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Five Fast Fixes- 8/29/14

Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Express 1500 Base 5.3L, V8, MFI, OHV, VIN T, GAS Mileage: 128,179 Customer Concern: No start, no fuel pressure. Replaced the fuel pump and relay, still no fuel pressure. Tests: 1. Remove the fuel pump relay and check for power at one terminal from fuse 12 (20 amp). 2. One terminal should get 12 volt power when the key is turned on for about 2 seconds and also when the engine is cranking. This is from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) pin 9 of the Green connector, a Dark Green/White wire. 3. One terminal should be a good ground to G102 and the other terminal should have continuity to the pump. Putting 12 volts on the pump terminal should show 12 volts at the pump with the pump plugged in. If the voltage is low at the pump there is a wire problem between the relay and pump, inspect the connections under the under hood fuse block. 4. Verify the pump ground is good and the ... read more

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Five Fast Fixes- 8/24/14

Just like you, we see our share of new and unique vehicle problems. The 5 Fast Fixes below are examples of some recent head scratchers that we worked through with customers on our Repair Hotline. These short-cut tests and confirmed fixes are now at your fingertips along with more than 700,000 Hotline Archives in Direct-Hit. Vehicle: 2004 Honda Accord EX 3.0L, V6, MFI, SOHC, Eng Desg J30A4 Mileage: 165,000 Customer Concern: P0970. Problem in the A/T clutch pressure control solenoid valve C circuit. The trouble code set after the transmission was replaced. Tests: 1. Check the internal continuity of the clutch pressure control solenoid valve C, specification is 3-10Ω. Compare to clutch pressure control solenoid valves A and B. Solenoids A and B are on top of the transmission, they are a linear pack with color coded brown and black connectors. Solenoid C is on the front of the transmission by the starter ... read more

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Five Fast Fixes- 7/15/14

Just like you, we see our share of new and unique vehicle problems. The 5 Fast Fixes below are examples of some recent head scratchers that we worked through with customers on our Repair Hotline. These short-cut tests and confirmed fixes are now at your fingertips along with more than 600,000 Hotline Archives in Direct-Hit. Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Quest Base 3.5L, V6, MFI, DOHC, Eng Desg VQ35DE Mileage: 185,000 Customer Concern: Sometimes the Air Conditioning (A/C) compressor clutch engages and the A/C works fine and sometimes the A/C compressor clutch does not engage. Scan tool shows A/C off in the Engine Control Module (ECM), the Body Control Module (BCM), and the Intelligent Power Distribution Module (IPDM) when the A/C is inoperative. The ambient temperature display in the dash shows -40 degrees wh ... read more

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Five Fast Fixes- 5/20/14

Just like you, we see our share of new and unique vehicle problems. The 5 Fast Fixes below are examples of some recent head scratchers that we worked through with customers on our Repair Hotline. These short-cut tests and confirmed fixes are now at your fingertips along with more than 600,000 Hotline Archives in Direct-Hit. Vehicle: 2006 Nissan Altima SL 2.5L, L4, MFI, DOHC, Eng Desg QR25DE Mileage: 151,787 Customer Concern: Had an intermittent misfire at idle. Found engine coolant in cylinder #2. Replaced the head gasket. On completion, the engine would not start and found the timing chain to be stretched. Replaced the timing chain, and the vehicle started and ran well on test drive. After delivery, the vehicle came back with a P0011. Replaced the Camshaft Position (CMP) sensor, inspected and tested the Intake Valve ... read more

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Five Fast Fixes- 5/6/14

Just like you, we see our share of new and unique vehicle problems. The 5 Fast Fixes below are examples of some recent head scratchers that we worked through with customers on our Repair Hotline. These short-cut tests and confirmed fixes are now at your fingertips along with more than 600,000 Hotline Archives in Direct-Hit. Vehicle: 2009 Scion tC Base 2.4L, L4, MFI, DOHC, Eng Desg 2AZFE, Naturally Aspirated, GAS Mileage: 64,209 Customer Concern: When the headlights are turned on, the combination meter illumination and radio go dark. Tests: 1. Check the voltage of the 7.5 panel fuse when the headlights are switched on. If the voltage drops, clean the fuse contacts and recheck it. 2. If the fuse has 12 volts, check the voltage of the Red wire connector 1P pin 6. This is the wi ... read more

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Five Fast Fixes- 4/23/14

Just like you, we see our share of new and unique vehicle problems. The 5 Fast Fixes below are examples of some recent head scratchers that we worked through with customers on our Repair Hotline. These short-cut tests and confirmed fixes are now at your fingertips along with more than 600,000 Hotline Archives in Direct-Hit.   Vehicle: 2007 Hyundai Tiburon GS 2.0L, L4, MFI, DOHC, VIN D, Naturally Aspirated Mileage: 61,054 Customer Concern: The vehicle shifts very hard from second to third gear when hot. Replaced the transmission and it still does it. There are no codes. Tests: 1. Perform the automatic transmission (A/T) adaptive value reset and relearn as described in Technical Service Bulletin 08-AT-007. The TSB states that the only way to reset the A/T adaptive values is with a compatible scan tool. If your scan t ... read more

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Do You Own A Vehicle That Had A Recall?

No matter how well they're made, cars in Houston will have design or manufacturing problems. And when the government thinks a problem is really serious for people, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice and fix the car free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone who owns that type of car to get the recall work done. These recalls always affect safety, so take them seriously. It's easy to see if a vehicle's being recalled. The government has links on its website - http://www.recalls.gov/nhtsa.html. There are many websites with free recall information and searches. There's CarFax, AutoByTel and the DMV ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tips And Myths

With high fuel prices in Houston comes lots of gas saving advice. Some is myth. And some is just designed to prey on people desperate to save some money on gas. When you get one of those e-mails that's going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through. Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics? Do some research on the internet or ask your service advisor at Kacal's. There aren't any magic pills you can drop in your gas tank and the government hasn't suppressed a device you can clamp on your fuel line to make your car run on air. Not even at the Johnson Space Center in Houston! So next time you get one of those e-mails, call us. You'll get more bang for your buck with an oil change or an engine air filter replacement

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Nighttime Driving Visibility In The Houston Area

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the greater Houston area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let's focus on visibility… It's said that 90 percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. Nighttime driving has the effect of reducing 20/20 vision to the equivalent of 20/50 vision. What you could clearly see at 50 feet in daylight can't be seen until you are just 20 feet away at night. Accident avoidance is dependent on reaction time. Reaction time deteriorates measurably in low light conditions. One thing we can do to improve visibility is to make sure our headlights are as bright as they can possibly be.Headlamps dim over time. They dim so gradually that you may not notice it. Many experts suggest replacing your standard or halogen headlamps once a year.If your vehicle has standard headlamps, consider upgrading t ... read more

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Our Helpful Guide To Your Vehicle Diagnosis

Modern vehicles around Houston have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle. Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now have electronic controls that rely on computers, software and sensors. It’s no wonder that when something goes wrong with their car it can be pretty complicated for Houston motorists to track down the source of the problem. To help our service advisor figure out what’s wrong, your car is equipped with on-board diagnostics. The check engine light comes on to tell you there’s a problem and the engine management computer stores a trouble code. Our experts connects a scan tool to your vehicle’s diagnostic port and retrieves the trouble codes as well as other important data. rouble code ... read more

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