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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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806 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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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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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
414 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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838 views

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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168 views

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
562 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
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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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251 views

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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1answer
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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2answers
513 views

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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1answer
240 views

why don't police cars have lug nuts?

I don't know if it's clear from the picture but the car doesn't have lug nuts on the rim. So how do they replace tires? No doubt the lack of lug nuts is a security consideration to prevent people ...
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0answers
270 views

2010 Honda Civic radio problems [closed]

I bought a used 2010 Honda Civic, driving it home the radio said enter code, went to a Honda dealer, he got the serial number of radio and then the code he tried to imput the code and the radio still ...
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2answers
443 views

Removing all seats except driver's + front passenger's one from Volkswagen Sharan 2nd gen. (2010)

Is it possible to completely remove all seats except driver's + front passenger's one from Volkswagen Sharan 2nd gen. (production started in 2010) to get a very flat loading floor? I was not able to ...
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Are ignition coils easy to replace on a BMW 318i 2.0L 2007 msport model?

They'll cost me £21.06 each. I watched a video on YouTube that showed a guy clipping of the engine cover and pulling out and plugging in the coils. I'm not 100% sure what BMW model this was but it ...
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Oil in air intake: is this a faulty breather valve or by design?

I noticed the other day that a component (breather valve) was not fitted properly (the clip that held the valve cover breather in place was sitting between the O-ring and the lip, instead of fastening ...
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2answers
2k views

Remaining life expectancy of brake pads and rotors

Recently I serviced my 2002 Forester at the dealership shop. I was told that the brake pads have 2mm left on them, and they recommended replacing the pads and the rotors (disks). I normally tend to ...
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1answer
83 views

Where does the coolant go?

I filled up the coolant a few months ago and today I found the coolant level is near MIN. Is it normal that coolant "evaporates" over time? Or does it mean that it is leaking somewhere?
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1answer
584 views

How to program a transponder key of a 2000 Toyota Sienna

This is a follow-up question to my previous question regarding the replacement of the ignition switch cylinder in my car. In my 2000 Sienna there is an immobilizer circuit embedded in the switch. I ...
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0answers
112 views

new speakers sparking on bolts holding it in place [closed]

I installed new pioneer speakers in a 2002 WRX Sedan and they are only working on and off. I took off the door panel and started to undo the bolts that mounted the speakers and it started sparking ...
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2answers
501 views

What is the plastic and cloth part around the shifter called?

What is this part pictured below called? It is a roughly rectangular piece of plastic located in the center console, with a cutout containing a cloth or leather hood that covers the shifter lever ...
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1answer
149 views

2003 Honda Accord V6 - steering sounds

When I turn the steering wheel more than 30 degrees one way or the other, I start to hear a zzzzhhhhhh sound. What could be causing the sound? How would I go about diagnosing what is causing the ...
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2answers
72 views

Windshield repair

I cracked my windshield in the very low corner on the passenger's side. The sharded area is perhaps 10 sq in at the most but then some crack extend out of it and go 6-7 in (2 or 3 of them). I ...
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1answer
111 views

How do I charge an AGM battery?

Not a one that's completely dead, but say an AGM battery that's at 75% and I want to top it off before trying to use it again. Can I use a regular lead acid battery charger? Do I have to worry about ...
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1answer
102 views

Need clarity on the penny test

On 3 of my tires, the penny just won't stand in the tread. The gap in the tread is too wide for the penny to stand. Does that matter? In case of the 4th tire, the penny goes in to some degree. This ...
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What bolt extractor will remove a broken motor mount bolt on a 2004 Subaru WRX?

Things were going slowly but well on my install last night until I sheared off the passenger side motor mount bolt while putting everything back together (at about midnight - sigh). Here are the key ...
2
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2answers
757 views

Improving fuel economy in high-milage automatic transmission car

Obviously this question is similar to How to improve fuel economy in high-mileage car? except I am asking specifically about automatic transmission car. The car still delivers lots of ...
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2answers
90 views

15k mile oil filter

I have been using M1 in my jeep since I bought it with 22k miles on it. I now have 31k and i am thinking about getting M1 Extended Performance which is supposed to last 15k miles between oil changes. ...
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3answers
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Repair or replace rusted rear wheel arches on 92 Civic?

The wheel arches on the rear fenders on my 92 Civic are badly rusted out, which seems to be a common problem. I've seen replacements you can weld in at very reasonable prices, but I have no welding ...
2
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3answers
185 views

Can VIN number be used to steal cars?

I have been recently told that thieves these days are using your car VIN to steal cars by ordering your car key replica. Is that correct, because my VIN and most of the new cars is visible on the ...
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2answers
2k views

Have tow ball but not electricity for a trailer

I have a Toyota Camry 2004. When I just bought it, I have noticed that it has a tow ball. I didn't really intend to use it but now it could really help me to move few things around with a trailer I ...
3
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2answers
1k views

Change thermostat preemptively or wait for signs of problems?

I have been advised by an experienced "car guy" to change the thermostat on my 94K miles 2005 Toyota Matrix, although everything seems to be fine at the moment. Everybody else is telling me to leave ...
2
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2answers
106 views

What is a fair price for caliper repair?

Dealership tells me I need a rear wheel caliper repair. Estimated cost of $500. Is this reasonable? I have Toyota Highlander 2003 model.
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556 views

Is moving the rear tires to the front wheels a no-no?

After finding out that my front wheels were both aiming a little bit outward (together by half a degree), and apparently thus having caused the wear on the inside (inch or so) of the front tires, I ...
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2answers
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Steam coming from radiator, odd noise while accelerating

I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla and last night while driving on the freeway, every time I pressed the gas pedal, the car would make a very noticeable sound. I pulled over and, as soon as I did, steam ...
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2answers
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Do different brands of the same oil really make a difference?

I've found several other questions on here that answer, "what's different between synthetic oil and regular oil?" or "Can I use X oil in Y car?", or similar, but nothing that quite answers my ...
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2answers
154 views

Would it be worth it to rebuild my Detroit Locker?

I'm considering either buying a Wavetrac LSD (very expensive, so that's discouraging) or rebuilding my current Detroit Locker. The Locker seems to run fine except there's a lot of play in it. Would ...
2
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2answers
152 views

Preventive maintenance for a long-distance tow

Vehicle: 1980 Jeep CJ-7 4.2 Liter (258) AMC Automatic Background: I'm planning to take my 1980 CJ-7 on a 1,200-mile road trip towing a small U-Haul trailer. The Jeep is in good running shape, ...
2
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2answers
158 views

Differential Gear Alternative Ratio

I have Mercedes-Benz E-200 Estate Model 1995 with a Differential Ratio Number 3.92; Which I couldn't found; So I'm looking for a Differential Gear EQUIVALENT to 3.92 Ratio? For example can I use 3.90 ...
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1answer
1k views

Front Windshield Sprayer Problem - 2005 Mazda 3

Driving home the other day, my front windshield washer sprayers stopped working. At first, just the passenger side nozzle sprayed, which led me to believe it was just ice on the other one. However, ...
2
votes
2answers
93 views

Can a variable engine exist?

I have really no knowledge about mechanics but such a curious guy. Excuse my Ignorance. Does a variable engine exist? Like as the vehicle slows down the engine will slow down and when the vehicle ...
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2answers
812 views

How to remove droplets of paint on my car?

I'm not sure if its paint or cement, but my car is covered with droplets of it. I had my car washed, but its still there. Its removable if you scrape it with your nail. Is there any liquid material ...
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2answers
2k views

Formula for calculating output power after putting a rpm reduction gear

I'm thinking of starting of converting an old car to an electric car. I have a question, but google won't answer me my very long not very well explained question. Take this scenario. I would take a ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Brake fluid reservoir level drops fast to minimum but not below

The brake fluid reservoir level drops very fast in my 2007 4WD V6 Toyota Tacoma, probably within 3-5 days of filling it up. The funny thing is, it drops to just below where it says minimum but not ...

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