Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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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 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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Caliper piston will not collapse on Almera 98

I was changing brake pads on a Nissan Almera 98 and I accidentally pumped the brake piston a bit out. I tried putting it back with a C clamp and the old pad but it won't budge. It's completely stuck! ...
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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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My car wasn not accelerating and finally come to stop

I have chevy lumina 1991. The motor is very clean and looks like and used to work like a brand new car. However, these days since I was getting broke , I had to wait till my gas meter is very low and ...
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Is it necessary to bleed brakes if the system is never opened?

Just wondering if there is a point to bleeding the brakes if the system is never opened, since it's effectively a closed system. For example, does the chemical change should the fluid reach boiling ...
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changing brake response

My car's brake seems to having some problems. Before Whenever I brake, I only use around 20 - 40% of the brakes(I kinda half step through the brake pedal) and the brakes seem to work instantaneously. ...
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Difference between cabin air filters

What are the differences between Charcoal, Electrostatic, and Pollen cabin air filters? For general use, which is better to buy?
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Diagnostic: Autodata newest version

I have seen people using autodata for general information about cars, like how to fix a timing belt for particular types of cars. But the version that was being used only had up to cars made in 2009 ...
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2005 Infiniti G35x - squeaky brakes only when backing up slowly

Don't squeak when braking forwards, or braking hard/fast backing up. Only when backing up and lightly pressing on them. Extended squeal, and very loud. Anything I can do?
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Easiest and the chepest way to touch up missing paint patches on 2000 Chevy Cavalier

I have a chevy 2000 cavalier. I started noticing patches (pictures posted below) on the top and in front of the car. I'm not sure if it needs touch up paint or waxing (I'm a total illiterate when it ...
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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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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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97 GMC k1500 missing badly. Ignition system problems?

I have a 97 GMC Sierra k1500 with a 305 (5.0L) engine. It seems like every year for a few years now it will suddenly start missing very badly. There will be random misfires on all cylinders almost ...
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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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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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Front End Alignments

I recently had my vehicle in for a front end alignment. They told me all of my shocks were bad, causing all of the problems, and that they would not be able to align the front end with those bad ...
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What is this tank for ?

I just bough an old (1980s) Nissan Pathfinder. In the engine I have managed to identify the engine-oil hole, the radiator-water hole and the windshield-washer hole (you can tell I'm a car expert!) ...
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Removing Rust from 2010 Civic Doors

I have some scratches on my doors. After some reading, it seems like my best option is to paint over it, and optionally scour the rust. I don't have access to fancy tools, and I believe that ...
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What system should I inspect first for the following issues on a 2004 Chevy Aveo?

A 2004 Chevy aveo with around 78,000 miles has the following issues: The Daytime Running Light indicator (as well as the lights themselves) randomly turn on and off. This is a slow thing and has ...
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Car overheating problem

I have a 2002 Ford Focus. Whenever the car is idling the heat gauge goes up at an alarming rate and goes the farthest into the red that it can if left alone. Now if I rev the engine a little the ...
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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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Advice on buying a new car (Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 vs. Subaru Impreza 1.5R)

This question is probably somewhat subjective as all cars are slightly different. I am currently in the process of looking for a new car. I'm currently driving a Vauxhall Astra 1.8 SRi (mk-5, 5 door ...
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Seat Leon FR TDi 170 injector recall - affected cars

I am looking at purchasing a 58 plate (late 2008) Seat Leon FR TDi 170. I am aware of the injector recall, however I would like to know for how long the problematic injectors were a problem for? The ...
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Maintainance of shock absorber

I have a 125cc bike. My cousin uses my bike more than me. He is more than 110 kg in weight. So I feel that my bike's shock absorbers will be break down soon because of my cousin. So is there any ...
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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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How to remove a broken plastic oil drain plug from lawn mower?

While I was tuning up my outdoor power equipment I made a boneheaded mistake with my lawn mower. I was putting the drain plug back in my mower with a socket wrench completely forgetting it was ...
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Preventive maintenance for a long-distance tow

Vehicle: 1980 Jeep CJ-7 4.2 Liter (258) AMC Automatic Background: I'm planning to take my 1980 CJ-7 on a 1,200-mile road trip towing a small U-Haul trailer. The Jeep is in good running shape, ...
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Diagnostic, diy repair guides, technical manuals

So I was wondering for a list of good diy diagnostic, repair softwares (not obd). I am aware of Autodata, Vivid and Mitchell on Demand. What else do you know? I am also looking for a software that ...
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Car decelerating quickly

I recently changed my brake pads and did wheel alignment at the official workshop of my car manufacturer. It was driving just fine but suddenly as I was driving it at one fine point the steering ...
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Tips for finding a good mechanic

As a programmer, if I had a non-programmer friend who was looking for a programmer, I could think of a few tips to help him sort out the sheep from the goats and avoid some common traps. Do you have ...
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Burned regulator/rectifier

I have managed to completely fry regulator/rectifier on my Suzuki GSR600 (K7). I suspect that it happened when I blindly splashed into a big water pond, so some water probably got on connector. Thing ...
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Change thermostat preemptively or wait for signs of problems?

I have been advised by an experienced "car guy" to change the thermostat on my 94K miles 2005 Toyota Matrix, although everything seems to be fine at the moment. Everybody else is telling me to leave ...
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How reliable is a Honda GB400 (motorcycle) grey import?

I am considering getting a 1985 Honda GB400TT bike as I simply love the look of them and they seem to be selling at a good price. I understand these are grey imports (imported 2nd hand from Japan) ...
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Reset Service Light 2009 1.6 Diesel Alfa Romeo Mito

Can anyone please advise me how to reset the service light on my 1.6 Diesel Alfa Mito?
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Maintenance on a 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S

My previous car was totalled and while shopping for used cars, I have found a 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S on sale for a very good price. It is being sold by the current owner, and it has been going to the ...
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Where can I get/buy a repair manual for a Mercedes-Benz CLK200 Kompressor -2002?

I have checked haynes.com but it seems like they only cover C230 - C350. Any other good sources to check? I have tried to contact Mercedes-Benz Europe directly via e-mail for a regular manual, but ...
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Connection point on a 2007 Impala for vehicle inspection

I recently had my 2007 Impala at a dealer for a routine lube, oil change, tire rotation, and a NYS Vehicle Inspection. Shortly after that I found puddles of water on the front passengers floor. I ...
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What is a good online service for getting Mercedes Benz car history reports? [closed]

I'm searching for a good and trusted service that provides car history reports (mainly for MB cars 1990+ models). I heard about these companies recently and I would like to know more about them. I'm ...
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Scooter Powerband Spiking

When I start accelerating, after around 3 seconds I get a spike in my engine rpm (at least it sounds like it). After another few seconds it calms back down and continues escelating as expected. I ...
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Preventative maintenance for rarely-driven minivan in heated garage

I just moved to the city and find that I am not driving my minivan (2003 Kia Sedona) much anymore. I've been driving it about 1-2 miles about once every 2 weeks. The rest of the time, it is stored ...
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Giving an old car a refresh

I have an old car (1990 Volvo 240) which I am rather attached it. Lately it seems like it has been creaking and groaning rather more than usual. Is there some sort of spring cleaning(except it's a 20 ...
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Should I do anything or check anything before starting my push mower after sitting all winter?

I didn't do anything to "winterize" it, but we only had a few stretches of really cold weather (less than 20F) and the majority of the winter was between 20F and 50F. Should I do anything before ...
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Should I change automatic transmission fluid on an older vehicle?

I have a Pontiac Vibe 2004 with an automatic transmission. The mileage now is around 120k miles and I've never changed the transmission fluid. There are no mechanical problems with the vehicle at the ...