Chrysler Town & Country – Severe Misfire

This article is directed towards a Chrysler Minivan that I had in the shop the other day with a strange problem that I have seen a few times before so I wanted to inform others about this problem. The problem starts from a simple issue you would never expect to lead to this. Take a look at the cut open… Read More

Subaru Coolant Gauge Problems

This article will explain some basic testing procedures and common fixes for problems with the coolant gauge. When diagnosing any coolant temperature problem the first thing you need to do is make sure the cooling system is operating properly and the vehicle is running at a normal operating temperature. If you’re having problems with your coolant gauge not reading correctly… Read More

Volkswagen Instrument Cluster Failure

Over the years of working on VW’s I have encountered enough instrument cluster failures that I would consider it a common problem. There are a few things you should be aware of before attempting to repair this unit. Don’t Buy Used VW Cluster I have tried this route already and have been burned multiple times. The bad part about it… Read More

Charging System Voltage Regulation

At the heart of the automotive electrical system is the alternator. Without voltage regulation the alternator would consistently produce too much voltage overcharging the battery and causing damage to the electrical system itself. Alternator charging voltage can be regulated using an electro-mechanical, electronic, or computer controlled regulator. Most late model vehicles use computer controlled regulation. This is when the function… Read More

Ignition System Diagnosis

The ignition system is designed to convert battery voltage into the high voltage required to ignite the air/fuel charge in the cylinders. There are two basic types of ignition systems as defined by SAE: Electronic Ignition (EI) and Distributor Ignition (DI). Although both types are electronic, SAE assigned the term ‘Electronic Ignition’ exclusively to distributorless designs. In contrast, Distributor Ignition… Read More

Toyota Knock Sensor

What to look for in knock sensor failure First off there are few things that you need to consider when diagnosing and replacing a knock sensor on Toyota vehicles. Some Toyota models have two knock sensors(left bank and right bank) It’s not un-common to have knock sensor wire failure The knock sensors are usually priced at or above $100.00 each,… Read More

Toyota, Honda & Subaru Starter Failure


Does your starter really need replaced? Learn the most common failure of Honda, Toyota and Subaru starters. Read More

Hybrid HV & Auxillary Battery Types

Toyota Prius Gen 1 and Gen 2 Auxiliary Battery The Gen 1 is easier, on the left side of the trunk. On the Gen 2, the hatch area floor cover and plastic insert must be removed to access the battery on the right side. Note that disconnecting the AGM auxiliary has been known to cause a no-start after it has… Read More

How to Check Your Vehicles Battery

Basic Automotive Battery Terminology An automotive battery is a rechargeable SLI or starting, lighting, and ignition battery. It is a 12 volt battery made of 6 cells connected in series. Each of the 6 cells produces 2.1 volts and wiring these cells in series produces the 12.6 volts required by the automotive electrical system. The batteries current capacity ratings are… Read More

Check Engine Lite On? READ THIS!!!!!!!

What The Check Engine Light Means What to do If your check engine light comes on: If your “check engine” light illuminates don’t react like one Connecticut motorist, who simply poured an extra quart of engine oil into her 2002 Toyota Corolla. Although extreme situations, such as low oil pressure or an overheating engine, might trigger a “check engine” light,… Read More