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July 11, 2013

TOM'S CORNER: Possible causes of a failed engine

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JOE FROM KISSIMMEE, FLA.: I bought an ‘05 Chrysler Sebring convertible from a rental car company. The car was running well until I hit a pothole, now the back of the car shakes a lot. It happens every time I hit a bump or a pothole. I changed the tires but this did not alleviate the problem. Please tell me what could have happened to cause the shaking?

TOM: Get the car up on a lift and have the rear suspension, struts, wheel bearings and trailing arms checked. There could be a broken strut, excessively worn wheel bearing, broken or worn training arm or trailing arm bushing. You should find your problem in one of these areas.

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GARY FROM GALVESTON, TEXAS: I own a ‘99 Dodge Grand Caravan. The digital dash cluster shuts off intermittently. If I tap the face it will turn back on. Is there a chance it could be a loose connector on the back that can be tightened? Do you know if this is a common problem on older vans? It has 178,000 miles and I hope to get more mileage out of it.

TOM: The circuits that feed or operate the cluster will need to be tested. Sometimes there is a bad power or ground connection at the plug, or a faulty circuit board. If these connections and circuits test okay, then the problem is in the printed circuit of the cluster. This will require either replacement or repair of the cluster. There is a company online called www.mrwhizard.com. This company specializes in repairing digital instrument clusters. You simply send them your old cluster and they either repair it or sent you a newly rebuilt one. It’s a great service and much less cost than a new cluster. Good luck!

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DUSTIN FROM DALLAS: I own an ‘01 Chevy Impala, and every so often the brakes make a fast clicking sound like the ABS is kicking in, then all of a sudden the ABS light comes on and it stops making the sound until the next time. Recently, the ABS light came on more and more. Any ideas?

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