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WHY does an engine stall? (manual transmission)

Before you write off my question as one that's been answered a million times already, I want to clarify. I understand that the engine needs to go a certain rpm and when you try to engage the clutch ...
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Motorcycle Recharge System Checks?

I have a 2007 V-Strom DL1000 motorcycle, whose recharge system is not recharging a new battery. I also have a multi-meter. Could someone share how I can check the recharge system without removing the ...
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1answer
162 views

Transmission Gear Ratio Convention

I own a 2003 Mitsubishi Evolution, and I was looking at the transmission's gear ratio here: http://www.jackstransmissions.com/pages/evo-8-9-transmission-gear-ratios I can't tell if I'm ...
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3answers
414 views

98 Tiburon won't start and doesn't make a noise

I have a 98 hyundai tiburon. recently the battery light went on when I was driving. the next day my girlfriend left the headlights on and the battery died. We tried to jump it with no luck. I got the ...
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2answers
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Oil in 2011 Toyota Corolla

My 2011 Toyota has 15,000 miles on it. I just got its oil changed, and the new place that I took it to told me that I NEED synthetic oil 0W-20 (so they put in "Castrol Edge 0W-20"). But they also told ...
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Should bore my cylinder or just hone them?

I'm in the process of rebuilding the 5.4L engine out of my 1999 Ford F250. I'm going to replace the pistons (and rings) because the black (teflon?) coating on the piston skirts is worn off and there ...
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1answer
710 views

Random Misfiring - Tried All Basic Fixes - Tech Says Engine Ground

Starting about a week or two ago, my 3.4L engine (2004 Chevy Monte Carlo LS) has thrown a p0300 code, random misfire. Here are the things I've done: Changed spark plugs and wires Knocked fuel ...
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65 views

Problem with engine starting up and dying right away [closed]

I bought Honda Civic 2013 LX which had an issue with the original key. I drove with valet key and drove it about 60 miles. After that it's dead. I thought it's an original key issue which I have had ...
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1answer
183 views

Where is the engine oil filler tap on my Peugeot 504?

The engine oil is a bit low on my peugeot 504 (petrol 4 cylinders from 1979). I'm would like to top it up, but can't locate where oil filler tap is. Thanks
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1answer
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2007 Camry went dead while driving. What are some reasons that could cause this?

I've got a 2007 Camry. Bought it brand new from the dealer, have only ever had it (regularly) serviced at the dealer. I was on my way home from a meeting today, and I was driving down a road. The ...
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1answer
543 views

Can hydraulic clutch line be easily replaced with a cable?

I've got a 92 Civic (first year with a hydraulic clutch instead of a simple cable) with a slight clutch fluid leak somewhere, and I'm curious if, when it gets bad enough to need fixing, it might be ...
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0answers
474 views

2003 mazda 6 won't move or go into gear [closed]

I was driving this vehicle on the highway going home. All of a sudden I noticed the oil light coming on, battery light came on too and I could not go past 60mph. So I suddenly pulled over and as soon ...
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1answer
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Engine revs up when braking

Background: 2012 Honda Civic EX, 5-speed automatic, with no mods except a non-stock tire (ran over a large bolt). I keep it maintained per the manufacturer's manual and always see the Honda dealership ...
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3answers
197 views

Can reading from the ODB port interfere with a custom STO map?

I recently had a full freeflow system fitted to my Opel/Vauxhall Astra Turbo Coupe. Along with this, I had a stage 1 STO map done to take full advantage of the new exhaust characteristics. At any ...
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1answer
64 views

Can the crank be removed from a 1999 beetle without engine removal

Spun the rod bearing. I dropped the oil pan and found the affected rod. I disconnected the rod. If I can remove it and have the journal turned or replace it, it would be more work but less money than ...
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votes
1answer
393 views

VIN Number Mismatch

I have a Ford Mustang, 2000. I just got this car, ran the CARFAX on the VIN displayed in the panel, got an identical history to what the car showed, even identical mileage. Got myself insured with ...
2
votes
2answers
283 views

Mercedes 2.7CDI C Class 2004 Hard Starts

My 2004 2.7CDI gives me a hard start when I am starting it the first time in the morning after parking it over night it but works and starts perfectly thereafter till the next morning. The fault does ...
2
votes
2answers
565 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
257 views

Speedometer is Chopy/Sticky

So this is an odd issue. 2005 Kia Spectra 109,000 miles (well maintained car) My speedometer is choppy. The problem comes and goes right now. When I am on the free way going 60 it might say 20 - ...
2
votes
1answer
164 views

Cruise control not working in 6th gear on Peugeot 5008

Does anyone knows what would be wrong with my cruise control in a Peugeot 5008. It works normally in 4th and 5th gear, but it doesn't want to work in 6th gear.
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1answer
309 views

99 Grand Am radiator fans not working

Any suggestions on how to fix the radiator fans on my 99 Grand Am. Both fans don't even kick on after I turn on the ac like they did before. I replace the coolant tank all hose just replace the ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Fails to Start and Electronics Go Awry

My mother-in-law drove over this morning to pick up my wife, and when they tried to leave the car wouldn't start. Not only that; the horn honked, the wipers started, the trunk popped open, and the ...
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votes
2answers
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How to understand different engine oils?

When I went to shop for engine oil, I found many types as such: 5W-30 A5 5W-30 A1 5W-20 SAE 5W-30 10W-30 Also I see other information such as: Fully Synthetic Semi Synthetic Oil Synthetic ...
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votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
468 views

Odd sound after tire rotation?

About two days ago I got my tires rotated on my 2005 Chevy Cobalt while I was getting an oil change. This was the first time that the tires had been rotated in at least 14,000 miles (since I purchased ...
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votes
1answer
17k views

What are the differences between a wet motorcycle clutch and a dry motorcycle clutch?

What are the differences between a wet motorcycle clutch and a dry motorcycle clutch? More specifically, what are the differences in applications performance reliability maintenance/repair
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2answers
713 views

Can you stop fuel delivery to one cylinder of a 2003 Ford F150 with 5.4L Triton Engine?

Can you disconnect a wire so gas will not pump into the cylinder? I have a spark plug blown out and need to get my 2003 F150 5.4 Trition engine home without paying another tow charge.
2
votes
1answer
139 views

Coolant overflows into overflow when accelerating, but completely empties when car cools

My VW Polo's coolant overflows out of the expansion tank. It's like there is too much pressure, causing the coolant to boil out of the tank, yet the temperature is normal. The fan always kicks in, ...
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votes
2answers
70 views

Lancia Kappa SW Turbo Dual Mass Flywheel

Is there any proper source where I could find a list of cars with Dual Mass Flywheels (DMF)? I have an opportunity to buy the said car, but I had some bad experience with DMF, so I would avoid them ...
2
votes
1answer
289 views

Automatic Throttle Body and TPS on a Manual

This is in continuation to my question Fast Idle and High Fuel Consumption. I just bought a Manual 97 Mazda Lantis 323 1.8L DOHC 16 Valve BP ( apparently called a Protege in the US ) which has a fast ...
2
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1answer
2k views

What causes mud in my radiator?

Ive changed my oil about one month ago but just recently my check oil light has started coming on and I started losing my heat. I thought I might just have low antifreeze but when I opened my radiator ...
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votes
3answers
372 views

How to remove a tailgate strut that do not have a c-clip

I have a 2006 Honda Odyssey (Japanese Imported). I am located in New Zealand. Normally you would remove the strut by loosening the c-clip and easily snap the strut off. But my struts do not have ...
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votes
3answers
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Intermittent start on hot days with 1992 Honda Civic

This happened twice last summer, and twice this summer. On very hot days ~90F, only after my car has been sitting in the sun all day (so, right after work), it won't start. The first time I thought ...
3
votes
1answer
281 views

Identifying a crescent-shaped thin sheet of metal that has rusted off the wheel area

I have a 2005 Matrix in a place that is too salt-happy during the winter. The following rusted off and fell out from the inner side of the front wheel -- looks like a mud guard of some sort. Is it ...
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1answer
748 views

Ford Taurus Rear Brake Job: How to relieve spring pressure on emergency brake cable?

Doing brakes shoes on 2003 Ford Taurus SE, having problem disconnecting the brake shoe lever from the brake cable. How do I relieve the spring pressure on the emergency brake cable that's at the ...
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votes
4answers
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What are the pitfalls of buying a used car after an accident?

I have the option to buy a car that has been in an accident. There are alternatives, but within my budget the alternatives are usually older/have higher mileage. The seller is a local mechanic who did ...
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votes
1answer
184 views

Motor Oil in Coolant Reserve [duplicate]

2004 Mercedes E500 - Yes, I am sure of it. In a moment of stupidity, I added about 8oz of motor oil to the coolant reserve. I have heard nothing will happen and I've also heard it can mess up the ...
3
votes
2answers
481 views

Should I check my rear toe after replacing a rear strut, and how?

I see a lot of information about how to check and adjust front toe at home using the string method, but it seems to rely on rear wheels that are properly aligned. I understand that the rear wheels on ...
2
votes
1answer
630 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 ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

8 pin aux audo cable into cd-changer port on radio?

I have a VOD Dayton MS 4150 car radio: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/185772/Vdo-Dayton-Ms-4150-Rs.html?page=4#manual with a 8-pins CD changer port (C3 on the manual). The radio does not have an aux ...
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votes
3answers
4k views

Car stalls when braking (VW Mk1 Golf)

I have bought a Mk1 Cabriolet that has been sitting for over a year. I am trying to get it road worthy. So far so good, but I am having an issue with the engine and braking: The engine stalls when I ...
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votes
3answers
4k views

What is a hot patch, and how is it done?

I recently picked up a piece of metal in my tire, leading to a flat. The mechanic said he could not plug the tire, and that a "hot patch" was required. What is a hot patch, how is it applied, and ...
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votes
2answers
425 views

What are the temperature ranges for different oil grades?

I was reading up on oil grades in wikipedia and was wondering what the operating temperatures are for the various oil grades. I'm wondering since the area I live in is a pretty Mediterranean climate ...
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votes
2answers
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My 2003 Grand Am won’t start

I have a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am that would not start. All the lights, power windows, radio etc. work, but when you turn the key it is silent. It won’t even jump start. I had also put in a new solenoid, ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Adjust sector shaft on newly installed steering gear box?

I replaced the steering gear box on my 2004 E250 with a remanufactured one. I'm still getting play in the steering wheel, about an inch as measured by the circumference of the wheel. I took a look ...
2
votes
1answer
42 views

How to change Ball-Joint with No Motor

I have a 1970 Camaro and put the wrong Ball-Joint in the upper control arm. Does anyone have an idea on how to change it without a motor? I can't drill a hole in the garage floor to anchor the frame. ...
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vote
0answers
43 views

Diesel Engine throwing fuel from last engine pipe when engine starts [closed]

I have 2002 Hyundai Accent with diesel engine. It is throwing diesel from engine when gives speed. It sprays lots of oil from last diesel pipe. And in neutral when I start the engine. Its throws a ...
4
votes
3answers
7k views

When do I need to replace my spare tire?

Recently I went to a chain tire shop/garage. My left rear tire had a bulge just above the hub cap. I looked online and it appears that this could be really bad if I didn't fix it. So, the serviceman ...
7
votes
4answers
4k views

1997 Dodge Grand Caravan not starting, mystery wires?

1997 Dodge GC with 180k miles, has been sitting for maybe 6 months after being driven a little, and now it won't start. cranks fine, all electronics work, but doesn't fire. I checked there is fuel ...
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vote
0answers
204 views

Car will not restart after running a while [closed]

I drive a Maruti Alto 800, 2013 Petrol model. It is a manual car. It starts fine, cold. I drive for, say half an hour and stop for say refueling then it would not start. It would start after waiting ...

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