How You Can Effectively Tackle The Initial Big Auto Repair Job Now that you understand how to change oil inside your car, you may wish to undertake
a larger auto repair task. Oftentimes, car enthusiasts opt to go on a DIY procedure for car repair not simply being a hobby, but as a method to save cash. Should your car keeps deteriorating and you could barely pay the parts to repair it, there's no method for you to purchase professional labor. Before you decide to tackle a huge repair job, look into some of the expert advice below! Research First You can't take apart your automobile and want to put it back together again again when you don't know all the parts. Unless there is a unusual vehicle, it is possible to get ahold of any aftermarket manual for your model and make. These manuals are incredibly helpful in identifying the various components of your respective car and how they may be assembled. In addition to, there are easy to follow diagrams that could simplify the procedure. Aside from a physical manual, turn to Internet forums for help. Chances are, somewhere on earth, someone has now asked a similar questions while you. If you are stuck or you have a specific problem you can't wrap your mind around, post on the forums and get! Clear Workspace Area Concentrating on a car takes considerably more space than some individuals would estimate. You may be thinking your garage has ample room, but you could be in for a rude surprise after you begin the repair. It's advisable to clear lots of space and set up a workspace without additional clutter to create your job easier. Repair Needs Time It's vital that you realize that auto repair takes a great deal of some time and perseverance. When the vehicle you wish to repair can be your only ride to operate, setup a carpool using a friend or find alternative transportation prior to taking your automobile out of commission. Be prepared to make lots of trips into a home improvement store and wait around for your automobile parts in the future in, which could all take some time. Keep Organized It's simple to take something apart, however it can become a nightmare to place it back together again. When you have many nuts, bolts, and washers you're removing from the car, it could feel as if an impossible task to consider how it all goes together. Before you take your vehicle apart, take a photograph of methods the parts look when properly installed. Once you've done that, label everything by using a white pen while keeping them properly sorted either in plastic baggies or old egg cartons. You could have plenty of enthusiasm for auto repair, but be sure you do your homework first, clear enough workspace, and keep everything properly labeled. Many novice mechanics have likewise found out that taking the time to create a checklist will also help come up with a realm of difference! When you stay organized and go comprehensive, it will be easy to properly repair the initial car.
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FAQ's Auto Repair
Bad Year For Auto Repair Industry?
We Own A Family Run Auto Repair Shop In The Midwest That Has Been In Business For Over Ten Years, Successfully. This Year However, Has Proven Itself To Be Quite A Challenge. The Parts Stores Near Us Claim It Has Been Their Worst Year Also.
I'M Just Curious If Anyone Else In The Industry Has Had A Bad Year.
I have a client that owns an auto repair shop in Illinois and he is having one of the best years ever. What you are seeing might be a local problem for your city or it could be a series of many other issues. There are several factors that we want to look at here. One, have you changed the way you market your business? If so, how? If not, now's the time to make some changes. Two, what changes have come to town recently? Things like other repair shops, walmart coming to town, a boom in another industry or a slump in an industry like a plant closing.
We also want to look at your team. How productive are they? What kind of hours are they turning out? How many R.O.'s are you turning out a month? What's your average R.O. ?
If you want to chat, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call at 618-233-4412. I'd be happy to give you a free business assessment to see where we could make some simple changes to the business and correct what is happening to your family.
Could Someone Please Help?
What Could Cause A 1994 V6 3.0 Toyota Camry To Stall Out And Shake Violently?
Did the mechanic who said it was the igniter box look at the car first?
Does it smoke at all, especially when it chugs? If so, I know exactly what it is, and it ain't good... I had a 1993 Lexus ES300, which is almost the same as a Camry, and it suddenly started doing that -- turned out it had a blown head gasket. $2000 to fix that SOB. I hope it's something else.
I Recently Purchased A Ford Contour Gl 1998 From A Car Dealer. My Temperature Gauge Is Going Up And Down. Why?
The Car Had 300 000 Km On It When I Bought It, So I Tought The Motor Was Good To Handle So Much Km. The Minute I Left The Dealers Parking Lot, It Started Showing Engines Problem. One Of My Friends Who Is A Good Mechanic Told Me That He Could See That Some Oil Have Been Leaking From The Engine And He Thinks That It Needs A New Head Gasket Seal. I Went To See The Garagist Today And He Told Me That Its Only A Thermostat Problem. Is It Worth Trying To Pay For The Damages If The Rest Of The Car Is In Good Shape???
Could just have air in the cooling system and the air needs to be bled out of it.
A large air bubble can dramatically hinder the circulation flow of the coolant system.
Usually theres a little bleeder valve on or near the thermostat housing.
Heat up the engine and open the valve , once the air is completely out it will shoot a solid stream of (hot) water. then tighten the valve back down and the system is bled.
Could be a faulty coolant temperature sender . there usually inexpensive and easy to replace. Theres usually 2 of them .
one to the computer and one to the guage on the dash dash
The head gasket may not need to be replaced , the head bolts under the valve cover may need to be re-torqued. It needs to be looked into though, a loose set of head bolts is an open invitation to blowing a head gasket.
But if you do replace the head gasket , replace the timing belt system, as they will need to take the old one off anyway to remove the head.
A $20 book and a $150 dollar craftsman tool kit is well worth it .
2003 Toyota Camry Leaking Antifreeze, Check Engine Light On?
My 2003 Toyota Camry With 146K Miles Is Leaking Antifreeze In The Back Of The Engine. It Is Seen On The Ground. Also There Is A Check Engine Light On. Dealer Stating Headgasket Is Cause For Leaking Antifreeze And Check Engine Light Due To Calaytic Converter. However, The Car Is Not Overheating And I Have Never Had Problems. Shouldn'T The Car Overheat In The Head Gasket Is Gone? Does This Sound Plausible?
Your water pump's seals are starting to give way.
Car Smog Check? Help?
So I Live In California. I Went To A Mechanic About 2 Years Ago: My Father Told Him That He Wanted A Dealer Catalyst To Pass The Smog Check... The Legit Way. The Mechanic Agreed To Install It For Almost $800 With The Part. I Went To The Smog Check And It Still Failed. My Father Called The Mechanic To Complain. The Mechanic Told My Father, &Quot;You Wanted It To Pass The Smog Check Right?&Quot; My Father Said &Quot;No, I Wanted A Dealer Part.&Quot; Now That 2 Years Have Passed, My Car Failed The Smog Check Again! I Think My Mechanic Committed Fraud And Installed A Crappy Part. Can I Still Sue? I Mean How Else Can I Tell If The Part Is Real Or Not. When He Installed It, He Took It Out Of A Dealer Box, But I Know Fraud Can Still Occur. Can I Still Hold Him Liable Or Am I Screwed And Need To Pay $1000 For A New Catalyst Again? Help!
Easy to tell. (for a CA Smog Tech)
Factory cat generaly looks bigger (but not always)
Aftermarket Catalytic Converters (Sold or installed) IN CALIFORNIA after 1-1-2009 are REQUIRED to have CARB-EO number stamped on the Outside of it in about 1.5 to 2" high numbers. If it is aftermarket (not "crap" but not Factory) it would look (generaly) more like a football and have something like D-283-18 stamped on it.
For $800.00 cant be sure if you got a Factory one or just a high price on aftermarket (or reasonable price for an expensive aftermarket Cat)
How about listing the details about your car
Make, Model, Year, Engine, Milage.
What part of the Smog Check did it fail this year... if the tailpipe part then list ALL the numbers in table form so we can look at it. CATs (even aftermarket ones) can last a long time on a WELL Maintained car (and if your dad is asking for Dealer parts it sounds like he maintains his cars well.
two years later you are pretty much out of luck on making any "fraud" claim...YOU cant PROVE that you didn't replace the part (again) yourself...
Whatever CAT you did get it looks like you did Not get taken. . Here are some pictures and prices for them from an Aftermarket (Legal...not Crap) Unfortunately besides the EO number being stamped on the CAT...with your car they look almost identical to the Factory one (and many times are under a heat shield so you can't look easily anyway......
Universal Fit (Cut and Weld On) one: $654.55 (MSRP product only..no installation included)
Direct fit: (bolt on) $881.38 (MSRP product only...no installation included)
The direct fit one you can order On-Line (for less then the $881.38 I am sure) and litteraly bolt it on yourself. (It goes on the front of your engine right between the Engine and Radiator)
Again though... what part of the smog test DID your car fail this time , it might not be the CAT. Replacing the CAT every time your car fails smog is like having Knee surgery every time you scratch your knee falling off your skateboard. Most of the time the CAT is still OK...the problem is something else.
94 Firebird 5.7 V8, I Keep Having To Add Coolent But It Doesnt Leak!?
Every Morning I Add Coolent To The Radiator Cap But Theres No Leaks I Have Got A Pressure Check Done For That... Also The Reserve Coolent Tank Will Overflow At Times And Spill Over... All The Caps Are Sealed Tight When I Close Them... Is The Coolent Evaporating? What Could It Be!? Also My Thermostat (New) And Fan Are Fine And This Is A 2 Month Old Radiator... My Temperature Alwasy Rises When I Drive And Yesterday When I Idled At Stop Lights It Shot Up And Slowly Went Back Down As I Drove But Was Still In The High Range
Alright...coolant loss. Do you have any smoke? It'll be white smoke, and that means that it's bruning in your engine, most likely coming through a blown out head gasket.
Check this out though. I have an 88 Bronco...5.0. I noticed the same thing, but couldn't, for the life of me, figure out where it was all going. One day, I just happened to notice, on my radiator, on the upper driver's side of it on the side facing the engine compartment was a rubber nipple that covered over a spot that was meant to be connected to an extra line--for a towing package I think.
Since I wasn't using that line, that's why it had the rubber nipple there. It just got warped and dry-rotted from all of the years of holding the coolant back, and eventually cracked. All of the fluid would leak out while I was driving, but not when I was parked and the engine was off. Since I was driving, it's not like I could see where it was coming from or even notice it for that matter. Try to find the piece at Ford, but it's not the easiest thing. I think we ended up fabbing something up, and even then had a hard time getting it to stay on. Even the new ones got blown off from the pressure, so we had to figure out how to get a tight fit.
If that's it, you're only looking at a <$1.00 repair.