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My service engine soon light is on what does it mean
Hi There, Generally, the check engine light comes on when something fairly serious is going on with the vehicle. This can happen for many different reasons such as a faulty mass air flow sensor, a faulty O2 sensor, a bad...
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Truck shifts from 2nd gear then neutral.
This may indicate a failing speed sensor. The transmission speed sensor is a magnetic sensor that provides information related to the speed of the input and output shafts in the transmission, allowing the transmission to shift smoothly. The sensor counts...
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1995 honda civic dx when starting in first the car jerks back and forth and sounds like its reving high then low then goes fine
This may be a sign of a faulty MAP sensor as the vehicle responds adversely to a load put on the motor (i.e. putting it in gear, making turns (which makes use of the power steering pressure switch) turning on...
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Dash does not work
This may be related to a short, a faulty gauge cluster or a faulty instrument cluster voltage regulator. The instrument voltage regulator regulates the voltage supplied to the various gauges in your vehicle’s dash. When this is not working properly,...
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HI! My 2007 PT Cruiser overheated earlier today. The engine was making a knocking sound and shaking. smell of coolant strong.
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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Can a bad neutral safety switch affect shifting?
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a problem with the neutral safety switch. Your vehicle has a neutral safety switch that will prevent the vehicle from starting when it is in any gear position other than park or...
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changed calipers, brakes and my 06 GMC still sticks and ssmells smokey.
Hi Guadalupe: Check the brake caliper torque plate. There are sliding pins in that casting and they must be free. If you replaced the torque plate with the caliper, the pins are probably OK, but if not the pins could...
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My MDX has 107K miles, what major service is needed, if any?
There is no scheduled, or Acura recommended, 100,000 maintenance service interval for your vehicle. Instead, virtually all maintenance required for your vehicle is tracked by the vehicle computer (a "maintenance minder" system) and reported, using letter and number codes, via...
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engine check light problem for a 1995 Nissan Maxima
Hello, thank you for writing in. Considering the age and the mileage on the vehicle, it is not impossible for a few of these components to be going out at once. If the check engine light remains on, you will...
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Shift lever wont go in park or other gears
Hello, thank you for writing in. It is possible the shifter cable or its related components are damaged. They are typically visible from the bottom of the transmission. It should not be hard to inspect that area if you can...
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My car has just started overheating but has never gone pass the 250 degree mark on the dashboard
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle goes into "limp mode", or your model's version of, when it is at risk of becoming damaged. This is a good thing, and it will protect your engine from having worse issues...
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Is there a way to check the ignition timing on my 1999 Chevy Malibu without disassembly?
There is no distributor on your Malibu, instead there are individual coil packs. Ignition timing is adjusted by the power train control module (PCM). You can check timing with a timing light or scan tool, but you will not be...
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My 2010 Volkswagen Beetle key won't turn and then the wheel locks, seems like the lock pins get loose
Hi there. Generally speaking, when a key is hard to turn, it's due to one of two possible sources. In most cases, debris, dust or other materials can bind inside the tumblers and inner lock cylinder, causing the key to...
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I purchased a Used Car from Carmax. I was told on Monday that they could not get the title and had to turn in the car to the aucti
Hello, thank you for writing in. This is a legal issue that is above the advice and services that we can give. You should check with your local courthouse and see if there are any legal advisers you can speak...
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2013 Toyota Highlander making a lot of noise from waterpump, and I'd like to know to expect in terms of repairs.
The engine has to be removed in order to replace the water pump on this engine. The labor just for the water pump is 13 hours. This does not include diagnosis or additional repairs needed like thermostat or any other...
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How much would the tune up be for a 2001 BMW 525i?
Hi there. Today's automotive tune-up is mainly based on mileage or the recommended services by the individual manufacturer. To review what services are due for your BMW, and determine what maintenance services are recommended, click this link to the service...
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The battery light shows on my dash, and my car wont start. Should I replace my alternator or battery?
Hi there. If you're primary goal is to not spend a small fortune on repairs or diagnosis, I wouldn't take your VW to the dealership. I would recommend having a professional mechanic come to your location to determine whether your...
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My transmission is very shaky and gets stuck in a gear or slips, the transitions are not smooth.
Hi there. A slipping or jerking transmission after warm-up is commonly due to two possible sources; either internal seals are damaged and there is an internal transmission fluid leak or due to debris inside the hydraulic lines. In some cases,...
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Looking for the starter interrupt device put on by dealer
Hello...thank you for your question and I will try to help you on this issue, which is an interesting one because these vehicle "kill switches" have indeed become more common lately. Typically the switch box is under the dash but...
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Good evening. I have codes P0010 P0017 P2006 from my diagnosis
Hello there. P0010 is a generic OBD-II code indicating an issue with the engine control module (ECM) detecting a variation in the mechanical timing between the crankshaft and bank 1 camshaft. The timing issue is typically detected during higher RPMs...
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Code p0421, but new catalytic converter installed. Worried it's placed too far back in the system.
Hi there. Due to the fact that you've completed aftermarket alterations to your Mazda, you are likely going to continually have error code problems as you've indicated. The ECU is calibrated to receive data from OEM designed exhaust systems. Since...
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2006 Volvo s60 2.5T and when accelerating it vibrates violently
Hi Christian. Thanks for the additional information. Based on what you've indicated, I would suspect that you have worn out wheel bearings causing the vibration, especially if you are experiencing the vibration reduces and when you make a turn. However,...
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I have a 2006 Volvo s60 2.5T and when accelerating it vibrates violently.
Hi there. It really depends at what speeds you are experiencing the vibration that might point out a few possible sources. If the vibration is apparent upon instant acceleration (at slower speeds and progressively increases as speed does) it is...
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why does my 2006 F150 5.4ltr 4x4 studder while trying to downshift ?
Hi there. If by stutter you are indicating that the engine RPM seems rough or while downshifting the transmission seems to slip in and out of a gear, there could be multiple reasons. Generally speaking, when a transmission has difficulty...