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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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)....
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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Thermostat replacement without removing throttle body -- easiest way to do?
You do not need to remove the throttle body. Once you remove the air cleaner and air inlet tube to the throttle body then drain coolant. Remove hose from thermostat outlet pipe. Remove the exhaust crossover pipe and then you...
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I installed a new fuel sending unit the gas tank is full and it shows empty when u take all gas out it shows full what could it be
It sounds like you put in an incorrect sending unit or it is defective and needs a replacement. The fuel sending unit will vary resistance from low to high resistance controlling the gauge. If the signal from the sending unit...
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Car not starting sometimes
This is a common sign of a faulty ignition coil. Ignition coils are coated with a varnish-like insulation that becomes brittle over time after being stretched then contracted repeatedly The insulation develops small fractures that open when heated and close...
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My minivan is overheating and there is brownish sludge in the coolant. I already got the water pump and the thermostat replaced.
A brownish sludge in the cooling system can occur for a few different reasons. If two types of coolant have been used in the cooling system, red and green for example, the mixing of these two types of coolant can...
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Fuel gauge issue and weak battery
The fuel gauge issue is a relatively simple concept, but a bit involved in terms of the work to fix it. Your fuel tank has a small float device sending unit inside it that monitors the fuel level inside the...
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Van shakes/vibrates after turning on and when pressing gas and brake.
Diagnostic Trouble Codes in the OBD-II regime do not identify faulty parts nor are such codes sufficient, in and of themselves, to condemn specific parts. Although vehicle parts are always referred to in the code descriptions, all that means is...

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