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2004 ford taurus motor knocking when car starting

I have a 2004 ford taurus se. When i start my car up there is a raddle. On a scale from 1-10 the raddle is a 6 deep but not alarming. Well as soon as I start my vehicle the raddle quiets. Has anyone ...
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Interior Dash Lights & AC Control Lights Are Out

2 days ago when I would crank up my 1996 Explorer and cut the lights on my dash lights and AC lights would flicker then come on, well this morning when I cut on my vehicle the lights did not come on, ...
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Car randomly pulls left or right when braking

I've had this weird issue that has started happening since I switched back to summer tires this weekend that wasn't there last summer/winter. My car fights back when braking, but appears to pick a ...
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Clear water in coolant reservoir

Over the weekend I took my 2000 Toyota 4Runner to a local shop to get the oil changed. While there they told me I needed to flush the coolant, pulling clear water out of the coolant reservoir. They ...
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Why Does Coolant Flow Through the IAC and Throttle Body

On many engines I've seen coolant is circulated through the Idle Air Control valve and the throttle body. One such example is the Mazda 2L 4 cylinder FS used in the 626. The IAC is ECU controlled, ...
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How would you repair a clogged windshield wiper sprayer? [duplicate]

I have a 2000 Honda Accord. When I trigger the windshield wiper fluid onto the front windshield, the right sprayer works fine but the left one seems clogged and it sprays very minimally. Because of ...
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Will bigger rims raise my car height

I currently have 14/180/65 installed, if I were to install a 15 inch rim with the factory specified tire size for the 15 inch rim would it raise my car height ? I also have 30mm lowering springs ...
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Is there a way to check for rust on a classic car before purchase?

When someone looks at a classic car for a project how can you check for rust during the purchase process? I've heard of horror stories when someone sends a vehicle off to be sand blasted to only find ...
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2004 mustang v6 new altenator and battery

I just changed out my alternator and got a battery last week. We can jump the car and the car will drive. While I was letting it just sit to run to charge more the car cut off and nothing happens. ...
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Motor blown after first oil change of the season after sitting all winter

My teenage son bought himself a D105 tractor several years ago. After the winter, he pushed it onto our driveway, and we completed an oil change and lube. Afterwards, he started up the tractor, drove ...
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Can I only get an alignment on new tires or is the salesman just being pushy?

When purchasing new tires, the salesman is quick to recommend getting an alignment as well to prevent premature tire wear. I've even been told that you have to get the alignment done when the tires ...
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Mazda CX7 metallic pulsating sound when driving below 20 MPH

I have this issue with my CX7, when I drive at a regular speed, the car performs very well. Now when I release the gas pedal and brake the car makes no sound until it goes below 20 MPH, then I can ...
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Shift “Grinding” Issue?

Lately I've been noticing a grinding/resisting force and sound when I shift from first to second gear in my 2003 Jetta GLI. It is ruining driving for me because every time I shift from first to second ...
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5answers
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Reattach Rear View Mirror (No Glue Required)

My driver side door didn't like the cold weather this season so I started using the other doors, and acrobatics, to place myself in the drivers seat. Through this process I kept hitting my head on my ...
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4answers
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Is sand blasting safe on old cars?

As the title says, when restoring a classic car I've been typically taught it was proper to get the entire vehicle sand blasted to see any issues and make any needed repairs them move to paint. ...
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2answers
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Basic operation of a choke valve

As user Steve Matthews pointed out on my last question Car interior rattles on idle The ideal use of a coke is "Use the choke until the car warms up properly. You can reduce the amount of choke ...
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1993 Model Craftsman (917.257560) dies when blades are engaged

So this mower is only 5 years younger than I am... I was having problems with it last weekend when I was trying to get it out. Charged the battery, checked the carb and checked the starter. Everything ...
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1answer
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What is the “Activated Carbon Cannister”?

Why do I have an "Activated Carbon Cannister" in my unleaded/petrol car? What is it's purpose? How does it work? Do I need to do anything to maintain it? I would like a general answer, but my car ...
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Brake issues 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

Intermittently, my brake pedal will drop slightly, and there will be a loud clunking noise, metal on metal sounding. Normally happens at slow speeds, weather conditions don't seem to be a factor.
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2006 wrx overheats going slow but not at speed

my 2006 wrx heats up into the red going slow on back roads but is fine and shows no signs of any issue going fast. what is the deal? blown head gasket?
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1answer
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Is RAV4 SE higher trim than RAV4 XLE?

I read a lot of articles online, but still don't understand. Is RAV4 SE higher trim than RAV4 XLE ? I asked two different dealers and got two different answers . I understand SE is the sport ...
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1answer
170 views

I've got oil in my coolant but no coolant in the oil - Ford Triton V10 Motorhome

I have a Triton v10 engine in my vehicle I have oil in my coolant but no coolant in the oil. What could be the problem?
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How to Unscrew/loosen stuck O2 sensor

I have been trying to unscrew my faulty O2 sensor (to replace it with a new one I purchased) in a 2001 Honda Accord, with a F23A4 engine, per the following instructions: http://www.amazon.com/review/...
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2answers
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Why after a certain RPM with the same gear selected the car no longer accelerates?

I have basic understanding of gearboxes and why we use them, but what is baffling me is that after about 4000 RPM (at least in my car) it doesn't accelerate further (or it does slowly)... This seems ...
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0answers
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Mercedes CL500 Water pump & AC

I am no mechanic and do not have any mechanic knowledge etc and would like to hear from experts here regarding an issue. My query ... On a Mercedes CL500 (2002 model) the water pump, idler pulley &...
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1answer
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Clutch gone on my Leon Cupra after less than 2 months of ownership

I bought a Leon Cupra TSI 280 less than 2 months ago and done 1750 miles and the clutch has gone! I took it back to them with around 900 miles on and less than a month old with the problem as the ...
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2answers
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What are these dots on my roof?

I'm currently in the process of restoring an older car (a 1988 BMW M5, in particular) after it sat in a driveway in the Pacific Northwest for ten years, waiting on an engine rebuild. My paint ...
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10answers
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What is in fossil fuels that we can't mass produce?

Since fuel is made up of different molecule chains, my question is what is the reason we cannot create the same molecule structure and be able to reproduce the same structure in a lab so we don't have ...
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What is a good car to start with if I want to learn auto repair?

A couple of other "getting started" questions have been closed (as redundant with these questions), so I hope that my question is different and specific enough. I'm interested in learning to repair ...
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2answers
471 views

Ford Figo doesn't start after recharging the battery

I have a Ford Figo. I had the battery recharged. Now the car won't start. There is a symbol which has pic of a car and a lock on it and that keeps blinking whenever I try to start and engine doesn't ...
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1answer
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2000 ford ranger won't start

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger. I thought I lost my keys and ended up destroying my pat system, then I found my keys but now I can't get it to start. what are my options?
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1answer
120 views

How does mounting +1,+2 and +3 affect your vehicle? [duplicate]

The title is pretty self descriptive. It's common practice to equip your vehicle with bigger rims simply to achieve aesthetically pleasing looks. Although I'm against modifications exclusively for ...
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6answers
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Noise in stereo that changes pitch with engine RPM

This is a question of curiosity. I have a '98 Acura Integra, a cheap car stereo with a 3.5mm aux in, a cheap inverter and a smart phone. If I have the smart phone audio hooked up to the car stereo and ...
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2answers
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How Important Are the Rear Shocks / Struts

When people talk about changing the shocks or struts, it's usually the front ones due to comfort, handling and safety reasons. But what about the rear ones? How much of a problem are worn out rear ...
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1answer
212 views

2006 Chevrolet Equinox warm heat blowing

If I let the car warm up for 10 minutes with the heater set on any level it blows warm air not hot. replaced thermostat. I'm worried when it really gets cold in Chicago is it going to be enough to ...
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0answers
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Is Lysol a good treatment for the musky AC smell? [duplicate]

So i bought my BRAND NEW Corolla 6 months ago. Recently i started smelling a musky smell coimg out of the AC. The smell is especially persistent when the AC is off (yes OFF, not ON) So I went to the ...
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0answers
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Pontiac Solstice - Starter Issue

When I turn the key to start my car it cranks but wont start. The starter still turns when I take my hand off the key. When I turn the key again it starts up perfect. Any ideas regarding what ...
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3answers
130 views

Brakes pads changes and cutting rotors

My brakes started vibrating occasionally when slowing down on highways at high speeds. I have been realizing that the brakes feel low. I went to a shop for an oil change and the mechanic peeked in ...
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1answer
78 views

Rotors - Slotted and cross drilled, are they better than OEM rotors?

I have a 2010 Grand Caravan which eats brakes. In 75.000 Kms they have been done three times. I'm wondering if slotted and cross drilled discs may be better than OEM? It is mostly city driving ...
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1answer
66 views

What can be used to protect the under-carriage of a hot rod?

With a sand blasted cab and bed I am looking for a solution to protect the metal body of a C10 hot rod on air ride. I have looked into possibly rhino lining the under side of the bed and cab but I ...
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1answer
59 views

Grinding type sound in steering wheel of a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer EX

Form the past days my car is having an issue when I turn the steering wheel (left to right) at the start point.and the same sound (grinding type) dissapear while I am on the continuous run.just a week ...
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1answer
51 views

'04 Daewoo Nubira brakes keep sticking on after disc and pad replacement

On my '04 Daewoo Nubira I have been and had new discs and pads all round and now the brakes keep sticking on, I have been advised I now need new calipers all round, how can I tell if its them or that ...
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2answers
67 views

2010 Toyota Matrix - Brake Shake Highway Speeds

I just replaced all four corners pads and rotors with the Power Stop Economy kit off Rock Auto and I'm having horrible shaking while braking at highway speeds. All slide pins have been re-greased and ...
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1answer
491 views

Vibration at idle, much worse after warm

My car is a 2001 Pontiac Firebird with a V6 (3800 Series II (L36)) and a manual transmission. These are all at a stop: When the car is cold, I don't feel too much vibration when sitting in it. (I ...
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12answers
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Couldn't start my Volvo due to Key Error. Called assistance and he fixed it by hitting the key with a screwdriver. What could be the error?

My Volvo S40 (06) would not start when I turned the ignition key. I got a message that was somewhat like "Key Error, please try again". I tried with both my keys so it wasn't the key itself. I think I ...
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1answer
59 views

Ford Focus 1.4 ZETEC - possibly ECU problem?

I've a problem with a Ford Focus MK2 and looking for advice as I don't want to run into mad costs, here's a quick introduction on what happened: Battery went flat - as radio and lights were turn on ...
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2answers
43 views

1998 Ford Explorer loss of power on take off

Can bad gas or clogged air filter cause loss of power on take off? The car was running fine then I fueled up and checked air filter immediately after it lost power.
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3answers
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Check Engine code P0420 Catalyst efficiency below threshold bank 1

After months of normal driving with no problems, my 2003 Honda Civic EX check engine light came on during a long trip. Got it scanned and it's P0420: Catalyst efficiency below threshold bank 1. They ...
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1answer
71 views

Hand turned the crankshaft while in gear. Clutch damage?

My timing belt broke on a 2008 Hyundai Accent and due to being broke I decided to try and fix it myself. I managed to get everything off, two slightly bent valves on the head which I took to a shop ...

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