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35 years in auto repair-first as ford tech than now semi-retired and run a mobile repair shop called shadetree automotive in and around turlock/modesto ca.
Recent Activity

Question Asked: stuck in 4x4 mode
December 01, 2010, 08:16 AM
has been sitting for a month or so and now wont come out of 4x4 low.any ideas?
Question Asked: rough running
November 25, 2010, 08:32 AM
changed timing belt on friends 2.0l 4 cyl.never drove car myself so i dont know how it was running before hand.had codes 300-301-171-1380 prior to my repair.belt was off gears and shreaded.ran good after repair for a short time but now has a bad miss at all rpm ranges.replaced plugs and tested wires - all ok (under 7 ohms)now i have the same codes up again after i reset them.any ideas?
Question Asked: gear selector
November 15, 2010, 12:31 PM
selector hard to move up or down in cold weather.any ideas?
Question Asked: hard start
November 05, 2010, 12:58 PM
hard to start after running for a while.smell gas when trying to restart.
Question Asked: cruise control
November 03, 2010, 02:04 PM
cruise has never worked since i got the car 4 yrs ago.fuses are ok. is a former government car and may have been shut off by a tech.any ideas as where to look?speedo works cruise light on dash.
Question Asked: overheat
October 27, 2010, 05:35 PM
was told the thermostat was bad. i replaced it and it still heats up. upper hose is hot while lower is cooler and engine gauge reads hot and the radiator fan will not come on even when th a/c is switched on and the heater blows cold.
Question Asked: valve clearance
October 20, 2010, 10:58 AM
is the 2.0 4 cyl. engine a non-interfearance motor?
Question Asked: failed smog test
September 07, 2010, 04:43 PM
my 4.0 aerostar has exsessive n. o. reading.i changed the mas sensor and the check engine lite is now out.what other repairs should i do before i retest it?
Question Answered: stalling out
December 13, 2010, 06:38 AM
check the charging system
Question Answered: car skips and bucks under electrical load
December 13, 2010, 06:35 AM
change battery and check altenator output
Question Answered: What is this smoke coming from the engine compartment?
December 07, 2010, 07:37 AM
sounds like you have a bad oil leak - check the valve cover gaskets.
Question Answered: lower control arm bushing
December 07, 2010, 07:26 AM
take it to a front end/tire shop for a second opinion.some shop wont even charge to inspect it.
Question Answered: How to take out a water pump
December 07, 2010, 07:24 AM
its reverse thread on the large center nut.
Question Answered: location of the pressure switch
December 07, 2010, 07:18 AM
it may be on the back of the motor and may have a small heat shield over it.
Question Answered: transmission
December 07, 2010, 07:14 AM
sounds like you have a tranny fluid leak onto a exhaust pipe.could also be engine oil.
Question Answered: Battery Indicator Light Staying O
December 07, 2010, 07:04 AM
check the charging system.
December 07, 2010, 07:03 AM
first check all the fuses and relays - if good test the alt. with a volt meter directly on the rear of alt. ive seen rebuilt and ever new alt. fail right out of the box.
Question Answered: fuel pump hose or pump failure
December 07, 2010, 06:59 AM
if its pumping gas on the ground the pump is working.check the hoses
Problem Reported: Power Window Switches May Fail
September 15, 2010, 10:07 PM
<p>One or more of the power windows may stop working due to a failed window switch. Failed switches will require replacement.</p>
Problem Reported: Intake Manifold Gaskets May Leak Coolant or Engine Oil
September 15, 2010, 10:06 PM
<p><span class="ct_glossary tooltip">The <a id="ce_5616" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/intake-manifold-gasket">intake manifold gasket</a> may develop and external </span>engine <a id="ce_59" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/engine-oil">oil</a> or <a id="ce_80" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/coolant">coolant</a> leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Our technicians tell us that operating the engine&nbsp; with a coolant/oil mix can result in internal engine damage. Replacing the intake manifold gasket should correct these leaks.</p>
Problem Reported: Rubber Transmission Cooler Lines Can Leak Fluid
September 15, 2010, 10:05 PM
<p>The rubber section of an <a id="ce_9527" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/automatic-transmission"><span class="ct_selected tooltip">automatic transmission</span></a> cooler line may develop a fluid leak . In some cases the leaking section of hose can be replaced. In others, the complete cooler line must be replaced to correct this concern.</p>
Problem Reported: Water Pump May Fail Prematurely
September 15, 2010, 10:05 PM
<p>The <a id="ce_129" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/water-pump">water pump</a> may develop a <a id="ce_80" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/coolant">coolant</a> leak resulting in an engine overheating condition.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Car Review: 1997 Chevrolet Lumina
September 07, 2010, 09:41 AM
my 97 lumina has run good and been has most of the problems other owners talk about.worst of all is the coolant leak on the driver side intake manifold.also a/c compresseor blew out front seal .also cant seem to find a low coolant switch that works-ive tried 3
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