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Old Cars Burning Oil: How much is too much?

I've heard that it's "normal" for older cars to burn a certain amount of oil and that it's not really a problem. My question is how much is too much? At what threshold does burning oil become a ...
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2006 Honda Civic EX - Green Key Light on dash

Problem: I try to start my car with the original factory key, as well tried with the other factory key (both have chips in them) and the car will start, run for a second then shut off. All the while ...
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Partially blowing a motorcycle main fuse?

So in the continuing saga of my 81 Suzuki GL450L I have been making continuing improvements to the electrical. The coils as previously found were definitely an issue, but possibly not 'the' issue. ...
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Car won't start or stay running after a jump

I have a 2004 Kia Spectra 1.8, I have replaced the spark plugs, the alternator, and my battery is only about two months old. The car will start after a jump but it has to sit for about 10 minutes ...
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Why won't my car unlock? Why does it spontaneously lock itself?

My 2001 Toyota Camry wouldn't unlock this evening. If I turned the key to the "lock" position, it seems to lock OK, but it won't turn at all in the other direction. I managed to break in to the car, ...
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2003 Ford Escape battery and alternators problems

I have a 2003 Ford escape and it kept shutting off when I would leave it running with the Ac for a while. Later on the time my battery light turned on so I figured I needed to charge my battery so I ...
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What happens when you run out of fuel?

My question is specific to diesel or gasoline (petrol) engines. Many people told me that it is very bad to run out of diesel since it can damage the engine and it's difficult to re-engage it ...
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Power steering seems to be coming out of its reservoir from the top. Whats wrong?

I have a 2003 Honda Accord and I thought I had a leak in my power steering because of the whining noise and low fluid. I filled it back up but it kept falling out. I checked where my car is parked and ...
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How difficult is it to change the shocks on my 2007 Ford Ranger 2WD

I need to replace shocks for my 2007 Ford Ranger. Is this something that can be done with little skill?
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Polo 1,6 TDi 2010 Jerking and getting gradually worse

About 5000km after my 105000km service my car started to jerk slightly under 3000 revs as if it wasn't getting any fuel. I had all the sensors replaced that the computers picked up as faults [O2 ...
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Suzuki GSR600 low idle revs and unstable

Just a week ago I noticed in my motorbike unstable rpm, +-300rpm. But today I found that the idle rpm are below 1000rpm, at some points around 500rpm (Normally is 1500rpm). I'm due for the annual ...
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Rear camera screen flickering

https://youtu.be/c4g_W9xNboQ video of it flickering. I've tested the output voltage of the 12v socket, and it's around 20v! Question about that here; Battery high voltage (multimeter was busted, volts ...
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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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49cc scooter shuts off after back tire stops or touches ground

I recently changed the drive belt on my 49cc scooter. But when I did, it won't drive and for me to start it I have to make sure the back tire isn't touching the ground. If the back tire is stopped in ...
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Why does the brake on a 2000 Sienna click and squeak?

When I depress the brake pedal on a 2000 Toyota Sienna, every time the pedal reaches near the halfway mark, there is a discernible click. As the vehicle approaches a stop and I feather the brakes, ...
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Noisy stereo when engine running

I have a 2009 Holden Barina. I turned the car on to "Accessories" and the radio was working fine. I turned the car on, and now there is a noise coming from the speakers and no music. The same thing ...
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How to Clean Lightly Fouled Spark Plugs

My car was running without a thermostat for a few months after I put in new spark plugs. The plugs are a bit fouled ( not horribly so ) and I was thinking about cleaning them. I've seen suggestions ...
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Sludge in the radiator

I have a 08 Kia Rio 5. A mechanic recently rebuild the engine, replaced water pump, changed timing belts etc etc, but now it's leaking oil - not just that, I also found sludge in the radiator and ...
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All signs of clutch slipping but the car only has 48,000 miles. How can this be?

I have a 10 yr old fiat panda with 38k miles on the odometer. Manual Transmission. Within couple months I started getting all of the symptoms of the clutch slipping. The condition is worse in a higher ...
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Can I use a different size donut spare tire for my 97 Accord?

My 1997 Honda Accord came with a 115/70/14 donut spare tire. I had to use it for the first time recently, and it is now totally dead and needs to be replaced. I looked on Ebay and there are a few ...
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Do I have a bad ignition coil? Measurements inside

I'm troubleshooting what I believe is an engine misfire on my LS1 Chevy and want to rule out if I have bad ignition coils. In order to do this I took out the ignition coils and measured the ...
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how to find part number for slide-out tray cover that has cigarette lighter

I have a 2003 Buick Century. The cigarette lighter is located within this tray as part of the dashboard at the bottom (below the radio). This tray pulls out and it has this stiff piece of plastic at ...
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What's wrong if I replace a signal light bulb, but it still acts as if it's burnt out?

I hit the ditch the other day and got towed out. There was no physical damage as far as I can tell, but whenever I indicated right, it would blink fast as if a bulb was burned out. I replaced the ...
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1993 Ford Taurus 3.8

I have a 93 Ford Taurus. There is a lot of oil in the radiator, but no water in the oil. The oil was close to 3 quarts low. I've never seen where there was oil in the water, but no water in the oil. ...
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Vehicle Technology Controls [closed]

Could anyone tell me what "cars Petrol <1,4L Euro-1" means? I really appreciate if anyone can tell me reliable sites to get information about the all the types of vehicle technology controls i.e ...
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2000 Camry P0446 Evaporative Emission Control System Vent Control Circuit Malfunction

I have a 2000 Camry with 86,000 mi the check-engine light came on 4 days ago. It has come on intermittently in the past and then shut off itself. This time it hasn't gone away. A Code reader shows ...
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Battery high voltage

I measured my "cigar socket / outlet" with a multimeter. Instead of 12v it had 19v. Is this normal? Is it my voltage regulator, alternator, battery that has problems? Car: Peugeot 307, 2.0 XSI 2003 ...
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Step-by-step guide to changing oil of a 2004 Nissan Xterra

I'm looking for a step-by-step guide to changing the oil of 2004 Nissan Xterra. I found one a very useful one for my Lexus but I can't find one for my Nissan. Does anyone know of one or would like to ...
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129 views

How to replace broken AC pressure switch Kia Optima 2006

I was replacing the windshield fluid motor in my wife's car, and I saw this sensor had broken in half. Says it's an AC pressure switch, and looks like I could just unscrew it and replace. Except for ...
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Commonly required spare parts for quad bike (e.g. Yahama Grizzly)

I run a remote field station in central Africa, and we are purchasing a quad (probably a Yahama Grizzly) to ease access. Given parts and funding are hard to get hold of, I would like to take full ...
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Clutch catches VERY high, is this bad?

I have a '98 Rodeo and the clutch catches extremely high up the pedal. It's probably 1-2" down (90% up in the travel). The clutch does not slip at all and the car runs great. Is this indicative of ...
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Is there a general fix or product I can buy to silence a squeaky belt?

I have a squeaky belt in my car that is driving me crazy! Is there a general fix or belt treatment product I can buy to silence a squeaky belt? If belts are squeaky, does that mean time for ...
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no fuel pressure after changing fuel regulator

I own a 2001 blazer 4.3lt 4 door 4wheel drive. I was having a hard starting problem several attempts to start before it would run on a few occasions it would back fire through the intake manifold. ...
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At what point do you need to replace the calipers?

I bought my car in February 2013 with 49K miles. It now has 61K miles on it and my brakes are starting to squeak very gently, until I apply more pressure on the brake pedal. When I bought the car, I ...
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Should I put my (UK) Automatic into Neutral at stops?

I have a Vauxhall diesel automatic with electronic handbrake. Which of the following is the best procedure at a red light? Leave in drive, foot on brake Leave in drive, engage handbrake Place in ...
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Is RPM tied to gass usage? [duplicate]

This may be a stupid question, but one that has long intrigued me. Does running an engine at high RPM use more gas than running it a lower RPM? If you are in too high of gear, and the engine is ...
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Can a oil leak cause a fire?

My mechanic has recommended that I fix an oil leak in my car. My car is old and really, I rarely drive it so I'm reluctant to spend any money on fixing it unless it's going to cost more later on or ...
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1answer
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ABS and Traction Control Lights in Pontiac G6

I own a 2006 Pontiac G6, 3.5 V6 with 155,000 miles. I was coming to a gentle stop when the ABS activated, and the brake pedal vibrated as though I lost traction. Before accelerating, both ABS and T/C ...
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Radio Head Unit Flickering On/Off

My 2011 Jeep Patriot started having issues with the radio head unit a few months ago. The radio started occassionally cutting out and coming back on a few seconds later. The issue got progressively ...
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repair ..new fob doesn't operate [duplicate]

I got a 2001 Mercedes S 430 from an estate...the original electronic main key was missing. I went to local Mercedes dealer and ordered new key. Upon receipt of new key, I found it does not operate ...
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1answer
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BMW 530i Navigation software

My friend has bought a BMW 530i from 2004, manufactured in Germany. The original navigation system installation disk is broken. I wounder if it can be downloaded, burnt to a cd/dvd and installed into ...
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1answer
311 views

Car overheating when ac goes from hot to cold

This is a 2003 Honda Civic with about 140k on it. I've had this car checked out by a mechianic and the thermostat was replaced had a pressure test to check for air pockets, nothing. Had a test for a ...
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240 views

oily sludge in coolant reservoir

I have Chev Cruze 2010. There was a heatup and I noticed thick creamy sludge overflowing from the coolant reservoir lid. Mechanic diagnosed issue with engine oil coolant and repaired it. Later he also ...
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Honda Accord 2005 Headlight relay location

Side and full beam working fine, but not dipped headlights. Checked all fuses - ok. I looked at the cover of the fuse box above (pic below). Honda Accord 2005 under-bonnet fuse box Lid Which covers ...
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660 views

Car always takes several attempts to start, what's the problem?

Recently (since the beginning of the winter), my car has been taking several attempts to start every time I use it. Several factors about the car have changed, so it's hard for me to tell what's ...
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0answers
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Typical voltage drop when air con, radio, lights, etc. in use

Imagine the engine/alternator are running and the battery voltage is 14V. If I now turn on the air conditioner, radio, headlights, seat warmer, cigarette lighter, should I now expect the voltage to ...
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OHV vs. OHC: which is faster in speed, horse power?

What are the main differences in OHC and OHV engine designs, and which is faster or more powerful? Also, which is more reliable?
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Why is the oil pan plug not at the complete bottom of the system?

I've noticed on my Jeep TJ, and my mom's Prius that the screw plugging the oil pan is not at the absolute bottom of the oil pan, but offset. I know that the small amount of oil that gets trapped due ...
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2answers
306 views

Rear drum brakes will not release

I have a 2010 GMC Canyon. When you first start up and put the vehicle in gear the breaks will not release.if you accelerate then it will pop and release. This will happen the first two or three times ...
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Charger doesn't stay put in cigarette lighter outlet

The cigarette lighter outlet was never designed to be an electrical outlet the way it's commonly used today. Even so, I've yet to find a plug for charging USB devices that fits and doesn't fall out. ...

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