This article is a discussion of a vehicle operating “impaired” due to an excessive amount of alcohol in the fuel system of the vehicle. With the blended gasolines commercially available to the consumer, what type of vehicle do you think would be most affected by excessive alcohol, a flex fuel vehicle or a non-flex fuel vehicle?
This Lincoln’s driver had driven it bucking and jerking with the Check Engine light on for about three months until her father drove the vehicle one day, felt the problem and told her something needed to be done about it, and so it wound up at my shop.
This month’s story revolves around a Dodge Dakota that had developed an oil leak between the passenger side cylinder head and the engine block, and the driver of the vehicle picked it up as an oil smell.
In this particular instance, a tech called to tell me they had a 2012 Mitsubishi that had an Antilock Braking System (ABS) light illuminated on the dash and they couldn’t seem to find the problem. I arrived at the shop thinking that the vehicle in question was a car, but it turned out to be a medium duty truck, 2012 Mitsubishi Fuso FE160!
Smooth and straightforward repair jobs are the ones most of us like the best. Those are the routine work orders where there are no surprises on either side – simple “Condition, Cause, Correction” flow.
This story is centered on a PT Cruiser that came to us from a regular customer who has owned several of these curvy little rides. The problems the PT had were not so cut and dried, and the last thing I want to do is dump a bunch of high dollar work into a vehicle before I know for sure what’s needed.
That being said, we all have known of (or owned) vehicles that seem to survive for many decades, having been mollycoddled and maintained by gentle, loving owners until they become something of an oddity, like an aged person who is still living and functioning well for years after all of his or her children have died of old age.
When one of these vehicles comes to your shop, it could be for something as simple as a routine brake job or as complex as a Controller Area Network (CAN) communication problem. Regardless of the problem, you have to have several tools in place to repair these issues.
2003 VW Golf
01M (4 speed automatic)
Complaint: Won’t go into fourth gear and has a lack of power at highway speeds when in cruise control after driving for 15 to 20 minutes. The speedometer seems funny at times, too.
The used VW that was just bought and had a surge during cruise control.
As a child, I used to love t
To the technician who wrenches on 30 or 40 cars a week, that car is just another machine in need of a field fix. But to the person whose fanny keeps the driver’s seat warm, that ride is their best friend.
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