Feb 292008



I have a damaged windshield wiper arm. I would like to replace it myself but I am unsure how to go about doing this. Any advice you might have would be appreciated.


You should be able to pop the cap off at the pivot point. You may need to use the edge of a flat blade screwdriver. Once you have carefully removed the cap, you will see a retaining nut (generally 13mm). Remove the nut by turning your ratchet counter-clockwise. Remove the windshield wiper arm. If it does not slide off easily you will need to use a battery terminal removal tool to finish the removal.  DO NOT use a pry bar or you may damage the glass windshield. The tool can be purchased online :


Feb 282008



I have a 95 Chevy Camaro 3.4 v6 with 5 speed trans, how do you bleed the clutch system without a bleeder. It has a new clutch kit, slave cylinder and clutch master cylinder. It will pump up half way but when you release the pedal all the way, you loose it.

Already Tried: 
Unbolting the slave cylinder and keeping it lower than the master cylinder. Being careful to not let the rod come out of it. Then you pump the rod on the slave cylinder several times to work the air out through the master cylinder. It’s sort of like bleeding it backwards. Remembering to keep the fluid level full and do it a few times with a 3 to 4 minuet break in between. Then, let it sit for about 15 min and when you pump the pedal.



Feb 272008


 Programing a Nissan remote , is hidden secret by Nissan Dealers. Here is how its done.

Just get in your vehicle , close all doors. Using your power lock switch , lock all doors. After doors are locked take your Ignition and insert it and remove it from ignition switch in a slow fashion , but consistent pace. (97 and earlier are fast) When you see the hazard lights flash, put key in ignition and turn to the On position .. Do NOT CRANK or you will have to Start over .. After in the On position .. Hit the Lock button on remote… Hazard lights should flash..( note..you have to reprogram all remotes when adding a new one , if you don’t your old remotes will not work ) If your doing just the one , turn ignition switch off and unlock door and get out and try it. If you are doing more than one. While still in Vehicle with Key on . After you hit the Lock button on Remote and hazard light flashed .. with key still on .. use master switch unlock doors and re-lock and then hit Second Remote, Lights should flash again , repeat if adding a 3rd remote.. after done just turn key off and unlock door and get out and try.

Feb 262008


2002 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L Automatic

Vehicle Problem:

Vehicle drove in; Customer stated it was running rough and would not go over 20 mph. Check engine light is on.

Test drove to confirm what customer said. The vehicle performed exactly as the customer described. Performed computer diagnostics and retrieved a Code P0302. This is the misfire code for cylinder # 2. Inspected the spark plug and wire. Found it arching though the wire against the cylinder head. Replaced the plugs and wires. Tested ..all ok at this time. Also replaced a collapsed pcv hose (4″ of fuel line works fine) these hoses tend to collapsed often.
Cost of repair including diagnostics($69.95) was $234.09 +tax

Feb 252008


Invoice: $24,589 MSRP: $26,010


 Engine: 4.0L V-6 210 HP
 Trans: 5-spd auto w/OD
 Fuel : City 14 mpg, HWY 20 mpg

Ford Explorer is a traditional midsize SUV with body-on-frame construction. Available with V6 or V8 power, the Explorer competes against the Chevy TrailBlazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner, and Nissan Pathfinder. Explorer was completely redesigned for the 2006 model year and we were pleased with the new steering, new suspension, and new brakes, all of which were vastly improved over the previous-generation. The latest Explorer is quieter than previous models, and it rides better. It leans less in corners and the brakes are more responsive. The rear seats fold flatter, and the interior has been improved throughout. 

Feb 252008



I have a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria with the check engine light on. I had the codes checked and the codes are P0306 and P0316. What do these mean and what do I need to do to correct the problem.


P0306 – Is a #6 cylinder misfire and P0316 is a misfire occurred in the first 1000 revolutions of the engine. So P0316 if confirming that this is a consistent misfire and P0306 is letting you what cylinder is affected.


Replace the Coil pack or Coil on boot assembly on the #6 cylinder. Looking at the engine from the front of the car, this will be the 2nd one on the right. Replace it and the misfire will be gone. It requires a 7mm socket for the one retaining bolt.

Feb 232008


Defect Summary: Certain sport utility vehicles and trucks fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 110, ¿tire selection and rims.” these vehicles have an incomplete tire rim designation on the certification/tire label located on the driver’s door edge. in addition, the label may also be missing the tire load rating on the label. although this information is not required by the standard, if a tire of a lesser load rating is installed, the tire may not be able to sustain the loads encountered during use.
Consequence Summary: If a customer replaces a wheel and only relies on the rim size designation that is indicated on the label, a wheel that is of a different rim contour designation may be installed. it may be difficult or impossible to mount the tire on a wheel with the wrong contour. if the tire is mounted on the wheel with the wrong contour, the wheel and tire may not perform as intended, which could increase the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: A label that will correct the label originally installed will be mailed to consumers along with installation instructions. the customer will have the option for dealers to install the label. the recall began on November 7, 2006. owners should contact Cadillac at 1-866-982-2239, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, and GMC trucks at 1-866-996-9463.
Further Notes: Gm recall no. 06079.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration¿s vehicle safety hot-line at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

Feb 222008


Vehicle Tested:

2008 Infiniti G37 Journey 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 5A)
MSRP of Test Vehicle: $37,300

What Works:
Excellent turn-in response, steering accuracy and grip; strong acceleration; quiet and stable at speed; comfortable and functional interior.

What Needs Work:
Steering lacks positive, direct feel; new styling may put off fans of the more muscular G35; sport seat lower cushion is a bit tight.

Bottom Line:
Combining speed, handling prowess and a well-appointed luxury interior, the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe is likely to win even more fans than it already has.

Feb 212008



I’m looking at buying a 2002 VW Jetta TDI. It has 101k on miles. It has had the turbo replaced and the glow plug replaced, and the fuel injection pump. Are these normal,or is this a sign of bigger things to come? 


The glow plugs are normal to failure. The injection pump is a known part failure on high mileage vehicles. The Turbo generally fails due to lack of proper maintenance. This is not a common failure part. I think I would steer clear of this one. 

Feb 202008



I need info on where to get a vacuum diagram, and a wiring diagram for a 97 Pontiac fire bird/ trans am with a 5.7. i have chiltons and haynes and they don’t go over those diagrams. i have a password for checker online, carquest does not have anything, the dealer could not pull up any diagrams. i have very a good rep with all those places for i am a mechanic. 

Already Tried:
checkers, dealer carquest, chiltons, haynes, some online but have got no were


I have the solution for you! If you want all the premium wiring diagrams that are available for this vehicle that are accessible on-line right now, follow this link http://tinyurl.com/2lg87f for just $9.99 you can have full on-line access to everything you need including wiring diagrams, vacuum diagrams, fuse and component locations, repair information, factory recall information and even TSB’s ( Technical Service Bulletins ). This is the same information that the dealers use. http://tinyurl.com/2lg87f It is Mitchell, a division of Snap-On. I use this in my shop all the Time. Well worth it and easy to use.

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