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Question Answered: heater/relay switch
February 14, 2011, 07:45 AM
The first thing to do is check the fuse. Look in your owners manual for the location. Testing the heater switch may require removal or partial dis assembly of the dash. The relay is located behind the left side of the dash.
Question Answered: wont start
February 07, 2011, 07:39 AM
If everything worked before replacing the battery and alternator, that's the place to start. If the starter just clicks, that would indicate a poor connection at the battery. Remove the battery cables, clean the terminals with a wire brush, baking soda and hot water. Then reattach and try it again. On GM battery cable ends, you must peel back the rubber insulation covering the metal part of the cable end to clean.
Question Answered: high co readings
February 03, 2011, 03:28 PM
High CO readings means it is burning too much gasoline. Emissions diagnosis and repairs are easy for a qualified repair shop. Check the emissions repair booklet that the emissions station should have given you for a reputable shop near you. Look for a shop that has a 95 or better score. That means they can fix your problem. Make sure the shop will get your car retested after they make the repair. That is your assurance they can fix the problem.
Question Answered: intermittent wipers are not working
February 03, 2011, 03:22 PM
The wiper park switch is inside the wiper motor. Swap the wiper motor with one that you know works. If the problem goes away, the motor is bad. It could also be that the wiper arm on the side that had the loose not is positioned incorrectly and not allowing the motor to reach the park position. Remove that arm completely and try the wipers again. If it works, leave the key on, turn off the wipers to allow them to park, then reinstall the arm.
Question Answered: truck wouldnt start dis morning.
February 02, 2011, 08:40 AM
This truck does not have a fuel pump switch. The fuel pump is activated by a relay under the hood. Fords also have a trip switch located in the back of the car that tuns off the fuel pump in the event of a rear end collision.
Question Answered: Can i ride the car without serpentine belt? ASAP
January 31, 2011, 01:12 PM
If the only thing the belt drives is the AC, no it won't hurt anything. If the bracken is cracked, I would suggest getting it replaced. You may be able to get a good used part instead of buying a new one.
Question Answered: Why won't my parking lights turn off?
January 31, 2011, 01:10 PM
If your car is a Subaru, the wash attendant probably flipped the rocker switch located on the top of the steering column, between the steering wheel and the dash. If your car is not a Subaru, it is possible the car wash got the lights wet, and when you turned on the lights the fuse blew. Have the fuse for the park lights inspected. If the park lamp lens is cracked, that is how the water got the bulb and socket wet.
Question Answered: Engine Knocking
January 27, 2011, 01:28 PM
A knocking noise from the engine that increases with engine speed may be a connecting rod bearing. If that is the case, major engine repair is needed. If the engine has many miles, repair may not be cost effective.
Question Answered: squicking sounds
January 27, 2011, 08:02 AM
Without a doubt noises are the hardest things we are asked to find and fix. There can be many things that cause noises. If the noise started after installing bigger tires, first put the old tires back on and see if the noise disappears. If it does, the offset of the rims or tire diameter can be the cause. If the noise is still there, rule out the tire changeover as the cause. Stop by and we'll go for a ride and make a suggestion. That is the easiest way to help figure it out.
Question Answered: glow plug function and causes
January 24, 2011, 07:23 AM
The next thing I would look at is the amount of current the starter is drawing. If the starter is not functioning properly, the engine will turn over slowly. Also test for excessive resistance on the battery cables. Many times a loose or corroded connection can cause slow starter operation. Once you get the engine turning over normally, then focus on the other causes of the engine not being able to start.
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Comment: You Do Have a Choice When It Comes to Maintenance
September 05, 2012, 09:42 AM
The very first question I have is what was done to you caravan that you are calling a tune-up? These days that phrase can mean a lot of things. It appears that the oil on your garage floor could be as simple as a loose drain plug or oil filter or oil spilled on the frame when the oil was changed. Keep an eye on your oil level. Also the fan belt and tensioner are a problem of these caravans. It would be reasonable to conclude that the first mechanic did not notice a problem with the fan belt. If the first mechanic replaced the spark plugs, it is easier to remove the cowl. So maybe he forget to reconnect the drain. I will also suggest finding a shop that you can trust. Then if a problem develops after a repair, take it back and ask them to take a look. Many times things that happen after a repair are consequential and not deliberate. But if you trust your repair shop and they are honest, they will admit if they made a mistake. To find that honest and reputable repair shop look for affiliations with the BBB, AAA and ASA (Automobile Service Association). And don't forget to look at their on-line reputation. Good luck.
Comment: Right to Repair
September 05, 2012, 09:03 AM
Repair shops already have the "Right To Repair". Information, tools and training are already available. Though not free, these things already allow the good shops to fix every problem any car owner could experience. The idea that a legislated action to force car makers to release information will only make the job more difficult. Government will be forced to enforce a legislative action. Why bother when the information is already available? An informed consumer could conclude that this is not being pushed by a group of independent auto repair shop owners in Massachusetts, but instead is being spearheaded by aftermarket parts manufacturers that want proprietary information to make cheap knock-off parts. Those in the industry already know that some if not most of the parts made by these companies are not of the same quality as the original manufacturer. But the real loser here is the consumer in the form of higher taxes (someone has to pay for enforcement) and higher repair costs (the car manufacturers will start charging more for the information that is already expensive).
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