Category: Inside Frank’s Garage

Exposed! What Coolant Stop Leak Looks Like

From time to time you may decide that stop leak can be an alternative to an actual repair of a coolant leak if it seems minor. The Buick came in with an overheat condition, and in all actuality the overheating situation was attributed to the stop leak built up inside the coolant system. (Radiator with goop EXPOSED @ 2:25) You Continue Reading
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Panty Hose Used for Broken Belt Will it Work?

We started with a standard panty hose and loomed around the water pump and alternator (of course these 2 are vital as we need to limp to the next exit with good charring of battery and quenching of coolant system ). You will not have AC (stop sniveling if your stuck in the desert..you will be just fine. ), and Continue Reading
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Infiniti Check Engine Light PO171 Lean

The Infiniti arrived at the garage with no check engine light initially and a noticeable hesitation when accelerating. During the road test the check engine light did eventually illuminate and I did feel an intermittent hesitation when accelerating from a stop. After a brief inspection it was quickly noted that the air induction boot had separated and was sucking in Continue Reading
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Easy Way To Check Catalytic Converter

A very efficient way of testing a catalytic converter for efficiency, especially with a failure of emissions, specifically a NOX (Oxides of Nitrogen failure). Ensure engine is at operating temperature and utilize a digital thermometer. A fairly inexpensive digital thermometer : https://www.amazon.com/EC-Technology-Infrared-Temperature-Thermometer/dp/B01HXNUVQE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471888807&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=digital+thermometer&psc=1 The key is a difference of at least 100 degrees from the inlet and outlet. This typically indicates Continue Reading
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Dodge Dart Brake Caliper Noise

We deal with a variety of noise related concerns that can come rolling in to the garage. This Dodge Dart was no exception as an odd rattle was clearly evident from the front of the vehicle. Driving over rough patches of road surfaces and speed bumps was when the culprit noise concern would rear its ugly head. A simple road Continue Reading
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Water Pump Toyota Corolla

Noise from an engine can be a multitude of different faults. In this case of the Toyota Corolla, a few other garages had estimated what they thought was an in internal engine failure. (Timing chain and one other garage quoted a cylinder head replacement as per valve issue.) Not the case as we quickly discovered. Our garage has some pretty Continue Reading
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My Toyota Sienna Won’t Start

A pretty frustrating morning for the owner of this Toyota Sienna, as it out of no where developed a no start condition and was towed in to the garage. Crank No start : Typically a fault within the air fuel management system or input\output sensors of the drivetrain. When the engine is cranking the primary voltage of the vehicle (battery,cables,relays,ignition Continue Reading
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Rear Mode Actuator Ford Expedition

With a very noticeable clicking noise coming from the rear drivers side area located near the rear hatch as well as warm air only blowing from the rear of the vent system…we dive in for the cause and fix. Most vehicles have so much that takes place that is completely out of sight and out of mind…until something stops working. Continue Reading
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Lincoln Town Car Cooling Fan Noise

The Lincoln Town Car paid a visit to the garage today with a fierce noise emanating from the engine bay. A closer look revealed a scraping sound from the fan assembly. As we removed the suspect fan assembly we could identify lots of play in the actual shaft of the electric motor as well as upon a closer look , Continue Reading
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Chrysler Sebring Coolant Outlet Leak

The Sebring actually had some pretty low miles considering the year,but nevertheless had a very common leak from the plastic water outlet. When replacing this component it is recommended that you utilize Mopar Chrysler OE part (Mopar-04792630AA-Engine-Coolant-Outlet-Flange) There are differences in quality as we reveal a few points. We have used the aftermarket outlets in the past with little success. Continue Reading
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