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Slow power window problem

On my 2000 Toyota Sienna, the driver's side power window behaves strangely. The window rolls down just fine. However, when closing it, it begins rolling up in the normal rate, but half-way up gets ...
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Do any generic OBD tools provide re-keying OBD Key? [closed]

It seems the rekeying mechanisms use OBD II. Here is an example of one. Do any generic OBD II Diagnostic and Key Code Clearing tools support this rekeying functionality via OBD Key? Preferably one ...
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Better instructions how to use a micrometer

I am confused by these instructions on how to use a micrometer. Does anyone know of better ones? I need to measure the thickness of my valve lifters (and then do a feeler gauge test but that is not ...
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What is this thing behind my oilpan and is it bad that it's cracked?

Sorry I can't be more specific. I have no idea what it is and my google-fu has failed me. Here is an image of the part in question. It is in the center of the image and has a large crack in it. ...
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2answers
118 views

Scooter Powerband Spiking

When I start accelerating, at around 3 seconds in, I get a spike in my engine rpm (at least it sounds like it) for a few seconds after which it calms back down and continues escalating as expected. I ...
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Mystery wiring harness underneath the gearshift on a 2004 Ford Focus

My Ford Focus had an evaporator core leak, so the DIY hobbyist in me took apart the instrument panel, dashboard and finally, replaced the evaporator core. I'm on my way putting parts back together. I'...
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109 views

Honda Accord 2000 V6, loses electrical although engine is still running - what could it be?

After driving about a mile with a cold engine, I lost power steering and all the dash lights came on (battery, oil, all the doors registered open, etc). I pulled off the road and turned the car off. I ...
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Is it a bad idea to use a Pozidriv screwdriver on a Phillips head?

Most DIY-ers will have experienced the frustration of self-inflicted screw damage due to the use of the wrong screwdriver type (or size, but let's keep that factor out of this particular question). ...
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How to measure angle when ratcheting a bolt?

The torque spec for my Tacoma says that cylinder head bolts should be torqued (in a specific sequence) to 27 ft/lbs initially and then again each should be turned another 180 degrees in the same ...
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146 views

Cooling the ignition coil

I had an old 64 Fairlane that died in rush hour traffic one day. I called a buddy who worked near me-- he pulled up to the side of the road with a bag of ice, and held it to the ignition coil. The ...
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1answer
35 views

1974 VW Bug Headliner

I drive a '74 Volkswagen Super Beetle and I just replaced the headliner. I used the suggested glue and the roof clips but it will not stay up in the back and is beginning to come down in the front. ...
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1answer
100 views

How to measure torque statically?

I am familiar with the concept of torque wrench. However, with a torque wrench, one can only apply a desired amount of torque. Is there a way to measure how much torque has been applied to a certain ...
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1answer
2k views

What happens if you keep starting the car for too long?

If you're starting the engine and it has already started but you keep pressing the key and the starter keeps working while the engine is running. What can this cause?? Could it harm anything?
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1answer
172 views

How to install an electric motor-driven radiator cooling fan instead of the belt-driven one?

I want to know about how to install an electric motor-driven radiator cooling fan instead of the belt-driven one. Vehicle: 1998 Mitsubishi-fuso fm617 Engine: Mitsubishi 6d16 diesel engine (radiator ...
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2answers
705 views

Run-flat tires vs. fix-a-flat?

I just bought a car without a spare, on which all the tires will need to be replaced soon. Run-flat tires are crazy expensive. How well does fix-a-flat work for getting me to a tire shop in the case ...
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2answers
3k views

Crackling/popping when wheels move at slow speed (e.g., rolling forward in drive)

My suspicion is that there is something loose (pebble, rock, or some other small, foreign object) behind the hub cap, but I hear a crackling or popping sound (almost like Pop Rocks or Rice Krispies) ...
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2answers
316 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 ...
3
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1answer
346 views

2015 Hyundai Sonata not accelerating

I recently purchased a 2015 Hyundai Sonata its only 2 months old and while driving on a freeway I was unable to accelerate. I was cruising at 65 mph and while trying to pass someone it just limped ...
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1answer
68 views

Honda Jazz 51 no electrics

Hi my wife cars electrics are not working (no central locking, no lights on the dash - nothing). I have tried charging the battery and jump starting but no luck. Could a fuse stop all the electors ...
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1answer
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Leaving heavy load on the back of a pickup truck

I was wondering if it is bad for a pickup truck to keep a heavy load in the back (e.g. 1800 lbs) for prolonged periods of time (e.g. 2-3 days), assuming the truck is not in motion. The disadvantage ...
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Car pulls to right when letting go of accelerator?

I'm driving an old Grand Voyager minivan temporarily, and notice that when I accelerate then let go of the accelerator, the car pulls slightly to the right, and I have to correct it by steering a ...
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1answer
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What's the difference between a Compounding, Finishing, Buffing, and Polishing pad?

3M and other companies make numerous different types of foam pads (links are to 3M products), Compounding Finishing Buffing Polishing What's the difference between these types of pads? How do I ...
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different tire ratios

I have a 2006 GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab 4x2. I have 4 extremely worn tires. We are traveling from Texas panhandle to Carlsbad NM so I need to replace them. The problem is I can only afford used ...
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0answers
48 views

Help identify round diodes - need a replacements [closed]

Few diodes died in three phase rectifier circuit on a motorbike. I can't find any suitable replacement online since I can't understand what kind of packaging is it. They round like a round pill. 7mm ...
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0answers
238 views
2
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2answers
48 views

2006 Pontiac Solstice - Wipers turn on by themselves

Here's a new one: Three times in the past week, the wipers have randomly turned themselves on. Each time turning the switch on and back off has fixed the issue. I haven't seen anything else ...
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2answers
482 views

Semi synthetic oil engine break-in

I've finished rebuilding the engine of my motorcycle (4 stroke 650cc single-cylinder). For now it runned only once varying between 1000 and 2000 RPM for 5 minutes with a couple of short bursts after ...
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2answers
51 views

1986 VW Westfalia van A/C

I had my AC refrigerant professionally changed to Red Tek in my van. It worked well for 2 or 3 years but then stopped cooling. I successfully refilled with difficulty and it was fine for a further ...
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1answer
44 views

2005 classic will start when cold but has trouble starting when warm

when i start the car when cold it has no issue. after it is at operating temp and shut it off and try to restart it it cranks with no fire, when you turn the key off and try it again it will fire. ...
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1answer
211 views

Car shuts off right after cooling fan turns on

After several months of looking for issues in my car, I have finally fixed most of them, except for the "catalytic converter" light and the sudden shut off of the motor. Today I turned on the car ...
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1answer
148 views

Why is American Toyota cars design different from European Toyota cars?

If compare Toyota same models from toyota.com (US) and toyota-europe.com (Europe) websites the models are a little bit different in design. So I wonder why Toyota makes different cars of the same ...
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Do cowl hoods actually help with engine cooling?

I've read that cowl hoods used to be the method for air induction for older vehicles with carburetors and that the only purpose they serve for vehicles with fuel injection is for looks. However, I ...
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4answers
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Subaru Outback Towing vs Coasting

We just recently got a Subaru Outback. It is a manual and has AWD. The dealer told us if we need it towed, it has to go on a trailer, and can't be towed with wheels down. I understand that this can ...
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2answers
517 views

Why does car rumble/shake with light pressure on accelerator?

Have a 2006 Ford Expedition. I had noticed about 6 months ago that every once in a while it would rumble or shake when I was going 45-55 mph and with my foot only lightly on accelerator. Now it ...
3
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1answer
46 views

1995 Mercury Sable 3.8l - 2300rpm at Starting Of Engine but Will Not Fall Below 1500rpms

This car is driving me absolutely batty. I have never had any problems with it before. The other day I drove my car to Vegas airport from Orange County (about 4 hr drive) and my car died on me 6 ...
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1answer
56 views

Is It Harmful to Have a Small Gap at the Bottom of Trunk Weatherstrip?

I just replaced the trunk weatherstrip on my 1999 Civic coupe because the old one was rotting, rain was getting into the trunk, and I'm pretty sure that was the culprit. The replacement weatherstrip ...
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2answers
213 views

Cleaning Oil Siphon Tube with Brake Cleaner? (Is brake cleaner oil-safe?)

I recently used some siphon tubing to remove some oil from my engine. This worked great until I realized I wasn't sure how I could clean the tube for reuse as I don't want to use a siphon tube that ...
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3answers
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How do I know when a car battery was produced?

I have a hard time finding when my car battery was produced - can't find any defintive information. The battery is Bosch Silver with the following data printed: 5EN in huge letters and two rows of ...
4
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1answer
248 views

Honda Civic 1997 steering fluid leak

I bought my -97 Civic two weeks ago. After a week of driving, the power steering started to screech whenever I turned the wheels while the engine was cold (with warm engine the eerie screeching sound ...
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1answer
76 views

To repair, or sell: that is the question

1998 Volvo S70 4D 117k miles. No accidents, inherited from 2nd owner. I've got a big list of repairs to make: ABS control unit throws 8 fault codes, can replace w/ a rebuilt unit Front strut ...
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2answers
43 views

BMW 320d es auto engine size

I would like to know how to tell engine size of a BMW. I only buy cars a 1.9 litre or smaller engine.
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2answers
156 views

What is this (cooling-system related) part?

A while back I stopped my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6 4WD) and all of a sudden there was white smoke pouring out from under the hood, indicating that something was leaking radiator fluid. When I opened the ...
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2answers
978 views

Is it important that the gasket on the dipstick make a seal against the dipstick tube?

I just did an oil change on my 1995 Nissan Altima, and noticed that the gasket on my dipstick does not make a seal inside the dipstick tube. The inside diameter of the tube is maybe 3/32 of an inch ...
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5answers
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Is it all right to clean a car radiator with vinegar and chlorine?

I got the idea from this article, where it suggests cleaning your washing machine using chlorine bleach and then vinegar. I have successfully used this method to clean my household washing machine ...
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1answer
119 views

How much amperage is an average car battery?

So, this is in general terms... But say you have a flat battery and you wanted to start a car without another card battery? Car batteries are 12V but I'm not sure how much current they are. Do they ...
7
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1answer
517 views

What is this lever?

Recently I parked next to a (beautiful) 1957 Buick "Special" and took a bunch of photos. But I also noticed a lever to the left of the steering wheel, between the dash and the driver's side door, that ...
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9answers
206k views

When do brake rotors really need to be replaced?

I need to replace my rear brake pads. A mechanic suggested I also replace my rotors because they are rusted around the edges. The rotors are in fact quite rusted, however, there is no rust on the ...
3
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1answer
109 views

Necessity of draining gas for a vehicle that has been sitting for 2-3 years

Related: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. A car has not been started for over 2 years. No fuel stabilizer was added to the tank. According to some sources it's best to drain ...
3
votes
1answer
121 views

Shortblock vs Longblock

What is the difference between a shortblock and a longblock? Both terms are used to refer to the engine, but what's the difference between them?
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1answer
173 views

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 2007 Multi Function Screen C failed

I've just bought a C4 Grand Picasso, love the car, super practical and comfy. The electronic dashboard is working fine, but the multi-function screen portion is completely blank. So I have a speedo,...

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