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Noisy lifters
Hi. Noisy lifters can occur for a number of different reasons. The most common being low or old oil or a poor quality oil filter. If the oil filter is restricted or if it is full of debris, then the...
Vacuum leak
If a vacuum leak occurred right after the carburetor was replaced then the gasket underneath it was not installed properly, is missing, or the vacuum hoses were not installed correctly. Prior to removing the carburetor I would double check the...
Truck stutters when climbing long inclines
The motor is probably shot. It sounds as though the head gasket is blown, allowing coolant into the engine; when that happens, all you can do is replace the engine or rebuild it. I would recommend taking it to a...
Truck idles, but then dies
Hello. If it starts and runs fine when you adjust the timing and then turns off right after you accelerate then the timing may be changing right then. It may be a distributor problem, or more commonly, a failing timing...
Radiator hose pops off
The cooling system would need to be opened to see if, when the engine is cranked, the combustion of the engine is pressurizing the cooling system, and blowing off the hose. The head gasket may be blown. I recommend having...
Problems starting ignition switch
Thanks for writing in about your 1994 Nissan Pickup. I'm trying to picture how the oil pressure sender wires come into all of this. The wires on the starter and starter solenoid should be tight enough that you can't move...
Stalls when hit gas
This sounds like it could possibly be a fuel-related problem for your 1991 Nissan Pickup. I would want to know what the fuel pressure is by testing with a gauge. I also recommend doing a compression test to verify good...
Stalling in between gears
Hello. Thanks for writing in about your 1997 Nissan Pickup. My suggestion is to get it back to whoever did the timing chain and make sure that it was done correctly. It may actually be a timing chain issue (off...
Cutting out stalling skips
That sounds like your truck has a misfire. I hope someone has used a scan tool to check for diagnostic trouble codes and followed up on those results. If the spark plugs have been checked/replaced (and same with spark plug...
Plug leaking fluid
Coolant expansion plugs can leak in two different ways, they either corrode through or the surface between the plug and the block/head surface develops a leak. In either case, however, the plugs cannot be re-used. The coolant expansion plugs must...
Car starts, dashboard lights flicker, air conditioning shuts off
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 1993 Isuzu Pickup. It sounds like a bad ground in the instrument panel circuit. Looking at the wiring diagram, I see the AC heater control panel and instrument cluster share the same...
Oil burning off 1 1/2 quarts every 200 miles
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 1994 Isuzu Pickup. For your vehicle, minimum compression is 114 PSI and all cylinders should read within 70% of each other. So, according to your results, compression is good. My guess is...
Truck won't start after battery replacement
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 1995 Isuzu Pickup. You said you hear it trying to start, which means to me that it is cranking but not starting. If the engine cranks normally but doesn't start, the cause...
Check Engine Light comes on after starting pickup
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 1992 Isuzu Pickup. A professional will have the correct equipment to read OBD1 codes. Retrieving the diagnostic trouble code(s) is the first place to start when diagnosing your vehicle. Increasing RPMs changes...
Driver has to gas engine to prevent shutting down
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 1993 Isuzu Pickup. If you're getting 26 mpg in a 23 year old truck, that's as good as it gets. As far as the stalling out, there are many potential causes. Since...
Recommendation about most reliable pickup trucks
Toyota is the most dependable. I remember seeing a '99 Tacoma with a 4-cylinder engine and standard transmission. It had 800,000 miles on it and it was still running pretty good. They make solid trucks. There is no arguing about...
Intermittent startup problem
One of two common issues could be the case, assuming the battery is holding its charge: The ignition switch itself: the ignition switches on the Tacoma are known to wear out over time. The starter: taking a...
Occasional problems with starting the truck
Toyota Tacomas are notorious for ignition switch issues, or it's possible a starter issue. Taking a voltage check at the starter while cranking will let you know if the issue lies in the starting circuit or the starter itself. Be...
The truck cut out suddenly
Code P0722 is an output shaft sensor code for the transmission. While that may be an indication of an issue, it would not cause the truck to just quit. A catastrophic failure of the fuel pump, ignition system, or engine...
Bumping noise when not moving
This noise or sensation can be caused by the slip yoke on the drive shaft. If there is not enough grease in the splines of the yoke, it will bind as the driveline geometry changes from under load to a...

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