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My van loses power going uphill sputters like it's going to die I've changed my fuel filter and it has not helped
Hello. If the vehicle only does this while going uphill and no other times then it is usually caused by a failing catalytic converter or a weak fuel pump. Both of these will cause this as well as a failure...
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Black smoke coming from rear tires
Hello. This is very abnormal for your tires and should be looked at by an expert very soon. It sounds like you may have something that is rubbing on the tire causing it to smoke. However, generally when a tire...
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Is this a power steering problem?
It sounds like you may have a power steering leak, a failing pump or potentially a steering rack that may need to be replaced. When the power steering pump is low on fluid or damaged and needing to be replaced,...
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Rear liftgate wont close
I would recommend trying to use the unlock switch on your keyfob or door panel. If this does not work, I would recommend inserting your key into the liftgate and turn it to the unlock position. If this does not...
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my right wheel wont turn at all.
Hi there, thanks for your question. I think this issue is most likely caused is a broken tie rod, either inner or outer, rather than the rack and pinion. Here is an article on symptoms to check for regarding bad...
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My speedometer intermittently works at about 1/2 speed.
As long as there is nothing wrong with the transmission, it would have to be a problem with either the speedometer drive cable, or the speedometer head unit. The drive cable is driven off of a gear in the transmission...
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Air filter clog stalling car
It may not have anything to do with the new filter you put in. The most likely cause of the problem of stalling after installing an air filter is that the inlet air tube has a crack in it or...
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Van jumps forward on the drive gear
Hello and thank you for your question. For the issue of the transmission jumping forward and making a thumping sound, there could be a few different things that cause the situation and sound. First check the condition of the brakes...
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My car acts as if it's not getting any gas
This may be a failing throttle position sensor. This is a unit that monitors the position of your foot on the gas pedal and relays this to the computer. The computer adjusts the fuel supply to the engine based upon...
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Oil pan gasket leaking badly. Is it safe to drive it?
This is a question that could only be answered after an inspection is done to see if the leak is an active heavy leak that may leak out all the oil before getting to where you have to go. The...
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Misfires, stalls, general poor performance when the car does run
The problem sounds like the PCV hose that blew off caused the brakes to not have assist and the need to hold the throttle open to keep it running. The running problems are all due to the vacuum leaking from...
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What is the code P0352 and P0351
Hello. The codes you are receiving are telling you the circuitry for those cylinders is faulty. Taking the corrective measures you have thus far were great, and they allow us to proceed with further inspection of other components. You will...
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Crunching in Rear Passenger Side
A noise diagnostic should pinpoint the specific fault especially as your indicating that the noise is limited to one corner of the vehicle, that is the right rear. If the noise is that localized, the cause will be relatively easy...
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battery light comes on about half minite after starting it
Hello. The battery light will illuminate when the charging system is registering out of normal voltage ranges. The computer starts running tests immediately and is detecting a problem right from the start. The battery, and alternator can be removed from...
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the car idles rough and dies often at red lights,stop signs, and backing up.
Hello. If these issues started at the same time then it sounds like there is an electrical issue. It may be a bad connection or a failing alternator. I usually start by load testing the battery and checking the battery...
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Muffler is loud and the van jumps when in idle. When it jumps the muffler makes a puffing noise and smells.
This may be related to a failing catalytic converter or potentially a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it enters the motor and relays this information to the computer...
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Antifreeze leaks under van and under hood
If there is a significant leak, the concern of course is that the engine may overheat while you are out on the road and that will cause engine damage. Also, even if a small leak exists now, it could unpredictably...
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PCV valve or hose failure?
Hello. The PCV valve regulates the flow of crankcase fumes to the engine to be burned when there is greater pressure in the crankcase than there is in the engine intake - which is most of the time. If the...
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My engine is vibrating - 1999 Ford Windstar
An engine vibration can be caused by a few different components. You will want to start with the basics and that includes fuel, spark, and air. Check the spark plugs, wires, and distributor. These will all have a huge effect...
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just noticed that it is overheating--no water dripping and the temperature gauge is normal. Not sure if it is the thermostat.
Hi there: There are multiple issues that could be causing this overheating problem on your 2003 Windstar. First, you might have a thermostat issue that is not allowing coolant to flow through the motor as it should, second could be...

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