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Bouncy suspension with aftermarket kit.
Excessive bouncing in the suspension is typically caused by a lack of dampening for the amount of spring used. Dampening the ride is the function of shock absorbers and struts. They may be worn out, blown out (look for signs...
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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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My abs motor relay is missing. Would that prevent my car from starting
If you are sure it is the ABS relay missing, then that will not prevent your car from starting. That circuit is unique only to the brake system. If the engine does not crank over fast when starting, you...
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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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Q: Check engine light keeps coming back on
Hello. I would need to know the exact codes to be able to give good information about this. If you have a reoccurring misfire code, then a compression test needs to be done to see if there is an internal...
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High transmission revving, check engine light and TSC light on
Hello. Since the Check Engine Light is on, I would usually scan the computer for codes first. This would give me a good indication of what is going on. Most of the time when the transmission acts like this and...
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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?
The computer will run self tests as the vehicle is turned on, and while the vehicle is driving. There are certain circumstances for each test that must be met for the computer to turn off the check engine light. The...
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Q: 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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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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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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I put in a battery because my car wouldn't start and the old 1 was bad. I put the new battery same problem no start at all still
Hi Adrian. Thanks for contacting us today. If you've just replaced the battery and it still will not crank over, then it's likely that a different electrical issue exists. If you can turn the key and the lights and other...
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VSA Light still coming on after replacing the brakes.
Check the brake fluid in the master cylinder reservoir and see if its low. If the fluid is low then top it off with Dot 3 brake fluid and see if the light goes out. If the brake fluid is...
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Car stops when put in drive or reverse
This may be a sign of a faulty MAP sensor as the vehicle responds adversely to a load put on the motor (i.e. putting it in gear, making turns (which makes use of the power steering pressure switch) turning on...
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2001 Acura cl s won't hold any gear except park. Acts like a false neutral. Before this happened it didn't slip out of gear at the
Hi Tyler. If the transmission fluid was a dirty brown when it was replaced, it's possible that you've got an inner seal that is faulty - or the transmission fluid filter is corroded, creating a blockage inside hydraulic lines. I...
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Clicking when letting off the gas pedal.
The differential inside the transmission may be worn or have an issue with the bearings that is causing the clicking noise when loaded on the opposing side to the load applied when driving. Try to see if the noise occurs...
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low gas mileage, bad exhaust smell
Dependin where the exhaust leak is can cause the O2 sensors to not get correct amount of gases in the exhaust and cause the rich running condition. I would suggest having the computer codes pinpoint tests be done to see...

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