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i recently changed the starter to this car and now i have VSA engine light on that doesnt go away. how do I fix this?
Hello. Thanks for writing in. The VSA light relates to the steering system. The tire pressure monitoring system also ties into it. Considering the variety of systems in your vehicle that seem to be effected, it sounds like a power...
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The radio will not power on. 2001 VW Passat
Hi there - first task is to check the fuse which powers the radio. If the fuse is good, check the operation of other devices powered by the same fuse for operation. If the rest work, then the problem is...
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Van keeps blowing fuses, no lights in back work, can't shift unless key is in certain position
There is a short somewhere, causing the fuse to blown continuously. In your vehicle, power flows from the ignition switch to the transmission range sensor. This sensor needs to be operation in order for the transmission to be moved out...
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Driving car, changed gear and clutch wouldn't lift or wouldn't allow me to change gear , Vauxhall Corsa SXI
Hello - I believe your clutch hydraulics have failed, most likely with a low fluid level (check), or a fluid puddle under the car (or both). As a result, the clutch does not disengage, or allow gear changes. I would...
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Need to swap engine from 2002 eclipse into 2006 eclipse
The 2002 engine used Head Cast # G6 and Block Cast # 4G64. The 2006 used Head Cast # G69M and Block Cast # 4G69. There are other differences between the two years as well. The principal problem is your...
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2014 jeep patriot ETC light comes on 1st and flashes then few secs later vehicle stablility comes on....what could it be? Thank y
Hello. Thanks for writing in. The warning lights may be related via computer and it's input sensors. However it is hard to tell without having the vehicle scanned. You will want to start there. Make sure the lights have illuminated,...
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Does the CV boot need to be replaced or do i need to replace the whole axle? 2008 Chevrolet Uplander
Hello - the CV joint or axle boot is available separately from a variety of sources. What your mechanic may be saying however, is that given your mileage, it would be best to replace the whole axle assembly for reliability...
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I have a oil leak and i have noticed that there is oil at the top of my hood and on the right side by the tire. What is causing th
Hi there: Usually when oil is splattered all over your engine compartment, it's due to oil leaking from the front or side timing cover or oil seal. When the oil leaks out, it hits the serpentine or drive belt and...
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Will not go into gear
Your vehicle doesn't have a conventional transmission oil dipstick. The transmission fluid level and condition has to be checked using a rather lengthy procedure - too lengthy to describe here - but it is documented in the Factory Service Manual....
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Not able to start - 2006 VW Mark 5
Hi there: The P1095 ODB-II trouble code indicates that the O2 sensor signal circuit is slow switching from lean to rich (Bank 1 Sensor 1). When this occurs, it can cause your vehicle to stall rather quickly. However, before you...
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Can I use a altinator off any year altima on my 1998 altima
Hello. Thank you for writing in. The alternators that are compatible with your vehicle are typically the Nissan Ultima years 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. What you want to pay attention to is the bolt patterns. Make sure the alternator...
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Alignment ,no set screws.a mechanic says need to grind something down to adjust it? Seems not right
Hi there: Any mechanic who is attempting to perform a suspension alignment and says that they need to fabricate OEM components to do so is NOT qualified to complete a suspension alignment. You should ALWAYS take your vehicle into a...
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Check engine light on and code P1791 showing when connected to scanner. 1997 Acura TL
Hello - the P1791 code indicates a problem with an internal speed sensor (or governor) within the transmission. This device provide RPM information from the transmission to the transmission controller - which determines when the transmission shifts up to the...
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my 2000 honda 450 foreman es atv wont change gears
Hi there: Thanks for writing in to YourMechanic.com. Unfortunately, we don't service ATV's here at YourMechanic.com and are unable to provide you with good advice in regards to what might be wrong with your Honda. You might be better served...
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My car won't engage 1st gear 2006 Audi A4
Hi there - I believe the problem is more likely with the 1st gear set in the transmission. If the clutch works in one gear, it will work in all gears. While a bad flywheel would cause the vibration and...
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A/T sign in dashboard
Hello. Thanks for writing in. The warning light is telling you that the automatic transmission is having an issue. It may be a simple sensor issue which occurred during the latest work done. It may be something completely different. The...
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Transmission stuck in gear in Drive 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
Hi there - it's possible that your problem source is the torque converter lockup clutch NOT releasing as the truck slows down. This would lug the engine as though it's in top gear until vibration, or an engine stop/start sequence...
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Replaced the CV axle and now its hard to get it back in transmission and it leaks 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix
Hi - the transmission end of the axle has a "compression snap ring" that must be "popped" hard back into the case - being careful that the splines are correctly lined up first. For assistance if you are concerned about...
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Bolt on bottom of transfer case. 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
Hello - I would consult a service manual on your transfer case problem if possible, but basic guidance would be: the "bullet" would go back in first, followed by the spring, followed by the '"bolt". Examine the "bullet" - one...
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Truck starts emits a fire compression sound, then revolutions to max with stuttering and turns off. 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Hi - I suspect the throttle mechanism, specifically the throttle position sensor, has been damaged, or possibly re-installed incorrectly during your other repairs. I would recommend an inspection of the throttle system by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one...
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Issue of fuel consumption 2008 Honda Accord
Hi there - I would check fuel pressure, and check the fuel injectors for leaks. Both could result in excess fuel being dumped into the engine. I would recommend an inspection of the fuel injection system for proper operation. Unfortunately,...
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Change from automatic to manual 1995 Suzuki Esteem
Hello - there is obviously a missing connection in the driveline. Check that axles are properly installed so that there is a power path from the transmission to the wheels. Check the shifter cables for proper attachment as well -...
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Sudden metal screeching sound only while in drive. 2010 Kia Forte
Hello - this noise is most likely coming from the transmission since it is only noticeable in "Drive". A problem that was present in every gear, or Park/Neutral, could be an engine accessory belt-driven noise, but your symptoms do not...
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Check engine light appears and disappears
Sometimes when a check engine light comes on it will set a code in the computer and if after a set time limit the problem does not repeat the computer can turn off the light and go back to normal...
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If I remove the crankshaft balancer gear box from the oil pan does it damage the engine? 2006 Mazda 6
Hi - YES, this will damage the engine if you remove this! This balance mechanism is there to counter an imbalance that is present the crankshaft and other rotating components. If you remove this, those components will be out of...