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Difficulty getting car started
Hello. If moving the distributor will sometimes get the engine started then you may have a bad distributor, or the timing may be off due to a failing timing chain. If it is worn out really bad then the timing...
Headlights not coming on
Hello. Most of the time when both lights stop at the same time on this vehicle, it is because the switch has lost its power supply. You would need a voltage meter to run some tests on the circuit. Most...
Car may have gas leak
Hello. If your car may have a gas leak, a technician can inspect the gas leak issue. Most of the time the leak is in one of the rubber sections of the fuel line. As for the shifting, if you...
Voltage regulator smoking after replacement.
Hello, You should check the integrity of the ground wire. If the rubber coating is melted it must be replaced. You should be sure that the alternator they gave you doesn't have a voltage regulator built in or attached to...
Truck sputtering going uphill.
I would only be speculating on this problem since you have altered the fuel tank system on the truck. I suspect that the fuel pump is getting starved of fuel and when you are going up a hill causes the...
Key is stuck in the ignition
Hi, one thing you can do is take your steering wheel grasp it and turn it slightly in both directions while trying to turn the key while you are holding pressure on the wheel. This will help make sure that...
Camper taillights not working
The first thing to check is for power at the trailer plug on the truck. Use the ground within the plug to check it as well. There might be separate fuses for the trailer lights. If it is ok the...
Ticking sound from engine
Ticking is usually valve train related. Your engine has hydraulic lifters, they are self adjusting. One thing that can go wrong is the rocker stud can pull out of the head. They are pressed in originally. Check the nuts have...
Sat years won't start. 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
Hello. It sounds like the carburetor is either gummed up or there is no spark. I usually check for spark first. If there is no spark, then there may be an issue with the distributor wiring or the rotor. I...
When I step on the gas my beetle turns off.
The problem sounds like you may have more than one problem. You need to see if the carburetor accelerator pump is working by checking the carburetor with engine off and operating the accelerator to see if it squirts fuel. If...
valve tick on driver's side - 1971 Dodge Charger
Hello. This is very normal for nearly every car. When your car's engine is cold and has been sitting for a while, the oil that is brought to the top of the motor when the engine is running will slowly...
Car sat for years, trouble starting - 1971 Nissan 240Z
Hello. It sounds like the fuel pump is bad or the fuel filter is clogged. It is also possible that there is a lot of water in your fuel system. Dry gas or sea foam will need to be used...
I am having strange issues with my turn signals and headlights.
Hello. Most likely you have a bad ground some place. Grounds for the lighting system will be in several different locations throughout the car. The combination switch inside your steering column is a common culprit. What is happening is electricity...
Car cranking, but not starting
Hello, there can be many different causes for this issue. If someone has messed with the mixture screw on the carburetor and have set them too much in the wrong direction, it can cause issues with the car idle. A...
Car stalls at steady higher speeds
Hello there, a few common faults would cause your 1971 Chevrolet El Camino to stall out like this. The most common would be the carburetor, battery, alternator or the fuel pump. I recommend having a qualified technician, such as one...
I'm trying to install rear main gasket
Hi there. The problem with replacing the rear main oil seal on a Jeep inline 6 is how delicate the process can be. Most professional mechanics do this job by removing the engine; giving them plenty of clearance so they...
Passenger side brake light is not working - 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle
It may just be chance that the other light quit working as well. Replace ALL of the brake light bulbs at the same time with the right bulbs and if they still do not work, suspect a problem in the...
Ignition problems at the distributor.
Hello, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to help. This is common as you supply power to the coil once the key is in, which will cause the ground to change. If you are not getting spark then the...

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