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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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My 2008 Chevy Silverado truck needs a new rear main seal. (I know it is located between the engine and the transmission.) What time and cost are involved in this repair? 


Hey Danielle,

Thanks for getting in touch with us! The rear main seal replacement involves removing the transmission and transfer case to access the seal and retainer gasket. So the engine size, transmission type and whether it is four wheel drive or not can change the price. Generally it takes up to two days and the labor cost is around $800 and the gaskets are about $70. Without knowing more about the truck that is as accurate as we can be. Feel free to call the shop if you have questions!

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I have a 1994 Oldsmobile Ciera.  Two times it has died when I've been driving it around for a while on hot days.  It will start right up again and idle while in park or neutral, but when I tried to put it in drive or reverse it would keep dying.  After it sat for 10-15 minutes it started up and drove normally.  I took it to my usual mechanic and they had it for days and couldn't recreate the issue, so were unable to give me any kind of diagnosis.  They suspect a faulty ignition control module but say they can't for sure test it unless the car won't start.  I'm leaning towards telling them just to replace the i.c. module because I don't want to pay 100.00 for another diagnostic that turns up no results.  Any opinions?

kristin sullivan


Diagnosing a car that is not acting up is a hard task, it's like looking for a needle in a haystack! The ignition control modules are a high failure item and they can cause the same symptoms you describe. It will be a gamble to replace a part with no proof it's bad, but it will also be a gamble to keep driving the vehicle knowing it could die again. If you can afford to replace the ignition module it might just fix your problem, or it could at least eliminate that as the problem and allow for the diagnosis to continue. Hope that helps!

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Hi my namebis Omar and i have a 2002 chevy monte carlo and it needs a new timing chain gasket. I was wondering how much would it cost to get this serviced. 



Thanks for getting in touch with us. The Monte Carlo's came with two different engines either the 3.4L or the 3.8L. To give you an accurate estimate we would have you come in and get the VIN from the vehicle and inspect it for the leak you described, if the leak is not immediately recognizable we may degrease the engine and schedule a follow up to find the leak. The degrease service is $60 and there is no charge for the follow up, a regular inspection is only $49.09. Let us know what would work best for you!

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Just got a 2003 Trailblazer has slight coolant smell inside while driving. Smells like needs heater core replacement. Saw your info said you were great for these kinds of problems. I understand you haven't seen it yet, but about how much for RnR core and repair or replacement of core ?

Thank you.


Stephen C Stewart


Thank you for getting in touch with us! We are happy to help you with your Trailblazer. You do describe one of the many symptoms of a bad heater core, the others are coolant pooling in the foot well, no heat from the vents, overheating of the engine and coolant building up on the windshield. A cooling system pressure test will tell us for sure if the heater core is leaking and if it is the total cost for a replacement including parts, labor and tax would be $726.72. Let us know if you have any more questions!

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I have a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe that has just started leaking some antifreeze. When can I get it in ? Is it possible to approve a dollar amount for repairs when I drop it off ?

Many thanks,



Terri, We could get you in as soon as Monday the 20th. It is possible to approve a certain amount for repairs. We can make any and all arrangements to make sure the repair goes the way you want it to and that you stay within a budget. Please feel free to call the shop to set something up!

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I have a 2005 Toyota Camry LE. My rack and pinion is leaking, what would the cost of replacement and labor be?

Cindy Tse


Thanks for getting in touch with us. To replace the Rack and Pinion and then perform an alignment afterwards the total cost would be $1134.13. This includes replacement of any power steering fluid we lose during the repair, if you would like the fluid flushed for a more complete replacement the total would be $1246.60. This service would help the Rack and Pinion last much longer and the rest of the power steering system to recover from fluid loss damage. If you would like to schedule this repair please feel free to call the shop!

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I have a 1994 Buick Regal and the left blinker has recently stopped working. The arrow will show up on the dashboard and the lights come on front and back but they don't actually blink. What could be the problem and is this something you could fix?


Libby Bowyer


The part that makes the blinker "blink" is called a flasher. If the flasher doesn't work or is worn out there is nothing to interrupt the light circuit and turn it off and on. To test the flasher you would be looking at $49.09, the flasher itself is around $25 for a good one and if it is stuffed up under the dash it may cost $29.45 to install, but of course if it is easily accessible it would be less. Let us know if you would like to bring it by.

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    I have a 2008 Ford Escape. Over the past few months my ignition has been harder and harder to turn, it's to the point where I spend a good 5 minutes pushing and turning before it actually starts. I'm worried one day it just won't start at all. What could be the problem and is it costly to repair?





What you are describing most likely is caused by the ignition lock cylinder, but it could also be caused by a key that is worn or not cut right or anything blocking the ignition lock from turning on the other side. Either way it would need to be taken apart to see what is blocking it from turning smoothly. To do some exploratory tear down the cost would be $98.18 and the parts cost could vary depending on what is broken. The ignition lock would cost about $145. If you would like to schedule this repair please feel free to call the shop!

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My 2000 Nissan Maxima engine check light is on.  The OBD II code is P1230.  I have changed out spark plugs. Replaced coils and added injector cleaner (Techron) to the fuel.  The car runs better but light still comes on.  The rough running is cold start after sitting 24 hrs.  Runs OK after warmup.

My question is, "Can you diagnosis the problem beyond OBD?"




There are a few things we can do for this issue. Though using scan data will help us know if the engine is actively misfiring and causing the code, we can also do a number of checks on the ignition system to verify the coils and spark plugs are working correctly, as well as being triggered correctly. One issue we commonly see with Nissan cars is that the aftermarket parts available for them are often not up to the standards of the original equipment. Usually we will use OE parts when doing a repair on a Nissan. Let us know if you would like us to pick up where you left off and get to the bottom of the problem!

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Hi there,

I have a 2013 Chevy Cruze, when I turn my heater on, my drivers side works fine although I don't think its getting as hot as it used to, and my passenger side is blowing cold air? Any ideas on what the problem may be along with an estimated price to fix? Thanks!


Haylee, thanks for contacting us! There are a few reasons you could have unsatisfactory and uneven heat in the car. One could be an issue with the air doors that direct the flow of air either towards the evaporator for cold air or the heater core for warm. They are controlled electronically so we would have to test and make sure that they are moving the way they are supposed to. There could also be a shortage of coolant that makes it so there isn't enough in the system to supply the heater core, thus giving you cold air. There could also be a blockage in the airflow caused by a plugged up cabin air filter. So we would need to check all of these items to figure out which is causing your problem and what needs to be done to fix it. The total cost for the diagnosis would be $98.18, the repair could range very widely, but we would always let you know before any repairs were done. If you have any more questions or would like to schedule a diagnosis, feel free to call the shop! (970)484-4040

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