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Clutch catches VERY high, is this bad?

I have a '98 Rodeo and the clutch catches extremely high up the pedal. It's probably 1-2" down (90% up in the travel). The clutch does not slip at all and the car runs great. Is this indicative of ...
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Mustang charging system warning light on, but battery and alternator both passed testing?

I have a Mustang that the battery light stays on. I changed the battery and the alternator was checked by Autozone, they said it was good. I need help
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Symptoms of Lean or Rich carb settings on a motorcycle

I have a 1981 Yamaha XS650. I recently put in K&N stock replacement filter (ie, they are in the airbox and conform to the size of the original), however they may be leading to a leaner mixture ...
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1answer
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Heater smells like sulfur

I drive a 2006 Toyota Sienna. When driving with the heater on I often smell sulfur. This is more common when I am driving up a hill, but if I turn the heater off, the smell goes away. What causes this ...
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1answer
782 views

Turning back rust on frame welds on a FJ Cruiser

I recently purchased a 2007 FJ cruiser up here in the north where we use lots of salt. The only issue I noticed with this vehicle (and about half of the FJs I looked at) was rust developing along the ...
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1answer
1k views

Where is the fuel filter(s) located on a 2006 VW Golf?

I have an occasionally stuttering 2006 VW Golf (Mk4) with 160k miles that I believe is caused by a partially blocked fuel filter. Are there multiple fuel filters (i.e.- one in the fuel tank and one ...
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2answers
2k views

What's wrong with my intermittent air conditioner?

When the weather first starting getting warm last month, I turned on my A/C and it didn't work. The air coming out of the vents was warm and humid. A few days later it started working just fine and ...
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7answers
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what is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids?

What is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids? What could possibly go wrong if I use a (4 times cheaper) DOT3 brake fluid instead of the DOT4 which manufacturer recommends (but allows ...
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2answers
836 views

unusual noise when switching into the second gear - other gears are fine

Almost every time I switch into the second gear, a quite loud crackle sound is heard shortly. It only happens when switching into the second gear, other gears are fine. I depress the clutch fully of ...
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3answers
221 views

Steering Wheel Replacement on a 25 year old car

I've got an '85 Corvette, and the steering wheel is really beat to hell so I'm looking to replace it with a more modern and sporty wheel. What I'm looking to find out: Is this a safe repair to do ...
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1answer
11k views

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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1answer
768 views

How to start a car which was unused for a year? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. I left my car in a driveway for a year. I read that I shouldn't try to jump it because the battery might explode. ...
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1answer
664 views

how can I measure the amount of fuel injected into a diesel engine in real time in a purely mechanic pre-OBD vehicle?

This is a Mercedes-Benz 308D van, year 1992, model 602.316. Pre-OBD, no electronics of any sort, everything is purely mechanical. I would like to retrofit a system which would measure the precise ...
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2answers
492 views

engine underpowered in idle - what can be done to improve a diesel engine power at low RPM just a bit?

There is an engine which is a bit underpowered when idling, it can not even keep the car moving on a flat road when in gear and idling at 700..800 RPM - see link. What can be done to improve its ...
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1answer
417 views

What is the best way to prevent rust when cutting in your car's body?

For example, I want to cut a hole in the car's front left fender, to fit a snorkel. What is the best way to prevent rusting on the exposed metal on the edge of the cut?
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votes
2answers
153 views

How to convert a gasoline powered vehicle to all electric.

I would like to convert a Ford Escort to an Electric Vehicle (EV). I would like to have a 40-60 mile cruising range and would not need to go faster than 55 MPH. Can you recommend a conversion kit (or ...
4
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1answer
1k views

The ebrake light in my car stays on when the ebrake is disengaged, should I be concerned?

I have a 2002 Ford Taurus Station Wagon, and the ebrake light stays on when the ebrake is disengaged, should I be concerned? I tried tramping down on the ebrake peddle really hard and then ...
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4answers
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What colour should power steering fluid be?

Recently started shopping for first car, so want to know as much as possible when going into a sale. Car I looked at recently has a brown dirty colour in the power steering reservoir, but the stuff ...
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4answers
2k views

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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2answers
2k views

does a car normally continue moving at a constant speed when in gear and the foot is taken off the accelerator pedal?

I remember when driving a passenger car, when I took my foot off the accelerator pedal completely, but remained in gear, the car would normally continue to move at some low speed, different for each ...
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1answer
857 views

Audi 2001 A6 security system preventing car from starting

My father-in-law has an Audi A6 and randomly the security system prevents the car from starting, you can open the doors with the remote, but the car won't start. The only remedy is to unlock the door ...
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3answers
3k views

Least wear-and-tear, most fuel efficient method of coasting in a manual transmission car? [closed]

I drive a manual transmission '08 Honda Fit. On my daily 17 mile commute to work, there are three long hills that I can coast down, each about a half mile long. Going down these hills, I've done two ...
3
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1answer
12k views

Patch A/C condenser?

I have a small leak at the top of my air conditioning condenser. Last summer, I tried patching it with JB Weld. They do advertise as working with all metals, but I suspect it failed to hold because ...
3
votes
1answer
676 views

What should I look for in a basic motorcycle maintenance toolkit?

I'm looking to do more of my motorcycle maintenance myself, and am wondering what I should be investing in, when it comes to tools/devices. What are the basic tools that I'd need when starting to do ...
2
votes
1answer
522 views

Passat - Oil warning light on engine rev. Expensive fix?

looking to buy my first car, which is a daunting task for someone with little money and even less knowledge of motors. Seen this one on ebay, which ticks all my boxes but is cheap because: When ...
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3answers
4k views

2007 Nissan Armada power window fuse location

According to the fuse block diagram, there is not a dedicated fuse for the power windows. Anyone know if the power windows are on another fuse? Front drivers side window will not go down and switch ...
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3answers
3k views

Ignition key sticking - key problem or lock problem?

The ignition key for my 2000 Camry has symmetric teeth, and it has always worked when inserted either way. A few months ago the ignition lock started sticking periodically, and I discovered that it ...
10
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1answer
3k views

how to optimize fuel consumption by changing the rear differential ratio?

Is it possible to improve the fuel consumption (decrease it) in my van by changing the rear differential ratio? I would like to optimize it for low-speed driving about 40 km/h (25 mph). Is it true ...
4
votes
1answer
180 views

Remove interior stickers such as airbag deployment warnings from car

I would like to remove the stickers on my visors that explain about the airbags from my car without damaging the visors. What is the best way to accomplish this?
3
votes
1answer
152 views

What is a gasket head kit?

I am looking at buying a used car, many listed have had "gasket head kit" installed? What is a gasket head kit? Should i be wary about buying a car with one installed? Will the "gasket head kit" ...
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vote
1answer
2k views

Options for fixing Nissan Quest rear motorized hatch?

The vehicle is a 2004 Nissan Quest 3.5SE, and recently the rear motorized hatch has been very weak at trying to open or close. It gets stuck and needs quite a lot of help to get it opened or closed. ...
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votes
1answer
253 views

Leaking wiper fluid tank, 2000 BMW 328i

I have a 2000 328i, and it cannot retain wiper fluid. Is that tank easy to replace? Do I need to be very careful with the intake hose inside the tank (is it especially fragile?)?
3
votes
3answers
240 views

How much of the exhaust is the “cat-back”

My brother-in-law's car has just failed inspection. One of the items listed was a "cat-back." Since the bill is astronomical, I was wondering how much of the exhaust system is encompassed in this term ...
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vote
1answer
9k views

disable passenger airbag on Vauxhall Zafira

How can I safely turn off the front passenger airbag in a Vauxhall (Opel) Zafira MkII (2005-), so that a child seat can be fitted? This is commonly done with a key in the glove box or switch on ...
3
votes
1answer
186 views

Can I decrease the sensitivity of my seat belt “person detector”?

Any time I put something - as light as 10 pounds in my passenger seat, my seat belt alarm goes off in my 2007 Pontiac Vibe. To avoid the VERY annoying beeping, I usually end up buckling up my ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

How to clean the MAF sensor on a 1997 Nissan Altima?

I have a 1997 Nissan Altima sedan. I’ve been told the issues I’m having with my car is from the mass air flow sensor. I was wondering how to clean/repair this sensor and contact points the best? What ...
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1answer
3k views

How do I know when to change my spark plug

I ride a Piaggio scooter with a single cylinder engine. Recently I broke down and the engine wouldn't restart. It turned out the spark plug was stuffed. How can I ensure that doesn't happen again?
4
votes
2answers
691 views

How to view error codes on a speedometer with no OBD reader?

I have a 2000 Dodge Neon and don't have a real OBD reader yet. The other day I started to turn my car on and, before I got to the ignition the speedometer came on with a "p" and a "1684" (the check ...
2
votes
1answer
346 views

1989 Mazda 626 - Shifter is loose, what's wrong?

I have an 89 Mazda 626 LX. The shifter is really lose even when it's in gear. It shifts fine, no slipping or anything, but when it's in gear I can move it back and forth as if it was in neutral. ...
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votes
3answers
3k views

Can a motorcycle's brake lever be bent back into shape?

I recently had a low speed spill on my bike leaving the brake lever rather bent. Can I bend it back (roughly) straight or it is likely to just break? Given that it is cast aluminium, I suspect is will ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Spark Plugs 1998 Buick Lesabre

Where are the spark plugs in a 1998 Buick Lesabre? Pictures would be helpful as I'm a novice at this type of thing. I'm assuming I need all six because I'm getting a check engine light saying number 6 ...
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2answers
816 views

Motorcycle 125cc question about PISTON condition and battery

Last year I bought a 125cc bike Modenas brand, most likely unknown to you. It is a moped. http://www.modenas.com.my/v2motorcycle.asp?id=70 It can go as fast as 110 km/h enough for the city and not ...
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vote
1answer
7k views

Where is the Wiper Relay/Control Module located on a 1994-1998 Ford Mustang???

I am trying to repair my wipers, there is no voltage in the wires that connects to the wiper motor. I checked the fuses and current is passing through them, so they are ok. I think the Wiper Relay ...
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votes
4answers
3k views

2000 Jetta runs rough, shutters on cold start only on wet days.

This is an issue I've had off and on for, embarrassingly, at least a year: On misty or wet mornings, everything starts out fine but, a few minutes into the drive (like clockwork. I even know the ...
3
votes
1answer
182 views

2000 Taurus warning lights stay on, car doesn't go into gear

My wife's 2000 Ford Taurus has had a couple of odd episodes lately. When she starts it up, all of the warning lights on the dash stay on. If she tries to put it in gear, the gearshift moves but the ...
4
votes
1answer
557 views

Motorcycle chewing through too many front tyres

Hey, I have a Y2K Triumph Speed Triple that has an excessive appetite for front tyres. It eats two front tyres for each rear tyre. This is reverse what it should be. I run the tyres at about 38 PSI ...
7
votes
4answers
54k views

Cold start squeaking noise in engine

I just purchased a used 2010 Corolla 3 days ago. I've only now noticed that when I start the car, there is a squeaking sound coming from the engine. It lasts no more than a second. Sounds like it ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

How to Change Brake Rotors on 2000 Nissan Frontier 2WD

Anyone have pointers on how to change the disc brake rotors on a 2000 Nissan Frontier 2WD? I've got the calipers and pads off and noted the rotor is scored. I'd like to just replace the rotors. The ...
10
votes
2answers
25k views

How should I remove stickers or pinstripe decals from paint?

I want to remove a dealer's sticker from my car. The sticker is on a painted surface. What is the best way to do it? Could I remove pinstripe decals in the same way?
4
votes
2answers
582 views

Adding a trailer hitch for extra storage on 2006 Toyota Hybrid Highlander Limited

I want to add a trailer hitch for extra storage on 2006 Toyota Hybrid Highlander Limited. I've seen these storage boxes that appear to mount on the hitch and allow access to the rear hatch still when ...

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