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The Check Engine Light is on
Hi there. There are a lot of things that can cause the Check Engine Light to be illuminated. A flashing check engine light is a sign of serious trouble. If the light is not flashing, then I would use a...
After shop replaced my starter on 330ci bmw, my car is in limp mode
Hi. More than likely there is a fuse blown causing the car to be in limp mode. This could have happened when they reconnected the battery or when things were removed to get to the starter. The shop will always...
Dash board lights are all on
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. For all of the indicators that are lit up on your dash could be that the vehicle does need all the problems fixed or it could just be needing a reset. To reset...
My alternator reading that the solenoid is bad when I took it off and took it to the shop they did a test on the alternator in the
Hi. There could be several things going on here. The battery for the car could be going bad or already is bad, causing the alternator to read low voltage. The battery needs to be tested as well. The fuse for...
Smoke and possible oil leak after having oil serviced
Hi there. Since you drive the vehicle so little it can still be residual oil. It can take some time for it to burn off, especially if it pools up when it is spilled. If there is no oil left...
Car cranks slowly when it is hot, but cranks normal when the engine is cold
It sounds like your starter motor could be overheating. If the starter overheats, this can cause it to malfunction. I would recommend having your starter inspected and replaced as necessary by a certified mechanic. Once you have a new starter,...
Car been sitting in garage for over a year. Bad starter.
Hello. There are quite a few things that you should do. The extent to which you do them will depend on need as you prioritize it with the budget you have. After replacing the starter, you will also want to...
My car shakes sometimes at a stop light, reduced engine peeformance and just recently went into limp mode also check engine light
It's hard to tell without doing some further testing. This sounds like a misfire. A misfire can be caused by several components. It would explain the "limp mode", the shaking, and the Check Engine Light. Misfires are caused by...
Codes P0171 and P0442 - is it a gas cap issue?
Hello. These "small leak" codes can be very frustrating! Both of these codes (P0171 - lean condition, P0442 - small evaporation system leak) are the result of an air leak in the engine's air intake system. Causes can be leaks...
engine is shaking - 2006 BMW 325i
Hello. This may be a sign of a failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve is located on or near your intake manifold that monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being...
The car has no power, the ignition relay keeps making a clicking noise, and the car won't start
I suspect you have a dead (or very low) battery, a failed alternator, and an electrical circuitry problem as well. It may be hard to tell which came first if there is wiring damage already. The clicking you hear is...
Radiator fan running max
The issue you are having is either an electrical issue, or it is a cooling problem. The first step to take is to have the vehicle scanned for diagnostic troubleshooting codes. If the computer detects an issue, you will see...
Intermittent failure to respond to throttle
Hello - wow, an older classic! Your 300TE utilizes Bosch Continuous Injection System (CIS) which varies fuel pressure more dynamically than more contemporary injection systems. I would suspect fuel pressure is the problem, both for the inability of the engine...
Frequent dropping in coolant level
This can be caused by a number of things, such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know, the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...
Car reads "Pressure Control Valve 3V". I believe it has to do with a solenoid.
Hello. I would need to know some more information about what you car is doing to be able to help with a diagnosis. If it is giving a pressure control code then most of the time this is caused by...
Starter or cables
It is quite possible this may just simply be a dead battery. The starter typically will give some kind of warning sign prior to completely failing out of nowhere. In some cases this is also misdiagnosed as a failing alternator...
Oil consumption
The white smoke generally suggests you may have a blown head gasket. When this happens, the cylinder head gasket fails to seal off the combustion chamber as it should which causes oil to leak into the coolant system and water...
Oil evap and low engine effiency
Hello and thank you for your question. First, oil does not evaporate, but rather oil burns if there are no signs of leakage. Oil consumption is a common thing to see in engines. There are 3 things that will cause...
Hello, I just bought a 2007 BMW 530i and wanted to get a feel for how much a transmission replacement would cost?
Hello. A transmission replacement for that model of vehicle will likely cost a few thousand dollars, including the cost of labor to install it. At the moment YourMechanic, does not currently offer engine or transmission mechanical services. For a repair...
Car is not starting battery is good and can hear the turnover
Hello there, Many faults will cause your 2008 BMW 328i crank, but not start. The first step would be ruling out the battery with a load test, this will tell the charge and battery output, indicating if it is able...

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