The Truth About Cars » rebuild http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » rebuild http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Piston Slap: Cold Feelings About Depreciated ICE? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/piston-slap-cold-feelings-depreciated-ice/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/piston-slap-cold-feelings-depreciated-ice/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1271193 Bruce writes: Hi Sajeev, In the comments for “QOTD: Are All These Turbocharged Cars Going to Last?” there was a long discussion on whether dashboard entertainment systems were also a weak point in modern cars. Well, it’s turned out to be a weak point in my 2004 Acura TSX. It’s a first-generation TSX with a 6-speed manual gearbox […]

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Bruce writes: Hi Sajeev, In the comments for “QOTD: Are All These Turbocharged Cars Going to Last?” there was a long discussion on whether dashboard entertainment systems were also a weak point in modern cars. Well, it’s turned out to be a weak point in my 2004 Acura TSX. It’s a first-generation TSX with a 6-speed manual gearbox […]

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Piston Slap: Justy-fied Freestylin’ over CVTs, Part IV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/piston-slap-justy-fied-freestylin-cvts-part-iv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/piston-slap-justy-fied-freestylin-cvts-part-iv/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:40:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=975865   Mark writes: Hello, I enjoy reading the piston slap series. I have a 2009 Altima with the 2.5 4 banger and the CVT transmission. I’m not a big fan of the CVT, but it works ok and gets decent mileage. I bought this car as it was the cheapest car I could find that […]

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  Mark writes: Hello, I enjoy reading the piston slap series. I have a 2009 Altima with the 2.5 4 banger and the CVT transmission. I’m not a big fan of the CVT, but it works ok and gets decent mileage. I bought this car as it was the cheapest car I could find that […]

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Piston Slap: Double A (Beep! Beep!) Em, Cee, Oh… (Part II) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/piston-slap-double-a-beep-beep-em-cee-oh-part-ii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/piston-slap-double-a-beep-beep-em-cee-oh-part-ii/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:06:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=855409 TTAC commentator M0L0TOV has an update for us: Hey Sajeev, I figured I’d send you an update so people would know what happened to my situation. Well, I went ahead and tried to contact AAMCO. First I tried contacting them via their website but almost a week had passed and no response. So I contact […]

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TTAC commentator M0L0TOV has an update for us: Hey Sajeev, I figured I’d send you an update so people would know what happened to my situation. Well, I went ahead and tried to contact AAMCO. First I tried contacting them via their website but almost a week had passed and no response. So I contact […]

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Piston Slap: Double A (Beep! Beep!) Em, Cee, Oh… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/piston-slap-double-a-beep-beep-em-cee-oh/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/piston-slap-double-a-beep-beep-em-cee-oh/#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:37:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=840217 TTAC commentator M0L0TOV writes: Greetings All-Knowing Sajeev, I am looking for some insight on an ongoing issue with my workhorse. I have a 2003 Ford Focus ZX-5 with 160,000 miles. A little bit over a year ago, I had Aamco rebuild the automatic transmission on my car for the tune of $2500. Apparently, my car […]

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TTAC commentator M0L0TOV writes: Greetings All-Knowing Sajeev, I am looking for some insight on an ongoing issue with my workhorse. I have a 2003 Ford Focus ZX-5 with 160,000 miles. A little bit over a year ago, I had Aamco rebuild the automatic transmission on my car for the tune of $2500. Apparently, my car […]

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Piston Slap: Escort Wagon Spelunking? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/piston-slap-escort-wagon-spelunking/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/piston-slap-escort-wagon-spelunking/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:46:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=761673 TTAC Commentator Modestholdings writes: Best from the West, young man, The Boss has a pretty nice ’94 Escort LX wagon sourced by yours truly, and it happens to have found the sweet spot betwixt my picking it and her loving it. A grand for this one-owner handshaker and she’s managed to put about 23K on […]

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TTAC Commentator Modestholdings writes: Best from the West, young man, The Boss has a pretty nice ’94 Escort LX wagon sourced by yours truly, and it happens to have found the sweet spot betwixt my picking it and her loving it. A grand for this one-owner handshaker and she’s managed to put about 23K on […]

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New or Used? : I Loves My Truck http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/new-or-used-i-loves-my-truck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/new-or-used-i-loves-my-truck/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=756961 Thanks for your recent article about buying auto parts. I recently bought a well used ’95 F-150 with the venerable 302 and Mazda five-speed.   When I say well used, I mean the engine has about 253,000 on the clock and sounds like it is on its last legs. I’m pretty sure I can hear […]

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Thanks for your recent article about buying auto parts. I recently bought a well used ’95 F-150 with the venerable 302 and Mazda five-speed.   When I say well used, I mean the engine has about 253,000 on the clock and sounds like it is on its last legs. I’m pretty sure I can hear […]

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Piston Slap: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/piston-slap-youve-lost-that-lovin-feelin/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/piston-slap-youve-lost-that-lovin-feelin/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=611137 TTAC commentator mnm4ever writes: Sajeev, I have 2 slightly older cars in my stable and both are having similar issues. We have a 2001 MR2 Spyder with 72k miles, and a 2002 Honda CRV with 230k miles. The CRV recently got new shocks and springs, new lower front control arms and front compliance bushings, and […]

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TTAC commentator mnm4ever writes: Sajeev, I have 2 slightly older cars in my stable and both are having similar issues. We have a 2001 MR2 Spyder with 72k miles, and a 2002 Honda CRV with 230k miles. The CRV recently got new shocks and springs, new lower front control arms and front compliance bushings, and […]

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Piston Slap: The Truth about “Throwaway” Motors (Part II) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/piston-slap-the-truth-about-throwaway-motors-part-ii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/piston-slap-the-truth-about-throwaway-motors-part-ii/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:43:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496553 Bob M. writes: Sajeev, I’m a bottom feeder with cars. All I’ve ever owned are used domestic cars with pushrod engines. I overhauled a Pontiac 2.5L once just to get the experience. My idea of engine maintenance is valves at 100k and an overhaul at 150k.  I’ve heard that many imports aren’t rebuildable because the […]

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Bob M. writes: Sajeev, I’m a bottom feeder with cars. All I’ve ever owned are used domestic cars with pushrod engines. I overhauled a Pontiac 2.5L once just to get the experience. My idea of engine maintenance is valves at 100k and an overhaul at 150k.  I’ve heard that many imports aren’t rebuildable because the […]

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Piston Slap: Crystal Ballin’ The Mighty Dak’s Tranny http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/piston-slap-crystal-ballin-the-mighty-daks-tranny/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/piston-slap-crystal-ballin-the-mighty-daks-tranny/#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 11:03:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489736 TTAC Commentator PartsUnknown writes: Hi Sajeev, I have a transmission issue, but to mix it up a little, it’s not attached to a Honda.  This is my dad’s 1999 Dodge Dakota with the 3.9 liter V6 boat anchor.  When shifted into drive, it will move forward but will not shift itself out of first gear.  […]

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TTAC Commentator PartsUnknown writes: Hi Sajeev, I have a transmission issue, but to mix it up a little, it’s not attached to a Honda.  This is my dad’s 1999 Dodge Dakota with the 3.9 liter V6 boat anchor.  When shifted into drive, it will move forward but will not shift itself out of first gear.  […]

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Piston Slap: Fix my Bro-Ham, Sanjeev! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-fix-my-bro-ham-sanjeev/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-fix-my-bro-ham-sanjeev/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:48:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486710 Mark writes: Hello Sanjeev, I have a problem and hope you can help me. My Cadillac Brougham with the 307 V8 smells like gas under the hood. This is intermittent and the last time it was in the shop the mechanic found no leaks under the car or around the carb. I did some internet […]

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Mark writes: Hello Sanjeev, I have a problem and hope you can help me. My Cadillac Brougham with the 307 V8 smells like gas under the hood. This is intermittent and the last time it was in the shop the mechanic found no leaks under the car or around the carb. I did some internet […]

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Piston Slap: Automatic Decisions, Manual Trannies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-automatic-decisions-manual-trannies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-automatic-decisions-manual-trannies/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:16:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480900 TTAC commentator hidrotule2001 writes: Hey Sajeev, A few months back you helped me sort out a plan of action for my Ford Fiesta transmission problems, and I have another stick-shift quandary I thought you might have some insight on. My second vehicle is a 2003 Ram 1500 (bare bones work-truck, standard cab, manual everything), which […]

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TTAC commentator hidrotule2001 writes: Hey Sajeev, A few months back you helped me sort out a plan of action for my Ford Fiesta transmission problems, and I have another stick-shift quandary I thought you might have some insight on. My second vehicle is a 2003 Ram 1500 (bare bones work-truck, standard cab, manual everything), which […]

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Piston Slap: A Power Ram Split Decision? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-a-power-ram-split-decision/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-a-power-ram-split-decision/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 12:19:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479840 Douglas writes: Sajeev, Here’s some fodder for Piston Slap. Situation: I have a 1993 Dodge Power Ram 250, 103k miles, base model, so about the only thing it has in the way of amenities is AC. It’s got a 5.2l Magnum (318), mated to a NV4500 with a NP241 transfer case. It came from Arizona […]

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Douglas writes: Sajeev, Here’s some fodder for Piston Slap. Situation: I have a 1993 Dodge Power Ram 250, 103k miles, base model, so about the only thing it has in the way of amenities is AC. It’s got a 5.2l Magnum (318), mated to a NV4500 with a NP241 transfer case. It came from Arizona […]

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Rebuild, Part Out, Export, or Race Out: 2002 Toyota Camry http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/rebuild-part-out-export-or-race-out-2002-toyota-camry/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/rebuild-part-out-export-or-race-out-2002-toyota-camry/#comments Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:34:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464385 Every once in a very blue moon, I’ll go to a mini-warehouse auction. The realities of this low-down clearance process is completely unlike the miracles and glories that come with episodes of Storage Wars.  You want junky third world quality furniture? Or memoirs of the 1980’s and 1990’s left behind by your neighbors from their […]

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Every once in a very blue moon, I’ll go to a mini-warehouse auction. The realities of this low-down clearance process is completely unlike the miracles and glories that come with episodes of Storage Wars.  You want junky third world quality furniture? Or memoirs of the 1980’s and 1990’s left behind by your neighbors from their […]

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Piston Slap: Peace of Mind or Shameless Shill? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/piston-slap-peace-of-mind-or-shameless-shill/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/piston-slap-peace-of-mind-or-shameless-shill/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2011 14:46:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422029 Eric writes: I have a 2000 Maxima with about 155k on the clock.  I purchased this car in Los Angeles and since 2005, it’s lived in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  The main issue is that I can tell the transmission is starting to get a bit soft on the 1-2 upshift, specifically once it starts getting […]

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Eric writes: I have a 2000 Maxima with about 155k on the clock.  I purchased this car in Los Angeles and since 2005, it’s lived in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  The main issue is that I can tell the transmission is starting to get a bit soft on the 1-2 upshift, specifically once it starts getting […]

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Piston Slap: 4.9L Pride at What Cost? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/piston-slap-4-9l-ford-pride-at-what-cost/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/piston-slap-4-9l-ford-pride-at-what-cost/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2011 21:33:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420231   TTAC Commentator Cameron Evans writes: Dear Sajeev, I am the proud owner of a 1992 F-150, 4×2, regular cab, long box, with power nothing and the Big Six. I love everything about the truck, except for the one concession to my wife, the E4OD gearbox. Now that the tranny is shot (slip city, followed […]

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  TTAC Commentator Cameron Evans writes: Dear Sajeev, I am the proud owner of a 1992 F-150, 4×2, regular cab, long box, with power nothing and the Big Six. I love everything about the truck, except for the one concession to my wife, the E4OD gearbox. Now that the tranny is shot (slip city, followed […]

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Piston Slap: A DHS, A Darn Hard Situation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/piston-slap-a-dhs-a-darn-hard-situation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/piston-slap-a-dhs-a-darn-hard-situation/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:36:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404150   Chuck writes: My son enjoys being able to spread out when driving and also appreciates the convenience of hauling several of his buds around. He drives a 2001 Cadillac DHS. He has just moved to Massachusetts and registered the car there. It failed inspection with OBD codes P1860 and P0741.  He has 60 days […]

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  Chuck writes: My son enjoys being able to spread out when driving and also appreciates the convenience of hauling several of his buds around. He drives a 2001 Cadillac DHS. He has just moved to Massachusetts and registered the car there. It failed inspection with OBD codes P1860 and P0741.  He has 60 days […]

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