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2012 chevy sonic thermostat repair cost
Hi There, When the thermostat is stuck open, this can cause problems with the engine never reaching the proper operating temperature as you may know. While the thermostat remains stuck open, this allows coolant to pass through the motor unregulated...
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Can a single issue cause P2076 and P0420 error codes
Code P2076 relates to the intake manifold tuning valve which is a valve that controls the flow of air into the intake as it is mixed with fuel. When this code is triggered, it generally indicates that the valve is...
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12 so ic 1.8 5 speed motor blow up replaced it idle is rough spits and sputter has no power to go up a hill no check engine light
The issue you are writing in about is common enough that a specific diagnostic, namely a reduced engine power diagnostic is performed by technicians dispatched by YourMechanic. If you request that diagnostic, the responding certified mechanic will get this issue...
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I have p2076 and p0420 error codes
Hi there. The P2076 OBD-II trouble code relates to the intake manifold tuning valve which is a valve that controls the flow of air into the intake as it is mixed with fuel. When this code is triggered, it generally...
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2012 Sonic on Startup sounds like grinding metal against metal coming from Turbo area
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a starter gear that is hanging on and sticking to the flywheel after releasing the key. When the starter is activated by the starter solenoid, a small gear comes out and engages...
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Car immobilizer issue or faulty ignition switch?
If the vehicle is getting power and the light are coming on the dash, then the immobilizer has the ignition system disabled. Check the fuel cut off switch (vehicle safety switch) and see if it has been tripped. If the...
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when looking at the car with hood up where is the downstream O2 located left or right side of the car
The downstream oxygen sensor is screwed into a "bung" on the rear of the catalytic converter assembly beneath the vehicle. The sensor should be readily visible as it will have wiring connected to it. The sensor should not be removed...
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If your car is heating up does it mean it just needs Antifreeze?
Hi there. When a car is running hotter than it should or the temperature gauge is higher than normal, it could be due to low coolant levels. However, you typically don't "burn" coolant since the system is closed-looped. It's likely...
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Fuel shutoff switch
According to the owner's manual for your vehicle, your "vehicle has a feature that may automatically unlock the doors, turn on the interior lamps, turn on the hazard warning flashers, and shut off the fuel system after the airbags inflate."...
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when car is running, squeaking is coming from the right side of the car when idle
A quick diagnostic can be performed by simply taking all of the belt driven accessories out of the picture by disconnecting the drive belt(s) and then very briefly running the engine. If the sound disappears, the faulty component is then...
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I replaced my serpentine belt on a 2013 chevy sonic. But it must be rubbing on something because it scraped the inside edge
The first thing to do is verify that you have the correct belt (part number) installed. If the belt is the correct one specified for your vehicle, the principal cause of what you describe are pulleys and/or rotating elements (harmonic...
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Shaking
Shaking or vibration may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below the normal...
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Fan not kicking on
Hi there. On these modern cars, the radiator fan is activated when the coolant temperature sensor on top of the radiator detects that the coolant has reached a predetermined temperature. This sensor is commonly one of the first components of...
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Do I need a new intake manifold
The intake manifold runner control does not come apart and is part of the intake manifold. you will need to replace it as an assembly. The parts and labor will have to be priced locally by contacting YourMechanic.
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Electrical issues Chevy Sonic 2016
Hi there. These type of electrical glitches on modern cars, trucks and SUV's are typically caused by computer software glitches or a malfunction of the fuse or electrical relay system. Since your car is relatively new, there are two options...
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The ABS & Brake light come on randomly. It is not because of low brake fluid or a bad sensor.
Hello. Typically diagnosing a random problem like this where the warning lights come on and off can confuse a lot of mechanics who firmly believe that a component or part must be damaged to cause a light. However, in most...
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Misfiring, and we have been told the coil pack has given up. Bought 3 aftermarkets which aren't even letting it run 2012 Sonic 1.6L
Hi there - the coil packs on this model have a design issue, and use of OEM parts, and great care in installation is required. I recommend a engine misfire inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one...
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My battery light was on then battery died, bought a new battery but battery light won't go off.
When your red battery light comes on this indicates that the alternator is no longer charging the battery. Usually this means that the alternator has failed and will require replacement in order to resolve this issue. Consider YourMechanic as alternators...
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Code P0171 at autozone took O2 to lean, was told fuel injector, drove a few more miles car overheated, took to pepboys they said 4
Hi there. I wish I could say that I'm not surprised; but this is par for the course for these two places. First off, the first warning code you received, the P0171 code means that, on the first bank of...
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I have to fill gas tank everyday due to car using alot of fuel
Hi there. There are dozens of problems that can lead to a drop in gas mileage, some of them are serious and some can be easily corrected. Here are some of the more common issues that can affect the fuel...

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