Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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Durability of automatic transmission boxes versus durability of manual transmission boxes? Their lifetimes?

My friend is against cars with automatic transmission because he thinks that they break easily and that their repairing cost a lot. He thinks that it is impossible to maintain an automatic ...
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Why does my car scream on cold start?

My 1988 Subaru XT6 2.7L engine screams at me on a cold start then it will stop and then do it again when I take it out of park, but then it stops. Also, my car is losing antifreeze. Any ideas why?
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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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AirbBag and 4x4 light is on after changing BMW X3 battery. Why?

After I changed my BMW X3 2008 battery at home the 4x4 and AirBag light is on. Any ideas why? Some people claim that changing BMW x3 battery is not straight forward, however, they don't explicitly ...
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Cheap vs Expensive Fuels [closed]

What is the difference between the cheapest fuels in a place like Tesco's and the 'high quality', highly priced competitors? Is there actually any noticeable difference in available power, engine ...
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How do I know how much tread I have left on slick tyres?

I'm considering buying used slick tyres. When buying normal street tyres I'd normally look at the depth of the tread to know how many kilometers I can still do on them. However tread is non existent ...
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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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Can polishing compound ruin my car's paint job?

I have my Mitsubishi lancer 2004 (silver) that was painted last year. Today I bought a polishing compound named http://www.abro.com/pc-310.html . I put a small amount of the polish on a cotton cloth,...
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What should I look for in a basic motorcycle maintenance toolkit?

I'm looking to do more of my motorcycle maintenance myself, and am wondering what I should be investing in, when it comes to tools/devices. What are the basic tools that I'd need when starting to do ...
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Oil Change Steps? (check my list) 2014 Impreza

Decided to spend time w/my newly-met dad and do an oil change together on my 2014 Impreza Sport. I told him i want to do the work, myself, with his support. I'm fairly confident and have watched some ...
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What steps can I take to keep my car (V70, driven primarily for short commuting) in good condition?

I have a '06 Volvo V70 that I use mainly for commuting to and from work (about 10 km each way), with the occasional longer trip of up to several hundred km every few months or so. I drive maybe 7000-...
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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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Play in motorcycle chain - how much is ok?

Riding to day I could hear a rhythmic tapping sound. I occurs when I ease off the throttle. I think it is the chain tapping against the plastic chain guard when tension on the chain from accelerating ...
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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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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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Socket wrench turns loose on top of spark plug

I'm trying to replace the spark plugs of my 2006 Prius, but the deep well 5/8 socket attached to a 2 in extender just turns loose, as if it does not fit in the top of the spark plug. I tried also 3/4 ...
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Fuel meets rubber

When working with on (diesel) fuel system components the instructions often advise keeping fuel off of rubber parts or cleaning it up promptly if fuel gets on them. OK, I can get behind that, but what ...
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What checks or service should be performed before a long trip?

Before going on a long trip, say 10 hours a day, times 2 days at highway speeds, what checks or services should I have performed? This car is a 2007 Lexus ES350, but I'm looking for an answer that ...
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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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Is it possible to detect defect of vehicle's engine by examining sound it makes

The idea is: every once in a while I use some imaginary smartphone app and record vehicle's engine sound. Then the app should interpret that sound and say OK/NOK. If NOK I drive to be further examined ...
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Do fast cars need to occasionally be driven fast?

In the broad spectrum of cars, there's higher end models with sport-focused engines. Examples would be an BMW M3, and even more so Ferraris and Koenigseggs etc. Apparently they're more fussy, in that ...
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Are these repairs necessary, and can I do them myself?

I'm wondering if the maintenance my dealer recently suggested is necessary, and if so, if it's worth it for me (a person who has technical skill but is inexperienced with auto) to undertake on my own ...
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Honda truck waiting recall parts/sitting @ dealer lot…good or bad?

My Honda Ridgeline was recalled for airbags. It has been sitting on a lot in oh-so-hot South Carolina now for a month. They say it could be August till I get my truck back. (shortage of parts) Now -...
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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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Remove stuck crankshaft bolt on 2003 Acura TL for timing belt change?

A friend is helping me change the timing belt on my 2003 Acura TL 3.2. Yes, I paid for the beer!!! We've successfully removed the upper timing belt covers, drive belt, and serpentine belt. We're ...
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I drove my car with the dipstick left out, did I do any damage?

Please guide me. I went for a regular check up of my new Celerio gasoline driven car. The Maruti Workshop mechanic made a mistake. He left the dipstick out after he checked my oil. I figured it out ...
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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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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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My Lexus RX 350 back window shattered. Is this possible by weather or only a person?

Find more images here. I live in a Toronto suburb on the East side, and recently the weather has been inconsistent. A few days ago it was sunny above 0, and then on the 24th of this month, there was ...
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Is it necessary to replace functioning spark plugs?

I have a 2000 Mazda Protege that last had it's spark plugs replaced about 4-6 years ago (about 40k-60k miles). It's a commuter car, but it's a short commute and mild driving conditions; probably 85% ...
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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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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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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 2....
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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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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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I hear a click when i go to start my car… But starts up on second attempt

Why is my 2009 chevy malibu doing this click before i start it up?
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1995 Dodge Viper

So my friend is interested in this 1995 Dodge Viper he's seen on a pre-owned showroom and I have some questions that I'd like to ask. What kind of questions related to that specific car should we ...
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Brakes getting tight on their own

I own a Ford Focus ZX4 LE 2.0 engine. This is on my Android so bullet points are not available. But I would explain as good as I can. -The problem I have is when I drive anywhere either on the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Motorcycle chain degreasing

What are the pros and cons of the various chain degreasing techniques. I want to maintain my chain and sprockets to the best possible standard and have heard many schools of thought on chain cleaning ...
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Can I change a single worn tyre instead of a pair?

In April last year I bought a 2008 Ford Focus. The tyres were relatively new, all apart from the front right which was more worn than the rest. I've driven the car roughly 7,000 miles in nearly 11 ...
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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 ...