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still just a true blue backyard mechanic with every tool known to man.graduated an auto repair tech course to brush up on things that dont apply to auto repair but its nice to have some transcripts.machinest by trade,auto tech by choice.gave up on sears auto center.also I wont step on other techs answers as if it were a d;;k measuring contest here.
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Question Answered: Failed smog and was told to put alcohol in gas tank for it to pass.
August 31, 2014, 03:34 PM
hard to say.scotty kilmer did a video of putting laquer thinner in the tank n it fixed efficiency below threshold codes.eric the car guy did it and it fixed nothing.love both guys but cant speak from experience.
Question Answered: how can I get my wife car running again, please help
August 31, 2014, 03:21 PM
two of those codes are for the camshaft position sensor,
Question Answered: why does my truck stall when I am driving or when it is idles then it takes a
August 31, 2014, 03:04 PM
could be complex to find but could be as easy as a broken vacuum line
Question Answered: My Car wont stop overheating ive changed radiator thermostat, uper and lower int
August 31, 2014, 02:56 PM
head gasket.hate these engines.so many 3.1 3.4 n 3.8s do this
Question Answered: how to program my Engine computer after i replace it with a new 1..
August 31, 2014, 02:45 PM
you should've received a plug n start pcm.if not your going to need access to a high level scan tool to reprogram your keys or a flash to your new pcm.possibly something else.this can be pretty in depth or real easy depending on the issue.autocomputerexchange.com may save you a bunch of money
Question Answered: Where is the oil pressure sensor located on my 97 Dodge Stratus ES
August 31, 2014, 02:26 PM
Under hood, center, rear engine area, mounted on lower block Under hood if its a 4 cyl center, lower engine area, mounted on front passenger side of block if its a six cyl.you can usually change these with a pair of pliers but they do make special sockets
Question Answered: 2003 Dodge Durango SXT 4.7L v8 Error Code P0357
August 31, 2014, 02:14 PM
Causes Potential causes of a P0357 code include: •Short to voltage or ground on COP driver circuit •Open on COP driver circuit •Loose connection at coil or broken connector locks •Bad Coil (COP) •Faulty Powertrain Control Module
Question Answered: what does a throttle possession sensor do?
August 30, 2014, 01:48 PM
Answer The throttle position sensor, TPS for short, is a sensor that is used in an internal combustion engine. These can be fuel injected engines or carbureted engines. The TPS is used to monitor the position of the throttle butterfly valve. When we accelerate, the butterfly opens a little or a lot to allow air into the intake manifold, depending on how much you are accelerating. There are a few signs that could be a signal that the throttle position sensor is failing. The first and foremost is a possibility that your check engine light could come on; this is a light on the dash that sometimes appears as a little engine or sometimes it simply says check engine. Next scenario is that the car idles rough, this is when the vehicle is in a stationary position and you get a rough feeling from the engine almost as if the vehicle wants to stall out. Finally you may find that the vehicle hesitates on acceleration. To make a proper diagnosis we first need to get our tools in order. The main and only item in the tool list is what is called an ohm volt meter. Once you have identified the TPS sensor, turn on the ignition, do not start the car, make sure the volt meter is on twelve volts DC. Locate the connector that goes from the ECM (engine control module) to the TPS. Once you find this disconnect it completely from the throttle position sensor. There are three prongs; the center prong is usually the negative connector. Once this is done, take the volt meter and connect the negative side (usually the black wire) to the ground terminal on the battery. When this is done take the positive lead, (usually the red wire) and attach it to one of the other prongs. The volt meter should read five volts, if you are on the reference wire for the TPS. If it reads anything below five volts then you are on the signal wire and need to go to the other prong in the connector. If it reads nothing on the volt meter then you are on the negative connector. Once you locate the reference wire, and it reads five volts then you know that you are getting proper reference voltage to the TPS. Therefore you have just eliminated a faulty power feed to ECM. The next step is to put connector back on the Throttle Position Sensor. Take the positive lead for the volt meter and put it to the signal wire in the back of the connector, this is known as back probing. Take the negative lead from the volt meter and put it to the center wire which is negative on the connector, take the butterfly shaft and turn it gradually and as you turn it you should get a gradual count upwards to five volts. If the volts fluctuate backwards or forwards then you know you have a faulty throttle position sensor.
Question Answered: Could my nasty neighbour have put sugar in my gas tank?
August 30, 2014, 01:31 PM
mythbusters proved that sugar does nothing to a fuel system.as far as the high idle,needs looked at with a scanner with live data
Question Answered: i am buying a se 2004 camry. do i need to change the timing belt. what kind of b
August 29, 2014, 02:33 PM
my book states no specific maintenance interval with that engine.meaning it has a chain.your good to go.unless its a diesel engine then 100,000 miles
Problem Reported: check engine light due to secondary air injection pump.
March 01, 2011, 03:26 PM
Problem Reported: Squeak Type Noise from One of Both Front Seats
December 15, 2010, 10:49 AM
<p>A squeak type noise may be noted from one or both front seats. Squeaks can be caused by contact between the seat track locating pins and the vehicle floor pan. Our technicians tell us the repair involves removing some of the seat locating pins.</p>
Problem Reported: Power Steering Fluid Leakage
December 14, 2010, 03:38 PM
<p><a id="ce_94" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/power-steering-fluid">Power steering fluid</a> may leak at the <a id="ce_95" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/power-steering-pump">power steering pump</a>, <a id="ce_5625" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/power-steering-hose">line</a>, and / or <a id="ce_103" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/steering-rack-and-pinion">steering rack</a>. The lines may not be clamped tightly enough, causing a leak. Add new clamps and seals to the power steering line to the pump and to the steering rack.</p>
Problem Reported: Trunk Will Not Latch Closed
December 14, 2010, 02:56 PM
<p>The electric trunk latch solenoid can get stuck in the open position making it so the trunk will not latch closed. The diagnosing technician should verify correct electrical connection at the solenoid and check for correct cable routing. The trunk latch most commonly will need to be replaced.</p>
Problem Reported: Warped rotors due to uneven lug nut torque
December 06, 2010, 01:05 PM
<p>The brake pedal may pulsate on apply due to warped <a id="ce_5551" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/brake-rotor">brake rotor</a>s. This condition is commonly caused by uneven lug nut torque. Proper lug nut torque is recommended to try and avoid this concern.</p>
Problem Reported: The hood may not latch properly
December 06, 2010, 12:57 PM
<p>The spot welds on the hood striker may be misaligned causing the hood not to latch properly. The correction is to install oversize washers under striker mounting bolts to secure the striker.</p>
Problem Reported: Engine vacuum leak from throttle body gasket
December 06, 2010, 12:52 PM
<p>An engine vacuum leak from the <a id="ce_10422" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/throttle-body-gasket">throttle-body base gasket</a> may result in a rough idle and/or stumble on acceleration. If this occurs, replacement of the failed gasket will be necessary.</p>
Problem Reported: Dome light may say on
December 06, 2010, 12:46 PM
<p>The dome light may stay on due to a faulty door jamb switch which will require replacement.</p>
Problem Reported: Rough Running Engine and Possible Check Engine Light
November 30, 2010, 05:42 PM
<p>The <a id="ce_5700" class="ct_selected" title="Check Engine Light: What It Means and What to Do" href="/symptoms/check-engine-light">Check Engine Light</a> may illuminate, the engine may run rough and have <a id="ce_9141" class="ct_selected" title="Misfire: What Does It Mean?" href="/misfires-and-their-causes">misfires</a> on acceleration. Commonly the <a id="ce_84" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/ignition-coil">ignition coils</a> and/or the <a id="ce_10196" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/ignition-coil-boot">ignition coil boots</a> are the cause of this problem. The rubber boot that insulates the coil to the <a id="ce_100" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/spark-plug">spark plug</a> can dry and crack allowing arcing. Inspect the coils and boots, and replace them as needed. Our technicians also recommend replacing the coil boots any time the spark plugs are replaced.</p>
Problem Reported: Engine Oil Leaks from Cylinder Head Area
November 30, 2010, 05:40 PM
<p>Engine oil may leak externally from the <a id="ce_137" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/head-gasket">cylinder head gasket</a>. The gaskets were contaminated with metal debris from the factory &ndash; between the block and gasket and/or the head and gasket. To correct, the head gasket must be replaced and the mating surfaces on the <a id="ce_10160" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/cylinder-head">cylinder head</a> and <a id="ce_10158" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/engine-block">block</a> need to be inspected for chips or damage. In some cases the cylinder head will not be repairable and will need replacement.</p>
Car Review: 2000 Ford F-150
October 17, 2012, 05:03 PM
my truck is mostly under warranty by auto zone as ive replaced more on this vehicle then all other vehicles ive owned combined.170,000 miles and i can barely keep up with the repairs.im going back to chevy or maybe even toyota.
Car Review: 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
December 18, 2010, 08:34 PM
this truck seems like a whats gonna break next truck.
Car Review: 2008 Toyota Camry
December 18, 2010, 07:26 PM
so far the best car i've ever cleaned or worked on.this is my next car hands down.
Car Review: 2000 Honda Accord
December 18, 2010, 07:23 PM
great car,i've only changed oil and brakes on this vehicle.looking underneath it its very clean.
Car Review: 2004 Kia Optima
December 15, 2010, 06:09 PM
not a bad car just real hard on rotors and pads.
Car Review: 2003 Pontiac Grand Am
December 15, 2010, 06:04 PM
owned this car for seven years.bought it with 28,000 miles .now has 115,000 miles roughly. one fuel pump and a new battery replaced is all ive done to it other then routine maitenance.best car i've ever had.
Car Review: 2001 Chevrolet Blazer
December 15, 2010, 06:01 PM
i would buy another blazer just dissapointed in the abs and how hard this suv is on ball joints.
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