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Coolant leak visible from driver side of engine.
Hi there. The leak that you are seeing could be from a coolant hose that is either loose or split. Also the coolant leak could be coming from a core plug (freeze plug). The best way to track a leak...
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Red Generator light and squeal at start. After stop, won't restart.
Before condemning the alternator, have the drive belt checked to see if it is loose from a stretched belt or worn belt tensioner. If the belt is loose and slipping on the alternator, the alternator will not be able to...
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Starts missing after it gets warmed up.
Hi there, It sounds like you may have a faulty idle air control valve or potentially a faulty MAP sensor. The IAC valve is activated when the car is warm and helps the engine cope with loads on it during...
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Squeaking brakes
Hi there: In most cases, squeaking brakes are caused by excessive brake dust that builds up on the caliper and rotor. Sometimes simply washing your brake rotors with a high pressure hose will brake-up the dust and fix this issue....
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Replaced all engine mounts but steering vibration still there. When at a stop with the gear on D or R, and not P or N
Hi. This problem sounds like a misfire or rough idle problem, which should be illuminating your Check Engine light. First thing to do is check for problem codes for any guidance they can provide. Most likely, this behavior is due...
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I have BMW Z3 with not knowledge of the service history for the past 9 years. Car has 130k miles. What needs to be checked and done on the car?
Hi there. Perform a 75 point safety inspection on the vehicle and make sure that all of the safety features to the vehicle are in good condition. Then check the condition of the coolant, belts, and tires. Then if the...
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plymouth duster 70' engine swap
While we at Your Mechanic do not perform engine replacement or swaps, I can tell you some basics. Considering you are looking to install a 2004 Ford engine in a 1970 Chrysler product, there will be an extensive amount of...
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My steering wheel feels loose.
Loose feeling to the steering system can be caused by a number of components. A worn steering stabilizer can be one of them. Other components like tie rods and ball joints can also cause a loose steering feel. As they...
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EGR valve is open when cold and closed when engine hot
Hi there. Usually this situation is caused by an EGR valve that is dirty and needs to be cleaned. This component recirculates unburned fuel particles (carbon) from the exhaust and back into the intake manifold to be burned a second...
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My car has an oil leak and a gas smell, could this be an emissions issue?
The oil leak may or may not be relevant. But if you are smelling gas in the exhaust, something is probably making that side too rich. It could be a misfire, but you would have misfire codes for that. It...
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No fuel to cylinders
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a fuel pressure or injector problem resulting from dirty or clogged fuel injectors. In the case of low fuel pressure, the system may not be primed well enough to get the proper...
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Have you come across any major problems with 2012 Volvo XC70. In looking at a used 3.2L with 61,332 miles. Will there be a lot of
To evaluate the wisdom of a used car purchase you should do three things: 1) Input the year, make and model into the NHTSA database of consumer complaints and read about other owner's experiences have been with the specific year,...
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Squeaking brakes
Hello there, squeaking brakes can be caused my many different faults on your 2008 Volvo XC90. The most common causes are the improper brake pad material. There are two different kinds of brake pad material that are common, semi-metallic, and...
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Heard a loud bang when I turned on my car yesterday. 2007 Volvo XC90
Hi there - this is highly unusual behavior, and should be checked out immediately. Check for problem codes, even if the Check Engine light is not yet on. This is a misfire condition due to an over-rich condition, possibly due...
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Put the key in the ignition and the car will turn on, but the steering wheel will not turn...Locked in position.
It sounds as though the locking pawl is jammed in position. Sometimes that can happen if there is a side force on the steering when the lock is engaged. If the car is parked against a curb, or if the...
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Steering Lock
Hello. Thank you for writing in. The first thing we need to know is if the steering wheel is actually locked. Does it spin freely to both sides? If not the wheel is locked and you do need to unlock...
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Car shakes violently after a few minutes of driving
This may be a sign of a clogged catalytic converter. As you may already know, the catalytic converter converts toxic exhaust gases into less harmful pollutants that are suitable to be expelled into the atmosphere. When this is clogged, this...
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My car stopped while driving and wont go into gear
Hi there. What seemed to happen is transmission may have broke a something inside it like a thrust bearing or a drive sun shell. This is common for the transmission to do on normal driving as the vehicle ages. I...
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I have a 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 and I believe the Serpentine Belt has gone on the vehicle and now the car wont even start before
Hello, thank you for writing in. The issues you are having may very likely be related to the serpentine belt failing. Typically they break, or stretch out. It should be easy to see if you were to open the hood....
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Does my car need new brake pads and rotors?
Hi there: In most instances, if the brake pads have not fully worn out, the rotors will not suffer scarring or pitting which typically means the rotors need to be surfaced or replaced. However, it really depends on the damage...

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