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Car makes knocking sound
A valve train issue usually sounds more like a tapping sound similar to a pencil tapping quickly on a desk. Depending on the engine, a vehicle with a 4 cylinder engine can have as many as 16 valves. If several...
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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 all wheel cylinders (calipers) even if you have worked on only one. Start with the longest brake line and finish with the shortest line. That's...
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accelerator to the floor cant go over 60 mph unless going downhill. no check engine light
It sounds like you may have a transmission issue. A worn clutch will feel like your wheels are spinning. The engine will rev up with no change in speed, when in gear. If acceleration is good through the first few...
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car accelerates like a full cement truck slow very slow
From what you've described, you could have clogged fuel injectors not giving enough fuel to the engine to produce power to go very fast. I suggest having the fuel injectors cleaned or replaced. The combustion chambers need to be cleaned...
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Heater core area leak
Hi, the heater core is typically hidden inside the dashboard, do you mean the radiator at the front of the engine? If the radiator is leaking fluid, the vehicle should not be driven as there is no way for the...
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Car starts fine, but won't shift into Drive
Hello. The only transmission fluid related cause that would account for your symptom is low fluid level. Be wary though of adding too much fluid which can cause other problems as the fluid becomes entrained with air. If the fluid...
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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...
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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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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...
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Charging system failure.
This may suggest a failing voltage regulator. The voltage regulator is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the alternator. When the voltage regulator is not working properly, this may result in the alternator allowing too much...

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