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. 
  • When the MIL keeps coming back.
  • Gathering data and sorting it out requires a sharp-minded clear thinker, and everybody who’s in the know will agree that a really good troubleshooter in our field needs to be just a bit smarter than the average bear on a number of levels.
  • There are times when we exhaust every resource and troubleshooting trick and hit a dead end, after which we have to back up and re-think the problem.
  • The MIL has been on for some time now on my 1999 Ford Ranger. The 3.0 liter V6 bucks and runs horribly for the first few minutes of operation, then settles down and runs fine until the next overnight soak.
    Pete Meier
  • When I think of the word "restriction," the first thought that comes to mind is resistance. If there is a restriction in the air intake system of a 4-cycle engine, isn’t that a resistance to the incoming airflow?
    David DeCoursey
  • 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. 
  • In this last of three videos, Motor Age Director of Training Pete Meier tackles the P0455 EVAP emissions Diagnostic Trouble Code found on this 1999 Ford Ranger XLT. 
    Pete Meier
  • In the second part of our "Driveway Diagnostics" series, we tackle the P0302 Diagnostic Trouble Code found in part 1.
    Pete Meier
  • Well, not all professional techs do, but I did. After spending 5-6 days a week working on other people's cars the last thing I wanted to do was work on my own! But now I have no choice. 
    Pete Meier