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Security system is activated and is not letting me turn the car on
Hello there, the security system is an important safety feature with your 2004 Nissan Xterra. You will not be able to disable the security system as it is integrated into the ignition system. Common causes for the security system to...
A/C stoped working while i was halfway home on the highway
Hey there. In order to diagnose why the AC stopped working you will need to have the system pressures checked to see if it lost pressure or the system developed an electrical or mechanical problem. There could be a problem...
Transmission issue
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. With the engine only revving up and the transmission is not moving in any direction forward or reverse, then there is a problem with the pump in the transmission. The transmission oil pump...
Harsh shift - 2004 Toyota Camry
Hi there. This may be a sign of a faulty transmission control solenoid. Modern automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission...
My car has a high idle when in park and doesn't shift properly
Hi there. Cold idle can be as high as 1500 RPM, but should lower to around 750 RPM for this vehicle once warmed up. This could be an air leak into the intake area of the engine; an auditory check...
Engine won't start after running it for ten minutes - 2001 Nissan Frontier
Hey there. This suggests possibly a lack of fuel pressure getting to the injectors. This can happen when the fuel pressure regulator is not maintaining the required fuel pressure in the system consistently. This may also be a result of...
Gascap warning on 2007 Caravan
For the first issue, the gas cap will need to be replaced sometimes. I had a 2009 Dodge Charger that this happened to also. It's not something you can control. As for the second issue, it seems like it is...
Where's vehicle speed sensor B ?
Hello, thanks for writing in about your Hyundai Azera. There isn't a certain answer for the sensor B. Here is the basic diagnostic route of trouble code P2159 to help you better understand the issue. If you'd like assistance with...
My van was missing and rough idling then I turned it off one day and the next day it starts then dies and some times it won't start
Hello, thanks for writing in about your 2001 Dodge Caravan. For certain, given your mileage and codes for these 2 components, replacing these 2 sensors is the minimum. Cleaning the idle air control valve, throttle body, and PCV valve should...
What does it mean if cylinder 2 and 6 are not firing and it is not the plug, plug wire, or coil because they have all been changed.
Hello. If the misfires are continuing to occur and the ignition parts are good then it may be a faulty fuel injector or an issue within the engine. I usually do a compression test first. By doing this I would...
Oil dipstick is stuck
The oil dipstick has small rivets in it toward the bottom which can sometimes make it difficult to get out depending on the angle or curvature of the oil dipstick tube that leads down to the oil pan. Sometimes wiggling...
Strange clunking/knocking noise coming from the front of the driver's side.
The tire wear represents misalignment, notably too much negative camber if the wear is on the inside edge of the tire. Such wear can be caused by worn ball joint but that would have to be evaluated. There are on...
Is it dangerous to drive your car with spark plugs misfiring?
To answer your question, yes it is unsafe to drive you car while you are having a misfire. I have provided an article written by one of our professional technicians below.
My problem is Check Engine Light on. Cruise control does not work, loses power on hills, as if it does not want to pull hill.
Hi there. From the description you have provided, there is several possibilities for your vehicle's drivability problems. Your vehicle's Check Engine Light may help diagnose the lack of power and inoperative cruise control. Accessing the vehicle's computer for codes stored,...
The CD will not eject a disk.
Hi Joe. This is a concern I've experienced on multiple Lexus and Toyota vehicles and, yes, this inserting a tool into the cd door will damage the unit. What sounds like has happened is that the internal eject mechanism has...
Car won't start unless jumped - 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan
Hello. At first it definitely sounds like the battery may have failed. Have you had this tested? If the battery will not hold a charge, you may technically be running on the alternator when driving. You should also get a...
Car stalls at idle and fails to restart - 1993 Buick Century
Hello - yes, your symptom description matches the failure mode of the throttle position sensor as your Check Engine code suggests. The ECM has detected lower voltage than expected from the TPS, and should be replaced. A mobile, professional mechanic,...
My car's air conditioning/heating system only works for a brief time and blows the wrong temperature air
Your Villager comes equipped with either an automatic climate control system or a manual controlled climate system. The automatic controlled system uses four separate sensors and as many modules to operate. Any of these can be the source of the...
Right front brake?? comes on when turning on a left hand curve in the road. not every curve but always the same curve.
This is definitely an odd symptom, however it sounds like there may potentially be a brake line (possibly to the right side caliper) being pinched or hung up causing the caliper to grab when turning left. This is something that...
Bad sludge build up in engine, scheduled for oil change on 10/28.
Hello there, the oil light can come on with your 2009 Hyundai Sante Fe for many different reasons. When an oil light is seen, the vehicle should be inspected immediately as running the engine low on oil can cause lasting...

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