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Permanent car camera secuity system? [closed]

I am getting a new VW and from past experience I want to have a camera system built in the car for few reasons. First, to record any possible accidents while driving and while I am not there. Second ...
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Mazda 323 won't start after putting petrol in

My Mazda 323 Astina won't start. It does this every time I put petrol in. It's like the engine is completely shut down. Usually after 20 minutes or so the car will start. This time it won't. All the ...
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1answer
52 views

Can I place a mechanical water temp sensor within the radiator hose pipes?

I have a Mk1 Golf. The previous owner has put in the 3 GTi console gauges but didnt connect them. I want to connect up the water temp gauge (which is the mechanical type with a heat sensing bulb) but ...
4
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1answer
90 views

magnet on oil-filter- is it a good idea?

The use of magnetic drain plugs (to catch ferro-magnetic metal particles) is well established. Is it better to attach a magnet to the oil-filter?
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1answer
434 views

During accelerating rpm going up but not speed [duplicate]

I have a Hyundai Accent 2002 car. Recently, each time I hit the race paddle to accelerate, my RPM goes up, but not the actual speed of the car. Could anyone think of what's the problem?
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Ford Expedition ignition cable problem

Is this the underlying problem or a symptom of something else?? I have a 99 Ford Expedition that has a knocking and pinging problem. Two different mechanics have narrowed it down to the ignition ...
3
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0answers
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2001 Ford F150 Serious Fuel leak

I have a 2001 F150 XLT. I recently had my fule tank replaced because it had a leak. The garage that did the work did say the tank had a hole. Yesterday I picked the truck up. they had put a used tank ...
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142 views

Burnt oil smell when revving engine

When accelerating hard and revving engine around 2000-4000 rpm I smell burnt oil smell from my aircon. The smell is similar when I open the oil filler cap or dipstick. Did hunt for oil leaks and ...
4
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2answers
68 views

Can I still use OEM steering wheel controls with an aftermarket head unit?

I own a 2014 Ford Mustang with Sync. Sync is pretty mediocre and can sometimes be frustrating. I'm interested in switching to an aftermarket head unit, not unlike this one: Parrot RNB6 I'd like to ...
3
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0answers
84 views

2015 Hyundai Sonata not accelerating

I recently purchased a 2015 Hyundai Sonata its only 2 months old and while driving on a freeway I was unable to accelerate. I was cruising at 65 mph and while trying to pass someone it just limped ...
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2answers
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Oil in coolant - how much trouble am I in?

I have oil in my coolant reservoir. Could it just be the head gasket or is it almost certainly the entire engine or might it be something else entirely? Thanks in advance...
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1answer
989 views

Is it possible to disable central locking on a Jaguar S-type (2000)

One of the many problems with my car is that occasionally I can't lock it because a mechanical problem in the passenger side front door interferes with the central locking process. I lock the drivers ...
4
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2answers
272 views

Ways to increase driver space and comfort in a small car?

I'm the owner of a 2003 MG TF[see photo], I love the car although being 6'4" it borders on uncomfortable when driving longer distances and is not very dignified getting in or out, and my knees brush ...
4
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1answer
42 views

Will cars annual service light still come on if I do an early service?

I have a Jaguar XJ 2010 model, the service warning light comes on around October every year for the annual service. If however I was to get it serviced in June this year (i.e earlier than the service ...
2
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1answer
52 views

first “non-replaceable” parts to break

I'm currently modifying my '08 Subaru WRX with everything from suspension(Sways/Strut/Springs...) to Engine(Turbo/TMIC/Injectors...) and much much more...However I would like to get ahead of the game ...
2
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0answers
46 views

What kind of tools could I use for some aluminum body finishing work without doing any cutting?

I got into a really bad wreck last winter. My power steering was leaking and had locked up in the middle of an icy road, while I was trying to find a median at night. The guy hit me going around 70 ...
2
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0answers
49 views

Honda civic 2003 dead battery from cold

My Honda Civic died after the temperature dropped lower than -30°C, and will only start now when I boost it. The previous owner told me about this, and he said he replaced the battery. But now, it's ...
4
votes
1answer
400 views

2011 Chevrolet Equinox: Heater blows cold air when set to defrost mode

For some reason, the heater on our 2011 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT (I4 engine) blows cold air when set to defrost mode regardless of the temperature setting. However, the heater works in any other mode. ...
3
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3answers
160 views

Why is there no vent option for combined defrost/face?

I've wondered about this one question for the better part of twenty years: why is there no option for you to set the air vent to split between face and defrost? That is, the airflow options on ...
3
votes
1answer
67 views

How do I know if a jump starter is suitable for my car?

My car (a Toyota Avensis 2001 Diesel 2.0L) often lays idle for long periods. During these periods the battery runs down and it is unable to start. I recognise that the car should be driven more often ...
2
votes
1answer
35 views

What's the name of this part?

I have a Ford Escape 2003 I'm trying to repair, and I'm looking for a specific part, but I don't know how it's named, therefore I can't buy it online. The part is this one: It's kind of between the ...
2
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0answers
524 views

Did cold weather cause my Jeep's heater fan to stop blowing and then start again later?

I just bought a used 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, I've had it for a week. I brought it in to get the windshield washer nozzles replaced (they were spraying weird). When I got the car back I ...
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1answer
34 views

Brake sticking on 92 Chevy Sport pickup

I have a 92 Chevy sport pick up I have replaced the rotors, brakes, calipers and flex brake hose on both sides and the driver side is still sticking and the rim gets hot I have checked everything I ...
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1answer
24 views

Help! 2005 Mazda 3 brakes

I noticed recently that my brake goes soft and almost to the floor. Several months ago I had new brakes put on and I just took it in again to bleed the brakes. I just picked up the car and the brakes ...
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0answers
47 views

Engine stalling out, chirping sound, 2003 ford taurus SE

Over the last week I've had a chirping sound coming from somewhere near my engine bay. It has been very inconsistent (At first would increase when accelerating, then increase when coming to stop, then ...
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0answers
20 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.
2
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0answers
30 views

Is there a way to test ignition coils with built-in ICM?

My car's service manual shows this for the ignition coils: What is the ICM? Related to http://mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/2850/31, is there a way to check the coils to see if they are working ...
2
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1answer
400 views

Renault 1.4L 16v Oil Dipstick Location

I have a 2002 Renault Clio Mk2 with a 1.4L 16v engine, which I have owned for 6 months. There is a readout on the dash which indicates the oil level when you first turn on the ignition. My sensor is ...
2
votes
1answer
42 views

is my car battery bad?

At 6am this morning the car battery was dead. (It snowed all night and temperature was 3 degrees this morning.) 3 hours later I went to check it out and it started right up so I let it run for 20 ...
5
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3answers
5k views

Teflon Coating your new car

While buying a new car the dealer suggests Teflon coating your car so that the paint shine lasts longer. I know that Teflon is a substance which does not easily attach to any other substance. So is ...
2
votes
0answers
118 views

Possible transmission fluid leak

2001 Toyota 4Runner SR5 265K miles. I haven't driven it in 2 days and came out and found a small pool (about 2 teaspoons at the most) underneath the engine area. It's clear with a tinge of red, no ...
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vote
0answers
126 views

BMW 320i 1992 Gearbox in Sports Mode

My cas is a BMW e36 320i, with an automatic gear box. The gearbox has three modes, Economic, Sports and ICE. When in Economic mode, The gearbox switches smoothly between the 5 speeds, however, the ...
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7answers
71k views

Running with straight water as coolant in the summer. Is it fine?

I grew up flushing the coolant twice yearly. In the Spring, you drain the antifreeze and fill with straight water for the summer. In the Fall, you drain the water and put in a 50/50 antifreeze/water ...
6
votes
3answers
51k views

Car temperature displaying below Cold or just above Cold always?

I've noticed on my 94 Integra (bought used about 2 weeks ago) that the thermostat is often below cold, sometimes above cold but never up to the center mark. Today I was boiling inside my car as it ...
2
votes
0answers
58 views

Is a slight steering wheel vibration normal in a 2012 Civic when cold?

I have been looking at a number of 2012 Honda Civics for consideration and each one I test drive has a slight vibration in the steering wheel when idle. Normally I know that vibrations in wheels are ...
4
votes
1answer
116 views

would turning the rotors make my front end go out of alignment?

Since I had my rotors turned my front end now pulls to the right where it didn't before. Are the two related?should they gave realigned my front end?
2
votes
2answers
128 views

Low beams don't work but high beams do. What do I do?

It's a Chevy HHR 2006 and I don't know what to do. First one low beam went out now both are not working but both high beams are working. What do I do?
3
votes
3answers
7k views

Is an “oil life indicator” a reliable indicator for when to change the oil?

I have a 2014 Honda Pilot with 3600 miles on it. Historically I have always changed oil in my vehicles every 3000 miles, using good quality non-synthetic oil. Now this Honda has an "oil life ...
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vote
1answer
72 views

My horn has stopped working

I have a 97 Mazda 323 and the horn has stopped working. When I press the horn button on the steering wheel I hear a clicking noise but no horn. What should I check?
3
votes
1answer
43 views

Internal water leak - what could it be?

I have a 2008 Toyota Kluger and have a water leak under the dash. It seems to be worse going around a right hand turn or round about. I can hear it splashing. I think it might be the heater but could ...
5
votes
1answer
496 views

How does ambient temperature affect engine efficiency and fuel consumption?

I remember from my physics class that the ideal-gas Carnot engine is more efficient if the temperature difference between the heat source and the thermostat ("heat recipient") is larger ...
3
votes
1answer
250 views

Flat Tow Subaru Auto Trans with Engine Running?

A year ago I traded my 2012 Ford Focus for a 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (automatic transmission). Dealer told me it could be flat towed, made sense to me, why not so long as it is in neutral? ...
2
votes
0answers
124 views

Is it necessary to run the engine after adding radiator coolant or only when draining?

I recently did a timing belt/water pump change on my own. When I changed the water pump i drained the coolant, and according to my mechanic, I blew my radiator by not running the engine with the cap ...
1
vote
3answers
352 views

1998 Volvo S70 beeping randomly

I have a 1998 Volvo S70. The question here sort of describes my problem, but I will be more specific. At (apparently) random intervals, I will hear a short (half a second) beep coming from somewhere ...
4
votes
2answers
55 views

Low beam headlights failing every 3-4 weeks

I have Volvo XC90 2006 and for the past few months every 3 - 4 weeks changing low beam light. Last time even did not last 5 days. Any recommendations why this light is failing?
4
votes
1answer
949 views

What is the name of the part to which the gas cap connects?

I'm trying to find a replacement part for a 2005 Saturn ION. There seems to be some detachable receptacle type thing to which the gas cap screws in. The gas cap itself is fine, but one of the plastic ...
1
vote
0answers
35 views

Have to shake the car to get it started

Renault Megane 1.6 2008 model. I just changed spark plugs and fuel filter thinking that was the issue, but it carries on. The problem is when the car is stagnant and off and when I try starting the ...
1
vote
0answers
14 views

96 Volkswagon climate control wont work

We were driving down the road and all the sudden a puff of smoke came from ignition area, and the climate control stopped working. It has no power at all. I have checked relays, checked fuses, even ...
1
vote
0answers
71 views

Chevrolet Aveo, cold engine acceleration

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
975 views

Preventing visor from fogging

How do you prevent your visor from fogging? I ordered a pinlock today for my HJC helmet, but had read some good things about NEC pinkstick (some kind of wax for visor). Usually I just keep the visor ...

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