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How to access the Idle Air Control Valve, Renault Clio mk2

I have an idling issue with my Renault Clio mk2 1.2L 2002 - the engine stalls as I slow down at lights and roundabouts etc... I have been searching the web for solutions to this problem, Most answers ...
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Grinding sound during cold start?

I have a 2009 Honda Accord. Over the past several months, I've noticed a grinding sound immediately after cold-starting the engine. It only lasts for a fraction of a second, doesn't continue once ...
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Second burst ancillary hose on Z20LET engine

This morning was the second time the same ancillary coolant hose burst in my car. It's a 2005 model Opel/Vauxhall Astra turbo coupe (engine is Z20LET). Prior to this, I have had many problems with ...
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What is the purpose of a drive-shaft?

what is a drive-shaft and why we need it in a car? I do get the point of having crankshaft (using Wikipedia) but still confuse with drive-shaft
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Power steering seems to cutout whilst stationary.

Ford focus 2009 (UK) Power steering seems to cutout whilst stationary and kick back in when moving. Is this normal. Power fluid is black/dirty. Garage changed fluid but only 'sucked out reservoir and ...
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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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How to fix weak headlight

Since I bought my civic 1997, a year ago, the driver side headlight has been shining weak. I changed the bulb once, it still shows weak. I took it to the electrician, he turned a nut tight and it ...
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446 views

How to adjust handbrake on civic 1997

I've had my '97 civic for a little over a year now. Sometimes I park the car on an uphill road, pulling the handbrake right up, but when I get out, or get back in, the car still moves a bit, and i ...
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Remove dark layer of particles stuck in Diesel engine tubes?

My BMW E36 M41 engine seems to have a dark dust in the small tube that goes out from the EGR valve. (the other tube contains a sort of dark liquid...) Is it advised to cleanup that dark matter ...
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How to unlock all doors with the key on a 2006 Mazda

If I turn the driver-side door key clockwise, release it, and turn it clockwise again, all the doors on the vehicle lock. However, if I turn it counter-clockwise, release it, and turn it ...
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Connection point on a 2007 Impala for vehicle inspection

I recently had my 2007 Impala at a dealer for a routine lube, oil change, tire rotation, and a NYS Vehicle Inspection. Shortly after that I found puddles of water on the front passengers floor. I ...
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How different is the injection phase in a BMW M41 Engine in flat terrain vs climbing terrain?

Let's say I am driving in a BMW 318 TDS (gasoil) : on flat terrain, at 70km/h, with only one passenger, at 2000rpm on a climbing terrain, at 70km/h, with 4 passengers and a loaded car at 2000rpm ...
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BMW M41 cold start problems

I have sometimes this problem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvpjEdGH8-A The engine coughs for a long time before starting ... I don't understand why, because, sometimes, with the same cold ...
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Gasoil and fuel are known do contain a lot of undesirable wastes. Worth filtering them before use?

Is it worth to filter the fuel / gasoil we buy from the fuel station before putting it in our car ? Filterings may include - removing small particles - removing the water that might be in the fuel - ...
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Rover 25 Head Gasket replacement - is it a long-term fix?

My Rover 25 (2004, <50k) began overheating and the nearest-to-me-at-the-time garage (not my usual one) which I pulled in to diagnosed head gasket failure. They gave a £700 estimate for a new head ...
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Proper crank time for auto start to avoid damage/dead-battery

My '99 Grand Prix has an aftermarket remote-start. When the weather get's around 5°F like it is now, the engine does not start after 0.8 seconds of cranking. The system detects the car is not running ...
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is a visible paint seam on the roof-top ok?

Someone with a provisional licence hit my 2008 Jetta on the side, and the side of my car had to be reshaped and repainted. It involved repainting the whole side, including the strip on top of the ...
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How can we measure the tilt of steering wheel in car without any special sensor for it?

I am searching for some possible way so that I can get the tilt or amount by which the steering wheel is rotated and without any use of special sensor for it , in Indian Cars like Swift D-Zire , Beat ...
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Wobbly Steering-wheel after changing Rims/Tires?

I've just recently swapped Summer Tires/Rims for my Winter set on my own for the first time. As it should be an easy concept, I went to a "U-Wrench" type shop where you rent a stall with a lift/tools ...
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Extremely high then fluctuating idle at very cold temperatures

Twice in the past month my 92 Civic has exhibited really bad idle behavior in temperatures around 10-20 degrees F. When first starting the engine, it idles at something like 2000-2500 RPMs (by ear; no ...
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2003 Windstar Sliding doors wont open from the inside

I just bought a 2003 windstar. Both sliding doors will not open with the inside handles. The child safety switches on the inside of the door are down, (disengaged), but the inside handles appear to ...
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No airflow on any driver side vents

1993 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Elite. Hello, I have an odd problem where the driver side vents have almost no airflow coming out of them. This is for all positions, so no combination of ...
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Reading CAN messages through UART to OBD-II Board and MATLAB Toolbox

I want to read/write CAN messages. I have MATLAB in my laptop which has a Vehicle Network Toolbox which supports reading/writing CAN messages. I have my hardware OBD-II to UART board, FTDI and OBD-ii ...
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RPM fluctuation while idling

I have a 2003 Ford Explorer that hasn't been idling well lately. It normally idles around 800 or 900 rpms, but lately it will slow down to 400 or 500, then burst up to 1100 and repeat the process ...
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Car won't start or stay running after a jump

I have a 2004 Kia Spectra 1.8, I have replaced the spark plugs, the alternator, and my battery is only about two months old. The car will start after a jump but it has to sit for about 10 minutes ...
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Location of Blend Door Actuator in 2003 Chevy Malibu

I am fairly certain that my Blend Door actuator is faulty. I get all hot air in my car, which is great for the winter, not so much for the summer. I want to replace it, and followed directions on ...
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What is the right way to attach the Micarb to the engine head of my Enfield Bullet 500?

Before an upgrade to a new Hitchcock conical air filter, the carburetor was held in place by both the original (massive) air filter and the rubber manifold attached to the engine head, and it was ...
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All weather tires vs winter tires

I have a Honda Civic 2005 Value Package. The tires are worn out. I have moved to a location where there is heavy snow in winter. Are All-Weather Tires helpful or should I buy winter tires in winter ...
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steering angle sensor in indian cars

Does Indian cars have steering angle sensor? Actually what I have to see if a car travels straight when made to move on straight line and determine if there is some problem with alignment.
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Could a fuse be responsible for my VW Jetta not shifting while in drive?

Issue with my VW Jetta (2001) Automatic transmission, gasoline engine My tail lights were out because of a missing fuse. So in the dark I looked to find a good one to replace it with (of the ones ...
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Rubbing noise when driving with clutch engaged?

I am a complete newbie when it comes to jeeps (and cars in general). However, I am very good at fixing things... once I know what the problem is. After a summer of riding with the top down I was used ...
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Where on the Jeep Wrangler TJ can I tap into the oil line?

I would like to install a By-Pass filter on my Jeep TJ (2004). Where can I put the other end of the tube going into the filter? I have included a diagram illustrating what I am looking for (where ...
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Jeep Wrangler spark-plug issue

I just got the spark plugs changed because my 2009 6 cyl. Jeep Wrangler (with 70,000 mi) was throwing code for a misfire. After the change, it doesn't run as smoothly as before. It chugs and skips, ...
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How does the heater core work?

How does the heater core work? What are the inputs to the system? What are the outputs of the system? What are some common ways that it can fail?
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How long should fusible links be?

I've installed a 12" fusible link as a replacement for a fusible link on the line that charges the battery from the alternator. I showed the OEM part to the guy at the parts store and he gave me a 12" ...
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Engine coolant gets to very low levels, but doesn't completely empty

2008 Toyota Tundra with a 5.7L V engine I noticed last month that my coolant reservoir was well below the 'low' mark. I filled her up, only to find out last week that it was back to the same spot ...
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Is it possible for a car to start and run with a dead/dying fuel pump? If so then for how long?

After reading a related question, I suppose my problem could be the relay, so I'll have to check that as well. However, the problem is still the same: My car won't start, and I don't hear the fuel ...
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What items are in the cooling system loop?

What items are in the cooling system loop? I know there's the Radiator, and the Block, but what else?
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2000 Honda Civic Dead Fuel / Temp Guage

I am having a problem with the Fuel / Temp Guage on my 2000 Civic. I just bought the vehicle second hand, it came with the original Dash Cluster and another one swapped from another civic, which ...
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RPM fluctuation when maintaining speed in high gear

I recently got an oil change on my 2008 Audi A4 Quattro. Now I notice that when I am cruising in 3rd, 4th, or 5th gear (but not 6th), and I am at about 1200 RPM, the tachometer is not stable. The ...
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OBD2 and CAN-bus

Do all vehicles with OBD2 have a CAN-bus? Otherwise, what are the alternative buses used? Are there special versions of the buses for trucks and school-buses than for cars/suv/vans?
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Writing CAN Messages

I want to know what should i write with the CAN ID to send it to ECU. I am using ELM327 and Raspberry Pi with all connections to OBD-ii. initially for sending general PIDs to the ECU through ELM327 ...
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P0136 Bank 1 Sensor 2 - Sensor location

I'm getting P0136 bank 1 sensor 2 circuit malfunction from my Toyota Camry 4 cylinder, which from past experience means I need to replace it. I've replaced the O2 sensor in the exhaust manifold ...
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P2238 Positive Current Circuit Low on Toyota Camry 2004

I'm getting P2238 Positive Current Circuit Low from my car, for O2 Sensor in Bank 1 Sensor 1 for my Toyota Camry 2004 (4 cylinder). What is it and how can I fix this problem? From what I've read on ...
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1996 gmc 3500 cube vanheater problems

1996 gmc 3500 cube van when heater fan is on and in cold position it blowes very hard but when you turn it to full heat it hardly blows at all?? what do I need to clean or fix
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Jetta intermittent starting problem

I have a 2007 Jetta with 75k miles on it. What I'm running into is that out-of-the blue, the car will not start. Generally, it turns over, but never starts. One time, it started but shut itself off ...
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Good (android based?) music center+nav replacement for 2008 Audi A4 Quattro?

I have 2008 Audi A4 Quattro with the RNS-E Navigation System Plus built in. Also, I have an Ipod connector in the glove compartment. I am interested in replacing that whole system with something newer ...
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What to do when the wireless key fob battery dies on a 2005 Hyundai Elantra

I have a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. This morning the battery on my wireless key fob died, so I'm unable to use it to unlock the car. From past experience, I know that unlocking the car using the physical ...
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2008 Audi A4 Quattro (3.2L) Ipod dock and music

Couple questions about music in my 2008 Audi A4 Quattro (3.2L). I used to have a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. I used to use a bluetooth media streaming app to play music and GPS navigation via the ...
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In the -20F temperatures last week my temperature gauge was stuck under the 1/4 mark. Heating was also affected

Now that it has warmed up, things are back to normal. Even my heat is back. I think that my thermostat was stuck, but can they get "unstuck"?

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