Strut bearing replacement
Just bought a spring compressor to do this job.
only special tool necessary here and pretty much the same method on all vehicles.
The diagnosis of bad strut bearings can be done trough several symptoms observation :
-while getting out of a curve difficulty for the steering to come back centered alone
-difficulties to turn the steering wheel while parked
-once all front end lifted, difficulty to turn manually the wheels both directions
-noises from the hood sides compartment while cruising or running on a bump
Shocks & Struts - AutoZone Car Care
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Shock-Strut-Front/_/N-8oxxw In the first installment of the AutoZone Complete Car Care - Shocks and Struts Series, Bruce Bonebrake provides an overview of shocks and struts, the differences between them, and how to tell when your shocks or struts need to be replaced.
Get everything you need to do the job right at http://www.autozone.com
Air Pneumatic McPherson type Strut Spring Compressor - SURKON
Pneumatic Strut Spring Compressor
Universal: With Herkul2000S you can disassemble and reassemble the shock absorbers Mc Pherson type, even the most difficult ones.
Safety:The system of hooking on the spring on four points assures the greatest stability in the compression process, because the effort is fairly distribuited. Hercules 2000S is endowed with a protection system, i.e. a shield that prevents any kind of operations if not correctly positioned
Practical: A basic peculiarity of Herkul2000S is the practicality, because it is of immediate utilization, without special shrewdness. Moreover it allows to operate with free hands.
Herkul2000S is endowed with a protection system, i.e. a shield that prevents any kind of operations if not correctly positioned.
Reliablity:The choice of materials, duly tested and continuosly controlled, make this apparatus staunch and reliable under every circumstance.
2007 Saturn ION Starting Problems
Since we drove the car off the lot it would periodically not start on demand only to start some time later (usually 15 minutes or so). Because this problem cannot be replicated on demand we have filmed an instance when the car would not start.
Rear Strut Removal And Installation
Tools needed proper fitting sockets and wrenches, Special Tool: Spring Compressor. This Im sure is not the best way to go about it, but it works if you don't have the proper tools like a bench and Vice (would have been nice). This is TRUE back yard mechanicin at its most down, dirty, and a lil ignorant.
I don't know why this shakes so much, it did not do this before I encoded it.. Sorry. GOOD LUCK!
How to fix your noisy GM steering...without taking your car apart!
Does the steering wheel on your GM car bump or clunk when you turn it? Don't throw away your money on a fix that won't last.... Here's a 5 minute, $5 solution that will have your car driving like new again.
Please have any steering issues diagnosed by a professional prior to attempting this DIY fix.
2003 Saturn Ion that won't start in cold weather
Documenting my attempt to use a fix I found on the internet to resolve an issue that plagues 2003-2004 Saturn Ions. The models in this year can have difficulty starting in cold weather. At first it was pretty sporadic for me but this year it was almost constant.
In the video I replace the ignition switch which actually ended up resolving my problem. I guess there is a lubricant in this switch that SHOULDN'T harden in cold weather but the ones that shipped in the cars of these years do. Total cost $29.99 and about 30 minutes of time.
The specific symptoms you will see with this issue are (usually in cold weather) you will try to start the car and it might crank a couple times but then die. When you try to start it again you will hear a short fire but then it stops. This is because the security system has kicked in and shut off fuel to the vehicle for 10 minutes. After you wait 10 minutes you can try to start it again. This cycle can happen multiple times (at its worst I would have to go almost an hour of doing this).
Once you replace the part you may have to reset the security (passlock). This is done by turning the key to start (but it won't) and then leaving it in the run position until the lock light in the dash quits blinking (about 10 minutes). You then do this again (again waiting 10 minutes) and finally a THIRD time (waiting another 10 minutes). After the third attempt you turn the key to OFF and wait 30 seconds (this waiting is important I am told!). It should then fire up.
Be sure to watch this on the Web if you can as I have a lot of in-video comments to help!
Replacing Front Struts on a Front-Wheel Drive Vehicle : Decompressing a Vehicle's Coil Spring
Make sure all coils are lined up where they should be. Learn how to decompress coil spring when replacing front struts on a front-wheel drive vehicle in this free car maintenance video from an automobile repairman.
Expert: Nathan McCullough
Bio: Nathan McCullough graduated from Nashville Auto-Diesel College with a GPA of 3.5 and received their Craftsmanship Award and Honor Seal.
Filmmaker: Robert Rogers
2006 Saturn Ion Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of a 2006 Saturn Ion. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
How To Replace Struts In Your Car.
Emmy Award winning mechanic Scotty Kilmer shows how you can change out the suspension struts in your car. Scotty brings you 42 years of mechanic experience on the web. For answers to all your car questions, visit his free website Scottykilmer.com