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2009 Toyota Camry 2AZFE idle vibration remains after new motor mounts

My wife's Camry went in to the shop 2 months ago for a rough idle. We bought the car used in February with 72K miles. We've put on 10K and decided to have a mechanic look it over and tell us what it ...
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Do I Need to Replace Complete Rear Brake Components

I inherited Mom's 1999 car with 47K on it, it was garaged for several years. I've noticed the brakes squeal intermittently dependent on how hard the brake pedal is applied. So I had a brake inspection ...
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1answer
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Old starter clicked, wont turn over engine. New starter wont even click - no noise at all

My old starter would click, but not turn the engine over. I got a brand new starter and installed it. The only two wires connected to the starter are completely different and can only be fit in the ...
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1answer
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2004 VW Passat B5.5 - Is one of my heated wing mirrors actually broken?

I have been having an issue recently which may or may not be related to this other problem that I have been having regarding the heating element in the left wing mirror on my car. I have that with ...
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0answers
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Follow up question on spark plug heat range

@vini_i gave a great answer to my previous question here (What is spark plug heat range) Part of that answer is that the reason for spark plugs having different heat ranges is that if it runs to ...
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0answers
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Brake fluid doesn't move in the master cylinder container

I have done a clutch bleed on my toyota corolla e120 2006 because I had some difficulties shifting out of 1st gear, I bled it through the slave cylinder and I noticed the fluid was dark black, I was ...
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Engine Temperature from OBD data

Engine Coolant temperature is obtained from OBD. But there is no PID to get engine temperature. Obviously, they are related, rather proportional I guess. But can there be a case where my engine is ...
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How to restore and care for leather?

I have an old car and I am wondering about the processes involved in cleaning the leather on it and bringing it back to an almost new looking state. The roof exterior roof is leather and the whole ...
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City Jetta Passenger Windows Unresponsive

I have a 2008 VW City Jetta. About a month ago, I had a remote car starter installed - big mistake. Upon installation, all passenger automatic windows were no longer responsive from either the driver ...
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Weird grinding sound from the gear box

It is not like when you try to shift a manual stick without the clutch. But a lot lighter than that varying in amplitude (louder and lower) and probably is only there when the engine is cold (Because ...
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Jerks on 2nd gear at low speed

My car jerks on second gear when I slow down while on second gear and then want to accelerate back. After changing the plugs and air filter it got a bit better but after driving 500+ miles it is back ...
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Losing coolant fast after just fixing radiator

I have just got my coolant tank and radiator replaced after a leak in the radiator and a cracked coolant tank. I filled the coolant tank last month and now it is nearly empty. I am just wondering if ...
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what is the normal operating temperature indication on the guage?

My radiator got a leakage so I made a direct connection to the fan from the battery i.e. irrespective of the engine temperature the fan would start as soon as you turn on the ignition switch on. It ...
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2answers
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How does low oil level cause misfires or VTEC malfunctions?

So a few days ago my 2003 Honda Civic EX started misfiring while accelerating, especially with the A/C turned on, making popping noises, and then yesterday got a P1259 "VTEC system malfunction code". ...
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0answers
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Manual 2008 Ford Ranger won't go into gear sporadically

I recently purchased a used 2008 Ford Ranger. Not long afterwards I began having trouble getting it into gear. I took it in and the clutch was worn out and needed to be replaced. The slave and ...
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1answer
302 views

Locked out of my accord

My 2013 Honda Accord EXL the battery died the key fob won't open the door and neither will the manual key what can I do
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0answers
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Is firing order sufficient to tell if a crankshaft is cross-plane or flat-plane?

If I know the order in which the cylinders on a 90° V-engine fire, can I know for sure whether the engine has a cross-plane or flat-plane crankshaft?
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4answers
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How is “outside temperature” measured in a car?

Most cars have a display for outside temperature, and I have been wondering how it was measured... In other words, where exactly is the sensor and how reliable is it?
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2answers
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How does the tachometer on my dashboard actually work?

Recently, I asked a question about the speedometer, how it works and how accurate it is. But that got me thinking... how does the rest of the dash actually work? I understand that the RPM measurement ...
3
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0answers
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2006 VW Jetta Diesel won't warm up

A couple of years ago the VW (2006 Jetta) quit warming up. No heat, no defrost, temperature gauge reads cold! I changed thermostat and tested both 'stats at the same time. Both opened right at 195 ...
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0answers
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I reversed polarity on a jump pack when attempting to start my 2000 Dodge Neon.

I attempted to jump my 2000 Dodge Neon off in the dark with a jump pack, and I accidentally reversed the polarity. The tire inflator on the jump pack landed on my positive starter wire and burned it ...
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2answers
17 views

Overfilling the oil level [duplicate]

I recently had my oil changed on my 2004 Buick Century. Does overfilling the oil level harm the engine?
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403 views

Ferrari 3.0L V8 - muffler positioning, and x-flow for specific sound

I am re-designing a Ferrari exhaust system with 2 objectives: 1: enhance the specific high pitch raspy sound that you expect from a small Ferrari V8. 2: achieve a good free-flow design. There is ...
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2answers
48 views

Loss of engine power when using headlights

i have a nissan march 2003 (K12). when i turn on the headlights, it loose its engine power. alternator and battery are ok. anybody knows what would be the cause? thank you in advance.
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1999 Grand Prix started to consumed gas

My 1999 Grand Prix is well-maintained. After an oil change it started to consume gas and oil as usual for a week, then started to shake when idling, and slow and gaging when accelerating and feel ...
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1answer
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During acceleration, tachometer needle raises, but speedometer needle does not raise until RPM hits over 2

I have a 2000 Honda Accord SE. I have noticed that when I stepped on the gas pedal after coming to a complete stop, or just starting a drive, the tachometer needle would raise while the speedometer ...
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6answers
264 views

What is the difference between torque and horsepower?

A very basic question - what is the difference between torque and horsepower? Its all over Google, but I am really confused and can't get any satisfactory answers. I'll tell you my confusion: Torque ...
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1answer
46 views

2006 Honda Fit loses power after starting, but runs normally when warmed up

I have a question similar to this one: "What would cause a car to lose power a few seconds after starting, then run normally?". The answers from that question didn't help me for my car and I am having ...
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0answers
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Do all vehicles have the same method on removing brake pads?

Removing and replacing the brake pads on a Mercedes Benz Actros.
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1answer
25 views

Burning air pressure switch

I use a 12 V air compressor at my car for air suspension which I understand is draining around 30-35 A. The problem what I have is overheating and eventually burning the pressure switch and ...
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1answer
336 views

2000 Honda Accord won't start when engine is warm

I have a 2000 Honda Accord. A few years ago I started having an issue with the car not wanting to start once the engine was warmed up. I finally took it to the dealership and they diagnosed that ...
2
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1answer
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02 Accord, rough idle and hesitates when cold

2002 Honda Accord EX, L4-2254cc 2.3L SOHC (VTEC) MFI, 108,000 miles. Recently bought it from a private owner and was told nothing was wrong with the car. Car starts rough when the engine is cold. ...
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2answers
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Replace Yamaha FZ6 radiator for two smaller ones

I bought the engine of a Yamaha FZ6. I want to use it to run a competition single seater car we are builiding in the university. The engine didn't bring the radiator with it. I would like to ...
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2answers
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2004 VW Passat B5.5 - Why are my wing mirrors being weird?

Today whilst I was trying to park my 2004 VW Passat B5.5, I noticed that something to do with my wing mirrors wasn't working quite right. When the toggle was on the left position, the left wing mirror ...
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3answers
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Methods of diagnosing a non-starting Fiat Uno

I have a little Uno inherited from my dad. Just before he passed away he was having trouble getting it to start, and before that, having it die on a drive somewhere, even close. I would now like to ...
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1answer
68 views

What is spark plug heat range

I was watching a show and their project was adding a bolt on turbo kit. In the process they mentioned that they needed a colder spark plug. What does a hot or cold spark plug mean? What changes ...
3
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1answer
19 views

Honda Odyssey ex-l res anti theft radio code issue

Battery connection got loose and the radio system got shut off. I fixed the connection by tightening the battery cable (not sure how this happened as my car gets serviced at a honda dealer only). Now ...
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9answers
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What is the best way to remove a stuck/rusted exhaust bolt?

I'm trying to disassemble the exhaust system on a 2000-2003 nissan maxima and I'm having trouble removing one last bolt.. its got a 14mm head and its just plain STUCK. I've tried soaking it overnight ...
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1answer
47 views

Replace car batteries with capacitors?

I recently watched this video on YouTube which basically shows the guy replacing a larger capacitors with some smaller capacitors which he had bought. The larger capacitors were actually in place of a ...
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3answers
143 views

What minimum maintenance should I do to get my cycle to a shop where it can be looked over professionally?

It's been in the garage all winter. It starts, but I'm nervous about getting it to a mechanic (about 10 miles away). It's a 2007 Honda Rebel 250cc. I have zero maintenance experience. None. A couple ...
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0answers
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What Damage may Accompany a Broken Axle

I was looking at buying a 98 Honda Shuttle with a broken right side axle, and was wondering what other damage I should keep my eyes open for which might normally be seen together with a broken axle.
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1answer
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Differences between Homogenous and Stratified-Charge operation

Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) is becoming increasingly common in road-going production vehicles. From what I've read, GDI enables both stratified-charge and homogeneous modes of operation, which ...
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0answers
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Could I implement the modern Atkinson cycle on a petrol engine with variable valve timing?

So I've been learning about the Atkinson cycle. Based on my limited research, it seems that if I have ability to remap variable valve timing and fueling on a gasoline engine running simple ...
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1answer
13 views

What oil should I use for Hyundai Sonata 2004?

What oil should I use for this car? How do I know when I should change the oil for my car?
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2answers
63 views

Mazda B3000 (Ranger) Truck takes several tries to start?

I have a 2002 Mazda B3000 (essentially a Ford Ranger) that almost never starts on the first attempt. Usually it takes 2 or 3 tries before the car finally turns over. Each time I hold in the crank I ...
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0answers
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R56 mini cooper turbo sounds

I have a 2010 mini with a r56. the loss of power light comes on when I step on it. I know the PCV valve is bad on it and can set this light. I also have a rear main seal leak so the turbo has to come ...
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0answers
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instrument cluster warning lights

my car...UK FORD FUSION 1.6 AUTO.2006. ABS, BRAKE SYSTEM, ENGINE MANAGEMENT warning lights are on, the speedometer is not working and the oddometer is showing dashes. Initial checks I have made, ...
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1answer
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Dynamometer Question - How is it operated and what are they doing?

When guys are doing dyno runs they to do it in a gear, interact with the keyboard and then do it again in another gear. It seems they do multiple runs in multiple gears. In this post Paulster ...
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1answer
47 views

SMAX Zetec 2.0 TDCi 2010 Plate - Why wont my car start ? (see video)

Car used to start fine 49 out of 50 times but without obvious reason it sometimes struggled to start (as seen in video). This can be on a cold start or a warm start. Happens in warm, cold, wet and dry ...
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1answer
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How to trigger headlight washers on 14' Audi s4 b8.5

This is driving me crazy but I do not understand what triggers the headlight washers? Looks like sometimes when I turn on windshield washer, I see mist above my hood and I imagine that it is coming ...

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