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Which relay to use for bike headlight

I have Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4, it has a 35 watt HS1 Helonix headlamp bulb. I want to upgrade the stock headlight to make it brighter, so I found H4 Xenon bulb 60/65 watt. I asked this question question ...
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Tubeless Bead Won't Seat

In attempting to mount a motorcycle tire, I was unable to properly seat the beads. While the tire inflated and held air pressure, it failed to easily seat across identical points on both sidewalls. ...
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Volkswagen Golf 2005 - Fueltank cap does not open

I have a problem with my golf 5, earlier someone has tried to steal gas from my tank, but failed this, when I try to open my fueltank cap from the inside (button on the driver door) i can hear the ...
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Hard Start in cold weather

We have a Ford Escape (2005 V6) with approximately 125k on it. I have done most of the maintenance on it myself since we bought it at 90k and it has overall been a great vehicle. The past two ...
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The battery is fine but my car will not start not even a clicking sound

When I turn the key in to start all the lights on the dashboard go out completely and when I turn it back to the off position the dash lights back up. What could the problem be if the battery is okay? ...
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Greater warranty or lower miles?

Ok, I have a bit of a conundrum. I'm trying to buy a new car. I've already put a deposit on one for $500 (car 1) I found another, which is in a color I prefer, for around the same price. It also has ...
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Reading ABS diagnostic codes on a Volvo 940

I want to read any fault codes stored in my 1992 Volvo 940's ABS module. I've tried the procedure described in the popular 700/900 series FAQ without success. That procedure involves plugging the ...
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How to diagnose ABS problem (ABS light on) on a 1992 Volvo 940 turbo diesel estate?

The ABS light came on after car was not used for a few weeks and a new battery fitted. The ABS light is now on all the time. The garage can't find the diagnostic plug. Any ideas on either of the ...
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How to know if a radiator is getting sufficient airflow

I have recently purchased a dune buggy as displayed in the photo below. Note the position of the radiator located above the seats. What I am wanting to do is install some clear perspex in the window ...
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breaking in (running in) a very small engine

I just bought a new 110 cc Honda motorcycle. It's waay underpowered, so I spend a lot of time at wide open throttle. Being brand new, this seems likely to cause damage. The manual recommends not to ...
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Replacing a steel wheel

My girlfriend is looking for a replacement steel wheel for a 2012 Honda Fit, as one of hers is currently bent. I think they are 15" rims, but I was hoping to find the best option on where to purchase ...
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Headlights turning off randomly

I have a 95 Chevy S10. When I drive my truck around at night I notice that occasionally my headlights turn off for about 3 seconds and then come back on by themselves. There doesn't seem to be any ...
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How can I identify which wire should hook to my headlight switch in my Mazda Protoge (91)?

The headlight switch in my dash is not connected to anything (I noticed this after the headlights quit working!), so I took the dash panel off in an attempt to find the plug. The only plug I could ...
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What essential preparations should I take before winter driving?

Two years ago I published this blog post on being prepared for the winter, covering off: Practice Planning the route Mechanical Supplies Geek essentials Some of these might be a bit tongue in ...
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CEL code 43 on 1992 Civic

I'm getting CEL code 43 after doing a lot of work on my car (changing the head gasket, which involved removing and reattaching lots of exhaust and intake components, and replacing the fuel filter and ...
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I drive a 2008 Scion xD tire size 195/60 R16 can I switch to 205/60 R16 tires?

I have a tire that is very worn and just got a flat so I would like to get a tire sooner than later. I called up 4 tire shops Big-O, Les Schwab, dicount tire etc. and none of them have the tires in ...
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Alternative to Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 stock headlamp

I am from India and I own a Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 2012 motorcycle. I travel on the highway while coming back home from the office at night. I am not satisfied with the brightness of my stock head lamp, ...
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Jetta turns off immediately after starting

So I parked my Jetta ('06 2.5) 2 nights ago, when I went to start it yesterday morning, the starter seems to work fine- turns over, then instead of idling down, it turns off. Must have tried it 5 ...
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Installing ISOFix mounting points in Ford Focus

I have a Ford Focus Mk2 and I wanted to install the mounting points for isofix car seats. I have the needed part. Where can I find installation instructions?
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What is a shock absorber?

I was told that I need to replace the shock absorber in my 1992 316i BMW. When I attempt to visit a web site to order the part it does not list any of parts with this name. I know nothing about cars ...
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What is the purpose of AC re-circulator?

I think every car has re-circulator functionality in AC control panel. But I don't really use it, because it fogs up all of the windows. What is the purpose of the re-circulator?
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'98 Camry has occasional rough running / low speed idle problem

My '98 Camry (with the four-cylinder engine) usually starts, idles and drives like a dream. About a year ago I had the entire exhaust system replaced (including cat) due to corrosion. Since then it's ...
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2012 Toyota Tacoma won't shift into Reverse

I've just had my 2012 Tacoma towed to the dealership due to the truck not shifting into reverse correctly. I first noticed a problem when I was driving home and the RPMs would get up to between 3 and ...
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Remove transmission cooler lines K1500 '00

What is the trick from removing the cooler lines from the transmission on my 2000 k1500? I know how to disconnect the lines. I just don't know how to reach the clip on the lower connection on the ...
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What's the quickest way to defog a windshield?

For a properly functioning auto, what's the quickest way to defog the windshield? There are lots of air control options - hot vs. cold air, exterior vs. recirculated air - but which are the most ...
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What can cause excessive fog on a windshield?

Recently there has been a lot of fog on all of the windows in the car, particularly on my windshield. It's been bad enough that I've had to stop and wipe the glass off, but the fog can come back ...
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Diagnostic: Autodata newest version

I have seen people using autodata for general information about cars, like how to fix a timing belt for particular types of cars. But the version that was being used only had up to cars made in 2009 ...
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When do engine type and mileage of a car affect pricing?

I'm currently designing a customer relationship management tool for auto shop owners and was wondering: Does engine type or the odometer value of a car ever affect pricing for a customer? What ...
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1997 turbo Diesel Toyota Hilux Gear Selection Problem

Got a problem with a turbo Diesel 97 Hilux ute. It now has a recon gear box and new clutch. Problem is sometimes I can put my foot down on the clutch and the car is still in gear and moving (1st, 2nd ...
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Wiper linkage converting from RHD to LHD

What is main diferences beetwen RHD and LHD wiper linkage? Is possible some how convert RHD -> LHD wiper linkage for BMW E46? I have good working LHD wiper linkage motor and full RHD linkage with ...
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“Flight recorder” for automobiles? [closed]

As I sat in traffic court last week for a non-moving violation, many of the cases were clearly he said/she said issues.. particularly with stop sign violations. I can easily see how this specific ...
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2007 BMW Z4 won't start when my phone is plugged into the cigarette lighter plug

Sometimes when my cell phone is on charge in my 2007 BMW Z4 before I start it, nothing happens when I turn the key. The car is acting like it would if I did not have the clutch pushed in - the key ...
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How can I elegantly secure a USB charging cable to the dashboard?

In extension of this Q about the power outlet I have a related question about how to secure the USB charging cable that runs from the power plug in the cigarette lighter socket to the corner of the ...
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Water droplets on inside of glass that covers headlight

I am seeing water droplets on inside of the glass that covers the headlights. They don't seem to go away. How can I fix this? I think I found the answer here: ...
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how to increase mileage of petrol to match with diesel car

My relatives bought a diesel car and I found out that their gas mileage is better than my petrol gas mileage. Now, the price of petrol is soaring. Can I increase my mileage to match their gas mileage? ...
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Rough noise while accelerating

My car is a 2002 Nissan Altima with 106,873 miles. After 95K miles, my car has been giving a rough noise from the engine. After shifting into second gear, it's smooth until I hit the gas pedal hard. ...
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Plastic end-tank radiator

Why are modern radiators made from aluminium with plastic ends? What is the durability compared to 100% aliuminium radiators?
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How to repair a 2003 Kia Sedona side mirror

I've just bought used 2003 Kia Sedona. The left side mirror accidentally hit a pole at my house, flipping the left side mirror backwards. I pushed it back, and it looks normal but I can no longer ...
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How to save fuel on downhill slopes on a motorcycle: clutch or neutral?

I have a two wheeler i.e. bike (Honda company, four stroke) which has four gear. While driving my bike, when I come to downhill slopes, I shift the motorcycle to neutral to save the fuel. (The slopes ...
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FWD vs RWD winter time [closed]

Background: All my life I drove FWD (Front Wheel Drive) cars. I drove FWD in different conditions with all-season tires and always got good and even predictable handling during winter periods. In ...
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High short term fuel trim on one side when starting car?

2003 Ford Crown Victoria V8 Engine Dual exhaust 2 cats & O2 sensors per side Since some time last year I've been getting an error code throw up, with seemingly no regularity: P2197 - O2 stuck ...
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What Could Cause a Sudden Loud Noise When Driving on Highway?

1990 Toyota 4Runner, V6, automatic transmission, 2 or 4 wheel drive (which I always keep in 2WD). I've owned the car for about two months, the previous owner, whom I know and trust, drove this car ...
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657 views

Sluggish Acceleration, Minor Surging

I have a 2000 Infiniti i30 with 160K miles that is in fantastic shape. I purchased it from a mechanic who had gotten it from a customer who basically ended up not wanting it. The mechanic replaced the ...
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Start Motorcycle Garaged for Over a Year

What do I need to do to get my motorcycle running again after I've left it in my garage for over a year?
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2001 Ford Explorer clunk during turns, especially inclines or bumps

I have an early-model (it has 2000 model brakes) 2001 Ford Explorer that demonstrates a noticeable (tactile and somewhat loud) clunk occasionally during turns. It seems to be much more likely when ...
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How important is time-based servicing vs. distance-based servicing?

For years I have been driving a very old car, and servicing it every 10,000 kilometres even though it took me almost a year to drive that much. Now I have a newer car which I care about more. It's ...
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Steering wheel shuffling sound when turning - Astra H

Often, but not always, when I turn the steering wheel (during parking for example) I can hear a shuffling sound from somewhere near the steering wheel mounting. This happens when turning in both ...
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Motorcycle popping on acceleration

I have a 1975 Honda XL250 that I bought earlier this summer. Up until recently its been running great. It was leaking a little gas, but nothing too serious. When it started to get worse, I opened up ...
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radiator grill fins bent

I have a over heating problem. I have replaced the water pump, thermostat, upper radiator hose and the coolant temperature sensor. They were all in need of replacement, but my car still over heats ...
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2005 Ford Taurus - Is it really harmful to use standard antifreeze?

My wife was speaking with a mechanic when she took the car in for a safety and emissions inspection this past week and the mechanic told her that we HAD to take our Ford Taurus to a Ford dealership or ...

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