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Car hesitates and jerks with rising RPM
From the description you have given, you have done a lot of replacing components and still have the problem. It appears you have covered the bases concerning the fuel system. A vacuum leak would affect the idle quality moreso than...
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Rough idle, clacking noise from engine under higher load
Hi there. From the description you have provided, the vehicle you are working on needs further diagnoses. First, 100 PSI for cylinder compression is inadequate. I would look into whether valve timing is correct. An incorrectly timed camshaft could cause...
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car won't start.
Hi there: When you are short on cash and having multiple starting issues, the best way to save money and make sure the problems are accurately diagnosed is to have a professional mobile mechanic come to your location and complete...
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How long does it take to install an alternator in a 1982 Toyota Tercel
Hello, thank you for writing in. An alternator replacement typically takes around an hour. This is dependent of course on the condition of the old unit and how difficult it is to remove. The tools needed are fairly basic. The...
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My car cranks and seems to fire once but won't start - 1991 Toyota Tercel
Hi there. From the description you have provided, these symptoms need to be properly diagnosed. Replacing parts, without diagnoses, can be expensive and time consuming. Assuming the engine is mechanically sound, the description you provided about the spark plug condition...
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Very High fuel consumption
A P0125 code says that the engine is not reaching sufficient temperature to go into "closed loop" operation. Closed loop operation is essential for fuel economy and low emissions. Basically it's saying that your engine is not warming up. Replacing...
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There is a delay when the car tries to shift into the next gear
This may be related to the transmission being low on fluid or potentially a bad transmission control solenoid. As you may know, every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission fluid...
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Car starts and headlights work, nothing else
The component that would be common to all systems working would be the ignition switch. Since most accessories like radio,heat,etc, are "key on" circuits - generally only when the key is in the On position. The ignition switch can be...
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Engine hesitates when warm - 1997 Toyota Tercel
Hi there. As you already know, replacing components without diagnoses can be expensive and time consuming without resolution. A few things come to mind concerning the lack of performance. First, camshaft timing needs to be checked. When the engine is...
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Spark plug chaos. Rubber stoppers are preventing the spark plugs from coming out.
Hi there. Try using a pair of small needle nose pliers to pull off the rubber boots from the spark plugs. As you pull, twist the rubber boots to break them free. If you cannot get the rubber boots off,...
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No dashboard lights & night time taillight
Hey there. You will want to try to use a short tracker tool or a small circuit breaker in the place of the fuse. Turn on the parking lights. Then you will need to start at the site of site...
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My car will move if it's at 8000 rpm but I only get up to 15 mph
Hello, thanks for writing in. This sounds like your clutch disc is worn out and not connecting the engine and transmission together when you let out on the clutch. You should not rev your engine to 8000 rpm or you...
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Died while driving and now it wont Idle on it's own
You may have a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and at idle. Since...
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No Heat, blower works fine
If you verify that the engine is getting up to the normal operation temperature of at least 180 degrees and stays there and the two heater hoses should be hot. When you turn on the heater and put it on...
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Transmission won't go into reverse after clutch replacement
Hello. If your vehicle is no longer going into gear after a clutch service, it may be possible that an issue occurred while the service was being done. Perhaps a problem with the clutch fork, or hydraulic clutch mechanism that...
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AIR ESCAPING UNDER DASH
You may have a disconnected duct work for the air vents behind the dash. The connections are with foam tape or insulation and the insulation falls off or apart over time and do not deal any more. Have a mechanic...
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When I turn my AC, my car shuts down.
Hi Erick. It sounds like the idle is not being adjusted/compensated for the additional load of the ac compressor. Additional loads on the engine require the idle to increase to make sure the engine does not stall under the load....
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Vibration when 65+mph or when stoping
Whenever there are multiple causes of vehicle vibration, which is probably the circumstance you face, it is best to fix the obvious causes first because that will greatly simplify diagnosis and identification of the remaining causes. So, in your circumstance,...
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Engine sputtering and manual gear-shifter is getting stiff.
Hi there. It's possible that the shifting issue could be related to the clutch, but that seems more like a gear linkage issue. The engine vibration is most likely not related; and could be caused by a damaged vacuum line...
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Car shuts down
Hi there. Any time you run the A/C, the car will be reduced in horse power because the A/C runs off of a belt that powers the compressor. If the compressor is failing or was faulty to begin with, this...

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