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Can a full teardown of my 318 TDS (1996 1.7 Gasoil) E36 engine have bad side effects?

I would like to get more acquainted with the engine of my car, learn mechanics, and also just clean the engine of accumulated dirt and grime. As such, I am considering tearing down the engine. For ...
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2002 Volvo C70 won't start on first try

My C70 turns over but won't fire. I let it sit for a minute or less and it fires right up. This problem is becoming more and more frequent. Once it starts the car is great for the rest of the day.
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Should lost CV gaiter grease be replaced?

I discovered a small hole, possibly a puncture, in an outer CV gaiter on the front. The hole was right next to/under the (outer) metal ring holding the CV gaiter, so it wasn't in a very flexible bit. ...
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4answers
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1 Piece versus 2 Piece Drive Shaft

A guy on a Nissan forum asked why he should keep his 2 piece drive shaft in his truck instead of changing over to a 1 piece version. This was the answer I gave him: The 2 piece drive shaft (DS) ...
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1answer
245 views

Two Mercedes Electronic Keys - One Works As a Remote - One Works to Start The Car - How Can These Be Combined?

I just bought a 2005 Mercedes C230 and I have two Mercedes electronic keys - one works as a remote - one works to start the car - how can these be combined/programmed so they are both fully ...
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1answer
581 views

Mazda 3 (2006) passenger seat will not recline anymore

I have a Mazda 3 (2006) and the passenger seat will not recline anymore. I can reach under and feel that a wire which I believe should be 'pulled back' is loose. Pulling it does nothing so (does not ...
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1answer
1k views

Removing Scuff Mark from a Rear Tail Light

So there's a minor scuff mark on the rear tail light of my VW Golf, the result of a collision between it and a plastic suitcase while I was loading the suitcase in the car. It's not a major thing, but ...
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Does giving gas while releasing the clutch cause unnecessary wear?

I drive a 2013 Ford Fusion SE with manual transmission. I learned to drive a manual as a kid but picked up a lot of bad habits. In particular I tend to naturally ride the clutch. Now, of course in 1st ...
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1answer
215 views

98 Windstar: An 8x5x3 black plastic box fell off

When I got home from work yesterday and parked my '98 Ford Windstar next to the house, my wife pointed out that a 8"x5"x3" black plastic box was sitting at the end of the driveway, and a slightly ...
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181 views

What checks or service should be performed before a long trip?

Before going on a long trip, say 10 hours a day, times 2 days at highway speeds, what checks or services should I have performed? This car is a 2007 Lexus ES350, but I'm looking for an answer that ...
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How often should I do fuel induction and why should I do it if my car runs perfectly fine?

I've owned 6 cars now and I only remembered doing fuel induction once. Yesterday I went to the Toyota dealer and they recommended me doing fuel induction every 3000 miles. I have a 2009 Toyota ...
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1answer
834 views

Wiring up boat electronics - 240V and 12V with inverter

I've just bought a boat, but the electrical systems need a bit of an upgrade before going cruising for any length of time. At the moment, All the 12V runs from a single starter battery, and there are ...
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1answer
462 views

My 96 honda civic will not start please help!

Ok I will try to make this quick and short as much as I can. so a couple weeks ago I put the drivers side power door on my 96 Honda civic hatch. everything went well until a couple of days ago I tried ...
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573 views

1998 Volvo S70 beeping randomly

I have a 1998 Volvo S70. The question here sort of describes my problem, but I will be more specific. At (apparently) random intervals, I will hear a short (half a second) beep coming from somewhere ...
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2answers
1k views

New Car Stereo Not Saving Stations

I have put in an aftermarket stereo into my car. (Pioneer DEH-4500BT). I hooked it all up ok and it was all working. However i noticed that it did not turn off with the engine. Before i had brought ...
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3answers
508 views

The garage I went to cannot get the wheel off my car

I have a BMW with a flat tire, I took it to tire shop but we could not find the bolt nut, and he said he could not do anything. So I went to breakers yard, they had one and tried to get the tyre off, ...
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1answer
75 views

digital display which shows mileage,mpg,temperature etc has somehow moved to the left as you look at speedo.any advice please

Digital display moved to left on speedometer I can only see half of it, any advice please. Can only see part of the display.
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1answer
75 views

Is it safe to replace a Hyundai air flow sensor with Nissan?

When I try to accelerate my car (a 2000 Hyundai Accent 1.3L hatchback), it gave some misfires and tries to stop the engine. My mechanic said it is due to an airflow sensor failure, and that he can ...
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1answer
3k views

Grinding Sound at Specific RPM/Speed

I have a 2011 Ram 1500. For about a month I thought I was hearing a clunk between 2nd and 3rd gear. I finally decided to listen carefully by turning my radio off. I now certainly notice it, but it is ...
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1answer
3k views

Difference between cabin air filters

What are the differences between Charcoal, Electrostatic, and Pollen cabin air filters? For general use, which is better to buy?
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1answer
630 views

Replace door on BMW 320D E46

I recently bought a BMW 320D E46 (2001) with two doors (passenger side) that are dented beyond repair (i.e. repairing them would be ridiculously expensive). I have the opportunity to buy two ...
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2answers
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Should I replace my own oxygen sensor if i have a Check Engine Light and Code P2195?

My 2003 focus lx 2.0L L4 SOHC ~18,000 miles has had the engine light so i went to autozone to read the code. Autozone obd2 printout says "P2195 lack of heated oxygen sensor- Bank 1 Sensor 1 HO2S11 ...
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4answers
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How do I correctly monitor the fuel(diesel) in the automobile?

This is my first question in mechanics.stackexchange.com. I am a computer programmer and work in Location based services. Along with GPS monitoring, I want to give the clients , a proper manipulation ...
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1answer
2k views

Trouble starting 1997 Pulsar N15

I'm having difficulty troubleshooting an issue starting my 1997 Pulsar N15 (also known as Nissan Centra, Nissan Almera in other countries). If the car has been sitting for a few hours (or overnight), ...
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2answers
620 views

No power to interior lights, etc

I got Mercedes A Class W168. Recently I got a weird problem, when I switch the key, only battery & SRS lamps lit at dashboard. Engine, headlamps, radio, horn, windows, power steering work. ...
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2answers
1k views

How important are swing arm bushing pivot collars ? [ Honda CB400T Motorcycle ]

I've got a project motorcycle which is a bit of a frankenstein. It came to me with a Honda 400T engine but the compliance plate says it's a 1982 CB-250T, looking over the frame though the swing arm at ...
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4answers
1k views

Front-end metallic vibration noise - poorly lubricated brakes?

I have a manual-transmission 2008 Mazda 3 I. For the past day or two, I have detected a somewhat quiet metallic vibration noise coming from the front-end of my car. Some things I have noted: The ...
5
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3answers
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What brake components need to be lubricated?

When doing a DIY brake job, I understand that it's necessary lubricate several components of the pad/caliper assembly. From various sources, I have been told that the following are the places where ...
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2answers
576 views

How can I verify my brakes are decent when I can't trust the mechanic who worked on them?

I took my car to my local chain repair shop last Saturday because the parking brake was nonfunctional -- the lever, when pressed, had no resistance, and was clearly not hooked up to anything. They ...
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2answers
621 views

Torque and engine power [duplicate]

What is the relation between Torque and engine power? Just wanted to know how power is distributed to wheels in a car.
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1answer
391 views

Squeal (vacuum leak?) and high idle after rebuilding carbs on '82 Yamaha XJ 750 Maxim

I've got an '82 Yamaha XJ 750 Maxim. I rebuilt the carburetors this weekend, and after putting it back together, it seems like it's got a vacuum leak. There's a loud squeal every time a cylinder ...
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2answers
342 views

Why doesn't the engine coolant dry up while the engine is running?

Why can't coolant dry inside the engine during engine operation?
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2answers
45k views

What is the purpose of a drive-shaft?

what is a drive-shaft and why we need it in a car? I do get the point of having crankshaft (using Wikipedia) but still confuse with drive-shaft
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1answer
242 views

Why need to change gear in car? [closed]

Could someone let me know why it is necessary to change from gear to gear ?What is the scientific foundation? I heard " The higher your speed the higher your gear, the lower your speed the lower your ...
0
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2answers
3k views

Adjust sector shaft on newly installed steering gear box?

I replaced the steering gear box on my 2004 E250 with a remanufactured one. I'm still getting play in the steering wheel, about an inch as measured by the circumference of the wheel. I took a look ...
2
votes
5answers
2k views

Yamaha XJ750 not starting

I would like to thank all in advance for any advice I recieve. I own an 82 Yamaha 750 maxim, I have got single air breathers, for my 4 carbs and I removed the carbs to clean out and install air ...
3
votes
1answer
222 views

What is the bank sensor attached to on a Honda CBR1000RR 2012?

I am repairing a bike which had its front totally taken out. The instruments panel and headlights are gone. One of the first things I'd like to do is install a new bank sensor. I purchased the bank ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Is it possible to install power door lock on KIA Forte LX?

My 2010 KIA Forte LX has no power lock from stock, but it has wires in doors. Is it possible to put lock actuator from EX model? Or in any other DIY way? I've checked a lot of forums, but there is no ...
5
votes
1answer
89 views

Why wasn't my engine getting fuel?

This is a 1975 Ford F-350. It has been sitting idle for 6 months, and is rarely used. Normally, when I try to start it after sitting for a long time, it takes a bit of cranking before it starts. I ...
4
votes
2answers
551 views

Noisy blower fan in 92 Civic

The blower fan in my Civic is really loud on the high setting; from inside the vehicle, it's much louder than the engine and even louder than wind/road noise at highway speed. Reaching up under the ...
2
votes
1answer
945 views

Ford Fiesta - the colour of the water in the water container

I own a hatchback ford fiesta. I took my car out for a drive today for 10 minutes and when I came back, I opened the hood and checked that the water in the water container was quite hot (not ...
2
votes
1answer
300 views

Remove stuck steering gearbox mounting bolt?

I'm removing the steering gearbox from my 2004 E-250. I'm trying to remove the gearbox from the frame, but one of the three bolts that mount it to the frame is stuck. I've managed to get the bolt ...
2
votes
1answer
82 views

1999 Ford Interceptor 4.6 L not starting

After replacing the intake the car will not start. The lights on the dash come on, the fuel pump pumps, the fuel rail has been bled. And yet when I turn the key, no click just some relay clicks after ...
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vote
1answer
484 views

2008 Chevrolet Impala. Clicking noise behind the glove box - I believe it has something to do with a diverter valve in heating and cooling system?

There is a clicking noise behind the glove box. I believe there should be a sensor or something to stop the motor for the divertor valve. It trys to keep shifting the valve and it clicks when it ...
2
votes
1answer
623 views

Evap code continues to warn after replacing the gas cap

Replacing the gas cap as suggested here worked for about a week. But now the check engine light (evap code) continues to re-appear. This is about the third time in three months the check engine light ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce

Is replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce, an expensive repair? I've been told it is better to just replace the engine all together. Is it a tough job for a backyard mechanic or a diy ...
2
votes
1answer
421 views

Whistling noise from 4runner when idling, gassing

Our 2000 4runner just started making a noise a few days ago. It’s not very noticeable unless you roll down the window. It is high pitched, and when it happens it’s intermittent, never a longer tone ...
3
votes
2answers
526 views

Intermittent no crank issues

My girlfriend has 2003 VW Beetle (2.0L, 5-speed manual). Sometimes, when you turn the key to crank over the car it tries to turn over but then hits a wall. No clicking happens at all. It starts to ...
4
votes
1answer
120 views

Where on the Jeep Wrangler TJ can I tap into the oil line?

I would like to install a By-Pass filter on my Jeep TJ (2004). Where can I put the other end of the tube going into the filter? I have included a diagram illustrating what I am looking for (where ...
5
votes
3answers
13k views

Cigarette lighter fuse repeatedly blows

I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla. Recently, the fuse for the cigarette lighter blew when I put in a car charger. The fuse powers the cigarette lighter as well as the radio and I think the backlighting on ...

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