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    BLAKESTER - 2010 Chevrolet Impala - Preventive Maintenance - 3/24/2015
    • Jimm
      3/24/2015 Jimm
      Check these various on-line vendors;,,, to list only a few.
      The transmission cooling lines (both pressure and return) are priced from around $14.70 for your vehicle.

      The most reasonable cost would be for you to purchase these two hydraulic fluid lines and replace them yourself. Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the detailed steps.
  • Ckelley
    Ckelley - 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Preventive Maintenance - 3/22/2015
    Is it alright to run a 16 inch rim with 3 other 17's?
    I recently purchased 4 17" rims for my truck. With out even thinking about the spare. Just in case I get a flat. Would it be alright to run a 16 inch rim for 50 miles or so without any damage done?
    • Jimm
      3/22/2015 Jimm
      Maybe for short distances only as a spare wheel.
  • Rick
    Rick - 1995 Chevrolet Blazer - Preventive Maintenance - 3/22/2015
    Replaced fuel pump. Quits running, but starts back up. Repeats process. Only happens in the summer.
    Had the fuel pump replaced but since then, it just up and quits running. Starts back up, but then does it again. This only seems to happen in the summer months.. Noticed when amp gage is in the middle, is when its about to quit the first time.
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  • Andre
    Andre - 1996 Chevrolet Camaro - Preventive Maintenance - 3/11/2015
    How can I find out if my used car had the recalls done by previous owner.
    how can you check to see if the original owner of used car had all of the recalls fixed?
    • Jimm
      3/11/2015 Jimm
      Check with the local dealerships - provide the vehicle identification (VIN) number.
  • jason
    jason - 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - Preventive Maintenance - 3/9/2015
    Temperature gauge goes to 260 and low coolant light stays on.
    156,00 miles-just changed the thermostat-both o2 sensors-low coolant sensor-water pump-hoses.It starts after it runs for 5 minutes stopped or driving it.It did it before i had all this stuff above replaced but the temperature gauge never went up this high ...
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    SMILEY1 - 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer - Preventive Maintenance - 3/7/2015
    Why do my low beam headlights come on then go off after a few minutes when the ignition is off.
    The only code that comes up is open thermostat
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  • sabrina
    sabrina - 2007 Chevrolet Uplander - Preventive Maintenance - 3/3/2015
    Both of my tail lights went out, I changed the relay for them, worked for 24hours now they are out again. Please help.
    My bulbs are fine. I'm very frustrated with them. Is there a bad wire somewhere or something that is burning out my relay?
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  • SAB
    SAB - 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier - Preventive Maintenance - 2/26/2015
    Why does check engine light come on when driving
    I stopped and turned vehicle off. Restarted car. Light did not come on. Drove..light came on.
    • Jimm
      2/26/2015 Jimm
      The check engine light is located on the dash and stays on if the computerized engine control system detects an engine performance or emissions problem.

      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.
      There are literally hundreds of possible codes - so this first step is important to begin any diagnosis.
    EDUARDO DIAZ - 2000 Chevrolet T6500 - Preventive Maintenance - 2/22/2015
    Why my temperature gauge high?
    truck has 140xxx miles temperature gauge goes up when I wash it or when is raining sometimes goes back to normal while driving still drives like it should.I replace temperature and oil pressure sensors . no engine light sometimes abs light comes on and off
    • Jimm
      2/22/2015 Jimm
      Loss of coolant because of a coolant leak is probably the most common cause of engine overheating. Possible leak points include hoses, the radiator, heater core, water pump, thermostat housing, head gasket, freeze plugs, automatic transmission oil cooler, cylinder head(s) and block.

      Make a careful visual inspection of the entire cooling system, and then PRESSURE TEST the cooling system and radiator cap. A pressure test will reveal internal leaks such as seepage past the head gasket as well as cracks in the head or block. A good system should hold 12 to 15 psi for 15 minutes or more with no loss in pressure. If it leaks pressure, there is an internal coolant leak (most likely a bad head gasket but possibly also a cracked cylinder or engine block).

      It is important to pressure test the radiator cap, too, because a weak cap (or one with too low a pressure rating.

      1. Perform a cooling system / radiator pressure test when the engine is cold - as a first step to locate the leak.
      Obtain a loaner tool / free radiator pressure tester from the local auto parts stores such as Autozone, O'Reilly, NAPA, Advance Auto, or PepBoys. Follow their instructions and pump it to an adequate air pressure 12 -15 psi or the pressure rating listed on the radiator or reservoir cap. Observe the leaks and perform the repair.
      Note: do not over pressurize beyond the pressure allowed by the radiator cap, then test the radiator cap as well.

      2. Air pockets trapped in the cooling system can cause the engine to overheat. Some cooling systems have air bleed valves built into the system to aid in the removal of air pockets. Advice: For many cooling systems, the method of removing air pockets is to start the engine and allow it to run with the radiator cap off or loose until all the air escapes from the neck of the radiator. For some systems this method is not sufficient, and the manufacturer has installed air bleed valves usually near or on the thermostat housing.
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    ltg2 - 2002 Chevrolet S10 - Preventive Maintenance - 2/10/2015
    Should I switch 15w40 to 10w30 on 2002 Chevrolet S10 was used in county fleet?
    I recently purchased a 2002 S10 with a 2.2L with around 96K miles. It was fleet owned and they used 15w40, I was wondering should I continue to use 15w40 or switch to 10w30? I live in South Eastern, NC so temperatures in winter are not extremely low, but summers ...
    • Jimm
      2/10/2015 Jimm
      Stick with 5w-30 year round. This viscosity cools the engine more efficiently than 10w-30 or 15w40. Since GM calls for this viscosity range it's fine from Alaska to South America.

      Remember the specific engine oil viscosity recommended is based largely on the engine design and clearances - not so much on the climate or outside temperatures.
  • Chris
    Chris - 2008 Chevrolet Equinox - Preventive Maintenance - 2/4/2015
    Drivers Side Tail Light Not Working
    Have a 2008 Equinox where the drivers side tail light is not working. The bulbs are fine as the lights go on when applying the brake or when the turn signal is activated but don t stay on when driving. The passenger side tail light is working fine though. I ve ...
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  • Chris
    Chris - 2008 Chevrolet Equinox - Preventive Maintenance - 2/4/2015
    Drivers Side Tail Light Not Working
    Have a 2008 Equinox where the drivers side tail light is not working. The bulbs are fine as the lights go on when applying the brake or when the turn signal is activated but don t stay on when driving. The passenger side tail light is working fine though. I ve ...
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  • Brian
    Brian - 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Preventive Maintenance - 1/31/2015
    What is wrong when my truck will start fine and will charge fine until it warms up then it will drain the battery?
    I can charge the battery again but it will do the same thing over starting off fine and charging fine at 14.5V until it runs for an 1/2 an hour or more and then drain the battery again
  • T-man
    T-man - 2009 Chevrolet Traverse - Preventive Maintenance - 1/27/2015
    My best friend who is mentally handicapped has a 2009 Chevy Traverse. He took it in to his dealership today for an oil c
    Just rolled-over 100,000 miles. Strict regular oil changes and maintenance.
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  • blazer2k
    blazer2k - 2000 Chevrolet Blazer - Preventive Maintenance - 1/24/2015
    What would cause high gas pressure in the tank and fuel to leak from the connectors on the pump?
    I installed a new fuel pump and now my fuel indicator doesn't work and their is high gas pressure in the tank and it causes fuel to leak from the connectors on the pump.
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