neilbilodeau

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I am an auto repair shop owner, an ASE service consultant, an ASE automotive technician, I love diagnostics, helping people maintain their vehicles and spending time with my family.
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Question Answered: maintenance
April 22, 2011, 08:12 PM
By your manufacture's schedule the only thing that you needed to replace @ 60k miles was the air filter element and cabin air filter.
Question Answered: Is it routine maintenance to have power steering fluid flushed?
April 22, 2011, 08:09 PM
The Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) has a recommendation based laboratory and field testing that shows most power steering fluids degrade measurably by 50,000 miles. Therefore, the revised steering and suspension UICS suggests a one-time exchange of power steering fluid at 50,000 miles, so long as a service interval is not included in the manufacturer's maintenance schedule. In addition, a vehicle's power steering fluid should be exchanged whenever a system component-pump, hose, rack & pinion unit-is replaced. Neil Bilodeau SAF-T Auto Centers Wallingford, CT 06492 www.saftauto.com
Question Answered: How do I turn off the maintenance Recor Light off
April 22, 2011, 08:05 PM
Reset the system by the following procedure: Turn the ignition key to the "OFF" position with the odometer reading shown. Turn the ignition key to the "ON" position while holding down the trip meter reset knob. Hold down the knob for at least 5 seconds. The odometer indicates "000000" and the light goes off. If the system fails to reset, the light will continue flashing. Neil Bilodeau SAF-T Auto Centers Wallingford, CT 06492 www.saftauto.com
Question Answered: reset oil maintenance light after oil change
April 22, 2011, 07:55 PM
1) Switch the display to trip meter A when the engine is running. 2) Turn the engine switch OFF. 3) While pressing the trip meter reset button, set the engine switch to the IG-ON mode (but do not start the engine, otherwise the reset mode will be canceled). Press and hold the button until the multi-information display indicates the the reset is complete. Neil Bilodeau SAF-T Auto Centers Wallingford, CT 06492 www.saftauto.com
Question Answered: When does the timing belt need to be changed on a 2007 RX350 Lexus
April 22, 2011, 07:49 PM
You have a timing chain, not a belt. Your timing chain does not have manufacture recommended maintenance. Neil Bilodeau SAF-T Auto Centers Wallingford, CT 06492 www.saftauto.com
Question Answered: ecm interchange
April 22, 2011, 07:23 PM
You will need to have the ecm reflashed. However you do not have to go to a dealer, a well equipped independent repair shop will have a tool called a J2534 reflasher. When you do this you will also get any of the updates that where done to this vehicle by the manufacture. Your cost will be about $125 or so. Neil Bilodeau SAF-T Auto Centers Wallingford, CT 06492 www.saftauto.com
Question Answered: Complete Exhaust System Diagram
April 22, 2011, 07:19 PM
Try the Walker Exhaust website http://www.walkerexhaust.com/ Neil Bilodeau SAF-T Auto Centers Wallingford, CT 06492 www.saftauto.com
Question Answered: Shaking
April 22, 2011, 07:15 PM
I would look to see if you have a secondary ignition issue or possible a mechanical (compression) issue. Neil Bilodeau SAF-T Auto Centers Wallingford, CT 06492 www.saftauto.com
Question Answered: how to fix the stuck passenger temperature control. Its stuck in the heat mode
April 22, 2011, 07:11 PM
Sounds like you have a blend door issue. Neil Bilodeau SAF-T Auto Centers Wallingford, CT 06492 www.saftauto.com
Question Answered: How can I get a better gaz mileage , I only get 10 M per gallon
April 22, 2011, 07:10 PM
There are many things you can do to improve your gas mileage. I'm not sure what was replaced when they rebuilt your engine, but I would start with the basic maintenance such as a complete tune up also a fuel injection service and something to remove carbon from the internals of the engine could also help your fuel economy. Neil Bilodeau SAF-T Auto Centers Wallingford, CT 06492 www.saftauto.com
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Car Review: 1999 Buick Regal
April 22, 2011, 06:32 PM
I have had this car since new. It's a great car, I put it through quite a bit and it just keeps going. The best thing you can do is make sure the transmission fluid is flushed regularity. Also the struts should be replaced, you won't even believe the difference.
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