mackieman1967

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Question Asked: Car gets hot in traffic and keeps shooting antifreeze out of seam of reservoir?!?HELP
May 09, 2011, 05:53 PM
This one is a Doozy! HELP!!! The car in the winter had great heat, no problems. then when it warmed up I noticed the radiator leaking,,,replaced that, then the car temp guage would start to rise above the mid line,,,then the car was asking for more antifreeze,,, so I put antifreeze in and when I got into traffic it started to show steam coming from my engine,, so low and behold,,I saw my reservoir had a hole in it,, got a new one,, then,,the new reservoir was spitting antifreeze out of the seam when temp would go over mid line in traffic,, so I got another new one,,,same thing....Now I start to think of other things,,replaced thermostat last year, new reservoir cap a few weeks ago, new temp guage today,,,still the same!!! What the F@#K else could it be??? If i put on the AC the damn fans come on and all is good in the world but with current gas prices and travel in the cool mornings I dont want the AC on!!! I am at a loss, is there any way to wire a switch to manually turn the fans on? If so how and where> I need help on this one cuz I travel long distances and get into traffice often. ALL HELP WOULD BE GREAT!!
Question Asked: Where is the emergency brake release sensor located
February 17, 2011, 07:00 AM
My car has the red BRAKE light on and most people have said that the emergency brake sensor is either not working or broken. If anyone can tell me where it is (a picture of what it looks like would also help if ya got it) I think that it is obviously where the emergency brake is...but it is hard to see. thanks in advance
Question Asked: Timing Belt replacement
February 11, 2011, 07:47 PM
My wifes car has 150k miles and has not had it timing belt replaced. I know from this awesome site and all you great mechanics that it should be replaced at 90k...my question is "How hard is this to do myself(I am not a mechanic but went to school for mechanical(airplanes etc) and have worked on cars a few years) Is that the belt (outside) of the engine on the left hand side with black cover over it and if it is outside what are the difficultys to do it? help
Question Asked: Brake RED warning light is on, sometimes goes out randomly
February 11, 2011, 08:12 AM
The brake red warning light goes on randomly,,I did notice the emergency brake seems to go to the floor when i press it but, otherwise the brakes work fine. A few times I noticed the brake pedal jump slightly when I pushed it down,,,this happened only twice in the past, been cold out..help
Question Asked: Car seems to heat up in traffic past the middle line summer or winter
February 11, 2011, 08:09 AM
My car seems to start to overheat when in traffic, I recently replaced the coolant reservoir with new one because of same problem but, still heats up. I replaced the thermostat last summer and the fuse for the 2 fans in good (the fans come on randomly-not sure what makes them go on. The cars heat is good, AC fair in summer. coolant level good. New coolant, radiator and condenser replaced about a year ago,, It seems to rise to about the 3/4 mark till it makes me nervous and I blast the heat. anyone????
Question Answered: does this vehical have a thermostat
May 09, 2011, 08:13 PM
WELL,,, its pretty straight forward ... if you leave it and see it on your driveway(good thing) its something in the engine like a leaky brittle hose or etc.... if you dont see anything on the driveway,,,its entering the engine(bad thing) thru the head gasket...if it is inside the floorboard of your car ,,, heater core.
Question Answered: blows hot air
May 09, 2011, 08:10 PM
most likely your thermostat may be not woriking or I believe your heater core may not be closing and opening ....guess would be to replace thermostat its cheap and easy to do....not sure what air conditioning would have to do with what you were asking.
Question Answered: how do i fix an oil leak?
May 09, 2011, 08:07 PM
car is DONE!! the smoke is either one or more piston rings gone or just as bad coolant entering into oil (bad head gasket) if the smoke is whiteish blue(OIL) if it is pure white(coolant)
Question Answered: pui on serptine belt
May 09, 2011, 08:02 PM
gotta give more info...why cant you get it back on? on my car .. to put new serpentine belt on you gotta put jack under engine to hold it in place and remove passenger side motor mount bolts...then slip belt underneath ...also down near the bottom is a belt tensioner... gotta move it to release belt
Question Answered: Car Stalls
May 09, 2011, 07:59 PM
sounds like a vacuum problem or fuel pump...
Question Answered: power windows
May 09, 2011, 07:58 PM
Swap relays with another of the same ...got relays with the fuses and some in the engine swap same with same....easy
Question Answered: power seats
May 09, 2011, 07:56 PM
make sure you check all the fuses in the car and the engine first...usually this is the most common problem... fuses blow.. that is also the most OVERLOOKED item too. check relays too. the next thing is something blocking the track.
Question Answered: power steering cooler line
May 09, 2011, 07:53 PM
ask the guys at Autozone,,, they are pretty knowledgeable and have saved me a fortune...they wont try and sell you something you dont need. good luck
Question Answered: loses the gauges
May 09, 2011, 07:52 PM
STOP.... yowch..this just happened to me and it means your alternator is going or already gone.... go to shop and get it checked... I got stuck on side of road after trying to put my window down and all instruments went out,, dont let this happen to you..alternator is about 200 dollars to have replace.. 115 if you do it yourself. good luck..
Question Answered: how do you remove the passenger side airbag
May 09, 2011, 07:49 PM
Think it may be ILLEGAL,,did it go off and you wanna remove the bag.,,,,just cut with scissors or sharp blade and now have handy space... if it did not go off ,,dont do it.
Problem Reported: Stuck Key Due to Failure of Transmission Console Shifter/Wiring
May 27, 2010, 11:08 AM
<p>The transmission console shifter or wiring may fail causing the key to become stuck in the ignition.</p>
Problem Reported: Engine Starts and Stalls Due to Secutiry System Fault
May 27, 2010, 11:08 AM
<p>The engine may start and stall with the security light flashing. This is commonly caused by a failed <a rel="nofollow" href="/gm-passlock-anti-theft-systems">passlock</a> sensor which is part of the <a id="ce_9561" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/ignition-lock-cylinder">ignition lock cylinder</a>. A secondary cause could be the <a id="ce_9151" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/ignition-switch">ignition switch</a> itself. Worn contacts inside the ignition switch can cause voltage drop issues which can affect the passlock system. Proper diagnoses should be performed before replacing any parts.</p>
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