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Will using a higher speed rated tire do anything for the car?

I heard that going down on the manufacturer's tire speed rating will affect the handling but will going up from an H to a V do anything such as increasing tread life.
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2006 Pontiac Solstice - Wipers turn on by themselves

Here's a new one: Three times in the past week, the wipers have randomly turned themselves on. Each time turning the switch on and back off has fixed the issue. I haven't seen anything else ...
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Car wont turn over after trying to get it out of snow

I have a 1998 Mustang V6. Last winter I attempted to get it out of the snow on an inclined driveway. I revved it apparently too hard and the engine sputtered for a moment and stopped. Since then it ...
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Cleaning Oil Siphon Tube with Brake Cleaner? (Is brake cleaner oil-safe?)

I recently used some siphon tubing to remove some oil from my engine. This worked great until I realized I wasn't sure how I could clean the tube for reuse as I don't want to use a siphon tube that ...
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Sputtering and jerking while driving

I have a 2003 Ford Focus and it started sputtering a month ago. I've put gas treatment in and if I keep a full tank it's fine, but once it gets around half a tank it sputters. Now it sputters the ...
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367 views

What is brake imbalance? How can I fix it?

My 2000 Opel Agila 1.2 has an advisory on it's MOT saying: Front Brake imbalance [sic] high at 23% What does this mean? What's wrong with my brakes? What does the 29% mean? How can I fix it? ...
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I get a blast of hot air during stop start driving. What could cause this?

I am a learner driver with a Hyundai i20. Every now and then when I stop and then go and switch to second gear I get a blast of heat at my legs and feet. The aircon is off and its a diesel. I am ...
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Interpreting AC Delco's manufacturing date for car batteries

I understand that AC Delco encodes the month of manufacturing a car battery using two digits and encodes the year by one digit. The battery I just purchased, for example, is labeled P124R, which, ...
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When to Use a Sleeve 'N' Seal?

A Sleeve N Seal is a thin-walled metal ring ~1" deep with an accompanying tube of "seal". It comes with some timing cover gasket sets. To install it, you heat the ring up in the oven on 500 degrees ...
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Where can I find a reference for Honda part numbers?

Where can I find a manual or detailed catalog or service manual of a specific car in order to know for example all its part codes to buy original replacement parts, from pieces and paint (Not owner's ...
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Should starter pinion be greased?

When replacing a starter (or reinstalling the old one), should the pinion that that powers the flywheel (is that actually the flywheel?) be greased or not?
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Paint black bumper in white

Can I buy a black used bumper and paint it in white by a dealer for my white car? Or do I only have to buy a white bumper or plain (without paint) original for further painting?
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Implications of a Leaking Power Steering Pump

If the power steering pump on my vehicle has a slow leak, what are the implications? Is it a safety hazard? Will it cause the failure, catastrophic or other wise of itself or other parts?
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Are CO2 emissions proportional to MPG figures?

I was looking at the car tax (VED) system in the UK, as I'm considering buying a new car. I was just wondering, are CO2 emissions always proportional to the MPG figure of a car, both in theory - ...
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Old, oily, wet gasoline. What to do with it?

I have a small amount (less than a gallon) of gasoline that's been in a can for two years. It has oil mixed in for 2-stroke engines. The can sprung a leak and rainwater leaked inside. Probably only a ...
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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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megane 2 2005 (55 plate UK) issues starting

On a morning I get in the car and press the clutch and start the car using the button as normal but sometimes I can hear the car trying to turn over but nothing happens, then if I turn it off and try ...
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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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114 views

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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355 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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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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Block Heater Honda Civic

How do I know the block heater in my 2009 Honda Civic is working? Does it make anoise when connected to a power source?
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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