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1998 lincoln continental with fluctuating idle when put in gear only (drive/reverse)

I have a 1998 Lincoln Continental. It has 124k miles on it. The history of the transmission maintenance are as follows: Fluid and filter was changed at 29k miles Fluid was flushed at 86k miles Fluid ...
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How long would pouring a little oil into a spark plug well take to stop a car starting?

I realise this is a strange looking question! I'm in a country where many local mechanics unfortunately have a bad reputation for creating small problems while fixing other problems in order to get ...
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Sticking While Rotating Crankshaft By Hand

One thing I noticed while trying measure cam lobe to lifter clearances on a 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L, was that when I rotate the crankshaft there seems to be one spot where I have to put in a lot more ...
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Weird grinding sound from the gear box

It is not like when you try to shift a manual stick without the clutch. But a lot lighter than that varying in amplitude (louder and lower) and probably is only there when the engine is cold (Because ...
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What is the effect of the throttle body on the power curve produced by the engine?

I heard from another member of this community that the throttle body, among other things, has the ability to change the power curve of the engine. What exactly is a throttle body? How might the ...
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My car wobbles while driving

I have a Honda Civic VTI, 1997 model, automatic transmission. When I start driving my car gives a feeling that one of the front wheel is wobbling and the steering wheel receives continuous jerks. This ...
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A/C does not cool when speeding more than 100kmph

I drive a 1.3 liter 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer. I have this weird problem with the a/c where it stops cooling when I try going above 100kmph. The a/c cools just fine under 100kmph. But when I go over ...
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Clutchless Downshifts Using Throttle Blip on a Motorbike/Sequential Gearbox

This is with respect to non synchromesh, sequential transmission. Ducati along with several after market systems, implement clutchless downshifts by automatically applying a slight throttle to unload ...
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How to measure transmission fluid levels?

I understand the newer Audi A3's with either type of transmission (auto or DSG) has a really weird way to check (to normal pull the dipstick type checking) the transmission fluid. Can someone please ...
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Brake pedal goes all the way to floor, after ABS was activated

Hopefully someone can point me in the correct direction, or at least give me an idea about this before taking it to the shop. The other night I was driving around, streets were pretty snowy around ...
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VW Passat B5 Rear Door Central Locking Issue - Door Lock Actuator Replacement

My 2004 VW Passat has an issue where the nearside rear door will not always open when the corresponding button is pressed on the car key. When the other doors are unlocked, the faulty door makes an ...
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Are expensive high-brightness 55W headlight bulbs worth the investment?

We've all seen them, bulbs advertised as brighter than the rest, sold under big names such as Philips or Osram. The flag is carried by Osram Night Breaker Unlimited and Philips X-treme Vision. ...
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What is spark plug heat range

I was watching a show and their project was adding a bolt on turbo kit. In the process they mentioned that they needed a colder spark plug. What does a hot or cold spark plug mean? What changes ...
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Bleeding Brakes

Also with regard to my 2002 Bonneville brake bleeding question, I could not get the rear bleeder bolts loose and did not want to twist them off, thus I bled the rear brakes at the brake hose going ...
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If one coil spring needs replacing, do I need to replace both?

I just had my car serviced and they discovered that the front, near side coil spring is "incomplete" and needs replacing. I'm getting conflicting advice about whether I need to replace both front ...
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Best way to approach a tire with a bubble in the sidewall

I found a bubble in my front right tire's sidewall on my 2006 Mazda3 2.3L (FWD, open diff). So it needs to be replaced. The replacement tire will end up going on the rear as it's time to rotate them ...
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Why do vehicles handle better with heavy loads? [on hold]

Inspired by comments here: I'm not the only one who has experienced an improvement in ride and road-feel with a heavily-laden vehicle. I'm recalling a long drive I made a decade ago in my otherwise ...
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My car has multiple ODBII engine fault codes

2002 Nissan sentra se-r 2.5l Hope you can advice me on my car. My codes are: 0447, 1490, 0340, 0031, 0037 My symptoms: 1. Car stalls after driving for 5 minutes than cannot start for another 2 ...
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What CAN'T the check engine light tell you?

Usually when something goes wrong with my vehicle the check engine light comes on. I had an issue recently where the check engine light did not turn on, but the vehicle ceased functioning. I read the ...
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When should I change the oil, as the tech recommends or as my oil change light indicates

I have a Toyota Corolla 2008. It has an oil change light indicator. The tech at the one hour oil change place recommends to change it every 3,000 miles but the indicator light only goes off about ...
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Troubleshooting 'random' clutch problems

I've got a customer who came in complaining that the clutch pedal had gone 'funny': it wasn't 'coming back up' like it used to. As he was in for service anyway, we replaced the clutch fluid, and it '...
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Why is my car so icy in the winter?

The car is a 2004 VW Passat B5.5. The last few days have been colder than usual where I live (below 0 degrees Celsius). The outside of my car has been covered in ice in the mornings and I use a ...
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What to Check When Replacing Struts

I'm going to replace the front struts on my 98 Mazda 626 and was wondering if there are other components which should be checked / replaced at the same time, i.e. that if the struts are shot there is ...
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Paintless dent removal for old tank

Is there a way to remove dents like this on the right side of the image? I've seen suction tools but the reviews are bad. Any ideas?
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Can a motorcycle's brake lever be bent back into shape?

I recently had a low speed spill on my bike leaving the brake lever rather bent. Can I bend it back (roughly) straight or it is likely to just break? Given that it is cast aluminium, I suspect is will ...
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2005 Honda Accord 4cyl revving idle when warm

My 2005 Honda Accord I4 is idling fine when cold but once warm it begins "revving" on its own between 1200-2000RPM at about 0.5Hz. The vehicle initially threw a DTC P0507 ("Idle Air Control System RPM ...
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Coolant/antifreeze leaking out of engine block (See photo/video)

I'm not sure exactly what is going on with my vehicle ('98 Wrangler, 4.0L), but it's pretty obvious something is wrong. I think I might have had some minor coolant leaking after the past few times I'...
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Do I have to get another Volvo?

I live in Florida and have mold allergies. Multiple times my 2008 Sienna van has a bad AC smell develop which makes me cough my head off. The dealer has cleaned the evaporator and ducts and the ...
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Is it efficient to use the cabin heat in my car?

As much of the United States struggles through the end of the nasty cold spell, a thought came to mind: Is it generally energy efficient to run the heat in my car? Let me be a little more specific. I ...
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2000 Ford Focus, low idle, stalling at lights, white smoke from exhaust - P0171 Code - problem?

I have a couple of issues which I hope are all related. The car is a petrol Ford Focus 2000 1.8. Seems to be listed as LX, but the engine is Zetec. When stationary, the idle is quite jumpy, and the ...
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Excessive Vibrations in Drive when holding down the brakes

I'm working on a 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L with an automatic transmission. While I'm used to driving manuals, I would say that the amount of vibration when sitting stopped in drive with the brake on seems ...
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Brake fluid leak after recent brake line replacement

I have a 2001 Mazda 626 which had its brake service light come on some time back, and the brakes became spongy and ceased functioning properly. I took it to my mechanic and he replaced the brake ...
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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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04 Mercury Montery stalling while driving

While driving on the highway my van stalled. Once on the side of the road, I tried to restart and no joy. All indicators and lights came on but when I turned the key nothing happened. I jiggled he ...
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Ford Focus engine cuts out at 3000+ RPM

I should provide a little background to this issue as I believe the two are most likely related. The car is a Ford Focus 2008 1.6 TDCi Diesel (UK) which this year has had a brand new battery and ...
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Leaving vehicle on 4 jack stands several days

I was wondering if it is bad (for the frame or the drive train) to leave my 4WD V6 Tacoma on 4 jack stands for several days while I work on the transmission. I could certainly lower it down after ...
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Manual Transmission - Stuck in Neutral

I was at a red light and my car was in neutral and got stuck (wouldn't go to first). My mechanic told me that it is the clutch and is going to cost $1,200 to replace. The guy at AutoZone said that it ...
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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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straight pipes and carb rejetting?

I have a 1984 Honda GL 1200 standard wing and I am going to put straight pipes on it, however some forums say I will need to upjet the carbs, and others say I will not. Has anyone on this site ever ...
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2010 mini cooper , Steering wheel unstable and tends to deviate all over. Unable to diagnose the problem

my steering wheel is unstable and has tendency to deviate and shakes. It's hard to drive and very accident risky. Mechanic inspected and asked me to replace two wheel Rims. He has asked for $275 to ...
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How do I deal with frozen washer fluid?

Now that temperatures are dropping below freezing, I decided to fill my wiper fluid reservoir with winterized fluid. I used almost an entire bottle, so it must have been almost empty, but there was ...
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Is it necessary to replace functioning spark plugs?

I have a 2000 Mazda Protege that last had it's spark plugs replaced about 4-6 years ago (about 40k-60k miles). It's a commuter car, but it's a short commute and mild driving conditions; probably 85% ...
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1answer
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Should I get a wheel alignment?

I recently just started to notice that my car is slightly pulling to the left right after I took my winter tires off. It's not much. If i let go it will go straight for a few meters before pulling. Is ...
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Anything I should/can spray in the ductwork while I'm replacing the cabin air filter?

Every time I start the fan blower on my 99 VW gti after the car's been sitting overnight, I get this really nasty pungent disease kinda smell out of the vents. I open the windows and it blows away, ...
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Car feels like it's filling up with fumes

I bought a used 2000 volvo s80 with around 93k on the odometer. I was driving the other day and I felt sort of sick. At first I thought it was some dirt on the floor that got into the air. But upon ...
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How easy is it to overfill transmission fluid?

I was helping out a friend yesterday who was facing some issues with a transmission-related CEL on his automatic 2003 Mazda6. When we checked the ATF dipstick the transmission fluid was a clear light-...
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Diagnosing P0171 2007 Toyota Corolla

First time poster trying to get into cars. So my 2007 Toyota Corolla (with around 89k miles) has a Check engine light that reads error code P0171 (System too lean Bank 1). I was looking that up and ...
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Car not starting: How likely that it's the fuel pump?

So I have a 1987 Hyundai Pony that was a little stubborn starting last time, but did run in the end. Then it sat for a couple of weeks. It's kind of cold (but not that cold—I'm in Vancouver). Now ...
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Lexus RCF - Torque Vectoring Differential, How Does it Work?

I was reading about the Lexus RCF and how it has a torque vectoring differential and how this differential has the ability to put more torque on the outer turning wheels rather than on the inside ...
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Bubbling sound from coolant and increase coolant liquid level

I drive an old Daihatsu Charade 1993. Just 2 days ago, I heard a bubbling sound from the coolant when I turned off the machine. I didn't really care much until yesterday when the car got hot ...

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