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Red vs black vs grey RTV - what's in a color?

When buying gasket maker at my local auto-supplies store some time back, I was unsure about whether or not the color of the tube made any difference. The only thing I could see was a different ...
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Alternator voltage range

I'm just trying to figure out the normal operating range of an alternator. The best I've found is: http://www.f150online.com/forums/electrical-systems/469058-alternator-high-voltage-15-3v.html ...
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How Difficult / Expensive is it to Swap An Automatic Transmission?

Let's say you are thinking of getting a car cheap due to it having a spotty automatic transmission. How difficult / expensive would it typically be to get a low mileage second hand transmission from ...
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How Many Partial Oil Transmission Fluid Changes Until Clean

I have to change my transmission oil (2008 Nissan Sentra CVT). It has a 7 liter total capacity, but due to the torque converter, I can only drain 4 liters at a time. Thus, I have to make several ...
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Preventing Car Theft by Removing Fuses

My car was recently stolen in the middle of the night, and I just bought a replacement. I'd like a simple, cheap way of disabling the vehicle, and I was thinking of doing something like just pulling ...
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How can I keep the windshield frame in place?

I have a 97 Accord and part of the windshield frame (or maybe it's called "rubber trim") along the passenger side has come loose, as seen in this photo: I took my car to the dealer, and they said ...
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Sealing a roof leak

I have discovered a leak on the roof of my Honda Accord Tourer, most likely either through what appears to be the seam of the roof and side, or where the roof rails mount to the roof. I need to seal ...
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installing car radio - cords issue

I bought a simple radio, and i am trying to install it. From the new radio the following wires exist: speakers: 2*grey, 2*pruple. 2*blue, 2*green. Yellow - go to battery Black - go to ground red (acc) ...
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Find the version of a motorcycle

I need to know the exact version of my motorcycle, I can't find this information on the frame nor the user manual. It's a Kawasaki ER-5 sold in October 2005 in France. I want to replace the fork oil ...
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Does it matter which side to turn crankshaft?

When doing things like setting TDC or just random testing (of the timing chain/belt, for example), does it matter whether the crankshaft is rotated clockwise or counterclockwise?
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Possible cause of sudden breakage of windsheild?

My father was driving at about 30/40 kmph with ambient temperature of about 30 degree Celsius, AC turned off, when the windshield shattered. I want to know the possible causes. I have nullified all ...
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Most important : CAMBELT , SHOK ABSORBER or BALL JOINT

I have got a Peugeot 307 2003 1.6cc Current milage is 97,000+ I got done MOT last week and it passed . Then I had a overall check from Halfords yesterday and got 3 RED points (and many AMBERs!) . ...
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How to test for radiator leaks?

There is coolant leaking from my 2007 Tacoma's radiator SOMEWHERE because there is leakage dripping from the lower right corner. I saw it when I took the skid plate off to replace the serpentine ...
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How to find and access the actual terminals of car battery

2013 Honda Civic here. I need to disconnect my car battery so that I can clean off some corrosion. Here are the pics: And: Obviously the positive terminal is under the big red cap with the plus ...
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Pontiac g6 runs lean; throwing codes

My 2006 g6 v6 3.5 is showing codes p0171, p0174, p0705 and u0073 171 and 174 show that the engine is running lean. Is this a serious issue? 0705 shows the trans range sensor a circuit 0073 says the ...
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Split flange for converter-resonator coupling?

'04 Cavalier. The converter outlet coupling failed - the bolts broke, and the bolt holes in both flanges are pretty much useless. Given the age of the car, and the cost of replacing all the ...
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Can a Bad Valve Cover Gasket Cause Oil to be Burned?

I read here that a bad valve cover gasket can cause low engine pressure which will cause oil to be burnt. Is this true? Exactly how would that work?
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1987 Yamaha FZ700 headlights not working

I recently bought a 1987 Yamaha fz700, and the owner said the headlights didn't work, and I can't figure out what's wrong. We checked some of the wiring out, and the bulb connectors have no power ...
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Is it possible to check if the fuel filter on a Yamaha XJ600 is getting clogged?

Right after buying an used Yamaha XJ600N, I found that the rust in its fuel tank had clogged the fuel filter causing the motorcycle to lose power and until the engine died. The service station cleaned ...
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How extend a drilled hole

How do I extend/make a hole oval? It is in a rectangular beam (6 cm) and needs to be extended 5mm in one direction. When mounting a tow bar, I discovered that some holes in the tow bar are not ...
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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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Can I use a different size donut spare tire for my 97 Accord?

My 1997 Honda Accord came with a 115/70/14 donut spare tire. I had to use it for the first time recently, and it is now totally dead and needs to be replaced. I looked on Ebay and there are a few ...
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1999 Ford pickup starter whining

1999 Ford F150 2wd 6 cylinder - What would cause the starter to make a whining sound when you start the truck and will not quit whining and gets very hot on the starter? The Bendix will not disengage. ...
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TPMS Rebuild Kit - Do I need it for a normal tire change if I don't have TPMS problems?

I'm shopping around for new tires, and at least one vendor is adding a "TPMS Rebuild Kit" to the cart by default. For a set of 4 tires, this adds $30 to the out-the-door cost. However, the item can be ...
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custom built silicon carbide discs

My toyota corolla CE110 brake performance is not to the expectation, it takes an unusual amount of distance and requires comparatively hard braking to get it to stop. I had checked it by a mechanic ...
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2006 manual transmission. Diesel Jetta.

My Jettas gear shift is not working properly. It's hard to pull out of reverse and it sticks getting into first and second. After first and second shifting is simple. I'm sure it's not the cluTch. My ...
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2006 Honda Civic Won't Start

This is what happens when I try to start my car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU1e2x3pghI I changed the battery about 2 months ago, and I just went for a tune-up last week. I even tried boosting ...
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Ventilation of batteries

i have two 180 Varta Sealed FLA 12v batteries in my stable block which are charged by a 240kw solar panel on the roof to provide lighting to the stables. The batteries are in the feed room and we ...
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Can the catalytic converter from a 2005 VW Beetle be used in a 2004 VW Jetta?

Someone I know just seriously damaged their 2005 VW Beetle and it may not be worth fixing (drove over a divider and at least broke the transmission). The car has approximately 34k miles on it, if I ...
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Car still burning oil after replacing head gasket and rings; what's next?

I have a 1991 BMW e34 525i with 374,000 km which burns oil. I don't have any leaks, and I have little smoke when I go uphill and accelerate. I have replaced the cylinder head gasket set and the ...
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Electronic Flasher replacement for LUCAS FL5 to work with both -VE and +VE cars

This is about replacing a LUCAS FL5 3-prong flasher unit with a plug-and-play replacement circuit that will work with a much lower current than the FL5. The FL5 uses a bi-metallic strip and a heater ...
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How Much Deviation from Ambient Temp is Normal for IAT sensors?

I've noticed that my air intake temp sensor gives the correct ambient temp reading in the morning when the engine is cold, but that it typically is giving me readings between 7 to 17 degrees Celsius ...
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Replacing new tires on front because rear ones are a different size

I understand that normally when replacing front tires new ones go on the back and the old back ones are moved to the front, as the better tread should go on the back for more stability. My front ones ...
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What is a good way to hide your cigarette lighter hub?

Like the title states, what would be the best way do hide/disguise a cigarette lighter hub (image below since i dont know the correct name). I drive a 2001 seat ibiza 6k2. A friend of mine put it in ...
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How to remove white stains from Lumina Dashboard?

Today I noticed that my Lumina 2008 has some white stains on the dashboard. Previously I used to gently wipe it with soft cloth with tap water. But now I started to clean it with drinking water and ...
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What's the name of this part?

I have a Ford Escape 2003 I'm trying to repair, and I'm looking for a specific part, but I don't know how it's named, therefore I can't buy it online. The part is this one: It's kind of between the ...
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Engine braking vs. braking in neutral on slippery & normal conditions [closed]

I've driven manual transmission for over 2 decades, and I've been braking by downshifting with rev matching for about one decade. I recently heard a radio show host advise people to drive carefully ...
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Remove Dent From Steel Motorcycle Tank [duplicate]

I was in a motorcycle accident and when I crashed my knee dented my tank on impact. Needless to say my knee is pretty bad but my tank only has a dent in it. Is there a trick for removing a large ...
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Emissions codes after oil through exhaust

I have a 2003 Subaru Legacy L with the EJ251. I rebuilt the engine because of a thrown rod. There was significant damage to the shortblock, which resulted in a significant amount of oil escaping the ...
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Batery is above 12 volts but car ignition fades

I've got this car that does not start and seems like a battery problem at first, when you turn the key it doesn't turn on and it sounds like the battery is fading, but when i chek the voltage it show ...
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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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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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Wheel Spokes: fewer thick vs many thin

Are there any advantages between fewer Thick Spokes and many Thin Spokes? Structurally - Weight - Brake Heat/Cooling - Maintenance/Cleaning? Application will be 17x8 +48 for a performance ...
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Vaxhall Astra H clutch problem

A couple of months ago I noticed some problems starting with the clutch; the pedal became extremely spongy and the biting point was right down at the bottom, expecially on cold starts first thing in ...
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Peugeot 207 “Cam Cover” Letting in Air

I'm getting codes P2196 (A/F sensor stuck rich) and P2270 (O2 sensor stuck lean) and symptoms of hesitancy whilst idling (original question). Took it into the garage and they've identified that the ...
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Bonnet latch bolts for VW Polo MK4

I bought a cat-C VW Polo MK4 that has obviously had some front end damage. The catch that holds the bonnet down is very loose. I'm talking about the part that's actually attached to the bonnet, not ...
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Vehicle nearing end of life?

Today, my car started overheating (was running perfectly fine for the past month, seemingly) so I checked the coolant and noticed it was practically empty. I brought it to a mechanic, who said that ...
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How do I fix a wrapped seatbelt?

I've got a carseat that has a looped seatbelt and I have fought with it for the last hour. I don't want to send it in, I want to fix it myself. Anyone have any advice?
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The car makes clicking noise when i try to turn on the engine. What could be the problem?

I've a 2007 honda civic. The radio and everything work fine, but when i try to turn on the engine it makes clicking noise. I thought, it could be a battery problem. I also try jump starter to start ...
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Renault Clio II streaky / greasy windscreen

My Renault Clio II has a very streaky/greasy windscreen. It's only apparent in a couple of spots on the glass, but glares in the rain at night. I've tried everything from wipes to sprays and it just ...

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