SureTrack Real Fixes

Learn what has worked for other technicians like you. Real Fixes are based on expert knowledge from professional technicians who have solved the same vehicle issues you may be facing, and cover just about every year/make/model combination that you’re likely to see in your shop.

  • SureTrack Real Fix: Thermostat Heater Control

    Engine coolant thermostats used to be pretty simple devices. But as with everything else automotive, they now have electronic controls. Follow this Real Fix to see how a 2015 Opel/Vauxhall with a code P0597 for the thermostat heater control circuit was diagnosed and the component that caused the problem. Vehicle 2015 Opel/Vauxhall Mokka 1.6 Petrol […]

  • SureTrack Community Fix: Acura Coil Meltdown

    Water is necessary for life but sometimes it can be the cause of death, especially when mixed with electronics. SureTrack community member mtbittinger had an Acura MDX that came in twice for running poorly, both times with a melted coil. They found that water intrusion into the ECU might be the cause. They posed the […]

  • SureTrack Real Fix: Hard Starting Mazda

    The evaporative emissions systems (EVAP) on vehicles is typically pretty straightforward and an important part of keeping the emissions in check. But when something goes wrong it can cause various issues. Follow this Real Fix to see how a hard starting Mazda with codes P0455 and P2187 was diagnosed and repaired. Vehicle 2007 Mazda 6i […]

  • SureTrack Community Fix: Misfire On My Mind

    Replacing a vehicle’s engine with a used one has its risks as you’re going to be counting on it working as it should. SureTrack community member MobleMech had a 2015 Camaro in their shop that came in with a misfire on cylinder one due to engine damage. They replaced it with a used engine and […]

  • SureTrack Community Fix: Keep On Pumping

    This is an oldy but still a good fix to remember. SureTrack community member MobleMech had a 1993 Chevrolet pickup in the shop where the fuel pump would keep running after turning off the key. They posed the question to the community, and with the help of fellow community members juniur, Ericsautomotive and others, they […]

  • SureTrack Community Fix: Cat Burglar Surge

    When a symptom arises after something was replaced on a vehicle it causes you to focus on that system. But it could be something totally different. SureTrack community member kgoble had a Ford F450 truck in the shop that developed a surge after a stolen catalytic converter was replaced. They posed the question to the […]

  • SureTrack Community Fix: Hot Cat Transit

    Your customer comes in with what should be a simple misfire issue, but things go down hill once you start digging into it and end up having to replace the engine. That should take care of it, right? SureTrack community member mastertech1978 had a Ford Transit van in the shop that still had a misfire […]

  • SureTrack Real Fix: Visual Inspection

    Here’s another fix where the cause of an electrical gremlin was not found by traditional means but instead by looking all around the vehicle. Follow this Real Fix to see how a Ford F150 with malfunctioning radio and climate control system was diagnosed and the component that caused the problem was found. Vehicle 2016 Ford […]

  • SureTrack Community Fix: Low Pressure when Cold

    Low engine oil pressure problems usually get worse when the engine warms up, not the other way around. SureTrack community member bmaples had a Chevrolet Silverado in the shop where the engine oil pressure would be low when the engine was cold but improve once it warmed up. They posed the question to the community, […]