Hello again Goss’ Garage faithful. We had a vehicle come in for a check engine light after failed attempts to fix elsewhere. Our testing found bare wires shorted to each other due to excessive items in trunk. The excessive weight and ease of movement from a missing trunk liner, cut the wires in half allowing them to short to each other.
Do you use your parking brake and yes, it is a parking brake. No, it is not an emergency brake because using it in an emergency would likely leave you skidding wildly out of control. You should use your parking brake every time you park. Primarily for safety, as you never know for sure if your transmission is fully into the park position. If it isn’t fully engaged, your car could literally roll over you!
Another reason to use your parking brake is if your car gets bumped by another vehicle when it’s parked.If the parking brake isn’t set, the force of that bump will be absorbed by a small pin or plate inside the transmission called a pawl…which the jolt may actually damage. Once damaged, the car could slip out of park at any time and cause damage or injury. With the parking brake set, the force of any impact is absorbed by the tires, which are much stronger than the parking pawl.
Although, safety is the key reason for using the parking brake, don’t forget the financial impact of not using it. Most parking brakes use cables mounted inside a tightly fitted housing. Without use, the cable seize in the housings and then if you do use the parking brake it cant fully release. So, now you’re driving with your parking brake partially applied which burns up expensive brake parts. The fix? New cables and new brakes…OWTCH! Please learn to use your parking brake, and as always…
-Please Drive Gently!
General Motors is going to aim to have over 300 of their facilities using 100% reusable energy by 2050 in over 50 countries worldwide! They as of right now save over $5 million with reusable energy. Check out the images below, and being a green garage ourselves…we approve!
Read more about their announcement here.
Car sale leads to family fight! The dealer wanted to give you next to nothing on trade, so you said NO-WAY. “My car has been amazingly reliable and has lots of good miles left”. Besides, several friends and relatives have said they would love to buy it…so why not? Why not indeed.
What a wonderful way to start a family feud or alienate a friend without even trying. Never sell a car to a friend or relative, because invariably it leads to problems. Remember, no matter how reliable the car has been for you, every day any car goes without a problem is one day closer to when it will have a problem. So, if the car is…lets say ten years old and has never had a problem. It is likely to be very close to needing a major repair. Sell or give the car to a friend or family member, and predictably something will happen. But, will it be considered normal by your friend? NOPE!
Usually they think you knew there was a problem all along and ripped them off. So, by trying to do a favor you accidentally create an enemy..a family fight or ticked off a neighbor. Even giving the car to a young family member can lead to problems when the car breaks down and every car will break down. When it comes to getting rid of an older car, it is always best to deal with a complete stranger than friends or family.
-As always, drive gently
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Do bigger wheels make a car ride better or get better gas mileage? NO-WAY! However,if all you want is the look, go for it because if done right they do look awsome! But, other than looks, you may hate the results.
Remember,larger wheels and tires usually weigh more than smaller ones which affects various things on your car including the ride. Heavier wheels and tires make a car ride harder and mean more stress on suspension parts and bearings, so their life may also be shorter. Of course, bigger might mean better cornering, but the biggest problem is what’s called plus sizing. As you increase the diameter of your wheels, you have to change the tire’s profile to match the new wheels. Plus-Sizing reduces the amount of tire sidewall, which means less tire between the edge of a pothole and the wheel. And that, means more chance of bending or breaking a wheel on potholes.
The bigger the new wheel, the lower the profile of the tire and the lower the tire’s profile, the more chance of wheel damage. So, really big wheels with really low profile tires can mean multiple damaged wheels every year. If the look is worth that to you, then bigger wheels are for you. But, if your lifestyle and checkbook don’t match the extra cost, you may want to look at other ways to make your car stand out!
As always, drive gently!
© 2016 Pat Goss All rights reserved
Last year, American Honda released a poster designed to help keep your customers safe. That poster identified certain Honda and Acura vehicles that may have been affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls affecting customers at that time. Since then, the inflator recalls have expanded, so we have provided an updated poster below that includes additional Honda and Acura vehicles that were not part of the earlier recalls. Please expect the physical copy of the poster inside the following publications in the second week of September: Brake &Front End, ImportCar, Underhood Service, Tire Review, BodyShop Business, and Counterman. It includes a toll free phone number and web addresses where you or your customers can check a vehicle’s recall completion status. Please replace your existing posters with this latest version, and if you do not already have a poster on display, please share this information with your employees and customers right away by placing this poster in a visible location.
Please note that the new poster also distinguishes those vehicles considered to be of highest risk of rupture. This determination was made by the federal government based on scientific analysis by Takata of PSDI front driver airbag inflators – so-called “Alpha” inflators – removed from recalled 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles in the state of Florida revealed a very high rupture rate in laboratory testing. Based on this analysis, Honda concurs with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s recommendation that this particular sub-group of 313,000 “Alpha” vehicles should only be driven to a dealer in order to have their Takata airbag inflators replaced as rapidly as possible. There is an abundant supply of replacement inflators and the repair is free of charge and can be completed quickly.
With your help, we can help ensure that our shared customers are driving a vehicle that is safe. Please check VINs at recalls.honda.com for Honda vehicles and recalls.acura.com for Acura vehicles or call 1(888) 234-2138 for open recalls. If a vehicle needs a recall repair, please advise the vehicle’s owner to contact their local dealer immediately to arrange the free repair.
Again, please keep this poster in a convenient location for your staff and customers to see.
American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. appreciates your support and cooperation in this effort to help keep our shared customers safe.
Will changing the air intake and exhaust help the performance and
mileage or just make it sound good? Specifically I was wondering if the cost would be paid back in a year or two by mileage improvement?
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Sure do! There are several possibilities but the two most common that we experience here in the shop are control module and air blend door motor. The system uses various sensors outside and inside the car to tell the module what commands to send out to blend motors that control how hot or cold each side of the car will be.
As the sensors send signals the module which is actually a small computer analyzes them and decides based on internal programming how to set the air blend doors. Air blend doors control how much air passes through the heater core and how much air passes through the AC evaporator. Of course more air through the heater core means hotter air coming into the car and more air through the evaporator means colder air. Read More
Well, I have another puzzling issue with a 1992 Corvette base coupe with 80,000 miles.
The LCD display for the speedometer started to fade a few years ago and although it still displayed the mph, it was getting hard to see. I procured a replacement LCD display and carefully installed it. Afterwards, the LCD was bright and clear for a couple of months without issue. Read More
Question: I want to replace the front coil springs and understand there are no factory replacements available, only after market springs. I also understand that it’s a real crap shoot on how those aftermarket springs will make the car sit. Ride height is critical to me as I want the car to sit dead level and was told things like engine size, options etc… can all affect ride height with the aftermarket springs. Do you know of an aftermarket spring that will give as close as possible correct ride height?
Guess what? You’re in luck because it isn’t that difficult. Simply go to one of the major Corvette aftermarket suppliers and look up springs for your car. You should find 2 listings: one for big block and one for small block. Buy your small block springs and install them. The front end will likely sit higher for a few weeks until the sprigs break-in and settle to a normal ride height. Once they have settled don’t be surprised if the front is still higher than the back. After all you have two new front springs and a used saggy rear spring.
At this point you can do one of two things: install a new rear spring and adjustable spring hanger bolts or install adjustable rear spring hanger bolts and adjust the car until it’s level. Due to normal variances in springs in general this is the best way we have found in the shop to precisely level a Corvette. Actually back when your car was new because GM was notoriously bad about the quality of their OEM springs we often had to level brand new or nearly new Vettes.
Q. My neighbor tells me that her 1996 Vette’s a/c does not work after starting the vehicle. After driving for awhile the a/c starts working, what could be the problem. Thanks. B.
Pat says. Begin by checking the level of refrigerant in the AC system. When refrigerant is borderline low it may not have enough pressure when cold to trip the pressure switch to allow the system to work. Then as the car is driven engine heat warms the refrigerant, the refrigerant expands and the pressure increases. Now with warmer refrigerant there is enough pressure to close the low pressure switch and on comes the AC.