Feb 192017

Ford TaurusI have a v6 2007 Taurus with engine light on . Engine code reads bad cat converter and i need it fixed for emissions however car runs great. question is , if i get a universal catalytic converter to save a lot of money will the light go off or does it have to be a manufacture cat converter specific to my car


You can opt for the universal converter but at a cost. The effectiveness of the universal will not be the same as the direct fit. Also the old converter will need to be removed and the universal converter welded in its place. This means extra time and labor which is usually a wash. I recommend using the direct fit catalytic converter when replacing it.

Direct Fit Catalytic Converter

Catalytic Converter

Universal Catalytic Converter

Universal Catalytic Copnverter

Catalytic Converter

Removal and Installation
  1. 1.With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist.
  2. Remove and discard the 2 nuts and the muffler clamp. •To install, tighten to 40 Nm (30 lb-ft).
  3. Remove the 2 catalytic converter-to-exhaust Y-pipe nuts and the catalytic converter. •Discard the nuts and the gasket.•To install, tighten to 40 Nm (30 lb-ft).

NOTE: Clean the mating surfaces of the catalytic converter and the dual converter Y-pipe.

NOTE: To correctly seat the converters, alternately tighten the catalytic converter-to-exhaust Y-pipe nuts to specification.
To install, reverse the removal procedure. •Install new nuts, gasket and muffler clamp.

Feb 192017

 Toyota CorollaI bought a wheel bearing hub assembly but its for a car with anti lock breaks and my car does not have anti lock breaks. Can I install it anyway without hooking up the abs sensor?


If it bolts up, I don’t see why not. You will want to cut or remove the wiring from the hub bearing so it is not is the way.

Typically the hub bearing without the sensor is cheaper. Exchanging the bearing might be more cost effective unless there is excessive shipping costs involved.

Feb 192017

2012 Audi A5My Audi A5 convertible is having random problems all at once. The top won’t open, the rear camera is fuzzy, the seats don’t move forward/backward, or lean back. I think it’s electrical but I don’t know. I’m selling the car so I don’t want to invest a lot of money into it. Thank you for your help.


Definitely electrical. Could be a bad connection or corrosion at the battery terminals. A blown fuse may also be an issue. A blown fuse is a common occurrence if the vehicle has been jump started recently.  Check your battery and fuses first. If they all check out you are looking at having to trace wiring and testing each component.


Feb 192017

Ford ExplorerMy car will start when it is cold but once I drive, even a short distance, it will not start again until it is completely cool again. I had it in a shop where the guy changed the fuel pump, sending unit, fuel regulator, the air flow thing, sorry don’t know what it is called. Nothing changed and he just kept wanting to working on my car. I just could not keep paying this guy when my car still does the same thing it always did. He also changed something he said would be in place of a cap and rotor because my car is fuel injected. I don’t remember the name of that part either. I feel like he was taking advantage of me because I am female. Sorry but that is how I felt. Help please. I have to figure this out.


Most likely cause of this issue would be the ignition control module. When an ignition module is failing it will act just like you described. It sounds like the shop you took it to is just throwing parts at it with the hopes it fixes it. You may want to take it to a different shop and start from scratch. They may want to diagnose the issue and run a few tests but better than paying for parts you do not need.

What you need the shop to do

You will want to have the shop test for what the engine is not getting when it will not restart. This will help guide them in the right direction. An engine needs four things to run and without one of them it will not run.

  1. Spark
  2. Fuel – Fuel Pressure and Fuel Injector Pulse(it sprays fuel)
  3. Compression
  4. Timing

We can rule out compression and timing as we know it does run for a short time. And since it starts up after it cools down it is less common for it to be a fuel related issue. The shop can test for fuel and spark when it is not starting. Since it happens often it shouldn’t be to difficult to test. Once they identify what it is not getting they can concentrate on the individual components of each system.

Feb 192017

2012 Dodge AvengerI have a lot of brake dust on rims, we have replaced calipers, brake pads, rotors, every 3 to 4 months. just wandering if there’s something else were missing


Sounds like you are driving with two feet or are using the cheapest brake pads available. Brake pads should not be worn out inside of 3 months. If you have found the brake calipers sticking, the caliper hoses may be the cause.

Brake Dust on Rims

To help reduce the amount of brake dust you will want to use a quality ceramic brake pad. This should cut down on the amount of dust you are seeing.

Feb 192017

 Lincoln Town CarHello, i’ll get right too it. My car has been parked for months now.

And i tried starting it but the battery died on me, “it’s winter here” so i traded it for a fresh one, now, the engine cranks normal “even with remote” but wont start.

The last time i started it, it had snowed quite a bit to the point snow was flush with my under carriage and Starter of coarse and maybe up inside the engine bay.

So I have no interior lights. I had cleaned the post and connectors.

All is done right, i’m thinking the Switch or bad Ground, wire. On account of the snow being so close to the wires.

So, it cranks but wont start and no lights “Interior/but one light i barely saw was in the Dash” and that was Service Engine Soon.

That S.E.S. was for my Gas cap i replaced and forgot to erase.

and it cranks with remote… but no Door Locks work or anything else on the Remote.

What you thinking

Thank You in Advance


After a car sits for a awhile it may need to have the fuel system primed. This can be done by cycling the key. Turn the key to “ON” and hold for 5 seconds and then turn the key to “OFF”. Repeat 10 to 15 times. This will prime the fuel system.   A quick test would be to spray starting fluid in the air filter and see if it wants to start. Could be out of gas or a few other things. I have created a wonderful No Start Diagnostic Chart for just an occasion. Follow the steps on the chart.

Lack of interior lights could be a blown fuse or a bad connection at the battery. Make sure you connected all the wires that were removed when replacing the battery.

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Feb 172017
  • I have a lot of oil coming from the bottom of the oil pan coming out were the crankshaft pulley is.
    How serious is this?
    Should i still drive my car?
    Cost involved?
    Etc etc


Oil Leak

The vehicle is safe to drive as long as you keep the oil level in the safe zone. If the oil leaks out faster than you are able to keep the level full, do not drive it. I would recommend checking the oil level often to give you an idea as to how much oil is leaking out. This will let you know how often you need to add oil. If it only requires that you ad a quart of oil every month I would not look at it as too serious.

Find the Leak

When looking for the source of the leak remember oil does not travel up hill. Once you are certain of the cause of the leak, repair  as needed. You may find that the cost of a quart of oil every so often is much cheaper than the cost of the repair. Once you know what repair is needed then you can get an estimate of the cost for it.

Feb 172017

2007 Ford RangerHi All, i had a cam belt failure, caused damage to values etc, so had head done at engineering shop.
Also refurbished injector pump, fitted 4 injectors(tested and verified ok), replaced copper washers at bottom of injectors and the injector seals.
On start up noticed small oil leak at base of back injector(closest to cab).
We removed the injectors and re-seated the seals, then refitted injectors.
On start up everything ok till we revved, then oil spewing out at base of all four injectors.
Need help please- what can be wrong?



It would seem the wrong seals or washers are being used. Try the old seals and washers as a test.

Feb 162017

2011 Fprd EscapeRear wiper works intermittently. Sometimes it works half across the window, other times it wipes 2,3,or 12 times across .


Rear Wiper Arm

First thing to look at would be the mounting of the rear window wiper arm also since it is easy to get to. There is a retaining nut on arm that at times may come loose and need to be tightened.  If the retaining nut is found secure the next step would be to replace the rear wiper motor assembly.

rear wiper arm nut 2011 Ford Escape

Rear Window Wiper Motor Replacement

Removal and Installation
1.Remove the rear pivot arm. For additional information, refer to Wiper Pivot Arm — Rear in this section.
2.Remove the rear window wiper motor shaft nut cover.
3.Remove the rear window wiper motor shaft nut. •To install, hand-tighten the nut, then tighten to 6 Nm (53 lb-in).

4.Open the liftgate window.
5.Remove the rear window wiper motor cover trim panel.

rear wiper motor trim 2011 Ford Escape

6.Remove the rear wiper motor.

1.Disconnect the electrical connector.
2.Remove the 2 rear window wiper motor nuts. ◾To install, tighten to 7 Nm (62 lb-in).

3.Remove the rear window wiper motor.

rear wiper motor 2011 Ford Escape

7.To install, reverse the removal procedure.