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If the overheating problem was not resolved with the new radiator and thermostat then it is not safe to drive the car simply because overheating will damage the engine. If, however, the overheating problem was resolved with the installation of...
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Check engine light. Motor knock
Hi there: If the VVT solenoid is sending false data to the ECU, it will illuminate the check engine light after an error code is created. In order to determine what is causing the engine knocking noise, you'll need to...
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Why doesnt my brakes work?
Hi there. Driving at highway speeds with the parking brake on most likely overheated the rear brakes, damaging the wheel cylinders, and possibly boiled the brake pedal. That burning smell was from the brake shoes. There is also most likely...
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Car shut off while driving, smoking (or steam) from right side under hood, strong burn smell, check engine light on until next day
Hi there: It's very difficult to diagnose exactly what type of damage may have been done to your 2003 Honda Civic during the overheating issue without physically inspecting this onsite. It is possible that the head gasket may be damaged,...
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My car will crank but not start - 2003 Honda Civic
A number of components can cause a crank/no start condition. The engine control unit (ECU) is going be the first place to look for engine rotation. If the crankshaft/engine speed sensor is faulty, the ECU will not send a signal...
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Car went low on oil and now Check Engine Light and engine shaking
Well, a blinking Check Engine Light (CEL) is often more serious than a "steady" light because that typically means the engine is misfiring. You can't drive a misfiring engine very long without causing additional damage. The good news is...
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Is it illegal to remove the stock steering wheel for an aftermarket one in Illinois?
Since this involves something that is a matter of a safety, we are not allowed to definitively comment on whether or not this would be illegal. You will need to check with your state's transportation safety department with regard to...
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Radiator fans come on but very briefly. 5 seconds at the most. The car overheats when I get off the highway.
The first thing is to make sure the cooling system is indeed full. When the heat turns cold, this could be an electric problem or there could be an air bubble in the cooling system. A low cooling system can...
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Resevoir Tank Over Full
The coolant can be over filling the reservoir for a couple of reasons. Always start with the simplest options first. One of which will be a failed thermostat. You can bench test this by submerging the unit in hot and...
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My car blows white smoke out of the tailpipe.
A puff of white smoke from the tailpipe can be caused by a few different things. If you have ruled out the possibility of a bad head gasket, then the next most probable cause is as a result of the...
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Car jerking when slowing down
This is a common symptom of a dirty or failing idle air control valve. As you know, the idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at...
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My car heater will blow hot air and drive fine for 30 minutes then my heater blows cold air and my car overheats
Hello. With the recent repairs that have been made to the vehicle, there is only one main heating component that you have not looked into. This would be your heater core. The heater core is responsible for pulling hot coolant...
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When accelerating, it sounds like a card is stuck in the bicycle spokes.
Hello. Ticking noises that are related to engine speed are often a sign of valve issues. You will want to start by making sure your oil is full and in good condition. If the valves are clean and undamaged, they...
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To repair or not repair?
Hi there. I can certainly understand and appreciate your concern. The highest priority on your list should be safety related items, followed by potential failures, then any maintenance. What I suggest you do is weigh the cost of the repairs...
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Wiper working partially during winter
Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing are often caused by a faulty wiper motor. The wiper are operated by an electric motor that actuates back and forth to move the wipers across the windshield. It may be possible that the...
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Check Engine Light. Trouble code P0141 appears but all sensors are new. Engine still stalls.
Hello. Depending on why the Check Engine Light is still coming on would determine if it is safe to drive it. If you are getting codes related to the oxygen sensors and the catalytic converter then you may have the...
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My car is vibrating and making a noise - 2002 Acura EL
Hi there. I would first check for broken or weak motor/transmission mounts. This problem could allow the engine/transmission assembly to "squirm", changing the angles the CV joints and axles have to deal with. Worn CV joints could also contribute to...
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My car brakes are spongy
When replacing a master cylinder, it should be "bench bled" before installing it in the vehicle. This involves filling the reservoir with fluid, connecting rubber hoses to the brake line ports and placing the other end in the fluid reservoir,...
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Faulty gas gauge or sending unit?
This is a problem likely related to your fuel tank sending unit. This is a small float type component inside your fuel tank that measures the level of the fuel inside the tank. As the fuel level drops, the float...
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Possible clutch issue?
Hi there. From the description you have provided, I do not believe the inoperative clutch is an electrical issue. The hard to shift into gear and clutch pedal staying down once depressed, leads me to believe, it's a failed clutch...

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