Jul 302019
 

How to remove a stuck oil filter



I have run across this situation on may occasions. If the wrench doesn’t do it the first thing I try is the hammer and chisel method. Tap the oil filter at the base where it threads on and see if it will move. Still stuck? I drive a screw driver through the side of the filter. Many times this method just ends up making a worse mess and rips the filter in half. Then its back tot he hammer and chisel method.

Jul 302019
 

2004 Mercury Monterey

I have a clanking noise in my rear suspension when driving over a bump. I have had the rear shocks replaced and the brakes, but it did not help. It does not do it if you have your foot on the brakes while driving over a bump.



Could be sway bar links worn or loose shocks. I have seen where the shock mount bolts are worn down and cause free play in the New shock bushing.

Jul 302019
 

Jeep Patriot

I just bought a used 2015 Jeep Patriot from a dealership and after driving it for 4 days I’m now noticing a grinding/scraping noise coming from front end (tire area-both sides). It’s rotational (every time the wheel spins) and I only hear it at low speeds. The noise seems to stop if driving 40km/hr or more… looking for suggestions as to what this would be?



Sounds like it may be brake component related.

Jul 292019
 

Chevy Classic

I’m wanting to replace the drivers and passengers airbags on my own. I have took the drivers and passengers airbag out allready. I’m thinking just take the battery out of the car and pulling the fuses that have to do with the airbag. Then reinstall !!! But I want the Airbags to Reset the way they’re suppose to. Could you help me out, it would be greatly appreciated. Michael



Here is what I found in one of the manuals:

Air Bag System Disarming & Arming

Disarming

Zone 3
1. Ensure front wheels are pointed straight-ahead.
2. Turn ignition key off and remove ignition key from switch.
3. Remove access panel from lefthand instrument panel wiring harness junction block.
4. Remove AIR BAG fuse from junction block.
5. Remove CPA cover from steering wheel module coil connector. Connector is located above lefthand instrument panel wiring harness junction block.
6. Disconnect steering wheel module coil connector.
Zone 5
1. Ensure front wheels are pointed straight-ahead.
2. Turn ignition key off and remove ignition key from switch.
3. Remove access panel from lefthand instrument panel wiring harness junction block.
4. Remove AIR BAG fuse from junction block.
5. Remove access panel from righthand instrument panel wiring harness junction block.
6. Remove CPA (CPA) cover from instrument panel module connector. Connector is located above righthand instrument panel wiring harness junction block.
7. Disconnect instrument panel module electrical connector.

Arming

Zone 3
1. Connect steering wheel module coil connector.
2. Install CPA cover onto steering wheel module coil connector. Connector is located under lefthand side of instrument panel.
3. Install AIR BAG fuse into junction block.
4. Install junction block access panel onto lefthand side of instrument panel.
5. From a safe position at sides of or below air bag modules, turn ignition On.
6. Ensure SIR lamp flashes seven times and turns off.
Zone 5
1. Connect instrument panel module electrical connector.
2. Install CPA cover onto instrument panel module connector. Connector is located above righthand instrument panel wiring harness junction block.
3. Install junction block access panel onto righthand side of instrument panel.
4. Install AIR BAG fuse into lefthand junction block.
5. Install junction block access panel onto lefthand side of instrument panel.
6. From a safe position at sides of or below air bag modules, turn ignition On.
7. Ensure SIR lamp flashes seven times and turns off.
Jul 292019
 

2001 Mitsubishi Galant

p0340 code. Engine runs great for 8 minutes then stalls. Will restart and run for 3 seconds then stall. Must sit for several hours–then it will start run for 8 minutes…same thing.
Runs perfect when cold. New timing tensioner, cam sensor , crank sensor, cam sens plug. all wiring checked, swapped main ECM , battery volts correct. Any ideas ?



Failing ignition components act this way. They work great cold and then break down once they start to warm up. I would look for and ignition module or coil issue.  I do not think the code p0340 is related unless the battery is weak. If the battery is 4 years old, install a new one anyway, its time.

Check connections and make certain to check the MFI Relay. That relay is part of the camshaft position sensor circuit.

Mitsubishi Code P0340

Camshaft Position Sensor Fault

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Jul 292019
 

Lincoln Towncar

I need help. Almost a week ago while I was actively driving my 2008 Lincoln Town Car Signature L {which has 400,000 miles on it}, the only reason I noticed something was wrong, was because, the car started slowing down on its’ own, one digit at a time. Pressing the gas pedal no longer did anything. However, 100% of everything else about the car was acting perfectly normal and flawless. The dash still looked 100% normal. All the lights on the dash were functioning perfectly normal. There wasn’t even a check engine light, or any other type of warning light whatsoever. I allowed the car to coast until it stopped on its’ own. And it will no longer start; it only cranks. I had it towed to my house, and have since installed so many brand-new parts, that, it’s unbelievable. Approximately three days prior to this incident, I installed all brand-new factory Motorcraft platinum spark plugs, all brand-new factory Motorcraft ignition coils, and a new fuel filter. The car was running as flawless as silk. Plugging a cheap scanner into the car while the key is in the ACC position yields absolutely no information whatoever. Since this incident occurred, the following are all the brand-new parts I have installed:
Interstate battery, factory Motorcraft fuel pump, EGR valve, MAF sensor, fuel pressure sensor, crank position sensor, camshaft position sensor, throttle position sensor, fuel relay, ignition coil relay, and pcm relay, and, the rest of the fuses look flawless. The car STILL will not start!!!!! It only cranks!! My only last resort is to assume that the computer died, which would be unbelievable. Is there anything else I am missing? Ford Motor Company made the bastardized decision to permanently discontinue ALL Lincoln Town Car computers!!! I don’t want to install a used computer. I want to find someone who will remanufacture the original computer with 100% brand-new circuit boards. Most PCM companies only fix the sections that became defective, and leave the working sections alone. This means they are actually mixing old parts with new parts!!! This is an obscene SCAM!!!



It is best to figure out what the engine is not getting and concenrate on that area. An engine needs 4 things to run.

  1. Spark
  2. Fuel
  3. Compression
  4. Timing – all the above at the right time

In most cases if you are not getting both spark and fuel(Injector Pulse) the computer or computer fuse is at fault. Spraying starting fluid in the air filter should be an easy test to tell if you have spark.

We have taken the time to develop a step by step No Start diagnostic chart for occasions such as this one. Select the chart image on the page to enlarge it for better viewing.

Jul 282019
 

Holden SS Ute VU 2002

My handbrake locked up with out me touching the handbrake. The vehicle was in motion when it happened.



You will have to remove the wheels and inspect to see if something broke and replace it. Also look to see if you might have run over something. Look for something lodged in between the cable and the vehicle.

Jul 282019
 

2005 Nissan AltimaHope everyone is having a great weekend. So I’m having this huge problem with my Altima. Here’s the rundown:

Okay! So I have an 05 Altima 3.5l with 130k miles That was driving BEAUTIFULLY until one day I hit a bump hard in the city then the car stalled. Took it to autozone and code p0340 came up. Replaced the bank 1 and bank 2 cam sensors with cheap chinese sensors (I know) and then had the same problem. Took it to a —-ty mechanic, first tried to tell me the tranny was shot then advised I replace sensors with OEM NISSAN. I bought new genuine oem nissan sensors (bank 1 bank 2 and crankshaft) and had them all installed.. Now mechanic said there was a code for transmission speed sensor. Bought an oem Transmission Speed sensor, had him replace it and said he now thinks transmission is shot because car has little acceleration in drive and clunks in reverse.

This problem happened while I had the p0340 code and would sometimes go away after resetting the negative terminal, then reappear, which leads me to believe the transmission is not bad after all. Im pretty sure the car not accelerating with enough power or going over 2k RPMs is attributed to it being in limp mode, but what the hell do I know?

Any advice?



My first thought since it happened after hitting a bump would be the battery. As a battery wears it leaves deposits in the bottom of the battery and when those deposits build up they short out across the bottom of the lead plates inside. I think that is what happened when you hit the bump, the deposits shifted around enough to short out across the bottom plates. Odds are the battery is a few years old or older anyway. So replacing the battery would be my first thought.

Nissan Code P0340

Camshaft position sensor circuit

Code P0340 Description

The camshaft position sensor senses the retraction with intake valve camshaft to identify a particular cylinder. The camshaft position sensor senses the piston position.

Code P0340 Possible Causes
  • Harness or connectors (the sensor circuit is open or shorted)
  • Camshaft position sensor
  • Camshaft (intake)
  • Starter motor
  • Starting system circuit
  • Dead (weak) battery
Jul 262019
 

Chrysler town and country

I took the 3.8 good motor from my old 1999 town & country, and i bought a 2002 town & country with a 3.8 bad motor. Will the good engine from the 1999 fit in the 2002, and if so, what parts would not work, for the engine.



The engine will fit. However you will be giving up horsepower.

  • 1998–2000: 3.8 L EGH V6, 180 hp (130 kW), 240 lb⋅ft (330 N⋅m)
  • 2000-2007: 3.8L EGH V6, 215 hp (160 kW), 245 lb⋅ft (332 N⋅m)

The long block of each engine should be the same so all other existing components should bolt up with ease.