Car Repair Video Podcasts 2019 - Pawlik Automotive Repair, Vancouver BC

Car Repair Video Podcasts 2019

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The AC system wouldn't blow cold air, just warm, which of course needed to be repaired. When the air conditioning's not working, there's a number of reasons why it could not be working. So, we have some set test procedures we do in our shop to properly diagnose and repair the right issue.

May 16, 2019

So the car just came in for us a basic service. An A service is the what I like to call, the lower level of services. It's the simplest service that a car needs. That's why the car came in. No complaints, just basic maintenance.

May 13, 2019

So, the owner brought this vehicle to our shop with a wiper problem. Basically when the owner turned the wiper switch on, they wouldn't work which is absolutely a problem.

May 10, 2019

The owner brought the vehicle to us for some maintenance service and probably his largest concern was a vibration when accelerating. It was pretty apparent from a road test it seemed like something that was probably a drive shaft or axle shaft related issue.

May 6, 2019

So when this vehicle came to our shop, it was running very roughly. The check engine light was blinking, which is a serious issue. It'll create a catalyst damaging misfire, which basically means it'll cost you a lot more money if you don't fix it really, really quickly. One of the problems we found was with the ignition coils, they were worn out and there were misfires in three of the four cylinders. And also, there was a code for a lean air-fuel ratio condition. We did some further tests on that, and we found the engine oil separator was worn out and causing a major vacuum leak in the engine.

May 2, 2019

So this vehicle came to our shop with steam coming out from under the hood. It was pretty apparent that there was a coolant smell when the vehicle came into the shop. So we did a visual inspection and basically found some coolant leakage on the right hand cylinder bank.

April 29, 2019

So this vehicle came to our shop, the SRS warning light on the dash was on and that needed to be serviced and replaced, other than that, the car was in great shape and running well but the owner wanted that item fixed. The SRS stands for Supplemental Restraint System and is just a fancy word for the air bag system.

April 25, 2019

The vehicle came to our shop for a routine timing belt replacement and it had about I believe a 180,000 kilometres, what's the mileage conversion on that? I don't know, maybe 120,000 miles or 110,000 miles, something like that and the vehicle was due for its timing belt replacement, never been done before. It's a 2006, so actually 12-13 year old vehicle, so it definitely had good use on the timing belt and we replaced it.

April 24, 2019

This vehicle actually, it was the second visit to our shop. In the previous week, there were some concerns with the vehicle, some vibrations and clunks when shifting from drive to reverse, and into park, and accelerating. And we'd determined that a couple of the engine mounts were worn out.

April 18, 2019

What we found was a coolant leak coming from the front of the engine, kind of buried under the intake manifold. But there was a leak coming from around the area of the water pump, so we proceeded to do some diagnosis and testing to figure out what was going on.

April 15, 2019

This vehicle came to our shop. The engine had an overheating concern and a couple of other issues, but the overheating issue was kind of the main issue, which is important. You don't want to overheat your engine, especially in a car like this, that's for sure.

April 12, 2019

This Cadillac came to the shop, the owner really liked their air conditioner working properly. It's one of the nice features of the Cadillac, in fact every car has air conditioning now so, they used to be kind of a unique Caddy feature. The owner of the car had had it repaired several times in the past and it still wasn't working properly. So we took a look at it, did some diagnostic and testing and found some interesting issues.

April 4, 2019

This van had a really bouncy ride to the vehicle. We’ve been servicing the vehicle for many years and I do a service where I pick up the vehicle at the persons or business so I tend to drive it a little more often. I noticed right away that the ride of the front of the vehicle was very bouncy, and didn’t feel quite right. The front struts were worn out.

April 1, 2019

So this really rare vehicle came to our shop for a pre-purchase inspection, which we did. The purchaser ended up buying the car, so we did some service work on the car as well.

March 22, 2019

What was happening was there was an awful lot of smoke coming out of the tailpipe. And how much smoke, you might ask? There was like a ton. You start the engine, it was just clouds of a white-ish colour smoke just billowing everywhere. It was pretty serious. And my first thought was, "Okay, this engine is done." You know, like it's got a severe ... just my first look at it, the head gasket must be blown somehow, it's just pumping coolant through this thing. Because of the colour of the smoke, so that was kind of the initial, that was my initial thought on it.

March 18, 2019

The owner of this vehicle brought it in for some oil leaks. She was noticing some drips in her driveway and was concerned about it. Fortunately for the owner, the oil leaks were coming from the front of the engine and these are usually less expensive oil leaks to repair than if the leaks were coming from the rear of the engine.

March 11, 2019

We'd actually just had this vehicle in for service recently and the owner called back and said, after I picked my vehicle up, I noticed this chemical smell coming out of under the hood, and the brake warning light came on.

March 7, 2019

This vehicle came to our shop for a B service, and part of the B service includes a comprehensive inspection.

March 5, 2019

The rear wiper on this vehicle had quit working. We'd done some diagnosis and found the motor was dead. Actually, this client brought this vehicle to us quite a while ago and so he'd been living with a dead motor for a while. This was the day to repair it.

March 1, 2019

The owner's complaint of this BMW X3 was that an overheat warning light would come on, on the dash and along with that, the vehicle went into reduced power mode, so you couldn't accelerate the vehicle properly. That was what was basically going on with the vehicle.

February 26, 2019

After a brake inspection on this Highlander, we found when we took everything apart, was a lot of rust on the brake backing plate, in fact, the right rear backing plate was so badly rusted, it was starting to disintegrate. And when that happens, the rotors, parking brake shoes, things start to rub in ways that they're not meant to rub, so that was causing the squeaking sounds.

February 25, 2019

Here is a little preventative tip to prevent serious damage to your windshield wiper motor, your wiper arms and linkage and the wiper blades. We tend to drive home and leave the windshield wipers on because it’ll probably be raining the next day or we just forget and don’t really think that perhaps it’s going to freeze overnight or there’s going to be 3 inches of snow on the window. And when you go to start your car the wipers already switched on and your windshield wipers could be frozen to your windshield or trying to move 3 or 4 inches of wet snow which is hard on them. So my tip is, make sure you shut your wipers off and that includes front and rear when you shut your car off.

February 19, 2019

This vehicle arrived at our shop late one evening with a voice message from the owner. The owner had said the vehicle had lost power, severe noises in the engine and a number of warning lights on the dash. We listened to the engine and we could hear pretty severe rattling in the engine and didn’t want to run it for very long.

February 15, 2019

Shock absorbers will just leak when they get old. They have seals and to be honest, it's a six-year-old vehicle. I think it's got about a 140K, so I guess it's getting up there in mileage, but things just wear out. Shock absorbers are filled with fluid. These ones are not a hydraulic shock like you do find on some Mercedes products where they actually have pumped oil into them, this is just the fluid is just contained within the shock absorber, but it's a critical part of any shock absorber action is fluid, pistons, valving and things like that, that reduce the shock when you hit bumps.

February 12, 2019

So the owner of the vehicle brought in to our shop with a complaint of a rattle noise. Technician Nigel took it out for a little drive. It wasn't more than a few feet into the parking lot where he heard a hideous grinding noise coming from the vehicle. The owner actually hadn't described but that was the first thing that he noted. Wheel bearing noises are pretty distinct and it was pretty apparent that this was more than likely a wheel bearing noise so we took it for a further road test and then hoisted the vehicle and found probably the noisiest wheel bearing we've ever encountered in our career.

February 11, 2019

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February 11, 2019

Yeah, so the potential buyer brought this vehicle to us for a pre-purchase inspection, wanted to check out the condition of the vehicle before he bought it. So we proceeded to do our usually awesome pre-purchase inspection.

February 4, 2019

Well, yeah, this vehicle was brought to us by a client who, they'd moved from Alberta, they'd left the vehicle sitting for a few months, and wanted to now insure it in British Columbia, so if you're unfamiliar with the laws around these parts, when you bring a vehicle into British Columbia, it has to have a provincial safety inspection on the vehicle. So we got into the vehicle, or opened the door, and found this severe mold, like really dangerous level of mold inside the vehicle. And so what prompted me to want to do this podcast is, I want to educate folks who are moving, perhaps from other places, of the dangers of mold and how it can happen in vehicles. Or if you're planning on storing your car, that this is a real issue that can happen.

January 28, 2019

We figured at that point where we'd done every repair and verified everything we'd done that it was time to look and see if the vehicle could be reflashed, the computer program could be reflashed. That can be a likely cause of things like persistent check engine lights. When everything else is done and fixed to spec and it still won't perform properly, often a reflash is required. That's what we did.

January 28, 2019

So at our shop an A-level service, basically the heart of it is an oil change, and then a basic maintenance inspection around that. What else is included of course is inspecting lights, inspecting all the fluid levels and qualities, under hood and under car visual inspection, adjusting tire pressures. That's basically that kind of bulk of it.

January 21, 2019

So the owner brought the vehicle to us. His complaint was there was a very loud noise while driving and some vibration under the vehicle. So that was the issue. And very noticeable when he drove it. Yeah, the kind of thing you don't want to drive very far.

January 14, 2019

Vehicle developed an interesting no start issue about a month and a half, two months ago, I’d pull into a store, get something, walk out crack the engine over, crank over fine but wouldn’t start, it’s never done that before. After trying it for a couple minutes, it would start, ran great. But after a couple months, it slowly got worse. Time to bring it into the shop for repairs. It was a bad fuel pump.

January 10, 2019

This vehicle is pretty much a stock Corvette, the engine had some work done on it. Not sure in much of the way of modifications, but essentially stock Rochester 4 barrel carburetor, HEI distributor.

January 7, 2019

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