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The four major parts of a vehicle are body and exterior (e.g. doors and windows), electrical and electronic (ignition system), interior (car seat), and powertrain and chassis (engine). Repairs to these parts are easily performed at a mechanic shop.
there should be 3 bolts holding the halfshaft to the backside of the engine block. unbolt and pull halfshaft out of tranny
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right side fender under the hood, the horn is easy to access and replace
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Some tilt columns may require specialty tools to disassemble and reassemble. I would recommend purchasing a shop manual for that vehicle if you intend on repairing it yourself. You may have broken parts in there that you won't find until you take it apart, plus depending what year you have , you may…
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Answer This fixed it on my Ford. Part cost about $50 at the ford dealer. The oxygen sensor is located below the engine in the exhaust pipe before the catalytic converter and muffler. It is mounted in the pipe with wires going to it. You need a special socket to remove it in most cases but someti…
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When initialy reading this question, the first thing that comes to mind is why one would want to change the cylinder head gasket. Well, I must say, when I was faced with this question after buying a "Sparkling , good as new" second hand Matiz, I thought I was going diddly wing wang bang, when my dau…
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First take off the grill cover the radiator by unclipping the clips at each side and lifting it upwards. Unscrew the two screws at the front of the head lamp and then the third screw on top. Lift out the head lamp carefully. Unplug the back case of the head lamp with the clip below. Unclip the head…
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I'm working the same problem on my 92 Geo Prism, which may be the same or different. You got the door pannel off the inside yet? The roll up window is held on by a spring clip. Hook onto it with a bent cheap screw driver and pop it off. The inside door handle is held by a Phillips screw, then nudge …
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Possible causes. 1.Bad Fuse 2.Bad Motor 3.Bad Switch 4.Window has slid out of its track If the window rolls up to a certain point but stops then it may have slid out of track and is hitting a rubber or plastic guide.In the event of the window sliding out of its track. This can be confirmed by lookin…
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Remove the door and window handles. You may need a special tool from the parts store. Then take out all of the screws you can find then remove the retainers on the sides and bottom of the door panel again with a aspecial tool available at the parts store.When all is loose, pull out on the bottom of …
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Press the set button then within 10 seconds push the seek and scan buttons to change the time.
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Choosing a repair shop Here are some tips to consider before you start, when you're at the car repair shop, and after the car repair. Read your owner's manual to become familiar with your vehicle and follow the manufacturer's suggested service schedule. Start shopping for a repair facility before …
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Intervals Here is what I recommend for maintenance intervals. There are exceptions to all of these including severe duty, which most northern cars fall into. Change Transmission filter-30,000 miles, 90,000 and 150,000 miles and fluid at 60,000, 120,000 and 180,000 miles. Change oil every 3,000 mi…
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%DETAILS%%FOLLOWUPS% Check your fuses. They are usually located in the glove box. They are easy to change and only cost about $5 for a box. Check your manual to see which fuse is for the lights, if the medal bar is broken you need a new fuse.   I have a 1977 Chevy Impale,the brake light …
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Remove the lines first then the mounting bolts. this job usually costs about $500 - $600 at a shop, access the pump through the left front wheel well and remove the plastic covers shielding the engine from the wheel. You'll need to remove the serpentine belt tensioner and and belt, after that its …
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%DETAILS% Answer the sender is located on the oil filter adapter housing.the single wire switch is one inch below the oil filter. the adapter gasket is also pron to failure.
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it shouldn't hurt it any. the filter on the oil pickup will keep it from being sucked into the engine.
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Two things: The accelerator cable is frayed or sticking. Change it or lube it alot. Your idle is too high. Have it lowered. The problem could be some type of vacuam problem. That is what happened to our Explorer. Or maybe a throttle body problem? if you mean accelerator sticking, I would check t…
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The egr has nothing to do with idling high, the egr valve is not used at all at no load. and if there was something wrong with the egr valve it would cause the idle to be very low. check your EGR valve for leaks on your exhaust manifol. If you have a factory service manual, they have trouble shooti…
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warm up A bad idle is caused by a problem with fuel or spark these are two different systems, both with multiple components. Let�s look at Spark first. When was the last time the ignition components were serviced? I don�t think tat you need an electrical service (commonly referred t as a tun…
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Vacuum leak. Sensor going bad that will make a fuel adjustment that in not needed. It tells the computer to add fuel, when the computer does, other sensors say that there is too much fuel and tell the computer to back off, thus the idle fluctuation. Could be insufficent free play in your thrott…
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Recommendations from the WikiAnswrs community. NEVER use silicone sealer on an oil pan gasket or any other composite or rubber gasket. (Most people call composite gaskets cork gaskets because they contain some cork but pure cork gaskets have not been used for oil pan applications for more than 50 y…
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Here are some experiences and solutions: I have a Mercedes-Benz S500 and it was stuck in park and a MB tech told me to pump the break while hammering the shifter with a mallet and yanking the shifter down (all at the same time). I had my Dad continuously press the break while I hammered and yanked t…
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I just had a hot rod sitting for 10 yrs. so i Charge batteries, change the oil, oil filter, air filter, trans oil n filter, change the diff oil. I ran 5W30, check the belts for cracks, dump the coolant and replace the thermostat. I also sprayed WD40 into all my spark plug connections on my distribut…
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This duckbill thing... oftentimes a metal clip inside will be damaged. If it is extremely difficult to remove, you may need to mangle the clip somewhat to remove it and install a new clip. Note that a new clip typically costs about 50 cents or so, whereas reusing a damaged clip can cost a fire. …
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Answer It could be a stuck open thermostat that not allowing the temp to get up to normal operating temp be sure to check the raditor cap Maybe I am tired or just missing something, but if it is cold, and your moving, it raises the wind chill factor up. Or more cold air is hitting the radiator a…
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Take it to the body shop as they have to open them after wrecks.   You need to go to the Dealership and get a new cable. If you wish not to try and put it on. The people at the Dealership will do it for you. They are actually easy to put on.
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Here are opinions and answers from contributors: Tires out of balance or the "bushings" (not sure the technical term) are worn in the steering system.It could be faulty steering dampers. This is a shock that crosses from left to right connecting to tie rod ends. The shock is very firm and you will n…
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You don't the ignition switch on a 1974 Dodge Powerwagon because there is no such vehicle. They did not make a 1974 Dodge Powerwagon! Wrong I personelly am looking at the title to a 1974 dodge power wagon ! i own one so get facts strait or dont respond to ??? Are you talkin about the ignition c…
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dude i just went through the same thing last week unless the ignition itesl has been replaced since it left the plant 10 yrs ago, the orignal key has probably worn too thin to contact the tumblers anymore. you could either replace the whole ignition column or better yet, hit a car dealer and get th…
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If I remember right there is a technical service bulletin about water getting into the ecm. If I am right he may find the computer either full of water or if you live in a climate that has freezing weather, the case may even be cracked. In the past we have been able to perform the recommended repair…
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it could also be your thermostat could be stuck open or closed : Get it checked out asap. As an ASE Master tech I can give you this advise: There can be a number of causes. Thermostat, plugged up radiator, low coolant (due to a leak), head gaskets, water pump, radiator cooling fan/switch/sensor, e…
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If you have a late model Audi A4 or A6 or a VW Passat, it is possible to crack the engine oil pan and/or the transmission housing/case. If you have an older Chrysler FWD sedan, it is easy to put a hole in the engine oil pan. On many RWD and 4WD vehicles, the rear differential and the transmissio…
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some times its cause by turn signal fluid I have the same car with the same problem. I found out that heat from dash and poor design of the hazard switch location cause the failure. There is a recall in the works for this, but not until 2005. What's fluid got to do with it? The hazard button is ha…
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first locate the belt tentioner. after that rent or find access to a serpentine belt tool. place that tool on the tentioner then release the pressure... play around with that for a while. should be pretty simple after that.
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This happened to us on our Toyota. We had to replace the Thermostat. But make sure you follow the directions carefully b/c if it is not put in a certain way it will not work properly. What is your coolant level? If it isn't full, make it full.   The thermostat may be stuck open. It is su…
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Are there particular circumstances when it hesitates? (engine hot or cold?, damp outside? certain speeds?, from a start?, etc. How many miles are on the car? Is the check engine light come on? When was the last fuel filter installed? When was the last time the throttle body was cleaned? or air indu…
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dirty fuel filter, needs oil change.  loss of compresson ie. worn rings, leaking head gasket, burnt valvesincorrectly adjusted linkage to foot pedal to maifoldbad fuel pump, dirty fuel or air filter, dirty injectors, clogged exhaust or worn turbo,bad or dirty EGR valve or cat convertor on mode…
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Possibly bad transfer case. If a GM compact (T) truck, consider a bad 4x4 switch. If an Explorer you might have a bad contact plate, replace the encoder motor. Answer Because your transfer case might be shot Answer it could be the bearings..auto locking? get manuals, it costs 100 and…
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Answer Not using the dipsticks for the oil and transmission, while seeing leaks are a sign... Check your fuids and keep them clean and full or you will cause damage to whatever componenet relies on their respective fluids. Answer leaking oil is NOT sign of a bad transmission, its a sign of a ba…
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%DETAILS% sounds like you need to put some powder graphite on the accelarator cable. You can pick some up at your local auto parts store   replace throttle cable,throttle cable is more than likely worn somewhere causing it to stick
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Vacume up all the water, even in the matting underneth, dry it completely dry towels will pick most of what is left after vaccuming, then dry it in the hot sun for a day so real dry. Then get in the car and have someone with a water hose run osts of water over all the suspected areas if no water ent…
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Under "normal" working conditions it should not. The usual is 190 Fahrenheit (87.7C) but that should be taken under consideration about the Make and Model of the car though. First try to change the Thermostat for it might be sticking closed.
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%DETAILS% Answer If it's like my '92 Cheyenne, then yeah. You need to pop off the housing covering the point where the mirror arm attaches to the truck. Look for a bolt; mine required a hex-wrench (allen wrench). Tighten as needed.
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It could be a head gasket or a cracked head. Look at the exhaust manifold for each cylinder on the side that has the white smoke, the cylinder that has the leak will cause that port on the manifold to get super hot. One way to quickly identify which port is to spray some cheap black (or color of cho…
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Check your oil,- is it foamy? Examine your coolant. Does it smell like oil? Is the smoke sweet smelling? Knocking has nothing to do with a head gasket, sounds like you have multiple engine issues to me. And finally...if changing a head gasket is simple, why does it cost so much? because if you d…
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hi i had a problem with my 87 Lincoln just like you it could be a few things is it fuel injected it could be a bad injector or a bad controll module like i had when they get hot the car dies without warning when it cools it starts have your mechanic check the module  Have a mechanic check the …
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%DETAILS% A loose battery cable can cause no spark at the plugs, it can also cause your car not to start.Some newer cars need a min. 10 volts to run. Dirty cables can cause the same problem too.   definetly yes a loose cable stops proper voltage getting to where it needs to be tighten cable…
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Yes, all wheels run on wheel bearings. The noise could be a worn or damaged bearing, rust on the brake drum or disk, sticking parking brake, or under-inflated tires. Many garages will do a free brake inspection and they should show you and explain the problem they find if any.Axles have ball bearing…
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%DETAILS% If the rim is on a new car, no that is not common. Take it back and ask to see the manager or complain to the company.   if the people at the tyre service are sure that it is not the original welding on the rim then it is dangerous ,as it is illegal to repair any damaged rim beca…
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%DETAILS% check the fuses. you can get a thing at walmart to test if they are good or not, and it's really cheap to replace   If you have daytime running lights, they have power at a lower voltage all the time, until you turn the lights on low beam.
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From reverse band to servo to solenoid...to a whole transmission... we have heard several points of view for you to consider. My truck is slowly having that problem, it takes a few trys to get it into reverse. Just need the gears replaced. Well your reverse band is probably shot which really isn'…
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Usually, if this sound is of very short duration it is because you replaced the filter. The oil filter on your engine has incorporated an anti-drainback valve which, once removed, removes oil from your engine passages that usually remain filled with oil. Upon starting the engine, it may take several…
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%DETAILS% Answer I'm no mechanic, but from what I've read in my Hayne's Repair Manual, a complete engine overhaul involves replacing piston rings, reboring or honning cylinder walls, replacing pistons (if the cylinders are rebored), replacing main and connecting rod bearings, regriding the cran…
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Get a good straight edge and some feeler gauges. Lay them across the surface of the head in all orientations. (across front/back/middle, diagnally across corner to corners) See if the feeler gauges will slip under at the end or the middle of the straight edge. (or you can see light...)If so, it's wa…
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Answer You can find the wiring diagram for the starting/charging circuit in a Haynes manual for this car. You can get one at any local parts store. You can also find wiring diagrams at www.the12volt.com
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Answer happened with my dads auto transmission.. it was shot and it wouldn't shift out of the 1st automatic gear, hence, not being able to accelerate over 20/ Answer It could also be a tranmission tourque converter failing. Also could be a broken gear inside the tranny, which will not engage …
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keep in mind that "total loss" only means that it costs more to repair your car than it is worth on the market. that 89 beretta that you had since highschool is probably a total loss from a monatary standpoint. but can it be fixed? of course it can. my wife had an 85 Buick skylark (x-car) that she t…
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Consider if it is engine oil or transmission oil or power steering oil. Transmission oil or power steering oil would indicate a bad radiator. Engine oil could be a bad radiator also if the radiator includes an engine oil cooler ("extra cooling") but usually indicates an intake or head gasket leaking…
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The primary response is: Stop driving the car and have the head gasket replaced. You are risking extensive engine damage and increased cost. One of the damaging leaks is internal: oil in the water, water in the oil. Even if you have an external leak, you risk running out of water or oil and causing …
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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is simply caused by excessive blowby. In short, this engine is worn out. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Assuming it's not…
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No, an induction flush is not "high pressure cleaning of the fuel injection system" but in fact, it is a marketing gimmick meant to take your money. An induction flush is a generic service procedure that passes (sometimes very expensive and well engineered) detergents and solvents through the int…
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%DETAILS% Answer The brand of fuel you are using may cause it. I had started using UNOCAL super for awhile in my Buick Regal/86 and it went away. It had started when the blend in my preferred fuel was modified for the season change. Go up a grade of fuel or change station brands for aw…
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Bigger rims Not if you do it right. If the vehicle is a Chrysler, most independent mechanics can reset tire size in the vehicle's computer to keep the transmission shift opoints and speedometer correct and on a GM, the dealer can do this for you as well. If the vehicle is something else, just make …
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Auto Repair BooksThis first list includes just a small selection of the many service manuals published by Chilton Book Company:Auto Service Manual, 1998-2002Chilton's Auto Repair Manual, 1998-2002Chilton's General Motors-Full-Size Trucks 1988-98 Repair ManualChilton's Import Car Repair Manual 1993-9…
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get an oil change and see if you get the same resultany time you flush an engine the posibility of getting gunk on the oil pump screen is good. You may have to remove the oil pan and clean the pickup screen.ANSWERback in the day cars had gauges oil, water and son now we have lights the gauges read o…
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Signs of a poorly tuned engine: lack of power, poor idle, hard to start when cold or hot, poor gas mileage, or engine 'just doesn't feel right".Damage? Depends on what they did, but usually it's more of an inconvience than anything else. Of course if left unchecked for a long period of time... that'…
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Is this an automatic tranny? If so, an incorrect fluid type may have been put into the trans after replacing the axles causing a shudder. Check all motor/trans mounts.It needs a front end alignment, you move the setting when youchenged the cvjoints.   cvs should not make car shudder on ac…
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This is a toughie. First you have to decide which lifter it is then pull the rocker cover and find the rocker arm that has play in it. Then look at the lifter and where the push rod rides should be stuck down further in the lifter bore than the rest. Or press down on the inside and if it goes down …
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Apparently the seat has either a defective or broken part or something is jamming the side that wont move. Only way to really know is to get someone quailified to take a look at it and go from there. , EzForJesus
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The leaks could start from anywhere due to wind blowing through the engine compartment while driving. Try to trace the source and identify whether it is oil (gold/brown color), or tranny fluid (usually dark red). head gasket? that's the top end..oil pan is probably it..either the gasket is pinc…
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Well, it would seem rather soon but in all honesty no time is to soon. Parts do not discriminate year, make, miles, or model when they go out they go out not much else to say. , EzForJesus ahow many time have you left it on EMPYT [OUT OF GAS] ?????????
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Not trying to be sarcastic but this is like asking is there any way to fix a horses broken foot without having to perform sugery? Your answer totally depends on what's knocking and how much damage if any it has caused. , EzForJesus
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The first step is to establish HOW your engine is losing oil -- whether it is actually burning oil (usually indicated by blue or black smoke) or leaking it. A "minor" leak from a worn-out drain plug or a bad gasket can result in the loss of a surprising amount of oil. Also, oil leaking onto a hot e…
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Answer Honestly yes. it can cause major problems and all together it could cause your engine to blow. so id change them they arent that hard.
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The Quad 4 has alot of head gasket problems. Have the system pressure tested, and or have a block test done to check for exhaust gasses in the cooling system..If the vehicle has overheated recently more likely than not it has a warped head..RxAuto.com
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%DETAILS% Answer Hey Rochele==If you still need it repaced, go to the phone yellow pages and look up batteries and then the brand of your battery. It should give you several. Goodluck, Joe
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Well I think that it is most like the timing is of have it check asap it takes FIVE minutes Christine Answer Throttle position sensor Answer That would depend on what year and make of the car you have. If it's an older vehicle that's carbuerated, you simply adjust your idle screw on the s…
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my guess is you recently started running your air conditioner after a period of not using it. There is a little rubber tube that carries away the a.c. runoff ,it goes through the floor the runoff then drips to the ground.Check to see if this tube is clear of debris and has not been dislodged. most l…
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depending on the type of car it usually means that a bulb is burnt out.-It could also mean that one of your wires going to your turn signals is touching another wire that is "hot".
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The thermostat opens to allow the hooter fluid in the engine to escape to the radiator and be colled by the air passing thru the fins of the rad. It is then pumped via the water pump from the bottom of the rad back into the engine. I think you had your routing wrong. WHEN YHE ENGINE HEATS UP TO…
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If the engine is idling very low - oil pump may not generate enough pressure, causing light to come on. Make sure you have adequate oil, and that idle speed is correct. If this does not correct, possibly oil pump screen dirtyIt could also be the oil sensor is bad or leaking. This happened in my 19…
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Remove the inner door panel and lubricate all moving parts - with grease or graphite lubricant, if this does not help, the window frame in the door may be bent slightly.
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Leaking brake cylinder (or caliper piston if it has rear disc brakes). Also if its a rear wheel drive vehicle it could be differential oil leaking from the outer axle seal. If its a brake fluid loss you can monitor the fluid level in the master cylinder .
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Hello, since the newer cars are electronically fuel injected the major electronic sensors inside the injectors malfunctioned causing the car to not get the right mixture or any mixture at all, and with out mixture the engine will not turn over, therefore all the electically systems have shorted out…
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Door locksRemove the inside door panel ( it's not as difficult as you may think) examine the lock and find the rods that connect the key part of the lock to the lock mechanism ( called the linkage) the linkage is usually connected by nylon or plastic clips. if nylon, just pop the clip back into plac…
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Most flashers and or fuses are located on or near the fuse panel under the dash on the drivers side. , EzForJesus PS the flasher itself may act as a fuse or the fuse may be intergrated to interact with other components as well. If your fuse panel is not marked take them out and check them one at a…
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Most fuel pumps now are inside the fuel tank. Call any parts store and they should be able to tell you if it is inside the tank by looking up the part. , EzForJesus
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I replaced the starter not too long ago in my '91, V8 305. I don't know if you have a different engine but maybe you can at least get some help out of this. First of all, disconnect the battery. The starter is hooked up straight to the battery, and although 12volts DC probably won't kill you, it do…
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More info would be most helpful. Assuming this SUV has a automatic transmission most Chevys of this model have a computer that operates the shifting as well as the engine components. Most any transmission shop can diagnose trans problems from under the hood some charge a small fee. , EzForJesus
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Find the horn and remove the wire going to the horn/s it should have a connector you can seemly slide off however if it dont you may have to clip the wire and tape the end so it doesn't short if it goes to ground. A horn in many states is required your best cure is to fix the problem and to leave t…
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Are you talking about the ring and pinion gears in the rear end aka the differential? If this is the case I would suggest you find a qualified person to do this work if these gears are not properly installed and shimed you could cause harm not only to the rear end but to yourself and others if it f…
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%REPLIES% Answer That sounds like you're gonna have to replace your alternator, that's usually the first sign I've experienced with my past cars. Answer Because your alternator is spinning faster it is outputing more voltage. Under normal operating conditions your alternator should be produ…
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I would think if steam is coming from your vents that you have a leaking or defective heater core and or one of its components and in most cases the water leaking from the core can be found in the floor board on the passsenger side and this needs to be fixed right away due to engine coolant loss an…
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Alternator removal The first thing you will need is about 4 arms and a whole lot of patience. Before you begin, check the location of the voltage regulator socket on the replacement and the original. Some replacements may have the plug socket on the 'other' side of the alternator - a…
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It sounds to me like the heater core is out. Have you noticed the floor wet recently? that's a sure sign of heater core issues. The other option is it will act like that if it has no antifreeze or water in the radiator, in other words the radiator is dry.   Just a suggestion if someone has …
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An external transmission cooler is normally added in line with a vehicles already existing transmission cooler built into the radiator its function is to cool the transmission only. Adding, replacing and or repairing a transmission cooler would only benefit the transmission by cooling the transmiss…
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Bardahl,s STOP LEAK WITH THE PELLETS is the best stop leak I have ever used,I have had it seal water pumps which is tough.Best of all it is cheap  all stop leak additives are a waste all they do is temporarily stop the leak, then make the problem worse a temporary fix that will do no damage an…
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No, you do not need to flush your engine at 9,000 miles. You don't even need to do it at 30,000 miles. You will however need to flush everything else, but I would say engine flush not really needed unless you drive your vehicle without changing the oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Now once you sta…
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You don't want to wire the fan "always on". It'll kill your battery when not running. There is a heat sensor near the thermostat housing in my GM 3.8L that controls the fan. Because GM wants the engine running hot for fuel economy, the fan is triggered at 224 degrees even though the "stat" is set to…
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I had a '92 Corsica that had that problem, it was the weather stripping along the door that was causing the problem. If it doesn't seal properly, or if the weather stripping is coming loose in some place it won't work as well as it should. 7/9/08 Many ford escorts have that problem from a leak wh…
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