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Car died while driving. What's the cause?
Hello. When the vehicle has been in an accident, there can always be a lot more damage than what appears on the surface. The amount of force the vehicle took when it hit the light most likely started the issues...
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My car has a diagnosis code of P1381 and needs a new VCT solenoid.
Sent billing question to CS for replacement of the variable camshaft timing control solenoid and an oil change.
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Many issues with the car. Can a clogged catalytic converter cause transmission issues?
The catalytic converter has very very little to do with the transmission. The catalytic converter will keep the engine from being able to "exhale" and can cause engine problems and damage if faulty, but it wont cause direct transmission issues....
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Car is shifting hard using a lot of gas and getting hot
Hey there. This may be due to a few different things such as a transmission speed sensor, a failing transmission control module, or potentially low transmission fluid. As you may know, the transmission uses hydraulic pressure created by the...
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My car sputters and dies - 2000 Ford Contour
Hi there. From the description you have provided, it leads me to believe there is a charging system problem. Apparently, the battery is being run down while driving. A good battery will recover on its own when it sits overnight....
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All pipes and hoses are rusted and need replacing underneath car all around, I was quoted $900 in parts to replace. Worth it?
Investing money in an older car is a bit subjective. Some people would rather invest in keeping an older car running versus having new car payments. Others prefer having a newer car with the perception of better reliability and a...
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Older car, worth putting money into?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The future maintenance is going to depend on the past repairs that have been done. With the age of the vehicle, there are a relatively large amount of components that may need maintenance. They...
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car needs to be smogged
Hi there. When the oxygen sensors have a reading that is similar to each other, it is an indication that the catalytic converter is not working as efficiently as it is intended. If the voltage of the downstream oxygen sensor...
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Car will not fire
The engine spark is controlled by the engine computer and requires input from several sensors to run the engine. The vehicle may have one of several possible causes of the crank-no-start. The first thing to check is to see if...
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alternator problem
If you keep burning up alternators then you will need to check to see if the 175A main alternator fuse is blown. If the fuse is blown then you have a short on the large main cable that goes from...
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The car through a serpentine belt
If the coolant leak still exists, the recommended service would be a leak diagnostic(https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/coolant-is-leaking-inspection). It is possible that a seized water pump bearing can throw the belt but all other causes, including bearing roughness in additional pulleys, have to be...
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Help me please
If you have one cylinder that is low on compression and leaking oil into the cylinder then you have broken piston rings or a hole in the piston. The engine should have a cylinder pressure test to see if you...
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Transmission problems
Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing can be caused by a wide variety of issues. The first thing I would do is check to make sure that the transmission fluid is at the correct level and not dirty or contaminated....
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Is my car toast?
having low compression in one or more cylinders with oil fouling of plugs will indicate a bad piston or piston rings. If the engine is more expensive to replace then the prive to repair and is over the value of...
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I think I may need a new fuel pump but not sure
The fuel pump sits inside the fuel tank in a sump of the tank and should not be starved from fuel supply until you get below about 2 gallons left in the fuel tank. You should have the fuel tank...
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Idles and stalls again.
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a dirty or faulty idle air control valve. The idle air control valve is a small valve on the engine's intake system that reads the air intake as it comes into the...
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Car wont stay running
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a dirty or faulty idle air control valve or potentially a bad fuel pressure regulator or fuel pump. The idle air control valve monitors the air intake as it is mixed with...
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Just replaced spark plugs and wires and my car is still miss firing and I can't pin point why and my old spark plug is oil covered
Hello there, many faults will cause your 1988 Ford Contour to have a misfire even after the spark plugs were replaced. When oil is seen on the spark plug this indicates that the valve cover is leaking onto the plugs....
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Front end pulls to the right when braking.
You can use an infrared thermometer to measure rotor temperature from side to side and that might give an indication that a caliper is perhaps not retracting. Calipers should be discarded based on mileage and/or years in service. A prudent...
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Car cut off 1996 Ford Contour
Hello - depending on how hard you "bumped the curb", you may have damaged a ground cable from the engine to the chassis, cutting off all electrical connections to the battery. I recommend an electrical system inspection performed by a...

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