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Engine Performance

Backfires

Out the Exhaust or Intake

Engine Cuts Out

Engine Shuts Off While Accelerating

Emissions

High Emissions, Failed Inspection

Fuel Economy

Poor Miles Per Gallon

Hard Start

Engine Cranks Too Long Before Starting

Hesitates

Engine Stumbles While Accelerating, Not a Misfire

High Performance

Intake, Exhaust and Programming

Idles High

Engine Races

Idles Low

RPM Low, May Stall

Idles Rough

Engine Shakes at Idle

Lack of Power

Under Hard Acceleration

Maintenance

Maintain Performance, Tune-Up

Misfires

Engine Bucks, Cylinder Cuts Out

Ping, Spark Knock

Rattling Noise from Engine, Light or Hard Acceleration

Stalls

Engine Shuts Off While Slowing Down or Stopped, But Restarts

Won't Start
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Engine Cranks But Will Not Start

Engine Electrical

Battery

Symptoms, Testing, Replacement

Charging System

Alternator, Regulator, Low Volts

Check Engine Light
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Service Engine Soon, Malfunction Indicator Lamp - Trouble Codes

Powertrain Control Module
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Engine Control Module (ECM), Powertrain Control Module (PCM)

Fuel Pump

No Start, Hard Start, Low Pressure

Ignition
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Spark Plugs, Distributor, Distributor-less Ignition

Relay/Fuse

Burned Fuse, Bad Relay, Shorts

Sensors/Solenoids
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Throttle Position, Coolant Temperature, Mass Air Flow...

Starter

Starter Motor, Relay, Solenoid

Brakes

Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)

Electronic Brake Control - Symptoms & Trouble Codes

Brake Hydraulics

Master Cylinder, Calipers, Wheel Cylinders, Hoses, Lines and Valves

Brake Noise

Squeals, Rattles and Grinding

Brake Pads/Shoes

Pads, Shoes, Rotors and Drums

Braking Performance
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Brake Fade, Overheat, One Wheel Locks Up

Body Mechanical

Crash Damage

Cost, Quality, Structure

Doors

Alignment, Hinges, Trunk and Hood also

Fuel Tank

Leaks, Contamination, Replacement

Interior

Tears, Stains, Plastic, Coming Apart

Locks and Keys

Features, Lubricants, Won't Open

Noise

Finding and Fixing, Squeaks and Rattles

Paint, Rust

Known Issues

Water Leaks

Leak Detection and Water Damage Treatment

Engine Mechanical

Carburetor

Not Injected, Choke, Accelerator Pump

Compression

Pressure Inside the Combustion Chamber

Coolant System
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Radiator, Water Pump, Thermostat, Coolant Fan etc.

Diesel Engines

Sparkless Combustion, High Compression, High Torque

Exhaust System

Muffler, Catalytic Converter and Pipes

Engine Damage
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Threw a Connecting Rod, Bent a Valve, Stuff Like That

Engine Parts

Crankshaft, Camshaft, Connecting Rods

Fuel/Gas

Octane, Quality, Contamination

Fuel Injection

Injectors, Fuel Pressure Regulator

Head Gasket

Seal Between the Cylinder Head and Engine Block

Maintenance
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Schedules, Procedures and Reminders

Noise

Knock, Tick, Tap, Rattle, Squeal...

Oil

Grades, Brands, Petroleum, Synthetic or a Blend

Oil Leak

Spots on the Garage Floor

Oil Pressure

Oil Pressure Light on, Gauge Low, Engine Noise

Smoke

Out the Exhaust Due to Excessive Fuel, Oil or Coolant

Timing Belt or Chain

Connects the Camshaft(s) to the Crankshaft

Suspension

Maintenance

Rotate, Balance and more

Noise

Squeaks, Clunks etc.

Off-Road

4x4 Tires, Wheels, lift Kits...

Power Steering

Hard Steering, Leaks, Whines

Ride & Handling

Stiff Ride, Soft Ride, Lack of Control

Shakes, Shimmies, Vibration

Felt in Steering or Seat of your Pants

Suspension Parts

Ball Joints, Tie Rods, Steering Gears etc.

Tires & Wheels

Sizes, Ratings, Abnormal Wear, Shimmy

Wheel Alignment

Pulls Left or Right

Body Electrical

Alarm System

Chimes, Indicators and Sirens

Body Control Module (BCM)

Computer that Controls Body Electrical -- Late Models

Cruise Control

Vacuum and/or Electronically Controlled

Entertainment

Stereo, CD, DVD, SAT...

Exterior Lights

Head Lamps, Brake Lights, Turn Signals

Instrument Panel

Gauges, Indicators, Reminders

Interior Lights

Courtesy Lights, Dome Lights and Controls

Power Door Locks

Switches, Actuators, Diagnose and Replace

Power Windows

Switches, Motors, regulators

Windshield Wipers

Diagnose, Recalls

Wiring, Circuits
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Shorts, Grounds, Breaks and Poor Connections

Tool Box

Drivetrain

Clutch

Pressure Plate, Disc, Flywheel, Master

Differential

Ring & Pinion, Limited Slip

Drive Axle

Front or Rear

Driveline

Drive Shaft, Mounts, Angles, Vibration

Fluid Leaks

Transmission, Axle (front or rear) or Transfer Case

Maintenance

Fluids, Filters and Service

Noise

Whines, Whirring & Wheel Bearings

Transfer Case

Bolted to the Transmission, 4X4

Transmission
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Automatic, Manual, Electronically Controlled

Wheel Bearing

Part of the Hub or Tapered Roller

Heating & Air Conditioning

A/C Odor/Smell

Mold & Mildew, or Antifreeze

Blower Motor

Inoperable, Only Works at Certain Speeds

Compressor

Noises, Leaks, Performance

Evaporator

Refrigerant Leaks, Replacement

Heater Core

Coolant Leak, No Heat, Replacement

Not Cool Enough

Controls, Actuators, Refrigerant

Not Hot Enough

Thermostat, Blocked Heater Core, Controls

Refrigerant

R12 - R134, Dangers, Charging and Leak Detection

Miscellaneous

Auto Repair Manuals

Print and Online

Auto Repair Shops

Good and Bad

Car Safety

Air Bags, Stability Control

Car Value

What's it Worth?

Cost of Fuel

Get the Best Price of Gas (Diesel)

Driving

Taking Turns, Hills, Braking, Off Road, Racing

Reliability

Quality Cars and Lemons

Technical Service Bulletins/Recalls
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Manufacturer Notifications and Procedures

Tools

Scanners, Special Tools

Towing

Hitches, Trailers, Capacities

Warranty

Manufacturer or Extended

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