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Access car settings with aftermarket radio

I have an '03 Chevy Impala, and I wanted to upgrade its OEM radio (head unit) with an aftermarket one. I just have one concern. I recently realized (after reading the manual!) that the car has a ...
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Slower Engine Start When “Cold”

I have a 2012 Honda Civic EX (4 Cyl Automatic, 5-speed transmission, Regular Gasoline). I get it serviced regularly and it has around 28k miles. The engine light has never come on. I am noticing this ...
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What is happening when a two-stroke engine is said to be “four-stroking”?

Many years ago, I was involved in a hobby of building and flying model aircraft. The aircraft used alcohol-fueled 2-stroke engines with glow plug ignitions. When these engines ran rich (and always at ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What is the button beside the VDC control on a 2001 Subaru Legacy VDC model

There is a button that looks like a demister on the dash beside the VDC button that I have no idea what it does. There is already demister buttons else ware in the car so it must be something ...
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Car doesn't start for 1 hr

My 1997 Dodge grand Caravan will run fine for about 2 to 3 weeks, then all of a sudden when I turn it off it doesn't want to start back up: all the lights work just fine and I got full power, but it ...
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Where is the battery located on a Chevrolet Cobalt and how do you change it?

I'm trying to get a 2006 Cobalt back on the road. It's presenting the symptoms of run down battery (Dim lights, time on the radio is reset to 12:00, won't start). The battery is original, so it's ...
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Two hoses that run from the carburetor - Is the upper hose cut and zip tied? Is that's the one that brings fuel to the carburetor?

I bought a VIP Future Champion, took it to the shop and had the heads changed because the mechanic said it had bad heads, so 200 dollars later... I went in to pick it up and the mechanic says there is ...
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black smoke from maruti 800 1996 model

I have purchased a second hand maruti 800(1996 model) car and is in good running condition, but black smoke is coming out from the engine. I took to mechanic and he said that, the black smoke coming ...
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Host of small performance problems in 2006 Hyundai Elantra

I bought a used 2006 Hyundai Elantra (Automatic) back in early 2011. At the time, I was needed to have a car quick, and it seemed like a good deal, but the longer that I've owned it, the more problems ...
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How many kms is too many for a 400cc bike

I am looking at getting a Ducati Monster that is 400cc and 1996 but has done around 42,000kms. How many kms is to many before you will start to run into problems
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Home built in-dash Navigation system or programmable/open api after market one?

I have decided it is cheaper to upgrade my paid off car than it is to buy a newer sweeter one. One thing I have craved for a long time is an in dash navigation system. Now I am a professional ...
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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?
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Manually operating F150 starter motor

The vehicle in question is a 1997 F150 with a broken ignition switch. Inserting the key and turning it just spins. "Fortunately", the switch was left in the "on" position; the steering wheel is not ...
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1answer
137 views

Fuel consumption: Coasting vs in gear without thrust [duplicate]

If you're driving downhill would it be more economical to put the car in neutral and coast, or leave the car in gear and let the wheels drive the engine? Please ignore any safety concerns for this ...
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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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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 ...
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What are the functions of Finger Follower, Lash Caps & Lash Disks and Seat Inserts?

I have googled all teams, but do not understand well from the result Finger Followers? (I see many website talk about rocker arms, but what is finger follower? Are they for different types of engine ...
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2013 Yamaha XT250 engine clicking/ticking noise

I just bought my xt250 as my first bike after getting my permit about a month ago. It's 2013. At 100 miles I dropped the oil and changed the filter. As a small woman I've also installed lower links to ...
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Is there any disadvantage of shifting to Neutral at high speed? [duplicate]

I would like to confirm whether shifting the vehicle to Neutral while at high speed in order to stop the vehicle is bad or not in terms of fuel efficiency. I had a word with some of my collegues and ...
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1998 Dodge Ram AC clutch won't engage

When I call for AC on the dash the clutch on the compressor doesn't engage. I disconnected the clip that connects the wire to the clutch and checked for voltage and there was none. People say that ...
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Dealership Installed “Oversized” Oil Drain Plug As Solution

In this question, we discuss stripped oil pan threads. I learned it is a result of user error - over tightening and cross threading, by the dealership I consistently go to. Many people have come ...
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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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Filling diesel vehicles - Vent trick

According to this site it is possible to get more diesel fuel in your tank by pressing in the vent latch on the filler neck: Look inside the filler neck and you can see a button, see below for ...
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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 ...
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Prolonged ignition

My car, Megane '98 1.6e Petrol Hatch, started to take a long time to ignite. At first I thought that the fuel does not reach the chambers because I always have to park it in places with big incline, ...
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1answer
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External mechanic inspection on CPO car? [closed]

I am about to buy a used Certified Pre-Owned(CPO) car. I have read that external mechanic inspection is recommended when buying used cars but does that hold true for CPO cars too? Would it be wise to ...
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Is there a risk of a spark igniting hydrogen when removing or installing a battery?

Guides to jumping a car with a dead battery commonly advise that the cable from the negative terminal of the good battery be connected to the chassis of the stalled car rather than to the negative ...
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Second key for Mazda5 2013 - programming vs cloning, 80 bit vs 40 bit

I have Mazda5 2013 with a single key, so I am trying to get a spare (at least one) I have the part number ( G2YA-76-2GXB ) - dealer would charge $50 for the key plus $70 for the programming There ...
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1answer
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Mercedes SLK (R170) convertible top/trunk release

I have a 1999 Mercedes SLK 230 (R170), with an interesting combination of problems: A) The hydraulics for the convertible top are low (to the point where the top won't even start to open anymore), ...
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Drying out wet carpet

My windows keep fogging up, even when it wasn't very cold outside. It seems to form in minutes and unlike regular fog, the droplets are massive! I have to run the AC on high for several minutes before ...
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Can a starter fail and then work intermittently?

A few days ago my 2003 Honda Accord would not start. Turning the key turned on all electronics and I could hear what I believe to be something in the fuel system spinning as I attempted to start the ...
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1answer
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what type of mask should I use?

When sanding a panel down to bare metal getting ready to correct the damage before primer, paint and clear. What kind of mask should be warn to protect my lungs. I'm assuming one of those diy ...
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How many hours for roof reinforcements replacement

I need to replace the roof reinforcements for my VW Tiguan. I am quite concerned about the amount of hours required by car dealer shop for this Namely items 3 and 4 need to be replaced. This ...
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Dodge Ram blower motor works intermittently

I have a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 (5.9 L Cummins diesel). I’d replaced blower motor about 3 weeks ago and all was well until it started working intermittently. Resistor looked burnt and cracked so I’d also ...
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Where and how does one verify compatible replacement parts?

Going to the salvage yard tomorrow, looking for an engine oil pan. After some research, it appears oil pans from other model Fords may be comparable but I do not see any information that verifies it. ...
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What causes mechanical odometer to switch from miles to kilometers?

My Dodge Avenger was made in 1996, and the odometer is currently showing 270K miles, just to give you a sense of the age of the vehicle. I've been getting suspiciously high mileage for at least the ...
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2008 Kia: stalls at idle, disconnect battery reset computer, works now, good to go?

A 2008 Kia Spectra started stalling out when idle. Revving the engine as soon as it started would prevent stalling, but as soon as it dropped below 1500 or so it would stall out again. Check engine ...
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1answer
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Does 4-wheel alignment involve taking wheels off?

I was wondering if a 4-wheel alignment involves taking off all the wheels. I called NTB to check whether their wheel alignment includes tire rotation and they said it didn't. But if they have to ...
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1answer
278 views

Ibiza Mk2 MOT emissions test failure

I've had my SEAT Ibiza Mk2 for about three years and it's just failed its MOT on the emissions test - there's fuel in the exhaust on idle, and only on idle. It's in the garage at the moment and ...
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Dodge 3500 AC-Nasty Smell-Diesel Truck [closed]

My Dodge 3500 ac was blowing fine this morning, and then all of a sudden it had a burn mildewy smell, and now its blowing hot air? Any suggestions?
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Airbag warning light for Lexus IS 250

My airbag warning light has been on. I took it to the dealer, and he says I need a new wiring harness. It will cost freakin' $3500. This Lexus dealer has generally treated me well, and their reps ...
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2answers
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2004 VW Jetta Immobilizer on, then off, then on again

When I got in my '04 VW Jetta the other day, the car wouldn't start and the immobilizer light was blinking. I tried charging the battery, pulling the terminals from the battery, and leaving the key ...
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1answer
757 views

Electrical issues: where are the grounds on a 1997 vw golf mk3 tdi

When I have the ignition switched on, if I press the brake pedal, or use the headlights, the foglight gets turned on. I think this is an earthing issues so I have checked the grounds in the two ...
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Can I use lower octane fuel at high elevation?

Here in Colorado, gas stations sell "regular" gasoline which is rated at 85 octane ((M+R)/2). In most of the rest of the US, 87 octane is the lowest grade available. (As noted previously, higher ...
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Should one fit the least-worn tires to the rear wheels?

According to the Owner’s Manual Saab 9-3 M2001 (front-wheel driven cars): WARNING When fitting just one new pair of tires, these should be fitted to the rear wheels, as these are more ...
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2answers
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2004 Kia sedona intermittently wont start

my 2004 kia Sedona intermittently refuses to start. I have light, radio, electric windows but just doesn't turn over at all. If I leave it a few hours and go back to it, it'll start first time as if ...
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2008 Ford Focus replacement passenger mirror

I'm trying to find a replacement passenger side mirror for a 2008 Ford Focus. I don't need the full assembly, just the actual mirror part. Here is an image of the back of the mirror part. The part ...

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