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How long can I drive on a donut spare?

This is a pretty common question and I get a lot of conflicting responses from "Extremely dangerous could blow out at any minute" to "I've driven on it for a month". A mechanic at midas told me I ...
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How old is too old for a new tire?

When shopping for new tires from tirerack.com, the production date of the tires is listed. I'm considering tires from a 2007 production run, which would make them around 5 years old today (after ...
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Is it OK to replace only 2 tires on an AWD car?

On a 2004 VW R32 (which uses a Haldex AWD system), I have one damaged summer tire. All the tires have at least half of their usable tread depth left. At $200 ea, I'd like to replace only a pair of ...
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1answer
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How to determine tire compatibility [93 4runner]

I have a 93 Toyota 4runner with 31/10.5-15, if I understand the conversions correctly that would be a 267/76/R15 in metric. I am looking at replacing these tires and have found a set of 235/75/R15's ...
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1answer
121 views

2005 pacifica rear window shatters

Fourth rear window in 3 years to shatter on its own. Different weather conditions on each day it broke, car not sealed tight ie. window open. Once while in car driving it broke. Glass company can't ...
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6answers
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Impala no heat at Idle

I have 2006 impala that randomly will blow cold air at idle. Sometimes if I stop at redlight the heater will blow cold air. If I get the engine above idle by reving the engine to about 1K rpm it ...
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Max temperature for studless ice/snow tires on asphalt?

I realize this is probably a loaded question with no clear-cut "line in the sand" answer, but I'd still like to see what people say. I live 3 hours from Tahoe area, so in the winter it is nice to ...
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1answer
106 views

Probably a stupid question: normal for lubricant to leak around edge of new tire?

I just ordered and installed a new set of wheels/tires from Tire Rack. The tires were already mounted and balanced. It was my first time doing this (installing wheels), but everything seemed ...
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146 views

Having to replace tires

I have a 2011 Kia Sorento. I've had it since March, 2010, so almost three years. In that time, I've had to replace each of the tires at least once, if not twice. Two months ago I had to replace the ...
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2answers
484 views

2007 GMC Sierra Rod Assembly for the Spare Tire

We recently purchased a 2007 GMC Sierra and are looking for some details on the assembly for the spare tire. The truck did not come with the rod assembly for the spare tire and we were hoping to make ...
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1answer
238 views

Rumbling noise related to road speed

There is a rumbling noise which is related to road speed. It is slightly louder when the steering wheel is turned. Could it be wheel bearings? I have BMW 528i year 2000.
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1answer
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1986 VW Jetta Glow Plugs Not Getting Current

My 1986 VW Jetta seems to have a cold air sensor switch that isn't working. When I turn the key on and wait the little yellow light glows and then turns off just like it should but the plugs don't ...
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1answer
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Step-by-step guide to changing oil of a 2004 Nissan Xterra

I'm looking for a step-by-step guide to changing the oil of 2004 Nissan Xterra. I found one a very useful one for my Lexus but I can't find one for my Nissan. Does anyone know of one or would like to ...
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1answer
705 views

What are good techniques for cleaning metal filings out of a crank case?

My Honda Rebel managed to beat one of the pistons into a billion pieces and bend the offending piston rod. I've identified all the damaged parts and ordered replacements, or had them repaired ( ...
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1answer
885 views

Cruise control not working

I have a 1999 Dodge Dakota. Roughly a month ago my cruise control stopped working. When I turn on the cruise control I get the light showing that it is on. However, when I try to engage/set the ...
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2answers
809 views

Heater not getting very hot

I have a 1999 Dodge Dakota. Early in the spring I had to have my heater core replaced. Now it is starting to get cold outside. When I run my heater it is getting luke warm at best. Before the ...
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1answer
404 views

Engine reving and stalls after filling gas tank

Whenever I fill my car with gas, when I start my car the rpms start jumping and the car sometimes stalls. It's not from over filling because it happens even after adding only a few gallons.
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1answer
205 views

2001 Grand Cherokee Has not been starting?

In September someone broke into my car, nothing was missing but the alarm went off until the next day I came back from school and the battery was completely drained. So my dad jump started it and ...
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2answers
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should I replace gaskets when replacing exhaust?

I need to replace a broken section of exhaust. Should I replace the gaskets also? one of the gaskets is directly between the engine and the new part. The other is between the new and an old part of ...
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1answer
57 views

cabin fan motor loud then burnt out

I figured out that my fan mower's bearing were going out by the loud screeching it made. Being lazy I ignored it. Then one day I was sitting at a light and the cabin filled with horrible smoke. I ...
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1answer
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Level control on 2008 Chevy uplander stuck on

Our 2008 Chevy Uplander has an auto levelling system, where if a certain amount of weight is placed in the rear, it will pump air in, or take it out of the rear suspension to keep the vehicle level. ...
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1answer
1k views

96 Jeep Grand Cherokee acceleration loss

After a routine tune-up, my Grand Cherokee would stall constantly at low idle and the acceleration would quit if I let up on the gas pedal right around 50mph. I had to wait til it dropped below ...
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1answer
387 views

98 Grand Cherokee drains battery

The battery would go dead after sitting for a day. I checked battery and found a bad cell with a hydrometer. Replaced the battery and the problem remained. I hooked my meter between the positive post ...
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2answers
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What does PRNDSB means?

My Daihatsu Mira does not have any manual, Its an automatic car with TurboEngine and Gear with PRNDSB. What does all these means? My car is four wheel drive as I can see rear differential in it. If ...
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2answers
781 views

How can I adjust gaps to spark plugs?

Have a couple spark plugs that needs adjusting. Whats the best practise for this? Is this valid? http://motorqa.com/question/8/whats-the-best-way-to-adjust-gap-in-spark-plugs
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5answers
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How to properly change out spark plugs?

I am looking into how to change out my spark plugs on my 4 cylinder 2005 Mazda 3. All I know to do is: 1: Open each cylinder. 2: Use a spark plug socket (with the rubber insert) to remove the old ...
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1answer
7k views

motorcycle headlight with single SPDT relay

I have bike with 35 watt HS1 bulb and I want to upgrade brightness of headlight so I decided to put H4 60/65 watt xenon bulb. An expert on this forum suggested me to use relays as the new bulb ...
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1answer
80 views

Pontus PAC-7002(B) reset

My 1996 Alfa Romeo 146ti has a Pontus PAC-7002(B) stereo, probably aftermarket. It has a removable MP3 player and a built-in CD player. The whole interface seems to be locked, possibly as part of a ...
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3answers
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I forgot to release the hand brake while I'm driving at around 4 to 5 km. what will happen to my rear brakes?

I forgot to release the hand brake while I'm driving at around 4 to 5km. What will happen to my rear brakes?
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1answer
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how to find if a car can drive on hills easily or not?

I have a Daihatsu Mira car with 650cc, it has a Turbo Engine with an automatic gearbox. I want to go to a hill station but not sure that this car can drive there easily or not. I want to go to a point ...
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3answers
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Which relay to use for bike headlight

I have Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4, it has a 35 watt HS1 Helonix headlamp bulb. I want to upgrade the stock headlight to make it brighter, so I found H4 Xenon bulb 60/65 watt. I asked this question question ...
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2answers
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Low power, bad gas mileage, smelly exhaust after engine work

My 92 Civic has had low power (need to use at least one gear lower than usual to get the same power) and has been getting bad gas mileage (15-25mpg vs 32-42 mpg usual) since I replaced the head ...
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1answer
5k views

Hard Start in cold weather

We have a Ford Escape (2005 V6) with approximately 125k on it. I have done most of the maintenance on it myself since we bought it at 90k and it has overall been a great vehicle. The past two ...
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2answers
61 views

Greater warranty or lower miles?

Ok, I have a bit of a conundrum. I'm trying to buy a new car. I've already put a deposit on one for $500 (car 1) I found another, which is in a color I prefer, for around the same price. It also has ...
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1answer
685 views

Quickly pull key out - weird noise (Golf)

Unfortunately, I can be rather impatient. As such, I occasionally pull the key out of the ignition a little too fast (to which this post will explain the too). When this happens, there is a weird and ...
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6answers
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The battery is fine but my car will not start not even a clicking sound

When I turn the key in to start all the lights on the dashboard go out completely and when I turn it back to the off position the dash lights back up. What could the problem be if the battery is okay? ...
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2answers
573 views

How to know if a radiator is getting sufficient airflow

I have recently purchased a dune buggy as displayed in the photo below. Note the position of the radiator located above the seats. What I am wanting to do is install some clear perspex in the window ...
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2answers
117 views

Replacing a steel wheel

My girlfriend is looking for a replacement steel wheel for a 2012 Honda Fit, as one of hers is currently bent. I think they are 15" rims, but I was hoping to find the best option on where to purchase ...
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1answer
9k views

Headlights turning off randomly

I have a 95 Chevy S10. When I drive my truck around at night I notice that occasionally my headlights turn off for about 3 seconds and then come back on by themselves. There doesn't seem to be any ...
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2answers
334 views

breaking in (running in) a very small engine

I just bought a new 110 cc Honda motorcycle. It's waay underpowered, so I spend a lot of time at wide open throttle. Being brand new, this seems likely to cause damage. The manual recommends not to ...
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2answers
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How do you remove or even get to the car battery on a 2012 Honda Odyssey?

Summary How do you get to the battery on a 2012 Honda Odyssey, given that it is blocked by some type of intake tube**? **Edit: this used to say exhaust but I changed it to intake tube, given ...
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Honda Odyssey 2003 makes squeaking noises on cold start

Something squeaks when I start the engine after the car was sitting in garage for the night. Squeaking goes away after 2-3 minutes. Here is a video Car has following replaced a month ago: harmonic ...
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1answer
265 views

2011 ford focus ses changing tires

I ahve a 2011 ford focus and trying to change my back rear tires which are low profile sport tires on right now to my winter tires. and the sport tires are not coming off on the back. help?
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4answers
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I drive a 2008 Scion xD tire size 195/60 R16 can I switch to 205/60 R16 tires?

I have a tire that is very worn and just got a flat so I would like to get a tire sooner than later. I called up 4 tire shops Big-O, Les Schwab, dicount tire etc. and none of them have the tires in ...
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2answers
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Does tire size and/or tread wear significantly affect speed and speedometer accuracy?

I've always heard that tread wear affects the speed of your vehicle; i.e. you technically are going faster with new tires than you are with old, worn tires, for a given indicated speed by the ...
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3answers
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Installing ISOFix mounting points in Ford Focus

I have a Ford Focus Mk2 and I wanted to install the mounting points for ISOFIX car seats and I have the needed part but where can I find the installation instructions?
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1answer
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Alternative to Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 stock headlamp

I am from India and I own a Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 2012 motorcycle. I travel on the highway while coming back home from the office at night. I am not satisfied with the brightness of my stock head lamp, ...
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1answer
2k views

'98 Camry has occasional rough running / low speed idle problem

My '98 Camry (with the four-cylinder engine) usually starts, idles and drives like a dream. About a year ago I had the entire exhaust system replaced (including cat) due to corrosion. Since then it's ...
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2answers
319 views

What is the purpose of AC re-circulator?

I think every car has re-circulator functionality in AC control panel. But I don't really use it, because it fogs up all of the windows. What is the purpose of the re-circulator?
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2answers
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What's the quickest way to defog a windshield?

For a properly functioning auto, what's the quickest way to defog the windshield? There are lots of air control options - hot vs. cold air, exterior vs. recirculated air - but which are the most ...

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