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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1992 Chevrolet Cavalier - Body & Interior - 3/28/2014
    How do i replace seatbelt
    belt was cut drivers side front
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier - Body & Interior - 3/27/2014
    What is total cost to repair right quarter panel at a shop for a 2001 Chevy Cavalier?
    Here is a picture http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=149xm3m&s=8#.UzSHgvldVlI
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/27/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I do not think this can be valued properly this way. Ballpark price yes. A price with certainty...no

      I would say 1100 complete.
    • Jimm
      3/27/2014 Jimm
      Near impossible to give an accurate repair estimate for any body work via the internet - even with photos. There is too much unknown / potential hidden damage.

      Your next step should be to obtain several repair estimates from trusted local auto body repair shops - to inspect the vehicle firsthand - and provide a written and accurate list of the items to be fixed.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Chevrolet Impala - Body & Interior - 3/22/2014
    My headlights are weak and my interior lights won't shut off. How much do you think this would cost to be fixed right?
    My head lights are so weak, they look like they should be the daytime running lights for a much older car. I just bought the car as is and the lights worked as I left the lot. this is my third time driving the car and now the check light is on and the interior ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/22/2014 Jimm
      The weak lights indicate several possible issues; faulty alternator, faulty / worn serpentine drive belt, faulty / worn serpentine drive belt tensioner, corroded / loose / faulty battery terminal or cable connections.

      The first step would be to have a free electrical system test performed at any local auto parts store; to check for the condition of the battery, alternator, wiring and connections. Then, please post a reply with the results for further assistance.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the serpentine drive belt from around $6.40, the alternator from around $118.80, the belt tensioner from around $22.70 for your vehicle

      Since you just purchased the vehicle - is there any type of used car warranty in effect?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Chevrolet Impala - Body & Interior - 3/21/2014
    My headlights are weak and my interior lights won't shut off. How much do you think this would cost to be fixed right?
    My head lights are so weak, they look like they should be the daytime running lights for a much older car. I just bought the car as is and the lights worked as I left the lot. this is my third time driving the car and now the check light is on and the interior ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/21/2014 HouseCallAuto
      You need to find a mechanic to solve this. No way to know the cause based on these details. The fix will not be "rewiring the light" I assure you. I feel that you do not do any of your own repairs otherwise I would give you diagnostic advice but unless you can do what I say it will not help in any way. You will need a code reader at the very least.
  • Scott
    Scott - 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - Body & Interior - 3/21/2014
    Installing after market Stereo/ extra speakers
    The stereo/Cd player in my car now showes low oil,low windsheld washer and so on if I install or have a after market Stereo/ CD player installed I understand I will lose that display but will that effect the computer in the car and can I add more speakers.
     
    • Jimm
      3/21/2014 Jimm
      Yes, more than likely the aftermarket stereo will not show the same display as the factory installed unit.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer - Body & Interior - 3/19/2014
    Hum, driver-side door post at airbag
    I have a hum that gets pretty loud on the driver-side door post just below the side airbag where it seems a vent is. I can press on the area and it will go away for a short while. I'm wondering if anyone may have experienced this type of situation or what it may be?
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze - Body & Interior - 3/19/2014
    Air Gap in Door From Dent
    I recently got this car and this morning turned out of my parking spot thinking it was my old car. This car turns faster and it scraped a lightpole. The dent itself isn't that bad but my question is, now there is an air gap at the top of the drivers door (dent is ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/19/2014 Jimm
      Near impossible to give an accurate repair estimate for any body work via the internet - even with photos. There is too much unknown / potential hidden damage.

      Your next step should be to obtain several repair estimates from trusted local auto body repair shops - to inspect the vehicle firsthand - and provide a written and accurate list of the items to be fixed.
  • Apache
    Apache - 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe - Body & Interior - 3/16/2014
    Gas needle fluctuates up and down
    when you turn key on you hear what sounds like a relay click 3 times and gas needle reacts with it up and down. sometimes it ends over half sometimes emty. have about 3 gals in tank. had someone change fuel pump with sender. I changed gauge motor in dash, same ...
     
    • Affordable Auto Service
      There should be no fuel leakage. Have a shop diagnose where fuel is coming from. This is a fire risk. The wiring is different on some aftermarket pumps and there the pigtail must be replaced and wire correctly. Was gauge fluctuating before fuel pump replacement? if not issues with instrument cluster is a known problem and require repair or replacement. Dorman parts make new replacement units.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Chevrolet Malibu - Body & Interior - 3/15/2014
    Why do light bulbs melt into sockets?
    Orig Equipment Right light connecter melted. After market Right front turn signal light melted into socket, no apparent damage to wiring and no fuses blown.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/15/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Confirm that the bulb is the correct part #. There are at least two different bulbs that look identical except for the wattage.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Body & Interior - 3/12/2014
    Why doesn't my passenger side electric fold-in mirror work?
    Recently my passenger side mirror stopped folding in when I would try to fold in both mirrors electrically. My drivers side works, when I press the button to fold mirrors in there seems to be a slight movement on the pass. side but does not initiate the move. What ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/12/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Typically I can tell you that there are no service parts for power mirrors other than maybe the glass. if the mirror shows some movement it proves that it is receiving the power and that would mean the mirror is junk unless smacking it around carefully gets it out of this stuck mode.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Body & Interior - 3/11/2014
    All happened at once: cruise control quit, brake warning light came on, heater quit. Help!
    Chevrolet 1500 Silverado with 160,000 miles. Returning home on a trip, the cruise control just refused to engage. A couple of days earlier, the emergency brake light and the ABS light came on, and as I drove home on the same trip, the heater fan would not come ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/11/2014 HouseCallAuto
      So they did not all happen at once like you stated they did? The cruise control quit because there is a fault with the anti-lock brakes. This is normal to disable the cruise under these circumstances until the fault is identified and fixed. The heater fan is a separate issue even though it was during the same trip. The blower resistor and / or the electrical plug going to the resistor is junk. Or the blower motor itself is junk. Look for a burnt connector at the motor or the resistor. The connector can be purchased separately if needed. Only replace it if the terminals appear that they started to scorch brown or melted plastic. Also, if this is what you find, and you previously replaced the resistor without the resistor connector being nburned previously, then also replace the blower motor. The blower motor can degrade and start drawing too much amperage and cause an overheated circuit causing stuff to burn.
  • Chris_W
    Chris_W - 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Body & Interior - 3/8/2014
    HVAC air flow problems...
    01 Silverado LT, 5.3L, 4WD, $150k miles. HVAC blower only turns on at setting 5; no blower action at all on settings 1-4. At #5, very limited air flow from any vents; face, foot, defrost. A stretch to say it is blowing at even a normal #1 fan speed. Resistor and ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/10/2014 HouseCallAuto
      You have a totally clogged cabin filter, that is preventing the strong airflow. The 1-4 blower speeds is a bad blower resistor or a burned connector that goes to the blower resistor.
      HouseCallAuto
      2/11/2014 Chris_W
      HCA: Thanks for the filter tip! Pulled 2 filters, both very dirty and lots of leaves and small twigs came out as well. Ran the fan on #5 before reinstalling the filter cover clamp and lots of air was flowing from the filter compartment, but nothing from the vents. Reinstalled the cover clamp and still nothing... Other ideas I can chase on this one?

      Thanks for your help. Your time and information is very much appreciated!
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/11/2014 HouseCallAuto
      if it does not come out from the vents when the mode is set to vent, do you feel it coming out another place? Floor or defrost? If it is that you hear the blower running at high speed yet little or no airflow from anyplace then you may have a stuck mode door actuator. try removing the actuator and manually moving the mode door. You will need to get some repair info from a manual or online so you know how to access the mode door actuator. Its not bad to do.
      HouseCallAuto
      2/13/2014 Chris_W
      HCA:
      Resistor changed. I have fan speed control again. Part was under warranty too.

      Mode door actuator has to be my problem. Airflow still very low at all settings. When set to foot level, get air from defrost. I did not pull the mode actuator yet, but the auto parts store states the heat blend and mode actuators use the exact same part. Only one they had was listed as heat blend; I picked it up, but thought I would check with you before changing.

      Do you agree they are the same?

      Many thanks.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/13/2014 HouseCallAuto
      No they are not the same. The Mode door >. DORMAN Part # 604113
      The Blend door >. DORMAN Part # 604101
      HouseCallAuto
      2/17/2014 Chris_W
      Changed mode actuator - what a chore! - and have mode control again. Will replace blend actuator as well. If we put on heat, does not go back to cool unless we turn system off.

      Curios... From your experience, is it odd to have the resistor, mode and blend actuators all go bad at same time?

      Lastly, I just got a CEL with P0139. Possible with my recent work I may have triggered a false
      code? Seems awfully coincidental to have multiple issues at same time...

      Your help is greatly appreciated!
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/17/2014 HouseCallAuto
      The fault code P0139 is not a code that is applicable to an '01 Chevy Silverado 5.3 but the code is a valid code on some other make. I suspect you read it wrong. I would understand mode only or blend only going bad. Never saw both. The resistor yes all the time goes bad but when the resistor fails more than once then it is time to replace the blower motor (drawing too much current) or else a burned connector at the resistor or blower motor.
      HouseCallAuto
      2/26/2014 Chris_W
      I stand corrected. Had the code re-read last weekend and it is P0135 - 02 sensor. They could not tell me which one; I understand there are 4 sensors on 2 banks. Any hints on identifying which one is bad? I have not looked into the details of replacing, but assume it is something a handy DIYer can handle.

      Also, is this something that must be replaced sooner, rather than later? If I don't address sooner, will it lead to other, more serious and costly repairs?

      Thanks as always
      HouseCallAuto
      3/8/2014 Chris_W
      The fan sage continues. With your help, mode door actuator is replaced and working well. 2/3 weeks ago, fan speed only worked on #5; changed resistor and all was well until yesterday. Now fan only works on 1-4, NOT 5. Changed blower motor last night (under warranty), but still no action on #5. Another resistor? Always possible to give up after just 2 weeks, but given all recent work, possible I have other issues causing problem? All connections look very good; nothing burned out or melted.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/26/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the driver side front O2 sensor. It would be wise to replace BOTH front O2 sensors. These are the two sensors located before the cats. There is one on each side. It is a fault with the heater circuit of the Bank 1 sensor 1 heater circuit and the fix most often is replacing the O2 sensor. Sometimes it is a wiring issue but not that often.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/8/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Check the fuse labeled FRT HVAC which is a 30 amp fuse that is only for the # 5 setting. Check the orange wire at the blower resistor with connector unplugged for battery voltage with key on and blower switch on # 5 setting. If no voltage there on 5 then the blower switch is junk. If the fuse is good and there is voltage at the orange wire then the relay that is only for high blower is junk. The speeds 1 through 4 do not go through this relay the same way. Only highest speed uses the function of this relay to flow separate power from the FRT HVAC fuse just to operate speed # 5.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Body & Interior - 3/7/2014
    Anybody have a problem with a turn relay staying active (clicking) when turn indicators or 4 ways not on?
    The turn signals and 4 ways actually function perfectly. Come on and go off with the switches. The relay however randomly "activates" itself while driving. The lights don't come on or even flicker while this is happening. The only thing electrical that ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/7/2014 Jimm
      First step - swap / exchange the relay for one like it from the relay panel. See if the problem moves once the relay is moved.

      If the problem goes away / moves then simply replace the relay with a new one. The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the turn signal flasher from around $7.88 for your vehicle.
      Jimm
      3/7/2014 AutoMD Member
      Replaced with a new one mons ago, no change.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer - Body & Interior - 3/4/2014
    What is a drivers door module and does it cost $850 to get it replaced, or am I getting hosed?
    none of the electrical components on the door are working ie. power windows, mirrors or seat heater switches. It cost me $100 for them to tell me it is the driver's door module. A hundred bucks just to drive it in the bay. what is it and can I get it repaired for a ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/4/2014 Jimm
      Yes - you are getting shafted - the repair is simple and much less expensive - you can do this at home with simple tools; screwdrivers and small putty knife to remove the drivers door panel. Use the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website or search YouTube on-line - save around $600.00 in the process.

      The drivers door power widow control switch (including the heated seats) will cost less than $200.00 - from these sources; www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.

      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the drivers door control switch assembly from around $175.00 for your vehicle. Standard Motor Products part #CBS1475.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1988 Chevrolet Corvette - Body & Interior - 2/28/2014
    I need 3 sets of carpet. Black. 1988 coupe, convertible and 35th anniversary. I am confused between the acc carpet
    price and the moulded. That is a total of three COMPLETE carpet kits
     
    • Jimm
      2/28/2014 Jimm
      Is there a question you have? Check with the different carpet suppliers; www.accmats.com, www.stockinteriors.com, www.summitracing.com, www.autotrimsupply.com, www.ocautocarpets.com - to list only a few.