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How does raw fuel damage the catalytic converter?

I was wondering, if fuel gets in the catalytic converter, how does it damage it?
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Sloshing Sound Under Dash

I have a 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover AWD with MT. Sometimes when I start it up, begin moving forward, or quickly decelerate I can hear what sounds like water (or some other liquid) moving from one ...
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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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How did they start diesel engines before the glow plug was invented?

According to this Bosch page, their glow plug was developed in the early 1920's. Yet the diesel engine was around for at least 20 years prior to that; the French used it in a submarine in 1904, for ...
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Interpreting AC Delco's manufacturing date for car batteries

I understand that AC Delco encodes the month of manufacturing a car battery using two digits and encodes the year by one digit. The battery I just purchased, for example, is labeled P124R, which, ...
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2006 Corvette Key Fob

I am trying to associate a new key fob with a 2006 Corvette. Accroding to the user's manual it reads: To match a new transmitter to your vehicle when you have a recognized transmitter (two ...
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859 views

Does stopping the engine while it is still moving/turning damage my car?

I was having a discussion today that turning off the engine while still moving along at about 20mph, while the engine is still revving will do no damage to the car, apart from the obvious safety ...
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Damage to Audi differential with new front tires and old rear tires

I just bought two new front tires for my Audi A8 with Quattro all-wheel drive and was told I should replace the back tires as well. I can't afford those tires for a week or so. How long can I drive ...
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Diesel engine vs petrol engine characteristics [duplicate]

Please explain why Diesel engines (in general): vibrate more. are louder. I understand in principal how both engine types work so feel free to go into technical details. My assumption is that it ...
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1answer
319 views

Using Sprayway glass cleaner as waterless wash?

I bought a four pack of Sprayway glass cleaner at Costco today, and it's amazing. I tried it out on my car, and it makes it so shinny, it looks like it has just been waxed. However, I want to make ...
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Our brand-new 2013 Dodge Caravan makes a terrible screaming noise when we start it in the cold

My family owns a new 2013 Dodge Caravan. We bought it this summer. Lately, as the winter cold has set in, each time we start the car in the morning, it makes this god-awful screaming noise. The ...
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How does the car's ECU detect a misfire?

I was wondering what the specific mechanism used by car ECU's to detect misfires is, or are if there is more than one method.
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Leaking Fuel Injector Seal

I recently had to remove the fuel injectors and fuel rail to clean out the EGR ports on my Honda Accord. The EGR port was all clogged up with carbon build up. I replaced all the old o-rings, cushion ...
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2006 Jeep Commander - heater is only blowing hot air

My 2006 Jeep Commander continues to blow hot air even when the switch is turned completely off. Has anyone had this problem before? Problem description from OPs 'answer' below: "If I turn the fan ...
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1answer
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Nitro OBD2 SCAM OR WORK?

I was looking into general car stuff like storage and lights the general stuff. I ran into a device called a "nitro OBD2" they have one to save fuel one to generate more power and stuff. Looking into ...
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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 ...
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Can camshaft seal leaking hurt timing belt and cause sudden engine breakdown while driving? - Volvo XC90

Volvo service told me that the camshaft seal of my Volvo XC90 needs to be replaced for $1000. I see no oil on the timing belt, its dry. It just has some black dust. If there is real leak, can it ...
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1answer
46 views

Brake judder on new rotors

2013 Corolla have replaced front pads, rotors, pistons, bled fluid, still rotors overheating causing 'judder' when braking?
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1answer
51 views

Citroen C3 Picasso HDI 1.6 - Oil Consumption Question

I just bought a 1.6 HDI Picasso C3. After driving 1000 km i noticed it consumed about 1/8 of oil on the oil measuring stick. my question is how much liters does the stick measure? is half a stick ...
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1answer
46 views

Troubleshooting Trailer Lights

I have checked the connection on the truck and all are working fine but when the trailer is hooked up I have turn signals and running lights but no brake lights and with the running lights on I press ...
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0answers
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Hyundai Tucson has trouble shifting when ESC and DBC lights come on

I own a 2011 Hyundai Tucson Limited. Sometimes, seemingly randomly, the Electronic Stability Control light will turn yellow, and the Downhill Brake Control light will turn red. This sometimes ...
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Do I need to worry about varying boost pressure when installing an electric supercharger?

Do I require to vary the boost pressure with respect to an increase or decrease of throttle (engine rpm)? *Note: The supercharger is electrically driven (motor) and not by engine crankshaft.
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For how long should I idle at a stop?

As I approach a stretch of road that has been single-laned due to roadworks, the sign-flipper spins the sign to STOP. Having been through these roadworks before, I know I'll probably be waiting at ...
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0answers
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Chevy sonic 2014 [closed]

I have a Chevy sonic 2014, purchased from B M W about 2 months ago. My car smelled like it was getting warm. Opened the hood brown sludge. Mechanic says it isn't a head gasket and are unable to detect ...
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2answers
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Airbag warning light for Lexus IS 250

My airbag warning light has been on. I took it to the dealer, and he says I need a new wiring harness. It will cost freakin' $3500. This Lexus dealer has generally treated me well, and their reps ...
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0answers
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Problem switching in new dome lights in the front

I'm trying to install these multi-color dome lights, I successfully installed the right side, but when I tried to install on the left side, the left one won't work. The product is not the issue, I ...
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1answer
335 views

What is making a noise under my steering wheel when car is not moving?

I have a Toyota Corolla Verso bought in 2005. Recently it has started to make a noise somewhere in the steering column. Whilst it is only as loud as a clanking keyring, the odd thing is that the noise ...
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How to fix U0164 error code for Chrysler 300 2006?

I have Chrysler 300 2006. The check engine light is on and an error code U0164 was diagnosed. Does anyone know the problem and how to fix it? I know nothing about cars Thanks a lot!
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1answer
22 views

1994 Dodge Dakota V8, Antifreeze leaking from water pump

Every time I put ether antifreeze or water in my radiator it immediately comes out from beneath the water pump? What could cause that to happen?
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Why could my vehicle be shaking around 60mph after hydroplaning?

Yesterday, I was driving home in a storm and I ended up hydroplaning. My car, Hyundai Elantra Coupe 2014, spun a 360 landing me in the dirt on the side of the road. Luckily, no one was driving by me ...
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3answers
145 views

Are expensive high-brightness 55W headlight bulbs worth the investment?

We've all seen them, bulbs advertised as brighter than the rest, sold under big names such as Philips or Osram. The flag is carried by Osram Night Breaker Unlimited and Philips X-treme Vision. ...
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1answer
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My 2007 Jeep Commander is blowing hot air into the cabin even though the temperature is set to cool

Even if I have the fan set to off and the temperature dial set all the way to cold, extremely hot air is coming from my vents into the cabin. It seems to get worse at higher speeds. If I turn the ...
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2answers
3k views

Is vibration for a new clutch job normal?

I have a 2005 Toyota Camry (Manual Transmission). My clutch died on me last week - couldn't accelerate. I had the clutch replaced at a local mechanic. Now when I start the car off in first gear the ...
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1answer
110 views

Should I change transmission fluid if it's black?

I bought a vehicle couple of weeks ago. I checked the transmission fluid today, and noticed it was black. Should I be worried and immediately go change it? Part of me wants to get it changed since I ...
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1answer
22 views

Can I program a new aftermarket FOB for 2005 Mercedes benz c320?

I recently bought a 2005 Mercedes benz c320 at an auction and when I went to pick it up, I was informed that it did not come with a FOB due to the fact that the previous owner had not turned it in ...
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1answer
134 views

How to measure a vehicles wheel bolt pattern?

How can I accurately measure a vehicles wheel bolt pattern, regardless if it is a car or truck? Are any special tools needed? Is there a certain process to measuring a pattern?
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1answer
48 views

Car stalls on intersection or when coming to a stop

I have a 2000 Mazda 323F (some say it is Protégé but not sure) AT 1.6L (at 128K km). It runs smooth, accelerates great and shifts nice on most occasions. But there are times after running for a ...
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0answers
46 views

Honda Civic Mk8 FK3 interfacing with ECU/body computer

I wanted to create a few improvements for a FK3 Civic, such as: - automatic door locking - automatic cornering lights For those, I need to be able to read few parameters from the car's computers: - ...
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Muted howling noise at about 2000rpm Nissan Micra K12 2005

Recently when I drive I noticed this noise which tends to come around 2000rpm. Going through the gears I can't hear anything through first and second, then it starts in this rev band through 3rd and ...
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1answer
51 views

Key-on electrical for the Honda NC700x

I've got a 2014 Honda NC700x motorbike, and I'd like to install the aftermarket Bikemaster Heated Grips on it. I purchased the 7/8" kit, instead of the 1" kit that is also offered. When it comes to ...
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0answers
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Volvo AW55 W mode hard shift avoidance

I have recently purchased a 2006 Volvo S60 T5 with 136,xxx miles. Like many mid-2000s Volvo's with the AW-55 transmission, it has succumbed to shift flares at 1-2 and 2-3. It is light but I would like ...
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1answer
345 views

Tire Maintenance

I just bought a new car and I have heard three things about tires: They need to be aligned They need to be balanced They need to be rotated Now, what I do not know is how often each needs to be ...
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Peugeot 207 convertible: “impossible to move roof: outside temperature too low”

My Peugeot 207 convertible from 2007 shows an error when trying to lower the roof. "Impossible to move roof: outside temperature too low" According to the manual it should be functioning down to -15 ...
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2answers
355 views

Identify that part of my S56 BMW M Coupe

There is a driveline component with a rubber shock absorption ring in it. It sits between the tranny and driveshaft. I cannot remember the name of this component. Does someone know the name of ...
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4answers
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Is it typical for a shop to charge extra for labor if you bring your own parts?

I brought my car into a new mechanic today for brake issues, and they discovered that my rear brake calipers had completely seized up. They gave me an itemized quote for parts (~$700) and labor (~$...
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0answers
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Mazda Familia 1998

I have recently had a fuel/air control part replaced in my car. That was done after replacing plugs etc. The problem it had was it was sacking really hard but going nowhere, once I got past 1st gear ...
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2answers
447 views

Why is the engine on my Royal Enfield Classic 350 shutting down?

After travelling 7-8km on my Royal Enfield Classic 350, the bike acts as if the fuel is finished & the engine shuts down, but it starts again when I pull the accelerator. What could cause this ...
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1answer
70 views

My car won't shift into second its a 5 speed what can it be?

I have a 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5s 5-speed with about 183K miles. I think it still has the factory clutch, and the transmission fluid is at the correct level. The other day I tried to shift into second ...
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votes
1answer
40 views

How do I reprogram an immobilizer system on a 2005 Honda Civic?

I'm currently working on an '05 Honda Civic. I replaced the steering column but now it has a different key. How do I reprogram the immobilizer system?
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1answer
52 views

How do hybrid's with all-electric mode typically handle oil changes?

So, I'm researching getting a Ford C-Max Energi. It fits well with my commute range (approximately 20 miles a day). I understand that after the battery is depleted, a conventional motor kicks on and ...

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