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Car dies while driving

My 2007 Toyota Camry dies out while driving. 76000 mi well kept. New battery sensors and coils. No pattern. Stops I turn it off and in a few minutes it goes again. All dash warning lights come on. ...
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Honda Accord Head Bolt

I repaired one of the holes for a head bolt on my 97 Honda Accord using a time sert insert. When I put the head back on I was only able to tighten it to 63 ft-lbs. I could tell it wasn't going to ...
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Why is oil filling up in my air intake system?

The car that I am working on displayed below is a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2 DOHC. I would like to admit that my knowledge of cars is little to none. I decided to start tinkering around with it ...
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Do I have to reprogram the ABS module to fix the ABS light on 528i BMW?

I'm not sure if this is true but I've heard that in order to fix my ABS light, they have to remove the module and send it out to reprogram. Is this true?
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Can I drive with a broken/without the spider spring in my clutch?

Long story short: I managed to break the spider spring inside my slipper clutch. Apparently these things happen. Below are two pictures of this work of art: Now I have some 300km separating me ...
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Basic Roadside repairs courses

I'm about to drive across Morocco over the Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara desert with a hire car ;) Given the hire car process I have no guarantees on the make/model of the car I will get but ...
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How can I repair cracked/broken non-structural carbon fibre parts?

I managed to crack one of the carbon fibre fork protectors on my motorbike. From the damage it looks like this was due to an impact with a solid object. Below are some pictures: It would seem that ...
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Wheel rim chrome repair

I recently bought a used vehicle which has some aftermarket rims on it. For whatever reason the previous owner failed to take good care of them and there are areas of them (some are 2 or 3 inches) ...
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Can't get into trunk of 2000 mercury marquis

Anyone have any ideas to get into a locked, jammed trunk of a 2000 mercury marquis? They key, the remote, and the button on the door all do not work, although a clicking sound is produced. You can't ...
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BMW 1 Series (2016) Bumper Repair

I recently got a new BMW 1 Series 116D (2016) on a 4 year PCP deal. A week in, I've managed to scratch the bumper. Although it's a minor dink, I don't want there to be any risk of it devaluing the ...
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Why does my car jerk and jump when I stop?

I have a 2012 Buick Reale and it jumps and jerks when I stop at light or stop sign, and it also flutters doing take off or acceleration. What could it be?
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Sporadic speedometer, and performance lags when speedometer not engaged

I have a 2000 Honda Accord, 2.3L L4 with a 5-speed manual transmission. Recently, the speedometer has been sporadic- sometimes accurate, sometimes bouncing around, but mostly sitting at 0. I replaced ...
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Paintless dent removal for old tank

Is there a way to remove dents like this on the right side of the image? I've seen suction tools but the reviews are bad. Any ideas?
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Toyota aygo damage repair

I damaged my Toyota Aygo Spice Edition, on the left rocker panel because I had a flat tire. Also the 14" alloy wheels (6-spoke) is damaged and needs to be replaced with a new one. Would it be ...
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Rusted gas tanks, how do you repair them?

If I have an extremely old vehicle that has limited parts availability for replacement, how would I fix a rusted gas tank in order to put it back in service in a vehicle? I've run into this issue a ...
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Why do dealers seem to prefer to replace parts instead of repairing?

In my experience as a consumer, mechanics at dealers typically seem to prefer not to perform quick or partial fixes for certain types of work. For example: Replacing an entire wiring harness rather ...
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I've just been rear ended. How can I check for damage?

Somebody drove into the back of my 2003 Opel Agila at about 5-10mph. There is no damage to the bumper apart from a large dent but I'm worried there may be hidden internal damage. What can I do to ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

I would REALLY like to get rid of my spare wheel. The wheel is heavy and I need the spare wheel well for... other purposes. In my history of driving I never had to use the spare wheel, so it cost me a ...
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How to tell if you have a bad clutch?

I drive a 2004 VW Passat B5.5 that I bought used with quite a high mileage so it has therefore had a relatively large amount of usage (at 118k miles). I am curious to know how to tell if the clutch is ...
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BMW 320D E46 Facelift [closed]

I`m about to get a BMW 320D E46 Face lift model (2000) and that is 120K driven. I would like to hear whether its worth in terms of repairs, maintenance cost ? Do I need to go each and every garage for ...
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Cadillac CTS How to deal with water in spare wheel compartment

I live in UK and winter season is wet to say the least - I just found a swimming pool in the back on my Cadillac in spare wheel compartment. It's not to close to the edge but not to far ether. The ...
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How to get the most money out of potentially totalled car?

I crashed my car :( Accidentally rearended a pickup :( It's not drivable because the radiator fell out, but I was told by the guy who towed it that the frame wasn't damaged. I don't know what to do ...
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Advice on learning automotive repair knowledge

I am an online customer service selling automotive diagnostic tools. Now I have a question, I came to my company since last October. I don't know much about our product, even though I am just a ...
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Toyota 04 Camry [closed]

please help Changed clutch and slave cylinder Trying to bleed it but just air bubbles Can't see any leaks It's a 2004 Camry Could it be the booster ?
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Is it ok to use a scissor jack instead of a floor jack?

I need to jack up my car to take out the front driver side tire and change the p/s and alternator belt. I don't own a floor jack but I do have a scissor jack. I was wondering could I just use the ...
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Can I buy a used car to learn auto repair & DIY?

I am seriously considering learning some auto repair knowledge. I don't want to use my good car as my experimental starter kit. So can I buy a used car somewhere and have it towed home just for the ...
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2006 Honda Odyssey sliding door stuck at *top*

Yesterday I replaced the roller assembly in the left-side sliding door of my 2006 Honda Odyssey, because it had been sticking and not rolling very well. One of the white rollers was indeed shattered ...
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Shop replaced engine, blew about six weeks later

A local repair shop recently replaced the engine in my 06 Pontiac Solstice. They obtained a used engine from LKQ. I'm not sure how many miles the replacement engine had (unfortunately). Wednesday ...
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Rear end Differential - rebuild or replace with used?

I have a 01 Ford F 150 with 320K miles. I love this truck and don't plan on ever selling it. I thought the bearings were going out in the back right side so I took it to mechanic. Two different ...
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Should I repair before selling? [closed]

I have a Toyota Echo 2005 and was quoted a ~$800+ repair for a broken AC compressor. I trust my mechanics and his diagnosis, and without the repair the car is unusable (very loud grinding noise). He ...
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As a consumer, can you buy the “OEM service manual” for your car direct from the manufacturer?

I recently found out you can buy a repair manual for your specific car (in this case Haynes and the repair manual is specific your make/model but spans multiple years). When I went to my car's Haynes ...
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Car won't unlock with remote and won't start? Toyota Camry 1999

My sister gave me this car for school and she told me this happens a lot. Her mechanic friend says it's an alarm problem and my alarm is locked. Unfortunately her and her friend live on the opposite ...
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What repairs can a garage do without asking for permission if the car is in for MOT and service?

I recently sent my car to the garage for its MOT and service. It's a 1999 Nissan Almera so I wasn't expecting it to pass without some work being done to it. However, when I got the invoice back it ...
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How to repair assist handle on 2015 Toyota Avalon

Not a huge problem obviously, which is why I'm alright with doing it myself. It seems like the spring has just come out of its socket. Album here Basically, it doesn't spring back up and if you'll ...
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Should I be worried about bumper reinforcement condition after being rear ended?

Recently a car rear ended me at about 10 mph. Cosmetic damage to my rear bumper is not that bad and because of that I am considering to let the other person get away without making claims to his ...
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How can one find a trustworthy mechanic?

When shopping around for a new mechanic, are there any signs one can look for to see if the guy is a scam artist or if he is honest and knowledgeable?
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kraftsman lawn mower runs for 10 minutes, sputters and dies

I have a Kraftsmann 550 series push lawn mower with Brigg and Stratton engine that runs for about 10 minutes and then sputters and dies. I can start it again after prime it again, but it will run for ...
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Cheap repair of hole in car paint

Recently my car paint has been damaged, I suspect it got hit by a little stone and the paint bursted. The bursts is not very nice but is very hard to notice because they are just about 3 cm long and ...
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Is it reasonable to charge the customer $1000+ to assemble the top of the engine?

I recently have an engine overheat issue and see my previous post for details: How long does items in the engine last in general for standard size cars? This is an interesting follow up on that at ...
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Trim repair on a 2003 Ford Focus

The door trim on the drivers side door of my 2003 Ford Focus has come loose at the front: I'm guessing that a proper repair would require the interior door panel to be removed, and this seems like ...
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Scratch front bumper white car

I have scratched my car tonight reversing in the garage, when I turned the wheel I scratched the front to a concrete column. My car is a Subaru Impreza Wagon 2007, white This is a link to a photo. ...
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Hyundai Getz roof antenna mount broke

So, I went to wash the wife's car yesterday, and (as always) struggled with unscrewing the roof antenna from its base. This time, however, the thing broke. Now I'm thinking, is this something I can ...
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Dripping water from under the water housing

I am on a tight budget. How do I go through fixing the leak, start with the nuts (enclosed with red hexagons) then the blue ones and then go to the yellow ones or can I go start all together with ...
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Is there a way to check if you're being ripped off for accident repair costs?

I collided with the back of another car. I had a quote from a garage authorized by my insurer that seems large. The estimator made it sound a lot more serious than I expected. He says it's going to ...
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2006 G35 - Body shop installed wrong front bumper

After getting run off the road a few weeks ago, my car suffered a cracked front bumper, and received a complementary boot-shaped, softball-sized dent above the driver's wheel. So, I called the ...
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deep pressing of disc brake lever when whee not in position

I would like to know what happens when the disc brake lever is deeply pressed when wheel is removed. Does it cause any damage? If yes then what should be the repair and how much it may cost? Update: ...
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To repair, or sell: that is the question

1998 Volvo S70 4D 117k miles. No accidents, inherited from 2nd owner. I've got a big list of repairs to make: ABS control unit throws 8 fault codes, can replace w/ a rebuilt unit Front strut ...
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Is it typical for a shop to charge extra for labor if you bring your own parts?

I brought my car into a new mechanic today for brake issues, and they discovered that my rear brake calipers had completely seized up. They gave me an itemized quote for parts (~$700) and labor ...
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Identify parts I need from a supplier catalog

I'm French and I own an old Volvo V70 car whose automatic gearbox sounds seriously tired. In Europe an specially in France, automatic gearbox is not usual as it may be, say in USA, so it's not easy ...
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My car was recalling but my car is already more than 10 years old. Repair free? [duplicate]

I just found out that my car was recalling after read the news. My dealer never told that my car was recalling. My car was recalling last year. I was doing some research and found out that most ...