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Van not starting.

There are a number of reasons why your van will crank and not start. You can have anything from a faulty fuel pump, a bad crank sensor, an internal engine failure or too many other things to count. A mechanic...

Head gaskets

The majority of the top end of the motor will in fact need to come apart in order to replace head gaskets. However, this would not necessarily be true for replacing only the timing belt.

2001 Mercury Villager. The engine surges in Neutral and Park. Normal in drive. But noise and jerk during gear change.

This may be a sign of a faulty MAP sensor as the vehicle responds adversely to a load put on the motor (i.e. putting it in gear, making turns (which makes use of the power steering pressure switch) turning on...

My engine whines. It was low on power steering fluid, but adding did not make it goes away. Does it sometimes take a few minutes 2000 Mercury Villager

Hi there - your whining noise (https://www.yourmechanic.com/question/why-is-my-power-steering-pump-still-making-a-whiny-sould-by-jayson-m) is probably due to air still being in the steering system, which can be removed by turning the steering all the way to the right, then to the left - repeat a couple...

The mechanics is saying to change the Brake pads and engine mount replacement cost $550. is this worth to repair the car or sell

You have an "older" car but one with relatively low mileage on the engine. (My car is 26 years old, so don't feel bad). The big issue with "older" cars is corrosion and deterioration of critical rubber products like valve...

Sudden drop in gas mileage

There are multiple factors that can affect your gas mileage (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-to-easily-increase-your-gas-mileage-by-jason-unrau). Some of these factors would include: how clean the air filter is, how well fuel can flow through the fuel filter. If the fuel filter is doing its job,...

The throttle keeps sticking at average speeds

You may have a damaged throttle body (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/symptoms-of-a-bad-or-failing-throttle-body) or a faulty throttle position sensor (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/symptoms-of-a-bad-or-failing-throttle-position-sensor). Both of these issues can make you feel the same symptoms as a sticking throttle. I would recommend having the throttle body and throttle position...

Radiator cap needs replacing.

If you have a white residue building up just below the cap and you have to add coolant frequently, this could be the issue. The cooling system and cap need to be pressure tested to ensure the system is not...

Motor making a weird noise

Hi. Unfortunately, I doubt this is a sensor problem. The transmission control module (TCM) uses input from the vehicle speed sensor (VSS) to regulate line pressure for shift timing and for torque converter clutch (TCC) application. A failed VSS can...

why does my car jerk and lurch forward when i accelerate and jumps when i apply the brake

Hi Frank. There could be a few possible issues here. Usually, when the car lunges when you're on the brake, it's due to the torque converter slipping or other internal transmission problems. This is really something that a transmission specialist...

Shifting problem? 1998 Mercury Villager

Hi There, This may be related to a faulty transmission control solenoid. since 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 fluid...

My brakes are hard when depressed.

Hey there, thanks for writing in. The brake booster has a bad vacuum supply or the booster internal vacuum valve is bad and the booster needs replaced. The complete brake system (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/brake-system-inspection) should be checked and diagnosed by a mechanic...

Anti-theft preventing car from starting

Hello. The first thing I would do is try to reset or disable the anti-theft system. This can be done by locking the doors with the power lock, and closing all the doors and the trunk. Then you wait 30...

Engine keeps misfiring on humid days

The humidity in the air will also affect the air pressure around your vehicle. When air pressure is affected, engine vacuum is also affected. The engine's positive crankcase ventilation system relies on engine vacuum to function properly. If the engine...

Overheating at the traffic light or while AC is on

You may have a restriction in your radiator or condenser that is preventing the cooling of the respective fluids that go through these parts. Restrictions will cause hot spots and therefore will not allow sufficient cooling of the refrigerant or...

Remote car starter not working

If your vehicle has an aftermarket alarm that has an immobilizer that no longer functions; the alarm system will have to be removed and factory wiring repaired in order to start your vehicle. I suggest having a qualified mechanic help...

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