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Cylinder misfire after leak down test

I am getting cylinder misfire OBDII error codes after performing a cylinder leakdown test. During the test, I was turning the crankshaft to reach TDC for each cylinder and I'm now thinking whether it ...
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2005 Ford Taurus U Vin Unstable Idle, Charging System Problem?

A Short Story So a friend asked me to look at a Taurus at his shop. The car originally came in for a P0420 code and they put an anti-fouler on the rear o2 sensor. Whatever. During the road test the ...
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How long before replacing tires that are already at 2/32?

My tires need to be replaced, but the tires I want need to be ordered and could take up to a week. I took my car to the shop 2 weeks ago and I was told that my tires need replacing. I checked them ...
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Replacing a dashboard for another one with more indicators

I'm thinking of purchacing a Citroen BX dashboard from a superior model than my BX 14 wich currently only features a Velocimeter, fault lights and an analog clock, for one with various analog ...
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Starting a 2 stroke jet boat after several years

The parents in law gave me a jet boat, it hasn't been started in 5 years. The boat resided in NH on a trailer on their yard for 5 years, so it has seen freezing temperatures frequently. From what I ...
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grande punto 2009 1.4 active duaologic LPG problem

grande punto 2009 1.4 active dualogic after LPG (BRC) montage, it doesnt go regular in eco mode while changing gear (especially from 1 to 2 or to 3). it means working intermittently. what can be ...
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How to diagnose the cause of no power reaching the spark plugs when power reaches everything else, after checking fuses?

I've been trying to get my long-suffering Toyota RAV4 first generation (1998) to start after numerous different problems, the latest of which I've narrowed to the spark plugs not firing seemingly due ...
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Why do some 2 wheelers have an attachment to their fork

I've noticed some two wheelers. Non geared to be specific that they have a different fork. I am assuming this to be for protection. But did not find a lot of references.. Does anybody know if ...
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Automatic car won't start, steering wheel won't turn, key just makes car click etc - but radio works?

Someone else was in the driver seat and they were trying to drive. At one point I took out the key and when he put it back in the car wouldn't start. This was yesterday and it still won't start. The ...
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How can an oil plug just fall out after three months and 3,000 miles and the car has just 35,000 miles on it, 2014 Ford Escape

We had an oil change done at a quick lube type shop. After nearly 3 months and 3,000 miles driven, the oil drain plug fell out, resulting in blowing up the entire engine. There was no oil leakage or ...
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Broken shifter? My 96 Ford Taurus won't shift out of park, and I don't know why! Help?

I have a 96 Ford Taurus and the shifter is giving me issues. For some reason it won't move out of park and I do not want to try to force it to shift and cause further damage. I'm aware that I need to ...
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Skoda Octavia III DSG vs Manual [on hold]

During the next few days I’m going to buy a Skoda Octavia III 2L TDI 143PH, I’m completely torn between manual and DSG gearboxes, knowing that I live in a small city, we don’t have a very experimented ...
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CVT transmission slipping

I have a Toyota vitz 2007 and I am facing a problem for about 2 weeks now. Sometimes when I press the accelerator, the engine revs up but I hardly see any acceleration. The problem is severe when I ...
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Volvo V70 turn light activator

The left stick behind the steering wheel is missing a piece as you can see here: I was wondering if this is replaceable and if so what the part number would be. Thanks in advance.
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pinging sound when starting car

2005 honda civic, 43,000 miles. when I turn the key I hear a "pinging" sound. There is no problem with car starting up. Just wondering if this is a sign that the starter is going bad.
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2000 Chevrolet Silverado brakes dragging, 4 new rotors, 4 sets of pads, new e-brake shoes, new front calipers

I recently replaced myself or had replaced all pads, all rotors, front calipers, rear guide pins and brackets, rear brake shoes, and rear e-brake hardware, as well as the e-brake cable on my 2000 ...
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08 Silverado static/scratching noise from dashboard

Recently my truck picked up a new quirk. When I start or stop the engine there is a static scratching noise that comes from the dash. I also tried turning the key just far enough to get power and ...
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08 Saturn Aura needs help

If I sit in my car with it idling the heat goes cold, but if I press the gas or drive off it heats back up. Can anyone help pinpoint this problem? Also, with engine running I can clearly hear fluid of ...
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How long would pouring a little oil into a spark plug well take to stop a car starting?

I realise this is a strange looking question! I'm in a country where many local mechanics unfortunately have a bad reputation for creating small problems while fixing other problems in order to get ...
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1answer
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Honda Jazz 2007 1.4 Dsi CVT

My Honda Jazz is in for 195,000 km service, Bosch service centre contacted me and said that my Control Arm Bushings are worn, but they need to replace the entire control arm as the bushings are not ...
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2003 Dodge Durango - Can I take the front drive shaft off and drive the vehicle?

I most likely have a messed up front differential on my 4x4. I was wondering if I can just take my drive shaft off and run it on RWD only? Can I just remove the universal joint pin and retain the ...
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Lexus HS 250h car; a/c noise from inside the car

I am getting these kind of noise https://youtu.be/QhmK7oDX1tE Any idea what's wrong? Car details Year : 2010 Model : Lexus hs250h Its happening when I switch AC/Fan on and it last for 30 sec and ...
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How much force is needed to push a piston down? [on hold]

Combustion from fuel and air is used to push a piston down. When they combustion it creates a lot of force, my question is how much force is needed to push the piston all the way down when the vehicle ...
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Cylinder leak down test to detect oil leakage

My 2007 Tacoma loses about 3.5 qt of oil out of 5 every about 1500 mi. I know it's low because the engine starts periodically rattling, I don't know which part but it's 100% correlated to the low oil ...
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1answer
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Tires squealing when braking

When I apply the brakes at high speeds, not lightly but not enough for them to lock up, my tires squeal. I believe the sound is coming from the tires and not the brakes at all. One thing to note is ...
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Engine oil sludge

My question is, have ever heard of it making engine oil gel, or turn sludgy if you can call that a word? I haven't, but 05 Chevy Equinox I'm servicing had this happen. Not sure if it started before or ...
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Tmec 50QT-2 scooter wont start

In need help before I have to be sent to a mental hospital lol. I have a Tmech 50QT-2 scooter (Chinese type). The scooter revs when using the electronic start button and or the kick start but it ...
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Interface tracking device with OBD II (or alternative sources of data)

I have recently been working on writing software for some very small tracking devices. I decided to take on an electronics engineer and start building some boards myself using a GPS/GPRS module. I ...
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Does engine braking an automatic wear out the transmission?

My question is a variation on these two: Engine braking with an automatic transmission What are the “1” and “2” or “L” gears used for on an automatic? I recently bought an automatic transmission ...
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1answer
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Does a full fuel tank speed up the CEL turning off after changing the fuel cap?

Consider this scenario: The CEL (check-engine light) is on. The fuel cap is subsequently replaced. The fuel tank is half full. I am wondering: Is it advantageous to fill the tank to the top to ...
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Inside temperature reading 13 degrees lower than actual outside temperature - what could be the problem?

I have a 2006 Nissan Sentra. Its inside temp is reading 58 degrees when it is actually 71 degrees outside. What could be the problem? Also, I just changed the thermostat today.
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Can't start a Kawasaki GPX 750

I'm in the process of getting my 1986 Kawasaki GPX 750 back in running condition. The bike was sitting in the garage for two years. In this period it wasn't started even once. Two years ago the engine ...
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Overheating and more

Hi I have a 2000 Buick park ave v6 3800 series and the problem started as a small leak in the radiator from the little drain plug so I righted that and the leak moved to the whole opposite side of the ...
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Car bounces back and forth after shifting

I've been having this issue for a while on my 1999 Volvo V40 T4 manual. Whenever I shift and release the clutch quickly, the car often does a nasty bounce. EDIT: Let me try to describe it with much ...
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Have any systems been created for electric cars to intentionally reduce torque in icy conditions?

So, I daydream quite a bit about owning a Tesla Roadster, then it hit me. What happens when it's icy and I need to go get groceries? Well, in my Lotus Elise, I could easily just pop the thing in ...
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Gear Shifting from Neutral to Drive

Kindly, I am facing a problem in my gear, when I am shifting the Gear from Neutral to Drive. When I am shifting from N to D ( meaning the Status now " Drive ") the car Screen show that the Gear is ...
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Will I damage my car if I don't fix evaporator core leak?

Pretty sure my evaporator core has a leak, super expensive to fix. Can I just charge it 3 times a year or so? Is this going to damage my car?
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Hydraulic steering goes left but not right

I am working on a project with a group of friends. We have built a vehicle using a hydraulic orbital steering valve from an old ditch witch. The vehicle goes left but not right. There are 5 ports on ...
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Is it okay to splice a backup camera into the reverse lights?

I saw another thread that was similar, but it didn't a definitive or clear answer on the matter. I'll be brief. I want to install a Nexus 7 (2012) tablet in the dash of my car. I want it to be able ...
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Volvo V60/S60 <2012 LED bulb replacement

The LED bulb unit that sits between the headlamp assembly and the rad has gone. I have bought a new complete unit (two led strips inside) but cannot see how to unplug the old one and plug in the new ...
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What are the “1” and “2” or “L” gears used for on an automatic?

In a car with an automatic transmission, we are normally greeted by the acronym PRNDL, or in some cases (older cars) PRND21. I know that the L, 1, or 2 will cause the transmission to stay in a ...
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Prepare car for long distance towing

I'm moving soon and will be towing my car (2003 Honda Civic EX w/ automatic transmission) about 1,600 miles. The car will be towed behind a box truck on a trailer, i.e. the wheels will not be on the ...
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I think my clutch is failing, how can I tell what needs to be replaced?

I have a 2000 Mazda Protege with a 5-speed manual transmission. In recent months, I have noticed something that I believe is the clutch slipping. Sometimes when I am accelerating to highway speeds, ...
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Do I have to reprogram the ABS module to fix the ABS light on 528i BMW?

I'm not sure if this is true but I've heard that in order to fix my ABS light, they have to remove the module and send it out to reprogram. Is this true?
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Shifting on a motorbike by preloading

I have a few different questions that popped into my head after reading about preloading the shifter in motorbikes, here's one of three: Shifting between 1st and 2nd on a motorbike - will the bike ...
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Can a lightning strike cause your car to not run?

If lightning strikes a tree in your yard and your car is close by, can this cause your car to not work properly? I had an employee call in stating that lightning struck a tree beside their mobile ...
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Meaning of relay acronyms: H-LP, E/G, DIM etc

I'm trying to get to know my fuse and relay boxes better. They're labelled, but the labels are mostly acronyms and shorthand, and googling any particular acronym gives a lot of mentions of common ...
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Tire slash or blowout on 2005 Corvette

My dad is convinced someone slashed his tire at work, but I think this could be a blowout. Is there any way to tell the difference from looking at the tire? Does this look like a slash or a blowout, ...
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Transmission disengages itself

Seems like my car disengage itself from drive to neutral while in motion. I drive a 2004 Honda Accord. When in drive and in motion, the car starts slowing down even with my foot on accelerator. It ...
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What are the dangers of refilling your air conditioner yourself?

Both of the Haynes manuals for my cars list refilling the refrigerant in your car as a do it yourself procedure. Both vehicles use R-134a refrigerant and the manual shows them being recharged with a ...

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