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Q: 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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Q: 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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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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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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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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my brake lights want turn off
A common cause is the brake light switch contacts are either stuck closed or the brake light switch is not properly adjusted. A short circuit in the brake light wiring is also a possibility. If you desire a resolution of...
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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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I have a 1996 toyota tercel running & idling really rough. Trouble codes are: P0301, P0302, P0304, P0401 & P0402. Help please!?
Hi There, Codes P0301, P0302, P0304 relates to misfires in cylinders 1, 2, and 4. Codes P0401 and P0402 relate to the EGR valve not functioning properly. The EGR valve is likely detecting that there is either a condition of...
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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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Q: 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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Lost my key and have to start car with ignition switch but my steering column is locked how do I unlock it
Hi there. Unfortunately, without seeing what repairs were made and how the ignition switch was installed, it's hard to give you advice on how to get the steering column unstuck. You might want to have one of our mobile mechanics...
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1997 Toyota Tercel brake lights , radio , clock, temp gauge all stopped working - head lights work and speedometer work - engine s
It is possible that your alternator could be failing. When an alternator fails, it can cause other electroncis on the vehicle to malfunction. I would recommend starting by checking the charge output of the alternator using a digital multimeter. If...
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My Toyota Sometimes dies when I break or press the gas very slowly
Common causes of engine stalling and rough idle include a faulty mass airflow sensor, faulty engine coolant temperature switch/sensor (typically at cold start only), worn spark plugs, wires or defective ignition coil(s), inadequate fuel delivery or pressure (clogged fuel filter,...
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Sometimes my car will not shift into overdrive and then sometimes it does, any idea what could be causing this?
This symptom is the TCC (Torque Converter Clutch) is slipping in and out while driving. To check this condition, scan the computer to see whether the TCC action is being commanded by the computer. There could be a problem with...
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Slow acceleration after timing adjustment.
There could be a knock sensor that is sending a false positive signal to the ECM. If a knock sensor detects engine knock it retards the engine timing to try to stop it. If the knock sensors are working good,...
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P0300 P0301 P0303. Loss of power, high fuel consumption, rough idle. New plugs, coils, and wires.
Hi Amber. Thanks for contacting us tonight. The root code that might be the most important one of the ones you've listed is the P-0300, which indicates a random misfire. The other codes indicate specific cylinders - which based on...

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