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What to look for when buying a salvage title car

Other than the normal stuff to look for when buying a used car, what else should you check or have inspected when buying a used car with a salvage or junk title?
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1answer
143 views

Is it possible to paint my Mk1 Golf Engine in either Matte Black or Grey? If so, how?

I am currently doing up a Mk1 VW Golf and I have reached the stage where I need to make a decision on my engine paint. It will be at shows so I want something nice (but not Chrome). Is there any way I ...
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97 Honda Civic dies in neutral

I have a 97 Honda Civic that will occasionally die in neutral. This is what I have done so far: Replace both O2 sensors Replace MAP sensor Replace Air filter Added Lucas treatment to fuel tank ...
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1answer
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I lost my Mercedes smart key, how do I get a new one?

If I lose a Mercedes smart key fob, how do I get a replacement? Is there anything I should do to prevent the old key from being used if it was stolen?
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115 views

Alternator vs Battery

I hadn't used my car in a week. Normally it always starts. Then one day after one week it didn't start. I got a jump from my neighbor and i was able to drive around for more than 20 minutes. I stopped ...
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2answers
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How should I remove stickers or pinstripe decals from paint?

I want to remove a dealer's sticker from my car. The sticker is on a painted surface. What is the best way to do it? Could I remove pinstripe decals in the same way?
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1997 ford f150 heater not working properly

I have a 1997 ford f150. New water pump, new thermostat 195°, heater core has been flushed out. Problem is the heat will blow warm for few mins then blow cold air for few mins. What else should we do? ...
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Fixing a water-damaged remote key

I have a Toyota Camry 2011 and two remote keys. One of the keys was soaked with water two years ago. Of course, it is not working. I went to a dealer and they failed to recover it. Is there something ...
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2answers
141 views

Finding alternate jack points in a Honda Insight

I'm trying to locate an alternate jack and lift point for my Honda Insight. I'm trying to lift the entire front end of the vehicle so I can put the stands under the pinch welds near the wheels. I ...
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1answer
85 views

Wiring Relay & Horn on Golf Cart

I've had this wired up in the past but I forget how it was done and some things came apart. We have a simple 12v horn and relay. The relay is a KUMP 7D58-12. Here (http://imgur.com/a/dtBFo) are some ...
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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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4answers
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Can I get bluetooth music enabled in my 2009 BMW 528i?

I just bought a 2009 BMW 528i. It’s my understanding that the car doesn’t support A2DP which is a technology that would allow me to connect to my stereo system via Bluetooth and stream music ...
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2answers
78 views

A better way to support the camera

I just bought a dashboard camera. However I find that the suction cup is weak, I just worry that it can not attach on the windshield for a while. Also I heard that there are a few states don't allow ...
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3answers
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Is there a way to put Prius with dead battery into neutral?

I own a 2010 Prius. It has a dead battery, front facing forward in my garage. I do not have long enough jumper cables. I’ve searched the Internet. Did Toyota really create a car that cannot be put ...
4
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1answer
3k views

2008 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCI cranks but won´t start

Ok, so I´m having this problem with a 2008 Ford Mondeo mk4 with a 2.0 TDci engine code AZBA, same one Peugeot uses in other cars such as the 407. Car was having trouble a few days back to start ...
2
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1answer
519 views

Mazda 3 2004 Engine Revving when car not moving

I recently noticed when my car comes to a stop engine running and ac on the engine revs as if it wants to move forward. The rev isn't huge. When i am in traffic and holding down on the brakes, if i ...
2
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2answers
51 views

Use pulley from old water pump?

The water pump on my car went out so I need a new one. The pulley itself looks fine, not bent, but the entire pulley is tilted in such a way that I'm guessing the pump shaft broke. The local part ...
2
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2answers
204 views

A/C causes the the car to die

I have a 1999 ford ecsort Zx2 it has the 2.0L DOHC engine in it or known as the Ztec engine. When I am driving with the A/C on it sputers and dies but restarts. What would cause this? it runs just ...
2
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3answers
480 views

How does a 'very small stone' hit on the windscreen creates long cracks coming out of it?

Recently I got my windshield hit by an extremely small sized stone. Gradually that small hit created a long crack on my windshield, it's been a month and I guess the crack has stopped with the ...
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2answers
1k views

Why is car A/C typically less reliable than fridges/freezers?

I just had the A/C in my car die on me again; air coming through the vents with the A/C is just as warm with it turned on as off. However, my fridge/freezer is something I've had for over 5 years and ...
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0answers
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2014 Honda CRV Air Recycling Light

My recycling air light comes on intermittently. My salesman says that's normal, the car knows when it needs to shut off air from the outside. Mighty smart car, but then it's a Honda. Is he blowing ...
3
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2answers
81 views

Clutch doesn't lift up immediately when I lift up my leg

I have a 10+ years old manual car, still under a pretty good condition I would say. Recently, I feel its clutch, doesn't perform quite well as expected. Usually, when I lift up my leg to release ...
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1answer
115 views

trans codes trans not shifting o/d is blinking

I have a trans problem my truck lost power o/d light is blinking and trans does not shift at all it has codes that are p1747 p0755 p0743
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3answers
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What does a water-like drop coming out of the exhaust of the car signify?

Sometimes while driving in the traffic, I come across a car or two which would be dripping water-like drop from it's exhaust steadily in a break of 4-5 seconds. I tried to ask a couple of people at ...
3
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3answers
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How to diagnose high speed vibration?

I get a vibration at high speeds (50+), can feel it particularly in the steering wheel, front seats, dashboard. I have been trying to figure out what's going on, keeping in mind that: All 4 shocks ...
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0answers
84 views

2000 Corolla, CV axles disconnect and reconnect when stopping/turning

Car is 2000 Corolla with 58k miles. My front left CV axle was leaking last year so I decided to replace both front CV axles with some generic brand. This was about 5000 miles ago and it worked great ...
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1answer
94 views

What is the small plastic dimple found on some front doors?

I've frequently seen this strange little plastic gizmo (circled in the image) and wondered what its purpose is. I'm tired of wondering -- do any of you know? What is it even called? (Don't ask how ...
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3answers
2k views

Why would welsh plugs start leaking?

I have a VW Citi Golf, and the Welsh plugs on the engine block suddenly started leaking water. The engine sounds fine, but it obviously leaked a lot of water and although I didn't drive far, I'm not ...
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1answer
1k views

Vauxhall Astra clutch/flywheel

My car needs a new clutch/flywheel. I found a kit on eBay described as : LUK clutch/dual mass flywheel kit. I'm now having the clutch fitted elsewhere, but the mechanic says that this car does not ...
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0answers
40 views

Compatible wiper linkage or transmission mechanism for Mazda 323 Familia, 1995 model (sedan)?

I can't find the wiper transmission/linkage mechanism for Mazda 323 familia, 1995 model (sedan). As a result I am looking for one that is compatible. So the question is, what wiper ...
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5answers
9k views

Is it normal for the oil to be dark in color right after an “oil change” in a 10-year old diesel car?

I took my 2002 Jetta TDI wagon to a neighborhood shop about 10 miles, 24 hours ago. They supposedly changed the oil, but the color is very dark, almost black. Definitely not light-colored/transparent. ...
5
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3answers
4k views

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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2answers
103 views

Squeak on agressive clutching - Renault Megane

I am looking at buying a Renault Megane 2005 1.4 petrol. The car looks in very good condition but it has a subtle squeak if I release the clutch pedal too suddenly ... this is either on gearing up or ...
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1answer
197 views

Cable or hydraulic clutch on a 2005 Vauxhall Astra

Do I have a cable or hydraulic operated clutch in my Vauxhall Astra 1.7 diesel 2005 model?
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1answer
246 views

Read OBD-II Signals Matlab (in real time)

I would like to decode the data obd-ii directly by Matlab (read data directly from reader obd-ii and decimal display in real time.) Should I create a Matlab interface or there is a direct method ...
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5answers
841 views

Are there any OBD II converters on the market?

I know there are tons of readers and software on the market, but what I really need is something to convert signals of my1970s sensors (fuel level, speed, coolant temp, etc) to OBD compliant signals. ...
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2answers
2k views

How do I change the rear lights on Peugeot 307 CC?

How do I change the rear lights on Peugeot 307 CC? The CC (Coupe) version doesn't seem to have a visible place to open the back light cover.
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5answers
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Reasons for loss of radiator fluid

I've had to top up my car's radiator fluid twice in the last month after discovering that the expansion tank (plastic container where one usually tops up) had completely drained out (roughly a ...
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2answers
173 views

P0442: Faulty EVAP System

After seeing my CEL come on in my '05 Mazda 3 (just passed 100K mi.), I used my code reader to find out that the code was P0442. So I naturally came to this website to see what I could find on the ...
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0answers
172 views

diesel pressure issue Fiat Punto 1.3 JTD

I have a Fiat Punto 188 1.3 JTD Multijet and an issue, that brings me a headache since 2 years. The car is from 2005 and already has 180 000 miles down. Almost every time, the I fast accelerate from ...
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0answers
34 views

Is it legal in California to use your old plates after you purchased and received vanity plates? [closed]

I live in California, and I just ordered some custom/vanity plates for my car. My question is: after I receive the vanity plates, is it still legal for me to occasionally use my existing ...
2
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1answer
236 views

Motorcycle heats up within minutes of driving in the traffic.

Ice cold engine of my KTM Duke 200 heats up and shoots the highest temperature and the gauge reaches the extreme within like 15-30 minutes of driving it in traffic. And the engine stops and doesn't ...
5
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1answer
179 views

Does OBD II explicitly or implicitly include forward/reverse information?

From my understanding, OBD II does not directly tell if a car is in forward or reverse gear. I wonder what the best way to derive such information from OBD data if there is any. Following the ...
3
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1answer
46 views

noisy free wheeling hub

Having manually locked my front hubs (they operate freely) and engaged H4 on my fj40 cruiser there is an intermittent droning from the l/front wheel at approx. 50mph. At low speeds turning a corner L ...
4
votes
2answers
247 views

Clutch catch point getting lower over time

The car is a 1991 Mazda Miata with 180,000 Km. These cars have hydraulic clutches. After engaging and disengaging the clutch repeatedly, the catch point becomes progressively lower until the car ...
2
votes
1answer
208 views

Undoing a rounded-off triple-square bolt

I rounded off a triple-square bolt while trying to undo it with a regular 6-point Torx bit. How can I undo it without resorting to purchasing a dedicated triple-square bit? The bolt is done up with ...
1
vote
2answers
115 views

98 Audi has oil in coolant but oil is clean

My 98 Audi has oil in the coolant but the oil is clean and it does not overheat. I replaced the front cam seals and the oil pump drive bearing and water pump, but found no way for the contamination. ...
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votes
2answers
740 views

Car drives great but, after you shut off it won't crank for a few hours

92 Plymouth Colt. New plugs; new fuel filter. Car runs great when you crank it and drive for a while, but won't start back until a few hours later. Car turns over fine, just won't start.
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1answer
249 views

Spark plug wire resistance

Question(s): What should the Resistance be for spark plug wires on a 2000 Blazer? If they're supposed to be 2,000-3,000 Ohms, at what ohms should you look to replace them? Is the resistance of ...
3
votes
3answers
600 views

What could be the reason and solution to a sudden drop in mileage?

Got my Suzuki Swift Diesel serviced two months back, and all of a sudden the mileage dropped from 20kmpl to 12kmpl and that is confusing! After i returned to Service shop, the guy said that there is ...

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