Why is your car ticking?

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Ford Expedition XLT

Valve clearences (ohv), bad valves, timing out, bad rocker arms, piston slap.

Easy tests for all of the above, just google them.

Some cars just have an annoying tick, only way to fix them is a good radio or cd player

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Why is your car making a ticking sound?

the pullee to any belt could be bent

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Why does your 3 liter engine tick when cold?

Any engine can tick or have a slight knock or ping to it when it is cold. It's pretty normal. As an engine warms up the metal expands. Most of the time it's the valves/valvetrain. Some times it could be a bit of piston slap. Basically, as the valves expand when the engine gets up to temperature, ...

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Why is my engine ticking?

Valves Out of Adjustment The most common cause of engine ticking is a noisy valve train.If there is excessive play in these components you can usually hear them “tick” as they shift around while your engine is running.

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Why does your 1.7 engine tick over at 1500 revs?

15000 rpms! I don't think so.

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Why does your truck sometimes make a ticking sound?

It can be a hole in your exhaust system or it can have something to do with your engine.

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Why is my engine ticking loudly?

A ticking sound could be caused by any number of reasons, such as a low level of oil or loose components.You may hear a ticking, clicking, or tapping noise while the vehicle is idling, accelerating, or even after receiving an oil change.

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Why is my engine making a ticking sound?

Valves Out of Adjustment The most common cause of engine ticking is a noisy valve train.If there is excessive play in these components you can usually hear them “tick” as they shift around while your engine is running.

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What is that ticking sound under your dash board?

the ticking is the blinkers

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Why does my engine tick when cold?

It has developed a clicking engine noise on a cold start.After the car has warmed up, the sound goes away.Clicking or a sharp tapping from the valve cover on top of the engine would point to a valve train noise.A dull tapping or slapping sound from the side of the engine block would point more to...

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Why is my van making a ticking noise?

A ticking sound could be caused by any number of reasons, such as a low level of oil or loose components.You may hear a ticking, clicking, or tapping noise while the vehicle is idling, accelerating, or even after receiving an oil change.

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Why is my truck making a ticking noise?

A ticking sound could be caused by any number of reasons, such as a low level of oil or loose components.You may hear a ticking, clicking, or tapping noise while the vehicle is idling, accelerating, or even after receiving an oil change.

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Why does your equinox make a ticking soung when you crank it?

If it makes the ticking sound and the engine will not crank, then either your battery is dead or the starter solenoid is shot.

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Why does your car make a noise when ticking over or in 2nd gear when slowing down?

Best guess for this is any of a 1,000 causes, BUT if I am hearing you correctly I am BETTING it is a EXHUAST LEAK... Or please explain if you mean ticking, or taking over like passing?

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Why does my truck tick when I start it?

Sometimes an engine will tick when it's first starting due to a lack of lubrication on top of the motor.The ticking sound is commonly caused by opening and closing valves or rocking arms.This could mean the car is low on oil or there is a problem with the oil delivery system that needs to be repa...

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What does it mean when your car makes a ticking sound?

A good example of this is when there is a ticking noise coming from the engine.A ticking sound could be caused by any number of reasons, such as a low level of oil or loose components.You may hear a ticking, clicking, or tapping noise while the vehicle is idling, accelerating, or even after recei...

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Why does your fuel rails keep ticking with engine on in your 1993 olds cutlass ciera s?

I'm not sure My 1993 olds cutlass ceira s does seem to tick constantly as well, kinda from the back side of the motor, could be stuck or bent valve, a worn valve guide, bad lifter, bent push rod, or fuel injector noise all curable with a top end rebuild? a mechanic i know told me to overdose the ...

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Why would your car make a ticking sound only when you accelerate through lower gears but not after your car has been running for several minutes?

check your ex manifolds could be a broken bolt or bad seal between block and manifold

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Why do you get a ticking noise when you turn on your ac or defrost it's a 93 probe gt?

If the ticking is coming from under the dash. It's probably your fan housing, or a misaligned fan. You will have to get to the fan and either replace the fan, or move any obstacles that may be hitting the fan.

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Why would a car tick for a few days then just stop?

That depends on what is ticking, and why. Generally, a minor engine tick that suddenly goes away was caused by a clog in the oil pathways inside the engine that cleared up suddenly. If the engine generally ticks until the engine is warmed up, this suggests a clog in the engine's internal oil path...

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What cause tick tick tick sound when trying to start a dodge desial 2500 truck?

If it's before you actually turn the key to the start position, Cummins engines use an electric priming pump, so it might be that. If you're hearing that sound as you try to actually start the truck, and it doesn't crank, then your starter is toast.

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What is the ticking noise when I start my car?

Valves Out of Adjustment The most common cause of engine ticking is a noisy valve train.If there is excessive play in these components you can usually hear them “tick” as they shift around while your engine is running.

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Why does my car make a ticking noise when its cold?

Cause of ticking noise GM has determined that the noise can be caused by any of the following: Aerated oil in the valve lifter body, resulting in the valve lifter being unable to purge the air quickly.A low engine oil level or incorrect oil viscosity.

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Why is there a ticking noise on a range rover 1994?

Before I can answer that question, can you describe where the ticking noise is coming from? Front of the vehicle? Rear? Engine? Is it coming from your Wheels?If its coming from the front of the vehicle you might require an oil change. If its coming from the rear of the vehicle it could be your ax...

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Can a sensor make a car tick from the bottom?

The question is somewhat vague, not knowing the make, model or year of the vehicle. That said, the most common ticking noise from the bottom of a vehicle is the fuel pump.. It is electric and usually located inside the gas tank.. It does in fact make a constant "ticking" noise when fuel pressure ...

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Can bad spark plugs cause ticking sound?

Bad spark plugs or wires Spark plugs seal off each cylinder, so if one cracks or gets loose, you'll hear a ticking noise.This is a common problem after DIY tune-ups.The worst possibility here is that the spark plug has stripped the threads in the cylinder head.

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If your engine ran hot and now has a loud ticking noise what happened?

Either there is not enough electricity into the engine to start it or the engine us worn out and it is unable to spin. (It would go up to half way and come right back down causing the noise) Solution: Get a car check in order to improve the situation or change engines

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What causes ticking sound after car engine is warm and car has been running a while?

that's just the sound of the steel bits cooling down

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Do transmissions tick?

The control systems on modern cars can cause a ticking noise from the transmission.Chrysler product built from about 1999 to 2009 very often make a "Grick" noise when put into drive from park. This noise is the control system making a very fast clicking noise. It also means the sound deadening pa...

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What causes injector tick?

Injectors ticking are not a problem and you can drive with confidence.Another tick could be from an exhaust manifold leak.As high-pressure exhaust escapes from a crack in the manifold or a leak in the gasket it will sound like ticking or clicking especially at idle or low engine RPMs.

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When it is cold outside and your car makes a tick-click noise as you accelerate is this something that should be fixed?

well it depends on how long has it been since the nosie started and what damage it may have caused.normally that ticking noise is cause by the lifters not lubricating properly.is also caused by low or contaminated oil.this is not a big problem but it needs to be looked at if it continues, just to...

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Why is your car misfiring?

antifreeze is most common problem related to petrol engines misfiring. this can be cured by replacing the timing belt in addition to the thermostat and coolant temperature sensor. this will remedy 95% of misfire problems on most modern cars.

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Tick mark the alternative fuels?

methanol compressed natural gas

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Why is your car smoking?

Smoking all the time is probably the piston rings. Smoking when you first start it is probably the valve seals. Smoke may be coolant and not oil which would mean a head gasket, cracked head or block.What color smoke makes a difference. Black smoke, to much fuel (flooding). Blue smoke, engine oil....

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When you shut your SUV you hear a Tick or Drip Sound around the Muffler What is it?

No big deal, the catalytic converter is very hot and expands while in use, the ticking you hear is the unit cooling and returning to its original size.

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Car makes fast ticking sound when key turned?

Battery dying - there isn't enough power left in the battery to turn the motor over during the starting process. Could also be the starter selenoid or the starter motor itself.

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Why is your car is rejecting gas?

If this is happening to you you should bring your car into the shop. The reason why this is probably happening is your gas gauge may be broken or your fuel injection isn't working or your tank is already full. Id say just take it in. no further advice.Anthony

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What does it mean when the engine is ticking?

A bad oil pump, worn engine or low oil level can cause this or other engine noises.More often than not, this is coming from the engine's valve train components like lifters, rockers, camshafts and cam adjusters.The timing chain can also make a ticking or tapping noise if oil pressure is an issue.

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Crabby Artificial Rats (car) are important in my life because i like having sex with them and watching their tails go ERECTION !

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Why your car pulls when is running?

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Why is your car so fast?

You need to specify the car you are referencing. The speed of the car can change depending on a lot of variables ranging from weight of the passengers to horsepower.

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You either need power streering fluid or a power steering belt.

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Do fuel injectors make a ticking sound?

Normal wear We put this one at the top of our list because it's the most common source of engine ticking: Fuel injection can make a ticking noise.The injectors are tiny nozzles that are electrically actuated and can make a noise at idle that's as noticeable as tapping a sharpened pencil on a tab...

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Can bad fuel injector cause ticking noise?

Injectors ticking are not a problem and you can drive with confidence.Another tick could be from an exhaust manifold leak.As high-pressure exhaust escapes from a crack in the manifold or a leak in the gasket it will sound like ticking or clicking especially at idle or low engine RPMs.

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Why is your remote starter on your car not starting?

I have a 1999 maxima, now i guessing this is a Nissan remote car starter because it's said Nissan on the key chain lol. I pressed the button twice and dash board lights comes on, it's turning over like (when u try to start a car when there no fire to distributor) it wants to start but i guess wen...

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Why is your car blowing steam out of your vents?

The heater core is leaking coolant.

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Why is your car leaking water?

normally if a car is leaking water it is because of the air conditioning in the car being cold so the car will sometimes leak if the ac is running long enough and cold enough.

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Why is your car not pumping oil?

Oil pump is out or pick up fell into pan. Either way, you have to drop it to find out.

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Why is coolant leaking under your car?

There are a lot of reasons why your cars is leaking coolant , some can be a bad water pump, a bad upper radiator hose or a lower or it can be a bad radiator it self , is can be bad head gasket,or your radiator is not holding Enough PSI the normal range is 8-14. so i hoped i help the best i could.

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Why is your car not warming up?

Could be several reasons, first one I would check would be a stuck open thermostat.

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Why is your car struggling to accelerate?

because it doesn't like you or it could be as simple as a plugged fuel filter.

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Why is antifreeze important in your car?

Why Antifreeze is so important for your vehicle this winter.Antifreeze has the capability to also raise the boiling point of the engine coolant in order to prevent it from overheating.Not to mention it can also protect your engine from corrosion, aid heat transfer and prevent scales from building...

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Why is oil drops under your car?

Because you have an oil leak.

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Why is your car an automatic why the slow response?

It doesnt have to be slow response, it depends on the car, high performance cars like Ferrari 599 and Mercedes SLR can shitf faster than you blink.

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Why is your car coolant bubbling?

1) Your engine is overheating and the coolant is boiling.Or2) Exhaust is leaking into the coolant, probably through a bad head gasket or cracked head.

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Why do revs drop considerably on a 740 1989 estate when ticking over and when reversing but not when the car is driving over 1200 RPM?

If you are referring to the RPM riseing and falling by itself (Hunting) you might want to check to see if the intake is clean. I have had problems with my 740 not wanting to idle when the throttle valve area is coated in oil and grime. After using an approved spray cleaner it idled correctly.

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Why is the coolant is coming out your car?

Because it's leaking somewhere. Other than lines in the cooling system, head and intake manifold gaskets are a possibility.

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Why your car smokes?

If your talking about out of your exhaust pipe, then it's because you are burning oil. This could be due to several different things, all of witch are a pretty big job to fix it could be you need new valve stems or your piston rings are shot. No matter what though if your burning blue it usually ...

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What causes an engine to make a ticking noise?

A ticking sound could be caused by any number of reasons, such as a low level of oil or loose components.You may hear a ticking, clicking, or tapping noise while the vehicle is idling, accelerating, or even after receiving an oil change.

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Your 1992 Honda prelude is leaking oil from some where around engine. It is also ticking and knocking. what could it be?

PULL YOU DIP STICK IS THERE ANY OIL SHOWING ? IF ITS TICKING AND KNOCKING YOU MAY HAVE BLOWN THE MOTOR .. GOOD LUCK

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Why is the thermostat on your 206 on red when your car is cool?

The Coolant Temperature sensor is defective.

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Why is your car using too much gas?

There's several reasons why this could happen but what is 'Too Much' mean to you, my 940 does 35mpg which I am happy with since it is a large car with a 2.3i engine. 1) When was the last time your car was serviced? A good service normally helps with fuel usage. 2) Are your Ignition leads all work...

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Why does over drive is on on your car?

Are you asking what overdrive is, and what it does? If overdrive is on when you are cruising on the highway, you are getting better fuel economy as your vehicle takes less energy to operate at higher speeds. Next time you are going 65 on the highway, turn off the overdrive and you will feel the e...

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Why The handle of your car is very hard?

Power steering is GONE or you just need to work it in :)

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Why is your car waisting to much engine oil?

The three most common reasons for excessive oil use are:1. Clogged PCV valve. Pretty cheap fix at less than $10.00 at any auto parts store. 2. Leaking seals. Can be corrected by replacing the leaking seals. This can get pretty expensive. $400.00 or so is pretty standard to reseal an engine. 3. Th...

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Why is your Car stalling at normal operating temperature?

Depends on year, make, and model. Just because the car stalls doesnt mean that its the temperature that is the problem. Can be hundreds of reasons. A common one is the alternator isn't charging the battery which is therefor not running the engine. This causes your engine to not get the electrical...

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Why is your car using so much gas?

Some cars are not designed to be economy cars. If a car is rated at 18 miles per gallon you can't expect much more then that but you can expect to get alot less at times. Aside from the size of the engine, factors that waste gas include: Rapid acceleration, low air pressure in tires, bad air filt...

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Why is it illegal to live in your car?

Don't trespass when living in your car Living in a car is legal if it's parked in your driveway or if the owner of the private property where you have parked your vehicle has given you permission to do so.Parking on a public street or in a neighborhood is subject to a jurisdiction's parking laws.

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Why is water coming out your car manifold?

The head gasket or actual cylinder head is cracked.

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Why is your car just reving when you accelerate?

Assuming you have an automatic,suspect low trans fluid level.If it is a standard,the clutch is slipping.

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Why is it important to take care of your car?

Taking care of your car is very important for keeping you on the road and for other road users to avoid accidents.Yes, it can be expensive, but it will save you your money down the road.However, if you did it yourself, you could reduce maintenance costs.A dealer often suggests that you come in mo...

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How much does it cost to fix a lifter tick?

With an average labor cost of $80, this means the average labor cost will be in the area of $500.On a four cylinder or straight six engine this will be a four hour job, which means it will cost approximately $320.Parts will run you in the area of $20.

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What causes ticking sound in in a Mazda rx8?

I don't know, take your car for a check up and tell them about it...

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How much does it cost to fix lifter tick?

With an average labor cost of $80, this means the average labor cost will be in the area of $500.On a four cylinder or straight six engine this will be a four hour job, which means it will cost approximately $320.Parts will run you in the area of $20.

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Why is one wheel not turning on your car?

That depends on which wheel. If you have the front end off the ground and the car running in gear, only one wheel will usually turn. The power will go the the wheel with the least resistance. There will always be a difference in the drive wheels. Doesn't matter front or rear wheel drive. Front wh...

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Why is Temp needle at max in your car?

There's a few different possibilities. The needle may be stuck, or it may be the result of engine overheating, which could be caused by such things as low/no coolant, a bad water pump, or a bad thermostat.

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Why is your car struggling to go into any gear?

You might need a new clutch

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Why your car is running out of freon fast?

Freon cooler is leaking from A/C system.

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Why is your car chugging after running low on fuel?

Plugged fuel filter or filters

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Why is your car not putting out heat when idaling?

All internal combustion engines generate heat when they run. If your automobile is not generating heat when it is idling, there are several reasons.1. The coolant level is too low.2. The thermostat is not opening3. The water pump is not moving enough coolant and it could be bad.It is normal for t...

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Why is your car engine dripping rusty water?

When engine is cool, Look in radiator and see if the antifreeze is full. Mechanics use more information of problem to diagnose, like, Where is leak at under the car? Air conditioners can cause water drip from car but that is normal. No matter what is causing the drip you will also need to clean/f...

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Why is your car knocking on the right side front?

is it front wheel drive? if so the cv joint is bad

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Why is your car using a lot of water?

My car is not using any water

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Why does your car run after it is shut off?

This is called "dieseling" and is a bad thing. There are several reasons it might happen, but the short answer is "take it to a mechanic, tell him it's dieseling, and let him figure it out."

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Why is your new car battery always dying?

because your using your car too much!!!

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Why is the engine light coming on in your car?

It's not coming on in my car. I keep my car in good repair.---Update---It regularly means maintainence required.

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Why is the airbag light on in your car?

problem with the airbag system have it checked by a qualified technician

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Why is it important to change your car tires regularly?

So the tires will "wear" evenly and you will have longer "tread-life"

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Why is the back of your car soaked?

The back of your car is probably soaked because of either condensation of the windows or the fact that someone wet the back seats.

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Why is riding your bike less expensive than a car?

A bike use less fuel, needs fewer services and parts are cheaper.A car needs, fuel, registration, insurance, taxes, maintenance and a licensed operator. A bicycle needs very little maintenance and an operator.

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Why is your car using lots of water?

It is leaking coolant or the radiator cap is faulty.

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Why is the stability light on in your car?

There is a problem with the Electronic Stability Control on your vehicle. Seek professional help.

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Your seat leon 1.8turbo has stoped working n the engin is ticking bad even tho i have topped the oil up any ideas what could be wrong thanks?

I would try buying new spark plugs or it could be a leak under the hood that could be hitting against metal.also get your transmission checked. other things you should check the following:1. brakes2. bolts and tires3. bearings, if any.4. pistons5. axles6. alignment7. shocksI hope this info helps ...

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What is causing your Megane 1.6 sport engine to have a ticking noise and disappears while driving over 30 mph it goes?

it is an indication of play or unwanted space between the valve lifters and the push rods, this is usually taken up by the lifters, these automatically take up the slack with good oil and pressure.Make sure you have fresh oil as often as possible, then since it seems your car is starting to get o...

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Why is your car smoking under the hood?

It oviously depends what you did to the car. you can't ask the computer if you are the only one who knows what you did to it!!!

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Why does your car accelerate when the brake is pushed?

because the brakes and the engine are separate systems that don't over ride each other

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Why is coolant on the floor of your car?

Your heater core is leaking. It needs repaired or replaced.

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Why is your car air conditioning blow hot air?

because you need to keep warm when it is winter and other times when it it cold

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Why is the water in your car dirty?

from the oil and grease

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Why does your car jerk when the ac is running?

Please go check the cooling fluid level in the car- it's probably low and needs to be filled up.

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