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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.

why is the light on even with new brakes

the car runs great before the engine warms up, but after that it runs rough at any speed or rpm range, in gear, but it revs up with no hesatation or skip in nuetral or park. but when a load is on the motor it starts skipping erratically. I have changed coils, sparkplugs, cat con, O2 sensors, cam-crank-knock-temp-ect-sensors but no change switched injectors around, smoked the vacum lines what am i missing it has me puzzled, the ECM-ECU-PCM has been checked its fine also. PLEASE HELP ME IM STUMPED oh yea it has thrown a 01300-01400 code out there to which is a unknown code in any manual or guide i have access to?

Does this mean the AC compressor needs to be replaced. Or is there other alternatives.

My car has taken an additional 2 quarts of oil since my last oil change. I have driven 2500 miles since the change. I do not hear any clicking from the engine just high usage. There is no leaking. I check the oil each week and have been adding about 8 oz. each time it shows lower. I am not a mechanic so do not know the technical stuff.

The bolt will not clear the fuel tank do you have to drop the fuel tank?

the code is P0130 for the check engine light

I recently bought a 1999 Prizm with 153,000 miles on it. It ran a little rough when I bought it but didnt' burn oil so I put new plugs and wires in it as they were in bad condition. I ran a couple cans of Seafoam and a couple bottles of fuel injector through it as well. Car started and ran great after that until it got cold this winter. On cold days it would occasionally sputter and die while starting it cold but ran and started fine when it warmed up. I read that a simple fix was the coolant sensor, so I replaced that. It seemed to help and it started and ran fine on some very cold and snowy days but then started doing it again. I've worked on cars a lot and am retrofitting a TBI system on my old jeep engine, but I lack a lot of practical knowledge and troubleshooting ability with fuel injected engines. By the way, the air filter was brand new when I bought it, oil is clean, no leaks or burning oil, and the old plugs just looked like they'd never been changed. Any ideas?

Car will run fine unless I turn on Headlights engine cuts off. Turn on signals indicator lights will flash also parking brake light engine stumbles . If I turn on A/C engine cuts off. Any Ideas

it is only when i am idling at a stop, i have recently cleaned the mass air flow sensor and consistently run mid grade fuel as i was having problems with it running to lean. just recently ran risolone fuel system cleaner/lubricator through but normally use another brand. codes p0300 and p303 pop up when the diagnostic was ran.

o2 sensor comming off that cat

The Hayes manual shows one for the 1.8, but its not on the 1.6.
I have good spark and fuel , just wont run, stopped on the road like it was turned off.
So far it seems the fuel injectors are not letting fuel into the engine.
Does this seem right?
Fuel injectors ..
The book says only one of 2 terminals on the connector for the fuel injector should be hot when connected to ground, but both of them on all injectors are hot all the time when grounded.
It seems to me, that the item (camshaft position sensor ?) is shorted out or no ground. I cant find anything showing a CPS in any manuals and the toyota service dept, who have been helpful , im surprised , say the CPS is located where im looking, but thats only on the 1.8 engine.

Ever since my wife drove her car down our street during a storm, her motor sputters upon accelleration, and shakes when idle. Changed spark plugs & still no luck. Any ideas?

parking lights will not go off unless you take battery cable off.

parking lights will not go off when you turn the car off, and i have to disconnect battery cable for them to go off.

Check engine light has been on for long time and eng. ran O.K.
Now when eng. is turned on it misfires at idle. It also misfires when I give it a lot of gas. What is the first part
that should be checked?

will a 2001 Overdrive transmission bolt into a 2000 car with the non-Overdrive automatic? If so, are any shifter or computer changes needed.

Any special instructions for pulling the engine from the top?

Thanks

Vibration noise from front of car when started and put into gear; lasts only l or 2 minutes. Only occurs when engine is cold.

How much should struts cost for this car.

2001 prizm, 40K miles. A passenger in the rear just noticed a thumping sound while car is in motionmm Can you elaborate and provide a general idea of wht it might cost to fix?

need to change throttle sencer

ABS activates on dry roads during gentle braking - pulsing brake pedal.

Brake pedal goes all the way to the floor, but can be pumped up - no loss of brake fluid.

ABS light comes on - very occasionally - maybe once a week. Resets to correct operation (Shows at engine start, than goes out) at next start up.

Car has been to two shops, including official Chevy Dealer, without a solution.

My 2001 prizm has a problem with the throtle response and it cuts off sometimes when I first crank it up. I have had a diagnostic run on it and it came back with left bank too lean or O2sensor so I changed that and plugs but the light is back on. I know it has to be somthing simple because other then that the car runs out great but fuel milage is still lacking a little on the hwy as well. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks, Jon.

My 2001 prizm has a problem with the throtle response and it cuts off sometimes when I first crank it up. I have had a diagnostic run on it and it came back with left bank too lean or O2sensor so I changed that and plugs but the light is back on. I know it has to be somthing simple because other then that the car runs out great but fuel milage is still lacking a little on the hwy as well. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks, Jon.

My 2001 prizm has a problem with the throtle response and it cuts off sometimes when I first crank it up. I have had a diagnostic run on it and it came back with left bank too lean or O2sensor so I changed that and plugs but the light is back on. I know it has to be somthing simple because other then that the car runs out great but fuel milage is still lacking a little on the hwy as well. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks, Jon.

What is the average lifespan of the transmission for this make and model? We are looking to put some money into the car but don't want to if the tranny is just going to crash soon. The car has 116,000 miles.