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Car not starting

My car worked fine till yesterday and yesterday evening I just injected engine oil, power steering oil, coolant and water for wipers. I am pretty sure I added right fluids in right places and I parked ...
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7answers
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Should I pull my wipers away from the windshield when parked during a winter storm?

When we are expecting snow storm and the vehicle is parked, do we pull out the wipers so they don’t touch the glass to avoid the freezing to the windshield? Or would that hurt the springs in the wiper ...
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2answers
173 views

Replacing boot (tailgate/trunk) struts/pistons

The struts/pistons are no longer strong enough to hold the boot (trunk for americans) open. I went to buy one from the shop only to find the price was for an idividual unit. Is there ever a case where ...
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2answers
287 views

Is changing gear to `Neutral` at all possible times a bad practice? [duplicate]

In a Automatic Transmission vehicle, changing gear to Neutral at all possible times like, before breaking for stopping for a color light or driving downhill will save the fuel in a considerable ...
2
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2answers
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Using only coolant or mix of water for radiator?

Do I have to use only coolant for radiator or mix coolant with water, if so what percentage of coolant and water should be mixed?
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1answer
552 views

How to troubleshoot a fan that won't work unless it's on it's on the highest setting?

My car fan won't work unless it's on 4 (full power). I have 4 options of power for the fan 1 - 4 but nothing happens on options 1 - 3. I have taken the panel off and cleaned all the contacts for the ...
2
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1answer
84 views

Does starter replacement make sense in a heat sink situation?

Related to: Slow chugs from starter with warm engine but not cool engine? It seems that while the engine is running, it heats up the starter, and then it sounds like it is barely able to start. This ...
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1answer
95 views

SD255 vs PMGR Starter - GMC 1998 Suburban

I plan to replace the starter on my Suburban. When I go to BuyAutoParts.com, and fill in the make/model/year http://www.buyautoparts.com/selectpart/1998_GMC/Suburban/Starter/30-0.html I get two ...
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2answers
308 views

1993 Jeep stalls on acceleration, floods, hard to start

My 1993 Jeep Wrangler has about 200,000 miles, in good shape. It usually starts right up, but it's started intermittently flooding, so that I have to crank and crank with the accelerator all the way ...
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0answers
87 views

How to degauss a distributor

I have a 1994 Chevy Suburban that is stalling after a short warm up. I finally put it in the back yard until I get a new idea, but without going into the problem and what I have tried (which includes ...
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2answers
284 views

What could cause a metal-on-metal noise when braking only while backing?

I have a 1998 Acura Integra with 204k miles on it. Some mornings after the car has been parked in my driveway facing up a slight slope overnight with the handbrake set, the first time I apply the ...
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1answer
1k views

Carburetted motorcycle stalls when accelerator is applied

My father has 1995 Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan with low kilometrage (18 000, 11 000 miles). We had installed new Vance & Hines pipes on it (in hindsight, way, way too loud, but that’s beside the point, ...
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2answers
916 views

Can't move Chrysler 300M gear selector out of park

I got into my car this morning and couldn't move it from park after I started it. I can't change the gear at all. I can move the wheel, though. I've tried to wiggle it but haven't forced it because I ...
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2answers
308 views

How severe is a bad oil seal on a used car?

Okay, go easy on me. I'm a bit of a vehicle lightweight. I can do basic maintenance, but in terms of "how bad is this," I'm usually lost. My boyfriend bought a 2010 VW CC a few days ago. Two days ...
2
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1answer
96 views

How do I make my safety button on the gear shifter unstick?

On my '98 Malibu, the safety button (what you have to press to get out of park in conjunction with the break) on the gear shifter sticks. It it sticking so bad that it sometimes takes me minutes of ...
4
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1answer
235 views

Hazards work but turn signals do not

I have a 1991 Honda Accord that started experiencing some electrical issues yesterday. At first, the right turn signal would not turn off. Shortly after, the turn signals stopped working completely ...
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2answers
53 views

How to properly maintain a collector car [closed]

Im considering purchasing a brand new Corvette Z06 and I was simply wandering how I could best maintain for the long-haul. For example, what would be the appropriate miles to drive per week to ...
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1answer
89 views

OBD2 interfacing with external guages

Is there some kind of OBD2 hub that can output to five gauges at once. I’m looking at installing a 5-pod gauge system on to a 2008 Holden Commodore (Pontiac G8) that has an OBD2 port. And I would ...
2
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3answers
576 views

What could cause a 2001 Toyota Echo not to start (constant clicking)?

I have a 2001 Toyota Echo that is not starting. The eclectrical seems to be fine (lights, console, everything boots up), but when trying to start there's just a constant clicking, no turn over. Doing ...
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1answer
156 views

What are the brake specs on a 2008 VW GTI?

I have a fairly new to me 2008 VW GTI (US model, aka "Golf GTI" in other parts of the planet) and am trying to figure out the specs for the brakes. Specifically, I'm trying to determine the exact size ...
5
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2answers
787 views

Why won't my Honda Rebel shift when idling?

I recently ( and successfully ) rebuilt the engine of my '09 Honda Rebel; she's running well but doesn't want to change gears when idling. If I'm moving she shifts gears without any hanging, ...
2
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1answer
128 views

Motorcycle: Way to stop plastics fading?

I have a 13yo motorcycle that has a black plastic instrument panel. Although it is not regularly exposed to the sun the black plastic is fading to a chalky white. I was wondering if anyone knew of a ...
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1answer
220 views

Steering very difficult on 1996 Taurus

I'm trying to help a friend diagnose/fix a problem with the steering on his 1996 Taurus wagon. When the vehicle is not moving, turning the steering wheel is extremely difficult, even moreso than if ...
2
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2answers
130 views

Holden Commodore not moving

I own a petrol powered Holden Commodore car 1998 model and it worked fine till last week. Suddenly it stopped moving freely. When I press the accelerator up to 30% it makes noise but doesn't move. If ...
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1answer
251 views

What are the pros and cons of using big tires in front on a bike? [closed]

I need to know more about the pros and cons of using different size tires in front and back. My bike has a lower curb weight, so every time its back tire skids.
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1answer
149 views

Increase your Prius battery capacity?

There's a lot of info about Prius battery upgrades hidden in web forums, but I would like to bring some of that to SE. What are some of the easiest ways to hook up aftermarket batteries to your ...
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1answer
117 views

1996 Caprice Classic rear end rub a little and jumps barely while backing up

I noticed that, when my ’96 Caprice is backing up on smooth concrete, it kind of grinds and jumped just barely. Is it my gears in rear end? Any other issues could cause this?
4
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2answers
305 views

Will the firewall in my car deteriorate such that it will need to be repaired periodically?

I have purchased a Mazda 323 which has approximately 90k km on the clock. While driving in the rain some water will come in above the brake pedal, approximately 5 or 6 drops during an average local ...
3
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1answer
439 views

Slow chugs from starter with warm engine but not cool engine?

Suburban 1998. Starts pretty good at first, but after a 30 minute drive it is sounds like trouble. A good start usually has a quick series of short chugs, each getting stronger until less than a ...
2
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2answers
91 views

How should I clean the engine area

What is the best way to clean the engine area at home. I'd like to avoid damaging the electrical system or other components present.
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1answer
41 views

Vauxhall Repair Center vs Local Mechanic

I'm in a point that I have to decide between: Vauxhall Service Center - that I have never used before Local mechanic - which I have done MOT and service checks before and sounds reasonably ...
4
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1answer
84 views

Honda dealership questionable maintenance

My 2009 CRV with 59,500 miles and absolutely no problems went in for the 60,000 service. I was called and told that my power steering fluid smelled burned and looked dark. I was told that I needed a ...
4
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2answers
2k views

Car randomly stalls (driving or stationary), then generally kicks back in or starts back up straight away

I have an Australia-built Ford Falcon which has a 4.0L multi-point fuel injected straight 6 and is manual. I rebuilt the head in the car myself last year (blown head gasket) and it has been running ...
2
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1answer
521 views

Peugeot 307 CC with power folding mirrors - Replacing Passenger side window motor

I have a 2006 peugeot 307 CC. My front passenger side window motor works now and then, but grinds, and only goes up in 1" stages. Also, the roof only opens part way, then stops. I have had an auto ...
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2answers
234 views

Tire pressure warning when pressure is ok

The low tire pressure warning light has recently come (and stayed) on in my 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The pressure in all 5 tires (spare also) is at the proper level. Any suggestions as to what the problem ...
2
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3answers
138 views

Should I clean the engine area

Should I clean the engine area to remove years of built up grease and dirt? What are the benefits?
4
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1answer
188 views

Motorcycles: Way to maintain shiny chrome on exhaust outlets?

I have a motorcycle that has chromed exhaust pipes. I am worried that there will eventually be discolouration where the pipes join the engine, due to the heat. Is there a way to treat the pipes so ...
3
votes
0answers
105 views

Is there a general procedure for retrofitting “smart key” cars with real keys?

With all the cost, trouble, loss-of-use, and inability to shut the vehicle off if electronics fail associated with "smart" keys, if I ever get a car that needs one I think I'd want to adapt it to ...
2
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1answer
99 views

which 3m filter for painting?

I am repainting a door using spray cans. I am planing on giong through about 6 can... 1 primer, 2 paint, and 3 clear coat. I have a 3m respirator that I plan on wearing but which filters should I ...
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1answer
157 views

Rubbing noise when driving with clutch engaged?

I am a complete newbie when it comes to jeeps (and cars in general). However, I am very good at fixing things... once I know what the problem is. After a summer of riding with the top down I was used ...
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2answers
1k views

How do I change the rear lights on Peugeot 307 CC?

How do I change the rear lights on Peugeot 307 CC? The CC (Coupe) version doesn't seem to have a visible place to open the back light cover.
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2answers
322 views

Charging battery on BMW 320ci 2003

I left my BMW unused for 6 weeks. Then I started the engine for 10 seconds and turned it off. A few days later I started the engine and drove it 10 metres and turned it off. Then I attempted to start ...
0
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1answer
384 views

My Mazda 626 is loosing power steering; however, it is NOT leaking under car… What's wrong?

My Mazda 626 is loosing power steering; however, it is NOT leaking under car. What's wrong? I am not a mechanic; I'm puzzled why I'm loosing power steering fluid; however, it is not visibly leaking! ...
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1answer
323 views

What does 'peak power' mean in car inverter characteristics?

I'm looking for a power inverter to use it primarily to power up a vacuum cleaner in the car. The vacuum is 550 Watts. There are power inverters 600+ watts, but they are a bit more expensive and ...
4
votes
1answer
192 views

How to diagnose a vacuum hose leak or pcv pump problem

I have a old 1993 Mitsubishi Triton MJ which is having a bit of an issue at the moment with acceleration. With the initial acceleration such as moving away from traffic lights the engine will often ...
4
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8answers
1k views

Why no alternate (hand-cranked, spring-loaded) starter for a car?

A dead battery is a common and serious problem. At a minimum it takes time to jump-start the car. But oftentimes a second car is unavailable, or there's no jumper cables, or a serial killer is ...
3
votes
1answer
329 views

Tail light is intermittently out on Dodge Caravan

I have a 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan. A couple of days ago, the right turn signal started flashing rapidly when turned on to indicate a burned out bulb. I checked and found the right tail light was ...
2
votes
1answer
200 views

Rear motorized hatch in 2005 Nissan Armada will not open

My 2005 Nissan Armada rear hatch has opened unexpectedly (while parked) several times in the past few weeks. Now the rear hatch will not open with either the key fob or via the interior hatch button. ...
2
votes
1answer
216 views

Peugeot 406 won't start in cold weather

I drive a Peugeot 406 2.0 HDI, 2001. This morning it was -13 °C (9 °F) and the engine couldn't start. First two times, I could hear the engine running, but the third time it died and my temporary data ...
2
votes
2answers
730 views

2002 Renault Clio V6 won't start - just turns over

So I'm round my old dears and park on her drive. She needs to move my car (a 2002 Renault Clio V6 3.0) off the drive to get her car out. She gets in, reverses it and stalls it. Starts up again and she ...

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