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Because you are uncertain of the history of the car, you should take the view that nothing has been done yet. A quick checklist is: Engine Oil & Filter Radiator fluid (also get one of the good cleaners that you leave in the car for ~200 miles, but be careful as the outside temperature cannot get below freezing while this cleaner is in your system). ...


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The 'offset' is the distance between the mounting face of the wheel (i.e. the bit that sits against the hub) and the centreline of the wheel. A positive offset is where the mounting face is towards the outside of the wheel, and negative is set towards the inside. Therefore, if you get wheels that are more positive than the current ones, they will sit ...


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I'd check the ground strap/contact to ground from the blinker to the chassis first. Chances are there's a problem with it an it "grounds" via another bulb when you also apply the brake. Using a multimeter, check the resistance from the ground on the bulb holder against the chassis first, then check blinker ground against both contacts for the brake light. ...


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I found a site called actron.com that describes OBDII codes. Autozone explains what the camshaft position sensor is. Camshaft Position Sensor Actuator Operation The Camshaft Position (CMP) actuator is attached to each camshaft and is hydraulically operated in order to change the angle of the camshaft relative to Crankshaft Position ...


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This link should prove useful if you've not found an answer yet. According to that they're identical.


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I caved (mainly since it is dangerous to keep driving it like it is) and brought it to my local mechanic. He says it is the Idle Air Intake control. I am not going to accept this answer until I can do a test drive. EDIT: Well my mechanic was right on the nose. The replacement worked like a charm.


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I recently picked up an old Mercedes. Previous owner said he'd switched out the fluids... that he'd been a mechanic for a number of years. Long story short, NEVER trust previous owners... particularly when it comes to fluids. They don't even have to be dishonest, they might just be incompetent or lazy. Fouled oil carries a bunch of crap in it that will ...


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This is what the mechanism should look like. You'll have to find a way to get at the three gold screws that hold the motor to the rest of the assembly. This will allow you to disengage the motor, so the rest of the assembly can move freely. Be careful: once you disengage the motor the window could drop and break. You'll want to get somebody to hold it, ...


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I ended up pulling them through by tightening an old lug nut onto the new stud with a spacer between the nut and the hub using this technique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX9te2iFH3E except with with a regular lug wrench instead of an impact wrench. Well actually my dad did since he came over prepared to help me remove the hub. Drove on it this morning ...


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This would depend on the type of car you have. The majority of valve covers i've come across are aluminum. You can try some RTV sealant or Hondabond sealant (pretty popular solution for this) in place of a valve cover gasket. The sealant should mold itself around all the gaps and irregularities in your valve cover, making for a better seal. If that ...


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Lock and unlock your car using the key buttons two or three times, count to three between presses. Finally open the door with the key buttons, put the key into ignition and turn it to run. If the indicator for the immobiliser stays on, you now know you have an immobiliser fault. You will proberbly have to have your vehicle scanned for any faults, even if the ...


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Turns out it was just my heat shield rattling. I put a hose clamp on it to secure it like in this video http://youtu.be/OO03n22rwfg Anything to do with the transmission (or torque converter, as one friend suggested) was ruled out because the car drives without any problem.


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You'll need some pressure gauges to check if you still have refrigerant gas present, unless there is a sight glass on the receiver dryer. Before you get into that though, first check if the compressor's clutch is activating. Lift the hood, start the engine and turn on the A/C to full cold. The belt should already be turning the compressor's pulley and the ...


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After you stated that you have to wait for it cool before it will run again is an indication that the crankshaft position sensor has failed. You should have a look at how to replace it on your vehicle. It's usually found on either the transmission bell housing (reading off of the flywheel as it rotates) or near the crank pulley at the lower front of the ...


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It is possible that it is the crank position sensor. My friends trunk had the same problem. It would start and run for maybe 10 minutes then sputter out and die and not be able start again for hours. Turned out to be a crank position sensor.


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Best answer is a GM parts counter as @Mark answered. Depending on the exact design/configuration you may be able to secure it with a ziptie. I broke the clip for the power transistor plug on my Mitsubishi, but was able to thread a ziptie through it to keep it secure.


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I'd say check at a dealership parts counter, except that Saturn dealers don't exist anymore. I thought I heard something about Saturn having their own parts system separate from what all the other GM divisions used, but I can't find anything to confirm/deny that at the moment. You could try the parts counter at a Cadillac/Chevy/Buick/GMC dealer. Taking ...


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A problem with your charging system, such as an alternator that's not providing enough juice, can cause this. Your turn signal relays are sensitive to voltage fluctuations.


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Long shot, but do you have a voltmeter? Check the voltage at the battery when the car is running, might be a faulty alternator. There's a chance you may have developed a vacuum leak, are you handy? You can do this yourself with a bottle of brake cleaner or throttle body cleaner. Spray around the engine bay (not coolant hoses, but vacuum specifically) and ...


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Try browsing Crutchfield’s catalogue of car stereos. You might be able to infer an answer from their information on which stereos fit which cars. However, even if the dashboard spaces are the same, the wiring may be different. You might need an adaptor to connect the newer stereo to the older car's plug. Crutchfield or a stereo shop might be able to help you ...


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A few year ago, I remember Stacey David (when he was hosting the "Trucks" show) commenting that he thought the plastic valve covers on the old Jeep Wrangler must have been designed from the factory to leak because he had never seen one that didn't. That doesn't sound promising. Maybe you can find some aluminum or steel replacement valve covers from ebay, ...



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