Tech Tips

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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That Thing Got a Hemi?

Yeah, but it’s losing top-end power. Here’s how to diagnose and fix it. Owners of 2009 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 or Cab & Chassis 4500 vehicles equipped with the 5.7 liter Hemi engine may experience a loss of top-end power accompanied by a Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL). The following diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) will […]

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Firing on All Cylinders?

A running compression test is a great tool for diagnosing density misfires. A running compression test or dynamic compression test is an often overlooked engine diagnostic tool, but it can pinpoint the cause of a misfire when the usual tests are normal. When you perform a static compression or cylinder leak-down test, you’re checking the […]

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‘Hot Rod’ Your Repair Process

Remember when every go-fast part listed in a performance catalog was guaranteed to give you at least 10 percent to 15 percent more power? I used to think that if I could install just a few of those high-performance parts on my motor, I could boost my horsepower by 40 percent or more. So I […]

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GM Security Systems

If you’ve worked on any GM vehicles over the past 20 years, most likely you have encountered one of their security systems. Passkey, one of GM’s most popular earlier systems, used a pellet in the steel shank of the key with wires routed through the steering column. Those wires often broke at the key cylinder […]

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How to Reset a Nissan Power Window

We often get calls about power windows. Using the “auto” feature of a power window switch automatically raises or lowers a power window to the fully closed or fully open position. When attempting to close the window using the “auto” feature, if work has been performed that results in the loss of the limit switch […]

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Ford Hybrid A/C

Face it. Working on hybrid vehicles can make some technicians nervous. Even though the systems on a hybrid may be used somewhat differently, they are not new and most technicians will have no problem working on them. Recently I got a call on a 2008 Escape Hybrid with an A/C issue. So what is different […]

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Mitsubishi A/C Compressor Clutch

I took a hotline call the other day that reminded me of an odd problem on some Mitsubishi vehicles that I have seen many times now. Some of the vehicles involved are the Galant (1999 to 2004), Eclipse (2000 to 2011), Lancer (2002 to 2005) and the Outlander equipped with manual air conditioning system (2003 […]

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How to Diagnose Hydro-Boost Brakes

The following pertains to GM vehicles 1993 to present on ¾, 1 ton, C, K and G and on 2003 to 2007 Hummer H1 and H2. Hydro-boost brake system entered the market in the early 1970s for several good reasons. Diesel trucks using vacuum pumps to operate a vacuum booster worked OK for their time, […]

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Intermittent Dodge Ram 1500

I received a call on a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with an intermittent P0339 code for crankshaft position (CKP) sensor signal. Talking with the technician, I found out another shop had replaced the engine. The customer said it had never run right after that and kept setting the CKP sensor code. The tech had replaced […]

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