No Idle Curiosity

Dangerous U-turn prompts serious investigation into ’08 Sebring’s throttle body problem. I recently was asked to look at a car by a lady who had been recommended to me by a family member. The car had been seen by an undisclosed number of other shops without resolving the problem. The car was a 2008 Chrysler […]

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Chew on This

Curious tech sinks his teeth into a start-stop problem with a Prius hybrid. My check engine light came on in my Prius,” one of my customers told me. “Is it OK to drive it home?” “Is it running OK?” I asked her. “It seems to be running fine. I just need to get home. Then […]

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Perplexing Puzzle: Grand Cherokee – Something ‘crazy’ causes systems to quit.

The speedometer drops off,” my friend Lee told me when he brought in a Jeep Grand Cherokee he wanted fixed. “Then the gauges quit and all the warning lights come on. This thing has been acting crazy on and off for a couple of years. Nobody can figure it out.” The Jeep belonged to a […]

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‘Test, Don’t Guess’ When Lightning Strikes

It’s your best approach to tracking down the problem(s). Problem description: Check electrical system. The battery goes dead after sitting a couple days. “Oh, yeah,” the customer said, “there was a lightning strike in the parking lot where I work that might have affected the van.” Most of the time, when I get in a […]

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Shops Still Shy Away from Working on Hybrids

Troubleshooting hybrids takes knowledge and a great deal of hands-on experience, yet the payoff is worth it It’s been a busy time for hybrids in my shop. The training schedule has been hectic and the buying and selling is starting to get some movement. The Consumer Reports rating on the Prius as the best value […]

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Fast Fix on Chevy Snow Plow

Troubleshooting transmission on ’96 Chevy truck gets complicated with circuits. Winter in the Midwest brings in some real humdinger problems for us here at CRT Electronics. The one I’m currently working on is, of course, a rush job because the forecast is for up to 10 inches of snow and freezing rain, and this is […]

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Gen 1 Prius Keeps Going, Going

Digging a little deeper into the classic Prius It’s no secret that the Genera­tion 1 Prius is my pick for favorite commuter vehicle. When these cars are properly serviced and running like they should, you just can’t beat them for transportation. They were designed to be the best hybrid vehicle on the market, and there […]

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