This problem just really gets under my skin I’m sure you have got into your gm weather you have a blazer,Grand-am,impala or just about any olds buick caddilac pontiac gmc chevy or saturn you get in the car it starts right up and then dies with in 2 seconds. The other issues is it just cranks and wont start or wont crank at all theft light flashes. To make things worse most shops have no clue how to fix this and the ones that do it is ridiculously expensive. To top it all off the older cars some of the parts are no longer available what are you supposed to do throw the car away. The systems are compile of many components that depend on the signal from all of them the ignition key the cylinder a body control module and the main computer without one signal the problems start. We use these cars to make stock cars and have the same issues because we have to remove allot of things then the car doesn’t run so weather the car is a normal every day car or a race car the problem is there it can cost tons to fix I’m talking it can be 1000 or more on some modules. Well I’m not one to just say spend it or i can’t fix it so after tons of research and buying things that don’t work. I have found a great full system bypass module that you can permanently bypass the system for under 200 dollars they are fairly easy to install a few wires to splice and tape and your done. these guys that have designed this did it just to be able to fix there own cars so it was done out of need not just to make money so they use there own product. I will provide you with this link you be the judge i only endorse the full bypass system i have never messed with the diy module http://newrockies.ca/?ap_id=cartech don’t count on me recommending to many products i only did this to help all the people that are getting the shaft by spending to money on the oem stuff only for the problem to return.
This one is a real issue gm did a recall to correct the problem the cavaliers and sunfires have bad ignition switches that can cause many electrical issues from wiper problems to windows and door locks you name it. General motors was replacing these switches for customers but if it was done once and you have the problem again it will be hard to get them to replace it for free again. First go get yourself a new switch from general motors or your local parts store. Next unscrew the tilt lever if you have tilt.
Remove the top steering column trim this just snaps on so pull up on it at the area near the steering wheel the bottom near the dash has 2 hooks that slide into the lower trim.
Now remove the lower trim there are a screws in the bottom of it some have 7 mm some have torx screws.
On the left side of the column you will see the switch it is held on by 2 small screws these are usually inverted torx you can get these sockets just about any parts store in a pinch i have used a small regular socket. The switch will just slide out after you unplug it.
Got a venture if so you need this information the transmission lines run across the bottom of the radiator support where all the road grim and salt can corrode and rust them. The truck will be driving along fine the wham it won’t move and your calling a tow truck. Just to find out the line blew it rusted in half these lines are not that expensive and are easy to change so if yours still move and isn’t blown look to see if its rusted you may want to do it before it breaks. This will save you the cost of a tow and the price of all the fluid not counting the mess that it makes and the aggravation of being broke down.
the lines are just held on by snap clips on each end. So just jack it up take the snap clips of the trans lines at the radiator and the trans side 4 total the lines will just pull out put the clips back on and the new lines just snap back in be sure to snap the plastic over the clip when done so it prevents the clip from coming out by accident.
Got to love the fact that you go to the drive thru and you need to fiddle with the power window switch on your venture maybe you can get the window to work maybe not how embarrassing. Well this is a age old problem we use this window all the time and water and dirt gets in the switch. But we fight with instead of changing the switch and honestly you can do it in 10 minutes.
All you need is a small flat screw driver slide it under the rear of the switch trim panel and push in on the release and lift the panel out.
Next slide the screw diver under the side of the switch and release the switch from the panel.
Finally push in on the release on the plug and pull the plug from the switch.
OK put it back together and go to the drive thru without the stress of not knowing what is going to work or not.
What had happened these regulators use a cable and the area where the cable hooks to the regulator is plastic and they break. You can buy this regulator aftermarket for allot less than the dealer. This is not hard first you have to remove the door panel.
Put the new one in plug the switches back in and test the window before you fully put it back together is it works correctly put the trim panel back on.
Driving along and the power steering just quites you pop the hood and look at the belt it still looks good. Next you check the fluid it’s full you scratch your head and think what the heck. So you struggle to drive it home. Well i got the answer we see this pretty often the power steering pump shaft has broken and the pump needs to be changed.
- Remove the air cleaner assembly.
- Remove the drive belt.
- Install a drain pan under the vehicle.
- Disconnect the power steering pressure hose (1) from the power steering pump.
- Disconnect the power steering cooler hose (2) from the power steering pump.
- Disconnect the wiring harness from the wiring loom on the power steering pump.
- Remove the power steering pump mounting bolts.
- Remove the power steering pump.
This has been a thorn in every ones side that works on cars it will be very informative but not vehical specific. If you have a gm with a v6 or v8 engine this is for you. That coolant bottle keeps going low and you can’t see a leak you take it to the shop you get the answer i don’t know what to tell you if it goes low again bring it back i can’t see anything. Well thats the truth he can’t see it because whats is happening is the intake gaskets are leaking and allowing the coolant to get into the oil. Yep that’s Right into the oil but here’s what people need to know. Green antifreeze from the older model mixes with the oil and the oil will look like a chocolate milkshake on the dipstick. Dex-cool orange coolant doesn’t mix with oil and will lay on the bottom of the pan you can’t see it the dipstick may say its over full this is a sign. With today’s quick lubes it makes it harder they drain the oil but don’t pay attention to what comes out. When the drain plug is removed orange antifreeze will come out. The coolant in the bottom of the pan if you don’t catch this early enough is like just running the bearings in water and then the motor will have a major bearing failure and need replaced. Thanks for reading this i think everyone should read this so pass the link around.
Well i hear this one allot i was just driving along and my air just quite it was cold i don’t understand. They put a new serpentine belt on and didn’t realize that this model has a separate a/c belt all the way at the bottom on the right side of the front of the engine. This belt almost never gets changed and it breaks and then no air go figure if no belt it won’t work. What i like to do is since the tensioner likes to fail on this is change the tensioner and belt the parts stores usually have a kit with both in the kit.
This is not any car specific but if you disconnect the battery you may find that the radio locks and this can be a problem since most don’t know the code for there radio. Do yourself a big favor and save the aggravation of trying to get it or spending a ton of money at the dealer letting them unlock it. Real simple solution go to any parts store and get a power saver this thing is so simple but it works. I’m not promoting any brand or product but you need one of these it is a cigarette light end like you cell phone charger and the other end has a 9 volt battery plug on it. You got it just put a 9 volt battery on it and plug it in to the cigarette light this will maintain the voltage enough for you to change the battery without loosing the radio settings.