Shift Solenoid Problem 2011 Chevy Malibu 2LT 4 cyl

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May 032019

 Chevy Malibu

About 3 months ago started acting like no power for about one second then would kick back in. About two weeks ago it started not wanting to shift into 4th gear and after two less than a mile drives since it jerks like a manual first time learning driver shifting into 4th gear (mostly in auto not so much when in manual mode). Once into 5th gear it’s fine as like 1-3rd gears. Just going into 4th. I’m disabled and need to get this fixed doe my weekly doctor’s visits. One mechanic said need new transmission, another said “it’s normal and gas saver lol” which we know that’s not the case if it’s never done it before. Ive read a wave plate or solenoid. Did find one very very very small hose leaked front drivers side lower hose by front quarter panel / bumper area but it’s so minute it’s not low. Don’t want to buy new transmission if not necessary. Thank you for your time. Exhausted Grammy.

The best first course action would be to have the transmission codes read at a Transmission specialty shop. This should tell you the exact problem area. If the transmission fluid color looks good, my guess would be a faulty/sticking solenoid. This is a common failure part that exhibits the symptoms you are describing.

Rear main seal installation 1964 Chrysler 300K

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May 032019

1964 Chrysler 300K

I have a 413CI RB big block in this car. I am needing to replace the rear main seal next week, so I am shopping for a seal kit. These are the options I have, which would be the best choice? 1. Felpro 2-Piece, Fluoroelastomer seal; 2. Mr Gasket Rear Main Seal, 2-Piece Silicone; 3. Felpro 2-Piece, Rubber Rear Main Seal; or 4. Felpro Rear Main Seal, 2-Piece, OEM-Style Rope Thanks

To narrow down the choices one might consider the installation tools. You will need a rear main seal installation tool with a bridge to install the rope seal properly.


An example of installation of rope seal without the proper tool.

I wouldn’t venture to say that any one seal is the best choice. They are all designed to perform the same function.

Car pulls left when braking 2005 Infiniti G35

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May 012019

2005 Infiniti G35

Symptoms: Passenger front caliper not braking as hard as driver front caliper. Car pulls left, but not dramatically. It is easy to get the ABS to kick in by braking hard, and the driver side front tire is first to lose traction under hard braking, makes hard gripping and skidding sounds when doing so. Passenger front caliper is very hard to bleed — requires very hard pedal press to get fluid out. Actions taken: Mechanics have replaced pads/rotors. Said system was fine. Since giving up on mechanics, I have rebuilt the right-front caliper, and eventually changed out all calipers with a factory rebuilt, and symptom persists. Replaced all flexible lines when replacing calipers, problem persists. More symptoms: Driver side tire wears faster, passenger side brake pads are wearing more slowly. Problem has persisted for several years, three mechanics have worked on it and have been unable to resolve. (Actually they claim there’s nothing wrong after working on it, but the symptoms are pretty clear.)
Additional info.: Rotors on car now are about two years old. Have tried going back to the stock rotors, then re-replaced with these aftermarket rotors. No noticeable difference. 96K miles on car. As enumerated above, I’ve rebuilt the problem caliper, purchased a rebuilt caliper, same results. I’ve also replaced all the brake lines, but not the hard lines that run throughout the car, just the flexible part. I’ve also flushed the fluid, replaced rotors and pads.

Pulls when braking

I would start by looking for a bent or kinked brake line going to the problem caliper side. This is based on you mentioning that it is hard to bleed on that side. This would indicate a restriction. The brake system is hydraulic and thus should provide the same pressure throughout. You should be able to bleed both sides with ease. In fact you should be able to crack the bleeder and gravity should allow the fluid to come out.  Typically when one caliper works and the other does not there is air in the system. If there is a restriction or kinked brake line, this can happen as well. I have seen a similar issue like this once and the cause was from the caliper being put on in a manner that twisted the caliper hose the wrong way.  Might check that also.

2003 Dodge Durango entire vehicle wiring diagram request

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Apr 262019

 Dodge Durango

My dodge has electrical issues things working then not working. After looking into it I found two alarm systems and remote start. Then after market stereo converted into control module. I tore out to much and see that something else is wrong. Everything is running all the I’m all wire has been changed to 18 gauge and plugs laying all over. With other plugs put in place … So I’m looking to take it back to original factory alarm. Please help with a wiring diagram of the whole truck? Four months down stuck in my house.. I need a diagram I ordered new harness git ripped off and only got account has been frozen and no way to get to bank. Please please help me with a diagram.

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2011 Dodge Dakota Bighorn V6 quad cab 4×4 making noise

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Apr 262019

2011 Dodge Dakota

I recently had my front bearings and alignment done at Les Scwabb. Tires rotated and balanced too. Yet, when I drive my truck, ever so often, there is a sound like when ones drive over the grooved pavement on the freeway. Is that the 4×4 transfer case trying to engage while driving?

You may find that the noise happens more often when slowing down or turning. Noises can be difficult to narrow down. While accelerating or decelerating may be an indication of differential pinion bearings going out. While turning may indicate a hub bearing going out. Have not heard of the 4×4 transfer case trying to engage by itself.

2005 KIA Sedona

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Apr 242019
KIA Sedona

If the 3.5liter motor is out of time will that give you a false reading for a blown head gasket ?… In other if pressure check is taken on a motor out of time will 1 or 2 cylinders have low pressure reading?

Q.2 What are the possibilities that all 24 valves on a 3.5 liter engine be bent from one day to the next

Yes an interference engine such as the 3.5L DOHC can give a low compression reading that can cause a false diagnosis. This is cause by the valves being open at the wrong time and or bent.

The possibility of all the valve being bent are high if the car died while driving. This happens quite often when a timing belt breaks. The engine is already turning at over 1,500 rpm and internal parts continue to spin out of time with no belt to keep them in time. The valves hit the pistons and bend.

Power Windows Won’t Work 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe V6

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Apr 242019

Hyundai Sante FeI have a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe V6 recently bought. I was told the driver side window master switch needed to be replaced. So I bought a certified used one. Put it in and the windows are still not working. None of the windows will work in fact please help????

Power Window Won’t Work

First thing to do would be to confirm power is getting to the master switch you just installed. The old one may not have been bad either. Battery positive gets tot he power window master switch through a fuseible link and a power window relay. Use the provided power window wiring diagram below for reference.

2006 Hyundai Sante Fe Power Windows Wiring Diagram

2006-hyundai-sante-fe-power-windows wiring diagram

Spark plug stripped out 2003 Lincoln Towncar

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Apr 232019

2003 Lincoln Town Car

Spark plug has no hex sides how do I remove from car?

The spark plug had hex sides to begin with. I am guessing there is something blocking you from seeing them or something in the way. Only other possibility would be if they got rounded and this happens from trying to use the wrong tool. In this case you may need to use a special spark plug removal tool or improvise. You’ll see in the video the use of Quick Steel. Try at your own risk.

Car radiator upper hose start swelling Kia Sorento 2005 diesel VGT engine

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Apr 212019

2005 KIA Sorento

Hi. When I press gas pedal by increasing rev 3000, my car radiator upper hose start swelling. Could please help to get answer

This sounds like there may be excessive pressure building in the cooling system. A couple of things to check would be the hose, coolant fill cap, the thermostat and the actual system pressure. If the cooling system fill cap is faulty it would no longer allow pressure relief as it normally would. If the hose is soft it would be an indication that the hose is worn and needed to be replaced. Testing the cooling system pressure to make certain it is not way over the fill cap pressure limit. The normal limit would be around 17 psi. A much higher pressure would indicate cylinder compression leaking into the cooling system. Finally a sticking thermostat would cause a higher than normal pressure on the upper hose.