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Proper pressure for run-flats on Mini Cooper

I have custom rims and Kumho 205/45/RF17 run-flats on my 2007 R56 Mini Cooper S (not convertible), and the tire pressure light came on. I checked, and indeed one of the tires was low (around 29 psi) ...
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What is Honda Coolant?

My 2000 Honda Civic 1.6 Aerodeck is getting a little low on coolant, and so needs a top-up. The question is - what do I put in? The manual rather unhelpfully says "use Honda coolant", but doesn't ...
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1answer
484 views

Can a Hydraulic clutch be adjusted?

The biting point on my Mazda 2's clutch is very, very short and the car is uncomfortable to drive. Car is still under warranty, but the mechanic advised that it could not be adjusted and all Mazda 2 ...
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1answer
157 views

CVT on 6 cylinder cars

The 2013 Honda Accord has both 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder cars, however, only the 4 cylinder cars have a continuously variable transmission (CVT). I was wondering... is there any particular reason for ...
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1answer
442 views

2007 T5 AWD Volvo S40 key won't start the car or unlock the doors

I didn't drive the car for three weeks. When I went to open the car to drive to work my keyless entry fob wouldn't work so I used the actual key to open the door. When I tried to start the car of ...
2
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1answer
2k views

What (if anything) does the Sport button on a Mini Cooper do?

There is a button next to the stick shift labelled Sport. It feels like it just re-maps the throttle so the pedal is more sensitive, but does it really change anything about the performance, ...
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118 views

Resources for learning how to drive stick shift [closed]

I apologize if this isn't the correct place to post this question, but it's the closest of the SE sites I could find. I need to learn to drive a stick shift, but I don't have a car to practice on, ...
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1answer
502 views

safe to drive with coolant system error code

I have an 03 Passat with 1.8t engine I recently purchased. The indicator light went off and reads the error code P2181 which I've read might be the temp sensor, thermostat, or water pump. Is it safe ...
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Subaru Outback 1998 high idle rpms and CEL P0507

My wife's 1998 Subaru Outback threw a check engine light the other day, and when I read the code, P0507, it corresponded to a problem I'd noticed for a while: high idle rpms. The problem is most ...
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1answer
969 views

2000 Lexus ES 300 Showing P1135 and P1155 codes

This auto has 22k miles and both sensors were changed a year ago about 2k miles with OEM parts. Can anyone tell me how to test these? they have 2 black leads a blue and a white lead. I have voltage to ...
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I put too much oil in my car, the level has been corrected now but it's still smoking

I put two quarts of oil in my car, then it just started throwing out smoke almost immediately out of exhaust pipe. Drove it home less than a mile, my husband said i put too much oil. So he drained the ...
3
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1answer
790 views

Low compression and will not ignite after broken camshaft pin and replaced head and gasket

My 95 Geo Metro Lsi 1.0L had a blown head gasket. I replaced the gasket and drove the car for approximately 120 miles before it started spitting and sputtering. Then it died just before I got home. I ...
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2answers
2k views

1991 Honda Civic Death by Poor Timing Belt?

I was driving to work one morning and the car just staled, after waiting hours to be towed by a flatbed truck and sending it to a shop, I received a call that my timing belt broke. Which was not ...
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2answers
178 views

Offroad Kit - Are the brakes replaced?

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger that a previous owner modified by adding an offroad kit to it. I don't have a picture of the suspension system at the moment, but this one is pretty close in terms of wheel ...
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2answers
3k views

2006 Civic: What maintenance is due next?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic LX 4-door sedan. Rather than a fixed maintenance schedule, this car has a "maintenance minder" display on the dash which counts down the remaining "oil life" (based, I ...
2
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2answers
634 views

How to protect the top of a sunlight / UV damaged steering wheel

The very top of my steering wheel is rough, where sun has damaged the plastic and eaten through to the cushion layer below. The common chemicals for automotive "uv protection" all warn against use on ...
2
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1answer
609 views

Camry LE 1994 trunk lock not working

I locked the trunk of my Toyota Camry LE 1994 4 Cyl. Now when I insert the key to unlock it, it doesn't rotate. What can I do now? What will be the cost to fix it? Note: The keyhole is horizontal ...
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3answers
626 views

Tail Light / Turn Signal randomly not working

I have a 2003 Ford Sport Trac and the drivers side tail light went out a few months ago. The bulb was spent and I replaced it. After a couple of weeks it stopped working again, but the bulb is fine. ...
3
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1answer
108 views

AWD truck doesn't shift smoothly. I was advised to not change the transmission fluid

AWD Mercury Mountaineer. 1997 Automatic transmission. 8 cylinder 5.0L 150k miles. fairly good shape. Pretty awesome truck. From 1st to 2nd gear, the transmission shifts with a light clunk. Also, at ...
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2answers
118 views

Wheel will not come off, may be bent around hub

The wheel of my 1997 Grand Caravan will not come off. I have tried banging it with a hammer, kicking it while sitting on the concrete, prying it with a pry bar, and loosening the nuts and driving the ...
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1answer
41 views

fan motor stopped working

I have an 04 Cavalier. My fan motor stopped working so I changed the motor but the fan sill isn't coming on. I was thinking maybe it's the temp sensor - If so where would it be located, or what else ...
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3answers
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Difference between “Hypoid” and “Limslip” oils

Recently I changed the oil in my vehicle's rear differential. The manual recommended the use of a "Hypoid" oil, but the guy at the auto parts store suggested a "Limslip" oil instead. I went along ...
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3answers
1k views

What engine is more durable? 3 or 4 cylinder ? [closed]

I would like to know what engine would last longer and with less problems? A 3 or a 4 cylinder engine? Thanks. Alik.
2
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1answer
126 views

Specs for a Toyota Avalon 97 Alternator?

So I was told during a check-up at a Jiffy Lube oil change that their analysis turned up a failed alternator giving 12.1V. Given that Jiffy Lube doesn't replace parts and thus gains nothing if I do, I ...
2
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2answers
237 views

1997 Plymouth Voyager (U.S.) Ignition Cylinder R&R

Attempting to replace the ignition key cylinder. Attached are the instructions and photo's of the Voyager we're trying to replace the cylinder. I just don't see any access to the "cylinder release ...
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2answers
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What is a re-manufactured CV axle?

Today I replaced the passenger side CV axle of my 1994 Camry LE 4 Cyl. The package of the CV axle was saying 'remanufactured'. Should I assume that it was not new?
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3answers
169 views

What checks or service should be performed before a long trip?

Before going on a long trip, say 10 hours a day, times 2 days at highway speeds, what checks or services should I have performed? This car is a 2007 Lexus ES350, but I'm looking for an answer that ...
3
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5answers
3k views

Should you change all of your transmission fluid?

I took my Lexus RX 300 to the shop, to change the transmission fluid. While talking to the tech, he said he sucked out half the fluid and left the other old half there. Is this proper? Shouldn't they ...
2
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2answers
629 views

Can an improper jump start cause damage to the starter motor?

Can a charger pack applied to the wrong terminals cause damage to a starter motor on a car. This was done resulting in a loud bang, flash and smoke inside the vehicle. What other damage could have ...
3
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1answer
674 views

Rattle in my left tire area everytime I brake slowly from more then 80kmh (50mph)?

I have a Chevy Cobalt 2007, and it has been doing this for a while. If I press the brake a little harder, the rattling stops. It doesnt rattle until I press the brake. Leading me to believe there is a ...
3
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2answers
4k views

2006 Chevy Cobalt front end (strut mount?) noise

I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt and since I bought the thing, the front suspension makes this horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump. I don't know how to describe the noise other than it only ...
2
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1answer
1k views

2006 Cobalt SS - Traction Control Light & Hard Shifting

I drive a 2006 Cobalt SS (not supercharged) with the 2.4L engine. In the last month or so the traction control light has been coming on periodically. Turning the engine off and back on causes the ...
3
votes
1answer
661 views

What's the procedure to associate a new remote with a 2006 Cobalt?

How do I associate a new keyless entry remote on a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt? I've got the original chipped keys.
3
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1answer
1k views

AC not working in 2005 Chevy Cobalt

I have a 2005 Chevy Cobalt; its heater works fine, but AC doesn't seem to work at all. Fan works, but even at cooling set to max it just blows room temperature air. What could be the reason? Thanks!
3
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1answer
467 views

2002 Altima: Battery and Gas Pedal Issues Same Week

Car Info: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L with about 140k miles on it. The symptoms: On Tuesday of this week the car is in a parking lot, we return to the car, it starts and idles but when the accelerator ...
3
votes
1answer
747 views

Wiper motor voltage troubleshooting

I am troubleshooting a rear wiper motor problem in a 2003 Ford Focus wagon (LE). When I measure the voltage to the contacts (with the wiper switch on), i get intermittent (~4 s) voltage at 200 mV. ...
2
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6answers
5k views

How can I remove rust stains from chrome rims?

I've got horrible rust stains on my car's rims, and I'm at a loss as to how to get rid of them. A bit of googling suggests the use of steel wool, but I'm not sure how much I trust that. Any ...
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2answers
2k views

Faulty Fuel Gauge

I recently bought a 2002 Buick LeSabre and was told the float is not working so I have no idea how much gas I actually have. It often dings to say it’s low, but upon filling it I often need less than ...
5
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1answer
1k views

Silicone wiper blades for Honda Civic sedan?

I ordered some PIAA silicone blades for my wife's 2006 Honda Civic. They are nominally the right length, but when I put them on they don't lay flat — they curve up so the end is a few inches off the ...
3
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2answers
231 views

2006 Mustang GT: Left car for 1 week, no power when returning

I went on vacation for a week. The car was working fine before I left. I came back and there is no power. Can't turn on headlights or unlock/lock with remote, and the car gives a clicking sound when ...
3
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0answers
103 views

Gearbox Swap '93 model mitsubishi triton MJ

I bought two cars, one as a road vehicle and another as spares. They're both Mitsubishi Triton MJ. My road vehicle is a '93 model and the spare is a '94 model. My question is whether it's possible to ...
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1answer
32 views

Can I plug dj gear to Pilot 2013?

The touring pilot 2013 can provide 650 watts, and has a 115V outlet. But can it handle a good 2-3 hours of djing or would it kill the battery? All together the dj gear may consume up to 150 watts
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2answers
774 views

Is incessantly revving an engine necessary for tuning?

I have a neighbor who revs his engine loudly over and over again, for anywhere from 15 or 20 minutes up to several hours at a time, several days a week, and has been doing this for over a year. It ...
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2answers
245 views

How can I check if my motorcycle's suspension is working correctly?

How can I check if all of my motorcycle's suspension parts are working correctly, and carrying an even load?
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5answers
473 views

How to drive a car in snow [closed]

I have never driven a car in a region where it snows. I am planning on a vacation to states where it snows and would want to be prepared to drive in snow. What necessary steps/precautions can I take. ...
4
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2answers
1k views

How hot is “HOT” on a transmission fluid (ATF) dip stick?

I want to add some fluid additive (Lucas) to my transmission, but I don't want to overfill it. The dipstick has add, warm, and hot for measuring. So how hot is the hot level? My temperature gauge ...
3
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2answers
3k views

Weak front brake on dirt bike

After changing the air tube in my front tire and reinstalling the wheel on my Suzuki RMZ450, I noticed that the front brake lost a lot of stopping power. What caused this and what do I need to fix to ...
2
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0answers
45 views

How to drive a car in snow [duplicate]

What is the recommended way of driving a car in snow in the USA ? I have lived in Southern USA all my life and have seen very little snow fall(once in a decade). Which doesn't even stick on the road ...
2
votes
2answers
462 views

2003 Toyota Camry 300 rpm with AC on

I have a 2003 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder with the AC on it runs at 300 rpm and stalls. What could be my problem and is there anyways to adjust the idle?
2
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2answers
362 views

Trip computer reported MPG with engine remap or chip

A question related to Car average mpg display correctness I suppose, but say if a piggy back chip (e.g. http://www.dieselandpetroltuning.co.uk/) was added to a diesel car with trip computer, would the ...

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