tincups

Technician
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Question Asked: Moon roof problems
April 13, 2009, 11:03 AM
Sometimes the moon roof does not open all the way. Sometimes it does. It'll stop half ways at times and sometimes it only opens 1/4 of the way. It is very erratic and there does not seems to be a pattern as to when it is happening. Any ideas?
Question Answered: diagnostic fees
May 27, 2009, 09:28 AM
The price varies depending on your problem. Electrical usually runs around $40-60, Check engine light or running rough is $80-150, Suspension or steering concern is $40-60. The exact price all depends on the region and shop. Regarding the comment "just a battery or something more?" You can usually tell if it is a battery or alternator problem depending on what happens when you turn the key. If it is turning over, like it is trying to start then it is something more and Engine Diagnostics is what you need. If you turn the key and nothing happens or you just hear clicking then you need your battery, alternator and starter tested.
Question Answered: codes relating to my 1996 olsmobile Aurora.
May 04, 2009, 07:00 AM
p0300 is random misfire and p0441 is EVAP system no flow during purge. These two things may be related but may be 2 separate issues. The best thing to do is bring it into your mechanic for engine diagnostics. The random misfire code can be set from multiple causes.
Question Answered: orange engine light on dash
March 03, 2009, 11:41 AM
That light is referred to as the "check engine light". When the light is on it indicates some sort of failure within the vehicle. There are hundreds of things that can cause the light to turn on. I recommend bringing it in to your repair shop and have them perform engine diagnostics to determine the cause and appropriate repair. When the light is on the computer in your vehicle has a code stored that the mechanic will use to determine what course of action to take.
Question Answered: catastrophic lower ball joint failure
March 03, 2009, 11:14 AM
It is very common for ball joints to break and cause this kind of damage. Working at a repair shop I warn people all the time when the ball joints start to wear and have play that they NEED to be replaced. Honda would not be liable for this at all.
Question Answered: Temperature Gauge
March 02, 2009, 09:24 AM
Sounds like you might have a problem with your thermostat. I would recommend bringing it to a shop for cooling system diagnostics. If the vehicle is overheating it can cause major engine damage. Thermostats generally are not to spendy to replace.
Question Answered: poor idle during cold outdoor temps
February 27, 2009, 05:32 AM
This happened on my truck as well. I work in a repair shop and what we found was that the cold weather was actually shrinking the intake gaskets allowing the engine to suck in too much air. Replacing those gaskets took care of the problem. This happened last winter and since repair we haven't had any problems this cold winter. (I'm from MN as well)
Question Answered: Do the struts cause the clanking noise on bumpy roads?
February 26, 2009, 05:52 PM
Sounds to me like it could be tie rods or sway bar links.
Question Answered: drive shaft or solid steel drive axles?
February 26, 2009, 04:48 PM
Is it AWD or 4WD? There is a big difference.
Question Answered: ball joints
February 23, 2009, 05:13 AM
No, there are only lower ball joints in the front and in the rear.
Question Answered: Malfunction Indicator Lamp
February 20, 2009, 05:28 AM
First step is to check your gas cap. If that cap is loose that will make the light come on. Tighten the cap and drive the car for a day. If the light doesn't go off that means something else is the cause. Any time the check engine light is on it is an indicator that there is something wrong, but it is impossible to determine if it is serious or not without getting the computer scanned. Some parts stores will scan the computer for codes at no cost. This is not as thorough as taking to your mechanic for a complete check out but it should give you some idea of what is wrong. If the light starts to flash at you that indicates serious problems and I would take it in to your mechanic immediately.
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Car Review: 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
February 27, 2009, 05:30 AM
Very good truck! A few problems but nothing major.
Car Review: 2003 Oldsmobile Alero
February 19, 2009, 11:55 AM
This has been an awesome car!
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