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Possible reasons for loss of power, engine shaking, and smell of liquid fuel (not burning)?

The car (Renault Megane 1998 1.6e hatchback) lost power (about 500rpm in a bursty rhythm) after I re-ignited on a traffic light, the engine started shaking, and I could smell liquid fuel. There was no ...
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Repair or replace rusted rear wheel arches on 92 Civic?

The wheel arches on the rear fenders on my 92 Civic are badly rusted out, which seems to be a common problem. I've seen replacements you can weld in at very reasonable prices, but I have no welding ...
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96 views

Any sense of buying Saab 9-3 1.9?

Saab is now in bankrupt so it may be difficult to get parts for maintenance in the future. So is there any sense of buying the Saab? I am thinking between Volkswagen Passat and Saab 9-3 1.9. Both are ...
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3answers
585 views

2002 Hyundai Elantra power locks?

My friend just bought a 2002 Hyundai Elantra and neither of us can figure out how the door locks work. It doesn't have any separate lock/unlock button on the inside of the door like most vehicles ...
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0answers
51 views

2000 Chevy Camaro starts, idles low around 1000 rpms for 4 or 5 seconds before dying

It's a 2000 Camaro v6 manual. Most days the car starts just fine but on other days I might have to start it 20 times before it stays on. When I start it, the RPM is around 1000 but slowly drops to ...
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2answers
415 views

Car making a groaning sound when it moves?

Let's be clear-- the sound is not coming from the engine. It's something more along the lines of suspension, maybe? It's like when the car moves, turning or moving forward, whenever the inertia ...
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2answers
237 views

Cream on oil cap? How to maintain a car that drives only short distances in Nordic environment?

My friend needs a car for night-time driving for distances about 15 km to-and-fro for his work. I read that short distances may be problematic to cars because the engine does not get hot enough -- ...
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2answers
205 views

How to know when automatic-transmission box needs to be changed?

My friend is very odd: this thread about durability comparison between automatic/manual durability meant to him that manual is always better option because you can learn to change the clutch and only ...
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Durability of automatic transmission boxes versus durability of manual transmission boxes? Their lifetimes?

My friend is against cars with automatic transmission because he thinks that they break easily and that their repairing cost a lot. He thinks that it is impossible to maintain an automatic ...
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4answers
173 views

92 ford escort - Is there a way to remove a ball joint without a pickle fork AND without removing the brakes?

I'm trying to replace the ball joints on my escort but i don't have a pickle fork. Most of the things i've seen so far without the fork require removing the calipers and rotor. Is there another ...
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2answers
5k views

Diesel Engine difficult to start

I have a diesel powered Audi A4 B7 (2006) 2.0TDi (the 170BHP variety) with a manual gearbox, which I've owned for around 18 months. The car has just short of 100k miles and has a full dealer service ...
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172 views

Audi A6 2.4L 99 - randomly sets off brake warning lights, no abs, no rpm, no A/C

Randomly while driving or standing still I get a bunch of warning lights that come on, beep and blink. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes, sometimes it will stay on for a few days of driving and turning ...
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2answers
756 views

What components make the Honda tire pressure system work?

I had to have a tire repaired today on a new 2013 Honda Accord. When the tire was repaired for a puncture, I saw nothing that looked to me like a tire pressure monitoring system inside the wheel or on ...
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1answer
233 views

Suzuki Esteem door repair

2 of the doors are broken: passenger and rear-driver. Broken as in they can only be opened from the inside. Additionally the driver rear door has the child safety lock enabled -- so i can't even open ...
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1answer
404 views

How do you adjust the idle on a 1981 Suzuki GS 650 GL?

I'm asking this for a friend, so if you need more details, I'll have to ask him. He brought his bike with him when he moved, and with the elevation change, the idle isn't high enough. How can he ...
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0answers
20 views

Car Radiator Fan may have a Fault, I'm an electrical noob [duplicate]

I took the fan out from my engine compartment and am now ready to test it. It consists of two fans, one larger than the other connected I believe in series with two large wires, one red, one brown ...
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1answer
187 views

Ford Focus 2006 - Trunk latch won't close

I lost my keys, so I had a locksmith come and make another Key. He took the lock latch off to do something with a computer as well as the door and ignition. Now the trunk latch will not latch and ...
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2answers
110 views

Car Radiator Fan may have a Fault, I'm an electrical noob

I took the fan out from my engine compartment and am now ready to test it. It consists of two fans, one larger than the other connected I believe in series with two large wires, one red, one brown ...
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1answer
274 views

Ford Explorer overheating

2003 ford exp xlt overheating. replaced t-stat and dumped & refilled coolant. Still over heating bad when on the highway at about 65 mph.
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1answer
70 views

What could be causing an uneven roll at low speeds?

I've noticed that my car has an uneven roll at very low speeds, almost as if one of the tires is being favored. Is this likely to be an issue with a tire or are there other potential issues?
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2answers
270 views

Can an Idle Control Valve cause backfiring and can it be cleaned

I am pulling codes for my engine indicating a faulty idle control valve. The vehicle at idle seems to hunt jumping between about 800rpm and 1100rpm. It happens maybe every 20 seconds. If I accelerate ...
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1answer
85 views

Please Identify these tires and are they ok for truck?

I have a 86 Chevrolet C30 dually truck. The tires are something I've never seen before. The brand is "A ? X" (some symbol in middle). A mechanic said these may be nylon tires and could be the ...
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2answers
585 views

VW 1.4 TSI EA113 Variations

What does VW do to improve HP and Torque from their 1.4 TSI engine? e.g.: CAXA: 90 KW @ 5000 200 NM @ 1500-4000 CAVD 118 KW @ 5800 240 NM @ 1500-4500
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2answers
693 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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2answers
357 views

Subaru Outback Towing vs Coasting

We just recently got a Subaru Outback. It is a manual and has AWD. The dealer told us if we need it towed, it has to go on a trailer, and can't be towed with wheels down. I understand that this can ...
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2answers
183 views

Any danger if 4 of 8 spark plug leads not connected while driving

After driving 2 blocks I knew something was wrong with the engine, and when I stopped and checked under the hood I discovered that 4 of the 8 spark plug leads were there but disconnected. This was ...
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2answers
270 views

Getting unexpectedly low mileage for Honda Fit 2012

Our Honda Fit 2012 (bought last October) is getting on average well under 25 MPG, sometimes as low as 22-23 MPG average according to the dashboard display. Neither my wife nor I are aggressive drivers ...
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2answers
451 views

Can I use just any 17mm bolt?

I hope to be replacing the shock absorbers on my 2005 Mazda 3 this weekend. I have purchased the shocks themselves (Monroe P/N 5607), as well as new mounts. The only thing left to get is new bolts.... ...
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2answers
194 views

Engine condensation causing no-start condition

I have a 2000 GMC Savanna, and I've had this problem twice. If we have a particularly cold few days, then a warm humid front moves through overnight, the engine won't start. I can see quite a bit of ...
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4answers
60k views

When do brake rotors really need to be replaced?

I need to replace my rear brake pads. A mechanic suggested I also replace my rotors because they are rusted around the edges. The rotors are in fact quite rusted, however, there is no rust on the ...
2
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3answers
655 views

Fitting speakers on the door of a hatchback

I'm thinking of fitting an audio system for my hatchback. I'm a little bit confused over fixing the speakers. I have three options to fit the speakers. Fit them on an MDF tray above boot. [6x9 oval ...
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2answers
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What do these lights mean?

When I stop the car (by hitting the brake pedal), the engine all of a sudden stops while on drive. Here are the lights I get: What do they mean? Is it a battery problem?
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1answer
223 views

PT Cruiser will not start

The battery is fully charged. The lights come on and there isn't a clicking noise. I had the ignition switch replaced and it still will not start
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1answer
364 views

What can cause gas to blow back into air filter in a motorcycle

I have a 1987 kawasaki ninja. I've had it for two years and it ran good until this year. When I started it this week, gas started to flow back into air filter box. Has anyone ever encountered this? ...
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2answers
554 views

95 geo metro 1.0L pushing coolant out of overflow

I have a 95 geo metro. Car runs good and has normal power. When car is idling it runs fine with no overheating or coolant being pushed out of the overflow. I was told to replace the water pump, ...
2
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1answer
82 views

How can I keep a car window up?

My car window just fell down while I was driving. I drive a 2002 Ford Explorer. I dont care if I can ever get it to automatically roll up and down again, but how can I get it to stay up?
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1answer
2k views

Is it possible to have a manual transmission electric car?

Reading about the new supercar from VW, I distinctly noticed when the author specifically mentioned shifting to "drive". I know the car in article is an automatic, but it got me thinking. Is it ...
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4answers
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What are the pitfalls of buying a used car after an accident?

I have the option to buy a car that has been in an accident. There are alternatives, but within my budget the alternatives are usually older/have higher mileage. The seller is a local mechanic who did ...
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0answers
204 views

2005 Nissan Sentra - Pressing gas pedal has no effect - vent control valve

My car (2005 Nissan Sentra) had a problem for a while: gas spills out when pumping. I was lazy and did noting about it. After a month or so the car started to fail. At first it was only hiccups but ...
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1answer
513 views

Power steering fluid started to leak after changing it

I have a Hyundai Elantra 2002 and changed its power steering fluid with a turkey baster. Four days after changing the power steering fluid and running 1000 miles I noticed that the power steering ...
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1answer
234 views

Stiff Gas Pedal 03 Corolla

I have an '03 Corolla with about 87k miles on it. I just bought it a while ago and everything on it seems to run perfect. Recently I've been a bit conscious of how I drive and accelerate and noticed ...
2
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0answers
114 views

Motorcycle: Fuel Injection light comes on after 5 mins of riding

I've bought a brand new bike and have had it for about 2 months. Later this week I noticed that after about 5 mins of riding the Fuel Injection light comes back on. I stop the bike, turn the ignition ...
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3answers
2k views

Bad to run the car for a short duration, turn it off, and start up again?

Is it bad for the car to start it up in the morning, spend 10 seconds driving it out of the garage, then shut it off while I go close the garage door and then a few seconds later get in and start it ...
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2answers
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How do I remove the front axle of a 93 Honda FourTrax 300?

I'm working to rejuvenate a 93 Honda FourTrax 300 4x4, that's been stored in a garage under piles of junk for the past 15 years. I've got it running, and have turned my attention to the torn left ...
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2answers
126 views

Can I use shocks for a 4 inch lift with a 2.5 inch lift?

I'm going to lift my Jeep wrangler and I would really like to use fox racing shocks which are for 4 inch lift kits, but I really don't need a 4 inch lift and they cost a whole lot. Would it work to ...
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3answers
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What is the difference between BMW 318i, 320i, 325i etc?

I'm wondering what the difference is between the different model numbers in the BMW 3-series. Also, what is the difference between the E30, E36 and E46?
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1answer
2k views

Bubbling sound from coolant and increase coolant liquid level

I drive an old Daihatsu Charade 1993. Just 2 days ago, I heard a bubbling sound from the coolant when I turned off the machine. I didn't really care much until yesterday when the car got hot ...
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1answer
2k views

VW Polo 2008 won't go into first gear

Okay, so yesterday I stopped at a traffic light on my way home from uni. When the traffic light turned green again, and I was to pull away I could not get the gear into first no matter how much I ...
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2answers
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2005 Chevy Cobalt won't start, sounds like a machine gun

I haven't driven my car in about a week, and when I went to try and start it today, it would not start. It has enough battery to play the radio and whatnot, so I'm not sure if it's a battery related ...
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0answers
189 views

No sound from audio set in BMW7 (E38)

My 95' BMW E38 recently broke down its audio system. I can't hear anything from radio or CD set. It is difficult to find the cause. I even tried connecting only amplifier and radio module (no luck). ...

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