Keyless Remote Entry Device’s Function PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:50

Dear Barbara,

I just had to replace the battery in my Ford Taurus and now, for some reason, the keyless remote entry device does not work. I also changed the battery in the remote device but still no improvement. To your knowledge, is there something in the Taurus that requires resetting to reactive the remote keyless entry? I hesitate to take the car to a Ford garage because they previously charged me $95.00 just for a second "normal" replacement key.

Any help would be appreciated.

Tom


Dear Tom,

Unfortunately Ford does have you by the ying-yang. You will have to pay for an hour of labor every time your battery is disconnected because it deprograms the remote. I wish I could be of more help with some ole trick of the trade, but in this case you will have to go to your local Ford dealer.

Thanks for reading and writing in!
BT

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Resale Value of Car with Customized Speakers PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:30

Dear Barbara,

Will I hurt the resale value of my car by adding customized stereo/speakers that are not factory?

Thanks,

Ralph


Dear Ralph,

In general, when you make any after-market change to your vehicle, you will be simultaneously modifying the potential buyers of your car. This can be positive or negative. There obviously is a range of modifications from minor to major that can be done to a vehicle. A paint job, if you go out and paint your car in some custom manner or funky hot pink color with wild green racing stripes, you will limit the amount of potential buyers drastically and probably reduce its value. I mean who wants to own a hot pink car or a car that looks like a snake skin? But, if all you do is change out the factory stereo system to an upgraded multi-disk CD player and equalizer, then I think you will be fine but keep in mind that there is a person out there that will not want anything that has altered the way the car ran off of the assembly line.

I would also strongly suggest when creating the classified ad that you will put into the ‘Houston Chronicle’ Auto section in order to sell your car, talk about how you have increased the value of the car by investing money in upgrades and make sure to inform the potential buyer that the upgrades were performed by a reputable vendor. It is also extremely important to maintain the proper service of your car on a regular basis to assure longevity and prevent it from, let’s say, backfiring when that potential buyer comes to take it for a test drive! Also invest a little time to detail your car; I used to have a saying in the car business: spend $50.00 to get $500.00 more for that car.

Back to your original question, as long as your speakers produce a high-quality sound and do not negatively impact other features of the vehicle, you will be fine. On the other hand, if there is no longer enough room in the trunk left for a flashlight, you may have a problem.

Thanks for writing in,
BT

 
Programming Keyless Entry Remote for Chevrolet Trailblazer PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 January 2012 15:16

Dear Barbara,

So I have spent the last few hours on the Internet and I am looking for a way to program my keyless entry remote for my Chevrolet Trailblazer, and I am coming up empty-handed. Do you have any possible idea how to do it or where to get the instructions on how to do it?

Thanks so much,

Sean


Dear Sean,

Try this process:

Get into your car, shut all of the doors and insert the ignition key into the ignition lock cylinder, and do not turn it at this time. Press and hold the door unlock switch while cycling the ignition on and off and on and off—twice; then release the unlock switch and the doors should lock and unlock to let you know that the program was successful. After this, you will need to press and hold the lock and unlock button simultaneously—“at the same time”—for 15 seconds and again the doors should lock and unlock to confirm that this process was successful. You can repeat this for up to 4 times for each transmitter, and you will need to program them all at the same time. After all of this, you will need to turn your ignition key to the run position and this will get your vehicle out of the transmitter mode. Then grab your key and jump out of your car and see if this works. If it does, grab a beer and celebrate!

Thanks for writing in with a super question!
BT

 
Problem with Front Seatbelt PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 January 2012 15:20

Dear Barbara,

On my passenger front seat, my seatbelt receiver will not allow for me to lock my seatbelt in properly, to where it secures me in. The same thing happens in the front middle seat belt receiver. The driver’s side works just fine. This happened about a year ago, but I inserted the lock in the receiver rapidly several times, and it fixed itself, but it is happening again. Have you ever heard of this problem?

Thanks,

Gary


Dear Gary,

I have heard of this problem and now it is time for me to tell you that you are messing with your own safety if you do not run down and get this seat belt problem fixed quickly. You seem to be a devoted seat belt user so realize that this is now a safety issue. You do not want to keep getting tickets for “not clicking” nor do you want to fly out of your window or windshield and end up on your least favorite freeway after a fender bender by not being strapped in properly!

Thanks for the question.
BT

 
Smoke Emission from Ford E-150 Club Wagon PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 January 2012 14:44

Dear Barbara,

I read your reply to the owner of the 2002 Toyota Camry LE emitting white smoke from the exhaust when starting up in the morning.

I have seen a car with a blown head gasket that blows steam as you described. But this owner describes a condition when the car is first started up. I have a Ford E-150 Club Wagon with a 4.6L V8 and it also blows smoke when I start it in the morning. However, the smoke is short-lived, just a big puff when it starts. A friend of mine (not a mechanic) suggested that the cause was a leaking valve guide that allowed oil to leak into one of the cylinders when the engine cools off during the night. When the engine is started in the morning… poof a big puff of smoke.

At first I thought it was condensation, but it has persisted and worsened over time and the puff is looking more blue than white.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

John


Dear John,

Alrighty then, we are obviously not dealing with a major issue like a cracked head gasket; what we are dealing with are leaky valve seals around your valves.

What you are actually seeing is a light blue smoke that may actually look like it is white in color that carries a very pungent fragrance if your nose happened to be by the tailpipe when first starting up your engine in the morning. Your oil is leaking past the valve stem seal and down along the valve guides back down into the cylinders. When you start your car up in the morning or after it has set idle a while, the oil that has leaked down into the cylinders is burning off and that is why after you have driven your car a short distance, it clears up and stops smoking.

The repair should cost you anywhere from $200.00 to $700.00 to get this particular problem fixed, depending on who you use to do the repair. I would recommend getting it fixed before it gets worse, which it will in time and then end up costing you a lot more. Another note: the leaky valve seals are more than likely causing you to burn about a ¼ to a ½ quart of oil between oil changes if you haven’t already noticed or been told that by the person that performs your oil changes.

Thanks for writing in,
BT

 
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