Aug 242016
 

Dash Lights 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo SS My dash lights went out, all other lights work. I had the BCM scanned and no code came up. The fuse’s are all good. When it get dark the head light come on however the shifter & radio lights go dimm.


RESPONSE

There are four fuses that power the instrument cluster/dash lights. Make sure to check all four. If all fuses check good then you may have a sensor issue or wiring issue. If all sensors check OK and wiring checks, then the cluster itself is defective.

Dash Lights/Instrument Cluster Wiring Diagram 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo SS

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Instrument Cluster Removal

Important The ignition switch must be in the OFF position when removing the instrument cluster.

  • Remove the instrument panel (I/P) cluster trim plate. Refer to Trim Plate Bezel Replacement – Instrument Panel (I/P) Cluster .
  • Remove the instrument cluster screws.
  • Pull the instrument cluster towards you and disconnect the electrical connector.
  • Remove the instrument cluster from the I/P.

 

Aug 202016
 

2003 Chevy S10OK are you ready sir? haha because here we go… I am going to explain as best as I can to paint as clear a picture as possible on trying to find the issue I am having. This is over the coarse of about 5 months with several mechanics not being able to figure out the problem. This is explained to the absolute best as I can. I have a 2003 Chevy s10 zr2 with a 4.3 liter 6 cylinder engine. Back in October of 2015, I blew a head gasket and ripped out 3rd and 4th gear in my transmission. I then got both the engine and transmission replaced and the engine that was put in was also a vortec 4.3 v6, but it was off of a 2002 s10 with approx 150,000 on it. My original was a 2003. After getting the truck back everything was running as it should other than 1 problem… While on highway ONLY, at approx 70-75mph, my check engine light would begin to FLASH and the truck sounded like it would bog down or that it was missing on a certain cylinder. So we did a OBD 2 test which revealed p0302 (cylinder 2 misfire). Replaced spark plug, which did not help the issue. So my mechanic said it may still have been loose or damaged vacuum lines. He also did do a compression test on that cylinder which came back good. This went on for approx a month but I did not drive the truck that much. So we then decided to move forward and so I took it to another shop where more tests were done and they concluded that I needed a new distributor and MAF sensor. So I got a new distributor, cap, and rotor, and sensor. Installed them along with another new spark plug in cylinder # 2, but had many issues getting the timing correct and so therefore I could not get the truck to start. (I NOTICED THE SPARK PLUG I PULLED OUT SMELLED VERY STRONGLY LIKE GASOLINE) Had it towed back to shop where they re timed the engine to TDC and got it running again. Picked up the truck and drove it home on highway and sure enough, engine light still flashing at 75 mph and still misfire type conditions. OK so got home and put code reader to it, still reads p0302. Inspected vacuum lines and did find that one of the vacuum lines was not connected properly. (on this truck, there is a line that comes from engine all the way over to the driver side front fender where there is a small nipple that connects the 2 ends of the vacuum line). That vacuum line was not connected, so the connection was made. I’ll be damned, truck runs great. No flashing and shifting is good like everything should be. Drove around the next day, no issues. The next day, I decide to take the truck to a family farm to pick up four wheeler and while about 25 miles down the road traveling at highway speeds, same problem comes back. flashing engine light and misfire conditions. I drove approx 10 more miles like this and decided to get off highway. Once I got off at nearest exit and started coming to a stop, the truck really bogged down and died. Attempted to restart and truck would start but just barely stay running until it would die again. At this point the only way to drive was to use 2 pedal method. One foot on gas while other on brake. So here I am stuck with only a few tools with me. The way it was acting and sounding, I thought the cat converter went bad and clogged up. I remember this because this happened 2 years ago and I had the catalytic converter replaced then. So with no options I removed my O2 sensors in order to see if maybe the cat was bad by releasing and gases or pressure that could be backing up. I did not have the special O2 sensor removal socket so I unfortunately cut the wires in order to get wrench on to remove sensors. Now of coarse the truck runs like shit and still wont idle because of O2 sensors. Once again had truck towed back to original shop. Bought all 3 brand new O2 sensors and installed them. Truck started up and idled for a few minutes with no codes coming up, but the catalytic converter got too hot too fast. Bad Cat? Mechanic removed exhaust system and completely gutted the entire cat and reinstalled system. He also inspected and found 2 additional damaged vacuum lines. So he then repaired all vacuum lines, however no vacuum test was ever performed on this truck. Now the truck is again not starting or if it does has very poor idle. The best way to describe what its doing is it will crank and wants to start up, but the engine seems like its jumping or misfiring completely. Almost like its being choked if that makes any sense? Did some research and mechanic thought possibly a bad ignition coil and ignition module. Had both of those replaced and still no change with truck. He then thought bad computer. Had a new computer handy so he plugged and played with the new computer and nothing changed. WTF!!!! Did more research and possibly found the answer. New crankshaft position sensor?? Bought new sensor and went ahead and got new plugs and wires. Come to find out that when he installed the different engine, he did not do a relearn procedure on this newer engine like he was supposed to. So today, installed new sensor and that again STILL did not do anything. Now truck is throwing p0300 (random misfire) and P0101 (MAF out of range). But the MAF is new…. I cant perform a relearn procedure if the engine will not idle right. So at this point me and my mechanic are completely lost for ideas. We cannot figure this damn thing out? Is perhaps the timing on the crankshaft off again? Or what about fuel? Possibly spider fuel injectors are bad? I already replaced fuel filter about a year ago…….. Just a thought but I do have an aftermarket Spectre air intake system installed on my air filter and ironically after that install is when all the problems began. I am going to replace all the spark plugs and wires asap and see if that does anything but with my luck that is still not the issue. If there is any advice you have or anything that you can think of on what could be the problem and what steps to take next… Sorry this was long but I had to make this as detailed as possible for you. Thank you so much for ANY input that you may have.

New parts replaced:
Engine, transmission, MAF sensor, O2 sensors X 3, vacuum lines inspected, ignition coil and module, gutted cat converter, inspection of computer, crankshaft position sensor. Wires and plugs to be replaced next….


RESPONSE

Thank you for adding as much detail as you could. This helps a great deal. Going over what you have done. A compression test was a good test to perform. However all cylinders should have been done in order to compare the readings. All cylinders should be with in 20 – 30 psi of each other. If not, that cylinder has an issue. Possible blown head gasket, burnt valve, etc. I do not think you have a compression issue though. I have seen the spider injectors cause some issues similar to this. It is possible to replace an individual one but would recommend replacing all of them if you are going to do that. This would be the most common cause. But noticing that once you change the intake is when the issue started, I would put it back stock and see if it corrected the issue. Then you know it was the aftermarket part or connections. If the intake hoses are loose the MAF sensor will give an incorrect reading and cause some odd issues. This is where I would start, put it back stock. Clear codes. Test and read codes if problem persists. If P0302 comes back or P0300, pull all spark plugs and see if any of them look wet. If they do, replace the spider injectors.

Aug 202016
 

1999 Chevy Monte CarloWhen braking there is a noise that sounds like the shift lever interlock but it comes from the pedal area. I unplugged one of the ABS wires from ABS module and the ABS noise stopped. But doing that I now have no abs. The ABS works fine its just the noise and where it is from.


RESPONSE

Sounds like the ABS system is working and as it should. I am guessing the noise you are hearing is the usual ABS noise which is kind of a grown noise. This happens when you are on ice and braking or when one of the wheel speed sensors is reading improperly. This is a common issue when a hub bearing starts to fail. Some of the metal flakes from the worn bearing material affect the wheel speed sensor reading.

ABS Noise Fix

Replace the hub bearing assembly. The wheel speed sensor is inside the hub bearing and cannot be serviced separately.

 

 

Aug 192016
 
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RESPONSE If the transmission fluid level is full and the fluid looks clean it would indicate an internal issue. Most likely a sticking solenoid or failing solenoid.

Automatic Transmission Operation

Your automatic transmission may have a shift lever located on the console between the seats or on the steering column. There are several different positions for your shift lever. If your vehicle is equipped with a column shift lever, it features an electronic shift position indicator within the instrument panel cluster. This display must be powered anytime the shift lever is capable of being moved out of PARK (P). This means that if your key is in OFF, but not locked, there will be a small current drain on your battery which could discharge your battery over a period of time. If you need to leave your key in the ignition in OFF for an extended period, it is recommended that you disconnect the battery cable from the battery to prevent discharging your battery.
PARK (P)
This position locks your rear wheels. It’s the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle can’t move easily.
Warning! It is dangerous to get out of the vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in P (Park) with the parking brake firmly set. The vehicle can roll. Do not leave the vehicle when the engine is running unless you have to. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be sure the vehicle will not move, even when you are on fairly level ground, always set the parking brake and move the shift lever to P (Park). See Shifting Into Park . If you are pulling a trailer, see Towing a Trailer . Warning!  If you have four-wheel drive, your vehicle will be free to roll — even if your shift lever is in PARK (P) — if your transfer case is in NEUTRAL. So, be sure the transfer case is in a drive gear — not in NEUTRAL. See Four-Wheel Drive . See Shifting Into Park (P) . Ensure the shift lever is fully in PARK (P) before starting the engine. Your vehicle has an automatic transmission shift lock control system. You have to fully apply your regular brakes before you can shift from PARK (P) when the ignition key is in RUN. If you cannot shift out of PARK (P), ease pressure on the shift lever; then, while pressing the button on the console shift lever, push the shift lever all the way in PARK (P) as you maintain brake application. Then move the shift lever into the gear you wish. See Shifting Out of Park (P) .
REVERSE (R)
Use this gear to back up.
Caution! Shifting to R (Reverse) while the vehicle is moving forward could damage the transmission. The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Shift to R (Reverse) only after the vehicle is stopped.
To rock your vehicle back and forth to get out of snow, ice or sand without damaging your transmission, see If You Are Stuck:
In Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow .
NEUTRAL (N)
In this position, your engine doesn’t connect with the wheels. To restart when you’re already moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only.
Warning! Shifting into a drive gear while the engine is running at high speed is dangerous. Unless your foot is firmly on the brake pedal, the vehicle could move very rapidly. You could lose control and hit people or objects. Do not shift into a drive gear while the engine is running at high speed. Caution! Shifting out of P (Park) or N (Neutral) with the engine running at high speed may damage the transmission. The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Be sure the engine is not running at high speed when shifting the vehicle.
DRIVE (D)This position is for normal driving. If you need more power for passing, and you’re:
  • Going less than about 35 mph (55 km/h), push your accelerator pedal about halfway down.
  • Going about 35 mph (55 km/h) or more, push the accelerator all the way down.
You’ll shift down to the next gear and have more power. DRIVE (D) should not be used when towing a trailer, carrying a heavy load, driving on steep hills or for off-road driving. Select THIRD (3) when operating the vehicle under any of these conditions.
THIRD (3)
This position is also used for normal driving. It offers more power and lower fuel economy than DRIVE (D). You should use THIRD (3) when towing a trailer, carrying a heavy load, driving on steep hills or winding roads or for off-road driving.
SECOND (2)
This position gives you more power but lower fuel economy than THIRD (3). You can use SECOND (2) on hills. It can help control your speed as you go down steep mountain roads, but then you would also want to use your brakes off and on.
You can also use SECOND (2) for starting your vehicle from a stop on slippery road surfaces.
FIRST (1)
This position gives you even more power but lower fuel economy than SECOND (2). You can use it on very steep hills, or in deep snow or mud. If the shift lever is put in FIRST (1) while the vehicle is moving forward, the transmission won’t shift into first gear until the vehicle is going slowly enough.
Caution! Spinning the tires or holding the vehicle in one place on a hill using only the accelerator pedal may damage the transmission. The repair will not be covered by your warranty. If you are stuck, do not spin the tires. When stopping on a hill, use the brakes to hold the vehicle in place.
Aug 102016
 

2006 Chevy Malibu MaxxI have a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx and the ABS light and traction control lights came on at the same time…. what could be wrong?


RESPONSE

Most common reason would be the ABS Sensor inside the hub bearing assembly. The entire hub bearing will have to be replaced. The hub bearing starts to wear and damages the internal speed sensor.  This will cause the ABS Light and traction control light to come on. The good news is the car can be driven without fear of it braking down. However the traction control and the ABS will not be functional.

ABS Light

The IPC illuminates the ABS indicator when the following occurs.

   •  The electronic brake control module (EBCM) detects an ABS-disabling malfunction and sends a serial data message to the IPC requesting illumination.
   •  The IPC performs the bulb check.
   •  The IPC detects a loss of serial data communication with the EBCM.
   •  The EBCM sends a serial data message to the IPC requesting illumination.

Low Traction Indicator

The IPC illuminates the low traction indicator when the following occurs:

   •  The electronic brake control module (EBCM) detects a traction control event. The IPC receives a serial data message from the EBCM requesting illumination.
   •  The IPC performs the displays test at the start of each ignition cycle. The indicator illuminates for approximately 3 seconds.

Traction Control Light

The IPC illuminates the traction off indicator when the following occurs.

   •  The EBCM disables engine torque reduction due to a malfunction and sends a serial data message to the IPC requesting illumination.
   •  The driver manually disables VSES and engine torque reduction by pressing the traction control switch. The EBCM sends a serial data message to the IPC requesting illumination.

The IPC flashes the traction off indicator if wheel slip is detected while engine torque reduction and brake pressure application are both disabled.

Aug 102016
 

1991 Chevy 3500I had the starter, alternator, battery and wires to all those components replaced. Sadly when I picked it up, it started up that was great. The sad part is first the odometer didn’t work. I know how to reset that. But the worrying problem is when I drove it, it didn’t want to go into second gear. Its like the rpms just went up. You could hear the engine scream driving at low speeds. Usually that would be cool but this is my classic so its not cool at all . I think it may be a speed sensor or the transmission is toast. I don’t understand why it would go if it worked fine before hand. A rough idea of what it was like, imagine driving 10 miles an hour which I was the whole way home and then the engine was roaring rpming like it was at a drag strip going 80-90 which is this vehicles top out speed because its stock.


RESPONSE

Generally being low on transmission fluid will cause what you are describing. The transmission is slipping.  If driven to hard or to long like this permanent damage may occur. If you where displeased with the performance you probably should have driven right back to the shop. I would have to guess it didn’t run at all when it was taken into the shop so they wouldn’t have any idea that it wasn’t like this when it was brought to them. But I am sure they would have been more than happy to check your transmission fluid for you.

Aug 082016
 

2005 Chevy EquinoxCar has sat in driveway for almost a year due to ignition switch problems. I finally removed the switch and housing off the steering column. The electrical ignition switch is now exposed  allowing me to take a screwdriver and turn it as if it were a key to start the car. However….upon first trying to start it, the battery which I bought 2 weeks prior to the car being parked in the driveway for a year, was bone dead. So I put it on a trickle charge over night. Upon putting it back in the car, turning the ignition to the on position, I have full electrical power….lights work….windows go up and down etc. When trying to START the car, it just “CLICKS” as if the battery was dead. What could the issue be as to why it wont start ?


RESPONSE

The BATTERY. When a battery is run completely dead it may take a trickle charger 2 to 3 days to charge depending upon the amperage at which it is being charged. There is enough juice in the battery to operate the lights and radio but not for the starter.Since the battery isn’t fully charged, the starter just clicks.

For Example: The radio may draw 5 amps and the lights may draw 30 amps, where the starter will draw 200 to 250 amps. Simple put, the starter requires a lot more juice to operate than that of the lights, windows and radio.

The fix would be to fully charge the battery or replace it with a new fully charged battery. Since the battery isn’t that old and money don’t come easy, I would opt for fully charging the battery. Also make sure there is no corrosion on the battery terminals between the terminal and the battery.

2005 Chevy Equinox Battery – Clicks

Your vehicle has a maintenance free battery. When it is time for a new battery, see your dealer/retailer for one that has the replacement number shown on the original battery‘s label.

For battery replacement, see your dealer/retailer or the service manual. To purchase a service manual, see Service Publications Ordering Information .

Warning: Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.

Vehicle Storage

Warning!  Batteries have acid that can burn you and gas that can explode. You can be badly hurt if you are not careful. See Jump Starting for tips on working around a battery without getting hurt.

Infrequent Usage: If you drive your vehicle infrequently, remove the black, negative (-) cable from the battery. This will help keep the battery from running down.

Extended Storage: For extended storage of your vehicle, remove the black, negative (-) cable from the battery or use a battery trickle charger. This will help maintain the charge of the battery over an extended period of time.

You must close all doors and the liftgate before reconnecting the battery. After reconnecting the battery, you must press the unlock button on the keyless access transmitter. Failure to follow this procedure could result in the alarm sounding. Pressing unlock on the keyless access transmitter will stop the alarm.

2005 Chevy Equinox Battery Replacement – Clicks

Removal Procedure

battery cable ends 2005 Chevy Equinox
Disconnect the negative battery cable (1). Refer to Battery Negative Cable Disconnect/Connect Procedure .

  1. Loosen the battery positive cable terminal bolt.
  2. Disconnect the battery positive cable (2) from the battery.

battery clicks replacement 2005 Chevy Equinox
Warning!  Do not tip the battery over a 45 degree angle or acid could spill causing serious personal injury.

  1. Loosen the battery hold down bolt.
  2. Remove the battery from the battery box.

Installation Procedure

Caution!Refer to Fastener Notice in Cautions and Notices.

Warning!  Do not tip the battery over a 45 degree angle or acid could spill causing serious personal injury.

  1. Install the battery to the battery box.

Tighten
Tighten the battery hold down bolt to 15 N·m (11 lb ft).

  1. Connect the positive battery cable (2) to the battery.

Tighten
Tighten the positive battery terminal bolt to 17 N·m (13 lb ft).

  1. Connect the negative battery cable (1) to the battery. Refer to Battery Negative Cable Disconnect/Connect Procedure .