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want pass emissions
Hi there: It really depends what state you live. If your state requires a safety inspection in order to pass "emissions" and register the vehicle, it's likely that the leaking radiator will not pass. However, if it's just emissions, as...
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My car still overheats, I replaced water pump and thermostat, and now after water pump install it knocks bad
Hi there: Trying to diagnose an overheating issue remotely is incredibly difficult. However, there are three things you can do to attempt to solve this issue. First, remove the water pump, verify it's the right replacement part and reinstall with...
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Headlight issue
Hi there: Depending on what type of vehicle you have, the problem is either caused by a loose electrical connection, a bad headlight switch or a faulty electrical relay. You might want to contact a local mechanic to complete a...
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New at this. Started car & Popped hood - couldn't see anything unusual, but heard the knocking at the front of engine. Then the ca
Hi there: If you're having difficulty starting the engine, it's most likely not related to the knocking sound. In general, knocking issues are caused by loose cylinder head hardware such as lifters, valves and retainers, low oil pressure issues or...
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tried changing alternator about year ago having problem getting feedback to brain cani use aftermarket alternator
Hi there: The use of aftermarket parts vs. OEM is one of the most debated arguments in the automotive community. However, although there are some very good aftermarket part solutions for most vehicles, when it comes to alternators; it's always...
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My cars enginefail safe mode has activated and I am curios what I would need to check to fix this.
Your engine fail safe is a protection mode so additional damage and safety is important. I would recommend having the computer scanned to see if the computer systems have set a code that needs repaired. The vehicle could go into...
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Rebuilt transmission and strut mounts
Hi Patricia: In general, the Saturn tends to wear out components quickly after it reaches the 100,000 mile mark. The transmission is separate from the engine, however, the internal hydraulic lines inside the transmissions on these Saturn's tend to become...
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Car won't start
This may be related to many different possibilities, some of which may be related to a lack of spark and some of which may be related to a fuel delivery problem or a combination of both. For example, if the...
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My car pulls/jerks to right when I slow down.
If this is happening without pressing the brake pedal, this may be a sign of worn out wheel bearings. A wheel bearing will usually fail due to pitting or small damage on the surface of the rollers or the bearing...
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My car ran out of oil completely. Brought it to a place they put oil in it and said it was okay but it smells really bad still.
You should monitor your oil level more often. Your engine may need oil added to it between oil changes. If you have to add 1 quart of oil every 1000 miles it is considered normal. If you have to put...
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Car stalled in stop and go traffic.
Your car may have a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and at idle....
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not turning over
Hi there: It's possible that your battery cables are damaged, wiring to the starter relay is faulty or the starter relay itself is damaged and needs to be replaced. It's also common with early 2000 GMC's for ignition relay's to...
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Oil pressure went all the way t 0 while driving
The oil pressure will usually drop down to zero when one of two things are happening. Either the motor is in fact low on oil or the oil pressure sending unit is not working properly and may be producing a...
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Sounds from engine while at idle
Generally, when a water pump is going bad, you may hear a bit of a whining sound combined with the pump leaking. The most common place for the water pump to leak from is the pulley shaft seal which is...
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Dashboard has light showing low volume indecator
Hi there: I'm not finding any indicator light that you're describing on Nissan's instruction page for indicator lights that is related to a volume control. You might want to review this page and match the light with one you're seeing...
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Car dies when I apply brake and turn wheel at the same time
This may be a result of a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and...
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Replace fuel pump and battery car won't accelerate in park
This may suggest a clogged or dirty EGR valve. The EGR valve is a small component designed to allow the flow of exhaust gases into the intake manifold in controlled amounts. As such, it's a simple valve that closes and...
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Grinding noise in the front right of the vehicle.
Hi there: In most cases, when the wheel bearings go bad, they begin to make the grinding noise on turns, and is progressive as speed increases. This might be an issue with an inner axle (if you're Blazer if 4WD)...
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Car won't start in cold weather, even after gas added.
This may be related to many different possibilities, some of which may be related to a lack of spark and some of which may be related to a fuel delivery problem or a combination of both. For example, if the...
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Clock air conditioner/heater and interior lights won't come on
Items like the clock and heater and a/c systems are usually "key on" components. They only function when the key is in the On position. If these components do not receive that "on" signal, they may not work. Typically this...
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One morning it was cold and my car didn't start up. So when I got home from work at 4:00. I tried to start it IP it did. The next
In cold weather, engines need more fuel - a "richer" fuel mixture - to start. If the fuel mixture is too lean - not enough fuel - the vehicle may not start. Then later in the day when it may...
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How do you buy an old car, without getting ripped off?
Unfortunately, yourmechanic.com does not provide body work services or estimates. If the seller is serious about selling the vehicle at a fair price, ask to take the vehicle to a local body shop for a rust repair estimate. Just from...
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Transmission problems
Changing the fluid and filter at this point will be a real hit or miss proposition. If the transmission has been driven with a low fluid level for some time, there is most likely internal damage - as the noise...
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Engine cranks but won't start.
Your P0101 may be related to the 171 and 174. Any and all of these can be caused by an air leak. Check under the hood for vacuum lines or air boots that have come off or are not well...
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Squeaking noise.
Any number of suspension components can squeak when worn. When applying the brakes, weight transfers to the front of the vehicle. This can cause worn components to shift and make noise. ball joints for example. As they age, the grease...