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How to Repair a Leaking Car Radiator
The radiator is the start of your car’s cooling system. Coolant from the engine travels through tubes in the radiator. These tubes are surrounded by fins designed to direct airflow. The air...
The Best Tool to Eliminate Air Bubbles
Air bubbles can form while mechanics perform service on coolant systems. A vacuum coolant filler helps eliminate this problem to avoid serious damage.
The Best Tool to Find Coolant Leaks
Diagnosing a car issue can be a tricky without proper tools. A coolant pressure tester is useful for diagnosing overheating issues and coolant leaks.
How to Diagnose and Repair a Faulty Windshield Washer Pump
The role of your vehicle’s windshield washer pump is to take the washer fluid from the reservoir and circulate it through the tubes to the car’s windshield washer nozzles. The...
How to Check Electrolyte Levels in Your Battery
Part of what makes a modern battery work so effectively is the ‘wet cell’ design they utilize. In a wet cell battery, there is a mixture of...
How to Find the Source of an Oil Leak
Oil leaks are a very common problem that affects many car owners. Virtually all modern engines use some sort of oiling lubrication system, and a compromise in...
How Long Does a Vacuum Hose(s) Last?
Most car owners fail to realize just how important air flow is to the running of their vehicle. Nearly every system on your car requires air flow in order to function properly....
How Long Does a Transfer Case Output Shaft Seal Last?
The transfer case output shaft seal is located on the transfer case of vehicles with four-wheel drive. This transfer case allows you to switch between two-wheel drive, neutral, to,...
Is it Okay to Drive With Fluid Leaking?
No. Do not drive your car if fluid is leaking. Depending on the type of fluid that is leaking, you may be able to drive home from your location, or it may...
How Long Does a Universal Joint (U-Joint) Last?
For most rear wheel drive cars, a driveshaft is needed to ensure that the tires turn as they should. The driveshaft works by taking the power from the transmission and transferring it to...
How Long Does a Front Output Shaft Oil Seal Last?
For those who operate a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle, there are a number of important parts that are necessary. The front output shaft oil seal is one...
How Long Does a Timing Cover Last?
A timing cover protects parts such as the timing belt, timing chain, and gears inside of your vehicle. They are made from either plastic, metal, or a combination of synthetic materials....
How Long Does a Valve Cover Gasket Last?
Among the most important parts of any engine is the oil that is contained within it. There are a variety of moving parts that depend on the oil for lubrication. The...
How to Find and Repair a Brake Fluid Leak
The vast majority of passenger vehicles on the road today use hydraulic brake systems to operate their brakes. Most braking systems use brake fluid, pressurized through a sealed system, to...
How to Use Engine Block Sealer to Repair a Head Gasket Leak
Head gasket leaks occur when engines overheat and can be costly to repair. Engine block sealer can be a quick and easy alternative for minor cases.
How to Diagnose a Fluid Leak
If you see fluid leaking from your car, it's a problem. Determine where the leak is coming from, what type of fluid it is, and the best way to fix it.
How to Troubleshoot and Replace a Leaking Valve Cover Gasket
Valve cover gasket leaks usually start when not much oil leaves the engine. It should be repaired before it causes serious damage and costly repairs.
How to Find the Source of a Coolant Leak Faster and More Accurately
Keeping a good coolant level in your car is necessary to avoid overheating. If you think there is a leak, find where it's coming from to fix it.
How to Quickly and Accurately Find the Source of an Oil Leak
When it comes down to car fluid leaks, oil leaks are among the most common. Degreaser and U/V leak detector kits can help you find the source.

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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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Leak in my cooling system
Hello there, many common faults will cause a coolant leak in your 2002 Saturn. Without knowing your exact make and model I can only provider general advice. Coolant leaks can form in almost any part of the system. The most...
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Rough idle when in drive..but idle is fine when in nuetral or park
Hi there. Check for vacuum leaks on the engine. A small leak will cause the engine to stumble when the rpm's are low, like in gear on automatic transmissions. Look around the intake manifold for the gaskets being broken. Check...
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Just replaced fuel pump now my car smells badly like gas?
Hello. You are smelling gas because there is a gas leak. Fuel leaks are the #1 cause of engine fires. The only option is to find the leak and repair it. Did you change the fuel filter when you changed...
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Exhaust fumes in car
Hello. When you run the climate control, the vehicle takes air from around the engine and outside of the vehicle and uses it to warm or cool and cab. If there is any form of exhaust leak in the system,...
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Not sure if hose or water pump is the issue. Bad leak spraying coolant on belts. Could it be a hose or water pump?
Water pumps have weep holes, through which coolant can leak if the pump is failing, but those weep holes are are relatively small. Consequently, the leak is more likely due to a fairly large hole, or tear, in a rubber...
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Malfunction indicator (MIL) keep blinking
The check engine light is blinking most likely due to the engine is misfiring and the computer is warning you the engine catalytic converter may get damaged if you continue to drive it with the problem. You may have excessive...
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If the intake manifold has a huge piece broken off of it will the car still start then cut off ?
If the broken off piece is admitting unmetered air to the intake, then yes that will have the effect of stalling the engine. A big initial concern is be sure no debris gets in there because anything in the intake...
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Transmission problem affecting timing belt
The timing belt cover is an entirely separate section of the engine and should not have leaked as a result of the transmission control module going out regardless of the amount of shaking it may have caused. If the timing...
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Coolant leaking from driverside
Many coolant leaks will leak more profusely when the engine is running due to the amount of pressure that is built up as a result of the water pump circulating the coolant through the engine and the intense heat generated...
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High idle problem.
This may be a sign of a vacuum leak. A vacuum leak can be one of the most frustrating and difficult problems to diagnose. High idle speed is a common sign and stalling is another. Confirmation of an engine vacuum...
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Oil keeps dripping under my car, but I checked the oil and its full.
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. Check the transmission fluid to see if its low. Also, check the power steering fluid to see if its low. Either the vehicle is leaking oil from the engine, transmission, or power steering....
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My 2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Buer 5.4L is stalling and engine dies when I go to brake. Before when I would brake the engine rpm would go up.
Hi there. What is happening is there is a vacuum leak that is present during the braking time. The brake booster either has a vacuum valve leaking or a diaphragm leaking. When stepping on the brakes, the vacuum drops causing...
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Evap vent valve has oil coming from it.
Is the check engine light on for a problem with the evap system vent valve? The fuel tank may have been overfilled. The evap canister has charcoal inside and if the fuel was overfilled it may be coming out of...
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I have a leak in the coolant system that I have narrowed to I believe is the water inlet tube off of the lower radiator hose.
First off, I would say it would be best to pressure test the cooling system to verify where the coolant is coming from. With the complexity of repairs to the cooling system on this vehicle, it may be worth the...
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Antifreeze leak
The cooling system that is leaking and over 13 years old could be most any component in the system. The cooling system will need to be pressure tested to locate the leaks in the system. The radiators and expansion tanks...
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Oil fouls one spark plug - possible cause and recommendations to repair.
Hi there. If oil is causing the spark plug on cylinder number 4 to foul out every 600 to 700 miles, then the valve guide seals to that cylinder are damaged and need replaced. The valve guide seals prevent excessive...
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the back passenger floor gets wet nothing else, what is the cause and what to fix?
Hello. Thank you for writing in. The windows have drain tubes and holes that take trapped water from the windows and doors and channels it where it can drain. These drains can become clogged over time with dirt and debris....
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I smell oil burn smell in car. This started after my last oil change. What could it be?
Depending on how long ago your last oil change was, this may be the result of an oil leak or potentially oil that has dripped on the motor somewhere that has been heated up. This happens occasionally when changing oil...
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Burning oil
Broadly, if oil consumption exceeds 1 quart for every 1,000 to 2,000 miles that's when we start to refer to oil consumption as "excessive". Ideally, consumption should not exceed 1 quart in 4,000 miles or more. On your vehicle, before...

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