When its your own vehicle that needs repaired

Michael Diagnostician Holt, Michigan Posted   Latest   Edited  
Discussion
Trained By Techs
Electrical
2002 GMC Sierra 1500 5.3L (T LM7) 4-spd (4L60-E)
No Crank / No Start

So I had the pleasure of getting out to my vehicle after working 10 hours to a no crank no start. Unfortunately no empty bays in the shop and its locked up for the night. Luckily I keep my truck loaded with tools and part store is right next door as they lease part of our building. So my question to you is do you proceed to test or throw a starter at it? Well I'm far from being rich so I don't want to spend any more money than I need to. So I quickly test it and find that the starter is indeed failed. So I go purchase one and install it and have the core returned before the part store closes. When its your vehicle does your testing method change? If so tell me how and why it changes. I try to keep mine the same whether its mine or a customers as it builds a routine that you can count on. What types of repairs have you had to do on the ground on your own cars? It always hurts when its your own as it costs money and time that you may have planned on doing something else with. Let me hear some of your stories and answer the questions I have asked if you wish. Have a great night. Going to need to start a fund page for the old truck lol.

+9
Mario Diagnostician
Weston, Florida
Mario Default
   

Lucky you had your tools, although I suspect you gave the starter a tap and presto. I personally would've switched out the starter relay for another identical one, since it's easiest. Then tap that starter. I had to do a start stall symptom in my personal vehicle. It was neglected, this was when I was a GS. I whipped out my smartphone, researched and was led to the throttle body, so I cleaned

+2 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Michael Diagnostician
Holt, Michigan
Michael Default
 

Nope this starter was well past the tap stage trust me I tried lol. And this being kinda a pain to remove I just went with a reman as I would have it out anyways. Love to hear others stories on their emergency repairs. Thanks for sharing

+1 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Sali Owner/Technician
Knoxville, Tennessee
Sali Default
 

First thing i would check fault codes then check power at starter signal wire to make sure power is ok..

0 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Geoff Diagnostician
Lahaina, Hawaii
Geoff Default
 

You don't have keys to your own shop Mike? LOL! My testing method changes on my own truck because I have HISTORY on the vehicle, so I know that all maintenance is up to date and what repairs have been done. None of the vehicle owners in this area have any concept of maintenance so we have no history on the vehicles. e.g. When my truck hesitated and misfired pulling away from stoplight a few

+1 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Sali Owner/Technician
Knoxville, Tennessee
Sali Default
 

Well even new parts can be failed so never know what will go bad buddy

0 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Geoff Diagnostician
Lahaina, Hawaii
Geoff Default
 

Every bad new part I ever saw was bad the day I installed it.

0 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Cliff Diagnostician
Santa Maria, California
Cliff Default
 

Never Ever Worked

0 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Michael Diagnostician
Holt, Michigan
Michael Default
 

Yeah I used too but he took all keys back which kinda sucks. But thats ok looking to move on doing my business full time until I can relocate too another state. And history of vehicle is very important which with our own we know what we have done. Thanks for sharing

+1 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Geoff Diagnostician
Lahaina, Hawaii
Geoff Default
 

If your wanting to move states, c'mon over here. We could use you.

0 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Albin Diagnostician
Leavenworth, Washington
Albin Default
 

Why should your testing methods change on your own vehicle? If they do, is it because you don't believe in the testing? Is it because you are too lazy to do it the right way? If you were a doctor, would treat a broken leg differently on yourself then you would on a paying patient? If so, why?

+2 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Michael Diagnostician
Holt, Michigan
Michael Default
 

I agree I try to do it same whether its mine or not.

0 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Jim Mobile Technician
Southampton, Pennsylvania
Jim Default
 

Michael, I had an interesting situation one night after doing an evening training class about 100 miles from my home, back then I was driving a "S" series 1989 GMC Jimmy with the 4.3 liter. I saw that my gas gauge was at about a quarter of a tank , so before getting on the turnpike, I decided to fill up the tank. When I started the truck after filling up, I heard one of those noises you don't

+3 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Michael Diagnostician
Holt, Michigan
Michael Default
 

That is awesome love stories like this. Its one of those gotta do what you have too so you can make it home. Thanks for sharing

0 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Chris Technical Support Specialist
Commack, New York
Chris Default
 

I had just last week had an issue myself. I was Driving to Home Depot to spend more money on projects around the house. Then I smell something burning, initially thought it was another car, then saw smoke from under to hood. I nursed it the last mile to the parking lot and realized that I had a transmission cooler line leaking. Fortunately I was in the right place. I was able to get what ever

0 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Tom Owner/Technician
Santaquin, Utah
Tom Default
   

I had a problem on my service truck and it need a starter but times were tough and i new i could fix it. all i needed was a pair off contacts for the solenoid i believe its an neppondenso the local part store that i new had some. but they were for the smaller car starters and they ones i needed were out 4 to 5 days. contacts were $8.00 no time to wait. new starter at the time was $260 about. i

+2 Default Ð Bounty Awarded
Chris Technical Support Specialist
Commack, New York
Chris Default
 

Its amazing on how many "old" skills are broken out for our own vehicles. I would rather machine rotors for my vehicles than replace. I even rebuilt my alternator, (just bearings and a regulator), but I have not performed these same services for customers. Anyone else recondition their own parts, but not provide the same services for their customers?

0 Default Ð Bounty Awarded