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Why do vehicles handle better with heavy loads? [on hold]

Inspired by comments here: I'm not the only one who has experienced an improvement in ride and road-feel with a heavily-laden vehicle. I'm recalling a long drive I made a decade ago in my otherwise ...
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Why are my new tie rod ends or ball joints sticking?

A mechanic replaced the ball joints and tie rod ends on my 1994 Dodge 1500 and now the steering sticks so badly that it's dangerous to drive. What could be the cause and solution?
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Rear right side vibration

1994 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3 ltr. Right rear vibration at low speeds. Feels like it vibrates right as it is going to change gears for the last time. It's an automatic, has what appears to be new ...
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Car stumbles and stalls after adding fuel additive

I have recently replaced the fuel filter and added a fuel additive of my Cayenne, both are bought from Porsche company, but the very next day I drove my car and it starts to stumble and stalls. Would ...
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1answer
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Brakes or front tie rods

I have a 2003 Nissan Altima SE 3.5v. I had my tie rods replaced with new ones and the same sound they made when they went bad is back again. I noticed that the boot had come loose and I had to ...
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1answer
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Thumping noise after pad and rotor replacement

I recently had my front pads and rotor replaced on my 2012 Jeep Patriot but within one week I heard a thumping sound when breaking. The repair shop warrantied out both the rotors, and when the ...
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0answers
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2001 WR426F Leaks a bit of oil out of the breather tube, is it normal?

I have a WR426F that after a bit of trailing has a small (couple drops) puddle of oil underneath it after sitting a bit. It seems to be coming from the breather tube, is that normal? I also have a ...
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1answer
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2006 Hummer H3's radio (Pioneer NEX 4200) turns back on after the car is off

I am having an issue where after my car is off for a while the radio will turn back on and stay on until the battery is drained. I have had a large Chevy dealership along with Best Buy's automotive ...
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1answer
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Drove with extremely low oil, engine light on [duplicate]

I drive a 2011 Honda Odyssey. The last time I had my oil changed, they neglected to reset the oil change indicator (relevant because I'm assuming it would have come back on sooner when my oil level ...
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How over-square can you go?

I'm wondering what's the limit for how over-square a motorcycle engine can be... I know all sport bikes I looked at had just under 25 m/s piston speed regardless of the stroke/rpm... So I'm ...
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3answers
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2004 Mazda 3 runs out of gas while gauge still show fuel

My car first ran out of gas at a quarter tank of gas. A few weeks later it ran out at half a tank. Then it started dieing while driving down the road and now it won't start at all. It will turn over ...
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2answers
21 views

Higher CCA in batteries in warmer climates

If a battery with a higher CCA capacity is used in a warmer climate, would it effect the battery's performance in the longer run?
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1answer
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My 2004 Audi a4 is making a gurgling noise from my engine

My 2004 Audi a4 is making a gurgling noise from my engine. I am also having to constantly put antifreeze in it. Is this related? I know I'll have to take her to be looked at but can anyone tell me ...
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Discharging alternators

I had to replace the original alternator on my '99 Z28 Camaro in January and have had 3 after market and 1 OE and all continue to discharge with air and radio on. Mechanic says it is fine but I think ...
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0answers
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04 GMC Savanna G2500 4.8 V8 No Power

First time I looked at this the A/C compressor clutch wasn't engaging. Long story short: the high side pressure switch on the back of the compressor was unplugged. Noted that the engine was shaking (...
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2answers
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How did luxury cars provide smoother rides without active suspensions?

It seems all luxury cars have active suspensions now, so it's not a fair comparison to "non-active" cars. But I was recently driving a mid-2000 Mercedes E-class over the same roads I normally travel ...
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0answers
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Coolant loss out of overflow of an 1980 c-10

I have an 1980s Chevy 305 engine. Was out for early morning breakfast and noticed coolant was coming out of overflow tank. The motor had not gotten warm yet. What could be causing it to overflow???
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0answers
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Intermittant starting problem

1967 Camaro SS 350 with Powerglide trans. sometimes will not start. No click, no dimming of lights when key is turned, nothing happens. It will do this maybe one time out of 15 or 20 starting ...
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votes
0answers
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After market lights

My aftermarket led lights work at first but if I turn them on after a short period of time they don't? if I plug stock third brake light back in they work fine?
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0answers
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Acura MDX rear-seat cup holder not opening

I have an Acura MDX 2008, and I recently noticed that the rear seat cup holder was broken. It won't open up. As I don't have a warranty on the vehicle, how can I fix this issue? Thanks!
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votes
1answer
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Vibration when stopped in gear

1998 Mercedes E320 (57,000 miles), when stopped, in gear, brake pedal down and before car warms up we have a bad vibration. If you put it in neutral, park, or reverse, the vibration goes away. Runs ...
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votes
1answer
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Strange dull areas on paintwork after trip to bodyshop

After a crash I had some work done to my car at an Audi approved bodyshop. This involved some respraying. Since I've got it back I've noticed dull matte marks on one side of the paintwork. They seem ...
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votes
2answers
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Does a CEL always result in an OBDII DTC?

Will any error which causes the check engine light to go on show up as a DTC during a regular OBDII scan? This is obviously only in relation to OBDII compliant vehicles. EDIT July 26th, 2016 So I ...
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0answers
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New LED 3rd brake light stops working

Swapped out LED taillights and third brake light on my '05 Sierra. Tail lights work fine but the third brake light will work when first plugged in but after a short while the cab lights don't work.
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0answers
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Accidentally poured gas into antifreeze in tractor

I was gonna fill our tractor with gas and there were to caps, a metal one a d a filter looking one, neither was labeled so I figured the metal cap was the gas cap, I put gas in it for just a few ...
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votes
4answers
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Overheating in E-46, 3.23i

My BMW E-46, 3.23i temperature is always going to the red zone. My water pump is fine, the thermostat is okies, but the hose on top is hot and swollen. The lower hose, however, is cold and fine. I ...
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votes
1answer
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What could be causing my front right brakes to get tight and decrease in speed very rapidly on a Ford Focus 2006 zx4?

Well I've been having this problem for a long while now causing me not only frustration but not to be trusted at work for getting there late and other personal problems. I'm trying to sell the car ...
4
votes
2answers
21 views

Fuel Type (octane) for Mazda Axela 2010

I bought an imported (from Japan) Mazda Axela 2010 (i-stop, 1990cc, sedan) and the dealer asked me to use 95 octane petrol. There are a lot of misconceptions about octane and I heard many dealers ...
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votes
2answers
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Steering control panel upgrade for the 2015 Kia Forte

I purchased a 2015 Kia Forte LX and I'm wanting to replace the stock remote control panel on the steering wheel with that of the panel on the EX. I know it's possible because every time I spoke to ...
4
votes
2answers
23 views

2002 Honda Civic over heating fan does not comes on

I need some help. My girlfriend has a 2002 Honda Civic that keeps overheating. The fan doesn't turn on. We tested both fans and they work properly. We changed the thermostat, the cooling fan switch ...
4
votes
1answer
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Hydraulic pump receiving power but not running

I have a Mk1 Golf Cabriolet with an hydraulic roof. Today I went for a drive and whilst the roof lowered as normal, I could not raise it again. I checked the fluid levels and they're fine. There is ...
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votes
2answers
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How do you remove a broken oil dipstick tube?

I broke it off by mistake and am trying to replace it. Here's what I'm looking at. and here's what I've tried so far. If I try the green one I can pull very hard but it doesn't come loose. I can ...
4
votes
1answer
23 views

Motorcycle won't start without jumping the solenoid

If my bike wont start but does start when I use the wrench on the solenoid trick; does that mean I need to replace the solenoid? I'm having trouble working this out as I'm new to mechanics and trying ...
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votes
6answers
667 views

Is this tire puncture able to be plugged?

My wife picked up a rather large screw in her tire. It's a very clean entry, but I'm pretty sure it's too large to plug the hole. One shop even said as much, but I figured I'd get a second opinion ...
5
votes
1answer
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Speaker setup in Subaru Impreza

I recently had an Alpine INE-W960A Navigation head unit and SPR-60C component speakers installed in my 2016 Impreza hatchback. As my budget was limited I did not replace the rear door speakers at the ...
4
votes
2answers
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High beams work, low beams do not. What is wrong with headlight?

I have a 2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ and the high beams work but the low beams don't. I replaced one of the relays under the hood and the high beams started working but the low beams still don't work. What ...
3
votes
1answer
17 views

Retrieving handbrake status light and reverse light from OBD II

I have a project to replace my car's instrument panel with a Android tablet. So I'm developing an application that communicates with an ELM327 device through bluetooth. I have managed to successfully ...
2
votes
1answer
21 views

If I don't change pinion seal right away how much damage can be caused?

I have an '86 Jeep Comanche with a leaking pinion seal, I don't remember how long it has been leaking. I thought it was the rear differential gasket and changed that but it still leaks. Hope I can go ...
3
votes
1answer
26 views

What can cause intermittant stalling when the engine gets hot?

I have a Ford Windstar 1996 3.8L engine with 170k miles on it. Recently, it started stalling with no warning after the car runs for about 45 minutes. There are no OBDII codes showing, nor any ...
4
votes
3answers
314 views

Washing a vehicle in the hot sun?

A quick search online turns up a number of pages that recommend against giving your vehicle a carwash in the hot sun. Will this actually damage the finish on the vehicle? Will it cause any harm to ...
2
votes
1answer
36 views

250 cc scooter CVT belt repair problem

I have a 2008 Qlink Legacy and the CVT belt broke the other day. I was riding when there was a pop and the bike lost power to the rear wheel. I took the CVT cover off and removed the old belt that was ...
2
votes
1answer
20 views

My 2004 Chevy trailblazer won't accelerate or just got maybe 5-10

I'm trying to figure out why my truck driver won't move. If I leave it off and turn it on it goes maybe 5-10 mph and then just completely stops moving and you can just hear it revving. Can someone ...
2
votes
1answer
13 views

Motorcycle front disc brake scraping sound

Had my tyres changed on my CBF 125, last week. Since then, I've had issues with braking. I took the bike back to them and taking the wheel off (to change the tyre as it was already going flat) and ...
3
votes
1answer
19 views

Need to repair connector for the Temp Sending connector on my Buick Nailhead engine

I'm starting to work through the things that need doing on my 1965 Buick Wildcat. At one time in the past, one or more rodents chewed through the wires on my Temperature Sending Unit. I've replaced ...
3
votes
2answers
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Nissan Primera Timing Belt Lifespan

I have a Nissan Primera P12 2500cc sedan (2001) at around 97,500 km on the odometer. I asked my mechanic when do I have to replace the timing belt and he said it lasts the lifetime of the car and ...
4
votes
2answers
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Grind/Crunch Sound Near Alternator (video)

1983 Chevy 305 small block. Hearing a grinding sound near the alternator. Is this a bearing or something grinding near the belt ? Not exactly sure how to diagnose. Video: https://www.youtube.com/...
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votes
0answers
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Citroen Xsara 2002

I drove my Xsara early this morning, got back in 2-3 hours later and NOTHING!! Dash lights, headlights, etc. are fine – so battery has power. What could be the issue to happen so suddenly and are ...
8
votes
2answers
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Can bolts become fused with an exhaust manifold? If so is it possible to remove them?

I'm starting to think this is a sick joke. It's shaped like a bolt. It has threads like a bolt. But for all intents and purposes it is one with the exhaust manifold. Here's the piece I'm working ...
4
votes
3answers
23 views

Engine Braking Force

I've got a few questions regarding the force of a typical engine brake: 1.Which parts of my car influence its numerical value? 2.Is there a formula, which enables me to predict the numerical value, ...
3
votes
1answer
21 views

AC Compressor running but no cold air?

I have a 2002 Honda Civic. When I bought the car, the AC compressor was unplugged. I plugged it back in and it did not engage. I checked the pressure and it was a little bit low. I jumped the relay ...

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