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Brake Fluid Contamination Causing Problems

This article is about a car I’ve been waiting to work on. The problem with this particular vehicle is that it came in the shop with a very odd problem, as described by the customer. She would say that her vehicle would just come to a stop and die out after driving it a short…

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Chevrolet Malibu Air Bag Light And Codes

Today’s cars and trucks are very safety oriented. With the addition of many accident prevention items, there has also been a lot of new airbag technology lately. Everything from side airbags, which protect in a side impact, to the latest head curtain airbags which help in a rollover accident and also provide more safety on…

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Passlock Theft System Problems On GM Cars

Ok, today at work I had the unfortunate pleasure of a customer that was a complete moron and complainer! She had a Passlock Problem on her car. This happens all too often in the auto repair field, and I’m getting extremely tired of people that have no idea what they are talking about trying to…

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Chevrolet Traverse And GMC Timing Chains Replacement

A big thing we’ve seen a lot of over the past year or so, has been timing chain problems on the Chevy Traverse, Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave. All of these SUV’s have the 3.6 liter V6 engine with dual overhead cams. What is happening on these vehicles is that the timing chains…

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2011 Chevy Equinox Engine Light Recall

Lately at the shop we’ve seen quite a few newer Chevrolet Equinox’s having some cold start up noise, which is usually accompanied by a hesitation upon acceleration. The new style 4-cylinder engine has two camshaft actuator solenoids that have been having problems. These solenoids are located in the valve cover and go down the intake…

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My Gas Gauge Reads Empty When It Is Full Of Fuel

One thing I see and hear quite a bit of from customers is that they complain that their fuel gauge is inaccurate or acts very erratically. I’ve been dealing with these type of problems since I got into the business almost two decades ago. The one common factor in most of these complaints is the…

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Chevy Corvette Engine Overheating Problems

Last week I got to work on a Chevrolet Corvette that had an overheating problem. This was no ordinary Corvette though, it was a Supercharged Callaway Corvette! Let’s just say it’s quite a bit different than your regular every day Corvette. At first I thought there may have been some engine problem causing the overheating…

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Hot Air Blowing From Vents With Air Conditioning On

With the very, very hot temperatures the country has been experiencing lately, especially the Midwest, I thought I would write a bit about how these temperature can affect your car’s air conditioning system. Basically, the hotter it is, the less effective the air conditioning becomes. This can be a real annoyance, since we all like…

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Spark Plug Failure Causing SES Code P0300

One thing I see quite a bit these days, is vehicles coming into the shop running badly, misfiring, check engine light code P0300 and getting very poor fuel economy. Usually upon a test drive, I’ll find it stumbling on acceleration. Back at the shop, while checking for trouble codes there will most times in fact…

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How To Buy A Car Online Without Seeing It First

This article is about the many pitfalls of buying a new or used vehicle without seeing it first. Many people out there are buying vehicles on auction websites, from online ads, and more. This even includes agreeing to purchase a car or truck from a dealership that they have yet to have on hand. That…

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Chevy Silverado Engine Ticking Noise

I’ve heard many complaints from customers, in person and online, about a ticking-type noise coming from the engine on their Chevrolet Silverado. Usually at start-up it is loudest, and this may even cause a misfire condition on a particular cylinder. The noise seems to be rotational, usually about half the speed of the crankshaft. Lately,…

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How To Buy A Good Used Car Or Truck

Now, I’ve often heard the phrase “No one trades in a good car”, or “No one gets rid of a good car”. That may be partially true, but there are definitely things you can look for when you’re in the market for a used vehicle to save yourself money, and get a good quality vehicle.…

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