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Lights randomly coming on in middle of the night

I have 2011 Volkswagon Jetta 2.5 and have been having an intermittent issue where my lights seem to come on randomly in the middle of the night. This only seems to happen in the winter. When I came ...
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My 2007 Jeep Commander is blowing hot air into the cabin even though the temperature is set to cool

Even if I have the fan set to off and the temperature dial set all the way to cold, extremely hot air is coming from my vents into the cabin. It seems to get worse at higher speeds. If I turn the ...
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Unknown part fell out of my motorcycle

So I was taking the battery out of my bike (99 Honda Shadow 750 ACE) to ship it this past December, when two parts of the bike I'd never seen fell out from somewhere near the battery case. They sort ...
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How to identify parts needed for a repair?

Here's a general question: How do you identify, in advance, what parts will be necessary for a repair (including all the various fasteners, o-rings, etc), and order them? Certainly for simple ...
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Slight dent in motorcycle oil filter: bad for flow?

I replaced my motorcycles oil filter the other day and accidentally dented the outside casing of the new one putting it on. I know its probably nothing, but would this impact the flow of oil through ...
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I want to replace the back light enclosure of my Honda Accord, how difficult would that be?

I have a 2000 Honda Accord. The back right lamp enclosure is cracked. Moisture gets in there sometimes and I have to replace the bulbs from time to time. I'm sure it'll be more cost efficient to ...
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Trouble reading oil level, 2007 VW Rabbit

This is a bit embarrassing. Since I got the car I've found it hard to read the oil level. The dipstick takes a turn as it enters the engine, and no matter how gently I pull the thing up, it seems ...
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Why aren't oil drain valves more commonly used?

An oil drain valve is a device that replaces your regular drain bolt and makes an oil change a much cleaner job. When it's time for an oil change, you simply attach a hose to the oil drain valve, open ...
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How can I know if the right oil has been added to the vehicle?

Considering that the car recommend Mobil 1 Synthetic oil as per the logo on the oil cap, how can I be sure that the garage that did the oil change poured the recommended oil and not another low cost ...
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What is the purpose of the intake manifold cover on a Honda S2000? [duplicate]

On a 2001 Honda S2000 (or any other car for that matter) does the intake manifold cover (plastic piece held on with two 10mm acorn nuts) actually protect against something, or is it purely aesthetic?
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How often should you get your air conditioner checked and serviced?

Every year I bring my car (now almost 3 years old) to the garage for a check up. When I bring it the people from the garage usually ask if I also want the extra air conditioner check and servicing. ...
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Cleaning interior of long stored car

Just bought a car which has not been driven and stored inside a garage for several years. How do we fumigate and clean the interior? Part looks like it is leather and part vinyl since some areas have ...
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297 views

Electrical problems after auto start installation

I have a 2000 Camry, I've installed Bulldog RS90 remote starter about 5 months ago; and it worked just fine. A couple of days ago I started my car with a key, and could not shift the gear from ...
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do all quattros have shafts connecting front and rear axles

I have recently purchased a 2009 Audi A5 Quattro, and in looking underneath the car there does seem to be a place for a shaft to connect the front axle to the rear axle (which you would expect) but ...
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Seized engine on 13 yo Infiniti, out to pasture for 1 yr. Donate for scrap or worth a revisit?

We live in the temperate Northern California foothills, and lo these many months ago, my wife took my father's 2001 Infinity up the Reno mountain pass without seeing (or checking) the dangerously low ...
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Lexus GS300 - Sound of air escaping

I have a Lexus GS300. Couple weeks ago I sent it to a Toyota dealer for maintenance. In addition to regular maintenance, they said the brake needs change and so I agreed. This week I found something ...
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Fans run all the time

Hi I have 98 Nissan Maxima. I recently changed the thermostat in it and ever since then my fans will stay on, and I am not running the a/c either. Can you please tell me what could be causing them to ...
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Is there a way to know if the torque converter is locked up?

Is there a precise way to know if/when my torque converter is locked up/unlocking on a Nissan Maxima 2002? Most answers I've found over the internet is "by feeling". For instance, "when this ...
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341 views

Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2.0 2008 - Difficulty Starting

Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2.0 2008 and takes at least 4-5 attempts to start before it idles badly for about 10 seconds and then is fine. Doesn't die at the traffic lights, no problems at all otherwise. ...
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Is there something that will need to configure with OBD2 or computer if I dissemble?

The new cars has a lot of electronic devices and computers. As I like to maintain my family's cars I would like to know if I don't need to plug any OBD2 or computer after assemble or fix the cars. I'm ...
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Sidewall of my tire has a tear, can this be repaired?

I have a Subaru Legacy 5.0i wagon, which has all-wheel drive. Taking a right turn yesterday, my rear passenger tire bumped on a curb. About 20 minutes later the tire was flat. There is an 'L' ...
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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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337 views

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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471 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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