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What tools do I need to rebuild my engine?
The list of the tools (both basic and specialized) that would be needed to remove and completely overhaul this engine should be listed in a repair manual or you can read our comprehensive article on how to rebuild a car...
My car just stopped one day and it doesnt move at all and wont lock into gear
Hey there. The first thing to check is the transmission fluid level. All of the shift activity on this gearbox utilizes hydraulic pressure under solenoid control. Another possibility is a failed pump drive (from the torque convertor). If this is...
My car's gas pedal goes out and the car won't drive anymore if my RPM reaches the number 3 on the gauge.
Hello, I would start by extracting the problem codes from engine management and the transmission as well. You don't mention it, but surely the Check Engine light is on at this point. These codes will help determine a strategy for...
2004 Honda Civic LX. The entire electrical system pulsates with the engine. New battery and had the alternator tested.
Hi there. From the description you have provided, your vehicle's pulsating electrical system is an unusual problem. The main relay is not likely to cause your vehicle's electrical issue. The fact you have been driving your vehicle this way for...
Something is draining my battery, both battery and alternator have been checked and are working fine.
Hi. Your diagnosis is spot on! If the alternator and battery are good, something is causing a pretty significant drain on the battery, and this needs to be identified. This problem can be diagnosed by connecting an ammeter to the...
Removal of the serpentine belt tensioner
Hello, the Polo was never officially introduced to the North American market, so our resources for technical assistance are a bit thin. Nonetheless, I'll refer to a parts supplier for the Polo, and their VW Technical Articles. This article for...
My truck turns over but won't start.
Start with also checking things like cam position sensor and crank position sensors. These are two components that will cause a no spark problem as they are both partially responsible for monitoring the speed of both the crank and camshafts....
Knocking noise and tough turns.
The knocking noise could be a result of many possible things such as failing steering components or potentially engine noises. Unfortunately, in order to properly diagnose, it will require a professional mechanic taking a look at the car and taking...
My car had a clicking noise on startup. I replaced the timing chain, guides and tensioners but the noise is still there.
Many engines will make a small ticking sound upon startup when cold due to the fact that the engine oil has dripped down to the oil pan or the bottom of the engine. When the engine starts up, oil pressure...
Car will not move after driving for 2 minutes
Hi there. From the description you have provided, there appears to be a problem with your vehicle's transmission. Your vehicle's lack of acceleration (engine revs without motion after 2 minutes) could be the transmission's fluid level being low. A low...
How do I activate the auto door lock for this model car?
The auto lock feature is one of a number of convenience features that are controlled by the body computer. Normally you should be able to enable or disable this feature by holding down the door lock switch in the console...
My car needs to have its brake pads changed and has a crank sensor problem
Hi there. Before we assume the root cause of the problem, there needs to be a proper diagnosis performed. There is nothing more costly than replacing parts that are not needed or a misdiagnosis resulting in unnecessary parts being replaced....
Acceleration problem
Hey there. This may be related to a fuel delivery issue such as a faulty mass air flow sensor or throttle position sensor. As you may know, the mass air flow sensor regulates the air intake as it is mixed...
Car cranks over but won't start - 2004 Nissan Sentra
If the fuel pump is not "whirring" momentarily when you turn the key "on", either the pump is not receiving power or it's non-functional. You might try probing the fuel pump harness for 12 volts at moment key is turned...
Security system is activated and is not letting me turn the car on
Hello there, the security system is an important safety feature with your 2004 Nissan Xterra. You will not be able to disable the security system as it is integrated into the ignition system. Common causes for the security system to...
Is it bad to drive a car with a bad throttle body??
Hey there. This may not immediately affect your car's engine. However, it will continue to cause intermittent misfires and will gradually get worse. This may also have an impact on other parts as well since the missing cylinder will still...
Is my rack opinion damaged?
The rack and pinion gear set does two things: It converts the rotational motion of the steering wheel into the linear motion needed to turn the wheels. It also provides a gear reduction, making it easier to turn the wheels...
Right front brake?? comes on when turning on a left hand curve in the road. not every curve but always the same curve.
This is definitely an odd symptom, however it sounds like there may potentially be a brake line (possibly to the right side caliper) being pinched or hung up causing the caliper to grab when turning left. This is something that...
Shifting issues on jeep laredo
As you may know, the speed sensorslocated on the input and output shafts of the transmission relay information to the transmission control module which controls when the vehicle shifts based upon shift points. When these sensors are relaying incorrect information...
My car wouldn't start after battery was just replaced my car cd player is running after I turn the car off
Your CD player definitely should not be running after the key is off and out of the car. It will certainly drain your battery. So the good news is you can be reasonably certain about what is killing your battery....

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