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Won't start but all lights and radio work
Hi, thanks for writing in. I would start with testing your battery with a multi meter. Even though your lights and radio are working, your battery may still not have enough voltage to start the car. Good batteries hold a...
The computer readout located by other controls
It means the traction control system is not working. The Traction control is an automatic feature that modulates the throttle if it senses wheel spin. If the controller senses a fault in any of the system components, it shuts the...
I need the diagram instructions to replace the ignition switch
Hi, thanks for writing in. The best way to get a wiring diagram for your vehicle is to use a Chilton book, a factory service manual for the particular wiring diagram that you are looking for. As far as instructions...
how difficult is it to replace from struts and rear shocks in my oldsmobile aurora 4.0 ?
Hey there. If you're using one of those "quick strut" complete assemblies for the front, then you don't need anything special, although an impact gun and/or ratchet is helpful. Rear shocks are just as straight forward. If you would like...
I have a 1998 lexus gs4oo. I was driving it, and all of a sudden it started to die on me, it didn't die all of a sudden ,it kinda
There are a couple of sensors in your car that regulate the flow of fuel and air into the car's engine. One is called a mass air flow sensor. This regulates the air flow into the car's engine to make...
How to reset limp mode on a 1997 Range Rover
It's difficult to say without knowing what the exact code is, but if you are dealing with an OBD II code, which is the universal system that started up in '96, It can be reset by any of the inexpensive...
Will bad brake calipers cause excessive vibrating in steering wheel while driving?
This may very well be caused by the uneven wear on the front tires. When uneven tread is subjected to various road conditions or braking power, this will definitely cause a vibrating or shaking feeling. This may also be caused...
Scheduled maintenance. 2002 Jaguar Vanden Plas.
I would recommend replacing the fuel filter every three years or 30,000 miles for most cars. This car does not give you an exact fuel filter replacement interval, so it should only be replaced when the fuel pump is replaced....
Coolant mixed, car started running differently
Hello. Mixing different “types” of antifreeze solutions will not make a car run “differently.” However, manufacturers of antifreeze do NOT recommend mixing with other “types” or brands due to possible chemical incompatibility, which will shorten the effective lifetime of corrosion...
Noises coming from under the dash
Hello. The specific causes are numerous and have been set forth in numerous Technical Service Bulletins for your vehicle model. They are also dependent on VIN number. A mechanic would have to systemically rule out each cause in order to...
2002 S type tranmission hard to get out of park and have to pull all the way down to drive before you can get it in reverse
Hello. Most of the time, this is caused by a failing shifter, but it can also occur if anything was ever spilled into the shifter assembly. Most of the time, some liquid gets spilled from the cup holder and it...
Performance Restricted Warning and Check Engine Light - 2004 Jaguar XK8
Hello. The engine knock sensor is retarding the ignition timing to match what the lower octane fuel can support in terms of “timing advance.” There is nothing to worry about. The engine computer is just operating the engine so as...
Steering wheel and driver's seat cannot move
Hello. If the car stays running when the key is shut off, this is an indication that there may be a problem with your ignition switch. When this happens, electrical current is still getting to the steering wheels and seat...
Car turns over, but cannot start. 2000 Jaguar XJ8
Hello. There are several inspections that would need to be completed in order to determine why your car is not starting. It will be necessary to check the fuel pressure and fuel pump for proper operation. The spark plugs and...
Starts but does not run for very long
I would recommend checking and cleaning your mass air flow sensor as this can cause a lean or rich fuel mixture when not working properly. With this happening, there should be a Check Engine Light on that would have registered...
Need to no how to bypass lamp failure sensor for tail & brake lights to work
Hello. Bypassing the lamp failure sensor involves locating the correct signal and ground wires and splicing them together to bypass the circuit. The actual cutting and splicing process is rather simple, however, you must make sure that the correct wires...
Still the same Bruno
It sounds like your M3 is leaking coolant - that would explain the "clear, but slippery" liquid - although it is unclear from where. Rather than risk engine overheat from driving it further, I would recommend having YourMechanic diagnose this...
Is it possible to install my broken serpentine belt back my car?
Hi, thanks for writing in. I'm a little confused by your question. If you're asking whether it's possible to install a broken serpentine belt on a vehicle and drive 20 miles, I'd say not. If the belt is physically broken,...
What would be a price estimate of replacing a timing belt but not the the component kit?
The timing belt on your vehicle is recommended to be changed every 60,000-90,000 miles. If a timing belt fails, the engine will stop running, and you may damage the engine. To get an idea of the cost involved to replace...
Car keeps dying
There are usually two different issues that cause the engine to stall or reduce RPM in situations like this. The first thing I'd look at is the idle control valve or sensors that monitor the fuel system. The second item...

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