New fuel filler left old fuel filler on right

2001 Honda Accord P1456

Well you are driving down the road and your check engine light comes on.  You go to your parts store and they read the code that is stored in your cars computer. In this case you have a 2001 Honda Accord, and you are told that you have a code 1456 stored in your PCM (power control module.)  What this code is saying is you have a leak in your vehicles evaporative emissions system. So the parts store sells you a gas cap because this is a good place to start. You have the code cleared and replace the gas cap, and a couple days later the light comes back on!  A gas cap is a good place to start, but As you can see in this picture what the problem is, that’s right the fuel filler neck is completely rusted through. To better show you what a new fuel filler neck looks like take note of the one on the left, the one on the right is clearly the old one. Every so often your car will do a self check,by using the engines vacuum to check for leaks. In this case it was not to hard to find. I replaced the fuel filler neck and it took care of the problem.New fuel filler left old fuel filler on right

Good quality muffler vs cheaper muffler

Cheap Muffler VS More Expensive Muffler.

Sometimes you have to spend a bit more to get a lot more. When it comes time to replace a component in your vehicles exhaust system it is best to spend a little more. Why? If you want to replace your  Read more »

Nice pile of rusty brake lines!

Bill G. Asks: Why Do Brake Lines Cost So Much To Replace?

I was asked this question as to why it costs so much in labor to replace brake lines. Well the simple answer is that it is a miserable job for a mechanic to replace them. You might be able to tell by the pile of rusty lines pictured that I just replaced.  It is kind of like when the pipes freeze in your home, you fix one pipe and Read more »

Oxygen sensor shown on top. Old exhaust gasket on left. New gasket on right.

P0139 Down Stream 02 Sensor Slow Response

Well you are driving down the road and everything is fine when all of a sudden this little yellow light illuminates on your vehicles instrument cluster. That’s right your check engine light comes on! So you hear from a friend that you can go to your local parts store and Read more »

Rusted & leaking oil pan

Carol S. Asks: Why Is My Oil Pan Rusted And Leaking? Can It Be Repaired?

Carol asked me how her oil pan in her Honda Civic became so rusted. Also she asked if it could be repaired. She asked me how an oil pan could rust because she was told that oil prevents rust on metal. How could this be? Well Carol the rust actually starts from the outside and eventually works its way in. It usually starts as a little stone chip in the paint on the oil pan. Then Read more »

Old ball joint to be removed from control arm.

Frost Heaves & Pot Holes: A Ball Joints Worst Enemy !

Well  most of us who live in the northeast are very familiar with the words “frost heaves” and “pot holes.” Many mechanics look at these bumpy road conditions as job security as frost heaves along with pot holes can wreak havoc on your vehicles suspension components. It is important that your vehicles strut assembly’s and or shock absorbers are in good shape. What does a shock absorber do? Read more »

Notice vertical scoring in cylinder walls between 4 red arrows caused by dirt in oil.

Jean K Asks: What Damage Can A Dirty Air Filter Do To Your Engine?

Well Jean on newer fuel injected engines you will notice a decrease in power with a dirty air filter. With an older vehicle that had a  carburetor you would notice poor fuel mileage. The biggest problem with a dirty air filter is Read more »

Right side headlight lens not cleaned

Allison E Asks: Can You Really Clean Your Headlights With Toothpaste?

Well Allison that’s a good question! This is something that I have heard about recently, so with your question I decided to give it a try myself.  Now for those of you who are not familiar with what I am talking about  I will explain. Most of the vehicles today have plastic headlight lens,and over time the road dirt has a “sand blasting effect” on the lenses themselves. When this happens Read more »

Radiator cap

Nathan C Was Told His Jeep Needed A Head Gasket Replacement.

Nathan came to Boulay’s Garage with an overheating issue with his 2000 Jeep Cherokee. He had the cooling system pressure tested by a friend and no leaks were found then it was suspected that the overheating issue was due to a blown head gasket. Now for those of you who do not know what a head gasket is, Read more »

Owners manual fuel pump fuse location.

Nicole Asks: Joe How Can I Prevent My Car From Being Stolen?

Nicole asks : Joe I have a security system installed in my Honda Civic, and it has an Immobilizer system in the car as well. I am finding out that even with those features, my car can still be easily stolen by professional car thieves. Is there anything else I can do? Well Nicole has a good question here, but if you own a car that is desirable Read more »