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Car is hesitating upon acceleration
Hesitation is not generally caused by transmission faults. With regard to the transmission, if the fluid is "old", it's a good idea to change the fluid and the filter. Simply request transmission fluid service and the responding certified mechanic will...
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My car will start to slowly lose power as I am making turns and on one or two occasions at a stop sign. 2006 Saturn Ion
Hello - your symptoms suggest a problem with the idle air control valve or the throttle body may be dirty. A sticking Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve might also create this behavior. I suggest a stalling inspection performed by a...
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i have a Lexus ls460 2007 w 80,000 miles. should i replace the spark plugs
The OEM spark plugs are claimed (by Lexus, in the maintenance schedule) to be good for 120,000 miles. However, there are many other maintenance items on this vehicle that have much shorter maintenance intervals such as replacement of the brake...
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I have a 2013 dodge avenger about a month ago i had my serpentine belt replaced i noticed my car was hesitating starting up again
The serpentine belt has little to do with starting the vehicle. It's function is to drive components like the alternator, power steering pump, water pump and air conditioning compressor. If however, the belt is damaged or stretched, it can cause...
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Right side curtain air bag
The deployment of the air bag may or may not be a "delayed" consequence of the year ago "damage". A possibility is the deployment is a consequence of a defect(s) in the circuit and the "safing" provisions as well. A...
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Had an issue with the D flashing and car losing power, now the Catalytic Converter light is on - 2014 Volkswagon Jetta
Hello - there are a number of Technical Service Bulletins for your model relating to software upgrade to correct faulty engine timing, which results in poor performance issues - which you have already engaged. I would stay after your VW...
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If My Windows Are Manual , Is It Possible To Convert Them To Power Windows ?
There is a saying when it comes to modifying cars: "Anything can be done if your pockets are deep enough." Power windows may seem like a simple function, but there will be a lot of parts and labor involved. Electric...
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car doesn't started
What you are describing could be caused by fuel pump failure or an ignition failure. Prior to performing diagnostics be sure you have a fully charged battery that passes a load test. Then, confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security...
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Will the bolt pattern match up with a '98 Mazda B3000 motor to my '88 transmission 1988 Mazda B3000
Hello - unless your '88 has the M5OD-R1 5-speed transmission, I don't believe this swap will work. There were simply too many engine changes over the 10 years, and the M5OD transmission is one of the few common elements. You...
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Starting problem
It sounds like somebody missed something. It could be that they didn't keep the car until it was cold enough to have a problem. Many electrical problems are temperature related because of the expansion and contraction of components going through...
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Could you please define what can be root cause?
Surging can be caused by a number or mechanical or electronic issues. A vacuum leak for example. If there is a crack in the air intake hose, or a vacuum line or loose or broken, this can effect idle speed...
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Any DIY service manuals available? 2007 Mercedes S550
Hello - except for the Mercedes factory Service Manual/DVDs, the usual sources of quality aftermarket service manuals (i.e. Bentley) are bare on this one. Haynes/Chiltons don't yet cover anything this new either, certainly not for S-class models. Your best bet...
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Why do I have black soot on my exhaust? Check Engine is not on 2004 Mercedes E320
Hello - a bit of black soot on the exhaust pipe can be due to several things that don't necessarily represent a problem. If you consistently drive short trips, where the engine doesn't have a chance to warm up completely,...
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Car sounds like old bed spring
Struts or any number of suspension components can cause a squeaking noise over bumps or when turning. Typically, components like ball joints can be the cause. In most modern vehicles, components like ball joints are greased and sealed at the...
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Cranking, not starting.
Spark and fuel are required for the engine to start and run properly. If the engine cranks easily, odds are it's not a battery or starter issue. Lack of spark and fuel can be caused by a number of components....
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What years ignition module will fit my 1991 Chevrolet Silverado 5.7
Hi - GM V8 ignition control modules from 1987 to 1995 should interchange with your '91 5.7L. For assistance, I recommend a ignition control module replacement performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come...
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My truck will not open anymore at all and then I put the key it won't twist ether?
It could be that you have a lock actuator that is jammed. The actuators can operate the locks, but are also moved by the key in the lock. when they become jammed everything just stops working. There isn't much that...
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It doesn't seem to shift gears? 1993 Toyota Camry
Hi - the first thing to check is the fluid level in the transmission, and the fluid condition (pink, relatively clear and no burned smell are what you want here ). This transmission has a governor in the transmission that...
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now truck just starts and dies
Starting and stalling can be caused by a number of reasons. If the vehicle is equipped with a factory anti-theft system, there could be issues with that system. Mechanical issues such as a vacuum leak can also cause stalling. If...
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Which, if any sensor and/or relay is failing? 1995 Dodge Dakota
Hello - there are any number of possibilities causing the "random" misfire and stalling. I would not assume fuel supply still isn't an issue - a failing fuel pump can behave in the manner you describe. Are any codes set...
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TIRE PRESSURE SENSOR FAULT: How do you determine which sensor is faulty?
Depending on the vehicle and tire pressure system you can find out what sensor is defective by scanning the TPMS system to isolate the failed sensor. Another way is to use a sensor activator scanner near each wheel to test...
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Rattling noise 2012 Toyota Yaris
Hi there - the rattling noise you describe is likely a heat shield on the exhaust system, or some other bracket attached to the engine/transmission. Engine vibration, however minimal, can cause loose metal to make an awful racket. Since getting...
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Coolant/radiator 2000 Volvo C70
Hello - Is there white smoke coming from the tailpipe, with a sweet smell? If so, you likely have a blown head gasket. When the radiator and hose were replaced, the cooling system may have still had air pockets inside...
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Hi I bought a car yesterday evening and the owner I got it from told me it overheats - 2000 Chevrolet Malibu
Hello - finding and fixing the coolant leak is the first step, and it may be obvious what is leaking based on where the leak is. If the fluid is coming from the passenger side of the car, in line...
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My CEL comes on for a day goes off for a day whats that mean? 2010 Honda Accord
Hi there - check for the problem codes that are turning your Check Engine light on first. Most auto parts stores will do this for you for free on a "time-available" basis. There are many conditions that "come and go"...