• acura
  • audi
  • bmw
  • chevrolet
  • chrysler
  • ford
  • honda
  • hyundai
  • infiniti
  • kenworth
  • landrover
  • lexus2
  • mazda
  • mercedes
  • nissan
  • saab
  • saturn
  • suburu
  • toyota
  • volvo
  • vw

Symptoms and Probable Causes

Symptom: Vehicle pulling right/left
Causes:
  • Tire wear
  • Needs alignment
  • May need after market parts toadjust caniber or caster
  • May need factory slogs removed to adjust alignment correctly
  • Some Dodge trucks and Jeeps need adjustable upper balljoints
Symptom: Vibration in front seat
Causes:
  • Bent wheel
  • Bad U-joint
  • Bent or out of balance driveshaft
  • Needs alignment
  • Bad tire - tire may not be round, etc.
  • Tires need balancing
Symptom: Overheating
Causes:
  • Low on coolant
  • Thermostat malfunctioning
  • Bad intake, leaking intake
  • Coolant old, dirty
  • Cracked block or head
  • Blown head gasket
  • Blocked heater core
Symptoms: Electrical problems, maybe engine won't turn over fast enough to start
Causes:
  • Tired or bad battery (defective)
  • Bad battery cables
  • Battery cable ends
  • Battery needs servicing - servicing is designed to remove battery draining coorission
  • Alternator malfunctioning, sometimes cheap after-market alternator
  • P.C.M.
  • B.C.M.
  • Wiring bad, broken wiring
  • Animals getting into the wiring, living under the hood causing damage
  • Trailer wiring, boat trailer wiring - wiring messed up from track to trailer
Symptoms: Check engine light on
Causes:
  • Lost or bad gas cap
  • EGR system problejm
  • Catalytic converter bad - if left unaddressed can cause damage to engine
  • Vacuum leak
  • Lean or rich burn (will cause more costly repairs)
  • Notes: Diagnostics run about $70. Failed emissions about $70. Without doing a good diagnostic you are just guessing on the repair. You need to take the diagnostic code an d test the system to find the exact problem. A good diag is key. A code reader will only give you a could with (???) can cause you to replace parts that it might not need.
  • A check engine light or ABS light being on all the time will not allow you to know if a more serious problem happens.
Symptoms: Engine misfire
Causes:
  • Spark plugs, coil, injectors, spark plug wires, distributos cap or rotor - all can cause misfire code and if left untreated will cost more the longer you let it go.
Symptoms: Tire wear
Causes:
  • Lack of rotation is the most common cause for bad tire wear.
  • Needs alignment - Camber, caster or toe problems
  • Old or bad tires
  • Mismatched tires

Repair, Maintenance and Service of all types of vehicles

Acura - Audi - Buick - Cadillac - Chevrolet - Chevrolet Camaro - Chrysler - Daewoo - Daihatsu - Datsun - Dodge - Eagle - Ford  - Geo - GMC - Honda - Hummer - Integra - Izuzu - Jaguar - Jeep - Jensen - Kenworth - Kia - Lancer - Land Rover - Lexus - Lincoln - Mack Trucks - Mazdu - Mercury - Mercedes-Benz - Mini-Cooper - Mitsubishi - Neon - Nissan - Oldsmobile - Plymouth - Pontiac - Range Rover - Saab - Saleen - Saturn - Scion - Smart - Suburu - Suzuki - Toyota - Volkswagen - Volvo