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Can't Put Gas in Car [Jul. 1st, 2015|04:51 pm]
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I realize this community has been inactive since 2013, but I'm hoping some of the members may still be watching and can answer.

I apologize if this is unclear, I know very little about cars. We have a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. A couple months ago it had a fuel leak. The repair shop replaced a line, the canister, and a valve. The car ran great and everything seemed fine until we noticed the check engine light had come on. The repair shop told us the sensor just needed to be reset. Okay... but then the fuel tank was running low and my husband went to fill the tank. The gas poured right back out and wouldn't go in the tank. Back to the repair shop. They told us that they put the valve on wrong, simple fix, and we thought we were good to go again. This time the car seemed fine for a week or two. We were able to fill the tank once. And then the same problem popped up... the check engine light came back on and the fuel would pour right back out when we tried to put any in the tank. Back to the repair shop again. This time they replaced the valve. And again the car was doing great for a couple weeks. We filled the tank a couple times without a problem. But once again, the check engine light came on and we were no longer able to put gas in the tank.

We plan on taking the car to a different shop to get a second opinion, but in the meantime... does anyone here have any ideas what could be going on here? Could the repair shop have caused this problem? It didn't start until we took it in for the fuel leak. We'd like to get them to fix it because their work is warrantied, but if this is over their heads we'll have to take it to a different shop.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions or ideas.

2005 Kia Rio intermittent lagging problem [Feb. 10th, 2013|01:59 pm]
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Hello! Just found this LJ, hopefully it will be the answer to my problems! Thanks in advance for your help.

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What might be wrong with my car? How do I fix it??

NJ anyone? [Nov. 8th, 2012|11:22 pm]
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Anyone live in or near NJ and can help with break problem on a K CAR?

(no subject) [Jan. 25th, 2011|12:21 am]
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Geez. I go out of town for four days the spam hits the fan.

Sorry about that. Deleted and flagged. :)

Transmission q from a noob. [Jan. 17th, 2011|07:14 am]
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Hey all.

I have a 1999 Chevy Blazer with automatic trans and about 90,000 miles on it. Once in a while, when I shift from park to drive, it seems to slip a gear. This doesn't happen very often. I make sure to completely stop before shifting and it still does it. It's done this once in a while pretty much since I've had the car (last April).

Now the other night I put my car in reverse from park and it wouldn't go. The engine revved but it seemed like the gear wasn't engaging? IDK. It did this twice. (It was very cold outside if that has anything to do with it)

My question: Does this sound like a serious transmission problem or can this be put off for a while? I'm completely flat broke right now, ugh.

Other question: The car has some electrical issues. The FWD, cruise control, and back hatch button only work (seemingly) when they feel like it. I'm afraid my FWD is engaging when I don't want it to, because the light on the 2 HI button isn't always on and sometimes my car rides a little rough. If that's the case, could this be what's messing with my transmission?

Any help is appreciated. :)

finding a repair shop [Jan. 12th, 2011|02:37 pm]
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How do you go about finding a good repair shop? I'm looking for one in another state, so I can't go visit and take the car in, but I'm wondering if there are any specific questions I can ask over the phone.

I'm trying to figure out how much it would be to fix a piece of plastic that I broke off the rear bumper. The estimate given to me ($1000) seems really high, when my first thought was to just glue it back on.

(details of the situation are here, if that helps at all.)

Question about gear shift [Jan. 12th, 2011|01:51 am]
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Apologies in advance if this sounds noobish, and for my lack of knowledge of technical terms (I'll probably use 'thing' a lot). I'm actually a learner driver, but I own a car ('96 Holden Astra, automatic) and am going for my provisional license in a couple of weeks.

I have a problem with my car's gear shift. Often the gear shift will just slide back and forth, and not lock into any gears. I've discovered under the hood that this is controlled by an arm with a round plastic thing on the end, which clicks onto a nub on a metal arm which changes placement according to what gear the car is in. Often the round plastic bit will detach from the metal nub, and I'll have to click it back in place myself. This has been really annoying because it will seemingly do this at random, I've had to put on my hazards and click the thing back into place in parking lots, in the middle of the street after reversing out of a parking spot, at intersections, etc.

I've been to a mechanic about this problem, and he told me that all they could do to fix the problem would be to replace the entire arm, which would cost me about AU$500. Since I can still drive the car okay and all that's required to get it going again is to click the arm back into place, I opted not to spend the money. I'm reconsidering now though, as I will be doing my provisional license test in this car and I don't know what my testing officer's reaction would be if my car decides to do its annoying thing during my test.

My question is - is there a way I could fix this myself for cheaper? It's been suggested to me that I could duct tape the arm to the metal nub. I'm not sure if this would work/be safe though? Could anyone give me some advice?

Here's a (bad) diagram of the part of the car I'm describing. Fig. A is how the gear shift part should look when the arm is hooked on properly to the metal nub. Fig. B is how it looks when the round plastic bit pops off (the black dot is the metal nub). Sometimes I will have to play around moving the gear stick to get the bar with the nub into a position so I can get the plastic bit to hook onto it again.

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Also, I almost always have to start my car in neutral because it doesn't lock into park properly. Obviously this is related to the gear shift problem in some way. It'd probably look bad if I had to start the car in neutral for my test. -_-

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stuck e-brake trouble [Dec. 19th, 2010|09:52 pm]
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My boyfriend has a brand new Mitsubishi Outlander, and our weather here is freezing. Today his shifter, and then his e-brake, locked up due (I think) to weather. I suggested he stop using the e-brake until the weather is a bit warmer, but in the meantime, any suggestions for unlocking it? He's mobile now, so this is for future reference. Not sure about the shifter issue - he had it stuck in drive. Once he got that unstuck, it was his e-brake he couldn't move. (I am only hearing about this via text, so please excuse the fuzzy details).

Most of what I'm Googling has to do with stuck wheels- I'm looking for stuck "lever", which he couldn't move inside the car. Not sure if the wheels were still stuck or not.

FWIW, it's a 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander. He bought it in Nov. Calgary has had RECORD cold temperatures, hence my theory. It's -17C right now (which is not a record - we were experiencing -40 and worse a few weeks ago).


PS He's mobile now, and his dad also figures it's cold weather related - but feel free to provide any other input if you have it :)

Stupid Epica [May. 24th, 2010|06:34 pm]
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I have a 2004 Chevrolet Epica that I have owned for two years. When I first got it I had to have my O2 sensors replaced... twice in the first two months. Last December I had a problem with, what I thought was the throttle body. I would go to accelerate - the rpms would go up and down and the gas peddle would feel like an elastic and not go anywhere. It got to the point where my car would just shut down. After the check engine light came on I brought it in to a dealership (since a smaller garage could not diagnose it, apparently it's the hardest chevy to diagnose since it's not actually a chevy, its a daewoo). They replaced the throttle body and my O2sensors...again. Now, less than 6 months later its doing it again, in addition to jerking when driving. When I'm just driving normally it will start jerking - as if I'm tapping on the brake, in a rhythm. It only does it every once and a while, and sometimes it will drive normally.
Today it completely died again. Attempted to start it several times and it would start, but then when switched into drive the engine would shut off - all lights inside still on. When my bf and i attempted to put it into neutral to at least get it out of the middle of the parking lot my stearing wheel locks up. FINALLY we managed to get it started and home... any idea what it could be? Could it have a faulty throttle body or does this sound like a whole other issue?
Any help is appreciated!


1995 Nissan Pathifinder [May. 11th, 2010|10:57 am]
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You guys have been so helpful I just thought I would let you know. Less than a month after getting new tires and all new belts my beloved Pathfinder finally gave up. After making a turn onto a small side street it made a terrible noise, the RPM hand revved really high and then it started to make a whine noise. I pressed the gas and nothing happened except it whined louder. We were able to coast to a safe area and have it towed to the shop but we were pretty sure its mighty transmission had finally failed. *sigh*

We have done so much to keep it going in the last 2 years because I love it so. But this is it.

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