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A rattling noise from the right side of the vehicle can be caused by worn timing belt rollers. These tend to fail and should be maintained to avoid serious engine damage.
Automatic Transmission
A clogged or restricted transmission fluid cooler system can be the cause of reoccurring transmission failures. Our technicians tell us that if your transmission has failed due to lack of lubrication the transmission fluid cooler and lines should be thoroughly inspected for restrictions.
On some models an overly sensitive transmission control module (TCM) along with contaminated transmission fluid can cause the Check Engine light (MIL) to illuminate. Flushing the transmission and replacing the TCM usually repairs this issue.
On some models an overly sensitive transmission control module (TCM) along with contaminated transmission fluid can cause the Check Engine light (MIL) to illuminate. Flushing the transmission and replacing the TCM usually repairs this issue.
The transmission vent tube may get bent while the engine is being serviced. This will cause excessive pressure when checking transmission fluid level.
Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.
It is very important that the rear level sensor is properly bled after any brake work or the rear brake stopping efficiency may be compromised. The Front Brake Rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal.
Our technicians recommend replacing the shim kits when replacing the brake pads.
Some models the front brakes make a groan when coming to a stop due to improperly formulated brake pads. Replacing the front brake pads with an updated pad and turning the rotors will stop the noise.
The brakes may develop a pulsation or judder felt during light and moderate braking. This may be felt as a pedal pulsation, steering wheel shake, and/or a body vibration. The repair involves resurfacing all four brake rotors using an "On-car" brake lathe (replacing if necessary) and using updated brake pads and components.
For the first few miles driven (before the brake pads warm up), the rear brakes may squeal with light brake pressure. Updated rear brake pads are available.
Front brake pads can wear prematurely in city or commute type driving conditions. Heavy duty brake pads are recommended.
If the brake switch light is not properly adjusted, the brakes may be slightly applied when the pedal is not pressed, causing the front brake pads to wear prematurely. Also, the brakes may shudder or become noisy.
Caused by the parking brake actuator lever(s), AWD-equipped vehicles may experience a rattle in the area of the rear wheels. Installing a foam isolator on each parking brake actuator lever will fix the problem.
Even though the manufacturer does not call for regular servicing, our technicians recommend servicing the power steering fluid regularly.
Parking brake adjustments should be performed on vehicles equipped with four-wheel disc brakes at the 30,000 mile service.
If the fuel gauge is inaccurate or not working, it may because the fuel tank has bowed upward and interfered with, or damaged the sending unit (fuel level sensor). If the fuel tank has bowed, fuel tank replacement will be needed.
Fuel injector seals can start to leak and allow oil into the fuel system. Symptoms of this might be rough engine idle or hard starting. Fuel that appears gray or black in the filter bowl when changing the fuel filter is another sign.
Fuel injector seals can start to leak and allow oil into the fuel system. Symptoms of this might be rough engine idle or hard starting. Fuel that appears gray or black in the filter bowl when changing the fuel filter is another sign.
Fuel leaks can develop around the high pressure fuel injection pump. The fuel lines around the fuel filter and the fuel pump also tend to leak.
The fuel pump electrical relay sometimes stops working.
A leaking fuel pump o-ring can cause the Check Engine light (MIL) to come on. Replacing the faulty o-ring will correct this.
A failing ECM or a fuel pump issue can cause a "No Start" condition.
If you experience poor running and low fuel economy after the starter has been repaired, it could indicate that an incorrect starter relay was used. A diode-suppressed starter relay may be needed.
Bad motor mounts can damage the engine coolant temperature sensor wiring, causing intermittent full rich conditions.
The gears for the timing chain can strip, causing the engine to crank but not start.
A cylinder head replacement could be needed if the vehicle overheats and causes the cylinder head to crack between the valves.
Corrosion on the antenna mast can cause poor reception. Replacing the antenna and any corroded parts will improve reception.
Poor radio reception can be caused by corrosion in the antenna mast. Replacement of the antenna and other corroded parts will be needed.

Corrosion/moisture at the throttle position sensor can cause performance issues relating to low boost.