Nov 242016
 

2002 Chevy TruckBrake problems: New pads, rotors, master cylinder and booster, 4 big jugs of new fluid… pedal to the floor right after starting and sometimes very, VERY hard pedal with no breaking. 19″ of vacuum at idle then fluctuates between 13″ after throttle let off to 23″ on reeve.


RESPONSE

Did you bench bleed the master cylinder before installation? Did you bleed the brake system to get all the air out? It sounds like you did not if the pedal is going to the floor. Pumping the brake pedal will get you a hard pedal and no braking if there is air in the system. Air in the system is the most common issue with brake problems after the system has been open.

Brake pedal feel is firm, but brakes lack sufficient stopping power or fade

  1. Check the operation of the brake booster and brake booster check valve. Replace worn or failed parts.
  2. Check brake linings and brake surface areas for glazing and replace worn or damaged parts.
  3. Check for seized hydraulic parts and linkages, and clean or replace as needed.

Source: Brakes

Nov 202016
 

2004 Chevy CavilierHow much would it cost in total to replace the shift cable?


RESPONSE

About $60 for the part plus the part mark up. Then about 2 hours labor at shop rate.

  • Cable(part+markup) = $100
  • Labor(shop rate x hours) = $200
  • misc(because they can) =$15
  • Total = $315
  • Tax (local tax 7%) =$22.05
  • Grand Total = $337.05 Shop Estimate

Do it yourself Estimate: Part = $60

Shift Cable - 2004 Chevy Cavilier

Shift Cable Replacement Labor Estimate

Shift Control Cable Assembly, Replace


Labor Times
Comments Factory Regular Severe
1.3 1.8 2.0

How to Replace Shift Cable

2004-chevy-cavilier-shift-control-cable-replacement

Shift Control Cable Adjustment

  • Set the parking brake.
  • Remove the console.
  • Lift and unlock the cable retainers.
  • Push the shifter neutral lock clip. Move the shifter slightly in order to center the lock clip.
  • Ensure that the transmission is in neutral.
  • Press and lock the cable retainers.
  • Pull the shifter neutral lock clip to its original position.
  • Install the console.
Nov 142016
 

2011 Chevy MalibuThere is some kind of leak on the passenger side of the car. The carpet is always wet. What can this be?


RESPONSE

The most common reason for the passenger floor to be wet is a leaking heater core. Check your coolant level to see if it is getting low. Another reason, that is not so common, would be if the HVAC box drain is clogged. This would be from the air conditioning system running. If you don’t see it drip on the ground when the air conditioning has been running for a while than this could be the reason. Simple unplug the the drain with a pencil or screw driver.

Nov 112016
 

2002 Chevy TrailblazerI have a battery light on and when engine is off and keys in pocket still have a dim battery light.


RESPONSE

The battery light comes on when the alternator is no longer charging the battery. An internal diode has failed inside your alternator. Replacing the alternator should take care of the battery light.

Charging System Indicators

 BATTERY

The IPC illuminates the battery indicator when the following occurs:

  • The PCM detects that the generator output is less than 11 volts or greater than 16 volts.  IPC receives a class 2 message from the PCM requesting illumination.
  • The IPC determines that the system voltage is less than 11 volts or greater than 16 volts.  IPC receives a class 2 message from the body control module (BCM) indicating the system voltage.
  • The IPC performs the displays test at the start of each ignition cycle. The indicator illuminates for approximately 3 seconds.
  • The ignition is on, with the engine off.

BATTERY NOT CHARGING

The IPC illuminates the battery not charging indicator in the driver information center when the following occurs:

  • The PCM detects that the generator output is less than 11 volts or greater than 16 volts.  IPC receives a class 2 message from the PCM requesting illumination.
  • The IPC determines that the system voltage is less than 11 volts or greater than 16 volts.  IPC receives a class 2 message from the body control module (BCM) indicating the system voltage.
Nov 092016
 

2001 Chevy CavilierI have hid headlights my friend took out of his Prelude and gave to me. I would like to know if it’s possible to install them in my Chevy Cavalier 2 door coupe base 2.4L, (which currently has regular stock headlights installed). and if so, what do I need to do?


RESPONSE

HID headlight bulbs require a special ballast to operate. You will need them on order for your HID bulbs to work properly. They can be purchased at a reasonable cost. Another thing to consider would be if the bulbs will actually fit your vehicle bulb socket.

HID Headlight Ballast

Nov 032016
 

1982 Chevy CorvetteHello and thank you! labor hrs. / cost to remove and replace engine in 82 c3 corvette. Bless you for your help! Danbury, ct william


RESPONSE

Engine Assembly (new Or Rebuilt), Replace (complete)


Labor Times
Comments Factory Regular Severe
0.0 9.7 10.7
Includes
Includes: Component transfer and engine tune-up.
Addons
Comments Factory Regular Severe
1993,1994,1995,1996^w/convertible add 0.0 0.6 0.6
w/AC add 0.0 0.6 0.6
w/AIR add 0.0 0.4 0.4
w/PS add 0.0 0.3 0.3

Multiply your garage/shop hourly rate by the Times displayed here to get an estimate on the repair.

Nov 022016
 

2014-Chevy MalibuThe stop start system wasn’t working due to bad auxiliary battery. The Chevrolet dealership replaced the battery and drove 17 miles to road test and monitor the system to see if it was operating properly. Isn’t seventeen miles a lot of driving just to road test something that should activate within a short period of time? on the city streets, the environment for which the system was designed, that would be about 90 minutes of driving. seems like way too much mileage?
Thanks
John


RESPONSE

One could argue that is an excessive amount of mileage and time. Most only get 5 minutes if they are lucky. You received and over and beyond amount of time. Some would argue that you were lucky to have it tested to such great length. Seems like if you were charged and extra 1 1/2 labor, I could see why you might be upset. If you didn’t get charged, smile and say thank you.

There is a specific Relearn procedure for the battery sensor module that must be carried out when replacing the battery. There may be an extra amount of driving involved.

Calibration Criteria

Note: This procedure is only for vehicles equipped with a Battery Sensor Module. Attempting to run this procedure without a Battery Sensor Module may cause unwanted results. If this occurs, the BCM will need to be reset with an ignition cycle.

The B110 Battery Sensor Module provides primary battery voltage and current data to the Engine Control Module (ECM). The ECM uses a Battery State Estimator algorithm to determine the state of charge of the primary 12 volt battery for use in controlling the stop/start feature. The battery state estimator monitors the voltage differences between the ECM and B110 Battery Sensor Module and current differences between the battery current sensor and the B110 Battery Sensor Module .The B110 Battery Sensor Module learn procedure must be performed after either the battery has been replaced or charged with an external battery charger.

Calibration Procedure

Oct 312016
 

1952 Chevy Styleline Engine RemovalHow do I disconnect the engine from the transmission in my 1952 Chevy Styleline Deluxe. Need help with engine removal.


RESPONSE

Engine Removal

Disconnect all electrical wiring that includes wiring harness, etc. Remove radiator. Remove engine fan assembly so you don’t bend it on removal.  Support the engine with an engine hoist. Support the transmission from underneath or it will want to drop. Remove the retaining bolts from the Engine mounts in addition to the transmission bell housing. Remove torque converter blots and starter. Lift engine with hoist just enough to clear the mounts. Adjust transmission support. Finally, wiggle engine and pull away from transmission.

Oct 212016
 

2006 Chevy EquinoxI have an engine misfire when engine is cold. If its put into reverse with foot on brake, you can hear a knocking noise that stops after engine warms up. Thanks.


RESPONSE

A consistent engine misfire will eventually cause the check engine light to illuminate. Once the check engine light has come on and stays on the first step would be to pull the engine trouble codes. These Engine trouble codes will indicate the exact cylinder that is having the issue. This will make it easier on the wallet instead of throwing parts at it.

A knocking noise is not good. If it is being caused as a spark knock it may be as simple as contaminated fuel. Once the engine warms up the knock sensor is able to correct the engine timing and prevent the engine knocking noise. Once the fuel tank is below half full try filling up at a different fueling station with the Highest octane available. This will mix with the fuel already in the tank and raise the octane level. You may need to do this the next couple of fill ups. I think this would be the best first course of action.

Internal Engine Knocking Noise

Rod knocking is referring to the engine rod bearings falling. This causes an engine knocking noise that generally will get louder when the engine is revved. Normally will become more pronounced once the engine is warm. I do not think this is the case with your engine but thought I would share for other readers.

A Main bearing knocking noise refers to the engine cranks main bearings failing. With the main bearing failure the knocking is more pronounced at engine idle. The engine knocking noise will tend to go away when the engine is revved. Normally will become more pronounced once the engine is warm. Again, I do not think this is the case with your engine but thought I would share for other readers.