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Intermittently loss power steering on low RPM

My 2000 Model 323f Mazda AT, 1.6L suddenly has problem on power steering. Yesterday morning, I started the engine and after half a minute started driving slowly. While backing and doing the curves, ...
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Determine Tire Age

I want to determine how old the tires on my car are. I understand there is an age code on each tire. But what if the age code is on the inner side? Is there some code I can use on both sides of the ...
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Audio noise when laptop connected to power inverter and the car's 3.5mm audio jack

On a recent road trip we wanted to have a laptop to play movies while on the road. We brought an Apple MacBook Air, a power inverter (to plug in the laptop's charger into the cigarette lighter), and a ...
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Does electrode size/shape matter?

I have an 84 Ranger and I recently bought some new spark plugs for the motor. I noticed that the old electrodes were huge compared to the brand new ones I just bought. Does the size of the electrode ...
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Ignition Switch vs. Ignition Lock Cylinder

I have a 2010 Ford Escape with 95,000 miles. I have a problem with the car that when I put the key in and turn, the car doesn't crank. The lights come on when the key is turned, but there's no sound ...
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STEAM coming from under the hood?

This is my car ->(1990 Honda Accord EX Sedan 4 door 5 speed manual) Ok this is the first time I have ever seen a leak from my car. I bought it in Primo condition & I only use it for errands ...
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478 views

What's the difference between a Compounding, Finishing, Buffing, and Polishing pad?

3M and other companies make numerous different types of foam pads (links are to 3M products), Compounding Finishing Buffing Polishing What's the difference between these types of pads? How do I ...
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How to Determine If front Brakes Do All the Work?

EDIT: I misunderstood what a brake imbalance is and confused it with brake bias. This question describes what a brake imbalance is and this question describes some causes and fixes for it. The ...
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Engine jerking and revving, multiple failed ignition coils

This problem started a month ago. My Aveo started revving and jerking when it was sitting at a light on my way home (2 blocks from my house) and the engine light came on. I drove it home. The next ...
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Trim repair on a 2003 Ford Focus

The door trim on the drivers side door of my 2003 Ford Focus has come loose at the front: I'm guessing that a proper repair would require the interior door panel to be removed, and this seems like ...
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Mileage varies by driving at different speeds

I drive my car a lot. I do lot of experiments with speeds while driving. Following are my observations: Driving at 60 - 70 km/h gives maximum mileage Driving at 70 - 90 km/h gives good mileage ...
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What does valve lapping compound actually do?

As I understand, valve lapping is done to ensure a seal between the valve and its seal ring at the end of the shaft. I am just curious how valve lapping compound facilitates that? Does it make a ...
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Should the spare tyre be periodically replaced?

What are the dangers associated with using a spare tyre that is several years past expiry? I have seen people do this and live to tell the tale (a spare wheel manufactured in 2003 used to hobble an ...
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Installing an RPM meter

I need to install one in my car, as it doesn't have one, what modifications do I have to do? Edit: My car is: Suzuki swift 1996 But I would like the answer to be generic, as to what to look for if ...
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cause of Rough / fluctuating RPMs in low RPMs

It's not dying (hasn't yet) but when the car is idling or in low RPMs the car (Mazda Protege 5 2002) is fluctuating in RPMs. Also, the last start was rough. I've had issues with air intake before ...
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Car and bike. How to keep it in good condition when unused for two months?

I've seen this post, this one and this one. But what about a bike like a Hero Honda Splendor+? Apart from keeping the fuel petcock off, what else should be done to ensure that the bike runs fine after ...
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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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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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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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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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Manual engine has no power in third fourth and fifth gear when driving up an incline.

When my engine is in neutral it reaches red line with no problem. It also has power in first and second gear. The problem happens when i am driving up a long incline, I will be in third or fourth ...
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What is the cause of a soft brake pedal after bleeding?

I installed new rear calipers on both sides, new pads on all four wheels, and bled brakes with engine off, then with engine on, two times each. The pedal is hard when the engine is off and extremely ...
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Negative-grounded vehicles: some switches on positive, some on negative, why?

As far as I can tell, on my van which is negative-grounded, all fuses are somewhere between the positive terminal and the load being protected by the fuse. However, some switches are on the positive, ...
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What kind of technology is used to create this “The Self Balancing Electric Motorcycle”?

In this video , the commentator said that the vehicle uses some kind of technology to keep the Motorcycle self-balanced. That means it won't fall over even with an outside impact force. Since my ...
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How many book hours would it take to replace a short block?

I have a 1998 Chevy Express cargo van that needs to have its short block replaced, but I can't do the labor. How many book (flat rate) hours would this take?
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98 Honda Accord 2.3L

I have a 98 Honda Accord. I replace the radiator and cooling fan, now they come on as soon the ignition is turned on and 30 seconds later the heat gauge goes to high.I am wondering if I have a ...
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Storing a car on wood blocks in storage unit

I'm going to Air Force Field Training this summer, which means that I will have to leave my car unattended (in Prescott, AZ) for a month. This is a problem for a few reasons: I have Goodyear MT/R ...
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Bad Radiator Messed up Head Gasket

I have a 2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 V6 and today my radiator was leaking from the bottom. I drove it to the mechanic and at about 4.5 miles from the mechanic the car temperature gauge was all the way to ...
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292 views

What parts are usually changed when the timing belt is replaced?

When changing a timing belt, what other parts are: Always changed with it ( as in they always have to be replaced ) ? Often, but not always changed with it ( depending on how worn they are )? For ...
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Using different rim that what I have?

I am looking into getting a full sized spare rim/wheel for my 2012 VW Passat SEL. Currently it has 215/55R17 tires on it, with alloy rims and 5 lugs on it to secure it. The local shops offered me ...
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2004 Subaru XT under powered and smoking after oil change

Over the weekend I traveled home and back: about 140mi each way. About half way there the engine light came on, and, realizing it had been about 4500 miles since my last oil change, I added oil to the ...
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car not starting after few km

In the morning my car starts in a single quick shot. After traveling for few KMs if I switch off car and try to start it, it does not come up. I can hear a small tick sound every time. Some times I ...
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How many ml between L and F (Oil)

When I changed my oil last I was just above the Full mark, 5000km later I'm at the Low mark. I won't have time to change the oil until next week so I topped it up. My question is how do you know ...
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Honda FIT 2011 Smart Key

I am new to this forum and this is my first post. I came searching for Honda fit answers and now i am here in the forum seeking for FIT owners help or suggestions. I bought a Honda FIT 2011 as a ...
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first “non-replaceable” parts to break

I'm currently modifying my '08 Subaru WRX with everything from suspension(Sways/Strut/Springs...) to Engine(Turbo/TMIC/Injectors...) and much much more...However I would like to get ahead of the game ...
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How to change a thermostat on a 2007 Pontiac G6

Is it difficult? How do I know the exact location? Just purchased a replacement but I want to make sure I'm opening up the right compartment. 3.5L V-6 This is a picture of what I believe it is. ...
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2010 VW Stuck in Park

I have a 2010 VW Jetta Stuck in Park. When I turn it on, press the brake, and press the shifter button it doesn't move. How do I get it out of park? The brake light and dash indicator do toggle ...
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P0420 in a Prius

EDIT #2: I rescanned, looking at the correct data, and found the rear O2 sensor was definitely bouncing up and down with the forward sensor's lambda reading. Since I have looked for leaks and ...
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Golf MK3 battery drains, rapid clicking on start, glow plug light flashes

Does anybody know what would cause the following symptoms? I have a 1996 Golf MK3 diesel (not TDI). I drove the car with no problem three days ago. Today I went to start it, and the battery is ...
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Changed O2 Sensor and my mileage went down

I changed the O2 sensor on my 97 Mazda 323 BA 1.8L BP DOCH Lantis and my mileage actually went down. The car had the original sensor in it, with about 200,000 kilometers on it and I replaced it with ...
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What is meant by Engine Life Factor(ELF). Should I consider it while buying a vehicle? If so why is it not widely quoted?

The term Engine life factor going by the name suggests that higher the value more is the life of the engine. If so why doesn't companies specify this as a part of their standard specifications?
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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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Automatic Transmission - Shifting from Neutral to Drive while in motion

Recently, I've developed the habit of using the neutral gear in my automatic Honda Fit when going down slight inclines where I would otherwise have to use the accelerator to maintain speed. I ...
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Weedeater doesn't run very well w/ muffler on

I know nothing about this kind of stuff. But, when I started my weedeater, and put it on no choke (or even half choke), and gave it full throttle, it slowly died unless I let up on the throttle. I ...
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Correct procedure and cost repair BMW timing chain (BMW 318ti)

I was looking to buy a used BMW and realised that the one I liked has timing chain. I am more used to timing belts and know that they cost about £200 ($320) to replace. However, I don't have any ...
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Remove rust from brake rotors

I have noticed some rust formation on the rear rotor. I am able to scrape the rust off with a hard toothbrush. I noticed other rotors, but they appear to be fine. What is the best way to get rid of ...
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my cars water overflow tank starts boiling after I drive a short distance.

My car overheated and I was only able to put tap water in the overflow I noticed once I parked my car the overflow water inside started boiling. Is that because I needed to add 50/50 coolant. Do u ...
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Can I use an intercooler as a charge cooler radiator

I'm looking at creating an advanced charger cooler setup for my car, can I use an intercooler as a charge cooler radiator? Or do radiators need some special coating on the inside of them? It's a ...
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Turning Key Results In No Sound, Rarely

I have a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. For almost 2 years now, when I try to start the car it results in no sounds from the motor - this happens about 5% of the time. The other 95% it starts on the first ...
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Is leaving either a metric or an imperial wrench set in a GM vehicle sufficient for all (most) emergency repairs?

The title says it all. The flip side of the question is whether a metric wrench set is sufficient for cars from European/Japanese/Korean makers (but, of course, I can't ask that question here lest I ...

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