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Question:
HELLO I HAVE A 2007 CHEVY MALIBU. HAVING PROBLEMS ELECTRIC STEERING PLEASE HELP.

Mechanic: What exactly is the problem with the steering?

IS NOT WORKING .I HAVE NO POWER STEERING. IT FEELS LIE A MANUAL. DOES IT HAVE A RELAY OR A FUSE.

Any other problems with the car? Any warning lights on the dash?

POWER STEERING LIGHT CO.ES ON.

Yes, there should be at least 1 fuse in the underhood fuse box. I would check that first.

WE PUT PLUGS AND WIRES ON THE CAR AND THAT STARTED

That should not have have caused any problems unless you accidentally knocked off a wiring connector to a sensor.

WE ALREADY LOOKED WHAT WOULD THEY CALL THE AREA WHERE THE FUSE IS I SAW NOTHING ABOUT ELECTRIC STEERING

If the V6 engine, check for any loose connectors around the rear spark plugs. In the fuse panel it could be called STRG, STEER or something similar. They change the name all the time. Also P/S, PWR STR, etc…

OK I WILL LOOK AGAIN.




Check out the picture on this page… http://www.justautorepair.com/chevrolet/equinox/steering-stability-warning Also look for a fuse called EPS.

YEAH I FOUND EPS 80 AMP

OK. If you have a test light, with the key on, you should have power on both sides. Or use an ohm meter to check continutity.


Question:
Chevy equinox has grinding noise when brakes are applied.

Mechanic: Can you tell if this is from the front or rear?

Front.

OK. Then it sounds like either the pads are worn down to nothing or the front rotors are rusted.

Thank you.


Question:
I have a 2006 Saturn ion 3 2.4. I have this strange clunking sound coming from driver side whenever i go over bumps and potholes. So far all the mechanics I have been too, can’t find the problem. I have changed sway bar link kit. tie rods and recently the shocks and upper mount plate still same problem. looking at Lower control arm or upper? I’m tired of giving my hard earned money to these so called mechanics.

Mechanic: yes, this sounds like a common problem of lower control arm bushing. Give me a moment, i think i have a link to a great article about this…
Yes, here is a link to a very descriptive article with a couple of pictures as well and comment at the bottom of the page… http://www.greatautohelp.com/questions/front-end-clunking.html


Question:
Hi there I was wondering if its normal for an aftermarket turbo back exhaust to only use 2 flat gaskets and bolts to join the three main parts together? (not including turbo joint) I’m used to seeing a doughnut/cone seal and spring bolt type setup for at least the downpipe and cat to center pipe connection.

Mechanic: Yes, they can be different. It all depends on the design of the flange. If the mating surfaces are flat then there would just be a regular gasket style seal.

Question:
1993 geo metro, replaced water pump, belt, and battery. now will not start. engine turns over strong but will not start. also, i can slightly smell fuel when attempting start. suggestions? thanks in advance.

Mechanic: Are you sure you did not forget to connect a wiring connector, are even possibly knocked one off?

The only one that i had to remove and put back on was the wire that attaches to the timing belt cover. I believe there is a sensor on there as well?

Yes. what you are talking about sounds like the crank position sensor. It is possible that coolant got into the sensor and now it is not working properly. I woud suggest rinsing the front of the engine off with water, and blow it out with compressed air. If you do not have a compressor, you can just wait a few hours for it the all evaporate.

Will do, thanks. also, i was considering getting some starting fluid to see if that would work. is it worth it?

Well, if you are smelling gas, i would not ass any sort of fuel to it. The reason you get that smell is because the engine is not getting spark to burn the gas.





Question:

I change my throttle body sensor and map sensor on a 2003 Chevy trailblazer and engine reduced power still pop-up.

Mechanic: Did you scan the trouble codes? If so, what are they.

No

OK. You really need to scan the codes. We have had problems with the throttle body and the accel. pedal sensor to cause this problem.

Ok thank you.

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18 Comments on "Ask A Live Mechanic- Chat"

Nick

Have a 99 Durango the gear shifter light not working is it just a light bulb or something else

Most likely just bulb. You would have to take it apart to see.

Jimmy

Hello i live in California and i bought a car from a private owner that had boughten it from its prior owner. Well my wife temporarily registered it and meanwhile she got into an accident. Shes fine,but all being said the other person that was at fault had to pay up. So now his insurance took a picture of the temporary registration and it was expired so the previous owner to the car came up as the owner. Will my wife not get anything back? Or will she get whats hers?

It should not matter who has the registration, the insurance company will figure that out.

Tony Colombo

Car was losing power going uphill mechanic supposedly checked a code and said it was timing chain,quoted a price two days later and only 1 hr in they call and say it’s engine i feel theyre scamming me.

Tony

Sounds like the mechanic did not diagnose the problem properly. A timing chain would not cause a low power condition just when going up a hill- it would be all the time.

mary

I have a 2007 Chevy silverado..today I drove it down the street and my temperature gauge went immediately too high..Do I need a new thermostat?

Tony

If you mean it went to hot within a few seconds, then th6is is a problem with the temp sensor and the engine is not too hot yet.. If it took a few minutes, then the engine is getting to hot. Try a thermostat and check coolant level first.

Sharon

the car is a 2009 Hyundai Sonata it makes an awful grinding noise in park and neutral but in gear no noise it is also intermittently not starting and it doesn’t even have 45,000 miles yet

The grinding noise is a transmission problem, possibly just low fluid level. When this happens, the pump can suck air and cause a noise. If fluid level is good, then the trans will need to come apart and repaired. Not starting is unrelated and could be any number of things- no spar, low fuel pressure, theft system etc. Would need more info for that.

Eric

Hello, I have a 2007 Dodge Dakota 4×4 V6, and about 6 months ago I noticed the check engine light was on so I checked to see what it was.. It ended up being the gas cap, as well as EVAP system malfunction, & EVAP system failure. My gas cap itself wasn’t loose and appeared to be fine, when I noticed the little metal flap that opens up when the fuel nozzle is inserted into the truck was no longer there, and apparently inside the fuel tank? My gas mileage is getting terrible and the truck is overall not running as good as it used to. What exactly do I have going on & how should I go about repairing it? I appreciate your time.

Tony

A code for evap system will not give poor gas mileage or poor performance. You have another problem.

Lamekia

Battery keeps dying. Corrosion on battery. No warning lights indicators

Tony

Corrosion on battery means the battery is failing. Have it replaced.

Walt

I have a 1997 Ford Explorer XLT. I changed the rear calipers, rotors and pads, now I have a spongy brake pedal. Brakes worked fine before this repair. The brake pedal pumps up hard with engine off. But it goes to the floor when I start the engine. I have bled the brake lines as per manual (RR-LR-RF-LF), but I still have spongy brakes and it still goes to the floor when the engine is running. If I drive it, the explorer stops slowly when I step on the pedal. It does pump up some when I pump it while stopping, but still goes down almost to the floor when off the pedal for a few seconds. The pedal does not fade when sitting still, as it would if the master cylinder was bad. Also, no lights are lit on the dash when brakes fade. The ABS light comes on for a few seconds when the ignition is turned on, but goes out as it should. Can you help me with any suggestions on remedying the problem? Thanks…..Walt

Tony

When bleeding the rear brakes, did you notice that first air came out then only fluid? Did the pedal drop when opening the bleeder screw on each rear caliper after pumping it up?

Alfreda

I have 2014 dodge avenger, brake, engine service and ABS lights are on. Interior lights dont turn on, door locks won’t lock. Need HELP.

Tony

The brake and ABS lights would be related. They my also be related to the engine light. You would need to get the computer scanned for codes. Maybe an ABS wheel speed sensor went bad. The interior lights and door locks may be related to each other- a blown fuse.

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