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Overheating way to fast
Hello. If the engine overheats this fast then you should do a block test. This sounds like a blown head gasket or a cracked head. When this occurs combustion pressure enters the cooling system and causes this to occur. I...
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Van is choking and stalling
If fuel is not getting to the carburetor, then you have one of a few different problems. The most common would be the fuel filter being clogged. Depending on your engine you may have one or more fuel filters both...
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I have a minor oil leak, Unsure of the cause
Hello. Without seeing the truck, it may be tough to tell. However, judging by the location of drops of oil it sounds like you may have a valve cover gasket leak which is a relatively easy and cheap fix. I...
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Starter only clicking
The most likely cause is that the starter motor or the relay is not making contact; a mechanic should check for power from the relay to the starter. I recommend having a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect the...
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Interior and parking lights stay on after car has been turned off - 1978 Buick Electra
Hello. If these lights will not turn off then it is usually in the light switch. This switch can fail internally and cause this. It can also be the ignition switch, but most of the time you will also have...
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Charning issues, new battery and alternator
Hello there. There are a few potential causes for why the car would have charging faults even after the alternator is replaced. The most common would be the battery cable, shorted harness, battery, or a failed alternator. The first thing...
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Car cranking, but then dying
From my experience, checking the fuel filter and spark plugs is a great place to start when trying to determine why your VW beetle is sputtering and stalling out. The symptoms you describe however sound like your Volkswagen is experiencing...
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Not getting gas to the carb
Your symptoms are a bit in conflict. One comment suggest that there is no gas getting to the carb - in which case it should not run at all. Another comment indicates that is runs, but won't idle - and...
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Car idling really high and stalling
Hi, Yes, the carburetor could have an issue in the choke linkage which would keep the choke open more than normal. The choke helps the engine warm up by keeping the throttle plate open and allowing more air into the...
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Coolant leak from a black box (HVAC box)?
The most likely cause of your leak is the heater core inside of the car's heater case. The leak will come out of the A/C's drain. If you are going to bypass the heater core then I would recommend connecting...
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I've got a stock 350 with an edelbrock 1406 carb I just put on that I bought used. It has a dead spot in the accelerator so I chan
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that the carburetor may need to be tuned or adjusted. Every engine runs differently, so in most cases, when a new or different carburetor is installed on an engine it will need...
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What could cause the truck not to turn on?
Your engine needs three things to start: fuel, compression, and spark. If you are missing any of these then your engine will not start. I recommend checking to see if the carburetor is getting fuel by using a small spray...
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Replacing rear drum brakes with a new rear drum brake kit.
Hello. If you are replacing the entire rare bakes as a set up, which is sounds like, then yes, the axle will need to come out. this wold be the only wat to remove the backing plates. Once the axles...
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Shutting off and difficult startup - 1978 Jeep CJ5
Hey there, thanks for writing in. It sounds like you may have a large vacuum leak. Ensure the PCV system is hooked up correctly and that there are no broken or damaged vacuum lines. A smoke check of the induction...
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My car's key turns but doesn't come out. My car will not crank either. What is the problem?
Start by gently wiggling the key to the left, the right, upwards, and down. If the key is damaged or bent, you will have to compensate for that damage in order to remove it. The lock's cylinders can collect dirt,...
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Key won't turn in the ignition 1978 Ford Mustang II
Hi there - there a couple of possible faults preventing your ignition key from turning in the ignition lock cylinder. First is that the key is sufficient worn, or the lock tumblers themselves, that they are simply not moving the...
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The transmission slips gears and the car has no kick down
If the transmission is slipping, then the vehicle will seem to not accelerate, or the vehicle will not move very fast. It seems that there could be an issue with the transmission that is causing the slippage. Check the kick-down...
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My Ford cortina has just cut off while driving and I suspect my points because there is no spark
Hi there. Wow, points and condenser! I have not heard those words in several years. Not sure if, your vehicle is equipped with standard ignition. The change over to electronic ignition started in 1974. Assuming, your vehicle has standard ignition....
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I am replacing my power brakes booster and need some advice about removing the power unit from the bell crank.
Hi there. When removing the brake booster from a vehicle, you will need to remove the master cylinder and cap off the hydraulic lines. Then go in the cab and remove the pin from the bell crank and unbolt the...
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Ticking and knocking sound and follows as the rpm's increase.
I would have to listen to the noise firsthand to know for certain. However, one guess is that the noise you're hearing is from the valvetrain. Valvetrain noise, such as worn lifters or misadjusted valve clearance, is generally characterized by...

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