Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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I'm looking to buy a new car and I'm wondering what does more damage on a car: time or miles?

So the title is pretty self explanatory. I'm looking at getting a minivan, and there is a 2011 model with 50k miles, and a 2008 model with like 30k miles. What's better? Is it better to have ...
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Video: 1970 911T starts for the first time in 15 years - What next?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QQzbEQTWAo&sns=em My brothers and I have been working on this car since last fall. So far we've done the following: Had the zenith carbs rebuilt and bench ...
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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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How to know whether a Lexus rx450h qualifies for California Emissions standards?

I'm looking at a 2012 Lexus rx450h but will be moving to one of the states (Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, ...
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Ford Probe '94 heater problem

My Probe's heater has stopped working and only ever blows cold air. In addition to this, I notice the temperature gauge on the dash display is creeping very high. What part (or parts) is likely to be ...
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Where can I find statistics regarding car life expectancies?

I am in the process of buying a used car and I'm having some difficulty estimating the longevity of vehicles I encounter. One can speak of car longevity in different ways, but for this question let's ...
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How to choose the best jack stands and wheel chocks for a vehicle?

Some people say that when choosing jack stands/wheel chocks, we should always leave plenty of room above the vehicle weight. For example, if the car is 1.5 tons, we should choose jack stands with a ...
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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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How will I know clutch pads need replacing?

I have a manual shift honda civic. How would I or the motor mechanic know that the clutch pads need replacing? Would they check it during oil change? Certainly you don't open the transmission box to ...
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Changed radiator, now have misfiring?

I have a 1996 Nissan Altima. I had to change my radiator recently because it developed some cracks on the top of the tank and I would have to refill the tank every few days. When I changed the ...
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Motorcycle: stiff chain links - able to repair?

So after tightening my chain the other day I noticed a creaking noise - its seems there is a tight spot in the links. I have sprayed this with chain oil and let soak. I know I will need to replace the ...
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What to do if your car breaks down a LONG way from home?

What if you're driving 200+ miles and your car breaks down? Assuming you don't know anyone in the area it happens in, is there any way out of this nightmare?
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What are some typical maintenance things that every owner should do regularily?

Right now I just get a car wash every month, and my oil changed and whatever is included in that. Usually just a quick "inspection". Is there anything else I should be doing for my car? Or also, is ...
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What concerns should I have for having a car in a hot, dry climate?

I live in a hot, dry climate (Arizona, if anyone cares). It is very common in the summer for it to get over 110 F (That's 43 C for those of you metric buffs), usually having tens of days a year over ...
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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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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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When I set the air flow to Defrost, it turns on the A/C?

On a 2001 Honda Civic. Having the temp dial to HOT. When I turn the air flow dial from FRONT to Defrost (windshield), it turns on the A/C button and the A/C motor kicks in also. It just started doing ...
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How to safely remove stuck threads? (Brakeline from Brakehose)

I have an 81 Chevy pickup C10 that I was replacing the brake hose on. In the process of trying to take the brake line loose from it I started to twist the line when I thought I had finally started to ...
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How do I know if my air filter needs replacing?

They say when an air filter is dirty, you should replace it. However, I'm just not sure how "dirty" is dirty? Is there some sort of easy test to determine whether I need to replace it?
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How to remove rust from chromed parts?

My motorcycle (Suzuki GN250) has many chromed parts, some of which are spotted with rust. I've seen several videos on youtube about ways of removing rust (e.g. ...
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Two hoses that run from the carburetor - Is the upper hose cut and zip tied? Is that's the one that brings fuel to the carburetor?

I bought a VIP Future Champion, took it to the shop and had the heads changed because the mechanic said it had bad heads, so 200 dollars later... I went in to pick it up and the mechanic says there is ...
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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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Honda dealership questionable maintenance

My 2009 CRV with 59,500 miles and absolutely no problems went in for the 60,000 service. I was called and told that my power steering fluid smelled burned and looked dark. I was told that I needed a ...
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How to remove dipstick tube from 2003 Acura TL?

In the course of changing the timing belt in my 2003 Acura TL, my Hayne's manual says to remove the dipstick tube. The manual says that this is accomplished by removing one bolt. I removed the bolt, ...
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Is coolant testing necessary on modern vehicles?

My father in law continually reminds me to check my antifreeze when it starts getting cold. I get the squeeze tester out and it always shows everything is fine. We drive cars that are always less than ...
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When should you replace plastic constructed ramps?

Is there a recommendation on how often you should replace plastic ramps? If the ramps look visibly damaged or warped it would make sense to buy a new pair, but I'm curious if the structural integrity ...
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Motorcycles: Way to maintain shiny chrome on exhaust outlets?

I have a motorcycle that has chromed exhaust pipes. I am worried that there will eventually be discolouration where the pipes join the engine, due to the heat. Is there a way to treat the pipes so ...
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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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Should I use coca cola or baking soda + water to clean my battery clamps?

The clamps that are attached to the car battery are corroded, I was told either of these liquids will work. Which one is better? Is there a how to guide on the exact steps I need to take? With my ...
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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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How can I add tension to a motorcycle chain?

I have 2008 Yamaha Scorpio 225, and the chain is looking a bit loose. I've had a good look around, and I really can't find a way to tighten it. Does anyone have any idea where to look? Is there a ...
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What kind of gasoline additives will help maintain the engine efficiency/life?

Aside from the traditional maintenance of oil changes, and keeping fluid levels correct - what else will help prolong the engine's life? I recall a few years back gasoline additives were the thing to ...
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What can I do to give my lawn mower more power?

I have a 21" Craftsman push lawn mower with a Briggs and Stratton 7 hp engine that is about 6 years old. I've got it cutting on the highest setting, and it still has issues cutting the grass without ...
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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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Is an “oil life indicator” a reliable indicator for when to change the oil?

I have a 2014 Honda Pilot with 3600 miles on it. Historically I have always changed oil in my vehicles every 3000 miles, using good quality non-synthetic oil. Now this Honda has an "oil life ...
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Wheel re-torqueing, how is it done?

When putting wheels back on a car, you place them on and torque them to spec. Now, most if not all manufacturers say to re-torque them after 50 miles. What is the procedure for this? Do you just ...
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What are the critical maintenance items for a new motorcycle?

I have purchased a new motor bike recently. What are the critical maintenance items that I should focus on? For example: Is it true that we should not run new bikes on high rpm for some time? What ...
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Is short drive trip bad for your engine?

My wife's car often uses to drive to a nearby grocery store, which is too close to our house (about 2 miles). Some one told me that I should change the engine oil more often because engine is working ...
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Car sitting for several months: what should I do to keep it running well?

I have a car that's been sitting for several months and I just got it working again. What should I do to ensure that it keeps running well?
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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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Should a clutch be immersed in oil prior to installation?

I heard somewhere that I should soak new friction plates in oil for at least two hours prior to installation. Is this true? And if so, then why? P.S. I'm talking about a motorcycle's wet clutch.
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What is this part called?

So in the beginning ONE of my windshield wipers just went absolutely dead (could move it easily with my hands) and I took it to the shop and the guy removed what he called ''arms'' but when I went to ...
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“Irreparable” tire damage incurred due to road pothole

A little background: I live in Canada and recently I drove over a crater on a public road (60km max city road), which I assumed was caused by the recent extreme cold weather. It was night time and ...
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Determining the size/pitch of bolts and nuts before taking things apart

I'm a shade tree mechanic with an old car that's got a fair amount of rust on various fasteners (particularly in the under-regions). When I'm doing maintenance, I often like -- or find the need to -- ...
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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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Which 100kmi car should be in better shape: newer or older?

I'm looking to replace my dying '96 Accord, and I've been skimming Craigslist for used cars. While searching for Acura TLs, I noticed one in my price range that was significantly newer than the ...
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O2 Sensor Error after replacing spark plugs?

Ford Taurus 2004 Sedan SES DOHC. (The car is actually in the shop right now and I told him to hold off until I get more info.) Took the car to the local shop to get the spark plugs replaced. Because ...
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2006 Chevy Cobalt front end (strut mount?) noise

I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt and since I bought the thing, the front suspension makes this horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump. I don't know how to describe the noise other than it only ...
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Which provides better engine flushing, traditional flushing oil or adding a flush additive to old oil?

Background I think that my vehicle would probably benefit from having it's lubrication system being flushed out at it's next oil change. Checking prices of flushing oil at local suppliers I noticed ...
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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 ...