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When I turn the key, the engine jumps and shakes the whole car but it won't start.
Hello there. You have several different issues going on with your 2003 Nissan Sentra. If the white smoke was seen immediately after the valve cover replacement, it is likely the oil burning off of the plugs. If the car is...
Turns over but won't start, or starts for a few minutes and then dies. It dies while driving also.
Hi there. From the description you have provided, your vehicle's engine dying could be so many things causing the problem. Assuming the Check Engine Light is not coming on. It could be the fuel pump. A fuel pressure test could,...
My car will not turn over and the car is stuck. The lights and stuff will still come on. It's not the battery.
Hi there. From the description you have given, it's hard to determine whether it is the engine that won't turn or the key won't turn. If it is the engine not turning over. It could be the starter. The part...
I have deep, thick layers of tar on my paint.
The easiest way to remove bug mess and tar from your paint is to lay a pre-treated wipe over the affected area and let it soak. This allows the chemicals to soak in and saturate the tar. Try rinsing off...
Missing transmission part
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. There could be a park neutral position (PNP) switch missing from the transmission. There could also be a gear inspection cover missing on the transmission. Look at what part of the transmission is...
My car won't start - 1997 Jeep Wrangler
Hi and thanks for your question. It seems to be the ignition switch in your vehicle. The switch is cutting out all of the power. There could be a loose ground to the switch or the tumbler could have shorted...
Will the clutch out of a Mazda RX-8 work in a Ford Ranger
Hello. These vehicles have a completely different configuration when it comes to the flywheel and the clutch set up. They will also have a different spline count in the input shaft of the transmission. If you want a clutch that...
Throttle Body and fuel injector cleaning normal to do at my miles? Dealership saying I should do it.
It may be a good idea to have the throttle body and injectors cleaned at regular times but you do not have to have it done now unless you are having a problem with how the engine is running. If...
How much is a throttle body replacement on a 2004 Nissan altima
Hello. Most of the time, the throttle body will not keep the vehicle from moving in drive. If the throttle body was the failure, then the engine would either have trouble idling or it may lack power. I have an...
Floods bad when cold runs great when warms up
Hi. This problem is most likely caused by a faulty coolant temperature sensor, which is sending a signal to engine management that it is colder than it actually is. This causes engine management to inject more fuel than is needed...
Drive belt keeps popping off
The first thing to check is whether all of the pulleys are in the same plane. Imagine a flat surface applied up against the pulley edges. Do all pulleys touch the flat surface? If a pulley, for instance, on the...
Check Engine Light stays on with P0101 code. Has been reset several times in the last 1 1/2 years.
The P0101 code may be related to many other things aside from the mass air flow sensor such as: intake air leaks, dirty mass air filter, an open or shorted MAF sensor harness, or a poor connection involved with the...
Alternator wiring
Hey there. A Jeep Wrangler of your year has several wiring diagrams online if you are interested in finding a picture. The brown wire is essentially known the resistance wire. It helps in the communication between the computer and the...
Car won't start. Could a sensor be at fault?
With the limited information available, I can only assume that no testing has been done at this point in time. You will want to start by running a scan for codes. This will tell you of any electrical issues the...
I have a 2011 Ford Fusion that has a tap/knock while idling. Normal for this motor?
Hi there. Typically this is normal for this engine. The design of the valve train causes this engine to make more noise than a lot of engines, but it does not create any issues. The fuel injectors tend to also...
Which muffler should I get for a deep smooth sound?
Even with a different muffler, this engine will still have a high pitched noise like the one you are hearing. This noise is due to the valve timing changing. A muffler will be helpful in drowning out the other noise....
Permanent fix to steering wheel lock issue
Hello. You can indeed disable the steering lock system by removing the fuse, however you would need to get the vehicle started before doing so. The steering wheel lock system uses an actuator that moves back and forth to lock...
Should I idle my car if I do not use it that frequently?
Hi. The worst thing you can do is not drive it at all. By you driving the suv once a week should help you maintain the battery and keep the car in good running condition. If you drove it a...
My car runs rough at first start - 2012 Ford Escape
This may likely be due to an enrichment issue upon cold start. When your car starts in the morning when cold, the engine needs more fuel than it does when warm to start. This is controlled by an engine temperature...
Changing gears - 2009 Nissan Altima
Hello. There are a few common causes of this on your vehicle. Most of the time it is caused by an issue with the transmission fluid being old or contaminated or it may be a problem with one of the...

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