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Car dies at idle
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 at idle. Since...
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Do I need to replace timing belt now?
Hi there. Originally, manufacturers recommended timing belt service interval be done at 60,000 miles. Since then, mileage intervals have increased. Time is working against you on this one, being a 1999. Depending on the environment, timing belt replacement is recommended...
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Are the repairs more expensive on this vehicle than on other types of SUVs or trucks?
Hi there: Thanks for writing into YourMechanic.com today seeking advice about buying a reliable SUV. First off, I'd stay away from the Ford and Cadillac Escalade for one simple reason - they both have pretty high ride height; so getting...
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Charging system failure.
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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Rear right wheel locks after driving 3-4 feet.
Hi there. From the description you have provided, leads me to believe the emergency/parking brake may be partially applied. This would account for being able to move in reverse and only a few feet forward. It could be, the parking...
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Why does my vehicle consume so much fuel?
This may be a result of a faulty oxygen sensor. As you may know the oxygen sensors which are part of your emissions system read exhaust gases to determine whether or not the appropriate amount of oxygen is present in...
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My car does not start when I turn the key in the ignition but the dashboard lights turn on. Fuse keeps burning out.
Hi there. Sounds like the starter or starter solenoid has failed and is creating an overload on the electrical system making the fuse burn. Check the wires on the starter and relay and make sure that they are tight. If...
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Car has problem starting. It won't crank.
This may suggest a faulty wiring problem or potentially a faulty starter relay. This is a unit that directs power from the battery to the starter solenoid which then engages the starter when you turn the key. When this is...
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timing belt lifespan
The timing belt is recommended to be replaced at 105,000 miles. It should be inspected every three years if mileage is low. It may still get dry rot for excessive years.
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How many miles to drive
If you had codes in the system and they have been cleared, the car has to be driven enough that the self-test monitors have run. Your car executes a number of self tests for different parts in the system and...
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Engine misfiring (?)
When the engine is misfiring the engine computer may set a code in most instances. If miss only happens at high rpms then this can be cause from a coil that is not able to spark at the higher RPM....
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Do I need to reprogram my car computer? 1999 Ford Mustang
Hello - I believe you have multiple, separate electrical problems affecting your brake lights and the wiring to the engine. the brake light issue may simply be a burned out bulb - check that first. The engine "no start, and...
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Car will not go into gear 1999 BMW 318
Hi there - I suspect the clutch throw-out bearing, or the linkage to it, has failed. This prevents clutch disengagement while the engine is operating, and keeping you from engaging any gear. With the engine off, you would still be...
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my nissan altima slips ii and out of neutral gear when in traffic,what could be the cause? 1999 Nissan Altima
Hello - I think the primary pressure pump in your transmission may be weak, or there is a problem with the valve body of the transmission, which regulates operating fluid pressure to clutches and bands. These are the components in...
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Heater and radio stay on but can be shut off after Key is out of the ignition
My first impulse is to say that you have a bad ignition switch or maybe a power relay sticking, but that remote starter is really a wild card. Often accessory installations like remote starters can cause unexpected problems in the...
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Won't start
The battery light will always come on once the motor shuts off which is normal. The oil pressure will also drop down to zero once the engine shuts off as well which also normal. The steering tightened up as well...
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1999 ford focus rear wiper wash not spraying
The rear washer uses a different pump from the front washer pump. The washer tank would need to be removed and cleaned out. The pump screen is most likely clogged since you can hear the pump run. The fluid can...
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No reverse and will not down shift.
This may be a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission...
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Catalytic converter issue?
This may be a sign of a clogged catalytic converter. As you may already know, the catalytic converter converts toxic exhaust gases into less harmful pollutants that are suitable to be expelled into the atmosphere. When this is clogged, this...
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Starter is good but not turning over when using the key.
This may be an issue of a faulty starter relay or potentially a bad ground connection to the starter. The starter relay directs power from the battery to the starter solenoid which then engages the starter when you turn the...

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