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I brought a radiator for my 2003 mazda 6 got it put in n its still smoking and the anit freeze is backing out where u full it up
You will need to have the engine tested to see if the head gasket is blown and allowing engine compression to get into the cooling system and forcing coolant out of the reservoir. A mechanic like one from YourMechanic can...
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RPM gauge goes from 5K to 2K - 2005 Nissan Maxima
Hi - it seems unlikely that a major drop in RPM during a shift is torque converter clutch lockup - 5K to 4K might be more reasonable. This behavior seems more like an upshift that is missing a gear -...
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Transmission
For this 2004 year Mercury Mountaineer they were only equipped with a 5R55S transmission for the 4.0 and 4.6 liter motors. The only different transmissions would be for rear wheel drive or all wheel drive. They are both 5R55S base...
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Need new engine/motor
The engines are different in the two year vehicles. The 1996 Escort was equipped with either a 1.8 or 1.9 liter engine and the 1997 was equipped with the 2.0 liter motor. The 2.0 is an upgraded 1.9 liter motor...
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How would it cost to replace a gas tank and fix a dent on the right side of my car? 2008 Honda Civic
Hi there - unfortunately, YourMechanic does not offer either of these services at this time. Thanks for thinking of us though!
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Transmission 2003 Acura TL
Hello - the most common failure for this transmission involves 2nd gear, and inadequate internal lubrication to this gearset. There is a Honda Recall (#04V176000) that addresses this issue. The first task is to be sure this Recall repair has...
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Engine coolant leaking straight out replaced radiator and hoses and still immediately leaks fluid right out of bottom 2000 Cadillac DeVille
Hi there - you may have a leaking water pump, freeze plug, leaking hose, or cracked engine block. I would recommend a coolant leak inspection by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your...
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Misfire cylinder 1 2001 Honda
Hi there - it sounds like maybe cylinder one piston rings are more worn than the others (typical actually), and you are burning more oil on that cylinder. Check the problem codes that are causing your Check Engine light to...
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Can I switch this engine with an SS engine? If I can what problems would i face while doing it? 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Hello - the most straight-forward swap would be to the 3.8 liter supercharged engine (L67) offered in 2004-2005. Make sure you get the transmission controller out of the donor car as well. The basic transmission (4T65E) is the same, but...
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I can get a,new engine for my 2000 miata shipped free for 1000.00 how much will labor cost at neighborhood mechanic?
There will be a few different labor add on's but the labor to remove and replace the motor will be in the 8 hour range for an automatic transmission vehicle. This does not include swapping over parts and accessories. This...
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My car is kinda low, i drove over a puddle on my way home amd now it's moist under my car mats why? Is that cause it's too low? 2011 BMW 328i
Hi there - while it's possible that water intruded driving "over" a puddle, this seems unlikely in an age of quality, well-sealed cars. The immediate smell also suggests this is not water, but perhaps engine coolant leaking from the heater...
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Intermittent Windshield Wipers move 1/4 of the way
Your windshield wiper motor controller is not able to control the motor to bring it to the park position. The problem is in the wiper motor most likely or the body control module since you have same issue with the...
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I am losing compreshion on all my cylinders 2005 Dodge RAM 1500
Hi there - you don't indicate your mileage, but low compression may be a normal result of a high mileage engine, or a problem due to abnormal wear. Oil breakdown can cause excessive piston ring wear. Extremely lean mixtures can...
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What would keep a service engine soon light on? 2001 BMW 330
Hi - quite often, a Service Engine Soon (SES) light is programmed by the manufacturer to alert you to possible service needs at a given mileage. At your mileage, checking the oxygen sensors and catalytic converter might be appropriate. Check...
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My car started making noise that sounded like a flock of birds in my glove box.
You need to have your blower motor filter removed and see if it has fallen apart and got caught up in the blower motor. You may need to have the blower motor removed and replaced if it is not any...
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In cold weather, the service all wheel drive light comes on 2008 Chevrolet Equinox
Hi there - this is a frustratingly common problem with this model. If a problem code of C0550 is set (whether Check Engine is lit or not), it is possible this warning is the result of a lot battery voltage...
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What is the cause of 1st gear engaging problem (noise)? 1999 toyota Land Cruiser
Hello - there are several possible problem that could cause the transmission noises and occasional lack of motion created by engaging 1st gear. The clutch may have failed, both creating problems engaging 1st gear, or failing to lock up when...
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My car was near a fire headlights melted parts of bumper grill 2005 Ford Crown Victoria
Hi there, it's quite likely that there was melting of wiring insulation, and perhaps even the wiring itself and the battery. If electrical power somehow remained, the first turn of the ignition switch would cause electrical shorts as well. This...
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There was a ice storm and my car is driving fine last night and now there's a thumping noise on my left drivers side 2005 Nissan Murano
Hi there - it's quite likely that after parking your car, ice melted (hot brakes) onto the inside of the wheel, then re-froze. The frozen ice inside the wheel is knocking against the brake or suspension. It should melt and...
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What does the Service Front Camera message mean? Is this covered under warranty? 2015 GMC Acadia
Hi there - quite often this message simply means the camera lens for the front camera has dirt, a leaf, or some other debris on the lens, and the camera cannot function properly. Wiping the lens area with a soft...
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Car turns over but when in gear won't move 2009 Buick Enclave
Hello - check fluid level in the transmission, and for problem code, whether the Check Engine light is one or not. I suspect it will be. This sounds like a failure internal to the transmission, clutches, valve body or a...
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brake pad lubricant
The black liquid is used as an anti-rattle coating for the back of the brake pads. You would normally put a thin coating on the backing plate, where it meets up with the caliper, and it is designed to keep...
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205/65r15 tires on my car right now. Will 105/65r15 tires work without hazzard?
I would highly advise against using the 105/65/15 tires on your car. A tire that is a 205/65/15 translates roughly to 8 inches wide, 25.5 inches tall, with a 15 inch rim. The tires in question, the 15/65/15, would equate...
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Is the drive belt different from the timing belt?
The serpentine belt (aka drive belt), is the belt that drives the accessories on the front of the engine. It drives the alternator, water pump, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and any other belt driven accessories. This is the...
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Connector rod vs compression ratio
The short answer would be yes, the connecting rod does have a direct affect on the compression ratio. For example, if you were to use a shorter connecting rod in a given engine when doing a rebuild, a piston manufacturer...