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Ticking and white smoke
Hi there. Overfilling the oil can cause issues, but in most cases it has to be an extreme overfill. Often leaks can develop along with noise and smoke. Worst case scenario, it can cause mechanical damage to the engine. The...
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Car making rattling noise
Sounds like you might need new struts. Struts perform the same function as shock absorbers. When they go bad, a dull rattle sound can be heard when going over bumps or uneven roads. The repair usually entails replacement of the...
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PCV problem?
Hi, thanks for writing in. It is possible the PCV is not flowing enough to clear the engine of all the bypass of the combustion process and the excess will go into the air cleaner on some engines. The air...
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Starter had died
If the vehicle doesn't crank it could be the starter, battery, or ignition switch. If your headlamps come on when commanded, it's not the battery, if the headlamps dim when cranking, it's not the ignition switch. Always check connections for...
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Clicking sounds from the rear left end
When a vehicle makes a clicking noise while driving, the most likely cause is either a bad wheel bearing or a failed CV axle. For either, it can be a little difficult to determine which side exactly is making the...
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Engine unresonsive when the gas is pressed for the first time
Hello there. When a vehicle has trouble accelerating, it should not be driven until it can be repaired. This fault could leave you stranded at the worst moment and is not safe to drive. The most common cause of this...
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AC works well briefly, then blows warm
Hello there. A few different things can cause the AC to shut off after a short while. The first being an overfilled AC refrigerant. When this occurs, the pressure in the system rises too high and causes the AC to...
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Car vibraitng at 80 mph and over
Hello there. A few different items can cause the vehicle to have a high speed vibration. Most of the times these symptoms will start at 65mph or normal freeway speeds. The most common causes of this vibration includeL wheel(s) out...
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Car has little vibration. I wonder that is problem cause of power steering wheel fluid or other reason.
Hello. If you have a vibration in the steering, it more than likely has nothing to do with the power steering fluid. The pump would make noise if it needed the fluid also. If it vibrates when hitting the brakes,...
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is250 vsc and traction amber lights showing
Having the codes erased does not fix the problem. The codes are for a problem with the systems indicated and are used for diagnosis. Have the codes retrieved again but do not clear them. The codes and stored data can...
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Air conditioning works, but during longer trips it becomes weaker and weaker.
First thing to do is check the refrigerant charge level, typically via gauge (high and low) pressures, although note that gauge pressures do not perfectly coincide with what is intended to be the factory specified amount of charge (measured very...
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Car pulling to the left
Hello. It sounds like some damage was done to the suspension parts on the passenger's side. In this case there are several parts that will need to be replaced. This parts include: the strut, inner and outer tire rod, knuckle,...
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My engine light came on code shoed P0037 its a Lexus is300 is it just changing the o2 sensor?
P0037 is an oxygen sensor code referring to bank 1 sensor 2. This is the right hand side of the engine and the second sensor on that side. The code may be caused by the catalyst on that side or...
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Car wont start after replacing timing belt but I know timing is spot on. What could it be?
Hi there, thanks for writing in. Well if the car ran before you did the timing belt, but now doesn't run after, I am or course going to say that the likely scenario is that the timing is off. Make...
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My car is not getting power and it's hard to change gear from 2nd I think I need a new air filter.
Hi there. It is very possible that your vehicle needs a new air filter and spark plugs. When you inspect the spark plugs, take a good look at their wires. Are the boots and wires in good condition? It's also...
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Cheap sports car
The Miata is a good choice. They are fun to drive, there are many clubs for them and performance upgrades are readily available. Their small size makes them easy to work on; they are quite simple. The Eclipse is...
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Is the 2002 Lexus is300 with manual transmission a good car and why?
This is a relative question depending on your zip code and supply and demand for cars of that type in that area. Kelly Blue Book complies comparative sales of specific cars of a given type with specific options and compares...

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