A car is a wheeled, self-propelled vehicle. Normally, a car has 4 wheels and is designed for the transport of passengers. Depending upon locale, cars may also be called 'autos.'

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How to apply brakes so there is minimal wear and tear?

Say I need to stop 500 meters from where I am at. Assume I am a very aware and an expert driver and that there is no other car behind me. If I am driving at a speed of 70 kmph, which one of these ...
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Losing coolant fast after just fixing radiator

I have just got my coolant tank and radiator replaced after a leak in the radiator and a cracked coolant tank. I filled the coolant tank last month and now it is nearly empty. I am just wondering if ...
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City Jetta Passenger Windows Unresponsive

I have a 2008 VW City Jetta. About a month ago, I had a remote car starter installed - big mistake. Upon installation, all passenger automatic windows were no longer responsive from either the driver ...
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How to maintain a car's interior when left unused?

My friend owns a five year old Skoda Fabia, which he uses once in a month or two as he goes out of the town frequently. His car is fully covered while it is parked in the garage. Recently when he ...
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Peculiar Interior Lighting Issue

Recently a friend of mine was driving a VW Fox (not new, I'm not sure what year but it was certainly 5+ years old) home in the dark with the lights on. Strangely, after a minute or two of driving all ...
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What is the effect of the throttle body on the power curve produced by the engine?

I heard from another member of this community that the throttle body, among other things, has the ability to change the power curve of the engine. What exactly is a throttle body? How might the ...
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Why might you choose to change to using an aftermarket throttle body?

I have heard that some people might want to buy an aftermarket throttle body. Is the reason for this simply to replace a broken one or are there also other specific advantages (and disadvantages) to ...
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What are slip rings with respect to a cars alternator?

This is not a physics forum, and as such I don't expect answers to explain Faraday's law of induced emf (electromotive force), which is the basic physics principle behind how an alternator is able to ...
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How does the tachometer on my dashboard actually work?

Recently, I asked a question about the speedometer, how it works and how accurate it is. But that got me thinking... how does the rest of the dash actually work? I understand that the RPM measurement ...
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How come gears don’t normally change in an automatic car?

I know that there is a similar question here, and another one here that asks when an automatic gearbox knows how to change gear, but I want to know exactly how it does that. It was brought to my ...
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What is wrong with my car?

My car had a broken piston, and broke down completely. I bought a new engine, and had it installed. everything seemed to be working aside from a low clicking sound when driving coming from the engine. ...
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How does the speedometer on my dash actually work?

So pretty much everyone knows what a speedometer is, the thing on your dash that tells you how fast you are going, whether or not you're speeding, and what speed you have the cruise control set to ...
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New 2015 no wrecks a lil fender bender still runs fine [closed]

It's a jeep patriot 2015 I had a fender bender still runs fine but every once in a while I'll start and it ticks a few times then nothing also on occasion when I accelerate it clicks a few times
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How can you optimise the rate at which your electronic devices will charge in the car (fast in-car charging)?

Like many people who use their car regularly, I like to charge my phone when I'm driving so that it isn't flat with I get to wherever I'm going. I know that some computers have a fast charge port ...
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How can you use the headlights to tell the quality of your battery?

I understand that all headlights do dim briefly when you turn the engine on and that this is normal. I also believe that the headlights will dim more if the car battery is in poor condition. I hope ...
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What does it mean to have a stiff first gear?

This problem is a small one and it can only occur with manual cars, but I have been curious to find out more about it for a while now. Sometimes, when the car is attempting to pull away from a ...
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How to tell if you have a bad clutch?

I drive a 2004 VW Passat B5.5 that I bought used with quite a high mileage so it has therefore had a relatively large amount of usage (at 118k miles). I am curious to know how to tell if the clutch is ...
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How exactly does a differential work?

I understand that the differential (or "diff") is the thing that allows the drive shaft to transfer its rotational velocity to the front or rear axle in order to move the car. As far as I know, the ...
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Water Powered Cars - What are these things?

Whilst looking up the answer to another question using Google regarding the water output from a normal internal combusted engine powered car, I noticed that - to my surprise - all the top hits were ...
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1995 Mercury Grand Marquis, loud whine corresponding to engine revving

My '95 Grand Marquis (or as I like to call it, a Grandma Rquis) is suddenly very loud. There doesn't seem to be any issue with the performance, and when it's idling, it's as quiet as can be. I'm ...
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What exactly is a catalytic converter and why does it need to operate within a certain range?

I heard here that a catalytic converter needs to operate within a certain "chemical range" otherwise it will generate unnecessary heat. What exactly is a catalytic converter? How does it work? What ...
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Alternative fuel consumption metric to MPG to measure actual engine efficiency?

MPG is all very well and good, considering that most people that are concerned about their fuel consumption tend to want to get as many miles as they can out of it before they need to fill up again. ...
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What exactly is meant by the phrase “plugging in your engine”?

I have found a relevant quote from here that might be related: Plugged-in engines are already half-warmed when started. Fuel consumption is thus reduced by an average of 15 per cent over the first ...
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What “type” of engine does a Ford Fiesta, 2008, style climate D, 1.4 TDCi have? [duplicate]

a mechanic asked me this and I didn't know the answer.
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Why does my RPM drop when sitting idle at traffic lights?

While I'm sitting idle at traffic lights I put the car into neutral. The engine stays idling at about 1000 RPM. However every now and then it drops down to about 500 RPM and then quickly back up to ...
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Why is my car so icy in the winter?

The car is a 2004 VW Passat B5.5. The last few days have been colder than usual where I live (below 0 degrees Celsius). The outside of my car has been covered in ice in the mornings and I use a ...
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How do old cars actually lose horsepower?

I have heard that when a car gets old it slowly but surely loses its horsepower to some degree. For example, I used to drive a 1997 Ford Fiesta with a 1.25L 1242cc engine that supposedly produces a ...
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2004 VW Passat B5.5 - Why are my wing mirrors being weird?

Today whilst I was trying to park my 2004 VW Passat B5.5, I noticed that something to do with my wing mirrors wasn't working quite right. When the toggle was on the left position, the left wing mirror ...
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Auxiliary input status and Auxiliary input / output supported OBD2 PID

I want to know what does Auxiliary input status (PID 1E) and Auxiliary input / output supported (PID 65) OBD2 PID mean. Do they tell me whether my car is in the Aux mode (while I am listening to the ...
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What are all the different types of fluid in a car and a short summary of their use?

A fluid is defined as anything that flows, hence for our purposes a gas or a liquid. I know that there is fuel, engine oil, engine coolant and brake fluid. Also air is normally taken in through a ...
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What exactly is a gearbox?

You know that gear stick that we all use so much? Well, I know what it does in the sense that I know how to change gear and drive a car with a manual gearbox, but I don't know much more than that. ...
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How much does a driver weigh?

I was amused when I saw one of the statistics for my VW Passat B5.5 car, which stated as follows: Kerb weight with driver - 1425kg I know this is a very weird question and I hope its not too ...
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Displacement sensors for car wheel and datasheets

Probably title says it all, but I am on my design work for car suspension and cannot find a good displacement sensor for each of the wheels of the car. I tried to look up for accelerometers, which can ...
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Poor battery condition, replacement required! Or is it?

I drive a 2004 VW Passat B5. Recently, my insurance company came round to fit a black box to my car as part of the terms and conditions of my car insurance policy. Whilst they were doing this they had ...
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Camshaft problem not sure what needs replacing

I'm Looking for a part name and info on what could have caused the problem. So I have an 03 peugoet 206 1.4 HDI and I lost a cylinder after going though them by disconnecting each injector and can ...
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Cam Belt vs Belt Drive vs Serpentine Belt vs Fan Belt vs V Belt vs Timing Belt

I have a 2004 VW Passat B5 and having started to learn a bit more about engine theory, I was wondering how many belts I have and what names each of the belts have. So, I have a two part question: ...
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2004 VW Passat B5 What and Where is the Locking Wheel Nut?

I was asked recently where I keep the "locking wheel nut" on my car. What is this? What does it do? How can I find it on my car? Do I even have/need one?
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Should I fill my tire?

I measured the PSI on my rear driver tire (using a gauge pin - push it into the needle and a stick pops out with a reading), and I got a reading of 22 PSI. My tires are supposed to be anywhere from ...
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In the US, how do I tell if a car is in good condition?

Say I am planning to buy a used car in the US. How do I judge the car is in good condition? Are there a specific set of documents I should ask for? What are the tests I can conduct before deciding ...
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New Case - Watered the battery and got rust on one of the engine pipe

I bought new car and I added battery water to level. But some spilled on the engine and one of pipe got effected and it has rust on it. I went to mechanic, he told me to apply diesel on it. I did, ...
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Can I buy a used car to learn auto repair & DIY?

I am seriously considering learning some auto repair knowledge. I don't want to use my good car as my experimental starter kit. So can I buy a used car somewhere and have it towed home just for the ...
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I'm planning to buy a 2nd hand car, how do I know if a car won't give me headaches in the future? [duplicate]

To set your expectations, I haven't owned a car before. The only experience that I have with cars is for 20+ hours (this was driving school). After having read discussions about buying a new car vs a ...
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What is the area in front of a car where brand logo is held called?

I have seen the design of so many cars out there specially there front panel where logo is rested, it really looks eye catching. What do we call that panel in automotive terms ?
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How do I get rid of spiders inside my car?

I often have spider webs on my right side mirror and in the handle to open my boot. I've seen a spider on the boot handle once, but when I tried to catch it, it crawled inside the handle somewhere ...
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Front of the car(sedan) hitting speed bumps when approached at right angle

The front end of my sedan hits on bumps if I approach at a right angle. The mid/rear portion of the car doesn't hit bumps and mid/rear clearance is decent however the front clearance is poor. My doubt ...
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Car radio cuts out the car will not start

I have a Mitsubishi Gallant-2004. Just recently, while driving, the car radio will cut out then come back on. After about a minute of doing this it will stop working completely. Lights do not dim, car ...
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How can you command a vehicle's odometer to calculate the remaining distance?

My aunt uses an automobile sharing company hereafter abbreviated to ASC (eg: Autoshare or Zipcar), which permits only 200 km daily (excessive mileage is charged); but observe: ASC cares only about the ...
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Automatic - Cold engine uses tons of gas to move

so I recently purchased a Volkswagen Golf MK4, 2002, Automatic. 1.6 SR running on Gasoline and LPG. When I start the car in the morning (Usually 2-7 Celcius outside),starting it with Gasoline ...
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New oval car speakers.Which size?

i want to buy new oval speakers for the rear side of my car.But i'm having trouble figuring out which one to buy.The car came with the holes and ready cables for the speakers but without them.The hole ...
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RPM problem (car is jerking)

I have a Toyota Sx Carina, Model 1995, engine: 5E-EFI. I just bought this used car. But when I am driving I am facing some problems. When I drive in D mode the RPM (race) is not constant. It is just ...