Auto repair articles

Our Auto Repair articles are written to try and help point out and diagnose basic, common problems, provide info on recalls and help you better get associated with the basics of auto repair. If you have a suggestion for an article, feel free to contact us! Articles are added frequently. Check back often for updates!

 

Cylinder misfireCylinder misfire

Is your Check Engine Light on or blinking? Is the engine running rough and feel like it’s skipping with lack of power? Sounds like you have a Cylinder Misfire.

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alternatorwarninglightBattery light on dash

When this dash light is lit, this is a common sign of a fault in the Charging System. There’s a quick and easy test to prove where the problem lies with the use of a multi-meter.

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Dodge shifter’05-’07 Dodge/Chrysler floor shifter recall

The transmission gear shift lever interlock return spring hook on your vehicle may break. A broken interlock return spring hook will result in the inability to move the gear shift lever out of the “PARK” position.

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Dodge odometerDodge/Chrysler/Jeep self-diagnosis

On most Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep models built after 2000, with a digital odometer can run a self-diagnostic and display OBD-II p-codes.

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MaintenanceScheduled Maintenance

Keeping the recommended maintenance items serviced can greatly increase the life of your vehicle. Many of the items can easily be done by any basic auto DIY’er. Get some tips and advice and you can too.

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Check engine lightIs 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.  There are literally 100’s of parts and sensors monitored in various systems.

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Mass air flowP0171/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.

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Catalytic converterP0420 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.

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OBD-IIOBD-II p-code list

Here is a list of the current OBD-II diagnostic trouble codes (aka “p-codes”). These codes apply to vehicles 1996 (1995 on some vehicles) – present.

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Compression testerTools of the trade

Some auto repair jobs will require the use of some special tools to correctly identify a problem or to easily and efficiantly make a repair.

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Oxygen sensorCommonly replaced parts

Here is  a list of some of the more commonly replaced parts. Buying after market parts as opposed to Dealer original parts can save you money.

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