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Accessing Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) in car

I want to know how can I access DTCs by writing a code and parsing it? I have RaspberryPi and related hardware for communication with the OBD-II of car. I will generate manual faults and then after ...
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P0401 and P0122 on a 2005 Hyundai Sonata

Our car has the check engine light come on with a codes P0401 and P0122. The car seems to run fine. What sorts of things should we check?
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2000 3.8 L Ford Mustang Cov

2000 Ford Mustang 3.8L //// Engine Vehicle Shakes entire front end of car when at idle, all the way up to 2,000 rpms then it goes away. Starts right up, had problems with a few computer codes fixed ...
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Is this a “warped” rotor?

I am experiencing some pulsating while braking in my 99 Ford Escort. After removing the wheel and inspecting the discs they both look like this. Are the lateral lines something that could cause the ...
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2003 Toyota Camry 300 rpm with AC on

I have a 2003 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder with the AC on it runs at 300 rpm and stalls. What could be my problem and is there anyways to adjust the idle?
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how to tow short distance without towbar fitted

What is the best way to tow a light car (rx7) with a vehicle that has no towbar. I only need to move it about 15 meters up a driveway that has a bit of an incline to negotiate.
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How often should I do fuel induction and why should I do it if my car runs perfectly fine?

I've owned 6 cars now and I only remembered doing fuel induction once. Yesterday I went to the Toyota dealer and they recommended me doing fuel induction every 3000 miles. I have a 2009 Toyota ...
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What's this cable that starts the blade on a Craftsman riding lawnmower called?

I have a craftsman riding lawnmower. It has a manual gear that I have to push up to get the blade to start. There is a physical heavy gauge wire going from this gear to something below that snapped ...
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Please tell me I did not kill My chole (1999 VW Beetle)

My 1999 VW was blinking a red thermometer as soon as I turned the car on. I checked the oil and water and it was fine. I drove car and white smoke started coming out of the engine and exhaust, there ...
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Prius burns off oil very fast. Is this normal?

I replaced the oil on my mom's Prius today, which is 3200 miles or so since I replaced it last. The car only takes 3 quarts of oil, but only drained a little over 2 quarts. My jeep, on the other ...
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What is the difference between an intake manifold and a fuel rail?

I have read that intake manifolds distribute the fuel evenly to all the fuel injectors-- but then I read that the fuel rail did that exact same thing. So obviously I'm missing something. Help!
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Is alternator rating at pulley rpm or engine rpm?

I just got a new alternator for my jeep that says 160amps at 2k rpm. Is this rating for the pulley rpm on the alternator - or is it the rpm of the engine? Also, if the pulley is spinning slower than ...
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Why is my exhaust pipe so rusty?

I think all cars exhaust pipes get very rusty after not very long. Why is that? I know that the pipe gets extremely hot, but how come that makes it rust more than any other part of the car?
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Battery shorts when key is turned quickly

My friend has a newish (~2009) Toyota Tacoma that apparently can short the battery when he turns the key from off to start too fast. By short I mean, when fully charged the truck will click once like ...
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How to know if a radiator is getting sufficient airflow

I have recently purchased a dune buggy as displayed in the photo below. Note the position of the radiator located above the seats. What I am wanting to do is install some clear perspex in the window ...
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Plastic end-tank radiator

Why are modern radiators made from aluminium with plastic ends? What is the durability compared to 100% aliuminium radiators?
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What are your main concerns when getting your car wrapped with custom-patterns?

Let's say you're getting your car custom wrapped. What would be your top concern when hiring someone to do the job? This would be a key area to filter when picking a service provider. Thanks in ...
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I bought a new radio. How difficult would it be for an amateur to install?

They gave me a "kit" and a "harness" in addition to the radio. I'm at the knowledge level where I don't know what that means, but I'm assuming the harness holds it in place and the kit involves the ...
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2004 Buick LeSabre sputters in wet weather only when accelerating

My 2004 Buick LeSabre recently started behaving strangely. At first I thought I had filled up with some "bad gas." I used Heat to treat and after a week or so it seemingly started to work fine. Then ...
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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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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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Usability of Unused Winter Tires

I have not used my winter tires for ten years. They were used only for one winter. Are they still good? Tread is good but has the rubber been affected by long storage?
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Is my mechanic ripping me off?

My 2002 ford focus (built after may 23) died and the AAA and tow guy both said that it needs a new fuel pump. Anyway I went to the mechanic and he said it'll be 350 for the pump and 200 for labor. I ...
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How to run a 50 amps short term load off the car electrical circuit?

I window-shopped for a car air compressor and there's a variety of them with different performance levels. Low performance compressors (like 30 liters per minute) have a cigarette lighter connector, ...
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Squeaking Noise when Cold Start. Suspect something wrong with belts, Also engine missing when sudden acceleration desired from Total Stop

From the past few weeks whenever I crank my car there is a squeaking noise which may continue for about 30-60 sec or even longer (This is intermittent sometimes it doesn't really happen). The engine ...
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Do I need steel lugnuts when using steel wheels

Here in the northern part of North America, we're about to start winter, so off come the mags with the summer tires, and on go the steel wheels with the winter tires. Do I need to use steel lug nuts ...
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What is the name of this part of my trunk release in my 2003 Jetta?

I can't open the trunk in my 2003 VW Jetta. After taking apart the trunk hood, I've determined the problem is the same as described in this thread, but I cannot find the replacement part. This ...
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Automatic lock not working

2001 Honda CRV, when lock button is pressed rear PS door lock sounds like a machine gun (ra-ta-ta-tat) and door remains unlocked. Door cannot be manually locked either, what could be causing this? Is ...
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unusual noise when switching into the second gear - other gears are fine

Almost every time I switch into the second gear, a quite loud crackle sound is heard shortly. It only happens when switching into the second gear, other gears are fine. I depress the clutch fully of ...
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Steering Wheel Replacement on a 25 year old car

I've got an '85 Corvette, and the steering wheel is really beat to hell so I'm looking to replace it with a more modern and sporty wheel. What I'm looking to find out: Is this a safe repair to do ...
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Should I get a reusable/washable air filter for my Kia Soul?

I've got a 2010 Kia Soul, and I was wondering if I should get a reusable/washable air filter, such as the K&N 33-2960. The reasons I would think to get such an air filter would be: Save on the ...
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Kia Soul aftermarket headlights

What are the options (in Canada) for aftermarket headlights, e.g. HID, etc. for the Kia Soul? I find the Soul's headlights to be lacking, and I would like to get something brighter since I do quite a ...
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I think my clutch is failing, how can I tell what needs to be replaced?

I have a 2000 Mazda Protege with a 5-speed manual transmission. In recent months, I have noticed something that I believe is the clutch slipping. Sometimes when I am accelerating to highway speeds, ...
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Looking for software/device to track members of a riding group [closed]

We are a group of bike rider; whenever we go on a trip its been a little difficult to manage the location of all riders. Like If somebody left behind how can we find exact location of the bike. Do ...
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2006 Jeep Commander - heater is only blowing hot air

My 2006 Jeep Commander continues to blow hot air even when the switch is turned completely off. Has anyone had this problem before? Problem description from OPs 'answer' below: "If I turn the fan ...
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98 olds intrigue stalls while driving

Hello everyone i have an oldsmobile intrigue 1998 and i was just driving home and the car shutdown while driving so i pulled it over put on the hazards tried to restart it and it just cranked and ...
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Honda civic '97 not starting

My Honda civic has been having trouble starting. When I turn my key all the way clockwise to start the car, it make a clicking noise near the starter. All the lights come on, but it doesn't start the ...
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Relay for Auxiliary Fog lamps of 54 w (27W x 2 lamps)

I wish to install two LED Auxiliary Fog lamps of 27w each (54 w in total), for my motorbike powered through a 12V Battery. What type (capacity) of relay should be used for this. Kindly let me know.
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I'm planning to buy a 2nd hand car, how do I know if a car won't give me headaches in the future? [duplicate]

To set your expectations, I haven't owned a car before. The only experience that I have with cars is for 20+ hours (this was driving school). After having read discussions about buying a new car vs a ...
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Jeep stalls a lot has trouble idling after battery pulled for a long time?

I've had this a problem a lot with this vehicle. I have a 99 Jeep Wrangler TJ. I believe the car's computer has a battery that is a dead (like a watch battery). For some reason when it stalls or when ...
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Subaru Legacy cam belt change

I have got a 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT and it has done 90,000 KMs now. What is the best time to change its cam/timing belt? Is it by 100,000 KMs or 100,000 Miles? Thanks!
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Different Battery Voltage

What are the different battery voltages trucks work with? I am aware of 12v and 24v batteries, are any any systems that work with voltages above 24v? Can i safely get a 12 or a 24v system on any ...
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Coolant disappears from coolant reservoir but no leak observed

I just replaced the water pump in my 2005 Ford Escape V6. I discovered that each time I fill the coolant reservoir with coolant and drive the car, by my next stop the coolant reservoir will be ...
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Temperature gauge stays in middle even when engine overheats

I have a 2005 Ford Escape. It overheats once in a while up to the point that you can physically see coolant in the reservoir tank boiling. My main concern is that the temperature gauge on the car ...
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Why don't wipers clean the entire windshield

The wiper blade doesn't cover all the way down to the corner. I had my windshield replaced last year and have also tried replacing the wiper blades. Here is a picture of it with rain on the spot ...
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Can driving long distances cause motor mounts to crack?

I have two cracked motor mounts on my KIA Sadona. I am curious as to what may have caused this. I am wondering if driving longer distances could cause it to happen It is a 2004 Kia Sedona EX. I ...
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125 views

how electric car transmission system work

How electric car transmission system working? Is it having auto or manual gear concept like gasoline vehicles? AS electric motor can run in any speed (slow). Is it necessary to have clutch?
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Consequences of failing to replace bad struts and sway bar bushings

My car is kind of a beater and I don't want to pour money into it. Apart from a bumpy ride, is anything really bad going to happen if I don't replace these parts? For example, will this put a ...
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Tire depth is 4, is it safe to drive?

when took my car for oil change, mechanic said that the tire Threads are too thin to drive , less than 5. So it is not safe to drive. Till what depth we can drive the car safely. Tires also has some ...
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Setting Polling Interval on a Elm327 adaptor

Is there any terminial command I can use to set the polling interval on an elm327 device? I know that for example obdwiz allows setting the polling interval through it's graphical interface, but I ...

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