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BMW 330Xi tire rim broken

New tire started leaking air just to find out that the tire is alright and the air taking pin is also fine. the rim is cracked from inside. I've no clue how that can happen. Also, my mechanic is ...
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Intermittent TPMS Light

My TPMS light (not the tire icon, the textual light) has come on as of late, then turned off for a couple of days, then on, and now off again. The tire pressure in all four tires is OK. As I ...
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lowest tire pressure for a 44psi tire

I want to know what it the lowest tire pressure you could put on a maximum rate 44psi tire? I have been placing 33- 34 psi on these tires for about half a year now, will it damage my tires? I'm ...
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How long can I drive on a donut spare?

This is a pretty common question and I get a lot of conflicting responses from "Extremely dangerous could blow out at any minute" to "I've driven on it for a month". A mechanic at midas told me I ...
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83 views

check vehicular damage on tire bursts

I just experienced having a tire explosion yesterday. I was running at around 60mph and suddenly my rear right tire blew. I was go up a bridge and as it blew, there was brown smoke and I might have ...
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Why do tap wrenches have a four cornered shaft and get fastened by a bolt?

Tap wrenches are designed like this one: But with this design the bolt always untightens wile using the tool. Why isn't it designed like this:
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Car Audio wiring

BMW E46 Android head unit A little context: I have a head unit, that I want to have constant power through ACC. Basically, it's an android tablet customized for my car, but the manufacturer ...
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Should I get the oil changed before or after a road trip?

I have a 1999 Honda Oyssey minivan w/ 168,000 miles on it. I get the oil changed twice a year and my next oil change is scheduled for right after an up-coming road trip. Is there any reason to do the ...
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Burning smell when driving

Firstly, this question is written by someone with very little knowledge of cars. So, please bear with me. Some weeks ago, I was driving to work and smelled this horrible, thick, burning odour. Given ...
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Sealing two stainless steel cylinders

I have 2 stainless steel cylinders (very thin) that I want to fit together. One has a diameter of 10cm and the other a bit more (around 11cm). I was thinking of sealing them together with an O-ring, ...
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How much grease when packing wheel bearings? [duplicate]

My Kia failed its annual safety inspection so I'm going to be replacing the front wheel bearings (both front wheels have top-to-bottom play when up on the lift). Some people say you should only use ...
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247 views

Install switch to disable airbag in 2003 Chrysler Town & Country

I heard that it was possible to install a switch in a 2003 Town & Country to disable the airbag. We called several auto shops, who said they don't do it. We called Chrysler, who said they only ...
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06 Ford Escape Dead Battery Keypad Entry

So, the Escape was sitting in the parking garage for a couple weeks with the keys inside and no spare available (don't ask, this is a shared company vehicle with keypad entry). The keypad isn't ...
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2004 Chevy Malibu Classic Acceleration & starting problems

I was riding along and my 2004 Chevy Malibu Classic stopped accelerating. I was pressing the gas but it wouldn't go any faster. I coasted off the highway and turned it off, then I started it back up ...
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Changing the exhaust on a motorbike

I have a Yamaha XJ6 from 2012 and I would like to change the exhaust. But I have a choice. Do I change only the muffler or the whole "line"? Other than cost what are the pros and cons of changing ...
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What are the differences between multi-link suspensions and double-wishbone suspensions?

There are a multiple of different kinds of suspension, multi-link suspensions and double-wishbone are popular in some performance groups. What are the main difference between these two? What ...
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Improve engine sound of Mazda RX-8

I would like my 2006 Mazda RX-8 Shinka to be a little louder. I just don't know where to start though. The engine has such a nice sound, but I can't really hear it. I don't want it to be so loud that ...
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Should I replace a “blown” engine on my John Deere mower?

I have a 2005 John Deere 115 19 HP automatic riding mower. After leaving it in the garage all winter, I started the mower, drove it about 50 yards, and engaged the blade. It went about 20 feet, made a ...
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441 views

Is this part the glove box damper?

While fully opening the glove box on my Avensis '02 (to get behind it for a job) I broke something. I did a bit of research and I can't be sure but it might be the glove compartment damper, which if ...
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How do I make my 2nd generation Toyota Hi-Ace start more easily? [closed]

My 2nd generation Toyota Hi-Ace Diesel is not starting easily, or occasionally not starting at all. I have: Tested the glow plugs - all quick and fully bright; Changed battery; Changed the air ...
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366 views

Hyundai Elantra sudden loss of power [closed]

I have a 2000 Hyundai Elantra, just yesterday and today I've had a few instances of sudden loss of power. Driving along, the engine will run rough for about 10 seconds then just die all together. No ...
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Why am I smelling exhaust inside the cabin of my car?

When I drive my car the first few miles, I smell exhaust inside the car with the windows rolled up. It happens when I have either the AC or the heat/air on... What's going on?
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On a BMW E46 330Ci, is it necessary to pull the handbrake lever when you're in 'P' mode?

My flatmate drives a 2001 BMW E46 330Ci automatic transmission. I sat next to him while he drove us to the supermarket. When we arrived, I noticed that he only put the gear lever into 'P' and switch ...
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448 views

How to tell if an 08 CTS has a limited-slip differential?

I'm looking at purchasing a 2008 CTS RWD. From what I could gather from various forums, it sounds like a limited-slip was only included if you purchased the "summer performance tires" package. I ...
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287 views

Do I Need To Replace Rotors Whenever I Replace Brake Pads? [duplicate]

I'm on a tight budget and need to replace my brake pads. However, I've been told by my mechanic that if one does so without replacing the rotors, they will be "mismatched" and that will cause the ...
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87 views

Finding brake parts

I'm working on a 1963 Chevy Impala. I am rebuilding the drum brakes, but I can't seem to find all the parts-- some have gone missing over the years. Is there anywhere to find all the internals in ...
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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 ...
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1answer
367 views

Handbrake Engaged for 9-10 km Driving Roughly 80 km/h

Make: Mitsubishi Model: Pajero Intercooler 2800 Handling: Automatic Year: 1992 I forgot to release the handbrake on my car this morning. I didn't realize I forgot to release it until I had driven ...
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Do the specs of my new battery need to exactly match the old?

I have the following values on my car battery: 12v 71ah 580cca When looking for a new battery, do I need to ensure I get one with those exact values, or can it be different? For example, would the ...
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1answer
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How does a AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) work?

I know that a TCU automates the operation of the clutch. But I'm clueless on how an AMT can do anything a human does using a manual. 1)If you are stopped at a hill. When pulling off, a driver brings ...
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482 views

Options for replacing rusted exhaust mounting bolts

The car is a 2005 Mini Cooper. The bolts that hold the exhaust mounts in place have rusted and snapped on both sides: I've taken up the floor of the boot and have located their heads on either ...
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365 views

Service intervals for old, low mileage car

I have a manual 2000 Ford Focus, with only 64k miles on the clock. This question is more general than a specific car and year, I am really asking about > 10 years, with sub 100k miles Generally, I ...
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If one coil spring needs replacing, do I need to replace both?

I just had my car serviced and they discovered that the front, near side coil spring is "incomplete" and needs replacing. I'm getting conflicting advice about whether I need to replace both front ...
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1answer
134 views

Bent flap inside fuel filler

I have a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup with a gasoline engine. There is a thin metal flap on a spring that is supposed to cover the opening in the fuel filler neck, which the fuel nozzle would normally push ...
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1answer
804 views

ABS break sensor melted in mazda 3

I have a 2007 Mazda 3 (2.0L). Recently, I took apart the front axle in order to replace the half-shaft on the driver's side. At the same time, I have replaced my brake caliper because I realized ...
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2answers
115 views

Getting power to phone kit by running a cable through the firewall

I am installing a phone kit in a Toyota Avensis '02. I am trying to get a cable through the firewall to the battery and I'm having difficulty. I saw someone on YouTube getting power from under the ...
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4k views

Re-programming injection pump on French Ford Focus TDCi

I replaced the engine on my 2003 Ford Focus (French TDCi) and I plugged it to clear the error codes. Now it starts ok but stops after 10 minutes. I read that when a new injection pump is installed, ...
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1answer
413 views

Broke one of the two power steering pump brackets/anchors

Vehicle: Toyota Tacoma 2007 V6 4L While I was taking my power steering pump out, I manager to brake one of the two brackets (or anchors) that attach it to the main body of the engine. It is an SOL ...
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2000 Dodge Ram 1500 won't idle

The battery died last week. After I jumped it I noticed the truck would only stay running if I was revving the engine. As soon as I take my foot off the gas rpm drops to 0 and the truck dies. ...
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Is this a wheel spacer?

I just swapped my aftermarket winter alloy wheels&tires, for original summer wheels & tires. The steering wheel feels wobbly after I did that. I read this thread here on mechanic exchange ...
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Does my car need a service?

I bought my car second hand and don't know when it was last serviced. Car has done over 100,000 miles, it's a 2004 Corsa. It's due for its MOT, so I was thinking of doing them at the same time. Also, ...
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Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job

I'm about to start replacing the head gaskets on a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback according to the procedures described here: ...
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1answer
1k views

What could be causing this bouncing?

I recently took my car to my mechanic for a mandatory inspection for registration. The car is a 2000 Hyundai Elantra. It needed a bit of work to pass and they did the following: replaced one wheel ...
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1answer
560 views

Do springs wear out?

I will be replacing the struts and shocks on my car soon. I did them last about 80000 km ago, but at that time I did not replace the springs. Do springs wear out over time? Should I replace them ...
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1answer
4k views

Does it make the most sense to replace an old car's entire exhaust system all at once?

Back story: The Check Engine light came on in my 2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS Sedan (V6 3.5L). I took the car to a mechanic #1 (M1), an independent shop. They replaced the EGR valve. A day later, the ...
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What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?

Just took the second head off the 98 Subaru Outback I'm working on and I found one of the alignment dowels was badly crimped over the gasket for about 1/3 of its circumference. I have no idea how it ...
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377 views

Sticking a blade between door and window to open the door?

What's all this thing that we see in films, when to break into a car you stick a long blade with a kind of hook on the end and pull up to open the door? Was it ever possible to open a car door like ...
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Vibrates in Idle

I have a 1999 RAV4 with 120,000 that's vibrating at Stops when in Drive, but not when in Neutral. Would it help long term if I used Neutral when stopped? OR should I start looking for another car? ...
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441 views

How much Octane Fuel does Honda CBR 250R (India Version) needs? 91 or 93?

Honda CBR250R STD 2013 Model's manual state that fuel(petrol) used should be 91 or more. Seems like they have defined the minimum threshold of RON than stating the optimum RON for the given bike. ...
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Why do some cars have their radio antennas in the windscreen?

On some cars now the radio antenna is in the windscreen, however, in my experience the radio has always been rubbish on the car. They often seem to get a bad FM reception, where other cars get them ...

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