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Bleeding Brakes with Car on or off?

There's a pump that runs when the car is on to pressurize the hydraulics, right? When bleeding the brakes, should the car be on or off so this pump is on or off? I'm specifically talking about a ...
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1answer
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Altima Clutch and/or Transmission Problems

I have a 2005 Nissan Altima SE with a manual transmission. The clutch was completely replaced about 7k miles ago. I bought the car about 5k miles ago. At around 2-3k miles ago is when the problems ...
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1answer
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How to track down an intermittent battery drain?

I know there are several questions on here about finding the source of a battery drain (like Battery drains by itself when vehicle is parked (parasitic draw) ). However I don't think the answers ...
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1answer
642 views

Can these problems be blamed on a faulty dimmer switch in a 2003 Skoda Fabia 1.4 MPI (AQW)?

Here is the description of my problem occurring on my Skoda Fabia 1.4 MPI car, built in 2003: The green dashboard cluster illumination (that illuminates the speedo, rev counter, time and miles) is ...
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1answer
117 views

'00 Mercury Sable speedometer and ??? issues

My Sable is having several issues and I can't tell if they are related. The car is driven less than average, three or four days per week. At some point, it lost coolant and I had to add about two ...
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3answers
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Installing a used ECM

The ECM is dead on my 2003 Toyota Corolla. What are the risks of installing a used ECM? Will the ECM need to be reconfigured? I've heard it might have issues passing DEQ?
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What is a hot patch, and how is it done?

I recently picked up a piece of metal in my tire, leading to a flat. The mechanic said he could not plug the tire, and that a "hot patch" was required. What is a hot patch, how is it applied, and ...
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1answer
1k views

What causes the “pop” and “burble” noises on overrun?

I love the sound, just wondering what causes it.
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1answer
55 views

What are your main concerns when getting your car wrapped with custom-patterns?

Let's say you're getting your car custom wrapped. What would be your top concern when hiring someone to do the job? This would be a key area to filter when picking a service provider. Thanks in ...
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3answers
7k views

What to do if 2010 Chevy HHR key is stuck in run position?

The key in my 2010 Chevy HHR automatic will not turn back to the OFF position. It is stuck in the RUN position with the car on. What is the cause of this problem? How can I shut off the car?
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1answer
248 views

2000 Dodge Intrepid electrical problem

I accidently let the battery power cable touch the frame of the car and it sparked. Now my car does not light up dashboard or anything type of power. I tried jumping the car and still no sin of life. ...
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2answers
2k views

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser misfiring with A/C

My car has been acting up for a while now with the following symptoms: When idling and with the A/C running it will run fine for a few seconds but then the car will sort of shake and the A/C will ...
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2answers
254 views

Proper fuel for motorcycles?

I've heard that regular petrol (92 octane ULP) from some fuel companies is not good for motorbikes as it is intended for cars only. Is this just an old wives tale?
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Why doesn't homelink plus programming work as described in the manual?

I'm trying to program my 2007 Prius to open my garage door. I succeeded doing this for my 2006 Highlander with no problems. However, for the prius, I cannot get the car to work as described in the ...
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1answer
510 views

Motorcycle battery - correct voltage running and stopped?

Hopefully a pretty straight forward one: I've been having trouble starting my bike. I checked the voltage on the battery when it was idling and got 12.9. Is this too low?
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2answers
1k views

Engine Revving/Misfiring - Formerly Running Lean - No Trouble Codes Now

For a few months now my 1999 Toyota Avalon XLS (California model - this apparently affects the emissions specs - I'm in NY however) with around 105k miles has been giving me these totally random ...
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2answers
482 views

Possible to diagnose broken transmission without starting engine?

While I know a little about cars, the bulk of my knowledge came from when I was a kid bolting on stuff to my Honda and racing it illegally. (So, not much.) My '96 Civic DX (5-speed) recently passed ...
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1answer
456 views

BMW 33D 2001 no power problem

I have: BMW 330D, 2001 year, saloon, 135kw Recently I have change the turbo charger of my car. There was a problem related with this post. Then I went to the garage and they ran the diagnostics. ...
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2answers
475 views

How to remove edges around body filler/bondo?

I have a curved area on fibreglass with a dent in it. I have filled it with body filler but when I sand it back there is still an obvious ridge where the filler meets the body. I have sanded it down ...
3
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1answer
321 views

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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2answers
6k views

How to safely remove stuck threads? (Brakeline from Brakehose)

I have an 81 Chevy pickup C10 that I was replacing the brake hose on. In the process of trying to take the brake line loose from it I started to twist the line when I thought I had finally started to ...
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3answers
7k views

What may happen if I do not replace my motorcycle's chain

I have a aging (y2k) motorcycle with not too many Ks on the clock. I have been told by a mechanic that I need to replace my sprockets and chain. This seems reasonable since the chain has been poorly ...
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5answers
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Manual transmission at stop: 1st with clutch in, or neutral with clutch out? -OR- Throwout Bearing wear

When sitting in traffic or at a long red light, is the Best Practice to have the car in 1st gear with your foot on the clutch, or in neutral with your foot off the clutch? Some say that you should be ...
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3answers
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Motorcycle: Honda VTR 250 difficulty starting

I have a 2000 model Honda VTR 250. Up until now the bike has been super reliable. However, recently it has been struggling to start in the morning. The engine turns over many times before catching and ...
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2answers
1k views

Saab 9-3 stuttering and cutting out [closed]

I've got a 1999 Saab 9-3 2.0l Automatic (not the turbo). It's been running fine, then a bit more than a month ago it started to stutter when accelerating or decelerating. Only occasionally, but it ...
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2answers
2k views

Aftermarket start-stop system

I am looking for an aftermarket device that turn off the engine when the car is in rest and turn on the engine when the throttle is pushed. Which are the producer? Where i can find it on internet?
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2answers
294 views

Is it safe to take the paint back to the undercoat? (will it rust?)

I have a 94 Honda Prelude. The paint is absolutely shot from being in the sun too long. I was thinking about getting it repainted and sanding it back to the undercoat myself panel by panel to save ...
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3answers
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2004 Mercury Grand Marquis blower motor not coming on at all

I'm working on a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis. The blower motor has suddenly stopped working. All speeds were available and it was blowing cold air before the malfunction. It was blowing fine, ...
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2answers
2k views

2006 Cobalt SS - Serpentine Belt Broke, How to Diagnose

I drive a 2006 Cobalt SS (not supercharged) with the 2.4L engine. Today my serpentine belt broke. I need to get the car into the shop this week for a different problem. I'm fairly confident that I ...
2
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1answer
1k views

2006 Cobalt SS - Traction Control Light & Hard Shifting

I drive a 2006 Cobalt SS (not supercharged) with the 2.4L engine. In the last month or so the traction control light has been coming on periodically. Turning the engine off and back on causes the ...
3
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1answer
875 views

Windshield washer fluid reservoir leaking at pump plug. Quick Fix?

I filled the reservoir and noticed a drip. I took it out, emptied it, and found the source of the leak. The plug that goes in at the bottom of the reservoir was leaking (see picture). Besides buying a ...
4
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1answer
1k views

09 Camry engine rumbles

This is a pretty straight forward question, but I have an 09 Camry 5-speed manual. It only has about 25k miles on it and has been regularly serviced. However, as of late I've noticed that when I ...
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1answer
1k views

98 Ford Explorer FOB reprogramming not working

I just bought a Ford Explorer key fob off of Amazon and it came with instructions as to how to reprogram my car. Having follored this, as well as reading the manual and various posts online, my car ...
2
votes
2answers
103 views

Jet ski maintainance

I have two old jet skis, one of which isn't working too well anymore. I'd like to learn how to fix it. I'd probably not be able to sell it for very much anyways. Are there any good books or resources ...
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3answers
219 views

DIY car repair: Which car should I try to start with?

I would like to start working on cars as a hobby and to turn a small investment into a larger one. I have little experience working on cars but I am learning. I really enjoy working on them and would ...
2
votes
2answers
645 views

Damaged frame on my motorbike

My 10 year old Yamaha Super Tenere 750 has been off the road for a while as when I got it I learned it had had a bad crash which bent the frame. The rest all works, so I plan to take it to a garage to ...
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1answer
2k views

50cc Two Stroke Scooter/Motorcycle - Idle and start issues

This is my first motor-vehicle ever, a Simson s50 from 1976. Things seem to be running fine, but there are two problems I need to figure out: 1) The engine dies unless rev'ed constantly - eg at a ...
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3answers
2k views

Normal oil and fuel consumption for MkIV Golf 1.4l?

Vehicle: 2002 VW Golf (German) Engine: 1.4 liter, gasoline 75 hp Odometer: 60k miles / 100k km Fuel consumption: 29-33 MPG / 7-8 liters/100km Oil used: 5W30 ...
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votes
2answers
595 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
7k views

How to connect an iphone to a Honda Civic?

I hope this isn't off topic but I am really clueless about cars. I just got my license recently and have been struggling to connect my iPhone to my car. I own a 2011 Honda Civic. I bought this cable ...
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2answers
471 views

Performance Exhaust — what, how, why?

I've seen performance exhaust pipes on sale for cars and motorcycles, and my questions are these: What does it do? (better performance [and how so?]? better mileage? cooler sounds?) Is/how is it ...
4
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5answers
13k views

My car engine stops turning over when starting

Twice now my car engine has stopped cranking mid start. It doesn't seem to be a power problem as the radio, wipers ... all seem to work. The ignition key simply doesn't do anything anymore. In once ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Engine has become noisy

I have a 1993 Mercedes 308d. It always used to be fairly quiet, but recently the engine has started to sound quite noisy. Its OK when started then after it gets warm you notice when you come to a ...
2
votes
1answer
655 views

Reset Service Light 2009 1.6 Diesel Alfa Romeo Mito

Can anyone please advise me how to reset the service light on my 1.6 Diesel Alfa Mito?
2
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1answer
586 views

2004 Toyota Corolla breaker breaks when I use a power outlet

I have an 04 Corolla. If I plug anything into either of the 2 power outlets it destroys a breaker. I thought about replacing the power outlet, but since it happens to both outlets I think there's ...
4
votes
6answers
11k views

Keeping floor mats from moving - no hook on car floor

Looking for some ideas to keep floor mats from moving. In particular, my 91 MR2 has no plastic hook on the car floor to hook into the floor mats and hold them in place. The floor mats I have only ...
3
votes
3answers
455 views

How can I route power cables from my 2012 Kia Forte eco from the battery to the cabin?

I have a 2012 Kia Forte sedan with "eco" package. I'd like to mount my mobile amateur radio into the vehicle, however I'm having a hard time locating a grommet for passing power leads from the cabin ...
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vote
1answer
765 views

How can I fix my bumper dent?

First, I am not sure if this is a bumper or bumper cover. Second, is it possible to fix this myself or do I need to go to a body shop? Any suggestions? Car Make/Model: Honda Accord Coupe 2000
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vote
2answers
525 views

How to Replace the Drivers Key Lock

Are there any other cars that have the same type of key lock for a 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix LE? (2-door) I'm having a hard time finding a used one. The little door/flap on the key mechanizm is broken ...
3
votes
1answer
222 views

Wheel re-torqueing, how is it done?

When putting wheels back on a car, you place them on and torque them to spec. Now, most if not all manufacturers say to re-torque them after 50 miles. What is the procedure for this? Do you just ...

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