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218 views

Replacing an engine in a Chevy pickup ('85 K10). Is 190hp enough?

My friend is looking to replace the engine in his older Chevy '85 K10 pickup and found this engine http://www.summitracing.com/parts/nal-10067353/overview/year/1985/make/chevrolet/model/k10. Is the ...
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389 views

Heavy Towing 2007 Chevy Avalanche 5.3L [closed]

I'm going to be doing a bit of heavy towing with my truck. Up to and sometimes over its rated weights (approx 7000lbs). What can I do to add the necessary power and transmission performance that I'm ...
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2answers
749 views

Transmission fluid leak 1993 5.0 V8 F150 Engine

When I add transmission fluid, it leaks out below. It looks like it is collecting around the pan, but also forward. I am asking to see if someone thinks changing the pan won't cover the leak. ...
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1answer
125 views

Puddle under passenger side of car/ A/C blowing hot air

I have a 1999 Mazda 626. I drove 5hrs the other day from WA to OR. Traffic was horrible and it was blistering hot. I had my A/C going most of the time, although at one point it started blowing hot air ...
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0answers
45 views

Hard to start in the summer [closed]

Dodge Ram 2500 1st start of day, turns over and starts. After extended drive time it becomes harder to start and as day becomes warmer/hotter. Temps are hitting the 90's and 100+ Fahrenheit. Heat ...
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3answers
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Buying new tires R15, R16, R17?

I currently have 205/55 R16 91V M+S Goodridge tires and an '06 Honda Civic Coupe. Should I stick with the same type of tires for go for something else? What's the difference between getting R16 or ...
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1answer
1k views

Reading ABS diagnostic codes on a Volvo 940

I want to read any fault codes stored in my 1992 Volvo 940's ABS module. I've tried the procedure described in the popular 700/900 series FAQ without success. That procedure involves plugging the car'...
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1answer
200 views

Explanation of phrase relating to tyre tread depth

The highway code states that 'Cars, light vans and light trailers must have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire ...
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0answers
421 views

ESP warning light on

Audi A3 8PA 2005my 1.9tdi Esp warning light is on and diagnosis with VCDS shows fault :- 00493-ESP-Sensor unit (G419): No signal/Communication No other warning lights are showing. I have tried ...
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0answers
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Outside of a total repaint, can anything be done about clearcoat rot? [duplicate]

One of my vehicles is exhibiting an increasing amount of what looks to be like clearcoat failure. Its that white patches or areas on the exterior that seems to multiply like a virus. Outside of a ...
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0answers
49 views

Is there a way to know that window film is what it's advertised?

Is there a way to know that you're getting the window film that you were told it'll be? E.g., if I'm interested in an 78% Visible-Light-Transmission ceramic film with 43% Total Solar Energy Rejection ...
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0answers
489 views

Is there really such a thing as a skeleton key?

I've worked in the motorcycle industry for a while. I've heard ridiculous claims of something called a "skeleton key" which could turn any ignition to "on". Does something like this really exist? Is ...
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1answer
30 views

Converting Cylinder Compression Specs to Inches of Vacuum

If I have the specifications for cylinder compression can I convert that to how much intake vacuum the engine should be pulling? For example, if I have a 4 cylinder engine that is supposed to have ...
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2answers
1k views

What to Look for When Buying a Rebuilt Engine

I'm looking at a 98 Mazda 323 1.8L with a rebuilt engine. Basically, a mechanic bought it cheap due to shot rings and rebuilt the engine to sell it at a profit. He said it's the fifth engine he's ...
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1answer
129 views

Suggestions for replacing/upgrading exhaust/silencer for a 125cc Motorbike [closed]

I have a 125cc Yamaha Gladiator SS125, which is about 3 years old. I had my stock air filter (paper-based) removed and installed a K&N conical filter about a year ago. I wanted to know if anyone ...
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0answers
254 views

Can't get my riding mower to start, Craftsman LT1000

Ok, so here's the full timeline on what's happened. About a week or 2 ago I got a mower from a guy I know who wasn't using it. It's an 18HP Craftsman LT1000. The only issue he told me about is that ...
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0answers
37 views

Ford Focus TDCI (2003) chokes at red lights

I've got a problem with my French Ford. I replaced the engine a year ago although I'm not entirely sure the old one is dead (but it's run 380,000km). Anyway, for a couple of months the engine stops ...
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1answer
652 views

Prestone power steering fluid

Can I put Prestone power steering fluid into a Buick Enclave? Or does it require OEM fluid?
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8answers
13k views

What would cause motor mounts to go out on a factory engine?

I got my factory motor mounts replaced on my 2000 eclipse at 175k miles. I am now at 189k and the mounts blew again. I can hear the same rattling and squeaking. I had the spark plugs and valve cover ...
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1answer
150 views

Engine sounds like it's in 4th gear while it's in 5th gear, the revs stays normal [closed]

Engine sounds like it's in 4th gear while it's in 5th gear, the revs stays normal, what could cause that?
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1answer
254 views

Fuel efficiency and volumetric efficiency

I was reading about the better volumetric efficiency of DOHC engines as compared to SOHC engine and was wondering if fuel efficiency is directly related to volumetric efficiency.
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3answers
712 views

Getting unexpectedly low mileage for Honda Fit 2012

Our Honda Fit 2012 (bought last October) is getting on average well under 25 MPG, sometimes as low as 22-23 MPG average according to the dashboard display. Neither my wife nor I are aggressive drivers ...
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2answers
348 views

Can an old car engine be used outside of a car?

After selling my car for salvage recently I began to wonder if I could repurpose my next car's engine for anything. Can old car engines be made into generators or other useful machines?
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1answer
535 views

Rim/tire two wrongs make a right?

One of the back wheels on my car has a different rim size than the others. Specifically that odd wheel is 195/65R15 whereas the other three tires are 205/55R16. I calculated the total diameter of the ...
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2answers
408 views

Synchromesh, Helical gear design

What specifically, is the design principle behind the Helical shape of gears in a synchromesh transmission? Are the Helical gear designed, in any known vehicle, to disengage? Is that why the gears ...
2
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1answer
51 views

Brakes smoke on driver side, but only after non-level terrain

I recently had my brakes serviced. Pads and rotors were replaced. Everything seemed fine. Today, I took a 30 minute drive where I applied the brakes significantly on the way back due to hilly terrain, ...
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2answers
2k views

No Sound from one Car speaker

I have an old Impreza 2002. Stereo Receiver died. I bought an inexpensive Boss Receiver from Amazon and also bought a Scosche Wiring Harness that fit my car. Put it in and not getting sound from ...
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2answers
144 views

Washing shop clothes with lots of motor oil on them

What's the most effective way to wash your shop clothes that have lots of motor oil? I don't want to put it in the washer together with my regular dirty clothes to avoid spreading the oil onto them. ...
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2answers
3k views

Why does RPM jump between 1000 and 2000 at standstill (2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 K)?

My car has a kind of a rough idle and it's like it gives a bit of gas, meter goes between 1000 and 2000 rpm at standstill. Same if I shift up to 1 or 2nd gear. If I then take it for a drive, car jerks ...
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1answer
81 views

Volkswagen Passat went out of control

It was raining, and I was on a Motor Way, driving at about 100 mph and approaching 110. It was an automatic Volkswagen Passat, 12K miles old. The car started behaving weirdly, and it started shaking ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Read steering angle data in real time

I need to read vehicle steering angle (front wheel angle) data in real time for a research project that I am involved in. How can I achieve that? What HW and SW do I need for it? So far I can think ...
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4answers
3k views

Can a heavy key-chain damage your ignition?

I just bought a 2012 VW Jetta TDI. The dealer asked me to do a 2,000 mile check-up to make sure everything is within tolerances. At the check-up the service representative said my key-chain was too ...
2
votes
2answers
381 views

How many hours for roof reinforcements replacement

I need to replace the roof reinforcements for my VW Tiguan. I am quite concerned about the amount of hours required by car dealer shop for this Namely items 3 and 4 need to be replaced. This ...
2
votes
2answers
114 views

Find the version of a motorcycle

I need to know the exact version of my motorcycle, I can't find this information on the frame nor the user manual. It's a Kawasaki ER-5 sold in October 2005 in France. I want to replace the fork oil ...
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2answers
76 views

Car explosion during compression

A question recently dawned upon me: do cars explode when they are compressed at junkyards? It seems like the answer would be 'no', obviously, or else this would most likely not be common practice. But ...
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4answers
36k views

What is the proper way to extract a broken sparkplug?

When dealing with a car with aluminum head(s), what is the proper way to extract a broken sparkplug?
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2answers
78 views

Replacing hub bearing repeatedly - 2007 Jetta

I had my brake pads replaced at about 100k miles. I was hearing a noise that I thought was a bearing, and the mechanic came to the same conclusion, so I also had the bearing replaced. I drove the ...
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2answers
1k views

Why not have drive chains instead of drive (serpentine) belts?

My drive (serpentine) belt was recently chewed down to about half the width and I had to replace it. Which brings the question: if the automotive industry has been gradually replacing timing belts ...
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2answers
1k views

Do I need to lift my car up before adjusting lug nut torque?

I recently put new wheels on my car. I don't have off-street parking, much less a garage to work in, so I had the wheels installed by a mechanic. Since they were installed, they have been driven ...
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3answers
119 views

Steering wheel vibration

While driving my 2012 camaro at freeway speeds, the steering wheel vibrates violently. However, it will continue to vibrate intermittently even after braking every few seconds.
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2answers
4k views

Wheel offset effect on performance

When it comes to upgrading wheels and tires, drivers tend to have two different goals in mind: Improving their vehicle's handling/performance Improving their vehicle's appearance A lower positive ...
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1answer
98 views
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2answers
17k views

Engine Bogs down with A/C on highway

This started to happen relatively recent. It's 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. What is happening when the engine is idling and I turn the A/C on or the defroster (which also uses the A/C I believe), the ...
2
votes
1answer
302 views

Installing a Camry engine in a Highlander

Recently bough a Toyota Highlander v6 3.0 4wd, it has an engine knock. I was wondering if I could use a Toyota Camry's engine instead of buying a new one for the Highlander. If I do this, what will be ...
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1answer
52 views

Is the steering ratio of Ford C-Max constant or variable?

I would like to know whether the steering ratio is constant or rather variable on a Ford C-Max Mk1 (2003-2010).
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2answers
635 views

Low rumble/groaning noise when come to a slow stop

I just replaced my front brake pads and rotors about 2 months ago and am now hearing a very noticeable noise when braking. I'm driving a 2010 Honda Civic LX-S with about 67K miles. The odd thing is ...
2
votes
2answers
220 views

ECU Diagnostic Port cut off and Check Engine Light disabled

I bought a used 92 Integra ZXi recently. I had starting issues so I took it to a mechanic. He found that the check engine light is disabled and diagnostic port from the ECU has been cut off. A very ...
0
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2answers
45 views

Is there a way to check if you're being ripped off for accident repair costs?

I collided with the back of another car. I had a quote from a garage authorized by my insurer that seems large. The estimator made it sound a lot more serious than I expected. He says it's going to ...
1
vote
1answer
101 views

Holding crankshaft still while unbolting pulley by shifting to smallest gear

I've heard that it's possible to hold the crankshaft still, for the purposes of unbolting the pulley, on a manual transmission vehicle without a special tool, by shifting it in the smallest gear (5th ...
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1answer
3k views

Broken Clutch Linkage Under Dash on 1987 Ford F150 4x4

On the way to work Thursday morning, the clutch pedal sanpped to the floor when I pressed it, and it stayed there. It was still in gear, and I was able to limp to a parking lot. I looked under the ...

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