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Many different components can cause a sound on startup. Engine accessories such as the belt, idler pulley, belt tensioner, and alternator are the most common causes of a noise on startup. Without more information, I see no reason to suspect...
No oil pressure, starts and stalls.
Honestly, as a technician I would recommend an engine replacement or finding another vehicle. An engine with 213k miles is not worth doing extensive repairs on, as you will likely have other problems. From what I've read the engine has...
The car runs hot
I would suggest checking to make sure the coolant temp sensor is working correctly. This tells the coolant fans when to come on. I would also check to see if there is any white smoke coming from under the hood....
car wont start
It's hard to tell what the humming noise is without being there, it may be the cooling fan or fuel pump coming on. As for the stall and no start I would have the ECM scanned for codes that would...
Cranking but won't start
This sounds like a cam sensor is bad. The sensor will cause intermittent no start since it gives the computer number one cylinder reference. If it fails, the computer does not know where the number one cylinder is and it...
The ABS, Trac Off and Airbag light came on after a battery change. No lights before with engine running
You may have damaged the systems when you disconnected and connected the positive cable to the fuse block last and not using the battery ground. I would recommend disconnecting just the battery ground and then leave it off for ten...
ABS, Trac Off, and Airbag light on after battery change.
You may have damaged the systems when last you disconnected and connected the positive cable to the fuse block and without using the battery ground. I would recommend disconnecting just the battery ground, and then leaving it off for ten...
Fuel issues - 1999 Chevrolet Venture
Hi there. You may have a misfiring plug or plug wire that has not caused the Check Engine Light to come on yet, but may have stored a code. Have the computer scanned first. You may just have a carbon...
Car is leaking coolant, and overheating, is it the intake manifold gasket?
This may be related to a few different things such as a bad thermostat, a failing coolant fan relay, or a blown head gasket. As you may know the thermostat regulates the flow of coolant in and out of the...
Charging problem.
Hi, thanks for writing in. This may be potentially a grounding issue with your battery or alternator. Check to be sure they are properly grounded with the ground wire being securely fastened to metal (i.e. the chassis of the vehicle)....
run away idle/engine speed
This can be cause by a few things. A sticking throttle cable or throttle body, due to excess carbon buildup, or expansion from heating, idle air control valve issue, it can also be caused by a faulty temperature sensor signal...
Battery light comes on after starting and stays on running the battery down
It is fairly common for new alternators to be bad, so you will need to test the alternator either off the car or on. To start, check all your fuses. Not just the ones that appear to power alternator circuits....
Can you drive with only 2 lug nuts instead of 3?
Hi thanks for your question. My advice is that this is very dangerous and the car should not be driven with only 2 lug nuts. If any of the remaining two were to also snap, this would cause catastrophic damage...
Which make-model is best with least known problems
Hi there. I understand your needs and how cold it can get up there. However, trying to pick which used make/model is the best without a pre-purchase inspection is a bit like predicting the weather. One of the things I...
The engine is noisy
Hello. A noisy engine can be caused by many things. The first thing I would do is check the engine oil to make sure that it is not low. Low oil can cause engine noise, and even damage to engine...
I drove van shut it off for less than a minute tried to turn on and it wont. The headlights come on though
Hello. A vehicle that will not start can be caused by many things. If the engine does not even crank, it may be possible that the battery is low, or that there is an issue with the starter. If the...
brakes and they told her no pin on sway bar
Sway bars are responsible for keeping the vehicle level during cornering. If the vehicle did not have a sway bar, it would rock to whichever side is opposite of the direction you are turning. The sway bar provides stability for...
Heater blows cold air
Hello. The Heater/AC control panel utilizes vacuum (from the engine) to actuate the hot water control valve - regulating heat from the heater. A vacuum leak, bad hot water control valve, or the heater control panel itself may have failed....
AC doesn't work, compressor still works
Hello. If there is no air blowing out of the vents then the compressor is typically not the problem. It is common for the blower motor to fail and cause this as well as the blower resistor. Both of these...
Car doesn't start after head gasket replacement
Hi there. If the engine will not crank then the starter circuit needs to be tested to see if there is a wiring issue. If it is cranking and not starting then the computer needs to be checked with a...

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