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 Community Fix: RAM CAM

    The first modern cylinder deactivation system produced was the 1981 Cadillac V8-6-4 and that was a big flop. It’s now a common feature of multiple vehicles and generally trouble free. But when you have a vehicle so equipped and it has intermittent performance you might blame that system. SureTrack community member pdmason1492 had a 2013 […]

  • SureTrack Real Fix: Too Much Boost

    Turbochargers are a key component on some small diesel engines to get the maximum amount of power. But too much boost pressure can cause serious issues with the engine. Follow this Real Fix to see how a 2016 Mercedes-Benz Citan with a code P226B for high turbocharger boost pressure was diagnosed and the component that […]

  • SureTrack Community Fix: Tow It Again Mazda

    Towing a dead vehicle into a shop is a fairly common situation. But doing it three times is too much, especially when it won’t act up when it’s there. SureTrack community member ZachR had a Mazda Tribute that would stall hours away from the shop but not when it was there. They posed the question […]

  • 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 […]