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Motorcycle starter sometimes clicks, but doesn't start - tapping with hammer helps it start

It seems to happen particularly when the bike is hot. But sometimes when I go to start up the bike, the solenoid will click, but the starter won't turn over. Tapping the starter with a hammer always ...
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165 views

How should I approach my insurance claim when I was rammed from behind [closed]

I drive a 2009 Camry and was rammed from behind by a SUV last evening. Had to brake hard in order not to hit the car in front of me that sharply braked and turned right without signalling at a ...
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In what order does it make sense to upgrade suspension components?

I have recently started competing in autocross. Because of some after-market wheels/tires, which I bought before I started autocross, I can't compete in the Stock class. The class I'm in, Street ...
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What happens to a car when it hasn't been driven for 12 years?

I'm hoping that I'll soon be the owner of 2l turbo charged, 4wd hatchback that's been sat in a garage, undriven for over a decade. Trouble is that I won't be able to give it a full inspection until I ...
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1answer
300 views

Buick Timing Chain or Cam Problem

I have a 1995 Buick Century with a 3.1L v6 engine. I was driving along one day and the car simply quit. After having the car towed to the local shop, they explained it could be a timing chain or the ...
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BMW E30 uneven idle especially when cold

My '90 E30 with the six cylinder M20 engine idles unevenly, especially when the engine is cold. A local mechanic said the mixture seems to be too fat but had no concrete solution saying I have to live ...
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How do I know if I need new brakes?

I recently purchased a car with 135k miles on it and I have no idea when the brakes were last replaced. I've done work on my cars before but never have changed the brakes, so I'm not sure how to tell ...
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535 views

Are radios model-specific?

My car radio is having trouble reading CDs; I need a new one. Will pretty much any interchangeable radio fit in any car that has an interchangeable-style radio port? Or does it vary from car to car ...
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Why are there multiple ways to deactivate cruise control?

This is more of an educational question, than a problem. On most cars I have seen, the cruise control activation is in two steps, you usually have a separate switch to turn it on, and then you have ...
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Car electronics [closed]

I am developing system and I have this converter: Picture And I need to connect this to car electronic. Where is the best spot to connect this? Can you post a picture to show me the wires.
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2006 Kia sedona has a burnt electrical smell

My 2006 Kia Sedona has a burnt electrical smell but the van is running fine right now although it did seem to be acting like it was loosing power but then was fine we are at a loss any ideas
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446 views

'65 Ford Mustang GT: Connecting the inductive loop ammeter

I'm currently running into trouble connecting the inductive loop ammeter that resides in the Mustang's gauge cluster. We already put the black wire (the one with the yellow stripe on it) through the ...
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1answer
166 views

Rear & front camera

I'm looking for a product that combines the classic car camera (records front for insurance purposes) and rear camera (for reverse) with a single display. Do you know if such product category exist?
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1999 VW Beetle head gasket repair or?

Fiance has a 1999 VW Beetle. Was told two months ago that it was leaking water from a cracked water pump (mechanic). She never got it fixed. About a week ago the car began making a loud noise. She ...
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1answer
720 views

What can cause a stiff brake pedal that softens when stopped?

I have a 2002 Toyota Avalon. Overall the car is in excellent shape, no major issues. Recently, I have noticed the brake pedal requiring increasing pressure, but only when moving (which is obviously ...
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2005 chrysler neon clunking noise from front end

My neon has 125000km. Recently started clunking especially over speed bumps - replaced the the lower bushes and shock absorbers but still continues. Related is a Brrrrrr sound on hard acceleration ...
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How to reset the service reminder on a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor?

I have been looking for a few days now on how to reset the service reminder that keeps showing every time I start the car. I know the car repair shop can do this, but I would like to know how to do it ...
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How do I safely siphon gas from a tank?

Our 2003 Windstar was recently totaled in an accident (everybody's ok). This happened the day after we filled the tank. Before we hand over the car to the insurance, we'd like to get the fuel out of ...
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Advantages of getting your car's oil changed at the dealer

Are there advantages go getting your car's oil changed at the dealership from which you purchased the car versus a "quick change" place like Jiffy Lube or Wal-Mart? I've used all three, and I feel the ...
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2answers
614 views

Jack stand positioning for rear wheel drive vehicles?

If you're going to work on the rear end of a rear wheel drive vehicle with the wheels off, where do you put the jack stands? On a body-on-frame vehicle, is the frame preferable to the axles? The ...
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3answers
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How to Get Seagull Dropping Off of Vehicle Without Ruining Finish

During the day I park my car in a surface lot, which makes it vulnerable to the seagulls' refuse attacks. After baking under the Sun all day, their droppings becomes harder than cement and impossible ...
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Car is sluggish, jerking and idles rough.

I have a VW Polo Classic, 1.6L. Just recently it started to be slightly jerky when in idle and whilst driving. There is also a loss of power, a strong fuel smell, and sounding slightly like a VW ...
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2answers
216 views

Proper Jack Location

In general, where is the best place to put a jack to prevent damage when lifting?
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How do I select the right oil for my car?

I can give you my cars make and model and the conditions that I drive in, but I'm looking for a general guide to selecting the right oil for a car. I'm not really knowledgable when it comes to cars so ...
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1answer
317 views

Adjusting the idle setting on a 2005 Cavalier

The air conditioning unit on my 2005 Cavalier only engages when the engine is idling above a certain level (observationally, it appears to be between 1000 and 1200 rpm). During the summer months, ...
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1answer
2k views

Pros/cons of higher profile tires?

I have a 2002 Hyundai Elantra, which ordinarily comes with P195/60R15 87H tires. What are the pros and cons of changing these tires to a set of P185/65R15 86T? Some sites say they're compatible, but ...
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Maintainance of shock absorber

I have a 125cc bike. My cousin uses my bike more than me. He is more than 110 kg in weight. So I feel that my bike's shock absorbers will be break down soon because of my cousin. So is there any ...
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230 views

What are the critical maintenance items for a new motorcycle?

I have purchased a new motor bike recently. What are the critical maintenance items that I should focus on? For example: Is it true that we should not run new bikes on high rpm for some time? What ...
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1answer
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Problem starting Husqvarna Kohler 20 hp Gas Powered Riding Mower.

I am pretty new at this but I'm trying to learn more about my lawn mower. I am having problem starting the lawn mower, I've tried the following steps to diagnose the problem ... maybe I can get more ...
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High Octane petrol's effect on turbos

I have a 2001 SAAB 9-3. I was told that I should use a high octane fuel...that it would extend the life of the turbo. Is this true?
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Subsitute for Leaded Gas

I have an old '73 240-Z that I am fixing up in class. Once I get it running, will I need to add something to the gas? I know that old cars ran on leaded fuel, the lead lubricating the parts as it ...
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Accessing the Stereo in a '96 Infiniti G20

I do some of my own repair work on my car, a 96 Infiniti G20. Since I got it, the front speakers haven't been working and I want to fix them. How can I troubleshoot the problem? I assume it's either ...
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1answer
33 views

Should an automatic transaxle be pressure flushed?

The statement "Never pressure flush the CD4E..." worries me a bit. Should it?
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115 views

Free online databases?

I know there is AllDataDIY, but are there any free websites? With diagrams of where things are, or diagnosing and repair guides?
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191 views

Should I replace the tires earlier?

I recently read from a reputable source that tyres should be replaced at 3.2mm of tread thickness, not 1.6mm as the previous dogma suggested. My tyres are all in the 2.0mm - 2.5mm range. I understand ...
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1answer
109 views

Thieves tore out my ignition switch

I have a 2002 ford econoline van. They tore out the ignition switch and tried to steal it. I replaced the ignition switch but now it is like there is no power. I checked the regular fuses in the panel ...
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2answers
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How does the tracking on the car get hit 'out'

As per the title. If the tracking on a car is adjusted by adjusting the threaded part on the track rod end, how exactly does the tracking go 'out' of alignment over time, and/or how does hitting a ...
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Where'd my heat go?

My air vents blow out air. That's it. They do it well, too. Two weeks ago, when I turned it to high heat, the air was HOT. But now it's just air. The AC doesn't work either, but I know where that ...
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Replace front brake pads and rotors?

I went to my Honda dealership for a B-1 service, and he came back saying that I needed to replace both my front brake pads and rotors. The quote for that is $531. I am wondering if I should go ahead ...
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1answer
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Blower resistor blowing on '02 Chrysler Voyager

We've got a 2002 Chrysler Voyager with something of an odd problem. The blower resistor likes to burn out. It's easy to replace, but after doing so, our vent speeds go out one by one, until all we ...
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1answer
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Car Stalls When Coming to a Stop

Make: Chevy Model: Cavalier (4 cyl.) Automatic Year: 1993 Miles: 230K Normally my Cavalier drives just fine without problems. However, if I drive for 45+ minutes then it will sputter and stall out ...
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Nissan Pulsar ST1.8 oil filter change

First time replacing oil filter and oil. I've drained the old oil from the oil tank and I now want to remove the existing filter. For the life of me, it seems as though the filter is in the most ...
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1answer
322 views

Throttle Position Sensor: Complete failure, then starts working again?

Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai XG350 L Today while driving to work on the Interstate, my check engine light clicked on and suddenly my gas pedal seemed to just stop working. I managed to coast off an exit and ...
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353 views

Enormous discrepancy in part cost estimation; reliability of refurbished parts online?

3-Part Question: My car is squealing lately when I turn it on/am idling at stoplights/am making slow turns i.e. parking lots. I go to an engineering school, and some friends of mine who build ...
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2answers
139 views

2005 Infiniti G35x - squeaky brakes only when backing up slowly

Don't squeak when braking forwards, or braking hard/fast backing up. Only when backing up and lightly pressing on them. Extended squeal, and very loud. Anything I can do?
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How To Get Organized Without a Garage Workspace?

People I've seen who have garages have it made. They have a clean, dry workspace with all of their tools within arms reach. In the most organized garages, a mixture of rolling Snap-on Roll Cab with ...
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1answer
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Replacing Vauxhall Corsa C (2002) rear fog light

I need to replace the right rear fog light in a 2002 Vauxhall Corsa C; not just the bulb but the whole unit. I'm looking for instructions on how to replace the lamp preferably without removing the ...
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2answers
166 views

Should I buy a car that is due a new cambelt?

I am about to buy a car from a private seller. I've already given him the deposit (not a great amount, £100). The car is a 2004 Ford Focus 2.0 Ghia. It has a FSH but I think the next service would be ...
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Are these repairs necessary, and can I do them myself?

I'm wondering if the maintenance my dealer recently suggested is necessary, and if so, if it's worth it for me (a person who has technical skill but is inexperienced with auto) to undertake on my own ...
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1answer
554 views

Crackling static in speakers, Sony Audiophile, Ford Focus 2005

I have a Ford Focus 2005 ZX4 ST, that has Sony Audiophile speakers, which come packaged by default with that particular model. I have not modified them since buying the car used, and everything ...

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