Subaru Timing Belt Replacement Tips & Advice

Subaru Timing Belt Facts Subaru 2.5 DOHC and SOHC are interference engines Subaru timing belts are due for replacement at 105K Oil will shorten the life of your timing belt The water pump should be replaced with the timing belt When replacing the timing belt on a Subaru 2.5L SOHC or DOHC motors there are a few common things to… Read More

Honda Automatic Transmission Failure

Honda AT transmissions are common to have failure and I have rebuilt many of these over the years. Most transmissions have a pan you can remove and service the filter, which is a common service at around 30K to maybe 60K depending on the manufacturer and type of fluid ran in the transmission. Honda automatic transmissions have a closed case… Read More

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

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

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

Cabin Air Filter, Why and When To Replace?

Automotive cabin air filters  How often do you change your cabin air filter? The cabin air filter is typically a pleated-paper filter that is placed in the outside-air intake for the vehicle’s passenger compartment. Some of these filters are rectangular and similar in shape to the combustion air filter. Others are uniquely shaped to fit the available space of particular… 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