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After ice storm my car won't start.
Hi there. Check the starter wires and make sure that they are tight and clean. If the wires are good, then try tapping on the starter solenoid. If you hear a click when trying to start the engine, then the...
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Break Pedal Started to make noise when pressing and releasing it
Hello there, a variety of issues will cause noise when the brake pedal is pressed and released on your 2002 Chevrolet Tracker. The most common issues is the pedal return spring, the pedal mount, or the brake pedal rod itself....
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engine hesitates and knocks
Hello, thank you for writing in. Hesitation and knocking can come from several different components. The work you have done so far is perfect and allows us to focus on other systems. When it comes to hesitation the oxygen sensors...
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Will not idle, takes several tries to start
Hi There, Although it would be tough to say what the problem may have been previously without having looked at the vehicle, your current problem with the vehicle struggling to idle along with trouble starting sounds like you may have...
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Burnt out headlight socket replacement
While I have installed aftermarket hid kits, I have never replaced a factory hid ballast on it's own. Most manufacturers are similar to Lexus. They do not offer replacement parts for the headlights. Merely complete headlamp assemblies. Your best bet...
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where is the on/off switch for the passenger airbag in a 2014 lexus is 250
Hello, thank you for writing in. The passenger seat airbag is activated similarly to the seat belt light, by weight when someone sits in the seat. The sensor is located inside of the seat frame and will only turn on...
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Winter Tires and Wheel Sizing
Hi There, You are correct in that a smaller tire will generally perform better in extreme cold weather conditions. A smaller and narrower tire has better grip and performance in snow or ice. This is both because the smaller tire...
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car needs to be smogged
Hi there. When the oxygen sensors have a reading that is similar to each other, it is an indication that the catalytic converter is not working as efficiently as it is intended. If the voltage of the downstream oxygen sensor...
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Car overheating and there is no cabin heat while at idle.
Hi there. Check the radiator to the vehicle. It seems that the cooling system is working, but the radiator is restricting the coolant flow. This is why when you step on the gas pedal the coolant temperature drops. I recommend...
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after accident in passenger rear door car won't start
Hi there. In the event that there is a car crash, the inertia switch will activate and cut the fuel system off to keep the fuel system from pumping fuel to prevent any fires. Check the switch, either under the...
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How many transmission mounts rubbers does my car have?
Hi there. There are 3 different mounts used for your vehicle. There is a left engine mount and a right engine mount and a transmission mount. Both the engine mounts are the same and the transmission mount is flat and...
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Please help!! What is wrong with my Sebring Convertible JXI?!?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Issues like this can be stressful, but by getting a good idea of what is going on, you may save yourself from excess diagnostic costs. The first thing to check is the tension on...
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Idles and stalls again.
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a dirty or faulty idle air control valve. The idle air control valve is a small valve on the engine's intake system that reads the air intake as it comes into the...
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Car wont stay running
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a dirty or faulty idle air control valve or potentially a bad fuel pressure regulator or fuel pump. The idle air control valve monitors the air intake as it is mixed with...
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VSC came on after changing spark plugs oil and air filter on my is 250 lexus
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several reasons why the traction control and check engine light might come on. There should not be a direct relation between the oil change and the warning lights. The spark plugs may...
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How do I replace the fuel pu on a 1990 Lexus es250
On this vehicle, the fuel tank has to be completely removed from the vehicle to access the fuel pump. The fuel pump is held in a retainer that is mounted in a large access hole at the top of the...
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Power steering loss, no belts are turning but the car is running fine. I also have a soft pedal. Whats wrong with my car?
I have only seen this situation once in my 30+ years and it turned out to be a broken crankshaft pulley. Belts are driven by the engine. The crankshaft pulley spins the belts, which in turn spin the air conditioner...
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Engine codes detected were P0016 P0017 and P0174.
The codes P0016 and P0017 are related to the crankshaft location and the camshaft location. Check the camshaft position sensor and see if its plugged in. If the wiring harness is in good shape and the wires are plugged in,...
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Turn Signal trouble
Hello, thank you for writing in. There is likely an issue with the socket or the wiring heading into it. The first thing you would want to do is check and see if voltage is reaching the sockets when it...
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Lexus IS250 2007 166K miles. No problems ever. Power failing; will run if all systems off; smells like ozone. Thinking alternator
Hi there. I believe you may be correct about the alternator. Perform a visual inspection of the valve cover area above the alternator for oil. If there is oil leaking onto the alternator, this will need to be corrected as...

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