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straight pipes and carb rejetting?

I have a 1984 Honda GL 1200 standard wing and I am going to put straight pipes on it, however some forums say I will need to upjet the carbs, and others say I will not. Has anyone on this site ever ...
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How to test gas station air compressors before use?

Yesterday I was with my wife and three children in the car, 300 KM from home just after sunset. I pulled into a gas station and as before all long trips, I dialed 31 PSI on the gas station's air ...
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How to open prius hatch when the battery is dead?

I have a 2008 Prius with remote keyless entry. I accidentally drained my battery by mistake. The locks do not respond, and trying to turn on the power puts the car into a strange low power error ...
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Putting tires on rims

How much pressure should I use for a tire to settle on a rim? Is there need to glue the tire on the rim? (Or to try make it more airtight by any means.)
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Car keeps cutting out megane 225

Please help car won't rev past 4/5k revs (at idle) struggle to get 3k moving when accelerating it just cuts out expecially on full throttle, it sounds like its being suffocated serious loss of power ...
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Would Pulling the Handbrake Help Remove Brake Rotor Rust?

The car is a Nissan Almera (N15) -99 with a 1.6 L gasoline engine. It has been standing still for over a year and some rust has developed on the brake rotors. The car has been standing under a roof ...
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Can I put 225/75R16 on a vehicle meant for 245/75R16?

I have a retired 2000 GMC Savanna 250 with 225/75R16 tires that have plenty of tread, no signs of dry rot, and are only 3 years old. My newer vehicle is a 2009 Ford E350 extended, and it needs at ...
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What is an A/R ratio?

I heard the term A/R ratio today while watching a video about turbochargers. What does the term A/R ratio mean? Does it just apply to turbos? If not, what else does it apply to? How is it computed? ...
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What is the problem if my car's engine stops running in the middle of a ride?

My car's engine frequently stops in the middle of a ride. Its an old model of Hyundai Sonata 2004. This happens especially in high gears(3,4) and faster speeds (like 60-70 mph). It has also happened ...
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Where can I find statistics regarding car life expectancies?

I am in the process of buying a used car and I'm having some difficulty estimating the longevity of vehicles I encounter. One can speak of car longevity in different ways, but for this question let's ...
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Is there correlation between fuel efficiency and preferred gear at certain speed?

It may very well be just my imagination, but 3 months ago i decided i can do 30 miles per hour on 3rd gear and not shift to 4th. It didn't seam like the engine was under any extra stress or anything, ...
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What is a Blower?

I've heard of this component being used on Hot Rods. What is a blower? What does it do? Are there specific requirements for utilizing one? Are there any disadvantages of using a blower?
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Motorcycle stood for over 12 months, turn over by hand first?

My 2006 GSXR 750 has been stood for over 12 months, I have drained the tank, and oil, and I'll do the coolant after I get it started, and give it another oil change. Is it worth me removing the plugs ...
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How come gears don’t normally change in an automatic car?

I know that there is a similar question here, and another one here that asks when an automatic gearbox knows how to change gear, but I want to know exactly how it does that. It was brought to my ...
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2answers
241 views

How to move car a small distance without tow dolly

How could you move a small car a small distance (like 5 blocks) without a tow dolly or tow straps I have rope but don't have tow straps.
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Paint peeling around body filled area 6 months on

I sanded and filled a dent in my cars plastic/foam bumper, applied primer and factory matched auto paint. This worked and look fine for about 6 months. Today I noticed the paint around where the ...
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Can I safely upgrade to an AGM battery?

AGM batteries are capable of being charged at a faster rate, and may draw additional amperage from the alternator if it is not regulated. Many cars that come with AGM batteries have special charge ...
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1answer
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2002 honda accord dim lights will not work

Both dim headlights quit working at same time, both brights headlights work fine. Fuses are ok and the relays in fuse box control right side and left side. There is no relay for brights and dims.
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I changed struts and got alignment done, shop said steering is “returning from the right too fast”

Vehicle is 2006 Toyota Sienna AWD. I changed struts and sway bar link arms and then got alignment done, shop said steering is "returning from the right too fast." They said the alignment was all ...
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1998 Mazda 626 LX

I have a 98 Mazda 626 LX. About a month ago it suddenly was shaking really bad took it to Midas for the check engine they told me it needed a fuel flush, trotted body cleaning, and fuel system flush ...
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Is it possible to extend the length of the shaft on an existing turbocharger, further distancing the compressor from the turbine?

I'm toying with turbojet engine ideas, and over the course of my research it occurred to me that the combustion chamber could be more power-efficient and space-efficient if it was aligned in the ...
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Suzuki GSXR600 (K7) - Burned regulator/rectifier

I have managed to completely fry regulator/rectifier on my Suzuki GSXR600 (K7). I suspect that it happened when I blindly splashed into a big water pond, so some water probably got on connector. Thing ...
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2answers
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Why do you have to replace brake pads on both rear wheels at same time?

I have a 2002 GMC Yukon 1500XL. The right rear brake caliper went bad because of a torn rubber boot, which caused the brake pads on that wheel to wear out really quickly. I replaced the caliper, rotor ...
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Spark Plugs 1998 Buick Lesabre

Where are the spark plugs in a 1998 Buick Lesabre? Pictures would be helpful as I'm a novice at this type of thing. I'm assuming I need all six because I'm getting a check engine light saying number 6 ...
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Can the throttle position be high during idle

I used an OBD to get data from one of my friend's car - Volkswagen Polo 1.5L Diesel. But the car was idling at around 900 rpm, while the throttle position I got was around 22%. How is it possible? As ...
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What kind of service to get done on a car in its 4th year but having only 10k miles?

My car (2012 VW Passat SE) is in its 4th year but only has 10k miles on it. I am wondering if I need to get the 40k/4year service done on the car which is going to cost $700 (I think it includes a ...
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1answer
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reprogramming a key for 2006 chevy malibu

i changed the master key for my 2006 chevy malibu because the old key got lost. now i have lost the new key and found the old one. is there a way to reprogram the key to work again? Will the ...
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4answers
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How can increase the fuel-efficiency of my vespa bike?

My factory Vespa bike can travel around 150 KM with its 200 CC engine and 8 lt. of gasoline. What are the suggested modifications to increase the fuel efficiency that one refill will cover? Without ...
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1answer
170 views

Engine sound rumbles/grumble noise 800-1300 RPM

A 2000 Toyota Celica GTS 225k miles engine makes a mild rumbling/grumbling rough sound when accelerating slowly from a stop in drive or reverse only in the 800-1300 RPM band. Does not occur when in ...
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1answer
62 views

Lifetime transmission fluid

I'm looking a purchasing a 2006 BMW X5 3.0i and found out that the transmission fluid (by dealer) is not suggested until the vehicle surpasses 100k. They also state that the vehicle will let me know ...
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2answers
43 views

Temporarily stop fuel going to carburetor

A couple of days back I noticed my 2011 Yamaha Scorpio had begun leaking fuel whilst parked up. Upon close inspection it was just a slow drip coming from a tube near the rear of the bike. After ...
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3answers
408 views

Any recommendations on vehicle maintenance software for the DIYer?

I currently use a combination of Car Minder for the iPhone - it's only $2.99 but limited functionality - and Excel spreadsheets. Ideally I'm looking for something that will track all service for up ...
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3answers
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How can you use the headlights to tell the quality of your battery?

I understand that all headlights do dim briefly when you turn the engine on and that this is normal. I also believe that the headlights will dim more if the car battery is in poor condition. I hope ...
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1answer
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Is this PCV hose broken?

I asked a question earlier about a P0171 MIL in my 2007 toyota corolla. The question is here: Diagnosing P0171 2007 Toyota Corolla I only have a OBD2 reader, I just bought a scanner, which should come ...
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1answer
35 views

One time snow removal [closed]

I rent in an urban area, so I don't own a shovel - weather almost never requires! But the East Coast got hit with an unusual storm, and my car is snowed in. Is there a way to dig out my car short ...
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1answer
597 views

What could cause a sudden pop-up (explosion/blow off) noise inside the car while driving?

2006 Hyundai Sonata, V6, automatic transmission. I've owned the car for a year and a half now without any troubles. Today while driving there was a sudden explosive noise inside the car as if ...
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3answers
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06 Chevy Cobalt ls 2.2 l . Replaced B1S1 O2 sensor still having issues

I went and had my 06 Cobalt checked out because the dreeded check engine light came one and I got the P0420 threshold bank 1 code. My mechanic, who has been a good friend of mine for quite some time, ...
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votes
2answers
99 views

What does it mean if felt- like pieces come through vent when AC is on in Toyota Avalon?

2006 Avalon xls 70k miles has just started throwing out a few pieces of what appears to be little triangles of felt like material through the vent when AC is on. Not a lot but is something breaking ...
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2006 Cobalt SS - Serpentine Belt Broke, How to Diagnose

I drive a 2006 Cobalt SS (not supercharged) with the 2.4L engine. Today my serpentine belt broke. I need to get the car into the shop this week for a different problem. I'm fairly confident that I ...
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2answers
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2006 Chevy Silverado missing dash lights

I have a 2006 Chevy Silverado with several missing lights on buttons. See pictures below. I have seen in a couple places that they are soldered on and you can't replace them. Is this true? If not, how ...
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0answers
116 views

Chevrolet Aveo, cold engine acceleration [closed]

On cold start, my car seems to be missing on acceleration for few seconds to couple of minutes. The engine seems to accelerate and decelerate many times before going back to normal. This started ...
2
votes
1answer
149 views

check engine light 2006 kia sedona

I had the oil changed on my Kia Sedona 2006 about 8 weeks ago . After I left the repair shop the check engine light came on. They rest it but it came back on. I tried to DEQ my Sedona and it would not ...
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0answers
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Toyota Avalon 2006 headlight low beam height adjustment

Recently I replaced my headlight low beam Halogen bulbs with LED bulbs. But after driving for couple days I noticed that my lights are pointing too high. I am trying to understand what may cause an ...
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0answers
35 views

2006 impala reverse beeping noise [closed]

My vehicle used to beep in reverse and as I would approach an object the beeping would become faster. Now it doesn't beep at all and I don't recall turning it off.
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1answer
130 views

Front tires hitting struts

2006 Mazda 5 Sedan front tires are hitting while traveling. There is lots of clearance when not moving. We just put 4 brand new tires on 4200 miles ago. Drivers side rubbed a little on the side but it ...
2
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0answers
108 views

Renault kangoo 1.4 2006 has no power

My vehicle has no power.. she will drive and reach normal driving speeds for both town driving or open road..however when i need to gear down to overtake or when i need power, she falters and starts ...
5
votes
1answer
49 views

2006 Honda Civic, Automatic, Weak Start-up

My car is a 2006 Honda Civic, about 90k miles, Automatic, new battery about 6 months ago. No issues before now. Over the last week, it has been starting weakly. By that I mean when I turn the key, ...
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vote
1answer
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Remote will not always unlock car plus cannot insert key into ignition? [closed]

Remote will not always lock & unlock car doors + key will not turn in power ignition. I did have it changed twice plus replaced remote battery twice 06
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2answers
44 views

Mysterious honda civic 2002 overheating some time

Okay, so lets start here. First my car started overheating. We changed the thermostat but it keeps on over heating. Let me explain my problem. I am driving on highways my heaters work perfectly ...
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votes
2answers
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What is wrong with my car?

My car had a broken piston, and broke down completely. I bought a new engine, and had it installed. everything seemed to be working aside from a low clicking sound when driving coming from the engine. ...

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