I live in a suburb of Dallas. My grandmother cannot drive anymore, so we bought her car for my son when he turns 16. My son is doing as much of the repairs/maintenance himself as possible. I'm just trying to figure out parts/instructions. Then I watch from inside the house as he works in the Texas heat!
It's badly faded from the sun but is a great car! Only 45k miles!!!
We're working on some things-- It has been mistreated by my (idiot) uncle, and until we worked on it to get it running had not been driven in 9+ months.
We changed out the alternator and battery and it's surprisingly running very well!
A few things that confuse me:
* Idiot Uncle left the sunroof open for 6 months (carport). Obvioiusly it trashed the roof liner, but now the sunroof glass does not close correctly.
I tried the factory reset instructions I found on this forum (a dozen tries!), but didn't help. We did clean out the tracks, no improvement.
Praying we can fix this cheaply and easily-- as I'm nervous about rain.
*When we run the air conditioner, the ac is loud and makes the car shake. Going to try charging the freon which I know is low, but nervous it's the compressor.
*one of the back windows makes a CRACK noise when opening-- reading that's the regulator. Will eventually replace.
*passenger front door window keeps sliding down on it's own. this one confuses me. Not sure if it's the regulator, the clips, or the ball bearing window rollers. Been google-ing and searching this forum but cannot quite tell. And I cannot figure out part numbers to order on ebay (or somewhere else?) Was hoping to order the parts BEFORE opening up the door, because I thought it might be good to reduce number of times we open all that up.
*every time we use the front wipers, the headlights come on for EXACTLY 10 seconds. If it's night time and the lights are already on, nothing changes. What the heck??? LOL
*Only one of the speakers work and it's performing poorly. Don't know if it's just dead or maybe a psycho squirrel got into some wiring or something...
*Driver side mirror is completely white swirled. Cannot see. Side mirror motor is fine, but need to replace the mirror.
*we took the car to the carwash and used the power sprayer to clean under the hood. Now when we go in reverse, the car shakes/shimmies and the check engine light comes on. It drives fine in drive. Figuring we did something when washing the car (as it didn't do that until we started it at the car wash)
We tried pulling all the spark plugs and putting them back. It's now been 24+ hours, so I'd assume it's dried out by now. It's 105 outside.
I'm not a mechanic, but I'm good at searching out instructions/videos!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.