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Effects of shutting off Nissan altima (or any car) while in drive

Every now and then when I get home after a long day, I pull into my driveway and while the car is stopped (foot on the brake), I turn the vehicle off without putting the vehicle in "Park". Car is ...
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Identifying Lug Nuts that came with Motegi Wheels

I'm looking for some help identifying the Lug Nuts that came with the wheels I recently ordered and had installed on my car. The purpose of identifying them is to be able to go get the proper tool(s) ...
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Charging Battery

Is it OK to leave your vehicle running to charge the battery. It was pretty flat but jumped immediately which tells me the battery is not bad. And how long is it safe to keep it running?
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What should I use to maintain leather seats?

I have a 2007 Honda Odyssey with leather seats. What can I do to keep them from drying out and cracking?
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Hand-testing Shock Absorbers

Does manually hand-testing shock absorbers have any validity for checking if a shock is good or bad? Does hand-priming shock absorbers help? I usually hand-prime shock absorbers that I feel are ...
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Oil leaking into spark plug well despite new gaskets — is RTV a solution?

I replaced my valve cover gasket and the spark plug well sealer gaskets on my 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer recently because of an oil leak. The previous owner (or his mechanic) had over-tightened the bolts ...
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carburetor failure in yamaha dt lanza

I have a problem with DT Lanza carburetor and the mechanic said I need to replace all the parts in carburetor. Can I get DT 200r carburetor on the DT Lanza 230, because it is hard to find it's spare ...
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How Common are Voltage Drop Problems?

After watching this video on voltage drop, it makes me feel like testing the resistance of various sensors and accessories with my multi-meter isn't really a reliable test of anything, since I can see ...
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How do I use redex? How often should I use it?

Bought some redex "shots" for my 2003 Opel Agila 1.2 petrol. Do I just fill the tank and then pour it in? How do I use it? How often should I use it?
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Which knob setting best cooks the mold inside HVAC?

I am trying to eliminate odors inside HVAC by cooking the mold that is presumably causing them, as suggested in http://mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/146/15334 (which got 39 upvotes) However, I don't ...
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Diagnosis of slow brake leak

I have determined the general source of a brake fluid leak on my 1994 acura integra but am unsure which component has failed causing the leak. After tracing all of the lines in the car and ...
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Are there any (legal) ways to increase halogen headlight brightness?

My 2003 Opel Agila has H4 combined full and dipped beam headlight bulbs which are completely useless in the dark. It is really hard to see anything on the dipped beam. They do not seem to be very ...
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Drive by wire disables steering when car is off?

I've recently purchases a manual transmission 1.5 Honda Mobilio. Which claimed to be a drive by wire vehicle and I assume it really is (don't know how to tell if a car is drive by wire). I am a new ...
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What exactly is an “idle jet”?

I think this thing has something to do with injecting fluids in to the engine. What exactly is an "idle" or "pilot jet"? Does every car have one? What is their functional purpose (i.e. what do they ...
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What is a “Z” frame?

In the hotrodding world there is a common term I hear called "Z" frame. What does it mean? How do you carry out this modification? Is doing so restricted to certain vehicles?
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What is the cost/benefit for reprogramming an ECU for a non-enthusiast?

As I've been learning more about cars, I keep hearing about how manufacturers are conservative with ECU settings. For someone who isn't into racing, but would like a bit better performance out of his ...
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34 views

Where can I check if my vehicle has a manufacturers recall for a defect?

I am interested in recall information from Europe, Asia, North and South America in order to enter the various information into a site wiki for the community. I'm not sure if I should post this ...
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70 views

What is DEF and how is it used?

I keep hearing about DEF ... what is it and why is it used in conjunction with diesel engines? I know it is a more recent thing (last decade), but don't know much about it.
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191 views

Why vehicles use fuel and how can fuel economy be improved?

Why vehicles use fuel? Where does the energy in the fuel go? Vehicle fuel efficiency is continuously increasing. Why is this the case? What technologies car manufacturers are using to improve fuel ...
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134 views

Is pre-heating a modern engine worth it?

I have a 2011 Toyota Yaris and live in climate where -5C temperatures are common and -20C are not unheard of. The car has an electric engine pre-heater installed. I don't know exactly what is the type ...
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229 views

What are these two rubber-ended attachments used for in a compression tester kit?

I'm looking to buy a compression tester kit and am a little puzzled by the purpose of the two rubber-ended attachments shown below. Am I right in assuming that these two attachments can be jammed ...
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Car stored for 6 months shows low oil level after 300 miles

Just bought a car from a BMW dealer and the guy told me it was sitting for almost 6 months before I came to purchase it. When I left the dealership the oil was above the min mark showing green. Drove ...
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804 views

After brake bleed, pedal goes to floor

2005 Toyota sequoia. Brake pedal was fine most of the time but occasionally it would sink to the floor while stopping and it would be hard to stop. I bled my brakes and now the pedal goes to the floor ...
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How can I increase the ride height of my vehicle?

2001 Buick Regal It already has a naturally low ride height, And I feel like I've lost some over the years. The suspension is stock with the exception of new shocks I installed about 6 months ...
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Roof paint peeling badly, with rust — what to do?

I've got a 97 Dodge Grand Caravan that's generally in pretty good shape, but the roof has started peeling badly, and a few spots have accumulated some rust. This is an old car with limited value, so ...
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Is it possible to plastic weld a bumper with a heat gun?

I have a 1500 watt heat gun with 12 settings from another project (the Wagner 3500, if anybody is curious.) I have an acquaintance that managed to crack their bumper, and I was hoping that I could ...
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My motorcycle won't start at all why?

Something is draining my battery and my bike won't start. If it's the relays which one is it? My motorcycle doesn't crank at all. it makes a buzzy noise when I press the start button. It sounds like ...
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What determines when an automatic transmission shifts?

I'm working on developing an automatic bicycle (mostly microcontroller based) and I'd presume I'd be shifting in a similar way to a car. So my question is, what factors does the transmission take into ...
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What's making my coolant overflow?

I got home to find a trail of coolant down the driveway and puddles forming under the car (1991 Toyota MR2 - 5SFE). Concerned that I blew a hose, I checked them all. Nothing. Finally decided to see ...
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Repairing crack on edge of windshield

I was replacing my windshield wiper motor (after asking about it here) and while putting in the new windshield wiper motor, I hit it on the edge of the windshield causing a few cracks. I asked a ...
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GSX-R front suspension technology timeline

I have noticed that people frequently choose the GSX-R front end for a front end conversion on old bikes to improve handling and comfort. The GSX-R was produced from 1985 through the present, and I'm ...
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Why don't motorbikes have chain covers?

I notice that except for small commuter bikes and older bikes (before the 80s), hardly any of the larger and/or sportier bikes have covers to protect their chains: . They seem quite practical, and ...
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DIY - How to create a car paint booth? What's Involved?

Thinking about painting my next project car, and came across a YouTube video where the OP built a makeshift booth in what appeared to be his garage. Fast forwarding to later videos when he brought ...
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Slow Accleration And Moving RPMs

UPDATE: I bought a scan tool and downloaded the torque app. I don't get any error codes. I decided to drive it again today. I drove about a quarter mile and barely got to 20MPH. I turned around and ...
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Brake pedal goes all the way to floor, after ABS was activated

Hopefully someone can point me in the correct direction, or at least give me an idea about this before taking it to the shop. The other night I was driving around, streets were pretty snowy around ...
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Why does my car sometimes blow cold air while the heater is on?

This started about a week ago. I put the heat on and about after driving a couple of miles with the heat on it would randomly blow out cold air. Sometimes if I turned the heat off or switched it from ...
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How important are swing arm bushing pivot collars ? [ Honda CB400T Motorcycle ]

I've got a project motorcycle which is a bit of a frankenstein. It came to me with a Honda 400T engine but the compliance plate says it's a 1982 CB-250T, looking over the frame though the swing arm at ...
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How to fix windshield washer pump in Yaris Verso

My windshield washer pump in my Toyota Yaris Verso has stopped working. The fuse seems to be fine, so either it's due to a loose connection, or the pump is broken. What is the likely cause, and how ...
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How can I learn the details of an engine that's not original?

I've got an 86 Chevy C10 pickup. The engine has been replaced with what I have been told is a "354". Most of the work I've done on cars has been via a Haynes manuel. But, because I'm dealing with a ...
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Cheap way to fix peeling clear coat?

The coat on my car is peeling away something like as shown in following picture which I just pulled up from google as an example: This is my first car and I have never done any car work myself ...
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What should I look for in a basic motorcycle maintenance toolkit?

I'm looking to do more of my motorcycle maintenance myself, and am wondering what I should be investing in, when it comes to tools/devices. What are the basic tools that I'd need when starting to do ...
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To Use Max AC or AC

If I understand properly, setting your vehicle in the AC setting will cycle air from the outside into your vehicle attempting to cool it before it is pulled in. Likewise, MAX AC only recycles the ...
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Does AC usage change based on blower speed?

As an example, my 2004 Honda CRV has air conditioning that is controlled by three controls: on/off button, blower speed knob, temperature knob. The blower speed knob affects the speed of the blower, ...
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When idling, AC does not work and engine overheats. What's the cause?

I drive a 2013 Chevy Sonic. Basically, the air conditioning does not blow cold air if the car is idling, only when in motion. It seems to blow the coldest during long periods of driving fast, such as ...
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Is it a good idea to wax my windows?

I've seen online videos of people waxing their windscreen and the result looks amazing. However, is it safe to do it? Will it have any long term side effects on the windscreen? Also, can I wax all my ...
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Does a constant blown fuse always indicate a short?

My wife was driving our 96 Ford Windstar recently and she said right after she hit a bump in the road the ac stopped working and the instrument panel lights went out. I found the fuse from the wiring ...
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Using a thicker head gasket when the cylinder head resurface limit is reached

I just bought a 2000 Civic 1.6L ( d16y8 ) with no compression in one cylinder. Four years ago, the engine overheated, and was completely rebuilt by the Honda dealership. One of the things on the ...
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Oil Change Steps? (check my list) 2014 Impreza

Decided to spend time w/my newly-met dad and do an oil change together on my 2014 Impreza Sport. I told him i want to do the work, myself, with his support. I'm fairly confident and have watched some ...
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Accelerator pedal goes to the floor sporadically while driving

One of my cars is a 1987 Chrysler LeBaron GTS, which originally belonged to my mother, and has only 30,000 miles on it. Occasionally, the accelerator pedal will go to the floor. (My mother took ...
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How does hydropneumatic suspension perform vs conventional suspension?

My stock Citroen BX is equipped with hydropneumatic suspension. I have a ser of xantia suspension spheres mounted which brings the pressure up to 70bar vs the standard 45. My question is, how ...

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