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How do I know if it is the Water Pump or thermostat that needs replacing?
In your question, you have not stated the "fault" you are experiencing, consequently I will assume it is overheating. If not, please write back in with clarification so that we can best assist you. There are a myriad of causes...
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The front left tire tilted inward after I replaced the Sway Bar
As is the case with most vehicles, the preferred camber setting on the front wheels of the 2007 Prius is slightly negative, that is the top of the tire is tilted inward as you are observing and describing. However, the...
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I just had the clutch replaced on the car as well as some other work while driving back from the mechanic coolant was leaking
Your best bet is to promptly return to the shop while the repair is fresh in their minds and they will resolve it. If, though, you desire a second opinion, simply request a cooling system leak diagnostic through YourMechanic. To...
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Car battery issue
It is possible the systems that charge the battery and the battery itself may be damaged from the shorting of the wires. I would recommend charging the battery and the recheck the battery holds a load or needs replaced. Then...
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Safe to drive with one theromstat bolt
It would not be a good idea to try and drive it with only one bolt holding the thermostat housing cover on. You should should drill the bolt out and re-tap the hole for a new bolt. If you do...
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So my bfs tranny busted , what would i have to do to fix it up ? We have another transmission at home
Replacing a transmission should not be done by a novice person and only be done with complete instructions and proper tools. I would recommend having a mechanic like one from YourMechanic come and direct you in person or replace the...
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Car starts good then shuts off
An engine stalling diagnostic, which you can schedule through YourMechanic, would pinpoint the cause of the stalling. Among the possibilities are a plugged fuel filter, fuel pump malfunction or blocked pump strainer, significant vacuum leak including stuck open EGR valve,...
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Second Opinion
You should get a complete cost break down in writing. The price may not be just for the water pump and have additional repairs like thermostat and hoses or flushing of the system. make sure you get all work in...
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My car hesitates and I have to press on gas hard for it to kind of smooth on out.
Typically, what you are describing is due to an engine management fault(s) and such faults occur in ignition system components, the fuel system, and/or the air induction system. A possible first approach is to just simply make sure that the...
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Starting problem
To determine whether you need a new starter, the Mechanic would use a voltmeter to measure the voltage supplied to the starter solenoid with the ignition key in the "start" position, as well as measure the voltage drop on the...
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I don't have a fuel cap, its say check fuel fill inlet
The problem is in the fuel filler neck not sealing and should be tested using smoke test. You should have the neck replaced and the system checked again for leaks using smoke through the test port in the engine compartment....
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car running very rough, making oil 1990 Nissan/Datsun 300ZX
Hello - I suspect your cold start system has gone "full on" or you have leaking injectors. Without question your fuel system is pumping way too much fuel into the intake, leaking past the piston rings, and entering the crankcase....
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Do I have to remove the upper intake manifold to replace my fuel pressure regulator ?
The fuel pressure regulator on a sequential fuel injection system is inside the intake manifold on this engine and the upper intake needs to be removed for access. Make sure to replace all gaskets and seals when manifold is removed....
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Does the rear wheel bearing replacement needs pressing or not? 2004 Acura RL
Hello - if you replace the wheel bearing/hub assembly, no, it does not require pressing. This is the recommended replacement approach. Pressing the bearing off/onto the hub requires specialized equipment, with high risk for damage. I would recommend a wheel...
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Oxygen sensor
The code P0132 is for the O2 sensor in the rear manifold of the engine. The code is for a short to power and should be checked to see if the harness is shorted. You should not have the sensor...
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Head lamp relay location
According to the repair information for your vehicle, this circuit does not use a headlamp relay. Power is supplied to both the high and low beams from the 10 amp headlamp fuses. Ground is then supplied to either the high...
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How should I test the ECT sensor's three terminals?
The ECT or engine coolant temperature sensor is tested by using a scanner to scan for codes and then monitor data from sensor to see if the temperature input from sensor matches the manual temperature check at the ECT sensor...
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Engine vibration even in idle. Check Engine Light is not on.
You're correct, your engine uses a timing chain. It also has variable valve timing (VTT). This system allows the engine timing to change in relation to engine RPM. A VVT fault could cause driveabilty issues both at idle and at...
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Temperature gauge does not work - 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis
You will need to test the computer to scan for data of the temperature sensor to see if the computer is reading the correct temperature as tested externally on the coolant sensor. If the sensor is not accurate then replace...
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Code P0420 shows on the dash of my 2005 Acura MDX
Acura did have a tech bulletin released in September 2011 regarding fault P0420 and a possible software update that may rectify this situation. You can try contacting your local Acura dealer service department or Acura Customer service to see if...
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Where is the fuel filter? 2002 Dodge Dakota
Hi - the fuel filter on this puppy is mounting on the top of the fuel tank, between the tank and the truck bed. REALLY painful location. That part also includes the fuel pressure regulator - hence the location as...
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Certified inspections?
No, this is not a service YourMechanic offers at this time. Thanks for thinking of us though!
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Is this a brake fluid leak??
Yes, this is a brake fluid leak, but it is coming from your clutch hydraulics - probably the slave cylinder or the fluid line. Check both the clutch and brake fluid reservoirs (sometimes combined) for low fluid. I would recommend...
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My truck is a 2wd and I need a new transmission. What transmission goes in it and where can I get a good one for a good price? 1996 Dodge Ram 1500
Hello - if you have the gas 5.9l engine, you have a A518 (46RE/ H) transmission. If you have the 5.9l diesel engine, you have a A618 (48RE) transmission. Check with your local transmission shops and recycling yards for new,...
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When I take off from a stop I hear a banging noise 2013 Jeep Wrangler V6
Hello - there are a couple of possibilities for the noise you hear upon acceleration: a broken torque converter (internal failure), engine shifting due to broken motor mounts and fan hitting something, transmission shifting due to broken mounts, allowing the...