Apr 152008



I have a 1990 Chevrolet Corsica. Several things in the interior of the car aren’t working and I have a hunch its fuse-related. Can someone give me a diagram of the fuse locations and what size fuses are supposed to be where??


Look and see if this is the one you need. Located in the left side end of the dash pad.

Apr 142008


How do I loosen the belt tensioner on a 2000 Ford f-150 4×4 with the 5.4L. I need to loosen the belt to replace the alternator.

Use a ratchet and insert it (3/8″) in the end of the tensioner and rotate counter clock-wise.
4.6L/5.4L Engines
To Remove:

1) Before servicing the vehicle refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
2) Rotate the tensioner counterclockwise.
3) Remove the drive belt.

To Install:

1) Install the drive belt.
2) Rotate the tensioner clockwise.

Apr 122008

I have a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer with a vortec 4200 engine  that will not start. The battery has a good charge. I put it on a charger to double check. When you turn the key half way all the gauges come up Then when you try to start all gauges drop down. The only thing you hear click is a relay coming some where by the transmission. As soon as you let up on the key all gauges come back up.  I already tried charging to battery , turning all electrical off. Why is this happening ?

The number one cause for a no start is a shorted/bad battery. If this is the original battery, I recommend replacing it even if you test it as good. This is a common failure for GM vehicles.

the 2nd most common reason for a no start is a failed starter. To test this, you will need someone to hold the key in the start position while you check for battery voltage at the “s” terminal (small wire) at the starter solenoid. If you get battery voltage, replace the starter.

Apr 112008


My warning light came on and said check gauges on the dash. The heat gauge was as high as it could get so I  stopped checked the motor and fluids, everything looked good. So I started again and the heat gauge dropped to normal then it wold rise and drop but was not overheating. What could this be?


This is an indication of a failing thermostat. It is sticking and should be replaced as soon as possible.

Apr 102008

 – Toyota Motor Corp and General Motors Corp are recalling more than 662,000 vehicles sold in the United States due to defects in power windows, the two companies said on Wednesday.

Toyota will recall 539,500 Corolla and Matrix vehicles for the 2003 and 2004 model years, it said in a statement.

GM said it would recall 122,598 Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks, which share the same platform with Toyota’s Matrix and are built by GM in a joint venture with the Japanese automaker. Continue reading »

Apr 092008

By now I am sure you have heard about the Dex-cool issue involving the need to replace the intake manifold gaskets of GM cars from 1995 to 2004. And you are also aware that GM lost a class action settlement ( http://autorepairarticles.com/category/recalls/ ) . If you had this repair done, you have until Oct 27, of this year to get your money from GM. Follow the link posted above to get the required form and read the entire issue.

What causes the issue in the first place?

The Dex-cool turns acidic after a couple years and creates havoc on you engine gaskets. it actually eats away at them like cancer. Now you might want to know do you have to use Dex-cool. The answer is No. But in order to use the old green coolant you must flush the coolant system completely as you can NOT mix green and orange coolant or it will gum up your coolant system.

How do I avoid problems on my new gaskets ?

Have your coolant changed every 2 to 3 years as age is important for this and not so much mileage.

Apr 072008

I have a voyager brake controller and the vehicle is hooked to the trailer. The green light is on, the brake lights work when the the pedal is depressed, the turn signals work as well as parking lights. When you press the brake pedal on the truck, the brakes do not activate and the green light does not turn color as it should. When you use the manual hand knob on the brake controller the brakes activate as the should. I looked on Tekonsha”s troubleshooting guide and it sounds like the red wire going to the brake pedal might be the problem. If that were the case, the brake lights on the trailer would not work either correct?  I am working on a 2003 Chevrolet 3500 5.7 and have already tried a spare brake controller of same make, same result .

Actually the the brake lights are on a separate wire. There is a separate wire for the electronic brake. The reason for this is simple. The brake light bulb requires a constant amount of amperage/voltage to illuminate the bulbs. However, the electronic brake needs to be variable amperage/voltage so you have the ability adjust the electronic brake. The adjuster on the side of the brake controller does just that, it changes the voltage that is applied to the electronic brake. If this is the first time hooking up the controller, keep in mind there a a couple of fuses that need to be added in the under the hood fuse box in order for it to work. But they are right in there thinking, if all the fuses are there and good, then the controller may not have a good signal on the red wire or signal wire from the brake switch. 

Apr 072008


I have a 1996 E150 Ford Van with a 5.8 engine I filled up my fuel tank with what I thought was 32 gallons of regular unleaded gasoline note ( this van has a 36 gallon fuel tank) after I drove 45 miles the engine stalled and would not restart.
I checked the fuel pressure and I discovered the fuel pump was not working so I drained out 32 gallons of fuel out of the fuel tank then I removed the fuel tank and the fuel pump I noticed the fuel I drained had a greenish tint I believe the fuel is E85.
I am replacing the fuel pump and fuel filter my question is will E85 effect anything else in the fuel system. 


The greenish tint would indicate diesel fuel, not E85. The Diesel Fuel will not hurt the rest of the system. E85 should not have any negative impact on the rest of the fuel system. The rest of the fuel system should be safe.

Apr 052008


I have a 2000 mustang with the 3.8v6 and 5 speed trans. It is making a popping noise from the transmission while in reverse. It is a continueus popping not just a single pop. What could be the problem?


If you are certain it is not the front U-Joint, then you definitely have internal damage in the transmission. You may have a damaged Idler gear or synchronizer.

Reverse gear is handled by a small idler gear (purple). At all times, the blue reverse gear in this diagram is turning in a direction opposite to all of the other blue gears. Therefore, it would be impossible to throw the transmission into reverse while the car is moving forward — the dog teeth would never engage. However, they will make a lot of noise! Continue reading »

Apr 042008


I have a 2003 Odyssey with the SRS light that has come on twice now and stayed on. The first time the dealer just reset it after a diagnostic fee and said to come back if it happened again. It came back on a few days later. This time they checked it and are saying I need to spend almost a thousand dollars to replace the drivers air bag (and that it isn”t covered by Honda or my Honda Care warranty). They say the codes are 11-A0 and 92-20. What do you think is going on?


When the problem occurs, you might want to see if the horn, cruise, and radio controls on the steering wheel are working or if they are inoperative. I’ll explain:

The SRS diagnostic trouble code (DTC) 11-A0 indicates a problem in the driver’s airbag, but it does not necessarily mean it is the airbag itself. In my experience, it has been the cable reel that is at fault (the cable reel just carries electricity from the steering wheel controls so you can turn the steering wheel and still have power). With the proper tools, this is easily diagnosed by substituting the airbag with an inflator simulator (it takes the place of the airbag and gives the system the proper amount of resistance). DTC 92-20 is shown as a short in the passenger’s airbag cut-off indicator and the test procedure is very much the same as for 11-A0. I would have to say that they are both related. A cable reel isn’t very much money (<$100) and not very hard to change.

As for Honda Care coverage, I’m not 100% sure, but it looks to me that all the parts in the SRS system would be covered, unless there has been an accident involved.