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Why do some tuned cars have very inclined tires?

I've seen photographs of cars with strange inclined tires like the one in the picture I pasted here. They seems to be Japanese cars. Is it for drifting? Maybe for appearance? Do the tires get ...
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How much to get an old restomod running?

potentially a difficult question here. It's looking like I'm going to be moving out of state for a new job here in the next few months, which is throwing a big wrench into projects I have going on. ...
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1answer
178 views

Buzzing noise or whining noise from center of car while driving, not related to engine speed

My 2003 Passat B5 TDI with 6-speed gearbox is making a buzzing/whining(?) noise while driving and it appears as if it comes from under the gear shifter. The noise is: Dependent on road speed (more ...
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2answers
246 views

What is the difference between an automatic and an AMT

I have seen many recent car launches in my home country which claim to have something called as an AMT or Automated Manual Transmission. I am curious to know how is this different from a traditional ...
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Car sputters while driving

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2.0. Car was sputtering when driving. Mostly in 3rd gear going uphill or in 5th accelerating. Sometimes just randomly, the tachometer would stop working and the engine light ...
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2answers
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98 honda civic radiator problem

I have a problem with my 98 1.6 sohc honda civic . There seems to be grey sludge that looks just like cement in the water and radiator but the car is not over heating and seems to be running perfect . ...
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5answers
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How many amps should my car pull while it is turned off?

I've recently started having a bit of trouble with my car. I typically drive my car to and from work each day. A couple weeks ago I went on vacation and when I returned, my car battery was as dead ...
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0answers
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2006 Saturn Ion wont shift into drive but will in reverse

Couple of days ago my 2006 Saturn Ion transmission stopped working, I can put the car into drive but when I hit the gas it just revs up and doesn't actually go anywhere, it will roll though like its ...
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1answer
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2002 Peugeot 206 Clutch won't disengage

When the car is running, I am no longer able to put it into any gear; like it would happen when you're not holding the clutch, so that is one of the reasons why I think there is something wrong with ...
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1answer
60 views

MK 1 citi sport temp gauge fault

I own a MK 1 Citi Golf Sport 1.6 Carb that has 523220 km. I recently flushed the cooling system and changed the coolant. After the flush the temperature showed above normal despite changing ...
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3answers
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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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2answers
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I have a 98 neon that won't start

I have a 98dodge neon, and all the electrical works but my starter will not even click, nothing else is a problem only the starter I've checked all the connections and break pedal and gearshift it's ...
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1answer
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2003 Acura tl overheating

Hello I have a 2003 Acura tl 3.2 liter and the temperature keep going up towards the hot side of the gauge and I ch the thermostat and filled the coolant and it doesn't do it all the time so what ...
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1answer
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'99 Honda accord sputtering when accelerating and stalling at idle

My car is a '99 Honda Accord (V6). I have been putting mid-grade gas since I got it but I put in regular gas the other day and I believe that's when it started sputtering. It's getting worse now. The ...
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1answer
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Which Reluctor Wheel on LS Engines?

Around 2005 or 2006, GM started using a 58-tooth reluctor wheel, where before they used a 24-tooth wheel in the LSx based engines (LS1, LS2, LS3, etc.). This wheel is used as a way for the computer to ...
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1answer
34 views

Last year my timing chain had broken

I have a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire A tooth broke on a sprocket and my timing chain broke. I was told I have a bent valve and would need a new cylinder head. It's has been sitting for exactly a year. ...
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1answer
28 views

Do the front wheels turn a little bit on potholes and bumps?

I just replaced the inner and outer tie rods on a vehicle, and some time later was thinking about the linkage. I don't recall if the inner ball joint was at the same location as the inner suspension ...
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1answer
46 views

04 Ford mustang has no bass

I have a 2004 ford mustang and the radio sounds tinny although the sound is clear not distorted. I am trying to figure out if it is the radio or the speakers. I find it hard to believe all six ...
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0answers
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2000 Subaru Forester Overheating Problems [on hold]

Had blown head gasket, use this head gasket sealer it worked,took for drive coming home it started to overheat push antifreeze into overflow,can not get air pockets out or have another issue. been ...
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1answer
26 views

A Suzuki GZ125 marauder that won't power on at all

I've been having a problem with my bike. I went to go to work in the morning and it turned on ok. Left to run for a few minutes then cut out. It turned over again and same thing ... I tried a third ...
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2answers
25 views

Volkswagen Polo TDI turbo problem

I have a VW Polo TDI. I am facing a problem in my car where sometimes it does not accelerate properly. I tested it from a local mechanic and when he scanned my car, he told me that problem is with the ...
2
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1answer
20 views

Fork tube seals Suzuki sv650

So I recently inherited a 2002 Suzuki sv650... It was garage kept for about 6 years and needs some love. I noticed that the rubber seals on top of the fork shock tubes won't stay with the tubes... ...
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1answer
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2005 Toyota Avalon how to reactivate vehicle's ECU

2005 Toyota Avalon FOB stopped working, have a replacement. Now believe accidentally deactivated vehicle's ECU by turning ignition on/off 5 times during process of adding new FOB. So now, how can I ...
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2answers
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Clutch pedal suddenly doesn't go deep enough to engage gears

I was driving normally (no problems, everything going smoothly; never had felt any problems with the clutch, was catching on well etc.) and all of a sudden, with no warning sign or anything (no shock, ...
2
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2answers
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Why bikes with gears are preferred when there is gearless(or automatic gear) technology?

I know that lower gears have higher acceleration & low top speeds and higher gears have low acceleration & higher top speeds. But I would like to know why this gear system was designed first ...
4
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1answer
35 views

Strange electrical issue with after market brake lights

I've got a 1991 Jeep Wrangler. About 3 years ago I put LED brake lights on. They worked great until just a couple days ago, when the drivers side stopped working. Shortly after, they started working ...
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1answer
21 views

How to extract data from ODBII?

I bought a EvZ Mini Interface Works on Android Torque Bluetooth Obd2/obdii Car Diagnostic Scanner (Mini), a PWOW® WIFI Wireless OBD2, OBDII Car Auto Diagnostic Scanner Adapter Reader, ELM327 for ...
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2answers
43 views

What factors are considered when deciding on gasket material?

Automotive gaskets come in many materials, shapes and sizes and find application in many places. I'm curious to learn more about why manufacturers use certain materials for certain applications. I ...
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2answers
73 views

Any truth to the “myth” about changing transmission fluid in older vehicles?

I have had people give me anecdotal stories (friend of a friend type thing) about changing the transmission fluid in vehicles with 150,000+ miles, especially those that haven't had regular ...
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1answer
78 views

volvo s40 2005 key error message

my volvo s40 2005 will not start and has message key error any idea what may be causing this problem . I have fitted a new battery and have changed the battery in the key fob but no change
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2answers
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replacing distributor— spline doesn't align

I'm working on my 63 impala (283 motor) and the previous owner had put a beat up Delco HEI distributor on the car, but it's so large that you can't really time it correctly-- the cap hits the firewall ...
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1answer
275 views

Relationship between Diameter of the Wheel and the Turning Radius

Please explain the relationship between Diameter of the Wheel and the Turning Radius of the vehicle.(Car or Bus). Does the length of the vehicle also matters.
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5answers
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Remove rounded manifold bolt

I'm trying to take off the manifold bolts on an old Chevy 350 (the ones that connect the manifold to the header). I got 4 out of the 6 bolts out, but 2 are extremely struck and rounded due to all the ...
3
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1answer
95 views

Why is my car tramlining(pulling/veering when I hit road imperfections)?

So twice this has happened, and the first time it was much more violent. So far I have replace the upper control arm "inner" bushings on the right side but today it happened again, but not as bad, and ...
3
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1answer
54 views

Identifiy this car from the 40's or 50s?

Not really the right place for this question I'm sure, but I saw this old rusty car on a bushwalk (in Australia) and wondered what it was. Anyone know?
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Transmission fluid leak 1993 5.0 V8 F150 Engine

When I add transmission fluid, it leaks out below. It looks like it is collecting around the pan, but also forward. I am asking to see if someone thinks changing the pan won't cover the leak. ...
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1answer
111 views

Saab 93 Automatic died when waiting for traffic light and won't start again

I just bought a 2006 Saab 93 Aero 2.0T automatic in October, 72000 miles. Everything seems perfect. But 2 weeks ago, the engine died while I was waiting for red light in the town centre, I just braked ...
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2answers
73 views

What year Camaro is this?

Hope this isn't a poor question for the site but I came across this camaro online but don't know much about it. I suppose a plus would be that when other's do a search for this picture mechanics.SE ...
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5answers
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What modifications need to be made to an engine to enable higher safe RPMs?

I first had this question while playing a racing game - it was a touring race with BMW 320i's, and I noticed that I could rev up to 8,500 RPM before shifting gears. Now my car (an older 320i), ...
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1answer
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where can I find the reverse light fuse for Toyota vios 2004

I am not familiar with the fuse box and the diagram is blurred already. There is a 4x4 set of fuses in the fuse box. I want to know which is for the reverse light.
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1answer
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2004 Chevy Malibu jerks when deceleration is followed by acceleration between 25-40 mph

I recently noticed that when coasting or breaking is followed by acceleration (seems to be only when the car is moving between 25 and 40 mph) that there is a slight jerk. After recreating the problem ...
3
votes
1answer
42 views

How to improve suspension on my bike TVS Star City 110 CC 2012 Model

I ride a TVS Star City 110 CC 2012 Model bike weighing 109 Kgs. I am feeling uncomfortable with the bike suspension. When I checked with my mechanic, he said it is fine. I can feel it is jumping even ...
3
votes
1answer
44 views

My 2002 vw golf keeps dying?

Hi Just wondering if anyone can help on this subject before I give up and sell it for spares! My VW golf (2002) had battery problems where I was going out to start the car and it would attempt to ...
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0answers
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OEM cables don't match new LED mirrors, need specialized adapters?

I replaced the mirrors on my Honda with LED mirrors after one of them broke off and I don't think the cables match, so I'm unable to control the mirror electronically. A few other sets of cables came ...
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6answers
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Battery drains by itself when vehicle is parked (parasitic draw)

A 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee has gone through 3 batteries in the last 3 months. While they have all been replaced by warranties, it'd be nice to get the problem solved permanently. I've tested the ...
6
votes
1answer
114 views

Proper way to do maintenance on an air bag system (SRS)?

My air bag system light started coming on a while ago. Sometimes it will come on and stay on, other times it will go off after a while. This usually happens when it starts raining out. I did some ...
2
votes
1answer
12 views

1999 Ford Ranger Exhaust Repair

I have a 1999 Ford Ranger with a 3L 6v flex fuel 2 door extended cab with a 6 ft bed. I need to replace the entire exhaust, however I cannot find a Y-pipe for the catalytic converter. All the parts ...
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vote
1answer
26 views

Chevy Cobalt starter has two hot wires that have current regardless of ignition switch

I'm currently trying to replace the starter on a 2006 Chevy Cobalt. When I uninstalled the starter, I remove two screws holding the starter and another two, one that holds the ground and one that ...
4
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2answers
37 views

Replacing hub bearing repeatedly - 2007 Jetta

I had my brake pads replaced at about 100k miles. I was hearing a noise that I thought was a bearing, and the mechanic came to the same conclusion, so I also had the bearing replaced. I drove the ...
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3answers
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Third brake light (LED) test

I have a 2008 Honda Civic and the 3rd brake light is having an issue. It seems in the morning (first cold start) it works when I depress the brake (I can see it light up the rear window). But after a ...

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