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I was driving down the interstate at 80 in my 2002 Monte Carlo when the rpms drop and I lose acceleration. The gas pedal got really lose as well. It's not starting either.

Sounds like your throttle cable has came off or broken. Have someone sit in the drivers seat and press the accelerator repeatedly (with engine off) while you look in the engine compartment for movement. if nothing moves your cable is broken and you will need a new one. as for not starting, the cable could be binding the throttle body, but that's only if the engine cranks over. if the engine wont even turn over, you may have a bad alternator. Worst case scenario though is that you have broken your timing belt and basically scrapped the motor. I would highly recommend a tow to a mechanic. Hope this helps

Nov 11, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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How to open my hood from the outside on my 1999 mercury villager. Release latch and cable are broken

Short of using plastic explosives, I would see if there was some way of pulling down what is left of the broken cable down thru the engine compartment and yanking it.

And if you have long arms it is possible to stick your arm up to the top of radiator and move the latch. Use one of those inspection cameras to see how latch works and then you can go in there by feel and do the deed with a cost hanger.

Sep 25, 2015 | Mercury Cars & Trucks

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Broken hood release cable. how do I open the hood to replace it?


Jun 20, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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How do i fix spedometer gears

Which make of car, which model, which year?

Nov 26, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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1997 Isuzu Trooper, hood release cable broken at engine compartment end, how to open hood to fix

You can try accessing the latch from underneath the car using a long screwdriver, or try taking the front grill off and have at her.

Mar 17, 2013 | 1997 Isuzu Trooper

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Car blows cold air then sometimes hot when excelerating can tell there is loss of power

You could have a bad (broken) vacuum line going to the dashboard area from the engine compartment. These cars use vacuum to open and close the flappers under the instrument panel that control the heat and cooling air routing. The heater controls on the dash usually just open and close valves that route vacuum to the vacuum motors that move the flappers. I had a bad vacuum line under the hood on my '95 mustang last summer. The A/C wouldn't cool the passenger compartment even though the compressor was doing fine and the fluid lines from it were cold. The vacuum line break was on the firewall in the engine compartment. It was real obvious once I figured out what to look for. That could also explain the loss of power. If there is a vacuum leak anywhere in the car, lots of other things that use vacuum don't work right either, including the engine computer etc. Also, the engine could be running lean if a vacuum line is broken, The engine is sucking extra air in through the broken vacuum connection and reduces fuel/air mix robbing you of power. The faster you run the engine, the worse it will be.

Feb 10, 2013 | 1995 Pontiac Grand Am

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My battery is dead,and i cant open the trunk,is there a way to jump the car without breaking open my trunk?

I'm not sure if your 93 will have this, but most newer cars with batteries located outside of the engine compartment will have a positive post somewhere in the engine compartment that will let you hook up jumper cables to. You would then hook the negative to a safe engine ground.

Jun 18, 2010 | 1993 Jaguar XJ6

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Broken Hood Release Cable 1995 Honda Civic Sedan. How do I get the hood open?

You'll have to track down the cable from underneath the engine compartment,, cut the cable with some wire snips and use a pair of pliers to pull the cable.

Mar 08, 2009 | 1992 Volvo 240

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Battery dead can not open hood to boost

The 1999 doesn't have the red connector in the fuse box. That method isn't possible.

But I had the same problem and fixed it. This will sound weird, but trust me, it works.

You need:

1) A paint stir stick.
2) A coat hanger straightened out with one end bent into a small "j" hook.
3) A flashlight.

There is a loop of cable that goes from the engine compartment latch to an area underneath the left rear tail light. Pulling on this cable will open the engine compartment.

To open the engine compartment, you need to:

1) Use the paint stir stick to gently pry up the left rear tail light slightly. Don't pry it up too much and break anything: just pry it up a little so that a small gap opens up between the bottom of the tail light and the car body.

2) Shine the flashlight into the gap and look for a small, thin stainless steel cable. Use the "j" hook end of the coat hanger to pull the cable out from under the tail light.

3) Once the cable has been pulled out enough so that you can grasp it with your fingers, give it a sharp tug. This will pop open the latch to the engine compartment. Now you can jump the battery and start the car.

Good Luck!

Jan 30, 2009 | 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera

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Replace speedometer calbe

Replace the Speedometer Cable

1 - Remove the old speedometer cable from your car, first take off the doghouse and then the engine cover.

2 - Remove the screw underneath the dashboard and take down the steering column. This will give you access to the back of your speedometer.

3 - Take off the drive shaft bolt, and "O" ring, insert the speedometer cable through the firewall.

4 - Remove speedometer cable securing clamps from the engine compartment and on the transmission.

5 - Release the drive shaft nut from the "right angle" adapter (The nut is attached to the back of the transfer case).

Installing the Speedometer Cable

1 - Place the square end of the speedometer cable into the adapter and secure the drive shaft nut.

2 - Pull the speedometer cable through the firewall to the rear of the speedometer.

3 - Secure the "O" ring and attach the speedometer cable to the rear of the speedometer/odometer. It should be engaged in the speedometer's square hold. Tighten the drive shaft nut again.

4 - Replace the clamps that will secure the speedometer cable onto the transmission and in the engine compartment. Replace the engine cover.

5 - Drive your car slowly to be sure your speedometer is working properly. If it is, replace the doghouse. If you're stilling having problems, take the car to your mechanic.

Parts & tools -
Speedometer cable

Good Luck.

Jul 01, 2008 | 2001 Honda Accord

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