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How would a failing TPS sensor affect how my car runs...?
Hey there. Since the throttle position sensor is responsible for relaying information to the ECM and has a hand in trimming fuel / air mixtures, ignition timing, and other critical functions that control the engine's operation, a failing TPS sensor...
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My engine light came on approximately 10 months ago. I had a diagnostic test ran on it. It stated that I needed a TCM.
Hi there, thanks for writing in. The traction control module is a part of the ECM, but usually is a separate component from the main control module. The best way to solve the issue is to have a professional mechanic...
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Why is my a/c not blowing out enough air to cool my car ?
If you hear the A/C blower running at the different speeds but the air coming out of the vents is really low then you most likely have a clogged cabin air filter or a clogged evaporator (if your car was...
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Exhaust and radiator.
This sounds like potentially a catalytic converter issue in addition to broken exhaust mounts. The smell of fuel along with the overheating suggests that the catalytic converter may be clogged. As you may know the catalytic converter converts toxic exhaust...
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My car idles and turns off, and the radio turns on and off - 1998 Acura CL
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Check the fuse box for any blown fuses. Use a test light and check the fuses for power on both posts that appear on the fuses. Check the battery for load and voltage....
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High mileage and oil grade.
The oil that the manufacturer recommends is 5w30 and it is the only oil that you should use. If you try to use a thicker 10w30 or 10w40 then you may be not lubricating the engine good enough. The thicker...
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My heater makes a really loud noise when its on.
The level of refrigerant in the air conditioning system would not affect the noise level of the blower motor. If you replaced the motor with an aftermarket (non OEM) motor that could create an issue in terms of the quality...
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Check engine light & caution light is on? What is wrong?
Hello there, a few common faults will cause your 2003 Acura CL to overheat and have the check engine light illuminated. Without knowing what codes your vehicle is displaying I can only offer general advice. The thermostat and gasket are...
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Will the Check Engine Light turn off by itself or do I need to manually turn it off after I fix the problem?
Hey there, thanks for writing in. The computer for this year will not turn off the light on its own until the Check Engine Light is turned off using a scanner. The Check Engine Light should be scanned to document...
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My car is pulling to the right so I need an alignment or do I need a new tire
Hello, The tire pressure can definitely make a difference in your vehicle pulling to one side or the other, but it sounds like you have checked this. Despite the alignment being done a year ago, this could have changed based...
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I smell gas in my car! What can that be?
You should have the complete fuel system to include the vapor system checked for any leaks. You may have a leaking seal on top of the fuel tank that is leaking vapor that is getting into the passenger compartment. ...
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have the tcs light on all the time and engine light
The traction control system monitors the steering stability of the vehicle and engages when loss of traction has been detected. This system counteracts over steering and under steering by reducing power and/or applying brakes to specific wheels. This is done...
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Transmission help!
Hi there. It sounds like you definitely have some internal failures of that transmission. A proper inspection would definitely be worthwhile to assess the situation accurately. Replacing the transmission is a viable option as well as a newer car. I...
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Grinding noise front right brake. Sometimes can hear metal noise when wheel spins afterwards.
Hi there. The vehicle sitting only week, should not have caused a grinding noise from the right front wheel upon brake apply. I would assume, the right front brake pads are touching metal to metal. Continued driving will cause the...
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Car stalls while driving, and won't start up for 15-20 minutes.
Your car was built right on the cusp of the period when Honda products were transitioning to distributor-less ignition. If it is a model that had a distributor, then that is the first place I would look for trouble. The...
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I don't know the problem
Hi there. Typically, a vehicle will start and then quit because of an issue with the fuel or electrical system. It is important to monitor fuel levels as well as warning lights which can signal to the driver that a...
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Just overtightened drain plug on an 01 acur cl type s, now i gotta replace the oil pan. After a bit of research, i found out i nee
Hello, thank you for writing in. Typically the oil pan is a pain to get to. Often you need to raise up the engine or remove the transmission. On your make and model you should be able to get by...
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Vsa light is on for no reason Accra cl 2003
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having issues with one of the sensors related to the stability control system. It may be wise to have the vehicle scanned for codes to check and see what the...
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My car won't start even with a new battery the alternator is a year old
Be sure the battery is fully charged. "New" batteries are not necessarily fully charged at time of sale. Of course, confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated. With the key held in the "start" position, you...
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what parts r needed to fix front driver wheel placement
When the wheels come into contact with curbs, and the like, while driving, it is quite likely that you have either bent something on the steering or suspension systems, or at the very minimum, knocked the alignment out of specifications....

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