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Does downshifting ( Engine Braking ) help when my car brakes CAN lock the wheel?

Know facts: When your car brakes (e.g. because of the weight) can't stop the car, it's recommended to use downshift (engine braking) to help brake the car. The best way to stop the car is to brake ...
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I accidentally kept my vehicle Choke ON while riding?

I have Honda Dio 2015 Model. Yesterday, I kept the Choke ON while riding. I wanted to know what are the damages it probably causes to the engine? Does it have any after effects on the engine?
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Derbi Cafe 125 stalling when changing to 1st

I have a Derbi Cafe 125. This morning I started the bike up, let it run for a few minutes, changed from N to 1st, and the bike cut out. This happens repeatedly until I walked to work. I then realized ...
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357 views

What is a “confidential vehicle identification” number?

What is the "confidential vehicle identification" number? What cars bear that and where is it located?
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1990 Toyota Pickup 22re fuel injection EFI relay is getting hot

While driving my truck, the engine stopped dead, like it ran out of gas. I used a by-pass wire to go around the EFI and Circuit open relay, the truck ran fine. I noticed a ground wire leading from the ...
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Prius burns off oil very fast. Is this normal?

I replaced the oil on my mom's Prius today, which is 3200 miles or so since I replaced it last. The car only takes 3 quarts of oil, but only drained a little over 2 quarts. My jeep, on the other ...
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Would “one cylinder's out” semantics include a head gasket? [closed]

I sold a car on craigslist with part of the title being "Runs, but one cylinder's out". I had taken the car to Firestone to diagnose why one cylinder wasn't firing right and they said it has 0% ...
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VW Mk4 Golf/GTI airbag indicator warning light

My 2002 VW GTI MkIV recently had the airbag warning indicator light turn on. The VW dealership wanted to charge around $600 to fix it. They told me the seatbelt latch was at fault because it had an ...
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1answer
456 views

Current from key to solenoid of starter motor relay

I am considering installing a starter motor immobilizing relay inline with the starter setting of the key and starter solenoid. I recently got a MAH-112-C-4 online. It has a 30A switching ...
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1answer
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Identifying American (Mercury) Mariner outboard

We have Mariner 9.9E outboard motor. Having hard time figuring out year and Yamaha equivalent (early Mariners were Yamahas in disguise). There is very little information on those, and it is hard to ...
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1answer
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Stiff clutch on Toyota Corolla: can it be adjusted?

I have a 2003 Corolla (mileage ~70K) that drives very well generally, except for one problem: The clutch has always been quite stiff since I purchased it a couple of years ago, and I think it's slowly ...
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1answer
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How do I fix power window buttons?

The power window buttons in my 2007 Ford F-150 seems to have stopped functioning for the passenger and both rear windows and sometimes my driver window stops working. Since it is happening to three ...
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Misfire the next morning if car runs only for 15 seconds

So I had this gremlin in my wife's BMW 330i for at least 4 years. The car runs great but once in a while you would start it in the morning and the engine would sound rough with some shaking. After few ...
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1answer
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Which car is this?

Can anybody help me to identify the year, make and model of this car?
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How can I increase the life of my diesel engine when my car does lots of small trips?

What things can I do to increase the life of my diesel engine when I make lots of short trips in the car? My daily routine means that the trip to work goes via another destination which gives my ...
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3answers
596 views

2003 F150 5.4L V8 Long Term Fuel Trim High Bank 2

I am currently chasing a lean condition in my Ford F150. My fuel trims were reading high on one bank (bank 2) and I am curious when I find the vacuum leak or whatever is causing the high readings, how ...
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What do the numbers on motor oil specifications mean?

What do the numbers and letters in a motor oil specification mean? For example: 0w-30 5w-40 10w-20 Which values are better? Also, sometimes there are additional letters and numbers ...
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Diesel engine starting / first start of the day problems

I’m new to the forum, and no mechanic, so please be kind! Vehicle in question is a 1999 T35 Renault Master 2.5 D. It has had first start issues since I’ve owned it, with white smoke (un-burnt fuel ...
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2answers
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Tire rotation to fix low tire pressure?

I took my 2010 Civic to the mechanic. He indicated that the tire pressure is low, and suggested rotating my tires as a fix. I thought tire pressure is already pre-specified and should be at a ...
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1answer
1k views

What are some Seafoam Alternatives

I read this procedure for using Sea Foam ( also listed on their website ) to clean the intake manifold, injectors and crankcase. I think this would be useful for my vehicle, however Sea Foam isn't ...
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Why (almost) all dirt bikes have single cylinder engine?

Every dirt bike i know has a single cylinder engine. I myself ride a Yamaha XT660Z which has a huge 660 cc cylinder. What are the characteristics of those engines? what are the benefits of such ...
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3answers
568 views

2000 Honda Accord Shakes under acceleration

I have have Honda Accord 2000 with manual 5 gear transmission. During acceleration it shakes like front end is ready to jump out. Engine doesn't misfire or anything - I have plenty of power on all ...
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1answer
74 views

Why can I not set my Tempomat (cruise-control) to a speed below 30km/h?

Why is it impossible to set a speed below 30 km/h on every Tempomat I've ever seen? Is it for legal reasons or technical difficulties with low speeds? It would be helpful in a stop and go situation.
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1answer
2k views

Noise when the engine is idle

I would like to know why my car is making noise when the engine is idle, but the noise is silence when I pressed the clutch ?
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1answer
38 views

Wheel Vibration - Right front tire

I had my tires checked because the car would vibrate at about 65 miles per hour. The tech found belt shift and flat spotting on right front tire. Does the tire have to be replaced or could I just ...
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3answers
381 views

What AC component would likely be the problem with my consistent power loss while driving?

I have looked through the questions to find an answer to my question and none of the questions seem to similar enough to this. I have recently purchased a 2002 Subaru Impreza Rs and the car is doing ...
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1answer
686 views

Single knock sound when stepping on gas

My mazda 3, AT makes a slight knocking sound when I suddenly press the accelerator pedal, and the engine is at low RPM and the gear is high. e.g. 1500rpm, 4th gear, at 40 km/h ATF Oil was changed ...
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1answer
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Will my tyres fit?

I currently have 225/50R16 run flat tyres on my BMW 3 series 320d E90 (2006) and I am looking to get some new alloys. I'm looking at getting 16 Inch BBS SR alloys. They have a width of 7J and an ...
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1answer
157 views

dodge intrepid 2000 electrical problems

I have a Dodge Intrepid 2000 My car was recently wrecked.The front is bent in. After the wreck everything electrical was still working the only thing wrong with it was the alignment belt. I had ...
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Sand on road cutting grooves in brake rotors [closed]

I know someone who has to drive on a sandy road or dirt road everyday. She drives a van 2015 and has factory rims with 4 cut outs in the rims for air flow i guess. It was factory made that way. She ...
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0answers
46 views

Best way to control engine cooling? [closed]

Should I control engine temp with a thermostat or with a cooling fan temp sensor for on/off of cooling fan? I am installing a Tri cross flow alum radiator with full alum shroud and a special 16 inch ...
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2answers
337 views

Mercedes Benz GL450 Squeaking noise when cold start

I have a Mercedes Benz GL450. When I start the car in the morning it makes a squeaking noise. After driving the car for a few minutes the sound goes away.
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1answer
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2011 Grand Caravan only blows hot air to the rear and passenger

I bought a 2011 Grand Caravan last November, maybe that was my mistake, buying in the winter. It has the dual climate control (one driver, one passenger) and a rear control as well. Fast forward to ...
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1answer
66 views

what could be draining my battery on my Chevrolet Silverado [closed]

I need to know what could be draining my battery in my 1997 Chevrolet Silverado
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1answer
77 views

Windshield chip - what constitutes “edge” of windshield and can I DIY this?

I have a small chip in my windshield I got today driving home from work. It's less than the size of a dime, with a bit of surface damage and some small cracks (which appear to be subsurface? hard to ...
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1answer
313 views

How long after plugging a tire before I test it?

I just plugged a lawn mower tire with one of the rope plugs + rubber cement. How long should I wait before I reinflate and re-test for leaks? Hour, longer?
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Modest braking sounds similar to squealing tires

When I'm braking at a stop sign, I'm hearing a sound that sounds like a high pitched tire squeal; it's like a mix between tire squeal and the constant chirp from a bad belt, and it's coming from the ...
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Is it common for ECU's to maintain individual limit maps for each knock sensor?

Preamble I'm in the process of interpreting my BMW M5's ECU binary with the aid of some nifty scripting and rather informative forum posts. One of the things I've found is that there are knock limit ...
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4answers
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Can an O2 sensor cause faulty spark plugs on driver side only when the spark plugs were just changed?

I took my truck (2006 chevy silverado 5.3l v8) to chevrolet dealership due to the fact that it kept sputtering then dying. The check engine light was on the whole 9 yards. The fuel pump has been ...
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How to remove all the fluid out of my motorcycle fuel tank?

I will be cleaning out my motorcycle tank using electrolysis. First, I have to remove all the gas from the tank, and then do the cleaning and then remove all the water that's left over, but I have a ...
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95 Honda civic reset timing [duplicate]

Recently did a head gasket change and once it was done found out the engine didn't want to start anymore. Diagnosed it a bit, and found out the timing was off about a tooth on the cam gear. I was told ...
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1answer
234 views

New CD Receiver requires the microphone for Bluetooth audio?

I just installed a Pioneer FH-X720BT CD receiver in my vehicle. I did not install the external microphone that came with it as I didn't want a wire hanging around, and I assumed that the microphone on ...
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1answer
82 views

Transmission not shifting from park

I own a Nissan Maxima 2000. Over the past 2 or 3 days I am observing a strange problem with my transmission. Once I start the vehicle, I place my foot on the brake and try to engage drive, the shift ...
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1answer
107 views

Symmetric tyres with tread reversed in each side of the axle

Given 4 symmetric tyres, assume the central tread is set like this, front axle v ^ rear axle v ^ Is this a valid layout ?
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2006 Nissan Altima 2.5S with metallic shh-shh noise while driving

I have a 2006 Nissan Altima 2.5S that has been making a metallic shh-shh noise. I've replaced the front brake pads and rotors, but the noise continues and is now becoming a distinct grinding noise. ...
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1answer
179 views

What is the Carter Gas Filter for?

I'm confused with this, are there any combustion gasses in the carter and why do they need to be filtered? What is the Carter gas filter, where is it located and what is its use? Is there a way to ...
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1answer
83 views

Can I still drive my car when one of the tires has lower pressure?

I just noticed this morning that one of my tire pressure dropped a little bit. The others are 34psi, but the front right tire is only 30psi, I checked them only few days ago, they were the same at ...
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2answers
72 views

How to undo transmission nuts

I have an ~1986 Yamaha Ag 200 and I've been pulling it apart as a bit of a hobby to understand a bit more about how it works and hopefully in the end get it going. I've opened it up so some gears ...
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2answers
1k views

2013 Yamaha XT250 engine clicking/ticking noise

I just bought my xt250 as my first bike after getting my permit about a month ago. It's 2013. At 100 miles I dropped the oil and changed the filter. As a small woman I've also installed lower links to ...
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6answers
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Is unlocking radio without code possible?

I bought Ford Mondeo 2004 but I forgot about the radio code. After unplugging the battery the radio now requires code and is locked. What options do I have now? Is it in essence possible to unlock a ...

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