When I pump gasoline into the fuel tank of my 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis, the fuel pump shuts off after a small amount of gas has been pumped. I have to stand there and press the fuel nozzle again and again to continue pumping. It takes forever to fill the tank! What’s the problem?
Charles from Baton Rouge, LA
There could be a kink in the metal fuel inlet tube or rubber hose going to the tank. Another possibility: There is a vent on top of the tank that allows air to be displaced when liquid fuel is filled in the gas tank. If the vent valve is stuck then excessive back-pressure will build up, causing the fuel nozzle to shut off when filling the tank. A good technician will be able to track down the cause. Best to you.
The indicator gauge on my ’09 Mazda Tribute does not indicate that the engine is hot, but it smells hot after I’ve been driving for a little while. What would be producing that smell?
Mark from PA
The smell could be a result of a coolant leak, oil or transmission fluid leak burning on a hot exhaust, bad brake caliper keeping a brake applied while driving, low tire, or something rubbing against a tire while driving. In short, lots of things could cause a hot smell. Get it into a shop and have a tech test drive it with you in the passenger’s seat so you can point out the smell. Good luck.
How much will it cost to have the water pump replaced on my 2007 Lexus GS 430 with a V8 engine?
Michelle from Philadelphia, PA
According to my Alldata database, the water pump should cost $143.07 from Lexus and the labor to install it: 4.6 hours at the shop’s hourly labor rate, plus antifreeze and any hoses or clamps that need to be replaced. My guesstimate? Right around $680 to $750, depending on shop’s labor rates in your area. I used $120 per hour as a baseline.
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