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How should I get rid of my junk car?
It depends on where the rust is. There is cosmetic rust which is meaningless and then there is rust on critical safety components, such as steel brake and fuel lines, or structural features like the sub-frame, engine cradle, springs, and...
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Car runs rough after it heats up.
Hi there. This sounds like there is a minor vacuum leak on the intake. Check the gaskets around the mounting surface of the intake. Check all vacuum lines coming off the intake and see if they are leaking or cracked....
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Q: Overheating
Hello. Heater failure and transmission issues are signaling that the cooling system is having a complete meltdown. Both of these systems depend on the cooling system to work correctly. Typically when the entire system is struggling there is a severe...
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Coolant leak from behind the intake manifold. 2000 Saturn SL
Hello - yes, this is one of the heater hoses, and a leak at that hose connection is the most likely source. I would recommend a heater hose replacement (for both heater and radiator hoses if they haven't been changed)...
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Q: Leaking antifreeze
The leaking coolant sounds like it is coming from the water pump in the front of the motor. With this much coolant leaking I would recommend not driving the vehicle until it is fixed. This engine is very prone to...
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Q: Transmission problems
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your transmission may be having some potentially serious issues. If the issues suddenly appeared after difficult shifting and a noise it could be possible that the transmission suffered some sort of...
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How can I check my ac compressor wiring connections
The first thing to do is go where the damage is. If a wiring harness has been struck by the serpentine belt, then you will have to open the harness and look for physical damage. That may mean that one...
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Car turns over but wont start like no firing...
Hi there. It's highly probable that your issue is caused by an ignition system component, such as a ignition coil, distributor rotor or crank sensor that is damaged. In order to know for sure which one is damaged, it's best...
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Q: Steering wheel locked key won't turn
Hi there. It's quite possible that the ignition lock cylinder is damaged. However, it could be an internal issue with the steering column that is causing the steering wheel to lock. I would recommend having a professional mobile mechanic come...
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The car cannot be started, engine jumps
I'm wondering how it ran last time you drove it. When you say it sounds bad when you try to start it it makes me think you may have a broken timing belt. That will make the engine crank at...
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Q: Overheating
Hi There, By removing the temperature sensor, you are removing the vehicle's ability to determine when the fans should come on and turn off. When this happens the car will not be able to regulate the temperature properly as it...
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Clutch issues 2001 Saturn SL1
Hi - I think your clutch disc is all used up, or has gotten oil on it, and you are due for a new clutch. It should not be slipping under a load like this of course. I recommend a...
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My steering wheel keeps shaking uncorollably randomly
What you are describing sounds like a problem with the rack and pinion gears. The rack and pinion gear set does two things: It converts the rotational motion of the steering wheel into the linear motion needed to turn the...
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New battery but my car just stalled and doesn't start now.
You may have a failing voltage regulator that could be allowing the alternator to supply too much or too little amperage to the battery resulting in the battery never maintaining a consistent charge as it is designed to. The voltage...
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Driving down highway bad random vibration front right tire starts to pull brand new tires
Hi Aaron. Thanks for contacting us today. A vibration like you are describing can be caused by a tire/wheel that is out of balance (which can happen even with new tires), a bent wheel, or if the vibration stops suddenly...
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Brand new battery. car won't start 1996 Saturn SL. Went to the store just fine. Go to leave won't start, made noise, now nothing.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first thing to check with your starting issues are the connections to the battery. Make sure the battery cables are clean, dry, and tight. From there, you will want to look into having...
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Won't crank, has new battery. Lights and power windows Work, dome light and radio do not
If the problem is simply no starter motor operation the fault is typically quite limited. With a fully charged battery that passes a load test, or a new fully charged battery as required, and the immobilizer (security) system off -...
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When I turn key to start lights radio and fan turn on but car won't start. A week before this happened when I turned ignition off
If the problem is no starter motor operation the fault is typically quite limited. With a fully charged battery that passes a load test, or a new fully charged battery as required, and the immobilizer (security) system off - check...
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Q: Oil leak
Hi There, It sounds like you may have run the engine a bit low on oil or may have an oil leak that is causing it to run low, resulting in the rattling sound you describe. This is likely valve...
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My axle moves side to side with a hard knock, what could cause this?
It is normal for axles to have a little bit of in and out play. Severe up and down play in an axle is not good however. Severe up and down play as usually related to transmission issues. Also the...

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