Mar 082018


1993 Chevy Truck

The truck idles fine and revs up fine in park. But when I put in in gear, it’s like I push the accelerator and nothing happens. Like it’s not getting fuel. I replaced the fuel filter and the air filter and that did nothing to fix it. Thank you very much.

No Engine Power

The first thing to do would be to check for any stored check engine light codes. And since this vehicle is older than 1995 it can be done without the use of a scan tool.

Once you have the codes you may post them below in the comments for further assistance. There is no reason to guess if you have the codes.

Poor Acceleration

  • Incorrect Ignition Timing – Reset Timing
  • Leaky Valves – Check Compression
  • Weak Fuel Pump – Replace Fuel Pump
  • Dirty Fuel Injectors – Clean/Replace Injectors
  • Excessive Intake Valve Deposits – Clean Intake System
Mar 072018

Chevy Conversion Van

Hello I would like time not price to r&r rear brake shoes and maybe wheel cylinders. Thank you

Labor time estimate for brake shoes

 Pads And/or Shoes, Replace

Labor Times
Comments Factory Regular Severe
demountable drum four wheels 1.5 2.1 2.3
demountable drum front disc 0.9 1.2 1.4
demountable drum rear drum 0.9 1.2 1.4
non-demountable drum four wheels 2.3 3.1 3.5
non-demountable drum front disc 0.9 1.2 1.4
non-demountable drum rear drum 1.7 2.3 2.6
Repack front wheel bearings 0.0 0.7 0.7
Replace brake hose add each 0.0 0.3 0.3
Replace rear whl grease seals add full floating ax 0.0 0.5 0.5
Replace rear whl grease seals add semi floating ax 0.0 0.3 0.3
Resurface brake drum add each 0.0 0.5 0.5
Resurface brake rotor add each 0.0 0.9 0.9
Includes: Adjust service and parking brake. System bleeding.
Comments Factory Regular Severe
Replace brake drum add 0.0 0.5 0.5
Replace disc brake rotor add 0.0 0.5 0.5
Replace wheel cylinder add 0.0 0.5 0.5
w/dual rear wheels add each 0.0 0.1 0.1


Mar 072018

Chrysler town and country

How to replace high pressure discharge hose on air conditioner?

Air Conditioning High Pressure Hose Replacement

  1. Disconnect negative battery cable.
  2. Discharge A/C system, using approved refrigerant recovery/recycling equipment.
  3. Disconnect refrigerant lines from compressor and plug all openings.
  4. Install in reverse order.
  5. Evacuate and charge A/C system

High Side service port


The High Side service port is serviceable, the Low Side is not serviceable.

  1. Disconnect the battery negative cable.
  2. Recover A/C system refrigerant.
  3. Unscrew the High Side service port from the liquid line.
  4. Remove O-ring


For installation, reverse the above procedures.

  • Install new O-ring.
  • Evacuate and recharge A/C system.


Mar 022018

1992 Cadillac Fleetwood

My car is idling too fast. I have a red light “inflation” button, and then also check engine light on and off. The idle will go fast, sometimes I can kick it down and then it increases again. What is the likely cause?

High Idle Casue

Vacuum leak.

Anytime there is a vacuum leak you can expect the rpms at idle to increase. The engines sensors know there is an increase of air and it compensates by adding extra fuel. Also with the check engine light on it is a good idea to check the codes. Since this vehicle is older than 1995 the codes can be read without a scan tool.

Feb 272018

2005 Honda Pilot

My car was wrecked in front and driverside air bag in the steering wheel deployed. Now Honda is recalling air bags. Do you think they will still fix it? And cuz otherwise I am screwed they aint selling right now.

I do not have the ability to speak on behalf of Honda. Your best course of action would be to contact the Service department at your local dealership. You may ask for the best course of action for proceeding forward. Since the air bag in question actually did what it was designed to do, I do not see where any replacement would be warranted but that is just my opinion. Only Honda can make the final decision on the matter.

The latest air bag recall issued February 1, 2017 is 15-040 Version 5. All pilots from 2003 – 2008 are effected. This covers the inflator part.

Airbag Recall

The problem is with the inflator. In certain vehicles, the driver’s front airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure during airbag deployment. If the affected airbag deploys, the increased internal pressure may cause the inflator casing to rupture. Metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, possibly causing injury or fatality to vehicle occupants.

Honda airbag recall inflator

Feb 272018

2003 Nissan Pathfinder

I need to know how to test the intake valve timing control solenoid.

Intake Valve Timing Control ( IVTC)

The intake valve timing control (IVTC) solenoid is activated by on/off pulse duty signals from the ECM. The IVTC solenoid valve changes the amount of oil and direction of flow through IVTC unit or stops flow. The longer the pulse width the more valve angle advances. Shorter pulse width retards valve angle. When on and off pulse widths become equal, solenoid valve stops oil pressure flow, and intake valve angle is fixed at control position.

Intake Control Valve Control Solenoid Testing

    1. Turn ignition off. Disconnect IVTC solenoid valve 2-pin connector. Turn ignition on. Measure the voltage between ground and IVTC solenoid valve harness connector terminal No. 1 (Red wire). If battery voltage does not exist, go to next step. If battery voltage exists, go to step 3.
    2. Check the following:
      • Harness connectors E1 and M1.
      • Harness connectors M33 and F22.
      • Check Harness continuity between IVTC solenoid valve and ECM relay.

      Repair harness or connectors.

    3. Turn ignition off. Disconnect ECM 116-pin harness connector. Check continuity of Orange/Black wire between Bank 1 IVTC solenoid valve harness connector terminal No. 2 and ECM harness connector terminal No.11, or Pink/Blue wire between Bank 2 IVTC solenoid valve harness terminal N0. 2 and ECM harness connector terminal No. 10. Also check circuit for short to ground and short to voltage. If problem is found, repair as necessary. After repair, repeat DTC confirmation test. If no problem is found, go to next step.
    4. Measure resistance between IVTC solenoid valve terminal No. 1 and 2 (component side). Resistance should be 7.0 – 7.7 ohms at 68 degrees F. Check continuity between ground and IVTC solenoid valve terminal one at a time. Continuity should not exist. If resistance and continuity are as specified, go to next step. If resistance or continuity is not specified, replace IVTC solenoid valve and retest system. After repair, repeat DTC confirmation test.
    5. No problem is indicated at this time. Problem may be intermittent.

intake timng control valve

Feb 262018

1995 GMC Sierra

Battery cables keep coming loose

Positive battery cables keep coming loose. I have a new dual post battery I would like to replace side post, can I separate the two positive cables, one one side post, one on top post, or do they have to remain in contact?

You may separate them. As long as they are both connected to the positive terminals there essentially still connected.

Feb 192018

1964 Chrysler 300K

I have removed the intake manifold to be restored and have purchased a new intake manifold gasket (called a “valley pan”) it came with the valley pan and 2 fiber gaskets. The original gasket was only the metal valley pan with no fiber gaskets used. When I go to install the manifold do I include the fiber gaskets? Gasket set is a Felpro # 1215

Intake manifold gaskets and valley pan

intake manifold tightening sequence

I would think the extra gaskets are there in case you had to mill the head or intake. If it is all original you may want to just use the valley pan and some good sealant. Coat the cylinder block seal surfaces with oil resistant sealer. Install new seals and gasket.

intake manifold gasket set

Feb 182018

Ford Explorer

I just pressed a new rear bearing and hub. Now my rotor wont go on. When I line up the holes with the lugs, it hits on one of the arms that the caliper mounts to.

Hub bearing installation problem

My first thought would be that the NEW hub is different from the old hub. Did you look at them side by side and make certain they matched? This should be done prier to installation. Was the NEW hub pressed in further than the old one? Is this the same rotor that was on the vehicle before? If so, it should fit just fine unless there is an issue with the NEW hub.

Rear Hub Bearing Replacement

rear hub bearing replacement

Removal and Installation

CAUTION: Suspension fasteners are critical parts because they affect performance of vital parts and systems and their failure can result in major service expense. A new part with the same part number must be installed if installation becomes necessary. Do not use a replacement part of lesser quality or substitute design. Torque values must be used as specified during reassembly to make sure of correct retention of these parts.
1.Remove the wheel knuckle.
2.Remove the 3 brake disc shield bolts. •To install, tighten to 8 Nm (71 lb-in).

hub bearing press diagram

3.Using the special tool and a suitable press, remove the wheel hub.
4.Remove the snap ring.
5.Using a suitable press and adapters, remove the wheel bearing.
6.To install, reverse the removal procedure.
7.Install the wheel knuckle.