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My car lean to one side after changing my upper ball joints
This vehicle has ball joints that are integral with the control arms and consequently the control arms are replaced if the ball joints are worn. Replacement of the control arms, particularly the upper control arm, implicates the air ride and...
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Looking for a new car, but want something I can afford to repair and won't kill my pocket when something goes bad.
Although there is no way to answer this question exactly, I can say that any newer vehicle with only 60,000 miles should be able to make it another 120,000 miles with out too much issues. I would just recommend to...
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Sounds suddenly in my car
It sounds like you may be having an issue with your power steering system. This issue could be a leak that has formed or a faulty power steering pump. If your power steering system is leaking, when the fluid drops...
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Heater blower
If the blower motor does not respond to on and off commands at the switch, generally the switch is faulty. The turn signal issue is probably not related to the problem with the blower. If you hear the flashing unit...
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Limp mode
Hello, thank you for writing in. The Limp Mode is activated as a safety precaution due to the computer detecting an issue that will potentially cause further damage. There are a wide variety of sensors that are inputs for the...
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windshield wiper
Hi...YourMechanic can definitely resolve this for you. Linkage replacement will depend on the results of an inspection of the wiper system. Your issue could range from just simply a need adjustment or re-attachment to replacement of broken parts. Assuming the...
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My car cranks but it won't turn on.
Hello, thank you for writing in. When dealing with a cranking, no-start situation you always need to think about the basics. The first three things you need to make sure you have are fuel, air, and spark. If you are...
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my truck when I turn the key I have no power but when I jump it it starts up.
If you have a new, fully charged battery, and the starting system still does not function, there are actually only a relatively limited number of causes. Broadly, either the starter motor/solenoid assembly is faulty or the electrical circuit supplying the...
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Trailblazer 2009 temperature guage drops full in between
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having issues with the water pump. The cooling system and the AC system have very minor things in common between them. The main cooling system component that shares anything with...
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My passenger window will not go up.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The window's motor can make noises even if it is not working correctly. If any part of the regulator and linkage is damaged or disconnected, the motor may still work, but not get any...
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Checking for answers
If you have questions on your vehicle then you can come to this forum to ask your question and get answers. The more detail of the problem you have and as much information on the vehicle year, make, model, engine...
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Car has been misfiring 2007 Mercury Mountaineer
Hello - first task is to check for problem codes, whether the Check Engine is lit or not. If it is, there should be an indication of which cylinder is misfiring. Misfiring can be ignition related - plugs, coils, timing...
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Transmission problem?
Hi There, This 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 car's computer activates...
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Warm engine high idle
Hi There, This may be a sign of a vacuum leak. High idle speed, stalling and hissing sounds are common signs of a vacuum leak. When a vacuum leak is present in an engine, this causes an excessive imbalance in...
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Why is my car acting like this?
Hi There, Shaking or vibration may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below...
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Turns over good has spark and good fuel pressure but will not start 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3l
Hi there - I would first check for problem codes, whether the Check Engine light is illuminated or not. Despite having correct fuel pressure, something may be preventing the injectors from firing as they should - fuel control issues, clogged...
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Car is on but the engine won't run
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 catalytic converter,...
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No crank 1997 Dodge RAM 1500
Hi there - your RAM pickup should not have a security-enabled key, just a standard non-security key. Your symptoms suggest that perhaps the ignition switch or "starter-limiting" relay (transmission interlock switch - Park or Neutral), may be preventing you from...
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Heater air is blowing out cold on the passenger side of the vehicle when the heater is on, warm on driver side 2011 Dodge Journey
Hello - your "no heat" problem sounds like an ambient air temperature sensor on the passenger side with problems, or a malfunctioning air blend door inside the heater air box. I would recommend a heater inspection by a mobile, professional...
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Crazy idle
Hi There, 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...
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Stalling and erratic idle
Hi Dean, I believe you are correct in that you may have a dirty or faulty idle air control valve. The idle air control valve is a small valve on the engine's intake system that reads the air intake as...
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Do I need tranmission fluid change and coolant system flush? If so, for how much?
Hello, yes, with your mileage, and the age of the vehicle, these are all likely needed services. Sent to CS transmission fluid service coolant system flush service front brake pads replacement front brake rotor replacement
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Idles and stalls again.
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a dirty or failing idle air control valve causing your engine idle to fluctuate and eventually stall. The idle air control valve is a small valve on the engine's intake system that...
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Trucks starts up but have to give gas to keep running then dies starts up a second time then it will 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...
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Rust on fenders and back bumper is rusted out 1996 Toyota T100
Hi - in my experience, if you can see rust, there is lots more that you can't see, especially in "salt-belt" states like Maryland. I would recommend having a pre-purchase inspection done by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one...