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Checking all the fuses in your 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera would be a good place to start. Make sure all fuses have power when they are supposed to and are not blown. If any don't have power you will need to backtrack the circuit to its source to try and find the problem. If all the fuses are good and powered correctly then you will need to begin checking for proper power and ground at the components that are not working.


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For the a/c compressor and Power Steering Pump perform the following: 1.Using a 17mm wrench, rotate belt tensioner clockwise until belt can be removed from power steering pump pulley. Gently, release spring tension on tensioner. 2. Remove the drive belt. With the a/c - p/s belt off you can replace the Alternator belt as follows: 1. Loosen alternator locking nut. 2. Raise vehicle on hoist. 3. Remove accessory drive belt splash shield. 4. Loosen alternator pivot bolt. 5. Loosen alternator adjusting bolt until alternator belt can be removed. 6.Remove alternator belt. To reinstall - reverse the above procedures.


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If you are still looking for answers regarding the delayed shift problem with your 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport van there are two items you can easily inspect. One is the vacuum modulator which you previously said has been replaced and the vacuum source completely inspected and functioning correctly. And the other would be the TV cable if equipped. Generally speaking the TV cable is for kick-down and the vacuum modulator controls the upshifts. Incorrect engine data to the powertrain control module (PCM) may also cause incorrect transmission shifts. You will need a scan tool to monitor the PCM date to see if any sensors are out of range. If you do not have access to a scan tool perhaps it is time to take your van to a qualified transmission shop for diagnostic inspection.


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Are you referring to the "button" for the inside rear view mirror which is glued to the windshield of your 1996 Chevrolet Blazer? If so, the best way to remove it is using a heat gun and a putty knife. You will need to apply some heat (not to much) to the windshield and then pop the "button" off with a putty knife.


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It is not vary likely that a loose coolant cap on an unpressurized coolant overflow tank will cause the engine to overheat as long as the coolant level is where is should be. Yes, a radiator leak can cause coolant to collect at the bottom of the radiator. I would recommend you have the cooling system on your 1997 Honda Civic pressure tested to be sure where the coolant leak is coming from before replacing any parts.


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Is your "check engine" light on? It sounds like you may have a problem with the gear select switch on your 2001 Honda CR-V. If indeed there is a fault with the gear select switch the check engine light should come on and a fault codes will be set in the transmission control module. I would suggest you have the computer system on your CR-V scanned for fault codes by a qualified technician.


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If sounds like you may have a theft system issue with your 2002 Beetle. You stalling problem is probably not related to the EVAP fault. Why were the coolant temp sensor and oil sending unit replaced?


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There should be NO motor oil in the transmission vacuum modulator. Unless there is motor oil in the transmission I know of no other way motor oil can get into the transmission modulator. Perhaps somehow motor oil is entering the vacuum line some were else and traveling down to the modulator. Try running the engine with the vacuum off of the modulator and try and see if the oil is coming out of the vacuum hose or the modulator. Oil in the vacuum lines should also show up as smoke out of the tail pipe - are you seeing excess smoke from the exhaust?


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It sounds like you may have replace the door parts on your 1996 Buick LeSabre with parts from a car that did not have a theft system. Please double check your work and make sure the parts you replaced are the same as the old ones and all the electrical connections that were connected before are connected now.


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It sounds like your 2003 Ford Expedition is suffering from an engine misfire under certain load conditions or a faulty transmission torque converter clutch. There may be engine misfire codes stored in the powertrain computer, has the "check engine" light be on or flashing? A good road test with a qualified technician would go a long way to help isolate the cause of your hesitation issue.


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