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Power Inverters as Emergency Generators?

After being hit by Hurricane Irene last week, I happened to loose power for literally one week so rather than rely completely on batteries and being a nomad, I used my Cobra 400 watt power inverter ...
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Car overheating problem

I have a 2002 Ford Focus. Whenever the car is idling the heat gauge goes up at an alarming rate and goes the farthest into the red that it can if left alone. Now if I rev the engine a little the ...
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If the engine starts and keeps running, is my fuel pump okay?

I have an '06 GMC Canyon and I had it not starting in a parking lot last night. The starter was turning, but the engine would never actually turn over and start. There was an old timer that came by ...
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Audi A4 (1998) extremely noisy when idle, occasional oil light

I have an Audi A4 1998 with over 200k miles. It gets extremely noisy when idle. It usually doesn't happen until it has been running for a while. Revving above 2000rpm can settle it and it isn't noisy ...
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How can I check if my 1995 Lancer CC GI has OBD-II

As my title say I want to know if my current car that I just purchased has an ODB-II port. I have looked under the steering wheel and I can see what I think to be a OBD-II connector, but am unsure. ...
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Burning Smell and Faint White Smoke

I have a 1999 Audi A4. Recently there is a burning smell when driving that is noticeable when stopped after driving. At night I noticed a faint white smoke blowing out of the front in the headlights. ...
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Check Engine Light on '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee

How do I get Check Engine Light codes (ODB-I) from a '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and where can I look them up?
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286 views

1989 Mazda 626 - Shifter is loose, what's wrong?

I have an 89 Mazda 626 LX. The shifter is really lose even when it's in gear. It shifts fine, no slipping or anything, but when it's in gear I can move it back and forth as if it was in neutral. ...
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Fuel door hinge got bent. Is there an easy fix?

I've got a 2006 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL and someone hit me (gently) on the rear bumper. It somehow managed to bend my fuel door's hinge and now the door doesn't open and close smoothly. I have to pry it ...
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407 views

Hood on Jeep Grande Cherokee 1998 doesn't close easily

This vehicle recently had its radiator changed, and ever since, the hood won't close. I've found that if I shift the level manually, it will close, but otherwise it won't. The spring appears to be ...
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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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Low beam headlights out, High beam working

The patient is a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice with dual-filament bulbs. Both filaments in both bulbs light up in high beam mode, but no filament on either bulb lights up in low beam mode. What could be ...
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What happens if you put the wrong kind of gas in your car?

I (like most people) just use regular unleaded gas in my car and always have. But once I accidentally put in the premium kind, mixing it with the unleaded that was already there, and I thought for ...
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What types of thread-locking Loctite do I need to be aware of as an automotive DIY-er?

I am very confused when it comes to distinguishing between the different grades of red and blue Loctite. Are the different grades of Loctite intended for different torque ratings? Which Loctite(s) ...
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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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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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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
59 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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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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1answer
77 views

2003 Honda Civic 1.7 vTec - White Smoke from the tailpipe

I have a Honda Civic 2003 gx 1.7 liter vTec stick shift 4 cylinder. Just today I had to put oil in my car. Drove for about 5 minutes got to a light and when I shifted into first gear a white cloud of ...
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2006 Xterra Doesn't Always Start

I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra with about 106,000 miles on it. For some reason, the car doesn't always start. I will try to start the car, and I can hear it attempting to start but it never does. ...
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1answer
59 views

Can I use ethanol instead of petrol in my car?

I have a 2001 Ford Focus (EU/UK spec) and I'm planning a road trip to Europe. My research shows that they serve up something called E85 at their petrol pumps in addition to petrol and diesel. I've ...
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1answer
52 views

How much battery does an obd bluetooth reader suck?

I'm planning on using an obd bluetooth reader on my car and leaving it plugged in to use apps like dash and torque. It's a daily driver so I'm not that scared of depleting the car's battery, but I ...
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1answer
81 views

What's involved in creating a diy paint booth?

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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How will I know clutch pads need replacing?

I have a manual shift honda civic. How would I or the motor mechanic know that the clutch pads need replacing? Would they check it during oil change? Certainly you don't open the transmission box to ...
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1answer
59 views

What are MDLA and MDMA?

I'm looking at stuff for my 2001 Honda CR-V on Amazon.com, and it has a filter for transmission type. There are two options for automatic: MDLA and MDMA. I have searched on Google, and found the ...
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1answer
125 views

Head Bolt Sequence - 2004 Chevy 4.3L V6 S10

I am trying to find the head bolt sequence for a 2004 Chevy 4.3L V6 S10 truck. I have managed to find the torque specs but the site I found them on does not list the order they should be removed or ...
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120 views

2005 Mercury Montego securilock appears stuck

I've got a 2005 Mercury Montego that wont turn over. You would think the thing is complete dead, lights don't turn on, power locks don't work, but the battery is full. What does happen though is a ...
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111 views

High pitched noise from engine unless brakes engaged

I'm driving a manual 96 Toytota T100, and recently the engine started making a high pitched, almost inaudible whine. Some things I've loosely figured out: It always stops when the brakes are ...
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1answer
139 views

How much money to spend maintaining a 12-year-old Civic [closed]

I hope it's OK to ask this here. This was the only site I could find related to cars. I have a 2002 Honda Civic which I got in Nov 2001, so it is fully 12 years old. However, I've been commuting by ...
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1answer
236 views

BMW 318i overflow tank issues

Having an issue, but I will clarify as to the vehicle in question fist. 97 BMW 318i 4cyl, 140,589 miles auto. Items replaced recently include the thermostat and the water pump less then 500 miles ...
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2answers
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Clicking when 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee is in motion

Over the course of the last year, I've been hearing clicking becoming louder and louder from the underside of our Grand Cherokee. I replaced the foremost U-joint a year and a half ago, and have since ...
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1answer
407 views

What does error code: POO13 mean?

My vehicle: Saturn VUE 2008, 2WD 4Cylider. Checking light is steady on. Read code at auto zone store, POO13. The mileage is only 45K. I have no idea. Thanks for advice.
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Is incessantly revving an engine necessary for tuning?

I have a neighbor who revs his engine loudly over and over again, for anywhere from 15 or 20 minutes up to several hours at a time, several days a week, and has been doing this for over a year. It ...
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1answer
49 views

External mechanic inspection on CPO car? [closed]

I am about to buy a used Certified Pre-Owned(CPO) car. I have read that external mechanic inspection is recommended when buying used cars but does that hold true for CPO cars too? Would it be wise to ...
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1answer
119 views

How many hours for roof reinforcements replacement

I need to replace the roof reinforcements for my VW Tiguan. I am quite concerned about the amount of hours required by car dealer shop for this Namely items 3 and 4 need to be replaced. This ...
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Grey smoke when idling 1999 GMC Suburban, coolant system pressure loss

The most recent update is at the bottom. This looks interesting. The Smoke I'm confident the smoke is from burning oil. It's slightly blue, absolutely not white. If the engine is warm and I am ...
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1answer
112 views

how to tow short distance without towbar fitted

What is the best way to tow a light car (rx7) with a vehicle that has no towbar. I only need to move it about 15 meters up a driveway that has a bit of an incline to negotiate.
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1answer
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Remove stuck steering gearbox mounting bolt?

I'm removing the steering gearbox from my 2004 E-250. I'm trying to remove the gearbox from the frame, but one of the three bolts that mount it to the frame is stuck. I've managed to get the bolt ...
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1answer
250 views

How do I troubleshoot an old two-cycle engine that stalls after idling for 20 seconds?

I have a craftsman trimmer that I've not used in years. I'm using semi-old fuel mixture so I definitely know that may be contributing but I think this happened when I was using it prior to this. ...
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1answer
80 views

Suzuku Katana does not start after an accident

I have a Suzuki Katana GSX600F. So, after an accident I was in, I rode the bike home and all was fine except a little cosmetic damage, then in a rainstorm it tipped over and after picking it up and ...
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2answers
169 views

Advice on buying a new car (Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 vs. Subaru Impreza 1.5R)

This question is probably somewhat subjective as all cars are slightly different. I am currently in the process of looking for a new car. I'm currently driving a Vauxhall Astra 1.8 SRi (mk-5, 5 door ...
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1answer
112 views

Front grill electrical component near radiator

I have a 2008 Mazda 3, and unfortunately I ran over some road debris (probably a tire or something, I didn't get a good look at it). My local Mazda dealer checked it out and said there was nothing ...
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2answers
69 views

AC repair need help so bad it's hot!

08 PT Cruiser blows warm air but never gets cold. Tried Freon but it doesn't blow cold or last long at all. It sounds like it's clicking on and off not too rapidly when driving it blow slightly cooler ...
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1answer
286 views

AC not cold anymore on brand new VW Polo

I've brought a new VW Polo 2012 plate. It's only a few months since it was registered by the dealer. However all a sudden the AC has stopped working. When I press the button labelled AC the light ...
2
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3answers
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Scooter won't start

My friend has a Chinese 50cc scooter "VIP Future Champion" that won't start. He let the battery run down when it was still operable, over a year ago, and when he finally replaced the battery, it ...
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1answer
94 views

Toyota Camry 2004 service

I have just bought a 2004 Toyota Corolla (Altise). I couldn't get the exact date of the last service but the guy said that the next service should be done in 3000km. I guess there is a standard set of ...
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2answers
63 views

15k mile oil filter

I have been using M1 in my jeep since I bought it with 22k miles on it. I now have 31k and i am thinking about getting M1 Extended Performance which is supposed to last 15k miles between oil changes. ...
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2answers
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Amp Install Question. Splice in pre or post factory amp?

I am planning on installing an amplifier in my 2008 Mustang and hoping to keep the factory head unit for now. My amplifier supports high level input through the RCAs. My question is should I ...
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Can I reprogram my car for LED turn signals?

I put LED turn signals on my Jeep. Now my jeep thinks that the lights are burned out (which I was expecting). I ordered some 6ohm resistors so the car will think that there is a light plugged in. I ...

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