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  1. Washington are dealer wants $1200.00 for timing belt: Comment applicable if you are going to keep vehicle another 2-3 years? There should be water pump inclusive as many vehicle timing belts run the water pump pulley and that water pump pulley and its bearing are vital to the operation of the engine , verify that and a coolant/antifreeze exchange and a warranty of 12 months and 12 000 miles. And note if done at a dealer, repair is generally higher because they use OEM parts. Landmark and Bill Page Honda have been around awhile they are reputable. Also you may ask if they may have a coupon for some amount off? Doesn't hurt to ask. So if the vehicle not currently broken down is not in your life plan picture and there are the usual choices of trade in, sell outright, etc.
  2. Bill Hendrickson

    Check Engine lights

    This data is integral to making an educated service decision.
  3. Bill Hendrickson

    Check Engine lights

    To be definitive and helpful, a year make and model should be listed. Any symptoms and there regularity should be listed, along with any DTC's, Diagnostic Trouble Codes; that a repair facility may have rendered during serviced visit.
  4. Bill Hendrickson

    Welcome to Motor City Central!

    The added data and document was there because a check engine light and rough running engine is not enough data to render a plausible directive. The last paragraph of the Doc insisted on basis fluid levels etc... If further diagnostic data is requested more data is required....Too general at this time.
  5. Bill Hendrickson

    2004 Mercury Monterey check engine light?

    WE would like to give you a synopsis of check engine lights and their nature if you have further particular information it would be helpful. The Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator Lamp. The check engine light is now triggered by many various related systems on the various vehicle networks. The first check engine lights, CELs; in the mid to late 1970’s were triggered primarily by engine faults in the powertrain control module, PCM; engine wiring harness, and 5 control areas. The throttle position, exhaust gas oxygen, O2; thermactor air control, air and or smog pump; crankshaft sensor or profile ignition pickup, PIP sensor; and lastly exhaust gas recirculation, EGR system. Two sequential faults would have to occur within 2 key on ignition cycles and the CEL would come on. This was on board diagnostics one. OBD I As time and progress moved on into the 80’s and 90’s other systems would be monitored, integrated, and gradually into the mid 90’s we progressed into On Board Diagnostics II, OBD II. This OBD II would be mandated to monitor all 5 systems aforementioned and newly engine misfire monitors, catalyst efficiency monitors, and various other sub-systems. The CEL is now a very common occurrence. The CEL may now be triggered and stay on for up to 40 key on drive cycles if a fault is monitored for two of the sequential cycles. Mind you the fault may not be a plausible fault present or palpable or tangible for diagnosis, intermittent faults cause CEL’s. Many so called PCM reflashes or reprogrammings have been initiated to alleviate overly sensitive readings or systems as these new processes are mandated. It is all for the better good as drivability and reliability has increased exponentially. To date the diagnostic trouble codes for systems have grown from # 11 to 999 in the end of OBD I to the various P, B, and C codes ranging in the thousands. ( P powertrain / B body controller / C chassis ); Of which many thru the vehicle network will trigger a CEL light on. The manufacturers have done a great job with these DTC’s to pinpoint subsystem faults and increase diagnostic abilities. So when this infamous CEL light shines pay deep attention to your vehicle, which hopefully you have gotten to know; and observe its drive characteristics, are there any other warnings on, is the CEL flashing which may indicate serious fault, and take a moment to pull over and make sure basic fluids are full, drive belts ok, tires full of air, cycle the key and restart and ascertain whether you have engine or other symptoms. More often than not a sensor parameter and or a communication on the vehicle network has gone out of range and triggered the CEL.
  6. Bill Hendrickson

    Welcome to Motor City Central!

    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU BROUGHT YOUR AUTOMOBILE IN FOR REPAIRS? WERE YOU COMFORTABLE DURING THIS REPAIR? A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE CAN GO A LONG WAY! DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE, PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE, OR JUST A PLAIN OLD SALES PITCH? WOULDN'T IT BE NICE TO KNOW SOMEONE TO ASK ALL THESE QUESTIONS.
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