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2000 pontiac montana overheating

2000 Pontiac Montana Van- intake manifold has been replaced along with radiator, water pump, radiator cap and thermostat. When driving van will go to the red line but has never overheated with steam ...
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Coolant level is below “low” in the expansion tank, dealership service says this is normal?

I took my car to the dealership for an oil change and inspection, which includes the fluids being checked and topped off. After the service, I took a look at the fluids in the car. There is a tank ...
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Engine smooth after techron then rough again

I used techron additive. After a gas tankful, the engine is smooth and powerful as new. However after another tankful of normal gas the engine is rough and sluggish again. Why is this happening? ...
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How can I fix a slow indicator on a Honda Hornet?

My Honda Hornet 250 right-hand indicator often takes up to 5 seconds to start flashing, especially when it's cold. The left seems to be fine. When I flick the switch I can hear the bimetallic strip ...
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What is this (cooling-system related) part?

A while back I stopped my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6 4WD) and all of a sudden there was white smoke pouring out from under the hood, indicating that something was leaking radiator fluid. When I opened the ...
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Compliance Bushing for 2007 Honda Odyssey

What are some part numbers that I can cross reference for the compliance bushings (control arm bushing) for a 2007 Honda Odyssey?
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What parts are usually changed when the timing belt is replaced?

When changing a timing belt, what other parts are: Always changed with it ( as in they always have to be replaced ) ? Often, but not always changed with it ( depending on how worn they are )? For ...
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Steering wheel shakes at high speeds

the steering wheel sometimes shakes at high speeds around 70 miles per hour. It does not always happen. Some day when I am driving at 70, I feel no shakes. some day it shakes badly at the same speed. ...
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What is this pipe coming out of the petrol tank under the seat

Sorry, this is a newbie question, but what is this pipe coming out from the petrol tank under the seat? The bike is a 1989 Kawasaki ZZR 250:
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I dropped my bike and now it won't start

I have a Suzuki GSX 600F Katana. Yesterday, I changed the clutch lever on the handlebar and left the key on. I had to push start my bike. After getting it started, I left it in first gear, and let go ...
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How easy (is it possible) for an amateur to change the drain tube of a motorbike fuel tank?

The bike is a 1998/99 Honda CBR 600F. The drain tube seems to be corroded inside the fuel tank, based upon 2 symptoms: Filling the tank more than 3/4 full causes petrol to drain from the drain tube ...
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How to Inspect a Fuel Filter to See if it Needs Replacing?

I bought a used 97 Mazda 323 BA 1.8L 16 Valve BP DOHC and the previous owner has no idea when the last time the fuel filter was changed ( he was pretty clueless about everything related to the car ). ...
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2001 Suzuki Katana 750 won't start after jump start and new battery.

Bike has been running just fine. Recently left the lights on while at work, completely draining the battery. Couldn't get it push started there, but was able to get it jumped. I thought no biggie ...
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Oil change with front wheels on ramps?

From the obsessive compulsive department: I've been changing my own oil by driving up on a pair of ramps, draining and filling. Based on a slight overfill condition after adding the specified amount ...
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Cooling fans not running

Update This question seems to be attracting a lot of views, so I guess a lot of people are having the same problem. Just to be clear, the problem with MY fans specifically seemed to be caused by my ...
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Diesel Engine difficult to start

I have a diesel powered Audi A4 B7 (2006) 2.0TDi (the 170BHP variety) with a manual gearbox, which I've owned for around 18 months. The car has just short of 100k miles and has a full dealer service ...
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Ford Focus 2004 1.6l Rear Noise

I have a Ford Focus 2004 1.6l that has done quite high mileage 155k. It had a problem wheel bearing on the front right (drivers side) which was replaced along with a full service and some other bits. ...
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Intermittent no start/no crank problem 1989 Toyota Corolla

Have a 1989 Toyota Corolla 4 door manual, 190k miles. Runs great once it starts. Problem is it has an intermittent no start (no crank) problem. Relevant facts: When it happens, I clutch in (in ...
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Should replacement pitman arm have the same gear teeth configuration?

I have a 1996 Dodge Dakota 4x4. I just replaced the pitman arm which reduced a bunch of play in the wheel. Awesome. However (and I didn't notice until actually driving it) the steering wheel is now ...
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My ELM327 OBD-II adapter is not responding anymore to its original bluetooth PIN (1234). Is it possible to recover access to it?

I recently bought an ELM327 adapter from China and was very satisfied with it. It was working fine with Torque and other OBDII apps for Android, and I could always pair with it using 1234 as the ...
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1answer
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Where is the type of plastic stamped on my 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix front bumper cover?

I want to try to repair my 2002 Grand Prix's front bumper cover with a plastic welder, but all the labels are faded and I can't figure out where the type of plastic is stamped. Does anyone know ...
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Surely I'm refilling my transmission fluid incorrectly

My car ('96 Ford Taurus) developed a transmission fluid leak and lost an unknown amount of fluid. I fixed the leak and began replacing transmission fluid but this has proved to be extremely tedious. ...
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2006 Honda Civic Won't Start

This is what happens when I try to start my car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU1e2x3pghI I changed the battery about 2 months ago, and I just went for a tune-up last week. I even tried boosting ...
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1answer
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2006 manual transmission. Diesel Jetta.

My Jettas gear shift is not working properly. It's hard to pull out of reverse and it sticks getting into first and second. After first and second shifting is simple. I'm sure it's not the cluTch. My ...
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Driving on a tire with different aspect ratio number than recommended?

I have a 2012 VW Passat SEL. Corrently I have Han Hankook tires 215/55R17 on them. I am looking to get a full size spare tire and am looking on Craigslist for a cheap alternative. What will be the ...
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Using different rim that what I have?

I am looking into getting a full sized spare rim/wheel for my 2012 VW Passat SEL. Currently it has 215/55R17 tires on it, with alloy rims and 5 lugs on it to secure it. The local shops offered me ...
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Opel corsa's horn alarms when car is locked

My Opel Corsa's horn keeps honking when I lock the car the same way it is supposed to if a window were to be left open, but it does this even when no window is left open. The one thing that could ...
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Drive side window won't move in a 1999 Saturn SC2

The driver side window, which is electric powered, had given me some problems by not moving occasionally, then I rolled it down and remembered that it might now roll back up and as I was trying to ...
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Why is my Toyota dashboard shiny and sticky, and how do I clean it?

I have a 2008 Toyota Camry, which is primarily kept in Florida (southern U.S.). My entire dashboard has been sticky / tacky for years. I do not know why or how it got this way. It accumulates dust, ...
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What could cause Oil Pressure light flickering

We've had one of the coldest winters in Michigan lately. Usually my car (2001 Buick Regal) is a trooper in the cold weather, but the other day as I was leaving work, I noticed a blinking light on my ...
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Changed my brake pads but brakes started smoking due to a stuck caliper (99 Honda Accord)

Long story short, I was doing a simple DIY brake pad change and it seems that the brake caliper got stuck (the the brake line seem to be slightly twisted). I went for a test drive in the neighbor and ...
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Acura TL 2001 squeaking noise

Worried student here! I bought an Acura TL 2001 about 7 months ago and the car was mechanically sound. About a month and a half ago i started to hear a squeaking noise. The noise only occurs when the ...
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E46 Check engine light on at high altitude

In my E46 BMW, the yellow check engine light always turns on when visiting Lake Tahoe (altitude ranging from 6000-8000 feet). It usually turns off if I've been there for a couple days. After many ...
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Oxygen sensor PID for 2004 Toyota Camry 4-cyl

My 2004 Toyota Camry with 170k miles is pulling a P0420 code, which I've read can be due to a bad catalytic converter or O2 sensors. I have an OBD-II tool with the DashCommand app on my iPhone. ...
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Lugging the Engine (Manual Transmission)

So...lugging the engine obviously isn't something that is good. But why? For example when you feather a clutch to get the car moving, it lugs for a quick moment when you hit the catch point (When ...
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1answer
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Replaced clutch on '84 Bronco 2, now clutch does not disengage

I replaced the clutch on an '84 Ford Bronco 2 (2.9L). After removing the transmission I found out that the throw-out bearing and slave cylinder were completely destroyed. I replaced both parts and ...
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How long should I let me car warm up in the winter?

I have been reading mixed reviews about how long to let your car warm up before driving in the winter months. Most of the articles say that the best way to warm it up is to let it idle for 1-2 ...
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1answer
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Clio I indicator control non-functional

Model: 1997 Renault Clio RL Panache The hazard lights are functional and I've changed the fuse (to the on-board spare) for the indicators, but still the control stick for the indicators has no ...
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Kia Sportage 2002 radiator loss of water with no overheat or water leakage

I'm having a problem with my kia sportage 2002. My radiator is losing too much water. I topped it in the evening with 5 liters of fluid. In the next evening it was empty after driving about 20 ...
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Is starting idle RPM always lower in colder temperatures?

I've noticed that my 2008 Jetta 2.5L 5W40 generally starts up with an idle RPM of at most 1.2K RPM around the freezing temperature (say when the temp sensor reads 33°F), or even at just about 1K ...
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Gapping New Spark Plugs from the Dealership

In general, if I buy plugs from a dealership which looks up which plugs I need based on my cars VIN or license number, do I need to worry about checking the plugs gap, or can I just assume they will ...
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Dash compatibility and the ECU

I have a Citroen C1 and it's a very basic model. It doesn't have a rev counter but I can add one because it has the cable and plug for it already exists, it's just not plugged into a rev counter. What ...
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why is it not good to stall a cold engine

I've always known that you cannot stall (regular turn off by turning key (i'm not sure how that's called in english)) an engine if it is not yet reached it's work temperature. For example, if i go to ...
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How to check 05 mustang quality of lights and sensors quality

Is there any way to have the sensors for dashboard lights and digital interface tested? The guys at Sears said they didn't like the sound of my car though the fluids were all fine. It's funny they low ...
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When Jumping a Battery Why Red FIrst

So, it's fairly popular consensus online that it's red clips to red posts, then black clips to frames, but why red first? One site mentions sparks, but you'll still get a spark when connecting black ...
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Ventilation of batteries

i have two 180 Varta Sealed FLA 12v batteries in my stable block which are charged by a 240kw solar panel on the roof to provide lighting to the stables. The batteries are in the feed room and we ...
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Good template for keeping maintenance records?

I'm looking for ideas on templates to use to record service for multiple vehicles. Excel is preferred format, but open to all in interest of gathering ideas. Anyone have any templates?
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Any reason I couldn't replace my entire fuse box with self-resetting breakers?

I'm always rewiring something or upgrading a component here or there on my vehicle. I recently discovered self-resetting breakers that can replace standard automotive fuses. This seems like a silver ...
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Identify these vintage Ford hubcaps

I am hoping to find an enthusiast who knows a bit about classic Fords. Can anyone identify these vintage Ford hubcaps ?

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