Tag: sensors

37 Posts

is a working knock sensor essential for my car
Oct 01, 2006

Edith's Subaru needs a new knock sensor... but Edith is tight on dinero. Can the fix wait?

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I have a 1999 Subaru Outback that I love very dearly. Last week, the engine light came on, so I took it to my very reputable mechanic. He referred me to the dealer, because my "knock sensor" was off. He warned...

sensors engines repairs

why is my coolant light always on if my levels are fine
Jul 01, 2003

My warning light for low coolant comes on all the time, even when the engine is cool and the radiator is full.

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I think I have a problem with my Ford Escape My coolant-level light usually stays on whether the engine is cool or has been running for a while The level in the overflow tank is at the maximum line all...

coolant warning lights sensors

can i replace the oxygen sensor in my car by myself
Jul 01, 2003

Can I change a bad oxygen sensor on my own?

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My Honda Civic has been diagnosed with a bad oxygen sensor Although I am not mechanically inclined and have almost no tools to speak of I've been entertaining the idea of replacing the little sucker myself Short of providing entertainment...

sensors DIY

Dec 01, 2001

Check-engine light flickering but mechanic said it was the gas cap. Problem?

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I have a Oldsmobile with miles on it At about miles the check engine light came on and stayed on until I took it to the dealer later they told me the problem was a loose gas cap They turned...

check engine light sensors

Jan 01, 2001

What do those pricey oxygen sensors do anyway?

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We own a VW Golf with only miles on it The engine warning light came on and stayed on We took it to our dealer who said it was the front oxygen sensor It cost to fix A week later...

emissions sensors check engine light

Jul 01, 1999

What could be causing my speedometer to fail and the "check engine light" to come on?

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I have a Jeep Cherokee with four-wheel drive and the liter straight six I love it However occasionally the speedometer fails to register and the check engine light comes on This usually occurs on the first trip of the day...

sensors check engine light speedometers

Dec 01, 1998

My Taurus can barely make it over an 8-9 thousand foot mountain pass. Is it suffering from oxygen deprivation?

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Last summer my family and I loaded up the ' Taurus and went for a drive in the mountains When we got to an altitude of or feet we seemed to lose more and more power and about the only...

horsepower sensors

Mar 01, 1997

When I stop at a red light and am using headlights, wipers and AC, my car shakes like it's going to break apart.

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We have a Corsica four-cylinder with miles When I use the headlights windshield wipers and air conditioning and then stop for a red light the car feels like it's going to shake to pieces I can stop the vibration by...

throttles idling sensors computers

Jan 01, 1997

What does an oxygen sensor do and I how can I keep it from causing a smog test failure again?

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Please tell me what an oxygen sensor is I failed my smog test last month apparently because of a faulty oxygen sensor They termed me a gross polluter Can you imagine My car is LeBaron with only miles on it...

sensors emissions

Jan 01, 1997

Sputtering, lurching and backfiring. So many things could cause this, but we'd start with the sensors.

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I have a Nissan ZX turbo with miles When I start the car up on cold mornings there is a loud tapping noise for a few seconds even though the engine idles smoothly When I drive it it sputters and...

sensors diagnostics