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Overheating, blow cold air
The heater not working in some cases may be related to the overheating problem you are also having. This may be due to a faulty heater blower motor or potentially a bad heater core. As you may know, the heater...
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Stalling
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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Heater , AC and Defrosters wont work.
Hello, This may be related to a faulty blower motor or blower motor relay. Occasionally, the blower motor itself will wear out or become faulty working intermittently as the brush contacts inside the motor wear out. The blower motor relay...
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Pulsing engine.
Hello, It sounds like you may have a vacuum leak causing the engine to idle higher than normal. High idle speed, stalling and hissing sounds are common signs of a vacuum leak. When a vacuum leak is present in an...
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Misfire issue
If you replaced the spark plugs and the two coils to fix the problem you should be okay if the problem does not continue. You would have noticed the problem returned if it was not fixed. The coils of the...
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Hello Ben, my oil pressure is came on. Slight oil drip. Mechanic changed oil, replaced sending unit. Light came on after a day.
You need to have the oil pressure checked to see if the oil pressure is within specifications before you condemn the engine internal problem with oil pump or crankshaft and bearings. You may want to get the dealer involved now...
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Could my problem be the key? 2009 Honda Civic
Hi there - this sounds like the security system needs a simple reset, similar to what's needed if you replace the battery. Try this: lock the car using the ignition key in the driver door. Let it sit for 5...
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Car was running fine with no problems. Only on first start up I would have to let the car warm up do to a 2005 Nissan Altima
Hi there - stalling while driving indicates a heat-related failure; quite possibly the crankshaft position sensor, ignition module or fuel pump relay. First task is to check for problem codes, whether the Check Engine light is on or not. A...
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Car dies while driving and won't start, just cranks over then if it sits awhile 10 mins it will run 1998 Nissan Altima
Hi there - your "hot fail" indicates a heat-related failure; quite possibly the crankshaft position sensor, ignition module or fuel pump relay. First task is to check for problem codes, whether the Check Engine light is on or not. A...
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Poor idling and low speed stalling 1993 GMC Sierra V8
Hi - your poor low-speed running symptoms cover a range of possible problems: fuel supply issues (low fuel pressure, clogged fuel filter, clogged/leaky injectors), idle air control valve, dirty throttle body or throttle position sensor. I recommend a poor engine...
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It said reduced power engine
The electronic throttle on vehicles are capable to limit the throttle opening when the engine computer has problems in one or more of its major systems. You should have the computer tested for stored codes that will give you the...
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Engine light came on at going 60 mph just had oil change run ok 65 and 70 but not at lower speeds 2010 Ford Taurus
Hi - the P0302 problem code you have represents large-scale misfiring, which could certainly cause poor running. This could be a failure of one or more of the igntion coils, oil in the spark plug recesses (causes shorting of ignition...
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Does my 2001 Mercedes need Motor mounts? How many motor mounts are there?
Your car has two motor mounts in the front and one transmission mount at the rear. The Front motor mounts soak up most of the engine vibration and last for about 10 or 12 years before they start to get...
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Belt drive kit - tension assembly 2008 Nissan Sentra
Hi there - without seeing both the "kit" and the vehicle, it's hard to say for sure. But - it sounds like you purchased the correct parts - belt, tensioner and idler pulley. For assistance with this project, I recommend...
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Transmission failsafe program
When you get the transmission fail safe warning, it means the transmission controller has detected a fault in the transmission or in the various sensors that it reads. The controller can adapt to a certain amount of wear and tear...
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How hard is it to get the vacum line and gas line off of the canisister
The purge valve is in the engine compartment and the vapor lines are just squeeze connector and pull off the line. Then two bolts to remove valve and then install the new one and clear codes.
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Was told that I need my valve cover gasket replaced. It is the drives side 1998 Mercedes C280
Hi there - I believe the "gasket" you mention that is actually leaking is one of a handful of rubber grommets for the bolts that hold on the valve cover gasket. They require removal of the valve cover gasket to...
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Blinker/turn signal does not work or blink, stays on can hear a click though - 2004 Chevrolet Express 2500
Hi there - your symptoms suggest an electrical problem with the bulbs, or wiring to the them - not the flasher unit itself. Check for good bulbs, good contacts in the bulb receptacles, and good grounds at each corner of...
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Exhaust leak from engine gasket right after catalytic converter keeps blowing out. What needs changing O2 sensor or converter ? 2000 Chevrolet S10
Hello - I suspect that either the flange joint after the converter has a defect that continues to leak, despite new gaskets, or the muffler is stopped up, increasing exhaust pressure on that joint. I recommend an exhaust system inspection...
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Headlights flicker when completing a turn. 2011 Nissan
Hi there - I think you have good instincts on this problem! I agree that your problem is most likely in either the headlight/turn signal switch on the steering column, or possible with a wiring issue inside the steering column...
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BMW stalled while driving, won't start 1999 BMW 528i
Hello - your symptoms suggest a blown head gasket, or overheating episode - somewhat common to BMW 6-cylinder engines with 100K+ miles on the clock. IF this is the cause, it is repairable, without replacing the engine. Other damage may...
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I have white smoke coming out of my exhaust pipe. Could it be a bad ccv?
White smoke makes me worry about the head gasket. If there is coolant getting into the combustion chambers, it makes a nasty smelling white smoke Burning coolant can have a very strong smell, from a sweet kind of odor to...
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RPM gauge acts crazy, spark knocks, skip then shut down 2001 Hyundai Sonata
Hi - first task is to check problem codes, whether the Check Engine light is on or not. Given the symptoms you describe, this sounds like an electrical component, [ignition module](https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/symptoms-of-a-bad-or-failing-electronic-spark-control, or engine management computer, that gets hot and fails...
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Blinker/turn signal does not flash, I can hear a click in the module, lights up but doesn't blink 2004 Chevrolet Express 2500
Hi there - I would check the turn signal light bulbs and ground connections on the side which is not flashing. Burned out bulbs, shorts and poor ground connections can cause the "no flash" behavior you describe. If the hazard...
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My 1988 Nissan Pulsar NX has new battery and starter but won't start easily, if at all, unless jumped.
It sounds like your charging system isn't working. When you put a new battery in the car, the car will work for a few hours of driving until the battery voltage drops below a certain point. (usually around 10 volts)...