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What precautions are needed when charging a car battery in an apartment?

Suppose a car owner lives in an apartment building and parks his car nearby. He wants to detach the battery, bring it home and charge it with a mains-powered charger indoors. How to properly handle ...
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Why can some cars go through water while others can't?

Why can some cars (mostly old Russian cars on YouTube) seemingly go through water while others can't? I'm talking about situations when the water level is at half the height of the car, so the engine ...
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2006 Audi A4 2.0

I am in the process of increasing horsepower with more boost in my turbo. What's the max boost I can do if I did the k&n air filter upgrade and put a 2.5 down pipe and 2.5 inch exhaust all the way ...
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How exactly does Sport Mode work in an automatic Subaru Outback?

I have 2008 Subaru Outback (160K miles) with an automatic transmission and have been curious about the Sport Mode that can be shifted into. I read in the car's manual that it increases pickup and is ...
6
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2answers
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Is it better to hook up a Battery Maintainer for 2 months outside, or take our chances with the battery?

My wife and I are going to be out of town for 2 months, and one of our cars will be staying home and not getting much driving. We have a Black and Decker Battery Maintainer that we were considering ...
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1answer
35 views

2010 Ford Taurus keypad panel pulling away

I just bought the car and in process of discussing the issue I have with the door keypad panel pulling away. The dealer promised to get a garage(close to my house) to fix it for me but I'd like to ...
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Coil popped out of head

I've got a 1999 F250-SD XLT 4×4 that the coil just popped out of the head what would cause that? I've not done anything to it yet
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Push start a car with automatic transmission

Is it possible to push start a car with automatic transmission? Use case: Let's say the battery is dead or you have a bad starter. I know this can be done on manual cars by putting the car in to gear ...
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What kind of DLC did Toyota's have before switching to OBDII?

What kind of DLC did Toyota's have before switching to OBDII? What year did they switch to OBDII outside the United States?
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The stone chip rust doesn't go away

Last year, I had a big stone chip with growing rust. I did thoroughly sand it, applied primer and painted it. It was not supposed to look good, I just wanted to prevent the rust expansion. After a ...
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1answer
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Low beams don't work but the high beams work in a 2002 Toyota Tacoma

I have a 2002 Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner where my low beams don't work but my high beams do work. I've replaced the headlight bulbs and relay switch, and still the low beams don't work. Any ...
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1999 Subaru Forester - bad acceleration, rough shifting

I have a 1999 Subaru Forester with an automatic transmission and a 2.5 Liter Motor. It has poor acceleration and rough shifting I started to notice 'hesitation' on take off. It just slowly ...
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0answers
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Would JB Plasticweld work well for radiator repair?

I have a small crack in the plastic part of a radiator. I first applied JB Waterweld, and that didn't work because it didn't bond to the plastic very well. So, I removed the Waterweld by scraping it ...
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How long do the entire combusting cycle take?

I know that when the gas combust it do so in millisecond. But I find it very hard to believe it goes though that entire process that fast. The piston is still a mechanical part and will add a lot of ...
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1answer
25 views

Dirt bike carburetor problems

I just bought a new float needle that fits and it still seem like the tang is not even touching the needle when I press the floater all way in.I have a PJ carb,maybe the floaters are to a pwk ...
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2answers
29 views

2001 Chevy Cavilier brake issue

Recently every time I brake for a long period of time, for instance at a red light, the brake goes all the way down to the floor. Then when I go to accelerate after, I barely touch the gas pedal and ...
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1answer
71 views

Where do spark plugs get their electricity?

Where is the electric charge coming from and does it have a large amount of electric charge to it?
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1answer
17 views

New 2015 Hawk 250 Enduro

Why do some Hawk engines have red letters on the case and some don't? I have 2 of them that were purchased at the same time at the same dealer. One has the name Hawk on the case in red and the other ...
4
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0answers
23 views

1996 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight: door handle/lock dented in, stuck shut

[Edit] Assume all the latch linkages are broken. I've removed some of the inner door panel, but there is not much room to work, as I have to keep my wrist bent. Is there a technique for opening or ...
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1answer
31 views

Kymko 50cc Agility Scooter

I have a brand new Kymco 50cc scooter and all of a sudden it wont stay running. I found 3 hoses that go nowhere, is this normal? I think my ex cut the hoses...hope I'm wrong!
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18 views

Hybrid car battery compartment

Why are the battery mounting arms in the luggage compartment not painted and protected from corrosion? Some are painted and some are not. Is it possible to paint them with an anti-corrosion ...
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2answers
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Could less than optimal battery charge prevent starter bendix drive from engaging flywheel?

With a less than optimal 12.2 volts at the battery terminals and the bendix drive at the starter failing to pop and engage the flywheel, would battery charge be a likely cause of such a failure? Or ...
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0answers
21 views

Volvo V40 -02 - Passenger-side doors stuck

I have a 2002 Volvo V40 with both passenger-side doors stuck. This is coupled with the central locking system being completely dead, but I can live with that for now. The outside handles don't do ...
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0answers
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Getting Wiring Harness through Radiator Support?

I'm currently in the process of doing my best to overhaul an 88 Chevy Silverado Pickup 2500 V8 5.7L. I do not know much about cars, but am learning. Anyway, long story short, the engine hoist I have ...
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0answers
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Motorcycle bore and stroke [duplicate]

Manufacturers often detail bore and stroke in their promotional material and claim 'achieving the ideal compression ratio' How do different bore / stroke / compression ratios affect an engine's ...
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1answer
22 views

Replacing interior lights with LEDs (2003 Jeep Liberty)

I replaced the bulbs in the interior dome lights in my jeep with LED's. In front, there are two lights - driver and passenger. In back, there is one. The old lights were too dim, the new LED's are ...
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2answers
90 views

Honda civic 2003 dead battery from cold

My Honda Civic died after the temperature dropped lower than -30°C, and will only start now when I boost it. The previous owner told me about this, and he said he replaced the battery. But now, it's ...
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1answer
41 views

IAC valve cycling eratically

I have a 2004 Freestar with 240000 kilometers on it have had problem with engine surging at about 1100 rpm or high idle. No check engine code put it on ford computer no results cleaned MAFS and IAC ...
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2005 Subaru Legacy Outback 3LR g H6

Tried burping radiator with no success. Water boils out but temp gauge reads normal??? 2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 H6.
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5answers
16k views

How to extend the life of the dual mass flywheel in a diesel engine?

I am looking for ways to improve the life of the dual mass flywheel (DMF) in my 2005 Ford Focus tdci. I have heard that they can wear out quite quickly on the Ford Focus if they are driven in city ...
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1answer
49 views

03 Honda Civic Serious Brake Caliper Question

The car began to lose speed and I immediately got to the side of the road.The car was losing power. I noticed smoke from the wheel while still in the car once I stopped. in reverse and drive the car ...
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1answer
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How do I know how much tread I have left on slick tyres?

I'm considering buying used slick tyres. When buying normal street tyres I'd normally look at the depth of the tread to know how many kilometers I can still do on them. However tread is non existent ...
3
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1answer
32 views

Rover Mini Mayfair Auto 1990/H

When cranking, the engine turns and there is a spark....not strong. I can't find the timing mark through the circulled(rubber) hole, but the arrow shows on the cover. How can I freely turn (by hand) ...
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1answer
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Blown fuse on K1 GSXR 600. Fuse replaced, but still no power

I have a GSXR 600, and the live side of a circuit touched the frame and blew a 30A fuse. I changed the fuse and now I have no power. Does any one now why? Thanks
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1answer
23 views

Engine stalls when RPMs reach 4500 under load, but not when vehicle stationary

I have a 2006 BMW 325ci. There are 2 faults, one is life threatening. 1) Driving on freeway if I attempt to pass and engine reaches 4500 rpm it suddenly stalls, and I coast to the side and survive ...
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1answer
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Car is shaking, feels like the car doesn't have as much power, gear knob also shaking and exhaust smells of fuel (and was louder than usual)

Okay so the car is a Nissan 200SX S15 and as i'm relatively new to the manual transmission I wanted to practice hill starting (which is where I screwed up). I pretty much let go of the clutch way too ...
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0answers
31 views

Don't know if its my transmission, or gears

I have a 2009 Chevrolet Impala LT. When I drive in D it won't go past a certain speed but when I drive in 3 it sounds faster than what it's going. It will be at 60mph and the reader will say at 6 when ...
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1answer
33 views

Paintless dent removal long term side effects?

I have just got a few dents repaired using paintless dent removal services. While observing the procedure, I've noticed that the repair guy used a plastic rod-like tool to fix some imperfections by ...
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0answers
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Excess oil in car engine [duplicate]

Mechanic changd the oil filter forgot to drain the old oil and continued to add the new oil So basically the engine has double the capacity of oil Will this caise damage to the engine
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3answers
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EFI engine car failed Emission test?

i have an EFI engine car (Nissan N16 Super Saloon - 2000yr) i bought it 6monthes ago as an used car. After i bought it, i had check engine lights on, then i drove it to a mechanical shop few times ...
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1answer
44 views

How can I tell the approximate real milage of this vehicle?

Looking at a 1990 conversion van with low miles ( 63,000 ). According to the owner ( who seems like honest dude ) He bought the vehicle from a collage, who uses it for one of the sports teams. ...
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2answers
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Honda Odyssey ex-l res anti theft radio code issue

Battery connection got loose and the radio system got shut off. I fixed the connection by tightening the battery cable (not sure how this happened as my car gets serviced at a honda dealer only). Now ...
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Oil pan worn/ mazda6

Hey guys I went to the dealership and they told me that my oil pan threads are worn. My question: Is this major thing? And is it safe to drive? Because I told them I'm gonna travel to Florida by my ...
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2answers
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95 honda civic ex, smoking heavily from exhaust

I have a 95 honda civic ex (manual), and it smokes really bad from the exhaust. It's thick white smoke that lingers, and it also burns oil, but when checking the oil, it is not clouded up or milky or ...
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3answers
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Best Ways to Pass Emissions?

I recently bought a 1989 Mercedes 300E that didn't run. Has a straight-six gas engine. Thanks to the miracle of Seafoam and a lot of luck, I was able to get fuel delivery happening again. I then ...
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2answers
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Driver's side front brake locked up

Our front driver's side brake locked up on us and even started smoking. The caliper is stuck shut and won't reopen. We're stuck on the side of the road. What do we need to do in order to fix this?
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3answers
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Can this tire sidewall damage be repaired or should I replace the tire?

I* hit a curb and got a small tear in the front passenger side tire. The tear is about 1" long and goes mostly across the surface of the tire but also a little bit, maybe 1/4", toward the inside of ...
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2answers
45 views

Ignition key gets blocked when wheels are removed and fixed again

In my Toyota Vitz 2007, whenever a wheel is removed and fixed again, I cannot easily turn the key and start the engine. If I turn the steering wheel a little bit, then I can turn the key. What is ...
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1answer
58 views

Boat Not Getting Power to the Starter Motor

Just rebuilt most of a 2 stroke jet boat. ( if you need / want any boat details, see: this thread ) First day the boat started fine, no problems, next day I tried again and the CDI fuse had blown ( ...
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4answers
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Automatic car won't start, steering wheel won't turn, key just makes car click etc - but radio works?

Someone else was in the driver seat and they were trying to drive. At one point I took out the key and when he put it back in the car wouldn't start. This was yesterday and it still won't start. The ...

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