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Why is my key not coming out of the ignition unless I disconnect the battery?
Your issue is very likely related to a component called a "shift lock". It's a switch placed by the shift lever that only allows the key to be removed if the car is in park or neutral. This switch has...
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My car is shaking and the engine sign is blinking.
Shaking or vibration may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below the normal...
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Vehicle Overheating
Hi There, Overheating can be caused by a few different issues, such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, clogged radiator or possibly a bad coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the...
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My Check Engine Light is on and my engine misfires
Hello there. Many common faults could cause your vehicle to have a cylinder #2 misfire. The most common faults are the spark plugs, spark plug wires, coil, fuel injector, a vacuum leak, or low compression in the #2 cylinder. Given...
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Oil light on and off.
Hi There! This light will usually come on when one of two things are happening. Either the motor is in fact low on oil or the oil pressure sending unit is not working properly and may be producing a faulty...
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Will not idle, takes several tries to start
Hi There, Although it would be tough to say what the problem may have been previously without having looked at the vehicle, your current problem with the vehicle struggling to idle along with trouble starting sounds like you may have...
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My car is shaking when I am not driving but still.
Hi There, Shaking or vibration may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below...
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does defective ball joint affect the operation of alternator?
Your ball joint will have nothing to do with the alternator at all. The ball joint is part of the lower control arm of the vehicles suspension and steering. The alternator is mounted on the engine and is used to...
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i have 3 code on my car P0431, P0174, P0305
Noise in exhaust systems occurs due to leaks as well as internal failure of the baffles in the muffler or resonator. So, just because there are no leaks, doesn't mean the exhaust system will be noise free. An [engine/exhaust noise...
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Is the pricing below fair? And can I drive the van?
The pricing sounds a little high to me, but prices will vary among service stations as they advertise different labor rates and have different part price markup guidelines that they follow. Many service stations may mark parts up a fill...
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I have weak battery that caused me to have to be jumped every couple times started. Now it wont turn over at all. Is it starter
Hello. You are correct. There is a very strong chance that the starter has gone bad. If the solenoid is serviceable and you want to attempt to change only that, and you may be able to prolong the life of...
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Wondering whether I can use prestone 5050 antifreeze coolant instead of fl22.?
While the green coolant or "safe for use in all vehicles" type coolants may be less expensive than what is in your cooling system, I HIGHLY recommend you do not mix them. Different coolants have different chemical properties. They can...
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Car start high idle rpm like 2000 then put in gear it cuts off
This may be a sign of a faulty MAP sensor. The Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor senses engine load and generates a signal that is proportional to the amount of vacuum in the intake manifold. The engine computer then uses...
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Won't shift warm
Hello. There are multiple things that could cause such transmission slippage. A more frequent cause of transmission slippage is low,old or contaminated transmission fluid. There is a transmission control module reprogramming procedure available from the Mazda dealership. I suggest that...
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bent rear passenger side axle.
Hi there. The noise that you are hearing on the front of the vehicle is the control arm bushings are hard and need replaced. If you need further assistance with your control arm bushings, then seek out a professional, such...
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Can a bad fuel pump cause overheating and loss of coolant.
Hello. We will be happy to help you. The coolant system and the fuel system are unrelated. If one is malfunctioning it will not have an effect on the other one. The fuel pump is also not belt driven, I...
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engine fan noise
The engine should always operate in the "normal" range as shown on your temperature gauge. If the temperature is too high, shut down the engine as overheating can have disastrous consequences (costly repairs). If too low, that is not an...
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Hi. I o I've got various codes to do with air flow to the engine. I changed all spark plugs and the main air sensor with no result
Hello, and thank you for writing in. There are several air intake and exhaust sensors that your codes may be pertaining to. Without the actual codes to help diagnose the problem it is difficult to tell. There are air intake...
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Cylinder #4 misfire
Hello, As you know, the code related to misfire #4 means that cylinder #4 has a misfire, which can happen for many different reasons such as imbalanced air/fuel mixtures, a faulty injector to that cylinder or possibly an air leak...
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No Start
Hi There, Assuming you are referring to DTC code P0174 indicating bank 2 is lean, this can be cause by a few different things which may also cause the van not to start as you describe. A short list of...

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