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Why wont the vehicle turn over?
Hello. Thank you for writing in. We need to start by discussing the testing you have done. If you took the components to an auto parts store to have them tested, the starter may have given you a false positive....
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My windshield wipers keep stopping
The wiring in the wiper circuit should be inspected. If the wiring has a short somewhere, or even the relay or wiper switch, are allowing the wiper motor to draw too much voltage, the life span of the wiper motor...
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Steering Column locked tight
My first instinct would be to suspect the shift interlock system. This system should only lock the wheel when the key is off. It does use a relay, actuator and signals from the PCM (powertrain control module) and the shift...
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Why is my car making a howling noise and blowing smoke when I accelerate? 2009 Mazda CX-7
Hello - there may be multiple problems contributing to the smoke and noise symptoms you are experiencing. The exhaust smoke you notice could be worn or damaged turbocharger seals, or worn piston rings, allowing oil to reach the hot exhaust....
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I am pressure in my radiator causing coolant to in to the over flow bottle
Hello. Thank you for writing in. Typically the only reason the cooling system builds pressure is due to it heating up. You may be overheating and not be aware. Have you checked the coolant level? If the coolant is low,...
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My headlights went out completely 2006 Chevrolet Impala
Hi there - check the fuses and headlight relay (behind the fuse box) first. These are the most likely failed components causing a lack of headlight function. If you would like assistance, I recommend a headlight system inspection by a...
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The dash instrument cluster keeps dropping out.
Hi there. Check the ground wires to the instrument cluster and see if the wires are loose. A loose ground will cause the instrument panel to shut on and off all the time. Also, check the battery cables and make...
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Windshield wiper fluid dispenser installment 2000 Dodge Neon
Hi - if in fact these components are not present, this is highly unusual, and they have been removed. Windshield washer systems have been a Federal requirement for vehicles sold in the United States for many years - safety issue....
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ABS pump bad soft pedal - 2008 Ford Fusion
Hello - Yes, a replacement ABS pump must have the same part number as the pump it is replacing. These units are specific to your vehicle (make/model/production group), and have to match for the software that drives them to operate...
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My air vents sometimes stop working.
Hi there. Anytime something is not functioning all the time and is randomly shutting off, then there is an issue with the relay of that circuit. Check the relay to the fan motor circuit and see if there is power...
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My car's back brake lights won't turn off. Even when i have turned the car off. Would you know what could be the cause(s)? 1997 Hyundai
Hi there - your "constant brake lights" situation is most likely due to a mis-adjusted or malfunctioning brake light switch. I would recommend a brake light switch replacement by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will...
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Transmission not operating correctly and stops working on when coming to a stop.
Hi there. The transmission drive selector module may have failed causing the transmission to not shift or go into gear. This is a common issue with the 2007 Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Check the wiring harness on the transmission to see if...
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I wanna put irocs on my infinity but i dont know what adapters i should buy 2005 Infinity G35
Hello - your Infinity has a 5-lug, by 4.5" diameter bolt pattern for the wheels. Depending on which IROC wheels you have access to, they may or may not fit your Infinity directly. Check (1) the bolt diameter and offset...
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Anti theft lock reset?
Have you tried installing a new battery in your key fob? A weak or dead battery in the key fob can sometimes cause problems in communication with the vehicle and trigger the anti-theft. Any faults stored in the vehicles computer...
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Hearing a noise when driving 2012 Dodge Charger
Hello - most likely the squeal you hear is a "wear warning" for the front brake pads. This is a tiny metal tab on the brake pad that is designed to touch the brake rotor when the brake pads are...
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Have front wheel drive no rear wheel drive
Hi there. Raise up the vehicle and put it on jack stands. Start up the engine and put it into gear. Watch to see which tires move. Put the transmission in neutral and put the transfer case in 4WD high....
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Vacuum linse hooked up backwards on the engine.
Hi there. The vacuum hose to the valve cover is not to be under engine vacuum but rather under throttle vacuum. The lines on the valve cover are for ventilation only from leaking combustion gasses. The brakes will work very...
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Ford 5.4 knocking noise under load or high rev 2007 Ford E-250
Hi there - engine knocking under a load, or when "snapping" the throttle open, is usually worn connecting rod bearings. With your advanced mileage, this would not be unusual. I would recommend an engine noise inspection by a mobile, professional...
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accidentally hooked up jumper cables backwards. No there is no spark on plugs and the fuel pump is running with the engine off.
Hello - the engine management computer controls the fuel pump (through a relay). The lack of spark may be related to a failed crankshaft position sensor, or possibly one or more of the coil packs. Failure of these will yield...
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Is there some sensors activated when shift to reverse that allows engine braking?
Hi there. When selecting reverse from drive on the shifter and the transmission is sticking, check the engine for any broken engine mounts. A broken engine mount will cause a delay in the shifting quality when put into reverse. If...
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need transmission 2003 Pontiac Aztek
Hello - unfortunately, transmission replacement is not a service YourMechanic offers at this time. Check with a local reputable transmission repair shop for this repair. Thanks for thinking of YourMechanic!
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I was recently in an accident and a mechanic told me that I needed my radiator, radiator support and transmission pan replaced. 2010 Chevy Cobalt
Hi there - I think it is appropriate to get a 2nd opinion, even though some of the damage is to mechanical components. This task is best handled by a collision repair estimator at a reputable paint and body shop....
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Things to do when getting smog test at Star station
Hi there. The smog test for vehicles of 1996 and newer will pass if the engine light is off and the gas cap passes the sealed test. As long as the gas cap is sealing to the fuel inlet tube...
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Does my car have two belts? One for the ac pump that can be eliminated?
Hello. Thank you for writing in. When it comes to bypassing a belt pulley, the system is designed to utilize that pulley in order to work correctly. Despite how many belts you have, that pulley must be compensated for. The...
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Windshield wipers turn on when I turn on fog lamps.
Hi there. Check the wires to the fog lights and the wiper system. There is a short to from the fog lights to the wiper system. Try turning on the wipers only and see if the fog lights come on....