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Intermittent no start and no crank on Mazda 323 2000 AT

Two months ago, I had a problem on intermittent no start and no crank in my Mazda 323f 2000 AT model. When I brought it to the shop, they found out that the problem was the starter and that the brush ...
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Honda Civic 2004 - Airbag Error code

My 2004 Honda Civic Coupe Manual Transmission has it's airbag light constantly on. Honda just did a recall on them for the Takata airbag issue about 3 months ago. I learned how to get the error code ...
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1answer
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Inaccurate fuel gauge

Is there anything I can do about my inaccurate fuel gauge? Today it was at the bottom of the red zone, and I put in 9.5 litres and it went up to half a tank, but the tank is 42 litres. I have an ...
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How can I tell if I have bad cats?

No, not that cat! Catalytic converters - or "cats" - have a nasty habit of failing with age. What are the symptoms associated with a cat that's gone bad? Are there any tests that could ...
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Can steering be electrically controlled?

Please see this: http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-george-hotz-self-driving-car/ George Hotz claimed he used CAN to control the car by software. I can understand that accelerating and braking ...
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3answers
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Oil pressure and fuel pressure formula

Can someone give me a formula to calculate Oil and Fuel pressure of a car engine? Consider a small passenger car. I have information like Total distance travelled, speed, rpm, MAF, MAP, Intake Air ...
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Car won't reach operating temperature

Here's a seemingly simple problem - I noticed that the temperature gauge of my mother's 2004 Opel Meriva 1.7CDTI won't ever climb above minimum. I checked the OBD readings to see if it was a defective ...
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Does haveing multiple layers of tint make sense?

I am getting my self a new car, and car dealer is making me choose from different tints. Now I have been searching online what's a good tint color and shade. Along the research, I've read a few people ...
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1answer
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Calculate tyre pressure of a car from OBD parameters

I want to calculate the tyre pressure of a car from OBD parameters. I don't want to take TPMS or any custom PID for this. One of the indirect method is the calculate: ((w_LF + w_RR) - (w_RF + w_LR)) ...
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Letting Off Gas Forces Open Loop

I noticed something that seems a bit strange to me. Many times when I let off the gas the ECU drops out of closed loop into open loop for about a second. You can see on the graph that this happens ...
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Using regular unleaded gasoline in a Lexus RX330

Is it OK to use Regular Unleaded Gasoline in a 2005 Lexus RX330? In the past I have used Super but am now using Regular. So far no problems.
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1answer
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Fuel consumption is bad

I currently own a 2010 Honda Civic 1.8L and a 2012 Honda Jazz(Philippines) / Fit (USA and Japan) 1.5L. I just purchased a second hand Jazz/Fit about 2 weeks ago and the mileage is 32xxx. Btw we use ...
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1answer
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Toyota Camry 2003 drive seat won't move forward

We have a 2003 Toyota Camry. Its driver seat power track won't move forward as it turns to the right after about 1/4 inch movement and cannot go forward. However, it does go backwards all the way. ...
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Engine continues to spin after putting in neutral

I have a 2001 Plymouth Neon, it has a manual transmission. Recently the car has started to not stop the engine when I shift into neutral. If I shift into neutral while moving, the engine will rev like ...
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505 views

Car leaks oil when driving, Oil from exhaust pipe

Car leaks oil when driving not while parked. The bottom of the vehicle is covered with oil and there's white smoke coming from tail pipe when driving. It sat and there no oil puddle in garage but ...
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1answer
96 views

oil level on dipstick

Which way should this dipstick be placed? When placed in with the bend facing towards the engine it gives a different reading from when placed facing the opposite way. There is not a great deal of ...
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1answer
112 views

1968 Beetle How to adjust adjustable beam

I had the shop install an Airkewld adjustable beam on my 1968 Beetle. How do I now adjust the height of my car? Airkewld seems to have a few how-tos but they're not well written and apply to a ...
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5answers
118 views

1980s motorcycles and engine size: still good performance?

A buddy of mine is considering a fix it upper road bike for fun and to learn (prior dirt bike rider). I still go by the rule of thumb that 600cc is iffy for beginners but a lot of used 1980s bikes are ...
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1968 Beetle Front Shocks (Koni)

What are the correct size Koni front shocks for a 1968 Beetle at stock height? I purchased the (red) Koni D 80-1787 which Koni's site recommended as a stock shock replacement. My mechanic says ...
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5answers
176 views

When jump-starting a car, won't there be a huge back current into the dead battery?

So imagine I have car D with the dead battery and car G with the good battery. Initially, both cars are turned off. I hook up car G to car D in the proper order. Before I start either car, won't ...
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2answers
87 views

What would be better for an engine driving at 60mph or 70mph? I wish to get the most miles out of my engine?

At 60mph my engine revs at 2800RPM and at 70 it's 3200RPM. My qustion is which condition would give the most miles from my engine.
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1answer
255 views

What are the effects of excessive oil changes on an oil pump? (read description)

I would like to know what the effects on an oil pump are when oil is changed. Obviously after changing the oil filter the engine will run dry without oil pressure for the first few seconds while oil ...
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2answers
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What is the “dollar bill” test?

One of the questions recently made reference to an exhaust failing the "dollar bill" test. How does one perform it and what does it tell you?
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1answer
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Do I follow the same recommended tire pressure when I change to nitrogen filled tires?

I am aware of the recommended tire pressure indicated in the car's user manual and in the driver's door. I've been reading a lot about filling tires with nitrogen and a few of the advantages has ...
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12 v RV solar system ground wire size for minmum voltage drop [closed]

I have been too ignorant about wire sizing but now trying to correct it. 280w of panels - 15amp potential max. power for the two - controller (set to 14.4 now) - 12v AGM 200 amp/hr battery. 22 ft new ...
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1answer
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74 Corvette with slight pop in exhaust

I've got a (new to me) 1974 Corvette with the 5.7 / GM 350 . Dual exhaust. Driver's side exhaust sounds perfect. Passenger's side exhaust has a subtle pop/rattle to it and does not pass the "dollar ...
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How to trigger an idle throttle position re-learn?

My Toyota Vitz 2007 idles roughly and I got advice to clean the throttle body and make the vehicle re-learn the idle by starting the engine and let it idle for some time. My question is, is it ...
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2answers
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Can a universal catalytic converter be legally fitted to my Prius in California?

My 2006 Toyota Prius with 280k miles is throwing the P0420 code, which means that it (probably) needs a new catalytic converter. I live in California, which makes life much more difficult to replace a ...
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0answers
48 views

2003 Honda Accord Vibration and noise in engine [closed]

My 2003 Honda Accord is shaking while idling, and every once in a while there is a rattle in the engine like something is loose. I have had it checked out, and replaced all of the engine mounts to no ...
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2answers
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Water underneath floor carpet - Mazda Protégé 2002

I just bought a Mazda Protégé 2002 and a few weeks later I noticed a damp spot on the back passenger side floor. Very wet and soaked. Later I noticed the smell grew larger and the vapor on the glass ...
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1answer
38 views

Is there a way to search music in a 2005 BMW 320D Touring

Is there a way to search music in the BMW 320D Touring menu? I also can't scroll through the music list in a cd/dvd. Only lets me scroll through the songs already on screen. How can i scroll ...
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3answers
261 views

Brakes knock and make springing sounds shortly after starting to drive

I have a 2008 Yaris T3. It's been serviced regularly, and at the last service the brakes (front and hand brake discs) were checked, and skimmed. That was about 4 months ago. About two weeks ago, ...
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1answer
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Will this panel fit a C4 for possible onboard PC upgrade?

I have a Citroën C4 2005 Petrol. My central dashboard currently looks like this: I figured I can buy the following panel from eBay and easily fit a Nexus 7 Tablet inside it, potentially even write ...
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1answer
170 views

Getting MIL on a Dodge Grand Caravan 2012 without an OBD device

I have a dodge grand caravan 2012 and yesterday, the check engine light went on. I know there's usually a way to get the error codes without an OBD device... I was able to do this on my old caravan ...
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2answers
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Tire Pressure Adjustments When Needed

From my understanding there is the recommended tire pressures at the inner part of the drivers door, but I have this question in my head just in case this happens. Say my recommended tire pressure ...
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4answers
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Central locking disabled using coin

Recently our country police office released info about a new technique by car thieves. They seem to be able to disable your central car locking system by jamming one door, as posted: Attention, ...
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2answers
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Ideal Coolant Temprature for BMW F20 116i

I've a BMW 116i F20 2012(turbocharged). Bought it at 2012. After two years of using it as default I got it coded with Gorilla so that it's default hp of 136 bumped up to 210. Now it's close to 29K in ...
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Brake pedal has “dead zone” in the middle of travel

I have been working on a 1999 Buick Century Custom that had rusted brake lines. I get strange pedal feel that I will attempt to describe: From 0% to about 15% depression, there is resistance and ...
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2answers
793 views

additech fuel additives - good idea or not?

When you get gas from a Wal-Mart that has a gas station you can pay extra for fuel additives. $14.99 for a "fuel system service", which is supposed to offer "complete fuel system cleaner", $2.99 for ...
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1answer
321 views

15 ppm of CO levels inside car

I constantly measure 15 ppm of CO inside my car after a long commute (~1 hour of continuous driving, but the overall trip can take from 1.5 to 2 hours depending on my destinations before heading ...
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1answer
70 views

Rough idle when AC is on

My Toyota Vitz 2007 idles roughly when AC is on. If AC is turned off, the idle becomes much smoother. This vibration is more visible if I suddenly stop in traffic. As soon as I stop, several rough ...
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2answers
64 views

A foul odor inside vehicle, like something is dead inside vehicle (Toyota Camry 2002), especially when car is not running [duplicate]

Over the past 5 days, I detected a really bad foul odor inside my 2002 Toyota Camry. It is worst when the car sits overnight, or for any length of time. As soon as I open the car door, "the smell ...
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2answers
86 views

Why is antifreeze mixture not as stated?

To keep things short I poured 200ml of concentrated genuine ford super plus premium antifreeze (Ethylene glycol based) within a bowl. Then added 200ml of water to dilute the solution to a 50/50 ...
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0answers
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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee - What is Difficulty in Replacing the Negative Battery Cable in this Vehicle? [closed]

We have replaced the alternator and battery but still have problem with starting. It takes a jump and starts every time but after you park and come back, it won't start again. I has been to the shop ...
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1answer
93 views

2014 dodge avenger - Brake Squealing and Grinding Sounds, Front and Rear

Have a 2014 Dodge Avenger purchased in August 2015. I am leasing this car. First problem is my brakes. Just got them placed on 2 weeks ago. The next day they were grinding and squeaking very loud. ...
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1answer
19 views

2002 Nissin Altima 2.5SL - repair/replace a fuel level sensor function-slosh

Multiple Questions How do I find where the fuel level senor function-slosh is located? How do I replace it? How could I possibly repair it on a 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5SL?
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1answer
25 views

Carrying a bicylce on a Saab 9-5

I have a 2003 Saab 9-5. The car looks like this: I would like to be able to carry a small-ish bicycle now on regular occasions but unfortunately it cannot fit inside the car unless I take off one ...
3
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2answers
148 views

My brand new car is shaking while steering wheel is not

I have bought a brand new Dodge Ram 1500 2015 model. The car is shaking at low speed 80km/hr (50 mph) while the steering wheel is not shaking. I can feel the vibration in the seats, however the ...
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1answer
68 views

How to check if bad spark plug threads are causing compression loss

How do you check if your spark plug threads are bad? I would like to know the most non-invasive method of checking this and also the most cheapest way to check this.
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1answer
85 views

Motorcycle Starting Issue - no longer starting after attempting to jump with a car battery

I tried jump start my bike with my car battery because the motorcycle battery was really low and would not start. I mistakenly touched both ends of the jump leads together and cause a big spark, ...

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