Distributor Stuck 1973 Ford Mach 1 Mustang

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Oct 052019
 

Ford Distributor Stuck

Hi All,

I’m working on a 351 Cleaveland engine by Ford, and cannot move the distributor. I don’t need to remove it, just twist it to adjust the timing. I’ve loosened the bolt and used lubricant, as well as some force, but to no avail. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.



My first thought for anything that is stuck is to use heat and work it slowly. If you are going to use a spray, I recommend “Blaster PB Penetrating oil” (PB Blaster). Chisel and Hammer are the last resort but may be necessary.

Here are some ideas from around the web.

  • WD-40 is a solvent and it won’t hurt to try it. Just keep soaking it and the rubber hammer on the vac advance is probably better than trying to turn the housing with something.
  • Try pulling it up and out. First mark where the rotor is aimed. When you get the dizzy up and out,then clean the base, and reinstall with rotor ending up in the original position it was in before you yanked it.
  • In one shop I worked, 390 Fords were famous for stuck distributors. One mechanic would get the engine hot, give the base of the distributor a blast from a CO2 fire extinguisher, I was awed, it worked. He did shoot the extinguisher under a towel so there was no mess. No good on a non-running engine though…

Source: Bob

Build a dam around it with putty and fill it with vinegar. The vinegar is acidic and dissolves the corroded aluminum. If it doesn’t work after you’ve tried the solvent, brake fluid, brake clean, etc then its hammer and chisel time although I did get one out with a slide hammer and steel strap around the housing.

Fouling spark plugs and burning oil 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD 8.1L

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Oct 052019
 

2007 GMC Sierra

Engine burning oil

This question is in regard to a 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD (8.1L gas engine) with 197,000 miles on it. It had around 60k or 70k miles when I bought it in 2012. It has had a rough life since then – lots of hauling and towing. It has had a long-running problem of burning oil (I would have to add some oil every month), but the oil-burning has suddenly gotten much worse, and I am adding oil every few days.

Every mechanic I’ve ever taken the truck to always says “that’s just what old trucks do, they burn oil”. Another problem (which I assume is related) is that the spark plugs get ruined frequently and have to be changed. I’ve had to change them at 124k miles, 130k (wires only), 170k, 183k, and 197k. At 197k, I told the mechanic I was tired of spending so much on spark plugs, and we decided to try a cheaper plug and see what happens. This, in addition to a full tune-up/fluid exchanges, fixed the symptoms I was seeing (intermittent shudder when idling, ‘check engine’ light coming on when going uphill over 45mph, engine misfire code P0300).

But then I only made it 1200 miles before those same symptoms returned. Same P0300 code, one ruined spark plug, cylinder 2. A mechanic replaced that one plug, and I made it another 80 miles before things went south again yesterday. This time it’s 2 plugs, cylinder 2 and another cylinder (he didn’t tell me which one). So we’re replacing all plugs with the better double platinum ones.

Any ideas what is going on? Am I just doomed to replace the plugs every 15k miles from now on? I love this truck and don’t want to get rid of it. For anyone interested, there are more details below, in case they provide any additional clues. Thanks in advance!



Full Maintenance History

  • oil changes are done every 5k miles
  • oil cooler lines replaced in 2013
  • major tune-up at 124k miles (transmission flush, coolant flush, 4×4 service (front/rear differentials, transfer case), spark plugs, fuel induction system service, air filter replaced)
  • 130k, replaced spark plug wires, cleaned mass air flow sensor
  • 132k, replaced fuel pump assembly
  • 169k, code P0171, cleaned mass air flow sensor
  • 170k, replaced spark plugs, plug wires (mechanic said plugs were really bad and covered in oil)
  • 174k, replaced air filter
  • 183k, replaced spark plugs and air filter
  • 1955xx miles, replaced serpentine belt, belt tensioner, and fan clutch; mechanic said spark plugs are misfiring/worn out (but I couldn’t afford to replace them yet); mechanic said “we took off the valve covers and looked inside of the cylinder heads, in case the valves are gummed up. But we didn’t really find anything except the piston rings are a bit burned out.” He recommended trying Lucas oil stabilizer and Lucas fuel cleaner (which I did) and using premium gas and higher quality synthetic oil from now on (which I did). He said the engine is burning lean, so better fuel will help that. Told me to get a tune-up as soon as I can.
  • at 197k, ‘check engine’ light came on every time going uphill over 45mph; code was P0300 (engine misfire; no other codes); idle is very rough; replaced spark plugs/wires with cheaper copper plugs as an experiment, did fuel exchanges (differentials, transfer case, transmission (& filter), coolant, power steering fluid); cleaned the air filter
  • 1200 miles later, replaced 1 spark plug; added “Engine Restorer 8-Cylinder” to the oil, as recommended by the mechanic
  • 80 miles later (today), replacing all spark plugs with the right kind. Mechanic says it will take a while of driving at high speeds for the “Engine Restorer” to work?

I travel a lot, so I rarely get to use the same mechanic. Whenever I go to a new mechanic, they usually tell me that my last mechanic was BS-ing me and/or didn’t know what he was talking about. I’m a car dummy, so I have to just take the word of these mechanics, and I never really know when I’m getting the run-around.

Thanks to anyone who made it this far in my post!
(attached photo is the cheapo copper spark plug after 1200 miles)

Oil Fouled Spark Plug



Print a copy of your history and present it to your next mechanic, they will appreciate knowing what you have already gone through.

Chevy engines burn oil. This is true but they shouldn’t foul the plug in 1200 miles. You have something else going on.

Definitely fouling the spark plug. So the engine is going to store the P0300 – Engine Misfire code when this happens. That is normal during this situation. There are several things that can cause this code and situation.  The good news would be that you have tried a few things that tell us which cylinders are the problem cylinder.

Compression Test

The next thing to do would be to have a compression test performed. This information can sometimes explain a lot of whats going on. And this will confirm the problem cylinder/s.

Head Gasket

If two cylinders next to each other are significantly lower than the rest there is a possibility of a blown head gasket. However a blown head gasket would also be followed by white exhaust smoke and coolant loss. Since you didn’t mention any of those symptoms we will move on.

Fuel Injector

If there is specifically one cylinder that keeps fouling out the spark plug there is a chance of the fuel injector being stuck OPEN(ON). When this occurs the cylinder rings will wash out(unseat) and foul out that spark plug. After time the the excessive fuel being dumped into the cylinder with washed out rings will allow the fuel to seep into the crankcase and contaminate the engines oil. When this happens you will notice excessive exhaust smoke and start fouling out additional spark plugs.

When looking at the oil on the dipstick it may also have a fuel smell. A quick test can be to remove the spark plugs from the effected cylinders and cycle the fuel pump on and off a few times. While keeping at a distance to prevent fuel from shooting out at you, look to see if the cylinder fills with fuel. If you find the fuel injector is stuck open you will need to replace it and and then perform an oil change to remove any contaminates oil.

Hole or Crack in Piston

You didn’t mention it but i want to cover engine ping. If you experience the engine pinging when climbing a hill or under heavy acceleration you may have caused internal damage. Continually driving the vehicle under these conditions will burn a hole in the piston. If this is the case you will have 0 compression and oil foul the spark plug quickly.

Worn Valve Guides and seals

When the valve seals or guides are worn you will see a puff of smoke at start up. Sometimes lasting until the engine reaches operating temperature. This usually occurs after the vehicle has had time to set and the oil drains down past the guide seals and into the cylinders.

Engine Misfire Causes

  • Faulty spark plug (s)
  • Faulty ignition coil (s) – Engine Coil
  • Ignition coils harness is open or shorted
  • Ignition coils poor electrical connection
  • Clogged or faulty fuel injectors
  • Injectors harness is open or shorted
  • Injectors poor electrical connection
  • Improper spark plugs
  • Insufficient cylinders compression
  • Incorrect fuel pressure
  • Intake air leak

Source: https://www.freeautomechanic.com/engine-misfire.html

2009 Chevy Malibu wont accelerate

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Oct 032019
 

Chevy Malibu

I drive a 2009 Chevy Malibu. While driving it sometimes feels like when you push the gas pedal it doesn’t want to gain speed. Finally you’ll feel a shift and it’ll start to climb speed. Sometimes it won’t accelerate over 50 and when it does my traction control light comes on and esc warning. Any ideas on how to fix this?



  • If the RPM are climbing higher and not moving the car accordingly then it would appear the transmission is slipping. How high does the RPM go without moving the car significantly? If the problem is transmission related, the cheapest/easiest thing to try would be to add a little transmission fluid if it is low.
  • Perhaps the Catalytic converter is plugged. It’s been known to happen.

Source: Drunken Elvis

  • If one of the cats is plugged, usually you can tell by letting the car idle for 20-30 minutes. The plugged cat should be very hot, they will even get hot enough to glow red in the dark if they run long enough. You could try checking it after a long drive, see if one is noticeably hotter. (Use an infra red temperature gun for testing temperature of converter, do not touch)

Source: SBUBandit

Renault Megane2 1.5dci 2006 No Start

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Oct 022019
 

2006-renault-megane

Greetings, been struggling with a no start over 6mo. Problem 2.8v to injectors, no pulse, no power to crankshaft sensor. Just swapped the ecu. Still the same problem plus another problem that disturbs me. Glow plugs now only receiving 6v with ignition on instead of 11v. The glow plug control module has 2 small wires coming from the ecu, one with 12v , the other 11v. Also red wire in center 12v. Plus the 4 plug wires. Don’t know if this is because of the ecu swap or the control module is bad. Can I rewire this module somehow to get the 11v to the plugs? Please help. Thanks



I have limited information covering Renault vehicles. So I will go ahead and post this so others can respond in case they have some in site into this issue.

As for wiring the plugs direct from the battery I think you would need some kind of shut off switch so once it started you could cut power to them as they only need the glow plugs for starting.

Car won’t start, battery is fine, lights on the dash light up

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Oct 022019
 

Hyundai Accent

My car won’t start, battery is fine, lights on the dash light up but won’t turn over. It is a 2008 Hyundai Accent.



We have taken the time to create a step by step no start diagnostic chart for just this occasion.

9 out of 10 times this issue is caused by a weak/dead battery. The other 1 out 10 is from poor/corroded connections or failed starter circuit. If the battery is over 4 years old, put a new one in it anyway.

But my dash lights come on how can the battery be bad?

The lights on the dash, the radio and even the headlights use little battery juice when compared to the engine starter. The starter can require up to 250 amps where the radio requires as little as 5 amps. Big difference.

 

2004 Ford Explorer U-joint noise from back

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Oct 022019
 

2004 Ford Explorer

When I shift my car in reverse I hear a loud kick back kind of like knicking coming from the back tires



There are different things that make different noises. Noises are one of the most difficult issues to describe and sometimes locate. Instead of just guessing, which is about all you can do without actually looking at it, we will focus on the most common cause.

The universal joint(U-Joint) going out would be the most common cause for this sort of issue. Eventually you will heard the noise when moving from forward to reverse and from reverse to forward as they get worse.

DRIVESHAFT U-JOINT, Replace

Single Cardan, Slip Yoke

Disassemble

Do not, under any circumstance, clamp the shaft in the jaws of a vise or similar holding fixture. Denting or localizing fracture can result, causing shaft failure during vehicle operation. Place the shaft on a suitable workbench. Do not damage the tube. If components are not marked and installed incorrectly, driveline imbalance can occur.

1. Index-mark the shaft components.

2. Remove and discard all four snap rings.

3. Clamp bearing cup removal tool No. 205-086 or equivalent in a vise.

4. If necessary, use a pair of pliers to remove a bearing cup that fails to press out all the way. Remove bearing cups and driveshaft slip-yoke as follows:

a. Position driveshaft slip-yoke in bearing cup removal tool No. 205-086 or equivalent.

b. Press out bearing cup.

c. Rotate driveshaft slip-yoke 180 degrees.

d. Press on spider to remove remaining bearing cup.

e. Remove driveshaft slip-yoke.

5. Repeat bearing cup removal in this procedure to remove remaining bearing cups and spider from shaft.

6. Clean yoke area at end of shaft.

Assemble

Install the Universal Joint Kits as complete assemblies only. Do not mix components from other kits.

1. Install new spider and bearing cup.

a. Start new bearing cup in shaft yoke.

b. Check needle bearings for correct positioning.

c. Position new spider in shaft yoke.

d. Press bearing cup to just below snap ring groove.

2. Install yellow snap rings supplied in kit to assemble universal joint. If difficulty is encountered with yellow snap rings, install black snap rings. Remove shaft from bearing cup removal tool No 205-086 or equivalent, and install new snap ring.

3. Repeat bearing cup installation in this procedure to install new bearing cup and snap ring on opposite side of shaft yoke.

4. Inspect driveshaft slip-yoke. Install a new yoke, if necessary.

5. Install driveshaft slip-yoke and new bearing cup.

a. Start new bearing cup in driveshaft slip-yoke.

b. Check needle bearings for correct positioning.

c. Position driveshaft slip-yoke on spider.

d. Position assembly in bearing cup removal tool No. 205-086 or equivalent.

e. Press bearing cup to just below snap ring groove.

6. Remove shaft from special tool, and install new snap ring.

7. Repeat slip-yoke installation in this procedure to install new bearing cup and snap ring on opposite side of driveshaft slip-yoke.

8. Check U-joint for freedom of movement. If binding, strike the yoke with a brass or plastic hammer. Do not strike the bearings.

9. Torque front propeller shaft to front axle bolts to 15 ft. lbs.

10. Torque front propeller shaft transfer case pinion flange to driveshaft bolts to 22 ft. lbs.

11. Torque rear propeller shaft to rear axle bolts to 75 ft. lbs.

12. Torque rear propeller shaft to transfer case bolts to 40 ft. lbs.

Single Cardan, Flange Yoke

Disassemble

Do not, under any circumstance, clamp the shaft in the jaws of a vise or similar holding fixture. Denting or localizing fracture can result, causing shaft failure during vehicle operation. Place the shaft on a suitable workbench. Do not damage the tube. If components are not marked and installed incorrectly, driveline imbalance can occur.

1. Index-mark the shaft components.

2. Remove and discard all four snap rings.

3. Clamp bearing cup removal tool No. 205-086 or equivalent in a vise.

4. If necessary, use a pair of pliers to remove a bearing cup that fails to press out all the way. Remove bearing cups and driveshaft flange as follows:

a. Position driveshaft flange in bearing cup removal tool No. 205-086 or equivalent.

b. Press out bearing cup.

c. Rotate driveshaft flange 180 degrees.

d. Press on spider to remove remaining bearing cup.

e. Remove driveshaft flange.

5. Repeat bearing cup removal in this procedure to remove remaining bearing cups and spider from shaft.

6. Clean yoke area at end of shaft.

Assemble

Install the Universal Joint Kits as complete assemblies only. Do not mix components from other kits.

1. Install new spider and bearing cup.

a. Start new bearing cup in shaft yoke.

b. Check needle bearings for correct positioning.

c. Position new spider in shaft yoke.

d. Position driveshaft yoke in bearing cup removal tool No. 205-086 or equivalent.

e. Press bearing cup to just below snap ring groove.

2. Repeat to install new bearing cup on opposite side of driveshaft yoke.

3. Inspect driveshaft flange. Install a new flange, if necessary.

4. Install driveshaft flange and new bearing cups.

a. Start new bearing cup in driveshaft flange.

b. Check needle bearings for correct positioning.

c. Position driveshaft flange on spider.

d. Position assembly in bearing cup removal tool No. 205-086 or equivalent.

e. Press bearing cup to just below snap ring groove.

5. Repeat flange installation in this procedure to install new bearing cup on opposite side of driveshaft flange.

6. Install yellow snap rings supplied in kit to assemble universal joint. If difficulty is encountered with yellow snap rings, install black snap rings. Remove shaft from bearing cup removal tool No 205-086 or equivalent, and install four new snap rings.

7. Check U-joint for freedom of movement. If binding, strike the yoke with a brass or plastic hammer. Do not strike the bearings.

8. Torque front propeller shaft to front axle bolts to 15 ft. lbs.

9. Torque front propeller shaft transfer case pinion flange to driveshaft bolts to 22 ft. lbs.

10. Torque rear propeller shaft to rear axle bolts to 75 ft. lbs.

11. Torque rear propeller shaft to transfer case bolts to 40 ft. lbs.

Cigarette lighter stopped working Toyota Rav4 1974

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Sep 302019
 

2007 Toyota Rav 4

Its a automatic but the shifter lights that tell me what gear I’m in are not lighting up, same as the dash one, also cigarette lighter and side mirrors have stopped working also.



You state it is a 1974 Toyota Rav4? The first generation in the US was introduced in 1996.  Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_RAV4

Either way, the first thing to check would be the fuse panel for a blown fuse. You can look to see if the fuse is blown or check for continuity across the fuse.

If the fuses are OK, then move on to checking the ground connections. There may be a shared ground connection that would effect all the electrical items no longer working.

Separate Issues

It is possible that the fuse blown may only correct the lighter and mirrors. Then you would look to see if the bulbs for the shifter light are good. Then check the wiring and connections. Finally check for current signal from the selector switch.

Transmission Control Module 2006 Chevy Cobalt

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Sep 292019
 

Chevy Cobalt

Can I program a new transmission control module myself?



Having the right equipment and knowledge to use it would be all that is required to perform the procedure.

Trans Control Module Relearn

Refer to Figure below when performing following procedure.

The transmission control module (TCM) must be programmed with the proper software/calibrations. Ensure that the following conditions exist in order to prepare for TCM programming: The battery is fully charged, the ignition switch is in the RUN position, the Techline equipment cable connection at the data link connector (DLC) is secure.

2006-chevy-coblat-tcm-location
1. Program TCM using latest software matching vehicle. Refer to up-to-date Techline equipment user instructions.

2. Ensure that TCM connection is OK.

3. Inspect Techline equipment for latest software version.

4. Attempt to program TCM. If TCM still cannot be programmed properly, replace TCM.

2005 Escalade 6.0 Electronic Shock connections

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Sep 292019
 

 Cadillac Escalade

Electrical connections to and from the shocks. The have been changed to just air shocks and I’m going back to the auto ride Z55 & don’t know where the connector’s are coming from. They might be there but don’t know. Are the front shocks the same? I don’t see a air connection on shocks



It looks like just the two shocks in the rear will be air shocks used by the automatic leveling control compressor.

2005-caddilac-escalade-suspension

Electronic Suspension Control

The Electronic Suspension Control (ESC)/Real Time Damping (RTD) system, is fully automatic and uses a computer controller to continuously monitor vehicle speed, wheel to body position, lift/dive and steering position of the vehicle. The controller then sends signals to each damper to independently adjust the damping level. The ESC/RTD system consists of a control module, four dampers and four position sensors.

The ESC/RTD system has an integrated Automatic Level Control (ALC) system. The ALC consists of the rear automatic level control dampers and the automatic level control air compressor. The ESC/RTD system also interacts with the Tow/Haul switch. When engaged, the Tow/Haul mode will provide additional control of the dampers.

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Is the Toyota Matrix transmission interchangeable with the Pontiac Vibe?

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Sep 292019
 

2005 Pontiac Vibe

2005 Pontiac Vibe, have a 2005 Pontiac vibe, AT, (1.8L, VIN 8, 8th digit), AWD (opt MU5) & I need to replace the tranny(transmission). I’d like to know, if in fact, the Toyota matrix tranny is interchangeable with the Pontiac Vibe? Also, is the 2003 Pontiac Vibe tranny interchangeable with the 2005 Pontiac



Transaxle(transmission) Swap

The 2003 – 2008 Pontiac vibe came with two different 1.8L engines and two different 4-speed automatic transmissions. The two different transmissions:

  • 4-speed A246E Automatic
  • 4-speed U341F Automatic

Any Pontiac Vibe transmission from 2003 – 2008 of the same type will work. Keep in mind that yours is an AWD and will require the transmission for an AWD. These are Toyota Built engines and transmissions for both the Vibe and Matrix. However, after looking at the part numbers and the year changes of the parts, it does not appear as though they are interchangeable. As for the 2003 Transmission, it is different than the 2005.

Pontiac Vibe
  • MU4 Transaxle P/N 24242212 (2003 – 2004)
  • MU4 Tansaxle P/N 24242207 (2005 – 2008)
  • MU5 Transaxle P/N 88974661 (2003 – 2004)
  • MU5 Transaxle P/N 2422208 (2005)
  • MU6 Transaxle P/N 88970223 (2003)
Toyota Matrix
  • Without AWD P/N 3050012A3084 (2005 – 2008)
  • With AWD P/N 305101A81084 (2003 – 2006)