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Code p0505
For the P0505 code, you should make sure that the PCV valve is clean or you should have the valve replaced. The throttle idle valve should be removed and throttle plates and IAC passages cleaned out. Make sure there is...
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I was driving my car home when it started to lose power and the RED OIL CAN Light flashed for about 5 mins . The car stopped and
A flashing oil light is typically a sign that either the oil level is low, or the computer has sensed a lack of oil pressure. I hope it isn't the case, but usually when an engine starts to lose power...
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Car won't start
Whenever a car won't start, it's important to differentiate between a crank no start and a no crank. It sounds like you have a no crank because you are testing the starting circuit and you have replaced the battery. In...
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Steering wheel vibrates while braking.
The people you talked to were all correct in a way. With an unbalanced tire, you will not feel the vibration at slow speeds. You will only feel it once the vehicle gets faster. It sometimes goes away with increased...
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Drive belt broke what cause that problem
You should have the accessories all checked to see if they move freely and are in alignment. Replace the belt and recheck for any problems. The drive belt tensioner may be the cause and need replaced. If you'd like some...
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Vibration when driving
Smoking usually occurs when one of the pulleys seizes and the belt continues to slide across it, to the point of heating up and burning. If one of the various engine pulleys, such as the [water pump])https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/water-pump-replacement), the alternator, or...
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Can I go to a trip through the state with the following problems with my car?
You should ask the shop that gave you the estimate since they quoted you to replace the transaxle. The transaxle problem may be something that could leave you stranded and cost thousands of dollars to replace this part. The car...
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Exaust smell coming through car vents, especially when idle. Engine has a clicking noise since having the spark plugs replaced.
From what you've described it sounds like there may be a loose spark plug. This would cause both of the issues you are describing. The clicking is the exhaust gas escaping through the spark plug hole, which also allows this...
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My car will not start - 2003 Toyota Matrix
Hi there. Unfortunately, once there is oil and coolant mixed, there is the possibility of a cracked cylinder head/block or a blown cylinder head gasket. This is a serious condition as the internal damage generally snowballs into worse; the main...
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My car dashboard will not light up
This usually means that there is a short in the circuit board for the instrument cluster. The instrument cluster has a circuit board in it that houses the lights for the instrument cluster. The computer sends information to the circuit...
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MY car use to jerk at 700 and at 500 rpm it will quench. Injector, cam camshaft sensor, and spark plugs have already been changed.
Hi there. When the engine was washed off, water could have gotten into the air box and onto the air filter causing the engine to suck up some water when it was started. This could have caused the engine to...
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Fuel Pump shuts off when filling
This is likely related to your EVAP emissions system and something called a purge solenoid. The EVAP system prevents fuel vapors from the fuel tank from escaping into the atmosphere. The EVAP system collects and temporarily stores the fuel vapors...
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Does head gasket sealant work? 2003 Toyota Matrix
Hello - the use of "sealing" products is a bit of a religious discussion. Some swear by them, others swear at them. Yes, they will sometimes seal a small leak, although head gaskets are less likely to stay sealed due...
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My car has a low idle and will stop at lights or stop signs
Hello. The symptoms you describe can be caused by a few different things. A few other possible causes are issues with the idle air control valve, with the transmission, or with the throttle position sensor. The idle air control valve...
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Leaking head gasket
Any type of head gasket sealer is only recommended to be a temporary repair in most cases. I see some claim to be a permanent fix. I do not believe any of these any of these sealers will seal permanently....
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ABS brakes grab (driver front) upon stopping.
Hey there. As you know, your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS system which is controlled by the car's ECU. When...
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When I turn ON the Heater The Radiator Fan turns ON too and make the car engine cold could you please tell me the solution the fan
Hi there. Is the climate control set to defrost on the windshield? If so, this still engages the ac compressor and turns the radiator fans on. What is the current coolant level? A slow coolant leak may leave a trail...
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Car turns on and off. The brake and the steering wheel gets harder.
Hello, thanks for writing in. The P0171 is an indication of a lean mixture, which can be caused by an air leak in the intake (as you were advised), a borderline engine temp sensor reporting a warmer engine temperature than...
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If my car tempertaure gauge goes all the way to hot and stays there for a while even after replacing the thermostat , does the gas
Hi there: If your Toyota Matrix is still overheating, it's possible that the head gasket is damaged. It could also be due to a faulty water pump, air bubbles inside the coolant lines or obstruction inside the coolant lines. It's...
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Differential Fluid Service
The Matrix was offered in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. If your vehicle is front-wheel drive, then it only has a front differential. If it it is all-wheel drive, then it has both front and rear differentials. However, the...

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