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    Question Car diagnostics and car repair

    ISO: Reliable place to get vehicle diagnostics and repair. Reasonable in price. Lexington Park, Great Mills, Leonardtown area. Thank you

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    One of the most cost effective things you can do is some basic diagnostics on your own combined with Advance or Autozone or a $15 OBDII dongle from Amazon. Just some basic stuff can narrow down the possible causes and help you get your vehicle repaired correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glhs837 View Post
    One of the most cost effective things you can do is some basic diagnostics on your own combined with Advance or Autozone or a $15 OBDII dongle from Amazon. Just some basic stuff can narrow down the possible causes and help you get your vehicle repaired correctly.
    Thank you. Did the Advance/AutoZone thing. Know it is not the battery, alternator or starter. All though at times it does sound like the battery is dead or dying when trying to start. This is me a female googling and talking with others and now I feel as if it may be the throttle sensor. I bought the vehicle second hand. Off and on it would chug at times going down the highway. Mainly after getting a fill-up. But the past few months it will cut off after slowing down or starting the engine. It may or may not start. Last week it shut off after getting gas, started right away and then cut out a light. 3 tries to start and I could tell with each turn of the key it was slugish to start. Drove it to work and was fine. Later leaving I was half way down Rt 245 and it began to slow down. I would try to accelerate and it would choke. I pulled over, let it idle and tried again. Still acting like it was not getting gas. I finally figured out that with just a little touch of the gas pedal I could go 25 to 30mph. Anything over that, the car would begin to choke up and not go. I told my not mechanically inclined hubby that it acted like it had a restrictor on it to keep it from going faster. He laughed but I know it has to have something to do with it. I did also notice my temp gauge was registering high. But feel that may be a separate problem that has just
    developed.
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    Just take it to the car dealer service center. They are familiar with your make and model vehicle and the common issues and how to properly fix them.

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    So the auto parts places didn't give you any codes? Is the check engine light on? You don't top off the tank when you fill up, do you? And what sort of vehicle is it. Some, if the tank is topped off, the vapor recovery system can be damaged. Some Dodges especially. If you drive around the back side of the local Dodge dealer, there are usually 3-5 fuel tanks laying out there that had to be replaced because Dodge built part of the system into the tank so you have to replace the whole thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calvcopf View Post
    Just take it to the car dealer service center. They are familiar with your make and model vehicle and the common issues and how to properly fix them.
    Thank You. I was trying to avoid that. They are usually much more pricey. It's a 2000 Mercury Villager. We have anew vehicles. But I need this one. Can't afford another nor to put a thousand in it.
    Well I could put that much in it but I won't!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glhs837 View Post
    So the auto parts places didn't give you any codes? Is the check engine light on? You don't top off the tank when you fill up, do you? And what sort of vehicle is it. Some, if the tank is topped off, the vapor recovery system can be damaged. Some Dodges especially. If you drive around the back side of the local Dodge dealer, there are usually 3-5 fuel tanks laying out there that had to be replaced because Dodge built part of the system into the tank so you have to replace the whole thing.
    99 or 2000 Mercury Villager. No to the check engine light. I try to refill before it gets too much less than 1/4 of a tank. I've always noticed that it did it a lot after getting gas. Was wondering if it had sediment in the tank and was being mixed around. I had filer changed and I have put seafoam in the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calvcopf View Post
    Just take it to the car dealer service center. They are familiar with your make and model vehicle and the common issues and how to properly fix them.
    Yep, that's why the Jeep dealership replaced a $400 shifter in the wifes 2015 Jeep that did not fix the problem. Which I fixed by replacing a $170 battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CdShiflett View Post
    Thank You. I was trying to avoid that. They are usually much more pricey. It's a 2000 Mercury Villager. We have anew vehicles. But I need this one. Can't afford another nor to put a thousand in it.
    Well I could put that much in it but I won't!
    There is a very honest little shop in Callaway..St. Mary's Automotive. The fella that runs that is a master mechanic and very good at diagnostics too, without resorting to simply replacing parts to see if anything changes. Though I'm also a decent mechanic, I take some of my vehicles to him when I don't have the time or later-model skills to deal with something.
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    My bet is the distributor.

    Distributor bearings go bad on these motors fairly frequently. You can get one for about $110 on RockAuto. I'd recommend getting a tune up while you're at it (plug wire set is less than $15 and plugs are about $1 each both on RockAuto)
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