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New brakes squealing bad new rotors replaced and all lines bled and all shims in place
If you are not using OEM pads, rotors and shims, that can account for the squealing. If you want to attempt to resolve it as is, Permatex Disc Brake Quiet (Part No. 80729) might work. Use that compound sparingly though...
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Was driving manaul transmission 03 vw golf. When I went to shift from 4th to 5th the gear didn't engage and after wouldn't engage
When a manual transmission will not engage gears, there a re a few reasons that are possible causes. I've owned a few VW's in my time. The shifter in your Golf is cable-operated. A cable connects the base of the...
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2003 Mercury sable started stalling when slowing down to stop and or once stopped. Made it home but now in driveway, dies as soon
You'll have to go through a stalling diagnostic but the good news is the symptoms you are describing are fairly dramatic and so the cause is likely to be readily found. Common causes of engine stalling include a faulty mass...
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Have new fuel pump but 2002 Saab 9-3 is stuttering and dies while drivjng
Hello, thank you for writing in. If you have reason to believe that the issue is fuel related, start by testing the fuel pressure at the engine. This can be done with an in-line gauge, and is relatively easy to...
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A mechanic says I need tie rods, gave weird estimate I think
To perform an alignment, there can't be any "excess" wear in the suspension simply because the tolerances in an alignment are very tiny. If there is wear, as you try to adjust and set the alignment, the suspension simply moves...
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Catalytic converter
Hi There, What you are describing sounds like you may have a clogged catalytic converter. The catalytic converter converts toxic exhaust gases into less harmful pollutants that are suitable to be expelled into the atmosphere. When the catalytic converter is...
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Automatic Light switch refuses to dim lights although I replaced it with new unit
Ken: If by "dim" you mean "turn off", there is a light sensor in the circuit which, if malfunctioning, would cause the problem you are describing. If the light sensor is not the issue, obviously the circuit is powered when...
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When I crank my car it won't keep running unless I keep my foot on the gas. As soon as I release the gas pedal my car stops running
The first thing you need to check for in a case like yours is air leaks. Check all the rubber parts and hoses under the hood for good condition and connection. The amount of fuel delivered to your engine is...
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My car shut off while at a stoplight. I got it started only for it to shut off agin. It starts then shuts off.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is stalling due to an electrical issue (typically pertaining to power supply or a sensor), a lack of fuel, or a failure with the ignition (spark) system. You will want to start...
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When I turn on my a/c it blows out white smoke into the car?
Hi there. This is a very rare situation, but in most cases it is due to the AC compressor not cycling correctly. When this occurs, it causes excessive pressure within system and it freezes the evaporator, which can cause 'fog'...
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its time for transmission service, it is better to go with a transmission flush or go with Transmission service.
Changing the transmission fluid and filter is perfectly adequate and, of course, while the pan is off the pan and pan magnet should be thoroughly cleaned (with a lint free cloth!). There is no need to flush the transmission. The...
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Car wouldn't go over 50 mph I went over and next thing you know I hear loud knocking from the engine
The knocking is suggestive of a mechanical failure of some sort. I would first measure cylinder compression to get a basic idea of the condition of the engine. If it doesn't test well (too low and/or too much variance) you...
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A/C wires under pass. Dash are burnt and the wire wraps are hard
If the damaging wiring is in the A/C control circuit, the condition of the wiring that you are describing might be relevant to the problem you are having. Burnt wires mean high resistance in the circuit, so maybe there is...
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When you replace the alternator do you have to take out the motor mount
17.9 volts, if measured at the battery terminals, is way out of range high and that's why the warning light is on. The voltage regulator (internal to the alternator) has failed or you have a bad ground. Check to see...
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I have Nissan Altima 2003, when I press the gas, won't accelerate. I was slowing down in the middle of the road coz no speed. I w
Hi there. Thanks for writing in today about the acceleration issue with your 2003 Altima. There are many things that could cause this type of problem, ranging from dirty fuel injectors and throttle body components / sensors to minor electrical...
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My sentra vibrates when I'm in gear and stopped, what causes that?
Hi there. Based on the age of your vehicle, I would suspect that the engine / motor mounts are worn out and causing this vibration. An engine mount, made of rubber and steel, has two purposes. One, it secures the...
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Reduced engine power on GMC Envoy 2003
The issue you are writing in about is common enough that a specific diagnostic, namely a Reduced Engine Power Warning Light Diagnostic is performed by technicians dispatched by YourMechanic. If you request that diagnostic, the responding certified mechanic will get...
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I have 03 highlander have a noise coming from drivers front wheel..kind of howling when going down road
Hi There, What you are describing sounds like a wheel bearing that may be starting to fail. A wheel bearing will usually fail due to pitting or small damage on the surface of the rollers or the bearing race. Both...
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If your crank shaft oxygen sensor is out what does your car do?
The oxygen sensor is mounted in the exhaust system piping. The sensor is easily tested. If the sensor is defective, gas mileage will be somewhat reduced and the engine will not perform well. Oil in and around the spark plugs...
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My a/c isn't blowing cold air.
The belt has to be on the compressor for the system to work. If you haven't already done so, installing a new belt will be a good first step and it may solve all your trouble. But if the air...

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