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What causes steam to come from the tailpipe?

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2004-01-13 05:33:43
2004-01-13 05:33:43

Trouble with PEP BOYS?, I 'm so surprized. Sorry for the sarcasm, but you can find a happy medium between the Dollar happy dealer and the quota concious chain stores. They are called "Independent repair shops". Find one that will accept your warranty and let them handle the car. I sounds like you have several unrelated problems. Let's take them one at a time: Brake shoes: I don't know where your at with that-need more info. Running hot: You need to have the computer scanned for codes to see if there is a "rock to grab onto while your scaling up the mountain" If it yields no information, I would recommend a chemical test of the cooling system that would show if exhaust smoke is entering you cooling system. If the head or head gasket is bad, this test usually will confirm this. It would explain the steam from the tail pipe. However, The gasket or head may not only be an addition problem but may also be a symptom of another problem. A head gasket or cracked head is commonly caused by overheating, Overheating is caused by many things. Is there a coolant leak? Is the a sensor that is giving the computer bad info, Is there a cooling fan not working, Is there a obstruction is the cooling system? Is there weak coolant or too concentrated coolant? Need to find someone you can have confidence in. Talk to someone that is happy with their independent garage and let them have at it. You need someone that can communicate well. This is important to you understanding what is happening. Hearing a bump: I'm not exactly sure what you mean. I can fell a bump, but I can't hear a bump. I would be willing to bet that your right rear spring is broke. Don't be surprized when the warranty company only wants to pay for one. You should do both sides and replace the struts at the same time. You can get lifetime warrantied parts through a independent garage. Dealer is 12,000 miles/12 monthe warranty only. Lastly, the brake pedal clicking: Need to stick your head under the dash and press the pedal with your hand. Feeling around for the vibration when it clicks to determine the source. Let me know how you make out on all of these issues, Thanks, Paul

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