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Q: the car idles rough and dies often at red lights,stop signs, and backing up.

Hello. If these issues started at the same time then it sounds like there is an electrical issue. It may be a bad connection or a failing alternator. I usually start by load testing the battery and checking the battery...

Q: Why is my transmission slipping?

The transmission in your truck has the updated 4L60 series with a heavier duty forward gears and thrust bearings so your transmission problem is most likely the torque converter or front pump failure. The clutch materials in an automatic transmission...

Q: Gas pedal does not respond very quickly, cruise control acts up too

What you are describing sounds to me like the transmission is not down shifting correctly instead of the engine causing the hesitation. I have found two recalls that may fix your problem. The first calls for the engine/transmission module to...

Q: Engine stalls when I stop

First off you are doing nothing wrong. There are many owners with the same issue and an investigation was issued and closed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012. The manufacturer stated they have a computer update...

Q: Hybrid has a rough time starting

The Prius uses the small 12 volt battery to operate the computer and accessories. It uses the big hybrid battery to crank over the engine by turning the electric drive motor. If the 12 volt battery dies, you cannot power...

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Q: Starting problem

To determine whether you need a new starter, the Mechanic would use a voltmeter to measure the voltage supplied to the starter solenoid with the ignition key in the "start" position, as well as measure the voltage drop on the...

Q: Car starts good then shuts off

An engine stalling diagnostic, which you can schedule through YourMechanic, would pinpoint the cause of the stalling. Among the possibilities are a plugged fuel filter, fuel pump malfunction or blocked pump strainer, significant vacuum leak including stuck open EGR valve,...

Q: How do I know if it is the Water Pump or thermostat that needs replacing?

In your question, you have not stated the "fault" you are experiencing, consequently I will assume it is overheating. If not, please write back in with clarification so that we can best assist you. There are a myriad of causes...