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Car only makes clicking sound when trying to start. Lights come on, but doesn't start.
I would have the battery tested typically batteries only last about 5 to 10 years so if it is old they will no longer have enough power to crank the engine. I would recommend a technician look at your car,...
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Car only runs in cold, shutting off when it gets hot.
It sounds like you have an overheating issue. Some vehicles will shut off automatically if the engine reaches too high of a temperature. I would first recommend having a cooling system pressure test performed on the vehicle to make sure...
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Q: Battery good, but car won't start.
The battery may be bad to the point it cannot operate the starter but had enough power to run the radio or lights. The starter will need about 100 to 200 amps to turn it properly, but a radio or...
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Reverse gear not working in my automatic car
If the vehicle is having trouble shifting I would suggest having your transmission inspected by a knowledgable technician, such as one from YourMechanic, as there are many reasons why this could happen. I would first check to make sure that...
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Door handle sticking, not unlocking
The latch on the door is binding and would need to be replaced. The handle pulls on the latch to unlock and open the latch. The child safety feature on these early models had issues and only a replacement latch...
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Cranks lots of times before starting
It sounds like your fuel pump is not working properly. The engine is not getting fuel if it has to crank that many times and still barely starts. I would recommend getting your fuel pressure tested by a certified mechanic...
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Car will not accelerate while driving
Hi, is there any more information you can give us about the acceleration issue? These cars are known to have a slight hesitation when starting from a stop so it may be normal. Since the car is under 5 years...
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Transmission slips out of fifth gear, makes grinding sounds
This is possibly a transmission shifter adjustment issue (5th gear, non-engagement). The noise issue may be related, but it is potentially serious regardless. You don't mention what kind of "transmission problems" caused you to have the clutch repaired, but that...
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Q: Car cannot shift to reverse
It is possible this is caused by some dirt, grit, or other bit of trash in the valve body of the transmission. The valve body takes the mechanical selection of "Reverse" from the gear selector, and turns that into the...
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Is there anything that I can use to temporarily grease my CV boot for a couple days until I can buy more grease?
Hello. I am sorry to hear of your situation with the CV joint and boot on your 1991 Metro and will try to help you now. Typically, once the boot rips, the grease inside will actually stay there for a...
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I keep getting a cylinder 3 misfire code P0303. I have replaced the spark plugs and ignition coils and have had no luck.
Hello There, You may want to try checking things like mass air flow sensor, fuel pressure, injector connections/pulses, etc. Often times, when these components are not working properly or causing a lean fuel condition, this may cause a misfire...
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Piston return springs make noise
Without knowing what piston return spring you are talking about it will be hard to come up with a diagnosis for you. If you are talking about the rear brake return spring then you may have to have the rear...
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Q: cranks, but won't start.
If the vehicle was operating immediately prior to the repair work, and you suspect that the timing belt might be mispositioned, then yes valve timing would be the first thing to check. Once you verify the timing, if the starter...
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My Smart Fortwo has a misfire on cylinder 2. The spark plugs are oily and besides that the clutch actuator needs to be replaced
Hello, thank you for writing in. The issues will need to be evaluated before we can determine what the best plan of action would be. At this point, we cannot determine how long the repairs will last, or if they...
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Seeping rear right axle seal
Hello, thank you for writing in. Apologies for the difficulty in obtaining a quote. Smart Cars are a little harder to price out, and our website may not have been automatically able to do so. The average price range for...
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Coolant low, check engine on, rough startup/idle, no heat.
Hi there. Thanks for contacting us today. In most cases, what you are describing is an indication of either an obstruction in the heater core or a coolant leak near the heater core. You should see some coolant leaking near...

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