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What's wrong with worn-out suspension?

I'm about to buy an RV from a friend. I've never bought any kind of vehicle before, and I know nothing about cars except through web searches. But I do have a grad-level physics education and some ...
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Can I break power steering by turning too far

Will I damage power steering in a 2008 Camry XLE if I routinely turn the steering wheel to its limits, i.e. where it will not move further?
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Overheating & boiling in the overflow tank

I have had the gases checked in my overflow tank (which boils short distances) and also over heats. Two different mechanics tested the gases and said it's not the head gasket but yet it still boils ...
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How to determine if P0430 is O2 or catalytic converter

2009 CTS4 3.6L P0430 catalyst below efficiency bank 2 comes on periodically. (There are no other codes being thrown.) I put a data logger on it today on my drive to work and the rear sensor is ...
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98 Ford Expedition. Anti theft-ignition problem (car not running)

98 Ford Expedition. The car is flushing the theft lights, and is not starting. I been looking for information about this problem. It sounds that it is related to the PATS system that ford has on those ...
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Surely I'm refilling my transmission fluid incorrectly

My car ('96 Ford Taurus) developed a transmission fluid leak and lost an unknown amount of fluid. I fixed the leak and began replacing transmission fluid but this has proved to be extremely tedious. ...
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1answer
43 views

Oxygen sensor PID for 2004 Toyota Camry 4-cyl

My 2004 Toyota Camry with 170k miles is pulling a P0420 code, which I've read can be due to a bad catalytic converter or O2 sensors. I have an OBD-II tool with the DashCommand app on my iPhone. ...
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1answer
16 views

Clio I indicator control non-functional

Model: 1997 Renault Clio RL Panache The hazard lights are functional and I've changed the fuse (to the on-board spare) for the indicators, but still the control stick for the indicators has no ...
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1answer
14 views

Dash compatibility and the ECU

I have a Citroen C1 and it's a very basic model. It doesn't have a rev counter but I can add one because it has the cable and plug for it already exists, it's just not plugged into a rev counter. What ...
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25 views

What is the direction of rotation of the motor?

On 2005 Chev Classic 2.2 Ecotec, what direction do I need to turn it after replacing timing chain? I want to know what direction the motor rotates clockwise or counter-clockwise (anti-clockwise) when ...
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1answer
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Brake fluid to be used on a 1960 Chevrolet Corvair

I have a 60 Corvair and have never changed the Brake Fluid. I am planning to flush out the old fluid and replace it. What brake fluid should I replace it with. Dot 2,3,or 4
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21 views

97 Sentra Slow Acceleration?

I just recently bought a 97 Sentra with less than 15k on it. I have never driven a Sentra before, so I'm not even sure if there is a problem. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of power and I have ...
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2000 Toyota Sienna Rear Blinker Assembly Clips Broke Off

I recently took off the tail light on our 2000 Toyota Sienna and the clips on the light assembly side broke off as I was pulling it off. Any idea where I can get replacement clips? Or would I have to ...
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1answer
35 views

Oil level is lower after a few hours' cool down than immediately after driving

After I shut off my engine and check the oil, it is over the full mark on my dip stick. When I leave the engine to cool down about 5 hours, the oil level is below the full mark on the dip stick. This ...
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should oil filter be primed

Surely some internals of the engine will be running "dry" for a short time after a filter change i.e. until the filter becomes full and passes oil. However the makers do not suggest priming the new ...
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Why don't we have distance lines on a Skoda reversing camera?

We just got ourselves a new Skoda Superb with a reversing camera but it doesn't show the distance lines that apparently should appear on it. We test drove the Passat and saw it had distance lines on ...
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2answers
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How do I replace front CV axles for a 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport?

A mechanic has found that I have two split CV joint boots on my 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, and I want to try and replace the axles myself. However, the shop manual for the drivetrain is very ...
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1answer
92 views

Flat Tow Subaru Auto Trans with Engine Running?

A year ago I traded my 2012 Ford Focus for a 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (automatic transmission). Dealer told me it could be flat towed, made sense to me, why not so long as it is in neutral? ...
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Engine stalling/not wanting to go

Hello so I have a 1988 chevy 1500 with a 350 in it. I drove it for about 10 minutes the other day no problem would spin the tires over easy also. The next day I drove it to my grandma's no problem. I ...
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1answer
53 views

Is it normal to attach a catalytic converter with U-bolts?

I need to replace my catalytic converter. The current one is held in place by U-bolts. Two U-bolts between the cat and the manifold exhaust pipe (looks like a patch). One holding the exhaust pipe to ...
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1answer
32 views

Can you make a tapped hole deeper?

I tapped a hole in my motor (to hold the valve cover) but I don't think the pre-existing hole was deep enough. Can you make a tapped hole deeper? As the drill bit for the pilot hole should fit right ...
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1answer
195 views

98 jeep cherokee wont start. get one click then everything shuts down no more dash lights or nothing

replaced the starter a month or so ago and has started fine, until today.... i turn the key and all power is lost. i tried jumping it, charging the battery, hot wired the starter and still nothing.... ...
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1answer
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Can I resynchronise my Subaru (Cobra) key fob

I accidentally placed a heavy object on my key fob at home. It must have been there for more than five minutes before I noticed the little light flashing on the fob. Since then I have not been able ...
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1answer
50 views

Removing Interior Shine Spray

The Problem I'm buying a used approved vehicle. When I test drove it today, it has been "professionally" valeted and they have used some kind of synthetic spray all over the interior plastics and ...
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1answer
95 views

Coolant below minimum every 6 weeks - Mk4 VW Polo

This is about my VW Polo (mk4). It's been a cat C in the past after taking a knock to the front bumper. It needs the coolant topping up every six weeks (ish). I've been carrying a bottle of water in ...
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1answer
1k views

How to tell if the Control Arm is bad too, or just the ball joint

I have a 1997 Ford Expedition 4WD truck that has a LOT of wiggle on the front left tire. I'm assuming that this is caused by a bad ball joint. Is that a safe assumption to make? Assuming that it is, ...
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1answer
99 views

Loose crankshaft bolt. Cause?

I usually service my Mitsubishi L200 Sportero 4x4 5FWD Diesel at Mechanic A, but I had not for several months. Needing a service, I tried another mechanic, Mechanic B, who did the usual 'tune-up'. Two ...
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Fitting age of tyres?

Is there a maximum age of tyre you'd consider fitting to a vehicle? I'm looking at buying 4 new tyres, and they've been reduced (I believe) due to the DOT date being in 2012. Is there any problems ...
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1answer
23 views

Gap a spark plug for another motor. How to be sure the correct gap for another model year motor?

I have a 1993 C1500 with 4.3L that has a motor (also a 4.3L) from another truck installed. The truck is originally a 1993, but I'm not exactly sure what year the "new" motor is - it was pulled from a ...
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2answers
129 views

Mk5 Golf TDI with battery drain and brake lights coming on on their own

I have a 05 Mk5 Golf TDI. I have to jump it in the mornings as its battery is dead, but it will last all day if I'm driving it. It will start straight up if I stop for a hour or more, but if left over ...
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1answer
87 views

Car won't start/respond to remote or anything until headlights are turned on

I have a 1998 Infiniti I30 in really good condition except for this issue I've been experiencing lately with increasing frequency. What happens is, and there's no surefire way to reproduce the issue, ...
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1answer
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Downsides to using an adapter allowing me to use car oil filter on motorcycle?

I saw this video recently on adding an aftermarket oil filter adapter to my motorcycle. Are there any downsides to using this type of product? Should I have a concern about using a car oil filter on ...
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2answers
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2007 Honda Civic Will Not Start Unless Steering Wheel Is Turned To The Left

MY 2007 Honda Civic won't start unless I pull very hard on the steering wheel to the left. It will try to turn over but nothing happens until the wheel is turned.
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Winter tyres - how necessary are they?

I am in the UK and we don't usually have a lot of snowfall. But sometimes the roads can be a little rough. I drive a 1.2L Mitsubishi Colt CZI and I haven't put the winter tyres yet. My concern is ...
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3answers
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Is it safe to downsize from 205/55r16 to 195/65r15 for winter tires?

I own a Hyundai Elantra GT SEL 2014 which is currently equipped with stock Hankooks 205/55r16. I am looking to buy a set of winter tires and I was originally looking at 16" tires but a friend ...
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2answers
152 views

Should I check my rear toe after replacing a rear strut, and how?

I see a lot of information about how to check and adjust front toe at home using the string method, but it seems to rely on rear wheels that are properly aligned. I understand that the rear wheels on ...
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2answers
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Cold start issues with EFI : have to start twice

I have a Galant 2003 with a 2.0l 4G63 engine. Since I refueled my car, issues started to arise. First the car gave sudden knock and the engine check light turned on. From then onward, the car's ...
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1answer
356 views

Possible fuel filler leak in F-150 truck

I have a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup. When I refueled it yesterday, I noticed a strong gasoline smell and an oily liquid (presumably gasoline) dripping down off the bottom of the fuel tank. Only a small ...
3
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2answers
85 views

Why did replacing the battery eliminate these symptoms?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic SI. It was slow to crank when starting up, and while driving, electrical systems progressively got worse (radio would turn off and on, power steering would stop, and then ...
3
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1answer
52 views

91 GMC accelerating problems

I have a 91 GMC 3500 dually 7.4. I recently had my transmission rebuilt and it ran fine for 6 to 7 months. I give it gas and it will go up to 40-45 mph and will stop accelerating like it goes in ...
3
votes
2answers
600 views

How to troubleshoot headlights intermittently on and off with headlights switched off?

I have a 2000 Ford Windstar. The headlights (and parking/tail lights) intermittently come on (and off), even after the headlights are switched off. Typically, after parking, I'll turn off the ...
3
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2answers
607 views

1997 Honda Civic won't start; stuck in park

Last Sunday I was driving home and noticed my dash had no lights and my power windows would not roll up. As I pulled into the driveway to park I tried to put the car in reverse. As I did so the ...
3
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2answers
183 views

Steering wheel locks up after screeching noise and air bubbles in power steering reservoir

This morning my 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe started screaming and the wheel locked up. I turned the car off then back on, and it was fine. Drove it home and parked it, and when I drove it again, the wheel ...
3
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1answer
103 views

How do I replace the shoulder belt on the 1991 Toyota Corolla?

How do I replace the shoulder belt on an old 1991 Toyota Corolla? The shoulder belt and lap belt are not connected (that is, NOT three-point). The current shoulder belt is badly frayed on the driver ...
3
votes
1answer
273 views

A/C clutch turns on and off frequently

I have 2011 Mazda CX7. When I first turn the car on I can see the A/C clutch being engaged, but after the car runs for bit, then clutch disengages. After a while it starts to engage for few seconds ...
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2answers
139 views

Finding alternate jack points in a Honda Insight

I'm trying to locate an alternate jack and lift point for my Honda Insight. I'm trying to lift the entire front end of the vehicle so I can put the stands under the pinch welds near the wheels. I ...
3
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3answers
495 views

Coolant spills out of the overflow tank at high pressure

My '98 Subaru Forester spills all its coolant with very high pressure and overheats. I changed the radiator cap and did a flush, but still have the same problem. I added stop leak, but that did ...
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votes
3answers
455 views

Volvo automatic windows won't stay closed

The automatic windows on my 2005 Volvo XC90 roll back down after they have closed. Does the computer think that something is stuck in the window, and roll it down? It doesn't roll both of the ...
3
votes
1answer
26 views

What wheel bearings in this trailer?

I purchased this old (1979) trailer. I need to get new bearings in, but have no idea the size. How do I define what size/type bearings would be used? The tires are 12 inch.
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1answer
357 views

What could make a noise when I decelerate with a manual gearbox?

Update 06/23/2014 One week later, this noise is now very, very loud, even when I don't decelerate. As soon as I put the 5th gear and clutch, it vibrates whether I accelerate or not. It's like if the ...

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