Bobby MSME

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  1. Ouch...mysterious shorts in the electrical harness are heavy on man-hours.
  2. There are a lot of steps for the technician to follow. These techs are known to make mistakes. If your Spark keeps giving you lower MPG (4-5 less is horribly bad) I would take it back to the dealer and complain vociferously.
  3. Service Procedure Note: Carefully read and follow the instructions below. Ensure the programming tool is equipped with the latest software and is securely connected to the data link connector. If there is an interruption during programming, programming failure or control module damage may occur. Stable battery voltage is critical during programming. Any fluctuation, spiking, over voltage or loss of voltage will interrupt programming. When required install the EL-49642 SPS Programming Support Tool to maintain system voltage. If not available, connect a fully charged 12 V jumper or booster pack disconnected from the AC voltage supply. DO NOT connect a battery charger. Turn OFF or disable systems that may put a load on the vehicles battery such as; interior lights, exterior lights (including daytime running lights), HVAC, radio, etc. Clear DTCs after programming is complete. Clearing powertrain DTCs will set the Inspection/Maintenance (I/M) system status indicators to NO. If the Same Calibration/Software Warning is noted on the SPS Controller screen, do NOT attempt to program the module. No further action is required. Refer to the Warranty section of the bulletin and use labor operation code 9102966, Module Programming Not Required. Important: Before beginning the programming event, be sure the computer is connected to the MDI/MDI2 through a USB cable. DO NOT DOWNLOAD the files wirelessly or via Bluetooth connection. Reprogram the Transmission Control Module (TCM). Refer to Transmission Control Module Programming and Setup MR8 in SI. The Transmission Fast Learn procedure is REQUIRED with this programming. If there is a pop-up in SPS indicating otherwise, ignore it and proceed with the Transmission Fast Learn as SI recommends. Record SPS Warranty Claim Code on job card for warranty transaction submission.
  4. Read more about recall 18089 at this link: https://gm.oemdtc.com/8853/18089-service-update-tcm-obd-memory-diagnostic-2016-2018-chevrolet-spark
  5. LOL when we lived near Portland, Oregon, it was hilarious to see cars sliding and slipping with 3-4 inches of snowfall. With 6 inch snowfall, the city would shut down for several days! Because they fear salt is bad for environment, so they throw rock pebbles on streets. Guess what, windshield repair business is huge there. I spent 23 years working in city of Chicago driving from Downers Grove to SE corner of Chicago, a 70 miles round trip. I missed may be a total of 4 days of work in 23 years due to snow. 3 of those days were in mid 1960's when Chicago had a record snow fall. Because Chicago salts the heck out on streets. But yes the undercarriage of cars and bodies of cheap cars had mucho rust.
  6. No car is meant to work great for all various conditions. Spark is basically a commuter car for city/suburbia. If you want fast acceleration going from 60 to 100mph, there are plenty of models available. I would not put a corvette engine in a car whose suspension is not designed for it. The other car I drive is a Chevy HHR 2011 with 56k miles. It rides at 80 mph so much more stable than the Spark. Even at 60 mph there is a huge difference in stability and smoothness of ride. But I love driving the Spark in town, because it handles more nimble, and parks in places the HHR would not fit.
  7. Keep full synthetic for recommended mileage interval. Next oil change consider following owners manual, at least until the power train warranty runs out. Who needs to argue with the dealer's service writer?
  8. Unless you are on a very tight budget, I would have it done by someone who does it for a living. This oil change is may be once in the life of car, and it is not worth the effort for a DIY job. Engine oil change is better for DIY projects.
  9. I would use the recommended oil from the owner's manual...a synthetic blend. My guess is the full synthetic might have a slightly different viscosity than the blend. . That may be why you hear the slight groan for a couple of seconds, which is the time difference between the full synthetic versus the blend to reach all moving parts. Anecdotally, I have gotten 150,000 miles without any engine problems using regular 10-30w oil for decades. But it is true synthetic oil can go longer intervals than basic oil.
  10. My 2017 Spaark used to emit a distinct sound of the lock cylinder spinning when I turned the key in door lock. That sound is now gone. However the door lock works fine and even works remote using the App from my phone.
  11. Ignore the sticker the dealer person stuck on your windshield. That sticker is a means of getting your business more often. 7500 miles is the correct oil change interval by the book. My new 2017 Spark came with 2 free oil changes to be used withing 2 years of purchase. I had the 1st one done after 11 months and the final oil change will be done just before the 2 year mark. I am retired and do not put many miles on the car. When I worked in Chicago full time, my round trip was 70 miles every working day. The odometer was very busy in those days because I worked 6 days / week!
  12. Save your receipts for buying the oil & filter, in case dealer gives you hard time on warranty.
  13. Very good info, ChevyBeat, thanks for doing the research! I will most likely buy on eBay...it is not much more there.
  14. Hi chevybeat,,,exactly what I am looking for!! Thanks !! But I am not familiar with that web-site. Have you bought anything from them? How is the summer going in India? Monsoons should arrive soon haha
  15. Anyone knows of a gadget which would plug into the computer port under dash (left side) and display coolant temp? I prefer to not use the phone. TIA
  16. The intercooler mounted on bumper looks like it belonged there! Very cool!! Too bad MN requires front license plates. Here in FL we don't, and that makes front end look clean.
  17. Short trips in cold weather will kill cars faster than Secretariat on a fast track
  18. 2011 HHR seems to be a really good car made by GM, since my wife has been unable to break it after 7 years and roughly 60k miles of digital driving. Still has original brakes, battery and tires! (digital driving = foot is always on either gas or brake pedal, no coasting ever)
  19. If synthetic oil turns black after 3000 miles, it can mean that one or more cylinders are mal-functioning due to bad valves or messed up spark plug firing. JMHO.
  20. Best luck with your project!
  21. Men tend to change oil and girl friends more frequently than necessary compared to women changing oil and boy friends. Just an observation! After 57 years of driving car, here is what learned about oil changes. It depends on your driving habits and health of your engine. oil which looks fairly clear on the dipstick and does not have a burned smell has more life left. Motor oil has 2 main functions, lubricate piston rings and remove some heat. Those 2 qualities are retained by oil if it passes the visual and smell test. If you make lot of short trip, your engine will collect more water condensation and that can can cause rust inside the engine. Oil has additives to fight rust, and those properties can wear out with age of oil. We have a HHR with a 4 banger engine and since last oil change in April 2017 with semi-synthetic, we have driven 11,000 miles, all highway mostly. Oil still looks great and should be good for another 6 months or 8000 miles based on how we use it. OTOH my 2017 Spark does all in town driving, and I will change oil by 6 months or 5000 miles whichever comes first.
  22. I am using the standard gas from gas stations which says 10% ethanol mix. My 16 month old 2017 Spark LS with CVT is running very quiet, and while idling, it is hard to hear the engine.
  23. a triple yes! Do not fix what ain't broke. Keep in back of your mind, all those recommended maintenance items are skewed towards extra margin of safety. Because not every one treats their cars well. If the engine oil looks good, don't rush to change it. It is good for a reason, that you have driven carefully. If tranny fluid is not leaking, leave it alone. Any good filter will do good job of trapping harmful particles. If coolant fluid looks good without any hint of brown rusty look, you can ride more with it. This was a lesson I learned the hard way. I simply got nervous when the car turn 9 years of age, and had a coolant change done. That messed up the engine. The fluid still was looking clear rosy red. Probably good for 3-4 years more! Because I had only 55k miles on a garage kept car.
  24. Looking at owner's manual for my 2017 Spark LS, there is no fluid change specified/necessary for the CVT under normal operating conditions. Under severe operating conditions, owner's manual recommends changing transmission fluid every 45,000 miles. "Severe" applies if any of following applies: . Mainly driven in heavy city traffic in hot weather. . Mainly driven in hilly or mountainous terrain. . Frequently towing a trailer. . Used for high speed or competitive driving. . Used for taxi, police, or delivery service.
  25. Did ya get a kit or had it done at the dealer? If it was a kit what was aprox cost? TIA.