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Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?

I have a 1997 Caravan [short wheelbase, base model] with a 4-speed automatic transmission. After it sits [off] for a few hours, the shifter will get stuck in park. A little jiggling and a hard pull ...
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When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?

I just recently got a 2005 Volvo S40 with a turbo engine; I want to take good care of it, so naturally, when the instruction manual recommends 91 octane fuel but says it takes a minimum of 87, I have ...
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Ducati Monster M600 - Engine Vibration/Cold Cylinder

I have a 1995 Ducati Monster M600. Recently I noticed an engine vibration and whilst trying to figure it out I noticed that the horizontal cylinder exhaust is hot (hot enough to burn leather gloves) ...
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Can I easily replace the Throttle Position Sensor on a 1999 Maxima?

My '99 Maxima's Check Engine light came on recently. I whipped out my OBD-II reader, and pulled off two codes. P0325 (Knock Sensor) and P1705 (TPS) Reading online it appears the knock sensor ...
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Replace front brake pads and rotors?

I went to my Honda dealership for a B-1 service, and he came back saying that I needed to replace both my front brake pads and rotors. The quote for that is $531. I am wondering if I should go ahead ...
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Stuff coming out from my AC

I recently left my car (Honda Accord) in the parking lot of my apartment complex for a little over a month while I was out of town. It was working fine when I left. Now that I've come back, I've ...
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MA Inspection rejected due to wiper blades. For real?

I took my car to my dealer to get inspected and they tried to pressure me into buying some new wiper blades from them for ~$40. The blades are only 6 months old, and the car is otherwise in great ...
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reverse lights always on

I have an older 1993 Mitsubishi Triton ute. The issue is that the reverse lights are always on while the car is running regardless of gear position. The gearbox works, that is to say that the car ...
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Car Suddenly Decides To Not Crank

Today I turned the key to start up my car and all the lights (headlights and instrument panel) came on bright and normal, but the engine made absolutely no sound. It wouldn't start, it didn't even try ...
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How can I be sure of the reading on my automatic transmission fluid dipstick?

This may seem like a silly question. I've been trying to read the dipstick for my automatic transmission fluid but am having a very difficult time determining the level. The fluid is very light and ...
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Identifying the Cause of This Tire Wear

The tire is worn on only on side, suggesting incorrect camber alignment. However, the amount of wear varies along the rotation of the tire. Does the fact that the wear is not even for the entire ...
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Disconnecting rear lock assembly

Still working on the 2000 Honda CRV. Trying to get the lock assembly out of the door so I can work on it, but I'm having trouble disconnecting it from the outside door handle. part #8 plugs into the ...
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Alternative reverse light switch

I am about to take me ute to get a "safety" certificate so that I can get it registered (QLD, Australia) and I have one issue left that is still a possible problem. The switch that operates the ...
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Jump starting a dead battery: Connect black wire to negative pole of battery or grounded metal?

Most of the advice I've seen for jump starting cars instructs to connect the black wire to a bare piece of metal on the car with the dead battery. However, I've always just hooked up both poles to the ...
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415 views

Automatic lock not working

2001 Honda CRV, when lock button is pressed rear PS door lock sounds like a machine gun (ra-ta-ta-tat) and door remains unlocked. Door cannot be manually locked either, what could be causing this? Is ...
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Muffler inlet corrosion problem

My 2001 Honda Civic needs a new muffler every two (2) years or so, because the inlet pipe corrodes just after the union. Is this a common problem, or would installing a better quality muffler prevent ...
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Slow rolling power windows

I have a 2000 Honda CRV where the power windows are slow to roll up, and usually need manual assistance to fully close. When rolling up the windows (front DS, front PS), they start up slow and ...
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2005 Honda Accord Hybrid Won't Start Or Go In Neutral

A few weeks ago the car would start in the morning but not start in the afternoon. The next time it started I drove it straight to the Honda near my work. They told me the 12volt battery had a bad ...
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hydraulic clutch fails to fully disengage

I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla Verso 2.0 D4D (UK model). The clutch does not disengage fully with clutch pedal fully pressed. This is a hydraulic clutch. When in gear and brake is released with clutch ...
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Biodiesel and DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter)

I read a little about DPFs and biodiesel. Some claim that there's a reduction in lubricity and/or viscosity of engine oil when using B30 or above. They warn about increased engine wear because of it. ...
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Diesel engines maintenance [closed]

Diesel engines are more complex than their petrol counterparts. What are the basic diesel engines maintenance must-dos?
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How to Get Basic Car Repair Knowledege [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting Started in Auto Repair I'm looking for some teach yourself sources for auto repair. I'd like to start restoring an old car in my dad's garage, but I don't have ...
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Dealer service records from Toyota, Honda, Mercedes Benz - don't exist?

I'm shopping for used cars at the moment, and have been considering some models from Toyota and Honda, as well as an older Mercedes Benz. Many of the cars I've seen so far have been at dealers, i.e. ...
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Getting Started in Auto Repair [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. How to begin learning engine tuning? My dad has an old Mazda that has been sitting in the garage for a long ...
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Couldn't start my Volvo due to Key Error. Called assistance and he fixed it by hitting the key with a screwdriver. What could be the error?

My Volvo S40 (06) would not start when I turned the ignition key. I got a message that was somewhat like "Key Error, please try again". I tried with both my keys so it wasn't the key itself. I think I ...
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2001 Honda Civic: rough ride, even after new struts

My 2001 Honda Civic has what I can only describe as a "rough ride" in the front wheels. When I put my foot on the brake pedal (not pressing on it), there's a roughness there I can feel. It's less at ...
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Difference between steady and flashing CEL?

What is the significance of a flashing CEL, vs. a steady one? I recently read and cleared the codes on my 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII. After driving it for awhile, the CEL came back on. During that ...
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High / fluctuating oil pressure causes?

My girlfriend has a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SSE (3.8L GM 3800-II, non-supercharged). It ran low on coolant a few weeks ago, and started to overheat. I refilled with coolant, but the next time I was in ...
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Adjust clutch on toyota tazz…

I took my car in for a service. Upon receiving it back I have to push the clutch in to it's absolute max before shifting gears. It wasn't like this before. If I can describe in terms of percentages it ...
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What happened to my tire between the time I got it and the time I found it deflated?

Here's the scenario: I purchased 4 new tires with installation for my 2003 Ford Focus with almost 200,000 miles on it (original aluminium wheels). When I got my car from the tire place, I noticed ...
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How to prevent a car from boosting?

Considering a turbo car. The specific model is a Dodge Caliber SRT 2008, but I'd prefer a more generic answer. How can one prevent the car from boosting while still having a car that can be driven ...
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How can I check if my 1995 Lancer CC GI has OBD-II

As my title say I want to know if my current car that I just purchased has an ODB-II port. I have looked under the steering wheel and I can see what I think to be a OBD-II connector, but am unsure. ...
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How much do I need to sand before proceeding?

I noticed a few days back that the upper portion of my driver side back wheel has got rust. I took a sand paper and started cleaning it hoping to remove the rust and apply primer-paint on it but as I ...
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What is surging?

I've been reading a few of the questions here just to learn a bit more about cars out of curiosity and one thing I see quite a bit is the word "surging" I searched and I'm not seeing any straight and ...
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1998 Ford Ranger surges when idling

What should I be looking at to diagnose my Ford Ranger which surges when stopped? This typically only happens while the vehicle is warming up. After that, it's fine.
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Intermittent start on hot days with 1992 Honda Civic

This happened twice last summer, and twice this summer. On very hot days ~90F, only after my car has been sitting in the sun all day (so, right after work), it won't start. The first time I thought ...
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Engine Size and Fuel Consumption

I have this weird misconception that the engine size is related to the amount of fuel being burned in one cycle(4-stroke engine). I know this is stupid but how does engine size relate to the amount of ...
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Diagnosing overheating on 92 civic

I have a 1992 Civic that's been overheating, first only at speeds above 65 mph and only after an hour or so of driving, but it's getting progressively worse. It's drivable if I coast with the clutch ...
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My car's coolant temperature reaches almost 100 C / 212 F in a fast pace

Today, after a very hot day, I saw that my coolant was almost reaching 100C/212, I pulled over, stopped and took a look over the hood. The very little water that remained in the coolant tank was all ...
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Using DOT4+ in clutch/brakes when DOT3 is recommended?

Looking at Wikipedia's DOT 3 page, it looks like it's been effectively superseded by DOT 4 fluid, but it's still sold and is still recommended on many forums. This question has an answer saying DOT 4 ...
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What is a modular clutch?

What is a modular clutch and why do I have to buy a flywheel when I replace it? Car: 2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4.
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DIY: Can these dents be fixed?

I got a major sent of dents on my car recently from a side-collision with another car and have shown them in the pictures below. I managed to apply some primer and paint it myself temporarily but I ...
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2000 Honda Civic Won't Start after Replacing spark Plugs

My 2000 honda civic ex 4-dr sedan seemed like it was misfiring. I decided to check the spark plugs to see if that was the issue. I replaced the spark plugs. The car would turn over however the ...
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Radiator drain plug for Ford Falcon BA Mk2 Wagon

I'm trying to flush the coolant on a 2005 Ford Falcon (BA Mk2 wagon model, with the 6-cylinder engine), but am having difficulty locating the radiator drain plug. I'm having difficulty even getting ...
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Satellite Radio OEM location on an 2009 Acadia

Does anyone know how to get at the XM unit on an '09 GMC Acadia? I can see the unit. It's located on the inside of the trunk, above the rear, driver-side tire. However, there's a large, black piece ...
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What can cause a vehicle to run hot, but not overheat?

Anyway, I have a Grand Am 2003 V6. It only has 80k miles. My car ran great when I got it(used), but at some point it began to have minor temperature problems. It would always run a little bit hotter ...
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What can cause a window to just shatter?

While turning a corner [a left] my back driver's side window shattered and filled the back seat with bits of glass. As near as I can tell it all fell in. I can not see a rock amongst the debris. A ...
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652 views

Which O2 sensor is bad?

I'm getting codes p0031 and p1148 on my 2007 Altima 3.5 SE. From what I've read, p1148 is caused by p0031. P0031 relates to the voltage on the heater circuit of the 02 sensor on Bank 1, Sensor 1. I ...
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Sluggish Acceleration, Minor Surging

I have a 2000 Infiniti i30 with 160K miles that is in fantastic shape. I purchased it from a mechanic who had gotten it from a customer who basically ended up not wanting it. The mechanic replaced the ...
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What can cause warped rotors?

I have a forward rotor on my '04 Chrysler Sebring causing a lot of pulsation when braking. I replaced the rotor- but within about a month the problem had re-appeared. The guys at Monroe noticed my ...

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