Tag: diagnostics

58 Posts

Sep 01, 1999

New tires, alignment, brakes and muffler, but my car is still "thumping". What gives?

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I have a Buick Custom Century with only miles on it I'm getting a loud thump thump thump every time I make a right turn I took it to our local Buick dealer and he sent a mechanic out with...

noises CV joints diagnostics

Jul 01, 1999

There are times when you just have to visit the mechanic to diagnose a problem...and this is one of 'em.

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My four-cylinder Toyota Camry experienced a time when it would lose power on the freeway especially when going up long hills It would eventually stall then immediately restart Following the advice you gave another Camry owner I had the dealer...

diagnostics carbon buildup

Jun 01, 1999

My brakes are smokin'!

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I have a ' Honda Accord station wagon Last year I stalled because the brake pedal became hard and slowed the car to where I couldn't keep driving While waiting for a tow the brake pedal came back to normal...

brakes diagnostics

Jun 01, 1999

An opportunity to buy a new diagnostic tool: this time, a "short tester".

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I just bought a Ford Escort Wagon for my wife and I found out the brake lights don't work The fuse was burned out When I replaced it it took just a pump or two on the brakes to blow...

electrical wiring diagnostics

May 01, 1999

Every time I press the windshield wiper button my car stalls!

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It started last fall as I was driving my wife's ' Taurus When I depressed the windshield washer button the car immediately stalled I had to get the car towed to a Ford dealer who analyzed the problem and told...

hoses leaks wipers diagnostics

May 01, 1999

Those shimmying front wheels might indicate some warped rotors.

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I drive a Acura Legend with miles on it It has an annoying problem The front wheels shimmy when the brakes are applied The brake rotors have been turned the steering gearbox valve rack guide screw has been adjusted and...

diagnostics rotors

May 01, 1999

What could be causing problems with the battery, alternator and starter?

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I have an ' Mercury Grand Marquis with a V- engine and miles A year ago the battery died I recharged it and it died again I had the alternator and starter relay replaced After that the battery was fine...

solenoids diagnostics

May 01, 1999

Is there anything that could cause comression loss that is a cheap fix?

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I have an ' Celica GT with the following problem It's as if the engine has absolutely no compression The starter engages the motor turns over I can see the timing belt turn there is spark at the spark plug...

engines diagnostics

Apr 01, 1999

If everything dies except for the engine, start by looking at the wiring that runs through your firewall.

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I have recently purchased a used Pontiac Bonneville SSEi It has miles on it and seemed to run fine until last night My wife and I were returning home from visiting our daughter at college About miles into the trip...

diagnostics electrical wiring

Apr 01, 1999

Is the temperature really spiking, or do you have a faulty gauge?

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Help I've got a Plymouth Acclaim When I start it up in the morning the temperature gauge goes all the way to hot for a couple of minutes then drops back down to halfway and stays there after that It...

diagnostics gauges