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What is the process of adding/replacing gauges to motorcycle?

I ride 2009 Kawasaki 900 Vulcan Custom Edition. I love my motorcycle but I want to modify the big cluster gauge that I have. I want to have new gauges on handle bar. I want Speedometer, ...
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Citroen C4 Coupe Radio (RD4-N1) - Unlocking Aux-Input

I've recently bought this kind of device for my "Citroen C4 Coupe" with the RD4 - N1 radio (Label: Blaupunkt): Bluetooth-Transmitter Then I realised, that the radio doesn't come with a standard ...
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Is the fuel in my engine under pressure?

I have a 2008 Seat Leon FR TDi and need to change one of the fuel pipe (which has become torn slightly). The hose is ~ £50 + VAT so I am keen to do it correctly. Can anyone advise if the fuel in my ...
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638 views

Can I use ethanol instead of petrol in my car?

I have a 2001 Ford Focus (EU/UK spec) and I'm planning a road trip to Europe. My research shows that they serve up something called E85 at their petrol pumps in addition to petrol and diesel. I've ...
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Jeep TJ death wobble troubleshooting

After 4 wheeling the other day I realized I had the dreaded death wobble. I think it's worth mentioning that I am a college student, and I don't really have ideal conditions to work on my jeep, but I ...
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Most acceptable way to get parts off another car?

I was in an accident about a month ago and I'm trying to figure out a good way to repair the damage (I'm a college student and the car has no collision on it, so having it fixed is gonna be tight on ...
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1answer
147 views

Power steering seems to cutout whilst stationary.

Ford focus 2009 (UK) Power steering seems to cutout whilst stationary and kick back in when moving. Is this normal. Power fluid is black/dirty. Garage changed fluid but only 'sucked out reservoir and ...
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Truck won't start with key, but will remote start

1996 chevy suburban 1500 4/4 5.7 liter vortec ... My truck won't start when I turn the key. I get nothing like its not getting juice. But when I use a test light it has juice on the starter. So when I ...
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How much battery does an obd bluetooth reader suck?

I'm planning on using an obd bluetooth reader on my car and leaving it plugged in to use apps like dash and torque. It's a daily driver so I'm not that scared of depleting the car's battery, but I ...
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How to access the Idle Air Control Valve, Renault Clio mk2

I have an idling issue with my Renault Clio mk2 1.2L 2002 - the engine stalls as I slow down at lights and roundabouts etc... I have been searching the web for solutions to this problem, Most answers ...
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what is the difference between a 40mm and 60 mm springs

I have a '97 civic sedan. I want to lower the front of my car and lift the rear, or keep it standard. now the body of the car is suspended a little higher than 100mm over the tyre of the car, but it ...
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143 views

Battery dies frequently

I've had my 97 civic for a year now and the battery died about 3 months after I bought the car. Each time it died, I'd kick start it, drive for a few days, then it would die again. So I went to the ...
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309 views

How to fix weak headlight

Since I bought my civic 1997, a year ago, the driver side headlight has been shining weak. I changed the bulb once, it still shows weak. I took it to the electrician, he turned a nut tight and it ...
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How to adjust handbrake on civic 1997

I've had my '97 civic for a little over a year now. Sometimes I park the car on an uphill road, pulling the handbrake right up, but when I get out, or get back in, the car still moves a bit, and i ...
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1answer
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When I set the air flow to Defrost, it turns on the A/C?

On a 2001 Honda Civic. Having the temp dial to HOT. When I turn the air flow dial from FRONT to Defrost (windshield), it turns on the A/C button and the A/C motor kicks in also. It just started doing ...
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0answers
203 views

Enable using navigation system while moving on 2013 Toyota Sienna

I am looking for a code or some way of unlocking the Toyota navigation so that my passenger can type in destination info into it while the vehicle is moving. Can't enter anything into the navigation ...
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1answer
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Can I install a bluetooth dongle on my car's audio system?

I have installed an Alpine CDE-171RM dashboard on my car. Since it features an usb port, I was wondering if I could just plug a bluetooth usb dongle, or something similar, to have bluetooth audio ...
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0answers
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Connection point on a 2007 Impala for vehicle inspection

I recently had my 2007 Impala at a dealer for a routine lube, oil change, tire rotation, and a NYS Vehicle Inspection. Shortly after that I found puddles of water on the front passengers floor. I ...
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Knocking noise when turning at full lock/opposite lock?

I have noticed that I have a knocking noise when I turn full lock or full opposite lock. The noise is a single knock as I reach lock and then another knock as I start turning back. I will ...
3
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1answer
114 views

BMW M41 cold start problems

I have sometimes this problem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvpjEdGH8-A The engine coughs for a long time before starting ... I don't understand why, because, sometimes, with the same cold ...
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1answer
140 views

How different is the injection phase in a BMW M41 Engine in flat terrain vs climbing terrain?

Let's say I am driving in a BMW 318 TDS (gasoil) : on flat terrain, at 70km/h, with only one passenger, at 2000rpm on a climbing terrain, at 70km/h, with 4 passengers and a loaded car at 2000rpm ...
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2answers
44 views

Gasoil and fuel are known do contain a lot of undesirable wastes. Worth filtering them before use?

Is it worth to filter the fuel / gasoil we buy from the fuel station before putting it in our car ? Filterings may include - removing small particles - removing the water that might be in the fuel - ...
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2answers
218 views

Rover 25 Head Gasket replacement - is it a long-term fix?

My Rover 25 (2004, <50k) began overheating and the nearest-to-me-at-the-time garage (not my usual one) which I pulled in to diagnosed head gasket failure. They gave a £700 estimate for a new head ...
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1answer
323 views

How to unlock all doors with the key on a 2006 Mazda

If I turn the driver-side door key clockwise, release it, and turn it clockwise again, all the doors on the vehicle lock. However, if I turn it counter-clockwise, release it, and turn it ...
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1answer
5k views

Proper crank time for auto start to avoid damage/dead-battery

My '99 Grand Prix has an aftermarket remote-start. When the weather gets around 5°F like it is now, the engine does not start after 0.8 seconds of cranking. The system detects the car is not running ...
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1answer
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Ford Escape won't shift into gear, O/D light flashing

I've got a 2002 Ford Escape (automatic transmission) that will start fine and reverse without any problems, but when I put it in drive and try to pull forward, it remains in idle. I can hit the gas ...
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2answers
2k views

Second burst ancillary hose on Z20LET engine

This morning was the second time the same ancillary coolant hose burst in my car. It's a 2005 model Opel/Vauxhall Astra turbo coupe (engine is Z20LET). Prior to this, I have had many problems with ...
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3answers
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Extremely high then fluctuating idle at very cold temperatures

Twice in the past month my 92 Civic has exhibited really bad idle behavior in temperatures around 10-20 degrees F. When first starting the engine, it idles at something like 2000-2500 RPMs (by ear; no ...
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1answer
121 views

No airflow on any driver side vents

1993 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Elite. Hello, I have an odd problem where the driver side vents have almost no airflow coming out of them. This is for all positions, so no combination of ...
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1answer
925 views

Reading CAN messages through UART to OBD-II Board and MATLAB Toolbox

I want to read/write CAN messages. I have MATLAB in my laptop which has a Vehicle Network Toolbox which supports reading/writing CAN messages. I have my hardware OBD-II to UART board, FTDI and OBD-ii ...
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1answer
104 views

Motorcycle tire shopping confusion

I'm having a hard time choosing a tire for my bike ('11 Yamaha FZ8n). The main source of my confusion are very similar markings on a multitude of tires that don't make a lot of sense to me. I was ...
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3answers
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Methods of diagnosing a non-starting Fiat Uno

I have a little Uno inherited from my dad. Just before he passed away he was having trouble getting it to start, and before that, having it die on a drive somewhere, even close. I would now like to ...
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1answer
121 views

How can we measure the tilt of steering wheel in car without any special sensor for it?

I am searching for some possible way so that I can get the tilt or amount by which the steering wheel is rotated and without any use of special sensor for it , in Indian Cars like Swift D-Zire , Beat ...
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2answers
97 views

Can a variable engine exist?

I have really no knowledge about mechanics but such a curious guy. Excuse my Ignorance. Does a variable engine exist? Like as the vehicle slows down the engine will slow down and when the vehicle ...
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1answer
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Engine suddenly died on uphill, then went back to life after a few tries

Car: BMW 318 TDS Compact. 90HP. 168.000KM Situation: was driving a very intense uphill section at 70km/h, in 4th gear (2.000 rpm). Everything was ok. Engine sound, temperature, etc... Suddenly, ...
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1answer
151 views

What is the right way to attach the Micarb to the engine head of my Enfield Bullet 500?

Before an upgrade to a new Hitchcock conical air filter, the carburetor was held in place by both the original (massive) air filter and the rubber manifold attached to the engine head, and it was ...
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1answer
200 views

Wobble in steering (not tyre)?

I have a '94 4th gen Honda Prelude. Driving home today I felt a distinct wobble through the steering wheel. I immediately thought I had a flat and pulled over but found the tyre is fine. The wobble ...
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Could a fuse be responsible for my VW Jetta not shifting while in drive?

Issue with my VW Jetta (2001) Automatic transmission, gasoline engine My tail lights were out because of a missing fuse. So in the dark I looked to find a good one to replace it with (of the ones ...
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2answers
278 views

key wont turn inside

I have a Chevy Cobalt 2008. I drove the car yesterday before the freezing cold and during the snow. This morning the key will not turn in the ignition but the lights come on. The sun is up but still ...
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1answer
135 views

steering angle sensor in indian cars

Does Indian cars have steering angle sensor? Actually what I have to see if a car travels straight when made to move on straight line and determine if there is some problem with alignment.
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3answers
5k views

Lights randomly coming on in middle of the night

I have 2011 Volkswagon Jetta 2.5 and have been having an intermittent issue where my lights seem to come on randomly in the middle of the night. This only seems to happen in the winter. When I came ...
4
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1answer
355 views

How long should fusible links be?

I've installed a 12" fusible link as a replacement for a fusible link on the line that charges the battery from the alternator. I showed the OEM part to the guy at the parts store and he gave me a 12" ...
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2answers
2k views

How does the heater core work?

How does the heater core work? What are the inputs to the system? What are the outputs of the system? What are some common ways that it can fail?
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2answers
43 views

What items are in the cooling system loop?

What items are in the cooling system loop? I know there's the Radiator, and the Block, but what else?
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1answer
319 views

OBD2 and CAN-bus

Do all vehicles with OBD2 have a CAN-bus? Otherwise, what are the alternative buses used? Are there special versions of the buses for trucks and school-buses than for cars/suv/vans?
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7answers
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Is it safe to drive a car that has a broken suspension spring?

Yesterday I was driving home from work and heard a loud noise which I can only really describe as a "clang". After looking at it today, it looks like the spring for the front left (passenger side) ...
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2answers
575 views

Writing CAN Messages

I want to know what should I write with the CAN ID to send it to ECU. I am using ELM327 and Raspberry Pi with all connections to OBD-II. Initially for sending general PIDs to the ECU through ELM327 ...
6
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1answer
27k views

DIY - How to create a car paint booth? What's Involved?

Thinking about painting my next project car, and came across a YouTube video where the OP built a makeshift booth in what appeared to be his garage. Fast forwarding to later videos when he brought ...
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2answers
226 views

What is the best temperature range to check/inflate tires?

Question came to mind because of some colder than usual weather we've had here these past couple of weeks, (-12°F at one point), and my wife's new fangled car with all it's sensors in its infinite ...
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1answer
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RPM fluctuation when maintaining speed in high gear

I recently got an oil change on my 2008 Audi A4 Quattro. Now I notice that when I am cruising in 3rd, 4th, or 5th gear (but not 6th), and I am at about 1200 RPM, the tachometer is not stable. The ...

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