You are probably wondering what is a flex plate? Well a flex plate basically bolts under the back of the engine crankshaft. And it's where the torque converter, which is essentially a clutch for the automatic transmission, they bolt together. Flex plates on this particular GM vehicle, it has a ring gear, which the starter engages, and it's called a flex plate because the plate has a slight bit of flex. It's a thin metal plate that basically just attaches these two pieces together and the flex plate needed to be replaced.
Dec 30, 2020
The vehicle came to our shop, the owner had a couple of concerns. He was actually having to add a fair bit of oil to this engine. So this is the 3L Mercedes diesel, having to add a little more oil in than he figured he should have. And, also the check engine light was on. A bit of a lack of power too. So next step testing, of course, we found there's a code for a high soot content in the DPF, diesel particulate filter. And also doing some visual inspections on the vehicle, we figured that the PCV system was probably part of the reason it was using too much oil. Also, the high exhaust back pressure can cause some issues with oil consumption as well. So a partially plugged DPF could do such a thing and when the soot content is this high, it's not flowing as well as it should.
Dec 17, 2020
So last week we did a video of walking around with the cab of the vehicle off. The engine had been overheated and, needed to be replaced in the easiest way to do that is to lift the cab off the vehicle. This week, we're going to look at the engine. What was wrong with it? What we did to replace it, repair it and get the vehicle back on the road.
Dec 14, 2020
2013 Range Rover Supercharged, basically engine overheated and damaged. Needed the engine replaced, repaired or replaced. And so we, started the procedure, the best way to get the engine out of this vehicle, believe it or not as to actually lift the cab off. It's like a Ford F350 or something diesel, you know, where you basically take the cab off to service the engine. You know, we do a lot of in car repairs and this is actually the first time we've pulled a cab off one of these. So I thought it was pretty amazing what you find underneath the cab.
Dec 11, 2020
So big showdown Ford Econoline versus Chevy Express. And I guess there's a GMC Savannah in there as well, which is the better van?
Dec 7, 2020
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Nov 30, 2020
The owner brought this vehicle to our shop. His complaint was that there was no heat or very little heat blowing on the driver's side of the vehicle. This is a vehicle that has split zone heating, and there was little or no heat on the driver's side of the vehicle, but it was blowing nicely on the passenger side.
Nov 25, 2020
The owner of this vehicle needed an out of province inspection. One of his complaints was that the vehicle would stall and had some engine performance issues and a number of accessories that were intermittently working. He'd mentioned that there were some problems with the fuse box or the fuses, that had been looked at previously.
Nov 19, 2020
Today we're talking about a 2011 Mercedes E350, which was towed in with some electrical issues. First off, the problem was intermittent, which always adds for some fun. The car was brought into the shop and it wouldn't shift out a park. Some of the things we noted, we could start the vehicle, but you would have to use the key, not the push button start. The instrument panels all lit up with a bunch of warning lights. And the other thing we noticed is the power seat wouldn't operate along with the tilt features of the steering column.
Nov 3, 2020
So the owner brought the car to the shop. The owner had taken the car to another shop and they suggested that the electronic throttle module needed to be replaced.
He wanted a second opinion and wanted us to look at it. So we did it.
Oct 27, 2020
Today we're talking about a little hot rod an Audi S4, 2004 that had some engine problems.
This is a regular client of ours and he was driving the vehicle all of a sudden the engine started running rough and he brought it straight to us for us to look at.
Oct 22, 2020
2009 Land Rover LR2 Crankcase Vent Valve
So the vehicle came to our shop with the client's concern that was there was a noise, like a noise coming from the engine area where after the vehicle was driven for a while and it's good and hot. So we had a look at a few things. We did actually do a repair, we replaced the serpentine belt tensioner because there was some noise from that issue. We ran it for a long time, never heard the noise. And then finally after some time that the noise reoccurred and we were able to find that the noise was coming from the PCV valve or crankcase vent valve.
Oct 14, 2020
The Volkswagen Tiguan is fairly reliable, with only a few issues. Most of them seem to be in the earlier model years of the vehicle. Some of the newer ones don't seem to have the same issues. It might be that they just need a little more time to age before the issues occur. It's a nice compact size vehicle about the same size as an Audi Q7, a Porsche Cayenne.
October 5, 2020
So the vehicle came to our shop. The air conditioning was not blowing cold air it was warm, so, needed some work.
Sept 22, 2020
So this vehicle came to our shop for a B service. The B service is an oil and filter change and then a full vehicle inspection. So we go over the vehicle from front to back, a visual inspection. Look at the brakes, remove the wheels, rotate tires as necessary. Few little things like lube door locks, hinges and latches. When we test the battery and charging system, look at all the lights, the wipers, underneath the vehicle for fluid leaks, inspecting the fluids, steering suspension, a thorough inspection of that area. So a really good thorough look over the car. And that's basically the B service. So that's what this car came in for.
Sept 14, 2020
The vehicle was brought in for some service and, driving the vehicle down the road, there was an exceptionally loud noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. Doing a little diagnosis and testing. We pretty quickly determined it was the right rear axle bearing that was making the noise. Extremely loud.
September 8, 2020
So Subarus, we're going to revisit talking about Subaru's and reliability. Maybe some of the later changes in the last decade. So we're going to talk from 2010 model year to present.
August 31, 2020
A regular client of ours came in with their 2015 Mini Cooper S. They had noticed some issues, some clunking and vibrations in the vehicle. They went to the dealer for service and, they'd been told that the right engine mount needed to be replaced. They liked our price, so we proceed with the job.
August 21, 2020
So this vehicle came to our shop a couple of months ago. She had a large coolant leak coming from the engine. It was coming from the intake manifold.There's a big crossover passage that goes over the intake manifold. Plastic wears out. So we replaced the intake manifold, solved the coolant leak, but, a month or two went by and the check engine light came on and there was an issue with the engine. Made some rattling noises when we'd go up a hill. So that was her concern. So came back to see what was going on.
August 18, 2020
So on a previous a podcast we talked about an inverter replacement and how there was a warning light left on the dash. We scanned the vehicle computer, and found a code for the high voltage battery pack. Not really surprised considering the vehicle had sat for a year. It already had some inverter issues previously and who knows really the full extent of what the car needed. The inverter replacement was a step along the journey of getting the car back into shape. So not really surprised when we found some issues with the high voltage battery pack.
August 11, 2020
This vehicle came to our shop with a very rough running, engine would barely run, a number warning lights on, and definitely needed some help. We did some tests. We pretty much determined that number one cylinder was the culprit. There was a number of misfire codes for that cylinder, and further testing we found that the fuel injector and number one cylinder was a kind of spraying like a fire hose. It was, as soon as you turn the key on, it would actually inject fuel. It's electronically controlled, whatever controls that hold the injector shut were basically not functioning.
July 27, 2020
This vehicle was brought to our shop. The owner had left it sitting for about a year. She'd been told by the Toyota dealer that the inverter needed to be replaced. And it's an expensive repair, so she decided to leave it and was now committed to fixing it. So she had chose to bring it to our shop to have us look at it and repair it.
July 21, 2020
The vehicle was towed to our shop in a no start condition. The owner had left the vehicle sitting for a while. Found the 12 volt battery had drained completely. So he'd replaced it. That restored power to the vehicle. When you turn the key on things would light up on the dash, but the car still wouldn't start.
July 14, 2020
So summer road trips, even with the current travel restrictions, we have to take vacations within our own country it seems. What are some of the things that we need to make our cars prepared for the kind of stress of taking longer trips?
July 7, 2020
So the vehicle came to our shop with a couple of concerns and one of them was that the engine was running rough and the check engine light was on.
June 30, 2020
The owner's concern was a warning light on the dash and said four wheel drive system fault. And there was a couple of other warning lights that would come on at the same time, ABS and then a couple of other things. So that was the primary concern.
June 24, 2020
So this vehicle was brought to us. It had a number of lights on, on the dash. Primarily the ABS light was the biggest concern. He'd actually taken it to another shop to have it scanned and diagnosed and repaired. But to make a long story short, it was at our shop too to be looked at. So we scanned the vehicle and found some interesting stuff.
June 22, 2020
The owner brought the vehicle to us with the air conditioning system not working. And he pointed out to us that you could see the air conditioning clutch was burnt at the front of the air AC compressor. So there was an obvious issue with that part.
June 16, 2020
The owner was sitting in his vehicle and I guess he needed to stretch out. So he pressed his legs rather hard on the floor, as he told me and pushed his back into the seat. And there's this pop. And after that, no lumbar support.
June 9, 2020
They're not exactly happy stories. We do get a number of people who come to us and, Oh, I just bought this car and it's got some issues. And, so yeah, it's a post-purchase inspection. This is why we're talking about pre-purchase inspections.Now, sometimes they're happy stories and we find, Hey, there's not much wrong with the car, needs a couple of little things. But in the case of these two cars, there was a lot going on.
June 4, 2020
A C63 came into our shop for some service. I found something interesting about this car. I actually own a SL55, it's a bit older and, there was a commonality between these two cars, not just that they're AMGs. Lets let's do a podcast and talk about AMG vehicles.
June 2, 2020
So the car is a 2013 328i. The owner had a couple of issues. One was, an oil leakage, some warning lights on the dash, the engine didn't feel like it was performing properly, possibly some misfires. So those are the client's concerns and things that we looked at.
May 27, 2020
So the owner brought the vehicle to us. He'd had some previous suspension issues repaired elsewhere, but he'd run into some other problems. The rear end of the vehicle was sitting very low and he'd found a few little bits and pieces lying on the ground.
May 19, 2020
Something had seized up in the rear differential. Something had broken. The vehicle was towed into the shop on a flat deck and carefully placed on the ground right in the hoisting position. So we could take it apart because it wouldn't roll. We actually did manage to make it move, but it made some pretty horrific bangs as we moved it. So something had blown apart in the rear differential.
May 15, 2020
We're going to talk about what to do if your car sits for a while since that's happening a lot these days with COVID-19 shutdown in the world, essentially. So what happens when a car sits too long?
May 11, 2020
So the customer brought the vehicle in, there's a brake pad warning light on the dash. So obviously he was concerned about that and that was his primary concern with the vehicle. Stopped okay. But there was a warning light on.
May 7, 2020
We're going to talk about proper maintenance for a modern BMW and there's a bit of conflicting information. If you look at the factory maintenance schedule, a lot of oil changes are scheduled for 24,000 kilometres. There's a lot of items. Over the years, BMW have said their transmissions don't require any service. It's often stamped onto the transmission pan. And, what we find out in the real world of doing services is, it's probably not the best way to maintain your BMW. If you care to keep your overall operating costs down and you want your car to last.
April 30, 2020
This vehicle had just been in the dealer for service and they noted the front rear brakes were worn out and needed to be replaced, and he brought it to us to have the brake work done.
April 23, 2020
The owner's complaint was that the vehicle is hard to start when it was hot, generally fine when it's cold but when you drive the vehicle for a little while, stop for five minutes, go to crank it over, it wouldn't crank over very easily. It was very laboured and hard to start.
April 20, 2020
Initially this 2007 Porsche 911 didn't come in with a transmission fluid problem. The client's concerns were that he'd bought the vehicle over the last little while, he took it into a shop to get some service. They replaced the transmission fluid among some of the service. After the service, he noticed that the transmission was, especially when the transmission was cold, it was difficult to get it in first and second gear. After making the shifts in those gears, it was kind of notchy and grindy and he had some concerns about it. The other shop had kind of hinted, he would probably need to replace the clutch, even though it had been done about 20,000 kilometres ago, but they kind of figured the clutch is probably worn out. He was not exactly keen on the idea. It's an expensive job. And seeing it had been done previously, he figured maybe that wasn't the case. So he contacted us and we had to look at the car.
April 17, 2020
A 2019 Mazda 3, a near new car and the owner brought it in to have her snow tires removed, summer tires installed, and to have the first maintenance service. It had about 7,500 kilometres on the odometer. So it was due for its first service.
April 13, 2020
We had a 2016 Honda Civic to our shop for an A-Service. An A-Service is our most basic service.
April 6, 2020
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March 27, 2020
So we had a new client come to our shop with this 2012 Range Rover Evoque. It was due for maintenance. He had a couple of concerns with the check engine light would come on occasionally, but other than that, just a basic maintenance service.
March 24, 2020
This vehicle was in for its first maintenance service. And I know you know a lot about this. So full disclosure everyone, this is your car Mark. We are featuring it and I know you know that, but it's awesome too, you know, thank you for the opportunity to do the first maintenance service on this vehicle.
March 20, 2020
The owner of the vehicle had mentioned he'd put his left rear window down, it made a horrible clunking sound. There was something that wasn't working quite right with the window. Also it was due for service, a maintenance service and the ABS brake warning light was on as well.
March 17, 2020
This vehicle had battery issues plus a few other things. The customer came to us, first of all, the battery required boosting every time. It wouldn't start. And also there's some transmission shifting problems and a couple of other things. But those were the two main concerns. And of course, with the transmission shifting, you know, the owner was thinking, well, is it worth doing anything with this car or is it time to say goodbye?
March 13, 2020
So this vehicle came to us, the owner also as an older Jaguar than this we do service on and he brought this one to us to do a maintenance service, full inspection. And we found that the left lower ball joint was severely loose.
March 8, 2020
There's a lot in the news about catalytic converter theft these days, it seems to be on the rise. And it's been going on for a long, long time. And catalytic converters have always had some value as scrap metal. They're filled with precious metals making them worth a lot more money these days.
Feb 24, 2020
So today we're talking about a 2012 Toyota Prius, which is a hybrid vehicle and came in for maintenance service. What was going on with this Prius C?
Feb 21, 2020
So this vehicle came to our shop with some noises coming from the front of the engine. We did a diagnostic on it, found two issues. These are the two common issues. You can see it in our other podcasts and videos that the timing chain was rattling. And the supercharger nose cone was also making a lot of noise.
Feb 19, 2020
So removing diesel emission equipment. I see actually quite a few diesel vehicles in my area that are blowing excessive smoke. Is this just a malfunction or is someone removed the emission equipment?
Feb 13, 2020
2012 Range Rover Sport Coolant Leak Repair2012 Range Rover Sport Coolant Leak Repair
Today we're revisiting an old tried and true topic, a Range Rover Sport coolant leak repair. What was going on with this Range Rover? What we found was a coolant leak coming from the engine. There's a plastic coolant pipe that from the upper radiator hose thermostat area that goes down under the intake manifold in that pipe, plastic pipe had cracked.
Feb 10, 2020
A 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid you were doing some service work on this vehicle. What was going on with this Toyota? The vehicle was brought in as a new customer, brought in for a maintenance service and due for a B service, which is, we often say a B services in oil and filter change along with a full vehicle inspection.
Feb 4, 2020
So a relatively new owner to this vehicle, and one of his complaints was that there was a smell of something burning when he'd get out of the vehicle, shut the engine off, get out of the vehicle, you could smell something burning. So we did a comprehensive inspection and a maintenance service. We noticed was a fluid leak coming from the right transfer case seal directly onto the exhaust pipe which sits right underneath where the axle seal is located.
Jan 30, 2020
So this vehicle came to our shop. It had some fuel leak issues. The first thing we noted coming out from under the hood was some pretty bad fuel injector leaks. They're also leaking combustion gas out of the engine. So it was our first repair. And that's a pretty major repair on one of these vehicles. So we replaced all the fuel injectors, cleaned off the engine, cleaned underneath the vehicle, road, tested it, and then we've also found that the gas tank was leaking, which was a bit of a surprise, first time we'd seen something like that on one of these vehicles.
Jan 27, 2020
So this vehicle came in for a regular maintenance service and battery. The battery was tested during the service and found that it was weak and needed to be replaced.
January 13, 2020