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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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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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When you replace a car battery, would anything in the A/C system be touched?

Last year my A/C was fixed. Then winter came. Then I had to buy a new car battery and so I went to a mechanic[1] who I paid to replace the battery with a new one. My question is: When you replace a ...
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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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Horrific Squealing on Start - 2002 Pathfinder

When the engine is cold, horrific squealing comes out from the engine compartment. Horrific squealing remains when the transmission is in park and reverse position. It disappears after driving forward ...
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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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How much current should my car draw with the ignition on?

With the ignition fully off, my current draw is pretty much zero, but with the ignition on (to be clear - engine not spinning, starter motor not engaged) it increases to 2.5 amps (at about 11.5v, ...
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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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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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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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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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Motorcycle dumping coolant from tailpipe

I'm in the process of getting my 1982 Honda Magna back in running condition. I've cleaned out the carb and put in a new battery. It now runs, but dumps a TON of coolant out the tailpipe. Almost a ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Spark Plugs 1998 Buick Lesabre

Where are the spark plugs in a 1998 Buick Lesabre? Pictures would be helpful as I'm a novice at this type of thing. I'm assuming I need all six because I'm getting a check engine light saying number 6 ...
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2004 Hyundai Sonata GLS won't start

My 2004 Hyundai Sonata will not start. This has happened a few times now but previously the car would crank, run for a short time and then cut off. We have had the fuel pump replaced as well as the ...
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Ticking sound when stepping on Brake [closed]

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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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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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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1997 Geo Metro dies after driving for a short time. What next in diagnosing culprit

Back Story: I recently took my Geo Metro on a road trip. 2700 miles of road trip. The first 800 mile nothing happened. Then going up a hill it died, dropped from 75 mph to 55 mph then the engine ...
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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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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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What causes an engine idle to increase briefly?

I have an 82 Honda 450 Nighthawk motorcycle that I'm rebuilding and I need to tune/balance the carbs. I have them bench-balanced and reset the idle screw on both. Now it runs a lot better, but every ...
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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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2004 powerstroke white smoke now no start

I have been trying to fix my truck for a while so long story. I need help bought a 2004 power stroke with 100k miles. It ran well for 15k miles then started having low power for first few minutes to ...
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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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Renault Clio 1.2 2003 all the car does is clicks - Starting Issue

It cannot be jump started and the battery is ok. Can you help? I have a Renault Clio 2003 1.2 I have checked the battery, it's is ok. There is a clicking sound coming from the fuse box I think it is ...
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Troubleshooting Trailer Lights

I have checked the connection on the truck and all are working fine but when the trailer is hooked up I have turn signals and running lights but no brake lights and with the running lights on I press ...
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Driving simulation while on front jackstands

I have a 2007 Tacoma, 4WD. I wanted to perform a driving simulation but with the truck being still in order to troubleshoot a rattling sound I can't reproduce when the engine is idling but the ...
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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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1998 Ford Explorer loss of power on take off

Can bad gas or clogged air filter cause loss of power on take off? The car was running fine then I fueled up and checked air filter immediately after it lost power.
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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 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 ...
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My 2005 Honda Accord with OBD codes: 0507 and 0011. Howto Troubleshoot

The check engine light came on very recently with two error codes being thrown. From this source, the following will cause 0507 P0507 HONDA - Idle Control System RPM Higher Than Expected A vacuum ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...