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I love this car, no problems otherwise.

When i speed up the ticking sound gets louder and it stays a constint sound ticking when its stopped. It now having trouble speeding up also. When i herd this i hurryed home not even 5 min from the house the car died and i had to restart it. i was thinking it was the front crankshaft seal needing to be replace alond with the timing cover gasket but im not sure if that is the ticking sound.

I would like to replace the struts the rear struts on a 2000 Chevy Prizm but I cannot figure out where to take the nuts off at

Once this car gets up some speed it does fine but once you slow down for a stop sign or light it idles rough. There has been many things changed. New fuel pump and filter, new coil packs, Mass Air Flow, & new oxygen sensors. Engine light is on also. Please help!

car was running fine. now wont crank, new battery, new fuel pump.

I have checked everything, but there is no sound when I turn the key.. I have tried to start it in neutral, but no luck.

The car is making noises, Air cond is cracking and metal shavings.

Checked battery and starter both good. After having a hard timed turning motor with breaker bar I put car back together clicked again then motor started turning over. Did not start. Quit for the night tried next day started clicking again. Really don't think motor is locked

The cam broke inside my 2002 geo prizm "My guess from oil stravation" I want to replave the whole cyindar head but am having trouble finding it at different salvage yards. could i plave a different year model on it? Any help would be grant
I don't know anything about car but my buddies will help so long as i have the parts.

The timing chain and the intake cam broke so we replaced the head both cams and tge chain. Check engine light is on and the engine will crank slowly but will not fire up. Just need an opinion as to if the crank position sensor or the cam position sensor would be more likely to be the problem. Hooked the diagnostic up under dash and could not pull any codes. Any ideas?

replaced A/C pump and power steering pump - did not fix problem. noise stops when turn steering wheel to left or right. knocking was intermittent but is getting worse. no loss of power - car runs fine

Just bought this car new. Check Engine Light came on OBDII PO420 (indicating inlet/outlet readings out of range.) So what's the most common cause of this particular failure? O2 sensor(s) bad? Catalytic converter bad? Ethanol fuel (need ECM 'flashed'?)
Don't want to just throw money at this problem - fixed my '94 Prizm with advice off of here (coil in distributor failing) so hoping somebody here had run into this enough to at least point me in the right direction - DIY (don't really trust too many shops, don't have the money, don't have the time...worked in them 35 years!)
Thank you so much for your time!

How much would it cost to replace and fix from the exhaust manifold To the muffler.

I sprayed carb cleaner on it, started, engine light is off. took to auto zone & codes P0300 and P0171. What should I repair,if the light is off? I don't want to put alot of $ into if not needed. But, don't want to get stranded again although car is running great again. Confused

P300 code at times, replaced spark plugs and ignition coils. Started after Toyota did timing cover reseal by one of their reprimanded mechanics.

could this be The ECM computer causing this number of issues?

It is possible they are nesting in the engine somewhere. I have seen evidence that they have been all over the inside of my car.

it had 98000 miles on it

Sometimes spraying doors with a deicer works but sometimes it does not.

I recently did the following maintenance of my 99 chevy prizm.
1) Changed Spark plugs and wires with NGK ones.
2) Replaced valve cover gasket
3) Replaced all 4 mounts with Anchor brand mounts.

I replaced the valve cover gasket and the passenger side mount on the same day. As soon as the mount was replaced, when I started the engine, I can feel loud vibrations on the frame and inside the car. It gets worse when I drive it. When I let go of the gas, the vibrations quietens down. The mechanic told me it might go away if I replace the other mounts too, which I did the next day but the vibrations are still there.

When I read about this issue on forums, couple of things were suggested for similar problems,
1) Could be due to a timing issue or even a bad harmonic balancer. I got a mechanic to check both and they are perfectly fine.
2) Maybe due to a misfire, which also checked out to be fine.
3) Some aftermarket mounts might take some time to break in. I am not sure I totally agree with that. Aren't new mounts supposed to absorb the vibrations and support the engine and not make things worse.

I am totally out of ideas on how to troubleshoot this. If any of you experienced guys out there give some useful suggestions, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks,

OBD MD Emissions test type. KOEO result failure. MIL Command Status Failure. Why is this causing my test to not pass? Is it something simple that I can fix myself. Thanks.

I could not find CAM Actuator Valve replacement on list of repair options.

just need to know if you ever had this problem

If I don't drive 30,000 miles in 2 yrs should I change it?

But the car will turn on..... and I rather save money then go take it to a shop... what to do?

I have notice that I have to put freon in my car a few times a year.I just finished putting freon in my car and I posted it in my phone calendar to keep track of it.I also want to know if the low port where you put the freon into suppose to have a cover or some kind of top to keep it from leaking.

intake and exaust valves

the car will start and turn off over nd over. then i will leave it for 10 -20 min come back and it runs like a top.for a while i had a terrible smell like either comming from underneith the car near rear of drivers front door. pulled panel under rear seat revealed fitting for fuel pump with wires and a tube. all tubes/lines/pipes going to front of car covered by a plastic cover like i have never seen.

The fuse is a 15. Would appreciate suggestions on how to fix, so I can charge my cell in the car.