Ray Dockrey

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  1. The synthetic blend is what is recommended. But using full synthetic is not going to hurt anything.
  2. According to the 2017 manual synthetic blend is what is recommended. You can change it to full synthetic. It won't hurt anything. Here is what the manual says on oil type: Engine oil meeting the dexos1™ specification of the proper SAE viscosity grade. ACDelco dexos1 Synthetic Blend is recommended. See Engine Oil 0 213.
  3. What dipstick are you checking because there is no dipstick for the transmission. I did find it odd that fluid capacities for the CVT are not listed in the manual. This is straight out of the manual: How to Check Automatic Transmission Fluid: It is not necessary to check the transmission fluid level. A transmission fluid leak is the only reason for fluid loss. If a leak occurs, take the vehicle to your dealer and have it repaired as soon as possible. The vehicle is not equipped with a transmission fluid level dipstick. There is a special procedure for checking and changing the transmission fluid. Because this procedure is difficult, this should be done at the dealer. Contact the dealer for additional information.
  4. Have you Googled it? There are lots of fixes out there. Obviously its a phone issue so you will have to work through the troubleshooting. From what little searching I did seems like its a common issue with Android.
  5. Did anybody realize that this post was three years old when sparkto resurrected it?
  6. The all aluminum block is nothing new. They inline six that the 2002 and up Chevy Trailblazer had was an all aluminum block with cast iron sleeves. They did have some issues early on with the cast iron sleeves coming loose and causing catastrophic failures but that issue was fixed and only a small batch were affected. The engine also had VVT and twin cams. It was a beast and very reliable. Mine had 110,000 miles on it when i traded it in and I had zero issues with it.
  7. I used the high level inputs and tapped into the rear speakers. Been working perfect that way for two years.
  8. Recalls are done for safety reasons. If it was an oil leak that could cause a fire then maybe. But since it is coolant its not considered a safety issue and so no recall.
  9. Yes, it does have electric power steering. The motor is under the dash by the steering column I beleive. As far as the noise no idea as it could be a number of the usual things.
  10. Gotta love GM service people. If the light isn't on there is nothing wrong. Exactly why I hate going to the dealer.
  11. 87 is fine. I do run a top tier gas for the added additives to keep things clean.
  12. You could try unhooking the battery for a few minutes to see if that resets the Mylink. If not then a trip to the dealer is needed to have it reflashed.
  13. Sounds to me the issue is where you are having it repaired at. I have had zero issues with my 2014 doing that. I would find another dealership.
  14. I too have had the coolant issue. Its the coolant tank thats the issue. I bet yours failed a second time or they didn't get a hose right when they replaced the tank. Seems all of the 13-15's had the issue. Cost me $35 plus ten minutes of my time. The battery is just a maintenance issue. All batteries go bad. I replaced mine last winter for $110 from Autozone. It is the exact same battery that you purchased from the dealer. It is stamped Made in South Korea. Other then those two things I have had no other issues. I just turned 60,000 miles. Its all part of car ownership. I have had cars far worse then this. I know of no class action lawsuit for the Sparks. I just Googled it and couldn't find anything on it either.
  15. Its just cycling. Perfectly normal.
  16. Supposedly it won't work. Each Mylink has a specific key that has to match the key in the main ECM. There was a bulletin posted a couple of years ago about not pulling Mylinks from like cars for diagnostics. It will either not work right off the bat or it will cause issues sometime down the road. A brand new one has no key and will request one from the ECM the first time it is turned on. I would go with something aftermarket.
  17. They are on Ebay. Of course they are all coming from Australia but most looked like they would ship to the US. Ignore Gearhead above. He gets cranky sometimes.
  18. Is your car indeed a 2016? unless you put an insane amount of miles on it why are you even looking at spark plugs.
  19. I think the flasher is now built into the control module. Are the rest of the bulbs flashing? If so then thats not the issue. Are you sure used the right bulb?
  20. Even though the PCV is important to get done, thats not the issue for the reduced power issue. Reduced power is normally set when the signal between the accelerator module and the throttle module don't match. Because the Spark, like most GM vehicles, is drive by wire its a safety measure to keep the car from taking off on its own. It can be set by other things but with GM it is almost always the pedal module or throttle module.
  21. The filter should be replaced as part of routine scheduled maintenance. See Maintenance Schedule 0 279. To find out what type of filter to use, see Maintenance Replacement Parts 0 288. 1. Open the glove box completely and loosen the bolts on the outboard side. 2. Push in both sides of the glove box and pull to remove. 3. Open the filter cover by releasing the tabs on both sides and pulling up the cover. 4. Replace the air filter. 5. Close the air filter cover and tabs. 6. Reinstall the glove box Link to the manual http://www.eskridgechevrolet.com/dealer/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-spark-owners-manual.pdf
  22. Its the steel belt slipping. Make sure the recall was done on it to fix it but even after the fix it will still do it on occasion.
  23. I am sure its a programming issue but Chevy considers it normal and they aren't going to fix it. Once you get used to it its really not that big of a deal. It just requires, at times, more throttle to get the RPM's up to get it moving faster. They are quirky but not a death trap. I don't pay much attention to it anymore.
  24. Unless its making a horrible noise and severe vibration when accelerating or any other time its not slipping. The second program they issued did cause a slip and that was why they issued the recall and did a third reprogram. It will still slip if you get it bound up a certain way but it doesn't happen very often.
  25. I got mine at Autozone. The local store didn't have them but the main store\hub did and I just went there and picked it up.