Jim Taddei

Master
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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: I need a Blower resistor so my air conditioner will blow correctly.
July 09, 2012, 01:39 PM
The RepairPal estimator indicates the $150 estimate is a bit high, (http://repairpal.com/estimator/results) perhaps there are some diagnostic charges includes in your estimate.
Question Answered: Just got a brand new starter and my car wont start I turn the key theres no clic
July 09, 2012, 01:32 PM
The problem could be with the anti-theft system. Please visit the following link for more information: http://repairpal.com/car-wont-start-because-of-anti-theft-system-that-uses-raised-chip-key-032
Question Answered: Any common known problems for just the engine temp mechanical gauge not working
May 15, 2012, 05:28 PM
The temp gauge signal comes from the PCM which relays the signal from the engine temperature sensor. I would suspect the temp gauge is no longer working due to an internal cluster fault. If the coolant sensor signal to the PCM is OK when monitored with a scan tool, repair or replacement of the instrument panel cluster will be necessary. Please note if the original cluster is repaired, no programming should be necessary. If the cluster is replaced, the new cluster will require programming.
Question Answered: Broke off key in trunk and can't get it out
April 09, 2012, 04:12 PM
If you cannot pull the key out with a pliers, The lock cylinder will need to be removed and disassembled to remove the broken key.
Question Answered: Why does my 04 cruiser temperature gage show hot when still goes down driving
March 16, 2012, 01:19 PM
It is not uncommon for the temperature gauge to rise a bit when the vehicle is stopped, before the cooling fan turns on. If the gauge is going in to the red, it could be that the electric cooling fan is not working properly.
Question Answered: What is the difference between abs control unit and the abs module?
March 16, 2012, 01:15 PM
Your warranty company may be calling the hydraulic valve assembly the "ASE Control Unit" and the electronic brain the "ABS Module" But these names can be used interchangeably. I would recommend you have your insurance company explain what they mean by "ABS Control Unit".
Question Answered: My 2003 G35 Infiniti is using 1 qt of oil every 1,000 miles - any solutions?
March 16, 2012, 01:07 PM
Most manufactures would consider 1qt of oil every 1,000 miles normal usage. That being said, it may be the oil control rings on the pistons are not working as they should causing oil to burn during the combustion process. It may be possible to clean the rings using a "top engine cleaner". Please talk with you local technician to see if they think this will work for you.
Question Answered: my battery light came on, what do think it is?
March 16, 2012, 12:56 PM
The most common reason for the battery light to come on would be a failure in the charging system. It could be the alternator, but with the cost involved in replacing the alternator, I would recommend having the problem diagnosed before simply replacing it.
Question Answered: my check engine light blinks then stays on constantly
March 02, 2012, 03:57 PM
Your flashing check engine light indicates an engine misfire. You should have the problem diagnosed and repaired as soon a possible. A flashing check engine indicates an engine misfire severe enough to damage the catalytic convertor. Please using the following link to find a repair shop near you -http://repairpal.com/toyota-within-10-miles-of-06770
Question Answered: 1) Ignition not turning unless key jiggled 2) Not switching into 3rd gear
March 02, 2012, 03:49 PM
Check to see if your key looks worn. If so, try a new key and see if that works better. If your key is worn and you don't have a spare, have a new key made using the factory key codes. Don't simply have a copy made of your worn out key.
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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