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Nov
14
comment OBDII Codes P0304 and P0430
Were the plug wires changed with the plugs?
Nov
14
comment Where is the battery located on a Chevrolet Cobalt and how do you change it?
@hhilda You could go either way, but I'd suggest following the manual if possible. If you need to jump the vehicle and the trunk is better positioned than the engine bay...any port in a storm.
Nov
1
comment OBDII Codes P0304 and P0430
How many miles do you have on your spark plugs?
Nov
1
comment Power Steering non functional at idle
Are you sure you got the right part for your application?
Sep
10
comment do i really need to change rotor when mileage is under 29,000 miles?
Could we get the make, model and year of your vehicle?
Sep
2
comment 2007 Chevy Malibu key
Hacking the Passlock system is possible, it's not terribly difficult, but you need to know the proper resistance value to use. Which requires an existing key accepted by the vehicle and access to the interior of the vehicle.
Sep
2
comment 2007 Chevy Malibu key
Depends on the locksmith. To get the job done, they'll need the same hardware from GM that the dealer has. I'm reasonably certain that there are at least some locksmiths with the right gear. I suppose they have some competitive incentive to price their services at the same or less than the local cost of a tow + dealer reprogram.
Sep
2
comment 2007 Chevy Malibu key
Won't work on a vehicle with a GM Passlock system unless the system has been hacked. The Powertrain Control Module will not enable the fuel injectors unless the Body Control Module tells it to. The Body Control Module wants to see a certain resistance value. You can make the Body Control Module see what it wants to see if you know the magic value, but it requires a little wiring harness surgery. Unless the Passlock system has been bypassed, attempting to start the vehicle without a proper key is just going to trigger a timed lockout where the vehicle won't start even with a proper key.
Aug
7
comment How to recharge AC using booster from auto parts store?
@endolith The shaking and rotating is actually to help the refrigerant vaporize and get into the system. Hopefully the oil goes along for the ride.
Aug
7
comment How do you detect and deal with a freon leak?
@endolith No, it's standard procedure to get moisture out of the system and test for leaks.
May
5
comment Re-programming injection pump on French Ford Focus TDCi
It looks like there is an aftermarket tool that might do the job: F-Super Mk2. No idea who makes it, though it seems to be available through various resellers. I'd look for a reseller willing to support it for the application at hand.
Apr
23
comment problem with overheating and heater core in 1998 Subaru Forester
Are you actually loosing coolant this time or just overheating?
Apr
22
comment 2011 Grand Caravan only blows hot air to the rear and passenger
Did you disconnect the battery? If it is trying to calibrate and you have a faulty component it may not be able to complete the process. Hopefully it will give up at some point. It might be trying to flash some kind of diagnostic code to you. Do you have automatic climate control?
Apr
18
comment 2001 Mazda Protege — Battery Charge Problems
Could be a parasitic drain, too. They're not uncommon in older vehicles.
Apr
18
comment What's making my coolant overflow?
A head gasket leak on the coolant side can actually overpressurize the overflow tank.
Apr
17
comment 2011 Grand Caravan only blows hot air to the rear and passenger
I don't find dash removals difficult, just tedious and time consuming (hunting for fasteners you missed is fun). You have to take notes/pictures to make sure you got everything back where it came from when you put it back together. I find it helpful to have different small bags for the fasteners that can be labeled as to where they go. Go slow and be gentle and you'll be fine. I wouldn't try it unless you could budget at least one whole day for it. If you want some practice, visit a pick-n-pull and take apart a similar vehicle. As an added bonus, you'll have spares in case you break something.
Apr
17
comment 2012 Dodge Caravan - Lubrication of door channel
@abhi You might ask them if they have encountered a Caravan with similar issues to yours when selecting one.
Apr
16
comment 2012 Dodge Caravan - Lubrication of door channel
@abhi Don't forget to report back with an update to help those who wander in here from Google
Apr
16
comment 2012 Dodge Caravan - Lubrication of door channel
@abhi Somebody that sees a lot of Dodge Caravans would probably be a good choice.
Apr
16
comment Low beam headlights out, High beam working
@JoshCaswell I meant 'electrically hot'. As in test light glows, multimeter shows some current flowing, etc. If the bulb module is getting juice from the tan wire and the low beam filament is not lighting up, the internal connection between the bulb pin for the tan wire and the filament is shot. There must be a separate internal connection to both filaments from the pin for the green wire since both filaments light up in high beam mode.