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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: squeaky passenger side front end
February 23, 2017, 01:42 PM
Hello, Does it squeak when accelerating, braking or going over bumps? Here are some possibilities for each: accelerating: serpentine drive belt braking: front brake pads and/or rotors over bumps: sway bar link rods or upper strut mounts Best to take a mechanic along for a ride and have them hear it. An experienced mechanic should identify the noise pretty easily. If you need a shop, try looking here: http://repairpal.com/volvo-within-10-miles-of-eliot-maine-03903
Question Answered: speedometer stopped working and then my car stopped running immediately after
February 21, 2017, 11:53 AM
It's tough to know the cause without seeing and inspecting your vehicle. Are there any warning lights on? If I had to guess I'd say your fuel pump or ABS control module may have failed.
Question Answered: fan not working
February 17, 2017, 08:05 AM
Check the blower motor resistor and the blower fan.
Question Answered: How long after oil change should oil look black on dipstick?
February 17, 2017, 08:04 AM
Hey Jeremy, The oil will stay light in color for a couple thousand miles then start to darken. If the engine has a lot of carbon buildup inside it you could see this darken more rapidly. If you change the oil every 5,000 - 7,500 miles you should be fine with this engine. Good luck with your first car!
Question Answered: Error code stated transmission performance low. Whats the meaning for this?
February 17, 2017, 08:02 AM
You'll need to get this checked out, but the error is indicating some type of transmission failure. Have a professional shop look at this to know for sure. Or take it back to the person who sold it to you.
Question Answered: car will not rev up when driving
February 17, 2017, 08:00 AM
Sounds like you may have a transmission that is not shifting correctly. Best to have a professional look at this to identify the issue.
Question Answered: mradiator light is lit up on dash panel
February 17, 2017, 07:59 AM
You likely have a coolant leak and a low coolant level. The reservoir is in the engine compartment and will likely have a green cap on it. Do not open if the engine is warmed up, wait until it has cooled down. Then you can top up to the "Max" line. Check for leaks too and get them fixed. Whatever you do, don't allow the engine to overheat, you will do much damage to the engine.
Question Answered: does this car need a 2 or 4 wheel alignment ?
February 17, 2017, 07:55 AM
Yes, the car can drive straight and not pull to one side or the other, and be out of alignment. All four wheels/tires can have an effect on the way the car drives and the tires wear, so if you're going to get an alignment I would recommend a 4-wheel alignment.
Question Answered: 'Check engine light on
February 03, 2017, 06:28 PM
It's a good idea to perform a cylinder compression check, make sure the engine is sound. Also, you can swap #1 and #3 fule injectors, erase the DTC, see if the code comes back to #3 or #1 cylinder, if moves then the injector is bad. You can always try this with ignition coils and plugs too.
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?
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.