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Direct fuel injection / warranty problems

Were seeing vehicles in the shop with as little as 30,000 miles with check engine lights on and miss fire codes” now these are vehicles that are still under factory warranty! So why are they bringing them to a independent shop like Magic Mechanic? Well they have already been back to their local dealer where it was explained due to intake valve coking from their direct injection fuel system they will be required to pay anywhere from $300.00 to sometimes $2000.00 for a de-carbon service that requires induction and fuel system removal so the valves can be treated for carbon sometimes it requires cylinder head removal and a valve job” They state excessive carbon cleaning isn’t covered by your warranty! Heres what happens” since the fuel is deposited directly into the cylinders no fuel is cleaning the valves and your crank case emissions are re-introduced into the intake system which cokes up the valves, not only does the carbon coking block the cylinders air flow and causes a miss fire the carbon falls into cylinders gets trapped between valves and damages turbo chargers and catalytic converters” Since its not a mechanical failure ( a broken part) manufactures blame it on engine oils and low grade ethanol fuels that are beyond their control, even though its their engineering that caused the problem to start with! What can you do?

As a consumer theirs 2 things, one is have a de-carbon IV drip service done at least every 30,000 miles this keeps the carbon from turning hard so it can be softened and flushed away with the IV drip, waiting to long it will get hard as a rock and the engine will have to come apart for a valve job” The other thing is to not only use the best synthetic oil like Amsoil because of the superior film strength which helps reduce crankcase emissions but stay away from low viscosity oils like 15 and 20 weight oils they create high crank case emissions and intensify the problem! Goggle search direct injection problems, I got 2.4 million hits educate yourself”

Magic Mechanic
1432 Lee Road OrlandoFL32804 USA 
 • (407) 298-7447

New Cars and Fluid Services

Folks manufacturers spend millions of dollars marketing how good their vehicles are” Some use consumer reports, JD powers and associates and many others” in hope this aids in the sale of their vehicles, Now on another note” manufactures and selling dealers also try to imply” other than an occasional oil change their vehicles are pretty much maintenance free” Whens the last time you went on a test drive and the sales person told you while driving expect to replace your brakes every 50,000 miles, you need to do brake system flushes and replace your transmission fluid every 60,000 miles?

See what I mean? That would kill the mood right? I don’t think it would” I would much rather someone try to educate me on maintenance to keep my investment running a long time as someone pretending its maintenance free. As a consumer and vehicle owner its important you understand what maintenance your vehicle needs especially as it ages and sometimes you have to use your own common since. Even though many manufactures don’t even list a transmission fluid service some recommend it every 30,000 miles so we have one extreme to the other’ bottom line is no fluid or oil lasts forever and will need to be replaced as maintenance, remember a sales person’s job is to sell you a car, now picture how many sleepless nights he will have when your transmission fails 1000 miles out of warranty because of neglected fluid” He’s going to cry his eyes out while he’s trying to sell you another maintenance free car!

Torque Converter

Car Information:
Ford
Year: 2004
Engine Size: 5.2
Trans: Automatic


Issue/Question: I have the torque converter shutter and brought it by your shop and we put the super oil in it. It seemed to lesson the shutter especially at the 40MPH range but it still shutters. If I accelerate through or back off the gas it stops. My question is what other dammage is occurring due to this problem? I have your estimate of about $900 so if I can’t do this for a few weeks, am I causing futher damge to other parts??

Answer:
Not if we already added it, sounds like your going to be getting a torque converter sooner then later! It shouldn’t hurt anything unless it loses the friction material on the torque converter clutch, if it does it will try to neutral out then drop back into 4th then the OD light will start flashing. Do you have the problem when you cancel the overdrive? Stop by and we will install a bottle of lube guard with a friction enhancer in it and see if that helps.

Brake Lights

Car Information:
Buick LaSabre
Year: 1996
Engine: 305
Transmission: AUTOMATIC

Issue / Question:
The red brake light is on and the bell keeps going off, it doesn’t stop until you turn off the engine. The car brakes work fine other than this issue.

Answer:
Emergency brake or switch, Low brake fluid in master cylinder reservoir, air in hydraulic system, all can cause this condition.

Let us know if you would like for us to look at it 407-629-2661

Saturn General Problems

Car Information:
Saturn
Year: 2000
Engine Size: 3.2L
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Air conditioning compressor was checked by a mobile mechanic and said it was charged and working. The blower was not working all the time, would come one and off at times, so he said the control module needed replacing and should also fix the compressor not coming on. Compressor had been coming on when he blower was intermittent and we kept AC on even when the blower was not running.

He replaced the control module, fan now works but intermittently. However the compressor does not kick in for cold air.

Any guidance?

Answer:
Time to start over. It sounds like it was improperly diagnosed from the start. These often have a bad connection problem going to the fan motor but shouldn’t have any thing to do with the compressor coming on.

We would need to start from scratch.

For professional auto repair and auto services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Royale Horn Problems

Car Information:
Old ’88 Royale
Year: 1994
Engine Size: 3.4
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
My car’s horn blasts at anytime. When steering, when parked at night, and when i brush it while steering. when i hit it, it sometimes sticks on. I thought that I heard you talk about putting some washer on the pad. I believe you said it swells up and this is the problem. But the air bag is attached to the horn. I unscrewed it and looked inside and i saw wires. Is there a way to repair this problem safely? Do I have to pull the fuse on the air bag first? Should I go to the salvage yard and try to find a replacement? For now I have a button wired to the horn to the battery to the dash – a little ghetto but such is the economy. Not to worry, I do this at my own risk.

Answer:
Super glue and a small washer to the inside of the pad where the screws go in. This will provide a little clearance and fix the problem.

For professional auto repair and auto services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Chrysler/PT Cruiser Mechanical Issues

Car Information:
Chrysler/PT Cruiser
Year: 2003
Engine Size: Unknown
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
My car overheats. The radiator, heter core, and oil cooler have been replaced. The engine was replaced about ome year ago. Visually, there is brown colored csudge in the colling system. My mechanic took out the thermostat and advised me not to have one. In addition, he advised not using cooland because it is not needed in our climate. The oil seems not to be watery; hence, I doubt that the head gasket is blown.

Any ideas?

Answer:
Find a new mechanic from what you have stated so far. This guy is clueless and full of bad advice!

Call us and let JD arrange you a loaner vehicle so we can get it in and really find out what’s going on.

For professional auto repair and auto services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Toyota 4×4 General Problems

Car Information:
Toyota 4×4 Pickup
Year: 1987
Engine Size: 22R
Trans: Manual

Issue / Question:
I have a 1987 Toyota 4×4 pickup with a 22R engine (carbureted) and 5 speed standard transmission. The problem I’m having is the truck has “no power” when pressing down the accelerator pedal…like pulling a trailer…what do you recommend checking…accelerator diaphragm / egr valve / vacuum pod(s)? P.S.: Exhaust is all good from manifold back.

Answer:
Could be a carburetor problem stuck secondary is common. A plugged catalytic converter could also cause the problem, but only if the exhaust is okay? It could have jumped time as well. These single row timing chains were famous for this as well. I can’t pinpoint it for you without seeing the truck but this gives you some things to check. Good luck.

For professional auto repair and auto services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Ford EGR Valve Questions

Car Information:
Ford
Year: 2000
Engine Size: 3.0 DOHC
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
I am getting Code 401, so I replaced the EGR valve. It still ran a little rough, but there was no “check engine” light until yesterday. I punched it pretty hard, automatic downshifted, and the light came on. Code 401. What do you suggest?

Answer:
There may be a lot of carbon in the EGR port and getting stuck in the valve causing voltage issues with the position sensor.

For professional auto repair and auto services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Chevy Corvette Selling Questions

Car Information:
Chevy Corvette Silver Aniver
Year: 1978
Engine Size: 350
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
This may seem like a strange tech question but here goes: I’m the Owner of a Corvette Silver Aniver Edition since 1978. In 2001, the car retired and has mostly sat in the garage. I plan on selling the car but it needs tires, brake work, transmission small leak and engine work. Here’s the question: Do you fix it up and ask for more money on sale or do you sell it as is? Do you know someone who wants to give it a good home?

Answer:
The car needs to be drivable! If it can be driven you won’t have any problem. However if all a potential buyer has to go on is what you tell them, and how nice it’s going to be after it’s fixed prepare yourself for some very insulting offers!

Your best bet may be to have us look it over and at least let you know what it needs and try to put a value on it as is and what if! Selling this car should not be a problem.

For professional auto repair and auto services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.


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