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Are there plug-n-play ECUs?

I was just curious if there is such a thing as aftermarket plug-n-play ECUs that are compatible with a vehicle (have all the features the OEM ECU does) but also have some extra ones, such as maybe ...
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Why is martensitic steel used instead of grey cast iron for ATV disc brakes?

Grey cast iron has better thermal properties -- conductivity and specific heat -- lower density, better castability, and better friction than martensitic stainless steel. Why are OEM parts made of ...
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Surging idles - Anyonebody?Honda()

I have a Honda it has a standard 4cyl b21a1 1990 Honda prelude (should have specified was in a rush) I recently changed the head gasket(it went bad would puff out white smoke when I cranked on the key ...
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Change language of Toyota HDD Navigation (NHDN-W56) from japanese to english

I have an imported Toyota from japan with Toyota Genuine HDD Navigation and music system(NHDN-W56). The problem is that the whole thing is in japanese,can anyone help me how to change the language ...
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Individual wheels' toes are out of range but combination is within specs

I went to have my 1999 Chevy Tahoe aligned after getting new tires mounted. I am concerned about the toe results. The left front toe is 0.37, specified to be 0.02-0.22; the right is -0.5, with same ...
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Altima 2006 2.5 S Code P0462 = Fuel Level Sensor A Circuit, Low Input Fuel Gauge Is Inop

My fuel gauge does show a full tank when filled, however as fuel is used the gauge will not read accurately. I'm getting the fault code - P0462 Fuel Level Sensor Circuit Low Input Which is ...
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No windscreen washer fluid coming through (VW Passat 1997)

When I pull back the stalk to squirt washer fluid onto the windscreen, 1997 Passat, the wipers move but no fluid comes out. There's not even the sound of anything trying to come out. Does this mean ...
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Can replacing valve cover affect engine performance?

I have seen some pictures of people replacing their OEM valve covers with something aftermarket, usually something painted. Considering that is only pretty much just a lid that goes over the topmost ...
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95 Corolla overheats, probable coolant leak or maybe thermostat, need more advice.

Vehicle is a '95 Toyota Corolla. Was driving yesterday for about 5 minutes and glanced at the temperature gauge which I noticed was running pretty high (weather has been around 90 degrees f lately)....
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High-pitched squealing coming from engine

I've been told that a wet serpentine belt causes this. Is that true? If not, what else could it be? How can I fix this? This is a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer (4.2L 6-cyl. engine). I hear the noise ...
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Could very minor impacts have caused electrical problems?

I've recently bought a 2002 Kia Shuma, and a few days ago I went for a 10 mile drive. I'm still learning how to drive, and I bumped into two kerbs, and while parking I hit a wall at low speed, at ...
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What is Opel/Vauxhall's TwinPort Technology?

Some Opel Engines come with something called TwinPort Technology. I guess that this increases power, as the original Z12XE (1.2) engine has 55kW, and the TwinPort (Z12XEP) version engine has 59kW of ...
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Rusty exhaust manifolds

Most of the engine on my 2007 V6 Tacoma is in a really good shape but both exhaust manifolds coming out of the engine block are really rusty. Q1: Is that a reason to worry or replace them, provided ...
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What is Variable Valve Timing technology?

Recently when I visited a car showroom the salesman pitched the car by saying it has VVT technology which is superior compared to other cars. I researched and found out that it alters the valve ...
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995 views

Is it possible to test tranny when off vehicle?

I am preparing to do my first transmission (manual) rebuild job. I was just curious if it is possible to test whether the job has been done right while the tranny is off vehicle while simulation ...
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4 new tires on 2013 Explorer?

I read through the past article and through others questions on this topic, but I am getting conflicting answers. I had a flat tire and the tire company put two new tires on the rear of my Explorer. ...
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151 views

My van steering wheel shakes

I have a 1983 Toyota Hiace LH50 van. When I speed it up to 60-65 kph the steering wheel begins to shake and when I lower the speed to 50kph nothing. All I have to do to avoid the shaking is maintain ...
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Dodge Ram blower motor works intermittently

I have a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 (5.9 L Cummins diesel). I’d replaced blower motor about 3 weeks ago and all was well until it started working intermittently. Resistor looked burnt and cracked so I’d also ...
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What are some problems faced when driving vehicles during heavy rain?

Please could somebody explain the problems we could face while we are driving during heavy rain or along flooded roads? What are examples of designs that mitigate the issues of driving in heavy rain? ...
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What are the effects of not having ABS?

I recently realised that my car does not have ABS. Would my stopping distances increase? Does it make a lot of difference in good conditions (e.g dry, smooth roads)? Would it make any difference in ...
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135 views

Does Crud Hold Old Engines Together?

I've read anecdotal accounts here and there that cleaning various parts of older engines can cause various parts to fail, or be pushed over the edge. Basically, people say that as the engine ages ...
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1answer
318 views

Peugeot 206 indicator not working properly

In my Peugeot 206 my indicator isn't working. If I indicate I go too the right, the indicator will turn on (with the correspending sound) for about 3 seconds and then it will turn off. If I want to ...
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Mitsubishi L200 MK4 2003 right back passenger window wont go down

I have recently got an old Mitsubishi l200 mk4 that I am restoring back to its former glory. The back right passenger window won't go down. I have taken off the panel and I can see the motor working ...
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ac compressor pulley making noise [closed]

2006 hyundai sonata 6 cylinder ac compressor pulley is making noise how dangerous is it to drive ? Also is there a temporary fix i could do or is it possible to grease the ac compressor bearing in my ...
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brakes still pulsating [duplicate]

replaced rotors and pads(rotors twice)and still pulsating. Are the calipers the only thing left that could cause the pulsating? I checked the slides on the calipers the were ok( not stuck or frozen). ...
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Do you need charged battery for car to Idle

I am planning to acquire a 2001 Mitsubishi lancer 1.5 the car runs perfect but the it has an almost flat battery, even the horn doesn't work unless driven around.(No starting Problem though weirdly) ...
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What exactly is Honda's i-VTEC technology

I see that almost all of Honda's cars have an "i-VTEC" logo at the back. I googled it and came to know that it has something to do with different cam profiles. Can someone explain? A diagram or ...
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When to change Timing belt - Peugeot 307 2003 1.6cc

I have got a Peugeot 307 2003 1.6cc Current milage is 97,000 and last full service had been done when on 60,000. I had done my MOT recently there were no major issues. I was wandering when ...
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Rear blinker failure on camper trailer

My right rear blinker on camper trailer does not work but every thing else does. I have a test light to test fuses and relays on truck to see if that may be an issue. It has camper tow package. Where ...
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1answer
145 views

Does VW T40057 drain all 6 litres of oil in 2008 Jetta 2.5L?

I came across the mention of the VW T40057 tool, that can be attached to the oil filter housing, and lets you drain the oil without creating a mess. However, it's not very clear whether or not this ...
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1answer
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Why would I feel disbalanced or thrown around when riding a motorcycle

I have a Yamaha XJ600N, and at various points of time when riding around in the city at 50 to 60 kph I have had this strange feedback from the wheels or suspension that makes me feel either slightly ...
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1answer
116 views

What is this protrusion on this Dodge Charger and what is its purpose

In another question I confirmed what a hood scoop was. I was also wondering what this structure was since it was differently shaped than a hood scoop. I heard it was a "turbocharger" or something like ...
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1answer
116 views

Leftover parts after head gasket change; are they engine mounts or braces?

About a year ago, I replaced a head gasket on a 1994 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L. After I put everything back together there were two parts left over. The car runs good considering it's 20 years old, however ...
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How does an automatic gearbox know when to change gear

As the title suggests, how does an automatic gearbox know when to change gear, for example, how does the autobox know to shift down when you hit a gradient for example, also how does it know to shift ...
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1answer
122 views

The brakes on my vehicle continue to pulsate, even with new rotors and pads

I've replaced the rotors and the brake pads so far, but the brakes continue to pulsate whenever they are applied. The slides on the caliper are not stuck or frozen, but I think they may be the problem....
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0answers
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2006 Honda Civic Hybrid — starting problems if not recently (12hours!) driven

I have a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid. About a year ago, I noticed it had starting problems if not recently driven in the last few days, like when I'd come back from a vacation or if I didn't drive it ...
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AC suddenly stopped working?

After few hours driving in town with a lot of traffic my AC was working fine, keeping low temperature inside. Then I had to stop the engine for few minutes and when I turned it on, although the AC ...
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1answer
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2000 Toyota Sienna Rear Blinker Assembly Clips Broke Off

I recently took off the tail light on our 2000 Toyota Sienna and the clips on the light assembly side broke off as I was pulling it off. Any idea where I can get replacement clips? Or would I have to ...
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1answer
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Advantages of direct vs sequential fuel injection

I understand that direct injection puts the air/fuel mix into the cylinder body directly vs the intake valve like the sequential does. What are the advantages of doing so? E.g. does it yield a ...
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1answer
135 views

What tools are needed to DIY wheel alignment?

As per this article, DIY-ing wheel alignment requires a camber gauge and either a toe bar or toe plates. Is that a complete list of tools required? Is it better to use a toe bar than toe plates?
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Oversize Engine Oil Drain Plug?

So... I stripped the bottom half of the threads due to trying to use a washer on a non-washer using drain plug. My aluminum oil pan (and plug) turns out to not be the standard oil pan for the vehicle ...
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1answer
201 views

Why aren't fuel pumps powered by drivebelt?

I was reading about fuel pumps, which are electric powered. I was trying to understand why they wouldn't be part of the drivebelt assembly and my guess was that they need steady pumping rather than ...
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What happens if you put the wrong kind of gas in your car?

I (like most people) just use regular unleaded gas in my car and always have. But once I accidentally put in the premium kind, mixing it with the unleaded that was already there, and I thought for ...
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2answers
111 views

Does a window lift motor have to be in a specific position when installing it?

When installing a replacement window lift motor, do I have to worry about the motor being in a specific position (as far as rotation is concerned)? Or does the motor stop at the top (closed position),...
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2answers
59 views

New struts on a 2000 model year car with 225k miles, replace coils?

Should the suspension coil springs be replaced on a Toyota Celica that is 15 years old and has 225k along with the struts or do the coils never really go bad? How about the top bearing plate?
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1answer
97 views

How did the tyre shop flatten my battery?

I bought a 'new' (2004) Subaru Forester last week. The other day, I took it in to have the wheel alignment checked, and once they had finished aligning it, they came back and said "the battery was ...
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96 Chevy Cavilier Leak From the Transmission

I'm looking at buying a 96 Chevy Cavilier which looks from the pictures to be in very well kept condition. The only drawback the seller mentioned was an unknown leak from the manual transmission. ...
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2answers
121 views

Consequences of not fixing rusted body parts

My mother-in-law has just retired and given us her old Pontiac Sunfire 1996. It's been little used and generally well maintained, except for the body. Both front fenders have a small patch of about ...
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1answer
75 views

1987 GMC pickup - will not crank

I have a 87 GMC pickup. It was running fine yesterday. Went to get in it this morning and nothing. The cab light came on at first, but now nothing. When I hook jumper cables to it I get a spark from ...
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1answer
744 views

How much more slowly do synthetic oils degrade compared to conventional oils?

I don't drive my car very often and in the 13 years I've owned it I think I only ever reached the 5000 mile limit once during a long roadtrip; instead I always end up driving only about 2000 miles in ...

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