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Sludge in engine, constantly low on oil
If you are losing that much oil, and there are no external leaks (leaks that are visible outside), your vehicle may be consuming the oil. Unfortunately this can be harder to diagnose than an external leak. The valve guides and...
When I turn the key, the engine jumps and shakes the whole car but it won't start.
Hello there. You have several different issues going on with your 2003 Nissan Sentra. If the white smoke was seen immediately after the valve cover replacement, it is likely the oil burning off of the plugs. If the car is...
The key won't turn in the ignition
There are several things that may be causing these issues. One place to start is the shift lever. There is a sensor that only allows the vehicle to be started if it is in park or neutral. Try shifting the...
Tahoe keeps stalling, bucking, and I smell gas by the engine.
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. With having the intake manifold bolts broken, yes you can smell gas, but the vehicle will have a vacuum leak. The O2 sensor is on for the broken bolt due to the vacuum leak....
Car is losing power and the temperature gauge reads high.
Hello. From what you've described, most likely, your engine has had a head gasket failure, perhaps because of a failed thermostat - which could cause the "temperature way up, then backs off" cycle you describe. A failed head gasket means...
I have a crack on my windshield
Every state will vary as well as the person performing the inspection. However, in most states, a crack larger than 4 inches will not pass this kind of safety inspection. There are also different types of cracks that have different...
Car won't start and shakes while turning the key - 2003 Saturn L300
Hello. These lights can mean that there is a serious issue going on or that there may be an electrical malfunction. I usually check and see if there is oil pressure and check to make sure that the charging system...
Keys won't turn in ignition
Hi there. From the description you have given, your ignition may have developed some wear over time. Trying another key may correct the problem you are having. If an alternate key does not resolve the problem, then it could be...
What is the most common belt pulley bearing to fail?
Hello. In most cases, a worn or faulty bearing will produce a grinding or high-pitched whine. However, if you believe that a bearing may be the cause of your problem, then it is likely a bearing in one of the...
Power steering makes a soft "click" sound while driving and then goes out.
Depending on the model of Saturn that you have, the vehicle may have electric power steering. If the vehicle has electric power steering, it is possible that an electrical fault may exist. This fault could be located in the relay,...
Where is the coolant leak coming from?
For an issue like this, you would need to do a cooling system and pressure test so the actual leak can be found. Once the test is done by a mechanic then you would get a quote for the exact...
Vehicle is starting to overheat at idle.
There is a technical bulletin TSB 04-06-02-006A that covers the issue you are getting. It states that the cooling fan clutch will disengage at lower rpm's of the engine and will allow the engine to overheat. You should replace the...
Truck starts to overheat and blows cool from the heater but fixes itself after hitting a bump.
The overheating may also be caused by other issues such as a bad heater core. This is a small radiator used to warm up the interior of the vehicle making the heater operational. A valve controls the flow of hot...
My car will start but won't accelerate when I push the gas pedal. What would cause this problem?
I would first check to see if your Check Engine Light is illuminated. If so, there are likely trouble codes that have been stored in your vehicle's PCM that may indicate what the problem is. In order to pull these...
My new battery is draining, and I have tested the alternator and it is good. What can it be?
It sounds like you have a parasitic draw. This is when a system in your vehicle remains powered up while the engine is not running. This will cause the battery voltage to drop and eventually cause a no start condition....
My heat and AC do not work - 2003 Volkswagen Beetle
It sounds like the blend door may be stuck. The blend door is usually controlled by a cable or an actuator. If the switch itself seems to be hard to turn, it is likely cable driven and experiencing a restriction....
recently driving home and went around a corner and my steering became like manual steering..... was out of fluid then replaced ..e
Hello there, you have a few faults going on with your 2003 Mazda Protege5. If there was no power steering fluid in the system than there is a leak somewhere causing the lack of fluid. Putting power steering fluid into...
Over heating/heat no lt working
Hello, overheating can be created by several things. When coolant system is low and you fill it, you can also introduce air into the system. The air must be bled out; it will not allow the coolant to circulate. The...
My car sounds like a go cart upon acceleration and the Check Engine Light is on - possible problem with the catalytic converter
As you may know, the catalytic converter converts toxic unburnt fuel gases into less harmful gases that are released into the environment. When this is not working properly, these gases tend to back up in the exhaust system of your...
When a/c was on, steam from under hood and a/c went warm on a hot day and on another day came out cool for a several minutes
The source of the steam should be the first thing repaired. It is highly probable that once the leak is repaired, the A/C system will begin to work again. There are two fluid sources under the hood that can create...

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