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car completely died going down road now won't start
Hello there, without knowing your make and model I can only provide a very basic answer. Touching the ignition switch wires together to start the car will cause long term damage and can damage the wiring harness. Many common faults...
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engine cranks over but won't start
Hello. Thank you for writing in. The fuel smell you are having is from the engine throwing fuel into the cylinders that is not being burned. The spark system will is likely the cause of your no start. If none...
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transmission shift shock
Hi there. A lot of times, engine performance issues are mistaken for transmission issues. The loss of acceleration and jerking taking off could be, a lack of fuel pressure caused by a faulty fuel pump or fuel pressure regulator. Proper...
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My steering wheel stays to the right when I drive straight.
The power steering gear is held to the frame using two large bolts going through the rack and pinion mount bushings. The bushings will get worn or oil soaked and will allow the entire rack and pinion to shift to...
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Replace alternate or repair - Camry 1997
Most alternators are not repaired anymore and only rebuilt. The parts are not available to repair most alternators in the field. I would recommend replacing the alternator with a remanufactured or new alternator only.
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What headers are good for this car we can't find one that is good need help?
Hello there, exhaust manifold or header issues are common on your 1990 Toyota Celica. The best bet for finding a proper fitting exhaust manifold is to get a OEM or OEM replacement part. This indicates the part will function and...
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Battery cells keep dying
The problem is not with the vehicle but the batteries that are defective. I am seeing a lot of batteries on the market that only give 1 year warranty. I thing the other batteries that give more than a year...
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Input shaft swap between automatic and manual transmission possible?
Hello there, the input shaft is different between the automatic and manual transmissions of your 1993 Chevrolet Blazer. The part numbers are different between the two parts, this indicates the input shaft is not able to be swapped between the...
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I feel rough, not smooth running . A mechanic disabled my EGR.
Hi there. The rough running in 3rd gear could be, an engine misfire caused by a faulty spark plug or faulty fuel injector. There are multiple possibilities for an engine to run rough under load (3rd gear) and should be...
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No power idles like it has a cam. I tested it with a Innova OBD 2 scanner.
The EGR valve may be getting carbon into the valve holding it open. This would cause the rough idle and low power. If the engine is getting excessive carbon in the motor the intake manifold and exhaust manifold may be...
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Do I buy this car?
Changing engine oil on a regular basis is certainly on way to have a long healthy life with your engine. For most model years, Infiniti recommends "normal" service intervals of every 6 months or 7500 miles, whichever comes first. So...
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Can a poorly installed wheel bearing cause extensive damage when driven on?
Hi there: It's highly unlikely that the installation of a wheel bearing causes mechanical damage that the mechanic has listed above. Typically those components (Axle shaft leaking, steering knuckle, lower ball joint, lower control arm, front strut) are not touched...
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What size fuse do i need for my wipers
Replace it with a 20 amp fuse.
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Car making a low noticeable sound at speeds between 55 km/hr to 70km/hr.
Hi there: Diagnosing 'noises' remotely is one of the more difficult things to do for any mechanic. However, there are a few things which could cause this noise, ranging from loose motor mounts, loose serpentine or drive belt, pulley's or...
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Flapping noise when braking
Hi there: It's highly possible that the source of your front end noise is a faulty or worn out wheel bearing. In most cases when the wheel bearings wear out, the noises are caused by lack of lubrication or metal-to-metal...
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I have a 2008 Honda Accord. The dealership just told me I need to replace the battery cables. How much should that cost?
Hi there: The best way to get a price quote on having the battery cables replaced on your 2008 Honda Accord is to submit a quote from YourMechanic.com. In most cases, our prices are about 30% less than most mechanic...
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Engine conversion from 1.6 to 1.3 Suzuki Liana
Hi there: Unfortunately, we don't service this model at YourMechanic.com or see many of them here in the United States. However, from what I've researched, the two motors will swap out fairly simply. We can't offer you any advice on...
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Looking for a price to replace primary and secondary thermostat and radiator flush. Just an average cost.
Hi there: For the services you listed, and the fact the quote is from a dealership, yes; that is about average for the two thermostats and radiator flush to be completed BY A DEALERSHIP. You can get a quote from...
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Cooling system issue
Hi there: It's very common on many GM vehicles for air bubbles to be created when servicing the coolant system. If the coolant system is not primed or "bled" correctly, it will overheat quickly when you drive. There is a...
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Serpentine belt remove/replace
Hi there: The 2009 Volkswagen CC is very tricky to remove the serpentine belt due to the little clearance it has in front due to the engine placement and proximity to the radiator. The best way to remove this is...
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Car will not start
Hi there: It's possible that you have a damaged fuel pump, fuel pump relay or obstruction in the fuel delivery system that is causing the no starting issue for your 1999 Monte Carlo. However, it could also be an issue...
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MOTOR MOUNT
Hi there: Different US states have individual safety standards for passing an annual safety inspection. If the motor mounts are damaged, or loose; which is very common in the North Eastern US due to cold weather and poor road conditions;...
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The fuel consumption of my car is too much. What should I do pls?
Hi there: In order to help you locate and gain access to the sensors that might be faulty, we'll need to know the make, model, year of your vehicle. However, there are many factors that impact fuel economy, from damaged...
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JVC KD-R462 Settings
Hi there: Your best bet is to contact JVC directly and ask them to send you an owner or instruction manual for the model of stereo you have.
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Suzuki Grand Vitara with P0717 code.
Hi there: In most cases the wheel sensor or the electrical harness attached to the sensor is the source of this error code. You might want to replace both, reset the ECU and see if the code goes away. If...