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During spirited driving, power cuts out on hard left turns
Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing can commonly be caused by a weak fuel pump, or a fuel pump strainer. If the fuel pump is the original it may have weakened over time, and has become unable to provide the...
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When braking, front goes right and rear goes left
Hi there. I would check the suspension components first. If they are worn out then this will occur. If they are fine then you need to make sure that all of the tires have similar wear. Any different tires will...
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Car uses quart of oil every 2 days
Hello. If you are losing oil that fast it is because you have worn out piston rings or valve stem seals. Adding a little oil to the cylinder during the compression test will help you narrow this down. If the...
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Carbon fouled #3 and computer shows misfire on #3
If the car is running fine then it will more than likely have an exhaust leak. If the engine is starting to run a little rough again then it may have a valve issue in that cylinder. I would usually...
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Battery connected backwards and won't start
Hello. Most of the time this is caused by a failed main fuse. If the fuses have been replaced then it is more than likely a bad module. In most cases the engine control module will fail when the battery...
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Loud metallic clicking noise from engine
Hi there. If there is a grinding noise when trying to crank the engine then most of the time it is caused by the starter failing. If the starter gear is not engaging correctly then this will occur. It is...
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Car turns off
The problem sounds like your alternator has stopped charging the car. This will cause the car to have weak electronics like what you are experiencing. Have the charging system double checked, and if verified as the fault, replace the bad...
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Oil on hood release
If a gasket was recently leaking motor oil and it is now leaking oil again, the best option would be to reattempt the repair with a new gasket and clean the mating surfaces of the two parts a little better...
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Why does my car shake at 60 mph
The tires, tie rods, and rack and pinion are the most common areas to look at for a vibration in the front end. The tires may be out of balance or have a stop leak inside one of them. The...
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Engine won't start
A number of things can cause a crank / no start condition. First, you must check for the basics. Is the engine getting fuel? If not, the problem could be a bad fuel pump and/or bad fuel pressure regulator. ...
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Odometer is registering too many miles
Hi there, thanks for writing in. You should first check to see if your tires are the same size as the tire size in the door of the car. If you are using the wrong size tire, then the mileage...
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I'm interested to know if the little belt next to my alternator breaks on my 2001 Chevy prism will I still be able to drive it. It
Hello. It would appear that your vehicle is equipped with a serpentine belt. That is one belt that drives all of the engine accessories. If your vehicle is equipped with an engine that has a separate AC belt, then yes,...
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Speedometer stick and jumps
Hello. Your Geo utilizes a speedometer cable (rather than an electronic sensor and wiring) to communicate speed from the transmission to the speedometer cluster. Given your mileage, the cable lining has probably deteriorated and the cable should be replaced. If...
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May be harmonic balancer pully.
Hello. I will help you relative to your question about operating a car without a harmonic balancer. Your supposition that damage could or will occur if you operate the car without a harmonic balancer is correct. If, however, you are...
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Hard to shift, shaky clutch, started smoking
Hi there, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to help. The leak is most likely from the clutch slave cylinder. Look in the clutch master cylinder reservoir and see if it is low or empty. If it is, then...
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My tail lights and dash lights stay on when I turn the key off
Hello there, many faults will cause your 2001 Chevrolet Prizm to have the dash lights and tail lights staying on when the vehicle is turned off. The most likely cause would be the ignition switch or a wiring harness faults....
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Why doesn't my door open from the outside?
To determine what exactly has failed, it will be necessary to remove the inner door panel and look to see what part(s) have actually failed. The most common failures, when an outer door handle quits working, is a broken door...
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Car won't start
This may be related to many different possibilities, some of which may be related to a lack of spark and some of which may be related to a fuel delivery problem or a combination of both. For example, if the...
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My brake pedals feel really low
This may be related to your brake booster failing or potentially a vacuum leak in the braking system. Your braking system works on hydraulic pressure that is maintained through a series of processes that create this hydraulic pressure that begins...
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i want to know whether my car has a clutch or not
It does not matter what kind of transmission you have since both an automatic and a manual shift transmission have clutches. The difference between the two types of transmissions clutches are the manual transmissions has a dry type clutch disc...

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