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How do I replace the crankshaft position sensor and where is it located on the engine?
In order to replace the crankshaft position sensor you have to remove the passenger tire and inner plastic fender to get access to the crankshaft pulley. The sensor is installed in the engine to the left of the crankshaft pulley....
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Gear shift lever not shifting out of park
Hello, the first thing to check would be the operation of the stop lamp switch. When you press the brakes does the stop lamp illuminate? If they do, good that tells you that the switch is good. Now if it...
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2002 S type tranmission hard to get out of park and have to pull all the way down to drive before you can get it in reverse
Hello. Most of the time, this is caused by a failing shifter, but it can also occur if anything was ever spilled into the shifter assembly. Most of the time, some liquid gets spilled from the cup holder and it...
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hesitation when accelerating and shaking when in idle
Hey there. A proper diagnosis at a repair shop is the only way to be certain. If the spark plugs have not been changed in 40,000 miles or more, the car would benefit from replacing them. But any number of...
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A/C not cooling in idle, only on high rpms
Hi there. This typically means that the fan itself has failed or there is a problem with the circuit. I usually start by checking for voltage supplied to the fan when the A/C is turned on. If there is voltage...
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Check engine light blinks and power restricted
Hi, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to help. The power restricted mode is a safety feature on many cars that the computer in the car uses to force the shut down of the vehicle in order to...
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I have a Jaguar S Type 2000. What engine can I put in my Jaguar?
The best engine choice for this vehicle would be the one that came with it from the factory. If the engine is bad, I would recommend getting a replacement engine of the exact same specifications from the manufacturer. This would...
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Grinding during shifting from third into fourth gear and reverse
Hello. There are some common issues with this car that will cause this. Most of the time, changing the oil in the transmission will help. If the fluid does not fix it, then it can be a failing clutch, as...
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The car shudders in the front end, during braking at around 75 mph
Hello. If all of these parts have been replaced and the problem persists, then you either have a bent wheel hub or there is a worn out engine mount. Both of these will cause this. I usually check the engine...
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Car shakes and the check engine light is on
Hello. If you have misfire codes on all of these cylinders, then the problem is much more in-depth. Most of the time when this occurs on one side of the engine, it is because the timing belt is worn out...
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Cruise control turns off randomly
It is possible the problem lies in the transmission, especially if there are output speed sensor or gear monitoring faults. Before repairing the transmission, make sure to check the battery and alternator. A weak battery or alternator can cause transmission...
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Bulbs burn out in left front turn signal
Before replacing the housing, try cleaning the socket and ensuring there is good contact with the bulb. Loose contact frequently causes this condition, but if the socket is damaged beyond repair the housing may need to be replaced. If you...
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Problem with the electrical system affecting all lights
All of these items are tied together by one common component: the front electronic control module (ECM). A faulty ECM can cause lighting and wiper issues. This module will most likely need to be coded to determine your VIN's specific...
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How do you remove ring on fuel pump?
There is a special tool used to engage the fuel pump locking ring for removal and installation. It can be found at most auto parts retailers. Depending on the model year of your S-Type and type of ring installed, you...
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Dash lights show doors open and trunk only opens with key button
Sounds like the rear electronic control module (ECM) is failing. This prevents the determination if the rear doors are closed, and also controls all of the trunk electronics. You can try a used ECM, but the hardware number and the...
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adding oil to full synthetic
Hello. There is no problem with you adding a conventional oil to your vehicle if it already has synthetic in it. The only thing that you need to make sure of is that you are using the correct weight oil...
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Need to change brake pads back and front
Changing brake pads is a good entry level job for a mechanic, but you can encounter some head scratching details from car to car. Here is an article on changing brake pads, not geared to any one type of car,...
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I want to replace the upper and lower hoses and thermostat
Hello. If the coolant is leaking then that needs to be found and repaired first. If it is from under the reservoir, then it may be the reservoir or it may be one of the hoses. Most of the time...
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Engine will not engage.
If the battery is weak enough, it is possible that it may have enough power to power the gauges in the dash, but not enough to engage the starter. This may also be related to a bad ground connection at...
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p0303, p1313, p0420. codes come up. no flashing and now signs. what do I do?
Hi there. Sounds like there are a few things going on. First the code P1313 means that the timing chain has jumped a tooth making the camshaft and crankshaft out of sync. The chain tensioner may need replaced if it...

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