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I am an automotive technician with 10 years experience. I am an A.S.E. Certified Master Automotive Technician along with the L1 Advanced Engine Diagnostics certification.
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Question Answered: cranks but will not start
November 14, 2010, 11:42 AM
Was there any servicing done to this vehicle prior to it's "crank no-start" condition, or did you just go out to it one day and it wouldn't start? Make sure to double check that your spark plug wires are routed correctly, if they were replaced just prior to this situation. Was the distributor pulled out for any reason? Some more info would help, thanks.
Question Answered: 02 Explorer stalled, now won't start - turn key and no sound whatsoever...
November 13, 2010, 02:32 PM
Possible ignition switch from your description, but more information would be necessary before I would feel comfortable sending you in that direction.
Question Answered: Clearify Injector Replacement estimate.
November 13, 2010, 02:30 PM
Generally when an estimate is worded as such it is only for one fuel injector on the right side, my info says that for each additional injector it would require an extra .3 hrs a piece. So if you were going to replace all the injectors on 1 side it comes out to 4.2 hrs. So one injector says 3.3hrs, 2 would be 3.6hrs, 3 would be 3.9 hrs. Note that each shops labor rate and times will vary. Hope that helps.
Question Answered: Cruise control not engaging
November 13, 2010, 02:26 PM
The diagram that I have access to does not actually show a fuse specifically for the cruise control system, it appears that the ECM sends a voltage signal to the steering wheel switches, which is modified depending on which switch you depress whether it be cruise set, resume/accel, cancel, etc.. Are there any warning lamps on? Does the horn work? If the horn does not work and the airbag lamp is on I would suspect what is called the clockspring mechanism withing the steering column. Let me know, I'll try and help.
Question Answered: How do I remove/replace the license plate lights?
November 13, 2010, 09:48 AM
I looked it up and apparently these things are a bit more complicated than they probably need to be. My info seems pretty vague with some obscure pictures that I can't really make out, It'd be a lot easier to actually see the vehicle. It says that step one is to remove the outre door handle, then you have to remove the license plate housing screws followed by the license plate. Next you have to pry the license plate housing from the rear door by disengaging the plastic clips. Seems like a pain, but like I said, hard to really see whats going on without the vehicle in my face, good luck.
Question Answered: brake work
November 13, 2010, 09:32 AM
A "brake job" can consist of many different combination's of parts and services. Measurements of the main components of the brake system are made, such as brake rotor thickness, runout, parallelism, and brake lining material thickness and variation between all 4 corners of the vehicle. It's possible in some instances that the brake rotors or drums can be machined to provide a flat contact surface, and other times they may not have enough material left for the machining process, in which case new components would be needed. It would be impossible for me to tell you what YOUR "brake job" should consist of without actually doing the inspection personally, but if you have the estimate for what you were quoted and wanted to share that information, I'm more than happy to go over it with you and answer any questions you may have.
Question Answered: overheating
November 13, 2010, 09:10 AM
Are you driving through town, slow speeds with frequent stopping, or are you driving down the freeway when this seems to happen? It is possible that the cooling fans are not coming on, if they weren't your overheating issue would most likely show up when driving around at slower speeds. If it overheats while going down the freeway the fans probably aren't the issue. Another issue is that it is a "perceived" overheating issue, the temperature sensor is out of range and reporting an engine temperature that is actually hotter the reality. Overheating an engine is a very bad thing, I suggest you get this situation checked out sooner rather than later.
Question Answered: eror code 3521 what is it
November 13, 2010, 09:00 AM
How did you access this code? Were any warning lights on, and was there a letter prior to this code, like C3521?
Question Answered: what weight oil is in the 5 speed transmission?
October 31, 2010, 03:34 PM
Sorry, my info just states Mopar manual transmission lubricant.
Question Answered: Coil Test
October 31, 2010, 03:31 PM
It may be beneficial to understand why you want to test the coil pack, but here you go. You are going to need a Digital Volt Ohm meter, set it to the Ohms position, and put one lead into the secondary terminal for cylinder 1, and the other lead for cylinder 5. next move the leads to cylinders 2 and 6, then to cylinders 3 and 4. The readings you will have obtained are your secondary winding resistances, make sure they are all within about 1,000 ohms of each other. To test the primary windings you will have to disconnect the electrical connector at the coil pack, then take one of you leads and place it on pin #4, this terminal is where battery voltage comes into the coil pack. Next, take your other test lead and touch it to pin #3, the pin #2, then pin #1, again, all of these readings should be within about .5 ohms of each other. Maybe if you were a bit more detailed about what your problem is I could help you out more specifically.
Problem Reported: Rear turn signals / brake lamps
November 13, 2010, 02:47 PM
Problem Reported: Check Engine Light and Misfire Due to Stuck Fuel Injectors
September 15, 2010, 10:07 PM

One or more fuel injectors may become stuck closed causing an engine misfire  and the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Our technicians tell us that this problem can be caused by some fuel additives. There are special procedures which may be able to restore the affected injector. If this fails the affected injector must be replaced.

Problem Reported: Car Won't Start Because of Anti-Theft System That Uses Raised-Chip Key
September 15, 2010, 10:06 PM

Problems with the anti-theft systems using the raised-chip key can prevent the car from starting. The wires in the steering column to the ignition lock cylinder tend to break. The the key and ignition lock cylinder must be replaced to correct this condition.

Problem Reported: T-Top Models Are Prone to Water Leaks
September 15, 2010, 10:06 PM

The t-top models are prone to water leaks from the t-tops weather strip seals. Our technicians tell us that replacing the all of the t-top related weather strips will commonly correct most leaks. Care should be taken when removing and installing the t-tops in order to avoid damage to the weather strips.

Problem Reported: Hood and Rear Hatch Supports May Fail
September 15, 2010, 10:06 PM

The hood and rear hatch supports may fail causing the hood or hatch fall back down after being raised to the open position. Replacement of failed supports is recommended.

Problem Reported: Inside/Outside Door Handles May Break
September 15, 2010, 10:06 PM

The inside and outside door handles are prone to breaking.

Problem Reported: Intake Manifold Gaskets May Leak Coolant or Engine Oil
September 15, 2010, 10:06 PM

The intake manifold gasket may develop and external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Running the engine with a coolant/oil mix may result in engine damage. Replacing the intake manifold gasket should correct this issue.

Problem Reported: Replace Fuel Filter Every 30,000 to Prevent Fuel Pump Failure
September 15, 2010, 10:06 PM

The fuel pump may fail causing the engine to stall and not restart. Our technicians recommend replacing the fuel filter every 30,000 miles to help prevent undue strain on the fuel pump.

Car Review: 2003 Volvo S60
November 13, 2010, 09:52 AM
Apparently these vehicles have issues with the turn signals and the radio, but at 100k, things are going to begin to not operate correctly. Don't neglect you spark plugs, allowing them to remain in the vehicle for excessive mileage can end up leading to ignition coil failures, and ignition coils are not exactly cheap.
Car Review: 1998 GMC 1500 Pickup
November 13, 2010, 09:39 AM
I love my truck! These trucks really are pretty rock solid, but it IS necessary to service these vehicles on time and with quality fluids and parts. The biggest problem areas with these trucks that I have found are the fuel pump, intake manifold gaskets, A/C compressor, inner and outer door handles, and maybe I'll throw in the distributor but that's not really a big deal as long as you are getting your tune up done around 100,000 miles. The fuel pumps seem to like to fail around 100,000 mile, so if you have a truck of this vintage, from a few years back to a few years newer, with the original pump with over 100k on the clock, start saving up. The fuel pump alone, (for a quality pump), is generally around $500 - $700.
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