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What does a healthy spark plug look like?

The spark plug pictured here: Has some black carbon on the underside of the ground electrode and has black carbon on the "base" area below the centre electrode (not pictured). Is this normal and ...
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Alternator vs Battery

I hadn't used my car in a week. Normally it always starts. Then one day after one week it didn't start. I got a jump from my neighbor and i was able to drive around for more than 20 minutes. I stopped ...
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Vehicle will not stay running after alternator change

Replaced the Alternator it drained my battery, It started having a parasitic draw. I replaced battery because it was over the warranty. The first day with new battery was fine. Then I left it parked ...
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Finding alternate jack points in a Honda Insight

I'm trying to locate an alternate jack and lift point for my Honda Insight. I'm trying to lift the entire front end of the vehicle so I can put the stands under the pinch welds near the wheels. I can'...
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Wiring Relay & Horn on Golf Cart

I've had this wired up in the past but I forget how it was done and some things came apart. We have a simple 12v horn and relay. The relay is a KUMP 7D58-12. Here (http://imgur.com/a/dtBFo) are some ...
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2007 Nissan Frontier Transmission, Differential & Transfer Case service intervals for light driving?

According to the owner's manual service/maintenance guide, automatic transmission fluid, differential oil & transfer case oil should be inspected for leaks at the following intervals: ...
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Motorcycle chain degreasing

What are the pros and cons of the various chain degreasing techniques. I want to maintain my chain and sprockets to the best possible standard and have heard many schools of thought on chain cleaning ...
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Replaced water pump two days ago…today antifreeze filling up parking space

I have a 1998 Jeep Wrangler. A few days ago, I noticed the engine temp getting higher than usual. I'd checked fluids about a week prior. When I got home and checked fluids, the coolant reservoir was ...
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Use pulley from old water pump?

The water pump on my car went out so I need a new one. The pulley itself looks fine, not bent, but the entire pulley is tilted in such a way that I'm guessing the pump shaft broke. The local part ...
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287 views

A better way to support the camera

I just bought a dashboard camera. However I find that the suction cup is weak, I just worry that it can not attach on the windshield for a while. Also I heard that there are a few states don't allow ...
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1answer
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Caliper guide pin position on 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Sdyder GT Conv

I recently replaced the rotors and pads on my Mitsubishi Spyder GT conv. My question is about the position of the caliper guide pins. 2 of the pins have a recess on the end for new seal rings and two ...
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178 views

truck not shifting o/d blinking

Trans codes are p1747 p0755 p0743. My o/d light is blinking and truck has loss of power. It will rev in drive, but in gear no power. It's a 2001 Ford F-150 4.6. I changed A and B solenoid, spark plugs,...
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How does a 'very small stone' hit on the windscreen creates long cracks coming out of it?

Recently I got my windshield hit by an extremely small sized stone. Gradually that small hit created a long crack on my windshield, it's been a month and I guess the crack has stopped with the ...
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Motorcycle dies while riding in cold

I have a 2008 Suzuki Intruder (VL250) that is really struggling to run in the cold weather. It stalls and dies, loses power while riding, and dies while waiting at the lights. When I warm it up, even ...
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1answer
442 views

trans codes trans not shifting o/d is blinking

I have a trans problem my truck lost power o/d light is blinking and trans does not shift at all it has codes that are p1747 p0755 p0743
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What's wrong with my pressure washer?

Sorry if this is off topic. I couldn't find another StackExchange forum it would fit any better with. I have a gas powered Troy Bilt (model 01902) pressure washer with a 6.5 HP Briggs & Stratton ...
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2answers
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Clutch doesn't lift up immediately when I lift up my leg

I have a 10+ years old manual car, still under a pretty good condition I would say. Recently, I feel its clutch, doesn't perform quite well as expected. Usually, when I lift up my leg to release ...
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1answer
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Ford 460 Does Not Start Only Backfires When Cranking Over

I have a Pioneer Jet Boat with a Berkeley Pump attached to a Ford 460 big block. The 460 has a Holley carbureter, and Basset water-injected headers. The engine was running fine until one day when ...
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2answers
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2014 Honda CRV Air Recycling Light

My recycling air light comes on intermittently. My salesman says that's normal, the car knows when it needs to shut off air from the outside. Mighty smart car, but then it's a Honda. Is he blowing ...
2
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1answer
336 views

engine vibration under load

My 2009 Camry is doing the same thing, I put new motor mounts on, loosened them and re-tightened them and also cleaned the throttle body. Still have vibration coming from the engine. I have been told ...
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0answers
159 views

2000 Corolla, CV axles disconnect and reconnect when stopping/turning

Car is 2000 Corolla with 58k miles. My front left CV axle was leaking last year so I decided to replace both front CV axles with some generic brand. This was about 5000 miles ago and it worked great ...
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Why is car A/C typically less reliable than fridges/freezers?

I just had the A/C in my car die on me again; air coming through the vents with the A/C is just as warm with it turned on as off. However, my fridge/freezer is something I've had for over 5 years and ...
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1answer
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Why would turning on the A/C affect my alternator output voltage?

So yet another chapter unfolds in the A/C gremlin saga of my LS1 Chevy. Backdrop A/C compressor is relatively new (2 years old) One of the belts is squeaking (not sure which one) Recently performed ...
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2answers
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2009 Chevy Malibu 2.4 off and on temp Gauge on C, No AC and fan comes on right away

My Chevy Malibu (2009 2.4) is acting a tad whacky! It either acts totally normal, or all below occurs at the same time. . . 1) coolant fan(s) come on when I start car 2) temp gauge stays on C (dead) ...
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1answer
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What is the small plastic dimple found on some front doors?

I've frequently seen this strange little plastic gizmo (circled in the image) and wondered what its purpose is. I'm tired of wondering -- do any of you know? What is it even called? (Don't ask how ...
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Are 320d/520d N47 engines made after March 2011 still susceptible to timing chain failure?

I've read all about the dreaded timing chain failure on 320d/520d BMWs with N47 engines manufactured between 2007 and 2011. I wanted to know if models after March 2011 (when they supposedly changed ...
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2answers
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A/C causes the the car to die

I have a 1999 ford ecsort Zx2 it has the 2.0L DOHC engine in it or known as the Ztec engine. When I am driving with the A/C on it sputers and dies but restarts. What would cause this? it runs just ...
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How to inexpensively replace missing baffles on a classic bike

Dilemma I have a 1980 Suzuki GS550L. Not only did one of the previous owners completely remove the baffles from the exhaust pipes, but they welded fender washers on the end of the pipes, so the OEM ...
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1answer
148 views

Vauxhall Astra diesel replacement clutch

Could someone let me know if a clutch and flywheel is changed on a Vauxhall Astra diesel do they change the gearbox oil as part of the job. Many thank
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Compatible wiper linkage or transmission mechanism for Mazda 323 Familia, 1995 model (sedan)?

I can't find the wiper transmission/linkage mechanism for Mazda 323 familia, 1995 model (sedan). As a result I am looking for one that is compatible. So the question is, what wiper transmission/...
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1answer
453 views

Scooter clutch plate gets damaged/burn't for a short time

I have an Indian Scooter (Bajaj Chetak) which was bought 15 years ago. For the last few days, the scooter has been witnessing lot of problems. 1. The clutch plate gets damaged and burn't - It ...
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2answers
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P0442: Faulty EVAP System

After seeing my CEL come on in my '05 Mazda 3 (just passed 100K mi.), I used my code reader to find out that the code was P0442. So I naturally came to this website to see what I could find on the ...
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4answers
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Slow leak that multiple mechanics could not find

About a week ago, I had new tires put on my car. The next day, I took a long trip from Birmingham, Alabama to New Orleans, Louisiana. I made it to the Mississippi state line around the time my TPMS ...
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2answers
281 views

Squeak on agressive clutching - Renault Megane

I am looking at buying a Renault Megane 2005 1.4 petrol. The car looks in very good condition but it has a subtle squeak if I release the clutch pedal too suddenly ... this is either on gearing up or ...
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0answers
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diesel pressure issue Fiat Punto 1.3 JTD

I have a Fiat Punto 188 1.3 JTD Multijet and an issue, that brings me a headache since 2 years. The car is from 2005 and already has 180 000 miles down. Almost every time, the I fast accelerate from ...
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2answers
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Motorcycle heats up within minutes of driving in the traffic

Ice cold engine of my KTM Duke 200 heats up and shoots the highest temperature and the gauge reaches the extreme within like 15-30 minutes of driving it in traffic. And the engine stops and doesn't ...
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2answers
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Car sputtering and stalling when idle and going into first gear

My 2005 Honda accord is starting to sputter and stall. It started all of a sudden one day and figured it might be my oil so I had it changed since it was time anyway. That seemed to work fine there ...
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3answers
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air conditioning working intermittently 2004 Ford Freestar

Hoping we can find a solution to our AC problem. Normally our AC is just blowing out warm air when AC is on. Warm air comes out in front and back of van. The air does not normally work but once in ...
4
votes
2answers
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Clutch catch point getting lower over time

The car is a 1991 Mazda Miata with 180,000 Km. These cars have hydraulic clutches. After engaging and disengaging the clutch repeatedly, the catch point becomes progressively lower until the car ...
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1answer
144 views

1997 Honda leaked all power steering fliud at once

It's not coming from the pump but from under the car near the middle, between driver and passenger seat ? What could this pen Problem be ?
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3answers
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What does a water like drop coming out of the exhaust of the car signify?

Sometimes while driving in the traffic, I come across a car or two which would be dripping water-like drop from it's exhaust steadily in a break of 4-5 seconds. I tried to ask a couple of people at ...
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vote
1answer
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Spark plug wire resistance

Question(s): What should the Resistance be for spark plug wires on a 2000 Blazer? If they're supposed to be 2,000-3,000 Ohms, at what ohms should you look to replace them? Is the resistance of all/...
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Car drives great but, after you shut off it won't crank for a few hours

92 Plymouth Colt. New plugs; new fuel filter. Car runs great when you crank it and drive for a while, but won't start back until a few hours later. Car turns over fine, just won't start.
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2answers
530 views

98 Audi has oil in coolant but oil is clean

My 98 Audi has oil in the coolant but the oil is clean and it does not overheat. I replaced the front cam seals and the oil pump drive bearing and water pump, but found no way for the contamination. ...
4
votes
2answers
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How to install a California oxygen sensor into a federal catalytic converter assembly?

I have a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4L Engine with California emissions. Installed is a new federal catalytic converter assembly. The problem is that I do not know what kind of oxygen sensor to ...
6
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5answers
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Fixing a water-damaged remote key

I have a Toyota Camry 2011 and two remote keys. One of the keys was soaked with water two years ago. Of course, it is not working. I went to a dealer and they failed to recover it. Is there something ...
5
votes
1answer
76 views

What is the general rule, if one exists, for determining the difference between crank horsepower and wheel horsepower?

If a vehicle has a known crank or wheel horsepower rating, is there a method that can reasonably estimate what the other horsepower value should be? If so, what is that method? For example, if a ...
4
votes
3answers
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Coolant spills out of the overflow tank at high pressure

My '98 Subaru Forester spills all its coolant with very high pressure and overheats. I changed the radiator cap and did a flush, but still have the same problem. I added stop leak, but that did ...
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1answer
405 views

How to extract motor from BMW 318 TDS E36 Fuel prepump to clean it

It seems that a clogged motor can make it seem as the prepump (on the pic below) is dead. I noticed that a very small cleanup (external) revived it for a few minutes. Now I would like to take the ...
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1answer
522 views

High RPM and engine heating on 2001 Subaru Legacy

I have a 2001 Subaru Legacy L station wagon with 143k miles. I do not know when the timing belt was done, or when the spark plugs were replaces last. I only know that the brakes, tires, and one of the ...

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