Jan 142019

Pontiac Firebird

I have a Chevy 350 that I want to put in my firebird.. would it bolt up to it? It’s the 5 speed transmission. Thanks

Yes. The 1987 Pontiac Firebird actually came with the 350 engine as an option. Even though most of the 5 speed Firebird Trans Ams came with a 305 engine, they are virtually identical. The 350 will bolt right in place of the 305 with ease.

shift solenoid is leaking 2009 Dodge avenger 2.4L

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Jan 112019

Dodge Avenger

My shift solenoid is leaking out all of my transmission fluid, I have replaced the gasket but it still leaks, what should I do?

Shift solenoid is leaking

You will need to inspect to see exactly where the leak is coming from. The cover may be damaged. The gasket may not be sealed. The transmission may be cracked. Look where the bolts get tightened for cracks as well.

*Note – Fluid does not travel uphill.

The Solenoid/Pressure Switch Assembly (1)>>> is external to the transaxle and mounted to the transaxle case. The assembly consists of four solenoids that control hydraulic pressure to the LR/CC, 2/4, OD, and UD friction elements. The reverse clutch is controlled by line pressure from the manual valve in the valve body. The solenoids are contained within the Solenoid/Pressure Switch Assembly, and can only be serviced by replacing the assembly.

The solenoid assembly also contains pressure switches that monitor and send hydraulic circuit information to the PCM/TCM. Likewise, the pressure switches can only be service by replacing the assembly.

Transmission Solenoid Switch Assembly

Dec 212018

Buick Lesabre

Intermittently, when I turn the key to start the car, nothing happens for a second then the starter engages and the car starts and runs fine. Changed starter, coil packs and swapped relays for ignition also had charging system and battery tested all fine. It can go for days between incidents.

Unfortunately intermittent problems are difficult for anyone to diagnose.  Only when it will not start can you try to test and diagnose the issue.

Dec 212018

Battery light is on. Checked alternator, battery and wires. They are working properly. Not sure what to check next

Check the Belt and tensioner assembly. The battery light comes on when the battery is not being charged. This can be from the alternator not working. Bad connections to the battery or alternator.  A bad cell in the battery. If you are seeing that the alternator is charging, my guess would be the battery is faulty or you have a blown fuse.

Dec 212018

Is the replacement of the drive belt idler pulley on 1994 Volvo 960 L2.9 a do-or-yourself job? I have a belt detentioner and basic mechanical skills. The pulley seems accessible on front of block. Single bolt. Any pitfalls?

Serpentine Drive Belt, Replace

1. Rotate or lift the belt tensioner arm, using a suitable tool to relieve tension from drive belt.
2. Remove the drive belt.
3. Clean pulleys and inspect for any bent or damaged pulleys.
4. Reverse procedure to install.
Dec 212018

Roof stopped closing in middle of the operation. I had to use the manual lever to close but doesn’t lock into place. How can this be reset so the roof can be locked in again? Cheers

You will need to make the needed repairs in order for the sun roof to function properly.

Sun Roof Troubleshooting

Check voltage supply to fuse#9 and replace as needed. Ensure voltage is present at the sun roof switch terminal #10(Red Wire). Ensure voltage supply to stepping relay, motor, and microswitch is present at switch terminals #3(Yellow Wire) and #4(Blue Wire) by setting switch in different positions. Check all connections, wiring and grounds.