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ABS Light on
Hi. The anti-lock braking system (ABS) is designed to pump the brake system for the driver in the event of a panic stop. This prevents wheel lock ups and helps maintain vehicle control. The ABS system uses a control module...
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Gauges not working.
It really depends on if the problems are related or not, they might share the same ground but they get different signals from their respective sensors. It could be as easy as changing the entire dash gauges or it could...
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Door lock not latching properly.
If the mechanical portion of your door lock does not fully latch, you may just need to move the latch to its original position. This can be done by unlocking the door, pulling the handle and inserting a screwdriver into...
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Fuel gauge stuck at Full
Hi there. By far, the most common cause of this that I have seen is a bad fuel level sensor in the fuel tank. If the sensor fails, it either gets stuck or it shorts and sends the wrong signal...
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The car shutters, has difficulty accelerating
The flashing Check Engine Light indicates a fault that has the potential to damage the vehicle's catalytic converter. The car flashes the Check Engine Light to let you know that the car should be checked as soon as possible. Catalytic...
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High idling, 8800 RPM
Hello there, 8800 is a very high idle. Most vehicles max out at between 6000-7000 RPM. If the vehicle idles at 800 RPM, then this would be considered normal in most cases, unless the idle fluctuates unusually. If the AC...
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Advice on which fuel to use
Newer cars are usually able to adapt to a lower grade of fuel. The problem is that the car's computer will reduce the engine timing. What this effectively does is reduce the engine efficiency and power output. When this occurs,...
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The car shut off at the traffic light, difficulty accelerating
Hello there, ESP will generally not cause the vehicle to die. It sounds like you have a few issues with the lack of power, starting, and the car dying. A few items can cause all three of these. Most common...
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Car is putting
When a car is running rough, it usually comes down to a cylinder misfire. Cylinder misfires happen when there is a problem with the ignition, the fuel system the intake system, or the exhaust system. I would have your rough...
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Purge flow sensor code
Hi, it is fairly rare for this to happen with a purge flow issue. Purge flow refers to the cars EVAP system. This system collects the fuel that evaporates inside the gas tank to ensure that pretty much 100% of...
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Check Engine light on
The powertrain control module (PCM) takes inputs from dozens of sensors. It then uses this information to control outputs such as fuel delivery and emissions equipment. If the PCM detects a problem anywhere in the system it will illuminate the...
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Camshaft not balanced
The camshaft "out of balance" is not a term that I have heard of. I think you may mean that the camshaft is "out of time". If this is the case, your engine may be having problems. If you do...
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I press the gas pedal but the car isn't getting gas. The engine doesn't rev up.
Good question. I want to go through a few steps with you and hopefully find your problem and save you some time and money. If you find the issue during steps, then ahead and fix that fault and you should...
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No power when accelerating
A faulty throttle position sensor can most certainly duplicate all of the symptoms that your Mercedes is experiencing, however a faulty fuel pump or even a defective mass airflow sensor can be the cause to these issues too. I have...
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Serious oil leak
Hello. Although head gaskets can leak oil, it is not a common cause of oil leaks. More common areas of oil leaks are the oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket, oil filter cap, or the oil filter housing gasket. Before...
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heating/cooling and fan
You likely have a low coolant problem. When your coolant level isn't correct your air won't blow at the right temperature. However, it's also possible that your heater core isn't working properly. It may just be clogged and need to...
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On a 1994 c280 the wheel stud plate is stripped. Is there any way I can fix that?
Hello, thanks for writing in. With a good tap & dye kit, you may be able to re-tap the threads. However, if this is not done properly, you run the risk of making the bolt hole too big and will...
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How to fix my draining battery
Hi there. There are a few items that you might want to have checked out that may be causing the battery to drain prematurely. The first is the alternator. The alternator is designed to power the vehicle's components once the...

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