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Can I charge a Car Battery with a Motorcycle charger?

Car battery to be charged is a DIN66 which I think is about 65ah. I have a Motorcycle charger which says it can be used on cars; it suits batteries from 4 ah to 40 ah. Does this mean that it can ...
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Oil on driveway: Will a Belly pan be helpful?

My car slowly drips oil from the drain plug and between the tranny and engine, at least, according to the mechanic. An unnecessary 1600$ repair. Do you think a belly pan would be helpful to at least ...
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What is this tank for ?

I just bough an old (1980s) Nissan Pathfinder. In the engine I have managed to identify the engine-oil hole, the radiator-water hole and the windshield-washer hole (you can tell I'm a car expert!) ...
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What could cause an engine to make a chirping sound when it's first started up?

I've owned a Diesel Peugeot 307 for a year now but during the recent winter months I have noticed a strange sound in the engine when I started it up. As sounds aren't well described with words, I have ...
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How does a 'very small stone' hit on the windscreen creates long cracks coming out of it?

Recently I got my windshield hit by an extremely small sized stone. Gradually that small hit created a long crack on my windshield, it's been a month and I guess the crack has stopped with the ...
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Replacing oil sump plug washer after every oil change

As the title says, does the oil sump plug washer need to be replaced after every oil change, or can they be reused? Background - my 2005 Daihatsu Copen needs an oil change every 3000 miles. I have ...
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How to tell if an 08 CTS has a limited-slip differential?

I'm looking at purchasing a 2008 CTS RWD. From what I could gather from various forums, it sounds like a limited-slip was only included if you purchased the "summer performance tires" package. I ...
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Burning smell when driving

Firstly, this question is written by someone with very little knowledge of cars. So, please bear with me. Some weeks ago, I was driving to work and smelled this horrible, thick, burning odour. Given ...
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Should i check quantity of battery liquid?

The battery of my Nissan Tiida is similar to the ones in the pictures below. Should I check if there is enough liquid inside? and in case it needs, should I add distilled water?
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New batteries with acid at 80% charge— if I run then tend, will it bring it up to 100%?

I have read that, when you add electrolyte and acid to a new battery, it will then be at 80% of max charge. You can put the battery in your bike and it will turn. However, it's highly recommend to ...
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Does clutch fluid normally run out?

I had my oil changed earlier this week, the people there told me my "clutch fluid" was low. On my first trip after the oil change (2 hour round trip) my clutch started acting weird, it wouldn't pop ...
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Cola vs Baking soda vs Water to clean battery, and what should be used afterwards?

This questions is to extent the following question Should I use coca cola or baking soda + water to clean my battery clamps?. I have heard of using both Coke and baking soda to clean battery clamps ...
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Most acceptable way to get parts off another car?

I was in an accident about a month ago and I'm trying to figure out a good way to repair the damage (I'm a college student and the car has no collision on it, so having it fixed is gonna be tight on ...
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Does my car have an engine block heater? (2010 civic)

How do I know if my car has an engine block heater? I checked the manual, which has no mention of it I looked for a plug near the front of my car, but didn't see it. Where would it be? I searched ...
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What does CC refer to when describing an engine?

I have been learning about various older cars on Wikipedia. I've always wondered what the "cc" refers to in the engine description. For example: 1964–1969 Porsche 911: 1991 cc 1965-1969 Porsche 912: ...
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Accessing Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) in car

I want to know how can i access DTCs by writing a code and parsing it? i have RaspberryPi and related hardware for communication with the OBD-II of car. I will generate manual faults and then after ...
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Problems in building higher displacement 2 stroke engines

I understand(from preliminary research) that when engine gets bigger(higher displacement) it is practically not possible to have a two stroke engine. What are the implications in building a higher cc ...
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P0401 and P0122 on a 2005 Hyundai Sonata

Our car has the check engine light come on with a codes P0401 and P0122. The car seems to run fine. What sorts of things should we check?
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What is a good strategy for adding performance upgrades in phases to a 2013 Mazda 3?

I have a 2012 Mazda3 s (manual transmission, base engine) to which I'd like to begin adding more performance-oriented parts once the OEM parts begin to degrade. However, I am not the kind of person ...
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VW Golf TDI makes a 'sneezing' sound on startup

I really don't know how else to describe it. Car has no issues starting or running, but for about the last 2 months every time I cold start it, the engine makes a sharp, high-pitched noise like a ...
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Rear suspension much more sensitive to bumps than front

Whenever I drive over speed bumps (or pot holes or whathaveyou) I notice that when the rear wheels go over, the whole car jumps up and down and clatters, a lot more so than the front wheels. I am ...
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Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil

The other time I asked my mechanic, are my tyres about needing to be changed? He said, naw, another 8000 miles. After driving 7000 miles, I asked another mechanic who again said, long way to go. ...
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Is this a “warped” rotor?

I am experiencing some pulsating while braking in my 99 Ford Escort. After removing the wheel and inspecting the discs they both look like this. Are the lateral lines something that could cause the ...
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How often should I do fuel induction and why should I do it if my car runs perfectly fine?

I've owned 6 cars now and I only remembered doing fuel induction once. Yesterday I went to the Toyota dealer and they recommended me doing fuel induction every 3000 miles. I have a 2009 Toyota ...
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How do I fix my riding lawnmower?

I have a craftsman riding lawnmower. It has a manual gear that I have to push up to get the blade to start. There is a physical heavy gauge wire going from this gear to something below that snapped ...
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Does the a gasoline or diesel engine appy fuel at high speeds when not pressing the pedal and more

Let say I directly connect a small engine to my bicycle, and that I'm superman who can overcome any force. Then I start cycling (using my legs...) - the engine starts to rotate, even though I haven't ...
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Are L/100km figures reported by the Canadian government attainable?

I'm in the market for a new car, and fuel efficiency is important since I'm commuting 2 hours a day. The EPA and Canadian governments use different measures of fuel efficiency. I don't mean just the ...
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Please tell me I did not kill My chole (1999 VW Beetle)

My 1999 VW was blinking a red thermometer as soon as I turned the car on. I checked the oil and water and it was fine. I drove car and white smoke started coming out of the engine and exhaust, there ...
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Best way to remove partially stripped and rusted fuel filter nut?

I missed the memo about replacing my fuel filter every 30k, so it's been more like 100k since it's been replaced. Anyway, the car is a 2001 Buick Regal, and the fuel filter nut (not the quick connect, ...
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Why are copper washers required on banjo fittings?

Why are copper washers required on banjo fittings? Why do they need to be replaced each time you remove/loosen the banjo fitting? I'm assuming that copper is a softer metal than bronze, brass ...
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Battery shorts when key is turned quickly

My friend has a newish (~2009) Toyota Tacoma that apparently can short the battery when he turns the key from off to start too fast. By short I mean, when fully charged the truck will click once like ...
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How to know if a radiator is getting sufficient airflow

I have recently purchased a dune buggy as displayed in the photo below. Note the position of the radiator located above the seats. What I am wanting to do is install some clear perspex in the window ...
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Plastic end-tank radiator

Why are modern radiators made from aluminium with plastic ends? What is the durability compared to 100% aliuminium radiators?
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Why did GM supercede/change part numbers for their power steering fluid?

The part number for GM power steering fluid changed at some point from 1050017 to 89020661. Anybody know what has changed, if anything? The aftermarket fluids at the parts stores (Autozone, Advanced ...
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Simple Question: Do I need to bleed brakes if I removed the blake fluid cap?

This is probably a very simple question, but I was just poking around the engine bay and checking the fluid levels of the various reservoirs. I then opened the brake fluid one and I remember reading ...
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Audi A4 '05 strange electrical problem?

Actually, I don't even know if it's a problem or a feature. I've seen that if I forget my indicators on (either left or right) and remove the keys + close the door the headlights and the back lights ...
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Installing Tachometer on bike

I have 1997 model Kawasaki 4s champion (100cc 4 stroke bike). It have no tachometer . is it possible to install new tachometer on my bike. can anyone give some advise ?. thanks in advance
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I bought a new radio. How difficult would it be for an amateur to install?

They gave me a "kit" and a "harness" in addition to the radio. I'm at the knowledge level where I don't know what that means, but I'm assuming the harness holds it in place and the kit involves the ...
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2004 Buick LeSabre sputters in wet weather only when accelerating

My 2004 Buick LeSabre recently started behaving strangely. At first I thought I had filled up with some "bad gas." I used Heat to treat and after a week or so it seemingly started to work fine. Then ...
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Are radios model-specific?

My car radio is having trouble reading CDs; I need a new one. Will pretty much any interchangeable radio fit in any car that has an interchangeable-style radio port? Or does it vary from car to car ...
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Squeaky steering?

Before going off to college, I had my car carefully inspected by a trusted mechanic whom I asked to inform me of any major problems. That is to say, the car has none now. However, I just noticed ...
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Do I need to replace rear differential if it's leaking?

When we got an oil change, he said it's "leaking, but not out of fluid or low". Do we need to do any replacement/maintenance on it, or just wait until it gets worse? How would I check something like ...
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Is my mechanic ripping me off?

My 2002 ford focus (built after may 23) died and the AAA and tow guy both said that it needs a new fuel pump. Anyway I went to the mechanic and he said it'll be 350 for the pump and 200 for labor. I ...
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What's happening when you give someone a boost?

While I've given and received boosts before I've always been following instructions by rote and never really understood what's happening. The procedure I've been told is: Attach red clamp to the ...
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Squeaking Noise when Cold Start. Suspect something wrong with belts, Also engine missing when sudden acceleration desired from Total Stop

From the past few weeks whenever I crank my car there is a squeaking noise which may continue for about 30-60 sec or even longer (This is intermittent sometimes it doesn't really happen). The engine ...
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Power steering seems to be coming out of its reservoir from the top. Whats wrong?

I have a 2003 Honda Accord and I thought I had a leak in my power steering because of the whining noise and low fluid. I filled it back up but it kept falling out. I checked where my car is parked and ...
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Key cycling to determine cause of check engine light

The check engine light is on in my 1989 Ford E250 Econoline van. I heard from a mechanic (who changed my oil) that there's a "key cycling" process that will cause the light to flash in a certain ...
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turning right causing small vibration and noise

My 2004 Ford Focus makes small grinding and vibrating noises when turning to the right. The problem was much more severe earlier this month. I took it to the shop and had them get me new tires and an ...
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Do I need steel lugnuts when using steel wheels

Here in the northern part of North America, we're about to start winter, so off come the mags with the summer tires, and on go the steel wheels with the winter tires. Do I need to use steel lug nuts ...
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HVAC is not blowing. Is it most likely the blower motor?

I have a 1998 Buick Park Avenue (standard not ultra). Recently the heating and air stopped blowing. It acts normal in every other way (lights and indicators work as normal) but I am not getting any ...

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