Ricks Free Auto Repair Advice blog features articles on how to fix your car or truck. The site includes technical service bulletins, wiring diagrams, trouble code definitions and fixes, and diagnostic help information.
Steps to safely clean your engine bay Don’t even think about using a pressure washer to clean your engine bay or remove grease from your engine. A pressure washer will force water into electrical connectors causing a no start condition when you’re done. Here’s the safe way to remove grease and clean your engine bay safely. Start by protecting the electronics Buy a few boxes of static cling and Press’n Seal wrap from a discount store. Wrap all electrical connectors in the engine compartment with either the cling or Press’n … Read More
Acura MDX recall to fix faulty tail lights On April 8, 2918 Acura announced the recall of 323,000 2014-2019 Acura MDX vehicles to repair or replace the seals in the tail lights. Engineering has discovered that the seals may deform and allow water to enter the tailgate light assemblies. The water can cause and open or short that can blow the fuse to the tail lights. When that happens, the vehicle may not be visible to other traffic. The Acura tail light fix Acura technicians will remove the tailgate light … Read More
Car salesmen commissions A recent lawsuit against the Hendrick Automotive Group lays bare the alleged games dealers play even with their own employees. A number of Hendrick employees filed suit in Collier County Florida to obtain class action status against the large auto dealer. The suit alleges the dealers engaged in fraudulent activities to avoid paying the full sales commissions to their sales people. How much do car salesmen make? In the Hendrick case, new car salespeople claim they were supposed to receive 25% of the gross profit on the … Read More
Diagnose and fix Malibu gauges off and steering stiff GM has issued a service bulletin #16-NA-303 to address a Malibu gauges off and steering stiff issue on the vehicles listed below. You may notice that the gauges or entire instrument cluster is off, the radio display blank and the power steering is stiff. The problem may be intermittent or permanent. When intermittent, it will usually occur when you’re driving at a slow speed, like making a turn or maneuvering in a parking lot. The issue is caused by reduced voltage. … Read More
Diagnose and fix check engine light and reduced engine power GM has issued a service bulletin #08-06-04-041B to address a check engine light and reduce engine power message. You’ll also find the following trouble codes stored in your PCM P1125, P2101, P2120, P2125 OR P2138 as well and hesitation on acceleration. The bulletin affects the vehicles listed below Vehicles affected by service bulletin #08-06-04-041B 2007-2009 Buick Allure (Canada Only), 2007-2009 Buick LaCrosse 2007-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix All vehicles with the 3.8L Engine (VIN 2 — RPO L26) Cause of Check … Read More
What are the most common coolant additives? Every engine and cooling system is unique, so you can’t use a universal all makes all models coolant in your engine without causing some type of damage. The coolant additives must match the metal used in the engine block, cylinder head, water pump casting and impeller and bearings, radiator, seals, plastic components, heater core and heater tubes. Car makers use Aluminum alloys, copper, copper alloys, magnesium, steel, plastic, rubber in their engine designs and the coolant chosen must be compatible with all those … Read More
What’s the difference between antifreeze versus coolant? In some ways the discussion about Antifreeze versus Coolant is just semantics since both liquids prevent freezing and protect against cooling system corrosion. Ten years ago the terms were interchangeable, but not anymore. Here’s what’s changed Antifreeze is concentrated and must be diluted with distilled or de-ionized water. The most popular dilution rate is 50:50 Coolant is pre-diluted by the manufacturer. In other words, you can pour it right into your engine.
Diagnose and fix Toyota Rav 4 Won’t Accelerate with P2118 This post is to help you diagnose and fix a 2009 and up 2.5L 4-cyl Toyota Rav 4 won’t accelerate problem. In most cases you’ll also have a check engine light and a P2118 trouble code. The P2118 code is an enhanced code, which means it most likely can’t be read by a cheap scan tool or an auto parts store scan tool. If you’re using one of those tools and it shows no trouble code, don’t think this fix … Read More
Diagnose Camry rough idle or stall and slow acceleration Toyota has issued a technical service bulletin #TSB-0012-16 to address a rough idle and slow acceleration on the vehicles listed below. Owners will also find a P2111 Throttle Actuator Control System– Stuck Open trouble code stored in the ECM. A P2111 trouble code is an “enhanced manufacturer and vehicle specific” trouble code that may not be read by inexpensive code readers. Finding that code may require a pro-grade scan tool. Vehicles Affected by technical service bulletin #TSB-0012-16 2007 thru 2011 Camry … Read More