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Car overheats idling in traffic

I have a 2000 Chevrolet Impala. I recently had the water pump, timing belt, radiator, and thermostat replaced because I had a coolant leak/overheating problems. I now don't have a coolant leak, ...
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Will it hurt to be off 5" on width on tires through conversion

I am a student for automotive and have a print out of the conversion chart for tires. it says I can go from 215/70r15 to 244/55r16 and only lose 1mph on speedometer, but found some 245/50r16 will that ...
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Do cars ever use electric water pumps?

I saw this question in the cue recently. I know of no cars that are in production that use electric water pumps. I am assuming that it's continuity issue related to failure rates and engine damage ...
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What's the cause of Diesels' typical clatter noise?

I guess it's related to their basically running off knocking, but if I were to explain it to someone like this, it wouldn't convince me neither. [Edit] From http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/369700-...
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1answer
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1981 ford f350 New duraspark kills the power

Tried starting my old 81 ford f350 box truck,but turns over won't start,has gas,tried staring fluid etc. Noticed goop on fender well from duraspark ignition module.Put new one on,turn ignition on,...
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144 views

Electric water pump control

Electric fans are now common on cars, both aftermarket and stock. The advantages in horsepower, faster warmup, and hence emissions are well documented elsewhere. The same reasoning can be applied to ...
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539 views

Damp leaking cabin, tips to trace leak and advice to dry it out

On my 2003 ('04 Model spec) Right Hand Drive Volkswagen Bora (Jetta) Mk4 PD130 TDI SE (Comfortline) I have wetness both on and under my floor mats and in the carpet. The damp seems to be concentrated ...
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2answers
163 views

How do the chain adjustment nuts on the swing-arms of a motorcycle work?

How does working the nuts on the swing-arms actually cause the chain to be tightened or loosened? I know chain adjustment has to do with the rear axle. So how do these chain adjuster nuts affect ...
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1answer
84 views

Porsche 918 - benefits of top mounted exhaust

Is the Porsche 918 the first production car with a top mount/exiting exhaust system? This article points out that by routing the exhaust up, Porsche was able to equip a completely flat underbelly and ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to repair an intermittent or flaky turn signal flasher relay?

Ouch, a new turn signal flasher relay is $65 at the local parts shop. Is it possible to DIY a repair of such a flasher relay?
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2006 Subaru Forrester overheating and no heat

My 2006 Subaru Forester is overheating with no heat blowing through the vents. I have had a thermostat put in and a new heater core. Radiator has been pressure tested with no leaks. Unfortunately it ...
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1answer
49 views

ENG PWR REDUCED 2009 Chevy Cobalt LS

I have a 2009 Chevy Cobalt bought used a year ago from a dealership near me. It has about 81,000 miles on it and just recently started messing up. My coolant temp will start heating up to about 200F-...
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2answers
67 views

I have 225 45 r17 winter tyres on golf but peugeot 207 with 205 45 r17 tyres - could I interchange

I have 225 45 r17 winter tyres on my golf that are nearly new. I have just purchased a Peugeot 207 with 205 45 r17 tyres - could I also use my winter tyres on this car?
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1answer
145 views

What are the specifications that describe a change in look (for SEAT Leon)?

I bought a SEAT Leon Refference 5-door hatchback while the order is actually queued for 3 months and so not built yet, I'm assuming it is the the latest variant (if there are subclasses?) of MK3. The ...
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5answers
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Aluminium engine vs Cast Iron engine

What is the advantage that the aluminium engines provide over the cast iron engine apart from the fact of rusting and weight reduction. Manufacturers like to boast about their all new aluminium ...
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1answer
170 views

Motorcycle Speed Wobble - How do I figure out the problem?

I have a 2005 GSXR 600. I took it for a test drive and the head shakes around 65mph or so and then goes away when I go past that. It's worse when I'm slowing down without the front brake. When I ...
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1answer
134 views

Ohlins Rear Motorcycle Shock - How do I setup, care for and tune it?

I have a 2005 GSXR 600 I'm getting on the road. I bought an Ohlins rear shock for it and ordered the spring to match my weight. I can't figure out the low/high speed or the rebound/compression ...
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2answers
63 views

Correct behavior of 2001 Prelude front side markers when hazards on

I am attempting to diagnose a fairly insidious electrical issue in a 2001 Honda Prelude SH. My question is: With the ignition off and the headlights off, but the hazard switch on, what should the ...
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0answers
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Volkswagen Jetta EPC light [duplicate]

Volkswagen Jetta. The EPC light came on today. What does this indicate? How do I fix it? The check engine light is also on.
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2answers
429 views

What is a leak down tester and what can I do with it?

Background There are quite a few head gasket related questions on the site. Coolant or water in the oil, oil in the coolant or water in a radiator, etc. I'm thinking that some instruction on howto ...
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1answer
125 views

Why go for aftermarket air filters?

If aftermarket air filters tend to increase the performance of a vehicle, why don't vehicle manufacturers install something similar that is manufactured by themselves in order to increase performance?...
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7answers
2k views

Is disabling the airbag inflators a task that an amateur can tackle?

I am getting exhausted by the ongoing news that airbag inflators can malfunction and explode, injuring the driver and front passenger. Most worrying is that nothing in the news says that the ...
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1answer
55 views

98 Mercedes ML 320 - Overheating Issue

My car keeps over heating when I get on the freeway. It's fine on city streets. I put antifreeze in it. It seems like it runs out kind of fast but I havent noticed any leaking.
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Cold air intake causing rich condition

This is a follow up question to my initial question which can be found here : LTFT and STFT values are off and don't make sense Car is a 2015 F10 M5 Mods : Cold air intake, aftermarket rear ...
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1answer
83 views

Brakes Slipping/malfunctioning

I recently got in a car accident because my brakes failed to work. It felt as if when I pressed them, they had slipped. I tested the brakes after-the-fact to see what the problem was, and this problem ...
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2answers
189 views

How do I troubleshoot the source of oil in my coolant?

I would like to know the step by step troubleshooting procedure for discovering the source of oil appearing in coolant. There are several different points of failure that can be the root cause for ...
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1answer
75 views

Alternator whines when it's cold, 2000 Toyota Camry (5S-FE engine)

I have a 2000 Toyota Camry with the L4 5S-FE engine. The car has 140k miles on it. When I first start it, the alternator whines fairly loudly. I narrowed it down by ear, then used the typical ...
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2answers
69 views

Engine stalls out when I top off my jeep with gas

When I top off my gas (till the pump shuts off) fuel spurts out. It also wants to stall out when I turn it on. It happens more if I fill it up from empty, but still happens when I fill it from half a ...
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2answers
197 views

My clutch won't engage all the way down

1990 Chevrolet 1500 Me and my neighbor just put a new clutch and a pressure plate in and about 2 weeks ago I put a bottom slave cylinder on it. I'm having trouble with my clutch engaging as well as ...
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1answer
28 views

Mitsubishi eclipse convertible 2008 shaking problem

I have a Mitsubishi Eclipse 2008 has 96,000 mile . When I drive, it doesn't really shake but when I stop at red light and the Geralyn drive it shakes a lot I have checked all the engine mount and the ...
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1answer
81 views

Min/max fill for coolant reserve/overflow tank in abscence of markings

I have a 2001 Honda Prelude SH. I am looking at the coolant reserve tank. There are no min / max fill lines visible, although the manual says there should be. I am just re-adding coolant after fixing ...
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1answer
45 views

Waterbottle cap still poping off

I have a 2008 Ford Fiesta 1.6i. The car heats up and builds pressure in the water bottle that causes the cap to pop open and boiling water to come out. I have taken it to Rord where they have done ...
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1answer
55 views

Oil leakage or normal engine procedures

It was raining yesterday and I noticed the typical rainbow colouring of some of the water around my car. Couldn't tell there and then if it was a car body fluid leak or just the water going trough the ...
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3answers
205 views

Tazz 2e oil leak coming from

I have a Toyota Tazz 2e engine that has oil leaking what appears to be I thought was the rear main seal, but now notice form the top below intake and above water pipes above bell housing joining the ...
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1answer
93 views

Where does the Toyota Vitz air intake take air from?

I am just curious where my engine air filter is taking air from. Below is a picture of my car's (Toyota Vitz 2007) engine (not a picture of my exact engine). As I can see, the air filter should ...
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4answers
69 views

What's the vehicle lifespan effect when turning systems off by using the ignition key?

One of people who drive our Van Toyota Sienna 2014 has the habit of turning OFF all of the internal controls by counterclockwise turning the ignition key. This is to say, before turning the engine off ...
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0answers
16 views

I have oil in the coolant of my Suburban what is the cause? [duplicate]

I have a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban with a 350 engine it has oil in the coolant. What is the cause? It has over 200000 miles.
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1answer
45 views

Replaced belts and they still squeak

I replaced the 2 belts on my 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Now when I put the heat on it makes a weird squealing noise. What is it?
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2answers
184 views

How much current should my car draw with the ignition on?

With the ignition fully off, my current draw is pretty much zero, but with the ignition on (to be clear - engine not spinning, starter motor not engaged) it increases to 2.5 amps (at about 11.5v, ...
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1answer
170 views

Reverse is now 1st gear on manual transmission

Reverse no longer works...when I shift into Reverse it goes into 1st gear. All other gears work fine. 2002 Jetta TDI 1.9 what could the problem be?
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3answers
130 views

Can I change a single worn tyre instead of a pair?

In April last year I bought a 2008 Ford Focus. The tyres were relatively new, all apart from the front right which was more worn than the rest. I've driven the car roughly 7,000 miles in nearly 11 ...
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votes
1answer
70 views

Over heating of my 05 Honda Civic

I first purchased my Civic in Jan of 2015. My first car had terrible over heating problems so I decided to get rid of it for my civic. Turns out, my Civic has the SAME problem. I decided to take it ...
4
votes
1answer
73 views

Starting Enfield with low/dead battery

My bike has a very low/dead battery and it doesn't start. What I did though was, kick the bike for few minutes and later it started, but when I tried to move the vehicle by putting it in first gear it ...
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votes
2answers
63 views

Cut and Polish: Looking for help on how to do my car

I am looking to do a cut and polish on my Australian made Holden Calais VT commodore (98 model). I am very new to doing cut and polishes and was hoping someone could point me out to what products ...
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2answers
98 views

2004 Saturn ION with Ecotec 2.2: Engine misfire with code P0300, ICM problem?

Car came in with a misfire complaint and check engine light on with code p0300. Looking at misfire history confirms high misfire counts on cylinders 1 and 4 along with lower counts on cylinders 2 &...
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2answers
161 views

Effects of anti-freeze concentration on engine temperature

I am curious as to how useful the engine temperature sensor actually is. It tells you the coolants temperature obviously, but I have read that the engine actually operates hotter than the coolant. For ...
3
votes
1answer
50 views

Running thick oil in a small engine

Recently, my sled ran out of oil (it started to leak) and it locked up. I managed to get it started again, but barely. I had no thin oil and I had to use some 10w40 heavy oil. I didn't put in too much ...
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1answer
57 views

BMW E60 530i - Dashboard LCD Issues

After parking my car for too long I decided to drive it. I noticed that the dashboard LCD is covered in red. I don't know how this occurred. Is there a possible fix for this? Is there a ...
6
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0answers
98 views

fuel consumption is high

My VW Golf 3 is over-consuming fuel, I use 10 liters for 45km, My mechanic ask me to change the automatic gear-box because it is not selecting gear above gear 3 I change the automatic gear-box but ...
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3answers
132 views

BMW E46 electric headlight leveling

My E46 BMW 320d was recently driven through some water too deep for it. The engine and rest of the car is fine but the electric levelling feature for the headlights has failed. The headlights were in ...

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