Terrance Mathews

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Question Asked: Heater & A/C Air Filter???
August 10, 2010, 06:11 PM
Is there an air filter inside the car interior,and when should it be replaced? Can this effect the amount of air flow from the vents?
Question Asked: 100,000 mile tune up??
June 12, 2010, 08:31 AM
Does some of the cadalac engines have aluminum heads on older models back in 1990? Is it safe to drive a car say 15 to 20 yrs and get tuned up at or on the 100,000th mile? LOOKS LIKE ONE MAY HAVE SOME PLUGS SIEZED UP IN THE HEADS??? This is less than 10,000 miles a yr! Is this a safe serviceing option or a sales gimmick??
Question Asked: Can I lube the shift cables on the 5 sp tranny
June 05, 2010, 07:17 PM
Is there a way to lubricate the shifting cables on the transmission? I have a stubborn reverse gear ingaugement. The other speeds are ok,just reverse hard to engauge !
Question Asked: the key and lock
June 05, 2010, 07:13 PM
How much does it cost to replace the ignition lock on the steering column ? The key works ok it turns ok,but if you pull it out it will take some doing jiggeling and shaking to get it to turn to start the engine ,once it works it is ok untill you pull it out to take the key for securety reasons!
Question Asked: Oil Consumption
June 05, 2010, 03:55 PM
I just love this olds cutlass it gets 30-34 mpg highway with the 2.2 ltr engine. I do a lot of short trip drives .I done a complete engine rebuild in 2006,it has always used a pint or slightly more in 1800 miles of city and hyway combined miles. I know this is not much,but will a factory new long block be better or use less oil? I had a local machine shope do all the machine work!I,m thinking they may not have bored the cylinders,to meet the lowest tollerance,on piston clearances. The cylinder head was rebuilt,as well.I use stp added to every oil change,did i use it too soon after it was rebuilt at 500 miles driving?
Question Answered: rear air suspension
June 03, 2010, 06:13 AM
A shock can leak air pressure,or a line to the shock can leak.Check to see that the leveling device is conected to a link that controls the signall to turn on the air pump,when the vehicle is needing to be leveled by the air pumped to the rear shocks.you may be able to find the leak with soapy water sprayed on the shocks air bag or lines from the pump to the shocks.If there be a leak any where in the system the shocks will deflate!And the vehicle will sit down!I,m not sure about a check valve in the system!
Question Answered: wont start
June 03, 2010, 05:54 AM
Your car has a starting ignition,fed from the starter solenoid,while cranking to start the engine, with the key.The ignition switch should supply the ignition with 12 or less volts,to run on,after the engine is started.If you have the ign.switch turned on to run position,while you jump start across the solenoid terminals,the motor should continue to run,if not there is an open circuit on the running ignition.Either from the ignition switch, or from the module to the coil pack!Sometimes you can have one terminal, on one coil, not fire, while the others will,causing a miss,and a new coil will not fix this.This may be due to a faulty module,located under the exhaust manifold bolted to the Engine block.You can have a parts jobber test your module possibly for this starting and running problem.I cant tell how to check the voltage from the ignition switch to the module.You will need a wiring diagram,to find the feed wire,and then you may need to unplug the module wiring at the module, before checking the voltage from the ign.switch.A multimeter is best for this,not a test light,since the computer electronics is delicate.
Question Answered: brake light fuse keeps burning out
June 02, 2010, 07:04 PM
The circuit has a short!The new bulbs had less resistence in them and the fuse lasted a bit longer, before it heated up from excess amps,or voltage draw.Check for a loose ground wire as well.Look for the obvious under the car as well,at the bulb sockets,or where the wiring can rub against frameworks! corosion can cause resistance in circuits.Road splash can be corrosive in due time!in line Connectors between the brake switch,and the rear lites can get moisture in them and corrode.This would be an oppen circuit!Is the carpet wet from leaks underneath while driving??
Question Answered: Lighter and Radio/CD Player Have No Power
June 02, 2010, 06:52 PM
Be sure you check both sides of all the fuses,the radio and cigar lighter, are on the same fuse i think,you should have a cover on the fuse panel, that gives the information on all the circuits.Or if you have the owners manual, in the glove box it will tell it all in detail.I think the clock on the dash is hot all the time, and is protected with a fuseable link.
Question Answered: define Engine type
June 02, 2010, 06:38 PM
The 351w was built in windsor Ontareo,Canada,for ford motor company it is the smaller block verson of the Engine desine back in the late 60's to the mid or late 80,s I think.. The 351 m was built in the USA. It was built as an engine that could be modified to have a changeable cubic engine displacement,either a 351 or a 400 cubic in.By using a different crankshaft with a longer stroke,but used a big block engine for both sizes.It was called a 351m-400,on the lable on the valve cover,and was a 400.The 351cid was labled 351 m The 351 Cleavland was built in Cleavland ,Ohio.It was the high performance version in its day.
Question Answered: blower motor resistor
June 02, 2010, 03:08 PM
The resistor pack is cooled by the airflow in the ac&heater housing!The ground needs checked on the blower motor,or the motor may have dry, or worn bushings,does the air come from the outlets,on the proper modes of the controls? Is the air ample on ac outlets and defrost outlets! Check for ground from engine to firewall! Does the circuit's fuse blow frequently?
Question Answered: car won't start
June 02, 2010, 02:48 PM
First things first! Charge the battery for 15 minutes.While charging battery!Remove the plug from cylinder number 4!If the plug is wet and glossy black replace,or wire brush it clean with brush,and gummout spray.If the plugs are all sooty then too much fuel is delivered.Place a screwdriver shaft tip down into the plug wire from cyl no. 4.Have some one spin the engine with the starter,look for spark to jump to any metal surface or a good ground from the screwdriver shaft, useing the handle to hold it next to ground. .It should jump at least a 1/4in.gap or slightly more if it doesnot then you may have more electrical problems.Try this on all 4 plug wires,incase one has high resistense.If there is no spark,check connections on the battery,and the starter solenoid AT the starter WIRING CONNECTIONS.Also check for a good ground on the engine block.
Question Answered: blower motor resistor
May 29, 2010, 10:01 AM
Let me see now !!!GM has ben good to locate the resistor pack within reach,without too much other items to remove,for a quick fix! Look under the hood on the heater ac box housing,for a conector with several wires in the plug in or connector! After you take the connection loose look to see if there are 2 screws holding the resistor pack in the air box,remove the pack and if there are 3 or more coils within the pack you have found it! Look for burnt or broken coils or resistors ! good luck without a wiring diagram!you should see a blower motor in this area as well! good luck
Question Answered: Speedometer
May 28, 2010, 12:36 PM
I,m not sure on the Ford Taurus,but most all cars dropped the cable and use a sensor to relay the transmission out put speed.Most are located on the transaxle assy,on the passenger side of the vehicle or off center in that direction.The sensor has a 2 wire hook up, and inside the housing uses a reluctor coil and a spoked wheel,that makes a signal or pulse, like the solid state ign system for the eng.This goes through the circuit to the computer moduale and then to the speedometer head.
Question Answered: fuel pressure regulator
March 21, 2010, 09:03 PM
the fuel pressure regulator will be located on one end of the fuel rail,that supplys fuel to the injectors.It has a round body with a vacumn hose atached to the diaphram within the round housing.
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