Car Repair Costs Explained – Flat Rate

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©  Summary: Article written based on what I’ve learned as a Master Auto Tech for over 25 years regarding shop rates and repair costs. I’m often asked how much a particular repair job should cost because people are worried about being taken advantage of. I have some tips to avoid being ripped off and for choosing the right repair shop that you can trust.

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DSR PSJ2212 Jump Box – Don Schumacher 2212 at DenLors Tools

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DenLors Tools’ DSR PSJ2200 Series Jump Starter has a built in voltmeter for checking alternator output.

© Summary: Hello, in case you’re not a regular reader of our car repair blog, I’m Dennis Bandy. The picture above is my jump starter. A little about myself – I’m an ASE master tech for over twenty five years. I founded DenLors Tools back in 2005. We’ve sold well over a million dollars in car tools! Which jump starter do I think is best? This is one of the questions that I hear often. We cover this today on this post at DenLors Tools “car repair blog”. Read the rest…

OTC 6764 IPR Injector Pressure Regulator Controller

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© Summary: Specialty tools for diesels are not as easy to find as tools for cars. OTC is changing that. A recent tool introduction that will assist in checking hard starts in Ford 6.0 diesels is now available.

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Car Values – Diminished Value After an Accident

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© Summary: Everyone knows that car accidents can affect value, just how much is the question. How much value does a car lose after an accident? Even if it is repaired? It’s called diminished value.

Ford F-150 Spark Plug Defect – Class Action Law Suit

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© Summary: At this time at least one law firm is investigating a spark plug problem with certain Ford vehicles (4.6 and 5.4 3v engines) after widespread reports by owners regarding costly repairs. For several years now, DenLors Tools has been helping to inform and supply Ford owners with the tools and information needed to remove broken spark plugs in these motors. Our goal is to help our customers get their vehicles back on the road quickly and as inexpensively as possible. Some that may have found our repair articles on this subject (Ford Spark Plug Problems) too late may have fell victim to a much larger repair bill. Recently, we’ve learned of a possible class action lawsuit which may help recoup some of their losses.

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Replacing a Car Engine – How to Replace a Motor

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© Summary: Advice on changing an engine by a master tech. Changing a motor in a car is a lot of work. With some basic planning and research prior to starting the job, an engine change out will go a lot smoother. Read the rest…

Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior Door Handle Broken – Recall?

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© Summary: A disturbing number of Jeep Grand Cherokee interior door handles are breaking at an alarming rate. Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2005 and up seem to have a particularly weak point in the interior door panel where the interior (inside inner) door handle is located. See what Jeep owners are doing about this problem and learn about the latest replacement parts information. A recall was thought to be eminent on the inner door handle assembly. Jeep Grand Cherokee’s affected are 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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Common EVAP Codes – Car Tools, Tips & Advice

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Evap Hose Leak 1

©  Summary: Car repair blog covering the most common causes of EVAP fault codes which are a major reason for Check Engine Lights to come on. Explanation of the purpose of Evaporative systems and tips on what to look for when trouble shooting EVAP fault codes. With a code reader or scan tool, many times the cause of a car’s EVAP code can be diagnosed without additional car mechanic’s specialty tools. Learn which faults are simple fixes and when help from a car repair manual or a dealer tech on-line may be needed. Related car tool blog linked for “EVAP smoke machine use” when leaks are hard to find. Read the rest…

TPMS Reset Tool – Chevy Tire Pressure Relearn Procedure

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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…

Dodge Caravan Engine Change 2001-2007 – Generation 4

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2.4 Liter (EDZ I4) engine removal suggestions save time compared to book instructions.

©  Summary: Removal instructions in the repair manual says to remove engine and transmission along with cradle from the bottom of the van. This engine can be removed from the top leaving the cradle, transmission and CV 1/2 shafts in place saving many hours of labor time! Included is a “stop motion” video showing removal and replacement – a time lapse showing in a couple of minutes the job that took 6 hours (book time is 13.9 hours). Applicable vehicles; 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 2006 & 2007 Dodge Caravan and Town & Country mini vans w/2.4 4cyl.

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