1995 Chevy Tahoe ABS Activation

1995 Chevy Tahoe

Chevy Tahoe On the 1995 Chevy Tahoe, when the anti-lock braking is activating at slow speeds, usually under 5mph or so, this is most commonly due to an increased air gap between the wheel speed sensor and the hub reluctor ring due to rust and debris built up on the sensor mounting surface. This is a “known problem” and GM has issued a Technical Service Bulletin to check and test the front ABS Sensors and clean the sensor mounting surfaces. The procedure to find and correct this issue is as follows:…

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1997 Cadillac Deville Ignition Control

1997 Cadillac Deville

Cadillac Deville On the 1997 Cadillac Deville, 4.6L engine, the P1350 is a fairly straight forward code that is pointing to a problem with the Ignition Control Module (ICM). You can fine the ICM located under the ignition coils (the flat metal piece that the coils sit atop – see image below). Carefully inspect the electrical connector and wire harness for any loose, broken or damaged wires. If the visual inspection checks ok, replacing the ICM should solve the problem. Does your vehicle have a similar problem? Get connected to…

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2005 Ford Expedition P0453 Fuel Tank Pressure

2005 Ford Expedition

Ford Expedition On the 2005 Ford Expedition, the P0453 is a fairly straight forward code pointing to a fault with the Fuel Tank Pressure Sensor. You can find the sensor located at the top of the fuel tank. To gain proper access, the tank will need to be removed. Very commonly here, the plastic tube gets a crack in it. Make sure to carefully inspect the electrical connector and wire harness for any loose, broken or damaged wires. If the visual inspection checks ok, replacing the Fuel Tank Pressure Sensor Assembly…

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2007 Cadillac Escalade P0121 Throttle Body

2007 Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalade On the 2007 Cadillac Escalade, the P0121 is pointing to a problem with the Throttle Position Sensor. Inspect thoroughly for any type of leak or restriction at the throttle body and throttle plate. Check for air leaks at throttle body mounting area and intake manifold sealing surfaces. Inspect throttle body for dirt, debris, and coking. If any doubts, a good throttle body cleaning can sometimes cure this code. With the use of a toothbrush and some throttle cleaner, get as much build up off the throttle bore and…

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2006 Toyota Avalon Strut Replacement

2006 Toyota Avalon

Toyota Avalon On the 2006 Toyota Avalon, there are a few different things that can be a sign that new struts are needed. First, the average life span/recommended replacement interval is every 50,000 miles. If the tires are showing signs of “cupping” (run your hand back-to-front on the flat part of the tire. When there is any feel of “edgyness” this is “cupping). If the vehicle tends to hit bumps a little harder than what you feel it should, or not handle as tightly in corners as you feel it…

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2008 Ford Focus Shocks and Struts

2008 Ford Focus.

Ford Focus On the 2008 Ford Focus, the “cupping” of the tires IS a common sign of worn shocks/struts. This vehicle has shocks in the rear, struts in the front. The average life / recommended replacement interval for struts and shocks is 50,000 miles. So if they haven’t been replaced yet… they are due and this very well could be the root of the tire problem. Once the shocks and struts are replaced, I would also recommend an alignment be done. After an alignment has been done, new tires can then be…

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