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Determining the size/pitch of bolts and nuts before taking things apart

I'm a shade tree mechanic with an old car that's got a fair amount of rust on various fasteners (particularly in the under-regions). When I'm doing maintenance, I often like -- or find the need to -- ...
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How to remove chipmunks from a car?

My friend is getting desperate - he thinks there are chipmunks in his car (Jetta 03), the cabin intake air filter has some holes, there was some food around, pieces of insulation etc It looks like ...
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Why do my wipers only operate at high speed?

I have a 2003 Volvo XC90, and the wipers now only work at high-speed, regardless of the stalk setting. The normal order is off - intermittent - low - high; however now they go to high speed for all 3 ...
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1995 Mercury Mystique - No more cool air from AC

I've got a '95 Mercury Mystique that I have been trying to fix the A/C or for awhile (as budget allows). I just had an overhaul from the shop... Had a new compressor installed - the old one had ...
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accidentally placed oil in the coolant reservoir in a BMW 325i. How do I fix it and what is the cost?

I accidentally added oil to my coolant reservoir. I have a BMW 325i. The oil light came on and I figured my oil may be low. When the oil was added the oil light warning went off. However, the ...
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What should I do about PS0128 “Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature)” error code?

I have a Mazda 6 and recently purchased the OBD 2 module and saw the check engine light with the PS0128 Error Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature). I ...
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Popping / Clunking noise coming from rear of vehicle

What could be causing a popping / clunking sound from the rear end of a 1996 Caprice? The sound is only present (or apparent at least) after the vehicle has been driven for a while and seems to ...
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What are the critical maintenance items for a new motorcycle?

I have purchased a new motor bike recently. What are the critical maintenance items that I should focus on? For example: Is it true that we should not run new bikes on high rpm for some time? What ...
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How do I repair the O2 sensor in a 2001 Toyota Camry?

I have a 2001 Toyota Camry and the O2 sensor near the front of the car is bad (this is confirmed by the code that the computer has returned). Though I'm not particularly knowledgable about cars ...
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Dying car, at random intervals

So my 1996 Jaguar XJR is just stopping at random. It happens when the car is doing low RPM, like when I am coming/stading at a stop light. Any ideas on where to start to troubleshoot this problem? ...
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Car sitting for several months: what should I do to keep it running well?

I have a car that's been sitting for several months and I just got it working again. What should I do to ensure that it keeps running well?
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How can I diagnose a scraping sound when turning left?

My car is a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX with 72k miles. About three weeks ago I started noticing a scraping sound when I turn left. My mechanic did a courtesy check of alignment, balance and tire pressure ...
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Clunking sound at back of car when applying brakes

Since having my tires changed, I've been hearing a clunking sound from waht sounds like the back driver side of my car when I apply the brakes if they're applied jsut enoug to start slowing down the ...
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Clutch catches VERY low, is this bad?

This is similar to the 'clutch catches very high' question but obviously the opposite. It's a Peugeot 206 X reg and I have had it since 30K miles and it has run fine and I and the previous owner ...
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MA Inspection rejected due to wiper blades. For real?

I took my car to my dealer to get inspected and they tried to pressure me into buying some new wiper blades from them for ~$40. The blades are only 6 months old, and the car is otherwise in great ...
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What can cause a vehicle to run hot, but not overheat?

Anyway, I have a Grand Am 2003 V6. It only has 80k miles. My car ran great when I got it(used), but at some point it began to have minor temperature problems. It would always run a little bit hotter ...
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Moving a dead power window in order to remove it

I have a 2005 Saturn Ion with a failed power window motor (front driver's side). The removal procedure requires that the window be lowered, but it's stuck up (closed). How do I get the power window ...
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Hesitation or low power at slow acceleration

Subaru 2004 2l auto tip tronic. It seems to hesitate or have slow or lack of power when you accelerate slowly
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Why might SRS indicator light continuously?

After a trip to the beach, the SRS indicator in my 2003 Honda Civic is lit continuously. I don't think I have side airbags. A somewhat wet person sat in the passenger seat, and I moved the driver ...
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994 views

What is the procedure for replacing a belt tensioner pulley on a 2002 Subaru Outback?

My wife's 2002 Subaru Outback (the Legacy body) has approximately 100K miles on the odometer. Under acceleration, I'm hearing a sound like a possible failing belt tensioner. It's a very distinct ...
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Starting a car that has been sitting for about a year [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. My 1998 Trans Am has about 80,000 miles on it and has been sitting for about a year without being started in my ...
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100 views

Calculate tyre pressure of a car from OBD parameters

I want to calculate the tyre pressure of a car from OBD parameters. I don't want to take TPMS or any custom PID for this. One of the indirect method is the calculate: ((w_LF + w_RR) - (w_RF + w_LR)) ...
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Transmission Fluid Change - High Mileage Vehicle [closed]

Should I replace the ATF in a 2007 Honda Odyssey w/ 208,841 miles? Numerous shops advise against drain/ refill. I last changed @ 144k & was advised not to do it ascI could encounter transmission ...
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Coolant disappears from coolant reservoir but no leak observed

I just replaced the water pump in my 2005 Ford Escape V6. I discovered that each time I fill the coolant reservoir with coolant and drive the car, by my next stop the coolant reservoir will be ...
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1answer
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Detect engine stumble or hesitation

I want to know if I can detect my engine is having hesitation/stumble problem from an OBD. I mean not from any fault codes, but from the parameters obtained from the OBD. e.g. calculate the obtained ...
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1answer
147 views

Consequences of failing to replace bad struts and sway bar bushings

My car is kind of a beater and I don't want to pour money into it. Apart from a bumpy ride, is anything really bad going to happen if I don't replace these parts? For example, will this put a ...
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1answer
84 views

'Re-Timing' my Engine after timing belt removal

I have little mechanical experience. I decided to try and do the Timing Belt / Water Pump in my 2003 Subaru Outback ( Interference Engine ). Watched a video where someone neglected to put the engine ...
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1answer
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This drip is causing my 2000 HONDA CRV to overheat

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JaDZ_2jp3lQ Can someone please help me identify where this drip is coming from? It empties both the antifreeze and radiator. Ty
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1answer
109 views

How can I listen for a tire noise without driving?

When driving I can sometimes hear a metal noise coming from the tire. It can be intermittent or continuous, like a brake part or a bad bearing. It doesn't sound like road noise or something stuck in ...
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1answer
146 views

Car shaking when braking

I got a used car. I notice that on speeds higher than 80Km and when I brake, the car shakes. The shaking is very soft, it is not tough and it is not every time. I noticed it twice on a 2 hours journey ...
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2answers
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What is the simplest way to replace a Subaru front power window motor?

2006 Subaru Impreza It's a recently purchased car. All other windows can be opened from the driver's side 4 switch control, except for the drivers window so it appears the drivers window motor itself ...
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1answer
200 views

New engine and clutch, have weird vibration @3K RPM

I just replaced (well, had someone else replace) the engine in my 06 Solstice. The engine runs great for the most part (will open a separate question about that), but there is a weird vibration at ...
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1answer
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Can dry rot be prevented for long term storage?

The last time I saved a good tire and gave it to the tire place to replace one of my other tires, they said they couldn't due to dry rot. I had stored it in a plastic bag in a shed subject to seasonal ...
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1answer
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How to re-start Sentra after 6-yrs storage? [duplicate]

1991 Nissan Sentra XE, 1.6L engine, 5-speed manual trans, 78k miles. I unexpectedly had to stop driving this Sentra and it's been sitting unstarted in my garage for the past 6-years. It ran great, no ...
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1answer
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Audio noise when laptop connected to power inverter and the car's 3.5mm audio jack

On a recent road trip we wanted to have a laptop to play movies while on the road. We brought an Apple MacBook Air, a power inverter (to plug in the laptop's charger into the cigarette lighter), and a ...
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1answer
268 views

What is brake imbalance? How can I fix it?

My 2000 Opel Agila 1.2 has an advisory on it's MOT saying: Front Brake imbalance [sic] high at 23% What does this mean? What's wrong with my brakes? What does the 29% mean? How can I fix it? ...
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1answer
501 views

5th gear slipping of 5th gear at 3000 revs, but not into neutral

I'm planning to take my car to Mr Clutch on soon, but I wanted to see what every else's impression is of my car's problems. Last night I was driving along the motorway, accelerating to 70mph, when ...
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Tire Vibration from right rear tire at high speeds

The tire appeared to have a slow leak as I kept having to add air to it. So, I used Fix a Flat and now I have vibration at high speeds from that tire. What do you think might be the problem. I have ...
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1answer
530 views

Does Mazda's Skyactiv-G engine avoid EGR altogether?

It looks like Mazda sees high compression-ratio engines as the way forward to boost fuel economy and specific power on their midsize gasoline engine lineup (13:1 is an impressive achievement). ...
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1answer
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Possible cause of sudden breakage of windsheild?

My father was driving at about 30/40 kmph with ambient temperature of about 30 degree Celsius, AC turned off, when the windshield shattered. I want to know the possible causes. I have nullified all ...
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1answer
217 views

Rusty exhaust manifolds

Most of the engine on my 2007 V6 Tacoma is in a really good shape but both exhaust manifolds coming out of the engine block are really rusty. Q1: Is that a reason to worry or replace them, provided ...
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1answer
169 views

Can metal putty be used to repair stripped threads in aluminum castings?

I've been burnt by stripped threads on a couple of occasions now, so knowing that metal putty could be used to re-tap a brand new thread in aluminum would be reassuring. I recently came across Liqui ...
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1answer
1k views

How to bleed Toyota Tacoma clutch system?

Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Tacoma 4WD v6 6 speed I found this tutorial on pre-bleeding but it is generic (not vehicle specific) and I think there are differences between the cylinder it uses and Tacoma's, ...
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1answer
367 views

Current from key to solenoid of starter motor relay

I am considering installing a starter motor immobilizing relay inline with the starter setting of the key and starter solenoid. I recently got a MAH-112-C-4 online. It has a 30A switching ...
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1answer
9k views

Driving on a tire with different aspect ratio number than recommended?

I have a 2012 VW Passat SEL. Corrently I have Han Hankook tires 215/55R17 on them. I am looking to get a full size spare tire and am looking on Craigslist for a cheap alternative. What will be the ...
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2answers
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Vibrating sound and shaking when turning the wheel after changing timing belt?

On Monday I went to the mechanic to replace a ripped timing belt (red arrow in the picture). He also replaced some wheelie that was damaged. He told me that green circled box in the picture was the ...
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The car makes clicking noise when i try to turn on the engine. What could be the problem?

I've a 2007 honda civic. The radio and everything work fine, but when i try to turn on the engine it makes clicking noise. I thought, it could be a battery problem. I also try jump starter to start ...
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1answer
289 views

Automatic Throttle Body and TPS on a Manual

This is in continuation to my question Fast Idle and High Fuel Consumption. I just bought a Manual 97 Mazda Lantis 323 1.8L DOHC 16 Valve BP ( apparently called a Protege in the US ) which has a fast ...
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1answer
1k views

If the timing belt doesn't turn with the starter, is it broken?

So, I've got a 07 eclise 2.4. It ran fine on my way to work, but when I shut it off it wouldn't start again. I checked the basics (fuses, battery, plugs, coils) with no success. I then checked the cam ...
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1answer
290 views

How do I add an auxiliary battery to a van?

I have a 2500 Savanna (GMC, 2001, extended), with an entertainment system. The stock battery is fairly small, and I don't want to run the engine or drain the engine battery when playing videos for ...

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