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What do battery numbers mean? E.g., 26R-5N

I went to Walmart and put my car's information (2000 Dodge Neon) into the electronic battery selector, and it told me to purchase a 26R-5N battery (which matches my current battery). However, what do ...
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Catalytic converter readiness monitor never sets

I Reset the computer in my 1998 Chevy Astro, but even after driving around for a few days and putting it through the GM drive cycle, the OBDII reader is saying that the CAT monitor is not ready. I ...
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Engine squealing

After replacing the belt and the idler pulley, the 6 cylinder 2005 Chevrolet Silverado still has a high pitch squeal. Have not checked the power steerinmg or water pump to see if the noise is coming ...
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Does anyone know of a commonly available DPDT or DPST relay? (For use as replacement starter relay)

I have a car (1971 Jaguar E-Type 6 cylinder) with a bad starter relay. The original relay is not available, and all of the specialty parts suppliers sell a generic replacement relay. I'd like to ...
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426 views

Brakes and low-pitched squeak

I've had my 02 Honda CR-V for 3 months or so now and have noticed a growing squeak upon application of my brakes. This squeak is different from the normal high-pitched squeal that comes from the metal ...
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How is a vehicle's age legally defined?

Is a vehicle 'born' when it is first registered? And to expand on this, at what point in the process of modifying a vehicle would it have to be legally classified as a 'new' vehicle?
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Can't hear voices through newly installed head unit

I have a 2002 Honda Civic and recently installed an Apline CDA-9853 head unit. It still has factory speakers. I have a weird problem, such that when I connect an iPod to the unit (via a KCA-121B), on ...
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v-tech now vs then

Back around 2003-2006 I looked into V-Tech which was using a variable cam lobe with a more agressive profile that engaged when "needed". Today, we have motors with a continuously variable valve timing ...
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Slow, clear fluid leak

I noticed yesterday that the vehicle I'm driving (2011 or 2012 Hyundai Accent "Blue"), is slowly leaking a cold, clear, mostly odourless, bad tasting fluid. Based on the colour and temperature I ...
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Dying car, at random intervals

So my 1996 Jaguar XJR is just stopping at random. It happens when the car is doing low RPM, like when I am coming/stading at a stop light. Any ideas on where to start to troubleshoot this problem? ...
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My car wobbles while driving

I have a Honda Civic VTI, 1997 model, automatic transmission. When I start driving my car gives a feeling that one of the front wheel is wobbling and the steering wheel receives continuous jerks. This ...
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How is the clanging sound produced in the engine?

Imagine riding your motor bike from plain ground to an uphill path, initially it climbs the road in top gear. Then gradually the bike begins to slow down and the sound from the 100cc petrol engine ...
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Starting the car with dis-functioning fuel pump

I have mazda 6 diesel 2003 136hp and a problem with a fuel pump. It seems that the suction control valve (SCV) needs to be replaced. The problem is that the car will not start and I have to go to ...
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What is the procedure for replacing a belt tensioner pulley on a 2002 Subaru Outback?

My wife's 2002 Subaru Outback (the Legacy body) has approximately 100K miles on the odometer. Under acceleration, I'm hearing a sound like a possible failing belt tensioner. It's a very distinct ...
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Is it a good idea to have MOT and Full service at the same time?

Or is it better if we do them in two different places? MOT Test = Ministry of Transport Test - an annual test carried out on vehicles over 3yrs old in the UK to ensure they are roadworthy (i.e. safe ...
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Replacing car audio on Lancer 9

I need to replace a car audio unit on Lancer 9. The problem is that I have a 2-din panel, that I am unable to remove. When I pull the panel at the mark "1" - it is being released a bit on the ...
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How can I remove heating blower fan from the blower motor - Mercedes-Benz 308D van?

How I can remove the plastic fan from the axle of the heating blower motor? The vehicle is a Mercedes-Benz 308D van from 1992. The blower motor is a Bosch part number 0 130 007 027. I know that also ...
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Can i remove the rear diff in my land rover freelander?

recently the rear diff in my 1998 land rover freelander has gone (makes a horrible clicking sound around corners). The car has been a constant pain and i was wondering what is actually the cause of ...
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Foul Smell when turning on air conditioning

I have a 2007 Chrysler Aspen, and recently (past 2 weeks) when I turn on the ac, I notice a 'foul' smell, like burnt rubber, or even sulphur-like. The smell will last a few minutes and will gradually ...
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362 views

When should I change the oil, as the tech recommends or as my oil change light indicates

I have a Toyota Corolla 2008. It has an oil change light indicator. The tech at the one hour oil change place recommends to change it every 3,000 miles but the indicator light only goes off about ...
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371 views

Replace front wheel studs '99 saturn

I'm trying to replace front wheel studs on a '99 saturn w/o removing the hub. I got the old ones out, but for the life of me can't seem to get the new ones in securely. I attempted pressing them in ...
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Why might SRS indicator light continuously?

After a trip to the beach, the SRS indicator in my 2003 Honda Civic is lit continuously. I don't think I have side airbags. A somewhat wet person sat in the passenger seat, and I moved the driver ...
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How do I change the CV Joints on my 2003 Acura TL?

How do I change the CV Joints on my 2003 Acura TL? My 2003 Acura TL 3.2 has been making creaking sounds when I turn around corners and I've been told that old, noisy CV joints are likely the culprit. ...
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Should I change automatic transmission fluid on an older vehicle?

I have a Pontiac Vibe 2004 with an automatic transmission. The mileage now is around 120k miles and I've never changed the transmission fluid. There are no mechanical problems with the vehicle at the ...
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Is downshifting on hills harmful for non-trucks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? Since the days of taking drivers ed (many years back). I was told that when you encounter a steep or ...
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What car wash tasks should be done after an automatic car wash?

I have access to free automatic car washes. It is a pretty basic and short cloth car wash and dry. What should I do in additional to the automatic car wash? I was thinking about drying off any spots ...
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How to remove dipstick tube from 2003 Acura TL?

In the course of changing the timing belt in my 2003 Acura TL, my Hayne's manual says to remove the dipstick tube. The manual says that this is accomplished by removing one bolt. I removed the bolt, ...
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CEL 12, 21, and 55 on '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee

So, I've pulled the codes from my car based on the helpful information provided here: Check Engine Light on '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee Now, I need just a little help understanding what the codes ...
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Marine Diesel fuel filter vacuum gauge spiked — filters are new

I've got an 80-HP marine diesel engine (in a sailboat, naturally). I've got a the Parker/Racor 75500MAX dual fuel filter system with an attached vacuum gauge to monitor resistance. For the first few ...
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The windshield are blurry, possible because of oils

Today rain caught me and while the wipers swept I noticed the windshield is blurry, so the visibility was reduced. It is perhaps because of oily spots. What solution should I try to remove this ...
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How to reprogram the key fob for a 2009 Pontiac Montana SV6

I'm looking for the 10 million steps required to reprogram the keyless entry fob for a 2009 Pontiac Montana SV6.
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Are there different kinds of 10W-40 oil?

I was given a used riding mower as a gift, and the other day I started to do some of the yearly maintenance as recommended by the owner's manual. When I got to the part about changing the oil, I saw ...
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Car not starting: How likely that it's the fuel pump?

So I have a 1987 Hyundai Pony that was a little stubborn starting last time, but did run in the end. Then it sat for a couple of weeks. It's kind of cold (but not that cold—I'm in Vancouver). Now ...
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341 views

2004 Buick Ranier Oil Filter Location

Changing my oil right now, but can't seem to find the oil filter on my 2004 Buick Ranier V6. Any ideas? I don't have it up on stands
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Do I have an oil leak if I have to add oil?

I don't change the oil all that often (maybe every 8000 miles) and on my 10 year old car the oil light comes on and I need to add a quart or two (and then I start thinking I practically changed the ...
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How to remove stuck AC barrier hose without damaging barb fittings?

I'm trying to remove 23-year-old AC barrier hose from aluminum line so I can replace them. I split the crimped ferrules and removed them. The hoses are stuck on. I'm sure they've permanently deformed ...
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When should I get an oil change if I drive infrequently?

I drive a 1997 Honda Accord maybe 6,000 miles each year. In past years, I've driven about 12,000 miles per year and changed the oil about every 3,000-4,000 miles, or about every three months. When ...
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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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Aluminum Alloy Wheel Scratch Repair

I have a copper 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover. I bought it in May, and I accidentally put a pretty big scratch on one of the aluminum alloy wheels the other day when I hit the curb. Can this be repaired ...
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Parking brake inspection question

NY State inspection guidelines call for a parking brake test similar to this: "Car must hold in Drive under moderate acceleration. Parking brake must lock in place and be released independently from ...
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How to access negative battery terminal in 04 Pontiac Montana

So my hand is all scuffed up from trying to get to the (-) terminal for jumper cables to jump my Ford Focus with the defective trunk latch which apparently has been draining my battery. The fuse box ...
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1answer
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Car shifts hard when warm

My car, 2003 Toyota Camry shifts hard when warm. Fliud level is normal, mileage is 100k. I cannot spend too much time on it, just want to try some inexspensive tests, to understand what could be the ...
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How should I prevent my battery going flat when I leave my car alone for a month?

I will be leaving my Focus alone for around a month in (scottish) winter weather. Ordinarily I would make sure to take the vehicle out at least once a week to prevent the battery going flat in the ...
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How to troubleshoot excessive timing retard?

I've seen numerous cars that for one reason or another, retard timing excessively at wide open throttle - getting worse over time. Seat of the pants impression is that power drops off steeply as RPMs ...
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1answer
472 views

Would changing to an air suspension give a smoother ride?

The road here can be a little bit rough sometimes, so I was wondering how I could improve the ride. How about upgrading to an air suspension system? Would that improve the ride? How much would such a ...
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How do I deal with frozen washer fluid?

Now that temperatures are dropping below freezing, I decided to fill my wiper fluid reservoir with winterized fluid. I used almost an entire bottle, so it must have been almost empty, but there was ...
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Installing ubolts - How to push the slip joint forward

I'm in the process of removing the lift blocks from my 2000 silverado z71. Now that I'm ready to install new ubolts I've realized that the driveshaft and axle have slipped backwards away from the ...
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Gas mileage down significantly the last few tanks: what should I look for?

The gas mileage in my car is degraded significantly the last three tanks. What should I look for? Details of the vehicle are below, but this question could also apply to anyone who sees this problem ...
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Fixing a trunk latch on a Ford Focus

If the latch on an '03 focus (not hatch back) just clicks at you 4 or 5 times and never actually closes what needs to be fixed? I can't close my trunk. The black plastic thing that the latch is ...
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1answer
777 views

Cruise Control and Brake Lights not Working

I recently fixed a problem where the cruise control and brake lights stopped working at the same time in my 2006 GMC Canyon. The question is not how to fix this, but how it broke to begin with. I ...

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