Motor Age Garage

  • Sometimes vehicle owners don’t understand the importance of engine oil and only look at price when they need their oil changed. I am sure we have all come across a customer who has purchased or worse yet leased a vehicle that they really can’t afford. This vehicle owner is always looking for a bargain that in the long run will get them into trouble. 
  • Whenever somebody wants us to apply our expertise to give them peace of mind, it would be nice if we were able to offer a 100 percent guarantee, but no matter how good we think we are, time and chance can always get the upper hand. 
  •  “No starts” are usually easy to isolate and repair – but not in this case!
    Brandon Steckler
  • A minor collision repair misstep causes a multitude of system DTCs
  • Whenever we get a vehicle in for one simple service and find a lot of other stuff that needs attention, any well-trained, reliable technician will make a list of the needed repairs for the customer, putting the safety-related ones at the top.
  • A well-known problem on this Jeep engine is the crankshaft sensor fails, resulting in an engine stall. The shop mechanic found this to be the problem on his engine as well and replaced it.
    John Anello
  • I encountered a stubborn apparition-infested 1998 Ford Explorer, 4x2, 5.0L. This vehicle, which had an automatic transmission, California emission, “believed” it was a four-wheel drive, but it had a two-wheel drive powertrain!
  • One serious problem cloaks another one to the point that the first fix isn’t the final one — and some customers are more understanding than others.
  • A 2008 Chevy Avalanche (Figure 1), with a 5.3 liter automatic engine, was setting codes P0172 and P0175 (System rich, banks 1 and 2).
    John Anello
  • I don’t get scared anymore when the word “intermittent” is included in the problem description. I approach these situations as logically as possible.
  • In my shop, it seems like we get hit pretty regularly with the ones that have been parked somewhere.
  • With this month’s issue theme being “Maintenance and Service Repair,” I felt there wasn’t much I could contribute on that topic. After all, I'm a diagnostician not a service tech! Boy, was I wrong!
  • Every so often some of the vehicle problems we encounter can seem sort of paranormal. Even though we keep telling ourselves that there must be some logical explanation to what is causing the fault, the data we are observing is incomprehensible and our usual tried-and-true testing reveals little or no guidance.
  • This month we'll explore a variety of challenges Asian models have brought to our door, including a 2010 Honda Odyssey, a 2003 Toyota Prius, a 2012 Hyundai Elantra, and a 2005 Subaru Forester.
  • Following the logic of the system is by far the quickest and most accurate path to the solution of the problem.
  • This Hummer is one vehicle that really stands out in my collection of automotive oddities
    John Anello
  • I was recently called to a shop for a job that required strict adherence to a diagnostic strategy or else a lot of time could have been wasted on my part. I’ll review the steps I used to diagnose a 2005 Hyundai GX350.
  • The first step to diagnosing any parasitic draw starts with what’s being drawn down to begin with — the battery. I think more than any other component, the battery is the most overlooked item when it comes to testing for a parasitic drain.
  • In Waukesha, Wisconsin, Jerry's Automotive Service keeps customers coming back with outstanding service.
    Robert Bravender
  • As technology marches on, sometimes we need quicker and more accurate ways of finding problems. At times, a simple picture could be the answer.