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How to tell if you have a bad clutch?

I drive a 2004 VW Passat B5.5 that I bought used with quite a high mileage so it has therefore had a relatively large amount of usage (at 118k miles). I am curious to know how to tell if the clutch is ...
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Blipping the Throttle [duplicate]

I have a 2004 VW Passat with a manual transmission. I have heard that "blipping" the throttle can be a good thing to do in order to achieve smoother downshifts whilst driving. What does this mean? How ...
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One tire worn 1mm more, what are the chances of an alignment problem?

When recently changing my summer wheels to winter wheels on a front-wheel drive car, I noticed that the summer tire on the front right had only 4mm of tread left whereas all other tires had 5mm of ...
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How to tell if timing belt is due to be changed by visual inspection?

I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla with a 1.3 litre 4EFE non-interference petrol engine. The car has 90,000 miles on the clock, I have owned it for five years and clocked up 30,000 of those miles myself. I ...
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What precautions should I take when using snow chains?

I have purchased some snow chains, but the manual provides fitting instructions, and it only says to remove them when the road is completely clear of snow, and never drive faster than 40mph (about ...
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How do I stop my shock spring from rubbing?

I replaced the passenger side front shock on my 2009 Mazda 5 almost a year ago. It has been making noises, and upon inspection I see the coil is rubbing on the nearby metal. I don't know how to ...
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Downshifting to a stop- wear and tear?

I drive a Mustang GT, and I love the deceleration "pop" that you get when the engine revs climb without the accelerator being pressed, so as one might surmise, I tend to downshift to a stop at lights ...
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All signs of clutch slipping but the car only has 48,000 miles. How can this be?

I have a 10 yr old fiat panda with 38k miles on the odometer. Manual Transmission. Within couple months I started getting all of the symptoms of the clutch slipping. The condition is worse in a higher ...
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Sand on road cutting grooves in brake rotors [closed]

I know someone who has to drive on a sandy road or dirt road everyday. She drives a van 2015 and has factory rims with 4 cut outs in the rims for air flow i guess. It was factory made that way. She ...
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Does “slogging” an engine (open throttle at very low RPM) increase mechanical wear? [duplicate]

When I was taught to drive, I was told that "slogging" the engine - open throttle at low RPM, e.g. 1000 RPM - was bad for it. Particularly when driving up a hill as that means you'll be stuck at that ...
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If my brakes overheat, do they need to be replaced?

Let's say I take my car track racing, and during it, the hard braking leads my brakes to massively losing stopping power due to them overheating (a likely outcome on stock brakes). Or likewise, I take ...
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What modifications need to be made to an engine to enable higher safe RPMs?

I first had this question while playing a racing game - it was a touring race with BMW 320i's, and I noticed that I could rev up to 8,500 RPM before shifting gears. Now my car (an older 320i), ...
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Would a Triumph Thruxton be suitable for everyday use? [closed]

I really love the look and design of the Thruxton and am considering getting one. I use my current motorbike every day, from getting to work and back, to shopping, to long trips. Its a bullet proof ...
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Will engine braking damage my transmission? How can I tell?

I drive a manual transmission '08 Honda Fit. On my daily 17 mile commute to work, there are three long hills that I can coast down, each about a half mile long. Going down these hills, I've done two ...