Chevrolet Astro 4.3l Crank No Start

1999 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L engine cranks but will not start. This would normally be fairly easy problem to diagnosis. The problem is consistent so we just begin the process of elimination. We need fuel, ignition and good compression to fire. Listening to the engine crank I can tell there is compression so I will start with fuel. Checking the fuel… Read More

Lexus RX300 Battery Drains Parasitic Draw

This 2001 Lexus RX300 would drain the battery periodically when the vehicle sits. After testing for a parasitic draw and none found we performed the normal electrical system tests and returned the vehicle. The battery load test was weak but not completely failing, I was confident that it was not the cause of the problem. I have seen battery failure… Read More

98 Ford F150 Runs Rich Black Smoke

This is a 1998 Ford F150 4.2L 6 cylinder MT 5spd RWD with about 98,000 miles on it. This is just one of those crazy problems that threw me for a loop so I figured I would share the problem. Has anybody ever seen this before? Please read and comment below, thanks. Vehicle runs rich, blows black smoke, b1s1 and… Read More

Subaru Forester Wind Noise Problem + Repair

Does your Subaru have wind noise? This problem is noticeable above 30mph and excessively loud at freeway speeds. I have only seen this problem with Subaru Foresters but I’m pretty sure it applies to the Subaru Legacy or even the Baja. As long as the door has the same style triangle pillars and rubber seal. The vehicle shown in the… Read More

Volkswagen 2.0L Turbo P0171 P0507

Volkswagen 2.0L turbo, system lean condition, will not idle, rough idle, check engine light on. Here’s a list of the possible codes that will set and their  descriptions. P0300-P0304 – Cylinder misfires P0171 – Bank 1 system too lean P0507 – Idle air control sys. RPM higher than expected This vehicle sets the fuel trim system lean and idle control… Read More

06 Volkswagen Passat Oil Light Problems

2006 Volkswagen Passat with 212k started with a failed thermostat and overheating condition. Soon after the overheating occurred the oil pressure warning light comes on. The vehicle owner was sure the engine was damaged. These vehicles use a lot of plastic and when it gets hot it can become very brittle or just overtime it gets this way. After the… Read More

New Location Business Registration

Getting ready for our new location. City of Milwaukie has approved our business license. We got lucky because the auto repair zoning was grandfathered in so good timing. Thank you everyone for you help and support. Word of mouth is our number one type of advertisement. So if you know someone who needs auto repair let them know where here.… Read More

VW Eurovan Cooling Fan Inoperative

This is a 2003 Volkswagen Euro van that came in with air-conditioning not working. Vehicle didn’t have any engine temperature problems just blowing warm air from the AC. After checking the manifold pressure’s seeing that the freon was not the problem and the AC compressor is working good but there is excessive high pressure on the high side. This tells… Read More

DIY Instrument Cluster | Circuit Board Repair

Over the years of automotive electrical repairs I have learned some very helpful tricks that I like to share. This one is a common circuit board problem that you can expand beyond just repairing instrument clusters. I have used this method to repair Volvo ABS computers and other circuit board failures. The pictures below will show examples of what to… Read More

Subaru CVT Transmission Failure | valve body replacement

2012 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0L DOHC H4 Normally Aspirated AT CVT Transmission P2764 + P0700   This article refers to a 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0L DOHC H4 normally aspirated AT CVT transmission with 105K. The transmission goes into a failsafe mode with CEL P0700 transmission failure MIL requested. Using a Snap-On scanner we can access the transmission computer to… Read More