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How to Replace an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Control Solenoid
Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems are controlled by the EGR control solenoid, which is controlled by the powertrain control module (PCM).
How to Test a Starter Solenoid
Starter solenoids are attached to the starter. Test the solenoid with jump cables - when the solenoid fails, the car starter needs to be replaced.
How to Replace a Tailgate Lock Solenoid
The tailgate lock solenoid controls the locking mechanism on your trunk or tailgate and needs to be replaced if your tailgate doesn't unlock.
How Long Does a Canister Purge Solenoid Last?
The canister purge solenoid is part of the evaporative emission control system (EVAP) in your vehicle. A hose connects the canister purge solenoid to the charcoal canister and then to the...
How Long Does a Downshift Solenoid Last?
If you drive a vehicle that has automatic transmission, then it uses a downshift solenoid. In a manual transmission vehicle, you are changing the gears; however, in an automatic transmission vehicle it...
How Long Does a Shifter Interlock Solenoid Last?
Moving the gear shift from park to drive or reverse lets you move the car when you’re ready, but what happens if you bump the shifter accidentally and aren’t ready to...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Shift Interlock Solenoid
The shift interlock solenoid needs to be replaced if the vehicle cannot shift out of park and the battery is not dead.
How Long Does a Shift Interlock Solenoid Last?
Modern transmissions are much more advanced than they were only a few decades ago, particularly automatic transmission. There are many new features and designs on the market, ranging from ‘slick’ shifting...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Tailgate Lock Solenoid
Common signs include the tailgate not unlocking and the tailgate opening on its own without any buttons being pressed.
How Long Does a Tailgate Lock Solenoid Last?
If you drive a truck and more specifically if you drive a truck that offers keyless entry, then getting into your tailgate is both fast and easy. Part of what makes...
How Long Does an EGR Control Solenoid Last?
In order to help reduce the amount of engine emissions cars have what is called an EGR system, which is an exhaust gas recirculation system. The way it works is that...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Solenoid
Common signs include the Check Engine Light coming on, dirty engine oil, rough engine idle, and a decrease in fuel economy.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Switch
Common signs include a rough engine idle, the Check Engine Light coming on, and the engine stumbling when climbing hills or under load.
How Long Does a Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Solenoid Last?
One of the biggest concerns that most people have about their car is how it runs and idles. Most car owners fail to realize just how many different components have to work...
How Long Does an EVP Shut Off Solenoid Last?
The EVP shut off solenoid is the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) valve position sensor. With that said, it has a fairly important job to perform that will help ensure your...
How to Replace an Evaporation Vent Solenoid
Emissions are regulated in part by the EVAP vent solenoid which goes bad when your car fails emissions testing or has extra pressure in the gas tank.
How to Replace an EVP Shut Off Solenoid
An EGR valve is essential to the EGR system in your vehicle. For this valve to work, the EVP shut off solenoid must monitor its position and function.
How to Replace the Downshift Solenoid in Your Car
Downshift solenoids in your transmission give you a seamless experience when braking, and are important to make sure brakes always work properly.
How to Replace a Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Solenoid
Variable valve timing solenoids fail when the Check Engine Light comes on, fuel economy is reduced, there is a rough idle, or loss of power.
How to Replace a Canister Purge Solenoid
The canister purge solenoid prevents harmful vapor from releasing into the atmosphere. A faulty solenoid will not allow you to pass an emissions test.

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Automatic transaxle light and check engine light are on.
Hi there. Check the transmission fluid level and color. The fluid should be full when the engine is running at either cold or hot conditions. Plus the fluid should be red in color. If the fluid is dark red in...
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My car has had trouble down shifting. Usually starts after a few minutes of driving. Codes: P07A4 and P2701
Hi there. On your transmission there is an actuator (solenoid) for the Overdrive clutch. The code is coming as P2701 for the Overdrive clutch actuator (solenoid) not working and is your main cause of the transmission shifting issue. The code...
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My car has a diagnosis code of P1381 and needs a new VCT solenoid.
Sent billing question to CS for replacement of the variable camshaft timing control solenoid and an oil change.
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I have a 2006 h3 hummer, its blowing the 30 amp starter fuse every once in a while. I dont know why
Hi there. The starter solenoid is burned and sticking causing a major short to the vehicle and back to the ignition switch. This is also why the windows are acting up. I recommend replacing the starter and check all of...
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Truck clicks one time but wont turn over.
Hi there. If the starter was replaced, first check the battery cables to the starter and make sure that they are tight. If the cables are tight, then the issue could be that the clutch may have broke causing the...
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Car clicks before starting
It sounds like you may have a starter solenoid that may be in the beginning stages of failing or potentially a weak battery. Typically, when a battery is weak you may have some erratic start failures that will usually result...
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Key on engine won't turn over and the lights and power good. I have a 5 speed and a 2.3 liter engine.
Hi there. Sounds like the starter solenoid is sticking and the engine will not start. Take a pry bar or something and tap on the starter solenoid and then retest the starting situation. If the engine starts up good, then...
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What makes an automatic transmission not to change gears?
Hi there. Check the throttle cable to the transmission and make sure that its not broken or loose. If the transmission does not have a kick down cable, then the kick down solenoid could be not working causing the transmission...
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Car stalling and there is a strong gasoline smell.
Hi there. There could be an electrical issue with the cluster panel on the dash causing the gauge to malfunction. For the fuel smell, there could be a vapor fuel line that is cracked under the vehicle or the purge...
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I need to know the purge valve solenoid location and how long it takes to replace it.
Hi there. There are two different locations that the purge valve was located at, depending on the vehicle type. The first location would be on the engine intake next to the throttle body on the left side when viewing the...
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Diagnose torque converter selenoid or transmission
Hi there. The computer could be putting the vehicle into limp mode due to an issue that may be happening and reduces the engine performance. Check the battery, alternator, and all of the sensors on the engine and make sure...
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Starter problem
This suggests you may have a faulty starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity to the starter. When this fails, it may cause a clicking sound and will not...
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No reverse and will not down shift.
This may be a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission...
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Car clicks but won't turn on or crank.
Depending on the speed of the clicking sound, this may be either a weak battery or potentially a failing starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity to the starter....
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Car wont start. The battery and starter have been tested are fine
This may be related to a faulty starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity to the starter. When this fails, it may cause a clicking sound and will not...
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Clicking sound when turning over.
This may be related to a faulty starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity to the starter. When this fails, it may cause a clicking sound and will not...
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Trouble starting the car.
It sounds like you may have a faulty starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity to the starter. When this fails, it may cause a clicking sound and will...
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Why would a solenoid replacement , and spark plugs cost 943.
Hi Jacqueline: Spark plugs for your vehicle, if you buy them retail, over the counter, from any of the auto parts stores cost roughly $2 to $4 per plug, plus tax. Your vehicle has 4 cylinders so, of course, you...
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I have a p3449 code which reads mds solenoid 7. Can I just replace the solenoid? Also, tank will not shut pump off after fillup
Hello, thank you for writing in. The code may set the check engine light for several reasons. One of which is low oil pressure. This should be one of the first things that you check. The solenoid you are referring...
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VVT solenoid issue/problem recurring
Hello. Acceleration issues can be caused by many things. If you have already had the VVT solenoids replaced twice then it may be possible that the issue is related to something else, or that that the VVT issue has possibly...

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