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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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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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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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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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2006 Toyota Corolla Jerks while coasting

I have a 2006 Toyota Corolla with roughly 65k miles. Problem I'm experiencing is that every now and then she will give a couple of jerks while coasting along. Most of the time the car is traveling ...
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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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2001 Pontiac Grand Am - Oil in coolant [duplicate]

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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2000 Fleetwood Southwind - Where do I refill the leveling jacks with hydraulic fluid?

Pretty much all in the subject...the level jack lights stay on even when fully retracted, which I think is a sign of low fluid levels. I've got the hydraulic fluid, but I can't figure out where in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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small hole in A/C condenser for 98 blazer

I have a 98 chevy blazer 4dr. the A/C system in my truck is brand new, every last part of it. before i got hit, my a/c blew soo cold it was like being in a freezer room. when i got hit, it formed a ...
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Does a warped engine block affect compression test?

Check other questions, and did not see an answer. Backstory: Driving around, discovered pin hole in radiator. Chose to drive home, since I was at my exit, and I lived right there. Blew head gasket. ...
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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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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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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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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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Emergency Brake light on 2003 Chevy Tracker stays lit

The emergency brake indicator stays lit even though the brake is not engaged. Problem has progressed...early on, it would come on going around corners (?). Presumably, some sensor needs replacing... ...
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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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96 Toyota Camry won't stay started [closed]

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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Burning rubber smell from Ford F-250 — diagnosis?

I have a 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty, gasoline V8 5.4L, automatic transmission, rear-wheel-drive. When driving on the highway, a burning rubber smell developed. I got the truck home, then to the ...
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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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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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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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Engine Code p0104 - EGR issues?

One of my family members owns a Ford Econoline E150 modified with a roof extender and power wheelchair lift, however the engine is a stock V8 which runs on regular gas. Anyway, after a fairly long ...
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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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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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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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How to Get Basic Car Repair Knowledege [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting Started in Auto Repair I'm looking for some teach yourself sources for auto repair. I'd like to start restoring an old car in my dad's garage, but I don't have ...
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Getting Started in Auto Repair [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. How to begin learning engine tuning? My dad has an old Mazda that has been sitting in the garage for a long ...