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Car occasionally won't start. Is it the starter?
Hello. If the alternator is working and the battery is new, as you say, then the mechanic may be right. The starter itself may not be dead so much as it would be that the solenoid is sticking. When that...
My air condition doesn't get cold anymore.
The a/c most likely has a leak and all the Freon has leaked out if it was low and you had to add more. [] In order to isolate the leak you may need to use a leak check dye...
Should I idle my car if I do not use it that frequently?
Hi. The worst thing you can do is not drive it at all. By you driving the suv once a week should help you maintain the battery and keep the car in good running condition. If you drove it a...
Car does not start right away
Hi, thanks for writing in to us. It sounds like you may potentially have an issue with the ignition switch in your car. Your ignition switch has small tumblers inside of it that fit the grooves in your key very...
Do I need to replace the turbo?
Hello. There are several reasons why your car might be low on power. Some of these are related to the turbocharging system: lose high pressure hoses, blow-off valve control hoses, and circuitry (regulates the amount of boost to the engine...
Camshaft failed two months after timing belt replacement
Although it is not extremely common for a camshaft to fail within the 100k mile range, it is not impossible. If indeed the camshaft has snapped or potentially has a bad bearing, this can in fact cause an enormous vibration....
Steering wheel squeak
Hello. If your steering wheel is producing a squeaking sound when rapidly turning I would first try to determine where the sound may be coming from. If it sounds like it may be coming from outside the vehicle, perhaps the...
check engine light is on
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your Check Engine Light is on for the intake manifold position sensor. Your vehicle is equipped with an intake manifold that uses butterfly valves inside the manifold ports in order to...
Can jumping a car "backwards" cause a complete meltdown?(bad alternator, bad condenser fan, bad brake switch, bad ecu).
Jumping a car backwards can certainly cause many electrical failures. Electronics such as the ECU would be the most vulnerable making that failure of no surprise. The other components are not as vulnerable but can definitely be damaged from crossing...
Code P0705 - 2008 Ford F-150
As with most diagnostic trouble codes, code P0705 does not necessarily identify failed parts. All you can assume with the code is that the PCM is not getting the signal it "expects" from the switch - no signal at all...
Protecting my car's battery in cold weather
A car battery relies on a chemical reaction in order to produce usable power or current. Cold weather is known to slow this process down which wreaks havoc on car batteries, resulting in them dying much quicker than when in...
Mileage per gallon has decreased
Hi there. From the description you have provided, your vehicle's loss in MPG (miles per gallon) has continually fallen over the last 10,000 miles. This could be caused by several things. It could be, the air filter is dirty and...
Can't accelerate above 35 mph
Hi. The rear engine mount shouldn't keep the van from going over 35 mph. Unless it has broken and it caused damaged to the axles or the transmission. It sounds like there is an issue with your transmission not shifting...
How can I prove my car dealer's service department broke the CD in my Hyundai Santa Fe?
Hi there. Unfortunately, there is really no way of proving when damage was done to an electrical, accessory component. This happens more often than not when work is being done behind the dashboard or when removing dash components is needed...
What is the cause of the vibration when driving?
Hello there, many faults will cause your 2008 Toyota Camry to vibrate when you drive. The most common are issues with the rims and tires, brake rotors, wheel bearings, power steering rack, or balljoints. A vibration this severe should be...
Clicking noise when I crank my car after a cold start. It goes away after the car idles down and warms up
Hello. There are 2 possibilities for this clicking sound. First, you may need to have the valves adjusted. They may be a tad loose with your mileage. The recommended interval for a valve adjustment for this engine is every 105K...
Stalling when driving, idling is rough, and gas seems to be use up quickly. It also hesitates when accelerating. There's no Check Engine Light on.
This may be a sign of a failing throttle position sensor or mass air flow sensor. As you may know, the mass air flow sensor monitors the air flow into the intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to...
Trouble code P2015. I don't know how to fix it.
The intake manifold runner control is a system that controls amount of air entering the engine, by way of valves in each intake manifold runner. They are linked together as 4 per side, bank 1 and bank 2. The control...
I/M monitors incomplete
Hey there. The two monitors not complete let you know that the computer is unable to complete the tests on both of these systems due to problems with the systems. The first thing to have done is to have the...
Check Engine Light is on, trouble code P0011&12. I changed the oil and filter. I need to turn off the engine light to see if that problem is solved.
Hello. If the oil level was low or if the wrong oil war previously used then that can cause these codes to come up. Most of the time though, on this engine, it is caused by a failure in the...

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