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Battery replacement on 2001 Chevy Venture

I have a 2001 Venture that needs a battery replacement. Will disconnecting the battery activate the Theftlock system in my stereo? My impression is that the VIN is stored in flash memory, so a ...
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1answer
46 views

No power to any power outlets in 2007 PT Crusier

I am been trying to figure this out for the past hour. I was driving back home from a conference about a month ago and had a power inverter plugged into the outlet inside the center console when all ...
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1answer
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Is there a standard for how much fuel is left in the tank when the meter reads empty?

I know this question is very similar, but I am specifically talking about the fuel gauge and not an indicator light. Almost every car I've owned could run for quite a while with the fuel gauge reading ...
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1answer
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Why does my vehicle still stay in gear when I press clutch to floor?

I've read these posts but I still don't fully undestand how a clutch works. Clutch Test Clutch Adjust Clutch Troubleshoot Clutch Has Low Catch A few weeks a go my mechanic replaced the clutch master ...
3
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2answers
148 views

Reaching top speeds to maintain engine tuned

I live in Central America. Driving is different than in 'Western' countries. Roads are often in bad shape, and it is very common to encounter people / cows / carts / painfully slow cars on the ...
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2answers
154 views

Tata Nano — why do they have a tendency of self combusting?

Basically, 4 nanos in the past 3 months have caught fire. Total sales have been close to 6500. Any idea on what is it that causes nanos to self combust? Each of these fires has been in the engine ...
3
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1answer
692 views

Volvo s40 Oil Pressure light

My fiance was driving our S40 to work this morning and saw a bit of smoke rolling from under the hood, she decided to let the smoke dissipate then limp the car home. On the return trip the car kicked ...
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1answer
2k views

My AC works well at night only

I'm unhappy with the performance of my '04 Pontiac GTO's AC. Here are the symptoms: Cooling goes down to zero when the car is stationary, starts to cool after the car has been moving for some time ...
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1answer
258 views

Power Inverters as Emergency Generators?

After being hit by Hurricane Irene last week, I happened to loose power for literally one week so rather than rely completely on batteries and being a nomad, I used my Cobra 400 watt power inverter ...
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68 views

Someone stole the taillights from my 1997 Dakota 4x4? [closed]

Apart from the trouble that bored teenagers can cause, why would someone steal these taillights? They were careful enough to pop them out and leave the bulbs and wires intact. I checked online and ...
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1answer
242 views

Am I getting ripped off by my mechanic?

We've been taking our cars to a local mechanic for years. Always been treated right, they've charged us fairly and everything was great. This year, though, we've had to take one of our cars in three ...
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2answers
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2001 Audi A4 just got really loud

Alright, So I'm driving to work. I'm stopped at the red light to go on the freeway. It turns green so I accelerate. I'm accelerating more than I would on a regular street but I didn't floor it. ...
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1answer
65 views

What is you recommendation for a car antenna?

I recently bought a used car and it did not come with an antenna. There is a cap where one should be and a wire runs up to it. personlly I would like a short one (6" or less). What antenna would you ...
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2answers
3k views

Which will have longer lifespan: stock or urethane bushings?

Background: this is in reference to the previously mentioned 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon. This isn't a track car: it's only for fun street commutes and general Daddy duty. The car has upwards of ...
2
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3answers
7k views

Clutch pedal hard to push

We have a Diesel Ford Fiesta (Mk4) - manual transmission, and its clutch pedal is very hard to push after a short drive. I.e. in the morning it's ok, but later it becomes very hard to push. I'm no ...
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3answers
211 views

possible alternator-battery mismatch if I replace the existing battery with a much higher CCA one?

I have a 2000 Audi A6 Avant 2.5 diesel whose current Audi battery (approx. 650 CCA) is dying. Am looking at an Exide X-Tra Plus at 900 CCA to replace it. However, should I be concerned that the ...
2
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1answer
181 views

A/C Compressor Replacement

An irregular knocking sound began about a week ago in our 2000 Honda Civic. The mechanic has told us that the Acc. Belt Tension Pulley needs to be replaced, and that this is related to the AC ...
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1answer
703 views

My automatic Honda Accord will only go past 30-40 mph in D3…How big is this problem?

So I just bought a Honda Accord for a 1,000. Basically the only drive gear that works is my D3. The 1st, 2nd, and D4 gears won't let the car go past 30-40 mph. Is this a serious problem?? What has to ...
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1answer
2k views

How to determine the compressed height of a spring?

I am looking at replacing the springs on my vehicle and am trying to get stiffer springs while avoiding a major change in ride height. With my vehicle, one of the old common ways to do this was to ...
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1answer
415 views

Factory Maintenance Schedule by Mileage or Years?

I have a 2001 Civic with 65K miles. I have not done the 60K service yet, but the maintenance schedule also says that is the 3 year maintenance. Is the age of the car as important as the mileage when ...
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2answers
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Best way to store a car off pavement

I have a parking spot for my car, but it is weedy gravel. I've been warned that storing a car on grass is very bad because transpiration from the grass will rust out the car's underbody. Presumably ...
2
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2answers
277 views

What functions & features should I look for when buying a multimeter?

Going to be used for car maintenance/restoration work and around the house repairs.
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2answers
4k views

Why might I experience a power falloff after starting my car with the AC On?

I have a 2000 Chrysler Neon which generally runs well. I have noticed that if I start the vehicle, turn the AC on and reverse out of the driveway, the engine seems to struggle/sounds like it is going ...
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2answers
2k views

Engine Code p0104 - EGR issues?

One of my family members owns a Ford Econoline E150 modified with a roof extender and power wheelchair lift, however the engine is a stock V8 which runs on regular gas. Anyway, after a fairly long ...
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1answer
1k views

When must I repair or replace a strut?

My mechanic says the right front strut of my Tacoma pickup truck is leaking oil. Q: What do I need to consider if I postpone repairs until I save the money? Q: What are tell-tell signs that I need to ...
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1answer
1k views

Volkswagen Golf Mk4 - Failed emission test (UK)

I don't know if the emissions tests are different in other countries so I specified UK. A garage just failed my girlfriends 1.4 Golf MK4 and said it was smoking bad, they tried sparks, cat, lambda, ...
2
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1answer
112 views

How do the cycles of the engine get converted into cycles of the wheels?

Is it the transmission that converts the high rpm of the engine into the lower rpm of the wheels rotation? Let's say that an engine was running at 500 rpm (this refers to the rpm of the crankshaft, ...
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3answers
5k views

Is it worth switching to full synthetic or blend oil in my older car/truck?

I have a older (enter vehicle here) that has 100k miles on it. Would I see any benefit switching to full synthetic or synthentic blend oil? Is it worth the extra cost in an older vehicle? For ...
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1answer
3k views

Air conditioning gradually stopped working, hissing noise

On my 2003 Kia Sedona minivan, the air conditioning recently stopped working. This occurred somewhat gradually over the course of a week or so. I noticed today that if I turn the air conditioning ...
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3answers
2k views

post suspension work alignment, is it absolutely necessary?

I have a ball joint and a tie rod end that both have bad boots. The ball joint boot is ripped at the center around the entire circumference. The tie rod end's boot isn't ripped, but it has come up ...
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1answer
2k views

Doors won't stay open

My terminology is a bit lacking so please bear with me. The doors on my 2004 Toyota RAV4 are very loose and will only stay open if I'm parked on a flat or declined surface. If I remember correctly ...
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2answers
150 views

Disconnecting rear lock assembly

Still working on the 2000 Honda CRV. Trying to get the lock assembly out of the door so I can work on it, but I'm having trouble disconnecting it from the outside door handle. part #8 plugs into the ...
1
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2answers
64 views

Left blinker quirky when braking

This is a bit of a strange problem but the left turn signal on my '98 Saturn SW2 is acting a bit funny. When braking the blinker will either simply not work or work very slowly. When not braking it ...
1
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1answer
739 views

What could be causing a distinct exhaust drone in a tight band around 3250 rpms on a 2004 Subaru WRX?

EDIT: Additional information provided by LovelyWife(TM) - listening outside the car, she has proclaimed that the rattle / buzz / drone / resonance is coming from the front of the car and sounds like ...
3
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2answers
512 views

97 GMC k1500 missing badly. Ignition system problems?

I have a 97 GMC Sierra k1500 with a 305 (5.0L) engine. It seems like every year for a few years now it will suddenly start missing very badly. There will be random misfires on all cylinders almost ...
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3answers
4k views

Determining how many miles can be covered on full tank [closed]

I'm interested in the following cars, but the questions apply equally well to any car: Audi TT Lexus IS 200 (SE or not?) I'm finding it difficult to determine the following: How do I figure out ...
3
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1answer
103 views

Which engine part is this?

I own a speedboat that is powered by a 5 liter V8 Mercruiser with 200bhp. Yesterday when trying it out for the 1st time this season, 2 things happened: 1 - the boat was always trying to turn left ...
2
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2answers
14k views

Why does my 3rd gear grind on shifting when RPMs are high on 2002 Audi TT?

This only happens when shifting into 3rd gear (on a 7 gear Audi TT). If I shift when the RPMs are high (say over 2k) then there will be a horrible grinding noise. Instead I have to apply the clutch, ...
0
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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
50 views

Strokes during compression test?

Just wondering what the general consensus out there for the amount of times the vehicle turns over during a compression test? I have heard anywhere from 5-8, and personally crank 7. What is the ...
4
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2answers
138 views

Shocks and dampers - what can I do to prolong their life through home maintenance?

My car has factory fitted uprated shocks, lower and stiffer than the usual ones, and I find that despite not abusing them I go through the back set every 30-35,000 miles. As new ones are quite ...
4
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2answers
823 views

Re-glue rear view mirror

My rear view mirror came off today while in work. Probably due to age and scorching Texas heat. What do I need to do to glue it back on? and what kind of glue should I buy to do it with?
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3answers
104 views

Is it important to get “K” work done by a dealer?

Several of the line-items in my motorcycle's maintenance schedule are marked "K", for "Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki Dealer". Example items are "Brake fluid--change" and "Steering stem ...
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2answers
550 views

Check engine light on for O2 sensor (Oxygen) but O2 sensor has been replaced

Someone told me it could be a minor leak somewhere but the check engine light does indicate the above on Mazda 626,year 2000. Could the code be misleading?
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1answer
388 views

Crate motor for 2004 Dodge Neon

I'm looking for a good source to get a crate motor. I've tried some google searches but only found motors with high milage on them. I'm trying to decide on getting a crate or just rebuilidng existing ...
1
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2answers
453 views

Giving an old car a refresh

I have an old car (1990 Volvo 240) which I am rather attached it. Lately it seems like it has been creaking and groaning rather more than usual. Is there some sort of spring cleaning(except it's a 20 ...
3
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1answer
2k views

2004 Mazda 3 - clank when shifting into reverse

Every morning, or after the car has sat for a while, there is a loud clank from the engine area when I shift it into reverse. Sometimes I hear the same clank when shifting into drive, but not always. ...
3
votes
3answers
715 views

Is there any way to determine when a water pump will fail?

Is there any way to determine whether a water pump needs to be replaced before it fails completely? I realize that if it dies, then I'm not going to get far. Am I better off waiting until it does than ...
1
vote
1answer
4k views

The dash light on my car went on/off while I was driving, what could be the problem?

1998 Dodge neon, it was like sitting in aeroplane and all light are going on and off, what could be the problem?
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2answers
961 views

How do I remove car radio?

Well I just suffered 100% damage on my Daewoo Lanos (thank God nobody got seriously injured) and I want to remove as much usable components from it as I can before I sell it. One of them is Sony ...

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