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Where to find Master Techs?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by LifeIsGood169, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. Apr 30, 2012 at 2:37 PM
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    LifeIsGood169

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    Where do you guys go for a master tech / mechanic? I have a few check engine light codes I would like to get diagnosed appropriately. I called my local Advance Auto, but they didn't have a master-tech to recommend.

    My codes are miss-fire, lean, o2 bank1, and so forth along with a temp gauge that only rises 1/3 of the way. I've cleared them 2x and they have come back even after changing the plugs and testing the coils.

    P.S. - I'm in Troy, NY (12180) if that helps.

    Thanks!
     
  2. May 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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    ok...... so how do you guys find good mechanics? I looked up ASE techs and the closest to me is 50+ miles excluding a chevy dealership.

    Maybe I'm in the wrong thread?
     
  3. May 1, 2012 at 7:42 PM
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    :) I see that you have listed that you live in Philly. There should be kind of a list of ASE mechanics nearby. Have you asked any of your friends who they use as a mechanic ? You should not have too much trouble finding someone to fix your problem.
    Your listing of your info , it sounds like your O2 sensor has gone out. But if you gave us the exact P0 code, there would be more responses from the members. Can you do your own repairs or do you need some eon to do the work ?
     
  4. May 16, 2012 at 4:34 AM
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    I have found great mechanics by asking around at the auto parts stores or specialty shops. Some are reluctant to recommend because they do not want to be perceived as playing favorites with some of their best customers, the mechanics. The "insiders" know who is good. Some of the master techs at dealerships will get disenchanted and start their own specialty repairs shops.

    One of the best mechanics I have ever met owned several used car lots in LA, but preferred working on cars rather than selling them. It was humorous to see one of his lot mangers come to his shop and ask business questions.
     
  5. May 29, 2012 at 7:44 AM
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    Would have better idea if you had exact code, but the misfire is a general fault code and I'd ignore that for now. Lean and o2 bank 1 sounds very much like an o2 sensor that has become carbon saturated, and it will be the forward one on Drivers side. I would replace at least both the front o2 sensors and these should really be done every 30k miles to 50k miles for optimal performance. They are not meant to last a lifetime and their performance degrades with time. If you have any rear o2 sensors they are not so critical (more for emission purposes) and generally do not cause any problems. 80-100k on replacing those.
     
  6. May 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM
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    i come to this forum. :woot:
     
  7. May 31, 2012 at 8:02 PM
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    codes please. lots of good trouble shooters on this forum but we need more info. it may be some thing simple that you can do your self. or at the very least you will be armed with info so you know if the shop is trying to rip you off are not
     
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