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Car is putting
When a car is running rough, it usually comes down to a cylinder misfire. Cylinder misfires happen when there is a problem with the ignition, the fuel system the intake system, or the exhaust system. I would have your rough...
Rear differential
Firstly, you will need equipment to safely raise and suspend the vehicle while working under it. A transmission jack or similar to support the exhaust (original system is 1-piece front-to-back) and the differential itself for removal and re-installation. Torx bolt...
after changing battery in car key wont turn in ignition
Try moving the steering wheel back and forth while turning the key. You should try this before continuing on to anything. If key still does not turn then you should try another key. The ignition should turn if it was...
Interior lights quit working
Hello. There may be a problem with the combination switch or a headlight switch. It is also possible that there is some damage to the wiring of the dashboard, interior lights, and fog lights. I suggest that you have an...
Whistling sound when accelerating from a stop
Hello. There could be a vacuum leak in the intake or intake gasket. The breather tube from the air filter box to the intake could have a leak in it as well, which may cause the noise you are hearing....
Stiff steering wheel and gas pedal, engine shudder
Hello. The power steering pump, power steering lines, and/or steering gear could be faulty or have a leak. The problem you are having with your accelerator pedal being hard to press could be due to a throttle cable that is...
Turn signal comes off ocassionally - 2000 BMW 328Ci
Hello. It sounds like you have a problem with the turn signal switch or the socket that the turn signal bulb goes into. If there is a problem with the fuse, it usually causes a problem that is not intermittent,...
I press the gas pedal but the car isn't getting gas. The engine doesn't rev up.
Good question. I want to go through a few steps with you and hopefully find your problem and save you some time and money. If you find the issue during steps, then ahead and fix that fault and you should...
How to start the car again?
When you try to start the vehicle, a small amount of fuel is injected into the cylinders to promote fast starting. Sometimes what happens is that with multiple attempts at starting, the vehicle essentially floods itself to the point that...
Instrument cluster dead.
Hi, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to help. BMWs are notorious for odd electrical issues being caused even by something as simple as a weak battery. I recommend to start tackling this issue by having the battery tested....
My a/c intermittently blows warm and cold air.
It is possible that your blend door actuator could be failing and going back to the default position. Many vehicles will default the blend door to heat mode. When the blend door actuator fails, it will automatically revert the door...
Alternator went bad within a 24 hours of installing it
Hi there. It definitely sounds like you may have received a defective alternator; it does happen. Also, have the battery fully charged prior to installing to prevent damage to the new assembly; there is usually a tag attached to new...
On a 1994 c280 the wheel stud plate is stripped. Is there any way I can fix that?
Hello, thanks for writing in. With a good tap & dye kit, you may be able to re-tap the threads. However, if this is not done properly, you run the risk of making the bolt hole too big and will...
How to fix my draining battery
Hi there. There are a few items that you might want to have checked out that may be causing the battery to drain prematurely. The first is the alternator. The alternator is designed to power the vehicle's components once the...
The ABS light, emergency brake light and traction control light are on along with the unresponsive speedometer
Failure of one or more of the wheel speed sensors will cause all of these conditions to happen all at once. The wheel speed sensors and the DSC control unit will need to be checked and fault codes read out...
My 1999 BMW blower comes on whenever I put keys in the switch and turn the motor on.
Hi there, thanks for writing in. If this comes on right when the car is turned on, then most of the time it is caused by a bad blower resistor module. This module fails internally and causes this to occur....
Hole in my radiator hose
Unfortunately, we do not keep handy the pricing information of other service facilities. However, the best way to get a quote for services with Firestone would be to look up a shop near your area and give them a call....
Car overheating
There are a few possibilities of what may be causing your overheating issue. Since you just replaced the water pump, it is possible that the cooling system may need to have some air bled out of it. When servicing the...
I tried to back up out of a parking but it didn't move.
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. It sounds like the transmission low and reverse clutch has failed. This will prevent the vehicle from going into reverse and cause a stumble into drive until the second gear has been engaged....
If I replace the cooling fan clutch, will it make my fan quieter?
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Look at the fan and unplug the harness. Spin the fan by hand and see if the fan blades are hitting the shroud or radiator. If the fan blades are not hitting anything, then...

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