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when do I change the water pump in my 2011 ford Focus
There is no set time or miles to replace the water pump. The pump should be replaced as needed only. When there is a leak at the pump or the cooling system is not performing as it should due to...
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I hit a curb really hard and think the alignment is messed up. How much will this cost?
After hitting a curb you will need to have the complete front end and wheels inspected to see what damage was done. The noise may mean something is damaged. It is not advisable to drive the vehicle too much until...
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Engine dies for a second when traction control light comes on
Hi There, The traction control system monitors the steering stability of the vehicle and engages when loss of traction has been detected. This is done by the use of electronic sensors at each of the four wheels that communicate with...
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No heat coming out of vents?
Hi There, The leak coming from the cracked thermostat housing may have caused an excessive amount of coolant to be leaked out of the system which impacts the functionality of the heater core. The [heater core]((https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/heater-is-not-working-inspection) is a small radiator...
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Car overheating and all levels are fine what is the problem?
Overheating can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, a clogged radiator or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant...
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Backfiring and sluggish
It sounds like you may have a misfire or a timing problem causing the motor to backfire. Engine misfires can be caused by many different problems and are generally caused by either a spark or fuel issue or in some...
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Acceleration trouble.
Hello, It sounds like the vehicle responds adversely to various loads being put on it such as sitting at the stop light and being put into gear. Both of these situations cause a load to be put on the motor...
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Oil pressure light is on
It sounds like you may have a faulty oil pump. The oil pump helps to circulate the oil throughout the motor getting it to the proper places in the engine at the correct amount of pressure to maintain the proper...
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I need alternator advice
The alternator is computer controlled and using the wrong year one may not charge or may damage the computer. The 2004 is wired different than the 2005 or 2006 ones. I do not think the cheaper one will work. ...
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Oil light and battery light on.
Hi There, The oil pressure light will usually come on when a few things could be happening. Either the motor is in fact low on oil, the oil pump could be failing or the oil pressure sending unit is not...
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How much does it cost to change and or fix the coolant thermostat
Hi there. Quotes cannot be generated via the ask a mechanic portal. Your request is being forwarded to customer service. Please have your vehicle make, model, year, mileage, and VIN readily available. Your Mechanic has several available technicians that can...
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Low oil pressure light
Hello, It sounds like you may have an oil pump that may not be pumping the proper amount of oil through the motor maintaining the proper oil pressure. I would suggest checking the oil pump as this can definitely impact...
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I was told the ball joint on my 2010 Nissan Cube was bad and needed to be replaced. The dealership estimated that is would cost $
Hi there. A sudden change like that would make anyone skeptical. The best weapon in your arsenal now is a second opinion. You could be in need of a ball joint replacement just as they stated, but did they show...
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Oil light came on
The oil pressure light will usually come on when a few things could be happening. Either the motor is in fact low on oil, the oil pump could be failing or the oil pressure sending unit is not working properly...
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temperature gauge not working, a/c needs to be recharged constatantly
Hi there. It sounds like you may have a gauge or wire harness problem that needs to be inspected and you definitely have an ac system leak if you have to keep adding refrigerant. The ac leak could be anywhere...
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When put into gear car revs up then lurches forward then stops it keeps doing it
The problem is going to be in the forward running clutch pact is not engaging until pressure is high. You will need to have transmission rebuilt to repair the transmission. You can rebuild the one you have or replace with...
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Steering is jerking
Hi There, What you are describing sounds like a problem with the rack and pinion gears. The rack and pinion gear set does two things: It converts the rotational motion of the steering wheel into the linear motion needed to...
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very bumpy ride
Hi there. A worn shock/strut can definitely give you a bumpy ride. However, worn driveline parts can also give you the sensation of a bumpy ride. A proper inspection of the steering and suspension system as well as the drive...
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Is 750 Nm a lot for a 2 L engine?
Yes, 754nm is a lot for a 2.0 liter engine - as in "not believeable". The Ford Ecoboost twin-turbo 2.0 liter engine makes approximately 375nm of torque in it's most favorable configuration - approx half the suggested number.
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rear end problem
Hi there. Unfortunately, we do not have the type of information readily available to answer this type of question. We can assist you with any question that involves returning a vehicle to factory specifications; we cannot provide modification information. Your...
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Wont start right away, won't turn over, lights come on, eventually works.
What you are describing sounds like a faulty starter solenoid. If you hear a clicking sound when turning the key, it is likely that your starter solenoid may be faulty. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has...
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Did mechanic not refill radiator when doing flush?
Hi there. It definitely sounds like you may have experienced a low coolant concern. However, it is difficult to say when the low level occurred. There is also the possibility that the thermostat was indeed the source of the overheating;...
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Erratic idle at stop light
Hi There, This may be a sign of a faulty MAP sensor. The Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor senses engine load and generates a signal that is proportional to the amount of vacuum in the intake manifold. When you are...
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Last night my car died and I was able to jump it and get home, I had replaced the battery and alternator a few months ago 2003 Honda Accord
Hi there - it is unlikely your charging problem and the loss of coolant are related - with one exception - a failed serpentine belt and belt tensioner. Such a case could mean the belt is slipping on the alternator...
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Car starts but won't stay running
It sounds like you may have a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and...