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How do I resolve error code P1135 in my Toyota Camry?

I recently replaced the downstream O2 sensor in my Toyota Camry. Shortly thereafter, the check engine like came on again providing the following codes: P1135 which I understand to be the upstream ...
3
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1answer
830 views

Car won't start/respond to remote or anything until headlights are turned on

I have a 1998 Infiniti I30 in really good condition except for this issue I've been experiencing lately with increasing frequency. What happens is, and there's no surefire way to reproduce the issue, ...
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1answer
112 views

Most Efficient Way To Run AC

What's the most efficient way to run the AC in my car? In my 2007 Subaru I can set the temperature to 65 F and the temperature will reach and stay at a comfy 65 degrees. But I imagine the A/C ...
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3answers
370 views

Use ozonated distilled water for maintenance-free batteries?

It's written everywhere that you should use Distilled water for topping up the electrolyte levels in the batteries; however, it would appear that Walmart's Distilled water also goes through Ozonation, ...
3
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1answer
44 views

Trying to understand the cause of the leak?

I am preparing to jump into a change of my stator (generator) on a 2007 DL1000 Suzuki V-Strom. I saw something unusual on the outside of the box, can anyone determine whether this might indicate a ...
3
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1answer
122 views

Downsides to using an adapter allowing me to use car oil filter on motorcycle?

I saw this video recently on adding an aftermarket oil filter adapter to my motorcycle. Are there any downsides to using this type of product? Should I have a concern about using a car oil filter on ...
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2answers
361 views

Oil in coolent on my volkswagen Touareg

The coolant light came on so I took it to a mechanic he flushed it and put knew coolant some special g-12 coolant but the light came on again so I took a look at it and found oil in it . So I looked ...
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6answers
599 views

Tyre Pressure Checks for My Car

I know that checking tyre pressure is a very important thing before making long journeys. However, I have no idea how frequently I should check my tyre pressures. For example, If I travel round-trip ...
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3answers
238 views

Is it mandatory to change oil once a year?

I drove only 4000 km in a year. Volkswagen advises that I change the oil in 15,000 km kilometers or 1 year. In this case, what do I need to do, because I have driven only 5000 km.
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0answers
287 views

accelerating noise while the car is parked- VW GOLF

I have a 2005 VW Golf, automatic. Today after I parked the car a very loud accelerating sound came out of the engine, it sounded like I had pressed the pedal all the way down but I had not, I cannot ...
3
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0answers
47 views

Will 2009-2013 Toyota Matrix heated power mirror glass assembly fit a 2014 Matrix?

I have a replacement glass assembly for a 09-13 Matrix (Part 30226), but I have a 2014 Matrix. I didn't see that it was for 09-13 until it arrived and I don't want to open it in case I need to return ...
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1answer
125 views

2008 Ford Fusion throttle sticking?

I have a manual-transmission 2008 Ford Fusion SE. It's a great car but I have been having some problems with it recently. Firstly, the throttle does not seem to close when I let off the gas pedal. If ...
3
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3answers
113 views

How do I check that my battery receives enough power from generator?

I suspect that my battery does not receive enough power from the generator. How do I verify that? I know that involves a voltmeter, but what are the exact things I'm measuring and how? I have a Skoda ...
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172 views

Engine Transmission

I've been having a problem recently, as I push the gas pedal my car moves super slow. It won't go faster then 10 to 15 mphs. As I drive it feels like the gears are not catching
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0answers
138 views

Missing/rough idle at fist start or when parked for over 4 hours [closed]

I have a 99 Honda Accord. It has a miss/rough idle when its parked for more than 4hrs maybe, but specially in the mornings. It's only at the first start, after that it runs normal. I have changed ...
4
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2answers
1k views

How much improvement from replacing an O2 sensor?

I'm currently getting about 19.6 mpg city in my 97 Mazda Lantis 323 / Protege 1.8L. According to fuelly a car like this should be getting around 26 mpg. The car has about 127k miles on it, and I ...
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4answers
3k views

How do I test my car battery?

My car still starts fine but when I turn off the car (just the motor . . the key is still in and "on") I noticed the headlights dim to almost off. It's and older car and the headlights don't turn off ...
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3answers
30 views

pontiac oil change before or after repairing the car

I have to send my 2001 Pontiac Grand prix to a mechanic to fix some stuff. What do u recommend to change the oil before or after that
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4answers
50k views

What would be the most likely cause of engine sputter?

Most of the time my 2001 Honda Civic sounds like this... Vrooooooom. But some times when I start driving it sounds like this... Vrooom putt pa putt pa putt pa vrooooom. When it's in the "putt pa ...
2
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2answers
108 views

What is meant by Engine Life Factor(ELF). Should I consider it while buying a vehicle? If so why is it not widely quoted?

The term Engine life factor going by the name suggests that higher the value more is the life of the engine. If so why doesn't companies specify this as a part of their standard specifications?
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2answers
564 views

Driving for about a kilometer with very low tire pressure

I only drive during the weekends, so most of the time my car is always in the garage. I have not been able to buy myself an air compressor, so what I do is I always have my tires check at my local gas ...
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2answers
290 views

2004 crown victoria poilice interceptor showing code p0108

my crown victoria is showing p0108 and I changed the mass air flow sensor and gas cap do u think it could be the pcv valve or the egr valve
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1answer
88 views

Oil in the cooling system

I have a 2003 Chrysler GT, PT Cruiser with less then 60000 miles. It is a four cylinder 2.4L, that is turbo charged, and is automatic. I had a hole in the over flow tank and had it replaced with a new ...
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3answers
1k views

Automatic Transmission: Best practice when waiting at the red light - N or D?

My main concern is the longevity of the engine and transmission. I see conflicting view points on the internet. Some say changing from D to N and back constantly will cause extra wear on the ...
2
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3answers
103 views

Car totally stalled while doing a sharp turn at 40kmph

I noticed a problem while taking turns with my Toyota Camry 2003 Altise sedan ( has done 108k kms and regularly serviced). I was driving at around 40 kmph and was steering right and suddenly the car ...
1
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1answer
277 views

Do I need a new ECU after replacing the transmission?

I replaced the transmission in my 2002 Lexus RX 300 about one month ago. The mechanics reprogrammed my ECU immediately, and they advised me to replace my ECU with a new one, because with the old ECU I ...
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3answers
2k views

Dealer service records from Toyota, Honda, Mercedes Benz - don't exist?

I'm shopping for used cars at the moment, and have been considering some models from Toyota and Honda, as well as an older Mercedes Benz. Many of the cars I've seen so far have been at dealers, i.e. ...
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1answer
24 views

2001 Dodge Durango Acts like door is open when they are shut

On our 2001 Dodge Durango sometimes acts as if a door is open and all the cab lights come on and the bell keeps dinging even when they are all closed and we are driving. When this happens we also ...
5
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3answers
805 views

Is 10 minutes a long enough ride time to recharge a new car battery?

Would occasional 10 minute trips be long enough to charge a completely new Honda 2013 Civic's car battery, without it slowly dying over the long term? It's getting colder now and I don't drive ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

Rodeo clutch slips

I just bought a 98 rodeo 2wd v6. The clutch was fine on test drive and grabbed fine even though the pedal was adjusted to the top. When I was driving it home it started to slip. Is there a way to ...
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2answers
60 views
1
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1answer
164 views

Carburettor Cleaner Additive? how good are they

I'm just wondering whether anyone has any experience with fuel additives that clean injectors and carburetors. I have an old motorcycle that starts, but can't keep it self running for long before it ...
2
votes
1answer
344 views

2002 Impala 3.8L V6 thermostat gauge starts below cold then creeps toward red

My 2002 Impala 3.8 has been running great. However, this summer the thermostat gauge stopped reading temperature right. To the point it wouldn't move even after it had been running for hours. It would ...
2
votes
2answers
61 views

Vehicle nearing end of life?

Today, my car started overheating (was running perfectly fine for the past month, seemingly) so I checked the coolant and noticed it was practically empty. I brought it to a mechanic, who said that ...
4
votes
1answer
158 views

Can I disable my 2009 Volvo S40's remote key fob panic button?

The panic button on the remote key fob is very sensitive and sets off the alarm accidentally all the time, for example, when it's in my pocket and I move a certain way. Is there a way to disable the ...
2
votes
2answers
126 views

Something stuck inside the spark plug barrel of motorcycle

I went about changing the spark plugs on my 91' Honda CBR250RR and ran into a problem with the fourth plug. I tried inserting the sparkplug socket but it wouldn't get in there. Using my phones camera ...
1
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1answer
455 views

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) valve broken

The tire inflating valve was broken in the middle, Do I have to replace the whole TPMS part or just have to replace the valve, since I do not think my tire pressure sensor has problem. My car is a ...
5
votes
2answers
5k views

Why might lower settings of a dashboard fan not work if the highest does?

My wife bought a Nissan Note second hand and the internal ventilation fan works on the highest setting (3 or 4) but not on the lower settings. We've checked the fuses and all seems fine there. Could ...
3
votes
4answers
7k views

How do I mix up my own windshield washing liquid for low temperatures?

I've tried all kinds of commercial sub-zero windshield liquids but am so far satisfied with none, because of the following reasons: They all seem to freeze below about -5C. Or at least become thick ...
3
votes
0answers
66 views

Clunking noise disappears when weather is cold?

On my '02 Mazda Protege5, I hear a clunking noise on the front, driver side wheel area. I am lead to believe that it is a Control Arm Bushing. Anyway, it was really bad this past summer and ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Honda Accord Jerks when shifting gears and makes grinding sound?

I have a 99 Honda Accord 2dr 3.0L V6 automatic. When I drive this car it makes a whooooo sound coming somewhere from the engine, when I turn to the right it is intense and when I turn to the left it ...
2
votes
1answer
139 views

Does my Vauxhall Meriva need XL tyres?

I've got a Vauxhall Meriva B (2011) 1.7 Diesel auto, and it needs new front tyres. Currently it's got 205/55R16 94V Michelin Energy Savers on it. I've been looking at some tyre sites (eg, black ...
1
vote
5answers
110 views

More air pressure in tyre Vs Mileage

Whenever I inflate my tires to medium/recommended pressure the mileage is better and obviously when it is very low the mileage affected. But I want to know why my mileage affected even if I keep ...
3
votes
3answers
192 views

Winter Tire Downsize

I have 14 Ford Fusion SE, 2.0 w/ 235/45R18. I want to downsize for winter to 17". I understand the rule of thumb is to stay as close to the OEM diameter as to minimize difference with speedometer, ...
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2answers
1k views

Why are American cars less efficient compared to european European/Japan cars [closed]

A normal average European car has a engine with less than a 2.0 liter engine which consumes 1 litre of fuel in 18-22 km. A normal average American car has a engine at least a 2.5 liter engine and ...
3
votes
1answer
104 views

What is a TACH LEAD?

What is a TACH LEAD on this picture?
4
votes
3answers
1k views

BMW e36 320i motor looses power significantly out of a sudden

I have a 1992 BMW e36 320i, when i start in the morning, or in cold weather, the cars functions normally and has a lot of power. However, after a little, or when the weather is hot, the car ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

What is the correct/factory wiring for a Suburban 1998 battery/alternator?

I have included a picture showing what I have now on this Suburban. Note that there is wiring not shown in the picture which is a second electrical connection to the positive side of the battery ...
17
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6answers
60k views

What is causing this terrible grinding/groaning noise when I come to a slow stop sometimes? (but not always!)

Update 11/9/2013 After a good bit of driving, the noise reoccurred. I took it back to the mechanic and we decided it must be the brake pads. They're pretty worn out, and like I said before, they're ...
2
votes
2answers
270 views

Car diesels after shutoff

I have a 2001 Nissan Altima and when I turn off the engine, you can literally hear the engine stuttering out. Before, you turned off the motor and it stopped silently. Now it goes plup, pluuup, ...

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