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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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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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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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Diagnose and Handling of Frozen Batteries

So, it's been cold in the midwest. Actually it's really never been consistently this cold outside of Duluth and this means when jumping a dead car it's not a bad idea to consider if the battery is ...
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Continual Brake Issues on a 2002 Kia Spectra

I have a 2002 Kia Spectra. We have replaced the rotors 3 times, but prior to doing that we were having problems with our back brakes. The mechanic we were going to said nothing was wrong with the back ...
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1answer
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Car Hiccups when engine is cold 2002 Mustang

I have a 2002 Mustang V6 that when I first drive it in a day the car hiccups a couple times. It only happens when the engine is cold. I can't figure out what is causing it. So far I put in a catalytic ...
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What could cause my Honda Civic to not start? And how can I address the issue?

I need help trouble shooting my honda civic. It will not start. I was driving it earlier today and I went to drive it again when it would not start. I'm glad I was at home when it decided to quit. ...
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2answers
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Ticking noise when accelerating

I have a Vauxhall Corsa "C" (2003)(EU) which is a standard 16v 1.2 petrol, the engine is chain driven and sits at 50k. I don't think it was well looked after (service wise) in previous lifes. ...
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1answer
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What is the direction of rotation of the motor?

On 2005 Chev Classic 2.2 Ecotec, what direction do I need to turn it after replacing timing chain? I want to know what direction the motor rotates clockwise or counter-clockwise (anti-clockwise) when ...
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1answer
103 views

E46 engine chirps when idling in the morning

The title pretty much sums it up. If I haven't driven the car in a few days, the BMW E46 engine makes a faint chirp for about 30 seconds when I start up the engine. It's more like a rapid chirp, as ...
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Major electrical melt down in wiring

I have a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am. I noticed my cigarette lighter quit working. I had a friend put a new fuse in my car for me, then I used my cigarette lighter. All of a sudden smoke was coming through ...
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1answer
300 views

What can possibly cause acceleration problem in a car?

I've a 2007 Honda civic (automatic transmission). I had to replace the starter in the car couple of days ago. After the replacement, I feel like I have to press the gas more than before to expect ...
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0answers
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Mystery rubbing or slapping noise while driving

My 2005 Dodge Caravan makes a strange rubbing or slapping noise under the hood that is quite loud and has to do with rotation of the tires or front axle. As you slow down it slows down and vice versa ...
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0answers
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Reasonable price for getting doors repainted? [closed]

I know this isn't the most on topic question, but I don't know where else to get good advice. I recently got my Jeep's doors stolen. My insurance gave my a check for $2550, so I bought some half ...
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2answers
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Bad Dashboard Coolant Temp Sensor?

In addition to the coolant temp sensor hooked up to the ECU, I have a second, single wire coolant temp sensor which is hooked up to the dashboard display. When the coolant temp is around 85C, right ...
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Why are my wires melting together?

I'm currently neck deep in an eletrical shortage issue with my BMW 316i. I found the wires that are blowing my fuses, and it's bad. Like at least 5ft of 8 or more wires fused together behind my ...
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2answers
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honda accord sometimes wont start

I have a starting problem with my 1999 Honda accord, 1 in every 50 starts for example the car will turn over but fails to start, I repeatedly turn the key then the crank slows down but still doesn't ...
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3answers
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What causes a low coolent temp light to come on a 2012 Honda civic

My 2012 Honda civic with 19,000 miles has a blue temp light on dash and it seems to be running fine?
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3answers
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Slow rolling power windows

I have a 2000 Honda CRV where the power windows are slow to roll up, and usually need manual assistance to fully close. When rolling up the windows (front DS, front PS), they start up slow and ...
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1answer
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Engine's Normal Operating Temperature

I read in the Motor Oil University article on Bob the Oil Guy's websites that: The automotive designers usually call for their engines to run at 212°F ( 100°C ) oil and water temperature with an ...
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0answers
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Citroen Xsara went into “Eco mode” then total blackout

I recently bought a used 2002 Citroen Xsara 2.0 Exclusive (petrol) which had a single electrical issue; the rear wiper did not stop in the "park" position but rather timed out in a random position. ...
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2answers
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1st gear hard to engage unless stopped, Subaru 2004 Impreza Outback Sport

Since I've bought my 2004 Impreza Outback Sport, I've had a problem with shifting into 1st gear. First gear is generally difficult to engage while moving. You can just force it, but it's really ...
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1answer
106 views

Old gas in 2 cycle engine

I have a 2 stroked engine that sat for over 2 years. I drained the gas and can get it to turn over when I put starter fluid in the carb. it is blowing out a water substance from the muffler and cuts ...
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1answer
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I lubed a sticky throttle and now it's worse, but only in the cold

I've been teaching my friend to drive stick on my Subaru 2004 Impreza Outback Sport, and the gas was a little sticky/crunchy, so it was hard to give just a little gas. It was either none, or a little ...
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1answer
104 views

toyota corolla '95 cranks but wont start

I am having problems with a toyota corolla '95. When i turn the ignition it cranks and doesn't die out but it wont start. I tried jumping the car but it still will not start. I have tried applying ...
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2answers
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Fixing cuts on the seat [duplicate]

I don't know how these cuts happened (picture below), but on taking it to the official service station, the mechanic said he'd try fixing it with black insulation tape. I didn't think insulation tape ...
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1answer
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Brake fluid to be used on a 1960 Chevrolet Corvair

I have a 60 Corvair and have never changed the Brake Fluid. I am planning to flush out the old fluid and replace it. What brake fluid should I replace it with. Dot 2,3,or 4
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0answers
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Craftsman snowblower: sudden death

I have a Craftsman 9hp dual (eg electric) start snowblower. It is very similar (or the same) as the one in this manual. It has been running smoothly all winter - I can start it reliably with the ...
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5answers
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Is there a good crash course website or book for auto repair for beginner who's just getting into auto repair?

I'm wondering if there's a good crash course website or book for auto repair for beginner who's just getting into auto repair?
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1answer
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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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2answers
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1998 BMW 318is excessive current draw - possible starter issue

My 1997 BMW 318is started making a whirring noise that varies with engine speed, and an electrical burning smell after driving, and the battery goes flat very quickly. I measured the current draw ...

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