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Turning over but not starting.
Hi there. It sounds as if the timing may be off causing the ignition spark to be off when starting the vehicle. Put the cylinder number 1 on top dead center and remove the cap to the distributor. Look at...
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blow by around pcv and around oil breather cap.
Hi there. Engine blow-by is the result of combustion gasses getting past the piston and/or piston compression rings, this builds crankcase pressure. The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve system is designed to remove the pressure and recirculate the gasses back...
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Engine stops at light
Any number of faults can make the engine stall. If there is a vacuum leak, the engine can be drawing in too much air. This will thin the air/fuel mixture and make the vehicle stall. Work spark plugs may not...
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What is the actual name of the steering colomn actuator
Hello, thank you for writing in. The cylinder in which you insert the key and turn to start the vehicle is known as the "ignition lock cylinder". This is responsible for verifying the key matches and provides a way to...
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Transmission modulator valve is not working.
Hi there. The modulator valve is located on the back of the transmission on the passenger side. The valve is vacuum controlled. So, before you replace the valve, be sure to check the vacuum line from the engine to the...
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Parasitic draw 1983 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Hello - if the meter reading you included is .55-.56 amps (continuously), YES, that is a large parasitic load, and confirms why your battery is going flat quickly. This problem can be diagnosed by connecting an ammeter to the positive...
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Starter solinoid
Hi There, You may be correct in that you may have a faulty starter solenoid. As you may know, electricity is supplied to the starter a small gear comes out and engages the flywheel to spin the engine over as...
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Car sputtering, rough idle 1983 Volvo 242
Hi there - the rough running you describe could be anything from bad gas (water content), failing ignition components, or a fuel system problem (low fuel pressure, clogged or leaking injectors,etc.). The first task is to extract problem codes from...
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Crankshaft pulley trows out the band and a plastic in between two pullies is chipped and Brocken I don't know what's the part name
From your description, I believe you are referring to the harmonic balancer. There is a steel center hub and an outer ring that is separated by a strip of rubber. Some models will have the pulleys and balancer made as...
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Lose power going up hills, slows down and stops also extremely poor gas mileage
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a failing or clogged catalytic converter. The catalytic converter converts toxic exhaust gases into less harmful pollutants that are suitable to be expelled into the atmosphere. When this is clogged, this causes...
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Oil leak coming from behind intake and transmission.
You could have a couple causes of the oil leak at back of intake manifold. This engine oil pressure sending unit is the most common leak in this area of the engine. Replace oil pressure sender if leaking. The best...
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Car sputters after 3000rpm and cuts out
You said that you changed the fuel filter and cleaned the tank, but did not say weather you had checked the fuel pressure. Checking the fuel pressure(s) is an important Diagnostic step on the old 240's with the K Jet...
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there is a leak coming from under the truck and it hasn't been started in a couple days what could it be?
Hi there: The leaking fluid is most likely engine oil, which can leak from multiple engine seals or gaskets securing other items on the engine. Blue smoke coming from the vehicle's exhaust is typically an indication of two mechanical component...
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Ford Taurus
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Possible Carb issue or other?
Let me start off by saying that, with the list of symptoms that you are listing, it is possible that there may be more than one issue being exhibited. The gas in the oil grabs my attention first. There could...
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Jeep stalls while parked at idle and when going down the road when the throttle is closed.
Hi there. The Idle Air Control valve (IAC) may have failed when you cleaned the valve with your cleaner solution. I recommend replacing the IAC with a new one. If you need further assistance with your engine idle surging, then...
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I want to purchase this car is it worth it for $800?
Since this car is well over 30 years old then it is not valued anymore by the book value but by its collectors value. You need to keep in mind that the parts for any repairs it may need minor...
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Edelbrock 305 Monte Carlo sometimes it will go in gear. What's wrong?
Automatic Transmission If you have an automatic transmission, check the fluid level and make sure that its full. If the fluid is full, then check the shifter cable and make sure that it is connected properly and that it is...
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When turning right the truck dies, but will usually turn right back on after, possible problems?
Hi there. This could be a problem with the fuel delivery system. Turning right could have placed something in a bind or, if it was loose, cause it to loose connection until it finally became disconnected. This could be in...
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The car want stsy running
Hi there. Usually when an engine randomly shuts off, it's due to a fuel system fault. Some common components that are either dirty, clogged or have bad connections include the EGR valve, a vacuum leak or primary jets (if your...

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