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Car engine races intermittently and at start.
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Replaced alternator new, replaced fuel pump new, filter new, relay and regulator and it still will not start? Why?
If the car starts when you use a starting fluid as you say, then it's clear your engine is not getting fuel. Fuel pressure is of course important, and is easy to test with the right equipment. I Know you...
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Variable valve actuator fix for 2006 Mazda 3.
The best fix is to replace the variable valve timing solenoid on the engine. But before you replace the solenoid, change the engine oil and filter and see if the noise lessens or goes away. The solenoid is activated electronically...
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Crankshaft not spinning freely 1997 Ford Ranger
Hi there - this engine is allegedly NOT an interference engine. Translation - if the timing belt breaks, or isn't present, it should not be possible for the valves to contact the pistons, and cause a lack of rotation as...
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Ignition
Hi there. Unfortunately, we're not able to post images in the Q & A; which is why purchasing a service and repair manual for your Honda Odyssey would be very helpful in explaining how the ignition system works and is...
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Experiencing shift shock from 1-2 and a little from 2-3 when car is cold.
Hi there. It really depends on the terms of your purchase as to what I'd recommend. If the vehicle is under warranty then it's best to let the dealership make the repairs. However, if it's not, it would probably be...
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Hello, I just got my front lower ball joints and control arms replaced today, but I am now experiencing a tinking sound.
The most obvious possibility is damage to the CV joint during control arm replacement. In your application, the CV joint and boot will be impacted unless precautions are taken when the ball joint is separated from the steering knuckle. Indeed,...
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High idol
More often than not, a high idle is caused by a damaged idle control valve or a vacuum leak somewhere on the engine. To diagnose this issue, have a professional mobile mechanic come to your home and complete an engine's...
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My car seems to have a hole in one of the hoses. Car keeps misfiring and idling up 2005 Mazda 6
Hi there - your misfire symptoms suggest an air leak in the engine intake system. This could be an air inlet hose as you suggest, a loose or leaking gasket in the manifold or vacuum hoses, or cracked component which...
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My truck isn't idling right and is burging a lot of gas
Code 12 will always flash when checking for codes. With the engine off, there is no ignition pulse so Code 12 is normal to see. Code 34 has to do with the MAP sensor. Manifold Absolute Pressure. It's basically a...
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How many hours would a control arm pay to replace
Hi there. Quotes cannot be generated via the ask a mechanic portal. Your request is being forwarded to customer service. Please have your vehicle make, model, year, mileage, and VIN readily available. Your Mechanic has several available technicians that can...
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Brand new rebuilt engine - gets hot quick, high idle. 1986 Volvo 245
Hello - it sounds like your distributor was installed 1 gear cog off from where it should have been to allow for adequate "timing adjustment" motion. Pull the distributor, and re-install one cog "more advanced" to give you more adjustment...
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My truck runs but if you shut it off when it's hot it won't start until it cools
Hello, You have covered many of the typical culprits of this kind of problem, however you may also want to check the mass air flow sensor to be sure it is clean and working properly. A malfunctioning MAF sensor can...
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fuel system help
Hi there. There are three items you haven't listed that my be the source of your hard to start issue. First is the crankshaft position sensor. This typically is the leading source of the type of issue you're describing. It...
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When vehilcle gets to 60mph or more it sputters / (small backfires) in the exhaust along with increased valve clatter, heating up.
It sounds like the engine is getting starved for fuel above 60 mph. I would first try and test for any codes in computer and then if no codes then check fuel pressure to see if it is normal. If...
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No drive or revere
Hi There, There are a number of things that may cause this to happen. The fluid pump may be broken or the input shaft could be stripped. The torque converter may have a broken roller clutch inside. A clogged fluid...
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P1035 trouble code
Hi There, I would suggest looking to other possibilities that may contribute to the O2 sensor producing a bad reading such as a failing mass air flow sensor (causing too much fuel to be introduced to the motor), bad fuel...
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Engine compression 1989 Volvo 740
Hi There, A failing manifold gasket could certainly contribute to a problem with the engine starting, however this would not necessarily go away when it warms up since it would be a constant leak into the intake system, which would...
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coolant replacement
Hello. The radiator cap for your particular vehicle can be purchased a part store like Advanced Auto or AutoZone. The radiator cap should cost about 8 to 15 dollars. The Duralast and Dorman radiator cap listed at AutoZone should fit...
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Transmission 2000 Honda Accord
Hello - given your advanced mileage, it is likely the harsh 1st to 2nd shift is a worn out 2nd gear clutch pack . This clutch pack catches the worst wear and use conditions of most any component in the...

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