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Why do valve lifters get stuck? How come they unstick by themselves?

I've seen this happen on a couple of different engines so far (BMW S62, Mitsubishi 4G63) but am not sure about how commonplace it is. If an engine isn't used for an extended period of time, the ...
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Can't get gas in my truck

I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado. When I go to put gas in my truck it stops after like 3 dollars worth of fuel. Since I know it's not full, I click it again and gas shoots back out at me. What do you ...
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Grating Sound coming from beneath Jeep

Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee (2WD) <-- :( Issue: Makes a sort of 'grinding' sound when it's running. It appears to be RPM dependent, and seems to be the worst at low RPMs (idling is the ...
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Can a “handy” person remove and replace the rear spoiler on a 2004 Toyota 4runner

I have to have the rear spoiler (above the rear hatch back window) replaced. Apparently two of the three tabs are broken. The dealer wants $$$ to do this. Can a handy person remove and replace that ...
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How can I keep the windshield frame in place?

I have a 97 Accord and part of the windshield frame (or maybe it's called "rubber trim") along the passenger side has come loose, as seen in this photo: I took my car to the dealer, and they said ...
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Why don't thermostats have a sensor?

One of the more common reasons of overheating is a stuck thermostat. One of the most common reasons for blown head gaskets is overheating. One of the most expensive vehicle repair procedures is head ...
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Engine Mounts issue can be caused by replacing Alternator?

My mechanic recently replaced the alternator on my 2007 Toyota Camry. When he returned the car to me he said that my motor mounts need to be replaced. Now I notice a vibration at idle. I am not a ...
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2002 Ford Escape creaky steering (correlates to AC)?

2002 Ford Escape 3.0 XLT, 87,000 miles. Just started getting hot here so I've started using the AC, and consequently noticed the steering gets creaky like a rusty door. Off and on though, comes ...
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Subaru Forester Power Tailgate won't open

When I press the power tailgate button to open the tailgate, it beeps 3 times quickly (and does not open). Same behavior when trying to close the gate using the button on the bottom (3 beeps, doesn't ...
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Is cylinder leak down test needed if compression test results are fine?

If I compression test my engine and the results are fine, could there ever be any need to leak-down test it as well? IOW, can a leak down test ever fail if the compression test is fine. RELATED: ...
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Rotor removal help

I have a 2005 CRV the rotor will not come off. I have tried almost everything. I say almost as there must be something else. I have beaten the rotor like it stole my rent money. I have tried ...
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1answer
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Oil all over outside of engine

I have a 1988 yamaha route 66....I put some oil in, it has a slow leak by kickstand...I took it for a 5 mile ride last night. Afterwards I found it sitting in oil, and the outter engine /side was ...
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turn-sensitive road noise

'04 Cavalier, 115K. Tires are decent, and don't seem to be wearing unevenly. Low-pitch droning noise at highway speed. Originally, this was only when steering left; but now, also when going ...
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Does limiting the use of a vehicle's turbocharger improve fuel economy?

I have heard that when a turbocharger is being used it will cause the fuel economy of your car to drop. Without thinking about techniques to improve fuel economy in general, how does a driver ...
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Infamous WRX/XT overheating problem

I need some help figuring out what's wrong with my 2007 Forester XT Manual. Background: The headgasket popped in November of last year. I had it fixed by an RMI certified workshop. They skimmed the ...
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How to verify if a oil pan needs to be replaced

I have a 2000 honda accord v6 lx with about 190K miles on it. I was told recently by a mechanic that I need to get the oil pan replaced and it was going to cost $400-$500 dollars. I did some research ...
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Is it difficult to retrofit Air Conditioning?

Car: 2003 Opel Agila 1.2 I would like to retrofit Air Conditioning to my car, as I'm planning to travel to a hot place! My questions: Apart from charging and discharging the system, which I would ...
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2001 toyota corolla electric window goes up half way then pushes outward and stops

my 2001 toyota corolla driver side window goes up half way then pushes outward and binds up then stops. What is wrong?
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1answer
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Which areas of a car is most susceptible to rock chips?

I'm looking at adding a paint protection film (aka clear bra) and come to realize the areas that requires coverage may depend from car to car (e.g.: Mazda CX-5 vs. Tesla). Different aerodynamics, ...
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1answer
27 views

Gasoline and Temperature

As you know gasoline expands and contracts volumetrically with the temperature. The state "seals" of approval only account by testing the volume at the time (and temperature) that they do this. You ...
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Can you replace only the rubber in 2008 Jetta (Mk5) wipers?

Is it possible to replace only the rubber part of the windscreen wipers on a 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L? I know that the original wipers are always made in Belgium (those sold in Ontario and in Northern ...
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2answers
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2006 Infiniti G35 - Blown engine following Kwik Kar engine flush

(Apologies in advance for the lengthy post.) Background 2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe, 6-speed manual, 112K miles. I bought the car from a friend when it had about 50k miles. He had the car for the ...
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How to test timing chain/belt assemby before sealing engine closed?

I had to take my timing chains (one master and two connecting each V6 sides' double cams) off on my 2007 V6 Tacoma to reach to replace my head gaskets. While I do have relatively specific ...
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Fishtailed so easily? Bad tires? ABS?

I just got my first truck... it's a '92 Ford Explorer. It has the Red Brake Light and Yellow Rear Antilock lights on at all times. I've read online multiple times that this means something about ...
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Replacing stereo in 92 Ford Explorer

How do I start? Can I just go to Walmart and buy any 'ol $30 stereo that has auxiliary and just take my old one out and expect it to work? Or am I looking at a bigger task than I'm expecting? The ...
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1answer
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High beam bulbs burnt out?

On my '92 Ford Explorer.. I have no high beams! This isn't a big deal.. but I'd like to have them if I ever needed them! The headlights and everything else works fine, but when I turn on the high ...
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1answer
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Cleaning blowby with Seafoam

As I have most of my engine taken apart pretty much for a head gasket replacement, I noticed it has, over the 8 years and 120+K miles, collected a fair amount of carbon blowby inside the cylinder ...
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1answer
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Transmission knocking and coolant bubbling?

My 92 Ford Explorer knocks a bit when I switch gears. No matter what gear I switch to... (park to drive, drive to reverse, drive to neutral, neutral to park, it doesn't matter)... the car just rocks a ...
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1answer
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Are Boxer Engines Easy to Work On? [closed]

How hard are boxer engines to work on and how common are they? Specifically, I'm looking at a Subaru Impreza with a 1.6L EJ16 boxer engine ( which seems to be in very good condition ) and am ...
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Why do manufacturers use different bolt types on cylinder heads?

Why do manufacturers use nonstandard bolt head types? Is it just to make it more difficult to the DIY-er to get away from visiting a dealership? It was already too much work to dig down to the ...
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megane 2 2005 (55 plate UK) issues starting

On a morning I get in the car and press the clutch and start the car using the button as normal but sometimes I can hear the car trying to turn over but nothing happens, then if I turn it off and try ...
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Kawasaki H2R flames come out of exhaust system

Kawasaki recently launched the H2R motorcible. The world’s only supercharged production hypersport streetbike. This bike has 326 bhp. I saw few videos of this incredible bike. My question is about ...
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My mechanic asks me to press the clutch padal while starting engine during winter

Does he mean to say that my engine doesn't disengage completely when the clutch is released, if that's the case then my clutch would wear out. Am I correct in thinking so?
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Slight vibration while idling

I just did a change oil and then change spark plugs (from normal copper to platinum if that matters) and high tension wires for my Protégé 2000 Mazda Automatic Transmission. Prior change my idling ...
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AC Honda DX Civic 95 not cooling button for recirc AIR unlit

I have had an issue with 1995 Civic cooling. It worked 2 months back. I will try to be specific. I have studied HVAC ,Compressors in Blgs ,just not vehicles so I know the system somewhat. It will NOT ...
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1answer
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What causes too much fuel for my Briggs and Stratton engine?

I recently bought a generator that uses a Briggs and Stratton 17hp Vanguard engine. Before purchasing the generator, it had not ran in several years. The fuel was stale and the oil needed to be ...
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1987 Yamaha fz700 handlebar lock

On my ignition there are a couple positions, on, off, lock, and p. I assumed the lock was for the handle bar lock, but it doesn't lock when I switch it to that, when I switch it to P though it ...
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1answer
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Does using the entire rev range of a car damage it?

On my standard 2000 1.2 Opel Agila, I often have to get to about 5000RPM to join a fast road on a steep (1 in 10) hill, as it is gutless on hills. I have to do this almost every day, and I have ...
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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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1answer
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2005 Suzuki Katana stalls when put in gear

I have reworked all the carborators on the motorcycle. All seemed well but once it was put in gear, it stalled. What do I need to look for?
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1answer
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Which convenience features in a car affects fuel economy?

I understand that the A/C compressor runs with the engine belt, so it will always uses some HP when engaged, therefore it will have some effect on fuel consumption. What I want to know if there are ...
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1answer
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Craftsman lawn mower won't move

My son was cutting the grass the other day and stopped. After he stopped the lawn mower wouldn't go into gear. 1-6 or reverse, nothing. The blade still engages and turns however it seems to have an ...
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Misfiring plugs

My Kia Sportage has been running on only two of 4 cylinders. The 2 plugs don't fire at all even when they are replaced. The coil works perfectly if they are interchanged. Wires are in perfect ...
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Hard to start in the summer

Dodge Ram 2500 1st start of day, turns over and starts. After extended drive time it becomes harder to start and as day becomes warmer/hotter. Temps are hitting the 90's and 100+ Fahrenheit. Heat ...
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1answer
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Sealing a roof leak

I have discovered a leak on the roof of my Honda Accord Tourer, most likely either through what appears to be the seam of the roof and side, or where the roof rails mount to the roof. I need to seal ...
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Car jerks when stopped in traffic

I replaced the PCV valve of my Toyota Vitz 2007 some time back, due to oil level reducing. After I got the car back from the mechanic, it had this weird behavior of making a sudden jerk after five or ...
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Can a blend door be easily fixed/replaced in a Ford Escape Hybrid 2006? Also, passenger side airbag removal?

I recently got my AC compressor fixed, but after doing this it turns out my AC still isn't great because of a messed up blend door (according to my mechanic). Apparently this is a fairly common ...
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Passenger side front wheel locked up 93 topaz

The passenger side of my daughters 93 Topaz is locked. There was a noise and the cv boot was torn so I thought I would change the brakes too. When I got the front end off the ground I put in drive to ...
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1answer
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Explanation of phrase relating to tyre tread depth

The highway code states that 'Cars, light vans and light trailers must have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire ...
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1answer
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How to find out my car's specs?

I purchased my car secondhand a couple years ago but not sure anymore what are its exact specs, for instance in terms of engine power and stuff. Is there a way to know this easily, maybe some online ...

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