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: Our 1991 Mercury Capri Turbo 5 speed manual failed emissions.
April 08, 2014, 07:50 AM
When Hydrocarbon (HC) emissions are high, that is a result of an engine misfire, excess fuel entering the cylinders, or a catalytic convertor not working as well as it should. Replacing the plugs is a good place to start, perhaps the 02 sensor as well if it is not to expensive and relatively easy to replace. Make sure you make a good freeway run before getting the vehicle tested, you want to be sure the catalytic convertor is fully warmed up and functioning at its best. If you still don't pass you can plug the results of the test into a Lamda calculator - http://www.smogsite.com/calculators.html#lambda. This calculation will help determine if the problem is to much fuel or something else (misfire or tired cat).
Question Answered: Can I change the wheel speed sensor, front wheel?
July 09, 2012, 03:01 PM
As far as I know, the front wheel speed sensor is part of the hub assembly. Talk with your local parts store to confirm this.
Question Answered: What Can I do about this were it won't break the $ I am unemployed W/low $ funds
July 09, 2012, 02:53 PM
It is not uncommon for the EGR passage at the intake manifold (behind the throttle body) to become plugged. Commonly, the throttle body and EGR valve will need to be removed to clear the passage. I do not recall a P1113 code for this vehicle, perhaps you have the number wrong. It sounds like the cooling system needs a good flushing to remove all the brown sludge. If the engine is still overheating once that is done, the cooling system should be properly diagnosed before any repairs are made.
Question Answered: Have there been any problems with lights on steering wheel failing
July 09, 2012, 01:50 PM
I have seen problems with backlighting failure on the dash & switches. Most commonly the affected component will require replacement as individual bulbs are not easily replaceable.
Question Answered: have there been any recalls for this car?
July 09, 2012, 01:42 PM
You can check recalls on the RepairPal site, here is the link - http://repairpal.com/chevrolet-hhr-2007/recalls
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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