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My radiator blew and overheated my van
You may have damaged the engine from continuing to drive it with it overheating. Specifically, you may have warped cylinder heads, cracked the cylinder heads, or pistons seizing in the cylinders causing a slower acting engine. The engine might start...
Truck runs rough in 80 to 90 degree weather
With the age of your vehicle, there are likely a few things that need to be maintained. All of the recommendations about to be made depend on what other repairs have been made recently. Since the issues are related to...
Very sluggish almost dies on idle till I get to about 20 mph, have replaced ignition module, plugs, rotor and distributor cap.
This is a sign of a failing idle air control valve. This is a unit that is located on or near your intake manifold that monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into...
New axle and bearing in driver's front, now shaking and clicking
Hi, thanks for writing in. CV axles for your van should be done in a shop. They need to be pressed when putting in the new axle. I am sorry to say, but you will need to take you car...
My turn signals are not working, could you please tell me where the turn signal flasher fuse is located?
Hi, thanks for writing in. I would recommend checking the fuse first. If the fuse is good in the fuse box, I would then check the flasher relay which is located on the firewall behind the glove box. You may...
My alternator reading that the solenoid is bad when I took it off and took it to the shop they did a test on the alternator in the
Hi. There could be several things going on here. The battery for the car could be going bad or already is bad, causing the alternator to read low voltage. The battery needs to be tested as well. The fuse for...
Power steering fluid leaking
Hi, thanks for writing in. A stop leak will not hurt the pump, and can sometimes cure a power steering leak temporarily, but should not be considered a permanent fix. But it will likely be safe for you to go...
Information on replacement parts
Hi, thanks for writing in. There are a vast variety of companies out on the market that make aftermarket brake pads and wheel bearings for nearly every car on the market including your Jeep. Just be sure to identify the...
Just bought ran good 100 km now stalls at Red lights
This may be a sign of a failing mass air flow sensor, a failing idle air control valve or potentially a clogged catalytic converter. As you may already know, the catalytic converter converts toxic exhaust gases into less harmful pollutants...
My 93 Ford Explorer hesitates when opening the throttle, it is very sluggish and acts like it has no power. Then all of a sudden i
You are correct to suspect the MAF with this sort of symptom. The MAF detects the the amount of air entering the motor. If there is a vacuum leak, or more common, if the air boot that connects the MAF...
Between timing chain & wheel bearing & starter which is more important to fix first?
Hello. I would repair them in this order given your research (Well done!), and your replacement car plans. First - have the timing chain repair done. It is a bit costly, but the consequence of ignoring it is a trashed...
Speedometer stick and jumps
Hello. Your Geo utilizes a speedometer cable (rather than an electronic sensor and wiring) to communicate speed from the transmission to the speedometer cluster. Given your mileage, the cable lining has probably deteriorated and the cable should be replaced. If...
The truck is A lot louder and smells worse. I'm almost certain it's the exhaust but how do I know if it's the cad converter?
If you had a new car I would say the lights on the front but you are dealing with an older truck. There are a few issues that could happen with your exhaust. If it isn't backfiring it is not...
Engine revs high while idling and then drops about 1000rpms every half second or so.
My guess is that the unstable idle and unintended acceleration is due to a faulty idle air control valve (IAC). The powertrain control module (PCM) uses the idle air control valve to divert air around the throttle. Increasing the amount...
Changing the thermostat
When a car is overheating and the coolant level is good, the thermostat is usually the first place you go. Changing the thermostat is the quickest and least expensive step to solve the problem and often is the only thing...
My car only starts if I cover the air intake tube where the air filter goes
This may suggest you have a vacuum leak. When plugging the air intake tube, you are choking the motor off from supplying it with air. If taking your hand off and allowing it to breathe on its own causes it...
It won't start.
The engine requires three things to run - Spark, fuel, and air. Unless there is a restriction in the air intake, air will almost always be present. fuel can be lacking for a number of reasons: 1. Bad fuel pump...
Hi there. From the description you have given, your vehicle has a combination of problems. The erratic tachometer/rpm gauge could be at fault. The tachometer signal from the ignition module could be erratic and may also be the cause of...
Possible exhaust manifold leak
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The exhaust manifold will make a hissing sound or a ticking sound depending on the leak and how many leaks there are. If possible, get a broom stick and put it against the...
Car stalls at idle and fails to restart - 1993 Buick Century
Hello - yes, your symptom description matches the failure mode of the throttle position sensor as your Check Engine code suggests. The ECM has detected lower voltage than expected from the TPS, and should be replaced. A mobile, professional mechanic,...

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