Tag: fluids

55 Posts

Nov 01, 2002

Oil in the power-steering-fluid reservoir: how bad is it?

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I hope you can help a beleaguered father I need to know how deeply I am mired in you-know-what I gave my -year-old son my old Isuzu Trooper when I got a new vehicle I knew that even though it...

steering fluids oil

Sep 01, 2002

What's the difference between red & green coolant?

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I drive a Toyota and do all of my own maintenance I have been using the regular green coolant that is frequently on sale and I change it every couple of years Recently I was told by a presumably knowledgeable...

coolant fluids

Sep 01, 2002

To flush or not to flush.

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I've got a Geo Prizm with about miles It's only been flushed once at about miles I was advised not to flush it as it might cause everything to come loose and I'd need a new radiator which I can't...

radiators maintenance fluids

Mar 01, 2002

Siphoning liquids without using your mouth?

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Is there a way to siphon liquids -- like gasoline and antifreeze -- from a car without putting your mouth on the siphoning tube -- Joyce RAY Yes When you're siphoning a fluid you need a way to fill the...

fluids gasoline DIY

Nov 01, 2000

Could this rough shifting transmission have the wrong fluid inside?

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My friend drives a mid- s Jeep Wrangler He took it in to get serviced a few weeks ago The service included changing the transmission oil After the service he noticed that the shifting had become rough Because the roughness...

fluids transmissions

Sep 01, 2000

What is the right way to bleed off excess hydraulic fluid?

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I need to do a brake job on my Mercury Grand Marquis and I want to know the correct procedure for bleeding off the excess hydraulic fluid Some mechanics have said that when you depress the caliper piston to make...

brakes ABS fluids DIY

Aug 01, 2000

Can I mix antifreeze colors?

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I have a question about antifreeze Many months ago my trusted mechanic was making repairs to my Chevy Lumina He told me he had to flush the radiator because I had added a different color antifreeze to my cooling system...

coolant fluids

Jun 01, 2000

Why is my parking brake light coming on while I'm driving?

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I own a Toyota Corolla with a manual transmission The parking-brake light on the dashboard has started to come on This is fine when I have the parking brake on but now it happens when I am driving too It...

brakes brake pads fluids leaks

Feb 01, 2000

What is the best method for changing transmission oil?

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What is the best method to use in changing a car's automatic transmission oil One method is to remove the transmission pan drain out as much oil as you can then change the filter I understand that method leaves a...

transmissions fluids maintenance

Oct 01, 1999

How can I clean out my windshield wiper fluid container?

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My ' Honda Civic EX recently developed a new feature The blue windshield washer solution has been colonized by some pink slime that smells like somebody's unwashed gym clothes My microbiologist co-worker says that there are some forms of microbial...

cleaning wipers fluids