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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: I have a 99 ford escort zx2 the idler pully inside the timing cover sheard
August 05, 2014, 10:14 AM
the 2.0 is non interference unless its a diesel or probe.
Question Answered: po303 error code, would checking vacuum at egr line cause this
August 04, 2014, 06:09 PM have a misfire on cylinder 3.
Question Answered: What causes gas to leak from the tailpipe? How can it be repaired?
June 28, 2014, 12:57 PM
ok I cant say for sure what your problem is but it looks like some diagnostic procedures need to be performed.a fuel injector balance test needs done for sure along with a fuel pressure drop test.white smoke usually indicates a bad head gasket or cracked head but it could also indicate unburnt fuel in the exhaust.dont rule out the fuel pressure regulator as this could be the problem.a scan tool with live data showing fuel trims would really help you out on this issue.let us know how it goes,good luck.
Question Answered: I have A 2005 kia sorento an it's over heating an bubbling an shaking. & leaking
June 13, 2014, 05:07 AM
the cooling system is going to need pressure tested to find the leak as well as a possible head gasket leak test performed by either the blue fluid test or leak down test.
Question Answered: How do I fix a code P0171 (too lean)?
December 01, 2013, 06:17 AM
some kind of vacuum leak is happening.a smoke test is probably whats needed to find the leak now n a scanner that shows live data to verify the repair.when the o2 sensor reports low voltage to the pcm the pcm will see this info as lean,so the pre programmed stragegy is to raise the short term fuel trim which adds fuel which is why your mpg is way down.
Question Answered: my 99 2.4 cyl grand am keeps dying what should i do
November 07, 2013, 12:25 PM
I believe that could be a collapsed vacuum line going to the map sensor.hard to say for sure but its so common on the gm 2.4 l engines.have someone look at it as the vehicle is started to see if it swells n out front of the engine about the middle right under a electrical connection.the vacuum hose is about 6 inches long.
Question Answered: 05 elantra.I dont know what the problem is, help?
October 05, 2013, 04:16 AM
agree with answer #1.might be a diagnostic job for dans auto in Lowellville.i used to live there on liberty st.
Question Answered: what is the mileage nissan recomends timing belt replacement on the 2000 3.3l v6
September 17, 2013, 12:58 AM
my book shows 105,000 miles for that engine.
Question Answered: Which O2 Sensor is the B2, S1. And is it upstream or downstream?
September 15, 2013, 06:14 AM
bank 2 is the side closest to the front of the car.sensor 1 is the upstream or pre-cat.
Question Answered: Catalytic converter racket or collusion ?
September 14, 2013, 05:49 AM
thats the wonderfull california air resources board(carb) at its best.i bet not one member of carb knows what a catalytic converter even does.
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 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 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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