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Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time

Some related topics: How to maintain a sometimes-used vehicle? How long does it take for gas to go bad? The first related topic addresses preparing a vehicle for long-term disuse, and maintaining ...
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Why should the fuel petcock valve be turned to “Off” position when not using the vehicle?

It’s mentioned in the user manual of my motorbike, that when not using the vehicle, I should turn the petrol tap (the one that has three positions “On”, “Off” and “Reserve”) to “Off” position. I don’t ...
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Smart and effective ways to light up a garage without relying on power outlets?

I am currently renting an garage in an underground parking lot. The garage has no light inside nor electric plugs. The only form of illumination available comes from the few neon lights in the ...
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Skoda Fabia - reverse parking sensors not working?

I bought a used Skoda Fabia that is fitted with a parking assistant (reverse parking sensors) which does not seem to work. According to the manual when I change into reverse it should either make a ...
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Should I leave my wheels straight when I park my car?

I was told that I should leave my wheels straight when I park my car on flat driveway, I think this is rubbish and it doesn't matter personally Should I leave my wheels straight when I'm parked? ...
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Best way to store a car off pavement

I have a parking spot for my car, but it is weedy gravel. I've been warned that storing a car on grass is very bad because transpiration from the grass will rust out the car's underbody. Presumably ...
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Gauging tight parking spots

So that I don't keep dinging or putting scratches my front bumper, what is the best way to gauge tight parking spaces ? Say, if a parking spot is walled in three directions and you are pulling in ...
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Car manual says I have to wait a few seconds before shifting to reverse, why?

I am the type to read the owners manual of everything I buy. I am a new driver and I have just read my owner's manual. As the questions says, it's telling me not to instantly shift to revers when I ...
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Running cables from rear camera and parking sensors to car front in a Honda Fit 2015

I'm planning to buy a rear camera and parking sensor kits to install myself in a Honda Fit 2015. While I have no trouble making the proper electrical connections, I have no previous experience running ...
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1answer
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Can I fit parking sensors on the front of my car?

I'm getting a reversing camera for the back of my car, as I often have to park in very tight spaces, or am parked in. However, I can't fit a camera to the front, so I was wondering: Can I fit rear ...
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Necessity of draining gas for a vehicle that has been sitting for 2-3 years

Related: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. A car has not been started for over 2 years. No fuel stabilizer was added to the tank. According to some sources it's best to drain ...
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Parking — in gear or neutral? [closed]

This question is discussed all over the internet, but it seems to be just a voting procedure. I'd like to get a high-quality answer, and, since I couldn't find it on SE, I'll ask it again here. With ...
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Maintenance of parking sensors

I have issues with the parking sensors on my wife's S-max (2007). The sensors would occasionally beep (constant beep) after turning on the car and selecting a gear. I tried cleaning them, but I ...
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Proper way to stop auto transmission car

I'm just having my first auto transmission car, with press to start button. How I start the car Press the brake pedal Press the "press to start" button to turn on engine Move gear from "P" to "R" (...
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2answers
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Reverse parking sensors

I've been thinking on fitting an after-market reverse parking sensors for my car, and I found 2 options: Electromagnetic Ultrasonic The Electromagnetic doesn't require to make holes in the ...
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2010 VW Stuck in Park

I have a 2010 VW Jetta Stuck in Park. When I turn it on, press the brake, and press the shifter button it doesn't move. How do I get it out of park? The brake light and dash indicator do toggle (...
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1987 Yamaha fz700 handlebar lock

On my ignition there are a couple positions, on, off, lock, and p. I assumed the lock was for the handle bar lock, but it doesn't lock when I switch it to that, when I switch it to P though it ...
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Proper parking technique for a car with electronic parking brake [duplicate]

I have got my first car, a 14' Audi S4 that is equipped with an electronic parking brake. My common sense told me to park as following: Come to a complete stop Engage electronic parking brake Put ...
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Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?

I have a 1997 Caravan [short wheelbase, base model] with a 4-speed automatic transmission. After it sits [off] for a few hours, the shifter will get stuck in park. A little jiggling and a hard pull ...
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How to not hit the car in front whatever the car? [closed]

I'm designing a 3d model of a car with some specifications. The question that I thought of now and also is a good question as I don't personally know the answer while driving my own car is: How can ...
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2answers
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Impact/Effect on handbrake when parked on incline?

If a 2-2.5 (between two and two-and-a-half) ton saloon car: is manual between 7-15 years old parked on an incline of around 20-30 degrees for roughly 8 hours a day 5 days a week What can the ...
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Is this kind of tire damage from a landscaping brick?

My wife and I use surplus landscaping bricks as bump-stops in our garage. They are maybe 1.5" thick and 12" wide, and are used as stop indicators at a creeping pace only. The tire is from a 2013 ...
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Applying brake vs. shifting into Park at a red light - which is better for long-term maintenance? [closed]

When at a red light for a prolonged period of time, which leads to a lower amount of wear/lower cost of maintenance over the long term: keeping the brake applied for the duration of the light, or ...