Back in the day of cast iron heads and engine blocks, stripped bolts were not a super common concern. Now with all aluminum engines in an all-out quest for weight reduction, we're seeing more and more stripped and broken head bolts. A couple of common occurrences that I've seen recently come from a 2.4 Toyota engine … Continue reading Broken/Stripped Bolts
Starter Relay wiring Red - 12V constant Black - ground Purple - starter feed Yellow - control signal (ignition switch) We had a '95 Chevy S10 towed in to the shop for a no start the other day, and I started with the usual; checked the battery cables for tightness and corrosion, booster pack to … Continue reading Chevy S10 4.3 No Start
NAPA Car Show, Alcoa - 6/25/16 Hurst C10, maybe a '69-'70 signed by Linda Vaughn, Miss Hurst! No patina? Make your own! This was a slick little '56 Chevy Apache. Patriotic Edsel Villager. Wouldn't you rather haul your kids around in this than a Mercury Villager? Just saying.... Super clean Chevelle. Big Block!! Holy cow! … Continue reading 2016 Car Shows (so far)
A while back, I wrote an article about the importance of using dielectric grease when changing spark plug wires. What happened in the picture below is another reason to use dielectric grease. These spark plugs and wires were original in a 2008 Chevy Suburban 5.3 and were being replaced as normal periodic maintenance. Sometimes it's tempting … Continue reading Tech Tip Tuesday: Spark Plugs and Wires
These are a fairly common failure item on these trucks, especially if they see water, salt, mud, or heavy use regularly. Another reason these seem to fail more often than axle joints on vehicles with manual hubs is that the u-joints are constantly turning, even when not in 4WD. You don't have to have a u-joint … Continue reading 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 Axle U-Joints
2014 Chevy Sonic 1.8 (non-turbo) Codes: P0101 MAF Sensor Flow, P0171 Bank 1 Lean Symptoms: Surging at idle, poor power, MIL (Malfunction Indicator Lamp) on We had a fleet-owned 2014 Chevy Sonic 1.8 come into the shop the other day for an oil change and complaint of a MIL (Malfunction Indicator Light or check engine … Continue reading 2014 Chevy Sonic Intake Boot
Have you ever been doing a disc brake job and you just couldn't get the new pads to fit in the bracket right? Perhaps you even read through my front disc brake walkthrough or my rear disc brake caliper service posts looking for a clue and didn't find anything. Sometimes when new brake pads are manufactured a … Continue reading Tech Tip Tuesday: Making Brake Pads Fit
Ok, so it's not really a magic, instant step stool, but it's close. By airing down the tires of a vehicle, particularly a truck or SUV, you can lower the front or rear of the vehicle by several inches which may be just enough to get to whatever you're doing. You can let the air out … Continue reading Tech Tip Tuesday: Instant Step Stool!
If you're up to replacing these riveted ball joints I'll assume you feel comfortable removing the components necessary to get to the ball joints. This post will cover my preferred method of replacing riveted ball joints specifically. Let's get dirty! First, you'll want to get the control arms free from the steering knuckle. On this … Continue reading S10 Ball Joint Replacement
My what what filter? Many, but not all, late model vehicles come with a cabin air filter which filters the air circulated by your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system. These are usually located behind the glove box or at the base of the windshield under the hood. You can check your owner's manual … Continue reading Check Your Cabin Air Filter!