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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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What's wrong if I replace a signal light bulb, but it still acts as if it's burnt out?

I hit the ditch the other day and got towed out. There was no physical damage as far as I can tell, but whenever I indicated right, it would blink fast as if a bulb was burned out. I replaced the ...
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Formula For Homebrew Gasket Remover

I looked around many shops in my area, and pretty much no one even knew what gasket removing compound was. Are there any effective homebrew formulas for making gasket remover / softener? I found the ...
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Transmission Fluid Leaking from AC Condenser. Can I replace it myself and drive it to shop to do the before & after work?

My car is a Mazda Tribute My goal is to have the AC Condenser replaced. However, there are certain steps in the process that I can't do myself. These are: Before work: Discharge the AC Empty the ...
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How to find a used car with telescoping steering wheel?

I need a car with adjustable steering wheel distance. I need to pull the seat all the way back and if I do so, my arms are straight. It makes driving very uncomfortable. People selling them are not ...
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How to Remove Baked On Gaskets

I removed a throttle body which had a brittle, baked on gasket, part of which adhered to the intake manifold and part of which adhered to the throttle body. How do I get the baked on parts of the ...
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What causes an engine to burn oil?

What are the different problems that can cause an engine to burn oil and in general how difficult / expensive is each one to repair? How do you diagnose each potential cause? I found this article ...
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How can I get a stuck broken screw out of a rear license plate?

So I was putting my girlfriend's plates+frame on her Civic, and being the he-man that I'm not, I managed to break the heads off both screws in two tries. I went to Home Depot and picked up one of ...
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What causes mechanical odometer to switch from miles to kilometers?

My Dodge Avenger was made in 1996, and the odometer is currently showing 270K miles, just to give you a sense of the age of the vehicle. I've been getting suspiciously high mileage for at least the ...
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fuel tank always be full at 90%

For the past couple of months, I've been having trouble filling my gas tank. I have a 2004 civic Honda, which has a 52-liter tank. When I buy gas, the pump clicks off after dispensing only two or ...
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timing belt 96 honda accord vtec

So the other day I was driving and my timing belt broke I tried to turn the key a few times then tore off the valve cover and noticed that the timing belt was broken people have told me the engine ...
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Intermittently loss power steering on low RPM

My 2000 Model 323f Mazda AT, 1.6L suddenly has problem on power steering. Yesterday morning, I started the engine and after half a minute started driving slowly. While backing and doing the curves, ...
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2012 Ford Escape grinding noise while braking

My Ford Escape started making an unusual noise recently. Would appreciate if anyone can help me diagnose the problem. The noise only occurs when I brake and only when my speed gets down to about 15 ...
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Wipers come on in the off position

1998 Corvette wipers comes on while in the off position. I changed the motor and the switch. Is there a relay some where? What should I do next?
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What do you do with dielectric grease on spark plugs?

There seems to be a lot of conflicting answers on what you're supposed to do with dielectric grease. The instructions on the grease I bought says to squeeze it into the boot, but everywhere I've read ...
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Steering Problem on Mazda 3

I have a very odd problem with my steering on my 08 Mazda 3 Takara. I've had it since January now and to be honest have never been happy with the steering. I've got a couple of problems with it: 1) ...
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Battery light comes on after starting the car. How big of a problem is this?

On my way to work this morning, the battery light came on. I would say it was about 2-3 minutes after I started the car. My drive to work is only a 10 minutes drive, and the light was on the whole ...
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What are the names of each window on a typical non-commercial vehicle?

Please list the windows on a vehicle starting from the front, i.e. the windshield. The three "typical" vehicles I'm thinking of are car/SUV, van, and truck. I'm looking for things like: The little ...
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Headlights- One Side Low Beam, Other side High Beam

I installed a new headlight bulb on just one side of my car. But now this happens when I try switching between high and low beam: driver side is low beam, passenger is high beam -switch- driver side ...
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Who decides Idle engine rpm and how? [duplicate]

I was just searching for an answer to find how the idle speed of an engine is decided and who makes that decision. Is it the engine designer alone or is it based on the inputs from all the vehicle ...
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Minimum RPM at idle speed

Looking at wikipedia, For a passenger-car engine, idle speed is customarily between 600 rpm and 1,000 rpm. For buses and trucks it is approximately 540 rpm. In case of many single-cylinder ...
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Daughter's 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SE - No Low Beams - High Beams Fine

Daughter was driving home last night from work and noticed "it was very dark" on the way. Turns out low beams won't come on at all. High beams, parking, tail, turn signal and flashers all fine... just ...
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Front Wheel Squeal When Driving After New Brakes

We have a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. We just installed new front brakes. 2yr rotors and lifetime performance ceramic pads. We have used these pads in the past on the car and never experience this issue. We ...
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Pontiac g6 runs lean; throwing codes

My 2006 g6 v6 3.5 is showing codes p0171, p0174, p0705 and u0073 171 and 174 show that the engine is running lean. Is this a serious issue? 0705 shows the trans range sensor a circuit 0073 says the ...
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Audio noise when laptop connected to power inverter and the car's 3.5mm audio jack

On a recent road trip we wanted to have a laptop to play movies while on the road. We brought an Apple MacBook Air, a power inverter (to plug in the laptop's charger into the cigarette lighter), and a ...
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2004 Nissan Altima with new alternator won't accelerate, but will rev in neutral. No power in car.

Hey internet mechanics! I replaced my alternator yesterday because it was faulty (pulling a charge from my battery and killing it every night while car was off). After installing the new alternator, ...
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Determine Tire Age

I want to determine how old the tires on my car are. I understand there is an age code on each tire. But what if the age code is on the inner side? Is there some code I can use on both sides of the ...
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How can I determine if it is more cost effective to run premium fuel in my car?

Every Time I fuel up my car, I collect my odometer reading, fuel price, and gallons pumped. A while ago I drove my car to almost empty and put 93 octane fuel in my tank, ran it to almost empty and ...
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Central lock intermittently working

My central lock was working fine until yesterday. When I used the key, it clicks but doesn't unlock the doors as it should. Then I tried the second time, no clicking sound this time and nothing ...
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Slow acceleration, high fuel consumption after spark plug change

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger 4.0 L V6 4x4 model. I recently was having some problems with the truck idling too low when cold and I decided to change the spark plugs. I put in 4 out of the 6 new plugs and ...
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1answer
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2015 hawk 250cc enduro motorcycle

While riding down the street, our motorcycle just died. Tried to restart it and it sounded like it wasn't firing. We changed the plug and ignition coil and still not firing. What should we do now?
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1answer
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Hyundai Elantra 2001 wont start. Hear sound from the top of the engine when I turn the key on

I changed the battery and let the car sit for a long time since I was out of town. The car wont start now. I hear a clicking noise when I start the car. I opened the hood and I hear the clicking noise ...
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Does electrode size/shape matter?

I have an 84 Ranger and I recently bought some new spark plugs for the motor. I noticed that the old electrodes were huge compared to the brand new ones I just bought. Does the size of the electrode ...
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What does an EXUP servo and subsequently EXUP eliminator plug actually do?

This question relates to my 2012 Yamaha R6. I removed the kickstand safety actuator because it was bugging me, I found it useless, and my habit is often to lift the kickstand when I start moving ...
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OHV vs. OHC: which is faster in speed, horse power?

What are the main differences in OHC and OHV engine designs, and which is faster or more powerful? Also, which is more reliable?
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Failing starter motor - why does whacking it help?

Starter motors can be notorious for intermittent cranking issues towards the end of their useful life. Why is it that some starter motors can be persuaded to crank the engine by hitting or tapping ...
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1answer
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When should I perform a valve head adjustment?

My 2012 Yamaha R6 has about 12000 miles on it. During that times I've had a couple rough accidents and I think the combination of those two factors it may be a good idea to check my valve clearance ...
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1answer
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new starter in 74 pontiac with 350 turns over and fires but won't stay running

My starter went on my 74 Pontiac with a chev 350 (Canadian). It first was not starting sporadically and I would have to crawl under and tap on it to get it going. I got a new starter and now it will ...
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How much fuel does it take to start an engine?

I appreciate this is a question that can't be answered in facts and figures, so I'm after a general idea. I drive a 1986 Supra, which has a modest 2.8-litre engine. I often shut the engine off while ...
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My BMW X5 won't stay running

Hello I have a 2003 BMW X5. I just got the engine replace a couple days ago. I went to pick it up but because the shop was done installing the motor but now I have to deal with the other problems I ...
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1answer
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96 honda accord wont start

So I was having trouble with my 96 accord it was sputtering and Hesitant replaced plugs and wires checked my EGR it was good then suddenly out of nowhere it stalled out on me while driving and now it ...
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How can you tell the difference between oil or transmission fluid in the antifreeze?

I am in the process of repairing my 1997 Toyota 4-runner with a v-6 engine. I have only had the vehicle for a couple of days. I was doing a routine maintenance check on all the fluids. What I found ...
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How do I hook up the remote entry feature of a remote start unit in a 2004 rendezvous?

I've recently acquired a 2004 Buick Rendezvous, which has an aftermarket remote start unit installed (Excalibur RS-450-EDP+). Unfortunately, the previous owner did not hook up the remote entry feature....
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1answer
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Wheel bearing grease quantity

I own a Ford Ranger and want to know whether to pack extra grease in the hub, especially in the space between the inside bearing and the seal and within the spindle cap outside the outer bearing. I ...
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1answer
427 views

Engine, sudden reduced power with soft shaking

I have a 2007 Holden with a 2.0 Turbo engine. On one day I decided to go through a light that had just turned orange- so I pressed down, not completely as I new how much power I needed to go through ...
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1answer
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oil spots on Air Filter

I have Matiz 1.0 with 122K Km on the meter. Today i noticed oil on air filter after inspection i found this might be coming from PCV hose(green highlighted one) and then inspected the PCV valve. ...
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Rack and pinion replacement alternatives

I noticed a (pretty slow for now) power steering fluid leak on my Mazda 6. During regular maintenance at my dealership I asked them to take a look and they told me that that entire rack and pinion ...
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1answer
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Repair broken light connector on Volvo 240

So I tried to replace the broken corner light assembly on my '92 Volvo 240 last night. On the old unit, the gray connector (pictured in link) was stuck, and eventually pulled free with part of the ...
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1answer
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What is the 2000 civic SIR coolant temperature sensor thread size?

I'm installing an Auto Meter water temp gauge and didn't receive an adapter with it. Anyone know the thread size of the stock coolant temp sender on a B16A2 engine? (Single wire)... I was going to do ...
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Which Engine is more powerful?

Engine A Specifications: Displacement: 1198 CC Max Power (bhp @ rpm): 87 @ 6000 Max Torque (Nm @ rpm): 110 @ 4800 Engine B Specifications: Displacement: 1197 CC Max Power (bhp @ rpm): 82 @ 6000 ...

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