joelburke26

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still just a true blue backyard mechanic with every tool known to man.graduated an auto repair tech course to brush up on things that dont apply to auto repair but its nice to have some transcripts.machinest by trade,auto tech by choice.gave up on sears auto center.also I wont step on other techs answers as if it were a d;;k measuring contest here.
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Question Answered: water leaks in my car went l turn on the AC
September 10, 2013, 05:56 PM
condensate drain tube is plugged up.very common on all makes of vehicles.when the evaporator cant drain condensation down the tube,it goes onto your floor.just needs unplugged with a wire or coat hanger.
Question Answered: the back sway bar bushing,rattle & bang the whole time you are driving the car,
September 09, 2013, 01:21 PM
are you sure its not the watts bell crank? its located in the back centered between the tires.those wear out on pt's constantly and cause the same symptons your having.
Question Answered: Does any one know where I can get a stock set of leaf spring shackle hanger?
September 09, 2013, 01:18 PM
check with the dodge dealership.sometimes parts like that are a dealer only part.
Question Answered: timing belt line up and is a 2.0 vtc motor an interference motor
September 08, 2013, 06:20 AM
if its a gas engine then all the 2.0 liter egines are non interference engines,only the 2.0 l diesel is interference.you really should use a precision ground plate that taps into the end of the off centered slots in the end of the cam for cam timing then set #1 to tdc and istall the belt.if youve allready done that then there could be a host off other problems.check for any vacuum leaks then maybe proceed with a leak down test for each cylinder.good luck
Question Answered: oil leaks
September 05, 2013, 01:07 AM
quick n easiest way is to buy a small u/v die kit at your local auto parts store.you just pour in the dye where the oil goes n run the engine five minets or so then look for the dye with the u/v light n amber glasses.the dye will appear flourecent green where its leaking.others may suggest you spend the rest of your life washing the whole engine down to see the dye but thats not the case.most common place that vehichle leaks oil is the passenger side valve cover,very difficult to see if its leaking by the firewall unless you have an inspection mirror.
Question Answered: Local repair shop to replace catalic converter
September 04, 2013, 08:18 PM
prolly just needs a resonator pipe.
Question Answered: struts
September 04, 2013, 08:16 PM
no recommened interval,but 90,000 is common.
Question Answered: Torque specs needed for cyl. head bolts exc.
September 04, 2013, 08:10 PM
45 ft lbs on heads.26 ft lbs on cam bearing caps.22 ft lbs on lower intake.
Question Answered: Cant stop belt squealing noise?
September 04, 2013, 07:43 PM
spray water on it.if it quits squealing briefly then change the belt.
Question Answered: How much would it cost to replace a flex pipe next to muffler?
September 04, 2013, 07:29 PM
two types.woven flex pipe is about $75 per foot,which most likely is what you need.regular flex pipe is $10 per foot and wont pass emmisions.
Problem Reported: check engine light due to secondary air injection pump.
March 01, 2011, 03:26 PM
Problem Reported: Squeak Type Noise from One of Both Front Seats
December 15, 2010, 10:49 AM

A squeak type noise may be noted from one or both front seats. Squeaks can be caused by contact between the seat track locating pins and the vehicle floor pan. Our technicians tell us the repair involves removing some of the seat locating pins.

Problem Reported: Power Steering Fluid Leakage
December 14, 2010, 03:38 PM

Power steering fluid may leak at the power steering pump, line, and / or steering rack. The lines may not be clamped tightly enough, causing a leak. Add new clamps and seals to the power steering line to the pump and to the steering rack.

Problem Reported: Trunk Will Not Latch Closed
December 14, 2010, 02:56 PM

The electric trunk latch solenoid can get stuck in the open position making it so the trunk will not latch closed. The diagnosing technician should verify correct electrical connection at the solenoid and check for correct cable routing. The trunk latch most commonly will need to be replaced.

Problem Reported: Warped rotors due to uneven lug nut torque
December 06, 2010, 01:05 PM

The brake pedal may pulsate on apply due to warped brake rotors. This condition is commonly caused by uneven lug nut torque. Proper lug nut torque is recommended to try and avoid this concern.

Problem Reported: The hood may not latch properly
December 06, 2010, 12:57 PM

The spot welds on the hood striker may be misaligned causing the hood not to latch properly. The correction is to install oversize washers under striker mounting bolts to secure the striker.

Problem Reported: Engine vacuum leak from throttle body gasket
December 06, 2010, 12:52 PM

An engine vacuum leak from the throttle-body base gasket may result in a rough idle and/or stumble on acceleration. If this occurs, replacement of the failed gasket will be necessary.

Problem Reported: Dome light may say on
December 06, 2010, 12:46 PM

The dome light may stay on due to a faulty door jamb switch which will require replacement.

Problem Reported: Rough Running Engine and Possible Check Engine Light
November 30, 2010, 05:42 PM

The Check Engine Light may illuminate, the engine may run rough and have misfires on acceleration. Commonly the ignition coils and/or the ignition coil boots are the cause of this problem. The rubber boot that insulates the coil to the spark plug can dry and crack allowing arcing. Inspect the coils and boots, and replace them as needed. Our technicians also recommend replacing the coil boots any time the spark plugs are replaced.

Problem Reported: Engine Oil Leaks from Cylinder Head Area
November 30, 2010, 05:40 PM

Engine oil may leak externally from the cylinder head gasket. The gaskets were contaminated with metal debris from the factory – between the block and gasket and/or the head and gasket. To correct, the head gasket must be replaced and the mating surfaces on the cylinder head and block need to be inspected for chips or damage. In some cases the cylinder head will not be repairable and will need replacement.

Car Review: 2000 Ford F-150
October 17, 2012, 05:03 PM
my truck is mostly under warranty by auto zone as ive replaced more on this vehicle then all other vehicles ive owned combined.170,000 miles and i can barely keep up with the repairs.im going back to chevy or maybe even toyota.
Car Review: 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
December 18, 2010, 08:34 PM
this truck seems like a whats gonna break next truck.
Car Review: 2008 Toyota Camry
December 18, 2010, 07:26 PM
so far the best car i've ever cleaned or worked on.this is my next car hands down.
Car Review: 2000 Honda Accord
December 18, 2010, 07:23 PM
great car,i've only changed oil and brakes on this vehicle.looking underneath it its very clean.
Car Review: 2004 Kia Optima
December 15, 2010, 06:09 PM
not a bad car just real hard on rotors and pads.
Car Review: 2003 Pontiac Grand Am
December 15, 2010, 06:04 PM
owned this car for seven years.bought it with 28,000 miles .now has 115,000 miles roughly. one fuel pump and a new battery replaced is all ive done to it other then routine maitenance.best car i've ever had.
Car Review: 2001 Chevrolet Blazer
December 15, 2010, 06:01 PM
i would buy another blazer just dissapointed in the abs and how hard this suv is on ball joints.
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