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Sep
11
revised Oil burning smell and slow oil leak
edited tags
Sep
11
answered Oil burning smell and slow oil leak
Aug
24
accepted Coolant flush procedure?
Aug
23
comment Installing a used ECM
I wonder how often the stickers get updated when the module is flashed in the field. Any idea?
Aug
22
revised Installing a used ECM
note possible extended warranty
Aug
22
comment Installing a used ECM
Getting the part is not the problem. Flashing a PCM sometimes requires tools the manufacturer might not make available. Sounds like Toyota does, though.
Aug
22
revised Installing a used ECM
linkage
Aug
22
revised Installing a used ECM
note danger of not investigating what killed the original ECM
Aug
22
comment Aftermarket start-stop system
I don't think there is any such thing as a general solution. Any such product, if it existed, would have to be tightly integrated with the existing systems on a specific model.
Aug
22
answered Installing a used ECM
Aug
15
revised Ford Ranger clutch pedal won't depress
minor spelling/grammar tweaks
Aug
15
comment 98 Ford Explorer FOB reprogramming not working
Are you sure these instructions are applicable for a 1998?
Aug
15
answered Vintage motorcycle repair--where to find parts?
Aug
15
comment Vintage motorcycle repair--where to find parts?
A lot is probably available as aftermarket parts. It's the stuff that was only ever available from the original manufacturer that is going to cause problems.
Aug
15
accepted 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis blower motor not coming on at all
Aug
15
revised 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis blower motor not coming on at all
another update
Aug
14
comment Aftermarket start-stop system
I suspect than any aftermarket solution, if it exists, will be ridiculously expensive to have installed. Even if anybody would be willing to install it.
Aug
14
comment 2006 Cobalt SS - Serpentine Belt Broke, How to Diagnose
Pretty sure the water pump is belt driven.
Aug
14
revised 2006 Cobalt SS - Serpentine Belt Broke, How to Diagnose
expanded answer
Aug
14
comment 2006 Cobalt SS - Serpentine Belt Broke, How to Diagnose
From cruising the Cobalt forums, it sounds like it's a timing chain and there is no specified service interval for it. It is an interference design, so if the timing is off, the pistons will clobber the valves. Book time on replacing the chain is 4 hours. The cost of a failure is high, but I wouldn't screw with it unless a problem is suspected, since a botched repair is just as likely to kill the engine. The chain is supposed to last the life of the engine (or maybe 200k at least). Take all that with a grain of salt unless you've confirmed it yourself, though.