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Engine shaking while in neutral and park
It's possible you may have disturbed a vacuum hose while you were doing the job, check for that first. But I'm concerned about the valves because If you get the valve clearance too tight, it may develop a miss at...
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Is replacing the transmission on a 1988 Toyota Corolla fx hatchback worth it? And can I replace transmission with a 1990 corolla?
Hi there. As long as the engines in the two Toyota's are identical in size and configuration, the compatibility of the two transmissions should work, however there are some risks with swapping out a transmission on an older vehicle like...
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Looking to swap and be road legal for 88 4runner 22re to increase HP for offroading. what is the best engine upgrade for this?
Hi There, You are correct in that the 3.0 V6 Toyota motor that superseded the 22RE motor does not significantly increase power if you are interested in pushing much larger off road tires. A common performance upgrade for the 22RE...
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Getting a CEL with a Code 1 "O2 Sensor" on a 1988 Honda Civic
This is a tough one because the self-diagnostics on your car are not very sophisticated. The light is on because the ECU is not seeing what it expects at the O2 sensor. When the engine is fully warmed up, there...
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To replace a fuel filter or not ? Vehicle had no fuel when bought; added fuel & it started, but should the filter be changed...
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your head is in the right place. While gas these days is held to some better standards, its very possible to collect debris in the tank over time. Considering the mileage on the vehicle,...
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Pressing the gas pedal and not getting the desired output
It may not have anything to do with your valve adjustment. Your car is almost 30 years old so it could have any number of problems. I would begin by checking for air leaks. Look at all of the hoses...
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Steering column
Hi There, Depending on the damage done to the steering column, you may need to replace the steering column or possibly the steering column actuator. There are mechanical levers in your vehicle that move when the ignition key is turned....
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Fuelpump
Hello, thank you for writing in. In a vehicle this old, when it has sat for so long, there can be many issues causing your symptoms. If the starter spray is not helping, then its likely you do not have...
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I have a 88 v20 Chevy 4x4 w/3 gears + granny . when I try to shift my shifter locks up n my clutch won't move n my brake pedal
Both the brake and clutch systems will have to be inspected. If you have power brakes, once the "reserve" is exhausted, when the engine is off, brake effort will be really high so you might be experiencing that. With regard...
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Losing coolant
You probably have a leak, and the first place I would look is the radiator. Most likely you will see evidence of a leak at either of the two bottom corners. But don't stop there. Your car has a pretty...
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Can a bad transmission seize up an engine since I never heard of a transmission being able to do this was just wondering
Engine "seizures" are only caused by lack of engine oil, cooling system overheating, and internal mechanical breakage (e.g., timing chain/belt on interference engines). If the transmission fails, in any respect or due to any cause, there are no adverse consequences...
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My 1988 Chevy G 20 van with a 350 small block overheated the other day I replace the distributor rotor spark plugs PCV valve thr
It sounds like you may have a the beginning of a blown cylinder head gasket. A blown head gasket may cause a number of different symptoms. A head gasket that fails between cylinders will generally cause a misfire and potentially...
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1988 Toyo Camry - timing belt broke so I changed it - ran fine before but I have fuel pressure, fire at plugs but they are dry.
It sounds like you may not have fuel injectors that are firing properly. When the fuel injectors are not spraying an even, uniform pattern of fuel, this causes an imbalance in this air.fuel mixture resulting in the motor often times...
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I have a 1988 dodge dynasty. The timing jumped and I've been told the engine is not longer good. The car cranks but doesn't start
Hi there. I think this is an example of somebody telling you something that does not comprehend the basics of ignition timing or the timing chain / belt. Ignition timing is a collaboration between the ignition system and the valves...
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Idling high
Hi there. Generally speaking, a high engine idle is typically caused by one of two things - a loose or damaged vacuum line or vacuum leak, or an idle control valve that is stuck or damaged. It's also possible for...
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Want to know if 88 deville 4.5 can be replaced with 4.9 easy
Hi there. With older vehicles like the 99 Cadillac, engine swaps are much easier to complete - as they are not as dependent on the ECU and modern technology to control ignition, fuel and safety systems. As such, the two...
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Twenty minutes after shuting of my car, there is zero electric to start the car, turn on the radio, or headlights. When I discone
Hi there. It's possible that you have a frozen or stuck electrical relay that is causing this very odd electrical glitch. However, it's also possible that the battery terminals or cables are loose or damaged; which can also cause the...
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Gas pedal stuck intermittently
Hi Khaled. A sticking throttle pedal or dripping or leaking gasoline is not a normal thing and is something that should be inspected onsite by a professional mechanic as soon as possible. In some cases, damage to the throttle position...
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Timing is good, fuel system is good, the car has spark, distributer is dead center and starter is good. Battery is brand new but c
Hi Brunie. It's possible that your EGR valve is damaged or clogged with a tremendous amount of carbon debris. If the vehicle has been sitting for a while, it's possible the gasoline is bad. To be completely honest, without knowing...
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Replaced the timing on my 1988 dodge dynasty as well as the ignition coil, battery alternator, fuel pump and filter, catalytic c
If the vehicle was operating (was starting) prior to this extensive work, then I would suspect that the timing is off (belt mispositioned) and/or essential electrical connections were not re-established, such as to the fuel pump. If you want the...

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