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VW Beetle Distributor Identification/Timing Specs

Can anyone tell me what kind of distributor this is? I'm specifically trying to find out what the timing specs are. I was told it is electronic. I had a mechanic a while back tell me it needed to have ...
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Response to 2001 Toyota Carolla vvt code 1349: what should I do?

I got a vvt 1349 code on my 2001 Toyota Carolla. I have noticed a sharp decrease in fuel economy. Some people have reported that the oil control valve may be causing the issue. The oil control valve ...
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Help with Strange Intermittent yet predictable parasitic battery drain?

I'm having an issue where while testing circuits for the offending drain, I will see NO drain for about 30 seconds and then a 6-9 amp drain for about 10; rinse and repeat. Anybody have an idea what ...
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1answer
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1994 GMC Rally 3500 Low Beam out, High beam works intermittently

Low beam doesn't work. High beam will work, but cuts off and then on again. Also, if related, the switch must be jiggled for the interior dash lights to work. Could all of the problem be in the ...
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Late 90 Honda Civic cooling system hose broke off ,is it safe to drive?

One of the cooling system hoses, Freon I believe, broke off. I capped both ends. Is it safe to drive? Also, there's a noise near the front driver side tire, like a rubbing sound. The car decelerates ...
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Minimum Care of Leather Interior

I have just bought a used Honda Accord with leather seating. I'm not necessarily a car enthusiast, but I would be interested in knowing the minimum I should do to keep the interior in good condition. ...
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what could cause a scraping noise after tire rotation

After having one tire replaced, and the tires rotated, drove out of the shop immediately to a grrr (rubbing/grinding) sound momentarily, once per tire rotation. I noticed the "back" tires have pretty ...
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Coolant Reservoir

Two questions, One, is there any reason why some coolant bottles are shaped in this way? Two, if this coolant bottle was placed on its side such as in the image below for example would coolant ...
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Honda oydessy year 2000 does not go in reverse does not go forward but you can drive it in netural [closed]

I have a 2000 Honda Odyssey that only drives in neutral; no reverse or forward. What do you think is wrong?
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Vibration felt, heard and seen when in Drive at stop but disappears when shifted to Neutral

2010 Jeep Patriot FD2 4x4 38,000 miles Well maintained vehicle with low mileage. Excessive vibration noticed beginning 6 months ago. Have changed spark plugs, air filter, Premium gas used with double ...
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1answer
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How does the tachometer on my dashboard actually work?

Recently, I asked a question about the speedometer, how it works and how accurate it is. But that got me thinking... how does the rest of the dash actually work? I understand that the RPM measurement ...
3
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0answers
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97 dodge ram 1500 Laramie

Fixed a pulley tensioner and belt. Still a loud squeak and sound. Could it be bad pulley? ....and 4WD worked when bought the truck. Now the light wont turn on and it seems that it doesn't shift into ...
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Used odometer supposedly showing incorrect reading

I am shopping for a used car (2006 Volvo XC90) and encountered the following situation: The car itself has odometer reading 110k miles. I intend to appraise and price at as if a 110k car. The seller ...
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1answer
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How Important Are the Rear Shocks / Struts

When people talk about changing the shocks or struts, it's usually the front ones due to comfort, handling and safety reasons. But what about the rear ones? How much of a problem are worn out rear ...
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1answer
43 views

Installing new Body Control Module

I recently bought a new BCM for a 2009 Infiniti FX50S. On installing new BCM, there was total blackout; no more ignition light. How can I programme the new BCM to work with my car?
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Car keeps cutting out megane 225

Please help car won't rev past 4/5k revs (at idle) struggle to get 3k moving when accelerating it just cuts out expecially on full throttle, it sounds like its being suffocated serious loss of power ...
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765 views

Difference between OBDII and CAN

What is CAN (controller area network)? What are the differences between an OBD-II protocol and a CAN setup?` How do I use an OBD-II scanner on a vehicle with CAN?
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0answers
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Stopping distance of a car

I want to calculate the stopping distance of a car from an OBD2 device. Say, I am driving at 30 kmph and apply my brakes hard. My car will skid and stop at a distance "x" meters from that point. This ...
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2answers
84 views

Can I put 225/75R16 on a vehicle meant for 245/75R16?

I have a retired 2000 GMC Savanna 250 with 225/75R16 tires that have plenty of tread, no signs of dry rot, and are only 3 years old. My newer vehicle is a 2009 Ford E350 extended, and it needs at ...
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0answers
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Motorcycle won't start [closed]

My senke motorcycle was working quite well but the speed meter and the gear lights didn't work. So I tried to fix them then the bike won't start at all. It drained the battery and the plug couldn't ...
4
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2answers
304 views

Is there correlation between fuel efficiency and preferred gear at certain speed?

It may very well be just my imagination, but 3 months ago i decided i can do 30 miles per hour on 3rd gear and not shift to 4th. It didn't seam like the engine was under any extra stress or anything, ...
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1answer
36 views

Where can I find statistics regarding car life expectancies?

I am in the process of buying a used car and I'm having some difficulty estimating the longevity of vehicles I encounter. One can speak of car longevity in different ways, but for this question let's ...
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1answer
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What is a Blower?

I've heard of this component being used on Hot Rods. What is a blower? What does it do? Are there specific requirements for utilizing one? Are there any disadvantages of using a blower?
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1answer
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'96 Saab starts, stalls

My poor Saab 900 is having touble getting going. I was away for about a month, and got the oil changed before I left. When I came back, I drove the car to my grandmother's and back, about 15 minutes ...
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1answer
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2002 honda accord dim lights will not work

Both dim headlights quit working at same time, both brights headlights work fine. Fuses are ok and the relays in fuse box control right side and left side. There is no relay for brights and dims.
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0answers
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1998 Mazda 626 LX

I have a 98 Mazda 626 LX. About a month ago it suddenly was shaking really bad took it to Midas for the check engine they told me it needed a fuel flush, trotted body cleaning, and fuel system flush ...
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0answers
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I changed struts and got alignment done, shop said steering is “returning from the right too fast”

Vehicle is 2006 Toyota Sienna AWD. I changed struts and sway bar link arms and then got alignment done, shop said steering is "returning from the right too fast." They said the alignment was all ...
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2answers
538 views

Why do you have to replace brake pads on both rear wheels at same time?

I have a 2002 GMC Yukon 1500XL. The right rear brake caliper went bad because of a torn rubber boot, which caused the brake pads on that wheel to wear out really quickly. I replaced the caliper, rotor ...
7
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1answer
61 views

How to test gas station air compressors before use?

Yesterday I was with my wife and three children in the car, 300 KM from home just after sunset. I pulled into a gas station and as before all long trips, I dialed 31 PSI on the gas station's air ...
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2answers
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Distinguishing between mechanical and electrical failure in ignition diagnosis

After a month and a half of not driving the car, yesterday I tried to turn it on, however the only sound that I heard was the rotation of the starter, which is not engaging the flywheel (the engine is ...
3
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0answers
23 views

What are the brightest bulbs for projector headlamps?

I bought some projector headlights with Hi 55 watt bulbs in both the high and low beam modes. The low beam, which is the projector lens, isn't that bright. What other bulb would be recommended for a ...
8
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1answer
49 views

Is it possible to extend the length of the shaft on an existing turbocharger, further distancing the compressor from the turbine?

I'm toying with turbojet engine ideas, and over the course of my research it occurred to me that the combustion chamber could be more power-efficient and space-efficient if it was aligned in the ...
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2answers
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What kind of service to get done on a car in its 4th year but having only 10k miles?

My car (2012 VW Passat SE) is in its 4th year but only has 10k miles on it. I am wondering if I need to get the 40k/4year service done on the car which is going to cost $700 (I think it includes a ...
6
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1answer
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What is the problem if my car's engine stops running in the middle of a ride?

My car's engine frequently stops in the middle of a ride. Its an old model of Hyundai Sonata 2004. This happens especially in high gears(3,4) and faster speeds (like 60-70 mph). It has also happened ...
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1answer
28 views

Is this PCV hose broken?

I asked a question earlier about a P0171 MIL in my 2007 toyota corolla. The question is here: Diagnosing P0171 2007 Toyota Corolla I only have a OBD2 reader, I just bought a scanner, which should come ...
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1answer
32 views

One time snow removal [closed]

I rent in an urban area, so I don't own a shovel - weather almost never requires! But the East Coast got hit with an unusual storm, and my car is snowed in. Is there a way to dig out my car short ...
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Does (forcefully) overriding the self-canceling damage my indicator levers?

Sometimes I don't want my indicators to self cancel, so I hold the indicator on while turning the wheel, and it makes a cracking/clicking noise. Am I damaging anything if I do this? EDIT: To ...
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1answer
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How come gears don’t normally change in an automatic car?

I know that there is a similar question here, and another one here that asks when an automatic gearbox knows how to change gear, but I want to know exactly how it does that. It was brought to my ...
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2answers
43 views

Can the throttle position be high during idle

I used an OBD to get data from one of my friend's car - Volkswagen Polo 1.5L Diesel. But the car was idling at around 900 rpm, while the throttle position I got was around 22%. How is it possible? As ...
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2answers
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What is wrong with my car?

My car had a broken piston, and broke down completely. I bought a new engine, and had it installed. everything seemed to be working aside from a low clicking sound when driving coming from the engine. ...
3
votes
1answer
15 views

reprogramming a key for 2006 chevy malibu

i changed the master key for my 2006 chevy malibu because the old key got lost. now i have lost the new key and found the old one. is there a way to reprogram the key to work again? Will the ...
3
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2answers
28 views

Temporarily stop fuel going to carburetor

A couple of days back I noticed my 2011 Yamaha Scorpio had begun leaking fuel whilst parked up. Upon close inspection it was just a slow drip coming from a tube near the rear of the bike. After ...
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votes
2answers
58 views

How does the speedometer on my dash actually work?

So pretty much everyone knows what a speedometer is, the thing on your dash that tells you how fast you are going, whether or not you're speeding, and what speed you have the cruise control set to ...
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2answers
27 views

Mysterious honda civic 2002 overheating some time

Okay, so lets start here. First my car started overheating. We changed the thermostat but it keeps on over heating. Let me explain my problem. I am driving on highways my heaters work perfectly ...
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1answer
34 views

Differences between Homogenous and Stratified-Charge operation

Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) is becoming increasingly common in road-going production vehicles. From what I've read, GDI enables both stratified-charge and homogeneous modes of operation, which ...
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1answer
30 views

Lifetime transmission fluid

I'm looking a purchasing a 2006 BMW X5 3.0i and found out that the transmission fluid (by dealer) is not suggested until the vehicle surpasses 100k. They also state that the vehicle will let me know ...
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0answers
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New 2015 no wrecks a lil fender bender still runs fine [closed]

It's a jeep patriot 2015 I had a fender bender still runs fine but every once in a while I'll start and it ticks a few times then nothing also on occasion when I accelerate it clicks a few times
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3answers
39 views

Would Pulling the Handbrake Help Remove Brake Rotor Rust?

The car is a Nissan Almera (N15) -99 with a 1.6 L gasoline engine. It has been standing still for over a year and some rust has developed on the brake rotors. The car has been standing under a roof ...
5
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1answer
32 views

Diagnosing P0171 2007 Toyota Corolla

First time poster trying to get into cars. So my 2007 Toyota Corolla (with around 89k miles) has a Check engine light that reads error code P0171 (System too lean Bank 1). I was looking that up and ...
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1answer
16 views

Remote will not always unlock car plus cannot insert key into ignition? [closed]

Remote will not always lock & unlock car doors + key will not turn in power ignition. I did have it changed twice plus replaced remote battery twice 06

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