Fix Of The Week 7/2/19
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 Subaru and a Nissan with sensor issues, and a Chevy with a mysterious ABS light.
2015 Subaru WRX Sti – Speedy Roo Motorsports & Repair
The customer had installed a quick release steering wheel in this vehicle and the check engine light, VSI light and traction control lights all came on. We installed the scanner and found code C1711. We attempted to recalibrate the steering angle sensor and couldn’t because the sensor angle was too great (42°). We moved the steering slightly to reduce the steering angle reading, performed calibration and that worked alright. We had to keep moving the steering wheel slightly and calibrating until the final time where we got the wheel straight.
2006 Chevy Silverado 1500 – Dream City Auto Sales
The ABS light came on with code C0245 stored in the EBCM whenever the vehicle went over 45mph. After stopping and turning the key off and on, the light goes off but once you reach 45mph again, the light turns back on. The data showed all good working speed sensors, but the truck was lifted and had bigger wheels with 35” tires. We recalibrated the tire size on the EBCM with the closest diameter tire size.
2011 Nissan Armada – Whitehall Shell
The vehicle came in with ABS slip and four-wheel drive lights on. The customer’s dealer told them they needed a front differential. The housing was cracked but that had nothing to do with the lights being on. We scanned and the all-wheel speed sensors were reading the correct mph. We switched the scanner to the graph and found a dirty signal from the left rear sensor. We installed a new sensor and had the same issue. We switched the wiring so the left rear was reading through the right rear side—still a bad signal. We replaced the left rear wheel bearing assembly and cleared the codes. Road tested and the vehicle ran fine.