Andy Y

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Question Answered: Brake shoes
January 05, 2009, 09:44 AM
http://www.kiatechinfo.com/ Go here and create a login. It's free, there's no spam, and all they ask for is an email. You can find service bulletins, and complete shop manuals (the "Shop" link) for any Kia. It's VERY useful, good luck!
Question Answered: Belt connected to alternator, how do you loosen it
January 02, 2009, 01:06 PM
If you have a serpentine belt, there is an automatic tensioner below and to the left of the alternator. Put a wrench on the pulley bolt to rotate the pulley clockwise and release tension on the belt. Hope this helps!
Question Answered: WHICH FUSE IS THE WINDSHIELD WASHER PUMP ON
January 02, 2009, 11:05 AM
If you're not sure which fuse is the one for the washer pump, inspect them all. The wiper relay sends power to the wiper motor and washer motor after the fuse. The wiper relay is in the fuse/junction block in the engine compartment. If you know the motors are good, check the fuse (fuse 26 i think), wiper relay, and possibly the switch. Hope this helps!
Question Answered: Front grinding noise and pulling left
December 31, 2008, 11:32 AM
One of the CV shafts might be binding causing noise and the pull to the left. It may make noise until the front wheels/4wd disengages. I'm not familiar with how the 4wd engages but if the front diff has a solenoid to engage the front wheels, it's possible that is hanging up
Question Answered: How fast will a ford Taurus go?
December 31, 2008, 11:09 AM
My old Taurus was smooth through 85mph but I never really drove it much faster than that. I would bet the newer Taurus's are computer limited to 110 mph or so
Question Answered: it will cut off when driving the RPM's drop and then dies
December 31, 2008, 11:02 AM
Does your Jeep stall primarily when slowing down/deceleration? Is your throttle closed (foot off the gas)? The throttle body on all the Jeeps get coked up with oil and can cause a low idle/stalling and harder starting (long cranking time). Before replacing the TPS, try inspecting/cleaning the throttle body. A failing fuel pump can cause intermittent stalling as well and won't necessarily turn on your check engine light. If the fuel pump is weak, the engine may run on light throttle but not see enough fuel pressure to sustain higher rpm running or heavy throttle (hard accel). If the CAT or O2 sensor has failed, most likely you will have a CEL and they won't normally cause stalling. Ignition problems can cause drivability problems and stalling as well. The ignition coil can be tested by measuring the resistance values
Question Answered: Headlight, gas guage and relay problems
December 31, 2008, 10:34 AM
It's hard to say what exactly is going on. There is a service bulletin about the fuel gauge reading zero intermittently due a problem with the "flex-fuel pigtail wiring". There is a kit to fix that issue but I don't know if that is related to your autolamps malfunction. This could also be related to a module (computer) or grounding problem. This will need some diagnosis to really dial in on the problem.
Question Answered: RPM downshifting issue
December 31, 2008, 09:52 AM
Many Chrysler's have what they call a "Limp-in" mode where the computers (control modules) will hold the transmission in 3rd or 4th gear. This allows the customer to be able to make it to a dealer/shop/home while minimizing possible damage to components. With your check engine light on, you'll need to have the computer scanned for trouble codes. There is a service bulletin for a surging problem between 40-50mph but I'm not sure that is the symptom you're describing here.
Question Answered: TRANSMISSION SLIPPAGE
December 30, 2008, 02:27 PM
Matt is correct, this will probably need more diagnosis. There is a tech service bulletin from Chrysler (TSB 21-07-98) that has decision tree for use in diagnosis. The shop should be able to scan for any trouble codes as well. Unfortunately, reverse is typically the first gear to show signs of transmission problems. Your local dealer would be able to verify that your transmission module has the latest software and diagnose the issue for you, but you'll most likely need to pay for diagnosis
Question Answered: Can a full fluid flush be dangerous for the transmission?
December 30, 2008, 02:11 PM
A simple drain and refill should not put any pressure on particles inside the transmission. Any particles that are stuck somewhere should not come loose by draining it. Many places will disconnect the trans fluid cooler lines and drain/refill using the transmission's own oil pump. They put one line in fresh fluid and the other drains to an empty container until the fluid comes out clean. This way the transmission does not see excessive fluid pressure or more pressure than it normally would experience. "Flush" is not always a clear term in the industry so it's good to ask what they do.
Problem Reported: AC System Leaks Refrigerant
January 11, 2011, 04:05 PM

O-rings in the quick connect fittings commonly allow refrigerant to leak from the AC System. The o-rings at system quick connect fittings should be replaced.

Problem Reported: Ticking Noise from Heater Blower When Fan Is On
January 11, 2011, 04:04 PM

Internal heater blower motor issues can cause a ticking noise from the heater blower when the fan is on. To correct this concern, replace the heater blower motor with a revised unit.

Problem Reported: The Horn Will Not Work Intermittently
January 11, 2011, 04:03 PM

The horn may not work sometimes. A higher than appropriate horn voltage can cause switch damage and a relay kit should be installed to moderate voltage and maintain functionality.

Problem Reported: Buzzing Noise from Exhaust at Different Engine Speeds
January 11, 2011, 04:01 PM

If a buzzing noise is coming from the exhaust at different engine speeds and conditions, this is commonly caused by the heat shields on catalytic converters coming loose at points. The buzzing is the metal on metal contact. Installing a large worm clamp around the catalytic converter and heat shield assembly will prevent the noise and secure the shields.

Problem Reported: Automatic Transmission Shifts Hard
January 11, 2011, 04:00 PM

If the throttle lever is out of adjustment, or the grommets are missing / broken at the throttle or transmission, the automatic transmission can shift hard. Replace the grommets as needed and adjust the throttle lever.

Problem Reported: Speedometer Operation Affected and Poor Transmission Shift Quality
January 11, 2011, 03:59 PM

The vehicle may lose vehicle speed signal, which can affect speedometer operation and transmission shift quality. Most often the Vehicle Speed Sensor is faulty, however, at times, the driven gear inside the transmission is at fault. Replace the Vehicle Speed sensor and inspect the driven gear upon sensor removal.

Problem Reported: AC System Leaks Refrigerant
January 11, 2011, 03:57 PM

O-rings in the quick connect fittings commonly allow refrigerant to leak from the AC System. The o-rings at system quick connect fittings should be replaced.

Problem Reported: Ticking Noise from Heater Blower When Fan Is On
January 11, 2011, 03:53 PM

Internal heater blower motor issues can cause a ticking noise from the heater blower when the fan is on. To correct this concern, replace the heater blower motor with a revised unit.

Problem Reported: The Horn Will Not Work Intermittently
January 11, 2011, 03:51 PM

The horn may not work sometimes. A higher than appropriate horn voltage can cause switch damage and a relay kit should be installed to moderate voltage and maintain functionality.

Problem Reported: Buzzing Noise from Exhaust at Different Engine Speeds
January 11, 2011, 03:46 PM

If a buzzing noise is coming from the exhaust at different engine speeds and conditions, this is commonly caused by the heat shields on catalytic converters coming loose at points. The buzzing is the metal on metal contact. Installing a large worm clamp around the catalytic converter and heat shield assembly will prevent the noise and secure the shields.

Car Review: 1991 Jeep Wrangler
January 16, 2009, 04:21 PM
What can I say? It's a Jeep and the short wheelbase makes for a stiff ride. I LOVE the torque from the 4.0L HO engine but it eats gas like it's going out of style. Oil leaks everywhere mostly fixed now... valve cover gasket, pinion seals, diff covers, transmission oil pan gasket, and oil cooler lines. After test driving some soft tops I'm really happy with the hard top, it's much quieter and seals much better.
Car Review: 1994 Ford Ranger
January 16, 2009, 04:12 PM
This truck was damn near bullet proof. I kept up with the oil and coolant changes and air filters it never had any problems. I had the 3.0L V6 with the automatic transmission... it felt a little underpowered but it was dependable. It always had that power steering whine but my old Taurus did too. I sold it with 190,000 miles on the clock and it was still going strong, passed smog no problem when sold.
Car Review: 2007 Honda Civic
September 25, 2008, 03:15 PM
This was my first new car and I love my car! I had the problem with my sun visors and the dealer took care of me. I've had one leak from my timing chain tensioner cover (warranty) and I just replaced the tires. With the synthetic oil I'm getting 33-35 mpg each tank! Sometimes the AC takes a little long to get cold but I'm really nit picking
Comment: Ferrari 275 GTB: Rendezvous in Paris
May 13, 2009, 11:28 AM
Awesome, nothing sounds like an Italian V12
Comment: One Car We Will Never Have on RepairPal
February 03, 2009, 03:09 PM
Awesome! I want one! It'll look great next to my rock crawler Great picture! nice blue-bird day in the valley
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