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Auto transmission shifting late, staying in low gear

The mother-in-law's 2005 Renault Clio (auto) shifts very late and stays in too low a gear. When decelerating the tranny downshifts early (it really likes the revs). The garages all want a heafty sum ...
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Automatic trasmission gear lock when accelerating

For awhile now since getting my first car (and only driving Automatic transmissions) I've had plenty of experiences where when making a turn out of a parking lot with my wheels turned a bit too much, ...
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Is engine braking harmful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? My wife and I have a disagreement about a practice of mine--engine braking. When I'm driving her manual ...
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Do my struts need replacing? Is it possible to repair them? What's a reasonable price?

I have a 2003 Mazda Protege with about 100,000 miles on it. Even very uncertain guestimates at the appropriate price for this would be appreciated. Will worn struts damage my tires? How quickly? ...
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How do you clean battery corrosion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use coca cola or baking soda + water to clean my battery clamps? My roommate's car wouldn't start, and we found a ton of corrosion on the battery posts. He ...
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107 views

Coolant flush procedure?

I'm going to change the coolant on a '96 B-Body with an LT1 engine. It's got expired Dex-Cool in it (past the rated 5 year life). I want to get all the old coolant out in case it has turned to the ...
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337 views

How much longer than a copper plug will an iridium plug last (on average)?

I've been hearing a lot about iridium spark plugs lately. I have read claims that these plugs are more durable than copper plugs due to iridiums high melting point and anti-corrosive properties, but ...
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987 views

How can I achieve a streak free windshield?

I can never quite get the streak free shine on my windshield from using Windex. Is there another product that works better?
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1answer
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Audi A3 Brake warning after MOT

just dropping in to show my support for this forum and to ask a quick question! Had my '06 Audi A3 2.0 TDI Quattro Sport serviced and MOT'd yesterday. Knew my front pads were very worn (tried to ...
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Maintenance on used car with unknown history

I bought a high mileage(130K) used Saturn(98 SW2). I do not know the maintenance history of the car or if it has been kept to the maintenance schedule. What things should I avoid working on. For ...
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1answer
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Engine Coolant Temperature sensor goes bad whenever the outside temperature is hot

This is on a 1998 Chevy Cavalier, automatic transaxle, 2.2L. This sensor went bad last July and I replaced it then. When it goes bad, the check engine light comes on and then the temperature gauge ...
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1answer
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ODB scanner with manufacturers error codes support

What is the story with ODB scanners like ELM237 - do they read manufacturer's error codes? Previously, I had a Volvo S60 04 and cheap scanners could read only general error codes. This was not useful ...
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1966 t-bird speedo reads way too high

Just bought a 66 tbird and everything is pretty straight, I love the car, but the main impediment to me registering it is the spedomometer, which typically reads about 50-60 when I am going much ...
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How do mechanics and shops manage liability?

I would like to know how professional mechanics manage liability in the event that something goes wrong with a repair and a customer's vehicle is damaged or destroyed. Let's suppose for example, that ...
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1answer
579 views

How to clean/dispose of oily/greasy shop rags?

I have some rags (as I'm sure we all do) that are covered in oil and other various fluids. Is it alright to wash these in a standard washing machine and then air dry them? Is there a specific ...
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2answers
861 views

Fuel usage change from 250 CC to 900 CC

I'm currently driving a Honda Hornet 250 CC (because it's the engine size limit on a provisional license in New Zealand). Once I get my full license I want to get something bigger, possibly a Honda ...
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2answers
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Why is my 2005 Volvo S60 losing its power steering fluid?

Last year, I bought a 2005 Volvo S60 for my wife to drive to her job. The car had 103,000 miles on the clock, so a few weeks ago, I installed a new timing belt, tensioner, idle pulley, and water ...
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1answer
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Why is my car hesitating to accelerate only when I first start my car?

I've got a 1999 toyota corolla with over 170K miles, and I've had my fair share of problems over the years. Currently, I have this problem that my car seems to hesitate accelerating when I first ...
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2answers
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How can I remove rust from a screw thread without harming paint?

The screw sockets for the license plates on my car have some rust in them due to a rusty screw. If possible I'd like to clean out the rust from the screw sockets when I replace the screws, but I'm not ...
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2answers
650 views

Water leak in roof of 2007 honda pilot

I have a 2007 honda pilot and have been dealing with a water leak in the roof for over a month now. My mechanic has replaced the windshield twice, thinking that it was a bad seal. He now thinks that ...
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Can I save money using E85 in my flexible fuel vehicle?

Where E85 Ethanol is available (not very common), the price per gallon is often lower than regular unleaded gasoline. Though I've read that fuel economy is commonly reduced by 20% or more, when using ...
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1answer
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What is wrong with my 99 gsxr 600 when my regulator keeps burning out?

I recently had my clutch replaced and a new battery put in. Within a month my regulator/rectifier burnt out of it. So, I purchased a new one. After 2 weeks that one burned out also. I replaced the ...
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197 views

Squeaky door gets the grease?

When should you grease a door hinge? When it's dry or when it starts making noise? Is there a universally appropriate type of grease to use? How should it be applied?
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1answer
125 views

Access to front ceiling light box on a 2006 Acura TSX

I'm trying to follow these instructions for my similar TSX: http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=540405 But I haven't found the proper way to remove the front ceiling light cover (the one ...
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1answer
184 views

What is the difference between 2006 Nissan Altima (baseline) and SE-R taillights?

I've noticed that a lot vendors are marketing lights as SE-R. I know SE-R is the sports trim but what's the differences between their taillights and the other trim levels?
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Does repeated turning on/off Xenon HID headlights harm them?

I've got Xenon headlights and my car has a feature which automatically turns the headlights on at night. Currently I'm hesitant to use the auto-on feature because the headlights turn on when I start ...
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2answers
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BMW E30 M20 oil warning light goes on on hot days but the motor sounds and performs fine

The car: BMW '90 E30 320i Cabrio with the six-cylinder M20 engine. The problem: the red engine oil warning light inside the instrument cluster (not the check control) lights up after some driving. ...
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653 views

Car engine starts only for a fraction of a second and doesn't anymore?

Recharged the car battery, dashboard lights all on, starter motor producing the starting sound. Engine not starting. After seeing this question, I cleaned the solenoid brushes and at the first turn of ...
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3answers
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How can increase the fuel-efficiency of my vespa bike?

My factory Vespa bike can travel around 150 KM with its 200 CC engine and 8 lt. of gasoline. What are the suggested modifications to increase the fuel efficiency that one refill will cover? Without ...
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1answer
452 views

OBD2 protocol in trucks

How can I check if these trucks are OBD2 compatibile? Trucks: Mercedes Atego, type 818 [Daimler 970.21] Man, type 8.113 If they are compatible with this protocol can you tell me where can I find ...
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1answer
956 views

What do i need to know when replacing a valve cover gasket

I have an oil leak from a cracked valve cover gasket that i want to replace myself. I bought the gasket nearly 6 months ago and i am apprehensive at doing it myself without sort of feed back as to ...
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1answer
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1994 Ford Escort won't start

I have a 1994 Ford Escort that was bought used 2 years ago. When we bought it, it would barely run, and we had to replace the engine head. As a result of that and other repairs, it has been losing ...
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1answer
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Follow Maintenance Manual or Service technician recommendations?

We have a 2006 Highlander. Whenever we take it for regular servicing, the service technician recommends some items not specified in the maintenance manual. We told him that and he said it is common ...
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1answer
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Determine Trim on a Saab 9-5

I've a used saab and I need to determine the Trim for Amazon.com's car maintenance section. Here's a picture of it: I really don't know how to determine the Trim. Amazon wants to know if its a: ...
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1answer
820 views

BMW E30 coupe rear side window frame

How can I put the rear side window's lower frame back on?
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2answers
98 views

I bought a new radio. How difficult would it be for an amateur to install?

They gave me a "kit" and a "harness" in addition to the radio. I'm at the knowledge level where I don't know what that means, but I'm assuming the harness holds it in place and the kit involves the ...
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2answers
499 views

Synthetic Oil and oil change frequency

My car (a 2008 Scion tC) says to have its oil changed every 5K miles or 5 months. I just took a new job and commute into the city by bus so I'm driving a whole lot less. I was told that if I got full ...
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1answer
141 views

What is the point of HID lamps?

I was reading a discussion about different HID lamps and I was wondering why would you use HID lamps in the first place? Is it for fuel/energy efficiency? Is it for their higher brightness? Color of ...
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1answer
781 views

Lifter tick—safe to ignore short-term? What to do about it?

I have a 2002 Toyota Camry V6 (1MZ-FE) with about 129,000 miles on it. Recently, I noticed a ticking that seems to be loudest at the end of the front valve cover, on the opposite side of the timing ...
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2answers
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Brake Pedal Requires More Distance to Push

My brake pedal requires a further distance to push than it used to. This is not to say it's harder to actually apply the brake; it's just that when I apply the brake, the pedal goes further back than ...
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1answer
675 views

Honda Unicorn Electricals Problem due to water

I am using Honda CB Unicorn 150cc. Last day I had to ride my bike through water, after which none of the electricals were working. Only Head lamp will work while the engine is on. After when I ...
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1answer
361 views

How are digital speedometer readings typically calculated?

This seemed like the most suitable SE site, I do apologize if this shouldn't go here. How are digital speedometer readings (for things like average speed calculations, etc) typically calculated - ...
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1answer
121 views

Crash survival data for old cars

Where can I find a large amount of data on crashes that have happened to answer the question Which old cars (specific models and years) are you most likely to survive a crash in? Obviously you would ...
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Are there any disadvantage to fuel efficient tires?

I'm in need of new tires and I saw some fuel efficient/low rolling resistance tires. Is there any disadvantage to this type of tire?
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Replacing keys for 09 Malibu

I bought my 09 Malibu used and was given only one set of keys. I've lost them and now the dealership is telling me it will cost about $900 to replace them because the lock system was installed ...
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3answers
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Where can I find OEM inserts for Toyota wiper blades?

I'd like to replace the wiper blade inserts on the original Toyota Highlander 2006 Hybrid blades. Not all dealers carry these, I'd like to order them online, but cannot seem to find anyone that ...
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2answers
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Seat Leon FR TDi 170 injector recall - affected cars

I am looking at purchasing a 58 plate (late 2008) Seat Leon FR TDi 170. I am aware of the injector recall, however I would like to know for how long the problematic injectors were a problem for? The ...
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1answer
411 views

2004 Buick LeSabre sputters in wet weather only when accelerating

My 2004 Buick LeSabre recently started behaving strangely. At first I thought I had filled up with some "bad gas." I used Heat to treat and after a week or so it seemingly started to work fine. Then ...
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1answer
720 views

Refueling 2004 Toyota Corolla S Causes Problematic Starting

We've got a 2004 Toyota Corolla 'S' that, ever since we acquired it years ago, has problems starting when it is refueled. Basically, the engine will crank for a few seconds before finally taking off. ...
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1answer
347 views

Pollen filter, air heater and dust in the air ventilation

I bought old car - VW Bora 2001 - and the air ventilation is full of dust, especially when I turn the air heather on I can smell burning dust. How can I clean the air vent system besides changing ...

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