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Archive for May, 2013

4 cyl Mystique-fails to rev over 2000rpm

idle smooth but hard start need to pump.  unable to drive to Autozone
to scan. No money for tow.
Fuel filter changed. Fuel pressure regulator changed. 30 psi at fuel
rail. (approx) Acts as if it is not getting enough gas. Originally
want to check injectors-but now wonder if tps. Please help
The car started losing power after warming up on freeway then
magically would be o.k. then 1 week later it would barley make it home-
power would come and go on a 3 mile trip home after getting off
freeway. Parked it and it idled greal and sm,ooth. Since it ran I
started with fuel. Forgot to remove gas cap thoug to check it. Checked
for vac leaks -zero.

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oil changed

I just got the oil changed on my BMW 328is at Sears, but it still
says it needs "Oil Service" every time I turn it on.  Any ideas?

I bought it used, and it had no manual.

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Mazda Mystery Bolt Solved

Go to and look for "Mazda Mystery Solved".

Pictures at 11….

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1988 Regal Radio Module? (amp)

where would one fine a replacement Module AMP)  for this Radio part on
an 88 regal ??  Mine is shorting out  trying to replace it…

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Part 3: Troubleshooting overheating prob


Well, I think we might be close to the problem. To refresh everyone’s
memory: the overheating (1995 Z28) came on suddenly. I did the
following in an attempt to remedy the issue (listed in order of
* Replaced thermostat with a Stant SuperStat heavy duty unit
* Replaced radiator cap and flushed system, using Delco-spec
* Replaced water pump with brand new AC Delco unit

After these replacements, I would start the car and upon warm-up, the
temp gauge would continue to climb into the red.  As a reminder, this
water pump is shaft-driven from a gear off in the timing cover. Look
… and here ……

OK, fast forward to today. I took the thermostat housing off and
removed the thermostat and had my son start the car up while I took a
Watch here:

Without stating what my opinion might be, I’d like to see what all the
experts have to say.

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93 Acclaim diagrams?

Anyone have diagrams and such for a 1993 Acclaim? I have an Acclaim whose
title says it’s a 1994, but I found out it doesn’t have a 1994 transaxle
and now I find it doesn’t have 1994 fuel system wiring. Specifically,
the fuel pump and level sender aren’t on the rear of the tank as the book
says, and the fuel pump relay isn’t on the shock tower next to two other
relays (there are only two there, no third for fuel pump).

At 135,000 I suspect the fuel pump, but I’ll be damned if I’ll blindly
replace it without making sure.

Any tips for dealing with their rusty old "quick disconnects" on the fuel

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I bought a used car, and I can’t seem to unscrew one of the screws
in the back license plate holder.  The screw turns around, but it
never comes closer to coming out.  Any ideas?

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Best Auto Repair Software / OBDII Code DB
Autotree Pro Ver. 1.45 is a 32 Bit ( WIN95-XP) software Application
for automotive diagnostics. The program written in a Tree format to
make systematic and quick diagnostic checks a breeze, organized by
area (Engine, Transmission, Electrical, Fuel, Emission, body, Clutch,
Etc. ) Just click on the area of interest, then the problem and get
instant repair suggestions to all your problems, covers all the major
areas of car repair. (Engine, Fuel, Ignition,  Emission, Drive train,
Transmission, Brakes, Clutch, Body, Interior, maintenance, Etc.) THIS
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Brake System (ABS) Codes , Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR)
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Naples is burning

Please, dear Mr Bush: we don’t have weapons of destruction mass, but
bomb my people and save us.
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