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4answers
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Can a heavy key-chain damage your ignition?

I just bought a 2012 VW Jetta TDI. The dealer asked me to do a 2,000 mile check-up to make sure everything is within tolerances. At the check-up the service representative said my key-chain was too ...
2
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2answers
382 views

How many hours for roof reinforcements replacement

I need to replace the roof reinforcements for my VW Tiguan. I am quite concerned about the amount of hours required by car dealer shop for this Namely items 3 and 4 need to be replaced. This ...
2
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2answers
115 views

Find the version of a motorcycle

I need to know the exact version of my motorcycle, I can't find this information on the frame nor the user manual. It's a Kawasaki ER-5 sold in October 2005 in France. I want to replace the fork oil ...
2
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2answers
76 views

Car explosion during compression

A question recently dawned upon me: do cars explode when they are compressed at junkyards? It seems like the answer would be 'no', obviously, or else this would most likely not be common practice. But ...
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4answers
37k views

What is the proper way to extract a broken sparkplug?

When dealing with a car with aluminum head(s), what is the proper way to extract a broken sparkplug?
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2answers
78 views

Replacing hub bearing repeatedly - 2007 Jetta

I had my brake pads replaced at about 100k miles. I was hearing a noise that I thought was a bearing, and the mechanic came to the same conclusion, so I also had the bearing replaced. I drove the ...
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2answers
1k views

Why not have drive chains instead of drive (serpentine) belts?

My drive (serpentine) belt was recently chewed down to about half the width and I had to replace it. Which brings the question: if the automotive industry has been gradually replacing timing belts ...
6
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2answers
1k views

Do I need to lift my car up before adjusting lug nut torque?

I recently put new wheels on my car. I don't have off-street parking, much less a garage to work in, so I had the wheels installed by a mechanic. Since they were installed, they have been driven ...
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3answers
119 views

Steering wheel vibration

While driving my 2012 camaro at freeway speeds, the steering wheel vibrates violently. However, it will continue to vibrate intermittently even after braking every few seconds.
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2answers
4k views

Wheel offset effect on performance

When it comes to upgrading wheels and tires, drivers tend to have two different goals in mind: Improving their vehicle's handling/performance Improving their vehicle's appearance A lower positive ...
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1answer
99 views
6
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2answers
17k views

Engine Bogs down with A/C on highway

This started to happen relatively recent. It's 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. What is happening when the engine is idling and I turn the A/C on or the defroster (which also uses the A/C I believe), the ...
2
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1answer
309 views

Installing a Camry engine in a Highlander

Recently bough a Toyota Highlander v6 3.0 4wd, it has an engine knock. I was wondering if I could use a Toyota Camry's engine instead of buying a new one for the Highlander. If I do this, what will be ...
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1answer
52 views

Is the steering ratio of Ford C-Max constant or variable?

I would like to know whether the steering ratio is constant or rather variable on a Ford C-Max Mk1 (2003-2010).
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vote
2answers
650 views

Low rumble/groaning noise when come to a slow stop

I just replaced my front brake pads and rotors about 2 months ago and am now hearing a very noticeable noise when braking. I'm driving a 2010 Honda Civic LX-S with about 67K miles. The odd thing is ...
2
votes
2answers
222 views

ECU Diagnostic Port cut off and Check Engine Light disabled

I bought a used 92 Integra ZXi recently. I had starting issues so I took it to a mechanic. He found that the check engine light is disabled and diagnostic port from the ECU has been cut off. A very ...
0
votes
2answers
46 views

Is there a way to check if you're being ripped off for accident repair costs?

I collided with the back of another car. I had a quote from a garage authorized by my insurer that seems large. The estimator made it sound a lot more serious than I expected. He says it's going to ...
1
vote
1answer
101 views

Holding crankshaft still while unbolting pulley by shifting to smallest gear

I've heard that it's possible to hold the crankshaft still, for the purposes of unbolting the pulley, on a manual transmission vehicle without a special tool, by shifting it in the smallest gear (5th ...
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1answer
3k views

Broken Clutch Linkage Under Dash on 1987 Ford F150 4x4

On the way to work Thursday morning, the clutch pedal sanpped to the floor when I pressed it, and it stayed there. It was still in gear, and I was able to limp to a parking lot. I looked under the ...
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vote
1answer
139 views

Brakes lock up when you put the vehicle in reverse

My 2002 Kia Sportage's brakes are locking up when you put the vehicle in reverse. When you put it in drive or neutral the brakes release. When they lockup, it sounds like air pressure and the pedal ...
3
votes
2answers
194 views

2006 G35 - Body shop installed wrong front bumper

After getting run off the road a few weeks ago, my car suffered a cracked front bumper, and received a complementary boot-shaped, softball-sized dent above the driver's wheel. So, I called the ...
7
votes
4answers
6k views

Does turning off the radio and other electronics in a car before shutting off the engine prevent battery drain?

My father in law tells me if I leave the radio on in my car when I shut off the engine this will cause a bit of battery drain when I start the car. He says this will actually reduce the life of my ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

Where is this plate from? [closed]

I'd like to know where this plate come from. I suspect that it could be a custom plate from Luxembourg, but I'm not sure because this is not the usual format for european plates (color, no country ...
4
votes
1answer
854 views

O2 Sensor Error after replacing spark plugs?

Ford Taurus 2004 Sedan SES DOHC. (The car is actually in the shop right now and I told him to hold off until I get more info.) Took the car to the local shop to get the spark plugs replaced. Because ...
2
votes
1answer
110 views

Spark plug wires arcing when car is cold

Around one month ago I have replaced my spark plugs and respective wiring. Everything was fine to until one week before, when the car started to misfire (struggle?) in the morning when car is cold. I ...
1
vote
1answer
166 views

Starter motor 'stutters' (Mk1 Golf)

Recently the starter motor on my VW Mk1 Golf seems to be stuttering when starting. The car starts fine and in the same amount of revolutions as always, but the starter motor sounds like it is coughing....
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2answers
27 views

Bikes power is iffy [closed]

Hi I have a 03 katana and for some reason the bike won't power on anymore...I turn the key and nothing no lights nothing. I'm not sure if it's the battery or what. What should I do to trouble shoot ...
2
votes
2answers
614 views

Is it complicated to retrofit ABS?

I was considering it for my car, as I did an emergency stop today and left a 20m skid mark along the road, as well as attracting a load of attention from pedestrians from the skidding noise! Also the ...
1
vote
1answer
95 views

Can I use tap or A/C water in my battery?

I am a little confused on this, I have been using tap water which seems to work(I don't know if there are some long time after effects). But someone recommended to use the water coming out from my A/C ...
5
votes
1answer
13k views

How to diagnose a bad spark plug?

What I always did up to now to check if my spark plug was doing fire : Remove it. Keep it plugged into the spark plug cable. Ground it on the frame. Start and check if sparks happen. If they are ...
1
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1answer
37 views

How to test if heater core is causing cooling malfunction?

My 2007 V6 Tacoma is overheating, I have done just about any test imaginable, replaced the thermostat, water pump, did many other checks, incl. chemical test for gas residue in the coolant system etc. ...
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2answers
37 views

deep pressing of disc brake lever when whee not in position

I would like to know what happens when the disc brake lever is deeply pressed when wheel is removed. Does it cause any damage? If yes then what should be the repair and how much it may cost? Update: ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

Should I disconnect the battery when working on my instrument cluster

I am going to be changing a few bulbs on my Opel Astra's instrument cluster. Part of the process involves disconnecting the entire cluster from the wiring harness and obviously replacing it when done. ...
2
votes
0answers
63 views

Chevy 4.8 misfiring

I drove the truck through a big puddle and it killed it. Found I had completely soaked the air cleaner and had possibly got water in the intake. I replaced the filter and took contact cleaner to all ...
2
votes
1answer
774 views

Consequences of leaking valve covers

I took my valve covers off on my 2007 Tacoma V6, while digging deeper to look into a possible head gasket issue, and noticed that one of them had a nut missing that went on an upright flange threaded ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Accessing Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) in car

I want to know how can I access DTCs by writing a code and parsing it? I have RaspberryPi and related hardware for communication with the OBD-II of car. I will generate manual faults and then after ...
3
votes
0answers
336 views

1992 Mitsubishi 3000gt sl. no power and won't go above 2k rpm

I bought an automatic 1992 Mitsubishi 3000gt sl 2 days ago. I got it cheap knowing it would have problems, and that's why I'm here. When I put it in drive and slam on the gas the car just simply ...
2
votes
1answer
65 views

Aveo 2012 brakes do not work when the engine is running

I have this problem when you depress the brake pedal it moves all the way to the floor and does not slow the car down. It's happen only when the engine is started. Please any fix or help. I really ...
2
votes
1answer
83 views

Does it matter which side to turn crankshaft?

When doing things like setting TDC or just random testing (of the timing chain/belt, for example), does it matter whether the crankshaft is rotated clockwise or counterclockwise?
2
votes
1answer
257 views

Can machine resurfacing of cylinder heads cause valve malfunction?

I learned that warped (uneven) cylinder head surface that goes against the engine block can be remedied by taking to a machine shop to get it resurfaced, basically to make it flush all the way so that ...
3
votes
1answer
306 views

Cylinder Leak-down vs Compression Test

I understand that both cylinder leak down and compression tests are used to test for cylinder head, cracks, warps, and gasket leaks. I understand the difference between how each works: compression ...
3
votes
1answer
59 views

Identify a piece in the air intake assembly

I need to replace the part shown in the picture bellow (i'm not affiliated in any way with ahparts.com, i'm just borrowing their picture) in my car; However, I don't know the name of it. Can somebody ...
1
vote
1answer
663 views

How to check if your muffler will fit your car

So i'm thinking about buying a muffler for my 2001 seat ibiza 6K2. I came across a few good ones and after watching some video's about people installing them (mightycarmods for example) i'm really ...
1
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2answers
235 views

Annoying hissing sound from passenger side window

When I exceed 60mph I hear a hissing sound from the passenger side window as if you have havent closed the window propely, I have also installed window vents(see image below) for that sake, and have ...
5
votes
1answer
229 views

Rust underneath rear of car (Toyota Mk1 MR2)

I have recently acquired an old (1989) Mk1 Toyota MR2 and took a few photos of the underside rear of the vehicle. There seems to be a fair amount of rusting on the rear axle and gear box: gear box/...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

Are floor jack and jack stand pads necessary?

I recently purchased a floor jack and a jack stand set and would like to know about their proper usage. I noticed some people use rubber pads for their floor jack and jack stand contact areas - some ...
5
votes
3answers
243 views

Is the fuel in my engine under pressure?

I have a 2008 Seat Leon FR TDi and need to change one of the fuel pipe (which has become torn slightly). The hose is ~ £50 + VAT so I am keen to do it correctly. Can anyone advise if the fuel in my ...
2
votes
1answer
283 views

How to remove air from the fuel line in a MK2 Seat Leon TDi

I have just changed two of the fuel hose (white and blue tipped ones) that lead to the fuel pump. The reason I changed them was because one of them was split and slowly leaking fuel. I have came out ...
5
votes
1answer
287 views

Ibiza Mk2 MOT emissions test failure

I've had my SEAT Ibiza Mk2 for about three years and it's just failed its MOT on the emissions test - there's fuel in the exhaust on idle, and only on idle. It's in the garage at the moment and they'...
1
vote
1answer
633 views

Possible to connect a amp and sub to a stock 2001 seat ibiza radio

Yesterday i bought an amplifier and matching subwoofer (1200watts amp with dual 10" 800 watts subwoofer). Now i've been looking for a replacement dash panel for a seat ibiza for some time now and ...

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