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repairing broken camshaft damage

If you replace the block and heads, it is normally recommended to replace the internals of the engine as well. If the camshaft is the only thing that has broken, it is possible that the camshaft and lifters could be...

Car hard to crank ignition switch is bad but will eventually start buy only idle loose power when in drive eventually crank but lw

Hello, thank you for writing in. The ignition switch, if failing, will cause the vehicle to run poorly and be difficult to start. If you know the switch is bad, start by having it replaced. If the problems continue to...

Anti-theft system activates and car stalls

Hey there. If you have a "chip key", try replacing it and re-programming to recognize the new key. Sometimes the keys will develop faults. If it is not the key, there is a specific Diagnostic Procedure for this issue in...

Brakes go all the way to the floor - 1998 Buick Skylark

To eliminate the possibility of air anywhere in the hydraulic braking system, you can bleed (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/bleed-brakes) all wheel cylinders (calipers) even if you have worked on only one. Start with the longest brake line and finish with the shortest line....

My transmission is shifting gears extremely hard.

Hi There, Generally, when a transmission shifts harshly as you describe, this indicates that it may be low on transmission fluid (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/transmission-fluid-service) or potentially have a clogged transmission fluid filter prohibiting the flow of transmission fluid properly. This impacts the...

Owner is told car's stalling is phantom problem

Hey there. You cannot operate a motor vehicle on public roadways if you know for a fact that it stalls unexpectedly. So the first order of business is to STOP driving the car especially given the two frankly lurid examples...

Car self-accelerates intermittently

Hello. The odor of oil is merely coincidental to the symptoms you report. Any vehicle of that vintage is going to have multiple oil leaks unless the engine has been re-sealed or re-built. Just be sure the leak is not...

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