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Chevy Aveo Won’t Start- Oil Overfull- Engine Won’t Crank

I am assuming I messed up my lady’s Aveo when I way overfilled it with two gallons of 5w 30 oil. I know, I am a complete moron. I Started the car after over filling it and saw that oil was spitting out and engine was shaking so turned it off. Tried to start the car and only clicked. I drained the oil and put…

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Olds Aurora EVAP smoke test

I have a 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora Final 500. Replaced the manifold gasket and Catalytic Converter over the past 4 weeks, and was planning to replace a bad coil pack this week. I do not drive more than 80 – 100 miles a week, usually less. The car ran good except for a misfire that could be felt at idle and low speeds (under 50mph). Also…

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Xterra Coolant In Oil After Replacing Gaskets

I replaced the knock sensor and intake gaskets on my 2001 Nissan Xterra, and without thinking didn’t tighten the bolts down to proper torque specs. Engine drove fine for about 15 minutes then overheated, realized my mistake and redid gaskets with proper torque specs. Started engine up again, and the dreaded white smoke was coming out of my tailpipe, so some coolant must have gotten…

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2.2L and 2.4L Ecotec Sensor Locations

Common 2,2L and 2.4L Vortec engine sensor locations and descriptions. Ignition Coil EVAP System Purge Solenoid Fuel injectors Under Fuel Rail Fuel Pressure Regulator Throttle Body Under Air Inlet Electronic Throttle Control Oil filter


3.4L and 3.1L V6 Engine Sensor Locations

Common engine sensor and control component locations for the GM 3.1L and 3.4L V6 (3100, 3400) MAP Sensor. EGR Valve. EVAP System Purge Solenoid. Idle Air Control Motor (IAC). Throttle Position Sensor (TPS). Throttle Body. Intake Air Temperature Sensor (IAT). Fuel Pressure Regulator. Coolant Temperature Sensor (ECT). Mass Airflow Sensor (MAF). PCV Valve. Cam Position Sensor (behind and below power steering pump).


Nissan Altima PCV valve

I replaced a PCV valve on my wifes 2002 Nissan  Altima. and now it smokes out the exhaust when i start it up. when i drive it down the road and it warms up it stops smoking. It did not do this with the old PCV valve in it. ANSWER: You did not tell us the reason you replaced it. Was it trying to repair some problem…

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2002 Chevy Trailblazer RPM’s jump up and down

Hi i have a 2002 Trailblazer and my engine light is on. i just had to replace a purge valve, cleaned the throttle body, and replaced the 6th cylinder. While i was driving my car was jerking back and forth while my rpm were dropping then jumping back up again. I’m not to sure what is going on. Answer: Not sure what you mean by…

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2006 Chevy Silverado ABS Light With Blower On

My abs/brake light comes on when I turn on the ac/heater motor blower and then the blower motor shuts down as well. When I turn the engine off and the truck sits awhile, turn engine over again and brake lights are off again until I turn the blower on and then does the same before all over again. Answer: The ABS light and brake light have…

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Starter Not Engaging The Flywheel

My cars starter pinion is spinning inside the housing and not engaging with the flywheel. When the key is turned all that is heard is a whirring spinning sound of the pinion spinning. Just prior to this, there were a couple of select occasions (although not alot and quite randomly) where there was some grinding noises of the pinion and flywheel, although the car would…

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Chevy S10 pickup truck wont start

My truck started up when backed up to leave it died and will not start. I think it may be the fuel pump because I tried and tried and I never smelled any gas at all. Anyway it is stuck at this store parking lot and I had drove about 4 miles to that store with not any trouble. So is’s their any kind of…

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1989 Buick regal 3.1 won’t start when engine warms up

1989 Buick Regal with the 3.1L V6 engine. Car runs fine for 10 minutes. If you shut it off it won’t restart but it will turn over. It has spark to all six spark plugs it has gas pressure of 45psi. Changed the ECM and ignition control module (ICM). If I wait for the engine to cool off it will start again. Idle position sensor…

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2000 Hyundai Santa Fe Hard To Start

I have a 2000 Hyundai Santa FE and if it sits a couple of hours or more it is hard to start. Can you help me? ProTech: When a vehicle sits for a while after it has been run or driven, the engine goes through what is called a ‘heat soak’. This means it basically gets hotter for a little bit before cooling off. This…

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My Dodge Is Knocking – Intrepid Transmission Problem – Neon Smokes

Dodge Engine Knocking Live Chat: I need help on a 318 that started knocking, then I shut it. Off then pulled the plugs added some Marlves let it sit for a few days and now cant get it to turn. What should I try? Answer: Seems like you’ve had an internal engine failure. During the time it was knocking and then after shutting it off…

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Mitsubishi Pajero Junior ABS, 4×4 Lights And Car Stalls

My Mitsubishi Pajero Junior has the Abs light on and 4×4 is flashing what could be the cause? Most likely a bad wheel speed sensor. When this happens ABS is disabled and also the 4×4 system because the computer cannot determine the individual wheel speeds. Do I need to replace the antilock brake sensor? And also the car just shut down whilst I was driving…

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