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: I'm driving a 95 volvo 850 non turbo, sputtering with o.d. arrow flashing.Ideas?
January 06, 2014, 10:02 AM
This is indicating that the transmission computer has identified an issue and is flashing the OD light to warn you. There are many possible issues that can cause this, so it's best to have a shop perform a diagnostic check on the vehicle. If you need a shop, look for a RepairPal Certified shop near you: http://repairpal.com/volvo-within-10-miles-of-43140 Good Luck!
Question Answered: 57,700 miles, dealer recommends electronic fuel injection service. Normal?
November 09, 2013, 03:18 PM
I agree 100% with pushrod. If there are no issues that could point to dirty injectors, then this is not needed.
Question Answered: have gas,have spark,engine cranks but wont turn over.
November 07, 2013, 05:09 PM
Your note is contradicting itself. "Engine cranks" and "turns over" are the same thing. When you try to start it, do you hear the starter spinning the engine?
Question Answered: what is the function of the brake lite fail sensor
November 07, 2013, 05:05 PM
The sensor identifies when one of your lights has stopped working and turns on the brake bulb warning light. This can often be the cause of the brake lights to stop working. Check for power coming into the sensor from the brake light switch, if you don't have power, check the fuse and brake light switch. If you have power, check for power going to the brake lights. If you have power in and not out, replace the sensor. Hope that helps, good luck.
Question Answered: replaced head now it wont start.... ive adjusted timing any tricks?
October 01, 2013, 10:51 AM
Setting the crank and cam timing requires special tools to line everything up. Did you use these? Are you getting any codes?
Question Answered: 1995 VOLVO STALLING AND HAVING NO POWER
September 10, 2013, 09:06 AM
This requires some testing to see what the issue is. I'm not sure why you replaced the cat, but hopefully it wasn't for this issue. I would start with checking fuel pressure. These models have issues with the fuel system, so start there. Or better yet, have a professional look at this so you don't waste your money replacing parts that are not needed. Do you need help finding someone qualified to take car of this for you?
Question Answered: how do I replace my spark plugs
September 10, 2013, 09:04 AM
If you're going to do your own maintenance, I suggest you subscribe to one of the online repair manuals here: http://bit.ly/mitchell_repair_manuals_online And search Youtube for a few video's that show the proper way to replace a spark plug. In other words, be informed before attempting this job, these cars are not as simple as they were in the past and you can get yourself into trouble if you don't have an idea of what you need to do. Good luck.
Question Answered: what is the firing order for Volvo 1991 740 rear mounted cap
September 10, 2013, 08:59 AM
Trying to remember, I believe it's 1-3-4-2
Question Answered: as of 2 days ago, the radio and clock stopped
September 10, 2013, 08:59 AM
By clock you mean the clock display on the radio?
Question Answered: Hi sometime not all. My drivers electrics will fail then later will be fine .
September 10, 2013, 08:58 AM
Your car has several computers that control all the electronics, and they all communicate with one-another on a network called the CAN, or Controlled Area Network. You should have someone that is familiar with Volvo's look at this for you, it can be one of the modules, the network itself, or even a software issue. This requires special equipment, information and knowledge to diagnose these issues, I suggest a Volvo Dealership, or Independent shops that specializes in Volvo's or European cars. There should be plenty of these around you, assuming you live in the 90210. Good Luck
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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