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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Biggest Secret in the Insurance Industry!

Auto Appraisals Diminished Value Appraisals Diminished Value: The biggest secret in the insurance industry What is Diminished Value?


Know your rights if you've been in an auto accident. You may be entitled to a check from your insurance company for Diminished Value. Diminished value is the automatic loss in value from a collision. Almost every vehicle that has been in a wreck will have some form of inherent diminished value.



It has been estimated that 55% of consumers would not buy a car that had been in an accident. 81% would not have a car that had been in a wreck unless they were given a large discount. According to http://www.autoloss.com/, their survey results show the stigma may be even higher.

Insurance companies generally do not acknowledge the right to recover diminished value!


In their online article (later removed from State Farm's website) "Diminished value fact or fiction?" State Farm has tried to discourage consumers from attempting to recover diminished value. We disagree. Many times claimants are not made aware of compensation for diminished value. Insurance companies would have you believe they are your advocates when in reality they are your adversaries. Many times insurance companies will reward their adjusters based on minimizing settlements. When a demand for diminished value is made, insurance companies may deny diminished value has happened. Some insurance companies give adjusters scripts to help them lower the value of claims. Claimants need to support their claims with an expert evaluation that diminished value has occurred.

Understanding Diminished Value Claims


Example:


Your one-year-old vehicle is worth $30,000. One day, you're hit by another car, causing $5,000 in damage. Your insurance company pays for the repairs.

Your car newly repaired car is still worth, $30,000 right? Wrong. Although your body shop does an excellent job, and your vehicle looks as good as it did before the accident, it's now much less desirable having been in a collision, should you decide to sell it now, or down the road.


Many times a frame or structurally damaged vehicle cannot be sold as a "certified used vehicle" therefore reducing the vehicles value by as much as 40%

source: http://www.autoloss.com/
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Did you know?

The list below is the secret to getting many more miles of reliable service from your vehicle.

FLUID SERVICES


Coolant Flush


Includes drain and discard coolant


Flush coolant thoroughly


Test thermostat


Inspect radiator


Test electric fans


Test fan clutch


Test heater operation


Test radiator cap


Inspect coolant reservoir


Oil and Filter Service 


drain and discard motor oil & filter


install new oil filter


install new drain plug


fill with approved motor oil


Check & top off all fluids


Transmission Service


Road test vehicle


Scan computer for codes


Check "technical service bulletins"


Remove and clean transmission pan


Drain and discard transmission fluid & filter


Install new transmission filter & pan gasket


Fill with approved transmission fluid


Road test vehicle and recheck fluids


Check & top off all fluids


Brake Fluid Flush


Road test vehicle


Test fluid condition & level


Perform brake inspection


Flush all brake fluid from entire brake system remove all impurities


Fill with approved brake fluid


Bleed brake system


Road test vehicle to ensure brake system is operating properly


Power steering Fluid


Road test vehicle


Test fluid condition and level


Perform steering system inspection


Flush entire power steering system to remove all impurities


Fill with approved power steering fluid


Road test vehicle to insure steering system is operating properly


Rear Differential Fluid Service (and Front Differential if your car is equipped with a 4WD)


Road test vehicle


Remove and clean differential cover


Drain and discard differential oil


Inspect for damage in differential


Install new gasket or sealant with cover


Fill with approved gear oil and additives if required


Transfer Case Fluid Service (if equipped with a 4WD)


Road Test Vehicle


Check for technical service bulletins


Engage and test 4WD system and ensure proper operation


Drain and replace transfer case fluid with approved fluid


Road test vehicle and Recheck fluid level
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Air Conditioning & Heater Systems Explained



Your air conditioning system is made up of a compressor, a condenser, an evaporator, receiver drier, refrigeration lines, pressure and cycling sensors, and an electric cooling fan for the condenser.




Compressore: This is the heart of your a/c system. The compressor is what takes the refrigerant (the gas) and pressurizes it so it will cool the air. It's run by an engine belt. The compressor also has an electrically operated clutch that turns the compressor on and off as you demand more cool air.


Average cost $359 - $589






Condenser: Located at the front of the engine, next to the radiator. Sometimes the condenser will have its own electric cooling fan, too. The hot, compressed air passes through the condenser reduce the temperature. As it cools, it becomes a liquid.


Average cost $150 - $350






Evaporator: The evaporator is another little radiator usually located under the dashboard near the heater core. As the super-cool liquid is passed through its tubes, a blower forces air thru it and cools to about 45 degrees in a properly operating system as it exits the vents to the passenger compartment. As it warms up again, the refrigerant starts turning back into a gas.


Average cost depends on the location of the evaporator, if it is located in the engine compartment it will be hundreds less than if it is located under the dash. $175 -$650 evacuate and recharge of A/C system extra $99 utilizing R134 Freon.






Thermal Expansion Valve also known as an Thermal Expansion Block Controls the flow of super-cool refrigerant to the evaporator.


Average cost $100 - $200, evacuate and recharge of A/C system extra $99 utilizing R134 Freon.






Drier or Accumulator: The drier, also known as the receiver-drier, is sort of the safety catch for your system. The compressor is only supposed to compress the gas form of your refrigerant. However, there's always a chance that some liquid could make it back that far. The drier catches this liquid before it can damage your compressor. Since even a small leak or careless installation can introduce water moisture to the system, the drier absorbs this chemically, using what's called a desiccant. The drier also has a filter that catches contamination in the system.


Average cost $99 - $149, evacuate and recharge of A/C system extra $99 utilizing R134 Freon.






A/C hoses and O-rings: Leaks at the a/c hoses and o-rings which seal the hoses are the most common source of freon loss.


Average cost $39 - $99 for o-rings, $89 - $179 for hose replacement, evacuate and recharge of A/C system extra $99 utilizing R134 Freon.






Tip: if your defroster does not automatically engage your air conditioning system, run the A/C system at least 20 minutes a week during the winter. This will keep the o-rings lubricated and compressor healthy when you really need it during the summer months.






HEATER SYSTEM






Main components to the heating: Coolant, Heater Core, Heater Control Valve and Thermostat.






Coolant/Heater Core flush


This service is used as a technique to attempt to clear blockage restricting the heater core. When it is restricted, it will not warm up sufficiently.


Average Cost $59 - $99 depending on vehicle.






Heater Core Replacement






Heater Core


The hot coolant is also used to provide heat to the interior of the vehicle when needed. This is a simple and straight forward system that includes a heater core, which looks like a small version of a radiator, connected to the cooling system with a pair of rubber hoses. One hose brings hot coolant from the water pump to the heater core and the other hose returns the coolant to the top of the engine. There is usually a heater control valve in one of the hoses to block the flow of coolant into the heater core when maximum air conditioning is called for.


A fan, called a blower, draws air through the heater core and directs it through the heater ducts to the interior of the car. Temperature of the heat is regulated by a blend door that mixes cool outside air, or sometimes air conditioned air with the heated air coming through the heater core. This blend door allows you to control the temperature of the air coming into the interior. Other doors allow you to direct the warm air through the ducts on the floor, the defroster ducts at the base of the windshield, and the air conditioning ducts located in the instrument panel.


Ford, Lincoln Jeep, Dodge, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar are among the most expensive heater cores to replace due to the location of the part. The entire dash requires removal to gain access to the climate control system, including the heater core and A/C evaporator.


Average cost for the Ford, Lincoln, Mercury heater cores is $575, Dodge and Jeep average $675, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar can cost upwards of $1000 or more. Call for a quote on your particular vehicle.






Heater Control Valve


The heater control valve is the device that controls the flow of hot engine coolant through the heater core. It is usually located in one of the heater hoses to regulate the flow. This valve thus helps to control the heater output as called for by the driver’s control switch.


Average cost for a heater control valve is $59 - $99 plus coolant drain and refill.






Thermostat


During the warm-up period the thermostat valve remains closed. This prevents coolant from flowing from the engine to the radiator. This allows the coolant to warm quickly. As it warms up the valve begins to open. Once the proper running temperature is reached the valve will open so that the coolant and freely flow to the radiator.


If the outside air is especially crisp and cold and the engine has not run for long the heater will blow cold for the driver of the vehicle. The engine needs to heat up so that it can produce heat and allow the thermostat to open and allow coolant to circulate. As the car warms up the heater core will retain heat and continue to let it build up so that when the fan blows over it the air will be warm.


Average Cost $49 - $99 depending on your vehicle, plus coolant.

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Smog and Exhaust System Repairs explained


SMOG AND EXHAUST SYSTEM REPAIRS












The technicians at San Jose Auto Repair specialize in exhaust system leaks, broken exhaust pipes, muffler welding, cracked exhaust manifold, rusted and broken exhaust bolts.


Neglected exhaust leaks will cause additional parts failures. More importantly however, poisonous exhaust fumes will pool under the vehicle and enter the passenger compartment creating a hazardous condition for all occupants.






The typical exhaust system components consist of the following:






Exhaust Manifold(s)






Located in the engine compartment and directly attached to the engine. Made of heavy cast iron, the manifold is designed to absorb the extreme heat created by the engine. Common problems include cracking and broken attachment bolts which in turn create an exhaust leak. A cracked exhaust manifold is normally a result of a poorly maintained engine causing more heat the exhaust manifold was never designed to handle.






Front Pipe & Flange Gaskets






The front pipe is attached to the exhaust manifold and connects to the catalytic converter. Usually this is the location of the primary (sensor 1) Oxygen Sensor. The oxygen sensor tip is constantly measuring the presence of the exhaust gas oxygen content. The value derived is sent to the vehicle’s on board computer, to determine whether to enrich or lean the air/fuel mixture. The flange gasket is designed to seal the pipe and manifold connection. Catalytic Converter(s)






Locations can vary from a direct attachment to the exhaust manifold or behind the front pipe. A second oxygen sensor (sensor 2) is located behind or directly on the converter.


The catalytic converter reduces the emissions of the following pollutants:






Carbon Monoxide (CO)


Oxides of Nitrogen (O2x)


Hydrocarbon (HC)






A properly functioning catalytic converter will reduce harmful pollutants by up to 90%. The converter contains precious metals Platinum and Rhodium.


The platinum in the converter creates a reaction initiating oxidation (burning), which cause the HC and CO to combine with oxygen, this creates water vapor and carbon dioxide.






The Rhodium in the converter "removes" the oxygen from the NOx to form nitrogen and oxygen.






Tip: The catalytic converter is designed to operate between 700 and 1500 degrees F.


An engine with a misfire (running rough, consuming excessive fuel) can cause the temperature in the catalytic converter to heat to 2500 degrees F. damaging the converter.






Muffler(s) & Intermediate Pipe(s)






Mufflers are simply designed to create exhaust back pressure and reduce noise. The curves in the exhaust pipes are engineered with back pressure in mind and positioned to reduce wind drag under the vehicle.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Electrical and Lighting Repairs Facts and Frequently Asked Questions

Electrical Diagnosis Revealed




The main components of the power window system, the window motor, regulator, window switch, wiring and relay.







The first clue of a failing window regulator are unusual noises from the door as the window is raised or lowered. Followed by the window moving upward at an angle or dropping suddenly.






The window motor is subjected to extra stress when the window is not moving smoothly and can cause the motor to fail.






Window switches do fail but is less common than the window regulator. Power door lock system generally contain metal rods, actuators, door handle, lock mechanism, switch and lock cylinder.






In most cases the interior door panel will be removed to test and inspect the source of a window or door lock failure. We are very careful to ensure the panel is not damaged upon removal, we determine the source of the failure and can replace the required parts usually in one day.






Diagnosis and inspection $49 - $99 which includes removal of the interior door panel, this fee applies toward repairs






Window regulator average cost $169 - $259 for most vehicles






Power window motor average cost $140 - $260 for most vehicles if not included with the regulator



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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

San Jose Auto Repair: Factory Radio Repairs

San Jose Auto Repair: Factory Radio Repairs: "FACTORY RADIO REPAIR Modern factory radios can be repaired at a reasonable price. Why repair a factory radio and not just replace it..."

Factory Radio Repairs

FACTORY RADIO REPAIR







Modern factory radios can be repaired at a reasonable price. Why repair a factory radio and not just replace it with an aftermarket unit? Resell value is affected slightly when the factory radio is missing. The factory radio matches the design of the vehicles interior, and the fit and finish remain unchanged. The original radio may have features that are only compatible with your vehicle, such as radio controls on the steering wheel. And in some instances, the factory amplifier will only work with the OEM radio. Unlike the factory installed radios in the past, these modern units offer terrific sound quality and are matched well with the speakers, amplifier and acoustics in your vehicle. The cost depends on the model of the vehicle and the type of failure.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Here are some great prices on brake parts!



Monroe CX537 Ceramic Premium Brake PadMonroe CX537 Ceramic Premium Brake PadStar 1000A, Caliper Brake Set, Front, Silver

Electrical and Lighting Repairs




LIGHTING AND ELECTRICAL










We specialize in electrical repairs, where most shops ignore or not willing to tackle these repairs as they are either very simple or too time consuming (less profitable). We are prepared to take on challenging electrical repairs in an efficient manner and fair price.






Need to replace a burned out headlamp bulb?






We stock most bulbs to get you back on the road quickly. Average cost is $22 installed, for most vehicles.






Already replaced a bulb and it still doesn’t work?






Likely the problem is the socket, loose or broken wiring or the sensor that commands the lamp to illuminate. Average cost for repair $49 - $99 for most repairs. Let us check the basics to get you back on the road safely and avoid the risk of a fix-it ticket.






Headlamps not as bright as they should be?






Many modern vehicles have a plastic protective lens to protect the headlamp. Trouble is, the plastic becomes cloudy due to exposure to sunlight, reducing the headlamp brightness significantly. The average cost for headlamp lens polishing is $89 per pair depending on condition. For the vehicles interior, we repair:


cigarette lighter socket


instrument cluster lighting


turn signal repair


fuel gauge


cruise control


interior dome lamps


heater & air conditioning electrical failure


radio controls


electric windows


electric door locks


power seats


defroster


horn


non-operational windshield wipers & washer jets


speedometer


heater fans


ignition switch & cylinder lock replacement










Under the hood, we repair:


alternator


starter


voltage regulator


difficult electrical repairs


wiring harness repair & replacement


distributor


diagnose electric non operational electric cooling fans


A/C compressor operation










We can rebuild your vehicles onboard computer (electronic control module) saving $’s.


CLUTCH SERVICE






Most modern 5 speed equipped vehicles have a clutch master and slave cylinder which replaced the older design “clutch cable”. The clutch fluid which is actually DOT 3 brake fluid should be replaced every three years.


Average cost $39 for most vehicles.






Clutch adjustment


Vehicles equipped with a clutch cable, do require periodic adjustment, is also prone to breaking at the cable ends, or the cable itself can break.


Average cost for clutch cable adjustment $39 for most vehicles.






Clutch replacement


A clutch replacement almost should always consist of replacing the following parts: clutch disc, pressure plate, release bearing, pilot bushing, and either replacing or resurfacing the flywheel. Be aware of estimates that seem to be to good to be true when calling for estimates on a clutch replacement. You may be given a quote on the labor and the "clutch disc" only, with the news for additional parts after the vehicle’s transmission has already been removed. TIP: Ask your tech to inspect the "rear main seal" located on the back of engine after the clutch has been removed. If it is leaking, the replacement should be less than 20 minutes additional work. Same applies for broken CV axle boots, worn out front brakes; take advantage of the time your are paying to have the transmission removed by getting additional worn parts replaced for no or little additional labor cost. (ask for a package deal).






Manual transmission gearbox


Usually a customer will experience a "grinding" gear or great difficulty getting the shifter into a particular gear. Most common is 1st or reverse gears. It is likely that a bad "syncro", or bearing for that gear is affected and the rest of the manual transmission is ok. Gearbox still requires removal and disassembly to replace the broken parts, it is labor intensive and not as many skilled gearbox rebuilders as there are automatic transmission rebuilders out there.


It requires experience and special tools to tackle most of these repairs.


Average manual transmission tear down, replace bearing and syncro kit, $850 - $1500 depending on the vehicle.






Shifter repair


A common perception of a failing manual transmission can actually be attributed to worn out shifter bushings. The bushings are easy to replace and will keep you from possibly damaging the manual transmissions syncros, has mentioned above.


Average cost $89 - $149 depending on your vehicle.

Transmission Service and Repair




TRANSMISSION FLUID AND FILTER SERVICE/TRANSMISSION FLUID FLUSH


During a flush service, the transmission pan is not removed to gain access to the transmission filter.
Fluid is circulated thru the transmission lubrication and cooling system continuously until the system is entirely clean. Transmission Flush service can use up to 16 quarts of transmission fluid, and some transmissions require a synthetic or proprietary manufacturers fluid. On the other hand, a transmission fluid drain and filter replacement will extract about half of the transmission fluid in the system. Which service to choose depends on your vehicles fluid type, the condition of the fluid, and the miles since the last service to determine the most cost effective service.

Average cost for a transmission fluid flush $150 - $250 most cars and up to $375 for lifetime fluids. Average cost for a transmission fluid filter and fluid service $89 - $159 most cars and light trucks.

Common Transmission Symptoms:
The most common problem we encounter with our customers is "no reverse" or a severe delay before reverse gear will engage. In some cases the transmission may not need to be replaced or rebuilt.
A reverse section in some transmissions can be repaired, and you are back on the road, as long as the forward gears are not delaying or "slipping" too.

Another symptom is no overdrive; the last gear your transmission shifts into, at highway speeds. The overdrive lamp may blink, or will not turn off as a possible clue to an overdrive problem. Again in some vehicles the overdrive section of the transmission may be repaired rather than the entire transmission being replaced.

TIP: All modern transmissions have electronic solenoids and sensors which command and control the transmissions activities. At least 30% of the time, a customers perception of a failing transmission can be repaired, (with proper diagnosis) by replacing for example; electronic components; repairing a valve body, or even replacing a plugged transmission filter. We have saved our customers thousands of dollars by giving our customers a second opinion and good news about lower cost options for their vehicle. Diagnosis
Transmission fluid condition can give some indication as to the transmissions health but usually not a complete picture if the transmission has symptoms such as: erratic shifting, delayed shifting, "stack shifting" , transmission may be taking off in a higher gear than designed, exhibit symptoms only when the vehicle is cold in the morning or after many miles of driving, delay in reverse, slipping between gears, etc.

We conduct a through road test, scan the vehicles onboard computer for transmission fault codes and engine fault codes. Check for applicable technical service bulletins for your vehicle, verify symptoms, check fluid level and condition, analyze whether the problem is electrical, computer controls, an internal failure and if so, to what extent.
Average diagnosis or evaluation cost FREE - $125 if further electrical pinpoint tests are required.

Repair
Overdrive or reverse repairs have historically cost $495 - $1100 depending on the vehicle
Valve body repair average $250 - $650 most cars Solenoid or sensor repairs average $150 - $750 most cars

Replacement or rebuilt Transmission
Transmission replacement or rebuilding price range $850 - $1900 including installation, most cars.
Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volvo, Jaguar, Range Rover are also available at discounted prices, call for details. Starting at $1500

Monday, July 19, 2010

Automotive Air Conditioning & Heater Systems Explained



                                 COMPONENTS OF AUTOMOTIVE AIR CONDITIONING










Your air conditioning system is made up of a compressor, a condenser, an evaporator, receiver drier, refrigeration lines, pressure and cycling sensors, and an electric cooling fan for the condenser.




Compressor: This is the heart of your a/c system. The compressor is what takes the refrigerant (the gas) and pressurizes it so it will cool the air. It's run by an engine belt. The compressor also has an electrically operated clutch that turns the compressor on and off as you demand more cool air.


Average cost $359 - $589






Condenser: Located at the front of the engine, next to the radiator. Sometimes the condenser will have its own electric cooling fan, too. The hot, compressed air passes through the condenser reduce the tempurature. As it cools, it becomes a liquid.


Average cost $150 - $350






Evaporator: The evaporator is another little radiator usually located under the dashboard near the heater core. As the super-cool liquid is passed through its tubes, a blower forces air thru it and cools to about 45 degrees in a properly operating system as it exits the vents to the passenger compartment. As it warms up again, the refrigerant starts turning back into a gas.


Average cost depends on the location of the evaporator, if it is located in the engine compartment it will be hundreds less than if it is located under the dash. $175 -$650 evacuate and recharge of A/C system extra $99 utilizing R134 Freon.






Thermal Expansion Valve also known as an Thermal Expansion Block Controls the flow of super-cool refrigerant to the evaporator.


Average cost $100 - $200, evacuate and recharge of A/C system extra $99 utilizing R134 Freon.






Drier or Accumulator: The drier, also known as the receiver-drier, is sort of the safety catch for your system. The compressor is only supposed to compress the gas form of your refrigerant. However, there's always a chance that some liquid could make it back that far. The drier catches this liquid before it can damage your compressor. Since even a small leak or careless installation can introduce water moisture to the system, the drier absorbs this chemically, using what's called a desiccant. The drier also has a filter that catches contamination in the system.


Average cost $99 - $149, evacuate and recharge of A/C system extra $99 utilizing R134 Freon.






A/C hoses and O-rings: Leaks at the a/c hoses and o-rings which seal the hoses are the most common source of freon loss.


Average cost $39 - $99 for o-rings, $89 - $179 for hose replacement, evacuate and recharge of A/C system extra $99 utilizing R134 Freon.






Tip: if your defroster does not automatically engage your air conditioning system, run the A/C system at least 20 minutes a week during the winter. This will keep the o-rings lubricated and compressor healthy when you really need it during the summer months.






HEATER SYSTEM






Main components to the heating: Coolant, Heater Core, Heater Control Valve and Thermostat.






Coolant/Heater Core flush


This service is used as a technique to attempt to clear blockage restricting the heater core. When it is restricted, it will not warm up sufficiently.


Average Cost $59 - $99 depending on vehicle.






Heater Core Replacement






Heater Core


The hot coolant is also used to provide heat to the interior of the vehicle when needed. This is a simple and straight forward system that includes a heater core, which looks like a small version of a radiator, connected to the cooling system with a pair of rubber hoses. One hose brings hot coolant from the water pump to the heater core and the other hose returns the coolant to the top of the engine. There is usually a heater control valve in one of the hoses to block the flow of coolant into the heater core when maximum air conditioning is called for.


A fan, called a blower, draws air through the heater core and directs it through the heater ducts to the interior of the car. Temperature of the heat is regulated by a blend door that mixes cool outside air, or sometimes air conditioned air with the heated air coming through the heater core. This blend door allows you to control the temperature of the air coming into the interior. Other doors allow you to direct the warm air through the ducts on the floor, the defroster ducts at the base of the windshield, and the air conditioning ducts located in the instrument panel.


Ford, Lincoln Jeep, Dodge, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar are among the most expensive heater cores to replace due to the location of the part. The entire dash requires removal to gain access to the climate control system, including the heater core and A/C evaporator.


Average cost for the Ford, Lincoln, Mercury heater cores is $575, Dodge and Jeep average $675, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar can cost upwards of $1000 or more. Call for a quote on your particular vehicle.






Heater Control Valve


The heater control valve is the device that controls the flow of hot engine coolant through the heater core. It is usually located in one of the heater hoses to regulate the flow. This valve thus helps to control the heater output as called for by the driver’s control switch.


Average cost for a heater control valve is $59 - $99 plus coolant drain and refill.






Thermostat


During the warm-up period the thermostat valve remains closed. This prevents coolant from flowing from the engine to the radiator. This allows the coolant to warm quickly. As it warms up the valve begins to open. Once the proper running temperature is reached the valve will open so that the coolant and freely flow to the radiator.


If the outside air is especially crisp and cold and the engine has not run for long the heater will blow cold for the driver of the vehicle. The engine needs to heat up so that it can produce heat and allow the thermostat to open and allow coolant to circulate. As the car warms up the heater core will retain heat and continue to let it build up so that when the fan blows over it the air will be warm.


Average Cost $49 - $99 depending on your vehicle, plus coolant.

Here is our price list for new radiators!


 





7335A 1494 7 94-97 HONDA ACCORD L4 (C1494-1R,C1581-2R) $68



7170A 1574 8 93-2001 NISSAN ALTIMA AT/MT 2.4L $85.00



1520A 1694 10 94-99 CHEVY PICKUP $139.00



7330A 19 12 90-93 HONDA ACCORD, 92-96 HD PRELUDE (EXC SI) $80.00



7330-2A 19 90-93 HONDA ACCORD, 92-96 HD PRELUDE (EXC SI) $79.00



2335A 1592 15 91-2000 JEEP CHEROKEE $109.00



2335-2A 1193 91-2000 JEEP CHEROKEE $120.00



7270A 1318 18 92-96 TY CAMRY L4 $85.00



7236-2A 1935 86-95 TOYOTA RN50 P/U AT/MT 4WD $99.00



7236A 15 20 86-95 TOYOTA RN50 P/U AT/MT 4WD 109.00



7207A 1462 21 93-97 TOYOTA COROLLA DX $89



7150A 2215 22 98-2001 NISSAN FRONTIER PICK UP 2.4L $99.00



7167A 2612 24 00-03 NISSAN MAXIMA 3.0 LTR $99.00



7742A 2410 26 00-06 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE/SEBRING COUPE $96.00



7741A 2406 27 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE 00-05 RADIATOR 109.00



1850-2A 1850 96-00 3.0L DODGE CARAVAN ,VOYAGER 2.4/3.0L $129.00



1850A 1850 30 96-00 3.0L DODGE CARAVAN ,VOYAGER 2.4/3.0L $113.00



2509A 2262 31 99-04 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0 (WJ) $112.00



7166A 1752 32 95-99 NISSAN MAXIMA V6,3.0 INFINITY I30 $99.00



1552A 1552 34 94-97 DODGE RAM PICK UP V-8 5.2L/5.9L $109.00



1552-2A 1552 94-97 DODGE RAM PICK UP V-8 5.2L/5.9L $156.00



7322A 11 36 88-91 HONDA CIVIC DX/LX/EX/SI WAGON, H/B (1.5)26 $68.00



7338A 2546 40 1998-02 HONDA ACCORD L4 $54.00



1826A 1826 41 96-98 S/T SERIES P/U BLAZER (A/T, W/EOC, V6) $108.00



1826-2A 1826 96-98 S/T SERIES P/U BLAZER (A/T, W/EOC, V6) $73.00



2386-2A 1482 93-2002 CADILLAC ALLANTE,CONCOURS,ELDORADO $136.00



7354A 2354 45 01-05 HONDA CIVIC $54.00



2386A 1482 47 93-2002 CADILLAC ALLANTE,CONCOURS,ELDORADO $128.00



2450A 1395 48 93-95 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I6 4.0L $130.00



3184A 2184 49 99-04 CHRYSLER 300M 3.5L/LHS 3.5L/INTREPID 3.2L $128.00



8135A 2587 50 01-07 HYUNDAI ELANTRA/TIBURON $99.00



9622A 2343 51 2000-2002 BUICK CENTURY REGAL $129.00



7344A 1568 52 94-97 ACURA INTEGRA A/T SHOW $109.00



1687A 1687 55 95-02 CHEV CAVALIER-PONT SUNBIRD $109.00



1687-2A 2006 95-02 CHEV CAVALIER-PONT SUNBIRD $139.00



2786A 2311 58 01-04 DODGE CARAVAN 3.8L / $120.00



7172A 2414 59 02-06 NISSAN ALTIMA L4 $109.00



7111A 2346 62 2000-2006 NISSAN SENTRA 1.8LTR $99.00



2451A 1425 64 93-98 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 5.2/5.9 $112.00



2576A 1889 66 97-99 BUICK CENTURY WO/SUPERCHARGER $192.00



2294A 2294 67 00-04 DODGE DAKOTA, DURANGO $239.00



7159A 1152 68 91-99 NS SENTRA & NX COUPE / 95-96 200SX $143.00



1786A 2003 70 96-97 CHEVY ASTRO VAN $169.00



1830A 1830 71 96-99 FORD TAURUS EXCEPT SHO $181.00



7244A 50 73 88-95 TY P\U 6 CYL 3.0L 4WD(2 WD USE 7286H) $180.00



7331A 2051 75 97-00 HONDA CRV $146.00



7331-2A 2051 97-00 HONDA CRV $172.00



7729A 2300 77 1999-2000 MITSUBISHI GALANT 2.4LTR $153.00



2435A 2173 78 2001-2002 FD EXPLORER 4.0 DOHC $159.00



2557-2A 2173 98-06 RANGER,B3000,B4000,EXPLORER $215.00



2557A 2173 80 98-99 RANGER,B3000,B4000,EXPLORER $189.00



7271A 1303 81 92-93 TY CAMRY V6 / 92-93 LEXUS ES300 (L4 IS 727 $163.00



2435-2A 2173 2001-2002 FD EXPLORER 4.0 DOHC $189.00



7734A 2023 84 95-98 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE W/O TURBO / DG AVENGER $115.00



2217A 1164 86 84-94 FORD EXPLORER, RANGER 4.0 $129.00



7343A 1278 89 91-95 ACURA LEGEND AT $124.00



7149-2A 1983 86-97 NISSAN HARDBODY PU, 4WD PU, PATHFINDER $119.00



7149A 1983 92 86-97 NISSAN HARDBODY PU, 4WD PU, PATHFINDER $94.00



2559A 2952 94 06-09 FD EXPLORER/ ME MOUNTAINEER $143.00



7342A 1110 98 90-93 ACURA INTEGRA A/T 1-ROW TOYO RAD $93.00



9508A 2608 99 2005-2006 CHEVROLET COBALT $160.00



2138A 2138 100 97-2002 FORD MUSTANG 3.8 $104.00



2366A 2608 102 03-07 SATURN ION $103.00



7238-2A 539 88-92 TY COROLLA 2 SENSORS SDN,CPE DX, WAG, SR5, $118.00



7238A 539 104 88-92 TY COROLLA 2 SENSORS SDN,CPE DX, WAG, SR5, $89.00



2298A 2298 105 01-09 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER $119.00



2510A 2263 106 99-00 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.7LR $123.00



9273A 1273 107 90-2001 ESCORT, 91-97 MERCURY TRACER $139.00



7278A 2427 109 98-03 TOYOTA SIENNA $129.00



2067A 2191 111 94-02 SATURN 1.9L $99.00



7272A 1746 112 94-96 TOYOTA CAMRY V-6, LEXUS ES300 $99.00



2569A 2479 113 02-03 DG RAM PICKUP 3.7L/4.7L $156.00



9140A 2296 114 00-07 FORD FOCUS $120.00



2362A 1548 117 95-97 DODGE NEON $109.00



2351-2A 1474 91-93 CADILAC SEVILLE/DEVILLE SIMILAR 2222 $139.00



2351A 1474 119 91-93 CADILAC SEVILLE/DEVILLE SIMILAR 2222 $131.00



2136A 2589 120 97-98 EXPEDITION/NAVIGATOR 5.4L $143.00



7630A 2265 122 99-05 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA/GOLF $114.00



7237A 532 124 87-91 TOYOTA CAMRY (4CYL.) $93.00



2192A 1094 125 88-95 FD TAURUS, LN CONTINENTAL, MC SABLE $106.00



1831A 1831 126 96-97 FORD F-SERIES 4.2 & 4.6 LITER $134.00



1824A 1824 128 96-99FORD EXPLORER 5.0L 8CYL,97-98 MOUNTIANEER $150.00



1682A 1682 130 92-95 JEEP WRANGLER $129.00



2683A 1888 131 97-00 CHEVY VENTURE $139.00



7266A 1986 133 95-98 TOYOTA TACOMA 2.4L 2WD $135.00



9057A 2481 134 02-05 JEEP LIBERTY $140.00



9581A 2264 136 1999-2002 PONTIAC GRAND AM $129.00



7195A 2691 137 04-06 NISSAN PATHFINDER ARMADA $118.00



7195-2A 2691 138 04-06 NISSAN PATHFINDER ARMADA $153.00



2365A 2362 139 2001-2003 DODGE NEON 4SPEED $109.00



2396A 1517 141 94-97 CHEV CAPRICE IMPALA $128.00



7523A 1323 142 1992-2001 MAZDA 626 L4 $99.00



7339A 2554 145 98-99 HONDA ACCORD V6 $125.00



2388A 1531 148 94-04 CHEV S-10 P/U $127.00



2388-2A 1531 149 94-97 CHEV S-10 P/U $125.00



1881A 1881 151 1997-2000 CADILLAC CATERA $135.00



2398A 1485 153 93-97 CHEVROLET CAMARO 3.4L $135.00



2398-2A 2472 93-97 CHEVROLET CAMARO 3.4L $146.00



8210A 2428 155 03-07 TY COROLLA 1.8L $99.00



7352A 2195 158 98-99 HONDA PASSPORT V6 $139.00



2356A 1488 159 94-97 FORD MUSTANG 3.8L/5.0L (EXCEPT 4.6L) $96.00



7259-2A 1155 90-97 TOYOTA PREVIA VAN L4 2.4L $139.00



7259A 1155 162 90-97 TOYOTA PREVIA VAN L4 2.4L $107.00



1390-2A 1390 93-97 CHRYSLER CONCORDE/INTREPID/VISION $139.00



1390A 1390 164 93-97 CHRYSLER CONCORDE/INTREPID/VISION $99.00



2399-2A 2471 93-98 CHEVROLET CAMARO 5.7L $169.00



2399A 1486 167 93-98 CHEVROLET CAMARO 5.7L $128.00



7164A 1241 168 89-94 NISSAN 240SX $99.00



9557-2A 2485 2000-96 CHEVY/GMC VAN 4.3/5.7L $148.00



9557A 2485 171 2000-96 CHEVY/GMC VAN 4.3/5.7L $130.00



7436A 2085 172 1999-2002 SUZUKI ESTEEM $153.00



2387A 1518 173 90-98 CHEVY LUMINA/MONTE CARLO 94-98 $135.00



2043A 1905 176 97-99 DODGE DAKOTA 3.9/5.2 $143.00



2043-2A 1905 97-99 DODGE DAKOTA 3.9/5.2 $159.00



9590-2A 2370 1999-2001 CHEVROLET SIVERADO PICKUP 5.3,6.0 $169.00



9590A 2370 179 1999-2001 CHEVROLET SIVERADO PICKUP 5.3,6.0 $156.00



2422A 1522 180 94-00 FULL SIZE BLAZER/GMC TAHOE ,5.7 350 $154.00



2422-2A 1522 94-00 FULL SIZE BLAZER/GMC TAHOE ,5.7 350 $153.00



7152A 2055 183 96-99 NISSAN PATHFINDER V6 3.3L AT/MT $124.00



2183A 131 187 85-98 FD BRONCO/PICKUP(F-SER) V8 5.0/5.8L AC-CHE $122.00



7461A 2087 189 96-05 SUZUKI SIDEKICK AT SPORT $132.00



2434-2A 2342 02-05 FORD EXPLORER 4.0/4.6 OHC $128.00



2434A 2342 192 02-05 FORD EXPLORER 4.0/4.6 OHC $135.00



1693A 1693 193 95-97 CHEVY PICKUP (C/K SERIES) $134.00



2500A 1924 195 96-98 MERCURY VILLAGER\NISSAN QUEST $168.00



1693-2A 1693 95-97 CHEVY PICKUP (C/K SERIES) $152.00



1703A 1702 200 95-99 CHRYS CIRRUS V6 $122.00



1703-2A 1702 95-99 CHRYS CIRRUS V6 $135.00



7837A 1401 203 95-97 BMW 528I/540I/740IL V8 RADIATOR $195.00



7807A 1841 204 92-97 BMW 325 SERIES M3 COUPE 92-97, $163.00



2337A 1511 205 93-97 MERCURY VILLAGER, NS QUEST W/O TRAILER HIT $185.00



3336A 2336 207 01-04 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE $163.00



8162-3AA 162 GM UNIVERSAL M440,535,536,562,651,868,415 26IN. $164.00



8162A 162 209 GM UNIVERSAL M440,535,536,562,651,868,415 26IN. $125.00



7286-3AA 1190 90-95 TOYOTA PU V-6 3.0 LTR RN80 2WD (4RUNNER IS $103.00



7286AA 1190 211 90-95 TOYOTA PU V-6 3.0 LTR RN80 2WD (4RUNNER IS $157.00



7836A 979 213 89-91 BMW 525I AT W/WATER BOTTLE $148.00



2456A 2139 214 97-2002FORD MUSTANG V-8, 4.6 $128.00



2057A 622 217 88-94 CV PICKUP (C/K SERIES) W/ENG OC $125.00



2057-2A 622 88-94 CV PICKUP (C/K SERIES) W/ENG OC $140.00



8112A 2339 220 1999-2003 HYUNDAI SONATA/KIA OPTIMA $135.00



7269A 1998 222 96-02 TOYOTA 4-RUNNER L4/V6 2WD/4WD AT/MT ALL $124.00



0289AA 289 223 63-68 CHEVROLET BEL AIR $150.00



0289-3AA 289 63-68 CHEVROLET BEL AIR, CAPRICE, IMPALA $161.00



7206A 2219 227 98-2000 TOYOTA COROLLA $93.00



7161AA 1941 229 REPLACES 7160 AND 7168 $138.00



2373A 1609 232 94-97 FORD WINDSTAR W/3.8L $159.00



7160A 1242 234 89-94 NISSAN MAXIMA $159.00



2344A 1447 235 93-98 LINCOLN MARK VIII 4.6L $129.00



2438A 1696 236 94-97 CHEVY PICKUP $160.00



7249A 1319 239 91-94 TERCEL 92-95 PASEO $93.00

Computerized Diagnostics Explained...






Computerized Diagnostics



The Malfunction Indicator Lamp (check engine or service engine soon lamp) will illuminate when the vehicles onboard computer (ECM) has detected the same fault during two consecutive drive cycles or when the ECM has entered fail safe mode.

One function of the ECM is to monitor and detect malfunctioning sensors and actuators, as well as recording emission related diagnostic information. The ECM receives input from sensors, relays, switches, processes the data then generates output signals to control additional solenoids, actuators, and relays to keep the engine and transmission operating smoothly.

When a component fails, the ECM will attempt to compensate by changing the output commands to other sensors & actuators. This is why a driver may not notice any difference in how the engine is running when the Check Engine Lamp illuminates.

It is best to have the vehicle checked promptly. Most Check Engine Lamp diagnostics are relatively straight forward and should be accomplished within the first hour of diagnosis.
There are on occasion, multiple parts that have failed or multiple "fault codes" stored that may require additional diagnostic time to figure out. This is more common when Check Engine Lamp has been illuminated for long periods of time or the vehicle has been running poorly for an extended period of time.

Most common reason for the Check Engine Lamp to illuminate is maintenance neglect. Time and time again, techs find the root cause of many time-consuming and costly repairs stem from what could have been a simple repair.

An ounce of prevention...

Check engine lamp diagnosis range between $49 and $89. We offer more than a simple code scan, some shops do for free to lure in customers. Our job is get to the heart of the problem, provide you a thorough inspection and estimate of recommended repairs.

If the vehicle Check Engine Lamp is only on due to a failed fuel cap, we do not charge for the testing.

We also apply diagnostic fees toward repairs completed here.

http://www.sanjoseautorepair.com/diagnostics.html

Technical Tips of the day: Exhaust and Smog Repairs





SMOG AND EXHAUST SYSTEM REPAIRS

The technicians at San Jose Auto Repair specialize in exhaust system
leaks, broken exhaust pipes, muffler welding, cracked exhaust manifold,
rusted and broken exhaust bolts.

Neglected exhaust leaks will cause additional parts failures. More importantly however, poisonous exhaust fumes will pool under the vehicle and enter the passenger compartment creating a hazardous condition for all occupants.The typical exhaust system components consist of the following:

Exhaust Manifold(s)

Located in the engine compartment and directly attached to the
engine. Made of heavy cast iron, the manifold is designed to
absorb the extreme heat created by the engine. Common
problems include cracking and broken attachment bolts which in
turn create an exhaust leak. A cracked exhaust manifold is
normally a result of a poorly maintained engine causing more heat
the exhaust manifold was never designed to handle.

Front Pipe & Flange Gaskets

The front pipe is attached to the exhaust manifold and connects to
the catalytic converter. Usually this is the location of the primary
(sensor 1) Oxygen Sensor. The oxygen sensor tip is constantly
measuring the presence of the exhaust gas oxygen content. The
value derived is sent to the vehicle ’ s onboard computer, to
determine whether to enrich or lean the air/fuel mixture. The flange
gasket is designed to seal the pipe and manifold connection.

Catalytic Converter(s)

Locations can vary from a direct attachment to the exhaust
manifold or from behind the front pipe. The catalytic converter
reduces the emissions of the following pollutants:
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Oxides of Nitrogen (O2x)
Hydrocarbon (HC)
A properly functioning catalytic converter will reduce harmful
pollutants by up to 90%. The converter contains precious metals
Platinum and Rhodium. The platinum in the converter creates a
reaction initiating oxidation (burning), which cause the HC and
CO to combine with oxygen, this creates water vapor and carbon
dioxide.

The Rhodium in the converter "removes" the oxygen from the
NOx to form nitrogen and oxygen.

Tip: The catalytic converter is designed to operate between 700
and 1500 degrees F. An engine with a misfire (running rough,
consuming excessive fuel) can cause the temperature in the
catalytic converter to heat to 2500 degrees F. damaging the
converter.

Muffler(s) & Intermediate Pipe(s)

Mufflers are simply designed to create exhaust backpressure and
reduce noise. The curves in the exhaust pipes are engineered
with backpressure in mind and positioned to reduce wind drag
under the vehicle.

http://www.sanjoseautorepair.com/smog.html


 

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