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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...
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Light rubbing from passanger side while driving
Hi there. Anytime you hear a rubbing sound coming from the vehicle, it's always something to be concerned with and take corrective action to have properly diagnosed. If you continue to hear this noise over the next few days, it...
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2005 Scion TC, 108,00 miles. My car didn't start so I had to jumpstart it. I let it idle to charge the battery and it just died.
You may have a failing voltage regulator that could be allowing the alternator to supply too much or too little amperage to the battery resulting in the battery never maintaining a consistent charge as it is designed to. The voltage...
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Which O2 sensor has to do with the gas for a 2010 ford flex
Hi there. Honestly, both oxygen sensors needs to work together in order to efficiently burn gasoline in today's modern engines. The sensors job is to monitor exhaust gases directly out of the combustion chamber (upstream) and after going through the...
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Serpertine belt keep shreeding
Hi there. Typically when the serpentine belt shreds, it is due to either misalignment of the pulley's or the belt is not properly adjusted. You might want to either purchase a service and repair manual for your Isuzu Rodeo or...
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Mercedes Benz c300, 2015 power steering malfunction is showing up on the dashboard.
Hi there. With electronic power steering system like your Mercedes-Benz C300 has, this issue is typically due to a sensor failure or mechanical problem with the power steering system that needs to be correctly diagnosed before any repairs are attempted....
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Loud noise coming from air conditioner after service.
Hi there. Thanks for writing in today. I have forwarded your inquiry to our sales and service team, who can forward your inquiry to Jeff and hopefully find a good solution to the issue you are experiencing. They should contact...
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Peter does a 2008 range rover come with comfort AC?
Hi there. The 2008 Range Rover Sport HSE Edition comes with a dual-zone automatic climate control system, that allows you to adjust the temperature to comfortable settings for driver and passenger sides.
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Wondering if I ordered the wrong waterpump
Hi there. Typically, ordering a replacement component by VIN # is the best way to ensure you have the right replacement parts. It is possible that the water pump currently on the vehicle is an aftermarket component that has been...
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brakes
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your brake pads likely need to be replaced. That grinding you are hearing is most likely metal-on-metal friction due to a lack of brake pad material. You can inspect the brake pads to see...
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No spark 1998 Chrysler Concorde 3.2 l
Hi there. The cam and crankshaft sensors impact the timing of ignition as opposed to completing an electrical circuit and creating spark. If you are not getting power to the spark plug wires, the issue is likely due to faulty...
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Hi, Could use a lot of help. I have a 2006 Audi A4, recently purchased. Just recently the PRNDS lights are flashing, had it tested
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely having an issue with the TCM, or transmission control module. The issues you are having are classic of a TCM failure, and the issues will get worse. Unfortunately, there are...
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I bought a Mini Cooper and driving it today the service engine soon light came on, overdue oil change, can that make light go on
The check engine light will not be on from not changing oil in time. You will have to have the computer scanned to retrieve stored codes so you can find out the cause. The oil and filter should be changed...