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  1. Mobile Dan

    Problem with paint at high tempertures

    Every Thanksgiving I seem to have the same problem...at high temps it turns from pale yellow to golden brown. Gets a little "crispy"? Always seems to happen when it gets up to temp, which takes several hours at 350 degrees. Nobody but me seems to be alarmed by this. Why does this keep happening?
  2. Mobile Dan

    How do you handle this situation?

    Sometimes I get into the automotive diagnostic situation where the customer makes a guess at the most obvious cause for a problem, and when it turns out that they had guessed correctly, they are reluctant to pay for time required to diagnose the problem. When you tell them what the problem is...
  3. Mobile Dan

    How should I mount this beast?

    Just bought this hose reel. Got any tips for mounting on the wall inside my residential garage? Typical drywall on 2x4 studs, 16" center-to-center. Weighs 22.75 lbs.
  4. Mobile Dan

    AC problem 2000 deawoo lanos

    Clutch engages, but system pressures (high and Low side) stays about 60 lbs, at idle or when revved up. This compressor is a V5 with serviceable pressure valve (control valve is in compressor- accessible from underneath on rear of compressor). Compressor is not noisy...what are the chances a...
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    New rear rotors won't fit over rusty shields- GM trucks

    I keep running into this problem when replacing rear rotors on GM trucks and large SUVs with rear disc brakes. The 'backing plates' are swollen with rust and the new rotors rub on them. Sometimes the new rotor won't even fit due to the interference. I always get my rotors from Advance Auto. When...
  6. Mobile Dan

    Pool of dexcool on top of block...Malibu

    After doing a brake job on a 2000 Malibu with 3.1, I saw antifreeze on the floor of my garage. Customer never mentioned coolant loss, but I can see a small rectangular cavity on top of block and under thermostat, and that cavity is full and running over with coolant. Is this most likely one...
  7. Mobile Dan

    Ford Van yellow shifter cable adjustment lock

    I know that sometimes these things are difficult to explain with words, but... Where do I push, pry, twist, etc, to loosen this clip so I can adjust the shifter cable? I've tried a few things, but I want to avoid breaking it. It's in a tight spot. Even with a mirror, I can't figure out how to...
  8. Mobile Dan

    What is your favorite glue for plastic parts?

    I'm trying to repair some front end damage as cheaply as possible for a relative. 2000 Buick Lesabre Ltd. Has some tears in the bumper cover. Cover is a flexible plastic. It is painted on the "shiny side". Has some cracks in the oval- shaped grill. Grill is hard plastic with chrome plating on...
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    2001 Econoline E-350 braking/steering weird

    I'm trying to figure out what's going on with a Ford E-350. It has a 5.4 engine and 200,000 miles on it. I will try to describe the problem. From a cold start, while braking with average pressure, it pulls slightly to the left. After 1 or 2 brake applications. it seems to brake properly, but...
  10. Mobile Dan

    2004 Expedition spark plugs in 5.4

    This engine has a coil-on-plug setup and ALLDATA says it's a 3 hour job....and includes a TSB for spark plug thread repair. I'm not sure of the mileage, but I suspect the plugs have never been changed. I do NOT want to deal with thread problems....is this one of those fabulous Ford engines that...
  11. Mobile Dan

    Grandma keeps getting stranded

    1989 Olds Cutlass Ciera with a 2.8L V6. Has an intermittent no-start problem, mostly after a hot soak. Fuel pressure is good, will run on carb cleaner. My scanner shows RPM while cranking, and a noid light stays on steady while cranking. I believe the injectors stop working when the problem...
  12. Mobile Dan

    The coil-pack on a '98 Taurus...How do you get that sucker out?

    This FFFFFord has the 3.0 DOHC engine and I want to change the plugs, wires, and coilpack, but the coilpack is on the rear valve cover and covered by the windshield cowl. Should I take off the cowl for better access, or try to reach way back in there and get it loose with the cowl still in...
  13. Mobile Dan

    Need more info about Chevy knock sensor

    I'm having an intermittent CEL with a P0332, Knock Sensor circuit low input Bank 2. The vehicle is a 2004 Silverado with a 6.0 L Vortec engine. It seems to run OK. I have an AutoXray scanner and this is the freeze frame data... closed loop coolant 195 degrees F 12.9% load 62 mph...
  14. Mobile Dan

    what does this thing do?

    13sm20_b2320[1] http://www.thehondapartsstore.com/herson/jsp/prddisplay.jsp?inputstate=5&catcgry1=ACCORD&catcgry2=1990&catcgry3=2DR+LX&catcgry4=KA5MT&catcgry5=CLUTCH+MASTER+CYLINDER&ListAll=All&vinsrch=no Part number 24....called a damper assembly.,clutch...it's in the hydraulic line...
  15. Mobile Dan

    "98 Achieva will only run for one second

    Acts like a Passlock issue, but "security" light does not flash after it dies...it stays on steady. Had a crank sensor code....customer's boyfriend found that torn belt had cut through the wires of the sensor by the crank pulley. He replaced the sensor, now code is gone, but still only runs for...
  16. Mobile Dan

    A/C question for Ford / Lincoln / mercury experts

    http://www24.brinkster.com/sdhartney/linc/evtm,%20eatc.pdf A/C clutch will not engage, even if I supply power and ground directly to the clutch coil. The coil has continuity, it may be shorted internally. It is not shorted to ground. There is a possibility that the clutch air gap is too wide, I...
  17. Mobile Dan

    96 S-10 Blazer shift soleniod circuit resistance values?

    96 Blazer with 4.3L and 4WD seems to have no first gear unless you shift it manually. It has 1-2 and 2-3 codes. I want to do circuit resistance tests between fuse (power side) and PCM pins (ground side) but I don't know what would be the proper range of resistance for those circuits. Any info...
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    2003 Chevy Venture 3.4 with insufficient EGR flow

    This van runs fine, but sometimes the CEL comes on for a P0401 code. I haven't taken anything apart yet. Please give me an opinion as to what you think is the most likely cause. A. Passage between egr and intake is partially plugged. Can I clean it with a piece of wire about 5 inches long? B...
  19. Mobile Dan

    2004 Mazda MPV spark plug location?

    This 04 MPV looks like it has a DOHC V6. Do I need do remove the upper air intake plenum to replace the rear spark plugs? If so, will I need any new gaskets? Thank you, Dan
  20. Mobile Dan

    2002 Buick Rendezvous ign won't turn

    The customer says she had trouble getting the key to go into the Ignition, then she got it in, but the key would not turn. I have tried lubing the lock cylinder, juggling the key, and tapping the cylinder with a small hammer. The steering wheel is locked, but I don't think it is in a bind. The...