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Car is heating while Coolant Temp Sensor is normal

I bought a BMW 318i and the car heated twice so far while the coolant temperature sensor is normal. If we exclude the possibility that the sensor is malfunctioning, what problem would cause the ...
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2001 Saab 9-5 turbo wagon - worth fixing?

I have an 01 Saab turbo wagon automatic with approximately 120,000 miles on it. Has some heater issues that make for a miserable ride in the winter. Needs the heatbox replaced according to a mechanic, ...
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2answers
76 views

Oil pressure light on when igntion is off and goes out when key is on and engine is not running

83 Mitsu PU Diesel. Oil light on drawing .25 amps when key is off. Key on the light goes out. All other lights and gauges work as they should. Light is off when the engine is running. It is ...
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2answers
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Doors lock from fob, then unlock themselves

I have a 2002 S-Type Jaguar. When I hit the door lock button on the remote, they lock, then they all open back up in a few seconds. I can't keep them locked. What the heck is casuing this? Can anyone ...
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3answers
3k views

Why would a water pump be run off of the timing belt?

I drive a 1999 Chrysler 300M, V6 3.5L engine. I am about to start a water pump replacement repair. I've discovered that the water pump is driven off of the timing belt, rather than either of the two ...
2
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1answer
504 views

Engine temperature increases when idling though thermo fan is working

I am trying to diagnose an issue with my Mk1 Golf. The engine heats up when the car is idling or in traffic but cools down almost instantly when I start moving again. I would presume this is the ...
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0answers
505 views

N15 Pulsar Crank Angle Sensor replacement

My wife has a 1999 Nissan Pulsar (N15) which lost power and died a few days ago. It was towed by the RAC to a workshop which has diagnosed the Crank Angle Sensor. Cost is approx AU$700 estimated to ...
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1answer
161 views

My van steering wheel shakes

I have a 1983 Toyota Hiace LH50 van. When I speed it up to 60-65 kph the steering wheel begins to shake and when I lower the speed to 50kph nothing. All I have to do to avoid the shaking is maintain ...
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1answer
124 views

How often should I have my bike checked?

How often should I have my bike checked out? My dealer said once a month. If that's the case, how much should I expect to pay?
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1answer
547 views

350Z Grinding in lower gears following clutch/flywheel/slave cylinder replacement

I recently replaced the clutch and flywheel on my 2008 350Z with a JWT aftermarket combo. The dealership also replaced the slave cylinder. Now, from time to time it is very hard to shift into first ...
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1answer
262 views

Does a matte paint job stay cleaner longer?

I was thinking of repainting my Volkswagen matte black in hopes that it would need less maintenance, wash-wise. My mechanic told me that a matte paint job won't show spots from hard water and that ...
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1answer
465 views

Why are V engines less smooth?

I'm learning how to ride a motorcycle on a Suzuki Gladius SFV650, with a V-twin engine. But I also had the chance to ride a Kawasaki ER-5, which has a parallel twin engine (550cc). I've noticed that ...
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Switching to a higher octane

This may be a very noob question to ask. But I recently got this car and was used with 92 octane petrol. However, to my negligence I overlooked the user manual which states to include 95 octane petrol....
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1answer
129 views

1995 Honda Civic dx Overheats and does not want to go over 35 mph when overheating also has a burn smell

I have had my car for over 7 years Rebuilt transmission and fixed many things over the years put to much money into it. I really need help and dont know what to do ... I have a 1995 Honda Civic Dx......
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3answers
635 views

Do machine car washes destroy a paint job?

When I was young, I was told to always use hand car washes (or better, to do it myself) rather than machine car washes. The reason given was that machine car washes destroy the paint. As a ...
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2answers
171 views

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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2answers
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Fuel saving devices, working or not?

It is claimed that a small unit installed in the fuel tank can save fuel 20-30%. The basic principle is reducing loss of volatile compounds via negative charged air. I really doubt the principle. (1)...
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1answer
167 views

Carpet cleaner for new car smell

I was a porter (car cleaner) at Chevrolet back in the 90's. New cars came in with plastic wrap in the interior. They did not arrive with "new car smell". That smell comes from the deep carpet ...
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4answers
4k views

How to maintain power windows to keep them from freezing stuck?

I recently got a car with frameless side windows. Whenever a door handle is touched, the door window is automatically slightly lowered to release it from upper sealing. During winters, temperatures ...
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2answers
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How can I reset the steering wheel airbag warning light

When I bought the car, old owner agreed to fit a standard steering wheel back in place. All was fine. After around 2000 miles of me driving it, the airbag light come on. So far, I've disconnected ...
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1answer
516 views

1999 olds alero wont acelerate over 70mph need help

I have a 1999 Oldsmobile alero 4cylinder. This is what im noticing when I put the car in drive sometimes, and press gas the car doesn't want to go it hesitate even when im pressing gas a n d then I ...
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5answers
179 views

What can I do with used motor oil?

Besides recycling? I've heard, for example, that I can use it to lubricate the drive chain (in a motorcycle / bicycle), but that doesn't appeal to me.
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2answers
419 views

How do Lojacks work? Are there alternatives?

So I was at a dealership recently and of course they advertised the typical Lojack. No doubt I feel these things are useful but it seems the price actually fluctuates (one dealership was selling to me ...
2
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4answers
983 views

Still safe to use a helmet when it's dropped?

I dropped my helmet from the seat of my motorcycle. Is it still safe to use it?
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2answers
158 views

Pump and Hold Brake Bleeding (2 Person)

I just had an issue with my brakes that was incredibly hard to find due to a sneaky leak and additionally a brake (back-passenger-side) needing bled 10-15 times. Is 10-15 times normal? My brake ...
0
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1answer
934 views

When an automatic belt tensioner is rattling, which component is rattling?

I have a rattling automatic belt tensioner on my 2002 Infiniti Q45. I've spoken with 2 mechanics, one of them at the Infiniti dealership, who told me a rattling belt tensioner, while annoying, is not ...
2
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1answer
5k views

Car shaking on startup

My car has been shaking on start-up. The check-engine light has been on/off periodically. When I originally took it in, my mechanic replaced a sensor (and a whole bunch of other stuff not related to ...
4
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3answers
8k views

Bike is sometimes not wanting to shift into neutral

I have a 1982 Suzuki SP250. The bike "doesn't want" to shift into neutral sometimes. I have to rock it back and forth and shift up and down the gears a for a while before it shifts. I have changed the ...
2
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1answer
6k views

Rattling noise from passenger side Air Vent

My wife has a 2008 Jeep Liberty. Recently when the air is on (vent, heat or AC) a rattling noise that I would say sounds similar to...fan bearings is coming from the passenger side dash air vent. ...
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2answers
1k views

Do I have a bad ignition coil? Measurements inside

I'm troubleshooting what I believe is an engine misfire on my LS1 Chevy and want to rule out if I have bad ignition coils. In order to do this I took out the ignition coils and measured the ...
3
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2answers
3k views

Peugeot 206 engine occasionally cutting out when idle

Sorry if this is vague, I don't know very much, but I'll do my best. I want to have as much information possible before taking it to a garage to do anything. I have a 2003 Peugeot 206 1.1l which has ...
3
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2answers
851 views

1990 Toyota Pickup 22re fuel injection EFI relay is getting hot

While driving my truck, the engine stopped dead, like it ran out of gas. I used a by-pass wire to go around the EFI and Circuit open relay, the truck ran fine. I noticed a ground wire leading from the ...
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3answers
11k views

Ford Fusion 2014 Wiring Diagram

I just picked up a new 2014 Ford Fusion and am planning on modifying the factory audio equipment. I've been searching around on some websites (The 12 Volt and various forums) and can't seem to find a ...
2
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1answer
4k views

Minimal set of maintenance recommended for 60,000 mile Honda civic based on prior history

So I have a 2009 Honda Civic and it's getting close to 60k in miles. I know there is a big maintenance that's supposed to be done at that level, and I've been quoted for $400 for it at my local Honda ...
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3answers
455 views

How to increase fuel economy

What is the normal fuel consumption for carburetor type Toyota 3A engine? My 1986 Toyota Carina AT 150 car gives 11 km/l in city and 14 km/l on highways. How can I increase it more? Please advise.... ...
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3answers
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What happens when you run out of fuel?

My question is specific to diesel or gasoline (petrol) engines. Many people told me that it is very bad to run out of diesel since it can damage the engine and it's difficult to re-engage it ...
5
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2answers
340 views

Unknown actuator on golf mk3 tdi 110hp

I own a 1997 golf 3 TDI, motor code AFN. At the back of the engine, there is a vacuum actuator which looks like a N75 but isn't. It isn't connected to anything on the actuator side, but is connected ...
3
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2answers
105 views

Repairing a thin cut in exhaust pipe

I am looking for a way to repair a small hole I created in my exhaust. The hole is about 1 to 1.5 inches long and only about the width of a cutting wheel (you can guess how the hole got there). I ...
10
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6answers
11k views

Why does a diesel sound like that?

My car is in the shop for a repair, and they gave me a loaner. It's a Chevy Cruze Diesel. Sitting on the driveway, my wife said, "It sounds like a truck". It does. So what exactly it is about ...
3
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1answer
171 views

Should a clutch be immersed in oil prior to installation?

I heard somewhere that I should soak new friction plates in oil for at least two hours prior to installation. Is this true? And if so, then why? P.S. I'm talking about a motorcycle's wet clutch.
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3answers
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Honda 2005 CRV - tire noise or bearing noise?

I have a 2005 Honda CRV (RD7), with 190k km on the clock. Over the last 10000km or so, there's been a slight hum coming (I'm pretty sure) from the rear, and sloooowly getting worse. The specifics of ...
6
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3answers
4k views

What is the best way to remove a stripped head bolt that is deep in the engine?

One of the head bolts on my 1997 Mercedes C230 stripped during removal. It is a 12 point star, I think they made be called triple square splines. The others are about 4 inches long stretch bolts. ...
2
votes
1answer
714 views

Front Suspension Rattle (Linked Sound Clip)

I've got a 1994 Nissan pickup. I had new shocks installed about 3 years ago I replaced the ball joints about 2 years ago I replaced the tie rods and front brake calipers about 1 year ago I had the ...
7
votes
3answers
43k views

Brakes go to the floor

Vehicle: 2000 Blazer v6 4.3L Symptoms: Brake goes to the floor before braking. You have to push hard to stop. Easy to "skid" tires. Brake light is on. The day before they worked perfectly fine, and ...
4
votes
3answers
140 views

Is it possible to have a vehicle with no VIN?

I've recently purchased a Kawasaki GPZ500S (AKA EX500 or Ninja 500R) circa 1998. I can't seem to find the VIN which should be embedded into the right hand side of the steering head (it's got the frame ...
4
votes
2answers
607 views

2006 Honda Pilot - Liquid Flowing/Pouring Noise

I have noticed recently that my 2006 Honda Pilot makes noises that sound like liquid flowing or being poured. This occurs when braking while going down an incline when braking suddenly or when ...
4
votes
2answers
20k views

Air conditioner is hot on one side

My 2005 Chevy Silverado with dual zone climate is occasionally blowing hot air on the driver's side and cool on the passenger. It usually works fine for a few minutes before it begins blowing hot air. ...
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1answer
45 views

2003 automaitic 2.4l dodge stratus transmission concern?

Our starter is out on our Dodge. We had intended on having it professionally towed to our mechanic once we got a date set. A family member took their own initiative to pull it by a rope from a Kroger ...
4
votes
3answers
3k views

1997 Honda Civic won't start; stuck in park

Last Sunday I was driving home and noticed my dash had no lights and my power windows would not roll up. As I pulled into the driveway to park I tried to put the car in reverse. As I did so the ...
10
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3answers
14k views

What material should I look for in an oil drain plug gasket?

I've recently purchased my first car (2004 Subaru Legacy), and though I sent it to the shop soon afterward for routine maintenance, I want to learn and do as much as possible myself. 3,000 miles have ...

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