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Signs dash warning lights
The ABS light on the dash is an indication to let you know the anti-lock brakes (ABS) have a fault in the vehicle and the anti-lock function is disabled due to the fault. You may have a defective wheel speed...
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Are the two ignition modules interchangeable?
The two modules should have a part number clearly indicated on the top, if they are the same, then the modules are interchangeable. If there is a suffix A or B or something like that at the end, there may...
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Back brake light/ tail lights not working properly
Hello. The brake lights are controlled by stoplight switch, contacted by the pedal. If they are cutting off after coming to a complete stop then that may be a sign that there is an issue with the switch, circuit, or...
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It pops when you start going and when stopping.
This is a common sign of a failing CV joint. A CV (Constant Velocity) joint is a shaft that connects the transmission to the wheels, essentially transferring the power from the drive train directly to the wheels. The CV joint...
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Is the problem my fuel pump, relay, or connector.
It could be all three problems. The fuel pump may be drawing too many amps or connection at the pump is not making real good contact and needs pump and connector replaced. The fuel pump relay and contact connector pins...
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What causes code Code 00543 and how to fix?
Hello. The code 00543 stands for "Engine speed to max exceeded". Meaning the computer has detected the engine has crossed over 7200RPMs due to an operating fault. Since you were simply starting the vehicle and backing it up, it is...
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Tune Up when? 1997 Oldsmobile Achieva
Hello - if your engine has not had a tune-up in the last 2 years, it's certainly a good idea, especially going into winter. Ditto with an oil change and coolant flush. If there are any other indicators (leaks, Check...
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My truck wont idle correctly
This may be a sign of a failing throttle position sensor. The throttle position sensor (TPS) is a sensor used to monitor the throttle position of the throttle plate inside the throttle body in relation to your foot position on...
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My SUV can run fine and all the sudden it will act like it's not getting gas and stall out. It will start back up to do the same.
Hello. There are a few things you may want to do that will likely improve engine performance. These would include cleaning the MAF, a new air filter, a new fuel filter, and new spark plugs. All need to be replaced...
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Over heating
This can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...
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Battery is not charging properly
This may be a sign of a weak battery, a failing voltage regulator or failing alternator. As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while...
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I have a cracked rim that needs to be replaced. What else might need to be looked at?
Hi there: Anytime the front wheels strike a curb, the tires and wheels absorb most of the impact. However, it's also possible for tie rods, lower control arms or CV joints to be damaged as well during this type of...
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No reverse in transmission 1997 Chevrolet Express Van 1500
Hello - I believe you have a failure in the reverse input clutch in the transmission. This could be caused by several components in this clutch, all of which will require removal and disassembly of the transmission to repair. To...
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Brakes spongy because of leaks in lines leading to rear wheels
Hi there. The brake pedal travelling without resistance upon brake apply, is related to the rear brake lines leaking. This is a safety concern and the vehicle should not be driven until repairs are performed. I recommend having your vehicle's...
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Battery shot?
I would not recommend using jumper cables as a means to connect your battery for a couple of reasons. First of all, it can be dangerous as it can create additional risk of sparks that would not otherwise happen when...
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Doesn't go above 40mph and when put in reverse it goes forward. 1997 Nissan Altima
Hi there - first task is to check for adequate transmission fluid. Low fluid can cause all sorts of bad behavior from your transmission. If the fluid on the ground is pink/red, that is transmission fluid for sure. If the...
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Miss fire cylinder #1, bank 1 sensor 2 codes
Hi there. Before going after a possible catalytic converter or oxygen sensor bank(1) sensor(2), the misfire needs to be corrected. The check engine light flashing would be ECM (engine control module)/computer recognizing the misfire. The spark plug and spark plug...
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No power.
Hi there: In many cases, when a vehicle experiences an overheating issue, coolant will spill onto electrical components including relays and other connections that are vital for supplying power from the battery to the accessories and the starter. However, it's...
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thermostat?
It is not uncommon for the temperature gauge to drop when the heater is switched on, especially in colder situations (below 40 degrees f). The thermostat should be able to control the engine temperature in a way that you should...
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Sensor oxygen light
You may not have an O2 sensor problem at all. I would need to know the codes and problems you are having to give a complete diagnosis. I would suspect you are getting codes like P0171 or P0174. These are...

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