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Misfire the next morning if car runs only for 15 seconds

So I had this gremlin in my wife's BMW 330i for at least 4 years. The car runs great but once in a while you would start it in the morning and the engine would sound rough with some shaking. After few ...
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1990 Acura Integra [closed]

I have a 1990 Acura Integra. I'm having a problem with it starting up in the morning. It won't start. I had the battery tested. It;s a good battery. When I go try to start it in the afternoon, it's ...
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I have 1990 Acura Integra It wont start in the morning [duplicate]

I have 1990 Acura Integra. It wont start in the morning. Everything turns on, like my radio. The car will not start. In the afternoon its starts right up, what could be the problem?
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1990 Acura Integra - Will not start in the morning [closed]

I have 1990 Acura Integra. It wont start in the morning. Everything turns on, like my radio. The car will not start. In the afternoon its starts right up, what could be the problem?
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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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96 Toyota Camry won't stay started

My 96 Camry starts first time every time then stalls after 10-20 seconds? Last year it ran fine but rarely would stall @ running speed. I had to set for 2-3min before it would start then it ran ...
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Car would start roughly and then coast with cyclic acceleration (foot not on peddle)

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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2008 Chevrolet Impala. Clicking noise behind the glove box - I believe it has something to do with a diverter valve in heating and cooling system?

There is a clicking noise behind the glove box. I believe there should be a sensor or something to stop the motor for the divertor valve. It trys to keep shifting the valve and it clicks when it ...
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Oil in the radiator, but no coolant in the oil

The car is a '98 Buick Lesabre with the 3800 engine and about 170k miles. It appears as though some oil was in the radiator, but I haven't seen any signs of coolant in the oil. The water pump recently ...
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toyota corolla 2001 air duct smell

My 2001 Toyota Corolla recently started smelling very foul whenever the air system was turned on. According to the research I've done online, there is no cabin air filter to change. The glove box ...
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Ford Focus steering oscillation at low speeds

Yesterday I bumped my left wheel on a pavement, due to an understeering after accelerating (my bad). I smashed it quite good and I was certain the alignment was off, so I did some tests. No tire ...
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Do I have a bad ignition coil? Measurements inside

I'm troubleshooting what I believe is an engine misfire on my LS1 Chevy and want to rule out if I have bad ignition coils. In order to do this I took out the ignition coils and measured the ...
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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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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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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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Diesel Engine difficult to start

I have a diesel powered Audi A4 B7 (2006) 2.0TDi (the 170BHP variety) with a manual gearbox, which I've owned for around 18 months. The car has just short of 100k miles and has a full dealer service ...
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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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Is there a good crash course website or book for auto repair for beginner who's just getting into auto repair?

I'm wondering if there's a good crash course website or book for auto repair for beginner who's just getting into auto repair?
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Honda Civic DX dash temperature gauge malfunctioning?

My 2001 Civic DX has a issue with the temp gauge in the dash. The needle has traveled to the opposite side than it normally registers on. Meaning it is pointing to the left away from the temp ...
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Why does my engine hesitate when I first start?

My question may be related to this other one, but its answer is inadequate for me to be able to diagnose my problem and know what to do to fix it. When I start my car in the morning (or sometimes ...
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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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'95 Honda Accord random/sudden electrical failures

I noticed a few things not working, one at a time, as I tried to use them. One, the rear defroster switch on the dassh quit. Two, the PULL feature on the wiper stick on the column for the window ...
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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 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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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 ...
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2002 Saturn SL2 Stalls After Warmup No Spark

My SL2 stalls (it just cuts out, no warning) shortly after warmup (this all started right after I topped off the coolant after a low coolant light came on, although I don't know if they are related). ...
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2005 Ford Explorer XLS Sport, Random Hesitations and Die Offs

I have a 2005 Ford Explorer XLS Sport edition with just under 80,000 miles on it. It does have a warranty on it via my financing company however it's a bit out of pocket for it so I'm hoping that with ...
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2009 Chevy Malibu 2.4 off and on temp Gauge on C, No AC and fan comes on right away

My Chevy Malibu (2009 2.4) is acting a tad whacky! It either acts totally normal, or all below occurs at the same time. . . 1) coolant fan(s) come on when I start car 2) temp gauge stays on C (dead) ...
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What are the reasons to mix oil & coolant?

Frontal impact vehicle is there fan motor touches the oil cooler,oil cooler slight impact is there, in coolant tank oil and coolant mixed, what are the reasons to mix the coolant and oil in this ...
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2001 Pontiac Grand Am - Oil in coolant

I just bought my car from a owner I noticed there was oil or what looks like oil in the coolant there is no coolant in oil and car doesn't over heat. It's a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am with 230,000 miles ...
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How to diagnose a Cruise Control system (Subaru Forester 2002)

The Cruise Control on my 2002 Forester S stopped working recently. For some time I had problems engaging the CC altogether, requiring multiple clicks on the activation push-button. Then it stopped ...
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Mercedes start/stop system doesn't always kick in

We're the (humbled) owners of a 2011 Class B Mercedes with an inbuilt ECO start/stop system. As far as I understand this is how it's supposed to work: Gear in neutral. Press the brake pedal all the ...
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Engine dies upon pressing gas pedal, idles fine

I'm going to be buying a 1990 Ford Festiva with a manual transmission this weekend. I found it for a 'bargain price' for a understandable reason; it's a beater. The owner said he did the timing ...
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2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Fails to Start and Electronics Go Awry

My mother-in-law drove over this morning to pick up my wife, and when they tried to leave the car wouldn't start. Not only that; the horn honked, the wipers started, the trunk popped open, and the ...
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Ford Figo Door light on when all doors are closed

I have a Ford Figo 2012, the last few weeks the door light on the dashboard has been on even through, all the doors are closed. (The light only comes on when I start my engine, as expected with ...
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Oil pressure light on when igntion is off and goes out when key is on and engine is not running

83 Mitsu PU Diesel. Oil light on drawing .25 amps when key is off. Key on the light goes out. All other lights and gauges work as they should. Light is off when the engine is running. It is ...
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Trunk lid release

I own a 2005 Ford Focus 4-door sedan. The button on the FOB and button on the dashboard to open the trunk no longer works. I can hear a click inside the car when I push the button. It started about 6 ...
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How can I test my EGR?

My check engine light has come on a couple of times, and each time the code was P0300 Random Misfire detected. According to this site, one cause could be a bad EGR. Another symptom of a bad EGR is ...
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No power to PCM, will not run

I've been working on a 2000 Dodge 1500 van. It stop running and I found no power to the pcm. I found out that the power goes through the brake light switch. When I put a new one in, it started once. ...
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2005 chevy malibu classic 2.2 ecotec won't fire

It started making a chattering noise and then just shut off. Have fuel pressure. Tried starting fluid. Nothing turns over but no spark. any ideas? Only 53,000 miles. Oil changed every 3000 with ...
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Likelihood of rear crankshaft seal failure

Potentially buying a 99' Nissan Maxima from some friends. It has 160k miles on it and they are looking to get the "good" private party value from KBB for the car. The car is a manual, if that makes a ...
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smoking coming from 1999 Nissan Quest

I just bought a 1999 Nissan Quest with plenty of miles (over 217k). We didn't notice anything on the long drive home, but since have noticed that after a few minutes driving, it has smoke coming out ...
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Dodge Magnum feels sluggish

So I've not only noticed the RPM's jumping and falling back down when I get to 40mph I also noticed that when I back up from a parking spot, my car feels as though the emergency brake is on. Then it ...
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2002 saturn sl200 car dies withing 2 -3 seconds after starting

Went to start my car one morning for work and it would turn over you could hear the engine running then as soon as you heard it, it would shut off. My neighbor said it's not the fuel pump (he checked ...
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noisy free wheeling hub

Having manually locked my front hubs (they operate freely) and engaged H4 on my fj40 cruiser there is an intermittent droning from the l/front wheel at approx. 50mph. At low speeds turning a corner L ...
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What could be the reason and solution to a sudden drop in mileage?

Got my Suzuki Swift Diesel serviced two months back, and all of a sudden the mileage dropped from 20kmpl to 12kmpl and that is confusing! After i returned to Service shop, the guy said that there is ...
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Can turbochargers cause engine damage gathering dirt and other particles from the air

I have been researching turbochargers and since they use outside air and exhaust to improve engine function couldn't that harm the engine? Or do I not understand the principle? Can't particules from ...
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Dead spot during acceleration (2008 Renault Clio)

It goes fine but then will suddenly start to slow down even if my foot is flat to the floor, then after a few seconds it launches away. It doesn't happen all the time but is becoming an annoyance. ...
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2012 Toyota Tacoma won't shift into Reverse

I've just had my 2012 Tacoma towed to the dealership due to the truck not shifting into reverse correctly. I first noticed a problem when I was driving home and the RPMs would get up to between 3 and ...