Fix of The Week 8/9/19
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: two Cadillacs — one with a running board issue and another with cluster problems—and a Toyota with a bad shake.
2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV – Highland Transmissions
This vehicle’s driver side running board would not retract. I attempted to retract from ¾ open and found that if hand pressure was applied to the running board it would retract when the door was closed. I checked for any restrictions and found none. I cleaned the hinges, sprayed with worth film and it works fine. I sprayed the passenger side as well.
2017 Toyota Corolla – Rogers Automotive
The customer came in complaining of a shake on acceleration from the front passenger side.
When I test drove it, it felt like a bad axle so I replaced it with the Toyota part and it was better, but still had a constant shaking happening. I balanced the tires and found 2 bent rims. I replaced 2 rims and a new set of good tires road forced balanced. The next day I still noticed the shaking and couldn’t find anything. The front end was tight, the wheel bearing felt good and there was no noise. The customer was told by a tech at Toyota that a wheel bearing is common on this car so I replaced the wheel bearing per customer request and the problem was gone.
1998 Cadillac DeVille – ASAP Auto Repair
This vehicle’s digital part of the cluster would not light up, only the indicator lights worked. No codes present and powers and grounds were good at the cluster. I replaced with a used cluster and had to use resistors to find out which that used cluster was programmed with. Tried about 15 different combinations—try one, wait until 3-minute lockout and move on to the next resistor value until the car starts.