Here’s Why European Cars Break Down

Here’s Why European Cars Break Down


rev up your engines,
captain bill says Scotty why are European car so bad in the US, in the UK
most cars are either European or Japanese, I
Drive a 15 year old Renault, well it’s because they often sell different models
in the United States, take Mercedes as an example, for years they were more
interested in selling uber high-tech expensive luxury cars in
the United States, where in Europe they use them for taxi cabs and I saw an
ice cream truck when I was in London that was a Mercedes Benz, the same thing with
Renault they tried selling higher end cars and Citroen and they all
ended up pulling out of the United States a long time ago, you’re getting
run-of-the-mill everyday drivers in Europe and the UK, and they seem to be more
reliable, I’ve met a guy with the same thing with a Renault when I was in
London and he loved them, he kept buying them and he liked the cars,
but those are more basic cars, they try to sell
the luxury ones the United States thinking Americans have all kinds of
money, well and they want a car that doesn’t break, and the luxury cars they
were sending over they had a tendency of breaking down a lot and that’s why
they’re gone they don’t sell them here anymore,
Simon Wang says Scotty what’s the worst oil change you’ve ever done,
okay it was years ago, I was changing oil on a Triumph Spitfire sports car that a
woman owned, and I checked the dipstick and it didn’t even read anything, and when I
took the oil crankcase bolt out, a coffee cup of oil that’s about it, and when I
took the filter housing off, the paper inside was like cornflakes all mushy, of
course it burned a lot of oil and then the engine was rattling cuz the bearings
were shot, she basically ruined the engine and I
said, well you know how often have you changed the oil and the thing had like 50,000
miles on it and she’s never change the oil, she kept adding it as it burnt but
but even then she didn’t add it often enough because there was only a
cup left when I drained it out so, Pinilla says Scotty I have a Saab 900
85, runs perfect but it stinks of petrol when it stands and stops, no leaks can be
found any ideas, does your car smell of gasoline you can watch that, if you don’t
see any leaks, that means it’s vapor smell, vapor smells can be very hard to
find, of course change the gas cap, the EVAP system it’s the anti pollution system has
a charcoal canister, and if you go near
that and you smell it and that’s leaking, then replace the charcoal
canister and the vapor vent, that’s what often leaks on those things as they age,
they just get old and the old system breaks and the valve sticks open, and
then it’s just vents it directly in the atmosphere when it’s supposed to hold it
and reburn it in the engine so check that first, drip City says, does anyone
here know how to fix dashboard lights that don’t work, sometimes they work
sometimes they don’t I need help, ok the dashboard lights are built into your
entire dash module, so the first thing is you say they’re coming on and off what
you want to do is pull the dash out, usually just a few clips they pop out and then
there’s four screws the whole thing comes out, you want to check the
connector that connects it for the main wires, that can get dirty or corroded,
spray it with some spray electrical cleaner put it back on, and also you got
a dimmer switch right, well sometimes those dimmer switches go bad, so what you
might want to do is, turn the dimmer switch a little bit one side or the
other, and then if it stops dimming and then brightening and then nothing at all,
you know that that switch is breaking down, and you can either just buy that
switch, or if your cheapskate like me, you can cut the two wires that go to the
switch, and then just splice them together and it’ll have full power all
the time, I’ve done that many times, new edge Mustang says hey Scotty you got me
into this 98 Lexus is it worth
it to find some old factory seats to replace or get aftermarket, that thing is too
old, it’s 21 years old the seats are gonna be worn, you go to a junkyard
they’re gonna be all beat-up, if you really like them, do what my customers do,
just find a place that reupholster seats there’s lots of guys that do it, they’re
not cheap but the good guy does a really good job, if they’re leather you have a
leather guy do it, if it’s fabric then have a
fabric guy do it, you can get it redone, there are a lot of custom made seat
covers that look excellent, I’ve used many over the years, now for a excellent
one that’s custom-made for your car, you’re gonna pay at least 150 bucks per
seat cover they’re not cheap, those can look excellent if you get the custom one
that’s made for your car, or see what the redo charge is, there’s only four
bolts holding each in, it’s not hard taking it out giving somebody the seat
Richard Bradley says Scotty I thought you died, yes
the rumors of my death have long been around you know, hey I’m only 65 years
old, my great grandfather conked out when he was 95 and he only did that because
he had pneumonia, if he didn’t get pneumonia he
probably would have lasted even longer you know, if you keep busy and keep your
mind active who knows how long you’re gonna last,
I see people dropping like flies around me, they retire then a few years later
they’re dead, you got to keep yourself going, do something you like doing, I love
doing this I have fun helping people all over the world out, I mean you can’t beat
what I’m doing, so I don’t plan on dying anytime soon, so if you never want to
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