Fix of The Week 02/20/19

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 Kia with steering issues, a Chevy with oil in the cooling system, and an Oldsmobile that just keeps on running. Doesn’t sound like a bad thing, right?


2013 Kia Optima – C & D Tire Service & Sales Inc.

A customer came in with a Kia that had a clunk in the steering wheel when turning left or right.
First, we looked at the steering intermediate shaft and saw it had some play in the u-joints. Then we found a TSB regarding the flexible coupler in the Electronic Power Steering Motor. We replaced the intermediate shaft but the car still had a clunking when turning the steering wheel.

For further diagnosis, we pulled the steering column out of the vehicle and separated the Electronic Steering Motor from housing and found that the flexible coupler had blown apart. After we replaced the Intermediate shaft and flexible coupler there was no more clunk.


2012 Chevy Sonic – David’s Tire & Alignment

We had a Chevy that had oil in its cooling system. We flushed it out but the oil came back. There was no good way to diagnose this so we started by removing and disassembling the cooler. There is a rubber gasket between the cooler and oil filter housing that can leak and cause oil and coolant mixing. We checked the O-ring type gasket and it appeared to have shrunk but we couldn’t tell for sure if that was the problem.

We Replaced the cooler and filter housing, flushed system with liquid dishwashing detergent and water until the oil was gone, drained it and filled it with antifreeze.


1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass – Auto Electric

The ignition switch in this Cutlass didn’t turn off all the way and would run the battery down.
Apparently, the car wouldn’t go into park all the way but felt like it did. The problem was that the shifter wasn’t fully going into park but the key was so worn down you could pull it out while the car was still running.
We removed the console and it was completely full of gunk. After cleaned it and lubricated shift linkage the problem was fixed.


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