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I have lost my original key and keyfob to my 2006 Corvette

Short answer, you can not. Your car is equipped with an immobilizer. With out a properly coded key/transponder chip you will not be able to start your car. It disables fuel and spark. Its possible you ...
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How do I open my hood on 2017 Chevy Cruze?

Sandra, the manual says pull the handle near the driver's door, release it, then pull again and the hood will open. If you've lost your owner's manual, please use the link below for future mysteries. ...
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Why does my 2006 Chevy Equinox have no heat when all repairs for the heat has been made?

It sounds like the approach to solving your problem so far hasn't been very systematic or "evidence based" – at least the list of parts replaces suggests that the people working on it have been using ...
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Car oil pressure gauge flips between 0 and 100%

Since this is a Tahoe, I'm going to assume it has the 5.3L LM7 (LSx variant) in it. These have an oil pressure sensor at the back top of the engine under the cowl portion (near the windshield). It ...
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What does it mean when I turn the car key, nothing happens for a bit, and then the car revs to life?

The most likely from my experience of this happening are - Worn/burnt contacts in the starter solenoid Worn starter motor brushes Bad connection between the high current cable and the starter ...
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Brakes grinding when roads are snowy

Normal Sounds The sound you are hearing is the ABS releasing pressure within the system to allow the wheels to continue to rotate and not lock up when you apply the brakes in low friction conditions. ...
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Help with spark plug stuck upside down in well

I have a telescopic magnet which is invaluable for this very scenario. It even has a light built into the end of the magnet. I bought it because I saw it in the tool shop and it's gotten me out of a ...
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My 2016 Chevrolet Spark started making a noise at high speeds, but then stopped. Is it safe to drive?

That isn't an alloy wheel, that's a regular steel wheel with a plastic wheel cover on it. The plastic cover is obviously in bad shape, it's just for appearances so you can just take it off and throw ...
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Car overheats idling in traffic

My top suspect would be a radiator fan that isn't running when it should. The fans assist in transferring heat from the radiator to the surrounding air, and are most needed when the car is stationary....
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I have lost my original key and keyfob to my 2006 Corvette

Terrible answer - find your lost key If you know its definitely destroyed or overboard at sea then you're out of luck, but if you just misplaced it then look very hard everywhere it could be. Can you ...
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Ticking noise while idling that increases with acceleration

It sounds like a valve adjustment is required There are many items that can make a 'ticking' noise that is tied to the RPM of the vehicle. Having the sound match RPM's certainly gives a clue that it ...
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Is a rebuild my only option with blue smoke on startup?

Usually the puffs of blue smoke on startup are actually caused due to leaking valve seals. These can be changed without the need for an engine rebuild. Changing them out also can be done while the ...
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Boost car without battery

Did that only work because the cables were such a heavy gauge? Correct. Usually when using smaller gauge jumpers with a battery in the car, you are doing two things. First, you have to leave them on ...
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Before changing a fuel filter is it ok to let the line run dry?

While disconnecting the fuel pump relay and running the engine will work, there are other alternatives. If you can access the Schräder valve, depress it to release the pressurized fuel before ...
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How does cylinder deactivation work?

The link @cory posted is the description from the service manual. Just a repaste and I'll add some images and additional information. Cylinder deactivation is accomplished by not allowing the ...
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What is the purpose of a microphone placed at rear view mirror?

GM vehicles often came standard with OnStar, GM's roadside assistance system. 2005 may be a little early for factory-installed Bluetooth.
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Is it bad to run a chevy volt out of gas on a regular basis?

Short answer, it is bad don't do that. Longer answer, the fuel pump is cooled by the gas in the tank and runs while the fuel system is pressurized. When you run it dry the pump can overheat which ...
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What does it mean when I turn the car key, nothing happens for a bit, and then the car revs to life?

What you are describing is known as a 'lazy' starter. Starters take a lot of power to run, enough energy to injure a human, so to protect the carbon unit between the pedal and the wheel automakers use ...
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2005 Chevrolet Express 3500: Help Identifying this part

That should be the coolant temperature sensor and wires. I can't tell exactly where it is in relationship to the head/exhaust, but if it is the temp sensor, it will be located to the upper left ...
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Should I replace piston rings on chevy 350?

With only 200 miles on the engine, I'm thinking you could get away with using the same rings on the engine as long as you didn't see any scoring on the cylinder walls or any other obvious damage. ...
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What can be used to protect the under-carriage of a hot rod?

I would use epoxy primer to start. You can then spray paintable undercoat on your frame, underbody. They come in various forms as depicted in the image below. You may also use a rocker guard type ...
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What is this connector on the rear bumper?

This is the access port for the tire iron so you can lower the spare tire from under the truck. Look at your Owner's Manual under "Vehicle Care," it will show you where on the truck to find your tire ...
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'09 Chevy Malibu - No Crank, No Start - Heavy Troubleshooting Already Completed

On GMs now adays the Engine Control Module controls the starter relay. It will look for a park/neutral signal from the range switch and a crank signal from the ignition switch/Body Control Module. A ...
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Thinking of running E85 to clean my Corvette valves, pistons and heads

There are several issues with what you are planning to do. If you haven't done so already, please read this answer I wrote about using E85 instead of non-E or E10 fuel. While ethanol fuels do clean ...
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ABS Warning and Brake Calipers - Long Post

I'm having a silimar issue with my Toyota Yaris which I'm yet to fix, but I know for sure what is causing it: rust on the ABS sensor. Every wheel has an ABS sensor which reads the wheel speed. During ...
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Should misfire counts be zero?

You're raised two questions: Should these counts be just dead-nuts 0? In my experience, NO. While I'm sure every manufacturer has their own standard for when to set the CEL on a misfire, some ...
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Wiring extra truck battery to power winch

The method suggested by Paulster2 will certainly work. Another way to do it at lower cost is to use a 12 volt, 120 amp continuous duty relay. Make a permanent connection with heavy cable from the ...
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Replaced busted brake line but the brakes still don't work

I have a 97 suburban, so I believe things are very similar. I too have replaced lines on this truck and spent hours of time and over a gallon of fluid trying to get it bled correctly. A couple ...
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one wire alternator

The one tool you will need to purchase / borrow is a Volt Ohm Meter (sometimes called a Multimeter). Then you need to use it to read voltage AT THE BATTERY, before the car is started and after the ...
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