Fix of The Week 8/26/19


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 dead battery in a Kia, loss of power in a Toyota, and a swaying Nissan.


2003 Kia Sorento – Fauls Family Automotive

This vehicle’s instrument cluster lights wouldn’t turn off and the battery was dying. After replacing the battery the engine wouldn’t shut off with the key. I scanned for codes and nothing relevant came up. We researched Direct-Hit and found almost the same symptoms. Based on that information I removed the junction fuse box from the left kick panel and opened it up. We found a burnt board around the one relay, so we replaced the fuse box and issue was cleared.


2004 Toyota RAV4 – David’s Garage

The vehicle was consistently losing power and shutting off. It would crank but no start and the only code was P011. We opened the hood and coolant was everywhere. We pressure tested the cooling system to determine where the leak was coming from. I noticed coolant coming from the exhaust manifold so I cranked the car and water poured out of the exhaust pipe and shot out of the radiator with the cap off. The engine was blown and we replaced.


2002 Honda Accord – Dick’s Place

The customer was complaining of sway in the rear when hitting bumps at highway speeds. He had just bought the car in Florida and driven it back to Virginia. I checked the rear for damage and found the car had been wrecked in the rear right. I checked the alignment and found right rear camber was laid in 2.5 degrees. After visually inspecting I could see the control arm was bent. We replaced the right rear lower control arm rearward and set the alignment back to spec. Confirmed all was good after the road test.