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Do I need gap insurance?
Gap insurance is designed to cover the difference between what is owed on the vehicle (your car loan) and what the insurance company may pay out in the event of an accident or loss. Any example might be a situation...
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Replaced crankshaft sensor and timing belt on 05 kia optima lx after. Kia engine kept stalling cutting off now its still not running
Hello and thanks for you question. Your vehicle could be having an issue with the alarm system. Sometimes when the engine's crankshaft position sensor fails and the ignition switch keeps on being turned to try to start the vehicle, the...
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Can a cracked evaporative canister affect my air filters?
The cabin air filter should be replaced every time you have an oil change. This keeps the air in the cab clean at all times and keeps the AC and heater working in good condition. The filters are not a...
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Car battery - 2015 Kia Optima
I would assume that your vehicle is still under warranty, and a bad battery may be covered. I recommend checking with the dealership you bought the car at. If you aren't having any trouble starting your car and it is...
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How safe is it to drive my car if I need a flexi coupler replaced
It is not safe to drive it at all with a loose steering wheel, as you could be putting yourself in grave danger if you are not able to steer your vehicle out of a possible crash. I recommend having...
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Car will start but will not idle good
Hello. An idling issue can be caused by many different parts on your car. I would need to know if this occurred before you replaced all of these parts or if it occurred right after. If it was after then...
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A small crack on passenger side of windsheild will it pass inspection
I am not quite too sure of the West Virginia inspection regulations and it would be difficult to tell without actually seeing the window. However, in Missouri, lets say that you have a very dirty windshield and you spray the...
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Car making loud noise and won't go
Hi there, The clanking noise you have described while turning, was most likely, the axle shaft cv joint making noise. Now, given the vehicle makes metal hitting noise, won't go when put into drive or reverse, and moves when in...
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Loud humming noise coming from the right front tire.
Hello there, many different faults will cause a humming noise from the front tire of your 2008 Kia Optima. The most common would be a failing tire, wheel balance, wheel bearing, dragging brake pad, sticking caliper, or a CV axle...
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Are red headlights illegal?
Hi there, Yes, this is true. It is indeed illegal to have anything but white or blue headlights. Red is meant to indicate the back of a car. Yellow is for marker lights, including turn signal lights. It is conceivable...
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Car stalling
Hi there: In most cases, when you have difficulty putting gasoline into the tank or issues starting the vehicle right after a fill up, it's caused by a problem with one of the EVAP system components. This system is designed...
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Car stalled while driving - 2006 Kia Optima
The first thing you should always do in a stalling situation is have the computer scanned for diagnostic troubleshooting codes. This will give you insight to any electrical issues the computer has detected. Lets start with the steering wheel problem....
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How can i disable the anti theft system, the light keeps blinking?
Hi there. Aftermarket alarm systems can create problems, typically from poor installations. The vehicle's wiring harness is usually tapped into and removal of the alarm system is more than just pulling a fuse. Most aftermarket alarm systems are installed under...
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Rubbing noise coming from the front driver's side tire. What could be the problem?
The wheel hub bearing could be getting noisy or the scraping noise could be caused by the brake pad material. The most common cause of such noise is when the metallic material in the brake pad makes a scraping noise...
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No start fuel pump not priming during key on sequence also tach is not moving when cranking
Its doubtful that the crankshaft sensor is to blame. The crankshaft sensor is used by the powertrain control module (PCM) to determine injector pulse and ignition timing, not fuel pump operation. The camshaft sensor is used to computer fuel injector...
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How do i remove the core stem if there is no core ?
Hi there. This depends on what valve core stem you are replacing. If you are replacing the valve core stem in a wheel, then all you need is a valve core stem remover tool for a tire. However, if you...
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Shark fin issues on the optima.
Some of these "shark fins" are just for aesthetics and others may be the antenna for the radio and gps if applicable. These units can be ordered fro the dealer and installed either at the dealer or by a third...
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How can I tell if it's the throttle body or the transmission at fault?
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Check the fluid to the transmission, and look at the color of the transmission oil and see if it is red or dark red. If it is dark red (varnished), then change the oil...
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How do I keep my car doors from locking automatically?
If your vehicle is equipped with an LCD display, then while the car is parked and with the ENGINE START/STOP button in the ON position or with the engine running, press the TRIP button for more than 2 seconds. The...
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I got sound when I shift to 3rd gear and it's get hard to put shift to second gear when car is in 3rd gear.
Hello. It sounds as though the synchronizers in the transmission, which are used to adjust transmission internal gear speed when upshifting or downshifting are possibly worn out or you are shifting a bit too fast. It is also possible that...

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