Bret Bodas

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I am the Director of the Automotive Group at RepairPal. I have 20 years of experience at the dealership level as a technician and shop foreman. My team is responsible for certifying all the shops in the RepairPal Certified Network and they have many years of experience in all aspects of the auto repair industry as technicians, service writers, service managers and shop owners. I am currently an ASE Certified Master Technician.
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Question Answered: My truck won't turn over. I replaced the starter. Now it won't turn start
January 17, 2017, 03:45 PM
Are the symptoms the same now as they were before replacing the starter?
Question Answered: Outside temp is -20..Engine sounds rough. Advised to use HEET additive.. Also
January 17, 2017, 03:44 PM
Unless it's really that cold outside you've got an issue with the ambient temperature sensor, or the outside temp sensor. It's located in the front lower grill so it's not uncommon to knock it off by hitting a curb or snowbank. I'm not familiar with HEET or a good block warmer however. Good luck, Bret
Question Answered: Code on radio fix ..?
January 17, 2017, 03:42 PM
When you lose power to the radio, normally due to a dead battery, this message will appear. There's a unique 4-digit code that needs to be entered using the radio preset buttons. You may find this code in your owners manual, and if not you will have to contact a Volvo dealership. Be careful though, if you enter the incorrect code 3 times it will switch to "OFF". Then you have to reset the radio by leaving it on for an hour or so. Good luck
Question Answered: Abs light came on followed by a break failure light. Rear wheel is seized up.
January 17, 2017, 03:33 PM
Yes, it's very possible the wheel bearing is the issue.
Question Answered: I put washer fluid in the hydraulic reservoir ( about 2 tbl spoons). What do I d
January 09, 2017, 02:16 PM
Did you put it in the brake fluid reservoir? How do you know the computer detected it, what warning light or message did you receive?
Question Answered: Will a bad tensioner sound like the motor is knocking & cause the car to stall?
January 09, 2017, 02:14 PM
It's unlikely this is due to a tensioner issue. I would not drive the car and get it looked at by a mobile mechanic / roadside assistance company, or have it towed to a shop for inspection. My guess without seeing or hearing the car is you might have a transmission issue...but it's impossible for me to tell so get it looked at by a professional. If you need a referral, look on this page for a RepairPal Certified Shop in your area. Good luck, Bret
Question Answered: Car starts and runs, drives fine but after about 5 mins if shut off won't restar
January 06, 2017, 03:26 PM
I advise you don't replace any more parts...you're throwing money away by taking this approach. This sounds like an electrical issue...a relay, fuel pump, sensor or something like that. I would invest in having a professional diagnose this for you. Good luck
Question Answered: Their is water inmy back floorboard where could it be coming from
January 06, 2017, 03:13 PM
You have a leak somewhere...could be a door, sunroof or window seal. Diagnosing these can be easy but sometimes it's very difficult to locate the source. Visually look at all the windows, doors and sunroof to make sure everything is closed properly and the seals are intact and not damaged.
Question Answered: What is wrong when a fuse blows and melts the wire behind the fuse box?
January 06, 2017, 03:11 PM
This is due to a "short circuit" in the wiring. Imagine a water hose that is cut and the water flows out of the hose, but not at the end. This is similar...when an electrical wire has a "short circuit", the electricity leaks out and causes excessive heat and melting wires. Someone needs to find where the wire is shorted, and fix that and the damaged wires. Don't try replacing the fuse, it will just cause more damage to the wiring. If you need a shop have a look for a Certified shop near you: http://repairpal.com/ford-within-10-miles-of-orange-texas-77630
Question Answered: Car does not start
January 06, 2017, 03:07 PM
Check your battery and cables. It may be the cables are loose or the battery is bad. It's not uncommon for cold weather to kill a weak battery too.
Problem Reported: Noise From the Front of the Engine
April 08, 2011, 03:20 PM
<p>A whining or buzzing type noise may develop from the timing chain area caused by excess slack in the secondary timing chains. Nissan has issued a service bulletin (NTB09-128) regarding this issue. Replacement of both secondary timing chains and their tensioner shoes will be necessary to repair this concern. As part of this repair, the engine oil and filter should also be replaced.</p>
Problem Reported: SUN ROOF DOESNT CLOSE PROPERLY
January 20, 2011, 06:16 PM
Problem Reported: Engine Starts and Stalls Due to Secutiry System Fault
January 14, 2011, 10:10 AM
<p>The engine may start and stall with the security light flashing. This is commonly caused by a failed <a rel="nofollow" href="/gm-passlock-anti-theft-systems">passlock</a> sensor which is part of the <a id="ce_9561" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/ignition-lock-cylinder">ignition lock cylinder</a>. A secondary cause could be the <a id="ce_9151" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/ignition-switch">ignition switch</a> itself. Worn contacts inside the ignition switch can cause voltage drop issues which can affect the passlock system. Proper diagnoses should be performed before replacing any parts.</p>
Problem Reported: Hard Shifting, Erratic Shifting and Other Transmission Issues
December 21, 2010, 11:32 AM
<p>Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo XC90 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.</p> <p>There are several <a href="/technical-service-bulletin-or-recall">technical service bulletins</a> (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the <a href="/automatic-transmission-diagnosis">automatic transmission diagnostic</a> process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals</p>
Problem Reported: Transmission Will Not Shift Properly
December 21, 2010, 11:30 AM
<p>Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo XC70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.</p> <p>There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals</p>
Problem Reported: Erratic Shifting or Loss of Transmission Operation
December 21, 2010, 11:29 AM
<p>Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo Cross Country transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.</p> <p>There are several <a id="ce_10733" class="ct_selected" href="/technical-service-bulletin-or-recall">technical service bulletins</a> (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the <a id="ce_10934" class="ct_selected" href="/automatic-transmission-diagnosis">automatic transmission diagnostic</a> process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals</p>
Problem Reported: Transmission Shifts Very Hard and Erratic
December 21, 2010, 11:27 AM
<p>There are several common complaints regarding Volvo V70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.</p> <p>There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it <a rel="nofollow" href="http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals">here&gt;&gt;</a></p>
Problem Reported: Transmission Will Not Shift Properly
December 21, 2010, 11:23 AM
<p>Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S80 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.</p> <p>There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals</p>
Problem Reported: Hard shifting from transmission and other issues
December 21, 2010, 11:19 AM
<p>Several complaints have been reported regarding Volvo C70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may fix this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made.</p> <p>There are several <a href="/technical-service-bulletin-or-recall">technical service bulletins</a> (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the <a href="/automatic-transmission-diagnosis">automatic transmission diagnostic</a> process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals</p>
Problem Reported: Erratic Shifting or Loss of Transmission Operation
December 21, 2010, 11:09 AM
<p>Several complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S60 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may fix this issue. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made.</p> <p>There are several <a id="ce_10733" class="ct_selected" href="/technical-service-bulletin-or-recall">technical service bulletins</a> (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the <a id="ce_10934" class="ct_selected" href="/automatic-transmission-diagnosis">automatic transmission diagnostic</a> process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals</p>
Car Review: 1997 Volvo 850
December 26, 2008, 02:38 PM
I've owned this car for a few years and it has had some of the typical problems associated with this vehicle, ABS control module failed, broken shock mount, broken upper motor mount, leaking turbo return line seals etc. The vehicle is a good daily driver but requires regular maintenance and repairs to keep it in good condition.
Car Review: 1992 Nissan Pathfinder
September 23, 2008, 08:14 AM
This vehicle has had a few problems in the 10 years I have owned it, transmission failure, exhaust manifold leaks, and a few misc. electrical problems. It works great in the snow and off road too. Overall, this has been a great vehicle and I am very happy with it!
Comment: Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?
October 14, 2015, 02:36 PM
"So explain to me why autozone will run the scan as a free courtesy?" There is a difference between someone showing you the diagnostic codes stored in your car, and performing the appropriate diagnosis to identify exactly what is causing the problem. For every code stored there are several possible solutions. So, having the code narrows it down considerably, but it is not a "diagnosis".
Comment: Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?
July 14, 2015, 04:40 PM
Hello, as a customer of a dealership or independent shop, I suggest you ask for as much of the diagnostic info they can provide. Anytime they recommend a repair/service, they should have some fairly concrete evidence for their recommendations, and they should provide that to you. Evidence may be a printout, but it may also be a reading on a measurement tool, a visual clue (broken, sign of wear etc.) or technical info from the car manufacturer. In short, always ask them, "What led you to make that recommendation".
Comment: Customer Feedback: All 'bout RepairPal Canada – Eh?
July 11, 2013, 11:44 AM
Hello Canada, What is it about our current version of RepairPal you would like to see changed/updated to accommodate Canada? Thank you, Bret Bodas RepairPal Director | Automotive Professional Group
Comment: Does Technology or the Economy Affect Our Driving Patterns?
October 27, 2011, 01:33 PM
I had a Volvo 850 with an on board computer that showed my average MPG and actual MPG. Paying attention to these changed my driving habits quite a bit, just like your friend. Of course, the expensive gas prices were also a factor. Cruise control helped to keep from rapid acceleration/deceleration and to keep a steady speed, all of which helped to achieve better gas mileage.
Comment: Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?
August 02, 2011, 08:53 AM
Warranty work doesn't always include diagnostic fees. Aftermarket warranties sometimes require you to pay the diagnostic fees. Manufacturer warranties will cover the diagnosis charges.
Comment: Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?
March 14, 2011, 02:08 PM
@jonelsr - This isn't much different than a doctor providing a cat scan or a dentist taking x-rays. The test should be seen as part of the service, but the real value comes from a professional examining the test results. You wouldn't want me looking at your cat scan and providing any kind of diagnosis, nor would you want a doctor telling you why the check engine light is on. Both require years of experience to properly read and interpret the results from such equipment. So in the end, you are paying for a service, along with expensive equipment and personnel training.
Comment: Customizing Your Vehicle Settings
January 26, 2011, 01:22 PM
On my 2010 Nissan Xterra, I was able to configure the auto lock settings and prevent the horn from honking every time I locked the doors. They're little things, but I like the driving experience much more now.
Comment: Locked Out of Your Car? Here’s What to Do
September 08, 2010, 02:12 PM
I keep an extra key in my wallet, it has saved me several times.
Comment: ABS Control Module
June 17, 2010, 05:08 PM
I suggest contacting this company,they rebuild some ABS Modules and may have a fix for yours. http://bit.ly/8z7rcm
Comment: How to Replace Wiper Blades
April 29, 2010, 11:12 AM
Even the best wiper blades generally need replacement after one year. Depending on where you live can extend or shorten that amount of time. I prefer the wiper blades from the car manufacturer because I know they will fit properly.