Hey there, oh wise and knowledgeable Car Talk Community. I have a couple of questions about my trusty 2005 Scion xB. First, a little bit about my car and how I use it. I have a 2005 Scion xB which I bought used about 2 years ago and has not given me trouble except for the dreaded power coil on the NUMBER 2 PISTON that niceLeighdone suffered a while ago. I do part time driving for one of those online car services in Baltimore that the cabbies loathe and the potholes in that town are going to be death of my beautiful car.
I am fanatical about maintenance with my car keeping track of the needed changes with an app on my smartphone
Issue #1, I notice that at low speed on rough roads, there is a clacking noise coming from the forward right hand wheel. It seems to match the rotation of the wheel. It only happens when I drive on uneven (aka BALTIMORE) roads at low speeds. I want to nip it on the bud before it becomes a mechanic’s boat payment!
Issue #2. I changed the power coil on the Number 2 Piston and it’s running well, but as I’m driving much more than usual the car runs a little rough when I’m idling on drive, like on a street light or stop sign. Now this is not that big a problem, but as I’m doing this car service, I’d like a smoother idling for the benefit of my passengers.
I love my Scion and would love at least a year or two more on it as it is a good, fuel efficient, quirky car!