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Transmission won't shift into park - 1988 Chevrolet S10
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. If your vehicle has a linkage, there should be an adjustment nut to adjust how long or short the linkage should be. Check for the nut and adjust the linkage to make the transmission...
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My 1988 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has power in reverse but spits and sputters with hardly any power in drive.
Hello and thank you for your question. Sounds like the manual valve is out of adjustment and the transmission is applying the forward and reverse input clutch at the same time. This will cause the issue you are having. You...
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The truck is from Georgia which doesn't have smog control. In California it won't pass smog. It has a new motor and transmission.
Hi, the blue-grey smoke you mention is your engine burning oil, probably due to worn piston rings or valve guides and seals. This is expected from an engine with 300K miles on it. Unfortunately for you, California has pretty stringent...
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Washer possibly fell down Distributor hole
If you look down the distributor hole you most likely are looking all the way into the oil pan except where the oil pump and cam gear are. I would say you will have to drain the oil out of...
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Noise from wheel
Hi there: The symptoms you're describing are indicators of worn out wheel bearings. However, it's also possible that the caliper is faulty or you have excessive brake pressure that's causing the pads to drag on the rotor; which could also...
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Can't Start Engine after rebuild
Hi - congrats on being very thorough with your testing! If you spritz some starter fluid into the throttle body, will this start it for a second or two? That would confirm the total of your testing - that you...
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My brakes are sticking
Hi there: It's quite possible that perhaps you have a warped brake rotor that's causing this to occur; or the wheel bearings are loose inside the hub; which can cause the rotor to 'wobble' and create an issue with the...
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The air conditioning, heater, and defroster are not working.
The symptoms you are experiencing can be caused by a few different things. If you are hearing a gurgling noise and your heater is not providing heat, then I would check the engine's coolant. If the coolant is low, it...
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Why does my car stall when you press the gas and it tries to go faster than 20 mph? - 1988 Mercury Grand Marquis
Hello. You should start by looking into your vacuum and fuel supply. Both of these will have an adverse effect when pressing on the gas. There are several ways to test for a vacuum leak. The most efficient being with...
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Car won't blow any hot or cold air
This may be related to a faulty blower motor or blower motor relay. The blower motor is a unit inside your vent system that blows warm air from the heater core to the vents when the heater is on or...
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Bad idle with no check engine light on
Greetings, I'm sorry to hear about your sister. A rough idle may be caused by many different things such as low fuel pressure, low voltage to the fuel injectors, dirty fuel injectors, a vacuum leak, a faulty Oxygen sensor or...
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My doesn't my car turn on?
Was spark checked while the engine was running? The problem may be a number of things, but the basics have to be checked correctly. A lack of fuel pressure means there is a problem with fuel delivery whether it is...
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Why is my brake fluid leaking? How can I test where the problem is?
The only fluids that could be leaking near the front tire is going to be the brake or transmission fluid leak or coolant is leaking. You should use a clean white paper towel under where the leak is so a...
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Does the main relay also affect the turn signals?
Hi there. It sounds like you may have blown a fuse during your repair of the main relay. Check all your fuses and relays and replace them as necessary. Then, using an electrical wiring diagram, verify that the wiring harness...
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My truck won't start when cold or after a big rain. As soon as I changed the spark plug it started
Hello. The starting issues you are having are very likely related to your distributor cap. There may be a crack or surface damage that is allowing water and condensation collect inside the cap. You will want to take it off...
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my car is not idling and wants to stall while stationary or moving slow after it gets warm.
It sounds like you may have a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and...
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Heater and air conditioning fan stuck on low
The push button panel for your climate control is also the control unit. It uses the signals from various temp sensors to decide what to tell the climate control what to do. It also decides on the fan speed and...
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Car jumps in 5th when pushing gas pedal
This suggests you may have a worn or failing 5th gear synchronizer in your transmission. As you may know, when a clutch drags, it is not letting go of the disk fully which overloads the synchros and burns up the...
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Looking where a hose goes to. It carries water
Hi there. The hose that runs behind the engine that drains water is the drain tube for the air conditioner. This hose is designed to drain off the condensation from the evaporator as the air conditioner is operating. This is...
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Having trouble putting it gear.
Hard shifting of a manual transmission can be caused by a few components. First thing considering the mileage, has the trans fluid ever been drained and refilled? If not, that may be a good place to start. Verify what type...

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