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Car shifts hard when warm

My car, 2003 Toyota Camry shifts hard when warm. Fliud level is normal, mileage is 100k. I cannot spend too much time on it, just want to try some inexspensive tests, to understand what could be the ...
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How should I prevent my battery going flat when I leave my car alone for a month?

I will be leaving my Focus alone for around a month in (scottish) winter weather. Ordinarily I would make sure to take the vehicle out at least once a week to prevent the battery going flat in the ...
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4answers
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How to troubleshoot excessive timing retard?

I've seen numerous cars that for one reason or another, retard timing excessively at wide open throttle - getting worse over time. Seat of the pants impression is that power drops off steeply as RPMs ...
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1answer
469 views

Would changing to an air suspension give a smoother ride?

The road here can be a little bit rough sometimes, so I was wondering how I could improve the ride. How about upgrading to an air suspension system? Would that improve the ride? How much would such a ...
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4answers
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Shift “Grinding” Issue?

Lately I've been noticing a grinding/resisting force and sound when I shift from first to second gear in my 2003 Jetta GLI. It is ruining driving for me because every time I shift from first to second ...
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3answers
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How do I deal with frozen washer fluid?

Now that temperatures are dropping below freezing, I decided to fill my wiper fluid reservoir with winterized fluid. I used almost an entire bottle, so it must have been almost empty, but there was ...
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2answers
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Installing ubolts - How to push the slip joint forward

I'm in the process of removing the lift blocks from my 2000 silverado z71. Now that I'm ready to install new ubolts I've realized that the driveshaft and axle have slipped backwards away from the ...
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Gas mileage down significantly the last few tanks: what should I look for?

The gas mileage in my car is degraded significantly the last three tanks. What should I look for? Details of the vehicle are below, but this question could also apply to anyone who sees this problem ...
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1answer
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Fixing a trunk latch on a Ford Focus

If the latch on an '03 focus (not hatch back) just clicks at you 4 or 5 times and never actually closes what needs to be fixed? I can't close my trunk. The black plastic thing that the latch is ...
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1answer
741 views

Cruise Control and Brake Lights not Working

I recently fixed a problem where the cruise control and brake lights stopped working at the same time in my 2006 GMC Canyon. The question is not how to fix this, but how it broke to begin with. I ...
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1answer
377 views

2005 Montana heater blowing warm air only

My Pontiac Montana is blowing warm air with the heater turned on. I was receiving a code(not sure what the number was but the message referred the engine was running cooler than it was supposed to.) ...
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2answers
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Permanent fix to AC drain clogging in '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

For some time, my Jeep has had something leaking or draining into the carpet in the front-passenger floor space. My mechanic has told me that the AC drain keeps getting clogged by leaves and such, ...
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1answer
175 views

Removing Rust from 2010 Civic Doors

I have some scratches on my doors. After some reading, it seems like my best option is to paint over it, and optionally scour the rust. I don't have access to fancy tools, and I believe that ...
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1answer
832 views

Is this reservoir for power steering fluid? (1989 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome)

Low-speed steering on this RV causes a loud squeal, presumably a slipping belt. I am trying to find check the level of the power steering fluid. I found this unmarked reservoir in the forward ...
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2answers
3k views

Can an engine stop from a bad battery?

The car is a 2005 Toyota Corolla CE. Its engine is the 1ZZ-FE, a 1.8L straight four that runs on gas, not diesel. The alternator is stock, and tests out just fine on the multimeter in both voltage ...
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1answer
187 views

Securing Trunk on a Civic [closed]

I have a 2010 Civic. If I have to transport stuff that sticks out of the trunk and won't allow it to close, how can I do this? Normally, in other cars, you can take a bungee cord (which I have), ...
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3answers
5k views

Manual Transmission - Stuck in Neutral

I was at a red light and my car was in neutral and got stuck (wouldn't go to first). My mechanic told me that it is the clutch and is going to cost $1,200 to replace. The guy at AutoZone said that it ...
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1answer
421 views

2001 Saab 9-5 Air Conditioner Fan (upper vents) not working

2001 Saab 9-5 Wagon 9-5 Air Conditioner (upper vents) Fan stopped working. I've examined the DICE fuses, but they all seem to be good. What should I be checking next?
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0answers
488 views

How do I fix an immobilizer problem on a 2006 Kia Sedona?

How do I fix a problem with my immobilizer? This is a follow up to this question: 2006 Kia Sedona intermittently not starting What parts (if any) do I need? What would be the best way to go about the ...
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1answer
910 views

Rear Drum brake scraping and brake pulsating

I recently had a lug nut stud replaced on one of my rear tires. I believe they had to take apart the drum brake to remove the old stud and install the new one. That same day I heard a scraping which ...
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2answers
5k views

Key cycling to determine cause of check engine light

The check engine light is on in my 1989 Ford E250 Econoline van. I heard from a mechanic (who changed my oil) that there's a "key cycling" process that will cause the light to flash in a certain ...
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1answer
254 views

What's the reason for a battery light coming on and becoming brighter as the engine revs higher?

The vehicle is a 1993 LandRover Discovery 3.5 V8. Today when I hopped in to drive home the battery light came on when I started up, and remained on. It gets brighter as the engine revs and just ...
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1answer
390 views

Vibrating sound coming from air condition vent when turned up high?

When I turn my ac up high, I hear a vibrating sound coming from one of the vents. It vibrates more if I turn it up higher. What could this possibly be?
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1answer
178 views

How can I know what engine is compatible with a 2001 Mazda 626

I am selecting an engine to go into this vehicle and I want to know what my options are. What I know is that the engine that was a 2.5L, The transmission is standard. Wikipedia says the 2.5L engine ...
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1answer
372 views

Window Seal Leak

I have a 2008 Honda Civic that is currently leaking water into the backseat floorboards. We have done some diagnostics that have shown the seal on the outside of the window has separated from the ...
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1answer
107 views

A big tuck sound from the back

My car is doing great but now suddenly I hear this big tuk sound from the back as if something has misplaced. It happens repeatedly with intervals. I examined my car underneath and I blame this one ...
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1answer
59 views

Tyre equivalency

I'd like to know if there are less expensive equivalents of the Hankook Ventus R-S2 high performance tyre. It is a 215 / 35ZR18 84Y. I popped one of mine, and it is unrepairable, as the damage is on ...
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1answer
536 views

Which is it; transmission,clutch, or slave cylinder

I have a problem with my 92 Geo Prizm 5 speed manual transmission. I could use some advice from someone knowledgeable about manual transmissions. Here are the symptoms: DURING cranking, in ...
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1answer
380 views

Cold & damp starting problem with delica

the car starts 3-5sec later stutters & dies it can do this up to 5 times i keep rev's at 2 until warm. It starts fine rest of day, Have 2 new battery's?
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3answers
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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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2answers
955 views

What system should I inspect first for the following issues on a 2004 Chevy Aveo?

A 2004 Chevy aveo with around 78,000 miles has the following issues: The Daytime Running Light indicator (as well as the lights themselves) randomly turn on and off. This is a slow thing and has ...
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1answer
148 views

clutch being depressed engages starter [closed]

I have replaced the GEM module and the ignition. WHen ever I push the clutch the starter engages even with the key out. The driver side window does not roll up and the lights come on and off. What ...
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1answer
87 views

Leaking axle bearings

In my Bronco, the 9" rear axle has the tapered roller bearings and has started leaking. With these bearings (Timken Set 20) is there supposed to be an inner axle seal? I have just been using the ones ...
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1answer
149 views

Sound made in Ford Focus when plugged in

I had a dead battery this morning and plugged in my '03 Focus for the first time to charge up enough to get the dang thing out of the garage. I was a little bit worried when I plugged it in because I ...
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2answers
232 views

Car sitting for several months: what should I do to keep it running well?

I have a car that's been sitting for several months and I just got it working again. What should I do to ensure that it keeps running well?
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1answer
178 views

Are these upper ball joints universal (driver/passenger side) or is it a mistake?

I have this 1994 Ford Crown Victoria (police interceptor). I wanted to replace upper ball joints but there's this thing I can't understand. On ebay and other part dealers websites, some uppper ball ...
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3answers
309 views

What is the rattle near my VIN tag and how do I fix it?

I have a Subaru Impreza WRX wagon with 110K miles on and, naturally, it has developed a few rattles. One that's particularly annoying is coming from the dash near the windshield to the left of the ...
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1answer
487 views

Replacing power window motor in a 2003 Corolla

What should it cost (parts and labor) to replace a power window motor in a 2003 Toyota Corolla? What should I consider when deciding between factory vs. used vs. aftermarket?
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1answer
96 views

Cost to alter the transmission system

How expensive would it be to replace a manual transmission system to an automatic?
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3answers
4k views

Do I need steel lugnuts when using steel wheels

Here in the northern part of North America, we're about to start winter, so off come the mags with the summer tires, and on go the steel wheels with the winter tires. Do I need to use steel lug nuts ...
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1answer
528 views

2001 Sienna Won't Start, Dim Dashboard Lights

My mom's 2001 Sienna won't start. When I try to start the car, I get a very rapid clicking noise. The lights are very dim; in fact, the dashboard lights flicker constantly and are almost going out. ...
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1answer
157 views

Remote autostart suggestion

I'm looking for an inexpensive autostart. Preferably something that can be installed easily without service help. Winter temperature is usually 5-15F during the day. I need a long-range autostart, ...
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1answer
221 views

Body Paint Scratch Repair

I have a copper 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover. I bought it in May, and it is already scratched, in one spot all the way through to the metal. I'd like to get some kind of touch-up or clear coat on it to ...
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3answers
2k views

How much pressure can car brakes take?

Is the brake system supposed to support as much pressure as you can physically (with your foot) give it? I would think yes, but I'm curious if there is a specification of some kind or even if its ...
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1answer
1k views

How to diagnose “Creaking” / “Scraping” sound when entering parking lots?

My drive to work involved entering a lot that has a fairly steep grade compared to the pavement. As such, in low riding vehicles, you need to enter it fairly slowly. The thing is, recently, I can ...
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3answers
1k views

how to clean up spilled oil?

I changed the oil in my pickup a couple months ago, and had about a quart of clean oil left in the container when I was done. I don't have a garage or other handy place to keep stuff like this, so I ...
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2answers
2k views

2001 Honda Accord won't start in cold

Last week, I went to start my car in the morning and it wouldn't immediately start. After cursing a bit, I held the key for ~10 seconds and it fired up. I drove home (30 min drive), turned it off ...
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2answers
1k views

Loud rumbling and burning smell when turning on defroster

Tonight while driving my 2003 Kia Sedona with the defroster on, suddenly I heard this very loud rumbling which sounded like it was coming from the engine compartment on the passenger side. My first ...
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1answer
144 views

Banging/Snapping Sound When Turning ('04 TrailBlazer)

I'm thinking that this is the sway bar or sway bar links. Does this sound right? This happens often and it doesn't matter which way I turn.
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2answers
223 views

Removing rust / prepping for repainting

I have several developing rust spots on my car. What's the best way to remove the rust / prep the surface? I picked up a wire cup brush with a 1/4", but it's limited to 4,500 RPM. My tool options ...

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