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What could be causing this bouncing?

I recently took my car to my mechanic for a mandatory inspection for registration. The car is a 2000 Hyundai Elantra. It needed a bit of work to pass and they did the following: replaced one wheel ...
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Subaru Impreza 1999 - no power on acceleration

My father called today to tell me that when he steps on the gas in his 99 Subaru Impreza (at normal operating temperature), the car moves dangerously slow. Does anyone else have experience with this ...
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Remote locking button stopped working with 1997 BMW 728i

I have a 1997 E38 with a very strange problem with the remote locking mechanism. I'm able to unlock the doors and open the bootlid, but the locking button doesn't lock the doors anymore. It used to, ...
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Kawasaki ZZR600 - Engine idles ok. Choke ok. Cuts out when open throttle. Possible causes?

I have a 20 year old Kawasaki ZZR600. She was running fine in December. I didn't ride her for a few weeks in January. Left the battery on maintenance trickle charge. A few weeks or so ago I fired her ...
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Ducati ST4s not starting

I ride a 2002 ST4s that was bought new in 2008 and has now travelled 8800km. I have fitted a power commander and carbon mufflers and done some minor alterations to the air box. Spent some time setting ...
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Truck won't start

My truck turns over for a second , maybe two and then stops cranking. It will do it over and over. A few days ago my ECM touched a hot battery terminal and that's when it started acting up. Does ...
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oil sludge in my 1998 Honda Civic LX radiator

My 1998 Honda Civic LX appears to have oil sludge in radiator overflow tank. Mechanic says I need to replace engine or buy a new car. What would cause this to happen. Have been very faithful in ...
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Volvo S40 Immobilizer Problem [duplicate]

I got the following error msgs from my Volvo S40 and the car wont start. - Immobilizer : check manual as I tried to start the car, I got : - System service required. What does this entail and ...
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97 Honda Civic putting and stuttering after a radiator hose failed

Whenever I am giving the car gas, it starts to putt and stutter. My car was overheating. I looked under the hood and noticed one of my hoses to the radiator had been pulled from it. I put the hose ...
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Oldsmobile Alero squeaking when started

I just bought a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero 2 days ago, and when I start it there is a loud squeak that lasts maybe 15 seconds. Unfortunately I bought the car 'as is'. Will it most likely be a belt, and if ...
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How can I diagnose gradual electric power loss in a VW Golf Mk5?

I'm experiencing loss of electrical power to my Mk5 Golf. It seems to happen mostly when the car hasn't been run for two or three days. We changed the battery a few months ago. More recently, there ...
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Random RPM jump when accelerating hard

I should state first off that I'm not much of a car guy when it comes to the actual mechanics behind them. I just wanted to check if there's anything going wrong with my transmission. I drive a 03 ...
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Third brake light (LED) test

I have a 2008 Honda Civic and the 3rd brake light is having an issue. It seems in the morning (first cold start) it works when I depress the brake (I can see it light up the rear window). But after a ...
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What do relatively dirtier front hubcaps indicate?

2001 Toyota Sienna van has much more dust and black soot on front hubcaps than on rear hubcaps. I'd think that all four hubcap would get equally dirty given same driving conditions, yet within the ...
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My 2000 Chevy impala won't start

At first when I tried to start it the lights came on and the check engine light came on but no start. Now I get no reaction at all. Need help
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Where exactly is the Check Engine Light connector on a 1997 Honda Honda Civic?

The check engine light on my 1997 Honda Civic lit up. I came across a method for troubleshooting (http://honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=1901557) but I'm having trouble finding the connector. Can ...
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2002 Ford Explorer won't start

I've had it for about two years now, and didn't have this problem until recently. At one occasion after a long trip it wouldn't start after parking for a few minutes.. the next morning it fired right ...
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VW Golf manual will not move forward in 1st gear but can reverse

When I stop the car, sometimes it will not move forward from 1st gear but if I reverse it will clear the issue. Then I'm able to drive forward in 1st gear again. Reverse seems to reset the car. What ...
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How do you troubleshoot cruise control? (Mazda Tribute 2005)

I just bought a used 2005 Mazda Tribute. The only problem I have with the car is that the cruise control doesn't work....and I have no clue how/where to start! The cruise light on the dashboard ...
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PT Cruiser will not start

The battery is fully charged. The lights come on and there isn't a clicking noise. I had the ignition switch replaced and it still will not start
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'99 Audi A4 seat belt warning sign

I've had this seat belt warning light on my dash for a few weeks now. My dealer says the wiring to my driver seat is gone and replacing it could cost close to 800 USD. Is there a better option?
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Lug nuts keep snapping off

Why would 'Lug Bolts' be snapping off constantly and tires wearing faster on the passenger front tire of a '98 Blazer, 4 wheel drive. The tire is wearing on the outside. It has had a front end ...
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1975 Honda XL 250 has erratic idle / high idle when it's cold out

As stated, I have a 1975 Honda XL 250. It has a 1 cylinder 250cc ~24hp carbureted engine. The problem I'm running into is an inconsistent idle. In general it seems to have a low idle (what I want it ...
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2010 Sebring maintains speed for about 5 seconds after depressing accelerator pedal

My car maintains speed for 4 or 5 seconds when releasing gas pedal, then the speed starts dropping slowly. When I’m getting close to a stop light, my car wants to keep going same speed, so I need to ...
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What do these compression figures mean

This is a follow up question to What are the causes of fluctuating intake manifold vacuum I have a 2005 Honda CBR600 F4i which suffers from occasional hesitation at low rpm when accelerating. After ...
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What are the causes of fluctuating intake manifold vacuum

I have a 2005 Honda CBR600 F4i which suffers from occasional hesitation at low rpm when accelerating. I also get occasional fault codes from the ECU indicating a vacuum leak. Today I connected a ...
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95 silerado 2500 diesel died and cranks but won't turn over

this 95 silverado 2500 diesel was going down the road and died. Now it will only crank but still won't turn over and now the glow plug light won't light up either
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what would cause the no.1 sparkplug to foul out 10 minutes after replacing it on a 1997 Buick 3.8 v-6 engine

About 6 months ago, I had some preventative maintenance done on my car that included oil change, plugs and wires. Within a week of running out of gas my car began "stumble" and idle rough. I ran ...
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2002 Renault Clio V6 won't start - just turns over

So I'm round my old dears and park on her drive. She needs to move my car (a 2002 Renault Clio V6 3.0) off the drive to get her car out. She gets in, reverses it and stalls it. Starts up again and she ...
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Diagnosing Cruise Control Problems

I have an aftermarket cruise-control system which only somewhat works in a 2005 Ford Focus. By this I mean that it controls the speed but is largely inaccurate (+/- at least 10mph). Going up/down ...
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Car overheating problem

I have a 2002 Ford Focus. Whenever the car is idling the heat gauge goes up at an alarming rate and goes the farthest into the red that it can if left alone. Now if I rev the engine a little the ...
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Diagnostic: Autodata newest version

I have seen people using autodata for general information about cars, like how to fix a timing belt for particular types of cars. But the version that was being used only had up to cars made in 2009 ...
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Steering Wheel Shake New Car Performance Tires

I bought a 2012 Camaro 2SS in May. When I took the car for a test drive, the steering wheel had a tight shake for the first couple of miles. When I told the salesperson, he suggested trying another ...
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How to safely remove stuck threads? (Brakeline from Brakehose)

I have an 81 Chevy pickup C10 that I was replacing the brake hose on. In the process of trying to take the brake line loose from it I started to twist the line when I thought I had finally started to ...
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Toyota Camry 2000: Odd Coughing when starts

Recently, I notice that my car begins coughing couple minutes after it starts. It have happened since Jan, 2012. First, I thought it might be due to Winter since it is cold weather. However, it ...
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ODB scanner with manufacturers error codes support

What is the story with ODB scanners like ELM237 - do they read manufacturer's error codes? Previously, I had a Volvo S60 04 and cheap scanners could read only general error codes. This was not useful ...
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Lifter tick—safe to ignore short-term? What to do about it?

I have a 2002 Toyota Camry V6 (1MZ-FE) with about 129,000 miles on it. Recently, I noticed a ticking that seems to be loudest at the end of the front valve cover, on the opposite side of the timing ...
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2003 Suzuki Katana 600 won't start

My bike doesn't want to turn over. It ran just fine last week, but something has changed. I have enough power with a new battery and I can hear the motorcycle trying to turn over. The exhaust pipe ...
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Bounds and solution to electrical failure in a 2004 Grand Marquis

What follows is a simple problem with hopefully a simple solution. While mechanically-oriented, vehicle repair is not my specialty, so forgive me for any lapses in problem description and terminology. ...
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Accessing the Stereo in a '96 Infiniti G20

I do some of my own repair work on my car, a 96 Infiniti G20. Since I got it, the front speakers haven't been working and I want to fix them. How can I troubleshoot the problem? I assume it's either ...
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Free online databases?

I know there is AllDataDIY, but are there any free websites? With diagrams of where things are, or diagnosing and repair guides?
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How To Get Organized Without a Garage Workspace?

People I've seen who have garages have it made. They have a clean, dry workspace with all of their tools within arms reach. In the most organized garages, a mixture of rolling Snap-on Roll Cab with ...
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Lancer ex 2008 CVT - Slow Down warning on display!

Yesterday, i had the "slow down" warning on my display when i was doing above 180kmph on the motorway and i was no longer able accelerate. it was as if i was driving an electric car. Though after some ...
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Fixing side mirror on my Buick

I have a 2005 Buick Lesabre, and I managed to break my side mirror off from its enclosure. In the images, you can see there are 3 sockets on the mirror - 1 large and 2 small. I broke the large one one ...
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Do I need to replace rear differential if it's leaking?

When we got an oil change, he said it's "leaking, but not out of fluid or low". Do we need to do any replacement/maintenance on it, or just wait until it gets worse? How would I check something like ...
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Engine squealing

After replacing the belt and the idler pulley, the 6 cylinder 2005 Chevrolet Silverado still has a high pitch squeal. Have not checked the power steerinmg or water pump to see if the noise is coming ...
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How to troubleshoot excessive timing retard?

I've seen numerous cars that for one reason or another, retard timing excessively at wide open throttle - getting worse over time. Seat of the pants impression is that power drops off steeply as RPMs ...
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What system should I inspect first for the following issues on a 2004 Chevy Aveo?

A 2004 Chevy aveo with around 78,000 miles has the following issues: The Daytime Running Light indicator (as well as the lights themselves) randomly turn on and off. This is a slow thing and has ...
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Loud rumbling and burning smell when turning on defroster

Tonight while driving my 2003 Kia Sedona with the defroster on, suddenly I heard this very loud rumbling which sounded like it was coming from the engine compartment on the passenger side. My first ...
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How can I diagnose a scraping sound when turning left?

My car is a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX with 72k miles. About three weeks ago I started noticing a scraping sound when I turn left. My mechanic did a courtesy check of alignment, balance and tire pressure ...