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My reverce are not working
Hello, thank you for writing in. The brake lights need to turn on with even the slightest movement from the brake pedal. Even earlier models attempted to function this was as best as possible. In order to do this, they...
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shake in the front end
Vibration or shaking at moderate to high vehicle speeds, felt through the car body and/or the steering wheel, is usually due to dynamic imbalance of the wheel/tire assembly and/or various types of tire defects such as belt separations or excessive...
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Can up use gear oil in place of brake fluid
The brake system has rubber seals in it which are not compatible with mineral based oils of any kind. Introduction of these oils in to the master cylinder will cause the brake system seals to swell thus preventing normal operation...
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The van cannot accelerate . 1986 VW Vanagon
Hi there - your thinking is good! Fuel supply can certainly prevent full engine performance. Checking fuel pressure, including while running and under load, is a good indicator. Make sure the fuel filter is not clogged, the fuel pressure regulator...
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Brand new rebuilt engine - gets hot quick, high idle. 1986 Volvo 245
Hello - it sounds like your distributor was installed 1 gear cog off from where it should have been to allow for adequate "timing adjustment" motion. Pull the distributor, and re-install one cog "more advanced" to give you more adjustment...
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I've lost all horsepower. I dropped the tranny believing it was the clutch disc gone bad but after seeing it i realize im wrong.
Hi there. Since your Toyota pickup is 30 years old, it's really difficult for us to pinpoint why you're having these issues or common problems these trucks have. I have always found the driveline components of these pickups very reliable....
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Would mixing a quart of oil with a 15 gallon tank do damage to a I4? I just want it to blow black smoke. Any other ideas? thanks! 1986 VW Golf
Hi there - adding a quart of oil to your fuel tank will effectively do the same thing as putting diesel fuel into your tank. The engine will quickly foul the injectors and plugs, clog the catalytic converter, and stop...
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Will not always start
With an old diesel like yours, everything has to be right to start it up cold. First of all, all the glow plugs need to be working. I usually test the glow plugs by measuring the current draw with an...
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Hi I have a 1986 vw golf gti 1.8L gas and want it to blow smoke. any ideas that wont destroy my engine?
Hello, and thank you for writing in. If you do not want to do any damage to your engine, then you do not want to modify your engine in any way to blow smoke. You will want to incorporate a...
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What do I need to look for when I have to give the car gas when it's cold?
The fuel injectors have internal filter baskets and thus the only way to clean and service them is to remove them from the fuel rail and send them to a lab such as Mr. Injector for ultrasonic cleaning on a...
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1986 Chevy s10 with 171000 miles. Automatic with manual 4wd. Knocking/grinding noise when driving, any speed, worse when going straight.
Hi there. Look under the vehicle and see if the frame bracket is loose and dragging under the vehicle. If there is nothing dragging under the vehicle, then either the brakes are sticking and rubbing on the rotors or the...
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motor went bad, will a 3800, in the later Buick's bolt up?
The engine in the 1986 LeSabre was used in model years 1986, 1987 and 1988. Your vehicle's engine is controlled by a power train control module that is specific to the present engine design. Consequently, only catalog listed 100% interchangeable...
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My car's shaking and losing oil fast, what's going on
Hello, thank you for writing in. The shaking is likely caused by a misfire and engine error. You may also be dealing with multiple issues at once, or the oil leak may be causing the running issues. If the spark...
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We're is the fuel pump located on 1986 buick regal
The fuel pump on your vehicle should be a mechanical pump that is mounted on the side of the engine. It should be near the front of the block, near the water pump.There are some Regal models that will use...
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My 86 ford ranger 2.0 single barrel carb . runs great . dies when let off gas .when turn throttle up on carb idles to high .
This problem is usually caused by the throttle damper out of adjustment on the carburetor that will cause the idle to be too low when you let off the throttle. It is supposed to lower the throttle slow instead of...
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what engines are compatible with a 86 firebird trans am
You are constrained by what the original engine was because the original engine is matched to your vehicle's onboard OBD-I computer and vehicle wiring harness. Also, the present suspension in the vehicle (if it is all original) was matched to...
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Worn camshaft ?
Hi there. To be honest, any cam that is more than 30 years old is most likely going to show signs of significant wear and tear. In general, GM small block camshafts are fairly good in regards to maintaining their...
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Fiero GT VERY difficult to move shifter from any position. 1986 Pontiac Fiero
Hello - your Fiero uses rather long cables for the shifter linkage, and several pivot mechanisms that are potentially very stiff if they have not been cleaned and lubed in recent history. Cold weather also makes cable action stiff initially,...
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where is my slave cylindar
Hello, thank you for writing in. The clutch slave cylinder, or clutch master cylinder depending on the design, is connected to the clutch pedal. Trace the pedal beyond the firewall (guard between the driver and the engine), and into the...
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my battery kept draining until i bought a new alternator and battery. i have tightened the belt on the alternator but it still die
Hi there. The best way to diagnose why a battery would constantly drain is to review it's job and how it is recharged. The battery is responsible for powering all electrical systems until the vehicle is started. At this point,...

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