Tag Archives: Diagnosis

Cheap Work Truck Repairs

Last week I spent my time working at a summer camp, something I do every summer. I’ve done a little work on some of the camp vehicles in the past, but this year I got to do a couple full … Continue reading

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Quick Fix: Dielectric Grease

Recently my 1997 Civic had started running roughly and misfiring in the morning. Based on what my car did after driving through a puddle once I had an idea what the problem might be.

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Small Stone, Big Screech

A pretty new car came into the shop with a really bad constant high-pitched squealing noise that happened whenever it moved. With low miles, it’d be unlikely that the brakes had worn all the way down to reach metal-on-metal contact, … Continue reading

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Wrong Spark Plugs

I recently had an older Honda Odyssey come into the shop for a few recalls and other repairs, and found that it had some codes in the computer indicating misfires. It was misfiring on all 6 cylinders. First thing to … Continue reading

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Blown-Out Spark Plug

A Honda Element got hauled in on a tow truck one night. Big misfire, running horribly when we drove it into the shop. As I plugged in a scanner to read the codes, another tech started pulling the spark plugs, … Continue reading

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Leaking Sunroof

A customer came in with a wet rear seat. The immediate suspect was the sunroof. It’s not easily possible for a sunroof to be 100% watertight when it has to be able to tilt and slide, so there are drains … Continue reading

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Identical Mismatched Tires

Now this was a strange one. A customer came in because she had gotten her tires replaced at a tire shop and her low tire pressure warning light kept coming on. The first thing I did was make sure all … Continue reading

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