2006 Buick Lucerne-Runs Hot

This 2006 Buick Lucerne came in with the complaint that the engine would run hot sometimes. The cooling fans had been replaced with used parts and the coolant reservoir had also been replaced. The customer had stated that someone told them that the oxygen sensor could be causing the problem. I told him that I … Continue reading “2006 Buick Lucerne-Runs Hot”

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt-Blower Not Working

This 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Came in with the complaint that the blower did not work. Customer also stated that they had been smelling something “hot” for a “little while”. Removing the HVAC control panel is fairly easy. Open the glove box and pull the right trim piece off of the dash. You may need something … Continue reading “2008 Chevrolet Cobalt-Blower Not Working”

2008 Ford Expedition-Power Seat Not Working

This 2008 Ford Expedition came in with the power seat not working. testing found that fuse number 45 in the underhood fuse box was blown. The problem was intermittent so I installed a new fuse and marked it’s location on the fuse box cover. The customer was on her way out of town so there … Continue reading “2008 Ford Expedition-Power Seat Not Working”

2003 Chevrolet Express Van-No Crank Condition

This 2003 Chevrolet Express 2500 van with the 5.3 liter engine was towed into my shop as a no crank condition (starter does not work). There were two problems found. The IGN A fuse was blown in the underhood fuse box and the starter was no good. The starter had been replaced the day before … Continue reading “2003 Chevrolet Express Van-No Crank Condition”

2011 Chevrolet Impala-Fuel Pump Not Working

This 2011 Chevrolet Impala came in after the fuel pump and fuel pump relay had been replaced and there was still no fuel pressure. I was told by the customer that the computer must be bad and it was brought to me because programming would be needed. Proper testing could have prevented replacing parts that were … Continue reading “2011 Chevrolet Impala-Fuel Pump Not Working”

2005 Ford Escape-Reduced Air Flow From A/C Vents

This 2005 Ford Escape came in with the complaint that the air flow stopped coming out the vents sometimes. The owner said he did not feel it coming out anywhere else either but he also had not checked real well either. I inspected the vacuum hoses, check valve and reservoir under the hood and found … Continue reading “2005 Ford Escape-Reduced Air Flow From A/C Vents”

2009 Chevrolet Silverado – Poor Heat If Temperature Set Below 90°F

This 2009 Chevrolet Silverado came in with the complaint that the heater was only mildly hot unless the temperature was set to 90°F. When set to 90° the heat worked very well. I should point out that this truck has automatic HVAC controls as evidenced by the word “Auto” on the control head assembly. I … Continue reading “2009 Chevrolet Silverado – Poor Heat If Temperature Set Below 90°F”

2005 Subaru Outback-Headlight Erratic-Inoperative

This 2005 Subaru Outback came in with the complaint that the passenger side low beam headlight worked sometimes and sometimes not. The customer stated that the bulb and harness had both been replaced a year or so ago. Accessing the bulb requires removing the air intake duct work. It is held in place by a … Continue reading “2005 Subaru Outback-Headlight Erratic-Inoperative”

2005 Ford Ranger- Gauges Not Working- Transmission Shifter Stuck In Park

This 2005 Ford Ranger came in with the complaint that the instrument cluster would stop working sometimes. Recently it had gotten to the point that it did not work at all. When the gauges do not work when the key is first turned on the transmission gear selector also could not be moved.  In order … Continue reading “2005 Ford Ranger- Gauges Not Working- Transmission Shifter Stuck In Park”

2009 Dodge Journey A/C Not Cold – Strange Pressure Readings

I had an interesting problem vehicle in my shop. It is a 2009 Dodge Journey with the 2.4L engine and an electronically controlled variable displacement compressor. I am working on it after others have failed to repair the system.  No one can tell me how the original compressor failed or why they replaced it so … Continue reading “2009 Dodge Journey A/C Not Cold – Strange Pressure Readings”