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My car is sluggish and struggles going uphill.
Hello. If the engine revs up and the vehicle is not responding then it is usually caused by a slipping transmission. If it is just a power loss, then the issue may be a bad catalytic converter clogging the exhaust....
Ticking noise in engine oil leaking everywhere and car keeps overheating
It sounds as if you have a major concern with a great deal of fluid loss. In many cases, a component or seal failure may cause a large amount of fluid loss if it has gone unnoticed for some time....
steering wheel shaking
Hi there. Thanks for writing into about the issue with your 2005 Suzuki Forenza. At first glance, it appears that the problem you're describing sounds like a misfire with one of the cylinders. It could be related to your...
While changing the valve cover gasket, a piece of the gasket broke and fell down into a hole, what do I do
Hello. I would first try to us some long mechanical fingers to see if you can reach and remove the piece. If not, then see if the hole goes all the way into the oil pan. If it does, then...
My car has been jerking and wont accelerate.
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2004 Suzuki Forenza. You have a few different faults going on with your car. If you have a 1+2 shift malfunction there are a few potential causes. The most common cause is...
Do you have to do a factory reset on my car ?
Hello. If everything was done correctly then it should start right up. If it is not getting spark or fuel then I would check the crank signal. If the crank sensor is not sending a good signal then the computer...
Engine mounts
You only have the one engine mount located in front of the engine, near accessory belts. The other mounts hook up to the transmission. This will depend on if you have a manual or automatic transmission since they are different...
Difficulty getting into Park gear
Hello. It sounds like you have an issue with the park lock solenoid. This part is located inside of the shifter assembly. When it fails, it will engage and either keep the vehicle from coming out of park or will...
My car is harsh shifting, it jerks and it doesn't go more than 20 m.p.h but the problem comes and goes.
Harsh shifting and loud clunking with the gear changes on the road can be linked to the components mounting the engine and transmission assemblies or something related to the suspension or brakes. A technician can check the condition of the...
Blown head gasket
A blown head gasket is in most cases the final leg for an engine. This causes damage and allows fluids to mix which means other systems may have to be flushed as well. Many head gasket repair costs come close...
Timming belt snapped
Hi there, thanks for writing in. I'm sorry to hear that this happened to you. This vehicle has what's called an interference motor. When the timing belt broke, the valves inside the motor were contacted by the pistons which caused...
Car still won't start even after replacing battery and checking fuses
If I am reading your symptom description correctly, the engine died at speed, the Check Engine light came on, and the engine now turns over but won't actually start despite a new battery. First item to check are the...
Timing belt broke
I believe that you are right: your drive belt is broken. Unfortunately, this happens to everyone at some point. The best course of action is just to replace the belt. I don't believe anything happened to any internal engine parts...
many powertrain cylinder misfire error codes!!!!!
Hi there. From the description you have given, there are multiple concern that require diagnoses. Most importantly are why the engine has misfires and cooling fans inoperative. The misfiring cylinders and exhaust smoke could be caused by a head gasket...
Car is burning coolant very quickly, no leaks in the system
If you are loosing coolant and had it tested without any leaks identified then you may have a head gasket leaking or a heater core leaking. Look at the exhaust to see if you see any white smoke indicating...
Car hesitates while accelerating, check engine light on all the time
The Check Engine Light going on and off is most likely caused by an engine misfire. The intake manifold could be leaking vacuum when it is cold, and sealing up when the vehicle warms up. The engine running poorly...
Issues with the unlocking doors using a remote
Try to use another remote to see if the problem happens still with that remote. Sometimes the remote button sticks and only holding the button will allow the other buttons to work. If another remote is being used, make...
The RPM stays high for a while after the car stops
There is a technical bulletin to reprogram the engine control module for the high idle for more than 10 seconds when the engine is cold. The reprograming should be done by the dealer and should fix the problem. The bulletin...
The car won't go into gear while running, makes a grinding sound
The clutch may not be disengaging. This would need to be checked by having the car in gear and clutch in then start the car to see if the car wants to move forward. Do this test when you are...
car surges when idle or in park. rpm bounce. car has cut off, but cuts back on.
It sounds like your idle air control valve could be failing. The idle air control valve is responsible for maintaining the proper amount of air into the intake while the vehicle is slowing down to a stop and resuming idle...

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