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Helaine Kurot

Owner/Technician, 360 Automotive

Member since: Oct 2015
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Helaine graduated from SUNY Morrisville in 2002 with the intent of going out west to train horses.  After bringing her car in to a local shop for a brake check and leaving (after paying for repairs) with NO brake pedal, she decided to learn how to fix it herself.
A year and a half later in 2005, Helaine graduated from UTI’s Exton, PA campus.  Since then, she has become certified for both gas and diesel repair from Ford and Chrysler.  She is also an ASE Certified Master Technician, along with L1 (advance engine diagnostics) and A9 (Light duty diesel), 609 (A/C), PA inspection license and NY inspection license.
Helaine now has a shop in Cottonwood, AZ.


Helaine Kurot lent her expertise to these automotive questions from our members:

Hi, I have a 1998 Honda CRV, 2.0L L4, with 137K miles that is throwing several CEL codes: P0301 (cylinder 1 misfire), P0302 (cylinder 2 misfire), P0304 (cylinder 4 misfire), P0300 (multiple cylinder misfire), and P1399 (manufacture control ignition system or undefined code). Recently the sparkplugs were changed, the distributor cap and rotor were replaced, and new spark plug wireswere put in. Then the car stalled out and would not start, so the distributor was replaced and timing was set. Shortly after the distributor replacement, the CEL came on with the above codes. The car runs really rough in idle, very jerky, and has started and stalled immediately after at least once since the recent work (but it did start up again right after). Additionally, there is a "Ticking" noise in idle, and I have on several occasions smelled gas/oil when I use the defroster or air. The gas smell is a recent problem, but is very concerning; however, there is no visible leak of spray or puddle under the car.

My question is, with my particular set of CEL, recent repairs, and additional physical car issues (gas smell, rough idle), what should my next course of action be? I have been reading about others having similar issues, but not all same conditions, who have already fixed the distributor, cap, rotor, spark plugs, wires-- they then get recommendations to do a valve adjustment, or replace fuel injectors or the EGR valve. What would you all suggest?

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Can a blown abs relay fuse(40A) cause the speedometer/odometer to quit working on my 1997 Honda Accord?

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I am having problems with my radio in my 2003 Honda Accord and ever since I got a jump start it reads U1901 L6588 and when that goes off the screen it reads ErrE. What should I do or what are the steps I need to help my situation?

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I have a 1998 Honda Accord and I am wondering if I can change my steering column with a used one? Will I need to get anything programmed?

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I just bought a 2005 one owner Honda Accord LX, they took excelent care of the car but the brakes are tighter than any car Ive ever driven, should I be concerned?

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