Fix Of The Week 11/9/2018
Fix of The Week
Every week we’re posting our favorite head-scratchers and interesting mechanical issues submitted by our Direct-Hit customers.
For a chance to have something you’ve worked on appear as a Fix of the Week, and win a cool little prize for your shop, all you have to do is post your unique fixes in Direct-Hit. Just look up the vehicle you’re working on, click on Post Fix at the top right, then tell us the problem and what you did to fix it.
This Week’s Winners
On this edition of Fix of The Week: a Jeep with no power windows or doors, a Toyota running lean and a Honda stalling in reverse.
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Baer Auto-Tek
This Jeep came in with no power going to the windows or door locks, and no communications with the body control module. Using a snap-on Solus scan tool, we found a black wire broken inside the driver-side door. After we repaired wire, there was still no power windows on any of the four motors, although the power door locks worked. We pulled off the battery post for 30-second intervals, which seemed to get the windows working. Communication with the body control module was restored with the scan tool.
1994 Toyota 4Runner – Santa Cruz Imported Truck Service
The 4Runner came to the shop in lean running condition. We checked the TPS and its adjustment as well as the fuel pressure, coolant temp sensor, air flow meter, wiring, sensor grounds and ref voltages—everything passed. We discovered the customer had been in a crash that had shifted the air box over and the resonator for the air injection rubbed against the alternator pulley, allowing unmetered air into the engine. We replaced the air filter box resonator and it ran fine.
2015 Honda Accord – Allen Tire
When the customer tried backing up, the vehicle would stall then crank no start until the battery died. Code u0115—instrument cluster dead. We replaced fuse #5 under the dash and replaced the battery.
Note for the future: the fuse is also tied to the reverse lights and it did blow when the vehicle was backing up but no short found at this time, and we could not get the fuse to blow again when backing up.