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How to fix the wiring on my alternator?
Hello. The system is burning the wire connector due to the connection being weak and loose. The wire got hot and melted the first time due to a loose connection causing heat build up. You should also check the battery...
I need to find a shop to get my head gasket replaced and cam the car
White smoke blowing out of the exhaust can be caused by multiple issues besides the head gasket being damaged. It may be a problem with the oil pump, a damaged sensor, issues with valve guides or the piston rings as...
Car idling slowly and losing power
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing some sort of serious transmission or engine performance issue. If the transmission fluid hasn't been changed in a long time it may be possible that the...
What happens if I unplug my transmission?
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The 4L60E has electronic shift solenoids that shift the transmission in first, second, and fourth. If you unplug the harness to the transmission, your transmission will only have reverse and third gear. In...
Would it give me trouble in the future?
Hello. If the car is missing the timing chain, then it will not run. I would steer far far away from buying a vehicle that needs this kind of repair. YourMechanic is capable of replacing your timing chain. However, what...
My car starts then dies after 1-3 seconds. The AC blower runs on high even though the AC is shut off on the control panel.
For the electrical part to your vehicle, there seems to be an issue with the ground. Check all of the harnesses under the dash and check the battery cables for proper connection. For the AC blower coming on when the...
Control arm
Hello. It would not be a bad idea to change the camber kit and control arm at the same time, as these components usually wear together. A faulty camber arm can indeed cause accelerated wear on control arms and other...
I press the gas pedal but the car isn't getting gas. The engine doesn't rev up.
Good question. I want to go through a few steps with you and hopefully find your problem and save you some time and money. If you find the issue during steps, then ahead and fix that fault and you should...
Car is misfiring and has a lack of power
It is very difficult to definitively say what the issue is. Have you had the vehicle scanned for diagnostic troubleshooting codes? If not, you should start there. Due to your vehicle being pre-1996, the method of receiving codes will be...
if the AC compressor is seized can the belt smoke when it is turned on?
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. If a serpentine belt goes around an a/c compressor clutch pulley and the compressor is locked up, it is okay to have the belt as long as the a/c compressor clutch is not activated....
My Check Engine Light is on and my truck does not idle when cold. Do I need a new crankshaft position sensor or is this an ECM or timing chain issue?
Hi there. Your vehicle has an idle air control valve that adjusts the idle via commands by the ECU. What it sounds like you adjusted was the throttle plate position when it was closed and had no adjustment on the...
The battery light and the emergency brake light illuminate when I turn on the car. The car shakes when they are on.
Hello and thank you for your question. Check your alternator for voltage at low idle and when the engine is at 3,000 rpm. It sounds like the alternator is not producing enough voltage at a low rpm. The battery light...
Transmission doesn't shift, gets stuck in fail safe mode.
Depending on the circumstances, it may in fact be in "fail-safe" mode. When this happens you will normally also have a Check Engine Light on which will usually cause fault codes to be registered in the ECU. When the vehicle...
There is trouble locking the left rear passenger door - 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Open the left passenger rear door and check to see what setting the child lock is on. If the lock is not on and it is set to unlock, then move the lever...
There is a clunking sound coming from the rear of the car - 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The struts or shocks could be causing a rough ride, but the looseness under the vehicle is a suspension part that is loose. Check all of the suspension for any broken bolts or damaged...
My 1995 Honda Acoord runs in the start position but dies in run position on key switch
Hello. Most of the time, this issue is due to the ignition switch. The lock cylinder will not typically cause this. I usually remove the lock cylinder and make sure it moves freely when it is removed. If it does,...
Why are the front tires wearing out more quickly around the edges?
Hi there, This can happen for a few reasons such as over inflation of tires, under inflation of tires or out of spec alignment related to the camber of the tire. If the tires are wearing excessively on the outer...
My car has no electrical power and there is a blown 80 amp fuse under the hood
It sounds like you have a ground issue. Check the ground wires from the battery to the fuse box. Make sure that the cables are tight and free of corrosion. Check the condition of the battery terminals for corrosion and...
Car cranks but won't start
Hello. A no start condition can be caused by many things. A few common causes are issues with the fuel, ignition, or engine management systems. It may be possible that one of the components to these systems, such as the...
I put a penny in place of a fuse, tried to start my car and now it wont start and makes a grinding sound when i try to start it
Hi there. Putting a penny in place of a fuse, not recommended, replace with the correct fuse. The fuse is there, to protect the circuit. If the fuse blows, there is a short to ground. The grinding sound, when you...

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