Terrance Mathews

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Question Asked: Heater & A/C Air Filter???
August 10, 2010, 06:11 PM
Is there an air filter inside the car interior,and when should it be replaced? Can this effect the amount of air flow from the vents?
Question Asked: 100,000 mile tune up??
June 12, 2010, 08:31 AM
Does some of the cadalac engines have aluminum heads on older models back in 1990? Is it safe to drive a car say 15 to 20 yrs and get tuned up at or on the 100,000th mile? LOOKS LIKE ONE MAY HAVE SOME PLUGS SIEZED UP IN THE HEADS??? This is less than 10,000 miles a yr! Is this a safe serviceing option or a sales gimmick??
Question Asked: Can I lube the shift cables on the 5 sp tranny
June 05, 2010, 07:17 PM
Is there a way to lubricate the shifting cables on the transmission? I have a stubborn reverse gear ingaugement. The other speeds are ok,just reverse hard to engauge !
Question Asked: the key and lock
June 05, 2010, 07:13 PM
How much does it cost to replace the ignition lock on the steering column ? The key works ok it turns ok,but if you pull it out it will take some doing jiggeling and shaking to get it to turn to start the engine ,once it works it is ok untill you pull it out to take the key for securety reasons!
Question Asked: Oil Consumption
June 05, 2010, 03:55 PM
I just love this olds cutlass it gets 30-34 mpg highway with the 2.2 ltr engine. I do a lot of short trip drives .I done a complete engine rebuild in 2006,it has always used a pint or slightly more in 1800 miles of city and hyway combined miles. I know this is not much,but will a factory new long block be better or use less oil? I had a local machine shope do all the machine work!I,m thinking they may not have bored the cylinders,to meet the lowest tollerance,on piston clearances. The cylinder head was rebuilt,as well.I use stp added to every oil change,did i use it too soon after it was rebuilt at 500 miles driving?
Question Answered: Fuel system problem?
July 24, 2010, 11:10 AM
The fuel pressure needs checked,you might just check the filter first for restricted flow!If the filter is open,check the fuel pump pressure,at the fuel rail,with engine at idle..Then the pressure regulator diaphram may be cracked causing inadiquate clossing off to the return to the tank ,this provides the max of pressure and volume for the injectors .Look for fuel leaking at the fuel pressure regulator diaphram housing.pull off the vac.line and look for fuel at the end of the line and the nipple on the regulator housing.Loosen the gas cap and see if this has any effect on performance,it may be at fault,dont forget to retighten!!!
Question Answered: Severe shaking
July 24, 2010, 10:46 AM
This sounds like a toe out problem! And there may be a stabilizing shock that is supposed to help eliminate any wheel shimmy ,but also check for out of ballence ,due to a heavy amount of mud clumpted up on the inside of the wheel rim.If you like playing in the mud!Or a bent rim!Sounds like any alighn,ment done should help,but look for the most obvious first.Jack up both wheels and eye the rotation to see if both wheels rotate in a true even circle!Look for wobble and out of round tire tread!Bounce the front end,see how manny times the bumper comes up! 3 may mean really weak shocks!
Question Answered: cylinder head installation
July 22, 2010, 08:21 AM
not ever on a small block gm 5.7 or any other small block engines.It is harder to clean off all the intake manifold gasket materials,and you want to check the surface to see if it is good and flat,after cleaning to prevent any problems with leakes in the future.And the ends of the intake should be resealed.I,ve done a few Ford engines like this,not r&r the intake,but wasnt as easy,as doing the removal of the intake on the 390 cid.And didnot save any time either!
Question Answered: Hard Shifting
July 02, 2010, 01:57 PM
Inspect the governor's drive gear for excessive worn teeth,and the throttle presure adjustment,may be too much,or the cable is not adjusted properly.Inspect The second gear, accumulater servo,it may be stuck in its cylinder,or the return spring is broken.
Question Answered: Vibration/Resonantion (no noise) in Floor while driving
June 30, 2010, 06:50 AM
Check rubber Body Mountings At all 4 corners!
Question Answered: car will not start when warm
June 29, 2010, 12:24 PM
The old weak coil syndrome,or moduale . You may be able to have them tested off the car if you find a jobber to assist you!A crankshaft sensor may be at fault too.
Question Answered: how to add freon
June 19, 2010, 08:06 PM
Add it on the low side of the system.This is the line that gets cold and is bigger in diameter than the high side pressure lines.Hope your useing guages,as a safety precaution,if it is a partial charge! Watch the site glass if there is one,on or near the dryer! Charge the system at above idle around 1200 rpm so it will stabilize pressures to acurate read outs.
Question Answered: AC compressor not engaging
June 19, 2010, 08:00 PM
The system uses a pressure switch to activate the compressor clutch.It has to have at least 50 psi of pressure for the compressor to run.This is a measure of safety so the compressor will get proper oiling while charging the system.Don't by pass the pressure switch,before refrigerant is added.The pressure switch should be located on or near the reciever dryer,on the high pressure side,of the system.
Question Answered: What causes the radiator fan and auxillary fan to run constantly ?
June 19, 2010, 07:47 PM
What is the temperature readout by the guage? Check coolant level in the reservoir.What is the antifreez boiling and freezing check? too much antifreez mixture can cause an engine too run hotter than if mixed correctly.A 50/50 mix is recomended! Dont add pure antifreez as needed in the summer months as this will cause poorer heat transfer from the radiator to the flow of air!
Question Answered: Air conditioner recirculating
June 19, 2010, 07:38 PM
This may be a problem with the switch, or the actuator or servo that changes the recirculating air mode from fresh to recirculate.Faulty Electrical circuits show up at higher and lower temperatures,as faulty mechanical opperations persists.
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