James Auto Center

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James Auto Center
James Auto Center offers Auto Repair services in Panama City FL.

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If you own a Power Stroke 6.4 Liter and you need to replace the high pressure fuel pump, be prepared to spend some money to fix it. This is all because of a p0088 code. Anytime you have a P00 code in a vehicle, it means it is anything but electrical. (Mechanical)

Car questions, Call tomorrow morning at 6:00 am it's open line Friday.

Car questions? Get answers. call 850-763-0555 Mon-Friday from 6 to 6:30 am

This Weeks article in the Bay Bullet and News Herald Make sure your cars "Watch Dog" is Barking James I listened to you talk about an older model Nissan Pick up truck, a 1985 model on your show last week. You said the vehicle was carbureted and it ran rich. What was it you tested to determine how to correct this running rich problem? Keith E. Keith older model cars and trucks have a rudimentary type engine computer to control the fuel mixture being delivered to the engine. The main sensor to determine how rich or lean the engine is running is the Oxygen Sensor. The O2 sensor is the "Watchdog" on ALL computerized fuel delivery systems. It does not matter if the vehicle is fuel injected or carbureted, the O2 sensor "barks" commands to the computer telling it the engine is running too rich or too lean (4 times per second on today's newer cars). To determine if the truck is running too rich you will need a digital volt meter set to lowest DC voltage setting on your meter. In most cases it is 2 volt setting. Take the negative lead of your meter and go to the negative side of your battery. Take the positive lead to your meter and hook up to the Oxygen sensor by back probing the water tight connection at the o2 sensor. Start the vehicle and see what your meter reads after a couple of minutes. Ideally we would see the meter reading bounce from .2 volt to .9 volt always moving up and down. If it reads .5 or less and won't go any higher, the O2 sensor is faulty and not working as designed. To verify the O2 wiring is not shorted out (very common on this vehicle) disconnect the O2 sensor from the harness and hook the meter directly to the O2 sensor. If you pop the throttle a couple of times and the voltage does not move any higher than before, replace the O2 sensor. If the O2 sensor goes up to .9 then you have a wiring problem or a computer problem. Either way pinpoint testing will needed to determine what the problem is. Another area that you need to pay attention to is the Mixture control solenoid. With the key in the ON position, engine not running you should hear a fast "ticking" noise. If you don't hear this ticking noise then you need to determine why. This could be a faulty mixture control solenoid or a wiring problem. If you decide this is too technical to test yourself, please call my shop for a free test drive and consultation @ 850-763-0555. I will grab my digital volt meter and tell you in five minutes what direction we need to go and how much time I think will needed to trace the source of the running rich problem...

This Sunday article in the Panama City News Herald and Bay Bullet Too Much Air James I was watching your morning show and you were talking about "checking for air in the fuel system" in a 2003, 6.0 liter, Ford F-350 . I have a similar problem with my 2004 6.0 Liter Ford F-250 with 247,000 miles. It has a slight engine miss that shows up after it has run several minutes. The truck runs okay other than this. I heard you say that a faulty injector could allow air to get in the fuel system, causing the engine to run worse. Is this a test procedure I can do with simple hand tools and a couple of balloons? I love my truck, it seems that everything is so expensive to repair on it. If I can save time and money, I'm all for that. John Yes, owning a diesel truck can be expensive when it comes to service and repair. These diesel engines are tough workhorses when properly maintained and operated. When they are operated in what you and I would call an extreme harsh environment they are dependable to operate and maintain (considering what kind of work they do). When diesel engines are operated in what you and I would considered a normal lifestyle of short trips and going to the soccer games with lots of extended idling to keep the a/c working and the cab cold, problems seem to pop up with more frequency. Every hour of idling a diesel engine is equal to driving 25 miles (as far as engine carbon deposits and mechanical wear and tear). Fuel filters should be changed every 10,000 miles or at least once a year whichever comes first. Oil and oil filters should be changed every 5,000 miles or twice a year, especially on a "Power Stroke" diesel engines. They hold a gallon of dirty oil that can't be removed when changing oil in this engine. Okay, enough about maintenance on "Power Stroke" diesel engines, here is my modified procedure to determine if you have injectors allowing air to get into the engine's fuel system. 1) Disconnect the fuel lines at the secondary fuel filter. (These are two lines that are going to the right and left side of the engine) 2) Put a balloon on each of these two fuel lines tightly with zip ties 3) Disconnect the Fuel Injector Control Module also known as the FICM (this FICM looks like a car computer that is mounted on the drivers side valve cover). You do this to keep the engine from trying to start while doing the next step. 3) Crank the engine over for 10 to 15 seconds while watching the balloons tied to the end of the fuel lines. Did they inflate any at all, even ever so slightly? If so, then at least one injector is allowing compressed cylinder air to be "pushed" into the fuel system. This test only tells you what side of the diesel engine has the faulty injector(s), if both balloons inflate it is both sides. It does not tell you which injector(s) are bad. Once you have determined which side of the engine has the problem you can have an idea how much time and money may be needed to solve your problem. The average amount of time to do this type pinpoint diagnosis at James Auto Center is 3 hours of labor. If we may be of service, please don't hesitate to call James Auto Center of Panama City @ 850-763-0555.