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The mysterious overheating honda civic

This is a tale that goes back about a year when I found my very first car. I needed it to commute back and forth to school. When I bought the car it worked great, everything I could have wanted. ...
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2answers
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Is it harmful to switch gears while starting?

I have a car with push to start. To use it, I have to push down the brake and press the button. However I've realized that occasionally I'll push the button and immediately switch to drive or ...
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2answers
72k views

Rough Acceleration & ticking noise

Vehicle: 2000 Blazer 4WD Automatic 260,000+ miles (Runs perfectly if not for something going wrong every two weeks) Symptoms: Engine sounds rough when accelerating When accelerating there's a ...
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0answers
340 views

Repair very old car or buy newer used car? [closed]

I am debating whether to repair a very old car or buy a newer used car. There is a particular newer used car I have easy/trusted access to, so I will use that as the example below... The old car: ...
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1answer
74 views

What are the procedures/“tricks” to brake bleeding a Ferrari 575?

What is the procedure/"tricks" to bleed the brakes on a 2002 Ferrari 575?
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1answer
358 views

Will the brakes wear out more on light braking?

I have a doubt. Will the brakes wear out faster on light braking? On heavy / hard braking, the tires stop faster, which means the brake pads are working for a lesser time. Will this affect / increase ...
2
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1answer
168 views

Cruise control not working in 6th gear on Peugeot 5008

Does anyone knows what would be wrong with my cruise control in a Peugeot 5008. It works normally in 4th and 5th gear, but it doesn't want to work in 6th gear.
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2answers
480 views

Odd sound after tire rotation?

About two days ago I got my tires rotated on my 2005 Chevy Cobalt while I was getting an oil change. This was the first time that the tires had been rotated in at least 14,000 miles (since I purchased ...
2
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1answer
226 views

Leakage after using the back window windscreen washer

I have a Audi A3 Quattro where each time I use the windscreen washer just for the back window the back passenger seats become wet. There must be a leakage. I know I have to get this problem fixed - ...
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2answers
698 views

Can I use an intercooler as a charge cooler radiator

I'm looking at creating an advanced charger cooler setup for my car, can I use an intercooler as a charge cooler radiator? Or do radiators need some special coating on the inside of them? It's a ...
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3answers
112 views

do i really need to change rotor when mileage is under 29,000 miles?

The brake pad icon on my dashboard lights up and when i brought it to the shop they said i need to replace the rotor too. my car has 29,000 mile only- is it right that i should replace the rotor this ...
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2answers
4k views

How to troubleshoot headlights intermittently on and off with headlights switched off?

I have a 2000 Ford Windstar. The headlights (and parking/tail lights) intermittently come on (and off), even after the headlights are switched off. Typically, after parking, I'll turn off the ...
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2answers
22 views

How does the online estimate website work?

For example I found AutoMD useful for getting a rough idea of how much the repair might be around. But then I also want to know how actually trustworthy their estimate is. At least it'd be better if ...
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3answers
110 views

Do I still need to use gasket goo? (Or something similar)

First time replacing a head gasket in the engine of a 80's (ish) Toyota Hiace. I have the replacement gasket all ready to go, but do I need anything else to go on it? Some of the older models needed ...
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3answers
302 views

Why is there no vent option for combined defrost/face?

I've wondered about this one question for the better part of twenty years: why is there no option for you to set the air vent to split between face and defrost? That is, the airflow options on ...
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2answers
258 views

Language Problem with Audio System on 2007 Toyota Raum

Please let me know who the manufacturers of HDD NH3T-W56 Audio System are. This is the system fitted on my 2007 Toyota Raum and I intend to approach them for translation of the Japanese instructions ...
2
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1answer
228 views

Saturn SL1 1998 Wiring Diagram

I'm in search of wiring diagram of Saturn SL1 1998. My car does not fire-up anymore, and everything indicate that the interlock has stopped working which stop my car from starting. I want to remove ...
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2answers
362 views

Is it worth having a fire extinguisher in the car?

I've always had a small 1 Kg (2.2 pounds) multipurpose ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher in the car. It has finally expired and I'm wondering whether I should get a new one. In my region it is not ...
2
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1answer
418 views

What does 'M10 x 1.00' mean when referring to fuel injectors?

I need to replace some fuel lines (from the injector control to the injector) on my 93 VW Cabriolet. The site that sells the lines has 2 options for the 'Injector Size': M10 x 1.00 or M12 x 1.5. I'm ...
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3answers
224 views

Can I put a regular lead acid battery in place of a gel battery in a BMW R110RT?

I just got a 2000 BMW R1100RT and the previous owner told me the battery is 7 years old so I figure it's time to go. I saw this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEBjekqUV9c and the guy points ...
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1answer
399 views

possibility of oil entry into coolant tank of figo

What are the possibilities of oil entering into coolant tank ? how to know it withoout seeing tank ? what need to be checked ? what precautions to be taken not reoccur the same trouble kishore
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1answer
305 views

What does the Carburetor Secondary Venturi Do?

We know that on the left side is the primary Venturi where air and fuel mix together. On the right side is the secondary Venturi. What is the role of the secondary Venturi? Thanks in Advance
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1answer
74 views

Load Honda CB400 inside 2003 Kia Sedona?

I have the car, but I don't have the motorcycle. I plan to bring the motorcycle back home. The maximum height the car can load is 40 inch. About the motorcycle, from Wikipedia, the seat height is ...
2
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1answer
873 views

Rust Repair Advice

I have acquired a 2005 Mazda 3 sedan.Its a nice little car, aside from the atrocious amount of rust on it. The rust originated in the wheel wells, and that's where most of the rust actually is. ...
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3answers
654 views

Headlight problem in my honda 125cc bike

I'm having a headlight problem on my Honda 125cc bike. My problem is that I don't have a battery on my bike and every time I connect a bulb, it blows up within 5 mins. As of this moment I can't afford ...
0
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1answer
126 views

98' camaro customization for highway MPG

I currently have a 98 camaro T-top 3800 V6 ,5speed live in Texas where people do 80-90mph normal. Also make 13-16 hour drives on a regular basis. Problem is @85/90mph in 5th gear it's going at ...
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1answer
147 views

Car is heating while Coolant Temp Sensor is normal

I bought a BMW 318i and the car heated twice so far while the coolant temperature sensor is normal. If we exclude the possibility that the sensor is malfunctioning, what problem would cause the ...
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3answers
401 views

2001 Saab 9-5 turbo wagon - worth fixing?

I have an 01 Saab turbo wagon automatic with approximately 120,000 miles on it. Has some heater issues that make for a miserable ride in the winter. Needs the heatbox replaced according to a mechanic, ...
6
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2answers
75 views

Oil pressure light on when igntion is off and goes out when key is on and engine is not running

83 Mitsu PU Diesel. Oil light on drawing .25 amps when key is off. Key on the light goes out. All other lights and gauges work as they should. Light is off when the engine is running. It is ...
3
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2answers
3k views

Doors lock from fob, then unlock themselves

I have a 2002 S-Type Jaguar. When I hit the door lock button on the remote, they lock, then they all open back up in a few seconds. I can't keep them locked. What the heck is casuing this? Can anyone ...
5
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3answers
3k views

Why would a water pump be run off of the timing belt?

I drive a 1999 Chrysler 300M, V6 3.5L engine. I am about to start a water pump replacement repair. I've discovered that the water pump is driven off of the timing belt, rather than either of the two ...
2
votes
1answer
460 views

Engine temperature increases when idling though thermo fan is working

I am trying to diagnose an issue with my Mk1 Golf. The engine heats up when the car is idling or in traffic but cools down almost instantly when I start moving again. I would presume this is the ...
4
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0answers
451 views

N15 Pulsar Crank Angle Sensor replacement

My wife has a 1999 Nissan Pulsar (N15) which lost power and died a few days ago. It was towed by the RAC to a workshop which has diagnosed the Crank Angle Sensor. Cost is approx AU$700 estimated to ...
0
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1answer
140 views

My van steering wheel shakes

I have a 1983 Toyota Hiace LH50 van. When I speed it up to 60-65 kph the steering wheel begins to shake and when I lower the speed to 50kph nothing. All I have to do to avoid the shaking is maintain ...
2
votes
1answer
106 views

How often should I have my bike checked?

How often should I have my bike checked out? My dealer said once a month. If that's the case, how much should I expect to pay?
2
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1answer
519 views

350Z Grinding in lower gears following clutch/flywheel/slave cylinder replacement

I recently replaced the clutch and flywheel on my 2008 350Z with a JWT aftermarket combo. The dealership also replaced the slave cylinder. Now, from time to time it is very hard to shift into first ...
3
votes
1answer
238 views

Does a matte paint job stay cleaner longer?

I was thinking of repainting my Volkswagen matte black in hopes that it would need less maintenance, wash-wise. My mechanic told me that a matte paint job won't show spots from hard water and that ...
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1answer
430 views

Why are V engines less smooth?

I'm learning how to ride a motorcycle on a Suzuki Gladius SFV650, with a V-twin engine. But I also had the chance to ride a Kawasaki ER-5, which has a parallel twin engine (550cc). I've noticed that ...
5
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2answers
2k views

Switching to a higher octane

This may be a very noob question to ask. But I recently got this car and was used with 92 octane petrol. However, to my negligence I overlooked the user manual which states to include 95 octane ...
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1answer
120 views

1995 Honda Civic dx Overheats and does not want to go over 35 mph when overheating also has a burn smell

I have had my car for over 7 years Rebuilt transmission and fixed many things over the years put to much money into it. I really need help and dont know what to do ... I have a 1995 Honda Civic ...
3
votes
3answers
596 views

Do machine car washes destroy a paint job?

When I was young, I was told to always use hand car washes (or better, to do it myself) rather than machine car washes. The reason given was that machine car washes destroy the paint. As a ...
2
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2answers
161 views

Turning Key Results In No Sound, Rarely

I have a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. For almost 2 years now, when I try to start the car it results in no sounds from the motor - this happens about 5% of the time. The other 95% it starts on the first ...
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1answer
61 views

Fuel saving devices, working or not?

It is claimed that a small unit installed in the fuel tank can save fuel 20-30%. The basic principle is reducing loss of volatile compounds via negative charged air. I really doubt the principle. (1) ...
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1answer
152 views

Carpet cleaner for new car smell

I was a porter (car cleaner) at Chevrolet back in the 90's. New cars came in with plastic wrap in the interior. They did not arrive with "new car smell". That smell comes from the deep carpet ...
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4answers
4k views

How to maintain power windows to keep them from freezing stuck?

I recently got a car with frameless side windows. Whenever a door handle is touched, the door window is automatically slightly lowered to release it from upper sealing. During winters, temperatures ...
0
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2answers
3k views

How can I reset the steering wheel airbag warning light

When I bought the car, old owner agreed to fit a standard steering wheel back in place. All was fine. After around 2000 miles of me driving it, the airbag light come on. So far, I've disconnected ...
0
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1answer
458 views

1999 olds alero wont acelerate over 70mph need help

I have a 1999 Oldsmobile alero 4cylinder. This is what im noticing when I put the car in drive sometimes, and press gas the car doesn't want to go it hesitate even when im pressing gas a n d then I ...
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5answers
161 views

What can I do with used motor oil?

Besides recycling? I've heard, for example, that I can use it to lubricate the drive chain (in a motorcycle / bicycle), but that doesn't appeal to me.
2
votes
2answers
389 views

How do Lojacks work? Are there alternatives?

So I was at a dealership recently and of course they advertised the typical Lojack. No doubt I feel these things are useful but it seems the price actually fluctuates (one dealership was selling to me ...
2
votes
4answers
871 views

Still safe to use a helmet when it's dropped?

I dropped my helmet from the seat of my motorcycle. Is it still safe to use it?

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