Recent Repairs

The purpose of this page is to let you see how our automotive repairs take shape. My plan here is to link repairs to the actual invoices so you can know what to expect when it comes time to pay your bill.

​​Emissions Repair

2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L 120,454

Problem: Emissions Fail

Multiple codes; some due to customer unplugging the fuse block and computer. Cleared codes and drove vehicle. Noticed Oxygen Sensor Bank 1 Sensor 1 stuck lean, causing high fuel trims and Oxygen Sensor monitor wouldn't set. Replaced Oxygen Sensor; completed drivecycle. Vehicle Passed Emissions.

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​Emissions Repair

1999 Toyota Camry 2.2L 170,810

Problem: Emissions Fail: P0401

EGR: Insufficient Flow

Upon Inspection of EGR System, found vacuum nipple broken off of EGR Transducer. Replaced Transducer. Vehicle Passed Emissions

Fleet Truck

2006 GMC Savannah Van 4.3L 270,294 miles

Problem: Won's shift into gear

Problem: AC blower only has one speed

Shift Cable Broken - Replaced Shift Cable with OEM part

Blower Motor Resistor Burned - Replaced Blower Motor Resistor

Answer: How much for parts n labor to replace # 4 cracked piston & rings apexautoaz, 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, Phoenix, AZ

I would estimate cost to be in the thousands. It would require removal of the engine which opens up a world of possible extra costs. Also, the #4 cylinder may be damaged beyond repair requiring a new engine. Also, one would wonder what caused the piston to crack or the rings to be damaged. I would likely steer you toward a good used engine from a reputable source. Thank you, [email protected]

Answer: Does my Saturn have an electric power steering motor? apexautoaz, 2003 Saturn L200, Sun City, AZ

Your power steering is not electric. It is a hydraulic pump driven by the accessory serpentine belt. There is an electronic power steering control module. There are several Technical Service Bulletins on this problem; but, it will require further investigation to determine the exact problem. Let me know if you have further questions or need the car looked at. Thank you. [email protected]

Answer: 4 wheel drive button wont disengage to normal drive. apexautoaz, 1991 Ford Bronco, Phoenix, AZ

If the transfer case is an "electric shift" version; then, the problem you describe would likely be the transfer case shift actuator motor. This is a common problem. The shift actuator motor is mounted directly to the top rear of the transfer case, held on by 3 10mm bolts. It is available aftermarket for about $100.00. On the other hand, if the transfer case is the manual version (with a shift lever) then the problem is internal to the transfer case and is probably due to a worn shift fork or worn range fork. [email protected]

Answer: What A/C vent temperature should I get on recirculation, ambient temperature 95. apexautoaz, 2010 Ford Focus, Phoenix, AZ

In recirculation mode on lowest fan speed, temps should be 40-47 deg F. [email protected]

Answer: Check engine light came on after 2 weeks of buying replaced catalytic converter apexautoaz, 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, Phoenix, AZ

We need to know the exact code(s) that is causing the check engine light. I will scan it (no charge) and help you find the underlying problem if you want to come by. No appointment necessary. [email protected]

Answer: how do I replace the brake booster? apexautoaz, 2002 Nissan Frontier, Mesa, AZ

This job calls for 1.6 hours of shop time. Can be done with basic hand tools. Be careful not to deform or bend brake lines during installation of booster. Replace clevis pin if damaged. Be careful not to splash brake fluid on painted areas it may cause paint damage. If brake fluid is splashed on painted areas, wash it away with water immediately. Take care not to damage brake booster mounting bolt thread when installing. Due to the narrow angle of installation, the threads can be damaged by the dash panel. [email protected]: what is the best way to clean the throttle body on a 1993 chevy caprise apexautoaz, 1993 Chevrolet Caprice, Phoenix, AZ

I would use simple green or ammonia and a soft cloth. Avoid harsh chemicals. There is a coating on the inside of the throttle body that resists sludge buildup. Harsh chemicals can remove this coating. Thank you, [email protected]: My AC is not blowing very cold. How do i go about charging the system myself ? apexautoaz, 1998 BMW 540i, Mesa, AZ

Cold A/C is more about removing air and moisture from the refrigerant than charging the system. Removing air and moisture is done with a vacuum pump. Drawing a deep vacuum boils moisture. Then add refrigerant and recover refrigerant again to dislodge more stubborn water molecules. Vacuum again; then, charge. This level of proper A/C service costs $44.95 plus refrigerant. Vacuuming a system also reveals leaks which can be fixed at the same time to avoid future leak downs. Thanks. [email protected]: Where is the thrmostat located? apexautoaz, 2003 Oldsmobile Alero, Phoenix, AZ

Identify the water pump and trace the feed pipe back to the thermostat housing. In automatic transmission models, you must remove the exhaust manifold to gain access. This job calls for 2.0 hours when performed by a technician in a shop. Thank you. [email protected]: Where are the ac relays located, and how do you check then out? apexautoaz, 2006 Buick Lucerne, Glendale, AZ

You should bring your Buick in for AC diagnosis. That kind of problem can be identified rather quickly by an A/C tech. I'd start by confirming that there is sufficient refrigerant in the system to allow operation. If the A/C compressor doesn't engage on command, I'd test the wire supplying the compressor clutch for 12 volts. If there's voltage, its the clutch. If no voltage, I'd work backwards through the wiring diagram to find the electrical fault. Thank you, [email protected]

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