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Have tow ball but not electricity for a trailer

I have a Toyota Camry 2004. When I just bought it, I have noticed that it has a tow ball. I didn't really intend to use it but now it could really help me to move few things around with a trailer I ...
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2answers
473 views

Change thermostat preemptively or wait for signs of problems?

I have been advised by an experienced "car guy" to change the thermostat on my 94K miles 2005 Toyota Matrix, although everything seems to be fine at the moment. Everybody else is telling me to leave ...
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2answers
67 views

What is a fair price for caliper repair?

Dealership tells me I need a rear wheel caliper repair. Estimated cost of $500. Is this reasonable? I have Toyota Highlander 2003 model.
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3answers
3k views

Can I improve fuel economy by changing differential’s gear ratio?

I would like to use my Lada Niva for normal road travel, but at 3500 rpm at 100 kph it is not very fuel efficient. I don’t know what the current differential ratio is, but I assume it has been changed ...
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2answers
271 views

Is moving the rear tires to the front wheels a no-no?

After finding out that my front wheels were both aiming a little bit outward (together by half a degree), and apparently thus having caused the wear on the inside (inch or so) of the front tires, I ...
4
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1answer
742 views

Does 4-wheel alignment involve taking wheels off?

I was wondering if a 4-wheel alignment involves taking off all the wheels. I called NTB to check whether their wheel alignment includes tire rotation and they said it didn't. But if they have to ...
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2answers
870 views

Steam coming from radiator, odd noise while accelerating

I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla and last night while driving on the freeway, every time I pressed the gas pedal, the car would make a very noticeable sound. I pulled over and, as soon as I did, steam ...
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1answer
161 views

Engine-wise, how damaging is oil burning?

Assuming that an engine always has enough oil to be lubricated properly but burns quite a bit of oil, can it cause any damage in long-term because it doesn't belong to the combustion chamber? I have ...
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2answers
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Do different brands of the same oil really make a difference?

I've found several other questions on here that answer, "what's different between synthetic oil and regular oil?" or "Can I use X oil in Y car?", or similar, but nothing that quite answers my ...
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2answers
1k views

Did slamming on my brakes really fix them?

I have a 2006 Mazda 3 that until yesterday, had soft/spongy brakes. A few days ago I brought it to my local repair shop to take care of the problem, and $300 later, I had new front pads and machined ...
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2answers
62 views

Would it be worth it to rebuild my Detroit Locker?

I'm considering either buying a Wavetrac LSD (very expensive, so that's discouraging) or rebuilding my current Detroit Locker. The Locker seems to run fine except there's a lot of play in it. Would ...
2
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2answers
107 views

Preventive maintenance for a long-distance tow

Vehicle: 1980 Jeep CJ-7 4.2 Liter (258) AMC Automatic Background: I'm planning to take my 1980 CJ-7 on a 1,200-mile road trip towing a small U-Haul trailer. The Jeep is in good running shape, ...
2
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2answers
79 views

Differential Gear Alternative Ratio

I have Mercedes-Benz E-200 Estate Model 1995 with a Differential Ratio Number 3.92; Which I couldn't found; So I'm looking for a Differential Gear EQUIVALENT to 3.92 Ratio? For example can I use 3.90 ...
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1answer
547 views

Front Windshield Sprayer Problem - 2005 Mazda 3

Driving home the other day, my front windshield washer sprayers stopped working. At first, just the passenger side nozzle sprayed, which led me to believe it was just ice on the other one. However, ...
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2answers
66 views

Can a variable engine exist?

I have really no knowledge about mechanics but such a curious guy. Excuse my Ignorance. Does a variable engine exist? Like as the vehicle slows down the engine will slow down and when the vehicle ...
4
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2answers
397 views

How to remove droplets of paint on my car?

I'm not sure if its paint or cement, but my car is covered with droplets of it. I had my car washed, but its still there. Its removable if you scrape it with your nail. Is there any liquid material ...
2
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2answers
890 views

Formula for calculating output power after putting a rpm reduction gear

I'm thinking of starting of converting an old car to an electric car. I have a question, but google won't answer me my very long not very well explained question. Take this scenario. I would take a ...
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2answers
48 views

What is the downside to buying an Ebay Leveling Kit?

I'm looking at a leveling kit on Ebay, but I'm wondering what the downside to this is VS buying the kit from the dealership at $1000
3
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2answers
786 views

Should I connect the “power antenna” wire to the “auto antenna” wire?

I have a new radio (Clarion cx501) for my 2005 Mazda 3. I bought a special wiring harness to make the installation easier. I have two wires that I'm not sure if I must connect. They look like the same ...
2
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1answer
561 views

Brake fluid reservoir level drops fast to minimum but not below

The brake fluid reservoir level drops very fast in my 2007 4WD V6 Toyota Tacoma, probably within 3-5 days of filling it up. The funny thing is, it drops to just below where it says minimum but not ...
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2answers
2k views

Is it bad to drive a vehicle if power steering is defunct?

My truck's power steering pump is broken (leaking) so I had to drain the fluid. I was able to drive it around the parking lot, with considerable difficulty steering. I need to get the truck home, ...
3
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2answers
388 views

Radio Wiring Harness for a 2000 Chevy Cavalier

I'm trying to locate a wiring harness for my new stereo that I want to install into my 2000 Chevy Cavalier, but I'm having a difficult time find one. Does anyone know of a after market harness that ...
4
votes
1answer
298 views

Can improper guide/lock pin installation cause a caliper to stick?

I had a brake caliper fail to release on me shortly after getting my car back from the shop (long story condensed is: took months to get done due to rust and lack of available parts from a wheel ...
2
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1answer
938 views

2011 Grand Caravan only blows hot air to the rear and passenger

I bought a 2011 Grand Caravan last November, maybe that was my mistake, buying in the winter. It has the dual climate control (one driver, one passenger) and a rear control as well. Fast forward to ...
2
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1answer
95 views

2012 Dodge Caravan - Lubrication of door channel

Both the sliding doors make a grinding noise when opening or shutting down. The place I take this to for an oil change claims to lubricate doors and windows. Now I am not too sure. What level of ...
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1answer
50 views

Harness that connects power inverter and motors 2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid

I have the power inverter and the two motors from the 2013 Ford C-Max hybrid. I use them for my research. I need the harness to connect the inverter and the two motors. I went to a Ford dealer ...
2
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2answers
273 views

How to remove a broken plastic oil drain plug from lawn mower?

While I was tuning up my outdoor power equipment I made a boneheaded mistake with my lawn mower. I was putting the drain plug back in my mower with a socket wrench completely forgetting it was ...
4
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3answers
693 views

Low beam headlights don't work, High beam headlights do

The vehicle is a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The low beams aren't working. High beams are. The fuse is perfectly fine (tested and swapped out). The bulbs are fine too. A mechanic told me it could be ...
4
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2answers
10k views

Engine revs high 5th gear manual transmission

What might cause a car with a manual transmission that in 5th gear when given a punch of gas revs to very high rpms – with no power transferred to the wheels (i.e. the tachometer and speed go ...
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0answers
72 views

Transmission sticky for first 10 mins of driving

I have a 2003 VW golf with the 2.0L petrol engine and a manual transmission. I recently had the transmission fluid changed as part of a regular maintenance. Ever since shifting into 2nd gear has ...
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3answers
1k views

changing a tire on a slope

So one of the tires on my car had a blowout on a road with a slight slope. I tried lifting the car up with a hydraulic jack but after the car got to a certain height the jack fell forward and the car ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Brakes locking up while driving

I have a Honda accord 2008 which has performed well until recently. On my may to work I noticed my car wasn't accelerating as usual; it had this feel like it was dragging. On parking, I noticed smoke ...
2
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1answer
119 views

2001 Mazda Protege — Battery Charge Problems

For the past year or so, I've had to manually charge the Protege's battery before going anywhere, every single day. Either the battery is not "holding its charge" or there's a component that's ...
3
votes
2answers
157 views

1987 Ford Ranger fuel gauge not working right

My fuel guage will work but when it gets to half a tank it will drop to empty with in a few minutes but still has gas in it.
2
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1answer
9k views

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 ...
5
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2answers
88 views

key wont turn inside

I have a Chevy Cobalt 2008. I drove the car yesterday before the freezing cold and during the snow. This morning the key will not turn in the ignition but the lights come on. The sun is up but still ...
2
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1answer
55 views

Honoring A Recall

I recently bought a 2005 Suzuki Reno and have been having some headlight problems. I noticed that there was a recall on them (for headlight problems) back in 2007 and again in August 2012. The CarFax ...
3
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1answer
89 views

Is it necessary to have the good car's engine running when jumpstarting

When jump-starting a vehicle, one first connects the positive and negative terminals between the two cars: positive to positive and negative (good battery) to a bolt head on the vehicle with the dead ...
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4answers
14k views

Strong vibrations when idling even after replacing engine mounts (automatic transmission)

I have a '93 Acura Integra with automatic transmission. Ever since I got it some time ago the car has been vibrating a lot when stopped at a light, for example. The vibration is worse when in gear ...
2
votes
2answers
494 views

Why did GM change the pressure rating of their coolant tank cap for existing vehicles?

GM has changed the part number for the radiator surge tank cap on vehicles that came from the factory with Dex-Cool. The new cap is 18 PSI (RC87 - part number 25713160), the old one for many vehicles ...
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1answer
128 views

1996 Caprice Classic rear end rub a little and jumps barely while backing up

I noticed that, when my ’96 Caprice is backing up on smooth concrete, it kind of grinds and jumped just barely. Is it my gears in rear end? Any other issues could cause this?
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1answer
47 views

should scratches on a new bump be painted over?

I bought a 2013 car last year and got a small scratch on the bumper. I think someone may have hit it ever so slightly when trying to back in or something I'm not sure. Anyway, personally, I'm ...
3
votes
1answer
558 views

What is the difference between normal, platinum, iridium plugs in petrol/LPG vehicle?

This question was related with this What is the difference between normal, platinum, iridium plugs? Is there any difference if petrol vehicle is converted to liquid propane gas (LPG)? In my case I ...
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0answers
25 views

2000 Road King stalls from 1st - 2nd gear

Added a Fueling controller to 2000 Road King. It stalls from 1st - 2nd gear going up hill. Is there an answer?
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0answers
83 views

Ford Ranger manual transmission randomly squeals in 5th gear

My clutch started to slip and was squealing so I had a new clutch, flywheel, slave cylinder, pilot and throw out bearings all replaced. It drives fine, but it randomly makes a loud squeal in fifth ...
2
votes
1answer
24 views

Extra batteries charger

I purchased a new brand GM C Suburban. I need to install a 8 cameras and NVR security camera system, 55" monitor, and 2 laptops in this SUV. We want to design this car as a mobile security office. I ...
1
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0answers
64 views

2012 POLO 1.2 S hatchback service manual?

Is there an after market service manual for a my new polo? I have already tried haynes but it's not available for my model I need it before I start messing around with the electrics. I want to attempt ...
1
vote
1answer
592 views

Does the Toyota 2000 Camry LE have a cabin filter?

I know it has an air filter for the engine, but I'm not able to find where the cabin filter is, if there is one. -The glove box can't be taken out. -I'm not seeing anything when I remove the velcro ...
1
vote
1answer
129 views

Does non-synthetic 10w30 motor oil contain sulphur?

I ask this question as I plan on using 10W30 motor oil in my Jeep's manual transmission and need no sulphur added to the oil so that it is "yellow metal safe". I'm not looking to start a discussion ...
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8answers
93k views

How do I loosen stuck lug nuts in order to change a tire?

How do I loosen car tire lug nuts (so that I can change a tire) when they are really really stuck? I have tried turning the provided wrench, even standing and jumping on it. This worked for 4 of the ...

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