Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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What makes a worn car shock spongy and soft?

I'm unfamiliar with car shocks. In motorcycles many rear shocks are charged with nitrogen which acts like a spring. I've seen motorcycle shocks that I've rebuilt have the correct amount of nitrogen ...
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Frozen windshield wiper fluid on road trip

We are driving in a winter storm and our old wiper fluid is frozen. We picked up some de-icer fluid from a gas station but it has not yet unfrozen the fluid. Any suggestions for an on the road fix? ...
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Removing a car battery - order of wires explanation

Q1: When one removes a car battery, why does one start with the minus wire? Is it because if we remove the plus wire first it may touch the body of the car and close the circuit, causing a short-...
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Wheel removal solutions

I live in a climate that necessitates changing the wheels to ones with studded winter tires and back again to ones with summer times twice a year. After several years of owning the car, I noticed ...
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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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93 chevy c1500 4.3L electric window moves freely

Brand new switch on driver side window mechanism but window no longer works when switch is pressed but rolls freely up and down by hand. Opened up door panel and found motor mechanism just laying at ...
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94 Dodge Ram starts and runs shortly, then shuts down; first happened while driving

Recently, I was driving my truck down the interstate going 55mph when my acceleration stopped as I had my foot on the gas. I had half a tank of gas, battery strong. I pulled over and was able to ...
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additech fuel additives - good idea or not?

When you get gas from a Wal-Mart that has a gas station you can pay extra for fuel additives. $14.99 for a "fuel system service", which is supposed to offer "complete fuel system cleaner", $2.99 for "...
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1993 toyota 4Runner - White Smoke from under hood and neon yellow liquid leaking from somewhere

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my post. I have a 1993 Toyota 4runner with about 170k miles on it. I recently got the brake fluid drained and replaced, a new battery, and the ...
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Do I need to replace clutch kit when refitting engine

My car engine was stripped by Renault under warranty and fixed, now they want me to pay for replacing the clutch as they feel it will go soon. My question is aren't they supposed to replace the clutch ...
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Moped dies when trying to give gas after filling up gas tank

My moped has been running just fine lately but after I put gas in it immediately started choking off when I give it gas. The tank was pretty close to empty when I topped it off. Is that the reason ...
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Winter is here, what measures should be taken to protect a motorcycle?

After a mere two months of owning a motorcycle, it's already winter and I'd like to know how best to prepare for the inevitable ice/snow/cold. Other than basic cleaning and lubrication, are any other ...
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What pitfalls are there when buying an old car with low milage? [closed]

I've found a local listing for a 2007 Honda Civic with 40,000 miles. It's a standard-shift. I'm not looking for any recommendations, specifically, but I want to know - this is a very low number of ...
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What is a rod knock?

What is a rod knock? What causes a rod knock, how bad is a knocking rod, and how can I tell if a rod is knocking?
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How to properly add engine oil?

My car is loosing engine oil and so every once in a while I need to add anywhere between a liter and two liters to it. So far, I've done it with the engine warm, and I'm only careful not to let the ...
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2000 mustang v6 3.8l tapping noise camshaft sychronizer bearing or timing chain? [closed]

My car makes this tapping noise (chain like tapping noise) and (most noticeable) when driving up hill, or at low speeds under a load. Another that has started to happen after this issue, is a type of ...
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When should I perform a valve head adjustment?

My 2012 Yamaha R6 has about 12000 miles on it. During that times I've had a couple rough accidents and I think the combination of those two factors it may be a good idea to check my valve clearance ...
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Does draining a battery typically leave it in a state that it won't take a charge?

My son borrowed a car and the battery seemed fine, car started fine every time. However it died after my son left some overhead lights on in the car overnight. We jumped it, and he drove about 20 ...
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What can dry or get damaged in a car after idle time?

I have a Nissan Sentra 2007, 118k. It is well maintained (consistent checks at the Nissan shop), well, as much as possible assuming integrity of the shop. I am not a mechanic myself unfortunately. I ...
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Do I have to change the chaincase lubricant when adjusting the clutch during routine maintenance? 2015 HD Road King

I am completely new to motorcycle maintenance, but need to adjust my clutch. I have watched a demonstration video for a similar model (I think) - but couldn't find an exact match. Since I will be ...
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Is there a source assessing repairability of motorbikes and cars?

For phones you can find ratings based on ease and cost of repairability (assuming you do everything yourself). Is there such a source for choosing a motorbike or car that you want to maintain yourself ...
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Is it better for car's longeviety in cold climate or hot climate

Leaving out performance aspect ( Since cold weather is best for that ) I want to know which is better to maintain a car and its longevity. My arguments for Hot weather: Engine reaches optimum ...
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Should I worry about buying this bike?

I'm looking at buying a 2014 Ninja 1000 with 1,400 miles on it. I asked the guy about the maintenance he's performed and he said he hasn't done anything to it so far. I know you should change the oil ...
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Are Boxer Engines Easy to Work On? [closed]

How hard are boxer engines to work on and how common are they? Specifically, I'm looking at a Subaru Impreza with a 1.6L EJ16 boxer engine ( which seems to be in very good condition ) and am ...
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Explanation of phrase relating to tyre tread depth

The highway code states that 'Cars, light vans and light trailers must have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire ...
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My car A/C works sporadically, and has weird symptoms, help?

(I know I'm not the first with similar issues, but my situations way weird) Chevy Malibu Classic '04 The fan always works. But if I click the A/C button, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. ...
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Long term storage of parts

I recently bought some spare parts for my Subaru Forester XT and would like to store them the right way until I need them. Specifically, I have a turbo, injectors, exhaust and intercooler that needs ...
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Can you help me identify this pipe connected to the engine?

I'm confused about the pipe highlighted in blue in the picture below, can you tell me what's its role ? is it used for air ? or to pass the fuel from the injector ? I may sound talking nonsense since ...
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Should we wait a few seconds before starting the engine?

My OCDed cousin's told me when he enter his car, he put the key to ignition then count to 3 and start the engine. The main raison of him doing that is to give enought time to fluids (I'm not sure ...
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Dust Under the Doors

Last year, we purchased 2010 Ford Taures Limited. We live on a gravel road & must drive on it for approximately 2 miles before we hit pavement. The drier the road becomes, the dustier it is. ...
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2006 Miata Maintenance

About a year and a half ago, I bought a 2006 Mazda Miata Mx 5 with about 120k miles on it. Now its got about 136k miles. I've kept up with oil changes and filter changes and shes never given me any ...
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Commonly required spare parts for quad bike (e.g. Yahama Grizzly)

I run a remote field station in central Africa, and we are purchasing a quad (probably a Yahama Grizzly) to ease access. Given parts and funding are hard to get hold of, I would like to take full ...
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2008 Scion XD 126K

I have a 2008 Scion XD which crossed 126K miles today.(Bought it with 62K) In recent months I have noticed a decrease in overall MPG to a tank. I do close to 30K miles per year and also do oil changes ...
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Plausible issues of not having a center stand and solutions for those?

Important: This question is specific to countries like India, when there might be issues to maintain the bikes without center stand, because of lower facilities available at most of the garages 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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How many ml between L and F (Oil)

When I changed my oil last I was just above the Full mark, 5000km later I'm at the Low mark. I won't have time to change the oil until next week so I topped it up. My question is how do you know ...
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Broken spark plug stuck/seized in place [duplicate]

Changing spark plugs to a 2002 chevy cavalier last one broken and stuck! Tried soaking with wd40 & PB Blaster but still not moving...any advice?
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Time based versus milage based service [duplicate]

My car's maintenance schedule says I need to service every 7,500 miles or 6 months. It is now 6 months but my cars has only 4500 miles. Do I still need to get it serviced? Should I follow the service ...
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first “non-replaceable” parts to break

I'm currently modifying my '08 Subaru WRX with everything from suspension(Sways/Strut/Springs...) to Engine(Turbo/TMIC/Injectors...) and much much more...However I would like to get ahead of the game ...
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Overfilled my Insight 2010 coolant reserve tank. How can lower the fluid level back without a pump?

I noticed my coolant level was down to the min line on the reserve tank. So I decided to raise the level up between the two lines. I got the proper coolant for the car and started filling. I did not ...
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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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What are the effects of using HD-30 in a car which takes 5W-30?

I recently changed my oil, and I didn't have quite enough oil to top it off so I used HD-30 oil for my last .7 out of 4 quarts total. My car normally takes 5W-30 and after a little research I figured ...
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How do maintenance costs compare between gas and diesel engines?

Our landscaping company is going to purchase a new medium duty truck. We have diesels and had just defaulted into looking for another diesel powered truck. However the mechanic we use (and trust) said ...
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Where is the engine oil filler tap on my Peugeot 504?

The engine oil is a bit low on my peugeot 504 (petrol 4 cylinders from 1979). I'm would like to top it up, but can't locate where oil filler tap is. Thanks
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49cc scooter shuts off after back tire stops or touches ground

I recently changed the drive belt on my 49cc scooter. But when I did, it won't drive and for me to start it I have to make sure the back tire isn't touching the ground. If the back tire is stopped in ...
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What maintenance changes do I have to make to my 09 Acura TSX when it reaches 100k miles?

My Acura TSX is reaching the 100k miles range soon and I'm looking to get advice on maintenance changes. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Comparison: motorcycle paddock stand vs lift vs table lift?

what are advantanges and disadvantages of paddock stand , lift and table lift regards to motorcycle maintenance work ?
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Will the brakes wear out more on light braking?

I have a doubt. Will the brakes wear out faster on light braking? On heavy / hard braking, the tires stop faster, which means the brake pads are working for a lesser time. Will this affect / increase ...
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How often should I have my bike checked?

How often should I have my bike checked out? My dealer said once a month. If that's the case, how much should I expect to pay?
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How to maintain power windows to keep them from freezing stuck?

I recently got a car with frameless side windows. Whenever a door handle is touched, the door window is automatically slightly lowered to release it from upper sealing. During winters, temperatures ...