Mar 312008
 

Question:
Has anyone found a way too improve the poor range and some of the other undesirable shortcomings of the factory installed remote starter on the T Tundra?

Answer:
You might try adding to the gray antenna wire and extending it. Not all models have this antenna wire though.

A Toyota Technician has proven that holding the remote up to your chin and pressing the button actually proved to add about 20 feet to the range of a remote.
 

Mar 312008
 

Question:
I have 89 Ford Ranger 6cyl…auto trans goes into gears fine, except when I reach a speed where it should go into 3rd or 4rth…it doesn’t…..makes kind of a ”whirring” sound…what do you think may be the problem? Will it be operable for awhile, til I can bring it to mechanic? 

Answer:
Confirm that it is not low on fluid. Check with engine running and in park on flat surface. If it is full, then you are looking at needing a rebuild or replacement. I recommend jasperengines.com as they come with a 3 year/100,000 mile parts and labor warranty. These are what i install in my shop. As for the noise, could be the front pump going out if it does it all the time, if it makes the noise only when it won’t shift, it may be the planet gears. I don’t think it will last a month if you continue driving it the way it is.

Mar 272008
 

DETROIT – After spending billions of dollars on Jaguar and Land Rover, Ford Motor Co. gave up on the storied British automakers Wednesday and unloaded them to India’s Tata Motors Ltd. for a mere third of the original purchase price.

Ford’s fortunes have changed, with slumping U.S. sales and billions in losses. The fire-sale price comes as the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker concentrates on its main brands.

“You have to cut your losses at some point,” said Erich Merkle, vice president of auto industry forecasting for the consulting firm IRN Inc. in Grand Rapids. “It’s been draining them of cash and resources.”

Tata is India’s oldest and largest conglomerate, with holdings in steel, information technology and autos. It should have the cash to save Jaguar and Land Rover and develop new products to better compete with luxury automakers, Merkle said. Continue reading »

Mar 262008
 

GM Dex-Cool/ Intake Manifold Gasket Class Action

NATIONWIDE SETTLEMENT REACHED IN GM/DEX-COOL CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT
On March 20, 2008, the California Superior Court granted preliminary approval to the class action settlement reached with General Motors in the GM/Dex-Cool class action lawsuit. This settlement affects people who purchased or leased a “covered vehicle” anywhere in the United States other than Missouri. A separate settlement has been reached for those who purchased or leased their vehicle in Missouri, which will offer the same benefits but will be separately approved by a Missouri court.

The lawsuits were filed on behalf of owners of General Motors vehicles, which were factory-filled with “Dex-Cool” coolant. In summary, the lawsuits alleged that Dex-Cool degraded certain vehicles’ intake manifold gaskets and other engine sealability components, and that in certain other vehicles, Dex-Cool formed a rusty sludge, clogging the vehicles’ cooling systems and causing vehicles to overheat.

Terms of the Settlement:

You may be eligible to receive between $50 and $800 in cash reimbursement under the settlement if you have paid for a covered repair by May 30, 2008, and if you submit a claim by October 27, 2008. If you paid for multiple covered repairs, you may be eligible to receive multiple cash reimbursements provided you submit a separate claim for each repair. Continue reading »

Mar 262008
 

Hooting or Whistling noise.  Owners of some 2005-06 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators with dual a/c systems may hear an irritating hooting or whistling type sound from the rear of the passenger compartment.

According to Ford, the noise occurs most frequently when the vehicle is being driven with the front a/c on, the interior cooled, the rear a/c off and the blower motor speed set its lowest setting. A defective rear expansion valve has been identified as the likely source of the noise. Installing a new-design TXV (Part No. 6LiZ-19849-B) into the re3ar HVAC case should put the problem to rest. Should take about two hours for the part to be replaced.

Mar 242008
 

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Question:
I have a 1997 Chevy Cavalier 2.2engine,timing chain broke and I replaced it but the engine runs rough. I checked the compression and found that #1 has very low,#3 has no compression on #2 & #4 are good. What should I DO NEXT?

Answer:
The good news is that this engine is not an interference engine so the likely hood that your valves are bent is very slim. I would look at the timing chain again. You can set the timing marks and them release the tensioner pin and it will influence the timing marks. The marks must line up with the tensioner pressure on it. You need to spin the motor over several times and recheck the marks afterwords before you put it back together.

The lack of compression is because the timing is off and the valves are partially open when they shouldn’t be.

*note* most of these timing chains break in this engine because the chain guide/tensioner have broken and the guide/tensioner should be replaced at the same time as the chain.

Mar 222008
 

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Question:
I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant with 48,000 miles on it. How important is the 55,000 timing chain service?  Does it need done? How important is this over long engine life ? Can you give my an estimate of  the cost? Do you recommend a Mitsubishi service tech ? Or can I find any mechanic to do the work ? 

Answer:
The timing belt service is very important and can save you money in the long run. If the belt were to break, internal damage can happen and would cost you a great deal more than the less than 500.00 dollars it will cost you now. It will probably be around $360.00 for the job give or take some shop supply charges. Most full service auto repair centers can handle this job for you, no need to take it to the dealer. It is extremely important to have this service done to to maintain long engine life.

Mar 212008
 

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Question:
When starting my 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora there is a grinding noise and a smell of burning oil. What could be the cause and how do I fit the problem?  The noise continues when driving.

Answer:
Smell of oil burning is quite common on this body style aurora. They had oil leak problems form the lower engine case half.

The grinding, if when engine running, may not be related at all. Need to figure out if it is coming from the front of the engine. From the pass. side fender, a noise on the front of the motor would be quite obvious. The alternator and a/c compressor are common for making grinding noises. Very hard to determine which one, even with a mechanics stethoscope. These 2 components bolt next to each other, and is hard to determine which one. Sometimes cycling the a/c on and off will change the noise if it is the compressor.

Mar 202008
 

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I have a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP that on the drive home loss power steering. When home notice reservoir was empty. Added fluid but fluid is leaking out on passenger side of undercarriage. Any thoughts?

 Answer:
I would say that either a hose or the rack and pinion is leaking. There are two service bulletins that may apply to your issue. I would contact the manufacturer to see if these apply as it may be covered under warranty and at no cost to you.

Component Description:
7. STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
NHTSA Number:
Vehicle: 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix
Summary:
POWER STEERING FLUID LEAK. ( NHTSA ITEM NUMBER – 10020769 )

Component Description:
10. STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:POWER STEERING FLUID
NHTSA Number:
Vehicle: 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix
Summary:
POWER STEERING HOSE LEAK. ( NHTSA ITEM NUMBER – 10020657 )