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My car sputters and the Check Engine Light starts flashing after it rains.
When the Check Engine Light flashes, this can mean that the catalytic converter may be flooded with fuel and that a fire hazard exists. Because your car is sputtering, I believe this condition exists for you. When a car sputters...
Terrible squealing upon cold start and for a few minutes while driving afterward.
Hello. The noise you are hearing is that new serpentine belt sliding and skipping on the pulleys they are driving. This is typically caused by the belt being loose, or a pulley refusing to turn freely. Your vehicle is equipped...
I would like to add a supercharger
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. When it comes to beefing up an engine, a supercharger is a good way to do so. When deciding on what supercharger you would need, first you need to know is that your...
My Dodge Neon is misfiring on cylinder #4. The Check Engine Light is on, code is P0304.
A misfire can can also be caused by a vacuum leak, a wiring problem, a faulty fuel injector, a bad electrical connector, or any number of other causes. It would be best to pull the codes that are causing the...
Replace the battery and now the car turns over but will not start.. no spark ..key seems to have lost programming
Hi there. Replacing your vehicle's battery, should not have affected the vehicle's security system operation. Assuming there was nothing shorted, during the battery replacement, would rule out a fuse related problem. This may require a scanner to access the vehicle's...
Car won't stay started - 2006 Kia Spectra
Hello. This may be caused by a failing voltage regulator. As you know, this is a unit that monitors and regulates the alternator charging of the battery. When this is not working properly, it may overcharge or undercharge your battery...
My car just stopped one day and it doesnt move at all and wont lock into gear
Hey there. The first thing to check is the transmission fluid level. All of the shift activity on this gearbox utilizes hydraulic pressure under solenoid control. Another possibility is a failed pump drive (from the torque convertor). If this is...
What causes the ignition relay fuse to pop when key it's turned to the start position
Hello - You likely have a shorted coil or ignition module. One of the ignition components is pulling too much current blowing the fuse. Check the coils and ignition module for shorts or other conditions drawing too much current. I...
Thermostat gauge reads in the middle.
The temperature gauge should go up to about the middle when the system is working normally. If the gauge is reading anywhere near the middle of the gauge it is not overheating. The gauge does not have numbers on the...
The car idles and stalls in cold weather conditions only, or if i don't heat it up all the way in cold weather conditions.
Hello there. Many common faults will cause your 2012 Mazda 3 to idle poorly and stall in cold weather. The most common faults would be the coolant temperature sensor, stuck open thermostat, radiator, water pump, MAF sensor, or a wiring...
Waterpump location and replacement - 2002 Ford Focus
The water pump is located on the front of the engine and is driven by a belt driven pulley that is turned by the crankshaft. Common signs of a failing water pump include coolant leak at the front-center of your...
My car wont start, ECM issue
Hi. I think the best thing to do with this situation is to replace the motor and get the proper radiator for the car. If the ECM has a fault or has gone bad completely the ECM will need to...
Car won't shift into 1st gear.
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. From what you've described, you'll need to check the adjustment of the cable. The cable may be too short, not letting the transmission engage 1st gear. If you need a diagnosis with your shifting...
Gear takes a while to change from reverse to drive
Hello. You don't specify the mileage on your Focus, but the symptoms suggest low internal hydraulic pressure in the transmission (despite the recent fluid and filter change), or a weak forward clutch pack. If you would like to have this...
My car will not stay charged
Hello. It sounds like something in your car's electrical system is continuing to use power after the vehicle is shut off. This problem can be diagnosed with an ammeter. After shutting the vehicle off, connect an ammeter to the positive...
Remove a wired tracking device
These trackers are typically what they call "plug-and-play" type devices and can usually just be unplugged if you know where it's located. Depending on how it is connected, it should be simple to remove. If you are unsure about how...
My heat and AC do not work - 2003 Volkswagen Beetle
It sounds like the blend door may be stuck. The blend door is usually controlled by a cable or an actuator. If the switch itself seems to be hard to turn, it is likely cable driven and experiencing a restriction....
recently driving home and went around a corner and my steering became like manual steering..... was out of fluid then replaced ..e
Hello there, you have a few faults going on with your 2003 Mazda Protege5. If there was no power steering fluid in the system than there is a leak somewhere causing the lack of fluid. Putting power steering fluid into...
There is a shudder on take off and vibration while accelerating - 2013 Ford Focus
Hello there. Many possible faults can cause your 2013 Ford Focus to vibrate upon acceleration. From your description, it sounds like you are describing an engine misfire. Misfires can be caused by many issues, but the most common are spark...
I put a penny in place of a fuse, tried to start my car and now it wont start and makes a grinding sound when i try to start it
Hi there. Putting a penny in place of a fuse, not recommended, replace with the correct fuse. The fuse is there, to protect the circuit. If the fuse blows, there is a short to ground. The grinding sound, when you...

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