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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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I got a diagnostics back from firestone as I went to get my oil change. I was told the belts were soaked with oil from an oil leak
Hello, thank you for writing in. The belts are designed to be clean, dry, and tight. There are no products or aftermarket sealers that will keep the oil from negatively impacting the drive belt. With that being said, you may...
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SMELL BURN OIL RATTLING SOUND WHILE DRIVING 30 MPH
The odor of burning oil may be due to an oil leak onto a hot engine part such as the exhaust manifold. If the leak is at the valve cover, distributor o-ring (if equipped) or a like point that is...
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How much to replace intake manifold gasket on 1999 chevy astro van 4.3 engine?
On your model, it probably takes around 4 hours to replace both the upper and lower intake manifold gaskets but if you have rear A/C it is somewhat longer. A gasket kit is necessary because other gasketed parts are removed...
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2012 chevy cruze lt 1.4 valve cover vacuum leak. waiting on parts in the mail.
It is possible to temporarily seal air (vacuum leaks). Any method that best creates a seal can be used. In particular, RTV sealant which is flowable can be used to seal a non moving crack so long as the surface...
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Theres a leak next to the blower motor
If the leak occurs around the time that you are using the air conditioning, and the leaking fluid appears to be clear water, that could simply be a/c condensate. However, if you have a leak without use of the air...
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Sometimes it doesn't want to start , shakes bad , low idle , maintenance required light
Of course, be sure any required maintenance has been performed. YourMechanic can assist with maintenance. For example, if the spark plugs have not been replaced as required that alone can cause the hard starting that you are reporting. Other causes...
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I have a 2012 Infiniti QX56 and went through exactly what this person did with the truck going to the dealer in perfect order and
A/C systems that are leaking will function up to a "threshold", that is a minimum level of refrigerant charge, but once the charge drops below that threshold the system's low pressure cut off switch will shut down the compressor. The...
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I've got a 04 Sebring leaking oil out of the bottom of the head and there's oil on the plugs. The coolant and oil have not mixed!
The oil leaks should be pinpointed in a leak diagnostic. If oil is leaking at the head gasket, the head has to be removed but prior to placement of a new gasket the head and block have to be very...
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I noticed oil leaking under my car and followed it back to my power steering...im not a mechanic and stuff like this is mildly for
If you suspect that power steering fluid is leaking, please request a leak diagnostic and the responding certified mechanic will pinpoint the leak, estimate the repair and commence the repair right away if you desire. Leaks on these systems can...
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Loosing engine oil sometime 1 qt in 7 days. 2908 Bmw 328i. Average cost to repair?
Hi...there are many, many averages that apply here because it is not known exactly where the source of the leak is. Just as a for instance, if the leaking oil is coming out the front crankshaft seal, and there are...
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Can I temporarily fix a burnt exhaust valve seal on my 2002 Subaru Legacy
Hi there. If you have a failure in one or more valve seals then that can cause the engine to burn a lot of oil. If this is the case then the valve stems need to be replaced and possibly...
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I was putting in the alternator and then after I had all the bolts tighten down all that I heard a hissing sound and then the freo
Your vehicle has R134a refrigerant. If you weld on a system that has any remaining R134a refrigerant in it, combustion of that refrigerant WILL create poisonous gases that will injure or kill you. Indeed, the firefighting instructions for R134a fires...
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my mechanic said there is water in my sparkplugs car won't turn on just sounds like spinning 1999 galant
If there is a coolant leak into the cylinder(s), or externally down the spark plug tubes, such a leak would have to be resolved prior to running the engine, or attempting to diagnose a non-running engine. If you request a...
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Water leak on the leff rear floor, 2000 buick lesabre it has 26000 miles
If there is no perforation in the sheet metal, due to rust for example, leaks like that you are describing are due to failed seals. Water can travel, so it takes a bit of tracking (back tracking) to find the...
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The power steering fluid leaks from my car very quickly.
A large leak, such as that you are describing, will be easy to pinpoint. Causes of power steering leaks vary from the mundane (a simple failed return line hose; no big deal to fix) to the somewhat more complicated and...
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Is there a way to stop a leak in my 1994 Honda Accord.
Hi there. Your leak can be coming from a number of places. If the fluid is really clear it is more than likely coolant. Most of the time a coolant leak comes from the radiator, one of the hoses or...
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I had my oil pan gasket replaced and car is still leaking oil
Hello, thank you for writing in. An oil leak like this can be tricky. First know that the oil pan, by design, is the lowest component in the oil system, so that gravity will collect the oil in the pan...
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Engine stutters then check light comes on at startup
Exhaust leaks can cause the check engine light to set. If you have an exhaust leak, it should be repaired because carbon monoxide is deadly. You can have the source of the leak identified, and repaired, by requesting an exhaust...
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If your crank shaft oxygen sensor is out what does your car do?
The oxygen sensor is mounted in the exhaust system piping. The sensor is easily tested. If the sensor is defective, gas mileage will be somewhat reduced and the engine will not perform well. Oil in and around the spark plugs...

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