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Can I salvage a towbar from an identical donor car?

I would like a towbar for my 2003 Opel Agila (I am not joking!) and I have seen an Opel Agila advertised at a nearby scrapyard with a towbar. The towbar was an optional factory extra according to the ...
9
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Ford F150 broken spark plug removal

I have a friend that has a 2003 F150 V8 3 valve V8 motor, when he went to change the spark plugs some of them broke off. How do you remove the part that is still in the head? Here is what a new one ...
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49 views

How do I remove oil sludge from an installed engine?

What's the preferred, non-chemical/non-additive method for removing oil sludge from an engine that's still installed in the vehicle? I'll have the head and oil pan removed. How do I clean out the ...
7
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2answers
66 views

Is there any car that comes from factory with a integrated dashcam?

I have a car dash cam on my car and I think it does not really integrate well to the car. It blocks some of the view and may attract thieves. Is there any car that as an integrated dashcam from the ...
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How can I detect vacuum leaks without access to a smoke machine?

In the course of helping my friend sort out a lean condition with his Mercedes GLK280 we have to pinpoint the source of a vacuum leak in the intake plumbing. The interwebz tend to recommend having ...
2
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0answers
16 views

2004 ford taurus motor knocking when car starting

I have a 2004 ford taurus se. When i start my car up there is a raddle. On a scale from 1-10 the raddle is a 6 deep but not alarming. Well as soon as I start my vehicle the raddle quiets. Has anyone ...
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2answers
51 views

Do Front-Wheel Drive cars consume less fuel than Rear-Wheel Drive cars? [on hold]

As physics suggests it's more convenient, and thus less energy consuming, to pull a load than to push it. Having said that in a similar situation when two cars are the same in terms of weight, engine, ...
2
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1answer
21 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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193 views

What is more important the age or the mileage of a vehicle [on hold]

I'm looking at two different conversion vans. The first is a 99 with 40k miles and the second a 89 with 20k miles. Both vehicles check out on Carfax. The 99 is a Dodge Ram and the other is a 89 is a ...
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1answer
28 views

Interior Dash Lights & AC Control Lights Are Out

2 days ago when I would crank up my 1996 Explorer and cut the lights on my dash lights and AC lights would flicker then come on, well this morning when I cut on my vehicle the lights did not come on, ...
3
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1answer
41 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 ...
6
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1answer
54 views

What is the process of “mini-tubbing”?

I heard someone mention they were considering "mini-tubbing" their restoration project car. What does that mean? Can you just "tub" a car, or can only "mini tub" one? Can you "maxi tub"?
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3answers
71 views

How do I fix my Heater & A/C in my car, suspect vacuum problem?

I didn't see this question asked after a search so I thought why not. I have a 97 GMC Sonoma with 90k miles that I barely drive. Since the hot summer is coming fast I went to use the AC and I am ...
8
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3answers
49 views

How would you repair a clogged windshield wiper sprayer? [duplicate]

I have a 2000 Honda Accord. When I trigger the windshield wiper fluid onto the front windshield, the right sprayer works fine but the left one seems clogged and it sprays very minimally. Because of ...
4
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2answers
29 views

MB 2004 C320 wagon overheating at idle

In December 2015, my 2004 C-class wagon overheated (temp light came on, nothing dramatic) for the very first time while stuck in traffic for 30 minutes. I had it towed to a nearby MB dealership (not ...
5
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1answer
48 views

Motor blown after first oil change of the season after sitting all winter

My teenage son bought himself a D105 tractor several years ago. After the winter, he pushed it onto our driveway, and we completed an oil change and lube. Afterwards, he started up the tractor, drove ...
7
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1answer
41 views

What is the “Activated Carbon Cannister”?

Why do I have an "Activated Carbon Cannister" in my unleaded/petrol car? What is it's purpose? How does it work? Do I need to do anything to maintain it? I would like a general answer, but my car ...
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1answer
21 views

Brake issues 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

Intermittently, my brake pedal will drop slightly, and there will be a loud clunking noise, metal on metal sounding. Normally happens at slow speeds, weather conditions don't seem to be a factor.
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0answers
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starting issuse 2007 F350 6.0 diesel

When its cold out intermittently when starting the vehicle and then shutting it off the vehicle will start to crank with it in the off position. With the vehicle in the off position the starter should ...
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1answer
24 views

Basic Roadside repairs courses

I'm about to drive across Morocco over the Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara desert with a hire car ;) Given the hire car process I have no guarantees on the make/model of the car I will get but ...
5
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0answers
18 views

Mercedes CL500 Water pump & AC

I am no mechanic and do not have any mechanic knowledge etc and would like to hear from experts here regarding an issue. My query ... On a Mercedes CL500 (2002 model) the water pump, idler pulley ...
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2answers
301 views

2006 wrx overheats going slow but not at speed

my 2006 wrx heats up into the red going slow on back roads but is fine and shows no signs of any issue going fast. what is the deal? blown head gasket?
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1answer
18 views

2010 TDI Jetta Strange A/C Pressure Readings

I recently replaced the compressor and dryer at the suggestion of a nearby shop. I've charged the system and the high side reads a solid 100psi the low side cycles between 70 - 110. Cycle time is ...
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4answers
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Is sand blasting safe on old cars?

As the title says, when restoring a classic car I've been typically taught it was proper to get the entire vehicle sand blasted to see any issues and make any needed repairs them move to paint. ...
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2answers
85 views

Is there a way to check for rust on a classic car before purchase?

When someone looks at a classic car for a project how can you check for rust during the purchase process? I've heard of horror stories when someone sends a vehicle off to be sand blasted to only find ...
8
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2answers
52 views

Can I only get an alignment on new tires or is the salesman just being pushy?

When purchasing new tires, the salesman is quick to recommend getting an alignment as well to prevent premature tire wear. I've even been told that you have to get the alignment done when the tires ...
5
votes
3answers
59 views

Car randomly pulls left or right when braking

I've had this weird issue that has started happening since I switched back to summer tires this weekend that wasn't there last summer/winter. My car fights back when braking, but appears to pick a ...
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0answers
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1993 Model Craftsman (917.257560) dies when blades are engaged

So this mower is only 5 years younger than I am... I was having problems with it last weekend when I was trying to get it out. Charged the battery, checked the carb and checked the starter. Everything ...
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14answers
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Are classic cars safe?

Are classic cars safe? I am interested to know the differences between modern vehicles and vehicles of old from the 1960s. In the event of an accident, how does a classic vehicle compare to a ...
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2answers
39 views

Why Does Coolant Flow Through the IAC and Throttle Body

On many engines I've seen coolant is circulated through the Idle Air Control valve and the throttle body. One such example is the Mazda 2L 4 cylinder FS used in the 626. The IAC is ECU controlled, ...
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1answer
9 views

2000 ford ranger won't start

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger. I thought I lost my keys and ended up destroying my pat system, then I found my keys but now I can't get it to start. what are my options?
3
votes
1answer
116 views

How does mounting +1,+2 and +3 affect your vehicle? [duplicate]

The title is pretty self descriptive. It's common practice to equip your vehicle with bigger rims simply to achieve aesthetically pleasing looks. Although I'm against modifications exclusively for ...
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0answers
13 views

I've got oil in my coolant but no coolant in the oil Triton Ford Triton V10 whats the cause [duplicate]

Need answers 2000 winnibago brave on ford chassis
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1answer
48 views

I've got oil in my coolant but no coolant in the oil - Ford Triton V10 Motorhome

I have a Triton v10 engine in my vehicle I have oil in my coolant but no coolant in the oil. What could be the problem?
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2answers
59 views

Will bigger rims raise my car height

I currently have 14/180/65 installed, if I were to install a 15 inch rim with the factory specified tire size for the 15 inch rim would it raise my car height ? I also have 30mm lowering springs ...
8
votes
1answer
82 views

What would happen if you shifted into reverse while you are going forward?

First, I am talking about manual cars and I know this is considered impossible because of the synchronized gears, but lets suppose that you can manage to shift gears (For example you could shift into ...
2
votes
0answers
12 views

Is Lysol a good treatment for the musky AC smell? [duplicate]

So i bought my BRAND NEW Corolla 6 months ago. Recently i started smelling a musky smell coimg out of the AC. The smell is especially persistent when the AC is off (yes OFF, not ON) So I went to the ...
3
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0answers
16 views

Pontiac Solstice - Starter Issue

When I turn the key to start my car it cranks but wont start. The starter still turns when I take my hand off the key. When I turn the key again it starts up perfect. Any ideas regarding what ...
3
votes
1answer
32 views

2004 mustang v6 new altenator and battery

I just changed out my alternator and got a battery last week. We can jump the car and the car will drive. While I was letting it just sit to run to charge more the car cut off and nothing happens. ...
4
votes
1answer
50 views

Rotors - Slotted and cross drilled, are they better than OEM rotors?

I have a 2010 Grand Caravan which eats brakes. In 75.000 Kms they have been done three times. I'm wondering if slotted and cross drilled discs may be better than OEM? It is mostly city driving ...
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vote
1answer
39 views

Is RAV4 SE higher trim than RAV4 XLE?

I read a lot of articles online, but still don't understand. Is RAV4 SE higher trim than RAV4 XLE ? I asked two different dealers and got two different answers . I understand SE is the sport ...
6
votes
1answer
58 views

What is the yellow precipitate in my outboard's carburetor?

I've got a 2008 Tohatsu 9.8 HP four stroke outboard. My low speed jet keeps getting fouled and on several occasions, I've found yellow almost crystalline "growths" for lack of a better word inside ...
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vote
1answer
28 views

Ford Focus 1.4 ZETEC - possibly ECU problem?

I've a problem with a Ford Focus MK2 and looking for advice as I don't want to run into mad costs, here's a quick introduction on what happened: Battery went flat - as radio and lights were turn on ...
6
votes
2answers
56 views

2010 Toyota Matrix - Brake Shake Highway Speeds

I just replaced all four corners pads and rotors with the Power Stop Economy kit off Rock Auto and I'm having horrible shaking while braking at highway speeds. All slide pins have been re-greased and ...
10
votes
1answer
55 views

What can be used to protect the under-carriage of a hot rod?

With a sand blasted cab and bed I am looking for a solution to protect the metal body of a C10 hot rod on air ride. I have looked into possibly rhino lining the under side of the bed and cab but I ...
4
votes
0answers
23 views

Wrinkled seat cover. Solution?

I have a seat cover that was installed by someone who didn't do a very good job. The result is what we have in the picture below. Is there any way of fixing the wrinkle without removing the whole ...
7
votes
1answer
41 views

Hand turned the crankshaft while in gear. Clutch damage?

My timing belt broke on a 2008 Hyundai Accent and due to being broke I decided to try and fix it myself. I managed to get everything off, two slightly bent valves on the head which I took to a shop ...
5
votes
2answers
73 views

Suggestions for refinishing suspension springs

Can anyone suggest a tried and tested method for refinishing suspension springs. The springs I have at the moment have shed their protective coating which I assume was some sort of powder coating? ...
4
votes
1answer
37 views

5th Gear slipping out when letting off gas pedal in Toyota Landcruiser HJ75 - 1990)

Whilst driving, when I take my foot off the accelerator in 5th gear, the stick/vehicle goes into neutral. It's doing this more and more. Any thoughts?
10
votes
1answer
787 views

What type of Ferrari's came with wire wheels?

I always thought wire wheels was a British thing but recently I saw a very neat looking Classic Ferrari with wire wheels. Was this odd for an Italian car? Did they come stock with these or was it just ...

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