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Recreate new car smell

I bought a second hand Toyota Sienna 4 months ago. Even though it is a 2009 with 100,000km on it, the interior had that "new car" smell to it, and held it for several weeks. Four months later, the ...
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brakes wont bleed after replacing lines from mc back 98 gmc jimmy

98 gmc jimmy 4.3 liter. brake pedal to floor after ok previous day. eventually stops me although don't stop on dime. hubby replaced lines from mc back (rubber and metal) part of line. Tried to bleed ...
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How is it advantageous for fuel management to detect negative mass air flow?

Here is the flow-voltage mapping for the Bosch sensor utilized by my E39 M5. I find it curious that readings below 1.7 V correspond to negative flows. Questions Is it possible that air can flow ...
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Is it OK to mix oil of different viscosity in a Wankel engine?

I have a Mazda RX-8 (with a Wankel rotary engine). Mazda advises North American owners to use 5W-20 oil. The engine was just replaced 200 miles ago by the dealer so it currently has 5W-20 in it. ...
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What is the average speed of loaded trailer when they design it?

I live in Jakarta where the traffic is really bad. When I pass the highway (which also stuck, I saw a lot of trailer and truck running only 10-20 km/h. Is this normal? Well, my question is when the ...
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My 2004 PT Cruiser is overheating

I have tried everything got a new radiator, thermostat, put blocked seal permanent head gasket fix. So I started my car and let it run for 15 minutes, after that I see no antifreeze in the ...
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2003 Impala no brake lights

My 2003 Chevy Impala has no brake lights. Checked all the fuses, checked the brake switch and bulbs. I do have my 3rd brake light on the top of my trunk and I have all my other lights but no brake ...
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How to replace Alternator out (2001 Nissan Sentra) [pictures inside]

I am trying to remove the Alternator on my Nissan Sentra 2001. I believe I need to take the alternator belt off. It's tightly on the pulley - see picture How to make the belt loose? I am told that ...
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What is this part on a 1997 Chevy Suburban (4WD) [picture inside]?

We have a 1997 Chevy Suburban, 4WD. Occasionally, when turning right (usually from a dead stop) there is a distinct "clunk" sound that comes from below the drivers side floorboard (with an equally ...
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2004 Hyundai Sonata starts and then dies

My aunt has a 2004 Hyundai Sonata. It's been running rough for quite a while (few weeks, months?) now - it seemed to coincide with her daughter hitting a huge pothole/bump. She drove about 40 miles ...
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Electrical issue in vehicle - fuel gauge drops to zero when horn is activated

Here is what I have been dealing with. Posted over on my vehicle specific board, but no one seems to have any idea. Instead of reposting everything hashed over there, I will post the original question ...
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Short shifting after full throttle

Other than normal wear and tear, are there any detrimental effects or added harm done to the engine by going full throttle in 1st and/or 2nd gear, then shifting up well before redline (say 4k rpm on a ...
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Steering wheel “center” different from vehicle “straight”

I just had a 4 wheel alignment done on a vehicle. While taking it for a test drive, I noticed that the steering wheel is not quite centered for the vehicle to drive straight. It's not pulling in ...
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2014 Dodge Grand Caravan will not shift out of park

I was wondering if anyone know where to start a repair on a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan that will not shift out of park? • The “Malfunction Indicator Light” is currently on • The “Electronic ...
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2answers
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93 Dodge Dakota ATF cooler line

I had to replace the transmission in my 93 Dakota. To get it to drop I had to cut the metal coolant lines that lead to/from the radiator. The stock lines are .315 ID. My question is, can I use a ...
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Identifying Lug Nuts that came with Motegi Wheels

I'm looking for some help identifying the Lug Nuts that came with the wheels I recently ordered and had installed on my car. The purpose of identifying them is to be able to go get the proper tool(s) ...
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0answers
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Cranks, but No Spark and Can't Connect to the ECU

It just never ends. 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L. It cranks great, but there's no spark at any of the plugs and I can't connect to the ECU. Coil pack is new, I've driven it maybe five times since I replaced ...
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0answers
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Pivoted curved-path piston engine

Years ago, I saw a documentary about engine efficiency where people were testing a pivoted, curved-path piston engine. The claim is that the standard piston engine, with straight up-and-down path, ...
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1answer
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89 Pontiac Trans Am GTA Stalls No Start

A friends 89 Trans Am with a 5.7 (L98) PFI stalls and will crank, but not restart until the car sits for a few minutes. I haven't actually looked at it yet. I'm guessing something is getting heat ...
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5answers
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What precautions are needed when charging a car battery in an apartment?

Suppose a car owner lives in an apartment building and parks his car nearby. He wants to detach the battery, bring it home and charge it with a mains-powered charger indoors. How to properly handle ...
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6answers
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Why can some cars go through water while others can't?

Why can some cars (mostly old Russian cars on YouTube) seemingly go through water while others can't? I'm talking about situations when the water level is at half the height of the car, so the engine ...
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2answers
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2006 Audi A4 2.0

I am in the process of increasing horsepower with more boost in my turbo. What's the max boost I can do if I did the k&n air filter upgrade and put a 2.5 down pipe and 2.5 inch exhaust all the way ...
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How exactly does Sport Mode work in an automatic Subaru Outback?

I have 2008 Subaru Outback (160K miles) with an automatic transmission and have been curious about the Sport Mode that can be shifted into. I read in the car's manual that it increases pickup and is ...
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2answers
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Is it better to hook up a Battery Maintainer for 2 months outside, or take our chances with the battery?

My wife and I are going to be out of town for 2 months, and one of our cars will be staying home and not getting much driving. We have a Black and Decker Battery Maintainer that we were considering ...
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1answer
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2010 Ford Taurus keypad panel pulling away

I just bought the car and in process of discussing the issue I have with the door keypad panel pulling away. The dealer promised to get a garage(close to my house) to fix it for me but I'd like to ...
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2answers
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Coil popped out of head

I've got a 1999 F250-SD XLT 4×4 that the coil just popped out of the head what would cause that? I've not done anything to it yet
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2answers
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Push start a car with automatic transmission

Is it possible to push start a car with automatic transmission? Use case: Let's say the battery is dead or you have a bad starter. I know this can be done on manual cars by putting the car in to gear ...
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1answer
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What kind of DLC did Toyota's have before switching to OBDII?

What kind of DLC did Toyota's have before switching to OBDII? What year did they switch to OBDII outside the United States?
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The stone chip rust doesn't go away

Last year, I had a big stone chip with growing rust. I did thoroughly sand it, applied primer and painted it. It was not supposed to look good, I just wanted to prevent the rust expansion. After a ...
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1answer
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Low beams don't work but the high beams work in a 2002 Toyota Tacoma

I have a 2002 Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner where my low beams don't work but my high beams do work. I've replaced the headlight bulbs and relay switch, and still the low beams don't work. Any ...
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2answers
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1999 Subaru Forester - bad acceleration, rough shifting

I have a 1999 Subaru Forester with an automatic transmission and a 2.5 Liter Motor. It has poor acceleration and rough shifting I started to notice 'hesitation' on take off. It just slowly ...
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0answers
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Would JB Plasticweld work well for radiator repair?

I have a small crack in the plastic part of a radiator. I first applied JB Waterweld, and that didn't work because it didn't bond to the plastic very well. So, I removed the Waterweld by scraping it ...
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How long do the entire combusting cycle take?

I know that when the gas combust it do so in millisecond. But I find it very hard to believe it goes though that entire process that fast. The piston is still a mechanical part and will add a lot of ...
2
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1answer
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Dirt bike carburetor problems

I just bought a new float needle that fits and it still seem like the tang is not even touching the needle when I press the floater all way in.I have a PJ carb,maybe the floaters are to a pwk ...
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2answers
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2001 Chevy Cavilier brake issue

Recently every time I brake for a long period of time, for instance at a red light, the brake goes all the way down to the floor. Then when I go to accelerate after, I barely touch the gas pedal and ...
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1answer
57 views

Where do spark plugs get their electricity?

Where is the electric charge coming from and does it have a large amount of electric charge to it?
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1answer
14 views

New 2015 Hawk 250 Enduro

Why do some Hawk engines have red letters on the case and some don't? I have 2 of them that were purchased at the same time at the same dealer. One has the name Hawk on the case in red and the other ...
3
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0answers
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1996 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight: door handle/lock dented in, stuck shut

[Edit] Assume all the latch linkages are broken. I've removed some of the inner door panel, but there is not much room to work, as I have to keep my wrist bent. Is there a technique for opening or ...
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1answer
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Kymko 50cc Agility Scooter

I have a brand new Kymco 50cc scooter and all of a sudden it wont stay running. I found 3 hoses that go nowhere, is this normal? I think my ex cut the hoses...hope I'm wrong!
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Hybrid car battery compartment

Why are the battery mounting arms in the luggage compartment not painted and protected from corrosion? Some are painted and some are not. Is it possible to paint them with an anti-corrosion ...
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2answers
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Could less than optimal battery charge prevent starter bendix drive from engaging flywheel?

With a less than optimal 12.2 volts at the battery terminals and the bendix drive at the starter failing to pop and engage the flywheel, would battery charge be a likely cause of such a failure? Or ...
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3answers
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Damage to shocks over speed bump

There was a poorly marked speed bump on the way into the mall and I hit it going probably 15mph over the rated speed. It was a small speed bump (not those humps that induces rocking, ~1 feet in ...
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0answers
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Volvo V40 -02 - Passenger-side doors stuck

I have a 2002 Volvo V40 with both passenger-side doors stuck. This is coupled with the central locking system being completely dead, but I can live with that for now. The outside handles don't do ...
2
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0answers
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Getting Wiring Harness through Radiator Support?

I'm currently in the process of doing my best to overhaul an 88 Chevy Silverado Pickup 2500 V8 5.7L. I do not know much about cars, but am learning. Anyway, long story short, the engine hoist I have ...
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0answers
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Motorcycle bore and stroke [duplicate]

Manufacturers often detail bore and stroke in their promotional material and claim 'achieving the ideal compression ratio' How do different bore / stroke / compression ratios affect an engine's ...
3
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1answer
17 views

Replacing interior lights with LEDs (2003 Jeep Liberty)

I replaced the bulbs in the interior dome lights in my jeep with LED's. In front, there are two lights - driver and passenger. In back, there is one. The old lights were too dim, the new LED's are ...
5
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2answers
88 views

Honda civic 2003 dead battery from cold

My Honda Civic died after the temperature dropped lower than -30°C, and will only start now when I boost it. The previous owner told me about this, and he said he replaced the battery. But now, it's ...
8
votes
1answer
41 views

IAC valve cycling eratically

I have a 2004 Freestar with 240000 kilometers on it have had problem with engine surging at about 1100 rpm or high idle. No check engine code put it on ford computer no results cleaned MAFS and IAC ...
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0answers
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2005 Subaru Legacy Outback 3LR g H6

Tried burping radiator with no success. Water boils out but temp gauge reads normal??? 2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 H6.
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5answers
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How to extend the life of the dual mass flywheel in a diesel engine?

I am looking for ways to improve the life of the dual mass flywheel (DMF) in my 2005 Ford Focus tdci. I have heard that they can wear out quite quickly on the Ford Focus if they are driven in city ...

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