Archive for December, 2009

GM recalling some Corvettes over removable roof

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

WASHINGTON – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says General Motors is recalling more than 22,000 Chevrolet Corvettes over problems with their removable roofs, which could separate from the vehicle.

The recall, which was announced this month and begins in January, applies to 2005-2007 Chevrolet Corvettes and 2006-2007 Corvette Z06′s with removable roofs.

The NHTSA says the adhesive between the roof panel and frame can separate, which would cause noise, poor fit and water leakage. If the adhesive completely separates, the roof panel could come off the car.

Dealers will install a new roof panel free of charge for affected cars, the NHTSA said.

For more information, owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, or at http://www.gmownercenter.com.

Owners may also contact the NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

Resouce: Associated Press

Breifly Defining the Engine Tune Up

Friday, December 25th, 2009

The old dreaded tune-up, this automotive service has changed immensely. In the older cars a tune up consisted of several replaceable items. I will mention some of these items in this article and compare the old vs the later model tune up. Read on.
 
-Distributor type ignition systems require more tuning than distributor-less found on newer vehicles. Distributors have been around for years and continue to show their presence. Distributor type ignition and the related components are the reason the tune up was born. This service helps allow the average, basic mechanic to keep working in the auto repair industry. Again their are several replaceable parts that you will need when performing “distributor type ignition tuning”. These parts may include the distributor, cap, rotor, wires and spark plugs. Use caution, these components can get extremely expensive, especially when there is someone replacing them and they are not bad. A good auto repair technician can perform the service in his sleep and can pin-point whether or not the vehicle needs to be tuned. Note Drive ability problems are not necessarily because you need a tune-up.
 
-Distributor-less type ignitions need much less maintenance. This makes tuning as easy as changing the spark plugs. I educate people, who frequently state, “my check engine light is on, my car needs a tune-up”. Warning, most of the time a vehicles check engine light takes more to repair than just a tune up for repair. This is why a qualified automotive repair technician is needed. Exercise your right to understand your automobile, one of your most important possessions.
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Ford Explorer runs but will not move

Friday, December 25th, 2009

my buddy’s exploring has stopped moving,motor runs but no fwd gears or reverse gears it just won move but you can hear a gear grinding,anybody have any idea where to start looking for the prob?
how can we tell if its the rear end or transmission or transfer case that went south we can replace it if we knew where to find the prob

Response:

could be the transfercase? or maybe the sleeve that connects the trans to the t-case? when you put it in gear it should not roll, if it does it could be that. Probably the transfer case as if it were the axles you could see the driveshafts turning and the speedo would jump as well as the miles. My bet, is the input bearing of the trans failed and that’s what you hear or the clutch itself. Anyway you look at it, it’s time tp pull the trans. It’s not all that big of a job if your inside, have a hoist or floor jacks and stands

Qualified, affordable auto technicians in Mesa, AZ

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Finding quality auto repair may not be easy, but do “qualified, affordable auto technicians” exist? I am here to briefly clarify this subject, considering rip-off shops seam to be many. These places are hiring lube techs, not highly trained and skilled technicians, why? Because it is cheaper all you need is one guy to be master certified, I call it, “damage control”. Hire one tech., so when the lubbers create a wound, master tech. sews it up. Anything job becoming too complicated gets farmed out. Read on.
 
The automotive industry has become a very technical field. There was a day when everybody knew a mechanic. Day after day I would hear, for example, “my brother in law is a mechanic, my dad works on cars”. The days of the dumb mechanic are over. A technician is now needed to repair or service your car; therefore I will examine a couple of attributes any automotive repair facility should harness.
 
-Free Professional Advice, if the shops informative “beats around the bush”, or never gives a strait answer, he does not know the business, or he is trying to rip you off. Auto Technicians, should know your car inside and out, making it easy to repair your car at a fair price.
 
-Clean Shop, a good auto repair garage, should be clean and neat. How do you find the correct bolt in a mess? Did one fall in the engine? Many more problems can occur in a dirty shop, plus the mechanics image, should explain his work habits. Why higher a grease monkey? He will destroy your car and your wallet.
 
In order to find affordable auto repair, from someone qualified, please take your time and be patient. Finding a good repair shop is like “having a good doctor”, surgery is the last resort. Usually you can nurse them back to health. This article briefly examines a few retain-able theories, when choosing an affordable and qualified automotive repair shop.
 
Article Submitted by: Mike at Automotive Engineering in Mesa AZ

2001 dodge grand caravan won’t shift

Monday, December 21st, 2009

My van’s transmission won’t shift. The speedometer went out and all the lights are lit up around the gears on the gear selector. I made it home but it never shifted. Ever heard of this happening? Any ideas?
Response:

Probably not something you can fix yourself, but it should be the sender attached to the tranny has become disconnected.  Might be a cheap fix.  there is also a switch attached to the shifter that tells the tranny where to shift to and that might be bad.   Again, not a terminal tranny problem.  Usually you can rent a computer scanner from a auto parsts store and the scanner might just tell you what is wrong.  That is where I would start.

It sounds to me like the Electronic Shift Control located inside the body pan. Chrysler has had problems with them usually around 110,000 miles. I know of atleast 7 mini vans that have all had this problem and were taken to Cascades in Jackson and repaired at no charge. These were fleet vechicles between 2001 and 2004. One had less than 70,000 when it happened.

1984 w 250 pick up w/318 2 barrel automatic

Friday, December 11th, 2009

i just got this truck, i think timing is off and its been so long since i have had to check and or change the timing im not sure what the timing is suppose to be or how to properly set it,
another thing thats confusing me is on the back of my mac timing light
i have a dial for advanced timing i t goes from like 0 to 50 or 60 can quite remember,where should that dial be set?

Response:

It’s been 100 years since I timed the ignition.  If I recall, the timing marks are on the vibration dampener on the front of the crank.  Also, I can’t remember if it was Chrysler who went to a plastic timing chain way back when.  I drive an ’89 Dakota, bought new, and just getting broke in, with 280K miles on it and have never adjusted either the dist timing, nor had problems with the timimg chain.  And my timing light didn’t have  adjustments on it.  It seems like before I had a timing light, we adjusted the timing by ear.  When you push on it without any pinging, you knew you were close.  We also set the plugs with a worn nickel, and the points with a worn dime.  Good old days.

Here we go!!!  On your Radiator Core Support or Fan Schroud you should be able to locate your timimg Specs, Vaccuum Routing and Speeds. To set Timing first unplug the vaccumm line from the Distributor and plug the line. Loosen the Distributor so that it will turn with resistance. On your Timing Cover is your Degrees Advanced and Retard with a 0 somewhere in the middle. Start your truck and let it idle to the specified RPM with the Chock off now you can set your Timing with your Light connected to number 1 Spark Plug. Be sure that your other components are working properly like your Mechanical Advance under the Distributor Cap and your Vaccuum Advance.

pathfinder motor

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

when i put my motor back in my pathfider can put my oilpan in first then the motor so i dont have to drop the front end out of it like it said to do ???????????? i want to get it right i have never done this before its all new to me

Response:

I’ve done the same thing a half dozen times over the years.  No problem.

Automotive franchises remain strong in the face of industry-wide struggles

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

This is a difficult moment for the US automotive industry, but an exclusive franchise study by Franchise Direct (www.franchisedirect.com) has shown that automotive franchises are doing well regardless. Franchise Direct examined the Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD’s) of 30 automotive franchises and discovered that drivers are relying on franchises to keep their old cars motoring.

 

We all know about the endemic problems in Detroit, but Franchise Direct has learned that despite this crisis, entrepreneurs have been enjoying success with aftermarket and car rental and sales franchises.

 

The truth is Americans are not buying new cars as often as they once did. The Franchise Direct automotive franchise study states that the projected new car sales for 2009 are 9.7 million units. This represents a 40% decline over the last 3 years. But American society, from the suburbs to the highways, is still built around the automobile. Because of the recession, more drivers are turning to automotive franchises as they try to get more miles out of their vehicle.

 

Aftermarket automotive franchises are most likely to profit from this trend, as consumers seek essential maintenance and repairs with greater need. And they will most certainly turn to a company with a trusted reputation.  Used car and rental franchises will also thrive from this new era of frugality.

 

Exciting markets are also emerging for franchised businesses to profit from. Recently, drivers have embraced automobiles with elaborate technology. This might mean evolved engine control, microprocessors and high-tech safety and entertainment equipment. There has also been a switch towards ‘green’ technology in automotive manufacturing. With these technologies become more and more prevalent, a new franchise niche is forming to suit this tastes. Many drivers lack the know-how to perform such high-tech automotive work and instead turn to trusted franchise brands.

 

It is ironic that the global recession and the collapse of Detroit’s auto industry have paved the way for the success of automotive franchises. America’s love affair with the automobile is still strong, but American attitudes towards car buying have radically altered. Franchise Direct’s research shows that consumers are relying on automotive franchises to keep their cars on the road. With economic optimism slowly picking up, Franchise Direct believes that this is an excellent time to consider franchise opportunities in the automotive sector.