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Took car in shop for transmission and after went to get gas and car will not run

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SOURCE: Car won't start!

Ok first off any good mechanic can diagnose a no start problem and most places just assume its the computer because they don't know how to diagnose the problem. The computer buy the way is the least likely cause  and if it started before you took it to the shop they are responsible for fixing it . More than likely its just a wire that did not get plugged in or a sensor went out from setting Or a switch that is miss adjusted or God knows what but it can be diagnosed if your trained .Look for the (ASE) certified sign.                                       (Automotive Service Excellence)     -Will

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SOURCE: i smell gas when i park the car

It could be the purge valve not working. I'm not sure where yours is but with my Ozzy Ford it is hiding inside the passenger side front guard near the charcoal canister. I used to smell fuel often but not since I replaced the solenoid valve. Check that it is buggered before you buy a new one, they're usually expensive.

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SOURCE: Can't find main brain box on 2001 Hyundai xg300

Below is a picture of the location of the PCM ("brain") BUT (and there's always a but) I'm thinking there may be other issues and not sure how well you know the mechanic but have been in this business for 25 plus years and have found that if the PCM goes out in a Hyundai that the vehicle will just not run. In most cases if you are getting a repeat code then it's either a sensor or a wiring issue. What trouble code keeps on popping up ? I say this because a rich or lean condition can be many things from an oxygen sensor to the mass airflow sensor and many in between so If I knew what code you were getting this may narrow down the sensor or at least what circuit you are dealing with. Besides all that you just don'y replace the "brain" like any other part. It needs to be programmed to your vehicle and some learning procedures need to be done and I know that you would be lucky to get a "brain" for under $300.00 and would hate for you to waste that money. I'm just an outsider and you may know this mechanic personally but if he has already replaced a part with no change then the proper diagnostic testing was not done. There are tests to rule out parts/sensors so mistakes are not made and the proper part is replaced. If you are mechanically inclined I may be able to help you in diagnosing (for sure) what the problem is. I would need the trouble code your car shows in order to be able to do this. You can reply/comment here or email me directly at csautomotivecars@att.net with all your information including the year and model of your vehicle. I don't mind helping and yes it won't cost you anything. I just have seen it too many times of people getting ripped off by mechanics or the wrong parts get replaced. Being in the business myself it makes it hard because so many mechanics rip off people who just don't know any better and it makes it ******* us few honest mechanics to have customers trust us. There was a recall on the PCM but it didn't say what the symptoms were. If your vehicle was produced between Aug, 24, 2000 & Sept. 30, 2000 your vehicle may have been part of that recall.


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SOURCE: replaced the brain box,but still wont start

Yes unforunatly, unless you know of a good repair shop that has the proper equipment. The thing is you vehicle may run with just a junk yard "brain box" (powertrain control module or PCM) but it wouldn't have the correct info in it (VIN gor that vehicle or mileage etc...). WWhat's cuasing the vehicle not to run is the anti theft. Your vehicles keys have a transpoder or chip in it that goes to a "brain box" (Sentry key immobilizer module or SKIM) that in turn sends a signal to the PCM telling it that nobody has just broke into the ignition switch and is just turning it with a screwdriver or something. There is really no way to bypass it either. Wish I had better news but I hope this helped

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SOURCE: took out brain box and put it back in car turns

get the correct brain box it is specific to your particular vehicle no other brain box will work.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013

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