2005 Chevy Colorado P0128 Coolant Sensor

2005 Chevy Colorado P0128 Coolant Sensor

On the 2005 Chevy Colorado, the P0128 is pointing to a fault in the Cooling System. Basically it’s saying that the on-board computer isn’t seeing the Coolant getting to the temp that it should be in a pre-determined amount of time. There are a couple of things that can set this code; a stuck Thermostat or a faulty ECT sensor. Most commonly on this vehicle, the ECT. Best place to start is by inspecting the ECT electrical connector and harness for any loose, broken or damaged wires. If the visual…

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2002 Lexus IS300 P0440 EVAP

2002 Lexus IS300 P0440 EVAP

On the 2002 Lexus IS300, the P0440 is a fairly general code that is pointing to a problem somewhere in the EVAP (emissions control/recovery) System. There are a few different things that can set a P0440 code. The best place to start here is by having the EVAP System “smoked”. This is where a machine forces smoke through the system and if there are any leaks, they will reveal themselves with a stream of smoke. If the smoke test proves no results, then a very common fail item that can…

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2003 Dodge Caravan Blower Resistor

2003 Dodge Caravan Blower Resistor

On the 2003 Dodge Caravan, when the Blower Motor only operates on the highest setting, this is a common, tell-tale sign of a faulty Blower Motor Resistor. Inspect the electrical connector for any loose, broken or melted wires. Check your fuses. If the visual inspections check ok, replacing the Blower Motor Resistor will solve the problem. Does your vehicle have a similar problem? Get connected to a Live Q&A session with a certified Auto Mechanic and get your answers on this problem now!

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2002 Toyota Camry Timing Chain

2002 Toyota Camry Timing Chain

On the 2002 Toyota Camry with the 4-cylinder engine does not have a Timing “Belt”, it has a Timing “Chain”. There is NO service interval to replace the Chain as part of any maintenance schedule. The Chain was designed to last the life of the vehicle. The Timing Chain is usually replaced on a “need-to” basis, which on these engines is few and far between! Does your vehicle have a similar problem? Get connected to a Live Q&A session with a certified Auto Mechanic and get your answers on this…

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2003 Ford Explorer A/C Port Location

2003 Ford Explorer A/C Port Location

On a 2003 Ford Explorer with the 4.0L engine, the A/C refrigerant (R134a) is added to the system via the Low Side Service Port. On this vehicle, the Low Side Port is located on the top of the Suction Accumulator. The Accumulator is located under the hood, towards the front/passenger’s side of the engine compartment. Does your vehicle have a similar problem? Get connected to a Live Q&A session with a certified Auto Mechanic and get your answers on this problem now!

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Scheduled maintenance

Scheduled maintenance

Keeping the recommended maintenance items serviced can greatly increase the life of your vehicle. Some maintenance items can also help maintain good fuel economy and engine performance. On most vehicles these days, the Normal Service Schedule is included in the owner’s manual. The most important maintenance item is having the Oil and Filter replaced on a regular schedule. Many vehicles have an Oil Change Reminder system and will alert you as to when the oil needs to be replaced. If your vehicle does not have this indicator, then for older…

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P0420 Catalyst efficiency

P0420 Catalyst efficiency

The P0420 is a very common problem on just about every make and model these days. Unfortunately, more times than not the correct repair is going to be to replace the Catalytic Converter. The Oxygen Sensors measure the amount of emissions in the exhaust going into, and then out of the converter. When they see that the converter is not “cleaning” the exhaust enough to meet the manufacturer’s specs, the Converter is deemed “below threshold” and the P0420 is set. Make sure there are no current cylinder misfires. Make sure…

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P0171/P0174 Lean both banks

P0171/P0174 Lean both banks

The P0171 and P0174 are pointing to both banks running “lean”. When these codes are set together, there are a few different things that can cause this issue. First- check the Fuel Filter. Remove the filter and try to blow through it. Any resistance and the Fuel Filter will need to be replaced. If the fuel filter is ok, next move onto the air filter housing, duct and filter element. Inspect the duct for any cracks, holes or loose connections. Make sure the filter box is sealed tightly and correctly….

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Is your Check Engine light on?

Is your Check Engine light on?

When the Check Engine light comes on, this is the on-board computer’s way of telling you it sees a problem in one of the monitored systems. Unfortunately, there are literally 100’s of parts and sensors monitored in various systems, and to take a “guess” as to which part/sensor in which system is faulty, is virtually impossible. However, if you are not experiencing any drivability issues such as skipping, stalling, shifting problems, etc, then more than likely, the problem is going to lie in the EVAP (emissions control/recovery) system. Very commonly,…

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Commonly replaced parts

Commonly replaced parts

Every car maker has their own set of most common fail items or items that should be replaced on a regular basis. You should consult your owner’s manual for the intervals for the items to be replaced on a regular basis according to the Service Schedule. If you do not have an owner’s manual, make sure to always consult with a Professional. Vehicle maintenance is very important in the life of your vehicle. From A/F Sensors to Serpentine Belts to Wiper Blades, everything eventually fails. Buying after market parts as…

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