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Top 5 Ford E Series Van Repair Problems

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The Ford E Series Van reliability is the stuff of legend. This is why it is included in our best commercial vehicles based on Zubie driving data.

Like any vehicle though, this cavernous workspace on wheels has occasional mechanical failures. Here are the most common Ford E Series Van repair problems.

#1: Rough Running Engine

If you are experiencing a rough running engine and misfires on acceleration, more than likely the ignition coils and/or ignition coil boots are the culprit. When the rubber boot that insulates the coil dries and cracks it can allow arcing. Replacing the igniton coil mechanism can cost between $140-$200 depending on E-Series Model and Year.

#2: Engine Oil Leaks from Cylinder Head Area

If you notice engine oil leaking from cylinder head gasket the best option is to replace the head gasket and mating surfaces on the cylinder head and block. In extreme cases the cylinder head will need to be replaced. The average cost for replacing a head gasket is between $1100-$1400.

#3: Front End Makes Rattle Noise Over Bumps

There may be handling issues and excessive play in the upper and lower ball joints if your E-Series Van is rattling over bumps. The ball joints will need to be replaced due to entry of moisture and lack of lubrication. Replacing one ball can cost around $250 while replacing both is about $550.

#4: Loud Popping Noise and Misfire

If you are hearing a loud popping noise and a misfire is experienced right after then the spark plug may have been dislodged from the cylinder head causing the threads on the spark plugs to be stripped. If your vehcile is still under warranty it is recommended that the cylinder head be replaced. If it is not under warranty we recommend using “Lock-N-Stitch” aluminum inserts to replace threads in the cylinder, which can start around $500 just to rent the Tool Kit.

#5: Coolant Leakage from Heater Core

The electrolysis that runs through the coolant can cause corrosion and deterioration of heater core and radiator parts. Coolant liquid often find its way onto the passenger side footwell. Replacing the heater core is a $200-$300 fix. Adding ground straps on top of that can help prevent future corrosion of components.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Today’s vehicles have complicated mechanical parts. This means repair costs are rising. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX.  Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Chevy Silverado repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by Zubie and RepairPal, CARCHEX partners. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles.

Top 5 Dodge Grand Caravan Repair Problems

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The Dodge Grand Caravan is the perfect entry level vehicle for transportation services that want flexible cargo area, easy maintenance, smooth operation and good fuel economy.. This is why it is included in our best commercial vehicles based on Zubie driving data.

Like any vehicle though, this staple of non emergency medical transportation fleets has occasional mechanical failures. Here are the most common Dodge Grand Caravan repair problems.

#1: Power Window Motor and Switches May Fail

It is very common for one or more power windows to stop working due to a failed window motor or regulator. These parts are widely accessible and can easily be replaced. The $235-$314 for the window motor and $269-$358 for the regulator.

#2: Underbody Coolant Leaks From Rear Heat/AC

Dodge Grand Caravan equipped with rear heat/ac often have coolant leaks coming from the underbody. As part of regular maintenance hoses are replaced, and should be replaced more often in areas with severe weather. Replacing the hoses can cost less than $200.

#3: Shifting Harshness and Shuddering Issue

If your Grand Caravan is shuddering and shifting harshness is experienced then there is an issue with the automatic transmission. Check with your mechanic for recalls and service bulletins. The diagnosis for this problem can cost around $100 but replacing the transmission can be over $$1500.

#4: Key May Not Start Car or Release From Ignition

The first thing to try if your key wont release from the ignition is replacing the key, and If the quick fix does not work then you should try replacing the lock cylinder and tumblers. Both options cost under $100.

#5: Noise in Front Suspension

If you hear a rattling or clunking noise coming from the front suspension during low-speed, then your Grand Caravan may have worn sway bar brushings or sway bar end links. For this problem, typically the front struts are often replaced. Depending on if you have one or both front struts replaced this can cost $300-$800.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Today’s vehicles have complicated mechanical parts. This means repair costs are rising. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX.  Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Chevy Silverado repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by Zubie and RepairPal, CARCHEX partners. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles.

Top 5 Chevrolet Express Cargo Repair Problems

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Various models of this no frill cargo hauler have been serving small business owners for 40 years. This is why it is included in our best commercial vehicles based on Zubie driving data.

Like any vehicle though, this true and tried workhorse occasionally has mechanical failures. Here are the most common Chevrolet Express Cargo repair problems.

#1: One or More Rear Lights May Not Work

Normal wear and tear from using the cargo space of the van can cause damage to the tail light wiring. This damage can cause the rear lights to stop working. Replacing and protecting a new tailight harness shout do the trick. The tail light harness costs about $30 and add another $3 for each bulb that you replace.

#2: Fuel Level Sensor Failure

Apparently it is pretty common for Chevy Express Cargo owners to find that their fuel tank may read the fuel level incorrectly. It is recommended that the whole fuel pump module be replaced. Replacing the entire fuel pump can range from $600-$1000.

#3: Intake Manifold Gasket May Leak Collant or Engine Oil

The intake manifold gasket may develop an external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, and internal coolant leak may occur also which causes the coolant to mix with engine oil. Running the engine with this internal leak can cause engine damage. In this case, replacing the intake manifold gasket will correct this issue. This repair can cost around $500.

#4: Coolant Leak and Engine Overheating:

Different from above, this coolant leak comes from the water pump, which can result in an engine overheating. To fix this, replace the water pump. This repair can run about $300-$550

#5: Damaged Front Electrical Components

Do not hose down the rear cargo mat. Various electrical components under the front carpet/rubber mat may become damaged if excess water is used.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Today’s vehicles have complicated mechanical parts. This means repair costs are rising. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX.  Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Chevy Silverado repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by Zubie and RepairPal, CARCHEX partners. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles.

Top 5 Chevy Silverado Repair Problems

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the Chevy Silverado 1500 is perfect for accomplished DIYer that hauls a lot of stuff. This is why it is included in the best commercial vehicles based on Zubie driving data.

Like any vehicle though, the Chevy Silverado occasionally has mechanical failures. Here are the most common Chevy Silverado repair problems.

#1: Intermittent Failure to Start

There can be many reasons why a truck won’t start but if it’s random and not related to the ignition switch or a dead battery then you can bet it is an electrical problem. Many chevy owners tried replacing fuses, cleaning off corrosion, and even rebooting the computer. On Average this problem can cost you $300 with no real solution.

#2: Failure of the 4WD Transfer Case Position Sensor/Selector Switch

That’s a long title for a small problem that is a breeze to fix… In the event that the 4WD Sensor Fails, the service 4WD message will be displayed. Simply replacing the switch is easy and costs about $35.

#3: Fuel Level Sensor Failure

More often than Chevy Silverado 1500 owners would like, the fuel tank can read the fuel level incorrectly. Replacing the sensor can correct the problem, but it is recommended that the entire fuel pump module be replaced if the vehilce has high mileage. Replacing the fuel pump module can cost $500-$900.

#4: Failure of Heat/AC and Air Delivery Mode Door Actuators

Feeling hot air when the A/C is turned on can definitely be a sign that the air delivery and/or temperature mode door actuator has failed. Basically the wrong temperature or amount of air is being delivered. The part to replace the Mode Door Actuator can range from $30 to $80 depending on the year of vehicle and manufacture of the part.

#5: Steering May Develop Clunk Noise

Many Chevy Silverado drivers are noticing a clunk type noise from the steering shaft. There are two ways to fix this issue. Some recommend re-greasing the steering shaft every time you take your truck in for an oil change or you can replace the 2-piece steering shaft with a single aluminum shaft for about $250.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Today’s vehicles have complicated mechanical parts. This means repair costs are rising. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX.  Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Chevy Silverado repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by Zubie and RepairPal, CARCHEX partners. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles.

Top 5 Common Honda Accord Repair Problems

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The Honda Accord is one of the most beloved sedans ever. Excellent engineering, comfort, and reliability are reasons Accord owners often buy the same model again. However, every vehicle will have mechanical problems at some time or another. Here are the top 5 most common Honda Accord repair problems.

 

#1: Vibration When Braking

This problem typically is caused by warped front brake rotors. Some owners describe this as a rattling, shaking, or rubbing sensation. Accords with over 98,000 are more likely to experience this issue. In some cases, the rotors can be machined as a fix. If too thin, the rotors will require replacement.

Brake pad and rotor replacement can cost up to $900, parts and labor.

#2: Transmission Failure

Transmission slippage, poor shifting, skipping, or failure may occur in some Accords, usually at over 70,000 miles. Repair might require a transmission overhaul or complete replacement

If your vehicle is under the factory warranty, the repairs should be covered. If not, costs for repairs can run you anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000.

#3: Compliance Bushing Cracking

If you hear squealing or feel shuddering when turning, it could mean that a part of the steering/suspension mechanism is broken. The compliance bushing is typically the culprit, especially in Accords with 95,000 miles or more.

In some cases, a cracked compliance bushing will be detected upon routine service or oil change. Typical repair cost for this problem is $500 to $600.

#4: Power Door Lock Failure

Your Accord’s power door locks might activate intermittently on their own, usually on vehicles with over 105,000 miles. Also, the remote door lock control might not function properly. If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm, you might have problems with it going off due to a door lock malfunction.

Each door has an actuator, and if one is faulty the entire system can be affected. It costs about $200 to have a door lock actuator replaced.

#5: Dashboard Display Dark

For Accords with more than 109,000 miles, you might experience the dashboard display going dark, especially the radio and climate control. This problem is caused by a faulty circuit board which should be replaced. The total cost to repair, parts included, can be around $200 to $300.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Like most cars today, Honda Accords have complicated mechanical parts. This means repair costs can be high. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX. Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

Our guest blogger this month is Joe Campanella of CARCHEX. Get a Warranty Quote from our trusted partner.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Accord repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by RepairPal, a CARCHEX partner. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles.

Top 5 Common Ford F-150 Repair Problems

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Our guest blogger this month is Joe Campanella of CARCHEX. Get a Warranty Quote.

The Ford F-150 stands out as a worldwide leader among full sized pickup trucks. Do-it-yourselfers, private businesses, and large construction companies all rely on this durable workhorse to get the job done. Like any vehicle though, the F-150 occasionally has mechanical failures. Here are the most common F-150 repair problems.

#1: Ignition Coil Failure Due To Spark Plug Gap

If the check engine light comes on, there’s a good chance that an excessive spark plug gap has caused an ignition coil failure. This might also lead to sputtering or misfiring of the engine. The ignition coil transforms the F-150’s battery voltage into a much higher voltage needed to ignite fuel via the spark plugs.

This problem is fixed by replacing the failed ignition coils, the spark plugs, and the coil boots.

These repairs could cost you up to $700 or more.

#2: Spark Plug Ejection From Cylinder Head

For the V8 F-150, the spark plug sometimes gets ejected from the cylinder head. When this happens, the spark plug hole threads can be damaged. Ford has released a technical service bulletin about this problem. If your truck is still under warranty, Ford recommends cylinder replacement. Otherwise, they authorize a thread insert repair.

A cylinder head gasket replacement can cost around $1,400-$1,500.

#3: Head Gasket Oil Leak

Another common F-150 mechanical issue can be an oil leak on the passenger side head gasket. You might discover oil dripping on the starter. The best solution is to replace the head gasket or repair the leak.

Head gasket leak repair might cost you around $300 – $400.

#4: Rough Engine Idling

Even though it’s a full sized pickup, the F-150 engine should idle smoothly. Rough engine idling is commonly caused by an EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) sensor malfunction which results in the EGR valve not closing properly.

To fix this problem, you should have the EGR sensor and valve replaced which will cost you around $300 – $400.

#5: Brake Pad And Rotor Wear

If you hear loud squeaking or feel a grinding sensation while braking, then you probably need at least a brake pad replacement. Make sure the rotors are checked with every pad change. On the Ford F-150 brake pad and rotor replacement can cost you anywhere from $350 – $750.

When you first get your brake pads replaced, brake lightly so the pads can get worn in gradually.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Today’s vehicles have complicated mechanical parts. This means repair costs are rising. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX.  Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of F-150 repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by RepairPal, a CARCHEX partner. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles.

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