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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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Motorcycle parts that need to be replaced most frequently

With motorcycles, what are the parts that most frequently get damaged and therefore have to be exchanged most frequently? I'm asking this question because I am looking to buy a motorcycle that I ...
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How to diagnose undervolt in electrical system

I have a 1980 VW Dasher. Most of the electric systems perform noticeably weakly, e.g. the A/C fan, interior lamp, dash panel backlighting, windshield wipers, and headlamps. These symptoms have been ...
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OIL ON MY ALTERNATOR

My 1996 XH Ford GLI LONREACH UTE with a 4.0 Tickford motor 5 sp man, had a oil leak (oil leak fixed! and I was quite proud of myself) from the rocker cover gasket, resulting in enough oil that would ...
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Can I use washing up liquid to wash my car?

I was just wondering, can I use something like Fairy washing up liquid or dish soap (which is added to hot water in a sink or basin to wash plates, dishes and cutlery etc)) in warm water to wash my ...
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can i change oem tyre 256/40R21 105 y to 265/60R 18 or 265/70 R 16 on my mercedes ml 350

i have serious problem with the oem tyres supplied 265/40R21 y 105. These tyres are getting damaged on pothole filled roads or on a bad rough road. i was told it happens because these aer low profile ...
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Can you recognise this motorcycle?

Can you recognise this motorcycle?? Thank you very much.
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My motorcycle is refusing to start, which common problems should I look for?

I've just taken my motorcycle out of storage, I rode her around the block once, parked her, and now she is refusing to turn over. The starter seems to be running fine. I've just filled the tank with ...
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Yamaha XJ750 not starting

I would like to thank all in advance for any advice I recieve. I own an 82 Yamaha 750 maxim, I have got single air breathers, for my 4 carbs and I removed the carbs to clean out and install air ...
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1999 Toyota Tercel shakes when stopped

The car is old, I know, but it only recently started doing that... When it's in park, and the engine is on, there is a non-noticeable shake, but when it's in drive, and I'm stopped at a light the car ...
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How to inexpensively replace missing baffles on a classic bike

Dilemma I have a 1980 Suzuki GS550L. Not only did one of the previous owners completely remove the baffles from the exhaust pipes, but they welded fender washers on the end of the pipes, so the OEM ...
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1995 jeep grand cherokee stopped working

My jeep the other night had slowed to a stop, the check gauges light came on and my steering wheel took a ton of effort to turn. My lights and my radio were still on. I asked a friend to look at it, ...
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2006 Honda Civic EX - Green Key Light on dash

Problem: I try to start my car with the original factory key, as well tried with the other factory key (both have chips in them) and the car will start, run for a second then shut off. All the while ...
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2002 Toyota Camry V6 Check Engine Light Code P1135

I have a 2002 Camry V6 with 149,000 miles. My check engine light is on. The code is P1135 Bank1 Sensor1. I purchased an Upstream O2 sensor (Bosch) from AutoZone and changed the front one (right behind ...
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Any huge difference between high performance and stock fuel pump?

Having Dodge Charger 2009 - I had the issues lately with a stock fuel pump which stopped working. I've bought a new one, after 5 months, fuel pump start cranking with a strange noise, and sometimes my ...
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1answer
81 views

Honda civic 2003 dead battery from cold

My Honda Civic died after the temperature dropped lower than -30°C, and will only start now when I boost it. The previous owner told me about this, and he said he replaced the battery. But now, it's ...
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Does giving gas while releasing the clutch cause unnecessary wear?

I drive a 2013 Ford Fusion SE with manual transmission. I learned to drive a manual as a kid but picked up a lot of bad habits. In particular I tend to naturally ride the clutch. Now, of course in 1st ...
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Where can I find the little snap-on fixtures that hold my Yaris bumper in place?

I hit a pot-hole the other day, and the bumper on my Yaris lost some of it's snap-on fixtures. I checked with Advanced Auto Parts, and they rudely informed me that they can't possibly stock every ...
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2answers
48 views

my brake pedal is sticking in the depressed position in cold weather

I have a 95 Chevrolet K1500 pickup and I have recently had the brake booster replaced and it worked fine for the past year but now my pedal is sticking in the pressed position but only in colder ...
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2answers
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2000 Honda Civic fuel tank problems

Essentially there are two main symptoms: Fuel gauge: I usually drive about 260 miles before refilling. Lately the fuel gauge has been staying at full for the first 150 miles or so before starting to ...
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0answers
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Vaxhall Astra H 1.9 150PS it stops in the middle of the road by pressing the gas pedal

I have an Astra H 1.9 150ps. During driving when I press the gas pedal to increase the speed of vehicle it stops in the middle of the road, my auto shuts down. This problem is present just when I ...
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2answers
59 views

Varying acceleration while riding

My motorcycle, a KTM Duke 200, while riding is producing varying acceleration. This is during a single ride. For about a few minutes, the acceleration is alright, then after a few minutes, the ...
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3answers
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What I need to convert a standard Civic into a VTEC

Ok so my '97 Civic 150i is running a little to slow for my liking. I want it to be able to hang with a 2.0. The first thing that comes to mind is swapping the mechanics out to make it the same as a ...
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0answers
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Possible engine knock in 1995 GMC Jimmy

Hello I have a 1995 GMC Jimmy (Automatic & 4x4)and I have been working on it on and off for about a year and a half, i have fixed many things with it but there are couple things that I have not ...
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1answer
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Mazda 3 fn4a -el transmission on tune up

A few days ago I tried doing an " tune up" on my car. It had just a transmission fluid replacement(with synthetic fluid) and had a couple of solenoids replaced. I had an oil change less than a month ...
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Alternatives to left-handed thread without resorting to specialist tools

It turns out that the use of left-handed thread is not as uncommon as I once thought. Unfortunately, finding replacement left-handed nuts, bolts and screws isn't easy. A while back, I damaged the ...
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1answer
239 views

Replacing a starter motor: will i need to replace the ring gear?

My 51 plate (2001 model for the Americans on the exchange) Clio has started occasionally making a horrible grinding sound instead of starting the car. Alternatively it sometimes just makes a whizzing ...
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8answers
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How often do I need to change my oil in a VW TDI?

The manual for my 2003 VW TDI says to change the oil every 12 months or 10,000 miles. My dealer says every 6 months or 5,000 miles. Are they just trying to make twice as much money off my oil ...
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2answers
527 views

Non-starting Uno

Good morning to all I have a Uno 1.1 Mia 2001 model. I have a problem of it not starting. One morning my wife was driving with it and some 1km from home, the car just died and did not want to start. ...
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Do I need to replace just my one rusted rear rotor, or do I need to replace both rear rotors?

I have one rear rotor that is partially rusted on the braking surface and the rust won't go away. I tried scraping down the surface to even it out, and then the entire surface looked rusted. I had ...
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1answer
43 views

Can we determine the Cleaning Requirement of Air Filter Using OBD

Many a times, the dealer guy says that the unclean air filter consumes more fuel as compared to clean. So, my question is, is this really related to air filter? If yes, can we determine the case using ...
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1answer
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After perfoming tune up to my jetta 2.0

After performing tune up to the car due to misfiring replacing spark pugs new wires new gas filter When finished and started the car a lot of water came out of the exhaust like never saw it before. ...
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How to fix leaky tires after 2 shops couldn't

I have an SUV with factory 16" steel wheels and P235/70R16 tires. The tires have just under 30,000 miles of gentle driving on them. Two of the tires have been leaking quite a bit (about 10 psi per ...
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1answer
179 views

Is it possible to repair an intermittent or flaky turn signal flasher relay?

Ouch, a new turn signal flasher relay is $65 at the local parts shop. Is it possible to DIY a repair of such a flasher relay?
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1answer
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2004 Honda Civic ex rpm spike and lose acceleration.

I have a 2004 Honda Civic. Sometimes when pushing on the gas at a slow pace around town the rpm jump up and it's difficult to accelerate. Once doing 60 it doesn't appear to do it. Does the ...
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3answers
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2003 Ram 1500 4.7 Misfiring Cylinder 3

Would a bad fuel injector cause plug not to fire? Weird voltages at harness for cylinder 3 compared to other cylinders. No spark at plug. Coil and plug new and tested on other cylinders. I am leaning ...
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3answers
527 views

What is a tap and die set and how do I use them?

I have two questions. What is a tap and die set? and How do I use a tap and a die?
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3answers
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Bad pitting on carburetor causing small fuel leak

I have a Motorcraft 2150 carb which has some pretty bad pitting on the main body. The pitting caused like two small holes and is causing fuel to slowly drip. I can only see the holes from the outside ...
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Do air filters purifty air better with age?

I have been reading in a few places that air filters get better with age, is this true? And how much better? Would it have any effect on quality of the oil or make oil dirty faster? Or is there ...
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2answers
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Identify partly burned chip on a circuit board

Can anyone identify the burned chip on this circuit board? It is a Chinese motorcycle dashboard, but the design is probably from Kawasaki Rouser. The chip might not be burned, but one pin is broken so ...
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4answers
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Why do dealers seem to prefer to replace parts instead of repairing?

In my experience as a consumer, mechanics at dealers typically seem to prefer not to perform quick or partial fixes for certain types of work. For example: Replacing an entire wiring harness rather ...
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1answer
42 views

Motorcycle kickstarter locks at certain point

I was hoping to get some help diagnosing a kickstarter issue I'm having, so I can figure out what my next steps should be (if any) on the 1981 Yamaha XS400 I'm attempting to rebuild. When attempting ...
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2answers
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C-clamp stuck in brake caliper

I'm a first timer replacing (front) brake pads in my Nissan Pulsar 1.8 (hatch). I had problems removing the caliper bolts on both sides - after successfully removing them, I removed the old pads and ...
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1answer
53 views

Is this windshield crack definitely caused by impact?

I have a windshield crack on a new vehicle that I originally thought was a stress crack, since it appears to originate at the edge and move toward the center, and I did not ever notice any impacts ...
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1answer
41 views

Identifying neutral switch on 2008 mazdaspeed3 transmission

I am experiencing symptoms that have led me to track down and diagnose the neutral switch on my 2008 Mazdaspeed3 (6-speed MT/2.3L Turbocharged). These symptoms include: DTCs of P0507 and P0850 When ...
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1answer
48 views

Why would I want to magnetize a screwdriver?

Why would I want to magnetize my screwdriver? and How would I magnetize my screwdriver?
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4answers
127 views

C Grade engine oil in petrol / gas engine

I recently bought some Castrol Magnatec oil that is rated C-3, instead of A. The car requires API SG or higher. Looking at the Castrol site, I can use the C-3 oil as it is rated SN, even though C ...
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4answers
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Durability of automatic transmission boxes versus durability of manual transmission boxes? Their lifetimes?

My friend is against cars with automatic transmission because he thinks that they break easily and that their repairing cost a lot. He thinks that it is impossible to maintain an automatic ...
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2answers
178 views

Optimal RPM range for manual transmission

Are there optimal RPM ranges for different vehicles? I've been told it's better for the engine to drive at slightly higher RPMs (e.g. 2500-3000 for my Tacoma) than low (1000-1500). I understand a ...
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4answers
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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 ...

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