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The vehicle was originally brought to our shop, the clients concern was the heat wasn’t working properly inside the vehicle cabin and especially it was noticeable that the drivers side was colder than the passenger side. One of the first steps in a heating diagnosis is to check the coolant level. The coolant level was low, performed a pressure test on the cooling system and we found several leaks.

Dec 27, 2018

This vehicle was brought to our shop, driven in, the electric motor worked fine but what would happen with this vehicle was as soon as the gas motor would run within a few seconds the low oil pressure warning light would come on and the engine itself sounded noisy.

Dec 24, 2018

We're talking about dash lights, we're doing a little series on explaining what all these funny little lights on the dash board are. Today we're talking about the instrument panel on a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan.

Dec 20, 2018

This Dodge Caravan actually had a very large coolant leak coming from the back of the engine. Well in between the engine and the transmission. Poured some coolant in and it would be dripping out almost as fast as you could pour it in, not quite but almost as fast as. so a very major leak coming from this engine.

Dec 19, 2018

This vehicle came in to the shop and the belt driving the AC compressor was gone and the compressor pulley was seized up. The compressor pulley bearing had failed and basically caused the belt to burn off.

Dec 14, 2018

The owner of the vehicle had pulled over his vehicle, it was running fine, stopped to do something. Went to start it. Turned the key and it wouldn't start. All the lights came on in the dash, but when he turned to the start position nothing happened. So had the vehicle towed in, and we proceeded to do some testing and diagnosis.

Dec 7, 2018

We're talking about a 2011 Land Rover LR4 that you had a fuel leak repair issue with. What was going on with this vehicle?

Dec 5, 2018

So, we're talking about dash warning lights. We're going through a little series on this, just revealing maybe some of the things that you could find out for yourself if you looked in your owner's manual, which most of us don't do. This is for a 2012 VW Jetta TDI, which is a diesel version. What's going on with the warning lights on this VW?

Nov 26, 2018

Dash warning lights. A lot of people don't really understand them and it's really important to understand what they mean because they can create a lot of stress if you don't know what they mean, or if you don't know what they mean, you can also make dumb decisions by ignoring them.

Nov 20, 2018

This Land Rover, well, this is a different issue than we've discussed before. The owner's complaint was the check engine light was coming on and off. No performance issues with the engine, but he'd scanned it himself or had someone scan it, there was a few trouble codes for a few things, so he was concerned about it, wanting to make sure it's in good shape.

Nov 14, 2018

This vehicle came in for service. We do a lot of work on this particular truck, and the owner had taken it on an exceptionally long trip across Canada and back. If you look on a map, you'll see it's a long ways. It's a lot of driving. He came back, there was a few issues with the truck. We looked at it, and one thing we found was that there was a leak in the transfer case. There was an actual fluid leak in the transfer case, and the fluid level when we checked it was exceptionally low pretty much right off the edge.

November 5, 2018

This vehicle came to our shop for a noise in the engine. We looked at it, diagnosed it, found the alternator was worn out, causing a noise. So we replaced the alternator, successful repair, road tested the vehicle, drove it around a few times, started, stopped, shifted it, and parked the vehicle out back of our shop. When the customer came to pick the vehicle up, started the car, went move it out of park, it's an automatic into drive and the gear shifter was just locked in park. So, that was kind of a surprise because there's nothing that happened before and just suddenly, all of a sudden, this issue occurred.

November 5, 2018

So the owner of the vehicle brought the vehicle to us with their complaint that there was a warning light on the dash. It looks like a little lightening bolt and at the same time it was losing power. So it's basically a power loss indicator light and the check engine light was also on at the same time.

November 5, 2018

So, this is a 6-litre diesel van, very heavy duty. The owner had a couple of complaints. Sometimes, so an intermittent condition, the engine would idle kind of surging, up-and-down, and occasionally, on very rare occasions, he'd go to accelerate. The vehicle just wouldn't accelerate. There was no power. Those were his two concerns.

October 31, 2018

This vehicle came to our shop. The owner was complaining of a loss of coolant. Not huge, but over time it was leaking coolant, so that was the client's complaint, coolant loss.

October 31, 2018

This vehicle was towed to our shop with actually a different issue, the engine wouldn't run, it wouldn't start. So we diagnosed that, repaired the issues, got the vehicle running quite nicely and were out on a road test and during the road test, it's a six speed manual transmission, the transmission shifter just jammed up between third and fourth gear. Took a lot of coercing to finally get it to move out of that jammed position, we were able to limp the vehicle back to our shop, and of course the transmission at that point needed repairing. You could hear some pretty horrific noises going on. It's something that while we were driving, it had just broken inside the transmission.

October 19, 2018

The speedometer on this vehicle would operate intermittently and mostly these days the intermittency was it wasn't working. The speedometer wouldn't read anything, and the odometer at the same time, wasn't functioning. So the owner didn't really know how fast he was going.

October 16, 2018

The owner of the vehicle came into the shop with the brakes making a pretty bad grinding sound and we did a brake inspection and found one brake pad on the rear was extremely badly worn, grinding on the rotor, worn right down to the backing plate.

Sept 25, 2018

This vehicle was towed to our shop. When you turn the key all the lights would come on on the dash and everything seemed normal but when you go to the start position, nothing happened. No clicks, no clunks, nothing. So basically it was a no start with a what seemed to be a good strong battery.

Sept 17, 2018

The EVAP system basically, it stands for evaporative fuel system and what it does is it prevents gasoline vapours from escaping to the atmosphere.

Sept 12, 2018

This vehicle, in addition to a transmission problem, it also had an engine running problem where it would stall. But one of the main concerns with the client was the transmission would shift rough. As you drive, the first shift would be very delayed and would bang into the next gear, and it really ... an uncomfortable driving experience and not great for the vehicle. Also, there's an overdrive off, that it's a little lamp on the gear shifter stock, and it was blinking. As soon as it would make that missed shift, it'd start blinking, indicating a malfunction in the system.

Sept 5, 2018

The vehicle actually came to our shop with some suspension issues which we in diagnosing found there was actually nothing really wrong with that end of it, but there was also some intermittent faults with the vehicle would go into limp mode while driving it. Through the diagnosis process, we found that there was an issue with the actual electronic throttle body and with the throttle pedal assembly.

August 29, 2018

This vehicle came in for a B maintenance service, which is for us it's an oil, basically an oil change service with a full vehicle inspection. Out of doing the maintenance inspection we determined the timing belt needed to be replaced.

August 28, 2018

This vehicle was due for a maintenance service, actually a little overdue for scheduled maintenance service, the vehicle had over 50,000 kilometres, so a number of items were due at that mileage.

August 20, 2018

So we're talking about a 2013 Range Rover Sport that had a supercharger problem what was happening with this Range Rover? Well same issue we've done a podcast on this recently same issue the supercharger the nose cone coupler was worn causing a what a clacking sound when when the engine was running and it need to be replaced.

August 17, 2018

The owners complaint was when you, especially if you're going up a hill on the highway and you have to accelerate the vehicle would basically veer off into the other lane when you put your foot down on the gas. So I went out and road tested it, and drove up a steep hill, and sure enough I experienced that. You basically hit the gas hard and the vehicle would just veer off to the right. I even noticed on flatter roads when you just accelerate hard it would veer off quite substantially.

August 15, 2018

So the owner of the vehicle was  driving on a long trip up to the interior of British Columbia, which involves some pretty serious mountain drives. He had a long trailer on the back, drove fine to Hope. Start hitting the mountains, the vehicle all of a sudden went into reduced power mode, there was warning lights on the dash and he really couldn't pull the trailer up the hills. And also, the temperature gauge was reading pretty high on the vehicle. So he came back down to Hope and made arrangements to have his trailer moved on, and came back to Vancouver where we had a look at the vehicle.

August 13, 2018

This vehicle was brought to our shop actually not for a suspension problem, well not an air suspension problem. The car was sitting very low and we looked it over and found the air suspension compressor had just packed it in.

August 10, 2018

The owner brought the vehicle to our shop with a clutch making a lot of noise and not functioning very well, so we proceeded to do some work on it.

July 23, 2018

This vehicle came to our shop with an exhaust noise coming from the right hand cylinder bank and the exhaust manifold, gasket was basically blown on the right hand side.

July 20, 2018

The vehicle came to our shop.Towed in. Suddenly started running really rough and the owner had thought there was something wrong with the timing chain, so that's the process we took with the vehicle, looking at it.

July 16, 2018

The owner was complaining there was some clunking sounds when he hit bumps in the car, so that was what we were looking at and that's what we did an inspection on the front end and found that the control arm bushings on this vehicle and all the bushings had excessive play. We also found that one of the ball joints was extremely badly worn, as well on the right, lower ball joint was extremely badly worn also.

July 9, 2018

So, we're going to talk about a 2013 Acura TL that came in for service. What is an A-service on a 2013 Acura? An A-service is the most basic service you'll do on this vehicle, and it basically includes an oil change plus a basic maintenance inspection.

July 6, 2018

The vehicle's air conditioning system had stopped working. We serviced the vehicle a couple of times. We'd recharged it and done a diagnostic previously. Never found actually the cause of the leak, and it seemed to hold pressure fairly well, so we recharged it, and after several months it stopped working again. At this point, we put some UV dye in the system. We were able to find the leak, and it was coming from the rear evaporator.

June 26, 2018

The IDM stands for ignition driver module and this vehicle would stall out or would be driving fine and all of a sudden start running poorly, lack power, wouldn't really go anywhere, barely limp along. It definitely had some serious driving issues.

June 25, 2018

So today we're talking about a diesel, an ML320 Mercedes Benz with a problem with the intake manifold. It came to the shop with a massive oil leak which we diagnosed to be coming from a couple of spots.

June 19, 2018

This vehicle came to our shop, towed in actually. The owner was driving it, there was a clunking sound and the vehicle didn't move properly afterwards. What we found was a grotesquely, seriously worn front left brake. It was worn so badly, metal on metal the pad had jumped out of place, jammed up and between the calliper bracket and the rotator, the vehicle would barely move.

June 14, 2018

The owner of the vehicle went to put his roof down or move it up, not sure which, but it stopped working part way through the process. It had jammed up and wouldn't open or close.

June 13, 2018

So, this vehicle was towed to our shop with a no start condition. The engine would crank over fine, but it just wouldn't catch, wouldn't start. So, we did some diagnostics on it, as we usually do, and found a few interesting things.

June 12, 2018

The Jeep came to our shop with a number of front end issues, but today's podcast is about the front brake hose that was in very bad shape.

June 11, 2018

This vehicle was in for a routine service and we found that the front and rear brakes were worn out, pads and rotors.

June 7, 2018

We are talking about oil leaks on Subarus. Subarus are awesome cars but oil leaks are probably one of the more problematic areas on these cars.

June 6, 2018

We always test the vehicle on the hoist to verify what the noise is and where it's coming from. We  do that because when you're driving a vehicle there's obviously four wheels, four wheel bearings, it's often difficult to decide which wheel bearing's making the noise. Sometimes it can sound like it's the left front wheel bearing when it's actually the front right wheel bearing. It's kind of odd that way.

June 5, 2018

We had this vehicle in for a pre purchase inspection. It's practically a brand new vehicle, under 20,000 kilometres and we had a good look over the vehicle and found nothing wrong.

June 4, 2018

When you push the clutch in it made a rather horrific grinding, grating noise and it wasn't to difficult to determine that the problem was either a worn out clutch release bearing or something wrong with the actual clutch mechanism like the pressure plate or disc.

June 3, 2018

This vehicle had some creaking sounds in the suspension, a few clunks when you go over bumps and we found the front, among other things, the front lower control arm rear bushing was very badly worn.

June 2, 2018

The oil change is far and away the most common automotive service. Every repair facility offer them and oil changes have become a very price driven commodity item. with so many shops, from the dealerships to the chains to the independent shops offering low priced oil changes, it can be difficult to see who offers the best value.

June 1, 2018

So there's a couple of functions for oxygen sensors. This vehicle is a 2001. It's a little older, but the technology is the same, even right up to brand new. Essentially, what the oxygen sensor does, is it reads the oxygen content in the exhaust and sends a signal to the vehicle computer.

June 1, 2018

The one simple answer is if your car requires it, then use it. Otherwise, you've got a lot of options. The main difference between the fuels is the octane in the fuel. The purpose of the octane is to reduce engine knock. It's very serious. If it just does it a tiny bit, not a big deal, but it can if it's severe, it can actually crack the pistons in the engines, which is extremely expensive. It'll destroy the engine. Preventing knocking is critical. There's a lot of things vehicle engines do to prevent knocking besides the fuel, but the primary reason to use premium is for anti-knock. 

May 31, 2018

Oil Warning Light

This is one of the most important warning lights on your instrument panel. It's one as a car owner you really need to understand, you need to understand what it means, what it does and why it comes on.

May 29th, 2018

So the owner of this 2008 Subaru Forester  had experienced his temperature, his cooling temperature warning light coming on on some long highway drives. It would only, never occur around the city but on a long highway drive, a one or two hours out of Vancouver, maybe going up a bit of a hill, the red coolant warning light would click on, it’ll come on for a minute or two and go off.

May 8, 2018

I’ve worked on Volvo’s for many years in our shop. We work on lots of them, we’ve worked on them since the boxy cars in the past to the new sleek round look that Volvo has. Durability has always been a strong point with Volvo’s but you know like any other car you have to maintain it to make sure it stays durable so they don’t just last on their own. It’s a commitment of the owner as well as the build of the car.

May 7, 2018

Honda cars are awesome. I mean, they and Toyotas are always cars that I recommend to people who want a solid, reliable car. We've serviced Honda for many years, and they just keep getting better and better.

May 4, 2018

So we're talking about a 2011 BMW X3 that has a fairly common problem, the LED taillights needed repairing. The right taillight was not functioning and through doing a little research, we found it’s an LED taillight that there’s a repair available to do this job, besides just changing the taillight.

May 3, 2018

Cummins Turbo Diesel found in Dodge trucks is highly reliable. An occasional concern is the long engine crank over and starting.

May 1, 2018

So we’re talking about a 2012 Range Rover that had some issues with noise. What was going on with this vehicle?

April 27, 2018

The owner of the vehicle had a concern that there was noise when you turn the heater on and there was not a lot of air flowing through the heating system. And what we found was very interesting.

April 25, 2018

We're talking about auto dimming side view mirror was not dimming properly and needed to be replaced on a 2005 Mercedes SL500.

April 22, 2018

Talking about a maintenance repair on a 2006 Subaru Outback with Bernie Pawlik. Control arm bushing replacement is becoming a frequent service at our shop. Much of it seems to be around the design of the bushing which has changed over the past 10 or 15 years.

April 21, 2018

So we’re talking about a Land Rover LR2 that was having some fuel rail issues. The vehicle was towed to our shop. The owner was driving it and suddenly it started running really poorly and he had it towed in because it just wouldn’t run right, basically un-drivable.

April 20, 2018

We work on plenty of Land Rover vehicles. They’re really nice vehicles, generally very tough and luxurious for sure, but they are somewhat problematic, which is kinda good for us.

April 19, 2018

The Ford 6.0 diesel engine has had some "issues" around longevity. Here's how Pawlik Automotive in Vancouver, BC makes them last much much longer, with better performance, much better reliability and attention to detail.

April 18, 2018

A glow plug circuit fault would have a lot of people thinking, oh yeah, it needs a new glow plug. Well actually the code’s a circuit fault. So the circuit is the glow plug, it’s the wire to the glow plug any related wiring and it’s also the control unit. Those are the items that could be at fault in this particular situation.

April 14, 2018

Audi cars are a fine example of German engineering and the company has strived to make vehicles that are luxurious, fast and fun to drive. Since the late 1990s, with the introduction of the A4, their sales have grown enormously and Audis have become more common.

April 13, 2018

How are Subaru’s for reliability? So tell me, what’s your experience with Subaru’s? I’ve owned three of them actually over the years, three different generations of Subaru’s; they’ve all been really good cars.

April 12, 2018

Today we’re going to talk about a 2005 Toyota 4Runner. The vehicle came to our shop, a regular client of ours, and the steering was stiff, especially in one certain direction when you turned the steering wheel there was a stiff, tight spot to the steering.

April 11, 2018

Pawlik Automotive Podcast

After doing car maintenance and repair videos for many years, we're doing a podcast! But Why? Short answer, people wanted it.

April 10, 2018

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