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Why does the reverse gear in manual transmission cars sound different

When I got a manual transmission car (2003 Kia Rio) I noticed that it makes a winding sound in the reverse gear. Here is an example video that I found that demonstrates the sound. ...
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Video: 1970 911T starts for the first time in 15 years - What next?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QQzbEQTWAo&sns=em My brothers and I have been working on this car since last fall. So far we've done the following: Had the zenith carbs rebuilt and bench ...
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Squeaky Brakes: How much of a concern are they?

I recently bought a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a dealership. When we bought it, I noticed that the brakes were not working very well, and the dealer fixed them before we finalized, putting in a ...
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1answer
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1994 Tracker Emergency Brake

I have a problem with the emergency light ((!)) staying on, just started 2 days ago when I went over a speed bump, Brake fluid is full, I topped it up a month ago, the gas task was close to empty so I ...
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Cost of turning off airbag light on '96 Nissan Maxima

A little while ago the airbag light on my 1996 Nissan Maxima started flashing. My regular mechanic told me that the airbag was fine, if needed it would deploy, and that the issue was most likely ...
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How should the lights for a trailer be hooked up?

I have a tent trailer and the lights don't work right. It has a 4 wire connector to my car but one of the wires on the trailer connector was worn out and probably not working. So I got a new 4 prong ...
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Car makes a “winding down” noise when I put in the clutch

I am about to buy a '96 Saturn SC from someone, and he is letting me test drive it for a few days before I decide to buy or not. I took it in to a mechanic today who tested it out, found a few repairs ...
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How to carry a full-sized spare?

I have a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX, but I suspect my question can be generalized to apply to many smaller cars. Not being a fan of donut spare tires, when I replaced my tires about a year ago I kept ...
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Gasoline is dripping out of a rubber tube outputting on the bottom of my motorcycle - is this normal, or is it a problem?

What bike? A BMW 650, 1996 model. What's the problem? I noticed a slow, but steady, drip of gasoline from one of two rubber tubes that output to the bottom of the bike. I think the other rubber ...
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What parts can be recycled when doing regular maintenance?

I recently changed my wiper blades... are these just garbage or would an Autozone or perhaps some mechanics recycle parts like this? What other regularly-replaced parts can be recycled? EDIT: Other ...
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Oil change checklist

I prefer to do my own regular oil changes, and only take my car to the mechanic/dealer for significant servicing milestones (e.g. 30/60/90k). Each time I change the oil, I can't help but feel that ...
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How can increase the fuel-efficiency of my vespa bike?

My factory Vespa bike can travel around 150 KM with its 200 CC engine and 8 lt. of gasoline. What are the suggested modifications to increase the fuel efficiency that one refill will cover? Without ...
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1answer
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Bonnet (hood) release cable broken on Saab 93

I have a Saab 93, 1999 vintage. I went to open the bonnet (hood) and the release cable snapped. What's the easiest way to release the bonnet without the release cable? I need to open it to top up ...
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Do I have an oil leak if I have to add oil?

I don't change the oil all that often (maybe every 8000 miles) and on my 10 year old car the oil light comes on and I need to add a quart or two (and then I start thinking I practically changed the ...
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9answers
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How can you tell the oil needs to be changed?

I know oil should be changed every 3000 or 6000 miles (depending on the car and conditions) but I'm not all that great at keeping track and I've let the car go for 10,000 miles before and it still ...
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2answers
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Should I get a reusable/washable air filter for my Kia Soul?

I've got a 2010 Kia Soul, and I was wondering if I should get a reusable/washable air filter, such as the K&N 33-2960. The reasons I would think to get such an air filter would be: Save on the ...
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1answer
774 views

Coil Pack Location

Where are the coilpacks located in a 1998 Buick LeSabre? Images would be most appreciated. Robert
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2answers
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What type of weld process should I use to weld onto a van's frame?

I'm currently in the planning phases for a project to turn a 1990 Econoline Van into a moving sculpture. Part of the plan involves welding onto the frame of the vehicle (after removing most of the ...
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2answers
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Trailer wiring corrosion

Every couple of years I find that the trailer wiring connector (7 pin) on the back of my truck doesn't work properly, causing the brake or turn signals on the trailer to not function. This is caused ...
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Can radiator cool down a car too much?

Recently they replaced my stock radiator with aftermarket one (at dealership, so I hope they knew what they were doing), and since then I feel that a car is not warming up enough. Even if I warm it ...
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4answers
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Can I use a Dexron III automatic transmission/power steering fluid where a Dexron II is required ?

more generally speaking are 'higher Dexron numbers' also fulfilling the specifications of the lower number fluids ?
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5answers
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Is tire rotation important?

I just bought new tires for my car and included was free tire rotation every 7,500 miles for the life of the tires. I have heard many things about tire rotation, including: it's a worthless ...
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2answers
214 views

Am I getting reamed? Looking for some automotive guidance. [closed]

Alright, so I basically know nothing about cars save for that they have four wheels and an engine. My right brake light went out recently so I brought it into my dealer to get it replaced as well as ...
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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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4answers
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How do I test my car battery?

My car still starts fine but when I turn off the car (just the motor . . the key is still in and "on") I noticed the headlights dim to almost off. It's and older car and the headlights don't turn off ...
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1answer
135 views

Repairing some bodywork holes

A panel has come lose from my vw transporter t5 and on closer inspection its because of of the holes in the bodywork have flaired. Whats the best way to repair this? Should I just go at it with a ...
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2answers
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Can cold weather cause TPMS sensors to malfunction?

I just bought a new 2011 Honda Fit and while driving it home from the dealer, I noticed that a little light on the dashboard was on that said "TPMS". When I got home, I consulted the owner's manual ...
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3answers
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where to find more durable engine mounts for big HP 93 Toyota Supra Turbo

I've come across a 4th generation 1000+rwhp Supra with a big single turbo conversion, stock rear end, stock transmission, and Nitto drag radials. After repeated trips to the dragstrip, we expected ...
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2answers
101 views

How to extend the life of a worn motor?

I know several people (mainly broke college kids) that have aging cars (read: beaters) that, while they have their share of issues, have motors that are on their last legs - losing compression, ...
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4answers
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What to check for when purchasing a used and/or imported motor

I'm planning to perform a motor swap on a Z32 chassis (1990-1996) 300zx twin turbo. Low mileage japanese motors are plentiful and cost a bit less than motors sourced from US cars. The specs and ...
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2answers
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Installing Xenon headlights in 2004 Chrysler Sebring

I was thinking about installing Xenon headlights in my car. I hate other drivers who have them because I go blind, but after riding in my friends car equipped with them, I'm more than ready to take ...
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2answers
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What is the durability of a plastic valve cover?

After a change of the valve cover gasket didn't fix a rather persistent leak (than managed to cover my entire engine in oil) I took my car to a mechanic. They called up saying that they have ...
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2answers
271 views

Considerations when painting brake calipers

Aside from not getting paint on the discs and pads, do you have any advice or tips when preparing and painting brake calipers?
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2answers
422 views

How can I secure this rear hatch panel?

I'm curious if anyone knows how to reattach the rear hatch panel on a 1996 VW GTI which houses the license plate shown in the photo below. This panel additionally contains the lock and release ...
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2answers
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Power steering noise that goes away

My e46 M3 is making the tell-tale whining and groaning of a power steering pump that is either out of PS oil, or gasping it's last breath. The oil level is fine, so I immediately jumped to the ...
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How to assess battery charge level and alternator performance?

What diagnostics can be done to to assess battery charge level? I'm interested both in one-off tests like can be done in car service and also continuous monitoring during normal use. Car panels ...
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1answer
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High oil pressure after oil and filter change

I recently changed the engine oil and filter in my Westerbeke diesel. I gave it the usual (and specified) 4.5 quarts of SAE 30, specifically Chevron DELO. Now when it starts up it reads 80 psi of ...
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5answers
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How to get a motor to Top Dead Center

I'm not sure how specific to my car this is or not, so I will include my car information just in case: It's a 1991 Honda CRX, base trim(the motor is the d15b2). On to the question: How do I go about ...
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4answers
397 views

Are there any performance hits using washable/renewable air filters?

Would the use of re-usable (a la K&N) air filters, bring any performance drops? I've heard stories from both sides of the argument.
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1answer
124 views

What are the resistance values for a 1970s GM fuel level sender?

I'm looking for a chart that will tell me the resistance values for each fuel level. There are a few such charts like that for resistance readings on coolant temperature senders. Does anyone know of ...
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5answers
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Are there any OBD II converters on the market?

I know there are tons of readers and software on the market, but what I really need is something to convert signals of my1970s sensors (fuel level, speed, coolant temp, etc) to OBD compliant signals. ...
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0answers
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How do you locate a battery drain? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Battery drains by itself when vehicle is parked (parasitic draw) Something is leaching current from my battery. Leaving it parked for a few days results in the battery ...
2
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2answers
465 views

Kia Soul aftermarket headlights

What are the options (in Canada) for aftermarket headlights, e.g. HID, etc. for the Kia Soul? I find the Soul's headlights to be lacking, and I would like to get something brighter since I do quite a ...
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1answer
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Fix / Replace ABS module

I have an Audi A6, 2000. My ABS light is on, and the brake light blinks. I was told that the ABS module needed to be replaced at the cost of $850 minimum. Is there a way to get these things fixed ...
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3answers
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What iPhone/iPad app works best with ELM327 Bluetooth OBD-II reader?

I've found a number of apps for the iPhone/iPad that connect to ODB-II readers via WiFi, but unfortunately that means that it disables 3G and all the benefits of having a 3G device built into my dash. ...
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1answer
3k views

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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3answers
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Best Ways to Pass Emissions?

I recently bought a 1989 Mercedes 300E that didn't run. Has a straight-six gas engine. Thanks to the miracle of Seafoam and a lot of luck, I was able to get fuel delivery happening again. I then ...
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1answer
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Emergency Brake light on 2003 Chevy Tracker stays lit

The emergency brake indicator stays lit even though the brake is not engaged. Problem has progressed...early on, it would come on going around corners (?). Presumably, some sensor needs replacing... ...
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1answer
456 views

2000 Fleetwood Southwind - Where do I refill the leveling jacks with hydraulic fluid?

Pretty much all in the subject...the level jack lights stay on even when fully retracted, which I think is a sign of low fluid levels. I've got the hydraulic fluid, but I can't figure out where in the ...
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How should I remove a paint scuff on my vehicle?

The painted edge of a side mirror on another car recently scraped the side of my vehicle, leaving a scuff of paint about half a meter long. There is no indentation or scratch, but the other vehicle ...

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