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What's the noise in my Toyota Previa?


My parents have a 1991 Toyota Previa and lately it has been making a lot of metal grinding sounds from the rear. I took it out to test it and for the first few minutes the automobile seems fine. But after a while, and especially on the motorway, the automobile starts making metal grinding sounds.

We took it to a couple of garages and they said it was the rear axle. To fix/replace it, its going to cost around €700 to €1,000 depending on if we want to fix/replace the whole axle. Can the rear axle really be the problem? And does the price range sound right for this problem?

Thank you.

Filed under fault - Asked by Jin Masaki (Fresno) - Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:50

What's wrong with my 2007 Skoda Octavia?


I have a 2007 Skoda Octavia 2007 1.9 TDI that sometimes won't start - the engine will turn over, but won't start. When it does eventually start it runs ok for a while, then it cuts out and won't start any more: fuel pump, pipes, filter and fuses etc, have been checked and all ok. Have a fault code but not sure if related - P1650 data bus powertrain: missing message from instrument cluster ECU.



Filed under fault - Asked by Steve Daly (Cork) - Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:26

How much to replace a Transit's clutch?

How much should I pay for a clutch to be installed on a Ford Transit van please? I am getting mad quotes and ranges from €200-€450.

Filed under servicing - Asked by Yvonne Bracken (Tallaght) - Sun, 09 Jul 2017 13:58

What do my front wheels shudder?

Why do my front wheels shudder whèn I press the brakes?

Filed under brakes - Asked by Tony Ahern - Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:25

When to change Skoda Fabia's timing belt?

When do I change the timing belt on a 1.6 TDI Skoda Fabia first registered in 2013?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Bob Gibbens (Derby) - Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:36

Will Audi Ireland honour an import warranty?

Hi, just wondering if you know if Audi Ireland will honour remaining warranty on a demo imported from an Audi dealer in the UK?


Filed under warranty - Asked by Leo Forde (Meath) - Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:45

Should I stick with diesel for a new Kodiaq?

I am ordering (PCP) a Skoda Kodiaq and want to order the 150hp diesel 4x4. I am seriously concerned, however, about diesel 'issues' and don't want to face any anticipatable difficulties in the short and possibly medium term.

The alternative is the non 4x4 150hp 1.4 petrol version. Have read several of the reviews, see some merits, but fuel economy seems poor and fear the occasions when automobile might be fully loaded. I appreciate no one can know what stance the government may take on diesel, but do not want equity eroded at end of PCP. I drive about 24k kilometres annually.

Many thanks


Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Paul McDonald (Dublin) - Wed, 06 Sep 2017 20:35

My Honda's air conditioning is noisy!

The air conditioning in my Honda Civic 1.5 Sport makes an infuriating whistling noise. Have there been any similar complaints? Is there a cure?

Thanks in advance


Filed under fault - Asked by Dave King (Folkestone) - Mon, 11 Sep 2017 06:44

Skoda Kodiaq or Nissan X-Trail?

Hi guys, as the new rebuffed Nissan X-Trail has just been released with 2.0D 177hp engine, can it stand up against the Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI in terms of performance, handling and quality? Outgoing Nissan SUVs were prone to engine and road noise as far as I am aware.

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Colin H (Kildare) - Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:09

Cost of charging up a BMW i3?

What is the cost of charging a BMW i3 at 18c per kWh?

Filed under electric automobiles - Asked by Eugene Murphy (Galway) - Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:31