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How to diagnose “Creaking” / “Scraping” sound when entering parking lots?

My drive to work involved entering a lot that has a fairly steep grade compared to the pavement. As such, in low riding vehicles, you need to enter it fairly slowly. The thing is, recently, I can ...
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Clunk noise from my brakes on first application

I have had the brake pads replaced on my Forester STi (4 pot Brembos all round) and have noticed a strange noise on first application of the brakes after moving either forwards or backwards. By this ...
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1answer
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Fixing a trunk latch on a Ford Focus

If the latch on an '03 focus (not hatch back) just clicks at you 4 or 5 times and never actually closes what needs to be fixed? I can't close my trunk. The black plastic thing that the latch is ...
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1answer
121 views

Amount of grease needed on a typical wheel bearing.

Replacing front wheel bearings on a RWD truck. Inner and Outer. Will 14oz tube of grease be plenty? Is there a rough estimate per bearing or does it depend on the type?
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2answers
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1987 Yamaha FZ700 headlights not working

I recently bought a 1987 Yamaha fz700, and the owner said the headlights didn't work, and I can't figure out what's wrong. We checked some of the wiring out, and the bulb connectors have no power ...
2
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1answer
191 views

Car overheating when ac goes from hot to cold

This is a 2003 Honda Civic with about 140k on it. I've had this car checked out by a mechianic and the thermostat was replaced had a pressure test to check for air pockets, nothing. Had a test for a ...
2
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1answer
611 views

2001 Hyundai Sonata System too lean

I own a 2001 Hyndai Sonata. Check engine light is on, and I'm getting an error code P0171, Bank 1 System too lean. I figured I'd start eliminating problems, so when I ran an ODB check, what I got was ...
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1answer
83 views

Replacing a tube on the engine

Im trying to replace a tube in my ford focus 2000. I tried to look up the schematics for the engine to see what the part is called but I'm pretty newby so i dont know what im doing. Luckly the tube ...
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3answers
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What does the Check Engine Light on 2000 Camry at 180,781 miles mean?

The check engine light just came on in my 2000 Camry. It has 180,781 miles, and the 180k mark is the recommended timing belt replacement mark. I've checked the tightness on the gas cap, and I'm ...
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5answers
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How to solve unexpected skidding in 1995 Toyota Camry

My 1995 Camry LE (4 cyl) skidded twice. Luckily I escaped both occasions unhurt and without damage to the car. First time it happened on a freeway when I applied brakes @ 50mph. I thought it was ...
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2answers
461 views

Kia Soul aftermarket headlights

What are the options (in Canada) for aftermarket headlights, e.g. HID, etc. for the Kia Soul? I find the Soul's headlights to be lacking, and I would like to get something brighter since I do quite a ...
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126 views

Air-conditioning intermittent failure

I drive a 2007 model Skoda Fabia 1.4Ltr mpl. My air conditioning trips off after driving for 5minute. Hardly stays on during traffic. Fan still rolls but cooling stops. Also noticed it tries staying ...
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0answers
105 views

Blown head gasket on a 2003 Honda civic [closed]

I had a master ASE tech tell me that my head gasket is blown. Possibly a pinhole leak, of course they won't know the extent till it's taken apart. My question is how much will a job like this cost for ...
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0answers
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Overheating 2003 Honda Civic [duplicate]

This is a 2003 Honda Civic with about 140k on it. I've had this car checked out by a mechianic and the thermostat was replaced had a pressure test to check for air pockets, nothing. Had a test for a ...
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1answer
297 views

Does one have to change ester-based fully synthetic oils?

They say that ester-based oils are used in jet-engines, where the oil is sealed, and it never has to be changed. If I use an ester-based oil as the lubricant for my Jetta 2.5L petrol, such as the ...
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1answer
330 views

'99 Audi A4 seat belt warning sign

I've had this seat belt warning light on my dash for a few weeks now. My dealer says the wiring to my driver seat is gone and replacing it could cost close to 800 USD. Is there a better option?
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My 2001 Mitsubishi Airtrek revs at 2250rpm for 30 seconds before slowing. Will this speed harm the engine?

My 2001 Mitsubishi Airtrek 2wd with 86000k revs at 2250rpm for 30 seconds before slowing. Will this speed harm the engine?
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1answer
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The brakes on my vehicle continue to pulsate, even with new rotors and pads

I've replaced the rotors and the brake pads so far, but the brakes continue to pulsate whenever they are applied. The slides on the caliper are not stuck or frozen, but I think they may be the ...
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1answer
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Temerature gauge goes to zero

Temperature gauge goes to zero when the engine is started. Very warm air comes from vents. AC nor heater are on. Outside temperature is 80. Is it safe to drive three miles to dealer?
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1answer
59 views

Do car dealerships check if a car needs recalled parts for free?

I'm looking to buy a used car (2003 Nissan Sentra) from a friend who also bought it used a couple years back. Since he bought it used he doesn't know the detailed history of the car. I looked online ...
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2answers
132 views

Does torque decrease mathematically?

There are 2 cars, car A and car B. Car B is 20% heavier than car A. We all know that this means that these 2 cars will have same power if car B at the same RPM (revolution) has 20% more Nm. Can the ...
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9answers
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Does the amount of fuel in the tank matter?

As long as there is some fuel in the tank, does the fuel level matter? In other words, is it advisable to make sure the tank is mostly full most of the time, or is this just silly? In other words, are ...
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3answers
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What iPhone/iPad app works best with ELM327 Bluetooth OBD-II reader?

I've found a number of apps for the iPhone/iPad that connect to ODB-II readers via WiFi, but unfortunately that means that it disables 3G and all the benefits of having a 3G device built into my dash. ...
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1answer
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How can I repair cracks in leather seat?

The leather on the side of the driver's seat has some minor cracks. I am using conditioner to help prevent this in the other seats but these cracks already exist. Is there a product or patch of some ...
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3answers
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Difference between FWD/RWD/4WD/Part-Time 4WD/AWD?

I'm curious as to what are the particular difference between the various drive systems available in modern vehicles. FWD and RWD are pretty straightforward - Front Wheel Drive cars put the power to ...
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3answers
455 views

What are good features to look for in an ODB-II reader

I recently took my car in for the engine light. It turned out to be a minor problem (crack in gas cap let water in). It would be nice to have a low-cost ODB-II reader to be able to find out for ...
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1answer
211 views

What are some Seafoam Alternatives

I read this procedure for using Sea Foam ( also listed on their website ) to clean the intake manifold, injectors and crankcase. I think this would be useful for my vehicle, however Sea Foam isn't ...
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1answer
651 views

What is the best way to reverse engineer the signals of a CAN-BUS?

There are always better ways.... I'm up to reverse engineer some CAN-BUS signals. Before I start, I'd like to discuss with guys who done this before and are willing to share their methodology. I'm ...
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3answers
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Is there a way to put Prius with dead battery into neutral?

I own a 2010 Prius. It has a dead battery, front facing forward in my garage. I do not have long enough jumper cables. I’ve searched the Internet. Did Toyota really create a car that cannot be put ...
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3answers
4k views

What differences between synthetic and dino oil?

What are the main differences between synthetic and dino oil, and is one always better than the other?
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6answers
32k views

How far can you drive with an empty radiator?

The radiator on my Peugeot 106 has started leaking very badly and need replacing. I don't have time to fix it at the moment, so I'm taking it to a garage. How far can I drive it without damaging the ...
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3answers
376 views

Any recommendations on vehicle maintenance software for the DIYer?

I currently use a combination of Car Minder for the iPhone - it's only $2.99 but limited functionality - and Excel spreadsheets. Ideally I'm looking for something that will track all service for up ...
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5answers
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What causes brakes to pulsate right after rotor and pad replacement?

I have a 2002 Infiniti Q45. I replaced the front rotors and pads on Sunday. It was the first time I've done this on a car, though I have done it countless times on various motorcycles. I was careful ...
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5answers
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Why should the fuel petcock valve be turned to “Off” position when not using the vehicle?

It’s mentioned in the user manual of my motorbike, that when not using the vehicle, I should turn the petrol tap (the one that has three positions “On”, “Off” and “Reserve”) to “Off” position. I don’t ...
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2answers
303 views

Keeping an old car alive?

So I drive a '97 Subaru Legacy with about 200,000 miles on it. Still runs like a charm, never gives me any trouble. Had the brakes, rotors, and calipers all replaced recently, tightened the power ...
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5answers
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What is a good car to start with if I want to learn auto repair?

A couple of other "getting started" questions have been closed (as redundant with these questions), so I hope that my question is different and specific enough. I'm interested in learning to repair ...
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2answers
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What are the audible symptoms of a failing starter motor?

My 2004 Subaru WRX has 110000 miles on the odometer and I'm worried about the original equipment starter motor. Here are the audible symptoms that have me concerned: During the winter, I noticed ...
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2answers
485 views

Why are gears designed in this pattern in motorcycles? [duplicate]

On motorcycles with manual transmissions, the shifting gears goes (down to up) like this: 1st Gear (all down) Neutral (half up) 2nd (full up) 3rd (so on) What is the logic behind this? Wouldn't ...
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1answer
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DIY - How to create a car paint booth? What's Involved?

Thinking about painting my next project car, and came across a YouTube video where the OP built a makeshift booth in what appeared to be his garage. Fast forwarding to later videos when he brought ...
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4answers
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Does the tachometer provide any indication of fuel usage?

So, I'm driving along on the highway with the A/C blasting when I notice the price of gas. It makes me think, "what can I do to increase my fuel efficiency?" Some of the tips I've heard have included ...
4
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2answers
270 views

Ways to increase driver space and comfort in a small car?

I'm the owner of a 2003 MG TF[see photo], I love the car although being 6'4" it borders on uncomfortable when driving longer distances and is not very dignified getting in or out, and my knees brush ...
4
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2answers
883 views

Dealership Installed “Oversized” Oil Drain Plug As Solution

In this question, we discuss stripped oil pan threads. I learned it is a result of user error - over tightening and cross threading, by the dealership I consistently go to. Many people have come ...
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3answers
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Durability of automatic transmission boxes versus durability of manual transmission boxes? Their lifetimes?

My friend is against cars with automatic transmission because he thinks that they break easily and that their repairing cost a lot. He thinks that it is impossible to maintain an automatic ...
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2answers
34k views

Car Battery won't charge after sitting for a Year

I have a main starter battery and a leisure batter in my van. They have been left unused for around a year with my van off the road. I am now trying to get it up and running however I am unable to ...
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4answers
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Is downshifting on hills harmful for non-trucks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? Since the days of taking drivers ed (many years back). I was told that when you encounter a steep or ...
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3answers
7k views

When car is standing still, I smell Diesel exhaust. Why?

In my 2003 Opel Vectra, the cabin air smells of Diesel exhaust while stopped at e.g. a red light. The exhaust smell goes away when driving, and it also doesn't come back if I turn the ventilation off ...
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5answers
4k views

My Car Squeals When Braking Even Though I've Had My Front Rotors Machined and Back Rotors Replaced and all new brake pads. What could it be?

I own a Toyota Soarer SC300 (1994), 2JZ motor non-turbo 3 litre engine. The engine is probably irrelevant, but provided for prosperity. Anyway, the front rotors were machined and are within the legal ...
10
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6answers
19k views

Is it okay to leave a car for 5 months without driving it?

I need to travel to the east coast and work from there for a duration of 5 months. I can leave my car in covered parking here and ask a friend to start the car for a few minutes every week. What ...
10
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8answers
61k views

Is Prestone “All Makes/All Models” coolant *really* compatible with all models?

My car's manual says to use the blue Honda coolant: Always use Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 [MSDS]. This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. ...
10
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2answers
25k views

How should I remove stickers or pinstripe decals from paint?

I want to remove a dealer's sticker from my car. The sticker is on a painted surface. What is the best way to do it? Could I remove pinstripe decals in the same way?

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