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Why aren't my “street performance” pads performing well on the street?

Background I drive a 1989 BMW 325i, and a few months ago I got a brake lining warning light. I gladly took the opportunity to upgrade from OEM rotors and pads to nice, shiny, new cross-drilled and ...
3
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1answer
890 views

Why does my engine hesitate when I first start?

My question may be related to this other one, but its answer is inadequate for me to be able to diagnose my problem and know what to do to fix it. When I start my car in the morning (or sometimes ...
3
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2answers
346 views

Will I void the manufacturer warranty on a 2012 Nissan if get aftermarket cruise-control installed?

I bought a used 2012 Nissan from a Nissan dealership, and it's still covered under the original manufacturer warranty. It didn't come with cruise control, and now I'm looking at getting a Rostra ...
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3answers
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Is 60/40 solder fine for splicing wires that have to endure hot engine bay temps?

I need to splice the pigtail connectors from my old O2 sensors onto the new O2 sensors since the new connectors have a different shape. As the sensor is right behind the engine and will experience ...
4
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1answer
159 views

Can I use Fix-a-Flat after it froze solid?

I have a can of fix-a-flat in my car, and when the temperature dropped last week, the stuff froze solid. I didn't notice any damage to the can. Is it compromised? If that's a possibility, then I will ...
3
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1answer
155 views

97 Sentra Slow Acceleration?

I just recently bought a 97 Sentra with less than 15k on it. I have never driven a Sentra before, so I'm not even sure if there is a problem. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of power and I have ...
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1answer
308 views

Car just started blowing cold air

I have a 2010 ford fusion. After letting the car heat up, I went to the store and the heat was working fine. I get back home while parking I noticed the car was blowing cold air. I cut it off and then ...
5
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4answers
4k views

What is causing steering wheel to vibrate?

I just hand my 1995 Jeep Grande Cherokee 4.0L straight 6 automatic in for tune-up (rotor, cap, wires, plugs, filters oil etc) and trans fluid service at special jeep repair shop. Also had the motor ...
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1answer
76 views

Clutchless manual transmission

I have an Isuzu truck which has just had the clutch replaced. It has a clutchless manual transmission which has not been working since the replacement of the clutch. There is a light in the dash ...
5
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2answers
10k views

Engine never warms up (actually: it cools down) at highway speeds

I have a 1997 Caravan (base model) and normally on my drive to work and my highway drives in rush-hour, the engine warms up just fine. I took a road trip for work, about an hour and fifteen minutes ...
2
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1answer
670 views

2001 civic won't accelerate when pressing gas petal..?

For the past few days my check engine light has been on. Whenever I try to accelerate, the car will not go very fast at all, no matter how hard I press it, all the way down, halfway, doesn't matter. ...
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0answers
205 views

Bmw 320 d 2011 n47t [closed]

I've got my timing chain fixed before it was too late . I had a great experience with my local dealer and replaced it free of charge , my question is , will it ever get this bad again? I got a 2 year ...
3
votes
1answer
64 views

Why don't we have distance lines on a Skoda reversing camera?

We just got ourselves a new Skoda Superb with a reversing camera but it doesn't show the distance lines that apparently should appear on it. We test drove the Passat and saw it had distance lines on ...
6
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2answers
136 views

Started stuck when it's cold outside (-35C) subaru outback 2006

We live in Quebec and it gets really cold out here. Since two weeks the temperature gets around -35C and sometimes my subby won't start. At first I suspected the battery itself, but when the problem ...
3
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0answers
130 views

my 02 Hyundai accent keeps blowing the ignition fusable link keeps blowing

My 02 Hyundai accent keeps blowing the ignition fusable link. What could cause this? We just recently replaced the alternator and battery and it was fine when I parked it, then for some reason the car ...
2
votes
1answer
28 views

04 chevy trailblazer tailight and control issues

I let someone drive my vehicle, someone that I probably shouldn't have. When I got the vehicle back, the heater control panel in the back seat was pulled out and broken. Also, all the wires underneath ...
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votes
2answers
39 views

Front Vent Always On Regardless of Vent Setting 1997 Civic LX

My 1997 Civic LX has an issue where no matter the vent setting (feet only, defrost/feet, defrost only) the front vents are always blowing. I'm not talking about the little vents either that point to ...
1
vote
0answers
42 views

'03 civic makes loud wobbly sound in engine when average going 40mph @ 2000rpm [closed]

I dont understand what it could be. It only happens when I stay steady on the gas, and ranges from 25-45mph. I can find feel it it vibrating in the gas peddle and steering wheel. Its a deepish sound, ...
2
votes
1answer
301 views

How bad is it for transmission if you release clutch without gas in second gear?

For instance, if you stop at the red light and you release clutch while still in gear in manual transmission, the car would wobble and die. Of course you can start it up again, but what is the actual ...
4
votes
2answers
364 views

Driving electric cars through large pools of water

The state of California is expected to be hit by a large storm in the coming days and there are frequently clogged drains in my town. I have an electric vehicle that seemed to handle driving through ...
1
vote
0answers
27 views

Code Needed to Reset Stereo [duplicate]

I have a 2010 Honda Accord and the battery died. This reset everything in the car including the stereo. Now the stereo is asking for a code to unlock. Any idea how I establish an unlock code to ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

What is the proper way to install a hose clamp?

I have a hose clamp which is continually leaking. I have tightened it until I cannot turn the screw anymore, but it still leaks. Is there a proper way to install a hose clamp? Am I doing something ...
3
votes
2answers
511 views

BMW e36 wont maintain idle

A friend has an e36 that wont maintain idle. The car is driveable but coughs and stops when idling. I've checked the air box and boot and they are in good condition - no leaks. I think spark and ...
1
vote
1answer
502 views

Toyota Tazz 1.3 clutch grunding

Yesterday was driving my 2003 Toyota Tazz, when I was changing to 3rd gear the clutch didn't come up. Stopped the car and tried to put it into 1st gear, but gear couldn't move. Switched it off and put ...
3
votes
1answer
388 views

Honda radio not working

I have a 1995 Honda accord and I was driving one day when my radio just went blank. Then it says code on it. So I entered the code and right as I enter the last number the radio makes a beep then the ...
2
votes
1answer
143 views

How does automatic air conditioner work? 2 scenarios

My question is this: When you have your automatic air/heat working and you set the temperature to say, 76, is it that: The system should blow out whatever temperature air it needs to to bring the ...
6
votes
5answers
6k views

Viability of using an electric impact driver instead of an air impact wrench

I'm an amateur mechanic, and i'm wondering if i could use an electric impact driver in place of an air driven impact wrench. I don't have a lot of space to use and store an air compressor, so a ...
2
votes
0answers
67 views

2005 Chevy Aveo doesn't acclerate over 60 mph [closed]

This problem just begin yesterday. It's doesn't go past 60 mph and I don't know what's wrong. Can someone please answer this please?
2
votes
1answer
295 views

Electronic Flasher replacement for LUCAS FL5 to work with both -VE and +VE cars

This is about replacing a LUCAS FL5 3-prong flasher unit with a plug-and-play replacement circuit that will work with a much lower current than the FL5. The FL5 uses a bi-metallic strip and a heater ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

How can I tell which body shop is better? Replacing or repairing parts with VIN numbers

I have a 7 month old car that was sideswiped when a driver drifted into my lane. It's a 2011 Ford Focus with a metallic gray exterior. It should all be covered by the other driver's Allstate policy. ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Jetta intermittent starting problem

I have a 2007 Jetta with 75k miles on it. What I'm running into is that out-of-the blue, the car will not start. Generally, it turns over, but never starts. One time, it started but shut itself off ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Replaced 02 sensors, engine light still on

I recently bought a second hand VW Golf. It was 'serviced' and MOTed before the guy sold it to me. He said three 02 sensors were replaced during the servicing. The day I drove it away, the engine ...
2
votes
3answers
145 views

car not starting after few km

In the morning my car starts in a single quick shot. After traveling for few KMs if I switch off car and try to start it, it does not come up. I can hear a small tick sound every time. Some times I ...
3
votes
1answer
121 views

2010 Hyundai Accent brakes squeal/stick when wet

I've noticed that my 2010 Hyundai Accent has a peculiar issue. If it's raining and I first start driving and apply the brakes, maybe the first two or three times as I'm approaching a stop the brakes ...
2
votes
1answer
59 views

94 f150 at highway speeds in second gear

Okay so my kid decided to borrow my truck. It's older and has a few problems one of which is the shifter does not change on the dash it always looks as if it's in park. You have to feel it out to put ...
2
votes
1answer
263 views

Sluggish Acceleration

I have a 2003 Kia Spectra. Just replaced the radiator. The car does not overheat when running, no fluid leaking. However, car is very sluggish when accelerating. Rpm goes up but car jerks into ...
8
votes
4answers
18k views

What are the tradeoffs for positive vs. negative ground?

I just got a classic Ford 8N tractor running again. Someone trying to be helpful flipped the battery around, connecting negative to ground. This made the engine crank backwards! So I had spark, ...
3
votes
4answers
7k views

Spark plug tips are breaking/melting or falling of my Bosch Platinum Plugs

After 150,000 on the original factory plugs I replaced them all with Bosch Platinum, single tip, plugs. After a couple of months my car began to idle roughly at stops but not always. Then one day it ...
4
votes
1answer
89 views

Why would one install widebands on vehicles that are setup for narrowbands?

A recent post on one of the forums I frequent has piqued my curiosity. From my limited reading on the topic, widebands do a better job of quantifying air-fuel ratios than their narrowband ...
3
votes
2answers
761 views

What could be causing my car to shake at high speeds?

I was driving on the highway today and I noticed that my car started to shake. I slowed down and it stopped. I repeated this a few more times and it seems that the shaking starts around 50 mph and the ...
3
votes
0answers
30 views

1999 mazda 626 v6 Lx, 140k miles engine wanting to stall @ stops

Just had a local shop do a timing belt/water pump. Something feels off, now she wants to idle down to almost a stall when I come to a stop. Suggestions?
1
vote
0answers
178 views

Blown head gasket on a 2003 Honda civic [closed]

I had a master ASE tech tell me that my head gasket is blown. Possibly a pinhole leak, of course they won't know the extent till it's taken apart. My question is how much will a job like this cost for ...
3
votes
1answer
175 views

Oil Level Citroen C1

Hi I've got a Citroen C1 1.4HDI rythym. I think that the engine oil is filled too high. I checked the oil after letting the car heat up and having it on a level surface. I took it to a garage where ...
3
votes
1answer
305 views

Testing PCV: Constanct Suction or Pulsing Suction

I tested my PCV by taking off the oil fill cap and placing a piece of paper over it. I observed a pulsating suction and not a constant suction. Is that normal? If it's normal should I clean the PCV ...
2
votes
1answer
311 views

My blower has stopped working with heater or a/c

I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 HD SL Crewcab. The blower has stopped working with the heater or a/c. I have checked all the fuses I can find in the owners guide and they are good, don't see and ...
2
votes
1answer
194 views

03 Ford Escape V6 Oil/Coolant/check fuel cap lights

I just had my oil changed and had coolant put into my car a few days before Christmas. Also, bought a new fuel cap the same day. All of these lights are still on and I have no idea how to make them go ...
1
vote
1answer
65 views

can not get the oil plug out

I was going to change my oil on a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country van. When I loosen the plug it just keep turning and turning, and I can not get it out. So is it stripped out and if it is, how do I ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

2005 Honda Accord cold start idle is low

I'm not a car expert so I don't know if I'm being alarmist or not but this problem just started happening the past week and seems to be getting worse fast. Hopefully the terms I'm using is helpful in ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

How Much Deviation from Ambient Temp is Normal for IAT sensors?

I've noticed that my air intake temp sensor gives the correct ambient temp reading in the morning when the engine is cold, but that it typically is giving me readings between 7 to 17 degrees Celsius ...
1
vote
0answers
243 views

2011 Kia Optima Repair [closed]

While driving my 2011 Kia Optima LX with 58,000 miles, the engine shut off and I coasted to a stop. Attempting to restart resulted in one weak crank then nothing. There is fuel and electricity. The ...

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