Jan 092016

2007 Chevy Impala
I have an 2007 Chevy Impala with the 3.5L engine. I have no heat at all. The car will get to operating temp and not overheat. Both radiator hoses are hot and squishy and both heater hoses are hot and stiff. I’m at a loss


Having a no heat situation can be a serious issue in the winter months. You have done well so far in your diagnosing. You have eliminated almost all of the heating system. The coolant is getting up to temperature and flowing through the heater core as it should. If you are hearing the heater blower motor coming on then all you are left with is the ventilation system. This system has an actuator that control the air temperature door. I would suspect the actuator to be at fault.

No heat in car but air is blowing

  • Remove the screws that secure the air temperature actuator to the HVAC module assembly upper case.
  • Remove the air temperature actuator from the HVAC module assembly upper case.


No Heat

Air Temperature Door Actuator for 2007 Chevy Impala

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Jan 042016

2003-Chevy Tahoe
I have a 2003 Chevy Tahoe. After changing the oil, tire kingdom forgot to reset oil change light also know as the oil life indicator light. They told me how to reset it by turn on the power and pumping the gas pedal four times. A message came up by I cant remember what it said. I turned the car off and didn’t use it til the next day. When I started the Tahoe I had to give it gas to keep it running. I went to leave but it was running really bad acting like it wanted to shut off. When I was stopped I had to rev it up to keep it running. What could be wrong and does it have to do with me resetting the oil light?

Having to reset oil change light is a non intrusive procedure that should bear no effect on the drivability of the engine whatsoever. The procedure simple resets the oil change indicator light.

reset oil change light

How to reset oil change light

  1.  To reset engine oil life monitor and turn odd CHANGE OIL light (or message), turn ignition to ON position with the engine off.
  2. Depress accelerator pedal to wide open throttle 3 times within 5 seconds.
  3. Turn ignition to LOCK/OFF
  4. If light (or message) does not turn off, turn ignition OFF and repeat procedure.
Jan 042016

1997 Chevy Suburban
The rear axle assembly disintegrated on my 97 4wd suburban lt. And more than likely the rear drive train needs to be replaced just need to know how much to fix this, ballpark.


$1600 – Rebuilt Rear end installed (Rear Axle Assembly)

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Rear Axle  Assembly Replacement

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2. Remove the wheels.
  3. Remove the skid plate.
  4. Drain the carrier.
  5. Matchmark and remove the front driveshaft.
  6. Disconnect the right axle shaft at the tube flange.
  7. Disconnect the left axle shaft at the carrier flange.
  8. Wire both axle shafts out of the way.
  9. Unplug the connectors at the indicator switch and actuator.
  10. Disconnect the carrier vent hose.
  11. Remove the axle tube-to-frame bolts, washers and nuts.
  12. Remove the lower carrier mounting bolt.
  13. Disconnect the right side inner tie rod end at the relay rod.
  14. Depending on the model, it may be necessary to remove the engine oil filter.
  15. Support the carrier on a floor jack
  16. Remove the upper carrier mounting bolt.
  17. Lower the carrier assembly from the truck.

To install:

  1. Raise the carrier into position.
  2. Install the upper carrier mounting bolt, washers and nut. Then, install the lower carrier mounting bolt, washers and nut. Tighten the bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
  3. Remove the jack.
  4. Install the oil filter.
  5. Connect the tie rod end. Tighten the nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
  6. Install the axle tube-to-frame bolts, washers and nuts. Tighten the nuts to 75 ft. lbs. (100 Nm) for 15 and 25 series; 107 ft. lbs. (145 Nm) for 35 series.
  7. Connect the vent hose.
  8. Connect the wiring.
  9. Connect the axle shafts at the flanges. Tighten the bolts to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
  10. Connect the driveshaft. Tighten the bolts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
  11. Fill the carrier with gear oil.
  12. Install the wheels.
  13. Add any engine oil lost when the filter was removed.


Dec 302015

My Monte has almost 150,000 mi. on it. At 135,000 it had a full transmission service done, as indicated. In the last 2 months I have noticed it clunking when shifting from 1st to 2nd, then kind of slipping then grabbing when going from 2nd to 3rd. It mostly happens in the city when stopping and going a lot and in colder weather. It has started to become more frequent here lately. I have a sealed transmission so no fluids are ever added, and it is a 6 cylinder. Is my transmission failing?

Dec 182015

turn on headlights and blows a fuse
need to know what to check to find what is causing blowing fuses when turn on headlights

Dec 082015

My car has been sitting in the cold for the last 2 days, this morning I went to crank it up and seemed to do everything normal when I shifted into drive the car didn’t move the engine only revved up

Dec 062015

My brake lights stick on until I am traveling at about 70 mph, then they begin to flash until I decelerate. I have replaced brake switch, replaced battery, replaced alternator, tried dielectric tube, and had the brake light malfunction recall part replaced. This problem is costing way too much time and money. What could this be? What else can I try to fix it?