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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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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What is name of this part in the picture?

Could you guys please tell me the name of the part in red square in English?
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What clues are there to identify real mileage?

This is a bit theoretical question, maybe viable for a wiki. Suppose you want to buy a 10yo car and among available deals you see one with suspiciously low mileage (e.g. 5'000 km). Seller assures you ...
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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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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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What disadvantages a car with 4-speed transmission have compared to 5, 6 or 7 speed with similar engine?

This seemed to be most relevant site to ask my question. I am planning to purchase a new car and my shortlisted car has 4 speed automatic and 1.6 litre engine. The thing that worries me is that it ...
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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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Does only traveling short distances hurt my car?

I have an 04 Corolla that travels < 1 mile twice a day. Is this bad for the car? Reading online, I get a lot of mixed answers, so I'm hoping for definitive answer. In freezing temperatures, I ...
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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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What is the purpose of a drive-shaft?

what is a drive-shaft and why we need it in a car? I do get the point of having crankshaft (using Wikipedia) but still confuse with drive-shaft
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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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What is this structure on the hood and what is its purpose

I want to know what the structure is that is circled in red. I thought that it was to increase air to the engine and make it look it slick, but I was told it wasn't. What is the structure on this ...
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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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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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How often should you get your air conditioner checked and serviced?

Every year I bring my car (now almost 3 years old) to the garage for a check up. When I bring it the people from the garage usually ask if I also want the extra air conditioner check and servicing. ...
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Automobile EDR / Black Box - What is it for?

My partner has just started driving, and her insurance company have fitted a "Black Box" to her car. My understanding of these devices is somewhat vague, as some sites suggest that they only collect ...
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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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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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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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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, ...
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What will happen if there is something else also with petrol in car

Today someone broke my car fuel outer case and taken out fuel. I came home by driving but then i have now one doubt in my mind. What if he put something else in tank like water, sand, etc in there. ...
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Can VIN number be used to steal cars?

I have been recently told that thieves these days are using your car VIN to steal cars by ordering your car key replica. Is that correct, because my VIN and most of the new cars is visible on the ...
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2004 x3 BMW heater blows cold air when stopped or idling

Heater only works when moving blows cold air when stopped or idling
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Fitting speakers on the door of a hatchback

I'm thinking of fitting an audio system for my hatchback. I'm a little bit confused over fixing the speakers. I have three options to fit the speakers. Fit them on an MDF tray above boot. [6x9 oval ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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External mechanic inspection on CPO car? [closed]

I am about to buy a used Certified Pre-Owned(CPO) car. I have read that external mechanic inspection is recommended when buying used cars but does that hold true for CPO cars too? Would it be wise to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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8 pin aux audo cable into cd-changer port on radio?

I have a VOD Dayton MS 4150 car radio: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/185772/Vdo-Dayton-Ms-4150-Rs.html?page=4#manual with a 8-pins CD changer port (C3 on the manual). The radio does not have an aux ...
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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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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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Is it possible to have a manual transmission electric car?

Reading about the new supercar from VW, I distinctly noticed when the author specifically mentioned shifting to "drive". I know the car in article is an automatic, but it got me thinking. Is it ...
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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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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 key parts of a car should responders know about?

This might be on topic here, so I'm going to ask it: If a car was hit by another one and responders needed access to it, what key parts should they be aware of the location when entering the vehicle?
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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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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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Looking at car mileage [closed]

My wife and I have just moved to USA, and we need a car immediately. This is my first time in US so I didn't know. We have a budget around 7-8k for our first car. I was looking at some Mercedes ...
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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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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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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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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 ...