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Steering fault indicated on the dashboard.
Hi there. Check the entire steering system for any issues that could cause the steering fault to illuminate on the dashboard. Look for signs of fluid leaks, broken lines, and listen for the pump as it is working. If the...
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transmission axle has play or movement.
Hi there. The axle play could be caused by the outer bearing on the transmission to be worn out. The bearing is inside the transmission, so to replace the bearing, the transmission will have to be removed from the vehicle...
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Power steering is failing
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several components you will want to check. First, make sure your power steering fluid is full. If it is low, then there is a leak in the system that will need to...
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Getting error code p0340 on my 2002 Ford Taurus DOHC 3.0
Hi - yes, you are correct. This error code (P0340) means either the sensor, or the wiring and connectors for this sensor, are malfunctioning. Check the wiring connection for the sensor first, but most likely, the sensor has failed. I...
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the light comes on which says ABS Off. How do I turn it back on?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Without knowing the make and model of your vehicle, it is difficult to say what the issue may be. Every vehicle is set up a little differently. If the ABS system has a switch...
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Front right grinding noise from wheel, most likely brake pad or something related? 2003 Dodge Intrepid
Hi - from your description of how this noise became a part of your motoring life, I believe a suspension component may have failed going over the train track, and your wheel is rubbing against something else metal underneath -...
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How much cost to fix ignition switch? 2008 Dodge Sprinter
Hi there - unfortunately, this is not a service YourMechanic can offer at this time. Thanks for thinking of us though!
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I am looking at a 2000 Subaru Forester for sale that needs "the timing belt repaired". Advice?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The timing belt keeps the camshaft and the crankshaft running together. Without it the vehicle will not run correctly. If the timing belt is on the vehicle and is in poor condition, you may...
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Transmission and other problems....pre-purchase 2007 Dodge Caliber
Hello - given the number and variety of problem codes you list, I would recommend a pre-purchase inspection by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to the cars location, perform a thorough survey of...
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Weird noise while driving
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are a few things you can do in order narrow down the possible issues. The first thing to do is pop the hood and check all of your fluid levels. This will include...
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My reservoir is boiling is that indication of needing a thermostat 2007 Nissan Pathfinder
Hi there - while it is possible that the thermostat is keeping your engines operating temperature too high (coolant temp gauge should always be in the middle of the gauge), the steam and boiling water out of the reservoir could...
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Lights flicker
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely experiencing some sort or electrical malfunction at the main power sources or junctions in the circuit. The first thing to do is start with the charging system. Make sure that...
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I can't find the right alternator for my Mercedes-Benz. 2003 Mercedes SL500
Hello - any of the MB parts sites selling a "12v, 150 amp" alternator that fits your SL500 is selling the correct specification alternator. Your cars electrical system is nominally 12 volts. The voltage regulator within the alternator allows the...
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Steering issues
The spring is compressed between the spring seat on the strut and a top cap that is held on by the strut retaining nut. When you turn the wheel the spring will move as the strut itself moves. So, movement...
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Turbo damage in 1.2 TSI
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Intake manifold in engine bay
On most inline engines the intake manifold is indeed located on the opposite side of the exhaust manifold. There are a few exceptions where both of them come out the same side of the engine such as a Jeep 4.0L...
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wont turn over replaced fuel filter and pump and new spark plugs it kept dying now it wont crank
The starter for most engines is only intended to be used for a few seconds at a time just to start the vehicle. Starters are usually not made to withstand constant usage. It is possible that your starter has burned...
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It won't start
Be sure any engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated, thus preventing the car from starting. The battery should be load tested by a professional. Load testing can only be reliably performed on a fully charged battery. If the...
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2006 hyundai sonata , every time it rains my trunk and drivers back Seats gets soaked
The water leak you are describing probably originates at the trunk weatherstripping, the rear glass and sometimes even the taillights assemblies will leak at their seal to the body. Of course, there could be more than one leak point, too....
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Is this same in datsun go
Usually the fog light switch is located near the switch that controls the regular headlights. I would recommend searching there for the switch. If you still can not find the switch, I would recommend checking in your owner's manual to...
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hi there, i have dodge caliber SXT 2007. i want to activate siren sound when locking or unlocking.
If your key fob does not have a panic button on it, it is unlikely that you will be able to get the alarm to sound with your key fob. It is likely that the alarm will only sound if...
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Orange wrench light came on when canceling cruise now womt drive only reverse 2005 Ford Five Hundred
Hi there - the "orange wrench" is even more vague than "Check Engine", since it covers suggested service work as well as problems. Check for problem codes for more detailed information on what really failed. From your other symptom description,...
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Gears get stuck and hearing some noise in the exhaust. Some running noise that doesnt sound normal when parking. 1996 Mazda Miata
Hi there - either your clutch hydraulics (master/slave cylinder) are weak, or something wasn't done right with your clutch repair. It shouldn't fail so quickly. Either the clutch is dragging because the clutch hydraulics are weak, or the pilot bearing...
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I am looking for torque specs on front upper and lower strut bolts as well as sway bar linkage nut, not tie rod.
Usually these bolts can be tightened very snugly by hand and be just fine. Almost as tight as you can but not quite. If you do not have the feel for this particular tightening method, the torque specs are likely...
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disable auto locking mechanism
I believe there is a procedure that will do exactly that. I believe it involves turning the key a certain number of times inside the door lock or the ignition. The exact sequence will likely be listed in your owner's...