4
votes
3answers
48k views

What is ECT Mode for? - Toyota Cars?

I'm not sure if this is a feature on Toyota cars alone, but I currently drive a '99 Avalon XLS and in addition to the D3 mode which I know disables overdrive, right above the radio near the top of ...
3
votes
1answer
470 views

How Do Get My 2011 Hyundai Elantra Tachometer, Speedometer and Fuel Guage Display Working Again?

My speedometer, tachometer and odometer all stopped working at the same time in my 2011 Hyundai Elantra (with manual transmission). My analog tachometer and speedometer needles don't move. My digital ...
2
votes
4answers
6k views

Oil pressure warning light stays on longer after oil change in BMW 320d E46

I have changed the oil a couple of days ago, and I've noticed that the low oil pressure light stays on longer than normal. Normally, it goes out almost immediately (<1s) after starting the engine, ...
2
votes
1answer
107 views

Rear Mazda 3 tyres wearing from the inside

My rear tires are getting worn from the inside. I don't know whether the rubber bushes are worn-out or is something else. There is that clanging sound from the back. I tried wheel alignment many times ...
4
votes
5answers
610 views

Why do manufacturers use different bolt types on cylinder heads?

Why do manufacturers use nonstandard bolt head types? Is it just to make it more difficult to the DIY-er to get away from visiting a dealership? It was already too much work to dig down to the ...
4
votes
1answer
807 views

Oil pressure decresases when I step on the gas

I have a 1982 Mercedes W123 with a 2L gas engine. I have noticed some weirdness with the oil pressure and want to know if this is an indication of a problem. Let's say I am driving at 60km/h and the ...
4
votes
0answers
29 views

1998 Ford E150 Van - Implementing Power Doors and Windows

I put different doors on my ford van that have power windows and locks. My van was not equipped with these features originally. How do I get power to the doors in order to make the windows and ...
3
votes
3answers
6k views

What will happen in result of the failure of a clutch release bearing?

I drive a 88 Mazda RX-7 non-turbo 5spd. The previous owner claims the clutch was done last July(little under a year ago) and I have no reason to doubt such claims. I do believe the clutch release ...
2
votes
2answers
72 views

Tire Vibration from right rear tire at high speeds

The tire appeared to have a slow leak as I kept having to add air to it. So, I used Fix a Flat and now I have vibration at high speeds from that tire. What do you think might be the problem. I have ...
2
votes
1answer
159 views

Alternator voltage range

I'm just trying to figure out the normal operating range of an alternator. The best I've found is: http://www.f150online.com/forums/electrical-systems/469058-alternator-high-voltage-15-3v.html ...
2
votes
2answers
555 views

Timing chain of a mercedes benz

Does the valves bend when the timing chain slips on sprokets, on a mercedes benz 2008 model C200 komp?
3
votes
3answers
429 views

Safe engine braking in automatic cars

When I was learning to drive, I took my lessons in a manual car. On one of the lessons I was performing a reversing maneuver and I controlled the car on both the clutch and the brake pedal... which I ...
0
votes
2answers
107 views

what happens to a car that hasn't been driven for 3years? [duplicate]

I'm hoping that I'll soon be the owner of 4.0l turbo charged, 4wd 1994 jeep cherokee that's been sat in a garage, undriven for 3years. but i don't know what to start with during the reviving process
4
votes
1answer
127 views

Octane rating of fats and oils versus diesel fuel

I'm struggling to understand why, apart from viscosity, it's so easy to substitute lipids (i.e. SVO, WVO) for diesel fuel. I'd have to assume these fuels have inherently different octane ratings and ...
1
vote
3answers
138 views

Car slides on painted lines

I've googled all over the internet and believe it or not I can't find any answers on this question... Why the heck does my car lose traction for a second when I drive over painted road lines? Here's ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

What is the cause of a soft brake pedal after bleeding?

I installed new rear calipers on both sides, new pads on all four wheels, and bled brakes with engine off, then with engine on, two times each. The pedal is hard when the engine is off and extremely ...
5
votes
1answer
322 views

How to Detect a Bad Transmission When Buying a High Mileage Vehicle

Rebuilding a transmission is one of the most expensive things that can be done on a car and I've been told it's one of the main reasons people dump cars other than timing belt issues. I've read ...
2
votes
1answer
71 views

How Difficult / Expensive is it to Swap An Automatic Transmission?

Let's say you are thinking of getting a car cheap due to it having a spotty automatic transmission. How difficult / expensive would it typically be to get a low mileage second hand transmission from ...
8
votes
5answers
27k views

How do I know if my car battery is dead?

By mistake, I left the headlights on overnight for my Honda Civic 2008. 24 hours later when I tried to start it, the car would not start and nothing would come on including the internal lights and the ...
4
votes
0answers
71 views

Security Relearn for 2006 Chevy Aveo

I had to replace a faulty ECM in a 2006 Chevy Aveo, and I ordered the part pre-programmed (based on my VIN and possibly some other info). I've installed the part and have began the security relearn ...
1
vote
2answers
139 views

synthetic oil change frequency

2004 VW Jetta GLS: always using full synthetic oil (Castro Edge 5w30) how often should the oil be changed? Can't find my manual or info online.
2
votes
1answer
121 views

How Many Partial Oil Transmission Fluid Changes Until Clean

I have to change my transmission oil (2008 Nissan Sentra CVT). It has a 7 liter total capacity, but due to the torque converter, I can only drain 4 liters at a time. Thus, I have to make several ...
4
votes
2answers
5k views

How to clean cylinder head and engine block contact surface before gasket change?

How should I clean my cylinder head and engine block contact surfaces before a head gasket change? There is residue paint from the old gasket on both the head and block side. Should I do it ...
3
votes
1answer
338 views

Do Compression Rings and Oil Ring Wear at the Same Rate?

Is it possible that the oil control rings might be worn to the point that you're burning significant amounts of oil, but the compression rings still be good? Or do they typically wear out together ...
4
votes
0answers
90 views

Excursion SuperDuty Cannot Calibrate Speedometer

I have an 02 Excursion Limited Diesel and cannot get the speedometer calibrated. I purchased the vehicle with 35" tires (original equipment is 32") The tires were about 75% worn and the speedometer ...
4
votes
0answers
62 views

2008 2AZ-FE rougher, throatier idle; and growl on heavy accel out of sharp turn

I have a MT Scion TC. Key detail on the heavy acceleration out of sharp turn is this usually only happens when I've been engine braking into the turn, and not every time. I'm not certain on the ...
-2
votes
2answers
180 views

Which cars are more comfortable? [closed]

If you're driving for around 4 hours continuously which types of car would stand out in comfort? For example sedan or suv, or any other type. Definition of Comfort: Less noise Ease of getting in ...
2
votes
1answer
77 views

Handbrake not engaging on hills

What is the ideal range to pull handbrake on and engage so vehicle doesn't move on a hill on a Ford focus climate.
3
votes
1answer
157 views

Is the knock an early sign of Dual Mass Flywheel problem. Main dealer says acceptable noise?

Ford Mondeo 2012 1.6 TDCi DPF SS 115. At 15,500 mls I am experiencing a knocking sound when raising the clutch pedal but only when the engine is running. The sound outside the car is really loud. It ...
3
votes
2answers
14k views

How do I replace a bulb in a Ford Focus?

One of the bulbs in my front passenger side headlamp has blown. It's not the side light or the main beam but the other one that would be used in normal night use. I have a couple of questions ...
2
votes
0answers
49 views

2003 Chevy Cavalier (manual trani) stalls when coming to a stop after the car warms up

We have replaced the MAP sensor, the throttle position sensor and the fuel pump. None of these things made any difference. Also the problem is worse in warmer weather.
4
votes
0answers
494 views

04 Tahoe “Engine Coolant Hot” message

I am out of town with my Tahoe and getting the message "Engine Coolant Hot" on my dash message system. When it pops up I notice that the temp gauge goes up almost to the red line. Also the air ...
1
vote
0answers
107 views

A/C now blowing hot air [closed]

2004 VW Jetta A/C started blowing hot air this morning on way to work. What could cause this?
4
votes
4answers
3k views

1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Disc Brake Conversion

I just bought a '72 FJ40 and realized that three out the four (drum) brake cylinder's are seized and one of the grease seals is leaking bad. Since I have to replace the brake cylinder's, I am ...
0
votes
1answer
564 views

Non-interference engine explanation animation/Videos?

Non-interference engine explanation animation/Videos ? I did ask my Toyota dealer about published material on 1999 Camry 2.2 non-interference engine that did not cause piston hitting valves/ valve ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

2004 Chevy Silverado 4.8 check engine light on

Codes are: P0101 mass air flow circuit failure. P01071 bank 1 lean and P0174 bank 2 lean. Did a replacement of the intake manifold gaskets and a fuel injector de-carbonization service. After 40 ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

Craftsman lawn mower won't move

My son was cutting the grass the other day and stopped. After he stopped the lawn mower wouldn't go into gear. 1-6 or reverse, nothing. The blade still engages and turns however it seems to have an ...
2
votes
1answer
266 views

Oil all over outside of engine

I have a 1988 yamaha route 66....I put some oil in, it has a slow leak by kickstand...I took it for a 5 mile ride last night. Afterwards I found it sitting in oil, and the outter engine /side was ...
0
votes
3answers
5k views

air condition car while motor not running

Is there a way to air condition my 2005 toyota car without running the car? I would like to travel in my car but because of health issues i would need to be able to sleep in my car also, or at least ...
1
vote
3answers
9k views

2004 Mercury Grand Marquis blower motor not coming on at all

I'm working on a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis. The blower motor has suddenly stopped working. All speeds were available and it was blowing cold air before the malfunction. It was blowing fine, ...
2
votes
0answers
19 views

Be van with problem at higher altitudes [closed]

2000 euro van engine shuts off when reaching altitude of 9000 feet in mountains. After standing for 20 minutes, it starts. This happened twice but ran well when not in the mountains. Similar to cars ...
4
votes
1answer
283 views

What is a stress riser?

What is a stress riser and why is it important to avoid them during engine construction or rebuild?
4
votes
3answers
355 views

08 Audi A4 B7 2.0T DTC P0503 speed sensor erractic/high

I just finished reinstalling the intake manifold after cleaning the valves and went to start the car. It starts for about 2 seconds before shutting itself down. It throws 6 pending codes. P0503 - ...
3
votes
1answer
237 views

MX5 lost power after spark plug change

I own a Mazda MX5 mk2 1.6L. I had severe problems with engine misfiring, caused by the valve cover seal, to leak. The oil that was leaking was concentrated near the spark plugs, and periodically it ...
3
votes
1answer
101 views

Can windshield wiper arms be shortened or lengthened?

I bought new wiper blades for a Honda Civic coupe, not realizing that apparently, the blades are not supposed to be of equal size. Looking at this, however, it looks as though I might be able to ...
3
votes
1answer
7k views

Flushing built up Rust and Mineral Deposits in Cooling System

The previous owner ran tap water in the cooling system for few years, and we have very heavy, mineral rich water locally. When I bought the car about six months ago, I drained the water, and put a ...
1
vote
1answer
72 views

When to get an alignment

Sometimes it can be hard to tell when your vehicle needs an alignment other than when there are obvious warning signs. For example, steering wheel off center when driving straight, car veering to one ...
1
vote
1answer
105 views

High beam bulbs burnt out?

On my '92 Ford Explorer.. I have no high beams! This isn't a big deal.. but I'd like to have them if I ever needed them! The headlights and everything else works fine, but when I turn on the high ...
5
votes
2answers
195 views

Kawasaki H2R flames come out of exhaust system

Kawasaki recently launched the H2R motorcible. The world’s only supercharged production hypersport streetbike. This bike has 326 bhp. I saw few videos of this incredible bike. My question is about ...
1
vote
2answers
28k views

Are 320d/520d N47 engines made after March 2011 still susceptible to timing chain failure?

I've read all about the dreaded timing chain failure on 320d/520d BMWs with N47 engines manufactured between 2007 and 2011. I wanted to know if models after March 2011 (when they supposedly changed ...

15 30 50 per page