Automotive Repair and Maintenance How-To

Learn about some basic automotive checks and maintenance you can do on your car or truck, yourself before having to take it to an auto repair shop. These things will save you time and money. Poor maintenance is one of the main things that cause automotive failures. Most people do not take the time to do some of these very simple, yet important procedures. This list is always being added to, so check back with us again.

In order to scan your car for codes, you must first locate the diagnostic connector. It will be under the drivers side dash. Here is an example of its location. Your vehicle may be in a little different spot. If you do not have a code reader tool, many of the large national parts store chains will scan your cars computer for free.

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Use a small screw driver or even a dime. Look for a small indent in the bottom of the remote between the two halves. Some remotes have this indent, others do not. Use the screw driver to pry the top and bottom apart.

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This is a pictures of plug and ignition coil with 75,000 miles on it that misfiring normally. No large deposits, not discolored. Reddish or green deposits indicate burning coolant. Black, sooty deposits indicate burning oil.Also check for hairline cracks in the white porcelain insulator.

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How Things Work

Car and Truck Seat Belts Operation

The front seat belt system includes the following components:

  1. The driver and the passenger seat belt retractor on all sedans is located and attached to the center pillar.
  2. The driver and the passenger seat buckle with pretensionor are attached to lower inner side of each front seat. Read more...

Common Engine Codes

Code P0341 Cam Position Sensor

During cranking, the ignition control (IC) module monitors the 7X crankshaft position sensor signal. Once the IC module determines spark synchronization, 3X reference signals are sent to the powertrain control module (PCM). The PCM will command all six injectors on for one priming shot of fuel in all cylinders.

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