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Bypass power steering pump?

Has anyone successfully deleted lines or looped high pressure side back into power steering pump to starve leaking rack and pinion while lubing pump spindle? Thank you in advance.
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Are More Recent API Oils always “Better”?

The API ( American Petroleum Institute ) provides certifications for engine oil. Such certifications range from SA for 1930's era vehicles up to the current standard SN. The above linked document ...
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2.2 ecotec on 2008 Cobalt - Timing chain tensioner will not come out of head

Asked this on a message board, no luck. Got an odd one for you here. My mom's Cobalt started having the notorious ticking around 100k. Went and installed a new timing chain tensioner. I misread the ...
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Typical voltage drop when air con, radio, lights, etc. in use

Imagine the engine/alternator are running and the battery voltage is 14V. If I now turn on the air conditioner, radio, headlights, seat warmer, cigarette lighter, should I now expect the voltage to ...
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Out of round wheel?

I have a '99 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS that has a terrible vibration problem that occurs at all speeds, with it being very bad on the highway. During turns, it gets worse then better, as if both front ...
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Media center or bluetooth extension/kit for 2007 Honda Accord?

I am thinking about getting bluetooth kit for my friend's 2007 Honda Accord. She has the 6 CD changer with heating/ac control unit. But no Auxilary input, bluetooth, or navigation. Are there any OEM ...
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How do you replace the cupholders in a late 90's (1999) model Toyota Corolla?

The cupholder mechanism in my 1999 Toyota Corolla broke on the bottom and on the sidebar and they need to be replaced. How would I go about doing that? I assume the center console has to be taken ...
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2004 Hyundai Elantra disable keyless entry

I would like to fully disable keyless entry (and the alarm too) and use only keys. Is it sufficient to unplug all the cables from ETAC MODULE (ELANTRA ETAC MODULE 95400-2D510) behind the dashboard? ...
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Hooking up daytime running lights on my vehicle using relays

I am looking to run my 2006 Honda Ridgeline's daytime running lights on 50% power, or close to it, on the accessory wire. When I turn my park lights, head lights, or brights on, I would like them to ...
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Check Engine light comes on every time I return from Griffith obs

Honda Civic Hybrid 2004. Check Engine light comes on every time I return from Griffith Obs. Every month I have an evening meeting. I park facing downhill, so when I go home I turn on the car and ...
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Sand on road cutting grooves in brake rotors

I know someone who has to drive on a sandy road or dirt road everyday. She drives a van 2015 and has factory rims with 4 cut outs in the rims for air flow i guess. It was factory made that way. She ...
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Will not run after dieing while driving

My 2004 Chevrolet Malibu just died while driving and won't start back up. It acts like there's no fire. I put in new plugs, new coil pack, and new control module on top of the coil pack, but it still ...
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Signs of a bad transmission?

I have a 2004 Subaru Legacy L Sedan Automatic. I've been starting to notice in the past few months that the transmission is shifting strange, typically either when the car first starts up, or has been ...
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97 Jeep Cherokee check gauges light came on and then my battery gauge dropped down to 9 didn't lose any power?

I'm so confused I had just left my house and got 3 blocks away and my check gauges light came on, then my battery gauge dropped down to 9v. My Jeep didn't lose power, and the radio, heat, lights and ...
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Continual Brake Issues on a 2002 Kia Spectra

I have a 2002 Kia Spectra. We have replaced the rotors 3 times, but prior to doing that we were having problems with our back brakes. The mechanic we were going to said nothing was wrong with the back ...
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Major electrical melt down in wiring

I have a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am. I noticed my cigarette lighter quit working. I had a friend put a new fuse in my car for me, then I used my cigarette lighter. All of a sudden smoke was coming through ...
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Constant power drain, even with all the fuses pulled

I have a battery problem on my Jeep Grand Cherokee model 2012. When I checked with multimeter, I found the drain current is 2.5 amp. Then I start to take the fuses out one by one, the drain current is ...
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Scraping Noise from front right wheel on bumpy roads

Background: 2003 Ford Taurus SE, middle of a very harsh winter here in New England (We've had 100 inches of snow so far this season). -Today when driving to work I noticed that there seemed to be ...
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06 scion Tc turns over then shuts off in two seconds

My fiancé drove the car with no problems this morning. After work she realized she left an interior light on which killed the battery. She got a jump from a car and charged the battery up a bit. The ...
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my 02 Hyundai accent keeps blowing the ignition fusable link keeps blowing

My 02 Hyundai accent keeps blowing the ignition fusable link. What could cause this? We just recently replaced the alternator and battery and it was fine when I parked it, then for some reason the car ...
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1999 mazda 626 v6 Lx, 140k miles engine wanting to stall @ stops

Just had a local shop do a timing belt/water pump. Something feels off, now she wants to idle down to almost a stall when I come to a stop. Suggestions?
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Craftsman snowblower: sudden death

I have a Craftsman 9hp dual (eg electric) start snowblower. It is very similar (or the same) as the one in this manual. It has been running smoothly all winter - I can start it reliably with the ...
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Electronic problem with Ford Fiesta diesel

While driving my Ford Fiesta Classic diesel engine car, I lose all the acceleration. The RPM meter gets stuck on 2 and all other readings were reset automatically in the speedometer? What could be the ...
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Why has my battery gauge on my '94 Ford Thunderbird stopped working?

Today the battery gauge stopped working and the needle rests just before the 0. The car itself cranks, starts, and sounds like it always has. However, there used to be this intermittent buzzing noise ...
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Changing Ford e4od to 4r100

e4od is a gear driven speed sensor/ 4r100 is reading directly off tail shaft and signal is much faster causing speed to read much faster. Is there a way to put an in-line adjustable type signal ...
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Vibrations at idle

After installing a rebuilt transmission, it was slipping and sticking in 3rd gear. A 2nd rebuilt transm eliminated those problems but this one has caused major vibrations in gear, or neutral, or park ...
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Chirping sound from intake manifold, car stalling out?

Over the past 2 weeks or so my car has been making a chirping sound near the intake manifold and the accelerator. The chirping sound comes and go, and about a week ago I had an issue where my car ...
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2001 Subaru Legacy L Wagon - Gas smell and light shaking

So... It is really freezing and has been really cold these past few days. But, my 2001 Subaru Legacy L Wagon started acting up. First, here are things I know been replaced before I got it - Tires, ...
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What kind of tools could I use for some aluminum body finishing work without doing any cutting?

I got into a really bad wreck last winter. My power steering was leaking and had locked up in the middle of an icy road, while I was trying to find a median at night. The guy hit me going around 70 ...
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Did cold weather cause my Jeep's heater fan to stop blowing and then start again later?

I just bought a used 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, I've had it for a week. I brought it in to get the windshield washer nozzles replaced (they were spraying weird). When I got the car back I ...
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Honda civic 2003 dead battery from cold

My Honda Civic died after the temperature dropped lower than -30°C, and will only start now when I boost it. The previous owner told me about this, and he said he replaced the battery. But now, it's ...
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Is there a way to test ignition coils with built-in ICM?

My car's service manual shows this for the ignition coils: What is the ICM? Related to http://mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/2850/31, is there a way to check the coils to see if they are working ...
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Is a slight steering wheel vibration normal in a 2012 Civic when cold?

I have been looking at a number of 2012 Honda Civics for consideration and each one I test drive has a slight vibration in the steering wheel when idle. Normally I know that vibrations in wheels are ...
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Possible transmission fluid leak

2001 Toyota 4Runner SR5 265K miles. I haven't driven it in 2 days and came out and found a small pool (about 2 teaspoons at the most) underneath the engine area. It's clear with a tinge of red, no ...
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Is it necessary to run the engine after adding radiator coolant or only when draining?

I recently did a timing belt/water pump change on my own. When I changed the water pump i drained the coolant, and according to my mechanic, I blew my radiator by not running the engine with the cap ...
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Engine randomly turns off on Mazda Capella 2000

Recently I have been having some issues with my Mazda Capella 2000 occasionally just switching off while I am at low revs. It doesn't often happen but when it does it seems to happen multiple times in ...
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Neutralizing sulfur-like smell from car

A full bottle of jewelry cleaning (links product and material safety data sheet below) broke in my car and went unnoticed for a few days. Now the car has a sulfur-like smell whenever I go into the ...
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Strange surging and like it's going to stall, hesitant whilst idling

I have been having an issue with my Peugeot 207 (2008 model) 1.6L VTI petrol engine. The cam cover was replaced by the garage but hasn't fixed the problem. I have lost faith in them. I managed to ...
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unpowered cigarette lighter

I've installed a remote car starter in Hyundai Elantra. When started remotely with no key in the ignition, the radio is off and cigarette lighter socket is off (it is back-lit though) I would like to ...
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Negative surface charge?

At about 20°C, there has been a situation that the OEM battery in my '08 Jetta was not capable of starting the car at all (virtually no movement of the starter at all), after being used for at ...
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accelerating noise while the car is parked- VW GOLF

I have a 2005 VW Golf, automatic. Today after I parked the car a very loud accelerating sound came out of the engine, it sounded like I had pressed the pedal all the way down but I had not, I cannot ...
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Will 2009-2013 Toyota Matrix heated power mirror glass assembly fit a 2014 Matrix?

I have a replacement glass assembly for a 09-13 Matrix (Part 30226), but I have a 2014 Matrix. I didn't see that it was for 09-13 until it arrived and I don't want to open it in case I need to return ...
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OBD 2 Fuel reading says No Data

I wanted to read fuel level from the car and display it on my app. I'm using ELM327 bluetooth adapter to communicate with my car. When I'm sending the code "012F\r" to my OBD 2 it says "NO DATA". ...
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Clunking noise disappears when weather is cold?

On my '02 Mazda Protege5, I hear a clunking noise on the front, driver side wheel area. I am lead to believe that it is a Control Arm Bushing. Anyway, it was really bad this past summer and ...
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Is it possible to upgrade Nissan Connect firmware?

I've a new Nissan Note Acenta. With my VIN, I can deduce that it was produced on 2014 in the UK. It has a Nissan Connect system (without camera, so no Around View Monitor, Safety Shield system, ...
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How do the power locks work in a 2004 Buick Rendezvous?

I'm trying to figure out why the power lock is not working in one of the doors of a 2004 Buick Rendezvous, unfortunately I don't really understand how the power lock system works. There are two ...
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02 chevy cavalier skidding when braking

So I've done a lot of under body work on my 02 Chevy cavalier z24, the most recent being the sway bar, rack and pinion and last week the struts. Around the time we did either the sway bar or the rack ...
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Car stalls when shifting from reverse to forward

On a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, I'm seeing the vehicle stall occasionally after I back out of my driveway (~40 feet) and shift into forward. It doesn't exhibit the problem every time, but it seems to ...
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2001 Pontiac Grand Am - Oil in coolant

I just bought my car from a owner I noticed there was oil or what looks like oil in the coolant there is no coolant in oil and car doesn't over heat. It's a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am with 230,000 miles ...
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Car cranks but will not start after transmission replacement

The 2006 Infiniti G35 would crank but not start after a transmission replacement. I found 2 transmission codes. U1000 which is a CAN bus code and P1815 which is the manual shifting code. It is an ...

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