May 012018
 

1985 Buick Electra Park Ave

Okay, Here’s what’s happening:

The car starts and idles fine but has no power. When I try driving it. it barely goes. I can’t get it up past 25 or 30 MPH. WHAT COULD BE WRONG?

SOME DETAILS:
– The battery is new and is charging fine
– Plugs and wires are new
– The MAF Sensor has been removed and cleaned (with the special MAF cleaner)
– It’s not transmission related
– The car has low miles (90k) ad has been well-taken care of


Sounds like a lack of fuel.

Flow Test

  1. Allow the fuel pressure to bleed off.
  2. Disconnect the fuel feed line and install a hose on the line.
  3. Apply battery voltage (using a fused jumper wire) to terminal “G” of the Assembly Line Date Link (ALDL) connector located under the dash. Terminal “G” is the first terminal on the left of the bottom row.
  4. The fuel pump should supply 1 ⁄ 2 pint or more in 15 seconds.

Pressure Test

  1. Allow the fuel pressure to bleed off.
  2. Obtain two sections 3 ⁄ 8 in. steel tubing. Each should be about 10 in. (254mm) long. Double-flare one end of each section.
  3. Install a flare nut on each section. Connect each of the above sections of tubing into the “flare nut-to-flare nut adapters” that are included in the J-29658-82 Gage Adapters.
  4. Attach the pipe and adapter assemblies to the J-29658 gage.
  5. Using proper procedures, raise and support the front of the car.
  6. Disconnect the front fuel feed hose from the fuel pipe on the body.
  7. Install the 10 in. (254 mm) length of 3 ⁄ 8 in. fuel hose onto the fuel feed pipe on the body. Attach the other end of the hose onto one of the sections of pipe mentioned earlier. Secure the hose connections with clamps.
  8. Attach the front fuel feed hose onto the other section of tubing. Secure the hose connection with a clamp.
  9. Start the engine and check for leaks.
  10. Observe the fuel pressure reading. It should be 9–13 psi (62–90 kPa).
Apr 232018
 

Mini Cooper

I have the following codes, P-2418 evap emissions open, P-2400 Evap Leak detected, P-2419 Evap emission switch, P-2401 Evap emissions circuit low. I have replaced the gas cap and the fuel leak detection pump already but the check engine light come back on after the a few minutes and not all of the codes clear. Do I have a wiring issue or something else going on? I am at a loss. Thank you Jim


First off it would be great to know which codes are still there. The good news is as long as the check engine light is NOT flashing, it is safe to drive. We can look for the correlation between all the codes and test accordingly.

Mini Code P2148

Description: Evaporative Emission System Switching Valve Control Circuit /Open

Code p2418 Probable Causes

  1. Sensor or solenoid faulty
  2. Connector terminal contact is damaged or corroded
  3. Wire harness – Check harness for correct voltage, open, short to ground or short to voltage
  4. Update control unit software – Check for the latest control unit update
  5. Powertrain or Engine Control Module faulty
  6. EVAP system – Check fuel cap, canister, valves or components

Mini Code P2400

Description: Evaporative Emission System Leak Detection Pump Control Circuit/Open

Code p2400 Probable Causes

  1. Sensor or solenoid faulty
  2. Connector terminal contact is damaged or corroded
  3. Wire harness – Check harness for correct voltage, open, short to ground or short to voltage
  4. Update control unit software – Check for the latest control unit update
  5. Powertrain or Engine Control Module faulty
  6. Open fuse
  7. EVAP system – Check fuel cap, canister, valves or components

Mini Code P2401

Description: Evaporative Emission System Leak Detection Pump Control Circuit Low

Code p2401 Probable Causes

  1. Sensor or solenoid faulty
  2. Connector terminal contact is damaged or corroded
  3. Wire harness – Check harness for correct voltage, open, short to ground or short to voltage
  4. Update control unit software – Check for the latest control unit update
  5. Powertrain or Engine Control Module faulty
  6. Battery voltage low
  7. EVAP system – Check fuel cap, canister, valves or components
Apr 232018
 

Chevy Truck

can I get an estimate for an oil pump replace, valve covers and intake gaskets replace labor only. thank you


Oil Pump, Replace


Labor Times
Comments Factory Regular Severe
0.9 1.4 1.6
1.5 2.3 2.5
Diesel 2.3 3.5 3.8
Addons
Comments Factory Regular Severe
w/skid plate add 0.0 0.3 0.3

 

Valve Cover Gasket, Replace Or Reseal


Labor Times
Comments Factory Regular Severe
Both sides 0.0 1.6 1.9
one side 0.0 0.8 1.0

 

Intake Manifold And/or Gasket, Replace


Labor Times
Comments Factory Regular Severe
0.0 2.9 3.2
Includes
Includes: Adjustments.
Addons
Comments Factory Regular Severe
Replace manifold add 0.0 0.3 0.3
Apr 232018
 

Chrysler 300

My car normally wont let me leave the car without my key but it locks and i cant get back in with the key in the car.


You will need to use a spare key or call a service to get you back in.

Key Fob Description

Vehicles are shipped from the factory with two FOB with Integrated Key (FOBIK) Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitters programmed to the vehicle as standard equipment. The FOBIK circuitry is contained and protected within a molded black plastic case with a black soft rubber touch pad on the face divided into six sections. The rearward end of the FOBIK case houses a mechanical, metal, coded emergency key (5) that is released by sliding a latch button on the back of the FOBIK case.

Depending upon vehicle equipment, each FOBIK has at least three and no more than five functional resistive membrane switches located beneath the six touch pad sections. Each functional touch pad section is clearly identified by white icons or white text and icons identifying the specific function obtained by pushing that button. Domestic market vehicles also include a touch pad section on the FOBIK with the red text PANIC applied to it. Not counting the PANIC touch pad (4), the available switches include:

  • Unlock (1) – Standard equipment.
  • Lock (2) – Standard equipment.
  • Remote Start (3) – Only for vehicles equipped with the factory-installed remote start system.
  • Trunk (6) – Standard equipment.

The FOBIK RKE transmitter is the primary customer active interface for remotely operating the power lock system, the RKE system and the remote start system components and features. However, the FOBIK also has an important passive role in each of the following vehicle systems:

  • Keyless Go System
  • Passive Entry System
  • Sentry Key® Theft Deterrent System
  • Vehicle Theft Security System (VTSS)

Other than battery replacement, the FOBIK cannot be adjusted or repaired. Once a FOBIK has been programmed to a vehicle, it cannot be reprogrammed for use on any other vehicle. If damaged or ineffective, the FOBIK must be replaced with a new unit. A new and unused FOBIK unit must be properly programmed in order to function properly with the systems of the vehicle. The mechanical emergency key of the new FOBIK must also be cut to match the coding of the lock cylinders in the vehicle.

EMERGENCY STARTING

The integrated mechanical key of the FOBIK provides emergency access to the vehicle in case the battery in the vehicle or the transmitter becomes discharged.

In the event that the battery in the FOBIK is low or there is a Low Frequency Antenna problem:

  • Hold the FOBIK with the key ring away from the Keyless Ignition Node (KIN).
  • With the Lock/Unlock button end of the FOBIK, press the Start/Stop Button (SSB) of the Keyless Ignition Node (KIN) switch.
  • Push gently to prevent scratching the surface of the SSB in the KIN.

 

Apr 142018
 

Dodge Ram 1500

2008 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 ltre has gone into limp mode. The dashboard warning light that are on are the red flashing lightning bolt, the check engine light and skid indicator. when diagnostic is done the error code is P0340 which is the cranckshaft position sensor which I have replaced. I have also replaced the ETC with no results. Any ideas?


I would consider looking at the camshaft position sensor. You stated that you replace the crankshaft sensor, not the camshaft sensor.

Dodge Code P0340

  • Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit Bank 1 Sensor 1

Code P0340 probable causes

  • Faulty Camshaft Position Sensor
  • Camshaft Position Sensor harness is open or shorted
  • Camshaft Position Sensor circuit poor electrical connection
  • Faulty starter motor
  • Starting system circuit
  • Dead (Weak) battery

Camshaft Position Sensor Location

The Camshaft Position Sensor (CMP) (3) is located on right side of timing gear/chain cover below generator (1).

2008-dodge-ram-1500-5.7-camshaft-position-sensor-location

Camshaft Position Sensor Removal

  1. First of all, disconnect electrical connector (3) at CMP sensor.
  2. Next remove sensor mounting bolt (3).
  3. Carefully twist sensor (2) from timing gear/chain cover.
  4. Finally, check the condition of sensor O-ring.

2008-dodge-ram-1500-5.7-camshaft-position-sensor

Apr 102018
 

GWM Steed

I have a 2010 steed 5, 2.8 Tci bakkie and after reconditioning the engine it cranks but won’t start. I can start and run it using quick start but the moment I stop spraying the quick start it cut off, injectors is on the original cylinder, it just seem that the injectors are not letting fuel in. If someone had encountered this problem before please contact me via email XXX.XXXXXXX@XXXXXX.XXX


Since you have had this apart, I would start by checking for loose connections or things that are not plugged in correctly. Usually a check engine light will illuminate and help guide you in the right direction. If you have any codes present feel free to post them below.

Apr 102018
 

2010 Chavy Impala

I have had no problem with my transmission then Thursday night, after stopping at a stop sign when I went to take off, it wouldn’t move I finally tried 3 no luck, went down to 2 it moved, after getting up to speed I was able to slide in back into drive, but every time I stopped I would have to drop it back down to 2, Friday morning they added fluid to it, when I left for work I had to drop it down to 1, when I tried to shift it back up to drive it wouldn’t go, can a transmission go out that quick or could it be something else?


Can a transmission go out that quick?

Short answer, Yes. Heat is the number one cause for a transmission burning up. A unit low on fluid is exposed to even more heat and would hurry the process. That being said, in most cases if the transmission is burned up the fluid color will be dark and have a burnt smell. If the fluid looks nice and clean then the odds are it is an issue with the valve body solenoids.

How to check transmission fluid color

Finally, using a white paper towel dab a little bit of fresh transmission fluid on it. This will give you something to compare the current fluid color to. No add a little bit of the cars transmission fluid next to the clean on the paper towel and compare.