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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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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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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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Loud chirping from valvetrain
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several causes for low compression. It was a great idea to test all cylinders. With only having low compression in one cylinder, the issue is likely an exhaust valve. The vehicle should...
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how much would a average tune up b for my Mercedes c280 2000
Hi there: A typical "tune-up" on a modern car is not as common as they used to be. In fact, due to the multiple electrical sensors and computer controlled components on most of today's Mercedes-Benz, symptoms like you're describing are...
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My 1998 mercedes c280 will not shift out of first gear
Your car has an electronically controlled transmission, and I'm willing to bet the problem lies in the control system. Mercedes had some issues with the wiring of the early electronic transmissions, so they were performing a lot of updates when...
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My car key stop working last night and its was the only key I had. Where could I go to get a new key?
Hi there. The dealership would have a replacement key for the vehicle. First try replacing the battery in the key fob or the key it self. Then you will have to reprogram the key to the ignition and the door...
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Car shaking engine light turned on
Hi There, Shaking or vibration may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below...
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Car left two days didn't start third day, lights go on, no start up. AAA battery charger started car.
Hello. It sounds like you have a battery issue. If the jump starting got the vehicle going then that means that the battery alone could not produce enough power to start the vehicle. If the battery is low enough it...
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RADIATOR COOLANT FAN DOSEN'T WORK IN COOLING SYSTEM CIRCUIT
The heater not working in some cases may be related to the overheating problem you are also having. This may be due to a faulty heater blower motor or potentially a bad heater core. As you may know, the heater...
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RADIATOR COOLING FAN IS NOT WORKING
The cooling fan is controlled by the ECU. The ECU sends the on command to one of the fan relays which send the power either to the fan for high speed or the fan resistor for low speed. The relays...

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