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  1. 23 points

    Honda Odessey J review

    The quoted figures of of 173 BHP and 225 nM from a 2.4 litre engine seem to suggest it comes from the factory tuned for economy but I would expect it could be safely remapped to produce 220 BHP. Although 173 BHP in a 1600 KG car leaves you with a power to weight ratio of 108 BHP per tonne which is more than adequate in a family car. The sort of people who buy these MPVs tend not to buy them to do track days.
  2. 22 points

    Quietest Mustang Performance Exhaust

    The switch button that you're talking about is for the Mustang 2015-2016 models specifically the Mustang Shelby Gt350 or GT350R They have that special button to turn off & on the noise..
  3. 16 points

    2012 DSG 7 Issue

    Dear All I had a bad experience with VW DSG gearboxes with Ali&Sons in Abu Dhabi 3 years ago which lead me to sell the car when I got it back from the repair on the same week. Go ahead and book an appointment with the dealer and keep the inspection copy and explain carefully every and each notice and comment that you have. the 2 commonly parts which fails are clutch kit & michatronics and I'm sure that they keep stocks from it now but they may need a day or two days to obtain factory approval on warranty costs and they may give you a replacement car and may not! the recalls in China and USA and Latin America came after law cases and court orders which would cost here much more than car value and lawyer charges so take the easy way and go ahead and start the warranty claim. just a thought after repair you may ask for trade in from the dealer but go for any model with 6 speed (like Polo 1.6 or Jetta 2.0 and Tiguan 2.0T others have a dual clutch even GTI & CC & EOS) except Touarg it have a 7 speed but with conventional torque converter they call it DSG also while it is the same on Porsche Cayenne which called PDK which made by Aisian - JATCO and currently belongs to Nissan- Renault group.
  4. 16 points

    Best car interior cleaning product

    I have tried the Meguiar's product and they are insanely awesome, although slightly expensive than other stuff but worth every penny. For outside wax and shine, I strongly recommend Turtle, Carnuba and Formula 1. All of these available in Ace hardware auto section. Go over there and get your full kit to shine every part of the car like new. I enjoy doing this self cleaning once every month (at least).
  5. 14 points

    Trash can speed camera in Dubai

    Just received two fines last month on al fursan street aka al twar street where Dubai police placed trash can looking hidden speed camera to flash the speeding vehicle from back. Road limit is 60 kmph so almost everyone speed there and this camera turn out to be a great spot for fishing speeding cars. Just googled now and spotted several facebook post and khaleej times news claiming that these cameras have caught 35,000 cars in almost two month. Want to share this hidden speed cam news here, to warn every speeding driver so that you don't go out of budget this month with hefty fines. I hate to pay such heavy fines, but I know and agree it's my mistake.....gggggrrrrrr. wht to do.
  6. 14 points

    Gulf Car Festival 2016

    Carnity is proud to support Gulf Car Festival 2016 happening at Bay Avenue, Business Bay, Dubai on 14-16 April 2016. Be there and meet many more car enthusiast's under one arena showing their awesome hand picked show rides.
  7. 14 points
    Check for the buttons and knobs of music system, navigation and AC to be loose, broken or faded as a first sign of actually a high mileage vehicle. Secondly, I do check the rubber of brake pedal and accelerator to find noticeable uneven wear on few edges. Thirdly look for driver seat belt should roll in smoothly back in the seats w/o any assistance.
  8. 14 points

    How to scan trouble codes?

    Reading the trouble code is simple. You just need the scan tool. You can get the scan tool from any of the automobile workshop or showroom. You can either buy it or borrow from a workshop. All you have to do it connect the scan tool to the OBD II diagnostic connector in your car. The scan tool will automatically display all kind of trouble codes that is persisting in your car. Those trouble codes indicate the type of problem in your car. Not everyone knows all the trouble codes, so you can ask either the workshop person regarding the code or you can check for the trouble code online
  9. 13 points

    Ford Edge Transmission failure

    Hi Friends, My 2008 Ford Edge with 139000 km began to show a problem when I press straight down on the accelerator but the Edge would not respond. I tried and change gear but nothing happen. At the same time observed a transmission lagging, dropping, and loud/hard changes while shifting in gear. I called the Ford dealer. They said to switch car off and back again on. After that test out car worked excellent. It began working as if absolutely nothing was wrong. Instantly Again the same has happen yesterday when I was on a road trip where it felt like transmission slipped out of gear and the wrench light came on and off. But this time I also experienced it was in neutral, it wouldn’t accelerate when I pressed the gas. I did the same switch on/off activity and it seemed excellent. I am afraid now about this continuous problem with this car. Guy's please suggest me best garage near Al quos to fix my car soon in affordable prize price. That will be great help.
  10. 13 points
    There are so many versions I heard here that I am literally confused now and need some help guys. 30% allowed but up to 50% acceptable (no fines) Up to 30% allowed only Driver (30%), rear passenger window and back glass can be anything Front (30%), rear (50%) and back glass (boot) 30% Second doubt is, does the high end tinting films block the GPS and Mobile signals....? Does the front clear screen of high end brand like 3M crystalline block the GPS signals....?
  11. 13 points
    http://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-motorsports-enthusiasts-advocate-test-for-vehicle-safety Motorsports enthusiasts are advocating a centralised testing centre to ensure modified ­vehicles are safe, adhere to ­emission and noise limits, and comply with the law. “I feel the best way to regulate the registration of modified cars is by having a vehicle testing centre, just like any other vehicle would have to go through,” said Kamui Mahtani, 27, a Dubai ­resident from Japan who owns a modified Honda S2000. “The major difference is that it would also check each of the components that have been modified and its safety.” For instance, the power output of a vehicle would be checked and compared with a standard vehicle. Brakes would be tested to calculate if the car has sufficient stopping power to match the engine power, he said. “Suspensions, wiring and every component of the vehicle would be checked in detail for safety,” he said. “Making sure the car is not too loud is also very important.” Adnan Khalil, who has had work done on his Honda Accord since 2009, agreed. “There should be a separate section for modified cars ­because after-market modifications both should be safe and legal,” said the 29-year-old, who is a sales consultant at a used car workshop in Dubai. “A lot of people don’t understand what’s legal and what’s not, and a lot of car modifications aren’t safe.” In Abu Dhabi, 6,630 vehicles were impounded last year because of modifications that increase vehicle noise.
  12. 13 points

    2 Inch lift spacer for 2015 Pajero

    Ramy only has suspension set and not the spacer option, as I checked this last month: http://www.ramy4x4.com/product.php?id_product=636 Offroad zone doesnt deal with Pajero stuff at all, they specializes Jeep and FJC.
  13. 12 points
    I am seeing the ads too much these days for renault duster in dubai showing as get the best offorad experience and reach the unreachable bla bla. Last month when I was checking and researching same car then 2 of my friends says that it will sneeze on the beach sand so let alone uae offroad experience. I really can't understand who is right and not... Can someone please shed some light on this car or suv or 4x4 (whatever they call it). Thanks.
  14. 12 points

    American vs German and why?

    I agree with @Danny on this. How well a car is made is as much the result of a country's culture, as it is the result of that country's view of the world. Germany, and much of Europe, has a culture of being proud of the work they do and the products they make, which largely translates into cars that are better than cars produced elsewhere in the world. America does not have this culture of pride, meaning that American cars are only functional, and merely do what they were designed to do, which is last until their warranties run out. To be fair though, America has come a long way in terms of car design and how long their cars last, but the few iconic muscle cars they produce still suffer from poor handling, build quality issues, and low resale values. The vast majority of American-made cars depend on technologies like traction control, stability control, and brakeforce-control systems to compensate for poor suspension and chassis design. This is mainly because of their roads that are mostly long, smooth, and relatively straight highways, whereas the roads In Europe are mostly hilly, twisting, narrow, and often wet. These conditions demand better brakes, firmer chassis designs, stiffer suspension setups, and more responsive steering to provide better handling than any car produced in America. In fact, the safety systems in German, and other Europen cars cannnot be diagnosed and repaired with equipment made for American cars, because of different programming. Moreover, German cars are generally aimed at high-end buyers, which makes them expensive, meaning that most American consumers cannot afford them. The high-end marketing segment demands car that are reliable, handle well, have good resale values,and says something about the buyer. German car manufcaturers know this, which is why they produce cars that satisfy these conditions, instead of producing cars that use technology to compensate for poor design. I hope this explains the basic differences between German and American cars, but be aware that not all German cars are perfect. All cars have issues and problems, and one of those issues is the electronics on German cars that can be incredibly complex and difficult to repair. Therefore it is important that if you buy a used German car, make sure that you have access to a garage that can diagnose its faults, and repair them as well. Programming on a German-made car is different from a German car that was made in America, or elsewhere outside of Germany, so be careful that you don't buy something that you cannot repair.
  15. 12 points

    Offroad for newbie

    Off-roading is a lot of fun, but you should really take it serious, because the risks are high. You may want to check this cool tech article Glossary of Off-Road Terminology to make sure that you have good theoretical base before you start equipping your vehicle.
  16. 12 points
    Amazing and unbelievable performance by KEN BLOCK'S GYMKHANA EIGHT in Dubai. ********Really an ultimate playground for them******* Hats off to Dubai, for arranging such a generous and planned setup for this performance. Unbelievable to see Sheikh Zayed Road emptied out for this stunt, so as Burj Khalifa area and Madinat Jumeirah. Never seen any other city in the world to host this level of Car enthusiast's performance. AWESOMENESS
  17. 11 points
    Can you post a picture of it so we can see? Too much polishing isn't good for a car. Every time you polish, you're effectively removing a small layer of paint. A new layer of clean paint is exposed and this is where the shine comes from. Any detailer worth his salt will check the entire car with an ultrasonic paint depth gauge like the one below before he even plugs the buffing machine in. Some parts of the paint may be thinner than others and require a lighter touch when polishing. The other picture I have posted is typical of where the polishing has been so severe that the paint has been burnt through. It's more important to use a high quality carnuba wax to protect the existing paint layer than it is to polish it every day. When I started driving I was very proud of my first car and polished it 2-3 times a week. The car always had a mirror finish and you could see your reflection in the paint but it wasn't long before patches of grey primer started showing through the white and eventually I had to repaint the entire car. It was a hard learning curve but then again I'm a mechanic/electrician, not a detailer. Something else I would recommend is to use the two bucket method when you're washing your car. Keep your soap and water in one bucket and have another bucket with just plain cold water in it. Every time you dip the sponge the the soapy water and wipe your car, dip the sponge in the bucket of plain water before you dip it back into the bucket of soapy water. This way your sponge and soapy water is always clean, you're not rubbing dirty water and sand round your paint every time causing lots of fine micro scratches.
  18. 11 points
    I am sorry I beg to differ on this. I find automatic gears are much better than the manual. I have used all my 4x4 in automatic gear and once tried Nissan Patrol (SWB) in manual gear and partially regret my choice at times, when the comfort of auto is needed to free one hand to handle the constant walkie talkie communication. My Nissan patrol first gear was too short and second was too long, I always used to struggle in steep hill climb and if I don't quickly downshift from third to second just above 3k RPM I will loose the momentum and car looses the power. Another thing is that manually shifted gear involve lot of delay as compare to automatically shifting gear that take few ms. This alone point is a kicker and makes a big difference in all intermediate drives, while negotiating long hill climbs. For the point of stretching any one manual gear for long time, same can be achieved in all modern automatic gears that has high rev range and if throttle is fully pressed they won't downshift until 6-7k band.
  19. 11 points
    I have seen in many video (never tried) all the drifters steer the car in opposite direction, as while turning right, they drift car and steer left and vice versa. what is teh logic for this and I am really curious to know?
  20. 11 points

    2 Inch lift spacer for 2015 Pajero

    Check with Icon Auto, Ramy Trading, Yellow hat in Dubai or Tazweed in Sharjah as they might have any of the below brand spacers for Pajero. I got for my Land Cruiser few years back. ARB EmiratesKing springsRough countryRanchos
  21. 10 points
    How many Off-road clubs are active in the UAE? I started off-road driving long ago with my dad's old beaten up land rover, and spent good amount of time in learning off-road driving in the uae for last few years. I joined few clubs in 2004 - 2008 briefly but I wasn't able to keep pace as I was not very regular in off road and started going out with my friends and family instead. Can you guys please help me list all the operational and active off-road clubs in the UAE? I have listed few that I just checked their website and Im sure this list will grow in few days. I am preparing this list for myself and all other new to off-road, as google search shows highly souped up car websites that is far from actual off-road driving. In coming few months, I like to start off-road again as my three friends with who I use to venture are leaving Dubai shortly. If you happen to drive with anyone of these clubs, appreciate some insider feedback on how active it is and what type of people generally participate in weekly drives, what are the major nationality breakdown, what level of drives you guys arrange, which part of UAE do you usually venture etc. Before anyone jump the gun in commenting why my club is below and others are on top, so to be unbiased I have made the list in alphabetical order to respect everyone. Carnity Desert Community Abu Dhabi 4x4 club Almost 4x4 Off-Road Club Arabian Offroad Academy Dubai Offroaders Emarat 4x4 Emirates Offroaders Fury Enterprises Just Offroaders Oryx 4x4 UAE Adventures Club (Facebook Group) UAE Offroaders
  22. 10 points

    Video: Gulf Car Festival 2016

    Carnity team attended all three days of fun packed Gulf Car festival 2016. Please share the below video:
  23. 10 points

    Worlds Most Expensive Range Rover

    The Holland & Holland Range Rover builds upon the strengths of the two iconic British brands to provide the perfect vehicle for Holland & Holland’s sporting clients. The new car is able to combine the unrivalled off-road capability of the Range Rover with an extensive range of bespoke features. Both Land Rover and Holland & Holland hold Royal Warrants and the collaboration between them has resulted in the most luxurious Range Rover ever.
  24. 10 points
    White patches may occur in case car is too old and always parked under the sun. Over the long term sun eats all the paint and that's why car company applies several quotes to keep car shinning as long as possible.
  25. 10 points
    I agree with @adil on this one. Finding, and fixing a power drain can be very tricky, and this is best left to a competent garage. However, this can sometimes be very expensive, so my advice would be to have the battery checked out first. A simple current draw test will almost always identify a defective battery in only a few seconds, and this test is a whole lot cheaper than trying to find a power drain. My guess would be that the battery is not holding its charge, and there could be many causes for this. Even a marginally overcharging alternator can damage a battery over a long period, so I suggest you have the alternator tested as well, before it damages the new battery as well. Also don't forget to check battery cables and terminals, as well as ground cables and connections for proper contact. A bad ground connection can easily cause the symptoms you describe, so check, and double check all connections. Also check all the connections if you have any aftermarket accessories fitted, such as lights, and sound systems. It often happens that defects in aftermarket accessories damage both batteries and alternators, so be sure to check out all accessories if you have any.
  26. 10 points

    Best offroad suspension

    I am looking for votes from offroad user as to see which one is favorite for offroad here and why it is favorite? Please vote. Thanks.
  27. 10 points
    Nice to enjoy the rain in the morning, but now it's getting too much to the state that it become a risk to my car. My car is almost half sunk in rain today in Jebel Ali. Please advise at the earliest how to save the car with minimal damage, as I am afraid to open it to let more water enter the car. What to do guys, please help fast. Similar video shared by Abu Dhabi guys, so it's big money at risk now and I am super scared.
  28. 10 points
    DO NOT START THE CAR ENGINE BEFORE YOU DO BELOW CHECKS: Disconnect the battery safely and make sure to let car engine hood open and inspect properly Check the engine oil condition and see if water has made it in the engine bay through dipstick or filter area then get the engine oil change before you start the car. Put it on recovery and get the car to workshop. Remove the carpet and all upholstery if you can and let them dry out completely asap, as dampness inside the car will leave the smell for ages. Once car started fine, get the full under-body checked and get the rust proofing or corrosion protection installed again professionally to not to let the rust develop in under body car components and chassis. If the water level has already hit the dashboard, then it's advisable to call your insurance and ask them to total off the car as then you starting it will multiply the damage internally and insurance might wipe their hands off.
  29. 10 points
    Standard DIN is 2 inch tall, and Double DIN is 4 inch tall. DIN is the holder in which your current radio sits. If it's a single DIN radio with old style big push buttons, then you can get GCC specs radio from Sharjah used spare market for less than 50-100 AED than breaking your head to program the frequency and spending money on garage or required cables for DIY. If it's a Double DIN, then it's awesome as with this excuse you can upgrade that to more modern player that comes with big screen entertainment and multiple connectivity options wih USB and Bluetooth to play any media. Cost from 300-500 AED with installation.
  30. 10 points

    the suspension wont rise

    Car spare parts import duty and taxes is generally charged at 5%, but the calculations are bit more complex by adding the cost of goods + shipping cost + insurance cost. You can check here the exact calculation for your requirements: http://www.dutycalculator.com/country-guides/Import-duty-taxes-when-importing-into-United-Arab-Emirates/ your calculation: http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/saved_calculations/view_details/199894567 import duty and tax calculator: http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation
  31. 10 points
    I am planning for a sports car after years of driving normal sedan and wondering if you guys have any reservations for either Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang? I like to hear the good and bad side of both the cars to educated decision. I am happy with the looks of either one of them, as they both look sexy enough.
  32. 10 points

    Ford Edge Transmission failure

    Hi Arran, The problem you describe is a known issue on Ford Edge models, and it is caused by the failure of sensors inside the transmission. It can be any one of three sensors- the transmission speed sensor, the turbine sensor, the pressure sensor, or all three, so it would be wise to have all three sensors replaced. It is strange that the dealer would tell you to merely switch the engine off and on again. While this resets the sensors and the circuits they control, Ford has issues a TSB about this issue, and the dealer should have known better, since this problem is a dangerous condition to have on any car.
  33. 10 points
    Hi, I hardly found a solution else for GCC car problem. Finally this Carnity look good and specific to GCC problem. Which caught my attention, and that the first time I saw a Forum in UAE??? I hope I can get the cure for my 2008 Jeep Wrangler. I would like to inform that I had this Jeep wrangler Sahara with GCC spec when I came to Dubai in 2009. Well I hardly had major problem with this car because I used to travel every time with Metro or in my friend car, only Friday or off day I used to drive this vehicle hardly 200 to 300 km a day. It has very nice condition from outside but seem having trouble inside now in engine. It had a run of approx. 140000 Km as of now. Just to inform that whenever I start a car it goes fine until 40 to 50 km of run and after that it started making a tapping or weird knocking sound that get worse after car happen to have heat up. I hardly understand the problem, I check the oil level it pretty fine. I went to the dealer as the car if out of warranty they want me to pay 5000 AED for such a small fix I guess. Whereas I contact the local garage he is quoting me 3200 for this repair. But both of them are not able to tell what problem is exactly!! Does anybody faced the same issue before and what could be a possible repair that I should consider in this situation? Please if somebody can explain me what problem it might have been going through will be great.
  34. 10 points

    Best offroad suspension

    Totally depends upon the vehicle and usage. For a Wrangler, Kings first, although Radflo is the new hotness. For an FJ, ICON makes the best value pre-tuned multi-shock (2 per wheel) setup, but a case can be made for Kings or Radflo if only using 4 shocks. In any general sense, Kings and Radflos are really designed for high-speed desert racing, Icons a close third, with Fox a bit after them. The OMEs, Ironmans, and the rest are OK, but most don't offer a separate oil/nitrogen charge reservoir, which you want if hitting them hard in the desert at high speed. Nor are they as tunable as Kings, Icons, and Radflos. But let's be clear- you asked about "the best", and that ain't cheap. The best desert shock setups (8 Kings total including 4 multi bypass) will run at least 50,000 AED. Phase I of my FJ ICON setup just cost me 18,000 AED, and to add the Phase II multi bypass front shocks and rear bump stops will cost me another 12,000, at least. And I skipped the high cost options like solid aluminum billet upper control arms and matching lowers...it could have been a lot higher. So, you may want to consider what you mean as "best". And how badly you want it.
  35. 9 points
  36. 9 points
    Hi All, I have 2004 BMW E60 525i Japan spec. Unfortunately the radio signal range is different on my car and needs resetting. Re-setting can be done through plugging computer to the car and doing necessary coding. If anyone knows any garage or person in Dubai/Sharjah who does this for a reasonable price, kindly ask you to post details below (name, phone number, location). I am trying to get the cable and learn the software on my own, but it will take time. Meanwhile, your help will be appreciated.
  37. 9 points

    Driver seat jerking

    Hi Gaurav, Trail Blazers from that period have a known issue with the seat frame that breaks. The most common problem is a cross brace that breaks because it is not strong enough, but if you know of a good welder, you can remove the seat and have it repaired relatively cheaply. Another common problem with Trail Blazer seats is the runners that either break, or stick in one position. This too can be repaired by most garages, but I would advise you to go to a garage that can do TIG welding, since ordinary arc welding will just break again because the weld is very brittle.
  38. 9 points
    Hi, When off roading with my FJ 2014 on H4 sometimes I get a noise from the engine and a light flashes on the main panel for a few seconds. It happens normally when in soft sand. The sound last for a few seconds also, but it sounds terrible! Is that the TRC? What would you recommend? Thanks
  39. 9 points

    2004 Range Rover Break problem

    I have 2004 Range rover with 300000 km. Seven day back while driving I notice clicking or knocking sound coming out from the driver’s side. At an average speed of 60kmph, but as soon as it obtain to 80kmph it ideally go without a disturbance. In between 50 to 60 kmph speed the abs sign changes "On" immediately. Now that signals stick to until the car engine stop. I don’t understand literally what the problem is all about. I believed it could be typical replace of brake pads. Is it? I wish it just a brake pad or disc? Or something else.
  40. 8 points
    Hey People, I really enjoy driving this amazing beast or a luxury car on Dubai road. It been one of the most special car to after coming to Dubai. I love this car a lot. I would like to raise one small problem happen last night after visiting Dubai mall. Everything was going great and I went to mall with my family to enjoy some shopping, well the car was park when I reach without any hassle. But when I am back to get my car from parking my family was waiting to the exit door I notice a problem in shifting from ""P"" to ""D"" mode. When I was trying to move the gear lever from parking to drive mode it was making a scratch sound. I did not realize what has happen, I tried at least 6 time to get it to the driving mode but all the trial was failed with scratching sound. I was scared I don’t know what has happen suddenly to the car. I came down from the car and give a final try after 10 minutes, I pushed brake and tried to remove a safety key and put it back and tried again, this time with the god grace it started and easily shifted in to drive mode. I don’t understand how! But again now at this time after reaching to my home safely I found another problem where I was not able to shift the gear into ""R"" the shifter was not catching the gear! Well at 11 pm in the night I did not bother to indulge more time, because it seem my car had a severe issue in shifting gear into ""P"" and ""R"". I hope I am thinking in a right direction?? Is gearbox gone for a toss? Is there any cheaper fix to repair it, as I am sure gearbox in this big beast must be damn expensive. Any cost effective ideas guys....?
  41. 8 points

    Is dash cam are allowed in the UAE?

    I have seen in so many countries that drivers are driving with the permanently installed dash-cam in their car to protect their innocence on that one ugly day. I have been thinking of same to use it here and was discussing which one to buy and then one of the colleague pointed that it's not allowed in the UAE. Wanna ask you guys if it's really allowed here or not as I don't find anything objectionable to record on-road traffic.
  42. 8 points

    the suspension wont rise

    hey guys i am a owner of audi quattro 2008 model, recently i have noticed that the air suspension will not rise i have never had issues like this previously but one morning ci start the car and i wont rise so i switched it off and restarted the car but it still got stuck in the down position. any clue what cud be the problem
  43. 8 points
    I always get amazed with car manufacturer thinking that they have developed so many new technologies and still all car manufacturers are ignoring the engine overheating aspect. I am yet to see a car that is designed with simple sensor logic to shut-off car engine by killing the fuel or air supply as soon as engine temperature rises by more than 10-15%. Are these all manufacturers not doing this intentionally so lot of amateur blows their engine and they make good business from spare parts and repair....? Shame on them. I just heard from a poor guy in my office who blew his engine this morning, due to lack of coolant as car radiator was leaking and he did not noticed and hence his engine temperature hit the MAX red zone and then died. Now car is not starting at all.
  44. 8 points
    Hi Audi owner, I would like to discuss problem in my Audi A8 and believe to get a useful answer to resolve this issue. I purchased Audi A8 from Dubizzle just 2 month ago. It's 2011 model with over 190000 km approx. Just after 1000 km of run it began creating problem for me. I experienced my car is creating strange noise whenever I go over a bridge or flyover, or bad street. At some point I believe vibrations, excessive bouncing, car does not feel steady whenever I break I feel like I am driving bike with big shock-up in front. Also whenever I drive through a bump, my car tires literally bounce up and down nonstop. It happen usually getting all the way down from flyover majorly and speed breakers. I think Audi has some manufacturing problem or may be something else. I am not sure from where this sound is turning up and what the problem is! This is completely new and annoying to me. This noise disturbance is horrifying or annoying to me. Well I went to Audi supplier in Dubai and say the same problem, as per car auto mechanic information they don't discover any danger in my car!! Or maybe they don't want to acknowledge it as they might not have remedy for it. On the other side while looking online there are series of same problem that owner are facing!! I am not sure how I could fix this matter and where I should take my car because I hardly know any Audi nice garage. I wish somebody might aware of this matter here and help me with some appropriate proactive approach. I also want to understand what problem it could be, from where this noise is coming?
  45. 8 points

    8 Steps to buy any car

    8 Most important steps before buying any car in Dubai and UAEBuying New or Used cars in Dubai and UAE is one of the most important and very valuable decisions that any individual or household makes. It is very difficult to find a good car from the hundreds of new cars and thousands of Used Cars for sale in UAE. That’s why many times I have been asked for car buying tips and tricks in choosing the right car model for my friends and family. So I thought of laying down my 15 years of car owning, buying and selling experience in words and try to help everyone here. It’s quite detailed and comprehensive so that it can clear many doubts, but don’t worry I made sure that I keep it to the point and very interesting to read. I am sure that after reading this you will realize that there are much more choices exists for Cars for sale in UAE other than just Toyota’s and Nissan in Dubai. Lol. Nothing in life comes for free, so the first and the foremost part are to allocate a budget that many people think is not very important at initial stage. But, trust me when I say its number one then there is a fair reason as changing your budget every week you will make your car buying experience more difficult. About 75% of car buyers in the UAE like to compare cars and hence for a fair car comparison you need to set a fix budget. You can read more here on “3 Key factors for assigning next car budget?” If you are not sure what all factors you need to consider while allocating the Car budget. Second step is to identify your Car need, which should be balanced between your emotional need and practical needs. My heart want’s cool looking 2 door sports car but with a family of 5 or 7, how do I practically enjoy that car with my family or will it be my second car for the weekend drives? All these questions you need to ask yourself honestly and decide accordingly and lock that choice to make rest of the process effective. You can read more here on “7 Car types that you should know before buying a car” Third step is to identify which Car brand or brands you like to buy or consider and why, as every car brand in today’s world is very different in behaving after couple of years of use. Some stay strong for over 10 years and some fall apart soon after the warranty. However every car brand has something special to offer, like some gives you most modern tech and gizmos than any other brand. Some offer extreme reliability, other specializes in the cheapest maintenance and so on. Sadly you can’t mix all good in one brand as every good has associated bad with it. If you fond of new tech and gizmos then slash out the reliability as no one has yet fully tested those technologies and if you like reliability then you should be happy to use the few year old proven technology that has been already perfected. You can read more here on “Top 5 best car brand types to buy” Remember that all this information is an indicative and based of several years of past experience, which may or may not co-relate after few years. Fourth step is to identify which year car year model you should choose or you can afford. If you are a new car buyer, then omit this point. Otherwise it is very important while you are in the market of used car for sale in UAE. Striking a balance between a model years vs. odometer reading is very important and as a car buyer you need to understand its importance thoroughly. This point alone is a very big game changer in identifying the right price for any used car for sale in Dubai or in UAE. Apart from year you also need to decide on full options vs. base option and entry models vs. flagship models and why? All three points are explained here “3 Secrets to choose perfect car model” Fifth step is to find the clean used cars in UAE, and this alone is havoc these days as due to quick internet education every seller and buyer is becoming very cautious and over smart. The most effective and single trusted method for finding used clean cars in UAE is to ask a single golden question: “Do you have full service history”. This question alone will filter more than 75% of the used cars and then you can focus on your mission more effectively. Off course if you know the cars in and out then you can take a bet at your own risk, but for normal average person who knows only 10% -20% basic car knowledge it’s better to rely on the service history records. This is fully explained here "One and only way to find trouble free used car" If you still need some convincing. Sixth step, relatively easy but important to know from where and how to buy the clean used cars for sale in UAE? As overtime this place has grown so much that people think that whatever legacy methods they have been using is still applicable, but it’s actually not. Just like anything else, this has also gone pass it’s saturation point few years back and now every used car buyer and seller need to know this: "5 Best places to buy clean used car at good price in Dubai & UAE" This point alone can save you so much time and money, that you will realize it only after the bad experience with the wrong guys. Seventh step is to put the reality to test and find out if all the above efforts have been followed properly or not. Once you are totally convinced with the model, odometer, condition, options etc. next is to test the car thoroughly by yourself as much as you can before you finalize or take it for further inspection with specialize technician. You should know the basic points to check the car as you don’t want to spend the technician fees for testing 5-10 vehicles, so knowing basic testing points will help you eliminate at least 75% - 80% of your car choices and only 1 or 2 will make it to professional technical test: "5 Things to check in used car before buying?" Eighth and the final step are to decide the final hand-shake price of the car. As true gentlemen you should always stick to your words while doing the negotiation. And never ever give your final offer if you are not serious to buy, or have some doubt before the final testing. Keep the seller in clear picture that you suggest an “indicative price” depending on the final inspection. I have seen major drama stories happening at the testing center when both buyer and seller are right and still deal fall apart because of the lack of clarity in communication. For putting the genuinely right price of any car if you spend 10 – 15 minutes with basic math you can do it yourself and don’t require any price comparison website. I have laid out the best practice that is been followed by insurance companies for over a decade to put a fair value price on any used cars here "4 Most important factors impacting used car price" Remember if you buy it right, you will enjoy it and not lose an arm and a leg while selling it. This is kind of must-read of all the above eight points. Disclaimer: I have written this and all linked articles to help my friends and family and other car enthusiast’s like you. This is purely based on my own experience. If you know anything more than this I am happy to edit these articles any time. Please leave me a comment and I will accept your changes and improvise these as soon as I can. 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  46. 7 points

    Funny Car Memes

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  47. 7 points

    American vs German and why?

    I disagree with the whole German cars being reliable thing. Maybe 25-30 years ago, they got a reputation for being reliable and deservedly so but these days, not so much. The Volkswagen/Audi FSI/TSI are crap in terms of reliability for want of a better word, the DSGs are terrible for clutch and mechatronic system failures and horrendously expensive to repair when they go wrong. The Germans put so much focus on trying to cram their cars with new technology and gadgets that some of it is bound to fail at some stage. But to answer your original question, American or German? Japanese every time.
  48. 7 points
    Myth about lifetime transmission fills There has been a lot of talk lately about “lifetime” transmission fills, so in this post I will take a closer look at this issue. Lifetime transmission fills have destroyed thousands of transmissions all over the world, simply because transmission fluid breaks down, just like any other lubricant. More importantly though, a new transmission has a lot of relatively rough wearing surfaces, which means that the metal particles that wear off internal components eventually end up in the fluid, where they are filtered out by the transmission filter. However, many “lifetime” transmissions do not have internal filters any more. Instead, they have fine metal mesh strainers or screens, and the problem with that is the fact that most metal wear particles are small enough to pass straight though the strainer where they can become stuck in the valve body, where they can cause hard and/or erratic shifting, or sometimes a failure to shift at all because they prevent valve shuttles in the valve body from moving freely. That is just one of the many problems with lifetime fills. Another issue is that since many transmissions do not have proper filters, metal wear particles are allowed to circulate freely, despite the fact that almost all transmissions have two more magnets in the oil pan to “capture” floating metal particles. In practice though, there is no guarantee that any magnet will always capture all metal particles, so in effect, the metal in the fluid turns the fluid into a sort of grinding paste that causes premature wear on the clutch packs, bearings, planetary gears, and small moving parts in the valve body. Then there is the problem of additives in the fluid that break down. Many car manufacturers claim that the fluid in their lifetime fills is fully synthetic. That may be true in some cases, but they are only telling you half of the story. The fact is that the word “synthetic” means nothing in itself, since even the best synthetic fluids do not offer enough lubrication on their own. All synthetic lubricants need additives like friction modifiers, anti-foaming agents, and corrosion inhibitors to protect against corrosion and mechanical wear, and there is no single additive that lasts forever. ALL additives break down over time due to the effects of heat, moisture and contact with oxygen, and while this breakdown process takes longer to occur in transmissions than in engines, it does happen, and when it does, it causes problems with shifting because the fluid no longer lubricates the transmission properly. One of the major manufacturers of transmissions, ZF, recommends that the fluid in their products be replaced every 80,000 kms, but car manufacturers have made it almost impossible to replace the fluid. It is certainly possible to replace the fluid when you start experience shifting problems, but the problem is that nobody knows how much fluid most modern transmissions take. Measuring the amount that comes out of a transmission when you remove the oil pan is only a part of the fluid charge- the rest remains behind in the torque converter and in the valve body, so you don’t know how much fluid to put back in. Overfilling a transmission is just as bad as under filling it, which means that unless you have diagnostic equipment with the correct software to measure the temperature of the fluid as you fill the transmission, you could accidentally destroy the transmission by overfilling it. Transmission fluid expands as it heats up, which means that a transmission must be charged with the correct amount of fluid, with the temperature of the fluid determining the exact volume of fluid required. In most cases, this temperature is about 400C, but unless you can measure this temperature accurately, you could end up over filling the transmission as easily as under filling it. A modern car transmission can take anything between 4.5 and 6 litres of fluid, but since you don’t have a dipstick to gauge the level with, you just don’t know how much, or how little fluid to put in the transmission. So is a lifetime transmission fill a bad thing? It is absolutely a bad thing because you cannot service such a transmission, and there is a good chance that the dealers don’t know how to service a malfunctioning transmission with a lifetime fill as well. Moreover, you don’t get a lifetime guarantee to go along with the lifetime fill, so you are basically on your own when the transmission fails if the car is not covered by a warranty- and that is a very bad thing indeed. Bottom line, change the transmission oil and filter every 50,000 to 60,000 kms irrespective of the car manufacturer or dealer advise of lifetime transmission fills. This is my personal advice based on burning my fingers twice by believing in the theory of lifetime transmission fills. Both the time all my internet research and consultation with top mechanics taught me this lesson.
  49. 7 points
    The top 5 most common Car problems Car not starting The single most common car problem is the car not starting and that has series of things to check and troubleshoot before calling a recovery and sending for detail diagnose. Low on fuel: If car is extremely low on fuel and fuel pump is weak and/or old it will not build enough pressure to start the car as fuel delivery is very less. To counter this, always keep fuel more than 1 quarter of a tank. Dead Battery: If battery health indicator turn white, it means its dead. Green is good, empty means that battery is fully discharge and can be recharge by jump starting the car and then driving the car for more than 20 minutes to start the charge cycle. If car interior lights and headlights are dimmed then it’s a sign of weak battery that stop retaining the charge for certain cranking amps and failing to start and changing the battery is required. Choked Air filter: Check the air filter and it should look clean and free from dust and practically in a white or lighter color (depends on brand). If it’s fully clogged, choked and turn to darker color then remove it out and tap it on the floor gently couple of times to remove the dust as much as possible or use compressed air to blow the dust away. If car starts, then change the air filter asap as it’s not good to suffocate the car air delivery passage, that will burn more fuel and have difficulty in start up again very shortly. Car wobbling or pulling on one side Car majorly wobble due to unbalance wheels. No matter how good they were balanced in the past this problem can still occur, by simply hitting or scrubbing the pavement that removed the wheel balancing small metal strip accidentally. While balancing the wheel it is important to see Zero | Zero on both left and right side of the wheel to make sure it is 100% balance. In off-road cars, little bit of sand can get in the tire that makes similar wobbling as that sand keep rotating inside the tire. So get the tire open and remove all the sand from inside and then balance the wheels. Last but not least this can also happen if all 4 tires are inflated at different PSI level. Always inflate the tires as per OEM specification sticker placed on the driver door side (when open). In some cases (not so common) car can also wobble while having a drive-train issue, axle issue or faulty suspension. These all require professional diagnose and repair accordingly. Reason for car pulling on one side is the wheel alignment and that is totally different than balancing. Alignment is much quicker than getting all wheel balance and done faster and cheaper. Alignment will keep your car steering straight on road and also save your tire from uneven wear. Check engine light This one is the big Pandora box that can get on for so many minor to major reason that to list all of them here will require a separate book for each brand. However, in general “Check engine Light” comes for below most common reasons: Car is due for service. Fuel cap is not closed properly. Crank sensor, Cam shaft sensor need replacement. Faulty spark plug, HT lead (plug wire) or faulty ignition coil. Engine oil level depletes due to leak or internal combustion. Air filter is not set properly, or air flow meter on air filter housing got loose. Issues with emission control and some of the emission component need change. Engine Overheating Most dangerous and often neglected that result in huge repair bills. Always keep an eye on Engine temperature gauge inside the car dashboard. STOP the car immediately if it rises even slightly and inspect the below items immediately: Check the level of coolant in reservoir bottle, if low top-up immediately. Check the level of coolant in the radiator (when car is cold), if low top-up immediately. Check radiator fan is working in two speed: low (normal) and high (when car is hot). Check if there is no leak in the radiator and neighboring big black water hoses. AC fan works, when you switch on AC and shuts off when you switch off AC. If you pay attention to above 5 points, you will save over 75% chances of your car getting overheat and save your engine. Hope you know if car engine overheat to the max ONCE, it has over 90% chances that you need either new engine or rebuild old engine that cost almost 60%-70% of the engine cost. So make sure your eyes are always glued to the engine water/coolant temperature gauge and you notice the rise in time and stop to diagnose. If in doubt, do not drive if car is overheating in idle. Period. Screeching noise while braking In simple words, if you hear screeching noise while braking then change the brake pad shortly as they are going to screech even more in next few days to remind you for the required maintenance. While changing brake pads, front set of pads get consumed 3 times faster than the rear ones as over 70% of the time car only uses front brake and not rear. It’s only when car is under full load or high speed hard braking engage all 4 brakes together to stop your car faster. While at it you also should pay attention to brake disc condition, and should always get the brake disc skimmed if your brake pad change was delayed and constant metal scratching caused the serious scratches on the brake disc surface. Secondly, brake disc has certain minimum thickness and if it’s lower than the threshold thickness (mm) then it is highly advisable to change it ASAP for safe braking. Check your car repair manual or speak to service adviser to find out the minimum thickness of brake disc for your car model. Headlight or Taillight not working First thing to doubt when the headlight or tail light fails is the electric fuse, which is simple do-it-yourself job and replace any blown out fuses. If fuse were fine then you can check the lamp placed inside the tail light or head light and see if that is blown out, just like our house bulb it also breaks the filament after certain age. These two above steps can be simply performed by reading your car owner manual instructions. Beyond this point to check the switches, wiring, distribution points you will need a professional assistance to carry out a thorough check with a certified car electrician.
  50. 7 points

    Specific batch problems?

    I am not a very happy Honda owner right now. At 7000 miles the dealer replaced the original brake pads because of the slight grinding noise that I was complaining about. They said that there was a problem with "only that specific batch". At 12000 miles the noise started to get louder. This weekend at 18000 the noise is louder than ever before and a lot more frequent. Went to the shop again today. They could not hear the noise and since the pads were replaced with the so-called "upgraded" pads they could not do any more. Intermittently, I can still hear the noise. Figured it's about time I asked a few Honda fanatics on this site for some advice.