So the vehicle was brought to our shop. The client's concern was that the coolant warning light on the dash had come on. So there's low coolant warning.
Dec 29, 2023
So this vehicle came to us, towed in from a dealership that did not want to fix this car. A Mazda dealer did not want to fix their own vehicle. It had died on the customer and they determined the computer was bad. It had actually burnt up. They put in another used computer but that burnt up. And I believe they tried two computers and then decided that they didn't want to do anything more.
Dec 22, 2023
So this vehicle came to our shop. The owner called me, they were concerned because one of their wheels, their left rear wheel was sitting kind of on an angle. And I said, send me a picture. I got the picture looked at. I go, yeah, that doesn't look right. Bring it in. We can do an inspection on it and see what it is.
Dec 18, 2023
The owner of the vehicle brought the SUV to us. He had some ongoing concerns with the parking brake, had another shop do a number of extensive repairs on it, brought it back several times. They weren't really able to fix it. I believe there's probably some noises going on in the back brakes as well when driving. He'd given up on the other shop and brought it to us to have a look at.
Nov 27, 2023
The owner had a really bad shutter on acceleration, especially more noticeable at like 70, 80 kilometres, around the 50 mile kind of speed. Really bad shutter in the vehicle. They'd had some other work done on it to look at it, but they brought a test to figure out what was going on because no one else had solved it yet.
Nov 20, 2023
So this vehicle came to our shop with a check engine light on running fine. That's basically what was happening.
Nov 13, 2023
So the vehicle came to the shop. One of the concerns was there's a cooling system warning light on the dash. And that was kind of the primary concern with it.
Nov 10, 2023
Basically there's coolant leaking in the vehicle. There's some steam coming out from under the hood. The owner had to keep topping the coolant up. So it wasn't like a gush, complete gusher, but it was leaking enough that he had to top it up and deal with that. So that's basically why the car came in.
Nov 6, 2023
So the client's complaint was that sometimes the interior light in the car wouldn't come on and there was this continuous warning light on. It's actually not a warning, like a displayed warning that said battery voltage low. So that was a concern on the vehicle.
Nov 2, 2023
So this vehicle, the owner had complained that it felt like it was running rough, possibly an engine misfire. So that's why the vehicle came in and that's where we started our testing and diagnosis.
Oct 30, 2023
So the owner's complaint was that there was a creaking, they kind of described as a suspension noise, something in the rear of the vehicle. We did a steering suspension inspection, found a couple of very minor issues with some sway bar links in the front. But obviously that wasn't the issue. So we dug a little deeper and we realized that the noise was actually coming from inside the cabin of the vehicle.
Oct 27, 2023
So this vehicle came to our shop. It had the check engine light on. It was running very poorly, engine making some noise, rattling kind of noises. And there was a number of codes stored, basically the check engine light was on. So that's kind of what brought it in. Bad noise and poor performance.
Oct 23, 2023
So the vehicle came to our shop actually with some suspension issues. This has the hydraulic suspension, the ABC suspension system, had some issues with that. That's why it came to our shop. And in the process, we noticed some issues with the rear brakes and that's what we're talking about today.
Oct 20, 2023
The vehicle was towed to our shop. When the owner would put the key in and turn it, it would just make a clunk. Engine wouldn't crank over. We confirmed the engine wasn't turning over and that the motor was not seized.
Oct 16, 2023
So the owner of the vehicle brought it to us with a concern that there was a noise when you drive the vehicle above 60 kilometres an hour. It was pretty apparent, it had a kind of a growling type of noise.
Oct 13, 2023
So this vehicle came to our shop. The owner had some concerns, the vehicle had died while they were driving it on a couple of occasions. The vehicle sometimes wouldn't start. So it was a bit unreliable. It had been to another shop, had the battery replaced, but they weren't able to fix it. The owners had kind of lost confidence in the other place and wanted another shop to have a look at it. So they chose us and that's how the vehicle came to us.
Oct 10, 2023
The owner's complaint was that when the steering wheel was turned in say in a parking position, there's a crunching noise under the vehicle. And then when driving down the highway getting up to a certain speed, the steering wheel would start to shake and it's you know, pretty serious kind of issues.
Oct 6, 2023
The vehicle was brought to us. The owner had run the vehicle out of gas, driven it on the hybrid battery for a while. Then the vehicle died, wouldn't start. And so he had it towed to the Ford dealer. And they charged the 12 volt battery, found some codes for low battery voltage in the hybrid battery. The vehicle would not start and gave him an exceptionally high quote, in the thousands, to remove the battery and recharge it. Obviously the owner wasn't too happy with that. Brought it to us to look at, cause we do charge hybrid batteries.
Oct 2, 2023
The engine was overheating, it was brought to our shop. The owner had noticed steam coming out from under his hood, some liquid dripping down underneath and the temperature gauge was reading on the high side. Drove it for a little bit, but wisely stopped it. And brought it into the shop for repairs.
Sept 29, 2023
The vehicle came to our shop. It's a vehicle we regularly service. And the owner had noted that the coolant level was going down, there was a warning light on the dash came on. They added some coolant to the cooling system. And then the level went down again, the warning light came on. So they brought it into us to have a look at and figure out what was going on.
Sept 25, 2023
So this vehicle has a hydraulic suspension system and it was due for service. The client requested the service. He just bought the vehicle recently and wanted to make sure that the ABC suspension would last and work reliably.
Sept 19, 2023
The owner had noticed that when the vehicle is cold, it tended to miss some gear shifts and when you put it into reverse, it would make a grinding sound. Like a kind of clunk, a real rough engagement. These vehicles, just to put in some context, it's an actual manual transmission car, but is automatically shifted. So there's no clutch pedal in this vehicle. There's a clutch actuator that electronically shifts the gear.
Sept 11, 2023
The vehicle had been to another shop. I think the dealership, they attempted to replace the glow plugs and one of them broke and I'm not sure what happened from there. But the vehicle arrived at our shop to have the glow plugs replaced.
Sept 8, 2023
So this vehicle came to our shop with a severe blue smoke issue, like it was just puffing clouds. It was like the old James Bond car with the smoke screen. This car had this. Of course you couldn't turn the smoke screen off. It was just on all the time. It was that bad. So there was a severe amount of oil getting into the exhaust system somehow. Some problem had developed.
Sept 4, 2023
The transmission when you go to shift it, it wouldn't shift into gear. So it was basically stuck in park. And vehicle was towed in. The vehicle was diagnosed at the dealership and they didn't really want to deal with the repairs that were needed. There were also a couple other issues with the car. So it was towed over to us to look at and repair. Basically it kind of came pre diagnosed from the dealer needing this part, but we still needed to do our own thing on it too.
Aug 28, 2023
So this vehicle was barely running when it came to our shop. It had been at a Mercedes dealer, to have it repaired but they brought to us instead. There was apparently a water leak in the passenger side floor, some wiring damage was what we were told, when the car came in. The dash was lit up with numerous warning lights. It was barely drivable. Transmission wouldn't shift properly, and that's how it came to us.
Aug 21, 2024
So a pre purchase inspection is something that you would do when you're buying a car. Very important thing to do, I think. There's so many things that can be wrong with a car that you'll never know of until you have someone look at it. It costs a bit of money, but it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. So we did one on this BMW i8 for a customer who was looking to buy the car.
Aug 18, 2023
This vehicle actually came to us for a few items. Originally came to us for an out of province inspection, this person had moved from another province to British Columbia, and it requires a safety inspection, which we do. So doing the safety inspection, we found a couple of issues, and one of them was a fuel leak coming from one of the high pressure fuel injection pumps. So, these provincial inspections are basically a safety focused inspection, and having fuel leaking on top of an engine is definitely a safety issue.
Aug 14, 2023
This vehicle had actually been to our shop a little while ago, the air conditioning wasn't working. So we did some testing and diagnosis as we do and found that there was a leak from a pressure hose located from the compressor.
Aug 10, 2023
The owner brought the vehicle to us saying that the head gaskets that need to be replaced. There was some fluid leaks coming out of the engine coolant and oil. Usually it's just oil, but this one had some coolant leakage as well.
Aug 7, 2023
This vehicle came to our shop barely running ... There's a number of issues there. And we figured from that diagnosis, the 1st place to start was, you know, pulling the timing chain covers off. The timing chains that probably skip teeth and caused all the timing issues to happen. So it seemed like the actual engine compression wise was good. So that was where we figured we need to do the work. Timing chain replacements.
Aug 4, 2023
This vehicle came to our shop actually for a number of issues. And actually this particular item we're going to talk about in this podcast wasn't one of them, but it was something we discovered while we were doing another service. We found was an oil leak coming from the oil filter housing gaskets. To replace those gaskets, we had to remove the intake manifold. And we found some severe carbon deposits on the intake valves.
July 31, 2023
I don't know if the vehicle was towed or drove to the shop, but it had a pretty severe smoking issue. Blowing a lot of blue smoke. Pretty severe. So that's why it came to our shop. Colours of smoke can actually tell you quite a bit about what's going on. With gasoline engines, blue smoke is a very clear indication that it's oil. White smoke is coolant and black smoke would be too much fuel. So it was pretty apparent what was going on.
July 27, 2023
The owner brought the vehicle in because he thought there may be a bad wheel bearing. There was a noise when you drive down the road and they'd had a wheel bearing replaced previously. So assumed another wheel bearing had gone on the vehicle. So that was why the vehicle came into the shop.
July 24, 2023
This vehicle came to our shop with a couple of issues. One of the drive belts had broken off, and also there was a pretty major coolant leak. And maybe that coolant leak was the primary concern of the client. But anyways, that was the main reason it came in. It was dripping a lot of coolant outta the vehicle and spraying coolant under the hood.
July 21, 2023
So this vehicle had a really interesting issue. The client's complaint was that the brakes, at certain times, the pedal would be very low, brake pedal would sink a lot. And this vehicle, we've been kind of looking at it over a little while.
July 17, 2023
The owner of the vehicle was having a very hard time getting the vehicle into gear. It really wouldn't shift properly. So there was clearly a problem with the clutch and the clutch needed to be replaced.
July 10, 2023
So this vehicle came to our shop. We had some electronic problems with the vehicle, but largely caused by water leaking into the car. And one of the owner's complaints was when I turn the heater on, you can actually hear water gushing into the back of the car. Which was kind of like, whoa, that sounds pretty serious.
June 30, 2023
So this vehicle came to our shop. The owner had expressed that there was a number of things going on. A variety of electrical issues where the wipers weren't working, and then the turn signals that all of a sudden blink without being turned on. And it was just a kind of a ghost in the machine, so to speak.
June 30, 2023
This vehicle came to our shop with a concern that sometimes the steering was stiff, the wheel wouldn't turn properly, seemed like a possible power steering issue. So I took the vehicle for a road test and I didn't notice any problem with it. So it was an intermittent issue.
June 26, 2023
So the owner's complaint was he was driving down the highway and the engine was overheating. So pretty serious concern. That's why it came to our shop.
June 19, 2023
The owner had a small coolant leak, coolant drip coming from the vehicle, so brought it to us to have a look at.
June 12, 2023
This vehicle came to our shop with a check engine light and a warning that within a certain amount of time it would shut off and not restart because of a performance issue.
Jun 5, 2023
The owner brought the vehicle in because the mode operation of the heater wasn't working. So the mode basically controls where the heating system or air conditioning system blows the air. Whether it's gonna blow it on the defroster or in your face or on the floor or all of the above. There's basically a motor and a door and a flap that operates that system.
May 29, 2023
So a pre-purchase inspection is something that you would do when you're buying a used car. Very important thing to do. There are so many things that can be wrong with a car that you'll never know of until you have someone look at it. So it's a highly important thing to do. It costs a bit of money, but it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. We did one on a BMW i8 for a customer who was looking to buy this car.
May 23, 2023
This is a new service that you're offering and we've been able to do some key reprogramming through having other mobile service companies come to our shop for certain vehicles. We also will take vehicles to dealers to have them programmed, but now we actually have tools and equipment to reprogram most make and model keys in our shop.
May 15, 2023
The power steering wasn't operating, so when you turn the wheel, it was very stiff to turn. And I believe there may have been some noises associated with it as well, but the owner's complaint was the power steering wasn't operating.
May 8, 2023
This vehicle came to our shop and the client's concern was that one of the speakers was making some pretty hideous crackling noises and wasn't making the music listening experience pleasurable. So some repairs were needed.
May 1, 2023
So this vehicle came to our shop with a coolant leak. Not a surprise on a Range Rover or many cars for that matter to not be too hard on Range Rovers. But yeah, it came with a coolant leak concern.
Apr 24, 2023
The owner's complaint was that the brakes were making some noise when you apply the brakes. So that's why it came to our shop.
Apr 17, 2023
So the customer's complaint was a noise coming from the front of the engine. Thought it was maybe a belt noise or a bearing noise. It was like a kind of a high pitch, sort of screechy kind of noise. The description wasn't exactly perfect, but there was definitely a noise coming from the front of the engine. It was intermittent and mostly when the engine was hot. So that was what we were tasked to find.
Apr 10, 2023
This this vehicle came to our shop with a couple of concerns, but one of them was a fluid leak in the rear. We found that the left rear axle seal coming out of the differential was leaking fluid.
Apr 3, 2023
This vehicle was brought in for a commercial vehicle inspection. Any vehicle, like a taxi, certain vehicles that haul goods over a certain weight or a number of passengers, need to be inspected. So this company that we do this for is a charitable organization. They work with a lot of handicapped people and this van can transport up to eight people. So that requires a commercial vehicle inspection.
March 27, 2023
This car came to our shop cause the heater blower wasn't turning on. The switch seemed to operate the heater blower, but there was no air being blown. So that's important thing to fix, important thing to have in a car when it's hot or cold. It's good to have it at any temperature.
March 24, 2023
So the vehicle came to our shop with a rough running engine. The owner had been to a couple other shops, but for some reason he really wanted to work with us on addressing his concerns. He'd been to one shop, they'd tested the compression and found one cylinder was bad.
March 20, 2023
The owner brought the vehicle to our shop, basically the engine had developed a misfire. He'd had all the ignition coils and sparked plugs replaced, and still a misfire persisted. The the vehicle wasn't running, the PCM was out. The PCM was bad, powertrain control module. Basically the computer that runs the engine and transmission, it was bad.
March 17, 2023
So the owner had left the vehicle sitting for a couple of months and started driving it. And he noticed that when he would be driving it, especially on higher speeds, there would be this sort of thumping, clicking kind of sound that he figured was kind of coming from the back of the vehicle. So that's how the vehicle came into us. And that's what we proceeded to look at.
March 13, 2023
The vehicle was due for a B service based on mileage and time. And that's that's what we did on the vehicle. That's why it came in.
March 6, 2023
This vehicle came to our shop with a few concerns actually. We did replace the radiator, but it actually came to our shop with a couple concerns. There were some noises and the feel the vehicle didn't quite feel right while driving it at higher speeds.
Feb 27, 2023
This vehicle was towed into our shop with a no start condition. There was a warning on the dash security system and basically it shut out the starting of the vehicle. When we did the steering column wiring inspection, found a number of electrical aftermarket devices hooked into the wiring which is a definite no-no, and a definite cause for problems.
Feb 20, 2023
This vehicle came in for a few maintenance items but today we're talking about the cabin air filter replacement. The vehicle has over 90,000 kilometres.
Feb 13, 2023
So the vehicle was due for a B Service and there was also a few fluids that we'd mentioned to the client and services last time they were in, that would probably need to be done at this point in time. So we did the B Service and changed a few fluids and a cabin air filter at the same time.
Feb 6, 2023
So this vehicle, when the defrost or the air conditioning was turned on, and it's actually cold, we're in Vancouver. It's wintertime. So turning the air conditioning on would really only come on when you turn the defroster on, on this vehicle. It would basically cause the radiator fan to run. It's an electric fan, to run on high speed and it wouldn't shut off until you actually shut the key of the vehicle off and kind of reset it. So it's kind of annoying because you can hear a very loud warring noise coming from the front of the vehicle and it does waste a lot of electrical energy to run the fan on full speed.
Jan 30, 2023
This vehicle came to our shop. It wouldn't start. So it was probably a service and repairs. No start condition. Basically the battery was dead.
Jan 23, 2022
The owner of the vehicle had complained on a highway drive actually up to Whistler, which is near Vancouver. It's a highway drive, it's twisty roads, perfect roads for this kind of car. Notice that, you know, the clutch would slip sometimes when they're accelerating up like on a hill. So that's usually a classic description of a clutch wearing out or being worn out.
Jan 16, 2023
So this vehicle came to us in a couple of different rounds. The first round we scanned it, there was a code for a lean air fuel condition. Did some diagnostic and testing on that and figured based on the fact that there was low fuel mileage, everything we could test on the AirFuel ratio issue. So we completed the work sent the vehicle out the door, and a week later came back and the check engine light was back on again.
Jan 9, 2023
This vehicle came to us because the owner couldn't lock the vehicle because of an issue with the door locks. It was a very irritating issue. Couldn't lock the door and the alarm would go off. So let's unravel the mystery of the front door latch.
Jan 2, 2023