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Diagnosing a worn wheel bearing

I've noticed an increase of road noise while driving my car and I'm wondering if it might be the wheel bearing. I think it's coming from one of the rear wheels. Is there a way to identify and confirm ...
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1answer
308 views

How to fix an electronic transmission that chooses overdrive and torque converter lock

'95 BMW 540i Automatic If I drive for a short (5 min) trip say go in to a store and come out. The engine will start and idle fine, but upon gear selection the car will try to drive through the brakes ...
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1answer
135 views

What's a good key vault system that can be attached to the car while gone surfing?

I'm looking for something like a vault with a number lock that can be attached to the car and where I can store the car key in it, while I'm gone surfing. Eventually something similar like this but I ...
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5answers
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What are the risks of overfilling a small engine with oil?

I recently overfilled a 4 stroke lawnmower engine with oil. It has been run for about 1.5 hours while overfilled. It smokes a lot right after being started but after 30 seconds or so the smoke clears. ...
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1answer
568 views

Can I get a core refund without an exchange?

I recently replaced one of the half-shafts on my Saabaru with a new aftermarket part. I know that the old factory one I took off can be rebuilt, and if I'd bought a rebuilt unit I'd've had to put ...
4
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4answers
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Is it okay to replace one tire (of four matched tires) with a completely different model of tire?

I have a 2011 Ford Focus, and while the car itself is good quality, I have now ruined two tires in three months by merely driving over a screw. Ford offers no road hazard on their tires, so I am ...
5
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2answers
2k views

How to know how much fuel is left when the light turns on

In general, where can one find information about the quantity of fuel that is left in the vehicle's tank when the warning light turns on? More specifically, in a Suzuki Swift GLX (auto) 2010 model?
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What happens if a single spark plug unexpectedly goes down in a multi-cylinder engine?

AFAIK vehicle manuals say owner must replace spark plugs every N miles. Suppose he fails to do so and a single spark plug unexpectedly dies in an engine with multiple cylinders right in a freeway. ...
3
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1answer
224 views

Hour meter stopped turning

I have an hour meter for my engine in the middle of my tachometer. It has stopped incrementing when the engine is on. I pulled the tach (which works fine) and all of the four wires that attach to it ...
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2answers
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Best way to approach a tire with a bubble in the sidewall

I found a bubble in my front right tire's sidewall on my 2006 Mazda3 2.3L (FWD, open diff). So it needs to be replaced. The replacement tire will end up going on the rear as it's time to rotate them ...
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441 views

Tire runs flat every 30 days [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to fix leaky tires after 2 shops couldn't Ever since I bought my car new I have had one tire that goes to 20psi every 30 days. Discount tire said theres no ...
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149 views

What is this panel on the front of BMWs for?

I know the panels circled in yellow are headlight washers and exist on many cars now. However, on several BMWs I have noticed an extra panel, circled in red. It is not symmetric and I have only ...
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2answers
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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
339 views

How to I stop the 'never-ending' turn signal?

I have an '07 Chevy Malibu, whose turn signal doesn't seem to disengage whenever I make a turn, unless it's more than roughly 160 degrees (a U-turn). What are some of the possible causes and are ...
9
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3answers
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Are there any advantages of idling a vehicle vs. turning it off and back on again?

I was sitting outside, eating my lunch the other day, and a small bus (you know, one of the short ones) pulled up to the sandwich shop I was eating at. I noticed that the driver got out of the bus, ...
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2answers
159 views

my van is not able to drive over a kerb

My van is not able to drive over a kerb. Just a normal kerb, that other vehicles are able to drive their wheels over, and mine is not. What might be the problem and how to fix it? It is a ...
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2answers
3k views

How does the change oil light system work and does it matter what type of oil you use for it to work properly?

I want to know if the methods a vehicle decides when to turn on the oil change light have to do with the qualities of the motor oil used in the last oil change. I have heard that the vehicle's ...
2
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2answers
864 views

Cheap (or mix-at-home) tire dressing that gives flat/matte finish

I like the way my tires look after running my car through one of the better drive-through car washes. They look nice and black, but not shiny at all. And it lasts, at least until the next rain. ...
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11answers
47k views

Wheel stuck or fused to drum

1997 Chevy 1500 My right rear wheel is stuck or fused to the drum. I can get the lugnuts off, but no luck getting the wheel off. I took it to a tire place and they couldn't remove it either, and said ...
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2answers
1k views

How hot is “HOT” on a transmission fluid (ATF) dip stick?

I want to add some fluid additive (Lucas) to my transmission, but I don't want to overfill it. The dipstick has add, warm, and hot for measuring. So how hot is the hot level? My temperature gauge ...
2
votes
2answers
277 views

Can I replace the glass mirror in my (wing) mirror?

A neighbour of mine hit my (wing) mirror with a sliotar and it's cracked/smashed. Can I replace just the glass (the actual mirror itself)? Preferably doing it myself. As oppposed to having to buy a ...
4
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1answer
424 views

Can I order parts that are painted stock colors?

I'm trying to order a fuel door for my 2006 Altima on http://www.nissanpartsdirect.com but they don't ask for a color. Where can I go to get a new fuel door that's painted the same color as my car? I ...
3
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2answers
298 views

Good resource for 3rd-row seating safety?

Does anyone know of a good resource to see safety stats/specs on 3rd-row seating? In other words, I know safecar has stats on front and side impact ratings, etc, but I've yet to see a site that ...
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2answers
3k views

Easy way to temporarily disable Check Engine light?

Does anyone know of an easy way to disable the check-engine light for a bit? I have a vehicle that I'll be selling soon. A couple of months ago, the check-engine light came on. I took the car to ...
4
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3answers
519 views

How can I remove Factory Air Conditioning from a 1965 Mopar Big Block

I have a 1965 Mopar 383 Big Block with factory air conditioning. I would like to remove the air conditioning from the engine, including the A/C pump. Unfortunately, the belts for the accessories are ...
5
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2answers
5k views

Manual horn switch

what are the pitfalls or things to look out for when manually wiring a switch from the battery to the horn? Some background: I just moved to texas where they require vehicle inspections. My horn ...
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3answers
3k views

Difference between high octane and low octane?

What is the difference between high octane and low octane fuel? I'm not asking if one is better than the other for my vehicle, specifically, but rather what occurs differently both scientifically and ...
3
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3answers
1k views

How do I unstick my tailgate?

I have a Mazda B2300 pickup with its tailgate stuck in the up position. The release lever doesn't require as much force to pull any more, and only one end seems to be releasing when I pull it. Any ...
2
votes
2answers
181 views

Do I need to replace the springs on my front disc brakes?

I just disassembled the front brake caliper (dual piston) on my 1974 Ford F250 390 V8. There was a spring on each of the caliper bolts in between the brake pads. The springs are really rusty and one ...
3
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2answers
149 views

Where is a good place for the license plate light on a 1991 Ford F-250?

I have a 1991 Ford F-250 here that doesn't have a light on the license plate. It's not obvious where the lights were before, but it looks like may have been replaced with sockets for a trailer's ...
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9answers
10k views

Diesel vs Petrol motorcars. Pro's and cons?

I realize this may be a silly question to those of you on here who are proper petrol-heads and this may even be a repeat question, but I could not find anything on it on here, so here goes: What are ...
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2answers
497 views

Why would gasoline engine exhaust smell like perfume?

Quite often I encounter a vehicle that has exhaust with rather sharp smell similar to perfume. As far as I know this is attributed to the engine malfunctioning - normally working engine will exhaust ...
12
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3answers
15k views

What are the benefits of low profile tires?

I have yet to find anyone that knows of any benefits of low-profile tires. All of the pros that I've asked have said there is no benefit. Naturally, the number of pros that I have available to ask is ...
4
votes
1answer
431 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 ...
4
votes
5answers
12k views

Keeping radio/stereo unit powered to save pre-set preferences?

In my previous cars I could save certain radio stations, volume levels, etc. on my stereo and they would stay saved (unless the battery went dead). I'm using the same stereo head unit in my latest ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Aux Audio Input for 2006 Honda Accord

I'd like to add an auxiliary audio input to my 2006 Honda Accord LX-SE: What parts do I need to purchase? Can someone with a rudimentary understanding of electronics perform the installation? What's ...
0
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3answers
2k views

Ford Excursion Keyless Entry System

I'm looking for the steps to find and/or re-program the code used with the keyless entry system. In other words, I don't know the code for my vehicle's keyless entry system. What should I do?
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Key won't come out of a Ford Fusion, 2007

The keys are stuck in the ignition in this vehicle, even when the car is in park. What can be done to fix this, so the keys can come out again? Thanks!
6
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1answer
1k views

My motorcycle is refusing to start, which common problems should I look for?

I've just taken my motorcycle out of storage, I rode her around the block once, parked her, and now she is refusing to turn over. The starter seems to be running fine. I've just filled the tank with ...
3
votes
1answer
366 views

Are bubbles in a gravity-fed fuel system an indication of a problem?

I've got a small engine (11 HP B&S) that has a gravity-fed fuel system, i.e. there is no fuel pump, simply a fuel line between the carburetor and the fuel tank. If I look at the short (~2-3") ...
5
votes
2answers
533 views

Why can't the 3rd generation Mazda rx7 safely coast downhill in neutral?

The manual for the 3rd generation Mazda rx7 says not to roll downhill without the engine engaged, because the exhaust can overheat. Unfortunately, the manual does not explain the mechanism by which ...
13
votes
4answers
18k views

Driving in second gear at 65+ mph

I accidentally drove my 2000 Grand Marquis on second gear on the highway. I was going 65 for like 5 minutes and tried to get it to 70mph but the car was shaking, when I realized I put it into regular ...
17
votes
5answers
15k views

Is Start & Stop technology good or bad for my car? (Alfa MiTO)

I was recently in the lucky position to obtain an (almost brand new) Alfa Romeo MiTo, Progression. Like many new cars coming out these days, it has "Start & Stop" technology that turns the engine ...
11
votes
2answers
10k views

Why is my motorcycle losing power when accelerating?

I ride a Honda Rebel 250 motorcycle and over the past few days I find that the bike is losing power when accelerating fast. When I twist the throttle to accelerate quickly (in any gear) I hear the ...
8
votes
9answers
19k views

Can coasting in neutral damage an automatic transmission?

When I drove a manual transmission, I got in the habit of shifting to neutral on long, shallow grades to save fuel. Now I'm driving an automatic (specifically, a recent Corolla) and still doing it. ...
2
votes
1answer
363 views

Daewoo Lanos SX from 2002 soemtimes does not detect coded key.

I have a 2002 Daewoo Lanos SX which uses coded key. From time to time the car will stop detecting the key and I get into a situation where I'm unable to start the vehicle. The problem usually lasts ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

What kind of engine oil to run a Diesel?

I got an 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser with a 2H diesel engine. I never changed oil on a diesel engine prior to this truck, so I'm a little confused. Toyota Factory Shop Manual recommend API CC oil type, ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

2001 Suzuki Katana 750 won't start after jump start and new battery.

Bike has been running just fine. Recently left the lights on while at work, completely draining the battery. Couldn't get it push started there, but was able to get it jumped. I thought no biggie ...
7
votes
1answer
538 views

I'm stupid and added tranny fluid to my coolant tank. What can I expect?

Title pretty much says it all. I'm a computer guy, not a car guy. I saw a bunch of red fluid coming out of my vehcile, assumed it was tranny fluid. Turns out it was antifreeze. This means the bit of ...
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2answers
10k views

Why would a new gas cap cause the “check engine” light to shut off?

This happened to a friend of mine: The "check engine" light came on in his truck (Toyota). He replaced the gas cap and the light shut off. Then I also had a "check engine" light come on in my 1994 ...

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