Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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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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Motorcycle Maintenance Tasks - Please Provide a List of Actions

It's a BigBoy DRT-250, but I doubt that will be known outside of SA. I had it serviced at 500km, then 3000km, and 6000km, according to warranty. Then it was highlighted to me that the warranty ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do you aim the headlights in a 2001 Saturn LS1?

The body was repaired after a front-end accident, but the headlights seem to be pointed down too much, and the illuminate the road in front of the car, but not that far out. There are two hex sockets ...
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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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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 Anti-Seize a lubricant, abrasive, or both?

I'll flesh my personal bias at the outset - being a heavy diesel mechanic for a time, and mechanically inclined my entire life, I use Anti-Seize wherever I can. If it has threads and it's not part of ...
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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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should scratches on a new bumper be painted over?

I bought a 2013 car last year and got a small scratch on the bumper. I think someone may have hit it ever so slightly when trying to back in or something I'm not sure. Anyway, personally, I'm ...
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Is Prestone “All Makes/All Models” coolant *really* compatible with all models?

My car's manual says to use the blue Honda coolant: Always use Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 [MSDS]. This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. ...
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Car sputtering and stalling when idle and going into first gear

My 2005 Honda accord is starting to sputter and stall. It started all of a sudden one day and figured it might be my oil so I had it changed since it was time anyway. That seemed to work fine there ...
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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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What else should I replace when replacing valve cover gasket?

Since I'm investing in time to replace valve cover gasket, should I have mechanic inspect/repair/replace anything else related to valve cover assembly/dis-assembly? Vehicle is 1997 Toyota Sienna.
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How to reset the service reminder on a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor?

I have been looking for a few days now on how to reset the service reminder that keeps showing every time I start the car. I know the car repair shop can do this, but I would like to know how to do it ...
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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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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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Truck overheating and affecting the heater blowing could air occasionally

I have a 2001 Oldsmobile Bravada with about 160,000 miles. At first I could hear a faint gurgling sound from the right front side under the hood when I’d stop and go. Then about a month later my truck ...
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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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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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Scooter Powerband Spiking

When I start accelerating, at around 3 seconds in, I get a spike in my engine rpm (at least it sounds like it) for a few seconds after which it calms back down and continues escalating as expected. 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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Minimal set of maintenance recommended for 60,000 mile Honda civic based on prior history

So I have a 2009 Honda Civic and it's getting close to 60k in miles. I know there is a big maintenance that's supposed to be done at that level, and I've been quoted for $400 for it at my local Honda ...
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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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Most important preventive maintenance for high-mileage car?

My 2001 Chevrolet Prizm (a NUMMI) is about to hit 125,00 miles. I bought a little over 5 years ago, at which time it had ~79,000 miles on it. I bought it from a used car dealer that seemed to have ...
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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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Why does RPM jump between 1000 and 2000 at standstill (2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 K)?

My car has a kind of a rough idle and it's like it gives a bit of gas, meter goes between 1000 and 2000 rpm at standstill. Same if I shift up to 1 or 2nd gear. If I then take it for a drive, car jerks ...
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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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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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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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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 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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What material should I look for in an oil drain plug gasket?

I've recently purchased my first car (2004 Subaru Legacy), and though I sent it to the shop soon afterward for routine maintenance, I want to learn and do as much as possible myself. 3,000 miles have ...
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Serpentine belt area has insane amount of gunk

I had to replace the alternator on my Toyota Tacoma V6 4L and I noticed an ungodly amount of gunk collected on and around the old one. The truck is 2007 with just over 100K mi on it. The old ...
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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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How to begin learning engine tuning?

Quite simply, I want to begin tuning and modifying automotive engines for hobby. I have always been fascinated with cars, and I want to become knowledgeable in as many aspects of car tuning as ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...