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Having a car problem and you don't know where to begin? Is it serious enough to bring it in to a shop, or could you just do the work yourself? There are so many questions about cars, and if Campus Repair can save you a trip in to the shop ... we're happy to help!

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I have a 2000 gmc jimmy and my fuel gauge is not reading right. It says I am out of gas when I just filled up and sometimes it doesn't want to start. How much does it cost to fix it?



Both the Jimmy's and Blazers made in the early 00's have had problems with their fuel pumps. The fuel pump sender is part of that unit and it is responsible for showing the level on the gauge. Commonly if there is a problem with the gauge as well as starting it means the fuel pump is beginning to wear out and will eventually stop working. I recommend that you have it repaired very soon so that you are not stranded somewhere and will have to tow the vehicle. Our technicians would be happy to verify the problem for you for $46.00, that way we know we are fixing the right thing to get you back on the road safely. 

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oWhat are the types of things that need to be checked for winter time? Do you guys check those things and if so how much does it cost?



The most important things to check for winter time in Colorado are the coolant for the engine, serpentine belts, battery, starter and charging systems, as well as the tires, brakes and windshield wipers. We can check all these things for you as well as the steering and suspension, leaks of any fluids, bulbs and tune up parts for $46.00. It is important that your vehicle be in good condition to survive the winters and not leave you stranded!

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Hi Campus Auto Repair,

I just bought a 1976 Dodge Sportsman motorhome at auction and upon trying to drive it home, it would sputter, make a few popping noises, then would have no power. Ended up putting it on the side of the road, came back later with some Seafoam and made it to a parking lot and got some fresh fuel in it. It had old gas and had been sitting for a long time, it only has less than 6k miles on it. I feel there is potential in it but am at a cross roads on whether or not to dump a bunch of money into it too. What do you think it needs as far as getting it back into shape and being a reliable motorhome for the summer? From what i've researched so far it needs an all fluid flush, check on the brake system, possibly rotor/cap, etc. Is there anything else big i'm missing? and do you have experience working on a 1976 dodge engine? (which i think is a Chrysler 440 engine) aswell as motorhomes for other issues like plumbing/aux power, etc. Also, not sure if this rig is supposed to have power steering or not but it was tough to turn the steering wheel to make any turns. Thanks!

Clint McCaskill


Thanks for thinking of us for your repairs. Unfortunately we are limited on the size of vehicles we work on. We can typically accomodate something the size of a large passenger van but that puts us at our maximum limit. If your RV is larger than that I recommend you look into taking it to someone who specializes in RV repair. There is a shop on east Prospect, RV World that may accomodate you. If your RV is smaller we can typically do some repairs on the engine systems but not on the comfort systems like plumbing, etc. In the interest of having all the repairs done at once I think an RV shop would be better suited to your needs. Good Luck!

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I have a 2008 Suzuki Forenza. I recently had a clip ( or something...) fixed with the transmission. A few days later when pulling out of a parking lot the car began to have a loud banging and squeaking when it moves but not when I am breaking. I have been told by a relative that it could be the rotors? I am wondering if that sounds right and if so how much does that cost to fix? 



The squeaking you are hearing may be related to the rotors but the banging noise accompanied by it could be something else entirely. I recommend that you bring your vehicle in to the shop as soon as you can. Loud noises from a car can mean big trouble! We would be happy to look at your car at your earliest convenience.

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The fuel door release of my 2003 Honda Civic does not work. The trunk release works fine. How much will it cost for the repair?




Since there are a few moving parts that work to open the fuel door, we would have to have a technician look at it to discern the malfunction. The cost for that would be $46.00. Please feel free to bring your vehicle in when you get a chance.

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94 chevy silverado 4.3 l eng. 4wd  going up several small hills started chugging like running out of gas.started pumping gas pedal still chugging then flat road still like sound of running out of gas then cut out had to pull over not running!!!!TOW TRUCK TIME what do you think is wrong.OH I HAD ALMOST A FULL TANK OF GAS.


hazel m. harris


From the sounds of it there could be a few different problems. You could have a bad fuel pump which is pretty common for most GM trucks. It could also be a sensor causing the engine to run poorly. Our technicians would need to diagnose the problem in order to tell you exactly what is wrong. The diagnostics would be a maximum of $92 and if you need it, we offer towing for $65 in town and $3/ mile out of town plus the pickup fee. Let us know what we can do to help!

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Sometimes when I step on the brakes it feels like they are grinding and they don't work as well like the car is not going to stop. Do my brakes need to be checked?



From your description it sounds like your ABS or Anti-Lock Brakes might be engaging. The grinding noise/feel is the brakes being engaged and disengaged very quickly to avoid lock-up. Depending on when this is happening it may be a normal reaction to wheel slip or it may be happening because of a faulty part. More often than not a faulty wheel bearing or wheel speed sensor can cause unwanted ABS engagement. It also can be caused by worn tires that allow wheel slip but rarely is it due to the brakes. We would be happy to investigate your problem for $46. Please call the shop to set up a time to bring in your vehicle (970)484-4040. Thanks for thinking of us!

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I have a Oldsmobile aurora and when I'm sitting still it feels like it's not getting enough gas, was told it was the gas cap and air was getting into the tank but I close it tight and it still does it. What could be the problem and how much would it cost to fix?



Your vehicle's problem could be any number of things. It could be an ignition related problem that is causing a misfire at idle, it could be a fuel problem where the injector isn't working properly or it could be caused by an input to the engine's computer which is making it run poorly. I am not sure a leaking gas cap could cause your problem as you describe it. If there is a check engine light on that would help point us in the right direction. Please call us at the shop so we can diagnose your issue for you, the cost for that would be $92.00. The phone number is (970)484-4040. Thanks for thinking of us!

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My tires are wearing on the outside edge, why is this happening? 



There are a few reasons your tires would wear like that. One could be a lack of rotation, when you turn your tires flex and put pressure on the outside of the tread. This happens most on the front since that is where a majority of the vehicle weight is located, so that is why it is important to rotate your tires every other oil change. Another cause could be an alignment issue such as excessive toe or camber. Either one of those angles being out of adjustment can cause tire wear rather quickly. There is also the possibility that you have one or more steering or suspension parts that is loose which causes movement while the tires are rolling down the road which equates to irregular tire wear. We can check all of these things out for you for $49.00. Please feel free to call the shop at (970)484-4040. Thanks for thinking of us!

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I have a 1989 Chevy cavalier 4 cyl. It will not start, I had to have it towed home. I was told it is either the timing belt or the starter. The tow truck driver said have the timing belt checked first. I guess my qusetion is, if the timing belt is not working will that make the car not start? What do you charge to check to see if it is the timing belt or if it's the starter? Would you be able to give me an estimate of how much timing belt replacement will be?

Karousel Reed


The 1989 Chevy Cavaliers mostly came with a timing chain rather than a belt, to confirm this I could check the VIN number for you. That being said it is rare but not unheard of for a timing chain to break, it usually happens to vehicles that are very high mileage (think 200k plus). If the timing chain did break or jump time the engine would not start, this is true. We can diagnose your no start issue for you for $46 and give you a definitive answer as to why the engine will not start. Please give us a call at the shop to set up a time for you to bring in your vehicle, the number is (970)484-4040. Thanks for thinking of us!

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