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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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1996 Mercury Sable overheating while idling

My car is overheating while idling at light. I have been driving it without a thermostat for about 6 months. I have had the water pump replaced and the reservoir. I have also replaced the reservoir ...
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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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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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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 doesn'...
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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 ...
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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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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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97 altima 5spd sputters, has loss of power under 3500rpm, dies when clutch is disengaged

My 97 altima has been to the same shop four times for the same problem. It will sputter and smoke( black smoke) and has large loss of power under 3500rpms and dies just about every time you depress ...
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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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Vaxhall Astra H 1.9 150PS it stops in the middle of the road by pressing the gas pedal

I have an Astra H 1.9 150ps. During driving when I press the gas pedal to increase the speed of vehicle it stops in the middle of the road, my auto shuts down. This problem is present just when I ...
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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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toyota altezza cutting and maintenance [closed]

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Engine revs up while idling

I have a 2007 Toyota Matrix, and sometimes(not always) it will rev up to about 1700-2000 RPM while idling. It normally idles at about 900 RPM once it warms up. I just changed the oil & air ...
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Coil Pack Location

Where are the coilpacks located in a 1998 Buick LeSabre? Images would be most appreciated. Robert
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Squealing noise and battery gage drops

I have a 1989 Chevy z71 pickup truck. The engine makes a squealing noise and I noticed the battery gage drops down as well. Replaced the idler pulley already. Battery is new also. The squealing ...
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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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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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'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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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 belt....