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2005 Dodge Ram: easy way to diagnose code P0420?

My truck is reporting a code P0420, which apparently is "Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)" which can either be the catalytic converter or the rear O2 sensor. The code came on at ...
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Please advise on check gauges light on and battery gauge reads zero

Saw this thread while investigating what sounds like the same problem with my jeep. The check gauge light came on and my battery gauge bottomed out. But weird thing is, it ran fine. I drove it a few ...
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Skoda Fabia, flashes handbrake light and beeps 3 times

When I turn heavy or accelerate hard in my Skoda Fabia the handbrake light flashes approximately 5 times and beeps exactly 3 times.
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Is it possible to buy advance monitoring sensors for a normal car?

I was wondering if it is possible to buy some advance monitoring system and implement in a normal car. Monitoring systems like collision avoidance sensor, parking sensor, lane detector, and many more ...
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Will a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 reliably run on home distilled alcohol?

I posted a question at a sister site; Why use steam instead of alcohol in Army of Darkness? It is suggested in the comments and an answer that without major modifications the V8 in the Oldsmobile will ...
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Capacitors for cars

I recently added a subwoofer to my car. It's powered by a 300w JBL amp (and I also have 300w speakers). I currently have a 180amp alternator and a Die Hard platinum battery, which both handle my ...
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Does my car have an engine block heater? (2010 civic)

How do I know if my car has an engine block heater? I checked the manual, which has no mention of it I looked for a plug near the front of my car, but didn't see it. Where would it be? I searched ...
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DIY Alternator Belt Tensioner

I've got a diesel engine in my boat, but the previous owner had somehow snapped the alternator bracket, and fitted it fixed to the boat rather than the engine. Now the alternator doesn't move when the ...
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What is that knocking sound my engine makes when the revs drop too low?

I have a 2013 Subaru Impreza with a 2.0 liter engine and a manual transmission, and when I let out the clutch too fast while in reverse or 1st, sometimes the engine RPM will drop so low that it makes ...
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When is a magneto more efficient than an alternator?

A magneto is device similar to an alternator for creating electrical energy. Many small gas engines, including several road worthy motorcycles, use them to generate electrical energy. They can be ...
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470 views

What is name of this part in the picture?

Could you guys please tell me the name of the part in red square in English?
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Best way to remove partially stripped and rusted fuel filter nut?

I missed the memo about replacing my fuel filter every 30k, so it's been more like 100k since it's been replaced. Anyway, the car is a 2001 Buick Regal, and the fuel filter nut (not the quick connect, ...
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High pitch whistle at a very particular throttle level

The symptom: while accelerating, at a very particular throttle level/pedal angle my engine recently started whistling in a very high pitch. If I let go of the gas or push it in more the sound goes ...
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Tachometer On My Car Is Doing The Opposite At Warm up

The car is Ford Focus 2002 model. Ztec engine. 1.6V I'll go straight to the point. The problem started when I got my car engine washed (with water). I changed the coil, and plugs. It started running ...
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Yamaha Vstar 250 won't start: need to diagnose and fix possible fuel, battery, or flooded carb

My riding experience: 1 day. Already I'm an idiot. This will probably be a good laugh for most of you. I purchased a used bike, Yamaha VStar 250, <2,000 miles, <4 years old. Battery has not ...
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Mustang V6 sluggish pickup during day

Have been driving my stang 2013 V6 for almost 2 years now. Right from the day 1 I have noticed that outside temperature somehow made my cars acceleration/ pickup however you call it become sluggish. ...
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166 views

What info can be displayed with aux in

Not sure if this is the right stack site but couldn't find any more related! Anyway, I'm buying a new car next week. It has Aux in cable but not Bluetooth or card reader. My question is, will the ...
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Prius 2010 oil reset (Europe edition not US edition)

All, I have 2010 prius that has Europe standards (Kilometer odometer) not mile, and it doesn't have the button "Mpg/KL" to reset the oil change light. How does it work for such edition? is it the ...
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2005 Volvo S60 loses power [closed]

I have an '05 S60 with about 92,000 miles on it. Recently, while driving at a constant speed the car will lose power for a couple seconds- the rpm's drop and then the car will recover and run ...
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443 views

Several attempts at cranking required to start car

Every time I get in and turn the key nothing happens. After turning the key a number of times, it will start up as normal. I have had a new battery, and new wiring to the starter motor installed, and ...
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02 Town&Country not shifting out of first

This has happened three times now, and it's definitely becoming worrisome. While driving on the highway, the check engine light comes on. Nothing seems to be wrong initially, until I exit the highway. ...
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1answer
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Kawasaki ZZR600 - Engine idles ok. Choke ok. Cuts out when open throttle. Possible causes?

I have a 20 year old Kawasaki ZZR600. She was running fine in December. I didn't ride her for a few weeks in January. Left the battery on maintenance trickle charge. A few weeks or so ago I fired her ...
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Does Registering a Salvaged Car in California Require a “Brake and Light Certificate”?

My car was totaled after the accident and I salvaged it from the insurance company. I didn't realize I had to pay more fees to the California Department of Motor Vehicles and do some extra things. ...
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892 views

Hyundai Verna (Accent) handbrake light is on everytime

My Hyundai Verna/Accent handbrake light comes on when driving and just off in shortly times Any ideas to what might be causing this, if so what parts will need to be replaced/repaired?
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I feel my shock absorbers are no more working. Need to know if I need to replace them or are there any recommendations to ge them properly repaired?

Pulsar 150CC.. Rear shockers. Bajaj showroom Mechanic suggests to replace them but other mechanic suggests that they can be repaired. it ran around 54K. I am confused now. Please suggest.
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spark plug separated @ porcelien & metal

Can a engine run ssmoothly with a broke in half spark plug(where the porcelain meets the metal)no vibrations & would the plug wire boot hold the 2 pieces together?
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How to replace an alternator?

I've got an '05 Mazda 3 SP 2.3 and my question is how do I replace my alternator? My situation is pretty much the exact same as described on this site: ...
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1answer
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2003 Honda Civic 1.7 vTec - White Smoke from the tailpipe

I have a Honda Civic 2003 gx 1.7 liter vTec stick shift 4 cylinder. Just today I had to put oil in my car. Drove for about 5 minutes got to a light and when I shifted into first gear a white cloud of ...
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1answer
881 views

How long does OnStar RemoteLink app take to refresh from a Chevy Volt?

It takes anywhere from 20 to 60 seconds to get the status from my car (like if I want to know how charged the battery is). I'm wondering if this is normal or something is wrong.
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166 views

What part is this on my Honda Accord 1996?

I was looking under the hood, trying to learn what's what, and I was wondering what this was. The circled part.
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1answer
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2005 Suzuki Reno S wipers and fluid

I recently filled up my windshield washer fluid and was wondering two things. How do I operate my rear wiper? Is there a separate reservoir for fluid for the washer fluid for the rear windows or ...
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Car I test drove had a high clutch engagement point; why?

I test drove a 2002 BMW 325xi with 80,000 miles on it the other day and while it didn't have any major issues cosmetically or mechanically from what I could see, there was something strange about the ...
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1answer
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Series of troubling electrical problems in my '07 Mazda 3. Any ideas?

I'm having a series of what I will call electrical problems with my Mazda 3. I'm not sure if they are interrelated and wanted to get some advice or ideas from you guys. Apologies in advance for the ...
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1answer
123 views

Ford focus choking in neutral

I have recently (well quite recently about 7 months) replaced the SOHC in my 2000 Ford Focus. The cylinder was busted which made the car choke and eventually die when stopped at the red lights. It ...
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1answer
291 views

How to fix O2 sensor system?

After getting some type of P116x primary heated O2 sensor error (I forget the exact error), I replaced the primary O2 sensor on my car. (I had to make a bracket for the electrical connector because ...
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1answer
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What is this part called?

So in the beginning ONE of my windshield wipers just went absolutely dead (could move it easily with my hands) and I took it to the shop and the guy removed what he called ''arms'' but when I went to ...
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1answer
470 views

replacing brake pedal return spring on 57 chevy

How do I replace a brake pedal return spring on 57 Chevy. I can not locate the spring. Please help
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1answer
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I drove with the handbrake on for 1000 metres

I left my handbrake on for about 1000 meter when driving this winter. I smelled something burning when I opened the front door. Since then there is often a burning smell back right wheel after ...
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What is the point of a vacuum pump with a fuel injection engine?

I recently got an OBD-II dongle with the Torque Android app, which allows me to read the computer's output in real time. The app will let me drag and drop different gauges on my screen, which works ...
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421 views

Brakes lose grip when car hits bump

I have a 2007 Honda Civic. I had its front brake pads replaced 2 months ago and had the rotors replaced. Now (and perhaps before--I can't recall) whenever I'm braking and hit a bump, the brakes lose ...
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439 views

The Tire dealer put a different tire on my car

I drive a 2004 Nissan Maxima SE, the tires are an R18. I recently bought replacement tires and the dealer installed R17 tires. What is the impact of this? Should I complain? Does it really matter? ...
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2answers
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Engine temperature light always on

On my Volvo 440 (1992 1.8 LI with single point injection) the engine temperature warning light is always on. The gauge seems to work okay and fluctuates between low and middle (although it does seem ...
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2answers
118 views

Squeal from timing belt area

When starting the engine from cold on my Volvo 440 (1.8 LI, K reg) there is a loud squeal coming from the timing belt area. The noise goes away after a couple of minutes driving. What could be the ...
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1answer
435 views

Ford Escort - Brake Fluid leak in car

I own a Ford Escort 1992, 1.9l, manual. Recently my default-idle had been really high and so I did some research and figured out that my brake booster probably broke. So I went to the junkyard and got ...
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1answer
410 views

Can a 2008 Honda Odyssey hold a full size spare tire?

I was wondering if a 2008 Honda Odyssey can hold a full size spare tire, or will it only fit the donut?
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1answer
58 views

Ford Expedition sitting on my driveway [closed]

I have a ford expedition 2001 with about 250K miles on it. A fantastic vehicle. However every time I go for inspection it costs me a couple of grand (last couple of years). This time I did not have ...
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My brake fluid all left on short notice. What gives?

During the very cold weather (here in Ohio) recently, I noticed the brakes on my 2000 Chevy Malibu were a little soft, and made a mental note to attend to them promptly. Then, over the course of 24 ...
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1answer
485 views

This part fell off my car yesterday - what is it?

I drive a 2008 Honda Fit, and yesterday I found this on my driveway, resting under my front end. I know little to nothing about cars, but this looks simple enough that I think I could replace it if ...
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1answer
2k views

Most reliable used off-road with good fuel economy (for travelling expeditions) [closed]

What is the most reliable used off-road (awd/4wd/4x4) vehicle for occasional traveler expeditions to more remote areas of Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East or Africa? Requirements: highest ...
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1answer
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Euro NCAP rating during time

Does the rating scale change in time? I mean if X stars from for example 2000 are less safe car than X stars from 2013? I am mostly interested in adult safety within frontal (and side) impact and the ...

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