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Multimeter - Basic Functionality and Howto

Multimeters I'm looking for some responses regarding multimeter basics for the site tag-wiki to point OP's at when we want them to use one. The question is; What are the basic functions of a ...
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1999 Grand Prix started to consumed gas

My 1999 Grand Prix is well-maintained. After an oil change it started to consume gas and oil as usual for a week, then started to shake when idling, and slow and gaging when accelerating and feel ...
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2014 Dodge RAM 1500 Hemi 5.7 Liter 4x4 - Loud Squeal

Last night I was just out for a drive down the highway and I went to turn off that highway onto another and I decided I haven't done a burnout in a while so I gave it a shot and shortly after that ...
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1994 GMC Rally 3500 Low Beam out, High beam works intermittently

Low beam doesn't work. High beam will work, but cuts off and then on again. Also, if related, the switch must be jiggled for the interior dash lights to work. Could all of the problem be in the ...
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Late 90 Honda Civic cooling system hose broke off ,is it safe to drive?

One of the cooling system hoses, Freon I believe, broke off. I capped both ends. Is it safe to drive? Also, there's a noise near the front driver side tire, like a rubbing sound. The car decelerates ...
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Distinguishing between mechanical and electrical failure in ignition diagnosis

After a month and a half of not driving the car, yesterday I tried to turn it on, however the only sound that I heard was the rotation of the starter, which is not engaging the flywheel (the engine is ...
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One time snow removal [closed]

I rent in an urban area, so I don't own a shovel - weather almost never requires! But the East Coast got hit with an unusual storm, and my car is snowed in. Is there a way to dig out my car short ...
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Diagnosing P0171 2007 Toyota Corolla

First time poster trying to get into cars. So my 2007 Toyota Corolla (with around 89k miles) has a Check engine light that reads error code P0171 (System too lean Bank 1). I was looking that up and ...
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Ticking sound when stepping on Brake

I have this ticking sound somes when I press on the brake while is not moving and on Parking but the Engine is on.I changed the rear rotors, pads , and the right rear right caliper, but the sound is ...
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2005 Toyota Corolla intermittant battery drain when not running

I have a 2005 Corolla CE with manual transmission. About one month ago the car would not start, and the battery was discharged to about 8.5V. Car had been not running for a couple of days but nothing ...
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Fault code 27 with engine light on '94 Jeep Cherokee

I own a '94 jeep cherokee 4.0 liter. The 27 code indicates the injector circuit is not syncing with the input signal. How do I trouble shoot this?
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How is a power steering pump vacuum leak test performed?

There have been a few power steering pump questions lately. I've heard responders mention a power steering pump vacuum leak test to identify where air is getting into the power steering fluid system. ...
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Why does my RPM drop when sitting idle at traffic lights?

While I'm sitting idle at traffic lights I put the car into neutral. The engine stays idling at about 1000 RPM. However every now and then it drops down to about 500 RPM and then quickly back up to ...
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My subaru legacy will not boost

I drive a Subaru Legacy Turbocharged GT 2008 model with an EJ20 engine. When I press hard on the acceleration to boost the tachometer upon reaching 4-5 thousand RPM's it starts jerking and there is ...
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Toyota Raum Radio memory loss

Can you help me Unlock Toyota Raum 2003 Radio to its normal state? My battery ran flat, resetting my radio. I am getting some method on the internet about pressing the tuning Up and 1 buttons, but ...
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Mazda B3000 (Ranger) Truck takes several tries to start?

I have a 2002 Mazda B3000 (essentially a Ford Ranger) that almost never starts on the first attempt. Usually it takes 2 or 3 tries before the car finally turns over. Each time I hold in the crank I ...
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2010 Grand Caravan smoke coming from the hood [closed]

I have a 2010 Grand Caravan, I noticed smoke coming out of the hood so I brought it to a dealer to get it fixed. They said it's the intake or they change the gasket, after they fixed it I drove my car ...
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Snow Blower Break In Smell

I just started my new snowblower today to try to break it in. Within maybe a minute it started emitting a "burning metal" smell. I stopped it and there was some smoke coming out of the air filter. ...
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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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Do car manufacturers provide specific make/model/year information for each diagnostic-trouble-code?

Recently my car's check-engine light came on, I used a car OBDII port code reader to get the diagnostic-trouble-code (DTC) and then I googled what the DTC meant. I noticed that lots of the websites ...
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Does the checkengine light clear itself on it's own or require manual clearning?

I was discussing the behavior a car's check-engine light. When a check-engine light comes on, can the check-engine light turn off on it's own or does the check-engine light always require manually ...
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What does paint failure look like?

My car's paint looks bad and I'd like to repair it, but I'm not sure what it is called. I know there are different types of paint failure, what do they look like and what are they called?
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How can I listen for a tire noise without driving?

When driving I can sometimes hear a metal noise coming from the tire. It can be intermittent or continuous, like a brake part or a bad bearing. It doesn't sound like road noise or something stuck in ...
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Does the alternator have to be a Bosch?

I have a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 3.4 V6. I was told that I had to replace my alternator with a Bosch brand because no other brands will work. Is this true? Do I only have one option and I must get the ...
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I have a 1999 chevy blazer back wheel getting hot

The back wheel on the passenger side of the blazer is getting very hot, does not make any noise. The brake rotor the hub and the outside of the wheel will be hot after about 3 miles.
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toyota altezza cutting and maintenance

My toyota altezza is cutting off randomly while driving. I have not been able to purposely reproduce the problem, which makes diagnosis difficult. I am looking for any advice in diagnostics, or parts ...
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Honda Accord 1997 - Steam coming from small part of radiator, leaking coolant

After working fine all day, this afternoon I noticed my engine had heated up so hot the needle was above the red. I pulled over and there was steam coming from a small space on the radiator and it ...
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Oldsmobile Stalling at Stop

My 1999 Oldsmobile Alero has been stalling when I come to stop. This happens when I'm driving at speeds of at least 45mph and coming to a quick stop, for instance, when coming off a ramp from an ...
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Fluctuating amp meter on 1948 automobile

On an old auto 6 volt (generator/regulator) system, what causes the ammeter to fluctuate between zero and -35 amps? Seems acceptable at idle but fluctuates on the discharge side when driving. Will ...
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How to Track Down an Electrical Short

In a previous question regarding my dashboard lights not working I found that the "tail" fuse would burn out immediately upon turning on the headlights. This is after someone did repairs to the horn, ...
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turn signal blinks wrong direction

I have a 2009 Jetta SportWagen TDI (Mk5). When I turn on my right turn signal, usually the left turn signal turns on instead. I'm pretty sure it is a problem in the lever arm. I can consciously ...
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Rear wheel wobble

I recently took my '12 Yamaha R6 completely apart when I repainted it. When I put it back together I didn't realize but I'd forgotten a washer on the swingarm axle which was causing some movement of ...
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Changed Spark Plug Missing (not firing)

Over the weekend, I changed one spark plug on my 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. It was running fine but it had been about 30,000 miles and I am about to sell it and wanted to have everything running good ...
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2000 Audi A4 1.6 weak motor power

Just few days before I wanted to take Audi A4 B5 1.6 (year: 2000) to 'preventive' service. I've started the car normally, only the motor sound was very weird. So I tried to make a test drive. I ...
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Pontiac g6 runs lean; throwing codes

My 2006 g6 v6 3.5 is showing codes p0171, p0174, p0705 and u0073 171 and 174 show that the engine is running lean. Is this a serious issue? 0705 shows the trans range sensor a circuit 0073 says the ...
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Oil in the cooling system on S10 V-6 4.3 [closed]

2000 Chevy S10 w/4.3 V-6. The top radiator blew and began to overheat. I stopped and saw oil mixed with cooling fluid everywhere. I replaced the hose and thermostat, flushed the cooling system and ...
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Zero temperature gauge [duplicate]

When engine is turned on the temperature goes below zero and very warm air comes out of the vents neither the AC or heat is on. outside temperature is 80. Is it safe to drive the three miles to the ...
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Temerature gauge goes to zero

Temperature gauge goes to zero when the engine is started. Very warm air comes from vents. AC nor heater are on. Outside temperature is 80. Is it safe to drive three miles to dealer?
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Car Jerks Early Morning

I have a 1994 Volvo 440 2.0i Manual. I noticed lately that when I start the car in the morning sometimes the engine runs normally but the moment I engage the gear to move, the car begins to jerk. ...
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95 Honda civic reset timing [duplicate]

Recently did a head gasket change and once it was done found out the engine didn't want to start anymore. Diagnosed it a bit, and found out the timing was off about a tooth on the cam gear. I was told ...
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Car would start roughly and then coast with cyclic acceleration (foot not on peddle) [closed]

For a car I had a few years ago ('96 Cavalier) I ran into an issue where I would turn the key, and the car would shake while starting. After it started I could feel the engine rev in a cyclic pattern ...
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weather causing power loss

Why would my engine lose power when the weather temperature gets warmer. While driving the vehicle will not have as much power when it gets warm or hot.
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No spark on my new motorcycle

I recently purchased an 81 Suzuki GS450L, my very first bike. I'm not getting a spark. When it dies, it does so silently. No backfire, sputtering, etc. My first thought was that it had aftermarket ...
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Would leaving a battery booster with only one terminal connected harm it or the battery?

I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Diamante, and I keep two battery boosters in the car "just in case". My son recently bought a car that had problems starting. He has used both my boosters on his car and ...
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Can I use Fix-a-Flat after it froze solid?

I have a can of fix-a-flat in my car, and when the temperature dropped last week, the stuff froze solid. I didn't notice any damage to the can. Is it compromised? If that's a possibility, then I will ...
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Citroen Xsara went into “Eco mode” then total blackout

I recently bought a used 2002 Citroen Xsara 2.0 Exclusive (petrol) which had a single electrical issue; the rear wiper did not stop in the "park" position but rather timed out in a random position. ...
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What is the best way to determine if my hydraulic motor mounts are bad?

I am experiencing delayed forward movement at take off. I apply the accelerator nothing happens until it jolts forward. When I stop it lunges forward, which leads me to believe it is the motor mounts. ...
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car not starting after few km

In the morning my car starts in a single quick shot. After traveling for few KMs if I switch off car and try to start it, it does not come up. I can hear a small tick sound every time. Some times I ...
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What is this squeak in my Dodge Ram 1500, and how can I fix it?

Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie SLT, with extended cab. 212k miles on the engine, all original under the hood except for a steering box and steering pump (put in in the fall of 2014). The engine ...
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How do I get the most out of a “smart” OBDII scanner?

I recently purchased an OBDII scanner that allows me to read and log data using my tablet. How do I get the most out of this device? I am already familiar with simply reading the trouble codes to ...