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Can I put a regular lead acid battery in place of a gel battery in a BMW R110RT?

I just got a 2000 BMW R1100RT and the previous owner told me the battery is 7 years old so I figure it's time to go. I saw this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEBjekqUV9c and the guy points ...
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What is the difference between a 2T oil and a 20-40 oil

I know a 2T oil is used in 2stroke bikes and its sometimes added with the fuel too. And a 20-40 oil also known as the engine oil is used to reduce the wear tear in the engine. I'm looking for a ...
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How do I add an auxiliary battery to a van?

I have a 2500 Savanna (GMC, 2001, extended), with an entertainment system. The stock battery is fairly small, and I don't want to run the engine or drain the engine battery when playing videos for ...
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254 views

Massive oil drop in the course of a few days

A few days ago i posted a question about the dealer reporting some oil spillage/leakage but that it passed the mechanical test. I checked the oil level of the car from my 80 minute drive home and it ...
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1answer
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Why does the bike idle lower after balancing carburettors?

I have just balanced my bike's carburettors (they were initially way out of sync) it idles lower and seems to smoke more when I rev it (smells rich). Returning it to it's previous out of sync setting ...
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What does “the bike dyno'd at 125BHP at the rear wheel” mean?

I'm in the process of buying an ebay bike (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121337863485) which I won for maybe 60 - 75 % of its expected value. In the description the owner states that the bike dyno'd ...
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What can cause a wheel new wheel bearing to fail after 2 weeks of use?

I replaced both front wheel bearings on my 2002 Chevy Cavalier about a year ago and again just 2 weeks ago. One of them has already gone out again. Is it possible that the bearing is just bad or is ...
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How to fix leaking air conditioning schrader valve

I have a 98 jeep cheerokee sport. The air conditioning coolant leaks. After doing some diagnostics, I detected audibly a hissing sound coming from the low input port, leading me to believe the ...
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What is the amp-hour rating of 2014 Kia Soul base?

I'm going to be doing some camping out of my Kia, and want to make sure I will not run the battery down if I power various gadgets over night via the power adapter ports. Specifically, I need to run ...
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1answer
112 views

Ford Figo Door light on when all doors are closed

I have a Ford Figo 2012, the last few weeks the door light on the dashboard has been on even through, all the doors are closed. (The light only comes on when I start my engine, as expected with ...
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1answer
81 views

Honda accord 2008 vibrates intermittently while driving

I noticed recently that my Honda vibrates at low speeds/when you DON'T step hard on the throttle pedal. It doesn't do this every time and I have had my wheel balancing done and checked my engine ...
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Is it safe to drive a Fiat Punto with a failing passenger side wishbone?

I've been told by a garage that I need a NSF wishbone due to a knocking noise. The Punto is 13 years old. is it safe to drive until I can get this done?
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Is topping up the oil enough of an oil change?

If you use synthetic ester-based oil in a relatively new petrol engine, top it up regularly, and the engine runs very quietly and basically without any noise whatsoever (especially after another top ...
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Engine light in Seat ibiza 2001

Occasionally the engine light is burning when turning on the engine. It doesn't always show though and I don't own this car long enough to see a pattern. If the engine light shows it doesn't go away ...
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1answer
75 views

Front fender liner broken

I recently noticed that my front fender liner was broken which exposed the internal parts (see attached image). There was no impact to the car as I am the only person driving this. I have not even hit ...
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0answers
98 views

I have a 05 Ford focus wagon and it's rear wiper is not working

I replaced the motor and I saw 11.7 volts at the connector. I can hear the relay click when I work with the switch. What am I missing?
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2answers
701 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 ...
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10answers
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Honda Accord 2000 V6 intermitently stalls when idling after start. What may cause it?

I have 2000 Honda Accord V6 with 140K miles and which is very well maintained and runs really nicely. However, every once in a while when I start it it would do some erratic rpm changes on idle and ...
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2answers
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Driver's side front brake locked up

Our front driver's side brake locked up on us and even started smoking. The caliper is stuck shut and won't reopen. We're stuck on the side of the road. What do we need to do in order to fix this?
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How to Unscrew stuck O2 sensor in a 2001 Honda Accord, with a F23A4 engine?

I have been trying to unscrew my faulty O2 sensor (to replace it with a new one I purchased), per the following instructions: ...
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1answer
56 views

What is the tank size of a honda shadow 750 (2009)?

I have a Honda Shadow 750 (Aero). I see people saying they fill it up to 3.8 gallons. I can't get even near to that. When I get to 1.8 the pump stops automatically and with 1.8 I can ride for about ...
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1answer
1k views

Grinding Sound at Specific RPM/Speed

I have a 2011 Ram 1500. For about a month I thought I was hearing a clunk between 2nd and 3rd gear. I finally decided to listen carefully by turning my radio off. I now certainly notice it, but it is ...
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1answer
61 views

Weed eater doesn't cut weeds anymore

I have a curved shaft 25cc 2 stroke Troy-bilt weed eater model #Tb32ec. I was using it to cut down some tall grass and it just quit cutting. It never bogged down or stalled out. I made sure that the ...
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2answers
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What is an inverted triangle piston skirt?

The recently launched Suzuki Gixxer 150cc has boasts an inverted triangle piston skirt. From what i was told, it seems to be a MotoGP technology which has been stripped down to suit a 150cc bike. ...
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2answers
48 views

What is the normal battery draw for a 2009 Honda Fit?

I know that each make and model varied in battery draw, please tell me what the normal is for a 2009 Honda Fit?
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BMW 530xd e60 2008 diesel engine turns but won't start

I have a problem with my BMW, just bought it, previous owner hasn't been facing such problems. When the engine is cold for e.g.: after night. Outside temperature is about -4 to +1 degree, engine won't ...
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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 ...
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What are the benefits of premium (high octane) petrol?

Here in the UK it's common for petrol (gas) stations to offer both regular and "premium" unleaded petrol. The premium stuff is (naturally) more expensive, and I've often wondered what the actual ...
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When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?

I just recently got a 2005 Volvo S40 with a turbo engine; I want to take good care of it, so naturally, when the instruction manual recommends 91 octane fuel but says it takes a minimum of 87, I have ...
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2answers
187 views

Modifying BMW 1.16i to have more horsepower

I'm planning to increase the horsepower of my BMW 1.16i along with some additional make-up modifications. If I'll be making the horsepower upgrade, it will happen using the official software from ...
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3answers
990 views

Hydrostatic transmission oil confusion

I have a John Deere LX176 lawn tractor and am confused about its hydrostatic transmission oil. The manual states that the hydrostatic transmission oil should be "SAE 10w30 engine oil with API ...
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0answers
110 views

2002 Toyota Sienna Dies right after starting

Help, My van was running fine the previous day, but when I went to start it the next day it would turn over fine and fire, but it wouldn't continue to run. If I give it gas when it fires it starts, ...
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2answers
128 views

What could cause lazy shifting in an automatic transmission?

I'm trying to help out a friend who owns an '03 Chevy Caprice (Holden Statesman in Australia; LS1 V8). His transmission is misbehaving; it doesn't want to upshift unless the engine reaches a high ...
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2answers
101 views

OEM vs. after-market bumper repair: is there a difference in quality?

Another vehicle hit mine, and the offending driver has offered to pay for repairs and a rental vehicle. That said, he is being cheap about using OEM vs. after-market parts. I have noticed that ...
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2answers
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Incorrect odometer reading after replacing instrument cluster?

I recently had a garage do work on my 95 Mazda B2300 during which they replaced the faulty instrument cluster. When I dropped it off at the shop, it had approximately 170k miles on it. After they ...
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1answer
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What is a claw shifted transmission?

How is it different from an ordinary transmission? Is that a comparatively newer technology? If possible also add a few examples of motorcycles and cars which use claw shifting mechanisms. PS: ...
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Motorcycle: stiff chain links - able to repair?

So after tightening my chain the other day I noticed a creaking noise - its seems there is a tight spot in the links. I have sprayed this with chain oil and let soak. I know I will need to replace the ...
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1answer
147 views

Engine idle fluctuates at random times

I have a Mk1 VW Golf/Rabbit with K-Jet mechanical injection. Occasionally when I pull up at stop lights the engine idle will rhythmically dip and climb (between 600 and 1200 rpm). This probably ...
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radiator grill fins bent

I have a over heating problem. I have replaced the water pump, thermostat, upper radiator hose and the coolant temperature sensor. They were all in need of replacement, but my car still over heats ...
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2answers
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Power loss in truck - triage options?

I've asked at least one question about my specific situation earlier, but at this point, I'm looking for information on how to operate in triage mode, my primary goal is to get my truck working well ...
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0answers
56 views

2007 Ford Focus Trunk Latch Sensor

I replaced my trunk latch but the sensor don't fit and I cannot use my remotes to unlock my trunk and my alarm will not engage without that sensor. Could someoone tell me how to fix this and where to ...
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2answers
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Does a 2010 VW Jetta S (2.5 L gasoline engine) have a timing belt or chain?

The questions says it all. Does a 2010 VW Jetta S (2.5 L gasoline engine) have a timing belt or chain? Please reference where you got this information.
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1answer
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Latch of cup holder in main console broken

The latch in my car console is broken. When I have checked the dealer they tell me I have to change the whole console. That costs around $300. I am looking to fix it using some glue. Has anyone tried ...
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0answers
38 views

Maintenance of parking sensors

I have issues with the parking sensors on my wife's S-max (2007). The sensors would occasionally beep (constant beep) after turning on the car and selecting a gear. I tried cleaning them, but I ...
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1answer
105 views

What hose is this? (2000 lexus es300 w/ 1mzfe VVT-i)

Damn thing snapped while I was taking it off, no idea what it is and can't quite seem to find out on google for some reason. It goes from the front valve cover to the intake.
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3answers
577 views

Can I use high temp RTV instead of a gasket?

I read somewhere that I can use RTV silicone instead of a regular rubber gasket as an engine seal. Is this feasible?
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2answers
44 views

Is it harmful to switch gears while starting?

I have a car with push to start. To use it, I have to push down the brake and press the button. However I've realized that occasionally I'll push the button and immediately switch to drive or ...
3
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1answer
3k views

Clutch pedal suddenly doesn't go deep enough to engage gears

I was driving normally (no problems, everything going smoothly; never had felt any problems with the clutch, was catching on well etc.) and all of a sudden, with no warning sign or anything (no shock, ...
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4answers
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Can't move Chrysler 300M gear selector out of park

I got into my car this morning and couldn't move it from park after I started it. I can't change the gear at all. I can move the wheel, though. I've tried to wiggle it but haven't forced it because I ...

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