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Why aren't oil drain valves more commonly used?

An oil drain valve is a device that replaces your regular drain bolt and makes an oil change a much cleaner job. When it's time for an oil change, you simply attach a hose to the oil drain valve, open ...
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Trouble reading oil level, 2007 VW Rabbit

This is a bit embarrassing. Since I got the car I've found it hard to read the oil level. The dipstick takes a turn as it enters the engine, and no matter how gently I pull the thing up, it seems ...
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vauxhall vectra cdti sri 150 running problems

I recently had low fuel pressure problems with my cdti. I took it to a garage and got the high pressure pump changed. After that it started no problem but after 15mins of it running, it started ...
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Can you drive a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 when the heater core is bad?

I am thinking of purchasing an older Dodge Ram; the listing on craigslist says that the vehicle is in good condition but the heater core is busted. I'm willing to go without heat/AC till I get around ...
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119 views

Different heads on Dodge Magnum 360

I'm working on a 98 Dodge Ram 2500 with a Magnum 360 V8 (roller cam shaft). It had a cracked head on one side, so I purchased a pair of remanned heads from an eBay retailer. These heads are the ...
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2001 Chevy Astro- oil in the radiator

I have a 2001 Chevy Astro Van. Yesterday the radiator starting spewing a thick, black substance out the side of it. It looks like old oil. I had the oil changed 1 1/2 weeks ago. The oil on the ...
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What is the purpose of the intake manifold cover on a Honda S2000? [duplicate]

On a 2001 Honda S2000 (or any other car for that matter) does the intake manifold cover (plastic piece held on with two 10mm acorn nuts) actually protect against something, or is it purely aesthetic?
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Cleaning interior of long stored car

Just bought a car which has not been driven and stored inside a garage for several years. How do we fumigate and clean the interior? Part looks like it is leather and part vinyl since some areas have ...
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Engine spikes to 5000 rpm when pressing on gas pedal or going uphill

I'm having an issue with my 2001 Solara, and I would like to check out a few things myself before I have a mechanic spend lots of time diagnosing the problem. When the engine is under load -- I press ...
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How often should you get your air conditioner checked and serviced?

Every year I bring my car (now almost 3 years old) to the garage for a check up. When I bring it the people from the garage usually ask if I also want the extra air conditioner check and servicing. ...
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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe power steering leak

Where is the power steering return hose on a Hyundai Santa Fe? Is there a diagram somewhere that shows how it is run?
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463 views

What brake discs does my car have?

I have a 2006 Citroen C4 1.6 VTR+ (5 doors) and I need to change brake discs and pads. I found this website: http://www.carparts4less.co.uk/ where I order those parts, but after taking them to a ...
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Why do some tuned cars have very inclined tires?

I've seen photographs of cars with strange inclined tires like the one in the picture I pasted here. They seems to be Japanese cars. Is it for drifting? Maybe for appearance? Do the tires get ...
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Seized engine on 13 yo Infiniti, out to pasture for 1 yr. Donate for scrap or worth a revisit?

We live in the temperate Northern California foothills, and lo these many months ago, my wife took my father's 2001 Infinity up the Reno mountain pass without seeing (or checking) the dangerously low ...
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104 views

Electrical problems after auto start installation

I have a 2000 Camry, I've installed Bulldog RS90 remote starter about 5 months ago; and it worked just fine. A couple of days ago I started my car with a key, and could not shift the gear from ...
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brake rotors- blank, slotted or drilled?

There is a lot of conflicting information whether slotted or drilled rotors perform better than blank rotors. For a street car that will do the occasional track day, which type of rotor should I get?
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Lexus GS300 - Sound of air escaping

I have a Lexus GS300. Couple weeks ago I sent it to a Toyota dealer for maintenance. In addition to regular maintenance, they said the brake needs change and so I agreed. This week I found something ...
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1answer
75 views

A3/A4/A6 alloys on an A5

I have an Audi A5 and I want to put genuine Audi 7-double-spoke alloys on it. The problem is as far as I know these alloys are only created in 20" for the A5. Does anyone know if it is possible to ...
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197 views

Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2.0 2008 - Difficulty Starting

Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2.0 2008 and takes at least 4-5 attempts to start before it idles badly for about 10 seconds and then is fine. Doesn't die at the traffic lights, no problems at all otherwise. ...
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Brakes locking up when backing up

I have a 2002 Kia Sportage that was being driven only once a week or so for a couple of months, then it sat for a whole month without being driven. The dashboard brake light had been coming on ...
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Cleaning Admission

I cleaned the air intake spraying a Sonax liquid air intake cleaner. I took off the air filter, sprayed, waited to get dry and started the engine. It works well in my car that I think it was clean ...
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1answer
21 views

Is there something that will need to configure with OBD2 or computer if I dissemble?

The new cars has a lot of electronic devices and computers. As I like to maintain my family's cars I would like to know if I don't need to plug any OBD2 or computer after assemble or fix the cars. I'm ...
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Fans run all the time

Hi I have 98 Nissan Maxima. I recently changed the thermostat in it and ever since then my fans will stay on, and I am not running the a/c either. Can you please tell me what could be causing them to ...
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1answer
106 views

Please advise on check gauges light on and battery gauge reads zero

Saw this thread while investigating what sounds like the same problem with my jeep. The check gauge light came on and my battery gauge bottomed out. But weird thing is, it ran fine. I drove it a few ...
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Must I Replace All 4 Tires on an All Wheel Drive (AWD) Subarau, when only 1 is damaged?

I have a 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Wagon. I just destroyed the passenger-side rear tire. The tires have approx. 6/32" tread remaining, per an informal measurement with a coin (I used this guideline ...
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Sidewall of my tire has a tear, can this be repaired?

I have a Subaru Legacy 5.0i wagon, which has all-wheel drive. Taking a right turn yesterday, my rear passenger tire bumped on a curb. About 20 minutes later the tire was flat. There is an 'L' ...
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1answer
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Skoda Fabia, flashes handbrake light and beeps 3 times

When I turn heavy or accelerate hard in my Skoda Fabia the handbrake light flashes approximately 5 times and beeps exactly 3 times.
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Should I get a battery tender for a car not used for long periods of time?

Could anyone please help me? I have a Honda Civic 170i car in South Africa which I keep in storage for long periods of time while I'm working in the UK. I'm going back to SA in August for 2 months ...
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79 views

2001 Ford F150 running hot

I changed my coolant hoses on my 2001 Ford F150 today. I let it idle for about 15 minutes and then took it for a test drive. It began to run hot during the test drive. What could cause this?
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How do I program my Toyota Prius smartkey with silver logo?

How do I program my 2008 Prius smartkey with the silver logo on the fob? I read your instructions, but it stated that it would not work with the key fob with the silver logo.
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81 views

Will a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 reliably run on home distilled alcohol?

I posted a question at a sister site; Why use steam instead of alcohol in Army of Darkness? It is suggested in the comments and an answer that without major modifications the V8 in the Oldsmobile will ...
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1answer
132 views

Is there a way to know if the torque converter is locked up?

Is there a precise way to know if/when my torque converter is locked up/unlocking on a Nissan Maxima 2002? Most answers I've found over the internet is "by feeling". For instance, "when this ...
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2answers
857 views

What is that knocking sound my engine makes when the revs drop too low?

I have a 2013 Subaru Impreza with a 2.0 liter engine and a manual transmission, and when I let out the clutch too fast while in reverse or 1st, sometimes the engine RPM will drop so low that it makes ...
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My 2000 Honda CRV starts fine but dies if pedal is pressed before it warms up completely

My 2000 Honda CRV starts fine but dies if the gas pedal is pressed before it warms up completely. After starting it and then pressing the gas pedal or putting it in gear, it starts to splutter and ...
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1answer
131 views

When is a magneto more efficient than an alternator?

A magneto is device similar to an alternator for creating electrical energy. Many small gas engines, including several road worthy motorcycles, use them to generate electrical energy. They can be ...
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Tachometer On My Car Is Doing The Opposite At Warm up

The car is Ford Focus 2002 model. Ztec engine. 1.6V I'll go straight to the point. The problem started when I got my car engine washed (with water). I changed the coil, and plugs. It started running ...
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Adding cruise control to BMW without electronic throttle control

I don't know very much about throttle bodies and stuff, but I do have an interesting question: I just bought a 2000 BMW 323i with the M52TU engine. It would seem that this specific year does not have ...
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2006 Chevy Silverado missing dash lights

I have a 2006 Chevy Silverado with several missing lights on buttons. See pictures below. I have seen in a couple places that they are soldered on and you can't replace them. Is this true? If not, how ...
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What info can be displayed with aux in

Not sure if this is the right stack site but couldn't find any more related! Anyway, I'm buying a new car next week. It has Aux in cable but not Bluetooth or card reader. My question is, will the ...
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1answer
54 views

How to test injectors on a 1999 F-350 with a 7.3

How do you test injectors on a 1999 F-350 with a 7.3 motor? I think it might be misfiring.
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1answer
627 views

What does the green dashboard symbol mean on a Toyota vios 2008?

What does the green dashboard symbol mean on a Toyota vios 2008? When you start the car, this symbol is lighted. After 5 minutes it goes off. I'm guessing this indicates that the engine is still cool ...
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Is any power from the alternator 'free'?

Cars generally (and specifically a Honda Accord 2002) are not very energy-efficient. Given all the inefficiencies, is it "free" to plug in, say, a smartphone into a car to charge while I am driving? ...
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1answer
79 views

Are there any modern diesel engines the require electricity to continue running?

I was reading this question about an owner checking the alternator by disconnecting the battery, which is an easy way to validate on a gasoline engine. The single answer assumes that the OP is ...
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1answer
192 views

How to program a transponder key of a 2000 Toyota Sienna

This is a follow-up question to my previous question regarding the replacement of the ignition switch cylinder in my car. In my 2000 Sienna there is an immobilizer circuit embedded in the switch. I ...
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3answers
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Is an “oil life indicator” a reliable indicator for when to change the oil?

I have a 2014 Honda Pilot with 3600 miles on it. Historically I have always changed oil in my vehicles every 3000 miles, using good quality non-synthetic oil. Now this Honda has an "oil life ...
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2answers
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Mustang V6 sluggish pickup during day

Have been driving my stang 2013 V6 for almost 2 years now. Right from the day 1 I have noticed that outside temperature somehow made my cars acceleration/ pickup however you call it become sluggish. ...
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2005 Volvo S60 loses power

I have an '05 S60 with about 92,000 miles on it. Recently, while driving at a constant speed the car will lose power for a couple seconds- the rpm's drop and then the car will recover and run ...
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3answers
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How can I keep my backup camera lens clean?

I recently purchased a new SUV with a backup camera. It constantly gets dirty from melting snow, rain, road grim, etc. How can I keep the lens clean, or clean it without causing damage to the lens? ...
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BG 44K Fuel system cleaner?

What's the proper way of using the product? With full or half tank of gas? Is it recommended to do motor oil change after the cleaner? Thank you in advance for help.
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Yamaha Vstar 250 won't start: need to diagnose and fix possible fuel, battery, or flooded carb

My riding experience: 1 day. Already I'm an idiot. This will probably be a good laugh for most of you. I purchased a used bike, Yamaha VStar 250, <2,000 miles, <4 years old. Battery has not ...

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