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633 views

Why not have drive chains instead of drive (serpentine) belts?

My drive (serpentine) belt was recently chewed down to about half the width and I had to replace it. Which brings the question: if the automotive industry has been gradually replacing timing belts ...
3
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2answers
43 views

Washing shop clothes with lots of motor oil on them

What's the most effective way to wash your shop clothes that have lots of motor oil? I don't want to put it in the washer together with my regular dirty clothes to avoid spreading the oil onto them. ...
0
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2answers
47 views

How to add Fog Lamps to Maruthi Suzuki Alto 800

I have a Suzuki Alto 800 lxi 2015 model and I would like to add Fog lamps for that, which is does not come with this model. But the Alto K10 has it. So I would like to modify it. Can I do that ? and ...
3
votes
2answers
59 views

Wheel offset effect on performance

When it comes to upgrading wheels and tires, drivers tend to have two different goals in mind: Improving their vehicle's handling/performance Improving their vehicle's appearance A lower positive ...
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1answer
27 views

Doors unlocking themselves after being locked for hours. Mitsubishi Verada [on hold]

doors are unlocking after hours of car being locked up. Mitsubishi Verada.
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2answers
49 views

AJS Regal Raptor cranks but won't run

I have a AJS Regal Raptor DD125E. When I push the starter switch the engine spins but no spark at the plugs. However as I release the starter switch I get a spark from the plugs on the engine overrun. ...
4
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3answers
84 views

08 Audi A4 B7 2.0T DTC P0503 speed sensor erractic/high

I just finished reinstalling the intake manifold after cleaning the valves and went to start the car. It starts for about 2 seconds before shutting itself down. It throws 6 pending codes. P0503 - ...
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2answers
43 views

Find the version of a motorcycle

I need to know the exact version of my motorcycle, I can't find this information on the frame nor the user manual. It's a Kawasaki ER-5 sold in October 2005 in France. I want to replace the fork oil ...
2
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0answers
42 views

Does Mazda's Skyactiv-G engine avoid EGR altogether?

It looks like Mazda sees high compression-ratio engines as the way forward to boost fuel economy and specific power on their midsize gasoline engine lineup (13:1 is an impressive achievement). ...
2
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1answer
31 views

Installing a Camry engine in a Highlander

Recently bough a Toyota Highlander v6 3.0 4wd, it has an engine knock. I was wondering if I could use a Toyota Camry's engine instead of buying a new one for the Highlander. If I do this, what will be ...
0
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1answer
14 views

Is the steering ratio of Ford C-Max constant or variable?

I would like to know whether the steering ratio is constant or rather variable on a Ford C-Max Mk1 (2003-2010).
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0answers
27 views

Car slightly lurches forward once or twice while braking to a stop, transmission bumping

I have an Automatic transmission 2002 Nissan Maxima and want to know if a faulty vehicle speed sensor can cause a car to lurch forward when braking. If I am travelling at 40 mph in 3rd gear and then ...
2
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0answers
24 views

Pre-purchace Testing with a Vacuum Gauge

I'd like to use a vacuum gauge to test older, high mileage vehicles I'm thinking of purchasing. I figure I'll probably be limited to this, checking with a multi-meter, a balance test and whatever I ...
1
vote
1answer
18 views

Dripping water from under the water housing

I am on a tight budget. How do I go through fixing the leak, start with the nuts (enclosed with red hexagons) then the blue ones and then go to the yellow ones or can I go start all together with ...
0
votes
2answers
32 views

Is there a way to check if you're being ripped off for accident repair costs?

I collided with the back of another car. I had a quote from a garage authorized by my insurer that seems large. The estimator made it sound a lot more serious than I expected. He says it's going to ...
2
votes
2answers
30 views

ECU Diagnostic Port cut off and Check Engine Light disabled

I bought a used 92 Integra ZXi recently. I had starting issues so I took it to a mechanic. He found that the check engine light is disabled and diagnostic port from the ECU has been cut off. A very ...
1
vote
0answers
21 views

2 cycle engine has spark and new carb won't start

I have a 49cc 2cycle engine that I replaced the carb on. It has fresh gas and appears to have a spark. I can't get it to fire even if I put some starter fluid in the air intake. It seems to have ...
2
votes
0answers
22 views

How to wire an ignition switch for boat throttle controller

I have an old Bass Tracker boat. They no longer make the throttle controller for the boat, but I need to replace the ignition switch (which is in the throttle controller). I looked online and this ...
1
vote
2answers
34 views

Low rumble/groaning noise when come to a slow stop

I just replaced my front brake pads and rotors about 2 months ago and am now hearing a very noticeable noise when braking. I'm driving a 2010 Honda Civic LX-S with about 67K miles. The odd thing is ...
1
vote
1answer
28 views

Holding crankshaft still while unbolting pulley by shifting to smallest gear

I've heard that it's possible to hold the crankshaft still, for the purposes of unbolting the pulley, on a manual transmission vehicle without a special tool, by shifting it in the smallest gear (5th ...
3
votes
1answer
22 views

Check engine light 2005 Toyota Camry

I am getting a P1135 code on my 2005 Toyota Camry.I have replaced the A/F sensor first with a Bosch then with a Denso. I am still getting the same trouble code almost immediately after starting the ...
1
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1answer
26 views

Brakes lock up when you put the vehicle in reverse

My 2002 Kia Sportage's brakes are locking up when you put the vehicle in reverse. When you put it in drive or neutral the brakes release. When they lockup, it sounds like air pressure and the pedal ...
0
votes
1answer
39 views

Where is this plate from? [closed]

I'd like to know where this plate come from. I suspect that it could be a custom plate from Luxembourg, but I'm not sure because this is not the usual format for european plates (color, no country ...
2
votes
1answer
41 views

Spark plug wires arcing when car is cold

Around one month ago I have replaced my spark plugs and respective wiring. Everything was fine to until one week before, when the car started to misfire (struggle?) in the morning when car is cold. I ...
7
votes
4answers
1k views

Does turning off the radio and other electronics in a car before shutting off the engine prevent battery drain?

My father in law tells me if I leave the radio on in my car when I shut off the engine this will cause a bit of battery drain when I start the car. He says this will actually reduce the life of my ...
5
votes
2answers
302 views

Why does diesel engine have redline much lower than petrol engine redline?

why do diesel cars redline at around 4500 rpm whereas petrol ones around 6500 -8000 rpm? Does this have something to do with the compression ratio?
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vote
1answer
24 views

Can I use tap or A/C water in my battery?

I am a little confused on this, I have been using tap water which seems to work(I don't know if there are some long time after effects). But someone recommended to use the water coming out from my A/C ...
2
votes
1answer
121 views

How to diagnose a bad spark plug?

What I always did up to now to check if my spark plug was doing fire : Remove it. Keep it plugged into the spark plug cable. Ground it on the frame. Start and check if sparks happen. If they are ...
1
vote
1answer
30 views

How, and why, do you test coolant concentration?

In the owner's manual for my 2001 Ford F-150 (5.4L), in the section on "Adding engine coolant", it specifies the type of coolant to be used, and says it should be mixed 50/50 with distilled water. It ...
1
vote
1answer
10 views

How to test if heater core is causing cooling malfunction?

My 2007 V6 Tacoma is overheating, I have done just about any test imaginable, replaced the thermostat, water pump, did many other checks, incl. chemical test for gas residue in the coolant system etc. ...
1
vote
2answers
38 views

Where is the e46 AC drain hose located?

I've tried looking online, but I can't find a description and the images are too zoomed-in to tell exactly where the AC drain hose is. Another problem is that the hose might vary between generations. ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

my car cuts off while driving

While I Am driving my car will just cut off and it takes a while to crank up then at Times it cut off start up then cut right back off again and again I don't know wats wrong
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votes
2answers
18 views

Bikes power is iffy [closed]

Hi I have a 03 katana and for some reason the bike won't power on anymore...I turn the key and nothing no lights nothing. I'm not sure if it's the battery or what. What should I do to trouble shoot ...
1
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0answers
24 views

My car A/C works sporadically, and has weird symptoms, help?

(I know I'm not the first with similar issues, but my situations way weird) Chevy Malibu Classic '04 The fan always works. But if I click the A/C button, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. ...
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votes
1answer
13 views

2003 Nissan Frontier pick up 4 cylinder

When I turn AC on engine surges up and down. Why and what is wrong. Have changed all belts, and replaced tensioner for AC.
2
votes
2answers
24 views

Vauxhall corsa diesel leaking oil

I was driving to work this morning & my engine oil warning light appeared on my dash. I assumed it needed a top up. When Parking up at work I noticed that oily black water was pouring out under ...
1
vote
0answers
21 views

Chevy 4.8 misfiring

I drove the truck through a big puddle and it killed it. Found I had completely soaked the air cleaner and had possibly got water in the intake. I replaced the filter and took contact cleaner to all ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

98 honda accord 3.0 v6 bad idle, running issue

I have a 98 accord v6 that will jump idle between 1k and 2.2k rpm. When driving this is not too much of an issue until the transmission down shifts then the engine tries to catch up. Getting ...
2
votes
1answer
41 views

Consequences of leaking valve covers

I took my valve covers off on my 2007 Tacoma V6, while digging deeper to look into a possible head gasket issue, and noticed that one of them had a nut missing that went on an upright flange threaded ...
2
votes
1answer
25 views

Can machine resurfacing of cylinder heads cause valve malfunction?

I learned that warped (uneven) cylinder head surface that goes against the engine block can be remedied by taking to a machine shop to get it resurfaced, basically to make it flush all the way so that ...
2
votes
1answer
31 views

Cylinder Leak-down vs Compression Test

I understand that both cylinder leak down and compression tests are used to test for cylinder head, cracks, warps, and gasket leaks. I understand the difference between how each works: compression ...
3
votes
2answers
94 views

2006 G35 - Body shop installed wrong front bumper

After getting run off the road a few weeks ago, my car suffered a cracked front bumper, and received a complementary boot-shaped, softball-sized dent above the driver's wheel. So, I called the ...
2
votes
1answer
27 views

Does it matter which side to turn crankshaft?

When doing things like setting TDC or just random testing (of the timing chain/belt, for example), does it matter whether the crankshaft is rotated clockwise or counterclockwise?
0
votes
2answers
26 views

deep pressing of disc brake lever when whee not in position

I would like to know what happens when the disc brake lever is deeply pressed when wheel is removed. Does it cause any damage? If yes then what should be the repair and how much it may cost? Update: ...
1
vote
2answers
29 views

Annoying hissing sound from passenger side window

When I exceed 60mph I hear a hissing sound from the passenger side window as if you have havent closed the window propely, I have also installed window vents(see image below) for that sake, and have ...
6
votes
2answers
515 views

Are floor jack and jack stand pads necessary?

I recently purchased a floor jack and a jack stand set and would like to know about their proper usage. I noticed some people use rubber pads for their floor jack and jack stand contact areas - some ...
2
votes
0answers
21 views

Rear wheel wobble

I recently took my '12 Yamaha R6 completely apart when I repainted it. When I put it back together I didn't realize but I'd forgotten a washer on the swingarm axle which was causing some movement of ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

Acceleration and engine issues

So I have a manual 02 Chevy Cavalier with 147000 miles 2.2L. I have been noticing that when I fully step on the gas I get zero acceleration. It gets even worse when I'm in either 4th or 5th gear after ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

Shakes, loss of power, and smells of gas

2003 F150 truck loses power and shakes when accelerating. I used injection cleaners and carb cleaner. Seemed to be getting better, but today it is back and can smell gas now.
3
votes
1answer
33 views

Identify a piece in the air intake assembly

I need to replace the part shown in the picture bellow (i'm not affiliated in any way with ahparts.com, i'm just borrowing their picture) in my car; However, I don't know the name of it. Can somebody ...

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