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is a visible paint seam on the roof-top ok?

Someone with a provisional licence hit my 2008 Jetta on the side, and the side of my car had to be reshaped and repainted. It involved repainting the whole side, including the strip on top of the ...
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2005 Nissan Sentra - Pressing gas pedal has no effect - vent control valve

My car (2005 Nissan Sentra) had a problem for a while: gas spills out when pumping. I was lazy and did nothing about it. After a month or so, the car started to fail. At first it was only hiccups, but ...
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My 2009 Vauxhall Corsa D Won't Start

I measured the voltage of the battery without the key in the ignition and it's 12.6. When I insert my key and turn on the ignition the electrics work fine, the headlights come on etc. When I turn ...
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Howling sound when accelerating

I have a 2007 Ford Ranger that makes a faint howling sound when I'm accelerating, usually after being idle at a stoplight. I've tried slowly revving in neutral and I didn't hear the same noise. ...
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Pulley Difference After Drive Belt Change

I have one worry after yesterday's fairly difficult but successful drive belt change on my Big Boy scooter. The main nut on the fron pulley now goes on much less further than before it came off. I ...
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battery? or something else

I have a 2004 Ford Focus ST170. Some days I go to my car and it starts fine, but some days I put the key in and nothing happens. All the electrics fail like the battery is dead. If I get out, close ...
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Toyota FJ Cruiser transmission problem

Got Toyota FJ Cruiser 2010 Automatic, 4x4 full stock (no warranty, I live in Central Europe). I have strange transmission issues. I had already spent 2,5 years of life and about 2500$ just to diagnose ...
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2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Fails to Start and Electronics Go Awry

My mother-in-law drove over this morning to pick up my wife, and when they tried to leave the car wouldn't start. Not only that; the horn honked, the wipers started, the trunk popped open, and the ...
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MK3 Ford Focus Jack Points

I have a brand new MK3 Ford Focus (it's an ST, but I don't think that matters). I know it has the four jack points in the corners inside the wheels (underneath door sills) but I don't know/can't find ...
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Strange “plastic” knocks near the heater

Recently I started hearing a strange "plastic-like" knocks right after starting the engine. EDIT. Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4mLn_-nUYA I also tried it with the engine off (...
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2005 pacifica rear window shatters

Fourth rear window in 3 years to shatter on its own. Different weather conditions on each day it broke, car not sealed tight ie. window open. Once while in car driving it broke. Glass company can't ...
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Pontus PAC-7002(B) reset

My 1996 Alfa Romeo 146ti has a Pontus PAC-7002(B) stereo, probably aftermarket. It has a removable MP3 player and a built-in CD player. The whole interface seems to be locked, possibly as part of a ...
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Engine Code P1312 on 2001 Saab 9-3

I have replaced to brand new spark plugs. After some research, it seems that the problem might be the direct ignition cassette. Could there be other possibilities? Thanks
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3rd Gear Popping Out

I'm currently driving a 2006 Mazda 3 and my 3rd gear has worked with no issues since i bought the car in 2006, but a couple days ago my 3rd gear would randomly pop out while I was driving in it and at ...
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My truck is not accelerating when going to low gear from high gear

So I have a '94 Chevy truck with a bad radiator leak (which may be unrelated). Yesterday and today I pulled off of the highway and the street light on the exit was green meaning I didn't have to come ...
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Rough noise while accelerating

My car is a 2002 Nissan Altima with 106,873 miles. After 95K miles, my car has been giving a rough noise from the engine. After shifting into second gear, it's smooth until I hit the gas pedal hard. ...
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Wipers not working on timer

Today it was raining in Manchester so I turned the wiper on the timer setting. You know the one that only occasionally wipes the windshield. HOwever I drove many miles without it moving once. Other ...
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321 views

Steering Wheel Shake New Car Performance Tires

I bought a 2012 Camaro 2SS in May. When I took the car for a test drive, the steering wheel had a tight shake for the first couple of miles. When I told the salesperson, he suggested trying another ...
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How reliable is a Honda GB400 (motorcycle) grey import?

I am considering getting a 1985 Honda GB400TT bike as I simply love the look of them and they seem to be selling at a good price. I understand these are grey imports (imported 2nd hand from Japan) ...
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2000 Dodge Intrepid electrical problem

I accidently let the battery power cable touch the frame of the car and it sparked. Now my car does not light up dashboard or anything type of power. I tried jumping the car and still no sin of life. ...
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Engine Revving/Misfiring - Formerly Running Lean - No Trouble Codes Now

For a few months now my 1999 Toyota Avalon XLS (California model - this apparently affects the emissions specs - I'm in NY however) with around 105k miles has been giving me these totally random ...
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1995 Chevy s-10 4 cylinder running hot but not overheating

I am having an issue with my s-10. It runs hot but is not overheating. It started when I replaced the temperature sending unit and thermostat. I put in an additional thermostat to make sure the first ...
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Nissan Hardbody Heavy Duty Rear Leaf Springs

My Heavy Duty truck currently has Regular Duty rear leaf springs. The original springs broke when my dad owned the truck and had it a little over loaded. New Heavy Duty springs were too expensive, and ...
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Identifying American (Mercury) Mariner outboard

We have Mariner 9.9E outboard motor. Having hard time figuring out year and Yamaha equivalent (early Mariners were Yamahas in disguise). There is very little information on those, and it is hard to ...
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How can I identify which wire should hook to my headlight switch in my Mazda Protoge (91)?

The headlight switch in my dash is not connected to anything (I noticed this after the headlights quit working!), so I took the dash panel off in an attempt to find the plug. The only plug I could ...
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Honda Accord Jerks when shifting gears and makes grinding sound?

I have a 99 Honda Accord 2dr 3.0L V6 automatic. When I drive this car it makes a whooooo sound coming somewhere from the engine, when I turn to the right it is intense and when I turn to the left it ...
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2004 Buick Rainier Ignition Coil Replacement

I have a 2004 Buick Rainier (6 cyllinder). I just found out the 4th bank ignition coil is bad. Seems easy enough just looking at it (I just replaced a few of the spark plugs a few nights ago with no ...
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Cleaning a Jerrycan

I have a couple of 10 Litre steel jerrycans which I used for draining kerosene (UN1223 28sec burning oil) from a tank. After disposing of the kerosene I left the open jerrycans upside down over some ...
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Fuel efficiency and altitude

So a few months ago I moved from Colorado (~6400ft above sea level) to Florida (~10ft above sea level). Immediately after I moved the fuel efficiency in my car dropped significantly. Previously I was ...
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Megane release childlock without button

I have a 2005 Renault Megane (ie #2 model). The child locking button on the driver side window control panel is broken (will be sourcing one when I find a spare). In the meantime my childlocks are on,...
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Car is frozen. cannot start

Okay, my car is frozen. it's negative Fahrenheit over here now. What I've tried: jump start, warm up starter, new spark plugs. nothing helps. I guess the only approach is to heat it in the garage, ...
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What is the OBD-II drive cycle for a 2003 Toyota Corolla?

This site includes a post with the specific drive cycle that resets the OBD-II monitors on several 2000-2002 Toyota vehicles. What does the drive cycle look like for a 2003 Toyota Corolla?
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2005 Montana heater blowing warm air only

My Pontiac Montana is blowing warm air with the heater turned on. I was receiving a code(not sure what the number was but the message referred the engine was running cooler than it was supposed to.) ...
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Can I use 10% ethanol gasoline on equipment that recommends against it?

Not as simple as the title suggests.. I wouldn't hesitate to drive a few more miles to find ethanol-free gas for the snow blower and generator, but there is none to be found. After looking around ...
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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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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. ...
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Sluggish Acceleration, Minor Surging

I have a 2000 Infiniti i30 with 160K miles that is in fantastic shape. I purchased it from a mechanic who had gotten it from a customer who basically ended up not wanting it. The mechanic replaced the ...
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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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Stuck seatbelt on a 1998 Plymouth Breeze

I have a 1998 Plymouth Breeze that has a drivers seat belt that is stuck so that in does not roll out so that it can be used but it does not roll back in either, it's just stuck extended part way. ...
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97 altima 5spd sputters, has loss of power under 3500rpm, dies when clutch is disengaged

My 97 altima has been to the same shop four times for the same problem. It will sputter and smoke( black smoke) and has large loss of power under 3500rpms and dies just about every time you depress ...
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How can I test my EGR?

My check engine light has come on a couple of times, and each time the code was P0300 Random Misfire detected. According to this site, one cause could be a bad EGR. Another symptom of a bad EGR is ...
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Things to consider when building a stroker small block Chevrolet

So I'm looking at the decision to buy vs build a 383 Chevy for my motorhome. I've built motors before but they were all import engines where the most machining done was a small overbore. I'll most ...
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Can running a car with zero oil warp the crank shaft, in turn causing the harmonic balancer to shake off?

Car was run out of oil due to plug not installed properly. Now harmonic balancer has come off. Can this be due to warping of the crank shaft?
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2007 Chevy HHR, check Engline light ON, 2 to 4 cranks to start, won't accelerate beyond 80 mph

I took the car to my local mechanic two weeks ago with the problems described above. He replaced the air filter, spark plugs, and did an oil change, saying those were likely the issue. After these ...
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subaru impreza 1998 clutch noise

I have subaru impreza 1998 with manual transmission. When I push the clutch I hear a noise like the noise of the power steering belt when its over tightened. The mechanic replaced the clutch bearing ...
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2001 Chevrolet Silverado Ignition

I drive a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado and I went out to start it so I could go to work this morning and it sounds like it's not getting any spark. it turns over and the solenoid turns on so its not the ...
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New fairing from China - front centre cowl - screws don't fit

I recently bought some new fairing from China. When trying to fit the headlight to the front centre cowl, it appears that the holes for the screws are too small by a fraction. Also, in the old cowl, ...
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Loud Clicking/Groaning sound when braking at low speed

So recently my brake( rear driver side) has been making a really loud Clicking/Groaning sound, sorry that is the best I can explain the sound. It happens after driving for a while and the sound ...
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Diesel car struggles to start when cold

Recently had the cambelt, water pump, all valves and rocker arms, fuel filter, oil filter, air filter changed. Had it back two days now and it struggles to start when started cold. Splutters a little ...
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Rumbling noise when going slow or stopped

Just some preliminary information on the car: Chevrolet Cobalt 2005 260k km milage supposedly the engine was 'rebuilt' after 160k The problem: A rumbling noise (rough noise, much like an ...

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