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Kia Rio MIL ON After Engine Replacement

Vehicle: 2011 Kia Rio, L4-1.6L, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 145,009

Problem: This vehicle arrived at the shop with valve damage after breaking a timing belt while the engine was running. The vehicle owner didn’t realize that the timing belt had broken and replaced the fuel pump, hoping that would fix the problem. When that didn’t work, he brought the car in to the shop.

Chevy Malibu Alternator Not Charging

Vehicle: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, L4-2.5L, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 107,854

Problem: This Chevy Malibu was towed to the shop with a "no crank" condition. The vehicle owner had replaced the battery. Immediately afterwards, the engine started up and ran but quickly died and the engine would not crank over.

Ford Focus Brake Lamps Cause Transmission Problems

Vehicle:  2005 Ford Focus, L4-2.0L, VIN N, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 221,093

Problem: This Ford Focus, equipped with the 4F27E transmission, arrived at a transmission specialty shop with an inoperative third gear.

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