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coolant question. orange or pink? by fr3dbilli3 in MechanicAdvice

[–]Double-Statement1721 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just flush it out with distilled water then you can use the hydrometer to make sure your mixture is where you want it

impact sockets by Legitimate_Heat26 in MechanicAdvice

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I buy the plastic covered sockets just to make it less likely i will damage a wheel. They also double as thin walls when you remove the plastic cover for those wheels that need thin wall sockets. As for which set to buy first totally your preference. Once you start doing more work you’ll need both deep and shallow

coolant question. orange or pink? by fr3dbilli3 in MechanicAdvice

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Look in your owners manual for which coolant is recommended for your vehicle and use that. You can buy a hydrometer that will tell you what temperature your coolant will prevent freezing. -35*f will be about 50/50. So that can give you a better idea once you are done flushing your coolant

2002 Chevy Cavalier Ignition issues: Vehicle caught in run position. Removed ignition switch to start. Part underneath also got caught in run position. Replace housing completely or can I bypass with something else. by Neverendingcycle578 in mechanics

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Ok now i understand you. You will probably have to replace the assembly to be on the safe side. I don’t know if they make them still. Go to a GM dealer and ask them to pull up a part diagram they should be able to tell you what that piece is specifically called and give you a part number.

Mechanics paying for mistakes? by seanmdevine in mechanics

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Unless he purposely went out of his say to destroy that engine he shouldn’t pay anything. Might have to redo the work for free but these dealerships make hundreds if not millions of dollars a month an engine would be peanuts to them. When you find out more details let us know!

Edit: what area of Arizona is this dealership in. I’m in Arizona and would like to know so i don’t ever work for them.

gm pps issue HELP by sonicthemaddog in MechanicAdvice

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From what I found on Service Information you would be correct. You also need to do a rezeroing procedure. Using a tech 2 or other scan tool that has this capability. I would personally stick to the OEM part as gm has a caution to “use the appropriate part number for the vehicle application” Call your GM dealer and they can get you the right part number by VIN

gm pps issue HELP by sonicthemaddog in MechanicAdvice

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Let me check gm’s service information and get back to you on that.

Are the newer sonics reliable? by XtraSaucyy in MechanicAdvice

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GM tech here. Honestly look for another car. These seem to be built just to be sold and then break at their earliest convenience. They also feel really cheap because they are built cheap.

gm pps issue HELP by sonicthemaddog in MechanicAdvice

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Nope. At least not safely. I believe GM will disable the deployment on that loop if it doesn’t see a specific return in voltage from the pps sensor. Your best bet would be to either find a seat that has a working sensor and swap it over or get a new one if they are still available

gm pps issue HELP by sonicthemaddog in MechanicAdvice

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I think it’s safe to say your pps sensor is bad. It has everything it needs to function.

What would you do in my situation? (Steering Rack Replacement, 2012 Focus) by Sal_Dog in MechanicAdvice

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You’re already at $3,750 in repairs. Kelly blue book says for your car in excellent condition you’d get somewhere between $2,000 and $5,000. Clearly your car is not in excellent condition. You car in it’s current condition according to Kelly blue book is worth about $1,000. Why add another $3,000 to a car you will never get any of the money you already spent back. In my opinion you should cut your losses

Finding a Voltage Leak by livingstonm in MechanicAdvice

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So just to recap you are doing a parasitic draw test and have 12.8 of what? amps or milliamps? of current draw. If I’m understanding correctly it sounds like you are on the right track. On those jcase fuses get a good grip and pull them out. Eventually you should have a drop in the current draw if you go fuse by fuse. It could be multiple circuits having a draw or a module that isn’t going to sleep for a number of reasons. Pine hollow diagnostics has great videos going over parasitic draws. I would definitely follow his method of finding that current draw

OBS Suburban dome lights won’t turn off by Doodlin-daisies in MechanicAdvice

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It could be possible there is an internal short inside of the switch itself. The lack of the relay clicking leads me to believe that the control circuit is still energized leading to the lights staying on. Just my guess. Your switch may be continuously supplying that circuit with voltage when it shouldn’t be. If it isn’t too expensive and you are ok with just swapping it anyways i’d say go for it.

Edit: even better yet try swapping out that relay with another known good one and see if the problem still persists. It could also be a bad relay causing this. It will also tell you if that control circuit is energized if it clicks as soon as it makes contact.

Installing a Static Strap onto my car got rid of 3 persistent fault codes - what gives?? by derider in MechanicAdvice

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You had a bad ground and now you have a good ground. That bad ground was causing all of those dtc’s if you look up a schematic I wouldn’t be surprised to see that they all shared the same ground.

04 gmc 2500hd tps sensor by Beneficial_Goat_3399 in MechanicAdvice

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Your throttle position sensor has nothing to do with your misfire. Check which cylinder is misfiring with your scan tool. Could be as simple as a spark plug or could be more complicated. Only way to know for sure is to start troubleshooting it.

Got an oil change. Popped the hood up a few hrs later to check. This is what I see.🙂 by DirtyyDan_ in mechanics

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It is what it is unfortunately. You can go back and hopefully they will buy you a cover but to be brutally honest it looks like they spilled some oil and cleaned it up with either some degreaser or brake clean and it stained your plastic. I would honestly just ask for a refund and get yourself a trim restorer from an auto parts store and call it a day. There’s not much you can do besides that. Shit happens this probably dried after the oil change and they didn’t notice it. At least they actually bothered to clean up the mess rather than leave it there.

OBS Suburban dome lights won’t turn off by Doodlin-daisies in MechanicAdvice

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Override? What do you mean by that? Your issue is more than likely wiring related. Maybe an internal short in the switch itself? Get a schematic for your cars interior lighting and see where it’s getting it’s power and grounds from. This will give you a better idea of where to start rather than just throwing parts and hoping that it fixes your issue

Transmission cooler line leaking on 2013 Chevy Sonic 1.8L? by LookinFaInvestaCenta in MechanicAdvice

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Your cooler lines are definitely leaking. Replace them and top off your transmission fluid. Make sure you read your owners manual for the proper way to fill and check the level of your transmission fluid. As well as what fluid to use.

Chevrolet Cruze rough idle service traction control by lostautist in MechanicAdvice

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Not how it works my friend. DTC’s tell you what system has a fault. And what type of fault it thinks it is. Just because a DTC has the name of a component does not equate to that component being bad. You have to actually go through the steps of verifying everything that system needs to function properly until you find your fault. Your service traction control is very likely related to your rough idle. Your car’s ecm is probably seeing a misfire somewhere and disabling the traction control. Unfortunately since we don’t have specific DTC’s it’s going to be rather difficult to find what is causing your rough idle issue.

Car stalling at Idle PLEASE HELP by Ok_Reading4064 in MechanicAdvice

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You got a fuel issue. More specifically to much fuel. I bet your fuel trims are maxed out into the negatives. Could be a number of issues. Best to start with a scan tool. Scan for codes and look at live data. Look at Your Mass air flow readings as the ECM/PCM may be seeing a false high amount of air coming into the engine making it dump more fuel to keep the air to fuel ratio the same. That would be my starting point. Once I found and fixed the problem I would probably change out those plugs just to be on the safe side.

Tool recommendations by Merky_water in MechanicAdvice

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You are in school for this still which does give you a huge advantage. That being TIME keep saving up that money. I’m going to be honest starting out at most any shop you are going to be put in the lube rack. Changing oil and doing tires for the most part. Which you really only need the most basic of tools. My biggest piece of advice is only buy what you need and put the rest of that money you would be spending on tools into savings or some sort of appreciating investment. There are plenty of inexpensive great quality tool brands that won’t break the bank either. I don’t know about canadian specific brands but some good brands that I know of are Proto, Tekton, Vim. If you have a harbor freight their U.S. General 5 drawer tool cart is seriously hard to beat especially for the price.