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How much does spark plug gap affect fuel efficiency?

I've read conflicting reports regarding how plug gap can affect fuel efficiency. For example, I've read that too small a gap won't cause a clean burn, or that too large a gap can cause misfires due ...
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Proper way to do maintenance on an air bag system (SRS)?

My air bag system light started coming on a while ago. Sometimes it will come on and stay on, other times it will go off after a while. This usually happens when it starts raining out. I did some ...
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Modest braking sounds similar to squealing tires

When I'm braking at a stop sign, I'm hearing a sound that sounds like a high pitched tire squeal; it's like a mix between tire squeal and the constant chirp from a bad belt, and it's coming from the ...
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Leftover parts after head gasket change; are they engine mounts or braces?

About a year ago, I replaced a head gasket on a 1994 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L. After I put everything back together there were two parts left over. The car runs good considering it's 20 years old, however ...
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ODIS 5.0.6 diagnostic tool : how can I remove an option from a transformed vehicle?

We have a transformed car, a Bentley, which no longer has a motorized sunroof. The blind has also gone. However the car diagnostics exhibits a fault on the related, non-present devices and motors. We ...
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Can a bad battery damage voltage regulator?

I have a '91 Ford Sierra Saphire 2.0 OHC (pinto). Have been struggling with having no charge for weeks now. I've tried two different alternators, had one of them completely rebuilt by a professional, ...
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Permanent car camera secuity system?

I am getting a new VW and from past experience I want to have a camera system built in the car for few reasons. First, to record any possible accidents while driving and while I am not there. Second ...
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Saturn Headlight Problem

I have a 2001 Saturn SL2 that is having a problem with one of its headlights. When I turn on the headlights, frequently one is not lighting. If I go to the front and give the lens a quick knock, it ...
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Vauxhall Astra Rear Jet Washer

I have a 5 door Vauxhall Astra [Club Twinport] (07 plate). The rear jet washer is blocked some how. The front jets work nicely (although one was initially blocked but the fine needle tip worked well) ...
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Clunking Noise from Rear, Right Tire when hitting bumps

I have a 2003 Ford Taurus SE with ~95000 miles. It has been a very cold and harsh winter in New England. Recently, I have been hearing a clunking noise in the rear, right tire region when hitting ...
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Any way to prevent the dome light from being always on

My Honda Fit 2013 has 3 settings for the interior dome light: off, on temporarily (when opening the door or switching off the ignition) or always on. This morning I got into the car and found the ...
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Mystery rubbing or slapping noise while driving

My 2005 Dodge Caravan makes a strange rubbing or slapping noise under the hood that is quite loud and has to do with rotation of the tires or front axle. As you slow down it slows down and vice versa ...
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O2 Sensor - 1998 Toyota Camry 2.2L 4-cyl

I was getting a few error messages p1135 being one of them, which seems to indicate that the O2 1st bank 1st sensor should be replaced. My car is 4cyl, so there is only one sensor under the hood (pre ...
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Ford Fiesta Mk6 Diesel Engine Fault

Upon acceleration the following lights illuminate once the engine reaches 3000-4000 RPM: A message; "Engine Fault" appears on the dash screen. Once this happens, the engine will no longer rev ...
3
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0answers
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Sound fluctuation after Aerial replacement

I have replaced the Aerial on my car because the original one broke (car wash), the factory replacement is quite expensive, so I replaced it with a cheaper one. The stereo itself seems to work fine, ...
3
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0answers
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How much to get an old restomod running?

potentially a difficult question here. It's looking like I'm going to be moving out of state for a new job here in the next few months, which is throwing a big wrench into projects I have going on. ...
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What factors are considered when deciding on gasket material?

Automotive gaskets come in many materials, shapes and sizes and find application in many places. I'm curious to learn more about why manufacturers use certain materials for certain applications. I ...
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Ford Expidition Eddie Bauer 4.0 v8 2003 automatic rpm goes high

When driving, sometimes when I want stop the vehicle, I go to press the brakes, but that time engine rpm goes high, keeping brakes pressed hard, after 5 second engine becomes normal. It goes high when ...
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Volvo V40 wont start, red led light on speaker flashes rapidly

My Volvo V40 will not start. When I put the key to position 2, the red LED light on the left speaker on the dash flashes rapidly for 15 seconds. When I turn the key to position 3 the lights on the ...
3
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Citroen Xsara went into “Eco mode” then total blackout

I recently bought a used 2002 Citroen Xsara 2.0 Exclusive (petrol) which had a single electrical issue; the rear wiper did not stop in the "park" position but rather timed out in a random position. ...
3
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0answers
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Can I make a Kevlar (or fiberglass) part without a vacuum?

I'm trying to make a panel that will replace this crappy diamond plate (as seen in the photo below). I would like to make something that is flush with the dash, this has been troubling me for some ...
3
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Wet conditions cause heat to come on full blast

Our 2006 Honda Odyssey minivan has a weird behavior with the climate control. When it is very wet, the heat only comes out at full blast when turned on, regardless of what the temperature is set ...
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0answers
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Squealing sound coming from driver side on 99 park ave

I have a 99 Buick Park Avenue. When my car is warmed up (no noise the first 15min of driving or idling) it starts to make a squealing noise, something like a belt noise, but it isn't the belt. The ...
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95 manual civic… loud knocking sound when decelerating

I have a 95 civic lx standard ... Recently on way home from work it started making a knocking sound after I let go of the gas . I pulled off fwy put it up on two jacks engaged gears accelerated then ...
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Ford Expedition ignition cable problem

Is this the underlying problem or a symptom of something else?? I have a 99 Ford Expedition that has a knocking and pinging problem. Two different mechanics have narrowed it down to the ignition ...
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2001 Ford F150 Serious Fuel leak

I have a 2001 F150 XLT. I recently had my fule tank replaced because it had a leak. The garage that did the work did say the tank had a hole. Yesterday I picked the truck up. they had put a used tank ...
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Stuck storage compartment door

I have a 2008 Chevy HHR with a stuck dash storage compartment door. I've tried to pry it open with a screwdriver and I've tried to push the obstruction out with some wire. I have no idea how to get it ...
3
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0answers
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How do I aim the headlights of a '95 Geo Prizm?

Two years ago, my grandfather gave us his old '95 Prizm when he bought a new car. A few weeks ago, I decided that the old headlight bulbs were too dim and I replaced them with new ones. The light ...
3
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186 views

Weird Problem! Need to turn steering wheel to crank start the car

I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla It started to have starting problem a few weeks ago. If I didn't drive my car for 1 or 2, the car won't start. The only way to start the car is to turn the steering wheel ...
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336 views

John Deere SX-85 will not go into reverse, or move backwards

I have John Deere SX-85 riding lawnmower which comes with a Peerless 910 series transaxle. It has mowed the lawn twice since the installation of all new belts over the winter. During the second mow, ...
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140 views

What is this part and how do I remove it?

I am trying to replace my motorbike clutch friction plates, but cannot remove the basket around the plates ( I think that's what people mean when the say 'basket' - the cover over the plates that ...
3
votes
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How do I make my 2nd generation Toyota Hi-Ace start more easily?

My 2nd generation Toyota Hi-Ace Diesel is not starting easily, or occasionally not starting at all. I have: Tested the glow plugs - all quick and fully bright; Changed battery; Changed the air ...
3
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How to access the Idle Air Control Valve, Renault Clio mk2

I have an idling issue with my Renault Clio mk2 1.2L 2002 - the engine stalls as I slow down at lights and roundabouts etc... I have been searching the web for solutions to this problem, Most answers ...
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Could a fuse be responsible for my VW Jetta not shifting while in drive?

Issue with my VW Jetta (2001) Automatic transmission, gasoline engine My tail lights were out because of a missing fuse. So in the dark I looked to find a good one to replace it with (of the ones ...
3
votes
0answers
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Block Test: Can't suck any more air, is this normal? (1999 Suburban)

I performed a block test recently to diagnose a problem I'm having. The liquid stayed blue, but I want to clarify I have done this right. The purpose of the test was to see if I could prove a head ...
3
votes
0answers
116 views

Two Mercedes Electronic Keys - One Works As a Remote - One Works to Start The Car - How Can These Be Combined?

I just bought a 2005 Mercedes C230 and I have two Mercedes electronic keys - one works as a remote - one works to start the car - how can these be combined/programmed so they are both fully ...
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141 views

Is there a general procedure for retrofitting “smart key” cars with real keys?

With all the cost, trouble, loss-of-use, and inability to shut the vehicle off if electronics fail associated with "smart" keys, if I ever get a car that needs one I think I'd want to adapt it to ...
3
votes
0answers
191 views

Pulley Difference After Drive Belt Change

I have one worry after yesterday's fairly difficult but successful drive belt change on my Big Boy scooter. The main nut on the fron pulley now goes on much less further than before it came off. I ...
3
votes
0answers
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Pontus PAC-7002(B) reset

My 1996 Alfa Romeo 146ti has a Pontus PAC-7002(B) stereo, probably aftermarket. It has a removable MP3 player and a built-in CD player. The whole interface seems to be locked, possibly as part of a ...
2
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0answers
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Excessive road noise in Toyota Corolla

In my 2007 Toyota Corolla, I am getting very loud road noise when driving, unless my wheels are turned left. This is happening on the studded Winter tires (louder, obviously), and my Summer tires, ...
2
votes
0answers
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High Idle and Engine Noise in Chrysler 300c Hemi

I recently bought a 300, it had 170000 miles on it. When I test drove it nothing felt wrong what so ever. Week later it started turning off by itself in the middle of the freeway or alleys. Got it ...
2
votes
0answers
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My tire wobbles

At slow speed one of my front tires on my 2000 Grand Am SE 4 door wobble, but feels fine at a higher rate of speed. Was told by a person at a tire store my tread is breaking loose and I need a new ...
2
votes
0answers
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'99 Honda accord sputtering when accelerating and stalling at idle

My car is a '99 Honda Accord (V6). I have been putting mid-grade gas since I got it but I put in regular gas the other day and I believe that's when it started sputtering. It's getting worse now. The ...
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votes
0answers
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Mazda 323: How to find OEM Part Numbers

I have a 97 Mazda - 323 S V (BA) - 1.8 i 16V (114 Hp) and was wondering if there is a way to find out OEM part numbers other than running to the local Mazda dealership and begging them. I mean, is ...
2
votes
0answers
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Continual Brake Issues on a 2002 Kia Spectra

I have a 2002 Kia Spectra. We have replaced the rotors 3 times, but prior to doing that we were having problems with our back brakes. The mechanic we were going to said nothing was wrong with the back ...
2
votes
0answers
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Tire pressure sensor doesn't read

I work on several makes and models, and found that after replacing brake pads that the "low tire pressure" warning comes on as a sensor fault. Is there something I'm hitting that causes this? How can ...
2
votes
0answers
34 views

Constant power drain, even with all the fuses pulled

I have a battery problem on my Jeep Grand Cherokee model 2012. When I checked with multimeter, I found the drain current is 2.5 amp. Then I start to take the fuses out one by one, the drain current is ...
2
votes
0answers
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Scraping Noise from front right wheel on bumpy roads

Background: 2003 Ford Taurus SE, middle of a very harsh winter here in New England (We've had 100 inches of snow so far this season). -Today when driving to work I noticed that there seemed to be ...
2
votes
0answers
38 views

Clutch is stuck disengaged and pedal will not move

My clutch pedal on my 2005 Toyota Corolla will not move. I can start the car by pressing the clutch safety switch by hand. I can put my transmission into gear with the engine running, so the clutch ...
2
votes
0answers
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Engine oil leak from motorcycle

I'm having this peculiar problem. There is an engine oil leak from my 160 cc motorcycle. The thing is that, I got the engine oil changed couple of days back, by a nearby mechanic. Now the problem is ...

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