Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Oil cap has come off and oil has spilled after adding oil

I've opened the bonnet to discover that the oil cap is off, and oil is all over everything. How can I get it cleaned up, and what damage will it have caused, if any?
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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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What car wash tasks should be done after an automatic car wash?

I have access to free automatic car washes. It is a pretty basic and short cloth car wash and dry. What should I do in additional to the automatic car wash? I was thinking about drying off any spots ...
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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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 ...
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Sea Foam vs Sta-bil

Is it unnecessary to use both Sea Foam and sta-bil at the same time in two stroke and four stroke engines, or is it advantageous to take advantage of the properties of both? Both products claim to ...
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Cream on oil cap? How to maintain a car that drives only short distances in Nordic environment?

My friend needs a car for night-time driving for distances about 15 km to-and-fro for his work. I read that short distances may be problematic to cars because the engine does not get hot enough -- ...
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How to clean/dispose of oily/greasy shop rags?

I have some rags (as I'm sure we all do) that are covered in oil and other various fluids. Is it alright to wash these in a standard washing machine and then air dry them? Is there a specific ...
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Can anyone identify the problem?

I just broke down. Here's a description: ('97 Subaru Legacy) Driving completely normally along a town road, the car suddenly began to sputter and jump as I pressed on the gas. Then the check engine ...
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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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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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should scratches on a new bump 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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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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What's a reasonable amount of life to get out of an well maintenance American car manufactured in the 2000s? 4 season climate?

Ages ago, it seemed like 100k miles was the 'aging point' of a car, either some type of milestone or a warning to start searching for something new. As engineering gets better though, it seems like ...
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Tunning the ECU of a Volkswagen Golf MK6 1.6 TDI DSG

I am a owner of a Volkswagen Golf MK6 1.6 TDI DSG (105HP), and i am a beginner in mechanics, but in computers i am an expert. I stumbled upon those days on some websites that claim to bring you ...
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What is the name of this plastic piece under the Dodge Avenger headlight?

This piece fell off when a rock hit the car and now I'm looking to replace it but I don't know what I'm shopping for. Can anyone tell me the name of it? The car is a 2013 Dodge Avenger.
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Lower quality oil vs high quality oil [closed]

tl;dr Which is best? Buying high-quality, longer-lasting, but more expensive oils and changing oil less frequently or buying lower-quality oil but changing more frequently? As I'm trying to find my ...
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Ford Focus 2006 - Trunk latch won't close

I lost my keys, so I had a locksmith come and make another Key. He took the lock latch off to do something with a computer as well as the door and ignition. Now the trunk latch will not latch and ...
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Online service for tracking maintenance

Is there a good service online for tracking vehicle maintenance that either you do or have a workshop do? It'd be nice to have a service that sends emails and lets you track when you change your oil, ...
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Inside door latch not working - Toyotta Corolla 2002

I have an Toyotta Corolla 2002 and sometime ago is not anymore possible to open the passenger door by inside. Opening the passenger door using the exterior handle is working only the inside ...
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Aftermarket Glass Run Rubber (for '94 Nissan D21 Truck)

I am searching for the Glass Run Rubber for a 1994 D21 Nissan Truck (what the window rolls up into on the outside of the vehicle door). My local dealership said the factory part numbers are 80335N ...
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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 is the cost of general maintenance on VW Jetta TDI (diesel)

I am looking at purchasing a new, 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI car. I have a 35 mile commute to work on pretty much all highway. I want something good on gas mileage, so I heard the Jetta TDIs get ...
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What is a good service for a cheapy 250 at 10,000km?

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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How to let off the carburetors of a 1993 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for winter storage?

My '93 Gixxer is in the shed for winter. I had it fully tanked, the shed is (moderately) warm, and every couple of weeks I attach a trickle charger to its battery. However, I know that there is still ...
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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 ...