Jim Taddei

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I have been in the automotive field since 1975 and have accumulated over 25 years of experience with General Motors products achieving the designation as a GM Master Technician. I am also currently certified and an ASE Master Technician, and hold an Advanced California Smog Check License. I have been the lead technician and team leader at a multi-line dealership. After leaving the dealership I spent a couple of years working in an independent shop and now find myself applying my experience for your benefit at RepairPal. My training includes numerous GM classes and college courses which resulted in an AA degree in Automotive Technology.
Recent Activity

Question Answered: the info creen said readuced engine power how do i fix it
April 09, 2010, 03:54 PM
The reduced engine power message on your 2003 Cadillac CTS is most likely caused by a fault with the electronic throttle control system. Fault code(s) should be stored in the control module. They will need to be read, diagnosed, and repaired in order to keep the message from coming back. For further help with this problem please use the following link to find a shop near you - http://repairpal.com/directory?address=60099&car_brand_names=Cadillac.
Question Answered: air conditioning blows hot air
April 09, 2010, 03:48 PM
If the a/c compressor is working and the pressures are correct then chances are the temperature control door could be stuck in the "heat" position. Here is a link to a PepairPal article on a/c systems and what can go wrong - http://repairpal.com/my-air-conditioning-is-having-problems-what-could-be-wrong.
Question Answered: hard starting
April 09, 2010, 03:43 PM
Does your F-250 Super Duty have a gas or diesel engine?
Question Answered: Leaking water
April 09, 2010, 03:39 PM
There are drain tubes from each corner of the sunroof than carry water away to each corner of your 1996 Infiniti 130. If one or more of the drains are clogged or disconnect water would most commonly come from the area where the sunroof meets the headliner but that is not always the case. You can do a bit of checking your self by opening the sunroof and carefully poring water onto the sunroof frame - one corner at a time. The water should quickly drain - most likely in the area of each wheel. If during this test the water does not drain properly or somehow enters the interior the reason why will need to be found and corrected.
Question Answered: brakes
April 09, 2010, 03:31 PM
A fault code has been stored in the ABS control module of your 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. Chances are the codes is related to the pump motor circuit. It is not uncommon to find a problem with the main ABS ground on the right frame rail. It is also possible that a faulty battery ground behind the left side of the bumper is faulty. The best bet would be to retrieve, diagnose, and repair any stored fault codes.
Question Answered: replacing tires w/ TPMS
April 09, 2010, 03:21 PM
Any qualified tire shop should be able to replace the tires on your 2005 Acura MDX. Extra care must be taken not to damage the pressure sensors. If the system in your MDX requires a relearn procedure be performed after a tire rotation is done then chances are the relearn will be needed after the new tires are installed. It my be best to ask first before having any work done in order to see if the shop in question can properly handle the job. For more information on shops near you please use the following link - http://repairpal.com/directory?address=65809&car_brand_names=Acura.
Question Answered: severe bucking
April 09, 2010, 03:15 PM
It sounds like you may have an intermittent misfire from your 2000 Buick Century - Has the check engine light been on or flashing? If it has any stored fault codes should be diagnosed and repaired. Please use the following link to find a shop near you - http://repairpal.com/directory?address=28352&car_brand_names=Buick.
Question Answered: My windows go down but won't come up
April 09, 2010, 03:12 PM
If sounds like the window motors are failing on your 1997 Buick Skylark - are all of the windows doing the same thing?
Question Answered: gas in oil
April 09, 2010, 03:11 PM
The most common cause for gas in the oil would be a leaking fuel injector. Does the fuel system on your 1997 Chevrolet Venture hold pressure after the fuel pump turns off - It should, if it does not you will need to find out why. How does the engine run? If a fuel injector is leaking or stuck open the engine will run rough. Also, there should be no fuel leaking out of the fuel pressure regulator at the vacuum fitting with the engine running and the vacuum hose off of the regulator.
Question Answered: wont start
April 09, 2010, 03:04 PM
Perhaps the fuel pump on your 2001 GMC Sonoma has failed. Checking fuel pressure would confirm this. If the fuel pump has failed the fuel tank must be removed in order to replace the pump.
Problem Reported: Front Brake Rotor Wear Can Cause Pulsations
February 18, 2016, 02:18 PM

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians often recommend replacement of the front rotors and brake pads as the best option to correct this condition.

Problem Reported: Speedometer Not Working and/or Code P0722 Stored in PCM
February 18, 2016, 02:18 PM

The speedometer may stop functioning with code P0722 stored in the powertrain control module (PCM). This may be caused by a worn speedometer gear due to coolant contamination of the transmission fluid. If contamination is found the radiator is most likely at fault. The transmission should also be thoroughly inspected and repaired or replaced as required.

Problem Reported: Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft
March 12, 2012, 10:40 AM

The steering may develop a clunk type noise from the upper intermediate steering shaft.  Our technicians tell us that you should check with your local GM dealer to find out what the latest repair is for this condition.

Problem Reported: Fuel Gauge Needle Stuck on Wrong Side of "Empty Stop"
February 23, 2012, 10:17 AM

Do to a low or erratic voltage condition, the fuel gauge needle may "jump" around and become stuck on the back side of the "stop" below the "empty" indicator. This does not mean the gauge is broken. If the gauge cover is removed and the needle is gently moved back around to the correct side of the pin, the gauge will again function normally. When the needle is moved back to the correct position, the electrical problem that caused the needle to jump in the first place must be corrected or the needle may jump around again. The most common problems that cause this condition are a weak battery or corrosion on the battery cable ends.

Problem Reported: Engine May Overheat Due to Cooling Fan Not Turning On
August 11, 2011, 11:15 AM

The radiator cooling fan may fail to turn on resulting in an engine overheating condition, or The fan may not turn off once it is on. Chrysler has released a service bulletin to address this issue. The repair involves install a jumper wire harness and new cooling fan relay.

Problem Reported: Engine May Overheat Due to Cooling Fan Not Turning On
August 11, 2011, 11:11 AM

The radiator cooling fan may fail to turn on resulting in an engine overheating condition, or The fan may not turn off once it is on. Chrysler has released a service bulletin to address this issue. The repair involves install a jumper wire harness and new cooling fan relay.

Problem Reported: Check Engine Light and/or Engine Overheating
August 10, 2011, 08:54 AM

The thermostat may fail resulting in engine overheating and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light. Replacement of the thermostat along with a complete inspection of the cooling system will be necessary to correct this concern.

Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

Problem Reported: Water Pump May Develop Coolant Leak
August 10, 2011, 08:53 AM

The low coolant light may illuminate and/or the engine may overheat as a result of a coolant leak from the water pump. The leaking pump will require replacement and the entire cooling system should be inspected for leaks as it is not uncommon to find multiple leaks on higher mileage vehicles.

Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

Problem Reported: Coolant Leak From Radiator
August 10, 2011, 08:52 AM

It is not uncommon for the radiator to develop a coolant leak. A leaking radiator will require replacement. When a leaking radiator is replaced the entire cooling system should be inspected and if any additional leaks are found they should be repaired also.

Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

Problem Reported: Check Engine Light and/or Engine Overheating
August 10, 2011, 08:48 AM

The thermostat may fail resulting in engine overheating and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light. Replacement of the thermostat along with a complete inspection of the cooling system will be necessary to correct this concern.

Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

Car Review: 1994 Honda Accord
December 10, 2010, 12:55 PM
Good car, too bad there are not more like these.
Comment: Floor Mats and Unintended Acceleration
July 10, 2012, 12:02 PM
A well placed strip of heavy duty, self adhesive Velcro on the back of the floor mat may help keep it in position. First check to see if the "loop" side of the Velcro will grab the carpet. If it will, placing a strip on the bottom of the floor mat at the edge near the drivers seat should help.
Comment: Is Top Tier Gasoline Worth the Extra Money?
June 28, 2012, 01:15 PM
Exxon/Mobil does not "own" Top Tier gas, they are one of many retailers selling this standard of gasoline. Here is a list of those currently selling "Top Tier" gas in the US - 76 Stations, Aloha Petroleum, Chevron, Conoco, CountryMark, Entec Stations, Exxon, Hawaii Fueling Network (HFN), Holiday Stationstores, Inc., Kwik Trip / Kwik Star, MFA Oil Co., Mileage Stations, Mobil, Ohana Fuels, Phillips 66, Quik Trip, Rebel Oil, Road Ranger, Severson Oil, Shell, Texaco, Tri-Par Oil Co., U.S. Oil
Comment: Treating and Preventing Car Sickness
January 04, 2012, 03:00 PM
Leaving Mendocino,CA and driving hwy 128 to though the Anderson valley to hwy 101 is a great drive, but it will make my wife car sick every time! Next time we will have only a light breakfast...
Comment: How Does Your Engine Work?
December 14, 2011, 02:53 PM
Congratulations to SB Automotive! Honda is the worlds largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines, producing approximately 14 million each year. Honda engines power everything from weed eaters to airplanes. They produce engines for automobiles, light trucks, motorcycles, garden equipment, power generators plus marine & aerospace applications.
Comment: True or False: Let Your Car Warm Up Before Driving
April 14, 2011, 08:36 AM
Cpete, When idling or driving a vehicle when cold, condensation will form in the exhaust system. More exhaust flow through the exhaust system while driving a cold vehicle will actually warm the exhaust system faster that if you were to let the engine idle until the exhaust system warmed up.
Comment: Five Driving Mistakes You Are Making Right Now
November 23, 2010, 09:52 AM
While generally not as dangerous as some of the driving faults noted, high on the list should be turn signal use.
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