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What is a good strategy for adding performance upgrades in phases to a 2013 Mazda 3?

I have a 2012 Mazda3 s (manual transmission, base engine) to which I'd like to begin adding more performance-oriented parts once the OEM parts begin to degrade. However, I am not the kind of person ...
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changing brake response

My car's brake seems to having some problems. Before Whenever I brake, I only use around 20 - 40% of the brakes(I kinda half step through the brake pedal) and the brakes seem to work instantaneously. ...
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1999 Camaro's front wheels move forward and backward significantly, is it the control arms?

I saw someone driving my car today (at the car wash) and I noticed after backing up, upon turning left some and moving forward, the front wheel lagged about 4"!!! It looked like it was going to hit ...
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1answer
326 views

What do relatively dirtier front hubcaps indicate?

2001 Toyota Sienna van has much more dust and black soot on front hubcaps than on rear hubcaps. I'd think that all four hubcap would get equally dirty given same driving conditions, yet within the ...
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2answers
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Can an ELM327 OBD-II reader report on anything other than engine trouble codes for a Mini Cooper?

My car (Mini Cooper S) has a service light and tire pressure light on, so I was expecting my new OBD reader to tell me what they were about, but it just says "0 confirmed emissions-related DTCs ...
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82 views

Radiator is getting more heated

my indica vista car engine is getting over heated. Is this because of not mixing water and usind only coolant oil, if so what should i doo now can i mix water now in that.
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Coolant boiling

When I start the engine it was showing me that the coolant level is low. I did buy a mixed antifreeze and put on top of the other. Like in 5 miles when I stopped I did hear a strange noise. I opened ...
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1answer
309 views

Car will not start. ek civic 1996

Honda ek civic 96 model vti-R. Can't seem to turn the car on, battery is still in good as I bought it a month ago. Tried to turn the car on but there is no crank what so ever, just the lights and ...
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2007 Ford Ranger no heat

My 2007 Ford Ranger has no heat when I turn it on, but the COLD A/C works beautifully? All of the sudden the heat stopped working. It doesn't get humid or tepid at all, just no heat. What can I look ...
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1answer
196 views

My 2000 Chevy impala won't start

At first when I tried to start it the lights came on and the check engine light came on but no start. Now I get no reaction at all. Need help
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1answer
488 views

Power steering pump is whining and has foamy orange stuff

I have a 2004 Honda Accord. It is foaming orange stuff. The fluid should be clear?? Took it to a shop, they flushed the system, said they had to do it 3 times, said there were no leaks in the lines ...
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224 views

Is there a risk of a spark igniting hydrogen when removing or installing a battery?

Guides to jumping a car with a dead battery commonly advise that the cable from the negative terminal of the good battery be connected to the chassis of the stalled car rather than to the negative ...
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Grinding noise on transmision on a Ford Focus 1.4 i Zetec - 2002

Can anyone help me to find out where this grinding metallic noise comes from? Transmision fault? Bearing gone? or what? Here is how it sounds - http://youtu.be/YGAeINSTtrQ . The first part is when ...
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254 views

Jetta repair forum [closed]

I recently came into possession of a 204 Jetta, in need of an unknown amount of work. I'm looking for a good forum to learn about the various vehicle parts a repair guides. I am not very ...
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3answers
157 views

VW Golf TDI 2007 Coolant Leak

Had waterpump replaced and belts, but the reservoir keeps running out of water in traffic but seems okay on open road, mechanic has had a look and no visible leaks and checked gaskets and all okay. ...
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2answers
714 views

2008 VW Golf - no ignition lights on dash

I have a 2008 Golf 2.0 TDi GT with no ignition lights on the dash. I put the key in the switch and turned but nothing happened. The battery is fully charged, the key fob has a new battery and ...
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5answers
6k views

How to improve fuel economy in high-mileage car?

I'm driving an 2003 Acura TL 3.2 with 177K miles on it. I bought the car with 110K miles on it. It seems to me that the car is not getting the same fuel economy that it did when I acquired it. I ...
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3answers
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How to begin learning engine tuning?

Quite simply, I want to begin tuning and modifying automotive engines for hobby. I have always been fascinated with cars, and I want to become knowledgeable in as many aspects of car tuning as ...
3
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1answer
42 views

Is coolant testing necessary on modern vehicles?

My father in law continually reminds me to check my antifreeze when it starts getting cold. I get the squeeze tester out and it always shows everything is fine. We drive cars that are always less than ...
7
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2answers
1k views

Replacing four tires or two front tires on a front-wheel drive car

I have driven my car since ~84,000 miles. As stated below, I have replaced the front passenger tire for slow leaks twice. The other tires haven't been replaced since I started driving it. I am ...
6
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2answers
461 views

Bmw E46: strange problems with automatically closing windows and broken light warning

I have had a couple of strange problems and I can't really make sense of it. When I parked the car, I locked the doors as always with the windows closed (I am absolutely sure about this; it was ...
2
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3answers
325 views

VW Jetta II - engine misfires when climbing a hill

This is a VW Jetta made in 1984 with 1.6L petrol engine (code "EZ"). It starts OK (though if it has been a wile since last start, it takes some cranking to start the engine), but when climbing a hill, ...
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2answers
176 views

Intermittent no crank issues

My girlfriend has 2003 VW Beetle (2.0L, 5-speed manual). Sometimes, when you turn the key to crank over the car it tries to turn over but then hits a wall. No clicking happens at all. It starts to ...
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2answers
239 views

2004 VW Jetta Immobilizer on, then off, then on again

When I got in my '04 VW Jetta the other day, the car wouldn't start and the immobilizer light was blinking. I tried charging the battery, pulling the terminals from the battery, and leaving the key ...
2
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2answers
449 views

Volkswagen Golf MKV Fault log

I have a folkswagen Golf MKV 2005 model, i used torque to check what the yellow motor sign means, and this is what i received: P2201 - Powertrain NOx Sensor Circuit Range/Performance bank1 P2096 - ...
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1answer
65 views

'66 Doge Dart made a loud CRACK, engine almost stalled. The second time it happened, there was a puff of black smoke

I was driving my wife's automatic '66 Dodge Dart 270 (slant-6) for about a mile when I heard a loud CRACK and the engine almost stalled, but then it immediately seemed fine. I looked in the rearview ...
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1answer
60 views

1999 GMC Sonoma 2.2L, 5spd, SLS - no reverse lights, suspect transmission

No reverse lights. Complete diagnostics reveal; good Fuses, good blubs, good continuity, good reverse light switch. The switch was checked two ways: 1. jumped out with a piece of wire between ...
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2answers
6k views

What is the cold engine light really telling me?

My 2013 Honda Fit has been for the past few weeks or so invariably showing me the cold engine light (a blue thermometer with the letter C) when I start it up before or after work (or most other ...
2
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1answer
231 views

Rear motorized hatch in 2005 Nissan Armada will not open

My 2005 Nissan Armada rear hatch has opened unexpectedly (while parked) several times in the past few weeks. Now the rear hatch will not open with either the key fob or via the interior hatch button. ...
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4answers
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Driving in second gear at 65+ mph

I accidentally drove my 2000 Grand Marquis on second gear on the highway. I was going 65 for like 5 minutes and tried to get it to 70mph but the car was shaking, when I realized I put it into regular ...
2
votes
1answer
143 views

Repair broken headlight mounting bracket 2007 Toyota Tacoma

I have recently hit a deer and it broke the top two brackets that are holding the headlight in place. The brackets are actually plastic and are integrated (plastic welded?) into the light housing. ...
3
votes
1answer
153 views

Car not starting easily in the cold?

I drive a 97 Subaru Legacy. The engine was resealed with mostly new parts within the last 6 months. The oil was changed recently. The battery is 2 years old. Normally I get NO TROUBLE, ever, ...
3
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2answers
235 views

OVERHEATING 07 grand prix

My car has been overheating bad I took it to auto zone and hooked it up to the check engine thing and they said it was getting to 207 withing 10 secounds. It get hot fast and my heat doesnt work ...
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1answer
94 views

Can all transmissions be shifted to neutral at any speed? [closed]

I say there is no such thing as uncontrolled acceleration. The reason for my comment is that I believe it is possible to shift any transmission to neutral at any speed and then you can bring the ...
5
votes
1answer
206 views

How to unlock seat belts on Toyota Land Cruiser 200

I heve Toyota Land Cruiser 200 (2008 year). After hard braking the passengers seat belt get locked by belt tensioner for some reason (there was no passenger) and I can't get it unlocked. The seat belt ...
4
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4answers
3k views

F-150, heater will blow hot, then cold

F-150, heater will blow hot, then cold and then heat gauge will rise to extreme high, will boil over then gauge will drop to normal. Just had it flushed and no change. After driving for about 10-15 ...
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3answers
3k views

What may happen if I do not replace my motorcycle's chain

I have a aging (y2k) motorcycle with not too many Ks on the clock. I have been told by a mechanic that I need to replace my sprockets and chain. This seems reasonable since the chain has been poorly ...
2
votes
1answer
67 views

Strange sound of Clutch when it is up and when starting the car from cold

The sound stops when I press it down or hold it more up. The car is in Finland now so there is something like minus -5 celcius which causes the problem when the car is kept outside. I will record the ...
4
votes
1answer
38 views

When should you replace plastic constructed ramps?

Is there a recommendation on how often you should replace plastic ramps? If the ramps look visibly damaged or warped it would make sense to buy a new pair, but I'm curious if the structural integrity ...
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3answers
603 views

How do I determine if my Toyota Camry 1994 LE has a 5S-FE or 1MZ-FE engine?

My car: Toyota Camry 1994 LE, 4 cyl, 4 door sedan. What is the type of the engine?
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1answer
74 views

In Columbus, Ohio. 28 degrees out for last 9 hrs. Only water in radiator.Can I start and drive safely?

99 Ford Windstar. I kept water in all summer or else it ran hot. Been trying to get antifreeze in through the top because I had no money to pay to find and fix problem, now since cooler outside, water ...
2
votes
1answer
75 views

New Rotor making noise after installation

Replaced rear rotors, calipers, pads, hardware. One wheel was making noise as I test drove it. I found the rotor had some scratches closer to the inside but other than the pad I couldn't find what ...
4
votes
1answer
218 views

How to diagnose a vacuum hose leak or pcv pump problem

I have a old 1993 Mitsubishi Triton MJ which is having a bit of an issue at the moment with acceleration. With the initial acceleration such as moving away from traffic lights the engine will often ...
2
votes
1answer
82 views

2008 Chevy Cobalt Toe In?

While getting the oil changed on a 2008 Chevy Cobalt, they performed an alignment analysis (and made the change take 1.5 hours longer >.>). The technician printed a report stating my front end had too ...
0
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1answer
183 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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vote
1answer
776 views

Vw Golf-5 Cant turn the ignition, brake pedal stiff and key broken

My VW golf-5 does not turn the ignition on, radio turns on together with the light and no dim lights. The brake pedal is stone hard,tried wriggling the steering wheel left and right while at the same ...
2
votes
2answers
227 views

2003 Honda Accord - driver side low beam light bulb replacement

I've been researching this because I figured that I can do this myself. I was able to change the passenger side one once before. On the driver side, the battery is in the way so it is impossible to ...
1
vote
0answers
83 views

Honda Accord 2003 V6 - seems that there's a slight lag in acceleration than before - what could be the cause?

I've recently noticed that there's a slight lag from when I depress the gas pedal to feeling the car accelerate. What could be the cause? I the mornings when I start the car I hear a ...
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vote
0answers
29 views

New car should run slow for better mileage - Myth or reality? [duplicate]

I just bought a Ford Ecosport and it has been only hours old. The dealer told me to drive the car at as slow speed as possible for the first 3 months (not more than 80 kmph) although my car can easily ...
5
votes
2answers
826 views

Daytime running light failure — one side only

I have a 1991 Miata. It's a Canadian vehicle, and so is equipped with daytime running lights. Recently, I've noticed that the passenger side light is not working as a DRL. The driver's side light ...

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