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Retired ASE Master Tech. Have also been running shops for over 25 years. ASE Service Consultant. Like to try and help if can. Constantly trying to educate the motoring public about value of maintenance. Been out of the shop long enough that will not be able to answer some of the more in depth driveability problems on newer vehicles. Some auto trans questions will be beyond me also as all I ever did was swap them, no rebuilding.
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Question Asked: Any common known problems for just the engine temp mechanical gauge not working
May 15, 2012, 03:48 PM
There is no temp sender on this vehicle. Is the engine temp mechanical controlled thru the BCM or PCM? All other gauges work fine and there is no CEL on. It does have the temp sensor at the front of the left head. I know a BCM replacement requires work with a TECH II scanner and online with GM and about $800 at the dealer. Thank you for any input.
Question Asked: No spark and maybe no fuel
April 20, 2011, 02:58 PM
Working on this as a crank and no start, pulled plug and grounded it, no spark, went to end of fuel rail and pushed in the shrader valve, some fuel came out and stopped, while pushing in shrader valve turned key on, no fuel, cranked, no fuel, looked at the fuses at the drivers side near battery and find no burned fuses, believe it to be the ignition coil pack and believe that has module combined in it. Could this component control spark and fuel? Thanks for any help.
Question Asked: OBDII or Not
March 25, 2011, 06:33 AM
As I last stated in my original post about this new rig to me I cleared codes and have not come back. What is confusing is that has OBDII connector under dash and also has diag link box for TE1 and E1 ability for code retrieval. Was manufactured in 09/94. Why does it have the OBDII connector under the dash? I did attach my scanner and was able to retrieve codes and clear. Thanks for any info.
Question Asked: OBDII or NOT
March 20, 2011, 02:59 PM
Ok guys, I usually answer questions but I am stumped on what I got here. Just bought this truck, manufactured 09/94, says meets Calif. emissions for year 1995 but this has both the E1/TE1 diagnostic code setup under the hood so can count code blips and also has OBDII diag link under the dash. Has CEL on but runs fine. Was able to pull two codes, P0420 and P0510 for oxygen sensor prob and TPS prob, I attached my scanner and retrieved them and then cleared and will drive to see if come back. I recently fixed broken crossover pipe between EGR housing and back of exhaust manifold. This truck starts right up, idles high till goes into closed loop, runs fine with no misses and no power problems. What do I have here? If the codes come back I will do diag and report back. Thanks in advance. Always owned Chevy's and Harley's so not used to working on it as I have ran shops for years and haven't done much wrenching except at home.
Question Asked: Headlight actuator motor noise
March 11, 2011, 06:12 PM
Ok, I got one for you. I normally answer these but I am a little stumped. The pass side headlight actuator motor started to make this groaning/howling/vibrating noise when opened or closed. It opens and closes smoothly. No skipping like I would expect with a failing actuator. The weird thing is that now when you set the door locks with the key fob the headlights cycle open and close with the same noise happening. If you lock with the interior door locks does not happen and then if use the key fob to unlock the cycle again happens with the noise at same time. Never did the open/close cycle till noise started. When turn on or turn off the headlights from inside it happens when opening and closing but will stay up till turn off the switch. I am tempted to replace actuator motor but unsure why does not skip when opening/closing if gearing is stripped and I do not believe the cycling open/close will stop with replacement. Thank you in advance for any help. Wife's car so must fix somehow, get what I mean?
Question Asked: Labor Guide Links
March 09, 2011, 06:09 PM
Does anyone of the Master Techs out there have any labor guide links they could forward for some of the items that are not covered in estimator link? I no longer am at a shop where I could look this stuff up. Common one seems to be belt tensioners. Thanks...
Question Asked: head gasket seal in a can
February 22, 2011, 01:13 PM
That you know of do these work? Did recent head gaskets, surface head, valve job, used Fel Pro head set, did not use any sealer on head gaskets when reassembled, when sits overnight and restart after runs for a bit can see some white smoke out tailpipe, nothing like when gaskets went completely out, losing small amount of coolant, pressure test shows no signs on ground, thinking about using head gasket repair in can to try to seal against white smoke. Any suggestions. Am retired ASE Master Tech. Thanks
Question Answered: what can cause my 1995 to die and then not restart right awy
May 26, 2012, 11:59 AM
I believe the problem is related to the ignition igniter. Best to replace the dist with a reman unit.
Question Answered: what does it mean to unstake the rear hub nut on a 2005 elantra?
May 26, 2012, 11:57 AM
Where the nut threads on at the threads the edge of the nut has a "stake" that holds it from backing off after tensioning. Look hard, you will see it. sometimes it is just where someone has used a brass hammer and just tapped to flatten the surface.
Question Answered: My high beam lights will not stay on. I can flash them!
May 26, 2012, 11:55 AM
Is likely a part of a multi function combination switch and will have to replace the whole switch or the half if can be seperated. The detent has failed and will not hold high beams on.
Question Answered: Where is the AC orfice valve?
May 26, 2012, 11:54 AM
You will see a small diameter line at the a/c evap area that will have a threaded line. When you unthread and seperate you can look in the line that is exposed and see the orifice. There is a special tool needed for removal. Sometimes these can ger stuck and be removed with needle nose pliers. I have seen them stuck so bad that either you replace the evap or can try a patch kit after cutting the line.
Question Answered: What is the procedure for removing the ac condenser w/o lifting vehicle?
May 26, 2012, 11:50 AM
You will need to remove radiator and likely the grill as needed for access. Also any other coolers in the way.
Question Answered: why are my front tires looking brown around wheels and mags always dirty
May 26, 2012, 11:48 AM
Your front brake pads are creating that dust as they wear down. You may have poor quality pad material causing this. You can clean the wheels and install a top quality brake pad and drive to see what happens. I strongly recommend replacing any pad shims and/or hardware and machining the rotors or replacing them. If you have rear drum brakes then the drums are keeping the brake shoe dust off the rear wheels.
Question Answered: Anybody here has same problem with this car, the fuel distributor failure?
May 17, 2012, 03:11 PM
I wish I knew the test procedure but I would be thinking that unless you have a bad fuel distributor that I would be leaning toward the hall effect switch in the ignition distributor. It is an on off switch to help fire injectors. Maybe someone on here has the test procedure or you can locate online.
Question Answered: car died at stop light..wont start.....steady crank fire.
May 17, 2012, 03:03 PM
I am a little confused why you replaced the fuel pump and relay if you knew you had no spark. Locate your ecu and check all connections.
Question Answered: Rear wiper motor turns, but wiper does not.
May 17, 2012, 03:02 PM
Check any related fuses and relays. See if has proper power and grounds at motor. Likely a motor failed.
Question Answered: Alarm system goes off if it rains for a period of time, why and what can i do?
May 17, 2012, 03:01 PM
Found online: Check or unplug the door,trunk and hood sensors. That's the only thing that sets them off. There may be sensors getting wet from a water leak setting off the alarm. Inspect the sensors and see if getting wet. Can unplug one at a time and see which one could be causing it.
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