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What are the tell tale signs of a catalytic converter that might be going bad?

I've owned two vehicles whose catalytic converters were recalled due two a couple of reasons: one being the quality of the CC and the other being a reduction in power due to a material building up and ...
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What are Performance Camshafts?

I read the following question recently: What is it about performance cams that make engines produce more power when they are installed? I know there are a few components for cars that have "cam" ...
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How to prioritize repairs?

My car needs some work, but I don't like taking out too much debt and my savings are sort of depleted for the moment, so I need to do a little at a time. How can I prioritize the work that needs to be ...
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What are the causes of fluctuating intake manifold vacuum

I have a 2005 Honda CBR600 F4i which suffers from occasional hesitation at low rpm when accelerating. I also get occasional fault codes from the ECU indicating a vacuum leak. Today I connected a ...
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Huge puddle of water under car

I parked my Dodge Viper after driving for about two hours (in July, ~90°F, AC at full blast). Half an hour later I noticed a huge puddle under the engine, on the passenger side. I am pretty sure it ...
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Is it OK to skip gears?

I'm not sure if this is on topic, but I'd like to know the answer before it comes a repair question. I have a Y2K Triumph Speed Triple - great bike. First gear comfortably takes to 90km/h. Needless ...
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Brakes make grinding noise during stops at low speeds

I've got a Mazda B2300 pickup that's started making a grinding sound whenever I come to a stop. Braking at a high speed doesn't make any noise, but once I get under 25-30 MPH, the grinding sound gets ...
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What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle engine?

I recently heard an urban legend-like story about a guy in a developing country who decided engine oil was too expensive and so used some vegetable oil instead. The story says the car ran for some ...
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Proper Jack Location

In general, where is the best place to put a jack to prevent damage when lifting?
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How to test if oil is leaking into combustion chambers?

How can I test whether oil is leaking into cylinder combustion chambers and getting burnt in case of oil level loss? As opposed to, for example, leaking through the oil pan or the timing chain cover.
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Will a ground to the frame work properly if the bolt is powder-coated?

Would there be any electrical issues if a grounding point had a bolt welded and powder-coated or is it better to drill a hole, weld a nut to the frame and then powder-coated?
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Mini Cooper 2003 - Changed lights to LED, insanely fast indicator lights now

Changed all the lights on my Girlfriend's Mini Cooper last weekend, since then the indicators have been going crazy (assuming due to power consumption being very low). I know you can replace the ...
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Pneumatic Valve Spring Operation in Formula 1

In the 2006 Formula 1 World Championship the rules allowed for pneumatic valvesprings. These engines were required to have a 90° V8 engine with 2.4 liters of displacement, 4-valve-per cylinder layout ...
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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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Do different brands of the same oil really make a difference?

I've found several other questions on here that answer, "what's different between synthetic oil and regular oil?" or "Can I use X oil in Y car?", or similar, but nothing that quite answers my ...
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What could be a likely cause of unusual “torque steer” after repairs?

I have a 2012 Dodge Avenger SXT. Recently, I had a collision with an inanimate object which damaged my front-right tire and rim and also caused some very minor body & paint damage. Immediately ...
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Shutting off fans at highway speeds

On my vehicle (92 Civic) and most others I've seen, the condenser fan comes on whenever the A/C clutch is engaged. This seems like a waste of electricity (and thus fuel) when cruising at 60-75 mph, ...
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Stubborn oil drain plug caused by hot oil?

I'm trying to change the engine oil but running into difficulties removing the oil drain plug. One of the instructions I followed to change the engine oil was to give the car a short drive prior to ...
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Switching gears without clutch

I drove manual car for a long time but never tried to switch gears without clutch. Question: given that clutch-less shift is executed properly, does it take a toll on transmission in any way? For ...
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What are the tradeoffs for positive vs. negative ground?

I just got a classic Ford 8N tractor running again. Someone trying to be helpful flipped the battery around, connecting negative to ground. This made the engine crank backwards! So I had spark, ...
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Is 30k mile maintenance really required?

Is 30k mile maintenance really required? I have a subaru wrx '09 and the time has come for the check. I called the dealer after going through the manual. They quoted me 500+ for the check which ...
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Do newer cars actually monitor the quality of oil? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the change oil light system work and does it matter what type of oil you use for it to work properly? Starting last August, I am currently leasing a BMW 328i ...
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How to fix freezing locks

Does anyone know how to prevent locks on car doors from freezing, this is usually only a problem in older cars. I'm not thinking of solutions like WD-40 that really only work for a few days and then ...
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Locating the O2 sensors and the cat along the exhaust

I gather that the upstream O2 sensor is the one right in the center of this picture. I also gather that the catalytic converter (the "cat") is the bulbous part of the exhaust right behind this sensor. ...
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How can I be sure that a rod knock is actually a rod knocking?

I have a 2005 Ford Escape 2.3 L engine, there is a knocking type sound as soon as the engine is started and the speed of the "knocking" follows the RPM. How can I be sure that it is in fact a rod ...
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Torque convertor shudder?

I drive a 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD ex-cab 2wheel drive with a 6.0 gas engine and a six speed 6L90 automatic transmission. I have started noticing what I believe is called "shudder" from my tranny under ...
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Erratic single fault code: P0420, P0440, P0446. Normal variance, or indicative of something deeper?

Working on diagnosing an evap/emission/fuel system problem on my Toyota 2003 Corolla. More on that in this question. On 3/2, I saw a mechanic use his handheld OBD to read a code P0420. On 3/12, ...
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2003 Toyota Corolla, 185k: erratic OBD codes, fuel smell, other symptoms

TL;DR: O2 sensor data, thermal measurements, and physical resonance tests all point to a failed Catalytic converter. Here's the back story. MIL illuminated with codes P0440, P0420, P0404. Around ...
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Driving slower at low constant rpms or driving fast to get to destination faster, which saves more gas?

As the question title says. I am a new driver and I understand that driving at higher RPMs can burn more gas faster. However getting to a destination longer would mean you were spending gas at a ...
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Minimum Care of Leather Interior

I have just bought a used Honda Accord with leather seating. I'm not necessarily a car enthusiast, but I would be interested in knowing the minimum I should do to keep the interior in good condition. ...
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Vespa PX 150 Fuel and Carbon issue

I am using Vespa PX 150.It is using Contact Point system. The issue is it is consuming fuel more than average and the plug is full of carbon after approx 50 Km.The engine not start unless I clean the ...
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What is a sprag unit and what does it do?

I know a sprag unit is used in the transmission. What is it and how does it work? Is it used anywhere else or is it strictly a thing used in transmissions? Are there different kinds of sprags?
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What are all the different types of fluid in a car and a short summary of their use?

A fluid is defined as anything that flows, hence for our purposes a gas or a liquid. I know that there is fuel, engine oil, engine coolant and brake fluid. Also air is normally taken in through a ...
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Checking Tire Pressure when the tire is warm or cold

Witnessed a recent debate about what is the appropriate temperature to check tire pressure at. The debate centered around warm or cold, there wasn't an exact temperature given by any of the parties. ...
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2004 VW Passat B5 Cigarette Lighter Broken - Common Problem

The problem I have been having with my VW Passat was that my cigarette lighter was not working in the car. It is the only one in the main part of the car (there is another one in the boot) and it ...
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What makes a worn car shock spongy and soft?

I'm unfamiliar with car shocks. In motorcycles many rear shocks are charged with nitrogen which acts like a spring. I've seen motorcycle shocks that I've rebuilt have the correct amount of nitrogen ...
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Why don't all diesel engines have throttle plates?

I learned recently that many older and some newer diesels don't have throttle plates to control airflow. I was also quite shocked to learn about a condition called diesel engine runaway. Apparently ...
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Why no exhaust gas turbine generator in hybrid vehicles?

I found something interesting on Wikipedia today: a hybrid turbocharger. This is a device that charges a battery with an exhaust gas turbine, and at the same time operates an air compressor using the ...
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Keeping track of removed screws?

Put simply, are there any good tricks for keeping track of removed screws and bolts when you're dealing with a lot of them? I'm officially one evening into an interior restoration job on my '88 BMW ...
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Why should I clean bug and bird debris off my car?

I have a relatively new car with nice clean paint. I've read and been told that cleaning bugs and bird debris off of my car quickly is important because it can damage the paint. Do I really need to ...
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Why is there a hissing noise when I open my petrol cap?

When I fill up with fuel, there is often a loud hissing noise, as if you are opening a bottle of fizzy drink or something whenever I unscrew the petrol cap. It also seems like there are vapours ...
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Battery Light Won't Go Off Since Changing Battery

I just changed the battery on my 98 Mazda 626 and now the battery light comes on and stays on after starting the car. I checked the battery and it's reading 12.8v with the engine off, and 13.8 with ...
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What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?

Just took the second head off the 98 Subaru Outback I'm working on and I found one of the alignment dowels was badly crimped over the gasket for about 1/3 of its circumference. I have no idea how it ...
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Replacing four tires or two front tires on a front-wheel drive car

I have driven my car since ~84,000 miles. As stated below, I have replaced the front passenger tire for slow leaks twice. The other tires haven't been replaced since I started driving it. I am ...
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Can a starter fail and then work intermittently?

A few days ago my 2003 Honda Accord would not start. Turning the key turned on all electronics and I could hear what I believe to be something in the fuel system spinning as I attempted to start the ...
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Suzuku Katana does not start after an accident

I have a Suzuki Katana GSX600F. After an accident I was in, I rode the bike home and all was fine except a little cosmetic damage. In rainstorm it tipped over and after picking it up and trying to ...
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What clues are there to identify real mileage?

This is a bit theoretical question, maybe viable for a wiki. Suppose you want to buy a 10yo car and among available deals you see one with suspiciously low mileage (e.g. 5'000 km). Seller assures you ...
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Heater blows cold air at idle

I have 2006 VW beetle with the 2.5L engine. Once the engine has warmed to operating temperature, and I am driving it around, the heater works great. As soon as I stop at a red light, or am idling for ...
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Do I need to go to a dealer for a simple maintenance?

I just bought a 2012 CRV. Now, it's time for an oil change. I already moved so the dealer is too far away from my house (may need half day off) and there is no other public transportation to go there. ...
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What are the pros and cons of installing an filter on a bike?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of installing high performance air filters (K&N,Green cotton,etc.) over original filter? What are the changes/working occur internally?

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