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What does it mean when your car creaks when you go over things like speed bumps?
This is oftentimes related to worn out bushings in various suspension components. Control arm bushings are an important part of vehicle suspension systems. Bushings are made of rubber, which separates the faces of two objects while allowing a certain amount...
The front right starts shaking really bad at 30 mph. This is a rebuild car.
Anytime there is a rebuilt car title on a vehicle you never know what kind of problem caused the vehicle to be totaled by the insurance company. The insurance company determined that the needed repairs to fix the vehicle back...
Water is leaking and hoses are swollen
This sounds like a radiator hose. There are two hoses that go to the front part of the engine bay, one that you can probably see if you lift the hood, the other is on the bottom the radiator. Running...
Ford Explorer making loud noises while driving
If a metallic noise like that is loud enough to cause concern, the vehicle should not be driven. It's very hard to say without some testing and observation. Loud metallic sounds can come from a large variety of components. You...
Car won't start - 2005 Ford Explorer
The first question to answer for yourself is, does the engine attempt to start, also known as cranking over? If not, then you need to be concerned with your starting system. The battery may be powerful enough to power accessories,...
It stalls while driving, fuel pump has been replaced, checked fuel module...still stalls in middle of road
There are a huge amount of possible causes for your stalling problem. They include other fuel related components, ignition (spark) components, electrical components, or air intake components. Do you know for a fact your technician scanned the computer for...
Noisy whirring sound when I step on the gas pedal.
Hello, thanks for writing in to YourMechanic. It sounds like you may have a problem with the serpentine belt driven accessory like a tensioner pulley or the alternator bearing is bad. If you'd like to have the noise from the...
My 93 Ford Explorer hesitates when opening the throttle, it is very sluggish and acts like it has no power. Then all of a sudden i
You are correct to suspect the MAF with this sort of symptom. The MAF detects the the amount of air entering the motor. If there is a vacuum leak, or more common, if the air boot that connects the MAF...
Crank but no start. No spark or fuel - all quit at the same time
Hello. If the vehicle began to experience these issues after going through a puddle then it may very well be possible that one of the components may have shorted or malfunctioned due to moisture. First off, keep in mind that...
When letting off the accelerator, the vehicle will jerk (it feels like a slight back and forth movement)
Hello. I think what we are looking for here are possible problems caused by a "torque-reversal" in the drivetrain. That is, when accelerating or maintaining road speed, the engine/transmission and all the drive links (driveshafts, differentials, transfer case, etc.) have...
The information given is not enough to give a proper assessment. If the dashboard illuminates when it is not supposed to, there is a short in the system somewhere. You will want to find where the dashboard wiring and the...
Battery goes dead overnight
Some battery draw when the car is not running is normal for most cars since things like the security system, clocks, some stereos and other small accessories will drain a small amount of power. It sounds like you may have...
Bad ball joints and wheel bearings
Depending on the severity of this, you should be fine making the drive. Generally, when either the ball joints or wheel bearings catastrophically fail, there is ample warning and plenty of symptoms ahead of time. I would agree with what...
My car's reverse is acting as if it is in neutral.
Hi and thanks for your question. The issue is not the transmission but rather the transfer case. The low to high speed shift module on the transfer case is losing power. Check the harness to the shift module motor on...
Knocking Sound Run Roughly Dark Transmission Fluid and Dark Engine Oil
I am not sure how many miles your transmission has on it. I would say replace the transmission fluid but if its been more that 150,000-200,000 miles you may have to have a rebuild done on your transmission if you...
Can you reset the oil life yourself or mechanic?
Yes you can. Using the controls on the steering wheel you can access and reset the oil life to 100%. It takes several steps and you should have the steps in the owners manual. If you do not have an...
Rear axle shaft
It is possible it is a damage axle shaft seal surface and it should be checked by removing the axle and inspecting the seal mating surface and the seal to see which one is damaged. Before the axle is removed...
Weird sound when I push the brakes. Replaced my brakes 5 months ago.
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. After replacing the brakes on your vehicle, the left side could have the wheel loose on the lug nuts or the wheel hub bearings could be going out. Lift the vehicle up and check...
Performing an engine swap
This is probably a doable swap. To minimize possible conflicts, swap everything from the "donor" vehicle": engine (with wiring and ECM), transmission (and it's TCM and wiring) between vehicles. The possible snag is the transmission - the '01 came with...
When a/c was on, steam from under hood and a/c went warm on a hot day and on another day came out cool for a several minutes
The source of the steam should be the first thing repaired. It is highly probable that once the leak is repaired, the A/C system will begin to work again. There are two fluid sources under the hood that can create...

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