Messsage from Deleted User in MacGuyver - Skills & Academics #mechanics

Whitelash 2017-07-25 01:11:45  

And Everything , I've been thinking about a swap or just letting the thing go

Yuma County 2017-07-25 01:33:40  

Anything specific?

Yuma County 2017-07-25 01:33:51  

Apex Seals maybe?

Steve - NJ 2017-07-25 18:34:48  

Hey goys! I have a question about my car. For like the past 6 months I have been getting the low tire pressure light roughly every two weeks. When I check my tires, all of them are around 25-27 psi and I'll fill them back up to around 30-35 psi. It's like clockwork that every two weeks my tires lose a steady amount of pressure, where I can pretty much predict the exact day my pressure light is going to go on again. If there was low pressure in only one tire, I'd expect it to be the tire - but since it's all of them I think it's something else. I have alloy rims and figured that maybe the tires weren't installed properly. Any thoughts? I don't want to buy new tires if the issue might be something else. Any thoughts?

Deleted User 2017-07-25 18:47:39  

How old are they brother? If age is causing wear, you can expect multiple tires to slow-leak at the same rate.

Deleted User 2017-07-25 18:49:31  

Take a bottle of soapy water and squirt them down. It will bubble up where your leaks are at no matter how slow a leak is.

Deleted User 2017-07-25 18:53:27  

Also, I never buy new tires. I have a tire shop in Louisville that I go to and they keep used tires. $35 for a tire, mounted and the ruined one thrown out. It took a while to find a tire shop ran by white boys but they are still out there.

Yuma County 2017-07-25 19:40:09  

@Steve - NJ do what @Nick E.#1856 suggested. Any and all leaks will show with soapy water. It sounds like it may be a beading issue if all four of them are bleeding air like that. Did you have all of your tires replaced at a similar time by the same place?

Steve - NJ 2017-07-25 19:48:55  

@Deleted User they are about 3.5 years old. The tread is still in decent shape since I don't commute very far. @Yuma County I did have my tires done all at once so it is likely also a factor. If it's in all tires though I would think it's something to do with their grip on the rims or something. @Deleted User I never knew people could expect to get much out of used tires either. Thanks guys for being helpful

Yuma County 2017-07-25 19:50:52  

If your tires are that old it may be because of that as well.

RevStench 2017-07-25 19:51:55  

Does anyone still recap tires? or is that a thing of the past?

RevStench 2017-07-25 19:52:28  

probably showing my age with that question ahah

Yuma County 2017-07-25 20:07:26  

More or less a thing of the past.

Steve - NJ 2017-07-25 20:11:20  

I should probably just get new tires at this point

Steve - NJ 2017-07-25 20:33:29  

@Yuma County What is the beading issue all about?

Yuma County 2017-07-25 20:37:06  

the bead is where the tire meets the wheel and forms a seal to keep the air pressure in more or less.

Yuma County 2017-07-25 20:37:19  

Older tires have a bit of an issue holding a bead when they age.

Steve - NJ 2017-07-25 20:44:36  

I'll have to mention that when I go to my mechanic. Hopefully they can give me a few options. Thanks again

Deleted User 2017-07-26 00:27:56  

Some of your alloy rims may have a little oxidation that forms around the seal which requires a little cleaning off whenever they break the tire down. I've seen a couple of rims that just would not hold air because of the pitting caused by this

Honneur et Patrie 2017-07-27 00:23:11  

I have an overheating problem with my 2005 Honda Civic. I replaced the thermostat, replaced the coolant, and had an oil change but I am still overheating when I idle for a minute or two, usually after driving 30 miles or so. When I turn on the heater to cool my engine off it doesn't blow out any hot air which leads me to think it could be my water pump. Any suggestions?

Deleted User 2017-07-27 00:35:20  

If the heater core is not producing any heat it kind of points to a circulation issue. You may want to go back and check that thermostat make sure it's in right side up and not in a bind sometimes you could get a defective one from the store. You may want to check the thermostat and or electric fans that cool the radiator make sure they are cycling off and on

Honneur et Patrie 2017-07-27 01:57:18  

The thermostat and fan seems just fine

Yuma County 2017-07-28 06:08:21  

Have you checked your water pump in the last day? @Honneur et Patrie

Atten - TX 2017-07-28 19:25:13  

I'm not very experienced when it comes to working on cars, but do any of you goys know how difficult it would be to change out a purge valve in an evap system?

Yuma County 2017-07-28 19:35:26  

What make and model?

Atten - TX 2017-07-28 19:59:25  

It's an 07 VW Beetle.

Atten - TX 2017-07-28 20:01:57  

I know VW can be a pain to work on, especially for someone like me who is very inexperienced haha

RevStench 2017-07-28 21:55:50  

@Atten - TX#2465 P0455 code? It's cake. Your purge valve is only held on by 2 clamps. You have to remove the shield/cover that covers your engine and it's right on top, you can't miss it. The only tool you'll need is the screwdriver to disconnect the air intake hose from that shield/cover.

RevStench 2017-07-28 21:56:19  

You can try and clean the old one and see if that gets rid of the light.

RevStench 2017-07-28 21:57:20  

save yourself a whole 20 bucks ahah

Atten - TX 2017-07-29 00:22:24  

Yep, that's the code. I appreciate the advice, I'll give it a look here soon. Apparently the issue is the valve isn't closing so I might just replace it. Thanks a lot, brother!

Yuma County 2017-07-29 05:47:56  

Typically you'll know they've gone bad if you begin to smell gas. Best of luck!

Yuma County 2017-07-30 20:41:23  

@here the next blurb will probably come up 4pm-5:30pm MST, I'm trying to avoid the peak heat of today.

John Mackenzie 2017-07-30 20:58:55  
John Mackenzie 2017-07-30 21:01:23  

It's super easy, but when you take off the old one, tap it on a white piece of paper and see if any little black chunks come out. If they do, it's your charcoal canister falling apart internally and clogging the valve, and a new valve will get clogged before too long. The charcoal canister is behind the right rear wheel, it's easy enough to replace but the wheel has to come off

Atten - TX 2017-07-30 21:23:59  

Well before I got to that I needed to replace my two headlight bulbs. After doing that, neither the low beams or high beams work. I'm not sure what's causing it, as I only replaced the two low beam bulbs.

Deleted User 2017-07-30 21:27:04  

Fuse maybe...

Yuma County 2017-07-30 21:34:11  

Check your fuses. That's where a good portion of electrical issues lie.

Yuma County 2017-07-30 21:34:17  

Were the new bulbs OEM?

John Mackenzie 2017-07-30 21:39:44  

The beetle headlights are a bitch. Does your headlight assembly have a connector on the back that you had to detach after you pulled the assembly out? Or does it just seat into the connector at the back when you lock the headlight in place? Try pushing on the headlight with the ignition and lights on, I bet the low beam will come on. It's hard to get them to seat correctly and lock in place

John Mackenzie 2017-07-30 21:39:51