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Is my transmission about to go?

I drive a 16 year old Subaru Legacy automatic which still has its original transmission and has never given me a moment's trouble in 16 years. Today while pulling out of a parking spot, I suddenly ...
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Is it OK to drive Accord with 5% oil life left as indicated?

The 2010 Accord indicates that only 15% oil life is left. Oil level seems to be OK. The driver would rather complete the trip, which is 1400 more miles. At the beginning of the trip there were 20% ...
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201 views

how to tow short distance without towbar fitted

What is the best way to tow a light car (rx7) with a vehicle that has no towbar. I only need to move it about 15 meters up a driveway that has a bit of an incline to negotiate.
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Door handle stopped working after removing

So I started vinyl wrapping my car, two doors done. I removed the door handles to do the doors. My first door handle removal and wrap went perfect, nothing wrong with it. However, after removing my ...
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1answer
141 views

Would a snapped valve necessarily seize the engine?

Long story short, after a brief near-redline excursion (a long tunnel and open windows may have been involved), and about 10 minutes of gradually loudening TAK-TAK-TAK-TAK that couldn't be drowned out ...
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1answer
90 views

Should a clutch slave cylinder be honed with a crosshatch pattern like an engine cylinder?

I'm going to be rebuilding my clutch slave cylinder (new spring and piston). The fellow at the parts counter mentioned that I should use the finest possible hone when cleaning up the inside. I looked ...
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Upgrading the Bluetooth Audio on 2012 Honda Civic?

I have a 2012 Honda Civic EX with built-in bluetooth audio support. It has the controls in the steering wheel, etc. Generally it works OK, but I have taken several extended trips in a 2014 Chevy ...
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1answer
505 views

Can't remove stuck rear dirt bike axle

I'm trying to remove the rear wheel on my 2007 Suzuki RMZ450. I've removed the axle bolt and tried banging the axle with a rubber mallet for about two weeks now. IT WON'T BUDGE. Not even a little bit. ...
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Supercharger Components That Can Fail

I have a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP, with the supercharged 3800. I recently made a trip from Meridian, MS to Cincinnati, OH, and back again (roughly 600 miles one way). With the car being relatively ...
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137 views

How can I check if my motorcycle's suspension is working correctly?

How can I check if all of my motorcycle's suspension parts are working correctly, and carrying an even load?
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155 views

Steering angle sensor

On my Mercedes C180, just got an error about non-functioning steering angle sensor. I understand it can affect ESP, but how bad in fact is it? Replacement is rather expensive, so I wonder if I can ...
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Can a full teardown of my 318 TDS (1996 1.7 Gasoil) E36 engine have bad side effects?

I would like to get more acquainted with the engine of my car, learn mechanics, and also just clean the engine of accumulated dirt and grime. As such, I am considering tearing down the engine. For ...
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2answers
224 views

2002 Volvo C70 won't start on first try

My C70 turns over but won't fire. I let it sit for a minute or less and it fires right up. This problem is becoming more and more frequent. Once it starts the car is great for the rest of the day.
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753 views

Should lost CV gaiter grease be replaced?

I discovered a small hole, possibly a puncture, in an outer CV gaiter on the front. The hole was right next to/under the (outer) metal ring holding the CV gaiter, so it wasn't in a very flexible bit. ...
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1 Piece versus 2 Piece Drive Shaft

A guy on a Nissan forum asked why he should keep his 2 piece drive shaft in his truck instead of changing over to a 1 piece version. This was the answer I gave him: The 2 piece drive shaft (DS) ...
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Two Mercedes Electronic Keys - One Works As a Remote - One Works to Start The Car - How Can These Be Combined?

I just bought a 2005 Mercedes C230 and I have two Mercedes electronic keys - one works as a remote - one works to start the car - how can these be combined/programmed so they are both fully ...
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1answer
229 views

Mazda 3 (2006) passenger seat will not recline anymore

I have a Mazda 3 (2006) and the passenger seat will not recline anymore. I can reach under and feel that a wire which I believe should be 'pulled back' is loose. Pulling it does nothing so (does not ...
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1answer
271 views

Removing Scuff Mark from a Rear Tail Light

So there's a minor scuff mark on the rear tail light of my VW Golf, the result of a collision between it and a plastic suitcase while I was loading the suitcase in the car. It's not a major thing, but ...
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2answers
12k views

Is it ok to give gas while releasing the clutch?

First question on the site, I hope this is appropriate. I drive a 2013 Ford Fusion SE with manual transmission. I learned to drive a manual as a kid but picked up a lot of bad habits. In particular I ...
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1answer
118 views

98 Windstar: An 8x5x3 black plastic box fell off

When I got home from work yesterday and parked my '98 Ford Windstar next to the house, my wife pointed out that a 8"x5"x3" black plastic box was sitting at the end of the driveway, and a slightly ...
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3answers
144 views

What checks or service should be performed before a long trip?

Before going on a long trip, say 10 hours a day, times 2 days at highway speeds, what checks or services should I have performed? This car is a 2007 Lexus ES350, but I'm looking for an answer that ...
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2answers
854 views

How often should I do fuel induction and why should I do it if my car runs perfectly fine?

I've owned 6 cars now and I only remembered doing fuel induction once. Yesterday I went to the Toyota dealer and they recommended me doing fuel induction every 3000 miles. I have a 2009 Toyota ...
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1answer
493 views

Wiring up boat electronics - 240V and 12V with inverter

I've just bought a boat, but the electrical systems need a bit of an upgrade before going cruising for any length of time. At the moment, All the 12V runs from a single starter battery, and there are ...
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1answer
317 views

My 96 honda civic will not start please help!

Ok I will try to make this quick and short as much as I can. so a couple weeks ago I put the drivers side power door on my 96 Honda civic hatch. everything went well until a couple of days ago I tried ...
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216 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 ...
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2answers
337 views

New Car Stereo Not Saving Stations

I have put in an aftermarket stereo into my car. (Pioneer DEH-4500BT). I hooked it all up ok and it was all working. However i noticed that it did not turn off with the engine. Before i had brought ...
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3answers
299 views

The garage I went to cannot get the wheel off my car

I have a BMW with a flat tire, I took it to tire shop but we could not find the bolt nut, and he said he could not do anything. So I went to breakers yard, they had one and tried to get the tyre off, ...
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1answer
66 views

digital display which shows mileage,mpg,temperature etc has somehow moved to the left as you look at speedo.any advice please

Digital display moved to left on speedometer I can only see half of it, any advice please. Can only see part of the display.
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1answer
59 views

Is it safe to replace a Hyundai air flow sensor with Nissan?

When I try to accelerate my car (a 2000 Hyundai Accent 1.3L hatchback), it gave some misfires and tries to stop the engine. My mechanic said it is due to an airflow sensor failure, and that he can ...
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1answer
545 views

Grinding Sound at Specific RPM/Speed

I have a 2011 Ram 1500. For about a month I thought I was hearing a clunk between 2nd and 3rd gear. I finally decided to listen carefully by turning my radio off. I now certainly notice it, but it is ...
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1answer
1k views

Difference between cabin air filters

What are the differences between Charcoal, Electrostatic, and Pollen cabin air filters? For general use, which is better to buy?
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1answer
223 views

Replace door on BMW 320D E46

I recently bought a BMW 320D E46 (2001) with two doors (passenger side) that are dented beyond repair (i.e. repairing them would be ridiculously expensive). I have the opportunity to buy two ...
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2answers
2k views

Should I replace my own oxygen sensor if i have a Check Engine Light and Code P2195?

My 2003 focus lx 2.0L L4 SOHC ~18,000 miles has had the engine light so i went to autozone to read the code. Autozone obd2 printout says "P2195 lack of heated oxygen sensor- Bank 1 Sensor 1 HO2S11 ...
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3answers
284 views

How do I correctly monitor the fuel(diesel) in the automobile?

This is my first question in mechanics.stackexchange.com. I am a computer programmer and work in Location based services. Along with GPS monitoring, I want to give the clients , a proper manipulation ...
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1answer
851 views

Trouble starting 1997 Pulsar N15

I'm having difficulty troubleshooting an issue starting my 1997 Pulsar N15 (also known as Nissan Centra, Nissan Almera in other countries). If the car has been sitting for a few hours (or overnight), ...
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2answers
176 views

No power to interior lights, etc

I got Mercedes A Class W168. Recently I got a weird problem, when I switch the key, only battery & SRS lamps lit at dashboard. Engine, headlamps, radio, horn, windows, power steering work. ...
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1answer
382 views

How important are swing arm bushing pivot collars ? [ Honda CB400T Motorcycle ]

I've got a project motorcycle which is a bit of a frankenstein. It came to me with a Honda 400T engine but the compliance plate says it's a 1982 CB-250T, looking over the frame though the swing arm at ...
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0answers
101 views

1982 Yamaha Virago 750

I am considering buying a 1982 Yamaha Virago 750 that I found on craigslist. I have read online that many of these bikes have starter problems and I am just curious as to how hard it is to fix or ...
3
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4answers
583 views

Front-end metallic vibration noise - poorly lubricated brakes?

I have a manual-transmission 2008 Mazda 3 I. For the past day or two, I have detected a somewhat quiet metallic vibration noise coming from the front-end of my car. Some things I have noted: The ...
2
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2answers
273 views

What brake components need to be lubricated?

When doing a DIY brake job, I understand that it's necessary lubricate several components of the pad/caliper assembly. From various sources, I have been told that the following are the places where ...
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2answers
287 views

How can I verify my brakes are decent when I can't trust the mechanic who worked on them?

I took my car to my local chain repair shop last Saturday because the parking brake was nonfunctional -- the lever, when pressed, had no resistance, and was clearly not hooked up to anything. They ...
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2answers
208 views

Torque and engine power [duplicate]

What is the relation between Torque and engine power? Just wanted to know how power is distributed to wheels in a car.
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1answer
205 views

Squeal (vacuum leak?) and high idle after rebuilding carbs on '82 Yamaha XJ 750 Maxim

I've got an '82 Yamaha XJ 750 Maxim. I rebuilt the carburetors this weekend, and after putting it back together, it seems like it's got a vacuum leak. There's a loud squeal every time a cylinder ...
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2answers
102 views

Why doesn't the engine coolant dry up while the engine is running?

Why can't coolant dry inside the engine during engine operation?
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2answers
11k views

What is the purpose of a drive-shaft?

what is a drive-shaft and why we need it in a car? I do get the point of having crankshaft (using Wikipedia) but still confuse with drive-shaft
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1answer
106 views

Why need to change gear in car? [closed]

Could someone let me know why it is necessary to change from gear to gear ?What is the scientific foundation? I heard " The higher your speed the higher your gear, the lower your speed the lower your ...
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2answers
176 views

Adjust sector shaft on newly installed steering gear box?

I replaced the steering gear box on my 2004 E250 with a remanufactured one. I'm still getting play in the steering wheel, about an inch as measured by the circumference of the wheel. I took a look ...
0
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3answers
598 views

Yamaha XJ750 not starting

I would like to thank all in advance for any advice I recieve. I own an 82 Yamaha 750 maxim, I have got single air breathers, for my 4 carbs and I removed the carbs to clean out and install air ...
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1answer
113 views

What is the bank sensor attached to on a Honda CBR1000RR 2012?

I am repairing a bike which had its front totally taken out. The instruments panel and headlights are gone. One of the first things I'd like to do is install a new bank sensor. I purchased the bank ...
2
votes
2answers
413 views

Is it possible to install power door lock on KIA Forte LX?

My 2010 KIA Forte LX has no power lock from stock, but it has wires in doors. Is it possible to put lock actuator from EX model? Or in any other DIY way? I've checked a lot of forums, but there is no ...

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