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    Codes not adding up

    Previously had a post about throttle control issues, which turned out to be a bad throttle linkage - slot where the cable connected had broken, but I didn’t realize at the time there was a broke piece, as it looked to be open ended. Now, I’m getting a P0171 code. I’ve sprayed carb/choke cleaner...
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    P0507 idle air control issue

    Wife’s car, bought used (see earlier post!), have had it running now for 2 years. Initially it had a code P0507, idle air control system rpm higher than expected. Read up on this, and apparently a very common occurrence is the IAC failure. I replaced that, and all was good - for awhile. Then...
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    P0302 - cylinder 2 misfire

    So, this is my daughters car, a week ago the check engine light came on, complete with the rough running. This has been an ongoing issue, happens about once a year. Usually, it’s the coil has crapped the bed, put in new one and problem is fixed. There is a small oil leak, which leads to a...
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    Code 1810 - top valve position switch circuit

    Hi guys. Bought this car for my daughter-in-law to fix up. Needs brakes and exhaust work, and a few other things. Up front caveat - I’m a noob at transmissions! Its got a code showing - P1810 - transmission fluid pressure valve position switch circuit. Apparently this is a common problem...
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    No power steering

    Hi guys. Looking at a car for my daughter in law. Lady who is selling it had lost the key, and had a mobile key shop come to her house. In the process of cutting and trying the key, the guy somehow got the key stuck in the ignition. Apparently he did not appear very knowledgeable as he was in...
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    Power steering squeal

    So, tomorrow I’m crawling under my daughters car to get at the belt tensioner bolt on the alternator, which I replaced about a month ago. Thought I had it pretty snug, but the belt squeals when the steering wheel is turned hard in either direction. Pulled it into my garage (which I finally got...
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    Rack and pinion replacement

    Picked up this car for $200, rack and pinion leaks like a sieve. I saw a little while ago that in order to get at and remove, the lower sub frame needs to be dropped a few inches. I’ve got the first 4 rear most bolts loosened, and then started looking at the rest of the setup. There’s a group...
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    Rolling idle, cycles hi to low

    HI guys Stepson is looking at buying the neighbors car for $200. It will be his first car. A few known issues - Rear brake(s) lock up when sitting. My thoughts are stuck caliper or the pads are getting jammed on the slider. Won't be the first time I've done that. Neighbor started it up to...
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    Oil leaks into intake into carb

    Looking at a free car (they do exist!). Guy has no clue what the problem is, other than stating oil is leaking into the intake and going down the carb. My first thought would be a bad intake gasket. Thoughts? No idea the mileage or any other issues. Looking for a cheap first car for my son...
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    Jeep high mount brake light not working

    Hi mount brake light is out on my friends jeep. He bought a new unit, and it doesn't light up! He will most likely be over to my house Sunday and I'll be taking a look. My first step is to verify he's actually got juice at the connection. As it's an LED, I'm thinking low wattage. Once I've...
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    CEL is on when it's off...

    This will be a "have you ever heard of this before" thread... Friend of mine has a 2002 Volvo, was a freebie, had been in some type of accident, was repaired, ran for awhile, then given to my friend as a second car. He is going to junk it soon, so not looking to actually repair it... Here's...
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    Code 300 - random misfire

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE:Toyota MODEL:Corolla YEAR:2000 MILES:132,000 ENGINE: DESCRIBE ISSUE....Been having an issue with this code for the past year or so. The first thing I did was replace the spark plugs, figured it can't hurt, they hadn't been replaced in...
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    Belt? Or chain?

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: dodge MODEL: grand caravan sxt YEAR: 2005 MILES: 190,000 ENGINE: 3.8 DESCRIBE ISSUE....leaking head gasket Ok, I know what the problem is! While I am in there to fix this issue, I plan on replacing the water pump and the timing chain...
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    Stall/no start issue

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE:Nissan MODEL:Titan YEAR:2005 MILES: ENGINE:8 cylinder DESCRIBE ISSUE....hi guys, happy thanksgiving! So, last night my neighbor down the road had his truck stall out in front of my house. Cranks just fine, just won't start. Every once in a...
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    Volvo engine in a boat

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE:Volvo MODEL: YEAR:1987 (we think) MILES: ENGINE:245 DESCRIBE ISSUE.... No spark Posting for a friend, who is working on a boat with this engine. He "believes" this to be the correct year and engine, but not 100% certain). Apparently a...
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    Starting issue, traced to ground cable

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE:dodge MODEL:grand caravan YEAR:2005 MILES:172,000 ENGINE:3.8 DESCRIBE ISSUE.... electrical starting Intermittent issue, but I do know location! Sometimes when I go to start the engine, the starter/engine will give 1 click, then nothing...
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    Question, just looking for input

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Dodge MODEL: Grand Caravan YEAR:2005 MILES:160000 ENGINE:3.8 DESCRIBE ISSUE.... Ok, I have read the thread about no SRS questions, but my issue does revolve around this. I recently (early summer) replaced the turn signal on this van, which...
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    2000 Chevrolet Cavalier - 141 code

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE:Chevrolet MODEL:Cavalier YEAR:2000 MILES:160,000 ENGINE:2.2 DESCRIBE ISSUE.... Got this car for my daughter, needed work (exhaust, brakes etc). Got it fixed up and registered, but before we could get it inspected, this code popped. I checked...
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    Subaru Forester Stopped running

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE:subaru MODEL:forester YEAR:2001 MILES:160,000 ENGINE:4 cyl DESCRIBE ISSUE.... Daughter was driving home from class, when the engine cut out. Dear old dad saved the day by coming to her and towing the car home. I just got home from work at...
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    2001 Subaru Forester timing belt replacement

    Car is a 2001 subaru forester. I just replaced the timing belt and water pump at 160,000 miles. I made certain to have all the time marks at TDC, even going so far as to put a spot of yellow paint on each one. Got the belt installed, put it all back together, and now when I start the car, it...
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