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1998 Ford Contour P0171 P0174

I have a 1998 Ford Contour that has a check engine light. I checked the codes, and found: P0171 System Too Lean (Bank 1) P0174 System Too Lean (Bank 2) P0401 Insufficient EGR Flow P1131 Lack of ...
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Flaky turn signal

I'm working on a 1998 Ford Contour with a right rear turn signal that is acting up. The indicator on the dash and the right front turn signal are quick flashing while the right rear signal/bulb is on ...
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Loose airbag in 1998 Ford Contour LX

If you've got a Ford Contour with a loose airbag (still attached to the wheel, it just rattles on rough pavement), how do you tighten it? What type / size are the screws?
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Broken window crank handle

I'm working on a 1998 Ford Contour with manual windows that has partially broken crank handles on both sides in front. The knob you grip while rotating the handles has broken off, which makes it ...
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Broken washer hose junction and clip hardware

I'm working on a 1998 Ford Contour. The hose from the washer pump comes up on the back corner of the engine bay on the passenger side and runs across the hood toward the drivers side. The nozzle on ...
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Driver side front inside door handle does not work on a 1998 Ford Contour LX

The driver side front inside door handle and lock tab are not working on a 1998 Ford Contour LX I'm working on. There is no tension on either part. The only way to lock the door is from the outside ...
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Durability of chrome rims vs aluminum alloy

We have a Japanese car that recently developed a slow leak in the right rear tire. One tire shop told us that we needed new tires on the back, but the justification sounded weak so I drove it for a ...
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How do I weigh mileage against time when it comes to scheduled maintenance?

My 2001 Honda Civic's manual indicates that my timing belt should be replaced every 110,000 miles or 84 months. I bought the car in July 2001 and have around 49,000 miles on it. A dealer mechanic said ...
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Car Parts Software To View Parts of a Car

Is there computer software that lets you see parts of a car for common car models, like European brands, and browse them in 3D. Is there anything that would have autocad schematics or something like ...
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Where are my Power Window Relays?

I have a 2005 Mazda 3, and I have located both the interior and exterior fuse box. Neither one of the fuse boxes have relays in it concerning the power windows. Does anyone know where they are on ...
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My 2005 Mazda 3 Front Passenger window motor receives signal to go down, but not up

If you look at the picture below you will see that I took the plastic panel off my door, and separated the motor from the regulator. After I disconnected the motor that I thought was bad, I connected ...
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vw golf mkv spoiler removal

I need to change the rear spoiler on my 2005 golf gti. I read that it's possible to remove the adhesive by cutting through it with some kind of a thread, I guess nylon would be best. Has anyone done ...
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How do FRAM oil filters stand up to their competition?

My friend is telling me that Wix is a better oil filter. He says they don't use paper, and that the intake holes are bigger. I just bought a TG16 (which is the expensive FRAM filter). Is there any ...
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Clips that hold plug wires onto coil pack?

On my 1999 Saturn SL2, there are clips that are supposed to hold the ignition/plug wires in place onto the coil pack and the bolt that goes through it may play a role in grounding the circuit. One of ...
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Keeping an old car alive?

So I drive a '97 Subaru Legacy with about 200,000 miles on it. Still runs like a charm, never gives me any trouble. Had the brakes, rotors, and calipers all replaced recently, tightened the power ...
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Horn / hooter works when car is off, not when car is on?

I have a (South African) Opel (Chev? Vauxhall?) Corsa bakkie (ute?). But I think this is more a general question than specific to this type of car. However, this model I own does not have many onboard ...
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Honda Civic easily overheats with air conditioning on high?

I have a 2005 Honda Civic DX. I drove my car for about 10 minutes, with the air conditioning on the highest/coolest level. I then parked my car in direct sunlight for another 10 minutes, and kept the ...
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Are automakers required to maintain spare parts infrastructure for 15 years?

Are (U.S.) automakers required to maintain an infrastructure of spare parts for 15-years (in the U.S. or in California)? Reading about the GM EV-1: The EV1's discontinuation ... to avoid ...
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What could be the reason for intermittent behavior of a window switch?

On an older Dodge van the switch to roll up the windows on the driver and passenger sides work for, say a month, and then they don't, and then one side works, and then the other side, and then neither ...
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261 views

Alarm system appears to be going out?

A bit ago, I went out to my van (1998 Toyota Sienna), unlocked, and got in with nothing unusual. When I put the key in the ignition and turned it to the on position, all the appropriate lights came ...
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Why does my 2005 Volvo S60 make a clicking sound when accelerating from a stop?

To start off, I had my oil changed at the dealship last month. The dealer told me that the car needs new joints and control arm bushings. Recently, I've noticed that sometimes there is a click that ...
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Why do head gaskets fail in diesel engines?

I'm considering the purchase of a 2001 VW Golf TDI "mechanic's special", so named because it apparently has a failed head gasket (white smoke). I'm not a mechanic but I'm fairly handy with tools and ...
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1answer
597 views

Adhesive for use with a foam liner under the door panel

I recently pulled a door panel to fix a broken cable. There was a foam liner behind the panel that had to come off to access the cable. I think this serves as a water barrier, so I want to make sure ...
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578 views

Biodiesel and DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter)

I read a little about DPFs and biodiesel. Some claim that there's a reduction in lubricity and/or viscosity of engine oil when using B30 or above. They warn about increased engine wear because of it. ...
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Clay block effectiveness

Just wondering if anyone has tried any of these commercial clay block paint oxide remover things... If so; do they work? Do they work on all paint types? Can I just use regular $1 a pound ...
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655 views

Toyota Tacoma squeaky front shock

I recently purchased a Toyota Tacoma 2008. It has a one inch lift kit with aftermarket rims and tires. The problem is that the front shocks squeak loudly when going over a curb for example. Any ideas ...
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285 views

Solution to integrate car audio with iPod/IPhone at CD quality and optional bluetooth car kit functionally

I am looking for a solution that would integrate default car audio system with an Apple iPhone, providing this functionality: play music/playlists from iPhone at CD quality (no BT for FM) charge ...
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1answer
608 views

Catalytic converter possibly bad. How soon do I need to replace?

2004 Cadillac SRX V8 AWD is making a rattling sound when idle, and mostly or completely goes away when RPMs increase. From what I've found, this is a bad catalytic converter. It is under warranty ...
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Why is the brake pedal higher than the accelerator pedal

All cars I've encountered (here in the UK) have the brake pedal higher than the accelerator pedal. Is this a standard, world wide? I would have thought that for safety (getting to it quicker) you'd ...
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1answer
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How to determine the cause of leak in a Mazdaspeed 3?

When stopping for gas on the way home, I noticed a red fluid running out from the front of my car. It had a reddish tint to it and was coming out from under the passenger side wheel. I checked the ...
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What is the cause of belt squeak in the morning?

For the past month or so my 2003 Honda Accord squeaks in the morning when I start driving to work. After a couple of minutes of driving the squeak stops. I'm pretty sure it's from the belt area. What ...
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762 views

How to find ignition wire on mercedes truck

Hi all I need to find ignition wire as I need to connect t to my ower supply. This should be behind the key lock right? How do I approach to it and how to know which one is right wire? Truck s ...
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New headlight lenses?

So my 97 Subaru Legacy has pretty dim headlights, and it drives me up the wall. I like nice, thorough illumination when I'm driving at night; being able to see really does wonders for confidence on ...
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2001 Saturn L-200 replacing one tire

So, today I was driving and all of the sudden my front passenger tire blew out. I pull over to find out that I ran over some piece of metal and the tire is torn unrepairable. Luckily there was a tires ...
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How do the audio controls on the steering wheel communicate with the radio?

Do they use some sort of wireless protocol, such as Bluetooth? I can't imagine there is enough room to have physical connections for all of the controls that would also allow for the full rotation of ...
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How to determine if a Mercedes key is original?

I have made a duplicate of my car key ( 2001 E320) and I want to know if the key (reprogrammed used key) is original; manufactured legitimately by Mercedes or an authorized manufacturer. I didn't ...
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Coolant still in expansion tank after draining from engine and radiator — BMW E46 (2003 330i)

I attempted to do a cooling system flush today (along with replacement of radiator hoses, water pump and thermostat). After removing the blue drain plug (my car only had one, apparently some cars ...
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How to reduce engine drag

Reading this question - Is engine braking harmful? - reminds me of a question I have always wanted to ask. I used to own a Prius. When the Prius is cruising at low speed at a slight downward slope, ...
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1answer
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Chevy C2 brokes its valves when the timing belt is broken?

The Chevy C2 is and Opel Corsa designed by General Motors México. The version I own is model 2007 and its gear transmision is automatic. I Bought this car used and I send it to the mechanic yo ...
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How should I clean brake dust off my hands?

Wiped a bunch of brake dust off my car's wheels and got some on my hands; what's a good, responsible way to wash my hands after I get brake dust on them? I don't really know if it's unsafe to get it ...
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How to determine by ear which part of exhaust needs replacing?

I have a 1.3L Skoda Felicia, (carburetter engine without catalytic nor other gimmicks). Since past 1-2 months I would hear the exhaust sound has changed, it became more and more audible and at full ...
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Automatic trasmission gear lock when accelerating

For awhile now since getting my first car (and only driving Automatic transmissions) I've had plenty of experiences where when making a turn out of a parking lot with my wheels turned a bit too much, ...
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Is engine braking harmful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? My wife and I have a disagreement about a practice of mine--engine braking. When I'm driving her manual ...
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1answer
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Do my struts need replacing? Is it possible to repair them? What's a reasonable price?

I have a 2003 Mazda Protege with about 100,000 miles on it. Even very uncertain guestimates at the appropriate price for this would be appreciated. Will worn struts damage my tires? How quickly? ...
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1answer
286 views

How do you clean battery corrosion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use coca cola or baking soda + water to clean my battery clamps? My roommate's car wouldn't start, and we found a ton of corrosion on the battery posts. He ...
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1answer
135 views

Coolant flush procedure?

I'm going to change the coolant on a '96 B-Body with an LT1 engine. It's got expired Dex-Cool in it (past the rated 5 year life). I want to get all the old coolant out in case it has turned to the ...
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1answer
388 views

How much longer than a copper plug will an iridium plug last (on average)?

I've been hearing a lot about iridium spark plugs lately. I have read claims that these plugs are more durable than copper plugs due to iridiums high melting point and anti-corrosive properties, but ...
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How can I achieve a streak free windshield?

I can never quite get the streak free shine on my windshield from using Windex. Is there another product that works better?
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Audi A3 Brake warning after MOT

just dropping in to show my support for this forum and to ask a quick question! Had my '06 Audi A3 2.0 TDI Quattro Sport serviced and MOT'd yesterday. Knew my front pads were very worn (tried to ...
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Maintenance on used car with unknown history

I bought a high mileage(130K) used Saturn(98 SW2). I do not know the maintenance history of the car or if it has been kept to the maintenance schedule. What things should I avoid working on. For ...

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