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What kind of tranny fluid do I need?
I would suggest consulting your owner's manual to be sure, however you should be able to use Dexron VI. If you need additional help with this, please contact YourMechanic to schedule an appointment to have one of our experts come...
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The abs light came up suddenly in the dash. What I need to do? Is there any simple ways to fix it?
ABS refers to the Anti-lock Braking System. It is a computer controlled system that modulates the brake pressure to individual wheels if they are starting to lock up. The ABS controller is constantly monitoring the various sensors and devices in...
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My rpm gauge works only sometimes.
Since the engine is running okay then the computer is getting an rpm signal but the dash is not. This can be caused by a defective instrument cluster or the wiring connections and wiring to the cluster. The cluster will...
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Can I drive my car with a bad crankshaft sensor? The car still drives right but my check engine light is on because of it.
If the engine appears to function normally, as before, it is likely OK to drive it. However, if the engine starts to misfire (you would see a flashing check engine light) then it is NOT OK to drive it all...
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I smoked my clutch two days ago. Can I still drive my car for a week?
It sounds like you may have some burnt clutch plates that may be causing the clutch slipping. Your clutch is essentially a spinning disk attached to the transmission's input shaft (the shaft that feeds power into the transmission). The disk...
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So I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt LS (used) with roughly 870,00 Miles. I have been driving it for about 2 months now. All of a sudden
Hi Amie. Thanks for contacting us today. A rattling noise like you have described is often caused by a loose bracket, belt or pulley. On the driver side, a power steering pulley could be the source of this noise, while...
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What's the usual labor hours on a mastercylinder and slave cylinder replacement
To replace both cylinders takes roughly 8 hours. You can get an exact quote, both as to labor and parts, by using YourMechanic's on-line estimator for clutch repairs. Note that sometimes the problem is just a hydraulic leak, for example...
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I have a 2008 Chevy Cobalt and will be replacing both CV Axle Shafts. Do I have to get an alignment after?
In short no you do not as long as the lower ball joint is taken loose and not the strut bolts. If you loosen the strut bolts then you will need an alignment.
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Press the gas and my rpm go up to 4000
Hi Sammi. Thanks for sending your question today. I'm not quite certain what issue you're having with the Cobalt. If you press the throttle and the car does not move, but the RPM goes to 4,000 RPM, then you likely...
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sputtering, jumping loss of power
The first thing to check for in any drivability problem is air leaks. Any air that gets into the engine without being measured will lean out the system and cause problems. Look at all the rubber hoses and boots under...
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My muffler fell off.
There are two issues with missing mufflers: the noise and the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. Generally, it is not recommended to drive a vehicle with any missing, or deficient, exhaust system components. So, the issue is personal safety, not...
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My car always smells like gas fuel. What can be the issue?
There should be no detectable odor of gasoline from your car (apart from when you are refueling). If you are detecting a fuel odor that means there is either a leak or the air fuel ratio is very far off...
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Wobble in front left tire
Hi Andy. Thanks for contacting us today. Typically a wobble that occurs from 40 to 60 mph is going to be caused by tire balance issues, wheel bearing failure, or a loose tie rod, or CV joint. You might want...
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Will the throttle body parts match
The only way to guarantee compatibility, fit, function, durability and service life, and so forth, of any vehicle part, is to buy the OEM part as vended by a GM dealer in your case. If you elect to use other...
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Cylinder 3 misfiring during rain intermittently. Got worse, now CEL is flashing. Changed plugs, #3 had carbon fouling. Next steps?
If you drive the car while the engine is actively misfiring, that can damage the catalytic converter. The problem you are writing in about is likely readily repairable and thus I suggest you request a misfiring diagnostic and the responding...
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Q: Car wont start or crank
You need to verify the shift cable has not come off the transmission causing the car to not be in park so it can start. If this is okay then you may have a theft system problem if light is...
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Heat and AC fan not working on 2007 chevy Cobalt.
You should first check the fuse labeled BCM 3 in the engine fuse box and then if it is good then check blower motor for power when system is on? If blower has power but does not turn then try...
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My car starts to shake when its idling and when I give it gas and the check engine light goes on and off, car acts like it wants t
Hi Theresa. Thanks for contacting us today. There are a few possible reasons why your Cobalt is having these issues. Typically the vibration and shake is caused by either a vacuum leak, engine misfire or even loose engine mounts. I...
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Does my 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt have 2 timing chains?
Hi Tiffany. Thanks for contacting us today. I think your mechanic is simply confused with the nomenclature, but there are (2) chains that comprise the timing system on a 2.2 Ecotec engine. The first is the timing chain, which is...

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