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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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ALoud whistling noise
Hi there. In most cases, this problem is caused by power steering fluid that is low, or a restriction in the flow of power steering fluid. This type of noise can also be caused by a loose serpentine or drive...
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Car runs ok, but when I put a timing light on all the wires, on on on off off on on etc.
Hi there. Check the spark plugs and see if there is any burned spots. If the spark plug tips are white and looks like they are corroded, then the spark plugs are fouled out and need replaced. If the spark...
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Hood up or down when changing wiper arm?
Hi there. If you are unable to remove and replace the wiper arms on your vehicle due to the hood getting in the way, you may have to remove the hood to take the wiper arms off. If you need...
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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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Charging system failure.
This may be a sign of a weak battery, a failing voltage regulator or failing alternator. As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while...
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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 or potentially have a clogged transmission fluid filter prohibiting the flow of transmission fluid properly. This impacts the transmissions...
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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...
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Running light ground wire
The easiest place to find a ground it to connect it to the body on the inside where the harness comes inside the trunk area. You could also use the same ground as the brake lights are using.
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Turbo 350 involved in flood
Hi There, I would suggest having the transmission flushed as there may be remnants of water that may have worked into the internals of the transmission, which will eventually cause problems with hydraulic pressure. I would suggest also having all...
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1996 Buick skylark makes whirring noise when I accelerate seem to come from somewhere under the dashboard?
There are a few things this might be, however the one item that can be suspect under the dashboard may be the fan blower motor. Although, it's power is not directly correlated with engine RPM or acceleration, it can tend...

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