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Sound system on Volvo V40 MY 2013

Has anyone on the Continent managed to upgrade a factory installed "Performance" sound system on a Volvo V40 MY 2013 to "High Performance" ? EDIT: (Included from comments) Volvo supplies several ...
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Rust Repair Advice

I have acquired a 2005 Mazda 3 sedan.Its a nice little car, aside from the atrocious amount of rust on it. The rust originated in the wheel wells, and that's where most of the rust actually is. ...
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Access OnStar Wires on 2012 Equinox

I've got a 2012 Equinox that I want to attach an inviscord to the Onstar wires, but I am not sure how to access the wires. There is a wide black plastic cover where the rear view mirror attaches to ...
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Power steering seems to cutout whilst stationary.

Ford focus 2009 (UK) Power steering seems to cutout whilst stationary and kick back in when moving. Is this normal. Power fluid is black/dirty. Garage changed fluid but only 'sucked out reservoir and ...
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For the love of all things sacred, what technical reason was there for GM to put a different connector on each side for the rear oxygen sensors?

I just busted my knuckles breaking the oxygen sensors free in hopes of swapping them to see if the problem stayed on the driver side or went with the sensor. Only to find out the connectors are ...
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Mixing antifreeze?

My dealer has not been good about topping off fluids lately. I bought some antifreeze (http://amzn.com/B0089LSFJ0) to get the level to just above minimum, but I'm concerned that I don't know what the ...
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Gear slips MM540 while applying clutch/stop accelerating

While I drive in 3rd gear its fine, but if I try to apply brakes/stop acceleration suddenly, 3rd gear slips into neutral position (Not exactly neutral) and while I try to put third gear again, it ...
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Car will not start

My car idle up at the light, then cut off. It will not start at all now when I turn the key. There is no sound. I had the battery checked and it's good. I have a new alternator and I checked all ...
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Converting floor jack to tranny jack?

Is it possible to adapt/convert a regular floor jack to a tranny jack for the purposes of lowering the transmission assembly?
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Can a Bad Valve Cover Gasket Cause Oil to be Burned?

I read here that a bad valve cover gasket can cause low engine pressure which will cause oil to be burnt. Is this true? Exactly how would that work?
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Replacing 3rd gear synchro on a Tacoma

I have a 4WD 2007 Tacoma V6 manual with 6 speeds. This model has a notorious reoccurring problem with its 3rd gear, which is due to the synchro going bad on that gear, as per many online ...
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VW Golf manual will not move forward in 1st gear but can reverse

When I stop the car, sometimes it will not move forward from 1st gear but if I reverse it will clear the issue. Then I'm able to drive forward in 1st gear again. Reverse seems to reset the car. What ...
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Immobiliser starter relay versus fuel pump relay

I want to be be able to immobilize a vehicle. The use case is for theft prevention. All along I have been thinking in terms of disabling the starter relay, as discussed here, Current from key to ...
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Is this rust on a new truck's underside normal?

I bought a new 2015 Ford F-150 and am wondering if this rust is common to the central Texas area? Is this anything I should try to fix?
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OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag light

Is there an OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag warning light? My 2004 Honda Element EX has a red air bag warning light that recently has turned on. The nearest Honda dealer wants ...
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232 views

Car feels like it's filling up with fumes

I bought a used 2000 volvo s80 with around 93k on the odometer. I was driving the other day and I felt sort of sick. At first I thought it was some dirt on the floor that got into the air. But upon ...
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02 renault scenic. Metallic tapping sound when engaging the clutch

The other day my wife was driving the car when it lost much of its power and she described loosing power on the left side of the car. To the point that she checked the tires for punctures. This was ...
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Should I remove the thermostat when doing a cooling system flush?

I am going to do a cooling system flush and after some reading and watching some youtube videos I noticed that people take different approaches. So I have the following questions: I understand that ...
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blue devil head gasket sealer

I used blue devil head gasket sealer and so far have a good result. I am currently driving the vehicle with just water and the sealer in system. It's running cool and it's not using any water. My ...
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Irregular Fuel Pressure and a Old Clogged Fuel Filter

I was reading this article on vapor lock regarding my intermittent hot weather idle problems, and was wondering if an old, clogged fuel filter could cause intermittent fuel pressure problems and put ...
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volvo s40 2005 model, remote unresponsive

I have a volvo s40 2005 model. I tryed locking it with the remote and it would not respond. Initially i thought it is because the battery for the remote is finished. I bought a new one and changed it. ...
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radiator stop leak

I woke to find antifreeze all over the driveway. My reservoir was empty. I took it to the radiator shop and they said I had to leaks. Then I remembered I had the warranty so I took it to the ...
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376 views

CAN Bus action list

I have an ELM327 Bluetooth, which I'm linking to ubuntu powered PC. My end goal is to install a raspberry pi into the car and have it automate things like automatically opening the roof and locking ...
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61 views

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee battery issues

Nearing 200,000 miles on this car, so it's beginning to have issues here and there. The most recent being that it dies when not being driven. This car was driven on a daily basis until I went to ...
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Best way to wash a soft top?

I'm completely restoring my Jeep's appearence. I got my doors stolen a little over a week ago, so I bought new ones which have to be repainted. I'm taking this opportunity to restore all of the Jeep ...
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1answer
436 views

2nd starter installed that is just spinning and not engaging the flywheel

I have a 2000 Chrysler cirrus 6cyl 2.5 24 valve multi port injection. Originally I had backed my car in and parked, then tried to start the car but only got clicking. I found out later that at that ...
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How should I remove a paint scuff on my vehicle?

The painted edge of a side mirror on another car recently scraped the side of my vehicle, leaving a scuff of paint about half a meter long. There is no indentation or scratch, but the other vehicle ...
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1answer
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1994 LT1 350 in a Caprice wagon. Oil getting pumped into the coolant and flowing past the coolant reservoir cap

The engine runs well and the transmission shifts well. The only indication was the oil gauge dropping at a stop light. I immediately put 3 quarts in. There was nothing visible at this time. When I ...
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Replacing tires for 2001 Subaru Outback

What are my options for replacing tires for 2001 Subaru Outback? One tire is damaged and it seems I need 4 matching tires as it is AWD. 255,225,260,...etc. If they match, can I change size?
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Fast Idle and High Fuel Consumption

I just bought a Manual 97 Mazda Lantis 323 1.8L DOHC 16 Valve BP and I was amazed that it went through 1/4 tank gas ( about 12.5 liters or 3.3 gallons ) in one day after about 60 kilometers / 37 miles ...
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Dust Under the Doors

Last year, we purchased 2010 Ford Taures Limited. We live on a gravel road & must drive on it for approximately 2 miles before we hit pavement. The drier the road becomes, the dustier it is. ...
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2answers
518 views

What are the black dots that are at some windows edges?

I noticed that many windows have this kind of sun limiter at the edges and wondered what exactly they are.
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102 views

Resurfacing brake rotators without replacing pads

I had my 300C Chrysler serviced for brake issue some time ago. They said that there was wear on both front and rear brakes. They changed the front pads, and said that there was pulsation when ...
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Hydrostatic transmission oil confusion

I have a John Deere LX176 lawn tractor and am confused about its hydrostatic transmission oil. The manual states that the hydrostatic transmission oil should be "SAE 10w30 engine oil with API ...
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1answer
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How to bleed Toyota Tacoma clutch system?

Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Tacoma 4WD v6 6 speed I found this tutorial on pre-bleeding but it is generic (not vehicle specific) and I think there are differences between the cylinder it uses and Tacoma's, ...
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2008 Prius Dead Battery

My Prius' battery is dead. It is in a narrow garage. 1) Can I shift it into neutral and push it out of the garage? 2) Can I open the rear hatch to jump the auxiliary battery in the trunk? 3) Is ...
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Difference Between Oil Filters

Are there any differences between one brand of oil filter and another? For example, I see that an "original" Mazda oil filter is twice the price as a generic brand.
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Fiat Punto Door Dent

I recently dented my Fiat Punto Active 8v 3 Door Hatchback. I'm looking into buying this dual suction cup to remove the dent. With the severity of the damage, do you think I'd be successful with ...
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Mazda 3 on acceleration drops engine power

I'm having this problem for some time now. Usually in 2nd (and mostly 3rd) and higher gears, when gas pedal is completely pressed to the end, the car is accelerating, but when it reaches about ...
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Why would a vehicles exhaust sound significantly deeper after a broken timing belt replacement?

Last Tuesday, my timing belt sheered off several teeth. I got one on order and replaced it, and the car fired right up. I was able to hand crank the engine several times after re-timing it and it ...
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2answers
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Brake Pads worn in under two months

Vehicle: 2000 Chevy Blazer 4WD 4.3L V6 Engine Current Symptoms (I suspect this might be the symptoms of 2 over-lapping problems?) Brake light comes on. It then goes off if I press the brake to the ...
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Fuel Efficiency vs Engine capacity [duplicate]

How come there are cars with 1500cc engine producing with better fuel efficiency than a 800cc motorcycle with roughly the same amount of bhp? For example a Suzuki Splash with 1200cc and 87bhp returns ...
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Accidentally poured engine oil into the coolant reservoir

My 1990 Mazda 626 leaks oil like a sieve, so I regularly top up the oil. In a moment of stupidity, I opened my radiator cap instead of my oil cap while topping up my engine oil, and poured about ...
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1answer
462 views

Replaced rear rotors and pads, now both rotors hot on first test drive

Yesterday I replaced the rotors and pads on my 09 Mini Cooper. I thought it went well, but in the first short test drive, it feels like the emergency brake is set a bit. I drove a half mile, and both ...
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1answer
319 views

New clutch master cylinder not filling with fluid after replacement

Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Tacoma 4WD v6 6 speed I installed a new master cylinder (the truck is at about 120K mi) but when I reconnected all the plumbing, it seems like it is not filling with fluid. The ...
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2answers
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Power steering noisy and hard to turn UNTIL engine warms up

I have a 1991 Toyota Camry. The Power steering is noisy and hard to turn steering wheel UNTIL engine warms up. Then it is fine. What's happening? I have sucked old old fluid and put in new ...
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Do premium air filters perform better than standard air filters?

I went in for an oil change recently and the Jiffy Lube technician tried to up sell me on buying a better oil for my car, and on buying a more expensive air filter. My car is a fairly normal compact ...
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1answer
190 views

How to clean brake fluid spillage from vehicle floor?

I had a leak out of my clutch master cylinder for quite a long time (until I figured what it was causing it). The floor mat is pretty soaked in brake fluid (and I am replacing it) but there are also ...
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1answer
196 views

Turbo Charging Suzuki Splash/Ritz

Can I turbo charge my Suzuki Splash/Ritz? Its a 1.2 liter petrol engine with 85HP. What types of engines can be turbo-charged. If it's possible, how would I do it?
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What problems to look for when buying used motorcycle

I'm planning to buy a used Honda Goldwing. Researching the prices, my budget will allow me to get something in the range up to year '95-96 models. As this is going to be my first bike, I have no idea ...

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