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Duramax Misfire Under Load and Idle – Broken Glow Plug Removal

Chevrolet, TIME-SERT Kits No Comments

W900-0199 Drill Summary: Duramax diesels that have misfires at low RPM’s and under a load could have faulty glow plugs. In extreme temperatures like in the middle of the summer or winter these type of problems are more likely to occur. In extreme winter weather is when most of our customers report issues. Usually when trying to change a glowplug a common problem is breaking. That’s when our phones start ringing and the most orders for our W900-0199’s come in through our two websites ( and We are providing this tech article to inform our customers about options for removing broken glow plugs without removing the cylinder head.

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Impala Transmission Cooler Line Leak

ATF Fluid Leak, Chevrolet 2 Comments


© Summary: Quick connect transmission cooler lines allow for quick assembly at the factory. Problem is the tiny o’ring inside the coupler can cause ATF (automatic transmission fluid) leaks. Read the rest…

Time-Sert Kit 1812CORE-BS for GM Rocker Arm Bolt Hole Threads

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Time-Sert-1812CORE-BS-Kit©  Product announcement for a new Time Sert Kit. The new Time Sert kit PN 1812CORE-BS is for repairing threads that were previously repaired with a competitive brand insert. Vehicles affected are Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac’s with 3.1 or 3.4 Liter engines. See the product listing by clicking on the image for more information. Rockers on these cars are held on with one bolt. The heads are aluminum are subject to wear very easily when intake gaskets are being serviced. Heli-Coils may be used, however if their thin coil of wire fails under stress, the cylinder had can still be saved. The Time-Sert 1812CORE BS is an over sized (Time-Sert call it Big Sert) repair that can save the cylinder head if there’s a repeat failure from Heli-Coil.

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Squeak in Dash Chevy Impala – More Interior Noises

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©  Summary: Master Tech owned car featured AGAIN. Chevrolet vehicles are notorious for having lots of noises in the dash and other interior trim pieces. Loose retainers and plastic in contact with plastic can cause unbearable noises. When the radio is no longer enough to cover the irritating squeaking sounds – it’s time to get better speakers… or pinpoint the real source of the problem. Read the rest…

GM 2.8, 3.1 & 3.4 Stripped Threads – TIME-SERT 1812CORE

Chevrolet, GM Intake, How To Auto Repair, TIME-SERT Kits 3 Comments Summary: Suggestions on how to properly repair stripped threads for rocker arm bolts in cylinder heads. Tools for repairing rocker arm bolt holes for gm 2.8, 3.1 and 3.4’s. Affected engines in GM vehicles are 2.8, 3.1 and 3.4 Liter V-6 motors. Aluminum cylinder heads used in Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Buick and Pontiac’s have a common problem with rocker arms coming loose. Misfire codes and very rough running conditions can indicate a fallen rocker arm.

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Accelerator Pedal Position (APP) Sensor – Fly by Wire

Check Engine Light, Chevrolet, DIY No Comments

The engine may intermittently jump, setting a DTC P2138 fault code.

© Summary: In older cars accelerator pedals were linked to the carburetor by cable, my how times are changing! Now, many automobiles have the “fly by wire” set up. Instead of  cable from the gas pedal, most new cars use computers and various components to make the car GO. This DenLors car repair article covers common fault codes like the P2138 which have to do with the electronic gas pedal used in many cars today. Read on to find out how the auto industry has mimicked the aircraft industry…

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P1281 Code GMC Chevy Thermostat – Scanner Code Reader

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© Summary: Applies to 2002 to 2009 second generation Trailblazers and Envoys with 4.2 Liter in-line 6 cylinders. This auto repair article is for GMC Envoys or Chevrolet Trailblazers when a P1281 fault code is scanned using a code reader or scan tool. The P1281 fault code is related to the engine not reaching operating temperature within the set parameter. More explanation of what the code means and suggestions on how to complete the repair much easier. Using any code reader or scan tool with OBD II capability is all that is needed to read and erase the fault code. 

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TPMS Reset Tool – Chevy Tire Pressure Relearn Procedure

Chevrolet, Mechanics Tools, TPM Tire Press. 7 Comments

Chevy Avalanche

 © Summary: How to enter the relearn mode and reset the tire pressure monitoring system on a 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche. The repair blog covers a common GM TPM (Tire Pressure Monitoring) system that uses direct pressure readings which displays on the dash. Lower cost alternatives to the Kent Moore J-46079 factory tool are available and shown in the tool repair article. A less expensive tool that can be used to reset GM TPM systems is the TIPS Reset Tool. Questions as to why tire pressure sensors fail to begin with.  Read the rest…

Mechanics Tools and Shop Equipment – FWD Transmission Removal

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Above is a still image of the Malibu, see below for the You Tube Video.

©  Summary: In this car repair article I (Dennis Bandy) cover mechanics tools and shop equipment also specialty tools that make removing a transmission if a FWD (Front Wheel Drive) easier. A quick stop motion video is included showing the engine cradle and then the transmission being removed. The Chevrolet Malibu had a rear main seal leaking in an Ecotec engine. In the video I share one of my experiences that resulted with me on my back in a puddle of transmission fluid.

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Impala Loud Clicking Noise in Dash – Car Repair Article

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©  Summary: Car repair tips article related to loud clicking or popping noise in the dash of a 2007 Chevrolet Impala SS with dual climate control.  Article covers how to quickly troubleshoot and pinpoint the noise. Included are basic instructions and tools required to repair this particular problem. Click on images for a larger view.

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