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I'm putting in a police interceptor motor from a Impala to a 2005 Monte Carlo but it has fly by wire

Prior to doing this work, you should confirm that the "new" vehicle configuration is certifiable insofar as Federal emissions law, that is if you intend to register the vehicle. Please see the relevant Federal EPA Engine Swap Guidance Document (https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/engswitch_0.pdf)....

Why wont my car start?

The click noise you hear is the starter relay working but it may not be sending power to the starter solenoid. You would need to try and replace the starter relay (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/starter-relay-replacement) that is clicking and see if it cranks....

Temperature sensor

Hi There, It sounds like you may have a faulty coolant temperature sensor (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/coolant-temperature-switch-sensor-replacement) which may be providing a false reading to the temperature gauge. When the car is cold, it relies heavily on the engine coolant temperature sensor. If...

My car has a coolant leak

Hello. The most common cause of a random coolant loss on this vehicle is a leaking intake manifold gasket (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/symptoms-of-a-bad-or-failing-intake-manifold-gaskets). It commonly starts leaking coolant into the engine, which will be burnt off or will leak externally. I typically do...

Check Engine Light

If your vehicle's check engine light (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/what-does-the-check-engine-warning-light-mean-by-spencer-cates) illuminates, there is a malfunction that should be diagnosed and repaired. If the check engine light is flashing, that means there is a serious fault, such as cylinder misfiring, that requires immediate repair....

Car won't start

Hi and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. It seems to me that there may be a cable detached from the starter when it was changed. If all of the cables are on the starter then I would check the fuel...

Car turns over but won't start

Hello. A crank, no start can be caused by a number of problems. The most common being a fuel system problem. If there is not a buzzing noise coming from the fuel pump when the key is first turned on...

Car only goes in reverse

Hello! The most common cause of your problem is a transmission malfunction or a pressure imbalance in the transmission. With these issues, the car is unsafe to drive until this is resolved. A qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic,...

Brake pedal goes all the way to the floor

A sinking pedal is often a sign that there is a leak somewhere in the brake's hydraulic system. Sometimes a problem of this nature may render a vehicle unsafe to drive, as braking systems relies on sealed pressure to operate....

Bad thermostat causing overheating

The vehicle will need to be pressure tested to see if the intake and/or head gaskets are leaking coolant. The thermostat and housing should be checked for leaks. If these checks are okay, then the thermostat should be checked for...

Why wont my car start?

You should try testing the battery (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-to-check-a-car-battery)first. Verify it's good and at least 75% charged. Because your car has a PassKey theft deterrent system, a faulty ignition lock cylinder (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/symptoms-of-a-bad-or-failing-ignition-lock-cylinder) can cause this on your '95 Monte Carlo. There should...

Traction Control and ABS lights on

Hello there! The illumination of these warning lights indicates a system shutdown because of some malfunction. Since the Traction Control and ABS systems share many sensors, the fault may have to do with a sensor that is tied to both...

Overheating

When you put pressure in the radiator you are only going up to about 15 psi, but when a cylinder fires, it puts out a lot more than the compression test showed at 125 psi. This is why you are...

Loss of power

It looks like there can be a variety of reasons as to why your Chevy Monte Carlo is losing power under acceleration. These reasons include a fault in the ignition system, low fuel pressure or even a vacuum leak being...

Car won't start

Hi there. Usually when you hear a clicking sound when you attempt to start the vehicle, it's because the starter motor won't engage. It's possible that when you replaced the starter, the starter relay that supplies power to the starter...

Car will not idle.

When dealing with an older vehicle such as this, the most common cause of a poor idle is a carburetor problem. Before condemning the carburetor, the engine should be inspected for any loose or leaking vacuum hoses. The ignition timing...

Car shakes when started

Hello, Having your car shake during start up is not a pleasant experience, to say the least. There are several factors that could lead to the symptoms your Monte Carlo is experiencing with shaking while starting. While the timing chain...

Car is not idling smoothly

Hello. This is typically caused by either a dirty throttle body (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-long-does-a-throttle-body-last) or a bad throttle position sensor (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/symptoms-of-a-bad-or-failing-throttle-position-sensor). I typically start by cleaning out the throttle body. That will usually take care of the problem. If it persists, I...

Battery died and was jumped, but will not stay running

You may have a couple of different issues going on here. This may be a sign of a weak battery, a failing voltage regulator or failing alternator. If the battery is weak but able to hold a charge, when starting...

Humming noise on left turn or curve but goes away on right turn or curve.

In all probability, a wheel bearing on the right side of your car is faulty, probably the front right wheel bearing. The reason that the bearing noise goes away on right turns (or curves) is during that maneuver the weight...

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