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Coolant leak & light came on, dealer suggesting will need radiator replacement
It's very possible that they are correct. The radiators on the Jetta are made of plastic and very thin aluminum and they are very delicate. It's very possible that a piece of road debris could be kicked up with enough...
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Accelerator is not responding
This may be a sign of a failing throttle position sensor. The throttle position sensor (TPS) is a sensor used to monitor the throttle position of the throttle plate inside the throttle body in relation to your foot position on...
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Does 4k seem reasonable to replace the wiring harness on a 2011 Jaguar XJ?
I think you should get a second opinion on this. The wiring harness should be trouble free unless something has happened to damage it. Accidents, fires, water damage, salt corrosion, or electrical overloads can damage a wiring harness, but you...
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Stalling at low speeds and idle.
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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Jerking reaction when accelerating
This may be a sign of a dirty or failing mass air flow sensor. The mass air flow sensor is a unit in the intake system that monitors air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected...
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Car jerking uncontrollably, trouble accelerating, rough idle, cylinder 1 misfire code
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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Alternator Replace but Battery Indicator Light Remains Dim
This may suggest a failing voltage regulator. The voltage regulator is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the alternator. When the voltage regulator is not working properly, this may result in the alternator allowing too much...
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Won't start makes ticking sound someone said it could be battery or starter but all the lights come on
This is a common sign of a faulty starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity to the starter. When this fails, it may cause a clicking sound and will...
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AC is not cold
A ten year old car is very likely to have lost some of its refrigerant charge. Even if the system has no detectable leaks, Tiny amounts of refrigerant can leak past the seals and over time you will lose enough...
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The battery light is showing on the dashboard
This may be a sign of a weak battery, a failing voltage regulator or failing alternator. As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while...
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Car battery can't keep a charge.
This may be a sign of a weak battery, a failing voltage regulator or failing alternator. As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while...
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I replaced the alternator about 6 months ago. Yesterday while idling the battery light popped on and my car quit.
This may suggest a failing voltage regulator. The voltage regulator is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the alternator. When the voltage regulator is not working properly, this may result in the alternator allowing too much...
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Car not starting sometimes
This is a common sign of a faulty ignition coil. Ignition coils are coated with a varnish-like insulation that becomes brittle over time after being stretched then contracted repeatedly The insulation develops small fractures that open when heated and close...
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Possible broken axle
I think you are dead on about the axle. What has probably happened is that the CV joint has separated. The CV joint is a ball and groove affair that allows the power to be transmitted through the shaft while...
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My car is having trouble idling.
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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Transmission over temp
The shifting problem you are having may be a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the...
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Hesitation
This may be a variety of different possibilities such as a dirty or faulty mass air flow sensor or a faulty throttle position sensor or dirty fuel injectors. The mass air flow sensor is a unit in the intake system...
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No heat when not pushing on gas
You may have a clogged heater core that may be prohibiting the outer linings of the heater core to get hot. As you know, the heater core is a series of tubes that the coolant runs through that generates the...
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Intake manifold runner stuck closed bank 1. How can I fix this on my car
There are several parts that might be broken that will cause this. The best case scenario is that you have a vacuum line disconnected. Check all your vacuum lines and hose connections first. However, what is much more likely is...
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Car died while driving now won't crank
At 150 thousand miles it really could be anything. I'm not clear on weather you have a car that will not start or one that will not crank. A car that will not crank may have problems in the charging...
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My car overheats in about a mile of driving
If you are coming up low on coolant every time, it has to be going somewhere. It could be leaking out of a hose or radiator, but to lose it that quickly, I expect you would be able to see...
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Poor idle, shuts off sometimes.
Anytime you have a performance or idle problem, a good place to start is to check for air leaks. The engine must have carefully monitored amounts of air to run correctly and any air that gets in without being measured...
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Key does not turn in the ignition
Hello. If the key is not turning in the ignition then it may be possible that there is an issue with the lock cylinder or ignition switch. The ignition lock cylinder physically switches the electrical ignition switch. Ignition lock cylinders...
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Wiper motor and stalling issues.
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing two separate issues. If your wiper motor is not functioning despite it being replaced then it may be possible that there is some sort of wiring...
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Acceleration issues.
Hello. Slow acceleration can be caused by a wide variety of issues. A few common causes are issues with the vehicle's fuel, ignition, or engine management systems. If any of the components to these systems, such as the fuel pump,...