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In cold weather, the service all wheel drive light comes on 2008 Chevrolet Equinox
Hi there - this is a frustratingly common problem with this model. If a problem code of C0550 is set (whether Check Engine is lit or not), it is possible this warning is the result of a lot battery voltage...
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What is the cause of 1st gear engaging problem (noise)? 1999 toyota Land Cruiser
Hello - there are several possible problem that could cause the transmission noises and occasional lack of motion created by engaging 1st gear. The clutch may have failed, both creating problems engaging 1st gear, or failing to lock up when...
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My car was near a fire headlights melted parts of bumper grill 2005 Ford Crown Victoria
Hi there, it's quite likely that there was melting of wiring insulation, and perhaps even the wiring itself and the battery. If electrical power somehow remained, the first turn of the ignition switch would cause electrical shorts as well. This...
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There was a ice storm and my car is driving fine last night and now there's a thumping noise on my left drivers side 2005 Nissan Murano
Hi there - it's quite likely that after parking your car, ice melted (hot brakes) onto the inside of the wheel, then re-froze. The frozen ice inside the wheel is knocking against the brake or suspension. It should melt and...
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What does the Service Front Camera message mean? Is this covered under warranty? 2015 GMC Acadia
Hi there - quite often this message simply means the camera lens for the front camera has dirt, a leaf, or some other debris on the lens, and the camera cannot function properly. Wiping the lens area with a soft...
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Car turns over but when in gear won't move 2009 Buick Enclave
Hello - check fluid level in the transmission, and for problem code, whether the Check Engine light is one or not. I suspect it will be. This sounds like a failure internal to the transmission, clutches, valve body or a...
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brake pad lubricant
The black liquid is used as an anti-rattle coating for the back of the brake pads. You would normally put a thin coating on the backing plate, where it meets up with the caliper, and it is designed to keep...
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205/65r15 tires on my car right now. Will 105/65r15 tires work without hazzard?
I would highly advise against using the 105/65/15 tires on your car. A tire that is a 205/65/15 translates roughly to 8 inches wide, 25.5 inches tall, with a 15 inch rim. The tires in question, the 15/65/15, would equate...
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Is the drive belt different from the timing belt?
The serpentine belt (aka drive belt), is the belt that drives the accessories on the front of the engine. It drives the alternator, water pump, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and any other belt driven accessories. This is the...
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Connector rod vs compression ratio
The short answer would be yes, the connecting rod does have a direct affect on the compression ratio. For example, if you were to use a shorter connecting rod in a given engine when doing a rebuild, a piston manufacturer...
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Security like flickering when car is off. Started doing this after battery going bad.
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing some sort of electrical issues. If the security alarm system light is flickering then that could be a sign that the system may not be getting...
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I have a bmw 328 xi and I'm putting power steering fluid in it everyday. I don't know if its the pump or the hoses leaking.
Hi there. Check around the power steering pump and see where the leak could be coming from. If the fluid is around the fittings on the pump, around the shaft of the pump, or on the cap of the pump,...
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Help with my truck's rpm's being too low and won't stay running.
Hi there. It seems that there is a vacuum leak on your engine. Check all of the vacuum lines and the vacuum brake booster for any cracks or breaks on the lines and hoses. Replace any hoses or lines that...
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Engine seems locked
Hi there. Sounds as if the meter in the carburetor has failed and made the float continues attempts to fill up when it is to be shut off. This will cause the engine to statically lock up. If the carburetor...
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Where is OnStar module located
Hello. The OnStar module is located in the center console, behind the HVAC controls. The interior will have to be disassembled in order to access the module.
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Fuel line plugged according to the check engine light.
Billing question sent to CS for the cost of repairing a plugged up fuel system on a 2014 Porsche Panamera.
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1994 Chevrolet Silverado extended cabV-8 oil pan gasket replacement?
Hi there. You would have to drain the engine oil out of the oil pan, put the plug back in the oil pan, and remove the oil pan bolts to take the pan off. Once the pan is off, you...
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Delayed engagement on the drive selection.
Hi there. The forward clutch and the reverse input clutch are slipping before engaging. This can be caused by the fluid being dirty, a dirty oil filter, broken input shaft seals, or sticking valves in the valve body (transmission brain)....
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About how much is it to fix an alternator on Rendezvous Buick?
Billing question sent to CS for the repair or replacement of the alternator on a 2002 Buick Rendezvous with a V6-3.4L engine.
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Hi I have a question about my bmw x5.
Hi there. If the battery has a voltage of 9.6 or higher, then the vehicle computer (ECM) is capable of storing codes. If the battery has less than 9.6 volts, then the computer will reset and erase all data and...
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I'm looking at a jeep, but the transfer case is making some noise. It only effects driving when in 4WD. Is it worth buying and fix?
Hi there. If the transfer case is making nose when in 4WD, then there is a possibility that the chain is stretched or the synchronizer is stripped. If you do decide to buy the vehicle, I would recommend seeking out...
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When I'm driving, my car does this little lurch thing constantly, like it has little accelerations.
Hi there. Check the idle air control valve (IAC) to see if it's plugged up. When the vehicle sits, sometimes the IAC valve can stop working and get plugged up. Remove the vacuum hose to the IAC valve and see...
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Hello, I was curious to know how much would a transmission fluid change cost for a 2013 Scion XB? What type of fluid do they use?
Hi there. The transmission fluid that your vehicle calls for is Genuine Toyota ATF T-IV Transmission Fluid. If you have letters to have your vehicle brought to the dealership for a recall, there is no charge to you to fix...
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Car keeps flooding and not starting the engine.
Hi there. Check the fuel pressure regulator and see if it's working properly. Put a fuel gauge on the fuel rail and turn on the fuel pump with the key in the ignition. Then try to start the engine. If...
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An inconsistent starter motor that occasionally works perfectly now will not work. Then engine will not crank at all.
Hi there. It is possible for the starter to fail. But before replacing the starter, make sure that the battery cables are tight and clean. Then check the starter relay and make sure that the relay is clicking. If the...