Autohaus Lake Norman

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I am the owner of Autohaus Lake Norman, which specializes in Europeans finest automobiles (BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Saab, VW & Audi) and I am also a GM certified Master Technician (World Class). <a href="http://www.autohausnc.com">Autohaus Lake Norman</a>
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Question Answered: I need to know where to put the oil in my car.
May 06, 2012, 12:57 PM
Any questions like that should always be directed to your owners manual. It gives you that sort of guidance. However, I realize that not everybody still has their owners manual. Often times, there will be a screw on cap on top of the motor (valve cover) that will either say "OIL" or give the oil's reccomended weight (for example "5W-30").
Question Answered: How to stop blower fan
May 06, 2012, 12:53 PM
This happens when the blower control module shorts out. You can usually pull the fuse that is labeled HVAC/Blower (or something similar) or simply go straight to the blower motor and unplug it (will have a purple and black pair of wires running to it)
Question Answered: EML and DSC lights.
May 06, 2012, 12:50 PM
Often times, systems like EML and DSC overlap, so a failure in one system can cause all related systems to also shut down and set a code. So if you fix the EML problem, the DSC may fix itself. The only way to know why these lights are coming on, will unfortunately require the car to be diagnosed by a competent BMW mechanic. If the dealer isn't your thing, you can find good independent BMW mechanics by visiting these websites: www.bimmershops.com www.bimrs.org
Question Answered: 61.000 miles-just told my racking pinion is leaking, How does this happen?
May 06, 2012, 12:48 PM
Rack & pinion assemblies use rubber seals just like most other components and are often under high pressure (over 1,000 psi), so its not unusual for them to leak. On some models like the GMC Acadia, it common to see them leak as early as 20,000 miles! However, I would get a second opinion from another shop before I spend that kind of money on an "upsell" from one shop.
Question Answered: What could cause the engine to overheat when air is turned on?
May 06, 2012, 12:43 PM
Being detailed shouldn't be the cause for the overheat. I suspect that you either have a faulty thermostat or faulty water pump. If you coolant was low from a leak somewhere (expansion tank for example), that can also cause overheating. If you recently had any work done, it could also be that there is an air pocket in the cooling system. Running the air conditioner puts extra load on the engine, which can facilitate overheating issues, if something is wrong.
Question Answered: Will after market distributor work in my car with 3.1 motor?
May 06, 2012, 12:40 PM
Yes, aftermarket distributors will work just fine with your car. Many Firebirds of that year came with the 3.1L motor, it was the standard engine. I don't really see the distributor as being the cause for it running rich. Seems to me like it would be more of an injector issue (leaking, spray pattern, etc...) or even a faulty sensor (oxygen, etc...)
Question Answered: front brakes are locking up after a few miles. what could it be?
May 06, 2012, 12:37 PM
Really hard to say without looking at the vehicle in person, but one thing that usually causes that is contaminated brake fluid. If somebody put anything other than DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid in your master cylinder, the fluid can become contaminated and cause the rubber seals to swell up.
Question Answered: Need to know where piston number 1 is located.
May 06, 2012, 12:32 PM
Not sure when you posted this, but if you still need to know, #1 cylinder is the first piston on the back row (closest to the alternator). Its 1, 3, 5 across the back and 2, 4, 6 up front.
Question Answered: Power outlet stays on after turning the car off.
May 06, 2012, 12:29 PM
Sometimes this feature can be switched from "always on" to "ignition only" by swapping fuse positions in one of the fuse boxes. If this is possible, it will be mentioned in the Owners Manual.
Question Answered: Why would my 'ABS' light stay on?
May 06, 2012, 12:27 PM
This indicates there is a failure in the Anti-lock brake system. Unfortunately, the only way to know what the problem could be, would be to have the ABS system scanned for fault codes. This requires a scanner capable of reading Chassis codes. Typical faults are Wheel Speed Sensors and Control Module (EBCM).
Problem Reported: Suspension fault, "Normal Height Only" message displayed.
June 22, 2014, 06:34 PM
Problem Reported: Power Steering fluid leak
June 28, 2012, 12:18 PM
Problem Reported: Excessive Oil Consumption
May 22, 2012, 10:30 AM
Problem Reported: Power Window Regulators may Fail
September 15, 2010, 10:08 PM

One or more of the power window regulators (one in each door) may fail causing the window to fall into the door and not roll up.

Problem Reported: Oil Leaks From Lower Engine Area
September 15, 2010, 10:07 PM

The engine may develop oil leaks from the lower crankcase portion of the engine block. Our technicians tell us that the engine must be removed from the vehicle to properly repair this oil leak.

Problem Reported: Fuel Level Sensor Failure
May 27, 2010, 11:08 AM

The fuel level sensor in the fuel tank may fail causing erratic fuel gauge operation. Our technicians tell us that on high mileage vehicles you may wish to replace the complete fuel pump module assembly if this condition occurs.

On certain 2005 - 2007 vehicles, General Motors has provided a special service policy covering the fuel level sensor, agreeing to pay 50% of the repair cost. This coverage extends for 10 years or 120,000 miles from the original "in service" date of the vehicle. Please contact your local GM dealer for more information.

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