When it comes to automotive repair, there are several methods of approaching the problem. Let’s look at: known problems first, maintenance as pair, comprehensive versus fix just what is broken, as well as a few diagnostic approaches. Known Problems First Until we correct all the known problems in a system, we can not know if […]

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Here is a list of the most common check engine lights (CELs P Codes) and their common causes and common symptoms. To diagnose many of the problems, you will need little more than a test light, a volt meter, a vacuum gauge and maybe a can of brake clean. A hand held code puller/ data […]

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A quick note about oil changes. All good techs will clean the mating surface on the oil filter housing. Furthermore they will also lube the oil filter gasket with oil. Almost no techs I have met will pre-fill the oil filter. By filling the filter with oil, you are reducing the time it takes for […]

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So you have a battery that keeps going dead. You have checked all the connections and the cables. They are clean and in good condition. You have replaced the battery or tested it, and it is o.k. and it’s full of water. You’ve gone on to check or replace the alternator. It charges over 13.5 […]

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Cold Engine Enrichment A common complaint, especially when temperature start to drop is, “My car runs poorly cold, or my car is hard to start cold”. Both of these complaints are generally caused by a problem with cold start enrichment. In order for an engine to start and run cold, it requires more fuel than […]

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Whenever I recommend a new timing belt and water pump, I am often asked, “Can i do that myself?”. My short answer is, “No”. I would not recommend your average vehicle owner to attempt replacing their timing belt and water pump. We often see cars come in here with minor to major problems stemming from […]

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Every repair order should include the four C’s. The four C’s of automotive repair are, complaint (or concern), cause, correction, confirm. As a technician, utilizing the four c system will ensure you repair a vehicle properly. Similarly, as a customer, looking to see that the four C’s are on your invoice will help ensure you […]

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A frequent cause of heartache for technicians, and car owners alike, is the failed E-test. Truth be told, just about any properly running vehicle will pass emission testing. This post will not be a laundry list of cheats. Rather, this post will be a comprehensive list of repair information, to aid in actually repairing the […]

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A sadly common problem we see around here is that the Ford gasoline motors will spit spark plugs out. Looks and sounds a bit like this. Fortunately for us, and the owners of the effected motors, there is a easy and convenient repair. This kit allows us to cut new threads into the head with […]

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I’ve seen and tried lots of ways to get a tie rod end out of a knuckle; the torch, a pickle-fork, even a ball joint press. This approach is quick, clean, and leaves the threads of the tie rod end and the nut intact. If you don’t have an air hammer, a regular hammer will […]

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