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The brakes on my vehicle continue to pulsate, even with new rotors and pads

I've replaced the rotors and the brake pads so far, but the brakes continue to pulsate whenever they are applied. The slides on the caliper are not stuck or frozen, but I think they may be the ...
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2006 Honda Civic Hybrid — starting problems if not recently (12hours!) driven

I have a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid. About a year ago, I noticed it had starting problems if not recently driven in the last few days, like when I'd come back from a vacation or if I didn't drive it ...
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AC suddenly stopped working?

After few hours driving in town with a lot of traffic my AC was working fine, keeping low temperature inside. Then I had to stop the engine for few minutes and when I turned it on, although the AC ...
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2000 Toyota Sienna Rear Blinker Assembly Clips Broke Off

I recently took off the tail light on our 2000 Toyota Sienna and the clips on the light assembly side broke off as I was pulling it off. Any idea where I can get replacement clips? Or would I have to ...
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Advantages of direct vs sequential fuel injection

I understand that direct injection puts the air/fuel mix into the cylinder body directly vs the intake valve like the sequential does. What are the advantages of doing so? E.g. does it yield a ...
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What tools are needed to DIY wheel alignment?

As per this article, DIY-ing wheel alignment requires a camber gauge and either a toe bar or toe plates. Is that a complete list of tools required? Is it better to use a toe bar than toe plates?
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Oversize Engine Oil Drain Plug?

So... I stripped the bottom half of the threads due to trying to use a washer on a non-washer using drain plug. My aluminum oil pan (and plug) turns out to not be the standard oil pan for the vehicle ...
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Why aren't fuel pumps powered by drivebelt?

I was reading about fuel pumps, which are electric powered. I was trying to understand why they wouldn't be part of the drivebelt assembly and my guess was that they need steady pumping rather than ...
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What happens if you put the wrong kind of gas in your car?

I (like most people) just use regular unleaded gas in my car and always have. But once I accidentally put in the premium kind, mixing it with the unleaded that was already there, and I thought for ...
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Does a window lift motor have to be in a specific position when installing it?

When installing a replacement window lift motor, do I have to worry about the motor being in a specific position (as far as rotation is concerned)? Or does the motor stop at the top (closed ...
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New struts on a 2000 model year car with 225k miles, replace coils?

Should the suspension coil springs be replaced on a Toyota Celica that is 15 years old and has 225k along with the struts or do the coils never really go bad? How about the top bearing plate?
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87 views

How did the tyre shop flatten my battery?

I bought a 'new' (2004) Subaru Forester last week. The other day, I took it in to have the wheel alignment checked, and once they had finished aligning it, they came back and said "the battery was ...
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96 Chevy Cavilier Leak From the Transmission

I'm looking at buying a 96 Chevy Cavilier which looks from the pictures to be in very well kept condition. The only drawback the seller mentioned was an unknown leak from the manual transmission. ...
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Consequences of not fixing rusted body parts

My mother-in-law has just retired and given us her old Pontiac Sunfire 1996. It's been little used and generally well maintained, except for the body. Both front fenders have a small patch of about ...
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1answer
74 views

1987 GMC pickup - will not crank

I have a 87 GMC pickup. It was running fine yesterday. Went to get in it this morning and nothing. The cab light came on at first, but now nothing. When I hook jumper cables to it I get a spark from ...
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1answer
614 views

How much more slowly do synthetic oils degrade compared to conventional oils?

I don't drive my car very often and in the 13 years I've owned it I think I only ever reached the 5000 mile limit once during a long roadtrip; instead I always end up driving only about 2000 miles in ...
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2002 Ford Explorer won't start

I've had it for about two years now, and didn't have this problem until recently. At one occasion after a long trip it wouldn't start after parking for a few minutes.. the next morning it fired right ...
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Gases from car batteries

Does my car battery emit Hydrogen Sulfide gas when charging, or just Hydrogen gas? I bought the battery around July 2014 (brand new), and because I did not drive my car for a period of one and a half ...
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1answer
108 views

Mystery Sensor on Manual Transaxel Housing

I have a 97 Mazda - 323 S V (BA) - 1.8 i 16V (114 Hp) with a manual 5 speed transmission. While trying to change the oil, I noticed the following connector, with one missing wire on what I think is ...
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250 views

2006 Suzuki SX4 Vibration/Lurch/Sound

My 2006 Suzuki SX4 (61k miles) has just started doing something odd that makes me a bit worried. There is an oscillating, deep sound that varies with the speed that I drive. It almost sounds like the ...
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145 views

Is there any chemical to put on windshield to reduce temperature inside a car?

As I recall, I read a news 10 years ago about putting some chemical on windshield which can somehow reduce the temperature inside a car. Since I just bought my car, I want to try. Please help. ...
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Motorbike rear wheel hub reassembly

I want to get a new tire fitted on my 2003 Suzuki DR650 and removed the rear wheel. Following the manual I took the chain guard off, removed the axle, made the wheel free of chain and brake caliper ...
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Duke 390 Tyre rotation problem

I have observed that my ktm duke 390's back wheel is difficult to rotate even while its in neutral. If i'm riding the bike, if i put it in neutral, the bike slows down pretty quick than it used to be. ...
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How can I add tension to a motorcycle chain?

I have 2008 Yamaha Scorpio 225, and the chain is looking a bit loose. I've had a good look around, and I really can't find a way to tighten it. Does anyone have any idea where to look? Is there a ...
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What is the correct way to clean and lubricate the chain of a Yamaha FZ 16?

I own a 2011 Yamaha FZ 16 bike; which has an open chain; occasionally dirt gets accumulated to the chain and despite my many attempts I am unable to properly clean the chain. Also could you also help ...
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is motorcycle chain lubrication absolutely necessary?

Lubricating your chain is certainly one of the easiest maintainance tasks for a motorcycle owner, however I frequently wonder how necessary it really is. Are there any negative effects which can come ...
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Motorcycle chain degreasing

What are the pros and cons of the various chain degreasing techniques. I want to maintain my chain and sprockets to the best possible standard and have heard many schools of thought on chain cleaning ...
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Chain Tightening Guidance

I adjusted my chain, correctly, but some times when I check it, it feels to tight. If I roll the bike forward a bit it goes back to being correct looseness, is the normal?
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What may happen if I do not replace my motorcycle's chain

I have a aging (y2k) motorcycle with not too many Ks on the clock. I have been told by a mechanic that I need to replace my sprockets and chain. This seems reasonable since the chain has been poorly ...
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How many kms is too many for a 400cc bike

I am looking at getting a Ducati Monster that is 400cc and 1996 but has done around 42,000kms. How many kms is to many before you will start to run into problems
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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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Importance of engine compression ratio

Please explain the importance of Engine Compression Ratio. In Text books I could find the following importances Engine Cold starting Characteristics Torque Generated Fuel Consumption Noise ...
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My battery was too low, and now my check engine light is on

I've noticed it in the last year (2013) that my 2008 Jetta with the original OEM battery would be taking a little longer to start than before, sometimes (but very rarely) not starting in the amount of ...
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Changed Spark Plug Missing (not firing)

Over the weekend, I changed one spark plug on my 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. It was running fine but it had been about 30,000 miles and I am about to sell it and wanted to have everything running good ...
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Is it safe to reuse oil that was drained for a repair?

Let's say that I just replaced my engine oil but decided I want to lift the valve covers to do some gasket replacement. I know it may sound cheap but I'd rather not throw away $25 worth of almost new ...
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How to test if head gaskets are blown?

Is there a definitive way to test whether head gaskets in most engines are blown, without actually reaching for the gaskets themselves (at which point you might as well go ahead and replace them) ...
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Central Locking Help: Why are there 3 wires for each door lock?

Tl;Dr: I want my hazards to flash with the central locking. I need to wire them up together with a diode to each side (left and right). The central locking has 3 wires My questions are: Does anyone ...
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1answer
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Peugeot 307 horn not working

I own a Peugeot 307 , 2003 model . 97000 miles. My local mechanic fixed its horn two times but after few weeks again it stopped working . Now my MOT is due and was wondering what would be the best ...
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Why is Diesel Engine called as Quality Controlled and Petrol called as Quantity Control

Why is Diesel Engine called as Quality Controlled and Petrol called as Quantity Control. As far as I understand, In Diesel Engine the right amount of Diesel for the right amount of Compressed air ...
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SAAB 93 Car Audio system upgrade [closed]

I have a 2009 Vector trim Sports Saloon version. With that trim basically you get a Radio/CD audio system with ability to play mp3 CD's. However it's time to move on for some better solutions with USB ...
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Honda 2005 CRV - tire noise or bearing noise?

I have a 2005 Honda CRV (RD7), with 190k km on the clock. Over the last 10000km or so, there's been a slight hum coming (I'm pretty sure) from the rear, and sloooowly getting worse. The specifics of ...
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140 views

steering wheel shakes in a turn

I drive a 2011 Ford F150. After new tires, new brakes and rotors and a wheel balance, the truck rides fine at all speeds and braking is good. However, when I enter into an exit ramp and brake while ...
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Repairing of electronic throttle control

I am the owner of an Opel Astra G Caravan (This is the European name, don't know how it is in USA) from year 2007. It has an 1.4 Twinport engine Z14XEP and a manual gear. A few days ago I noticed ...
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Scooter break-in period - Actual scientific backing or urban legend?

I don't understand the break-in periods needed for scooters/motorcycles. I know everyone says it, but I haven't found any explanation with some scientific backing to not making it an urban legend. ...
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How does cylinder leakage tester kit work?

I was browsing Amazon in search for a combustion leak detector (AKA "block tester") and I stumbled upon a cylinder leakage tester kit, which is supposed to do similar things? But I am not quite sure ...
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1answer
256 views

Does a brake controller need direct battery connection, or would a switched source work?

I'm installing a break controller & 7-pin receptacle for towing. The wiring diagram I am following (below) shows the 7-pin and brake controller wired directly to the battery. I want to know if I ...
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179 views

How do I troubleshoot a vehicle that won't start?

My 2000 Chevy truck lights all come on like normal but won't start there is nothing . I hooked 2 wires to the starter and hit them together and it started. Any idea what the problem is
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Replacing regular twin shocks with nitrox for my bike

I have a bike with regular Twin shock absorbers (Spring and damper). I am planning to change this to Gas charged shock absorbers. Since I used to ride my friend's Bajaj Pulsar 150, and it feels more ...
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Locating a correct replacement for Honda Civic seat lever

The lever that controls the inclination angle of the car seat in my Honda Civic 2001 EX broke. I have been trying to look for a replacement lever, but I can't seem to find one on Amazon. Do I need to ...
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Replacing the 2015 Fiesta S's ugly chrome grill with a Euro kit?

So I have a 2015 Fiesta S (the one with the chrome braces) I'm hoping that the kit that I found on fordpartsuk will work, as it seems like it's the same shape... ...

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