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Radio & clock do not work.
Hi there. The radio and clock on your 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara are powered by an accessory switch and electrical relay that receives power from the fuse box. If the fuse itself is in good shape (which it seems your...
I smell vapor in the car and the car is starting and cutting right off
A code for the canister close valve will not cause the engine to not run. What would cause the engine to not run, and may be the cause of the fuel vapor smell in the car, would be a leaking/cracked...
My car is spitting coolant from the overflow tank
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Check the coolant strength to see what the protection is. A good protection will read 164 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the radiator cap to see if the seal is torn or if the release valve...
I have replaced a failed alternator once a month for the last four months, any suggestions?
Your vehicle has a recall for the alternator cable shorting on the power steering line after the insulation gets rubbed through. The recall is for inspecting and replacing the alternator and alternator wiring. The recommendation I have is to contact...
is the ecm the problem if battery light is on and the alternator isn't bad
This is likely a sign of a failing voltage regulator. This is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the alternator. In your case, it sounds like the voltage output from the alternator may be much too...
I have the service engine light on
The computer should be scanned to see why the Check Engine Light is on by a mechanic. The Check Engine Light is an indication that the computer has a fault in the systems that it monitors and has set a...
Car idles and multiple trouble codes are triggered
Hi there. If this vehicle is having an idle concern, I have to ask if you may be having a stumble or stall issue when coming to a stop. If so, your vehicle may be covered under a special...
Car gets hot
This can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...
Range Rover Sport v6 2.7 with fault code p2455 but the car does not have any sensor or circuit for the dpf.
Hi there. The DPF apparently was not installed in all markets, which may cause issues if the vehicle did not have it when manufactured, but is transported and sold into a market which does require it. I would check with...
At what mileage should I get my timing chain replaced?
Your Lexus IS250 uses a timing chain rather than a timing belt. Fortunately, the timing chain does not require regular maintenance like the belts typically do. Just be sure to perform regular services on your car such as oil changes,...
Took for smog test and fail said that it was supposed to be 430 but was 469. What do I do to fix it?
Generally, when the car fails a smog test, the smog shop will give you a print out and tell you what specifically caused the failure. Some common causes for failing these tests are faulty O2 sensors, bad catalytic converters, vacuum...
My car is losing coolant from tailpipe
Hi there. According to what you've described, it does sound like your mechanic was correct; a blown head gasket. The radiator reservoir leak may have lead to the blown head gasket by causing a low coolant level, thus resulting in...
Smog fail - 1998 Chrysler Sebring
Hi there. I have extensive experience with emissions. The data you have given is very difficult to discern. Being a 1998, I am surprised it is being load mode tested. Typically it's a OBD check. Assuming the Check Engine Light...
Bad smell in AC vent
Hi there. This is a concern I have had a lot of experience with. Has the AC drain grommet been updated or removed? The original grommet was designed with a small slit style opening and was found to not be...
Why is my key not coming out of the ignition unless I disconnect the battery?
Your issue is very likely related to a component called a "shift lock". It's a switch placed by the shift lever that only allows the key to be removed if the car is in park or neutral. This switch has...
Drive 4 miles in stop and go car will not restart....after 1 hour start, then within 2 miles stalls and will not restart.
It is possible that you have an electrical issue with your fuel or ignition system. The ignition coil could be faulty causing the spark plugs to quit firing. The electrical connection to the fuel pump could also be faulty causing...
wheel steering vibration
It seems as if you may have an issue with your suspension. I would recommend having a qualified suspension expert inspect your vehicle for faulty ball joints, tie rods, control arm bushings, etc. If any play exists in your suspension...
The smart key can turn the ignition but can't start the car
Hi there. It appears that the issues you're experiencing may be caused by the ignition lock cylinder. In some newer vehicles (made after 2000) this part has multiple springs inside the cylinder that allows you to press the key forward...
Cam gear markings
Yes, this is possible. There are some engines like Toyotas 3.x series engines which use the same gear for both banks, but one side is the reverse of the other. Pay very close attention to all of your parts on...
I put coolant in my reservoir bottle it never filled up
Hi, thanks for writing in. The reservoir coolant goes directly into the engine and radiator. The fact that you added a gallon means the system is leaking somewhere. The coolant does not get this low without leaking out, usually through...

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