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  1. Gus

    Engine dies restarts 1-2 min later

    Basically, I would carry a can of carb cleaner with me....when it dies and won't start, I would spray carb cleaner into the intake and if it starts and runs as long as you spray, then you know you have good spark, but no fuel injection(since pressure is ok)..... You need a crank signal for...
  2. Gus

    2 inches of broken dipstick in pontiac 455

    I would drain the oil,.......I happen to have an inspection camera/borescope(have seen real cheap ones at Walmart for under $50, but you kind of get what you pay for).....would stick that in the drain opening, and see if I can find it....if found in the bottom of the pan, a small flexible...
  3. Gus

    looking for a follow up.

    All the gimmick does, is fool the ECM/PCM as far as O2 readings go, and keeps the P0420 from setting......if you have the exhaust gases tested for emissions, then it will fail, because the cat is no good....
  4. Gus

    AC Problems

    Rule of thumb is, empty old compressor and measure oil..........if less than 2 oz., empty new one(some come full, some come empty), and add 2 oz. If old compressor has more than 2 oz., add the same amount to the new compressor....
  5. Gus

    Kerosene in fuel tank

    Long ago, I remember a Lucerne coming in for a no start......checked fuel pressure, checked for spark, compression, injector pulse...all ok.....I was stumped.......I had a cold at the time and didn't notice the smell of the fuel... Then we heard, that the local gas station, had a delivery screw...
  6. Gus

    defrost problem

    NickD, that problem was caused by a foam seal that would come loose, and jam the mode door(TSB on this)........the result was turning the mode knob, caused the cable to kink....
  7. Gus

    P0101 and P0420

    As I said before, in a good cat, the rear O2 sensor changes very slowly(could stay high or low, depending on whether the Cat is storing O2 or not), while the front changes constantly between .1 and .9 volts.........but when the rear, "mirrors" the front , the cat is not working........ Your...
  8. Gus

    P0101 and P0420

    Also watch the pre O2 sensor.......if it is not constantly changing, disconnect the MAF......if you get normal readings now, need a MAF...... You can also plot the pre and post O2 sensors.........If they mirror each other, that cat is not functioning....the pre should always be constantly...
  9. Gus

    Need some radio help with my z71

    NickD, the last time I mentioned 8track to someone, they looked at me like I had two heads......
  10. Gus

    defrost problem

    Well, on older cars, I would say a vac problem......but you have an electrical mode actuator......so, either you have a bad control head, a bad actuator, wiring problem, or something has jammed your mode door.....there are a couple things you can do.... One remove the actuator, and physically...
  11. Gus

    2001 impala ls cooling fan continuous run

    Parlez vous francais, Nickb2? I think it's a case of you say toemaytoe, and I say tomahtoe.... @ Gus, Well, maybe that was a bad figure of speech, but yes, I have often seen a circuit grounding such as a 02 heater wire grounding out on frame instead of going through the PCM and other things...
  12. Gus

    2001 impala ls cooling fan continuous run

    I would be leaning towards a stuck relay.........or like Billr said, a short in the wiring in the control circuit to the relays(s)....or bad PCM(rare)... Nickb2....a bad ground causes a fuse to blow?
  13. Gus

    What would cause Negetive battery side post to melt

    Well, have never seen a battery terminal melt....have seen acid leak, making it look like it melted....that butt connector you see going to the starter, is probably part of the campaign Nickb2 is referring to...... Electrical connections only melt, due to high resistance(bad...
  14. Gus

    2012 Impala traction control light/alert

    The only time the CE light flashes, is when you have a misfire......need to read codes....need a scan tool to read "C" codes for the traction control....
  15. Gus

    GM starter wired to alternator

    Every GM car that I know, is wired this way......Main battery feed goes to the starter solenoid....off the same connection, a wire goes to the alternator through a fusible link....that is the large red wire attached to the alternator usually with a nut......
  16. Gus

    Chevy venture van won't crank

    Jim, did the doctor change your diet? Usually, they try to catch the stones in a strainer as you urinate, to check the composition of it, and thus change your diet accordingly.....I had one about 30 years ago, thought I was having an appendix burst.....passed the stone with a little help...
  17. Gus

    Chevy venture van won't crank

    Wow, this is getting crazy......remove the relay.....key to "on" position........probe all four fuse block holes with a test light to ground.......two holes should light up( 85 and 30)......jumpering 30 to 87 holes, should make the vehicle crank....attach a jumper wire to the #86 "leg" of the...
  18. Gus

    2006 Impala abs and traction lights on when turning

    Your starting point, is to read the ABS code.......that will at least point you in the direction of the wheel that is the problem....leaning towards a harness replacement.....
  19. Gus

    inaccurate gas guage

    Ain't broke why fix it? Just replace the sender...easy peasy lemon squeasy....
  20. Gus

    1999 Buick Century P0141 Intermittent engine stalling

    All the heater circuit does, is get the O2 sensor up to temp quicker, so that Fuel air mix is controlled by the O2 sensor quicker, but it would have nothing to do with a stall.... As for the two crank sensors, the one in the side of the block is necessary for starting...once started then the...