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Reverse parking sensors

I've been thinking on fitting an after-market reverse parking sensors for my car, and I found 2 options: Electromagnetic Ultrasonic The Electromagnetic doesn't require to make holes in the ...
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Using only coolant or mix of water for radiator?

Do I have to use only coolant for radiator or mix coolant with water, if so what percentage of coolant and water should be mixed?
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1answer
164 views

What is this exhaust type thing?

What is this black exhaust type thing coming off the side of this land cruiser? What is it for?
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Can I get bluetooth music enabled in my 2009 BMW 528i?

I just bought a 2009 BMW 528i. It’s my understanding that the car doesn’t support A2DP which is a technology that would allow me to connect to my stereo system via Bluetooth and stream music ...
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210 views

1995 Mercury Mystique - AC compressor turning on and off

The AC compressor in my car is turning on and off repeatedly, and not really getting a chance to get cool. From what I've read this can indicate low coolant. I've just had the system repaired a month ...
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641 views

Damaged frame on my motorbike

My 10 year old Yamaha Super Tenere 750 has been off the road for a while as when I got it I learned it had had a bad crash which bent the frame. The rest all works, so I plan to take it to a garage to ...
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1answer
135 views

Audi A4 '05 strange electrical problem?

Actually, I don't even know if it's a problem or a feature. I've seen that if I forget my indicators on (either left or right) and remove the keys + close the door the headlights and the back lights ...
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963 views

Installing Tachometer on bike

I have 1997 model Kawasaki 4s champion (100cc 4 stroke bike). It have no tachometer . is it possible to install new tachometer on my bike. can anyone give some advise ?. thanks in advance
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How should I clean brake dust off my hands?

Wiped a bunch of brake dust off my car's wheels and got some on my hands; what's a good, responsible way to wash my hands after I get brake dust on them? I don't really know if it's unsafe to get it ...
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142 views

how a car engine can get accustomed on some behavior?

A lot of people say that a car engine gets accustomed to the driver style and in particular to specific RPM gear changing and it will perform into those "learned" parameters. I must mention that I am ...
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139 views

Effects of significant draw on alternator and battery

Hypothetically speaking, let's say I've equipped a vehicle with an aftermarket audio system with an amplifier that has a higher draw (in amps) than my alternator produces causing my average voltage ...
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514 views

Maintainance of shock absorber

I have a 125cc bike. My cousin uses my bike more than me. He is more than 110 kg in weight. So I feel that my bike's shock absorbers will be break down soon because of my cousin. So is there any ...
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398 views

New brakes squealing?

I just had all my brakes, calipers, and something else related to that replaced. Brand new. And they're working perfectly. So why are they squealing whenever I touch the brake pedal?
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Front End Alignments

I recently had my vehicle in for a front end alignment. They told me all of my shocks were bad, causing all of the problems, and that they would not be able to align the front end with those bad ...
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2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Draining Battery

I have a 2000 Jeep grand Cherokee. I can jump or charge, drive it, then the moment I shut it off it is dead and needs a jump. I have pulled all of the fuses, and bought numerous batteries. It is not ...
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Key cycling to determine cause of check engine light

The check engine light is on in my 1989 Ford E250 Econoline van. I heard from a mechanic (who changed my oil) that there's a "key cycling" process that will cause the light to flash in a certain ...
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Why would welch plugs start leaking?

I have a VW Citi Golf, and the Welch plugs on the engine block suddenly started leaking water. The engine sounds fine, but it obviously leaked a lot of water and although I didn't drive far, I'm not ...
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3k views

Motorcycle engine running a bit hot?

For the past few rides, I think my 2007 Ninja 250 has been running hotter than before. At least, I think it feels hotter through the seat, but the oil temperature gauge seems to be pointing pretty ...
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733 views

Oil on driveway: Will a Belly pan be helpful?

My car slowly drips oil from the drain plug and between the tranny and engine, at least, according to the mechanic. An unnecessary 1600$ repair. Do you think a belly pan would be helpful to at least ...
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127 views

What is this tank for ?

I just bough an old (1980s) Nissan Pathfinder. In the engine I have managed to identify the engine-oil hole, the radiator-water hole and the windshield-washer hole (you can tell I'm a car expert!) ...
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2answers
204 views

Changing motorcycle oil

How do I change the oil on my motorcycle? I can see where to check the level, but how do I drain it? It's a Honda CB400 2011 model
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2answers
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How to diagnose excessive coolant consumption?

Whats the best way to determine the source of coolant consumption? How should one differentiate between say a leaking radiator, leaking waterpump, leaking hoses, a blown head gasket, or crack in the ...
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2answers
11k views

High-pitched squealing coming from engine

I've been told that a wet serpentine belt causes this. Is that true? If not, what else could it be? How can I fix this? This is a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer (4.2L 6-cyl. engine). I hear the noise ...
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What could cause an engine to make a chirping sound when it's first started up?

I've owned a Diesel Peugeot 307 for a year now but during the recent winter months I have noticed a strange sound in the engine when I started it up. As sounds aren't well described with words, I have ...
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1answer
22 views

Missing part from a brake pad kit

I bought the following brake pad kit Wagner ThermoQuiet QC1293 Ceramic Disc Pad Set With Installation Hardware I expected the kit comes with all the hardware, However, the kit is missing the ...
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My lambda sensor has a collar around it, I can not see how to unscrew it. (2009 Ford Fusion)

I am looking at the sensor on top of the exhaust with this collar, and I cannot see how to undo it. I cannot see away for a socket will fit
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Service intervals of different cars

Background So in the process of buying a used car, I feel I need to know what kind of service a car should have had prior to the purchase and will have to have after the purchase. I'm looking for a ...
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1991 Celica with 3SGTE motor been sitting for a year- what can I expect? [duplicate]

I'm about to buy a 1991 Celica with a 3SGTE motor swapped in, and it's been sitting for a year. The ad says it runs, but are there things I should do immediately upon buying the car? I was planning on ...
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1answer
43 views

Car stalls on intersection or when coming to a stop

I have a 2000 Mazda 323F (some say it is Protégé but not sure) AT 1.6L (at 128K km). It runs smooth, accelerates great and shifts nice on most occasions. But there are times after running for a ...
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1answer
138 views

Determining active gear from OBD2 for Ford Fiesta

I am trying to to write an app which advises the driver to change gears and do some other driving quality assessments. For this purpose I need to determine the RPM and currently active gear in a ...
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2answers
203 views

Can a universal catalytic converter be legally fitted to my Prius in California?

My 2006 Toyota Prius with 280k miles is throwing the P0420 code, which means that it (probably) needs a new catalytic converter. I live in California, which makes life much more difficult to replace a ...
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1answer
36 views

What is this in my 5.4 triton?

Lookin' at my 04 Ford 150's 5.4L Triton. What is this engine component? I'm sure it has to do with the 4wd? Thanks
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132 views

Why don't wipers clean the entire windshield

The wiper blade doesn't cover all the way down to the corner. I had my windshield replaced last year and have also tried replacing the wiper blades. Here is a picture of it with rain on the spot ...
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Lapping Valves - Using Water as Test Medium

I've lapped my valves and want to check if they are sealing properly. Everywhere that I've read talks about using stuff like, acetone, gasoline, paint thinner... to fill the exhaust/intake ports and ...
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123 views

How do I flush out bad smells in my air conditioning? [duplicate]

My car seems to have a pretty bad smell in the air conditioning. WHat is the best way to flush out these smells?
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1answer
176 views

Car shaking when braking

I got a used car. I notice that on speeds higher than 80Km and when I brake, the car shakes. The shaking is very soft, it is not tough and it is not every time. I noticed it twice on a 2 hours journey ...
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1answer
420 views

How does the coolant disappear?

If there is no leak? So how does the coolant level decreases as time passes? Does it get pressurized so it's level decreases? Or what happens? Since it keeps circulating to the engine and coming back ...
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2answers
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What is the simplest way to replace a Subaru front power window motor?

2006 Subaru Impreza It's a recently purchased car. All other windows can be opened from the driver's side 4 switch control, except for the drivers window so it appears the drivers window motor itself ...
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92 views

DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and Turbo: Golf TDI Bluemotion(hybrid)

I have a problem with my 2012 Golf TDI Bluemotion. The DPF and turbo need to be replaced. The replacement costs about R65 000 SA Rands. Is this common with this TDI blue motion engines or it's my ...
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947 views

TVS Apache RTR 160 - What Grade Engine Oil Should I Use?

I bought a TVS Apache RTR 160 second hand. I want to know what grade engine oil should i use for my bike. I was suggested to use 15W50. Is that a good choice. The bike has done almost 65000Kms.
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Car door unlocks and motor can be started via remote when I don't want it to. How do I prevent this?

A friend of mine purchased a new vehicle. Unlike vehicles in the past, this vehicle does not require you to insert a key to open the doors or run the car. The key merely must be within a couple feet ...
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176 views

Popping Sound when A/C is on - 2009 Kia Rio

I've noticed that, when I first start my car, there is an intermittent popping or clicking sound coming from up near the engine (sometimes it almost sounds like a very quick burst of air escaping a ...
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2answers
160 views

How can I turn my rear window into a one-way mirror?

I still want to be abl to see out the back of my car, but at the same time I want to give all those obnoxious pricks who drive around with their high-beams on at night even when they're behind another ...
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1answer
44 views

Correct AC Compressor for '04 Dodge stratus SE 2.7L 6cyl

Apparently, there are two types of AC compressors for my '04 Dodge Stratus SE, 2.7 liter 6 cylinder engine, and I need to know which one I need. I tried looking on a parts store, but I couldn't get ...
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2answers
72 views

Tire Vibration from right rear tire at high speeds

The tire appeared to have a slow leak as I kept having to add air to it. So, I used Fix a Flat and now I have vibration at high speeds from that tire. What do you think might be the problem. I have ...
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298 views

Lugging vs stalling an engine

Does stalling an engine count as lugging it? I know lugging is not good for the engine for various reasons. Does stalling do those to the engine as well? Thanks
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2answers
320 views

Manual Transmission Grinding Occasionally Shifting Into Fifth

I have a 99 Nissan Almera which occasionally grinds / doesn't engage when I try and put it into fifth gear. Not often, but maybe once or twice a day. I'm not sure if the problem is operator related, ...
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2answers
394 views

BMW 320Ci (E46) flat battery, caused by light?

I just bought a second hand manual BMW 320Ci yesterday, and after driving around in the backyard for 15mins this morning, I found I have a flat battery this evening. The engine won't start and I can ...
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1answer
487 views

Can replacing valve cover affect engine performance?

I have seen some pictures of people replacing their OEM valve covers with something aftermarket, usually something painted. Considering that is only pretty much just a lid that goes over the topmost ...
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1answer
87 views

How did the tyre shop flatten my battery?

I bought a 'new' (2004) Subaru Forester last week. The other day, I took it in to have the wheel alignment checked, and once they had finished aligning it, they came back and said "the battery was ...

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