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Michaelleech

Newport News, VA

I'm an ASE Certified Master Technician with 16 years of experience and 10 years of experience specializing in diagnostics and electrical issues. My hobbies are reading, coaching kids baseball, playing pool, and running marathons.


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We owned an 06 Mini Cooper, had it for 4 years, never had an evaporator problem. I suspect either a misdiagnosis 1 year ago or now. We can fix it for you if needed. Michael Leech, ASE Master Technician.


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We would need to remove the radio and confirm that the power supply and ground are correct, but it sounds like a failed radio, which would mean replacing it is necessary.


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I wouldn't do a valve job on an engine with 230k on it- too much risk of having a lower engine failure soon afterwards and wasting the investment. Sounds like you have a leak, which might be worth fixing. There is no charge to take a quick look and give you an estimate on fixing it. Our number is 643-2559, and we're located in Newport News.


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Misfire symptoms and codes can be extremely challenging to troubleshoot accurately. Without a high level of knowledge and access to the correct equipment, it is very easy to misdiagnose the cause of the problem. Additionally, the installation of new parts does not eliminate those parts as a possible cause- sometimes they are not any good, either and you end up with TWO problems to try to figure out. The charge for troubleshooting those types of problems starts at 85$. If you'd like us to troubleshoot it, please call James at 643-2559. Thanks, ad good luck!


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I am sure we can successfully troubleshoot your problem, however we are quite some distance from you. You might try to Google search "auto electric repair shops in Virginia Beach". I know there are a couple out there, but I can't remember their names. Your description of the problem makes me think you really need to have a professional troubleshoot this. Good luck! If you need us, we're in Newport News, and the charge for troubleshooting the problem is 85$. Our number is 643-2559; ask for James. Good luck!


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Then it is likely that the wiring to the alternator has a problem. You might be able to find a wiring diagram online and test to verify if the field circuit is being energized and verify if the main power and grounds to the alternator are good. However, in my experience most customers are not successful at troubleshooting and making their own electrical repairs and often end up increasing the total cost of repair by attempting them. The charge for troubleshooting the problem would be 85$. Please call James at 757-643-2559 if you'd like an appointment.


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That doesn't sound like a starter. Sounds to me like a bad connection at the battery cable ends. I'd have to have it here to test it. We specialize in electrical work and we can fix your Versa. Our number is 643-2559, ask to speak to James. Thanks!


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Please do not use stop leak products, you run the risk of clogging other parts of the cooling system. I n my experience stop leak products do not work. You need a new radiator. We can happily install one for you, we're at 643-2559, just across the MM Tunnel in Newport News.


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When an automatic transmission is going into Neutral intermittently it usually indicates a loss of fluid pressure from a failing pump, leaking internal seal, or problem with a fluid pressure regulator or governor. The problem is that an accurate diagnosis is very difficult to obtain without trained techs and equipment. A scan tool (not an OBDII Generic, an expensive factory compatible one like a Snap-On, Bosch or Autel) that can communicate with the transmission computer will be required, as well as potentially having to do a pressure test. Frequently a rebuild ends up being the solution, because even of the initial failure does not warrant a rebuild, the internals can be damaged from the fluid pressure losses. As a reference we charge 85$ to do a diagnosis, and of course, we will be happy to do one if you like.


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That will end up being a timing belt, water pump, cam seals, and crank seal. Probably every bit of 800.00 or more depending on parts quality (and it DOES NOT pay to use cheap parts)


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