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Starting 6 HP outboard with cordless drill/driver

I have a Honda BF6 outboard that only gets started each summer. Before winterizing, I drain the fuel etc., but it is still very difficult to start the 1st time in the summer. I can remove the cover ...
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Consequences of failing to replace bad struts and sway bar bushings

My car is kind of a beater and I don't want to pour money into it. Apart from a bumpy ride, is anything really bad going to happen if I don't replace these parts? For example, will this put a ...
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Suzuki vl 250 wont start

I have a Suzuki vl250. It's been running great until last weekend I rode it home from work turned it off and the Mrs decided she wanted to go for a ride only problem is bike wont start! Since then I ...
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Can you replace only the rubber in 2008 Jetta (Mk5) wipers?

Is it possible to replace only the rubber part of the windscreen wipers on a 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L? I know that the original wipers are always made in Belgium (those sold in Ontario and in Northern ...
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Honda Civic hybrid won't start

My Honda Civic hybrid won't start. No interior lights, no power. Can I jump start the battery under the hood? Not sure since it is a hybrid and has two? batteries. I did not drive it for 3days. ...
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Squeak when I depress clutch in Honda Civic

I have a 2008 Honda Civic and for about 2 weeks there is a squeaking sound when I depress and release the clutch while changing gears. Do I need to oil something? It is very noticeable in the cabin, ...
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Vauxhall Corsa heating problems

I have a Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTI EcoFlex and initially when I bought it the heater resistor we thought was broken as the blower fans would only work on dial 4, we replaced it and it worked for about a ...
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Brake squeal when driving up a slope or turning right

There are many other brake squeal questions but the symptoms in the case of my car are different. After driving for about 5 miles, I hear loud squealing noises from the wheel wells when I turn right ...
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How is engine load determined?

I'm struggling to find information on how engine load is defined. Is it really just a fancy word for torque demand? There are three parts to this question: Is there a theoretical equation that is ...
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1answer
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My car won't start. Nothing happens

Hi so when I try to start my car nothing happens I even got a new battery nothing happens. Also my cars remote control has no effect on the vehicle. Please help me what is this problem ?
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8th Gen Honda - No Start, No Crank (down the rabbit hole)

This one should be fun for any Honda aficionados out there. I have a 2007 Honda Civic. Some days it does not start or crank; seems related to the temperature. When the car starts, it runs fine and ...
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1answer
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Will mixing multiple types of automatic transmission fluid in a power steering system cause problems?

A few months ago I noticed that my power steering fluid was a little low. My owner's manual stated that automatic transmission fluid should be used, so I went out and bought a quart of cheap ATF and ...
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My tire wobbles

At slow speed one of my front tires on my 2000 Grand Am SE 4 door wobble, but feels fine at a higher rate of speed. Was told by a person at a tire store my tread is breaking loose and I need a new ...
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1answer
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Motorcycle front brake's are weak

A few weeks ago I was in a motorcycle accident and my handlebar had bent and so had my old brake lever. A buddy of mine who's quite good with motorcycle's bent the bar back and changed the brake ...
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Oil Pressure Sensor Leak

I have a 99 Nissan Almera w/ GA16DE engine and there is a small oil leak from the oil pressure sensor and also from the oil pan gasket it seems. They both seem to be just a few drops here and there, ...
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Should I give a little throttle after my car starts?

When I start up my 2003 petrol car, as soon as it fires I often give it a dab of the throttle, so the battery recovers. It's fuel injected, no carburetor or anything. I've been told this is ...
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Why are drum brakes still fitted on Ford's cars?

Currently I own a Mk5 Astra SRi, however I am looking to sell this and buy a Ford Focus Mk2. The other day I looked at a Ford Focus Zetec Mk2. My understanding is that Zetec is sort of the ford ...
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2answers
525 views

Undoing a rounded-off triple-square bolt

I rounded off a triple-square bolt while trying to undo it with a regular 6-point Torx bit. How can I undo it without resorting to purchasing a dedicated triple-square bit? The bolt is done up with ...
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3answers
82 views

Car will not start Sometimes?

Hey i just wanted to ask about my girlfriends car she has been having problems with for over a year.. we had it checked but they always say nothing is wrong (usually because the car starts when they ...
2
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1answer
61 views

Why does my gear-shift lever seem to freeze in position sometimes?

My 1996 Ford Escort shift lever sometimes won't move into 1st gear position unless I turn the motor off, then start in that gear. It also, sometimes, won't move into any of the gear positions and I ...
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3answers
107 views

Should fuel pump noise be changing according to electrical load and RPM?

One thing that bugs me about my car is that the fuel pump noise is fairly inconsistent. Turning on the lights, aircon, defroster, etc. lowers the fuel pump speed and gives a lower pitched noise. It ...
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2answers
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Is there a way to clean air getting in the cabin?

A friend of mine lives in a very polluted city and she gets headaches every time she gets stuck in the traffic jams, lasting easily one hour. The cars there are very old and polluting, even if the ...
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1answer
33 views

Kia with no power

I have a Kia just bought a battery last week. My car will not start today. No clicking sound no lights no radio my car won't even lock nothing works. What could this be?
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Mercedes veto Exhaust

Just got a new exhaust fitted, the part that goes from the front wheel area all the way to the back. And NOW there is a smell of exhaust fumes in the veacle, that seams to be coming from the vents. ...
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2answers
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Causes of Premature Alternator Failure

I bought my car brand-new a few years ago, with only 50 miles on it when it came off the lot. It's perfectly stock - no modifications made, though some parts have been replaced for repair purposes. ...
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1answer
65 views

Banging sounds coming in front of my car

I'm having a banging sounds coming from the front of my car. Usually they appear after 5-10 meters when I'm driving. It's like one small knock and then around 5-6 more knocks and then they stop until ...
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2answers
861 views

Does the brake pad need to fit perfectly into caliper?

I just did my first brake job. The brake pads I put into the caliper were significantly smaller than the old ones. The old ones needed to be hammered out of the caliper because they were tightly ...
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3answers
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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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3answers
114 views

Why are taillights usually colored red?

Why do taillights usually use red glass? And why are the indicator lights usually with yellow/orange glass?
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1answer
286 views

Have I caused engine damage by cranking it backwards?

While trying to remove the main pulley from my timing belt, I place a screwdriver in the flywheel. I failed to realize that the screwdriver had 'popped' out of place and proceed to crank the engine ...
3
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1answer
237 views

1997 Toyota Camry - Battery is just fine one day, but drained the next

Went to start my car (1997 Toyota Camry) which was running just fine the day before. It didn't start, as the battery was drained. It took forever to charge back up. What would cause the battery to do ...
5
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2answers
261 views

Car stored for 6 months shows low oil level after 300 miles

Just bought a car from a BMW dealer and the guy told me it was sitting for almost 6 months before I came to purchase it. When I left the dealership the oil was above the min mark showing green. Drove ...
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1answer
45 views

What is rev matching, and how do you do it correctly? [closed]

I understand that not doing this properly will destroy your transmission/synchros. What's the proper way to do it? I think I'm doing it right, but I've found most people's descriptions to be vague and ...
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1answer
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2001 Mercury Sable — Rough Idle/High RPM and Transmission Leaks

I have a 2001 Mercury Sable (24V DOHC V6) that has been having problems with its vacuum system. I live in Florida where the average temperature lately has been in the 80s. For roughly a month now, ...
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1answer
50 views

Should I inflate tires that are low pressure from freezing weather?

The PSI inevitably drops in tires during cold weather. Today, I'm getting a low pressure warning because of the freezing temperatures. Should I inflate them while it's still freezing? If so, how ...
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1answer
54 views

1991 BMW E30 - knocking when put into 1st

I knew I had a minor vacum leak, but it got worse all of sudden while at a stoplight. In trying to get through to the next block, the engine started to knock. (My guess is preignition thanks to the ...
3
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2answers
46 views

2002 Ford F-150 idle problem

Ok once in a while when I turn on my 2002 Ford F-150 the RPM's go from 1000 to 800 then back to 1000 over and over and this is at idle. I haven't gone to get it looked at and I want to see if it's ...
3
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1answer
53 views

RAV4 speedometer sometimes stops at 0, sometimes (less often) works perfectly

I have a 1998 Toyota RAV4 (FWD, automatic transmission). The speedometer sometimes works, sometimes doesn't, seemingly journey by journey - one time, it stuck at 0 at the start of a journey then began ...
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1answer
52 views

Is a valve stem and valve guide oil seal replacement on my 4.0 Ford possible?

Is a Valve stem and valve guide OIL SEAL replacement on my 4.0 Liter ford possible? Would (plenty of Hot) compressed Air be helpful to have for this process. My brother (aspiring genius mechanic) says ...
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0answers
25 views

Increase of RPM meter after reaching my destination [closed]

I'm driving Camry 2001 4 cylinder, automatic gear. Just recently I noticed that after reaching my destination, when I put gear to P, I find the RPM meter increase to reach slightly lower than 2, ...
3
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1answer
76 views

Six to Eight Engine Swap 1968 Mustang, what parts are required

Swapping out a 200 cid L6 for a 302 V8. What parts are required to make the swap. I would like answers with reliable sources. I am finding mixed information on this topic. The engine mounting ...
3
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1answer
37 views

Diagnosis: Gasoline leak

My grandmother has a 2002 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.5L. Observations: It is leaking gasoline fumes (not liquid; that I have found) after running the vehicle for some time and for about 30 mins to an hour ...
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1answer
61 views

Will mixing Dexron VI with another transmission fluid damage the transmission?

Is anyone aware that dexron VI automatic transmission fluid CANNOT be mixed with ANY other transmission fluid? I have heard that this fluid when mixed with another fluid will eventually, over a short ...
5
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4answers
10k views

How to remove Duct Tape residue?

I recently had my window get stuck only after having it rolled all the way down. So I had to put a trash bag in its place temporarily, to keep rain from damaging the interior of my vehicle, and it was ...
7
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4answers
9k views

Is it better to drive across a speed bump at a right angle or slightly skewed?

I'm wondering if it is better for your suspension to drive across a speed bump at a right angle (so that the two front tires and the two rear tires hit the bump at the same time, respectively), or at ...
1
vote
1answer
44 views

How can I empirically evaluate the condition of my used motor oil at home?

I changed my oil recently, and my careful scientific observation led me to discover that it was black and a bit runny. Not clear golden like new oil, but neither tarry sludge like a ...
3
votes
2answers
118 views

Electric power steering column noise

I have a 2014 Honda Accord coupe equipped with Electric Power Steering (EPS). When cranking the steering wheel, I can hear a noise coming from the steering column, mostly at slow speed like backing ...
4
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4answers
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Why would my heater sometimes blow cold air?

This morning after running the car for 2 miles, my car was still blowing freezing cold air. I messed with the temp knob moving it all the way cold to all the way hot a few times. Then I started to get ...
0
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0answers
19 views

2008 Honda Civic LX: Headlights are cloudy and very dull, What should I replace? [duplicate]

I have bought a used honda civic 2008 LX Coupe. The headlights are cloudy and highbeam looks like normal light on my car. When I went to auto repair shop, they are telling me to replace the headlights ...
3
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0answers
39 views

ECM replacement - starter runs during reprogramming?

(mid-90's Buick) Someone I know had an ECM injector drive output go bad. He got a replacement ECM online, but had to take it to a shop (not a dealer) to get it 'initialized' (If that's the right ...

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