Fix of The Week – 01/11/19

Fix of the week


Fix of The Week

Every week we’re posting our favorite head-scratchers and interesting mechanical issues submitted by our Direct-Hit customers.

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This Week’s Winners

On this edition of Fix of The Week: a bad switch in a Silverado, a faulty remote start in an Equinox, and an overheating Subaru.


2003 Chevy Silverado – Rayzor Auto

This vehicle’s four-wheel drive would not actuate. The actuator on the front axle buzzed when put into four-wheel drive and the light wouldn’t turn out. Additionally, the blower motor only worked on high and the blower motor resistor had already been changed. 

We tested: 

  1. The actuator on the front differential which tested – good 
  2. Power on the black/white wire on the actuator connector—no power  
  3. The four-wheel drive fuse and 10-amp brake fuse 
  4. Power at all ignition 3 spots in the fuse box—all had 9.8V 
  5. Power at ignition 3 on ignition switch which had 9.8V, all other pins had 12.5V 

All this testing led us to suspect a bad switch, so we replaced the ignition switch. All issues related to the ignition 3 wire were fixed.


2016 Chevy Equinox – 309 Auto & Tire

The car came in with an inoperable remote keyless and you could still hear the key in ignition chime even when the key was out. We found no codes in any module and checked and confirmed the signal from both key fobs. We discovered the key flap on the ignition key cylinder was sticking open with the key out. The BCM thought the key was still in the ignition and was disabling RKE functions. We lubed the ignition cylinder to get the door to work and key fob lock operation and remote start functioned properly.


2012 Subaru Outback – Family Auto Service

After testing this vehicle for about 6 miles, we confirmed the customer’s complaint of overheating. We initially suspected the head gasket, but upon tear down found the timing belt had stretched to the point that it was slipping at the water pump. If you can spin the water pump by hand with the belt on, there’s your problem. We replaced the timing belt, pulleys and tensioner along with the water pump.


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