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Any truth to the “myth” about changing transmission fluid in older vehicles?

I have had people give me anecdotal stories (friend of a friend type thing) about changing the transmission fluid in vehicles with 150,000+ miles, especially those that haven't had regular ...
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'09 Chevy Malibu - No Crank, No Start - Heavy Troubleshooting Already Completed

Answer: Turns out the computer was shot, entirely non-functional. Swapped one out and the car started right up. For future readers: The computer is a likely cause if the vehicle has power, yet ...
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How do I program a Chevy Malibu Key with chip in it?

I have a '07 Chevy Malibu and would like to know how to program the key. I lost the original, but was able to get a spare from the dealership. I do not want to pay the locksmith $150 to program the ...
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2003 Chevrolet Impala - Jerks after Stopping

I have a 2003 chevy impala. When I hit the gas (whether it be a light tap or hit it pretty hard), my car kind of waits a second, jerks and then takes off (revs go kinda high when it's waiting). To ...
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How do I stop the 'never-ending' turn signal?

I have an '07 Chevy Malibu, whose turn signal doesn't seem to disengage whenever I make a turn, unless it's more than roughly 160 degrees (a U-turn). What are some of the possible causes and are there ...
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My brake fluid all left on short notice. What gives?

During the very cold weather (here in Ohio) recently, I noticed the brakes on my 2000 Chevy Malibu were a little soft, and made a mental note to attend to them promptly. Then, over the course of 24 ...
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Why are my turn signal lenses melting?

A couple of years ago, I bought a used 2005 Chevy Malibu. Then, just last summer, I had to replace the front turn signal bulbs on both sides twice within a month because they kept burning out. I ...
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How does cylinder deactivation work?

I am still grinning from picking up a 2007 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT 4x4 with the extended cab. 146,000 miles on the clock and 5.3 liter V8 engine. It has displays for everything the engine is doing in ...
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What can be used to protect the under-carriage of a hot rod?

With a sand blasted cab and bed I am looking for a solution to protect the metal body of a C10 hot rod on air ride. I have looked into possibly rhino lining the under side of the bed and cab but I ...
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Finding And Fixing A Short

Make: Chevy Model: Cavalier Year: 1993 (old I know) Symptoms Turn signal no longer works. The lights do not come on, and there is no "ticking" sound. New Fuse for signal blows as soon as the car ...
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Remanufactured 5.3 engine not firing on one bank

2007 Chevy Avalanche 5.3 vin 3. I bought a remanufactured engine. After installing it, the truck runs, but only bank 1 (1,3,5,7) is firing. It has power to the coil packs on bank 2 (2,4,6,8), but ...
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Malibu turns over, does not start

2005 Malibu (Classic, fleet version) with 2.2 L Ecotec four-cylinder engine fails to start. It turns over, and scattered weak pops indicate that there’s rudimentary combustion going on, but it does ...
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Consistent pull to the left when braking

My Chevrolet Astro van consistently pulls to the left when braking. Consistently means: always, the amount is proportional to the pressure applied to the pedal. It doesn't pull to the side if braking ...
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Should I replace piston rings on chevy 350?

I recently acquired a chevy 350 manufactured in 2015 for free because of some crank issues. I'm in the process of rebuilding it and have finished the disassembly of the engine. The engine itself only ...
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Before changing a fuel filter is it ok to let the line run dry?

I didn't see this question asked after searching through the tag fuel-filter but I was curious is it ok or would it even work on a Silverado if you remove the fuse for the fuel pump when it is running ...
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2000 chevy cavalier cheap upgrades

I am a high schooler that was lucky enough to get a 2000 chevy cavalier 2.2l automatic 4 door sedan for $100 for my 16th birthday. One of the parents owns a drag strip/race track that we can use, so ...
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Magnetic Active Suspension or Magnetorheological Damper

GM developed magnetic dampers for the Corvette several years back. What is magnetic active suspension and how does it work? I understand there is a magnetic fluid in the shocks but how, deep down, ...
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Why is this valvetrain pitch-black?

I'm in the middle of an LS1 teardown. Last weekend I removed the valve covers to and found it hard to see anything, as the pictures below will evidence. While I wait for an opportunity to resume the ...
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Why would turning on the A/C affect my alternator output voltage?

So yet another chapter unfolds in the A/C gremlin saga of my LS1 Chevy. Backdrop A/C compressor is relatively new (2 years old) One of the belts is squeaking (not sure which one) Recently performed ...
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Can I use an OBD2 Scan Tool on older GM vehicle?

I can get an adapter that connects my OBD2 scan tool to my 12 pin GM scan tool connection. But will the tool be able to read the codes and tell me anything useful? Or do I need to get a scan tool that ...
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No power but battery, alternator, and connection are good

This involves a company truck, 08 Chevy Silverado. I am not a mechanic or DIY nor do I play one on TV. The problem I am having is that every 2 or 3 months this truck will not start and completely ...
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Severe Noise Under Acceleration from a Stop or Slow Speed

EDIT March 9, 2016 So I took the car to a guy who specializes in ATX gears, and he felt that it's not a tranny problem. Got a second opinion from a Chevy tech who concurred. So due to that and the ...
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'04 Daewoo Nubira brakes keep sticking on after disc and pad replacement

On my '04 Daewoo Nubira I have been and had new discs and pads all round and now the brakes keep sticking on, I have been advised I now need new calipers all round, how can I tell if its them or that ...
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Help with spark plug stuck upside down in well

I am installing new spark plugs in my 2013 Chevy Cruze and I dropped a spark plug in the well upside down. I tried to get it out with 8" needle noose pliers but it will not budge. Any help would be ...
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What is the purpose of a microphone placed at rear view mirror?

I just bought a used Chevy Impala 2005 and it has a microphone placed at the rear view mirror and its wire goes inside the hood. I don't know where it goes and I have no idea how to find its purpose. ...
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Brakes grinding when roads are snowy

I have a 2013 Chevy Cruise that has new brakes changed by the dealership, and they work perfectly in the rain, and dry conditions. But when there's snow on the ground, the brakes often start grinding, ...
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When idling, AC does not work and engine overheats. What's the cause?

I drive a 2013 Chevy Sonic. Basically, the air conditioning does not blow cold air if the car is idling, only when in motion. It seems to blow the coldest during long periods of driving fast, such as ...
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Acceptable amount of slack in a timing chain with high mileage?

1995 Chevy S-10 Blazer - 4.3 L Vortec V6 (vin W with PCM) - 230,000 miles original owner. FWIW, this model car/engine does not have timing chain inspection and/or changing as part of the routine ...
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Does it make the most sense to replace an old car's entire exhaust system all at once?

Back story: The Check Engine light came on in my 2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS Sedan (V6 3.5L). I took the car to a mechanic #1 (M1), an independent shop. They replaced the EGR valve. A day later, the ...
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94 Z28 LT1 Camaro. Intermittent stalling/starting problem. Been haunting me forever

94 Z28 LT1 Camaro. Intermittent stalling/starting problem. Been haunting me forever. Typically my car will start fine when it's been sitting overnight. Then I'll drive to the gym which is 2 miles ...
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Roller rockers to a stock valve train

78 Nova but the engine is from a different car; casting # V0707CMH. I have a 350 with 305 heads. Stock valves, pushrods, cam, and lifters. The nuts on my stock rocker arms are in need of replacement; ...
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Proper way to do maintenance on an air bag system (SRS)?

My air bag system light started coming on a while ago. Sometimes it will come on and stay on, other times it will go off after a while. This usually happens when it starts raining out. I did some ...
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Need help installing engine with 2-wire crank sensor into 3-wire setup

My problem is the 2008 chevy trailblazer 4.2 has a 3-wire crank sensor and the reluctor ring on the crank looks similar to a bicycle sprocket. While I did not look at the reluctor ring on the 2005 4....
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Why does my 2006 Chevy Equinox have no heat when all repairs for the heat has been made?

I have: replaced the thermostat about 10 times, back flushed heater core and flushed cooling system out about 10 times, replaced water pump, intake gasket, blend door, mode door, actuators, HVAC ...
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Why does my gas not fill all the way?

Same as the title. I have filled twice, different stations, both fill to just over 3/4 and stop. I am not sure if this is the gauge or something with whatever magic tells the pump to stop. Is there ...
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How to recharge AC using booster from auto parts store?

The AC on my 2002 Chevy Cavalier stopped blowing cold in the fall and I had planned on getting it checked out and recharged once the AC check specials started. I saw this for $30 and it seems too ...
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Is a rebuild my only option with blue smoke on startup?

1992 Chevy S10 4.3L V6 2WD I read about putting SeaFoam in a gas tank instead of the crankcase because it takes away the carbon. I also read that is not necessarily a good thing in older vehicles ...
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1996 Chevy K1500 Silverado ZZ4 5.7L - Rough Idle, Plug Damage, Overheating, EGR

I'm having some serious problems with my truck. It started out as rough idling and then it got worse. I have replaced all 4 O2 sensors, temperature sensor, knock sensor, distributor wires, ...
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Oil in my radiator, but no water in my oil

I have a '95 Chevy S10 4.3 liter V6 Vortec. There was oil in my radiator so I replaced the intake gaskets. But, it has started doing it again. I changed the oil last week, but I now I'm about a ...
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Gurgling Noise Behind Dash

I have 96 Chevy Blazer (automatic) that's been making a slight gurgling noise (sounds like water - think "babbling brook"). I only recently got the vehicle and I'm thus not too familiar with what's ...
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What problems can come from AC not running for years?

I have an 81 Chevy C10 that I inherited from my dad. This truck has mostly sat for the last seven years, with me running it enough to keep it in condition. I've been using this truck mainly for the ...
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How do the rear brakes on a 1995 Chevy 1500 self-adjust?

I was told that by setting the parking brake each time the truck is parked, the shoe-brakes would self adjust. Is this true? There are no access holes on the back plate for manual adjustment.
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Chevy Cobalt key stuck in ignition, battery dead

I've got Chevy Cobalt 2007 with key stuck in ignition and dead battery. The battery is located in the trunk. The trunk could be opened either using the button (oh no, cannot do that because the ...
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Engine Bogs down with A/C on highway

This started to happen relatively recent. It's 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. What is happening when the engine is idling and I turn the A/C on or the defroster (which also uses the A/C I believe), the ...
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Occasional ABS fault

'04 Cavalier, 120K mi. We've had it for 6 years, driven every winter. Now, this winter, we occasionally get an ABS fault. This probably always occurs under slipping conditions. When it happens, ...
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my 2011 Chevy Equinox check engine light on, reads code P0420

Check engine light been on. I checked gas cap the other day and it stayed on. I will put premium fuel in next time i fill up. It's been on for about a week. Any ideas to cause or solution?
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Remove rounded manifold bolt

I'm trying to take off the manifold bolts on an old Chevy 350 (the ones that connect the manifold to the header). I got 4 out of the 6 bolts out, but 2 are extremely struck and rounded due to all the ...
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Engine run-on (dieseling) condition suddenly getting much worse

1995 Chevy S-10 Blazer - 4.3 L Vortec V6 (vin W with PCM) - 230,000 miles original owner. OBD-I (or 1.5) GM transitional year with OBD-II style connector. I've been working on my vehicle a lot ...
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Brakes go to the floor

Vehicle: 2000 Blazer v6 4.3L Symptoms: Brake goes to the floor before braking. You have to push hard to stop. Easy to "skid" tires. Brake light is on. The day before they worked perfectly fine, and ...
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Possible causes for a high temp gauge?

I have a 2012 Chevy Colorado with an odd temp gauge issue. When the vehicle is started from being completely cold (like freezing cold), the temp gauge immediately goes all the way up. This leads me ...

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