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Is there a general fix or product I can buy to silence a squeaky belt?

I have a squeaky belt in my car that is driving me crazy! Is there a general fix or belt treatment product I can buy to silence a squeaky belt? If belts are squeaky, does that mean time for ...
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0answers
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no fuel pressure after changing fuel regulator

I own a 2001 blazer 4.3lt 4 door 4wheel drive. I was having a hard starting problem several attempts to start before it would run on a few occasions it would back fire through the intake manifold. ...
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3answers
443 views

Should I put my (UK) Automatic into Neutral at stops?

I have a Vauxhall diesel automatic with electronic handbrake. Which of the following is the best procedure at a red light? Leave in drive, foot on brake Leave in drive, engage handbrake Place in ...
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4answers
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Can a oil leak cause a fire?

My mechanic has recommended that I fix an oil leak in my car. My car is old and really, I rarely drive it so I'm reluctant to spend any money on fixing it unless it's going to cost more later on or ...
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1answer
115 views

BMW 530i Navigation software

My friend has bought a BMW 530i from 2004, manufactured in Germany. The original navigation system installation disk is broken. I wounder if it can be downloaded, burnt to a cd/dvd and installed into ...
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1answer
539 views

Car overheating when ac goes from hot to cold

This is a 2003 Honda Civic with about 140k on it. I've had this car checked out by a mechianic and the thermostat was replaced had a pressure test to check for air pockets, nothing. Had a test for a ...
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0answers
62 views

Typical voltage drop when air con, radio, lights, etc. in use

Imagine the engine/alternator are running and the battery voltage is 14V. If I now turn on the air conditioner, radio, headlights, seat warmer, cigarette lighter, should I now expect the voltage to ...
3
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1answer
60 views

Why is the oil pan plug not at the complete bottom of the system?

I've noticed on my Jeep TJ, and my mom's Prius that the screw plugging the oil pan is not at the absolute bottom of the oil pan, but offset. I know that the small amount of oil that gets trapped due ...
2
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2answers
638 views

Rear drum brakes will not release

I have a 2010 GMC Canyon. When you first start up and put the vehicle in gear the breaks will not release.if you accelerate then it will pop and release. This will happen the first two or three times ...
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Is it bad to switch gears to D while my car is still moving backwards

I am reversing. While the car is still moving backwards, I switch gears from R to D, and press the accelerator to start moving forward. After a bit the car stops going backward, and starts moving ...
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532 views

Trying to figure out the name of this car part!

I got new tires today and saw that the part that's circled is broken on my car. It looks like it just snapped at the top because part of the bolt appears to still be in whatever the tube is. Anyone ...
4
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0answers
115 views

Out of round wheel?

I have a '99 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS that has a terrible vibration problem that occurs at all speeds, with it being very bad on the highway. During turns, it gets worse then better, as if both front ...
3
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1answer
839 views

Key unlocks steering lock but won't turn into the ignition section Hyosung Prima Rally (Scooter)

I have Rally Prima Scooter and just recently I have been unable to turn the key to the ignition section of the lock. I am able to put the key in and turn it one click to unlock the steering lock but ...
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2answers
571 views

Is it possible to plastic weld a bumper with a heat gun?

I have a 1500 watt heat gun with 12 settings from another project (the Wagner 3500, if anybody is curious.) I have an acquaintance that managed to crack their bumper, and I was hoping that I could ...
3
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1answer
138 views

97 Mazda 323: Where is the IAT sensor?

On my 97 Mazda 323 BA 1.8L BP-DOCH I can't seem to find the IAT sensor. It has a B6BF MAF with a 5 pin connector, but I don't see anything else between the air filter and the throttle body. On the ...
3
votes
1answer
627 views

Burning smell when getting out of the car

I sense a burning smell when getting out of the car (Nissan Maxima 02 V6). I am pretty sure it is an oil leak from somewhere based on the odor, but not sure where else to look for. The smell was ...
4
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1answer
583 views

At a complete stop, why is my RPM in Neutral gear greater than Drive gear?

I always assumed that my engine would do less work in N (neutral) than in D (drive). However, I tried a little experiment. My car wasn't moving, my foot is on the brake, and I have in D. I then switch ...
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1answer
52 views

Alternative location for motorcycle ignition coils?

I recently replaced the ignition coils on my 81 Suzuki 450. The aftermarket coils are just large enough that the tank won't seat right, even after adjusting the bracket. Would there be any issue in ...
3
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0answers
101 views

How do you replace the cupholders in a late 90's (1999) model Toyota Corolla?

The cupholder mechanism in my 1999 Toyota Corolla broke on the bottom and on the sidebar and they need to be replaced. How would I go about doing that? I assume the center console has to be taken ...
4
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1answer
45 views

Leaking, then not leaking, carburetor

My '59 Nash say for a few months (ok, a year). I recently got it running again by changing out the spark plugs and fuel filter. We let it run for awhile, then shut it down. That's when we noticed ...
3
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1answer
2k views

98 Ford Expedition. Anti theft-ignition problem (car not running)

98 Ford Expedition. The car is flushing the theft lights, and is not starting. I been looking for information about this problem. It sounds that it is related to the PATS system that ford has on those ...
2
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1answer
245 views

Little heat at idle great heat when reving engine

I have new radiator put in due to leak, 96 Dodge Ram Van 1500. I have little to no heat, changed t-stat, flushed heater core, burped system on incline. Heat is slightly better. When I rev the engine ...
3
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1answer
819 views

Peugeot 207 Handbrake lever loose with handbrake on

I would like to begin by saying that my mechanical experience with cars only stretches as far as I've seen on Top Gear. My knowledge about cars isn't any better than a 5 year olds. Now then, I've got ...
2
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1answer
412 views

Changed O2 Sensor and my mileage went down

I changed the O2 sensor on my 97 Mazda 323 BA 1.8L BP DOCH Lantis and my mileage actually went down. The car had the original sensor in it, with about 200,000 kilometers on it and I replaced it with ...
4
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1answer
69 views

What's wrong with worn-out suspension?

I'm about to buy an RV from a friend. I've never bought any kind of vehicle before, and I know nothing about cars except through web searches. But I do have a grad-level physics education and some ...
3
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0answers
30 views

Clutch/transmission noise [duplicate]

I have a manual transmission in a Ford Ranger with 240,000 miles and it has recently started making an intermittent grinding/grating noise. The conditions under which I have heard it are: Clutch is ...
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3answers
673 views

What to Inspect / Clean / Change After Buying a Used Car Without A Service Record [duplicate]

Let's say you've bought a second hand car that seems decent, but has no service record. What are the things you would inspect, clean or change right off the bat?
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Polo TDI 2004 - intermittent power, smoke, turbo issue

Car: Polo TDI 2004 1.4 with 190,000 km (118,060 miles) on the clock. While Issue: driving it intermittently (distance/time are not factors it seems) it starts to spew black/dark grey smoke and all ...
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0answers
315 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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2answers
82 views

Engine doesn't want to stop

I have a '59 Nash Met. with a straight 4. It runs great, but when I turn it off the engine continues to run for up to a minute, sometimes violently shaking as it comes to a halt. Any idea what causes ...
3
votes
2answers
376 views

Mk5 Golf TDI with battery drain and brake lights coming on on their own

I have a 05 Mk5 Golf TDI. I have to jump it in the mornings as its battery is dead, but it will last all day if I'm driving it. It will start straight up if I stop for a hour or more, but if left over ...
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votes
1answer
409 views

Pulsar 150 drifts right side

3 years old, 25000km done. The main problem is that the bike pulls or drifts towards the right side. I took it to the original service centre where they said the front fork bent and they overhauled it ...
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1answer
70 views

weather causing power loss

Why would my engine lose power when the weather temperature gets warmer. While driving the vehicle will not have as much power when it gets warm or hot.
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1answer
3k views

What does a healthy spark plug look like?

The spark plug pictured here: Has some black carbon on the underside of the ground electrode and has black carbon on the "base" area below the centre electrode (not pictured). Is this normal and ...
3
votes
4answers
10k views

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power Loss

I have a 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee with about 183,000 miles. Over the last couple of days it has developed a problem where when accelerating it will lose all engine power for about 5 seconds (rpms drop ...
2
votes
1answer
47 views

Using dry moly lube as an alternative to anti-seize

While shopping for some anti-seize for my O2 sensor install, I came across some transmission lube that had me wondering about whether I could use it as an alternative to anti-seize. It appears to ...
0
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1answer
47 views

Comprehensive Dictionary of Auto parts

Does anyone know of a website, list, book, etc that provides a comprehensive list of auto parts, description and synonymous words? Update: An example for my Jeep I just had the ignition pickup ...
4
votes
1answer
391 views

How far can I drive with too much oil?

I have 2005 Nissan Sentra. The car tends to leak oil, so I check it about twice a month. I checked today and the oil was probably an inch above the full line, but I'm not sure why. I got the oil ...
5
votes
2answers
986 views

BMW 530xd E60 2008 diesel possibly fuel pump problem

Car details: BMW 530xd E60 2008-05 Diesel 170kw. The pump is working as it should be, it has been tested in BMW center. Problem is, when I turn the ignition on, the check engine light doesn't come ...
3
votes
1answer
236 views

How to install replacement lens for headlight

My 2002 Toyota Corolla got backed into by a snowplow a few month's back: The headlight/bulb still works (amazingly); however The lens/plastic covering over it is busted; and The entire headlight ...
2
votes
1answer
98 views

Programming error Buick Enclave 2008

I just installed a brand new PCM on my Buick enclave 2008 gives me the P0602 code, the vehicle does not work, and some tell me it takes flasher PCM? I would like to know how flacher PCM (the stage) ...
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4answers
49 views

Running my camper on solar

I would lIke to run my camper fully on solar and I'm unsure what I would need to do it right. It would be for heavy use, lights, appliances, tv, ect... I have a 2014 camper that has a 50 amp plug on ...
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3answers
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Can 1/2 drive impact wrenches be adapted to use 3/8 sockets?

I need to add a cordless impact wrench to my toolset do some exhaust work (loosen some really tight bolts, basically). I also plant to use it for CV joint-related work. They seem to be kind of ...
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1answer
51 views

my tire is wobbling and I need to know possibilities!

I had a flat tire on my front right and I definitely need an alignment because they were wearing on the inside of both front tires. I moved my rear tires to the front and just replaced and balanced ...
4
votes
1answer
61 views

How can I tell when a tire was manufactured?

Unused tires harden and deteriorate quickly in harsh desert climates. When I shop for tires I want to make sure I get ones that are as fresh as possible from the factory without trusting the sales ...
2
votes
1answer
177 views

Buying wider wheels

I'm considering buying wider tires for my car. How do I find out the maximum width that would fit? Im currently running 205/50R16, if that indicates anything.
4
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1answer
137 views

Ford Expedition Speakers - Loud Pop and Burning Smell

I have a 1997 Ford Expedition, which, when I bought it, only the speaker in back left door was working. The sound quality was fine, so I made do with just the one speaker. But a couple days ago, while ...
5
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1answer
3k views

Does 4-wheel alignment involve taking wheels off?

I was wondering if a 4-wheel alignment involves taking off all the wheels. I called NTB to check whether their wheel alignment includes tire rotation and they said it didn't. But if they have to ...
4
votes
1answer
122 views

How inaccurate is the stock wideband 02 sensor in the SG9 Subaru Forester XT at WOT

As the title suggests, I'm trying to get concrete data on how inaccurate the stock wideband O2 sensor is in the Subaru Forester XT (MY06 to MY08). I am attempting to create a custom map for the car ...
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1answer
328 views

What happened to side marker reflectors?

I was looking at an older car recently and noticed its side reflector was missing. Then I realized, cars dont have side marker reflectors anymore. What happened to them? I assume there was a U.S. ...

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