TristanReal

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I am a ASE Master Certified Technician with other 10 years of experience. I am also ASE L1 advanced specialist certified and X1 undercar specialist certified. I love to help others and to educate about automotive service repairs and maintenance. Now, what can i do for you?
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Question Answered: I just did a Head gasket on my 97 Honda civic
July 22, 2013, 04:46 PM
Check your crankshaft seal, oil pump seals.
Question Answered: the fan behind glove compart.keeps going off for the a/c
July 22, 2013, 04:45 PM
Yes. Most likely a new motor. check electrical connections to the motor as well.
Question Answered: I have a 2002 Ford Windstar that idles and accelerates roughly. Rain = flareup
July 22, 2013, 04:43 PM
Well, something must be getting wet and causing your issue. check ignition components. you can also try spraying water around ignition wires and coils to see if your issue acts up then.
Question Answered: how to reset the check engine and change oil soon light
July 22, 2013, 04:40 PM
Change oil light i believe this is the procedure. turn ignition on engine off within 5 seconds step on accelerator 3 times quickly. light should blink and go out. if that doesn't work try doing it 5 times quickly.
Question Answered: My car was hit in a low speed accident in the front drivers sideNow A/C dont wrk
July 22, 2013, 04:38 PM
Check for refrigerant leakage first.
Question Answered: the A/C blows hot air for a bit & car starts to run hot. Then blows cool again.
July 22, 2013, 04:36 PM
I have seen the module or climate controls on these go bad...when it goes hot, try playing around with the climate controls or give it a bump to see if anything changes. Otherwise have the ac system checked out by a reputable shop.
Question Answered: in ac mode driver side vents cool passenger side vents are warm
July 22, 2013, 04:10 PM
If you have separate climate control for driver and passenger then its a dual climate control, there will be two blend door actuators one for driver and one for passenger. It is possible that its the actuator is no longer working but have it diagnosed and tested by a reputable shop to verify.
Question Answered: I was wondering if anyone can tell me where the door blend actuator is
July 13, 2013, 09:56 AM
Should be on left hand passenger side of the dash.
Question Answered: i am replacing one front and 2 rear door blend actuators what do i need to do.
July 13, 2013, 09:43 AM
Alternate Method (w/o Scan Tool) Clear all DTCs. Place the ignition switch to the OFF position. Install the HVAC actuator. Connect all previously disconnected components. Remove the HVAC B fuse for a minimum of 10 seconds. Install the HVAC B fuse. Start the vehicle. Wait 40 seconds for the HVAC control module to self-calibrate. Verify that no DTCs have set as current DTCs. hope this helps
Question Answered: The throttle position sensor is bad. How do I replace it?
July 13, 2013, 09:40 AM
follow your intake tube to the throttle body. Sensor should be in the vicinity of the throttle body.
Problem Reported: Heater Stuck on Hottest Setting Due to Broken Heater Blend Door
May 27, 2010, 11:08 AM

A failed heater blend door or actuator can cause the temperature control for the HVAC system to stop working. A clicking sound from the dash area would commonly indicate an actuator fault. If the heater gets stuck on the hottest setting, the heater blend door may be broken requiring replacement of the heater box to repair the issue.

Car Review: 2001 Honda Civic
July 02, 2013, 03:49 PM
Reliable, cheap to maintain. Classic civic. daily driver. Good job honda!
Car Review: 2000 Volkswagen Passat
July 02, 2013, 02:47 PM
I got the passat 4 motion which is 4wd. Pretty cool to use on winter time. but here are the commons. front suspension corrodes and hard to remove so you end up replacing all components. caliper rear just crapped out on me. but thats ok, rust in illinois is my enemy, thats just mother nature who am i to complain? :) very good car solid. and maintenance is not so bad. i will be driving this one for awhile.
Car Review: 1994 Mercedes-Benz S320
July 02, 2013, 02:44 PM
If you want a luxurious sedan. This is it. rides smooth extra quiet with its double pane glass (looks like bulletproof glass). but of course when you buy luxury, guess what maintenance is luxury too. :)
Car Review: 2002 Honda S2000
July 02, 2013, 02:41 PM
Truly an awesome car. its at its simplest form of a convertible sports car. its nimble, quick, reliable and is good looking. Lowered it with 9 inch wide wheels.
Car Review: 1999 Saab 9-5
July 02, 2013, 02:39 PM
Love the car but man its so expensive to maintain especially now that saab do not make cars. parts are harder and harder to find which mean they are expensive. Engine is solid but leaks so much oil around the gaskets like valve cover, timing cover, oil seals, turbo gaskets. Primarily due to bad crankcase breathing system which was updated but did very little help. Still leaks. Transmission is good and engine is good i have over 230k miles on this and its still the stock engine and trans. Big repairs include timing cover gasket leak repair which includes replacement of head gasket. brake booster leaks, turbo charger, replaced alternator twice. SID display goes blank and flickers a common problem. Antitheft module alarms on its own at times if you live in a rust belt like illinois. these items corrode faster with salt on the road. but other than that i still love it and enjoy driving it. I spun out on the highway going 70mph during winter with my whole family in it and everyone walked away no one was hurt. even my saab wasnt hurt, well couple bruises on the bumpers but thats it.
Car Review: 2001 BMW X5
July 02, 2013, 02:24 PM
First bought this X5 is very stunning good rugged looks but unlike other trucks this is elegant and stylish. Love bmw's because they never go out of style, even for an older model does not look so old. As with any car/truck common problems plauge such as Coolant reservoir, PCV system, Sway bar links, front axles, mass air flow meter to name a few. but not so bad.
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