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Old 04-11-2015, 10:00 PM   #1
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Google DIY car repair failure or success?

Success:

My '09 Silveradoh went out of drive-train warranty last fall. The engine trouble light came on a few weeks ago. Since it was out warranty, I used the local auto part store scanner for free. It indicated a P0449 code saying that the "evaporative emission system vent control circuit intermittent".

Well hell. The gas cap O-ring looked okay so I went Google and Amazon and ordered per the internet recommendation part number 214-2082 ($68.70) which turns out to be OEM AC/Delco part except over $100 less than buying from dealership!

It was delivered today; I popped it in in less than an hour (had a little trouble with the connections), cleared out the engine code, and after several start ups no check engine light!!

Before I went interweb, I was quoted a range $350 to $1000 for diagnosis + parts + repair from a few different places.

Yay.

wait..... let's see it if my repair lasts the test of time.
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:19 PM   #2
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Success!

My sons '04 Mazda 3 sedan was running rough. Google search found many possible causes, but one solution mentioned this problem after changing the battery. This rang a bell because I did disconnect the battery for some maintenance last week.

The "fix" was to start the car and let it idle for 20 minutes so the computer can re learn all its little settings. I was skeptical but it worked!

So car fixed. Cost? Gas to idle the car.

I won't even begin to list the fixes I've found for my bike on this sight!
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:24 PM   #3
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Btw, emmissions warranty could be as long as 8 yrs/80 k miles.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:01 PM   #4
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Btw, emmissions warranty could be as long as 8 yrs/80 k miles.
I had checked that out already, not covered on the subject part.

However I did use that warranty for replacing the ABS module not long ago!
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:31 AM   #5
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:45 PM   #6
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It's so funny to read this thread because I had to change my vent control solenoid twice in my 2007 Avalanche. The second time cost me all of $40 on Amazon and took me 10 minutes to install. The key is to simply break off the old plastic tabs rather than try to gently remove them intact.
If you have On Star you can ask them to run diagnostics on your vehicle and they will give you the code as well.
Dealer wanted $500 to change it out.
I sold my Avalanche last year so know more po449 for me.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:01 PM   #7
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All I know is that it's been very handy that the guy that does the 1AAuto videos has access to a Chevy S10 Blazer, as I've been able to find a video on there every time I've had a question on how to replace something. Just replaced both mirrors, and had no idea how to get that damn door panel off. I really should buy some parts from them. They've saved me a ton of repair bills over the years.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:23 PM   #8
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If you want to not replace that again, quit filling your tank so full. When the nozzle clicks off, you are done.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:26 PM   #9
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However I did use that warranty for replacing the ABS module not long ago!
There's a shop in Moscow Idaho that repairs them. .(Module Masters?)..... i sent them the module from my 02 suburban and never had a problem again.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:16 PM   #10
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If you want to not replace that again, quit filling your tank so full. When the nozzle clicks off, you are done.
I have never owned a vehicle with a side filler for which that was true, and I've had eight of them. I can get maybe two gallons in an empty tank, even on the low click, and then I have to stand there for ten minutes fucking with it.
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Old 04-14-2015, 05:18 AM   #11
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If you want to not replace that again, quit filling your tank so full. When the nozzle clicks off, you are done.

... but the more I squeeze in there the more I can save using my gas rewards card... good thing my KLR doesn't have one of those vent solenoid thingies ... or does it
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:13 AM   #12
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I get the DIY repairs..........often guessing is cheaper than shop repairs.....

The web is a good information source........BUT.........does not replace troubleshooting with a shop manual. Other wise your just guessing and hoping for the best. While there are trends and known issues with certain models or makes.......often one size does not fit all......when it comes to codes.

The best examples..........mis fire codes and fuel trim codes. The code is often caused by another part.......so.......an understanding of the code and causes is needed. This is why chain parts stores read codes for free.......it is to sell you non returnable parts until the problem stops or you run out of time and money.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:41 PM   #13
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Google bailed me out of mystery ailments twice with my 97 Cherokee.

The first was a dirty battery temperature sensor causing it to not charge. No codes and I knew everything worked but it wouldn't charge. I didn't know such a thing as a temperature sensor controlling the charge rate existed until I Googled that up. A can of brake cleaner and a rag solved that mystery.

The second time was the engine dying intermittently like it had an electrical fault for no apparent reason. But it never threw a code. So off to Google where I learn the upsteam O2 sensor going bad causes that mystery ailment but doesn't throw a code. Popped a new O2 sensor in and it was perfect.

My 4Runner is way easier. Any time it throws any code for any reason you just clean the MAF and it is good for several more years. Another bit of Google wisdom that hasn't failed me yet.
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:29 PM   #14
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I've had excellent results in some cases, especially with popular cars with enthusiast forums.. My GF's Focus is getting old and recently I've gotten great info for a half dozen problems so far on how to repair and where to get parts (i.e. in some cases it is best to go w/ Ford dealer parts,not aftermarket, like the upper motor mount), this has saved a LOT of time, troubleshooting, and money.
Youtube has been MUCH less reliable, some posters there are very sharp and knowledgeable while others exude confidence but don't know WTF they are talking about and I've been lead astray on some repairs. FWIW this reminded me of an article I read years ago on research that showed that in many cases a persons competence and their self perception of their competence are inversely related

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Old 04-14-2015, 07:40 PM   #15
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I've had excellent results in some cases, especially with popular cars with enthusiast forums.. /snip/ FWIW this reminded me of an article I read years ago on research that showed that in many cases a persons competence and their self perception of their competence are inversely related

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/I...es-2783375.php
I must be the most competent person around, then, cause I am constantly amazed.
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