Mar 222017

Mazda TributeI am trying to change Ignition Coil #2 under Upper Intake Manifold. I have disconnected all hoses, all items and removed bolts. The manifold refuses to “break loose” in order to lift it up. It appears there’s oil, gook, and it is like “sealed” at the gap where it should break apart from the lower intake manifold. Help! What can i use to help loosen it? Thank you!



Intake Manifold Refuses to Break Loose

Make certain all bolts are removed. Next double check to make sure all bolts are removed. When you are done with that, move on to checking to make sure all the bolts are removed. Since you are sure all the bolts are removed you may slide a thin metal scraper in and wiggle a little to try an loosen it up. You can try being gentle with a big screwdriver but it shouldn’t take much pressure. The gaskets are just rubber o-rings that may need to be replaced.

Upper Intake Manifold Replacement

Upper Intake Manifold

To Remove:
  1. Loosen the air cleaner outlet tube clamps and remove the air cleaner outlet tube.
  2. Remove the three nuts retaining the engine appearance cover and remove the cover.
  3. Disconnect the throttle cable (#1), the speed control cable (#2, if equipped) and the throttle cable bracket bolts (#3).
  4. Disconnect the Throttle Position (TP) sensor and the Idle Air Control (IAC) electrical connectors
  5. Disconnect the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve vacuum hose and EGR tube nut.
  6. Disconnect the EGR vacuum regulator solenoid electrical connector and vacuum hose.
  7. Locate the three vacuum hoses on the back of the intake manifold. Identify and tag for reassembly. As shown, #1 is the chassis vacuum hose, #2 is the engine vacuum hose and #3 is the Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) hose.
  8. Disconnect the larger Vapor Management Valve (VMV) hose.
  9. Locate and detach the two electrical connectors attached to the left side of the upper intake manifold.
  10. Disconnect the Power Steering Pressure (PSP) sensor electrical connector.
  11. Remove the bolt holding the transmission vent hose and bracket and move aside. Also remove the nut from the wire harness.
  12. Remove the eight bolts and remove the upper intake manifold. Discard the gaskets.
To Install:
  1. Installation is a reverse of the removal procedure. Clean all parts well. Installation is essentially a reverse of the removal process. Use care when handling light alloy parts.
  2. Install new gaskets in the upper intake manifold and carefully set into position. Tighten the bolts in sequence.

Carefully torque the upper intake manifold in this sequence. Do not over-tighten or the light alloy pieces could be damaged.
upper intake manifold

3.Make sure all vacuum lines are returned to their proper locations (follow the marks made at disassembly). Also check that all electrical connections are secure.


Mar 202017

Cadillac CTSI need to check transmission fluid. Where is it located? Where is place to put trans fluid?


These days the transmission fluid isn’t designed for the consumer to access. This doesn’t however mean it can not be done. Though it may not be as simple as it may have once been it is still possible.

Transmission Fluid Replacement

Draining Procedure

  • 2005 CTS Transmission DiagramRaise and suitably support the vehicle.
  • Clean away all dirt and debris from the transmission fluid temperature sensor/drain plug area.
  • Place a suitable drain pan under the transmission.
  • Disconnect the electrical connector from the transmission fluid temperature sensor/drain plug.
  • Remove the fluid temperature sensor/drain plug (4).
  • Allow the system to drain.


  • Install the transmission fluid temperature sensor/drain plug (4).

Tighten the transmission fluid temperature sensor/drain plug to 18 N·m (13 lb ft).

  • Connect the electrical connector to the transmission fluid temperature sensor/drain plug.

Filling Procedure

  • transmission fluid fill plug 2005 CTSClean away all dirt and debris from the transmission fluid fill plug area.
  • Remove the transmission fluid fill plug.
  • Fill the transmission with DEXRON®-III transmission fluid, until even with the bottom of the fill plug hole.
  • Install the transmission fluid fill plug.

Tighten the transmission fluid fill plug to 18 N·m (13 lb ft).

  • Remove the drain pan.
  • Lower the vehicle.
Mar 182017

2000 Ford Rangertruck will crank in park and you can shift to reverse and still runs but when you shift to neutral or drive engine shuts down and losses spark. have installed 2 new park neutral switches and they do the same thing. have plugged one in not installed on the truck with the switch in park so it would crank then put it in drive and truck runs but the trans will not shift.


Maybe ignition switch looses power when the shifter is moved? Tough to say but luckily you are experiencing a loss of spark. Since you know you are not getting spark all you need to do is diagnose it. I have created a no start diagnostic chart that provides steps to assist in diagnosing an issue.

Mar 172017

Ford EscapeMy back hatch window will not respond from pushing the button beneath the glass, however it will respond by using the key button My back hatch door will not respond with the button beneath the license plate, or with the key button. I have 3 questions. 1. Why will the glass button only work from key? 2. If I need a new part, do I have to get both the assembly AND the actuator, or just the actuator? 3. Is a new either assembly with actuator, or just the actuator, going to fix the glass opening also, or is the glass button beneath the glass, a separate (additional) part? Thank you.


Q1: My guess would be there is an issue with the button underneath the glass.

Q2: The assembly should include the actuator.

Q3: Separate additional part.

There are 2 liftgate ajar switches. This may have an unwanted effect.

Liftgate Ajar Wiring Diagram

Mar 152017

2005 Ford Freestarvan has had cam synchronizer noise and frequent dying for couple weeks. Bought the part to fix it but for the last couple days no noise or dying? The sound was like screeching when starting and would screech right before dying. Can the problem correct itself? Or should I have it replaced anyway? No engine light and serpentine belt is fine.


I would stick with the old adage “don’t fix it if it aint broke”.

Camshaft Synchronizer Replacement


1.Disconnect the battery ground cable.
2.Drain the cooling system.
3.Disconnect the camshaft position sensor (CMP) electrical connector.
4.Remove the CMP sensor bolts and the CMP sensor.
5.Disconnect the coolant bypass hose from the coolant pump outlet tube.
6.Remove the 2 coolant pump outlet tube bolts and position aside the coolant outlet tube.
7.Remove the accessory drive belt. •Rotate the accessory drive belt tensioner counterclockwise.
•Push the spring clip toward the belt tensioner to lock the accessory drive belt tensioner in place.
8.NOTE: The bolt that is positioned under the power steering pressure tube fitting will remain with the pump.
Remove the 4 power steering pump bolts and position aside the power steering pump.

9. CAUTION: Do not turn the crankshaft or the camshaft after the No. 1 cylinder is at top dead center (TDC) of the compression stroke or the fuel system timing will be out of time with the engine and possibly cause engine damage.
Rotate the crankshaft until the No. 1 cylinder is at top dead center (TDC) of the compression stroke.
10.Remove the camshaft synchronizer-to-engine front cover bolt.
11.Remove the camshaft synchronizer. •The oil pump driveshaft might not come out with the camshaft synchronizer. If so, retrieve the oil pump driveshaft before proceeding.


1. CAUTION: After installation, do not loosen the synchronizer bolt and rotate the synchronizer assembly. The synchronizer assembly is not adjustable. Do not loosen the synchronizer bolt after the alignment tool has been removed in order to align the CMP electrical connector for any reason. If the electrical connector is not in the correct position, the synchronizer assembly must be removed, the alignment tool and the assembly reinstalled if the engine has not been rotated from top dead center (TDC) of the compression on the No. 1 cylinder.

CAUTION: A special tool must be used when installing a synchronizer assembly. Failure to follow this procedure will result in the fuel system being out of time with the engine, possibly causing engine damage.
Install the special tool on the camshaft synchronizer by rotating the tool until it engages both the notch in the camshaft synchronizer housing and the notch in the armature.

2. CAUTION: It is very important to coat the gear on the camshaft synchronizer with clean engine oil prior to installation. Failure to do so could result in gear failure.

NOTE: During installation, the arrow on the special tool will rotate clockwise until the oil pump intermediate shaft and camshaft gear engages.

Install the camshaft synchronizer housing assembly so the arrow on the special tool is 54 degrees from the centerline of the engine.
3.Install the camshaft synchronizer-to-engine front cover bolt. •Tighten to 25 Nm (18 lb-ft).

4.Position the power steering pump and install the 4 bolts. •Tighten to 25 Nm (18 lb-ft).

5.Install the accessory drive belt. •Position the accessory drive belt onto the engine.
•Rotate the accessory drive belt tensioner counterclockwise until spring clip releases.

6.Position the coolant pump outlet tube and install the 2 bolts. •Tighten to 10 Nm (89 lb-in).

7.Connect the coolant bypass hose to the coolant pump outlet tube.
8.Install the CMP sensor and install the bolts. •Tighten to 3 Nm (27 lb-in).

9.Connect the CMP electrical connector.
10.Fill and bleed the cooling system. For additional information, refer to Section 303-03.
11.Connect the battery ground cable.


Mar 152017

2009 Hyundai SonataHow to fix steering wheel lock? I need key lock cylinder replacement.


Key Lock Cylinder Replacement


Burglar Alarm System

The burglar alarm system is armed automatically after the doors, hood, and trunk lid are closed and locked. The system is set off when any of these things occur:

  • A door is forced open.
  • A door is unlocked without using the transmitter & key.
  • The trunk lid is opened without using the key.
  • The hood is opened.
  • The engine starter circuit and battery circuit are bypassed by breaking the ignition switch.

When the system is set off, the alarm (horn) sounds and the hazard lamp flash for about two minutes or until the system is disarmed by unlocking the transmitter.

For the system to arm, the ignition switch must be off and the key removed. Then, the body control module must receive signals that the doors, hood, and trunk lid are closed and locked. When everything is closed and locked, none of the control unit inputs are grounded.

The door switches, hood switch and trunk lid switch are all close and lock the doors with the remote transmitter and then the system arms after 30 second.

If anything is opened or improperly unlocked after the system is armed, the body control module gets a ground signal from that switch, and the system is set off.

If one of the switches is misadjusted or there is a short in the system, the system will not arm. As long as the body control module continues to get a ground signal, it thinks the vehicle is not closed and locked and will not arm.

The receiver is integrated in the body control module.

Keyless Entry System

The burglar alarm system is integrated with the keyless entry system. The keyless entry system allows you to lock and unlock the vehicle with the remote transmitter. When you push the lock button, all doors lock. When you push the unlock button all doors unlock.

The room lamp, if its switch is in the center position, will come on when you press the unlock button. If you do not open a door, the light will go off in about 30 seconds, the doors will automatically relock, and the burglar alarm system will rearm. If you relock the doors with the remote transmitter within 30 seconds, the light will go off immediately.

You cannot lock or unlock the doors with the remote transmitter if the key is in the ignition switch.

The system will signal you when the doors lock and unlock by flashing the hazard lamp once when they lock, and twice when they unlock.

Mar 142017

2009 Mercedes ML350I need the front SAM Module wiring diagram.


SAM – Signal Acquisition and Actuation Module

Front Sam Module Wiring Diagram – Mercedes ML350

NOTE* After installing a new unit, it needs to be reprogrammed.

front sam control Mercedes

Front SAM Module Recall Notice

MARCH 2008 — Mercedes-Benz is recalling 3,283 MY 2008 S-Class and CL-Class passenger vehicles. A malfunction may occur on the Signal Acquisition and Actuation Module-Front (SAM-F) transistors. The SAM-F is a double transistor that helps control vehicle functions and the lighting of the center console. Incorrect storage of the transistors led the transistors to be exposed to excess humidity. The presence of this moisture in combination with the thermal stress during the “reflow soldering” may have damaged the transistors while could prevent them from properly functioning increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace all potentially affected SAMs. The recall is expected to begin during May 2008. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372. 08V122

Mar 142017

2001 Lexus ES300A strange problem I notice is that on a slightly hard kick down on the accelerator the tachometer rises and remains at above 3000rpm for speedometer of 60mph. The rpm keeps rising with increasing mph. The engine never seem to settle with increasing acceleration until I turn it off and restarted. But on gradual accelerator kick down rpm calms down with various gear shifts and reaches 3000rpm for speeds of 100mph and above. What could be the problem? I also notice this mostly when the ac is on. Overall the acceleration is tepid.


Strange. Almost sounds like the torque converter clutches are slipping or something.

Mar 142017

Nissan Maximamy automatic transmission runs normal until 3rd gear than there is high revs and no forward power.


Check your transmission fluid level first. Top off and test if low. If the fluid level is full take note of the color. I like to use a paper towel and some fresh fluid to compare the color. If the transmission fluid looks burnt or dark, then you are looking at internal clutches burnt. Lets say the color is clean and looks good. Then you are most likely looking at a failed component such as a shift solenoid. Sometimes the computer will store a code that can indicate a failing sensor. A scan tool is required to retrieve these codes.