57:17 CDT (4 lines)

It is odd and they are not sellling this car any more in Egypt. I
wonder if they are still selling it in Brazil or Argentina or
wherever it was being sold when I bought mine. Will have to read up
about it on the net to see what I can find.

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{Wheels.3.961}: Glen Marks {wotan} Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:51:36 CDT (4 lines)

Tesla debate:

"http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/09/22/should-tesla-be-
allowed-to-skip-the-middleman-a-558369.html#.VCDDlZRdWxA"

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{Wheels.3.962}: Glen Marks {wotan} Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:47:25 CDT (4 lines)

"Are safer cars making drivers more dangerous?" (recent article):

"http://lorraineonline.ca/drive/2016/10/24/are-safer-cars-making-
drivers-more-dangerous/"

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