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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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8answers
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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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5answers
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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 ...
3
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0answers
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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 ...
2
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1answer
23 views

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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1answer
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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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0answers
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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 ...
3
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1answer
39 views

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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1answer
51 views

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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4answers
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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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0answers
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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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1answer
37 views

Thermocouple vs Thermostat

Why don't modern engines use a thermocouple (electronic temperature sensor) instead of a (wax element) thermostat?
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0answers
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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 ...
4
votes
1answer
55 views

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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0answers
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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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3answers
363 views

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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votes
0answers
35 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
67 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
18 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
35 views

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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1answer
65 views

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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2answers
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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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2answers
125 views

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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0answers
17 views

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?
7
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1answer
46 views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
269 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
40 views

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) ...
4
votes
0answers
31 views

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 ...
14
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1answer
709 views

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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3answers
402 views

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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votes
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 ...
6
votes
1answer
17 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
28 views

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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votes
4answers
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Does putting an automatic car into neutral at stop lights significantly harm the transmission?

I drive a 2013 Mazda 3, in case that makes any difference to the answer. There seems to be a few discussions on the web which indicate that putting an automatic car into neutral does not ...
6
votes
1answer
33 views

As all metric threads appear to have the same angle, is a metric thread file universal?

I'm doing the top mounts on a 1997 Mk3 Golf 1.6 GLI (101HP) at the moment. The car is equipped with Koni sport suspension and is using Mk2 spring caps. I'm replacing the Mk3 top mounts with Mk2 ...
4
votes
1answer
25 views

Mercedes c240 4matic: permanent AWD?

I plan to buy a car (a Mercedes c240 4matic from 2003) with AWD. I heard, all-wheel drive is really good in winter, and maybe on the mountains. But in sommer it's only a waste of gas. The engine has ...
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vote
1answer
28 views

Car interior rattles on idle

My carb Citroën BX interior rattles on idle. This mostly happens before the engine warms up, as soon as I apply the smallest amount of throttle this disappears, which leads me to apply throttle when ...
6
votes
2answers
55 views

Motorcycle Starting Motor does not crank, WHY?

Eureka! After replacing the starter relay purchased on eBay with the original Honda one the engine starts and runs perfectly! ''''''2''''' UPDATE: installed a new fully charged battery = still no ...
3
votes
0answers
13 views

2000 Mercury Sable instrument cluster and headlights do not turn off

My 2000 Mercury Sable Premium LS (3.0L 24V Duratec V6) has an electrical issue: When I remove the key from the ignition, the instrument cluster and headlights do not run off. I can reach in at any ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

Jeep Cherokee A/C Trans?

The A/C wouldn't blow cold even after freon put in. The condenser and fan replaced but it keeps blowing fuses and still no A/C. Now when I check there are bubbles in transmission fluid now. What is ...
8
votes
1answer
38 views

2006 VW Jetta TDI EGR cleanup

I am going to cleanup the EGR pipe in my VW Jetta TDI. Are there any special considerations on how to remove the carbon which might be blocking the flow?
5
votes
1answer
53 views

WOT uphill, no increase in RPM, consuming more gas?

I own a city car Chevrolet Spark 2016. When going up a steep hill say in 4th gear, having the throttle down at 60% or WOT is practically the same. There's a minimal increase in RPM and power. Will the ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

Why does my 2000 Honda civic always leak heat [duplicate]

Even when my fan is off, hot air is always being blown out on me. Does anyone know why this is happening? It doesn't seem like the car is overheating, because the gauge looks fine.
2
votes
0answers
36 views

Manual vs Automatic Transmission Performance [duplicate]

I used to drive a Suzuki Khyber, 1989 model. It has a 1.0L 5 speed manual transmission. Recently I have shifted to Toyota Passo+Hana, 2008 model. It is 1.0L 4 speed automatic CVT transmission. Now ...
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votes
2answers
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4x4 for sports cars (street use)

As some of you may know from this question i am currently rebuilding my car. The plan is to rebuild it from scratch. An important part is the engine. At the moment there is a 1.4l 8V petrol engine ...
3
votes
1answer
31 views

how much coolant required in chevrolet spark

Which coolant I can use in my Chevrolet spark and how much coolant and water required
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0answers
26 views

VW Jetta GLI making intermittent grinding noise on launch

I just saw a 2007 GLI with 120,000 kms that I was interested in purchasing today. There were 3 issues that I need help with: Upon launching the car (gas pedal floored) I could hear some kind of ...
5
votes
2answers
25 views

Radiator Water Issue

The water in my radiator keeps depleting I've checked for leaks but I can't seem to find any. Every morning when I check the radiator I have to fill it up for about a litre. Yesterday I didn't use ...
5
votes
3answers
59 views

Modding Honda Ridgeline cigarette lighter to power USB ports

I am doing a project in my '06 Ridgeline where I am taking out the iPod / Aux add-on and putting in a Bluetooth / Aux add-on at the back of the radio. In the process I will be removing the left ...

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