2
votes
1answer
88 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
680 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

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), ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
25k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
433 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
369 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
198 views

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. ...
9
votes
4answers
6k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
282 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 ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
682 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
765 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 ...
9
votes
3answers
23k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
904 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
508 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
701 views

Is moving the rear tires to the front wheels a no-no?

After finding out that my front wheels were both aiming a little bit outward (together by half a degree), and apparently thus having caused the wear on the inside (inch or so) of the front tires, I ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

VW Golf manual will not move forward in 1st gear but can reverse

When I stop the car, sometimes it will not move forward from 1st gear but if I reverse it will clear the issue. Then I'm able to drive forward in 1st gear again. Reverse seems to reset the car. What ...
3
votes
1answer
283 views

Check engine light between 1300-1800 RPM

I have a 1995 gmc Sierra hd with the 6.5L turbo Diesel engine in it. I just recently bought it and when ever I hold around 1300-1800 rpm the check engine light comes on, when I take my foot off the ...
3
votes
2answers
108 views

How do I determine whether this vehicle has a turbocharger?

This is a 1999 Suburban, which did not have any aftermarket turbocharger installed. So, the only way it could have been installed is from the factory. So, how do I find out whether it has one? What ...
7
votes
2answers
4k views

What is this loud semi-regular clicking on a 2001 Honda CR-V?

Due to the nature of my problem I've had little success on Google. I appreciate any help. I have a 2001 Honda CR-V EX with 130000 miles on it and I'm the original owner. The week prior to my ...
4
votes
1answer
237 views

Block Test: Can't suck any more air, is this normal? (1999 Suburban)

I performed a block test recently to diagnose a problem I'm having. The liquid stayed blue, but I want to clarify I have done this right. The purpose of the test was to see if I could prove a head ...
5
votes
2answers
6k views

Problems with Power Door Locks

I have a 2009 Honda Accord with approximately 95k miles. About 2 years ago, I began having periodic trouble with the rear driver's side door lock. All other doors would lock/unlock with the power ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

Converting to a dual master cylinder?

1965 Chevy C-10. Manual brakes. Disk brakes on front - drum in rear. Single brake fluid cylinder. I think it would be safer to convert the single cylinder to a dual. Question: Is it necessary to ...
6
votes
2answers
12k views

Oil pan threads stripped?

EDIT Helpful links on how threads got stripped and by who: http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=878261 Seems to be a common problem with some shops, where they don't take good care. ...
1
vote
2answers
99 views

Purchasing a Used Car - Advice [closed]

I'm looking into purchasing my first vehicle. I have a friend who's really into buying/selling VW's and he has a Jetta from the early 2000's with 240 000 km on it that he insists is a great deal and ...
5
votes
1answer
635 views

My gear switches out of Drive and into neutral while driving automatically

I was wondering what might be the problem with my gear. Sorry, my terminology is bad I'm not a car enthusiast. Anyways, when I first turn on the car, I feel a little tension in the gear when I pull ...
2
votes
1answer
428 views

Where to pour oil into the engine (BMW E34)?

As the title says. Also, how to open the access point (if it non trivial). (It's an M50B25TU engine)
2
votes
1answer
148 views

1940 Buick Super brake master cylinder removal

I have a 1940 Buick Super. I need to remove the master cylinder to rebuild it, but the bolts turn in the frame when I try to remove the nuts. There is some kind of metal cover over the end of the ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Intermittently sticky caliper

This is a front caliper on a 03 Mazda protege. The right brake overheated the other day. I tore it apart and one of the caliper bolts was pretty rusted. I got a new bolt, pads and greased the ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Grey smoke when idling 1999 GMC Suburban, coolant system pressure loss

The most recent update is at the bottom. This looks interesting. The Smoke I'm confident the smoke is from burning oil. It's slightly blue, absolutely not white. If the engine is warm and I am ...
7
votes
0answers
272 views

GPS dashboard mount replacement?

When I bought my car, they were doing a promo and shipping a Garmin GPS with it. Thing is, the GPS came with a nice mount, fixed to the dashboard. This was great, because it meant no wires going ...
4
votes
2answers
388 views

Honda Civic braking problems in warm climate

I have a 1991 Honda Civic wagon that loses braking power on hot days. I have it working for the initial press, but as I hold down the brakes I slowly lose braking. I have to repeatedly press at red ...
10
votes
2answers
15k views

Malibu turns over, does not start

2005 Malibu (Classic, fleet version) with 2.2 L Ecotec four-cylinder engine fails to start. It turns over, and scattered weak pops indicate that there’s rudimentary combustion going on, but it does ...
0
votes
1answer
438 views

Motor cycle maintenance tutorials [closed]

I am searching for a tutorial about motor cycle maintenace. I tried in google search but not much of use: I get only blogs and website which give basic advice that - "go and consult a good mechanic". ...
2
votes
1answer
347 views

Dirt bike silencer core cracked/rusted

After removing and disassembling my FMF Factory 4.1 dirt bike silencer, I saw that the inner core was cracked and extremely rusty (having the potential for more cracks). I definitely want to fix this ...
-1
votes
4answers
921 views

Got a call from the mechanic saying I need new disc brakes. Can I buy them online instead? [closed]

Car newbie here! I have my Citroen C3 Picasso in the shop to do a routine service. The mechanic just called me to say that I should get my front disc brakes and pads replaced, as they're nearly gone. ...
5
votes
2answers
708 views

Strange cooling circuit problems in a 1997 vw golf mk3 tdi

Driving across Europe, i noticed the car was using water. I drove slowly and got to the destination. Since then, the symptoms have been getting stranger. The water loss is caused by excess pressure ...
3
votes
8answers
30k views

How often do I need to change my oil in a VW TDI?

The manual for my 2003 VW TDI says to change the oil every 12 months or 10,000 miles. My dealer says every 6 months or 5,000 miles. Are they just trying to make twice as much money off my oil ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

How do I clean/grease my dirt bike steering bearings?

My dirt bike's steering has become increasing harder to steer. Other dirt bikes I've ridden have much smoother, almost effortless, steering. How can I have that same smooth steering? What parts do I ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

can i split off another circuit from fuse box to run power to cigarette lighter?

I am not getting any power to my cigarette lighter or to the fuse in the fuse box. I have a 91' Ford Ranger with around 110k miles so other than that and the air conditioning it runs fine. I was ...
2
votes
2answers
12k views

Sqealing noise from left rear wheel- very hot

I have a 2007 Mazda 6, and after cruising for a while on the highway, I started to hear a very loud squealing noise coming from the rear wheel on the drivers side. It's an extremely high pitched and ...
4
votes
2answers
4k views

Motorcycle gears seem really stiff and hard to shift when cold

So I have noticed that even for a fruther 10 to 15 mins after warm up, the gear lever on my motorcycle (bought brand new - 6 months old) seems really stiff and harder to change. Could this have ...
7
votes
5answers
6k views

Can I improve fuel economy by changing differential’s gear ratio?

I would like to use my Lada Niva for normal road travel, but at 3500 rpm at 100 kph it is not very fuel efficient. I don’t know what the current differential ratio is, but I assume it has been changed ...
3
votes
1answer
138 views

Is my transmission about to go?

I drive a 16 year old Subaru Legacy automatic which still has its original transmission and has never given me a moment's trouble in 16 years. Today while pulling out of a parking spot, I suddenly ...

15 30 50 per page