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Front End Alignments

I recently had my vehicle in for a front end alignment. They told me all of my shocks were bad, causing all of the problems, and that they would not be able to align the front end with those bad ...
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Steering wheel gives a “cluck” sound

I have a Honda Civic VTI, 1997 model, automatic transmission. When I turn the steering wheel all the way to the left or right, it gives me a loud "cluck" sound. What is it?
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Is Petrol usage Proportional to Gas Pedal position

I was wondering about this the other day. Is the petrol usage in the car only influenced by the position of the gas pedal? So for example if I take my foot of the gas and coast for 30 seconds, would ...
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1answer
240 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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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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668 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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69 views

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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157 views

How much force is needed to push a piston down? [closed]

Combustion from fuel and air is used to push a piston down. When they combustion it creates a lot of force, my question is how much force is needed to push the piston all the way down when the vehicle ...
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995 views

What could be causing a distinct exhaust drone in a tight band around 3250 rpms on a 2004 Subaru WRX?

EDIT: Additional information provided by LovelyWife(TM) - listening outside the car, she has proclaimed that the rattle / buzz / drone / resonance is coming from the front of the car and sounds like ...
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2answers
127 views

Alloy and Steel Rims - Can I get away with having no Alloys?

I have recently bought my new car which has 14" wheels i.e. 14" rims (steel). One of my friends was asking me, "Dude, where are the alloys?". I didn't have much attention to it before until he asked. ...
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Ford Fusion 2014 Wiring Diagram

I just picked up a new 2014 Ford Fusion and am planning on modifying the factory audio equipment. I've been searching around on some websites (The 12 Volt and various forums) and can't seem to find a ...
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931 views

Fixing small scratches on the body paint

My Ford Focus seems to attract scratches quite badly, and it got to the point that I would like to try and fix them. All of them are rather small, resulting from parking in bushes, careless opening of ...
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Small engine starts then stops

A craftsman mower did not start at all. I cleaned out the carburetor, cleaned the passages on the bowl bolt. The air filter is clean, the fuel drips in a 1/8" stream without the bowl attached. ...
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250 views

Should I replace the tires earlier?

I recently read from a reputable source that tyres should be replaced at 3.2mm of tread thickness, not 1.6mm as the previous dogma suggested. My tyres are all in the 2.0mm - 2.5mm range. I understand ...
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2answers
108 views

Wear on inner of rear tyres

I have a rear wheel drive lowered car (BMW 325 E36). A few months ago, the driver side rear tyre burst (I hadn't noticed the wear on the inside). Now I can see the inner of the rear tyres is ...
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1answer
906 views

Electric central door lock does not work with automatic transmission shifting to and from “Park”

My 2004 Toyota Corolla S does not lock or open the central door lock when moving from/to “Park”. The manual and remote works just fine. It is only with the automatic transmission that when I move to “...
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1answer
14k views

Best way to remove rust from brake calipers without removing wheel

I have rang a few garages but none offer to remove rust from brake calipers, a lot of people say it is going to rust around there a bit anyway but I wanted to make them look shiny new for when I give ...
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1answer
379 views

4L60E fluid change

I'm going to change the transmission fluid on a '96 B-Body with a 4L60E transmission and an LT1 engine. The transmission fluid pan does not have a drain plug. I'd rather not drop the pan unless I ...
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1answer
1k views

Requirements for number plate illumination (UK) (Are LED Bolts good enough for cars?)

Could someone tell me what the law states with regards to the illumination of number plates in the UK? (i.e. number of lights, intensity in mcd (milli-candella)?) I have installed a reversing camera ...
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3answers
425 views

2001 Saab 9-5 turbo wagon - worth fixing?

I have an 01 Saab turbo wagon automatic with approximately 120,000 miles on it. Has some heater issues that make for a miserable ride in the winter. Needs the heatbox replaced according to a mechanic, ...
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1answer
258 views

difference between 175/70R 13 and 155 R 13 tyres

I wanted to replace my tyre with the number 175/70 R13 but the seller gave me a tyre with the number 155 R13 are they the same or I should get the same number
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109 views

Replacing tires for 2001 Subaru Outback

What are my options for replacing tires for 2001 Subaru Outback? One tire is damaged and it seems I need 4 matching tires as it is AWD. 255,225,260,...etc. If they match, can I change size?
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Screeching noise when attempting to start car

I have a Ford Bantam 1.3l pickup (South African) with 31 000 km on the clock. This morning when I tried to start the car (cold start), it made a loud scratching/screeching noise (like when turning ...
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1answer
389 views

New clutch master cylinder not filling with fluid after replacement

Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Tacoma 4WD v6 6 speed I installed a new master cylinder (the truck is at about 120K mi) but when I reconnected all the plumbing, it seems like it is not filling with fluid. The ...
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36 views

Merdeces stalls after 30sec-1min, and battery warning light is on [duplicate]

I've got an old but low mileage Mercedes and This problem puzzles me. The car stalls after a short time(30 seconds to 1 minute) after start up and the battery warning light on the dash lights up. I ...
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1answer
149 views

Puddle under passenger side of car/ A/C blowing hot air

I have a 1999 Mazda 626. I drove 5hrs the other day from WA to OR. Traffic was horrible and it was blistering hot. I had my A/C going most of the time, although at one point it started blowing hot air ...
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2answers
97 views

Will I get better performance with Brisk ZC plugs?

I was looking into Brisk ZC Multispark plugs. The design is interesting. it doesn't have a ground strap like regular plugs, nor is it one with multiple ground straps to get in the way of the flame ...
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3answers
77 views

How do I prevent bushing wear and what parts besides the suspension uses bushings?

I just did my upper control arm bushings on my Honda because it's lowered and I have an aftermarket control arm with camber adjustments. The wheel would pinch inward and send me toward the roadside. ...
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2answers
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New Toyota Camry tire pressure light came on and then off

My new Toyota Camry (LE 2014, just bought with no miles on it) all over the sudden had a "Tire pressure" warning light come on on the dashboard about 1 week after purchase. It stayed on consistently ...
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1answer
32 views

Car interior rattles on idle

My carb Citroën BX interior rattles on idle. This mostly happens before the engine warms up, as soon as I apply the smallest amount of throttle this disappears, which leads me to apply throttle when ...
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1answer
95 views

Would a 06-08 Saturn radio fit into a 2002 LW-200?

I own a 2002 Saturn LW-200, with the stock radio/CD which doesn't have an auxiliary input. I want to replace the radio with one that has aux-in, so I can get rid of my crappy FM transmitter to listen ...
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1answer
118 views

What is this protrusion on this Dodge Charger and what is its purpose

In another question I confirmed what a hood scoop was. I was also wondering what this structure was since it was differently shaped than a hood scoop. I heard it was a "turbocharger" or something like ...
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2answers
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Shake while braking at certain speeds, intensified with steering input

150k miles 2.0l gas mkIV Jetta, 5-speed manual. Braking at speeds of around 40mph down to 20mph there is shake in steering and overall jerky stopping. If slight steering is added(say gentle off-ramp-...
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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
284 views

very bad gas mileage in a brand new german car

I bought a brand new 2008 Jetta SE (2.5L petrol engine, automatic transmission, 21mpg city, 29mpg highway) in May 2008, which had under 200 miles on it. I immediately within a week drove it from ...
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529 views

How to drive a car in snow [closed]

I have never driven a car in a region where it snows. I am planning on a vacation to states where it snows and would want to be prepared to drive in snow. What necessary steps/precautions can I take. ...
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2answers
722 views

Cream on oil cap? How to maintain a car that drives only short distances in Nordic environment?

My friend needs a car for night-time driving for distances about 15 km to-and-fro for his work. I read that short distances may be problematic to cars because the engine does not get hot enough -- ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
617 views

AC alternates between blowing hot and cold in hot weather

When the temperature outside is cooler, say less than 80°F, and I turn my AC on, everything works great and I get nice cold air in the car. In the late afternoons however when the temperature is ...
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1answer
961 views

Reading CAN messages through UART to OBD-II Board and MATLAB Toolbox

I want to read/write CAN messages. I have MATLAB in my laptop which has a Vehicle Network Toolbox which supports reading/writing CAN messages. I have my hardware OBD-II to UART board, FTDI and OBD-ii ...
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1answer
107 views

Calculate car battery life using OBD parameters

I want to calculate the battery life of a car based upon OBD2 parameters like engine load, distance traveled, Control Module voltage etc. Can anyone please guide me as to how to do this? If ...
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2answers
713 views

In an automatic transmission, what decides to change gears? [duplicate]

So say there is an automatic transmission in a car. Is there a computer inside the transmission that decides to change gears, or is there a computer in the car that tells the transmission to change ...
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4answers
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Approximately how many hours of labour is involved in a clutch replacement

Because the cost of labour varies dramatically from country to country, region to region, city to city and sometime even suburb to suburb it doesn’t make much sense to ask how much the labour portion ...
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0answers
32 views

Electric Windows won't go up [duplicate]

Can anyone help just got home and have gone to do my electric windows up and non of them will go up I had an issue with the passenger side switch not doing the window up but would do it down but now ...
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2answers
2k views

2001 katana won't start

2001 Suzuki Katana. Here is the story, after winter it fired up fine, just had a lag on the throttle. Pulled out air filter bike sounded like it loaded up and just died. I left it for a week. I went ...
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1answer
53 views

Is the steering ratio of Ford C-Max constant or variable?

I would like to know whether the steering ratio is constant or rather variable on a Ford C-Max Mk1 (2003-2010).

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