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Question Answered: how do i engage the door jamb light switch
March 16, 2012, 03:51 PM
The door jamb switch is usually located on the part of the car that the door hinge is mounted on. Some cars have that switch incorporated in the latch assembly, in which case the door will need to be disassembled to repair.
Question Answered: How much should a Valve Cover Gasket cost on a 1999 9-5 2.3 cost?
February 15, 2012, 03:50 PM
Use the Repair Pal Estimate feature to get a quote range.
Question Answered: would like to know the best way to drain ac sys to change the compresser
August 15, 2011, 09:11 AM
In addition to the first comment, if the compressor is noisy or locked up, you will need to flush the system and install a filter on the low pressure side before the compressor to prevent debris in the system from damaging the new compressor.
Question Answered: Check Engine Light
May 19, 2011, 12:40 PM
The good news is that your car is not that difficult to diagnose and repair. Give a good shop in your neighborhood a call. Expect to pay them to perform some tests and figure out what is needed.
Question Answered: broken door hinge
April 21, 2011, 09:04 AM
Bring your car by Downing Street Garage and ask for Douglass. This may be an easy fix. Call ahead and ask for Douglass. 303-777-0142
Question Answered: Engine cuts out dies
April 06, 2011, 02:06 PM
The first thing to do is see if you are losing spark or fuel when it dies and won't restart. If it's losing spark, replace the TFI module. Very common of these Fords.
Question Answered: Popping noise in 1993 Lexus upon accelaration`
April 05, 2011, 01:28 PM
It may be hard to tell without looking at the car but the timing belt may have slipped a tooth or 2. Regardless of what may be the cause I* would have it looked at sooner rather than later.
Question Answered: passanger side mirror poped off the stud base
April 01, 2011, 07:12 AM
Provided the mirror retainer and stud are not broken, place the mirror under warm water to soften the plastic, then press the mirror onto the ball stud using the palm of your hand. It can take quite a bit of pressure but it works. Also be sure the pivots are pressed in as well.
Question Answered: spark plug replaced
March 05, 2011, 12:02 PM
You can use the Repair Pal Estimator to get an idea of that cost. The price will vary from one shop to the next. The thing to ask when you do have that work done is whether they install the same spark plug that the original manufacturer uses. Some shops buy the cheapest parts available, and that may not be the best for your car. An Oldsmobile Alero probably uses AC spark plugs from the factory.
Question Answered: Starter
February 26, 2011, 09:32 AM
If you have the anti-theft chipped key, make sure you are using the correct key. Recoding a key is not a do it yourself job. Find a reputable repair shop of locksmith that has the proper equipment to verify key is communication with theft module.
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Comment: You Do Have a Choice When It Comes to Maintenance
September 05, 2012, 09:42 AM
The very first question I have is what was done to you caravan that you are calling a tune-up? These days that phrase can mean a lot of things. It appears that the oil on your garage floor could be as simple as a loose drain plug or oil filter or oil spilled on the frame when the oil was changed. Keep an eye on your oil level. Also the fan belt and tensioner are a problem of these caravans. It would be reasonable to conclude that the first mechanic did not notice a problem with the fan belt. If the first mechanic replaced the spark plugs, it is easier to remove the cowl. So maybe he forget to reconnect the drain. I will also suggest finding a shop that you can trust. Then if a problem develops after a repair, take it back and ask them to take a look. Many times things that happen after a repair are consequential and not deliberate. But if you trust your repair shop and they are honest, they will admit if they made a mistake. To find that honest and reputable repair shop look for affiliations with the BBB, AAA and ASA (Automobile Service Association). And don't forget to look at their on-line reputation. Good luck.
Comment: Right to Repair
September 05, 2012, 09:03 AM
Repair shops already have the "Right To Repair". Information, tools and training are already available. Though not free, these things already allow the good shops to fix every problem any car owner could experience. The idea that a legislated action to force car makers to release information will only make the job more difficult. Government will be forced to enforce a legislative action. Why bother when the information is already available? An informed consumer could conclude that this is not being pushed by a group of independent auto repair shop owners in Massachusetts, but instead is being spearheaded by aftermarket parts manufacturers that want proprietary information to make cheap knock-off parts. Those in the industry already know that some if not most of the parts made by these companies are not of the same quality as the original manufacturer. But the real loser here is the consumer in the form of higher taxes (someone has to pay for enforcement) and higher repair costs (the car manufacturers will start charging more for the information that is already expensive).
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