Friday, January 22, 2010

Viberating steering wheel.?

Question 1
Viberating steering wheel.?...  Steering wheel vibrates/shakes when I apply a break and only when breaking. its an 04 Sebring sadan and the rotors have just been replaced.

1)   Perhaps a warped brake disc. If so it will need replacing. - Gavin

2)   Maybe because when you brake it makes the car lean foward and makes it viberate? - Phillip T

3)   take the car to get the alignment done. - Smutty

4)   Were the pads replaced? If not then you need new pads? Are you sure the rotors were replace and not resurfaced? That's a sign that you need new brakes. They could have made a mistake I would take it back to where you got it done. If a dealer did it and they tell you its because they're getting "Hot" thats a lie. Cause my dealer told me that but I know more about cars than they think. Sometimes they won't replace the brakes for whatever reason. - Sarah

5)   could be that they didn't properly align your rotor to your brake calipers. I'd go to another automotive shop and see if they put new rotors or re lathed rotors on. the re lathed can sometimes come out uneven and cause brake pulse. hope this helps. :-) - degenerate deviant

6)   it sounds like a possible strut issue, your struts would vibrate if they are loose or starting to break - sailboatsandbutterflies

7)   I can put my head on a block for this but there are only three possible things that could be wrong. Thanks for eliminating the rotors for me. They are in order of rank.
1. defective tire. one has lost pressure relative to the other or has been damaged from a pothole or something. Steel belted tires deform like this.
2. Your rim has a defect. It is not perfectly round due to even slight damage. Rotational forces would increase and be unstable
3. bad front caliper.

let discount tire check out your front tires by balancing them. - Geoid

8)   Somebody messed up the brake job. - done wrenching

9)   You still have a warped rotor. Did you check the rear? While driving, carefully apply the emergency brake and see if you still have a shaking. If so, it is the rear rotors. If not, it is the front. It's probably the front tho by causing the steering wheel to shake. Some shops have a turning lath that turns the rotors on the car. That is what we used in our dealership. Most big Chrysler dealerships use them. This is your best bet to get them right. - Jackolantern


Question 2
2006 Chrysler Sebring a good car?...  this car is a 2006 Chrysler Sebring, this is a base model and it has 57k miles on it
the dealer is asking for about 6000 dollars. is it worth it?
its a 2.4 engine

1)   No. They blow head gaskets and aren't worth more than a grand once you buy it. - Halo

2)   If it has the 2.7 engine stay away. I don't know why but we sell a ton of parts for the 2.7 engine. - Mark

3)   if you had read it says it's a 2.4L 4 cyl

they are good cars,dumb people with crap credit go out to buy here pay here lots and buy their high mileage junk that's been abused its whole life and then get on the internet and give them bad remarks cause they had to walk to get their evening dose of crack

its not a great price but it is fair,its about wholesale price and miles are just over average for the year model,do a carfax or an autocheck on it and check its history,better yet if it from a dealer ask them you want to see both make them provide it for you so that it doesn't cost you,i gladly do it for any of my customers,might even be worth going to spend a few bucks and getting a factory dealer to look over the car and make sure its on the up and up

i am an auto dealer and sell more stratus' and sebrings then any other car made,all my cars i go over and check out unlike other that just advertise they do,if you do good maintenance on it it will serve you for a long time and don't forget to service trans when it comes time and the car will last

the 2.7L v6 people down because most people don't change oil any more like they should and when they do they rarely put the correct weight in it that the car calls for so therefore it will cause premature motor failure on the 2.7L

any chance you are close to western NC? got the same car i will sell for - wondering

4)   Yes. I owned a 03 Sebring that was by far the best car I'd ever owned. It had the 2.7L V6 engine but the 2.4L is just as good. I never had any major mechanical issues and the only minor one was the CD changer crapping out on me. Only reason I don't still have it is because of an accident. I would however try to get it for a bit less than $6,000 simply because the Sebring is an easy car to find and does tend to have a low resale value. - monkees19


Question 3
Do all 2002 Chrysler Voyagers have the same fuel capacities?...  

1)   Yes they would bein' they are the same year and car haha butttttt also no because it's all on how you take care of your vehicle. If a friend has the same one as you but he gives it regular tune ups and takes better care of it then you then his would get better fuel than you. Unless your not talking about that. They should all have the same fuel tanks - ooooapryloooo

2)   All the 6 cyl, long wheelbase versions have a 20 gal. tank. The 4 cyl. short wheelbase versions(mostly used in fleets) have a 15 gal tank. - C-Tech

3)   Chrysler minivans such as the Voyager, Caravan, and Town and country come in two sizes. Standard and grand. The grand is longer and has a larger tank. The short (standard) can carry 6 foot long cargo and the grand can haul 8 foot. I have owned both. The grand size holds app. 20 gallons while the short ones hold app. 15. - Jackolantern

4)   No, There is an optional larger tank. Check with your local dealer, they can tell you what was ordered when it was new. Take them the serial number. - DONNY G


Question 4
2000 Chrysler Voyager would you recommend it?...  So i am car shopping, dont particularly want a van, but i can get this 2000 Chrysler voyager , with 130,000 miles, what would you say.. i went to and then i went to and both or equal, some say yes some say no, thought i get your 2 cents here

1)   Its a roll of the dice. Many voyager had serious engine and transmission problems. If its cheap and rides and drives good then take a gamble. They have a poor resale value so don't spend to much for it. $1500 is about all its worth if its a good one. - austin j

2)   American Car. Its going to fail. I suggest you look at German cars VW or Mercedes they might be priced more but they are safer and will last longer and drive better. - Golf4ever

3)   im the owner of a 2000 voyager,and im really happy with it,im trying to repair a couple little problems but its a very good van!! - milwatts

4)   130,000 that's a lot of miles I hope its cheap if it was owned by a soccer mom you should steer clear of this. Go with a lower mileage car or get an extended warranty. You need to consider worse case scenario. Can you afford to replace an engine or transmission if a major component fails?
Unless you personally know the previous owner and their driving habits I would avoid a car or van with this many miles. - Willy P


Question 5
Where is the sensor that activates the "low oil pressure" message in a PT Cruiser?...  This was a infrequent irritant from about 60K miles. The oil light would not turn off when starting the car. If you restarted the engine it went away. Now the warning will sometimes show when slowing down to an idle.
Is the sensor a part of the oil pump or a separate item?

1)   in the oil pan - marty

2)   The "Low Oil Pressure" sensor, usually near the oil pump. There is no pressure in the oil pan.. - Yeech

3)   If you look under the engine, the side closet to the firewall, near the center, you'll find the oil pressue switch. Look for a green connector with a single wire coming off of it. Good luck. - C-Tech


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