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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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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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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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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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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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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What kind of tools could I use for some aluminum body finishing work without doing any cutting?

I got into a really bad wreck last winter. My power steering was leaking and had locked up in the middle of an icy road, while I was trying to find a median at night. The guy hit me going around 70 ...
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VIN information such as Moonroof, engine, etc

Supposed I want to buy a new car and I have its VIN. Is it possible to find information about the car such as whether it has a moonroof or turbo engine from its VIN number? There are services which ...
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Scratch front bumper white car

I have scratched my car tonight reversing in the garage, when I turned the wheel I scratched the front to a concrete column. My car is a Subaru Impreza Wagon 2007, white This is a link to a photo. ...
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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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Why dual motor Tesla has more autonomy?

Maybe the question is more appropriate for Electronics Stack Exchange, I don't know. In the page http://www.teslamotors.com/models if we scroll down we see the several flavors Tesla sells its Model ...
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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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Adding a additional battery to car

I have purchased a brand new Toyota Innova. I need to install a a mac mini, 2 laptops and make this car a mobile office. I need to know if I can install another car battery in parallel, and will ...
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Does a wider tire always mean more grip/traction

Recently, i had a discussion with someone about tire width. I claimed, that with bigger (wider) tires, a car would have more traction/grip. The person i was discussing this with, agreed with me, up to ...
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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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Why do blinkers of two cars never blink synchronously?

I dont know if I can ask this question here but have been trying to find an answer for this one for a long time. Take three cars of the same make/model/year. With the precision of microseconds, turn ...
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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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Humming sound from car when driving

I have a Nissan FB 15 car. Today I can hear some humming sound from the front of the car. I'm not sure whether it comes from the engine or wheels. It's happening all the time. But when I increase the ...
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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 ...
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After five years in garage diesel car wouldn't start, what should be done?

One of my friends left his car in the garage since five years back and he has lived abroad since then. He left it with a full tank(its a diesel), and it ran perfectly well back then. Now he's back and ...
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my car acts like its going to stall at a stop

my car drives fine but when i come to a stop light or any stop it acts like it will stall but never does. did some easy things like oil change. no check engine light is on but it seems to keep ...
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Music stops playing when pressing the clutch down

In my car the music of my car radio stops playing almost every time when I press the clutch. It does not always stop, but probably in 80% of the cases. It never stops when I do not press the clutch. ...
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How much amperage is an average car battery?

So, this is in general terms... But say you have a flat battery and you wanted to start a car without another card battery? Car batteries are 12V but I'm not sure how much current they are. Do they ...
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After long journeys, gear slips in 5th, but not into neutral

This is a follow up to another question I asked. I've managed to get some video of it happening this time. It started happening after travelling for about 2 hours. I was experiencing heavy traffic. ...
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Crossover amp selection question

I have a 2012 Chevy Silverado C1500 with factory (non-bose) sound. I have upgraded my speakers using Kicker DSC65/DSC654, and now am looking to add a amp for the speakers. I am interested in a unit ...
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connecting backup camera in my honda 2001

I am trying to set my back view camera in my Honda 2001. I could not figure out how to make electric configuration - I just want to avoid using tail light and my backup camera can keep running while I ...
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Starting a Lexus that has been sitting and has a good battery

I have tested the battery and it is okay. The issue is that when I turn the key I get no electrical response. We used the car last Thanksgiving. Does the car shut down something else when it is idle ...
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Early rotor warping on newer 11 Lexus GS350

I can't at all explain why this happened, but my 11 Lexus GS350 warped front rotors and all I ever do is keep the car in gear and use the engine to slow down. There is even a Standard Simulation mode ...
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Safe engine braking in automatic cars

When I was learning to drive, I took my lessons in a manual car. On one of the lessons I was performing a reversing maneuver and I controlled the car on both the clutch and the brake pedal... which I ...
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Removing material scraped onto car paintwork from plastic wingmirror

What is the quickest way to remove material scraped onto a car's paintwork from another car's plastic wingmirror? Removing even a small amount is so far taking a large amount of elbow grease.
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Car and bike. How to keep it in good condition when unused for two months?

I've seen this post, this one and this one. But what about a bike like a Hero Honda Splendor+? Apart from keeping the fuel petcock off, what else should be done to ensure that the bike runs fine after ...
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Achieving least wear on clutch when changing gears? [closed]

I want to do the least wear on my clutch on a manual car. I only recently passed the test and I wonder if I ever learnt to use the clutch efficiently. Here's how I change gears: foot of gas press ...
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Does downshifting ( Engine Braking ) help when my car brakes CAN lock the wheel?

Know facts: When your car brakes (e.g. because of the weight) can't stop the car, it's recommended to use downshift (engine braking) to help brake the car. The best way to stop the car is to brake ...
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Little heat at idle great heat when reving engine

I have new radiator put in due to leak, 96 Dodge Ram Van 1500. I have little to no heat, changed t-stat, flushed heater core, burped system on incline. Heat is slightly better. When I rev the engine ...
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correct English name for specific car part

I've spent hours to find what this part is called in English, could anyone please tell me ? it's close to front wheel
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Is there a camera system for cars that can record the front, rear, and inside of the car at the same time? [closed]

I am looking for a camera security system that would provide a dashcam but also be able to: record what is happening behind my car (like a backup camera, except this one would record while I am ...
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Viability of using an electric impact driver instead of an air impact wrench

I'm an amateur mechanic, and i'm wondering if i could use an electric impact driver in place of an air driven impact wrench. I don't have a lot of space to use and store an air compressor, so a ...
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Engine Heat Indicator effects

I'm curious about the head indicator on my car. After driving more than 5 minutes it levels out pretty much half way between the 60 and 120 degree mark. My first question is: is the mid point at 90 ...
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What do I need to purchase a vehicle from someone off of Craigslist? [closed]

Two questions 1) I'm planning on buying a car off of someone on Craigslist and this will be my first time buying a car, is there any paperwork or anything that I need? Should the person selling the ...
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How to remove white stains from Lumina Dashboard?

Today I noticed that my Lumina 2008 has some white stains on the dashboard. Previously I used to gently wipe it with soft cloth with tap water. But now I started to clean it with drinking water and ...
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Permanent car camera secuity system? [closed]

I am getting a new VW and from past experience I want to have a camera system built in the car for few reasons. First, to record any possible accidents while driving and while I am not there. Second ...
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How do I know if a jump starter is suitable for my car?

My car (a Toyota Avensis 2001 Diesel 2.0L) often lays idle for long periods. During these periods the battery runs down and it is unable to start. I recognise that the car should be driven more often ...
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How to maintain a car's exterior?

To keep it short, what should one do to keep the outside of their car looking as close to new as possible over the years, and in what intervals? It's too late for my car, but my wife's car isn't that ...
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Does new car from last year depreciate in value? [closed]

Not sure if this is the right area for the question but I am buying a new honda accord 2014 ex-L v6 2014 model. My question is does the value of the car depreciate because it is last years model even ...
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Car won't start/respond to remote or anything until headlights are turned on

I have a 1998 Infiniti I30 in really good condition except for this issue I've been experiencing lately with increasing frequency. What happens is, and there's no surefire way to reproduce the issue, ...