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During accelerating rpm going up but not speed [duplicate]

I have a Hyundai Accent 2002 car. Recently, each time I hit the race paddle to accelerate, my RPM goes up, but not the actual speed of the car. Could anyone think of what's the problem?
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How much of a difference will a splitter / diffuser would be on a FWD car?

Out of curiosity, if you can get your hands on a properly engineered splitter, what kind of handling difference would I see? Any recommendations for a splitter that's not just for show? Any effects ...
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Should you put thicker oil in an older vehicle?

I use 5W30 for my 2007 Toyota Tacoma, which has about 120K mi. Someone told me that I should put 10W30 because the vehicle is "not very new". Is that a good approach? I've never had problems with ...
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What are the side effects of using the wrong tires?

Last time I got new tyres I was advised that as they were out of stock of the particular size I was after (195/60/R15) and since they were part used tyres, I should be OK going with a slightly ...
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What do the numbers in 195/60/R15 mean? [duplicate]

As far as I know, each type or size or whatever of tyres has its own set of numbers which presumably mean something. In the instance of my last car these numbers were 195/60/R15. What do each of ...
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Hyundai Accent 2006 Hard Start Problems When Cold

I am the owner of Hyundai Accent with a diesel engine. After very cold nights, the mornings are a nightmare. The engine starts fine but a light for check up is on most of time on board, and after gear ...
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Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor v. Consumer Crown Victoria

Did the Interceptor version of the Crown Victoria come with a different ECU/Tune than the consumer version of the Crown Victoria?
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Coolant leaking into engine

I had my truck in for service - 2006 Sierra Denali - due to an oil leak. They replaced the "engine oil cooler lines to pan gasket". Within a couple of days had a major issue - coolant had gotten into ...
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Can you start an automatic car whilst in drive?

Is it possible to start an automatic car whilst in drive? If it does start in drive, is this considered dangerous?
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Best way to remove rust from brake calipers without removing wheel

I have rang a few garages but none offer to remove rust from brake calipers, a lot of people say it is going to rust around there a bit anyway but I wanted to make them look shiny new for when I give ...
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I changed power steering fluid and it keeps making noise and is bubbles

I am trying my first time to flush the power steering fluid on my 2003 Infinity Q45. This is the procedure I have followed: Disconnect return hose to the power steering fluid tank. Drain power ...
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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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Does gasoline ruin an air filter?

The carburetor on my 2005 Honda Shadow Aero (VT750C) had a bad leak and flooded the air cleaner assembly with gasoline. The air filter was completely soaked with gas, so I let it air dry. Is my ...
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Bad vibration in my car

I have a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT. There is a mild vibration in the front end when the suspension is compressed and I'm accelerating. If I let off the accelerator, it all goes away. I've rotated ...
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Can a scrape like this be repaired by myself or do I need to take it to a car mechanic?

That clear white line there is a paint scraped on the car. I am a new car owner and I am not sure if I can repair that by myself or I need go find a car mechanic, if I can repair it by myself, what ...
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i heard a loud whistling/squeeling noise coming from the front tires of my 2004 subaru outback AWD.

I have never heard this sound before, it made the sound whether i used my brakes or not, it only stopped when i turned right. anyone have any idea what this could be?
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What makes a CV Joint make a popping or clicking sound?

I recently bought an "old" 1996 Dodge Dakota. When I turn left in a tight circle, I hear a pop or a click on the front-right side of the vehicle. I was told by the previous owner that it's the CV ...
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Replacing remote lock fuse on 2001 Jetta/Bora VW

So! This starts with a fun story. I had a flat battery and my friend who isn't really a techie/mechie sort of person came to lend me a hand, I had leads and he had a car, his car has a red coloured ...
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Self Program Third (Spare) 2009 Honda Odyssey EX

I have a 2009 Honda Odyssey with two existing ignition keys. They are both transponder (chip) keys. I would like to purchase a third spare transponder key, have it cut, and self program it. Many makes ...
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honda accord sometimes wont start

I have a starting problem with my 1999 Honda accord, 1 in every 50 starts for example the car will turn over but fails to start, I repeatedly turn the key then the crank slows down but still doesn't ...
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What disadvantages a car with 4-speed transmission have compared to 5, 6 or 7 speed with similar engine?

This seemed to be most relevant site to ask my question. I am planning to purchase a new car and my shortlisted car has 4 speed automatic and 1.6 litre engine. The thing that worries me is that it ...
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2010 VW Stuck in Park

I have a 2010 VW Jetta Stuck in Park. When I turn it on, press the brake, and press the shifter button it doesn't move. How do I get it out of park? The brake light and dash indicator do toggle (...
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Sometimes my second gear is rough to engage. What could be wrong?

So I've got an odd problem for a 2004 Toyota Echo. The second gear, sometimes not always, is hard to engage. If I be real gentle, and just put a bit of pressure, it would slip in. I could also be a ...
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Paint peeling around body filled area 6 months on

I sanded and filled a dent in my cars plastic/foam bumper, applied primer and factory matched auto paint. This worked and look fine for about 6 months. Today I noticed the paint around where the ...
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P0420 in a Prius

EDIT #2: I rescanned, looking at the correct data, and found the rear O2 sensor was definitely bouncing up and down with the forward sensor's lambda reading. Since I have looked for leaks and couldn'...
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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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Truck: “H” brake button

I've found in different trucks and buses, etc.... An "H" button which, when pressed, activates a braking system. This system is only available when the vehicle is immobilized. Which brakes are ...
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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 hsa/...
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Honda Pilot 2008 4wd problem

I have a Honda Pilot 2008 and using it to pull a tent trailer. The trailer is 2200Lb and is within specs for the Pilot. This is a variable 4 wheel drive transmision, this means I can change the amount ...
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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 ...
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Unable to start engine - unable to unlock ignition key Citroen C3

I have just bought a citroen C3 and much to my horror was unable to turn the key in the ignition this evening. Had to wait about 10 minutes until it finally gave way. Anyone else experienced a ...
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Designing an Ackermann steering mechanism

I'm designing a car with an Ackermann steering mechanism. According to everything I have read about Ackermann steering, if I set up my steering mechanism like this: ... then I should get behaviour ...
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2000 Toyota Camry, check engine light at 164,450 - what does this mean? [duplicate]

I purchased this car used just one year ago, and the check-engine light just came on yesterday. I'm not used to having a Toyota, or even a car - all my previous vehicles, for the past 15 years, have ...
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Is it always the side battery cells that need topup?

Adding distilled water to my car battery, I've noticed only the side cells very short of reaching the meniscus. The most positive cell, facing the front of my '08 Jetta 2.5L (which has empty space, ...
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'95 Honda Accord random/sudden electrical failures

I noticed a few things not working, one at a time, as I tried to use them. One, the rear defroster switch on the dassh quit. Two, the PULL feature on the wiper stick on the column for the window ...
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Mazda5 - any way to disable “recirculation off while in defrosting mode” feature?

I have Mazda5 2013, trying to fix an annoying issue - every time I set air to blow towards windshield, recirculation is turning off - and there is no way to turn it back on if selector is still in the ...
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unpowered cigarette lighter

I've installed a remote car starter in Hyundai Elantra. When started remotely with no key in the ignition, the radio is off and cigarette lighter socket is off (it is back-lit though) I would like to ...
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how fast does the alternator charge the battery?

It would appear that the common word of wisdom is that car alternators provide 50A of output. I actually looked at the supposed specs for my 2008 Jetta 2.5L on the internet -- a compact car -- and it ...
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Intermittent no start/no crank problem 1989 Toyota Corolla

Have a 1989 Toyota Corolla 4 door manual, 190k miles. Runs great once it starts. Problem is it has an intermittent no start (no crank) problem. Relevant facts: When it happens, I clutch in (in ...
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how do i know if my lead-acid battery has been resurrected?

The OEM battery in my 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L has been nearly fully discharged one month back (had insufficient surface charge after a prolonged use without the engine running, but leaving it idle for 20 ...
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Negative surface charge?

At about 20°C, there has been a situation that the OEM battery in my '08 Jetta was not capable of starting the car at all (virtually no movement of the starter at all), after being used for at ...
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Car with floor-integrated battery pack

Are there any other electric cars with a floor-integrated battery pack other than the Tesla?
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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 ...
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Forgot to use stabilizer with motorcycle

I forgot to fill my motorcycle tank with stabilizer and now it is way to cold to ride. Should I still put the stabilizer in it? I read the instructions and it is not recommended to use it if the ...
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Nuts for 2008 VW Jetta SE 2.5L battery terminal bolts: 1/4" or M6? [closed]

I want to use an external charger to charge the battery in my US-market 2008 Jetta 2.5L SE with an OEM battery. I need to figure out which nuts to get to fit the existing battery terminal bolt, in ...
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how to take petrol cars at high altitude ( plus 12000 feet)

i have Toyota Surf 3.0 L . i need to visit the places which are plus 4000 meters (15000 feet). do i need to use low octane fuel or do i need to increase the intake of fuel due to high altitude and ...
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Why is tire sidewall height expressed as percentage of width?

I'm quite familiar with the code used to define tire sizes, but one aspect of the code always confuses me. The second number defines the sidewall height as a percentage of the tire's width. As an ...
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Material and construction properties of drive shafts, wheel shafts, gearbox

I am looking for some typical properties of a 1.4L rear-drive car's drive shaft, drive-wheel shafts and the gearbox. I need to calculate the moment of inertia of the components of the drive-train. So ...
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Help! 2005 Mazda 3 brakes

I noticed recently that my brake goes soft and almost to the floor. Several months ago I had new brakes put on and I just took it in again to bleed the brakes. I just picked up the car and the brakes ...
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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 ...

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