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Parking Light Switch Engages Head Lights

On my 1996 Ford Explorer when I turn the knob for my headlights (3 positions, 1 for off, 2 for parking lights, 3 for headlights) to position 2 it turns on my headlights, when I turn to position 3 it ...
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1994 Toyota Celica - Possibly getting too much fuel and causing a flooding condition

This car was running fine and then one day it wouldn't start. I let it set for a couple days and then it started right up. I drove it around for about 12 miles and then parked it. When I went to start ...
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Volvo Turn Signal Light Problem

My dad has an old Volvo V70 from 2001. One of the blinkers (that yellow light that you turn on if you go left or right) is not working properly. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We opened ...
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VW Golf mk4 stereo no longer has power

I recently swapped my Kenwood stereo for a new one, also Kenwood. As the adapter was the same it was relatively easy to swap them over. Everything was fine for a day. However, the unit always asks ...
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2011 toyota tundras loses power under load

My 2011 Toyota tundra loses power while under load it doesn't completely shut off but does not respond when pressing gas pedel. This is an occasional thing not constant
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Car rattles at low RPM

I have a 2002 E39 BMW. The car gives a rattling noise when rolling at low rpm with the clutch engaged in any gear. The noise goes away if I add a little gas or depress the clutch any idea what ...
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Problem with locked door

The front door of our Jetta is stuck and cannot be unlocked. Has Anybody had a similar experience and does anyone know how can I get it unlocked please?
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What is in fossil fuels that we can't mass produce?

Since fuel is made up of different molecule chains, my question is what is the reason we cannot create the same molecule structure and be able to reproduce the same structure in a lab so we don't have ...
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one wire alternator

I have a one wire alternator on 350 Chevy V8 in a 57 Belair. After charging the battery and running the car for about an hour the battery will run down. Changed the alternator but no difference. ...
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Oil leaking into spark plug well despite new gaskets — is RTV a solution?

I replaced my valve cover gasket and the spark plug well sealer gaskets on my 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer recently because of an oil leak. The previous owner (or his mechanic) had over-tightened the bolts ...
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My car is sputtering

I have a 2004 Saab 9-3. Changed the coils less than a year ago. My car is sputtering when idling and when driving. Started using premium gas at Chevron---thought it was the gasoline. Mileage is 11600. ...
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08 Silverado 5.3 engine “click”

I have an 08 Silverado, that has a "click" coming from the engine when it first starts. Once it reaches normal temperature it seems to go away. All the belts look good but beyond that I'm not sure ...
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Wankel Engines - Port Tuning

Port Tuning Wankel Engines In many ways, a wankel engine is like a two-stroke engine. You can open up the ports to change the timing regarding exhaust and intake. I've ground many an intake, ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between H7 and H7U bulbs?

Scenario I'm changing my left headlight bulb and it says it is a H7U one. What does the U marks? Possible solutions I searched a bit and found two possible solutions: Marks the shape of the bulb. ...
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How do you get more horsepower out of a 1979 Mazda RX7?

Moar Horsepower? The 1979 Mazda RX7 - Desireable Track Car It seems this platform is very popular in club racing today. You see them as prized possessions at SCCA gatherings to simple track days. ...
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1answer
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Is there a way to test a failed tire to make sure it meets specs?

I had to get a car tire replaced today, because it was punctured by a rock. Not a particularly sharp rock either, just your average, everyday rock. It went straight through a rain groove. I bought ...
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How to keep wheel ramps from sliding?

I have a very smooth garage floor. When I try to use my wheel ramps for the quick and easy way to raise a vehicle, they will often slide, sometimes just one, but other times both. They will sometimes ...
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What is my friend's wife not telling him (about this tire)?

So a friend of mine sent me this picture of a "blow out" that happened on his wife's car (some Infinity coupe). She said that it just happened all of a sudden with no warning. She says she pulled ...
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Can a car AC unit be run on just the car battery?

This might be a silly question but I was wondering if a car AC unit be run off entirely on battery or alternator? As this could help in Preventing power loss during important times such as ...
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Replacing Headlight Assembly On Vehicle

I am attempting to replace Headlight Assembly on 1996 Ford Explorer. I have been able to get 2 of the 3 pins loosened so I can completely pull out the assembly. The one I am stuck on is (using left ...
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1answer
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Needs alignment or brakes? [duplicate]

I've noticed my Toyota Camry shimming a bit when coming to stop when braking hard.My husband seems to think it's an alignment issue .Could it be the brakes?
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1989 toyota camry revving to 4-5k in park and neutral

My mom's Toyota Camry revs as high as 4500rpms in both park and neutral and stays that high until put in a different gear any ideas would be much appreciated
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2005 Honda DX 4dr 5spd - Gauge Cluster and Int Wipers not working, why?

OK, I have a 2005 Honda Civic DX 4dr Sedan with a 5 speed manual Transmission, Standard everything, no power windows, A/C, plain basic setup. So the other day suddenly my Gauge cluster stops working, ...
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Is it safe to drive in race conditions with missing lug nuts?

You know sometimes you read something and think "What?" Well, would you be happy to drive a 900 BHP car in a competition with lug nuts missing? Apparently NASCAR has introduced a rule change so that ...
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Aftermarket Pneumatic Suspension - Pro's and Con's

I am trying to estimate the feasibility of installing an after market pneumatic suspension (called sometimes air bags suspension?) for a VW Tiguan. The Touareg, for example, has a factory optional ...
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Should I get a wheel alignment?

I recently just started to notice that my car is slightly pulling to the left right after I took my winter tires off. It's not much. If i let go it will go straight for a few meters before pulling. Is ...
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What does it mean to retard an engine?

I have come across this term. What does it mean to retard an engine? When would you typically have to do such a thing? What can happen if you don't or incorrectly retard the engine? What sort of ...
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Oddball Cat and Exhaust Manifold 04 Nissan Xterra

I recently got the p0420 code and narrowed the issue down to needing a new cat. Thought i'd be smart and went to Walker identify the exhaust for a basic '04 Nissan Xterra XE, 4WD, 3.3L. Found the ...
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Thermocouple vs Thermostat

Why don't modern engines use a thermocouple (electronic temperature sensor) instead of a (wax element) thermostat?
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04 Pontiac grand Prix fail [on hold]

So I bought my car, 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix and 30 minute it started to over heat. The dealership had no water or transmission fluid so I put both. All of a sudden I turn the car to start makes a ...
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1answer
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Does it save wear on AWD drivetrain to shift to Neutral before going into Park or Reverse?

I have an old Subaru with All Wheel Drive. I can feel in some circumstances the larger and more complex drivetrain "winding and unwinding" all those differentials and CV joints. It feels unpleasant, ...
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I sold my 2009 Jetta TDI (at a loss), am a still entitled to compensation? [closed]

I was holding out selling my TDI to wait for Volkswagen to announce the buyback. However, I apparently bought a lemon as the car was a moneysink. This is a non-comprehensive list of things that went ...
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Direct Injection Injectors - How do they prevent blow back into the fuel system?

So I imagine a direct injection injector as a fuel injector squirting fuel directly into the combustion chamber. The amount of pressure in the combustion chamber would seem to be enough to push the ...
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Advice about changing various BMW diesel engines? [on hold]

I have a BMW 320d Can I change out my engine into a stronger but similar Unit? I would like to consider the 325d or 330d power plants. Would those engines fit in my vehicle? Would my electrical ...
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Does starting and stopping the engine lots over a short period of time in a non start-stop car damage anything? [duplicate]

In my 2003 Opel Agila 1.2, I try to save fuel and stop the engine manually (by turning the key) when in traffic or waiting at traffic lights etc. Sometimes when in traffic I can stop and start my ...
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1answer
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Temperature gauge between half and 3 quarters?

I have a '98 Oldsmobile Intrigue and after about 20 minutes of driving the temperature gauge is between one half and 3 quarters. I was wondering if is this a problem? The coolant is at the right ...
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2answers
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mercury milan key stuck in ignition, shifter will not come out of park

2007 Mercury Milan At first the key was stuck in the ignition. Now it wont shift out of park. Are these 2 issues related? Will installing a new shifter kit fix both issues?
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Who came up with “suck, squeeze, bang, blow”?

A popular explanation of how a four stroke engine works is Suck, squeeze, bang, blow. The engine sucks in a mixture of fuel and air, then squeezes it together (compresses it), then it burns / ...
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How to fix P2195, P1172, P1174 and P2197 error code for Honda Accord LX 2004?

Make: Honda Model: Accord LX Year: 2004 Error codes: P2195, P1172, P1174 and P219 Mile: The vehicle was driving for over 6 months Symptom: there was a missing fuse for the A/F ratio sensor ...
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Is there a way to section a frame without fish plating?

When building a frame is there a way to join the sections together without having to fish plate?
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Electronic Power Steering Conversion Kit for Box Trucks?

Are there any electric power steering conversion kits that will work for larger vehicles such as box trucks? Do larger vehicles need larger electric motors to help steer?
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What is the effect of changing rim diameter while keeping wheel width constant?

Which advantages or disadvantages would I obtain by changing the rim size while keeping the overall diameter of the wheel and the thread width constant? For example, in ...
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Does Tig welding a frame add more strength where fish plating isn't required?

Usually when someone builds a custom frame they are typically Mig welded and fish plated but if a frame is Tig welded does that generate better penetration when welding pieces together so you don't ...
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2answers
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Wheel rim chrome repair

I recently bought a used vehicle which has some aftermarket rims on it. For whatever reason the previous owner failed to take good care of them and there are areas of them (some are 2 or 3 inches) ...
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Mazda CX7 metallic pulsating sound when driving below 20 MPH

I have this issue with my CX7, when I drive at a regular speed, the car performs very well. Now when I release the gas pedal and brake the car makes no sound until it goes below 20 MPH, then I can ...
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What is fish plating a frame?

When building a frame I've heard people refer to adding a fish plate. What does fish plating a frame do and what exactly is it?
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Software solutions to lighter flywheel issues

This great question discusses the disadvantages of a lighter flywheel: More twitchy to drive Shorter window of opportunity to complete gear changes Possible stalling at low RPM It seems to me that ...
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3answers
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Can't get into trunk of 2000 mercury marquis

Anyone have any ideas to get into a locked, jammed trunk of a 2000 mercury marquis? They key, the remote, and the button on the door all do not work, although a clicking sound is produced. You can't ...
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1answer
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Mercedes E-350, 2006 sedan ignition problem

I own a Mercedes e-350 2006 sedan whose ignition box was vandalized and taken away by vandals. I could not start this car since then and I thought of buying a used ignition box to use on the car with ...
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2003 Ford Focus 5 speed Stuck in Reverse [on hold]

The shift lever is stuck in reverse and will not come out. I took out the shift tower to check the cable, and nothing appears to be missing or stuck. What could be causing this problem?

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