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My temperature gauge slowly goes to top then car dies

I replaced battery and now after starting the car and driving it for less than 70 feet temperature guage slowly rises to top and car loses electrical power. Then guage goes down and power restored. ...
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2002 Toyota Camry V6 Check Engine Light Code P1135

I have a 2002 Camry V6 with 149,000 miles. My check engine light is on. The code is P1135 Bank1 Sensor1. I purchased an Upstream O2 sensor (Bosch) from AutoZone and changed the front one (right behind ...
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2005 Ford Escape Airbag code 16 - corrective actions?

We have a 2005 Ford Escape XLS that has the airbag light on the dashboard illuminated with error code 16. After some searching I found how to get the error code by counting the sequence of flashes ...
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Removing oil stains from the driveway?

A few weeks ago, our car seems to have spilled some oil on our driveway. I regret that I didn't ask sooner but I hope it's not too late: --> What can I do to remove these stains? As for the car, I'm ...
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What are the benefits of low profile tires?

I have yet to find anyone that knows of any benefits of low-profile tires. All of the pros that I've asked have said there is no benefit. Naturally, the number of pros that I have available to ask is ...
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My clutch cable has been stretched and since tightened to fix it. Should I replace it?

I have a VW Polo 2001, 37000 miles, manual transmission, 1.4 engine, with a replaced clutch and timing belt, and a reconditioned gearbox. I didn't face any resistance in my pedal last night. The ...
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1answer
59 views

Will any starter relay / solenoid do? For my motorcycle

I'm looking for a starter relay / solenoid for my 2004 Yamaha TT600RE. That part seems to be scarce for this bike. How interchangeable are solenoids for motorcycles? Will any Yamaha 600cc solenoid ...
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Peugeot 206 engine occasionally cutting out when idle

Sorry if this is vague, I don't know very much, but I'll do my best. I want to have as much information possible before taking it to a garage to do anything. I have a 2003 Peugeot 206 1.1l which has ...
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Automatic transmission: Is shifting to neutral while approaching stops bad?

This is not with the intention of saving fuel (as I have seen many answers assuming savings in fuel while doing this). But I have this habit of putting the vehicle into neutral before approaching ...
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Nissan vanette, low beams not working, high beams are! New relay wires still no change? It's a 1998

Work up to one head light no working on low beam. Both are working when on high beam. Checked all fuses, and the seem to be ok. Relay terminals are brand new. But after a week there is only one head ...
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Is it OK to not fix a power steering rack leak?

I have a 97 Honda Accord with 122K miles on it. Recently, if I drive over bumpy roads, I'll sometimes feel vibrations seemingly from the underside of the car, almost as if something might be loose. ...
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317 views

How do 99 chevy tracker rear brakes self adjust?

I adjusted the brake shoes a bit after I installed them, but do they now adjust on their own as they are used, or how do I get them to adjust?
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1answer
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What model carburetor is this? (Mikuni Corp)

Recently, my ATV (a 1997 Yamaha Big Bear 350 2x4) developed a carburetor issue where it would run rich. I took it to a mechanic who says that it needs a new carburetor. However, he was unable to find ...
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2002 Dodge Stratus loses all electric power after jump starting and running a few minutes

Already replaced the alternator and battery. Alternator is putting out 13.7 volts and battery is reading 14.1. I jumped the battery and starts right up, but after removing jumper cables the dash ...
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2answers
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Engine jerking and revving, multiple failed ignition coils

This problem started a month ago. My Aveo started revving and jerking when it was sitting at a light on my way home (2 blocks from my house) and the engine light came on. I drove it home. The next ...
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Can frequent engine lugging lead to blown head gaskets?

I've heard that prolonged driving at low RPMs (AKA "lugging") can cause head gaskets to blow. Is that true and, if yes, can you provide a lowdown of the causality?
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What parts/gears should be replaced if taking tranny down?

I have a bad 3rd gear synchro on my 2007 v6 6 speed manual Tacoma, which results in grinding when shifting 2nd->3rd gear if not done super carefully. As I feel confident in my mechanical aptitude, ...
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1answer
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my car sputters and it wont hold idle

I have a Pontiac Grand AM 1999 V6, the problem is that it won't hold idle after about 15 seconds. The check engine light came on - it has been on since I brought it from my cousin. Well I had went to ...
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Jump starting a dead battery: Connect black wire to negative pole of battery or grounded metal?

Most of the advice I've seen for jump starting cars instructs to connect the black wire to a bare piece of metal on the car with the dead battery. However, I've always just hooked up both poles to the ...
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1answer
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Why is this motorcycle burning oil, and how can I get it to stop?

I have a newbie question for you. I'm considering buying a 2004 Yamaha TTR600RE- a single-cylinder, air-cooled dirt-focused dual-sport bike. It's perfectly set up for adventure touring, which is what ...
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1answer
30 views

Low beams won't work

I have a 2007 Ford Focus. For some reason my low beams won't work. I've checked the fuses, replaced the relay, replaced the bulbs, and replaced the headlight switch in the dash. Still nothing. All ...
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1answer
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Wrangler JK transfer box options

Apologies for a very Jeep-centered question, that may not interest everybody. Here goes: I own a 2009 Wrangler JKU (pre face-lift), equipped with the 2.8 TD engine, Chrysler NSG370 six-speed manual ...
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How to get items out of the HVAC system from a 2003-2007 Honda Accord

Before I ruin my dashboard/car, I wanted to know if my approach is correct. I don't know much about cars but logically, it seems like a simple enough task to remove vents, reach in and grab items, ...
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1answer
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How can I estimate CO2 emissions for a vehicle travel distance [on hold]

How can I properly estimate CO2 emissions for a given travel distance (of a private vehicle)? I found the following formula, but I'm not sure that it's correct: kgCO2 = Average fuel consumption per ...
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8th Gen Honda - No Start, No Crank (down the rabbit hole)

This one should be fun for any Honda aficionados out there. I have a 2007 Honda Civic. Some days it does not start or crank; seems related to the temperature. When the car starts, it runs fine and ...
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What effect will removing my EGR have?

My 2003 Jetta TDI check engine light recently came on, and a scan by Advance Auto revealed code P0401 -- EGR insufficient flow. I took the vehicle to the local TDI guru, who gave me the option of ...
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0answers
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Washing Engine Bay / Underside From Oil / Dirt

I'm considering getting a power washer for the purpose of cleaning engines, bays and car / engine undersides of built up dirt and oil and was wondering what the minimum PSI and flow rate required are ...
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1answer
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Volkswagen Golf MK4 - Oil temperature sensor coding out

I have a Volkswagen Golf MK4 TDI 85kw (AJM). After driving for a while and stopping, when I turn the ignition on I get an "Oil sensor workshop" message. After connecting VCDS I got this fault: ...
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1answer
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Should I replace the AC's expansion valve?

The problem: Mazda 3 2008 125 K miles this is the first major ( > $300) thing to need fixing on this car The problem originally was that when you turn the AC on you get some cool air for about 20 ...
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Causes of early clutch failure EXCLUDING driver style

UK 61 plate, Ford Diesel Mondeo Estate, Econetic: clutch replaced at 31,800 miles; failure caused by 'driver style' I use my car daily for commuting and for business. It's supplied to me as a company ...
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4answers
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Car declared a total loss, what do I do?

I recently sent my 2007 Honda Accord LX 94k miles into the shop after getting rear ended by someone who was texting and driving. I got a call from the shop saying that it was declared a total loss. ...
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1answer
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Codes like P0171, P0101

My 2001 Nissan Sentra shows a P0171 and P0101 code. I tried to clean the sensor and the part after that (I don't know the name) and it's still showing the engine light. The sensor seems like new to ...
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1answer
18 views

Headlights come on by themselves

Why would the headlights on a 2006 Saab 9-3 come on by themselves while the car is off and parked?
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RPM problem (car is jerking)

I have a Toyota Sx Carina, Model 1995, engine: 5E-EFI. I just bought this used car. But when I am driving I am facing some problems. When I drive in D mode the RPM (race) is not constant. It is just ...
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Should I let air out of my tires?

I bought a car brand new 9 months ago. My tire pressure sensor came on. I checked the tire pressure, and it was at 35 PSI. My maximum tire pressure is 51 PSI with a warning not to fill above 40 PSI. I ...
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1answer
381 views

99 Mitsubishi Montero Sport idle problem

Upon starting, engine idles at about 1200 in park. When it warms up, idle drops to nothing, unless air conditioner is at max where rpm is roughly 400 to 500. Where should I start looking?
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3answers
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Clutch pedal hard to push

We have a Diesel Ford Fiesta (Mk4) - manual transmission, and its clutch pedal is very hard to push after a short drive. I.e. in the morning it's ok, but later it becomes very hard to push. I'm no ...
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1999 Grand Prix Issues

I bought this car used 3 yrs ago. Previous owners spun bearings in motor and replaced with 03. I had numerous issues with the cooling system and overheating since I purchased. I replaced water pump, ...
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On start up car shakes, steering and braking are very HARD on 2006 Nissan Maxima

Very hot outside. Started car with a/c already on full blast (factor?). Car started shaking, put it in reverse to backup and steering wheel VERY hard to turn and brakes VERY hard to apply. Turned a/c ...
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1answer
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Automatic: revs dropping then stalling when stopped at lights

Kia Sedona 2012 automatic. Drove 180 miles on a full tank of fuel without any problems. Started the car the next day and it didn't start cleanly but did eventually. Was waiting on the drive with the ...
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How to close the re-circulation flap?

I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu and I am having a problem with the re-circulation switch for the AC. I am trying to figure out how to close flap so there is no outside air coming in can anybody help me ...
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2answers
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Transmission Fluid Leaking from AC Condenser. Can I replace it myself and drive it to shop to do the before & after work?

My car is Mazda Tribute My goal is have the AC Condenser replaced. However, there are certain steps in the process that I can't do myself. These are: Before work: Discharge the AC Empty the ...
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1answer
96 views

Oiling lawn mower air filters

Why does the air filter on a lawn mower need to be oiled? Is it true that major engine damage will occur if the intake air filter is not oiled?
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2answers
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07 Toyota Sienna Heater takes 20 mins to blow hot

The dash temp gauge reads in the middle between hot and cold within a few minutes of running. However, it takes about 20 minutes for hot air to come out the front heater vents when the heater is set ...
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1answer
41 views

Assembly lube or engine oil when reassembling cylinder heads

I have read differing opinions on what should be used to lubricate cylinder head parts, such as valves, lifters, camshafts and bearings when reassembling cylinder heads. Some prefer engine oil while ...
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2answers
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Renault Clio II streaky / greasy windscreen

My Renault Clio II has a very streaky/greasy windscreen. It's only apparent in a couple of spots on the glass, but glares in the rain at night. I've tried everything from wipes to sprays and it just ...
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2answers
842 views

Steering wheel “center” different from vehicle “straight”

I just had a 4 wheel alignment done on a vehicle. While taking it for a test drive, I noticed that the steering wheel is not quite centered for the vehicle to drive straight. It's not pulling in ...
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41 views

How to learn motorcycle maintenance theory

I'm a motorcycle novice and want to learn how to maintain a bike and fix problems that may arise. I've found a few great videos that have elucidated some basics: How a motorcycle engine works: ...
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How do variable-length intake manifolds work?

I have heard many vehicle manufacturers have been using this to improve power and torque figures. They do this by altering the length of the manifold, I am hoping for better diagrammatic explanation. ...
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2answers
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Motorcycle gear changes alternate between stiff and normal

I have a 6 month old Kawasaki W800 I bought new. Sometimes when I ride gear changes seem stiff and clunky. Other times they seem smooth and normal. Would anyone know what could be causing this? ...

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