Bret Bodas

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I am the Director of the Automotive Group at RepairPal. I have 20 years of experience at the dealership level as a technician and shop foreman. My team is responsible for certifying all the shops in the RepairPal Certified Network and they have many years of experience in all aspects of the auto repair industry as technicians, service writers, service managers and shop owners. I am currently an ASE Certified Master Technician.
Recent Activity

Question Answered: No air when heater is on
January 26, 2009, 02:17 PM
Can you hear the heater fan running? If not, try running the fan on the highest setting? If the fan doesn't work at anytime, the blower motor may have failed. see here - http://repairpal.com/heater-blower-motor If the fan works on the highest setting only, then your blower motor resistor may have failed. I suggest you check the fuse for the blower motor, and if it is OK, have it checked out by an experienced mechanic to determine the fault.
Question Answered: leaking bright yellow fluid
January 26, 2009, 02:09 PM
This sounds like an engine coolant leak. You should have it checked out, and if you have to drive it, pay very close attention to the temperature gauge, if it rises above normal, pull over and stop driving the car, you do not want to overheat the engine! This can cause thousands of dollars in damage!
Question Answered: What Fuse and where is it located for Alarm and remote start
January 22, 2009, 04:14 PM
I don't think Toyota has a remote start system, which would mean that you have an aftermarket alarm/remote start system on your vehicle. If this is the case, the fuse may be near the battery in the wiring that was installed with the aftermarket system, or it could be under the dash area.
Question Answered: power door locks
January 21, 2009, 01:03 PM
I've seen this on other vehicles, and it turned out to be one of the door lock motors had a short circuit, and when it was operated, it would blow the fuse. You may be able to determine which one is bad by manually operating them individually and see if any of them are jamming or sicking.
Question Answered: car wont start after driving
January 20, 2009, 01:36 PM
Check your battery cables and terminals, make sure they didn't loosen up when you jump started the vehicle. These types of problems often indicate a failing electrical component. The electrical circuit is becoming inoperable as it heats up, then starts to work again as it cools down. If you can duplicate the problem on a consistent basis, demonstrate this to a mechanic who can properly diagnose the failing part.
Question Answered: Air Leak
January 20, 2009, 01:30 PM
A whistle noise can come from a vacuum leak, a drive belt, or possible a bad bearing in the alternator, water pump etc. Where is the noise coming from? Does it happen when you accelerate the engine and the vehicle is in neutral?
Question Answered: check engine light
January 19, 2009, 01:56 PM
If the temperature is reading low, or if the engine is taking longer than normal to get up to operating temperature, then your thermostat is sticking open and should be replaced, along with the coolant (if it hasn't been changed in the last 2 years or 30,000 miles). If the engine is running poorly or your having starting/stalling issues, then the coolant temperature sensor or wiring may be defective. If the coolant level is very low, this fault could occur, then you may have a coolant leak that will need to be addressed (Replace the thermostat too)
Question Answered: Fan Motor Assembly
January 19, 2009, 10:51 AM
I'm looking at a wiring diagram, and the a/c fan has a green/orange wire going to the motor, and the engine cooling fan has a green/yellow wire.
Question Answered: horn and speedometer not working
January 19, 2009, 10:45 AM
Sounds like you have 2 problems that are unrelated. The horn contacts in the steering wheel can be problematic, as well as the horns themselves. It is a fairly straight forward circuit to diagnose if you have a wiring diagram and a test light. The speedometer can be more difficult to diagnose. Depends on if it has a cable or electrically operated speedo. I'll leave that one for someone with more experience on your vehicle!
Question Answered: rear washer won't spray fluid
January 19, 2009, 10:40 AM
Hey Ken, I would recommend that you listen for the washer fluid pump for the rear washers when it is activated, if you don't hear the pump running, check for 12 volts at the connector when the rear washers are activated. If you have voltage, then the pump is bad. These pump failures are common on other cars, not sure about yours, but that is where I would start. If you hear the pump running, then look for a leaking fluid line, you may see fluid leaking from somewhere under the vehicle, but it could be leaking inside the car too!
Problem Reported: Noise From the Front of the Engine
April 08, 2011, 03:20 PM

A whining or buzzing type noise may develop from the timing chain area caused by excess slack in the secondary timing chains. Nissan has issued a service bulletin (NTB09-128) regarding this issue. Replacement of both secondary timing chains and their tensioner shoes will be necessary to repair this concern. As part of this repair, the engine oil and filter should also be replaced.

Problem Reported: Engine Starts and Stalls Due to Secutiry System Fault
January 14, 2011, 10:10 AM

The engine may start and stall with the security light flashing. This is commonly caused by a failed passlock sensor which is part of the ignition lock cylinder. A secondary cause could be the ignition switch itself. Worn contacts inside the ignition switch can cause voltage drop issues which can affect the passlock system. Proper diagnoses should be performed before replacing any parts.

Problem Reported: Hard Shifting, Erratic Shifting and Other Transmission Issues
December 21, 2010, 11:32 AM

Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo XC90 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.

If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.

There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.

Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals

Problem Reported: Transmission Will Not Shift Properly
December 21, 2010, 11:30 AM

Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo XC70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.

If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.

There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.

Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals

Problem Reported: Erratic Shifting or Loss of Transmission Operation
December 21, 2010, 11:29 AM

Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo Cross Country transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.

If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.

There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.

Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals

Problem Reported: Transmission Shifts Very Hard and Erratic
December 21, 2010, 11:27 AM

There are several common complaints regarding Volvo V70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation to name a few.

If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.

There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.

Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here>>

Problem Reported: Transmission Will Not Shift Properly
December 21, 2010, 11:23 AM

Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S80 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.

If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.

There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.

Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals

Problem Reported: Hard shifting from transmission and other issues
December 21, 2010, 11:19 AM

Several complaints have been reported regarding Volvo C70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.

If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may fix this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made.

There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.

Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals

Problem Reported: Erratic Shifting or Loss of Transmission Operation
December 21, 2010, 11:09 AM

Several complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S60 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.

If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may fix this issue. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made.

There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.

Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals

Problem Reported: Hard Shifting, Erratic Shifting and Other Transmission Issues
December 21, 2010, 10:48 AM

Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.

If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may fix this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made.

There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.

Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals

 

Car Review: 1997 Volvo 850
December 26, 2008, 02:38 PM
I've owned this car for a few years and it has had some of the typical problems associated with this vehicle, ABS control module failed, broken shock mount, broken upper motor mount, leaking turbo return line seals etc. The vehicle is a good daily driver but requires regular maintenance and repairs to keep it in good condition.
Car Review: 1992 Nissan Pathfinder
September 23, 2008, 08:14 AM
This vehicle has had a few problems in the 10 years I have owned it, transmission failure, exhaust manifold leaks, and a few misc. electrical problems. It works great in the snow and off road too. Overall, this has been a great vehicle and I am very happy with it!
Comment: Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?
October 14, 2015, 02:36 PM
"So explain to me why autozone will run the scan as a free courtesy?" There is a difference between someone showing you the diagnostic codes stored in your car, and performing the appropriate diagnosis to identify exactly what is causing the problem. For every code stored there are several possible solutions. So, having the code narrows it down considerably, but it is not a "diagnosis".
Comment: Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?
July 14, 2015, 04:40 PM
Hello, as a customer of a dealership or independent shop, I suggest you ask for as much of the diagnostic info they can provide. Anytime they recommend a repair/service, they should have some fairly concrete evidence for their recommendations, and they should provide that to you. Evidence may be a printout, but it may also be a reading on a measurement tool, a visual clue (broken, sign of wear etc.) or technical info from the car manufacturer. In short, always ask them, "What led you to make that recommendation".
Comment: Customer Feedback: All 'bout RepairPal Canada – Eh?
July 11, 2013, 11:44 AM
Hello Canada, What is it about our current version of RepairPal you would like to see changed/updated to accommodate Canada? Thank you, Bret Bodas RepairPal Director | Automotive Professional Group
Comment: Does Technology or the Economy Affect Our Driving Patterns?
October 27, 2011, 01:33 PM
I had a Volvo 850 with an on board computer that showed my average MPG and actual MPG. Paying attention to these changed my driving habits quite a bit, just like your friend. Of course, the expensive gas prices were also a factor. Cruise control helped to keep from rapid acceleration/deceleration and to keep a steady speed, all of which helped to achieve better gas mileage.
Comment: Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?
August 02, 2011, 08:53 AM
Warranty work doesn't always include diagnostic fees. Aftermarket warranties sometimes require you to pay the diagnostic fees. Manufacturer warranties will cover the diagnosis charges.
Comment: Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?
March 14, 2011, 02:08 PM
@jonelsr - This isn't much different than a doctor providing a cat scan or a dentist taking x-rays. The test should be seen as part of the service, but the real value comes from a professional examining the test results. You wouldn't want me looking at your cat scan and providing any kind of diagnosis, nor would you want a doctor telling you why the check engine light is on. Both require years of experience to properly read and interpret the results from such equipment. So in the end, you are paying for a service, along with expensive equipment and personnel training.
Comment: Customizing Your Vehicle Settings
January 26, 2011, 01:22 PM
On my 2010 Nissan Xterra, I was able to configure the auto lock settings and prevent the horn from honking every time I locked the doors. They're little things, but I like the driving experience much more now.
Comment: Locked Out of Your Car? Here’s What to Do
September 08, 2010, 02:12 PM
I keep an extra key in my wallet, it has saved me several times.
Comment: ABS Control Module
June 17, 2010, 05:08 PM
I suggest contacting this company,they rebuild some ABS Modules and may have a fix for yours. http://bit.ly/8z7rcm
Comment: How to Replace Wiper Blades
April 29, 2010, 11:12 AM
Even the best wiper blades generally need replacement after one year. Depending on where you live can extend or shorten that amount of time. I prefer the wiper blades from the car manufacturer because I know they will fit properly.
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