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94' Honda Civic Cooling issues

Here's what's going on: The temperature remains constant on the highway. The temperature remains constant for short trips. The temperature generally remains constant when the car is not moving. (It ...
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How far should you put your handbrake up?

My feeling is to just pull it up as far as it goes, but I've heard this is bad for the brakes and the car and so it would be better to pull it up with the button pressed till you feel slight ...
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2answers
166 views

Putting tires on rims

How much pressure should I use for a tire to settle on a rim? Is there need to glue the tire on the rim? (Or to try make it more airtight by any means.)
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1answer
510 views

Why should winter tires not be used at summer? [closed]

I heard a tire salesman say winter tires are dangerous in summer. What are the structural and material features that make winter tires not suitable for summer use?
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2answers
271 views

Questions About the “Death Wobble”

I have a 1999 Jeep Wrangler (4 cyl) that has been infected by the infamous "Death Wobble". If this term is too slang then here is an article that can explain it better than I could hope to. I would ...
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3answers
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Rattle on Ford Focus, suspect heat shield

Ford Focus 1.8 Ghia '99 V A little while ago a large section of the aluminium heat shield above my exhaust came loose. Being in a situation where I needed to keep going and without tools, I crawled ...
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1answer
4k views

Oil leak - just keep refilling?

I have a 1995 Honda Accord with over 170k miles on it. I have the oil changed regularly every 3000 miles. My mechanic noticed the oil levels were pretty low at each oil change and took a deeper look. ...
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2answers
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'01 Jeep Cherokee - Check Gauges light & low battery gauge

Bought my '01 Cherokee back in March & have had nothing but problems since; I've been slowly fixing them when I have the time/cash. However, this particular issue has me stumped (and it's happened ...
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1answer
281 views

Is it my ABS sensors that are bad on a 95 Safari Van?

When I drive on snowy roads, the brakes lock up nicely. When I brake on dry roads, the van hops all over the place when I brake.. to the point I feel like the front end is going to fall off. Could ...
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1answer
1k views

Symptoms of failed speed sensor code on Nissan Maxima?

Yesterday morning the check engine light turned on in my 1997 Nissan Maxima, 127K miles, manual transmission. The mechanic pulled a speed sensor code but it's testing within range now. I was ...
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4answers
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Remove smell / odor from car's interior

We recently purchased a used minivan and it wasn't until we got it home and let it sit overnight that we noticed there was a distinct smell to the interior. The smell is not offensive but it is not ...
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3answers
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How to begin learning engine tuning?

Quite simply, I want to begin tuning and modifying automotive engines for hobby. I have always been fascinated with cars, and I want to become knowledgeable in as many aspects of car tuning as ...
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3answers
4k views

Hesitation or low power at slow acceleration

Subaru 2004 2l auto tip tronic. It seems to hesitate or have slow or lack of power when you accelerate slowly
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2answers
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Burning Smell and Faint White Smoke

I have a 1999 Audi A4. Recently there is a burning smell when driving that is noticeable when stopped after driving. At night I noticed a faint white smoke blowing out of the front in the headlights. ...
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2answers
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My vents randomly switch between face / windshield… how do I fix this?

I have a 1998 Ford Windstar (more details on demand if necessary.) I rarely use any vent setting besides "face", and I try to avoid using AC because my gas mileage is already lousy. About two months ...
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1answer
542 views

Finding RAL color code for Sea Green (GN6L) paint on a 1969 Saab 96

I am wondering where I could find the RAL color code for the paint color on a 1969 Saab 96 (V4).
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1answer
2k views

car sputters when accelerating and idle

I have a 1995 BMW 525i when accelerating car seems to sputter, but as you get up to speed and cruise its fine. I think it might be the fuel injectors. Where should I start?
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4answers
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shop can't connect to onboard diagnostic system?

I've recently moved to California and am trying to get my car registered; they require a smog check (which is possibly actually more of an inspection than the name implies?). I went by a very basic ...
2
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3answers
2k views

driver's door does not lock when open

I have a 2005 Honda Civic LX. When the driver's door is open, it will not lock if you press the lock button on the remote or use the lock button on the door. Here is what I have noticed about the ...
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4answers
611 views

Oil on driveway: Will a Belly pan be helpful?

My car slowly drips oil from the drain plug and between the tranny and engine, at least, according to the mechanic. An unnecessary 1600$ repair. Do you think a belly pan would be helpful to at least ...
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16answers
78k views

Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?

Does the act of downshifting to slow your vehicle down have any negative side affects? I don't downshift more than one or two gears at a time and I let out on the clutch slow enough that I don't rev ...
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2answers
8k views

Honda Civic easily overheats with air conditioning on high?

I have a 2005 Honda Civic DX. I drove my car for about 10 minutes, with the air conditioning on the highest/coolest level. I then parked my car in direct sunlight for another 10 minutes, and kept the ...
4
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1answer
570 views

Repetitive manual clutch failure

I've been having problems with my clutch in my manual Skoda Felicia (1997) car. After (usually) some long drives the clutch fails to disengage (forever from that point on) and must be replaced. I had ...
3
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2answers
205 views

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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1answer
2k views

CEL 12, 21, and 55 on '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee

So, I've pulled the codes from my car based on the helpful information provided here: Check Engine Light on '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee Now, I need just a little help understanding what the codes ...
2
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1answer
519 views

Comparing v-twin with straight-four engines

This isn't really on-topic for "motor vehicle repair", but I figure it's kinda close. A few months ago, I bought a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 550, which has a straight-four engine. A friend of mine was ...
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3answers
377 views

Any recommendations on vehicle maintenance software for the DIYer?

I currently use a combination of Car Minder for the iPhone - it's only $2.99 but limited functionality - and Excel spreadsheets. Ideally I'm looking for something that will track all service for up ...
2
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1answer
255 views

Concealing a radar detector [closed]

I've seen some guides online for hard-wiring a radar detector into the electrical system of the car via the moon-roof line or similar. But what about concealing the detector itself. I'd like to ...
2
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1answer
411 views

Removing Mitsubishi Galant 2000 V6 Engine

How do I remove a Mitsubishi Galant 2000 V6 engine? I have the wires and everything disconnected, but I am not sure if I am supposed to take the transmission off, or just pull it out transmission and ...
2
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2answers
4k views

Radio Wiring diagrams and/or color codes?

I've got an older Nissan truck (1994) that did NOT come with a factory radio. A previous owner had an aftermarket style radio installed, and the installers used one of these universal radio ...
2
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1answer
9k views

Check Engine Light on '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee

How do I get Check Engine Light codes (ODB-I) from a '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and where can I look them up?
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3answers
353 views

How can I choose the safest affordable tire available?

I need two new tires on my 1994 Toyota Camry, and I live in Minnesota. I have heard that choosing the right all-season tires can make a big difference for safety in rainy/snowy conditions. Suppose I ...
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1answer
293 views

Install 2003 Honda Civic stereo in 2000 Honda Civic

I replaced the stereo in my car and thus have a spare 2003 Civic stereo. My friend's 2000 Civic stereo is starting to have major problems. Does anyone know if it would be possible to put the spare ...
4
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5answers
881 views

All weather tires vs winter tires

I have a Honda Civic 2005 Value Package. The tires are worn out. I have moved to a location where there is heavy snow in winter. Are All-Weather Tires helpful or should I buy winter tires in winter ...
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1answer
519 views

small hole in A/C condenser for 98 blazer

I have a 98 chevy blazer 4dr. the A/C system in my truck is brand new, every last part of it. before i got hit, my a/c blew soo cold it was like being in a freezer room. when i got hit, it formed a ...
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2answers
382 views

Will stock tires from a toyota yaris fit a 2004 cavalier

I have a set of stock summer tires from a Toyota Yaris will they fit the stock rims of a 2004 chevy cavalier?
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2answers
3k views

How to test a clutch

I have just bought a second hand car, and I have the feeling that the clutch is worn out. How can I do a quick clutch sanity check ?
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3answers
6k views

Is the vent from the pcv valve back into the air intake really needed?

After working on my car, I didn't bother to reattached the line from the pcv valve into the air intake before testing the motor. It ran normally. This made me question whether I need to even return it ...
4
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2answers
152 views

Intermittent stall at idle

I have a 98 Saturn sw2 with a recent problem. Two times now it has stalled while idling and when it doesn't stall it floats near 500 rpms (Usually 750 - 950). The first time, it would start and just ...
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vote
1answer
326 views

What factors should I consider when selecting a suspension kit?

I'm in need of new struts, and see that there are many suspension kits available, ranging from around US$100-$200 to close to $2000 for performance/sport suspension packages. What are the advantages ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Is it possible to use biodiesel in a BMW 335d if I remove the DPF and remap the ECU?

The new (2009-current) BMW 335d sells in the U.S. with a DPF to reduce emissions, but which prevents the use of biodiesel. I've read about people removing the DPF and re-mapping their ECU to get ...
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3answers
1k views

Where can I look to find what kind of oil I should use for my car

Right now I want to change the oil in my 2002 Kia Sedona but I have several cars and I'm never quite sure what kind of oil to use in them. What I'm really looking for is a link to a site that I can ...
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2answers
13k views

What is a suitable air compressor for a home garage?

What type and size air compressor (HP, Tank Size, CFM, direct drive/2 stage... etc) would be suitable for a home garage where I'm going to do small amounts of maintenance but nothing major? So I would ...
2
votes
2answers
436 views

How to find out the “serviceability” of a car?

One of my concerns before purchasing a car is how expensive repairs are going to be down the road. For example my car up until recently was a Volvo 850, and the air conditioner didn't work in it; the ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Stripped/broken lug stud

My used 2003 Honda Civic has a broken lug stud on one wheel, which I've still managed to get a nut onto, and a stripped stud on another wheel, which I can't, so I'm driving with 3 out of 4 on one ...
3
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2answers
11k views

Why might SRS indicator light continuously?

After a trip to the beach, the SRS indicator in my 2003 Honda Civic is lit continuously. I don't think I have side airbags. A somewhat wet person sat in the passenger seat, and I moved the driver ...
7
votes
1answer
936 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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10answers
63k views

Is Prestone “All Makes/All Models” coolant *really* compatible with all models?

My car's manual says to use the blue Honda coolant: Always use Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 [MSDS]. This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. ...
5
votes
1answer
988 views

Is there a way to tell if a timing belt has been changed without actually changing it?

I had this 2003 Honda Civic checked out by a mechanic before I bought it, and the mechanic said it looked like the timing belt hadn't been changed he couldn't tell if the timing belt had been changed. ...
4
votes
3answers
22k views

What would cause a car to lose power a few seconds after starting, then run normally?

I start my 2003 Honda Civic each morning and drive to work. A few hundred feet down the road, the engine will sometimes behave as though it is running out of gas and lose power momentarily. It ...

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