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: Bose radio system no sound
April 29, 2010, 02:38 PM
You may have a problem with the radio amp on your 1998 Cadillac Seville. The amp is located behind the rear seat back - you may find access from the trunk. Check the audio and audio amp fuses in the rear junction box, under the rear seat.
Question Answered: Wet Head lights Interior
April 29, 2010, 02:21 PM
Chances are the headlight assembly on your 1999 Lincoln Town Car is cracked or the seal is damaged. A slight amount of moisture is normal and should evaporate quickly once the headlights are turned on and some heat builds up. If there is excess moisture built up then the headlight assembly should be replaced.
Question Answered: check gages light
April 29, 2010, 02:18 PM
Normally the check gauges light on your 1994 Plymouth Voyager would direct you to look over the other dash gauges to check their readings. If the check gauges light is on and the none of the dash gauges are out of range (low oil pressure or high engine temperature for example) then there could be an internal fault with the gauges cluster causing the light to come on.
Question Answered: my car will not move
April 29, 2010, 02:12 PM
All you can do at this point is to look under the hood of your 1994 Pontiac Bonneville and make sure the shift cable and linkage are moving correctly at the transmission. If that checks out OK then the fault is internal to the transmission. If you find you need the help of a local repair shop please use the following link to find a shop near you - http://repairpal.com/directory?address=95482&car_brand_names=Pontiac.
Question Answered: Code po141 whats the deal
April 29, 2010, 02:09 PM
Make sure you have the correct power and ground to the rear O2 sensor heater circuit in your 2005 Acura RSX. Please see the RepairPal article for code po141 - http://repairpal.com/obd-ii-code-p0141.
Question Answered: replacing rear sparkplugs
April 13, 2010, 08:30 PM
Be careful if you try greasy1's trick. Make doubly sure the chain is secure. There is also a special tool you can purchase which bolts in place of the upper engine mount for pulling the engine forward. Also remember, when pulling the engine forward the transmission must be in neutral.
Question Answered: how to upgrade my a/c
April 09, 2010, 04:05 PM
Who ever is refilling the freon in your a/c system should be able to make the conversion to the new 134a refrigerant.
Question Answered: abs light
April 09, 2010, 04:03 PM
The most likely cause would be a faulty wheel speed sensor on your 1992 Toyota Camry. Fault code(s) will need to be read, diagnosed, and repaired in order to keep your ABS light off. Please use the following link to find a shop near you - http://repairpal.com/directory?address=85212&car_brand_names=Toyota.
Question Answered: how do the window crank handles come off
April 09, 2010, 03:59 PM
There is a horseshoe clip that holds the window crank handle in place on your 2007 Chevrolet Colorado. Generally a special tool us used to remove the clip.
Question Answered: 05 chevy suburban brake lights
April 09, 2010, 03:56 PM
The brake light switch on your 2005 Chevrolet Suburban is located on the brake pedal assembly under the dash - unfortunately they can sometimes be very hard to get to.
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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