Replacing the Lumina APV for the 1997 model year, the Chevrolet Venture was a welcome addition in the minivan marketplace, with modern styling and creature comforts not seen in its predecessor. The StabiliTrak system and GM's OnStar were available. The Venture’s 3.4-liter engine featured a sequential fuel injection system, which heavily relied upon the camshaft position sensor to accurately determine fuel injector timing. Failure of the sensor may set trouble code P0341, while affecting performance and fuel economy.
Although an example of “badge engineering” in its laziest form, the Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth Neon was a viable American option for consumers looking for a compact vehicle in a market heavily dominated by imports. While generally respected as an affordable economy car, it didn’t take long for a wide range of performance and styling parts to appear in the aftermarket. A defective crankshaft position sensor may throw one or several diagnostic trouble codes, may cause intermittent stalling issues, or a no-start condition.
Ford’s Freestar minivan had a short production run – from 2004 through 2007. The short run could be attributed to several factors, but the most obvious was that this “all-new” model wasn’t much more than a rebadged Windstar. The looks of the Windstar wasn’t the only thing that carried over however, as both models shared some of the same common failures. In this case we’re talking about the windshield wiper switch. When this switch fails, you can lose operation of not only the wipers, but the turn signals, headlights, or even the horn. You can acquire a replacement switch at…
The Mazda MPV entered the North American market as one of the more credible, early attempts by a Japanese automaker to take a piece of the thriving minivan market, then mostly dominated by the “Big Three” American companies. The 1995 MPV featured a 3.0-liter V-6 boasting a respectable 155 horsepower, and an optional all-wheel-drive system. Eventually, like any other vehicle on the road, and given enough miles and usage, the engine’s starter will fail and require replacement.
At one point in time, an inoperative speedometer meant one thing: you needed to replace your speedo cable. There were no other ill side effects. Cruise control – if you were lucky enough to have it – would still work because it was vacuum controlled. Your transmission would shift just fine, and you would just guess your speed until you had time to fix it. That, however, was long before we computerized our vehicles – long before engineers started giving them seemingly more intelligence than some of the other drivers on the road. Your 1996 Suburban may not be as…
The mid 1990s brought about the end of various Chrysler vehicles – most notably the Dodge Shadow, the Plymouth Sundance and the Colt, which was sold under both brand names. Enter stage left: the Dodge Neon. This little prospective track car hit the streets in 1995 to replace the aforementioned nameplates. The first generation of the Neon lasted until 1999, but this generation has a hefty following among amateur racers. The second and final generation of the Neon ran through the 2005 model year, but wasn’t quite as popular as a whole compared to the first generation. All 2000-to-2005 Dodge…
Chrysler introduced the Neon into the economy-car market in 1994, as part of their 1995 model-year lineup. The Neon's first generation lasted until the 1999 model year, at which time Chrysler streamlined the model options. Regardless of the model year, all Neons were equipped with electronically controlled fuel systems, employing fuel filters to remove sediment and other foreign material from the fuel.
In 1995, the Honda Civic was one of the more versatile compact cars on the road, thanks to its wide array of engines and three distinct body styles: coupe, hatchback and sedan. Air conditioning was an available option on all three body styles, and the systems all used R-134a refrigerant to help keep things cool. When recharging the air conditioning system, you must always be mindful of the total capacity of the system.
The early days of computer controls were kind of like the Wild West -- almost anything went. Prior to the debut of OBD-II in 1996, manufacturers put computers wherever they felt like, programmed them however they felt and used whatever connectors they got the best deal on. Those early computers weren't exactly marvels of engineering either, by today's standards. If it's come time to replace your 1980s-spec computer with something a little better or less broken, you can expect a slightly confusing hunt for the ECM.
The 1995 Ford Aspire was produced for Ford by Kia Motors in Korea. The Aspire replaced the Ford Festiva in 1994, and lived only three years before Ford discontinued it due to declining sales. On the 1995 Aspire, the electronic control module is inside the distributor and must be replaced, along with the distributor, as a complete unit.
Introduced in 1981, the Chevrolet Cavalier was one of the first front wheel drive vehicles introduced from general motors. The 1999 model year was part of the third and final generation of the Cavalier. The final design introduced a much sportier body style than it predecessors, based primarily on the Chevrolet Camaro design. This generation was also introduced into the Japanese market as the Toyota Cavalier.
1995 was the last year of the first generation of the Saturn S series. One of the most attractive features of the Saturn was the dent resistant polymer panels. The most unique feature of the Saturn line was that they were designed and manufactured almost entirely at their facility in Spring Hill Tennessee. 1995 was also the first year the SL2 incorporated a sequential multiport fuel injection system to improve both performance and fuel mileage. The oxygen sensor provides feedback of the oxygen content in the exhaust to the powertrain control module. With this information, the PCM will make final…
Volkswagen is a funny kind of company. Originally founded to build "peoples' cars," VW's made a reputation for itself building cars that last forever as long as they're maintained. They're pretty easy to maintain -- as long as you know how, and have all the right tools. Fortunately, as a card-carrying member of the Cult of Bug, I wasn't caught out when it came to replacing this Jetta's fuel filter.
You see all kinds of things on service calls. I've seen buzzards in truck toolboxes, and I've seen blown-out engine blocks repaired with duct tape and sheetmetal screws. I even had to throw a rock at a panther once. But I still maintain that you haven't really lived until you've replaced a belt tensioner in the dark while surrounded by vampires. Sparkly, sparkly vampires.
The 1999 Suburban had four different head unit styles available, and all four of them had clock displays. These head units had two different time-setting procedures, depending on whether the head unit had "HR" and "MN" buttons, or not. Setting the time on both versions is a fairly simple task.
A day on the beach in a convertible is better than any day anywhere else, in any other car. Unless, of course, you can't get off the beach because your power steering belt is broken, and you found yourself 20 feet from the water with evening high tide approaching. When I got to this particular Capri, the warm, lapping waters of the Atlantic told me that this roadster was about 10 minutes from becoming a dinghy.
It's a truism of the human condition that encounters with mothers-in-law rarely end well. The same thing can usually be said of landlords. The sight of my mother-in-law's green Tacoma trundling up the driveway is a dread-inspiring thing on the best of days, and being $400 behind on the rent we owed her pretty much guaranteed an Old West standoff on the front lawn. But as hot as she was sure to be, her truck was absolutely steaming. Some people might have smelled antifreeze in the white cloud billowing from under the truck's hood -- but I smelled opportunity.
These days, it seems like everyone has to have the newest and hottest thing. The newest phone, the latest television, the latest and greatest sheetmetal to roll into showrooms. This particular 300M might not have been the latest and greatest 300, but it was pretty obvious the owner didn't care. In fact, the AC belt on this car wasn't even broken; the owner just wanted to replace it as a matter of preventative maintenance to keep her Chrysler pristine. Those 300C buyers could learn a thing or two about the virtues of caring for a great used car, even if…
In America, we have a certain vision of the SUV; our ideal is that an SUV should be the size of a Saturn V rocket, and have a V-8 engine with about as much power as the Titanic. Here, a four-cylinder SUV like the RAV4 is something between a joke and a mistake, to people who have never owned one. But I've always found that when it comes to off-roading, just enough is just right, and too much is usually way too much.
My Kia Rio may not be the prettiest car on the road, but it's inexpensive to maintain and its 30 mpg on the highway keeps extra change in my pocket. That extra change came in handy the other day when my Rio overheated due to a stuck thermostat. A quick trip to the parts store for a new thermostat and gasket and an afternoon of work later, and my 2001 Rio was back on the road.
Back in the day, I seem to recall hearing somebody say that American brands don't sell in America anymore. Maybe that's true, in the sense that Buick sells more cars in China than it does here. But I know I bought my Pontiac Vibe because of the Pontiac name. Sure, it's technically a Toyota Matrix underneath -- but I'll take a name that preceded "Firebird" before I will one associated with "Camry" any day.
Ever heard of the Ford Mondeo? It's kind of like the David Hasselhoff of cars; huge in Europe, but not so much here. I heard about the marvelous Mondeo on the BBC's Top Gear, which normally tests supercars, but waxed pretty poetic about "the car there's no reason not to own." At first, I was a little bitter that Europe got this most amazing of Ford sedans and we didn't. Until that is, I saw a picture of the Mondeo -- which looked suspiciously like the overheating Contour in my driveway.
In 1975, the Ford F-150 made its debut, slotted between the F-100 and F-250, and it became an immediate success. In 2003, buyers could format the F-150 in just about any way imaginable, with three engine sizes to choose from, two- or four-wheel drive, three cab configurations and even a high-performance Lightning variant. Regardless of the format of your F-150, it has two light bulbs that illuminate the license plate at night, and replacing one of these tag bulbs is a fairly simple process.
When I was perusing the owner's manual for my 2012 Kia Sedona, I took a look at its scheduled maintenance chart and found the Kia recommends inspecting the serpentine belt at 60,000 miles and every 15,000 miles beyond 60,000. I went ahead and took a look, and found that there were some chunks of rubber missing from the belt, so I went ahead and replaced it. Basically, replacing the belt in my Sedona was just like any other belt I have replaced.
When I turned 16 years old, my dad bought a flashy new car and passed down to me his aging 1997 Buick Skylark with the 2.4-liter engine. Though it was getting a little long in the tooth, he had taken take excellent care of it, so the problems have been very minor. The biggest issue to date was when the serpentine belt broke, causing the all of the accessories -- power steering, air conditioning and alternator -- to stop working. Fortunately, replacing this belt is about as straightforward as they come.
I've heard it said that we learn better from mistakes than from anything else. Maybe not faster, but better. And it's true -- you'd be surprised what you'll learn after trying to put 200 horsepower's worth of nitrous through a 175-horsepower Nissan engine. For instance, you'll learn how quickly a car will overheat when you're running said nitrous on an engine with a busted thermostat. Then you'll learn a little something about Nissan's odd ideas about controlling coolant flow.
GMC debuted the Suburban back in 1936, alongside the Chevrolet Suburban, as a modified version of its commercial panel truck. The GMC Suburban lasted through the 1999 model year, as the automaker renamed it to the Yukon XL in 2000. Replacing the starter on the 1998 GMC Suburban's standard 5.7-liter V-8 engine is a relatively simple task that most do-it-yourself mechanics can complete.
Whether it's your first engine build, your 50th, or a simple remove-and-replace procedure, bearing clearances are always going to make the difference between a motor that lasts and performs, and one that rattles then explodes. Small-block Chevy bearing clearances tend to follow the rule of thumb for most manufacturers, but there's a little more to think about than a quick snug and a bit of plastic bearing checker.
The 3800 V-6 engine made its first appearance in the Camaro in 1995, as an optional engine just above the standard 3400 V-6. In 1996, Chevy dropped the 3400, leaving the 200-horsepower, 3800 V-6 as the base engine in the Camaro. The firing order on the 1996 Camaro's 3800 is the order in which the engine control unit delivers spark to the cylinders. A mixed up firing order can cause ignition misfire or, in some cases, internal engine damage.
In the early years of electronically controlled cars -- through the 1970s and 1980s -- technicians had drawers full of connectors and software to diagnose each of the major automotive brands, as each one had its own protocols and interface. Starting with vehicles produced in 1996, On-Board Diagnostics Series II was the EPA-mandated system to help make vehicle emission control and diagnostics as standardized as possible. Every OBD-II-controlled car, including your 2002 Galant, used a trapezoid-shaped data link connector to gain access to the OBD-II system for monitoring and resetting the system.
As new generations of vehicles are introduced in the automotive world, they're not always better, but that was not the case with the 1995 Nissan Maxima. Having been around since 1989, the Maxima has gone through a number of changes, including the popular redesign for the fourth generation, including the 1995 model. The changes were not only cosmetic, they also included a new 190-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6. Though this engine is electronically controlled, it's does not a daunting task to change the camshaft position sensor.
The 2007 Honda CR-V came standard with an AM-FM-CD audio system, but it had several optional systems. When you remove the radio or disconnect the battery, the radio goes into a "locked" state -- a security feature to prevent theft -- and will not play until you enter the security code on the radio code card that the dealership included with the vehicle. If you lost this card, you will need to visit a Honda dealer with the audio system serial number to obtain a new card.
In 1998, Toyota completely revised the Corolla, introducing the eighth generation of the compact sedan. With this redesign came an all-new, 1.8-liter engine to replace the base 1.6-liter and optional 1.8-liter engines of the previous generation. This new engine added 20 horsepower over the previous generation's base 1.6-liter engine, and 15 horsepower over the optional 1.8-liter. On top of the extra power, this engine also delivered better fuel economy than the engines it replaced.
The throttle position sensor on your 1998 Civic is responsible for sensing how open the butterfly valve is, inside the throttle body. The TPS receives a 5-volt signal from the vehicle computer and it returns a voltage output to the computer that changes along with the opening and closing of the butterfly valve -- 0.9 volts at idle to 5 volts at full throttle. The computer then uses this voltage to adjust the ignition system accordingly. Replacing a failed TPS on your 1998 Civic is easy, once you know where to find it.
In 1999, when the Mustang rolled off Ford's assembly line, it marked the 35th anniversary for Ford's beloved muscle car. It was available in a base and GT model, with either the 3.8-liter V-6 or the 4.6-liter V-8. The procedure for changing the front hub bearings is the same.
The 2002 Chrysler Town and Country came in four trim levels eL, LX, EX and LXi. All of the trims except the LX came standard with remote keyless entry to allow a user to lock and unlock the doors from a distance. In order to program a new remote to the 2002 Town and Country, you must have at least one working remote to manually put the vehicle into its programming mode. If you do not have one working remote, you must contact a locksmith or take the van to a local dealership to program the remote.
Any U.S.-spec, street-legal vehicle built after January 1, 1996 uses the On-Board Diagnostic System Series II to monitor the electrical engine controls and report malfunctions via a "Check Engine" light on the instrument cluster. Resetting the "Check Engine" light on the 2004 Nissan Frontier requires a diagnostic scanner that you can pick up at most auto parts stores.
Like all vehicles built for use in America since January 1996, the 2001 Toyota Corolla came with the On-Board Diagnostic Series II system to monitor the electrical functions of the engine and transmission. When the OBD-II system recognizes a fault, it illuminates a "Check Engine" light on the instrument cluster. After repairing the fault, the light will eventually turn off after several drive cycles, but you can manually reset this light with a diagnostic scanner that is available in many auto parts stores.
After a long absence, the Impala returned to Chevy's lineup in 1994, as a Caprice-based performance sedan with a 5.7-liter, 260-horsepower V-8, but Chevy discontinued the model after 1996. The Impala made another return in 2000, as a four-door, front-driven family car. The 2001 Impala used the On-Board Diagnostic Series II system to monitor all systems that can adversely affect emissions, and it triggered a "Check Engine" light when it sensed a problem. Resetting this light requires a diagnostic scanner that is readily available at most auto parts stores.
Since it was introduced in 2001, the Ford Escape has been a popular mid-sized SUV. You could purchase the 2010 Escape with two- or all-wheel drive, with a four- or six-cylinder engine, or as a Hybrid. No matter which one you have, there are components of the emissions control system that can fail.
The reign of the Cavalier as Chevrolet's compact car of choice ran from 1984 until 2005. The Cavalier provided value and efficiency to it's owners who wanted a car that would not break the bank. The 2001 model year was no exception to this. Even though the convertible was no longer available you could still purchase this vehicle with the standard 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine or the dual-overhead-cam 2.4-liter four-cylinder. No matter which one you chose, maintaining this vehicle and learning to do some of the repairs yourself could prolong the life of the car and possibly prevent costly breakdowns.
In 1997 the Chevy Cavalier with a 2.2 liter engine was still riding high on its popularity due to good gas mileage and affordable price. Consumers looking to buy American, yet ease the strain on their wallets, made the Cavalier a mainstay in the Chevy lineup for 24 years. Replaced by the Cobalt in 2005, the Cavalier was also a favorite of "do-it-yourselfers" because of its simple platform and abundance of affordable aftermarket parts.
The Grand Cherokee, which carries the Jeep brand name, but is a part of the Chrysler group, debuted in 1993 to give the automaker a competitor in the upscale SUV market. The Grand Cherokee underwent its first redesign in 1999, then its third generation debuted in 2005. In 2011, the Cherokee again underwent an overhaul, and this redesign brought all-new lighting assemblies.
In 1998 the Lumina was Chevrolet's go-to car for families seeking a large affordable sedan. Even though the Lumina was not considered flashy by any means, you could purchase it with many different options. If you chose to go fully loaded, you purchased the LTZ model, which came with a number of upgrades including an optional 3.8-liter V-6 engine instead of the standard 3.1-liter engine. For years, the 3.8-liter engine has been the workhorse V-6 for General Motors. It provided plenty of get up with it's 200-horsepower rating. This engine was also relatively cheap to maintain and easy to work…
Chevrolet introduced its midsized Lumina in the 1990 model year and it saw only a handful of changes through its relatively brief history. The 1997 Lumina came in a trio of trim levels: Base, LS and LTZ. All three trims came standard with a 160-horsepower, 3.1-liter V-6 engine, and the LTZ had the 215-horsepower, 3.4-liter V-6 as an available option. All three trims had three separate brake lights: two taillight-assembly-mounted lights and one center high-mounted light. Replacing any of the three brake lights is a task that almost any Lumina owner can complete.
Truth time: As a 19-year-old driving a big-block Buick Regal, I wasn't exactly thrilled when Ford dropped the old V-8, full-framed Cougar in favor of this tiny four-banger. In fact, I probably would have said that the best way to replace a new Cougar's fuel filter was to buy a Mustang. More than a decade later, though, I've seen and driven enough of them to know that they always were pretty great little runabouts. So, I was thankful for the opportunity to make up for my prejudice a bit by keeping this one running.
German cars have a certain reputation in the auto repair world. For sure, they're well-engineered, and they'll run just this side of forever if you take care of them. But they're well-engineered because Germans love special tools. Tools that do one thing, and one thing only. So the cars themselves are typically masterpieces of design, but seething nightmares to maintain if you don't have every special tool designed for them. Amazingly, though, the job on the four-cylinder engine didn't require a single one.
There are times, walking through the isles of the Big Orange Mega Import Tool Store that you say to yourself "Wow! There's a cool tool that I'll only use once in my life." Some people will buy that tool, use it once, break it and then wish they hadn't tried to cut corners. Then they'll buy a better one. Others will cynically walk by, go home and live to regret not having bought that first tool for the one time it did work without breaking. Such was the case with the brake job on one particular 2006 Accord.
Eddie inherited his grandmother's 1998 Buick LeSabre three years ago, with an astonishingly low 24,000 miles on it. Well, after putting on another 30,000 the accessory drive belts have began to whistle when the engine is running, which tells him -- aside from the normal visual signs like glazing and fraying -- it is time for a new pair of belts. That's right, he has a pair of belts -- one for the power steering, alternator and water pump, and one for the air-conditioning compressor and the supercharger. Eddie knows exactly what he's doing, and he wants to walk you…
The Cutlass name had been used in Oldsmobile's lineup for years. It was used in the Cutlass Ciera, Cutlass Cruiser, Cutlass Supreme and so on. In 1997, General Motors introduced the Cutlass as its own model. It was based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Malibu. The Oldsmobile Cutlass came equipped with a 3.1-liter V-6 engine and came standard with items such as ABS and air conditioning. Maintaining the vehicle's emission systems and powertrain are essential for you to keep this vehicle on the road.
Oldsmobile's 1999 Alero came equipped with a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine standard in the GX and GL models. A 3.4-liter V-6 was standard in the GLS model and an option for the GL. It doesn't matter which model or engine you have, the fuel filter is in the same place. To start the operation I loosened the fuel filler cap and then relieved the fuel pressure so it didn't spray gas in my face when removing the filter.
Almost since Day One, Chrysler's offered its trademark minivan as a panel van; that means no rear seats or rear windows. This might seem pretty odd for a vehicle seemingly purpose-built to haul kids to judo practice, but there's a lesser-known side to the Caravan's personality. With their cavernous interiors, flat load floors and 1,500- to 1,800-pound load capacities, older mom-mobiles have proven every bit as versatile as work trucks as any basic Dakota or Ford F-150. Replacing the fan belt on a Caravan varies in difficulty from simple-as-they come to somewhat knuckle-busting, depending on your engine.
A funny thing happened on the way to the way to the 21st century. Back in the late 1980s, the airwaves were rife with advertisements for the newest compact pickup, station wagon, minivan or sedan; five years later, and you couldn't flip a channel without seeing Ford's latest full-size, V-8 pickups. So what happened? Ironically, it was the EPA. It's no coincidence that during this same time period, the EPA cracked down hard on fuel economy and emissions for everything but trucks. Now, after 10 years of blitz advertising from manufacturers dodging emissions and fuel economy standards, we're still buying…
In 2002, Chevrolet unleashed a new model that was unlike most other utility vehicles. This all-new Avalanche was essentially an SUV up front and a pickup truck on the rear. This "sport utility truck" featured a double-decker front light setup where the turn signal assembly sat on top of the headlight assembly. This means that you must first remove the turn signal assembly before you can access the headlight bulbs. Chevrolet thought ahead and made removing this turn signal assembly a fairly simple task, leading to easier headlight replacement on your 2003 Avalanche.
GMC first used the "Sierra" nameplate in 1975 in trim levels: in order from lowest to highest, these trim levels were: Sierra, Sierra Grande, High Sierra and Sierra Classic. In 1999, however, GMC released a new line of trucks to replace the C- and K-Series pickups and gave it a familiar name: Sierra. In 2007, the Sierra underwent a complete overhaul that included an all-new front fascia and headlights. Replacing the headlight bulbs in the 2008 Sierra requires light mechanical work, but most owners can perform the task.
In 1995, Honda made the jump into the realm of minivans with the release of the Odyssey. Unlike other mainstream minivans of that era, all four of the Odyssey's doors swung outward instead of having rear sliding doors. The 1997 Odyssey carried the same look and door format as the debut model, as well as the same base 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. Replacing the headlight bulbs in the 1997 Odyssey is a relatively simple task that most owners can complete with ease.
The body control module for your 2000 Chevrolet Impala is responsible for handling the vehicle's lighting, retained accessory power, audible reminders, door locks and several other electronically controlled systems, including the Passlock theft deterrent feature. In order to start the vehicle's engine, the Passlock sensor – located inside of the ignition lock cylinder – must provide the BCM with an analog “passcode,” which is essentially an expected, pre-learned voltage value. If the BCM receives a different voltage than expected, the powertrain control module will disable the fuel system. After replacing the BCM, PCM or ignition lock cylinder, you must perform…
The hazard warning switch on the BMW 325i is easy to find, as long as you know where to look. The switch is not on the dashboard. Instead, the designers at Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, placed it just behind the gear shift.
The Ranger has always been the truck of choice for Ford enthusiasts looking to purchase a compact truck. The Ranger has gone through changes over the years, but that has not seemed to affect its sales. The 2004 Ranger had many available configurations, including two- or four-wheel drive, several cab configurations, and engine options like the 2.3-liter four-cylinder or the 3.0-liter and 4.0-liter V-6 engines.Replacing the PCM is easy on this truck, and is in the same place on all models.
On the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier with the 2.2-liter engine, the function of the ignition control module is to control spark to the spark plugs by controlling the two coil packs mounted to the module. The module also communicates signals from the crankshaft position sensor to the powertrain control module in order to control the firing times of the fuel injectors. The ignition control module is located on the left side of the engine, on the end of the cylinder head.
Toyota released the Highlander in the 2001 model year with a standard 155-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine or an optional V-6 with 220 horsepower. The second-gen model debuted in the 2008 model year with a 4.1-inch increase in length and a 3-inch increase in wheelbase. Along with the extra size and weight came a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 270 horsepower. Fog lights were a standard feature on the Sport and Limited trim levels, and replacing the fog lights requires removal of the front wheel-well liner for access.
Clogged air filters can cause a variety of problems with your 1996 Audi A4, primarily lower fuel mileage. The air filter removes dirt and harmful pollutants from the intake system, so that the air entering the throttle body has the least amount of contaminants as possible. The air filter should be checked every 3 months or 3,000 miles at every oil change. The cabin air filter in the 1995 A4, removed impurities from the air entering the HVAC system. This helps eliminate dust and other allergens from the air you breath inside the car.
The “Maxima” name saw its first use on the 1981 Datsun 810 sedan, as the name of the model’s highest trim level. This was simply a primer to get folks ready for the debut of the standalone Maxima model when it replaced the 810 the following year. In 1996, the Maxima entered its fourth generation. Nissan rounded off the body and increased interior room by stretching the wheelbase by two inches. Whether your Maxima has its third brake light on the rear package tray or the optional rear spoiler, replacing the high-mount stop light bulb is relatively simple.
The 4Runer debuted in 1985 as a rough and tumble SUV that was essentially a Toyota pickup with a removable fiberglass top and a set of optional rear seats. As the 4Runner evolved through the years, it morphed into a more passenger-friendly SUV. By 2006, it had become a plush people hauler with the ability to tackle off-road use. Replacing a headlight in the 2006 4Runner is a fairly simple task, thanks to its uncluttered and relatively roomy engine compartment.
The price of fuel is not getting any cheaper, so it is important to squeeze as many miles as you can out of each fill-up in your 1997 Buick LeSabre. A clogged fuel filter can cause vehicle starting or running issues, and poor fuel economy. It can also damage the fuel pump, which is not an easy or inexpensive repair. The car is equipped with an in-line fuel filter, located on the frame rail just forward from the driver-side rear wheel.
Misfires, backfires and stalling can be caused by a bad cam position sensor in the 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse. The base model 1997 Eclipse was equipped with a 2.0-liter non-turbo DOHC engine, and the CMP sends signals to the engine control computer, monitoring the position of the No.1 piston during its power stroke. The signal is used to calibrate the fuel injection system. The idle can become uneven, and the acceleration can become hesitant if the CMP is faulty or loses signal, but the engine can still run.
In 1993, Subaru introduced the Impreza sedan to U.S. buyers in hopes of gaining the foothold on the American market that it lacked. Through the years, the Impreza eventually guided Subaru to success, especially when the Impreza WRX wooed performance enthusiasts with its 227-horsepower engine in 2002. In 2012, the Impreza comes in two body styles: four-door and five-door. Replacing the brake light bulb in either body style is a relatively simple process.
For years the Grand Prix has been the go-to full-sized car in the Pontiac line. The car had various engine sizes that were available which allowed you to get anything from good fuel mileage to great performance. In 2001 the Grand Prix had three engines available: the 3.1-liter V-6, the 3.8-liter V-6, or the pavement pounding 3.8-liter supercharged V-6. The supercharged model was the most exhilarating to drive and many people added custom wheels to this car. The addition of these wheels is where most people had problems. If you added a large wheel with the wrong offset or backspacing,…
Starting its existence in 1935 as the "Carryall Suburban" with its all-metal wagon body mounted on a half-ton truck frame, this workhorse spent its early years as a cargo wagon and military personnel transport vehicle. By the 1995 model year -- part of the ninth generation of this long-running nameplate -- the Suburban had long since established itself as a heavy-duty, full-size SUV. The 1995 Suburban 1500 and 2500 came standard with the 5.7-liter engine. Both models had an optional 6.5-liter diesel engine, and the 2500 had an optional 7.4-liter engine.
Seafoam was first introduced in the marine world for cleaning the gunk out of a marine engine. It has been brought into the automotive world for cleaning the gunk out of a car or truck engine. Seafoam will help clean intake valves and pistons, reduce atalytic converter odors, restore power and pickup, and is oxygen sensor safe.
Part of the fourth generation of Mustangs, Ford's 1998 Mustang GT coupe and convertible came standard with a 4.6-liter V-8 engine that was not available in the base model. The 1998 version of the 4.6-liter engine had 225 horsepower -- 10 horsepower over the 4.6-liter engine available in 1996 and 1997.
The third-generation Nissan Altima arrived in the 2002 model year boasting larger dimensions all the way around, which jumped it into the midsize classification. This growth meant that the Altima also needed some extra power, which came via the model’s first-ever V-6 engine and a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The base 2.5-liter engine in the 2006 Altima used a crankshaft position sensor to help the powertrain control module determine ignition timing, engine rpm and presence of a misfires. Replacing the crankshaft position sensor is not a tough task, but finding it is a different story if you don’t know where to…
In 1999, Chevrolet released its replacement for the aging C- and K-Series pickup trucks, which had been in production since 1962. The new and more aerodynamically efficient Silverado sat alongside the C- and K-Series pickups in Chevy showrooms until Chevy finally eliminated the old-style pickups for good after the 2000 model year. In 2007, the second-generation Silverado debuted with an all-new look that included new headlights. Replacing the passenger-side headlight bulbs on this new body requires more work than the driver-side bulb, but it remains a fairly simple task for most 2012 Silverado owners.
Prior to the 2003 debut of the Pilot, Honda offered a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo as its top-line SUV: the Passport. The 2008 model year ushered in the second generation for the Pilot and with it came revised headlights, taillights and front fascia. These updates were all part of Honda trying to make the Pilot look more rugged and appealing to the typical SUV shopper. This newly revised Pilot had two different brake light bulbs that were equally simple to replace yourself: taillight-mounted ones and the federally mandated high-mount brake light.
The Chevrolet Camaro has been the go-to muscle car for General Motors. It has gone through numerous changes throughout it's history, including body styling, engine sizes, and interior or exterior options. In 1999 the Chevrolet Camaro had one option that comes standard on just about every vehicle model today: keyless entry. Keyless entry allows you to unlock the vehicle remotely, but when your remote fails, you need to replace it and program it to your Camaro.
The Maxima’s roots hark back to the days of the Datsun 810, when the Japanese automaker used the Maxima name for the top trim level of its flagship sedan. The Maxima officially became its own model in 1985, when it replaced the aging 810 and Datsun completely converted to Nissan. The 1996 Maxima came standard with a 190-horsepower, 3.0-liter engine that used an exhaust gas recirculation system to route some of the exhaust gasses back into the combustion chamber to help reduce emissions. Over time, this valve can clog and require replacement, which is a fairly simple job.
Like all modern vehicles with an internal combustion engine, your 2011 Chevrolet HHR requires a large, high-amperage battery, which is primarily intended to engage the engine's starter motor and provide constant power to the on-board computer systems, while allowing other electronic accessories to operate when the engine isn't running. Although it's typical for most passenger vehicles to house the battery under the hood, the battery for your HHR is located at the tail end.
The Buick LeSabre has a long and rich history, dating all the way back to 1959. For most of its existence, the LeSabre was based on GM's rear-wheel-drive “B-Body” platform, which offered a smooth ride and a very accommodating engine compartment. The 1986 model marked the switch to a much lighter, smaller and arguably, a cheaper-looking front-wheel-drive design. By 1992, however, the LeSabre regained a little weight – with the curves to match. If properly maintained, your LeSabre's 3800 Series II V-6 may last for several hundred thousand miles, but other vehicle components – such as the blower motor –…
In an effort to capitalize on North America's demand for refined, compact-crossover vehicles, Nissan introduced the Rogue in 2007 for the 2008 model year. It's impressive list of creature comforts, and excellent fuel economy, safety ratings and sticker price made the Rogue a formidable competitor in its class, and helped fill a niche market that demanded versatility without a harsh, truck-like ride. The rounded, wrap-around taillight assemblies look cool, and help with the vehicle's aerodynamics, but the design could also make the assemblies prone to accidental damage.
According to Technical Service Bulletin 03-14-8, the number one cause for repeat transmission repairs in Ford's 1996 Explorer centers around the transmission cooler system. In the 4R44E, 4R55E or 4R70W transmissions, contaminants from prior transmission problems can settle in the cooling system and then be reintroduced into the transmission after repairs have been performed. Normal service on the transmission includes replacing the fluid and filter, but if repeated transmission problems occur, have the transmission cooling system flushed with a heated cooler-line flusher to remove contaminants from the system.
In 1993, Nissan launched the sleek Altima sedan to replace the boxy Stanza that had been so serviceable over its production life. In 1998, the Altima underwent its first revision, then a second revision in 2002. The 2007 model year marked the launch of the fourth-generation Altima, which lasted through the 2012 model year. The 2008 Nissan Altima came standard with four-wheel disc brakes, and replacing the front brakes is a detailed, yet relatively simple task for an experienced do-it-yourself mechanic.
The Camaro has been the low-cost, high-performance vehicle in the Chevrolet brand for years. It has been the fierce competitor of the Ford Mustang in the long battle for American muscle. In 1998 you could get the Camaro with the V-6 to achieve better fuel mileage, or with the Corvette-based LT V-8 engine for the pavement pounding horsepower. Either way you got a car that had some great handling and street performance credibility. With the performance of the V-8 also came some problems. Keeping the rear tires on the ground during hard acceleration became and issue. Simple tweaks like upgrading…
The ignition control module for your 1995 Chevrolet Blazer controls the ignition system's spark advance. Variables, such as engine temperature, load and speed, are a determining factor where spark timing is concerned. In addition to poor performance, reduced fuel efficiency, intermittent or persistent no-start conditions associated with a faulty ICM, the powertrain control module may set a No. 42 diagnostic trouble code or a P0136, depending on the vehicle's on-board diagnostic version. Replacing the ICM is fairly easy, but a little preparation is needed to help ensure the new module lasts for a long time.
In 1983, the S-10 Blazer debuted as a smaller alternative to the full-size Blazer. In 1994, Chevy dropped the “S-10” prefix, as the full-size Blazer became the Tahoe. Just a year later, the Blazer received a full overhaul that gave it a more aerodynamic look. This new aerodynamic look included two different front fascia setups; one setup used a large sealed-beam headlight while the other used a composite setup with a small headlight bulb. Replacing either style of headlight on your 1997 Blazer is fairly simple.
Fuel consumption is an important factor in the budget of many households. Changing your fuel filter to keep up the fuel mileage on the 2005 Ford Freestar, can also save you the costly headache of having to replace other fuel components like the fuel injectors. The fuel filter removes dirt and sediment from the fuel before it reaches the engine, so the engine can run as smoothly as possible. The 2005 Freestar is equipped with an in-line filter, which makes it easy to replace, with little mechanical knowledge. Safety is the primary concern when changing your fuel filter.
In 2005, Ford released the Freestyle crossover SUV, which combined an SUV, minivan and sedan into one efficient package. Following the 2007 model year, Ford changed the Freestyle’s name to Taurus X, bringing an end to the short-lived Freestyle. Replacing the turn signal bulb in the 2006 Freestyle is a pretty simple task, but the rear does require removing the taillight assembly to access it. Despite the additional steps on the rear, replacing any of the turn signal bulbs in the 2006 Freestyle is a task that most owners can perform.
The Altima hit showrooms in the 1993 model year, following the deletion of the Stanza from Nissan’s lineup. The Altima added a new, modern touch to the Japanese automaker’s lineup with its sleek body and powerful four-cylinder engine. The fourth-gen Altima arrived in 2007 bearing a sportier design than ever before, and a retuned suspension for optimal handling. Replacing a taillight in the 2008 is fairly easy, despite the new, sportier look to the Altima.
Certain letters seem designed for certain kinds of cars. If you see an "X," "Y" or "Z," then it's probably fair to assume the manufacturer thought it was something special or different; maybe a hardcore racecar, or a crossover. An "R" or "S" usually means something racy or sporty, and so does "V." But Volvo doesn't think like other manufacturers, so the "V" in "V70" stands for "versatile" -- which sounds about right for a station wagon.
The valve stems on road tires of Ford's 2004 Expedition are antennas that use radio frequency signals to transmit tire pressure information to the truck's tire pressure monitoring system module about every 60 seconds, once the Expedition is moving at least 20 mph. After replacing a sensor, perform the retraining procedure to turn off the TPMS warning indicator on the instrument cluster. If the Expedition is equipped with the message center, performing the retrain procedure removes the error message from the message center display.
If you were already on the monetary fast track going in, the 1980s and 1990s were pretty high times in economic terms. Even Volvo -- possibly the most historically humble of large European automakers -- got into the act, moving upmarket from safe little runabouts into the luxury car market. That's a reputation Volvo maintained for some time, owing largely to its first upmarket, stand-out Q-ship, the 1991-through-1997 850. The Volvo's most stand-out feature was probably its incredible squareness -- a bold statement for a new car going into the aero-obsessed 1990s. Seemingly the only place Volvo even thought about…
In 1998, Toyota replaced the underpowered and oddly styled Previa minivan with the more powerful and conventional Sienna minivan. In 2004, Toyota released the second-gen Sienna with a more modern appearance and sleek lighting designs. For 2006, Toyota slightly revised the Sienna’s headlights and taillights for a refreshed look. Replacing the bulbs inside the rear hatch-mounted taillight assemblies requires detaching the rear hatch trim, but it is fairly straightforward.
The 1993 model year saw a venomous schism in the Mustang community. On one side were Fox-body enthusiasts, who saw the outgoing chassis as definitive of the breed and the new SN-95 Mustang as ugly and soul-less. On the other side were futurists, who practically stormed the gates in Dearborn to get America's newest ponycar. By 1996, even the hottest ardor for the new styling had cooled a bit, and Ford knew that the body was ripe for a harder-edged refresh. Even so, the initial SN95 chassis and its flush-mounted headlights and tail-light housings certainly made an impact on Mustang…
Poor fuel mileage, engine idling issues and stuttering ignition can be just a few of the symptoms of a faulty ignition coil pack on your 1997 Ford Ranger. A 3.0-liter V-6 and a 4.0-liter OHV V-6 were optional engines, that were both equipped with a six-point ignition coil pack. Testing the coil pack on the 3.0-liter V6 and 4.0-liter V6 engines uses the same procedures. The 2.3-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine was equipped with two four-point ignition coil packs, because there are two spark plugs for each engine cylinder.
While they might have worn a Detroit badge, none of the Neon's predecessors were truly American. Most were Mitsubishis at heart: some, like the Dodge and Plymouth Colt and the Eagle Summit, were pure captive imports; the K-Car-based Sundance and Duster used Mitsubishi engines, and the Eagle Talon and Plymouth Laser were produced in conjunction with Mitsubishi. The Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon seemed American, but were in fact engineered by the French and used mutant Volkswagen engines in some markets. Love sporty compacts or hate them, but the Neon was at least as American as apple pie.
The original Ford Explorer wasn't exactly revolutionary, but was definitely the right vehicle at the right time. Minivans enjoyed a brief run of cool as a futuristic alternative to ye olde station wagon, but once the novelty wore off consumers were left wanting something a bit more down to Earth. The Ranger-pickup-based Explorer was just the right size, and offered respectable power and performance in a purposeful package. But it was the Explorer's interior, refinement and options list that really led the SUV out of the specialty market and into the mainstream. The 1995 model year was the first of…
The starter relay on the 1996 Ford Ranger with the V-6 and 4 cylinder engines are located in the engine compartment, mounted on the left-hand fender skirt near the battery. The purpose of the starter relay is to send high amperage from the vehicle battery directly to the starter motor. This allows the wiring from the ignition switch to be a much smaller gauge. The voltage from the ignition switch sends a signal to the relay, activating an electromagnet that pulls the high-amperage contacts closed inside the relay. Replacing the relay is a relatively simple task.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Honda -- along with many Japanese manufacturers -- developed something of a reputation for high-tech vehicle controls. Some might chalk that up to a simple manifestation of Japanese technophilia, but Honda's never been one to complicate things just to complicate them. Computer controls allowed Honda to build cars that did what Hondas have always done best: provide excellent efficiency, low emissions and usable performance in a small package. There's a flip side to that, though, since every critical sensor is a potentially critical failure point. But on the Accord's base four-cylinder engine, replacing the IAT…
It all started in 1985, when Chrysler and Mitsubishi formed a new production division known as Diamond Star Motors. Shortly thereafter they setup shop in Normal, Illinois and prepared to build a series of cars that would hit the American streets full force. In 1989, DSM released their first three vehicles: the Mitsubishi Eclipse, Eagle Talon and Plymouth Laser – all sisters to one another, sharing the same platform, parts and looks, but sporting different badges. Only one of the three survived into the late 2000s, and that was the Mitsubishi Eclipse. The 2007 Eclipse was front-wheel-drive, and used a…
The Chevrolet S-10 had been General Motors compact truck for more than 25 years before it was discontinued in 2005. For years the S-10 came with a wide range of available options, from four-wheel drive to engines such as the 2.2 liter four cylinder, the 2.8 liter V-6, and the most popular, the 4.3 liter V-6. In 1998 this model was available with either manual or automatic climate control. The automatic system allowed for a computer to control the temperature inside of the vehicle. This was a nice feature, but repairing either one of these systems could get expensive. Being…
After a 14-year-long stint as the top trim level for the Chevelle, the Malibu became its own model in 1978, and lasted through 1983. In 1997, the Malibu returned as a four-door, front-wheel-drive family car. This new Malibu came standard with a 2.4-liter engine with 150 horsepower, and had an optional 155-horsepower 3.1-liter V-6 engine available. Replacing the dome light bulb in the 1997 Malibu is a straightforward task.