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I have a Kia Rio 2005 which screeches for a couple of minutes on start up. I have had the fanbelts checked and renewed but the problem is getting worse. Any suggestions?
Even though alternator and battery have been changed and replaced the alternator light is showing intermittently and don't know what else this could be causing the problem.
My Son in Law has been experiencing a loss of power when turning the lights on in his A3, the engine recovers in about 30 seconds? A duff alternator, or an intermittent fault with a regulator, or a smart...
I wondered if you can change the alternator belt tensioner on a 2001 Passat without removing the fan?
My daughter purchased a new Corsa 1.2 in January 2008. The car is used every day to commute to work, a round trip of 10 miles and in addition, it is used for social driving at weekends. It's normally driven...
Can you charge a battery by connecting it to another car by jump leads?
I have just bought a 2008 Peugeot 207 1.4 SE, there seems to be a whining noise from the engine while driving. The car has only covered 25,000 miles. I thought maybe one of the belts was making the sound,...
My Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec TDCI is making a screeching noise on acceleration when moving off. This carries on for about half a mile then goes away. Any ideas on what the problem is?
I recently had the alternator replaced on my Golf 1.4 Match. It now has a whining noise, similar to a fan belt slipping, when the engine is running. This noise becomes higher pitched when accelerating. Could...
I have a SEAT Altea 1.9 TDI 2006, which has done 20k miles. The alternator warning light was making a faint glow on the dash. I took it into the SEAT dealer and at first they couldn't find anything wrong...
 

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