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If you think a good technician is expensive - try a bad one first. 2x ASE cert. Master Tech / ASE cert. Service Advisor, Canadian Red Seal Interprovincial cert. Technician, European Vehicle Specialist with over 19 years of experience in the different fields of the automotive industry. Please do the following, so we can give you a better response: - give as much info about the problem as possible and the necessary info of your vehicle, including engine size, auto or manual transmission, 2WD or 4WD, in what conditions the problem occurs i.e.: only at operating temp, only when cold, all the times, when I accelerate/ decelerate, etc... - post a follow-up, tell us what happened, what fixed it, share your experience with your local repair shop so everyone can learn from it. Thank you and drive safely in a safe, well maintained vehicle! Zee
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Question Answered: starter
September 16, 2010, 11:31 AM
1. Disconnect battery ground (NEGATIVE) cable from remote ground terminal on shock tower. 2. Remove air cleaner resonator. 3. Remove three Transaxle Control Module (TCM) mounting screws. Move TCM to provide access to top starter mounting bolt. Do not disconnect TCM wiring. 4. Remove bolt attaching starter to transmission housing and remove starter from vehicle. 5. Raise and support vehicle. 6. Remove battery cable nut from starter and remove cable. 7. Disconnect push on solenoid connector. 8. Remove top bolt attaching starter to transaxle housing. 9. Reverse procedure to install, noting the following: Torque starter mounting bolts to 40 ft-lbs . Clean corrosion from wire terminals before connecting wiring to solenoid. If any of these steps aren't clear for you, take the car to a repair shop. Zee
Question Answered: electrical
September 16, 2010, 11:24 AM
Are the radiator cooling fan and fog lights working ? It seems the problem is with the IPDS (Intelligent Power Distribution System). It's a panel with the fuses and relays. BE CAREFUL with the IPDS!!!! do not attempt to remove the relays, they look the same, but they are not removable and interchangeable!! If there is a problem with the system, the whole panel needs to be replaced, otherwise a more serious problem can occur!! Better to take it to a good repair shop or to the dealer. Zee
Question Answered: What kind of transmission fluid do I use
September 16, 2010, 11:10 AM
Any brand of DEX III fluid is good. Zee
September 16, 2010, 11:05 AM
It's an easy one: 1-2-3-4-5-6 the right-front (passenger side) is the number 1 cylinder the left front is #2. So right bank: 1-3-5, left bank 2-4-6 Zee
Question Answered: What does code P0600 mean?
September 16, 2010, 10:56 AM
On modern vehicles there are many control modules on different networks (CAN,MOST, VAN, LIN, D2B etc...) Could be a communication problem between modules on one of the network. It would be better to have the OE BMW code, instead of the OBDII because it's more specific. These type of codes are common if the battery goes down and modules lose power, however it can be a real network problem, which needs further diagnostics. There is a big possibility for other comm. codes in other modules, i.e. if there is a comm. problem between the DME (engine control) and EGS (transmission) the comm. codes will be registered in both - therefor both needs to be reset. Zee
Question Answered: remove and install in heater core
September 15, 2010, 12:55 PM
There are repair manuals in every part store with step by step instructions and pictures. Cost about $15-20.00. It's worth it.
Question Answered: Replace Catalytic Converter - cost?
September 15, 2010, 12:42 PM
Those comes with the front pipe, both (Bank1-2) cost about $ 1,700.00 and 3-4 hours of labor (could be more if fasteners are corroded)
Question Answered: failed HC idle test
September 15, 2010, 12:35 PM
Incorrect cat. converter and restricted exhaust flow could cause this. I assume the air filter is clean. Dirty or bad MAF sensor could also cause high HC.
Question Answered: electrical drain on the battery
September 15, 2010, 12:05 PM
Need to remove fuses each by each and check the consumption of the circuits - see which drains higher than normal amps. When you have the faulty circuit at the fuse, you need to test the individual components on that circuit. Better to have a wiring diagram - otherwise it will be a difficult process.
Question Answered: can you fix a vacuum proplem youself
September 15, 2010, 11:44 AM
First see if a vacuum hose -that is coming from the intake manifold and goes through the firewall to under the dash - is broken or disconnected. Looks like a vacuum feed hose problem. There should be a check valve (directional valve) on this hose also, so check the valve. You should be able to blow trough the valve only from 1 direction. Anyway, if the feed hose is OK, it will need further diagnostics under the dash. On Jeeps it's kind of common that the air flow selector switch knob on the heater control unit brakes, you can turn the knob, but it won't move the selector rod. In this case you need to pull the selector knob off of the unit and replace it with a new one.
Problem Reported: Internal Transfer Case Problem on the 4WD models
February 27, 2011, 05:22 PM

An abnormal noise may develop from the transfer case. At this time parts are not available to repair internal damage to this type of transfer case, replacement is the only option. It is not uncommon for irregular tire wear to cause a similar noise. Diagnoses should be performed to confirm the actual cause of the driveline noise. Tire noise can be reduced by rotating the tires at least every 5000 miles.

Problem Reported: Coolant Leak from Thermostat Housing
December 10, 2010, 11:34 AM

A coolant leak may develop at the thermostat housing, under the intake manifold. Our technicians tell us that revised parts are available to correct this concern.

Car Review: 2005 Toyota 4Runner
September 14, 2010, 08:26 PM
I bought tis car new and ever since she served the family well. I had to wait for it an extra 3 weeks, because I wanted one without the sunroof and leather/electrical seat. I'm a tech, so I take care of all the maintenance or repair and the car gets all the best - OE or better parts. Beside the reg. services I replaced the following: -all tires @ 40K -front brakes @ 50K -A/C evaporator @ 55K (that's the reason for 3 stars on the A/C system) The only thing I miss is an MP3 capable CD player and a switch for the traction control. There are some off-road situations when it would be better off. Overall - it's a great car, I'd buy one again.
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