Subaru Manual Transmission Repair

Subaru manual transmissions are pretty well built and have minimal problems. When failure occurs there are usually just a couple of things that fail. The most common problem is bearing failure causing the transmission to be noisy and if it’s excessive your trans will sound as if someone has put rocks in it. The other failure that is common is… Read More

Toyota Timing Belt Replacement Tip’s

Toyota Tacoma 3.4L V-6 The Toyota 3.4L engine timing belt is due to be replaced at 105,000 miles or every 8 years. These engines are not a interference engine, meaning that if the timing belt happens to break the pistons will not hit the valves. On an interference engine if the timing belt happens to break, the pistons will hit… Read More

Subaru All Wheel Drive System Failures & Repair

Subaru AWD systems are pretty well designed and failure is not all that common. When you have a failed or failing system there are some things to look for and this article will explain these symptoms and how to repair them without even replacing or removing the transmission. Here are some thing that we will cover. Subaru AWD system common… Read More

How to know if you need a clutch?

Transmission Clutch Diagnosis Diagnosing clutch noise and slippage is pretty straight forward. Once a technician understands the different parts and theory it’s easy to locate the culprit. Typical symptoms include clutch slipping, chatter, and dragging. Here are a few symptoms, tests, and the relevant parts to look out for: Slippage: This is by far the most common problem. To diagnose… Read More

Cooling System Problems?

Check engine light on, thermostat/coolant temperature sensor failure Tutorial: Thermostat Assembly Replacement Vehicle: 2004 Audi A-4 Quattro 1.8L Turbo   This vehicle has no drivability concerns at all. the check engine light is on with the codes displayed above. CTS (coolant temperature sensor) signal values are within range in relevance to the ambient temperature. The reason for the diagnostic trouble… Read More

Mass Air Flow Sensor Testing,P0171-P0174 System Lean

Mass Air Flow Sensor Testing,P0171-P0174 System Lean Vehicle: 2001 Land Rover Discover II  Codes: P0171, P0174, TCM Incorrect Gear Ratio Symptoms: NONE, Slight pre-detonation (pinging) when hot STRAIGHT TO THE POINT: The vehicle has no drivability concerns and was hard to diagnosis. The TCM (transmission control module) is setting incorrect gear ration codes which means the transmission is slipping (usually).… Read More

Automotive Electrical System Testing

Automotive Electrical System Testing                 This tutorial is going to be on basic automotive electrical system AVR tests.  AVR stands for Amps, Voltage and Resistance. When performing an electrical system diagnosis it will be broken down into three main systems. Your starting system, charging system and capacacity “battery”. NAVAGATION:  Battery  Testing Charging System Starting System Parasitic Draw Testing Insulated Circuit Testing(volt… Read More

Battery Cable Repair

How To Repair A Battery Cable When repairing a battery cable it is best to remove the cable from the vehicle. If you have the battery lug crimper you can perform an on vehicle service which in some situations can be very helpful. This tutorial will show you a way to do the repair without a battery lug crimper, but… Read More

99 Subaru Impreza: Clutch Replacement

99 Subaru Impreza: Clutch Replacement STEP 1: Start with the top side,  this tutorial is for the 2.2l SOHC, if you happen to be working on the WRX turbo model the clutch configuration is different. There is a release pin for the clutch fork that has to be removed in order to remove the transmission. Anyways, disconnect the battery and… Read More

99 Subaru Impreza: Wheel Bearing Replacement

99 Subaru Impreza: Wheel Bearing Replacement video: Noisy Subaru Wheel Bearing This tutorial will require some specialty tools. If you are interested in purchasing any of the tools used for  this tutorial they are listed as below: Matco Tools Hubmaster Elite (front wheel bearing and hub remover &  installer) Part# HUB35E Cornwell Tools 9-Way Slide Hammer Puller Set Part #… Read More