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How long does it take to replace the lower radiator hose on this car? Do you think that $360 is an appropriate amount for the labor to replace this hose?
Hi there. Replacing a lower radiator hose on your vehicle can take up to 50 minutes at a shop. Most shops will charge for replacing the hose and filling the radiator as 2 separate service times. This will add time...
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Vehicle check engine light is on - cannot pass smog test and stalls out - even when u press on gas pedal.
Sent to CS for billing question on how much it would cost for a tune up for the BMW to pass emissions test. A tune up comes with cleaning out the fuel system and performing a fuel injection flush, replacing...
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My mechanic says I need a throttle body with a vacuum hose for my 04 mercury mountaineer. I've found throttle bodies but none of them mention a vacuum hose.
Hi there. The best thing would be to check the throttle body that is currently on the engine. If the throttle body has vacuum hoses to it, then you would need to get a throttle body with a vacuum hose....
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Engine idle fluctuates
You 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. Since...
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No throttle responce but car runs good why
As you may know, the EPC light stands for "Electronic Power Control" which is a general fault indicator signaling that something has been detected that is abnormal relating to the traction control, the throttle control, the cruise control or the...
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Engine misfiring and shut off
Engine misfires can be caused by many different problems, but there are a few suspects that occur more than others. Generally, misfires are caused by either a spark or fuel issue or in cases, a combination of both. Spark related...
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Will not attempt to start. Engine has spark. Also noticed oil was in the intake tube.
Hi there. Check to see if the fuel injectors are working. You can back probe them with a digital meter and see if the voltage is being metered. If the injectors are working, then check the crankshaft position sensor and...
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Steering wheel has a lot of "play" or movement.
Hi there. The first thing you would need to do is perform a dry park steering test. Have someone get in the car and set the parking brake. Then have them start the engine and turn the steering wheel left...
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Nissan 08 Altima won't start up when I press on the brake and push the start button.
Hi there. It sounds like the brake switch on the brake pedal is not working. There are two circuits on the brake switch, one for the brake lights and the other for the starter circuit. Some vehicles require the brakes...
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My car does not start when I turn the key in the ignition but the dashboard lights turn on. Fuse keeps burning out.
Hi there. Sounds like the starter or starter solenoid has failed and is creating an overload on the electrical system making the fuse burn. Check the wires on the starter and relay and make sure that they are tight. If...
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The timing belt broke while I was driving. Can a mechanic estimate what additional damage the broken belt caused upfront?
The vehicle information you provided is for a vehicle that has a timing chain no a timing belt. If the timing chain broke while you were driving, then the engine must be replaced preferably by the dealer for the bet...
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Squealing noises from front passenger side
Hello. Thanks for writing in. If the noise and the light are related, then it is the rear brakes that are causing the noise. It is completely possible for an emergency brake to engage when it shouldn't. This means components...
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Car wont start, rotor on the distributor will not turn.
Hi there. It is possible that the camshaft gear has sheered off the camshaft and will not turn the distributor shaft. Remove the timing cover and turn the crankshaft and watch the timing chain turn the camshaft. If the distributor...
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If there is no noise coming from front end but it fails inspection, any idea on what could be wrong?
The person doing the inspection may have found a part that is very badly worn like a wheel bearing or very loose steering tie rod. The problem should have been described a lot better so you could get an estimate...
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Car is running crappy sounds like a v8 truck with dual exaust.
If the engine exhaust sounds very loud, there may be a loose or broken component like a cracked manifold or rusted pipe section like on your egr valve. A technician will be able to look over the vehicle listening for...
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P0321. Internet says it could be my crankshaft sensor?
These items are not connected. You have a couple of fault codes that are tied to different malfunctions. The crankshaft position sensor may cause stalling or a rough idle. A stuck on torque converter clutch may cause stalling when the...
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Sputtering problems
Hello. Engine sputtering and performance issues can be caused by many things. If you have already replaced those components then I would move on to looking at a few other things. Issues with the ignition, engine management, or fuel systems...
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My brakes are squeaking, dealer said they can check if a service would be due for $140 or to replace all 4 completely it would cost $740.
Hi there. Most shops will charge to replace the brakes on a vehicle by the axle. That would be the front wheels as one axle and the rear wheels as a second axle plus parts. The dealership wants to replace...
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I have replace both of the camshaft position sensor on my 2007 Infiniti M35 and still have the slip and vdc lights on.
If the check engine light was on with codes that pointed to these sensors and the codes were not cleared after the parts were installed this may be the reason the lights are still on. The check engine light could...
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Key stuck in ignition will not turn.
Hello. Thanks for writing in. The key will not come out because the ignition cylinder is not in the off position. This is standard. The first thing to check is that the shift lever is in the park position. Make...
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Cadillac CTS OnStar disconnection
Hello. The OnStar system is wired to receive a wide variety of inputs so that immediate assistance can be provided in the event of an accident. For this reason it may very well be possible that the system is tied...
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I have an error code P0441. It is recommended that I replace the purge control valve. Where is this located and how do I replace?
Hi there. The purge control valve on your vehicle should be behind the engine air filter housing. You may have to remove the air filter housing to get to the purge valve. The valve is held on by a couple...
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Car turns off while driving
The stalling you are experiencing may because by the crankshaft position sensor or a failing distributor which has a camshaft position sensor inside. During the no start, if there is a lack of spark, these sensors may be at fault....
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Car won't start after seeing engine hot turn a/c off warning light.
Hi there. Check the battery cables and make sure that they are tight and clean. Then check the battery voltage and see if it has a voltage of 12.6 or 12.4. If the battery is less than that, then the...
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Headlights randomly turn on at night.
Hello. Thank you for writing in. In order to diagnose this you may need to catch it while its happening (or replicate it and make it happen), and be ready to do some tests. You will want to start at...