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Lower suspension self locking nut stuck

I'm trying to change the shocks on my 1993 Acura Integra, but I just can't seem to loosen the self-locking nut from the bolt that connects the lower part of the shock to the knuckle. I tried Liquid ...
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Washing coolant system with dish soap to remove oil residue

Someone mentioned it is a good idea to wash the coolant system with dish soap to remove residue oil. I was wondering if that is true or can it have any side effects?
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1answer
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Rear suspension much more sensitive to bumps than front

Whenever I drive over speed bumps (or pot holes or whathaveyou) I notice that when the rear wheels go over, the whole car jumps up and down and clatters, a lot more so than the front wheels. I am ...
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Is it okay to leave a car for 5 months without driving it?

I need to travel to the east coast and work from there for a duration of 5 months. I can leave my car in covered parking here and ask a friend to start the car for a few minutes every week. What ...
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338 views

2002 Ford Explorer won't start

I've had it for about two years now, and didn't have this problem until recently. At one occasion after a long trip it wouldn't start after parking for a few minutes.. the next morning it fired right ...
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1answer
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What oil brand, style, weight, and filter for a 230k 98 Honda Acord LX 4-cyl?

first time here and pointed this way by a friend after I asked about on twitter. I've got a 1998 Honda Accord LX 4-cyl 2.3L with 230k miles approximately on it. I try to take decent care but I've ...
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Lower quality oil vs high quality oil [closed]

tl;dr Which is best? Buying high-quality, longer-lasting, but more expensive oils and changing oil less frequently or buying lower-quality oil but changing more frequently? As I'm trying to find my ...
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Ford Ranger Clutch Suddenly Has No Pressure

I recently (about 3 months ago) got my clutch replaced in my '97 Ford Ranger, and when i was driving it yesterday, the clutch suddenly stopped working. I was in gear when it happened and was able to ...
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What's the proper method of replacing the crank shaft oil seal of a Honda Rebel?

I've been searching for a guide, but haven't found anything the deals with the oil seals specifically. My '09 Honda Rebel is leaking oil into the flywheel cover, and I suspect the flywheel and crank ...
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142 views

Removing scuff marks from paintwork

Hi could any one give me some advise on how to get rid of this mark please
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Will premium gas give me extra benefit? [duplicate]

My car: Toyota Camry 1994 LE, 4 cyl, 4 door sedan, automatic 127000 miles. Will buying Shell premium gas give me extra benifit?
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141 views

Mean Piston Speed in Turbocharged Vs. Naturally Aspirated Engines

Does anyone know why the mean piston speed might be lower in the average turbo gasoline engine compared to the average naturally aspirated engine? Scratching my head to figure this out but no luck so ...
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1answer
277 views

Grinding gearbox problem

My brother has a honda civic type R that he bought 2nd hand a few months ago. Every time he tries to shift into 3rd gear, there is a faint grinding niose coming from the engine. Sometimes before ...
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2answers
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Rebending a bumper

I've got a '99 Ranger which ran over a metal sign post. Squashed the post (we did notify the people responsible for the post). The only damage to the Ranger is a slightly bent chrome bumper. I'd like ...
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2answers
235 views

2005 Chevy Cobalt front speakers silent

In my 2005 Chevy Cobalt front speakers went silent (ones in the back still work fine). What could be the reason and what's the best way to fix them?
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2answers
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Flickering lights and volt light on 2004 PT Cruiser

My 2004 PT Cruiser just flashed the internal battery light. I was able to drive home, but I noticed that the LED lights on the clock were flickering. I played with the RPM of the motor a bit(manual ...
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2answers
466 views

Why are there no Stainless Steel wheels to prevent Corrosion in Winter?

Steel wheels are often used in Winter due to its low cost, however, it is very prone to rust. Why are Stainless Steel wheels, more specifically 316 Stainless Steel not being more popular as the ...
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1answer
273 views

'04 Nissan Sentra - Smoke from engine compartment after long drive

My sister has a 2004 Nissan Sentra with a 1.8L engine, and a day or two ago she started noticing some (not a lot) smoke coming from the engine compartment after driving for a long time (i.e., more ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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Car shakes when in gear at red light

I bought a '96 Toyota Camry about a month ago. When I first turn the car on and the engine is cold, I can have the car stopped (in gear) and it will not shake. The idle RPMs will be at 1000. After ...
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1answer
57 views

Compare repair quotes [closed]

My car: Toyota Camry 1994 LE, 4 cyl, 4 door sedan, automatic 127000 miles. It failed the MD state inspection and following repairs are required. Power steering belt. Power steering pump leak. Power ...
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3answers
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Cooling fans not running

My 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT (6 cy/3.4L) has been having cooling issues. I started by replacing the thermostat and performing a flush & fill on the radiator. This didn't seem to resolve the issue ...
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1answer
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Radiator and coolant ports

I think I have a leak in my radiator because water came pouring out from under my car mazda 6s 2002. The only thing is when I opened my coolant cap it was still full. What could be the problem
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1answer
274 views

How to fix a sticky / squeaky clutch pedal

The clutch pedal in my 2001 Honda S2000 (applies to other cars as well) is very sticky and sometimes squeaky, how do I fix it?
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1answer
179 views

My car pulls/stalls after i apply brakes and it makes a loud grinding sound

I have a 2002 Mercury Cougar and it makes a loud grinding sound every time i brake. Sometimes it even rolls backwards when in drive. What could be the problem(s)?
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2answers
282 views

Clicking when 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee is in motion

Over the course of the last year, I've been hearing clicking becoming louder and louder from the underside of our Grand Cherokee. I replaced the foremost U-joint a year and a half ago, and have since ...
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4answers
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Cold start squeaking noise in engine

I just purchased a used 2010 Corolla 3 days ago. I've only now noticed that when I start the car, there is a squeaking sound coming from the engine. It lasts no more than a second. Sounds like it ...
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3answers
422 views

LED tail lights flashing at ultra high speed

I've just replaced the old tail lights on my 1993 Triton ute with LED ones. Now I have the issue where the indicators flash at such a high speed it may as well not be flashing at all. If I put the ...
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1answer
146 views

Schedule for brake fluid replacement in Subaru

How often should brake fluid be replaced in a Subaru Impreza 2002? Or should it be replaced at all? (Looking for distances in km)
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What is ECT Mode for? - Toyota Cars?

I'm not sure if this is a feature on Toyota cars alone, but I currently drive a '99 Avalon XLS and in addition to the D3 mode which I know disables overdrive, right above the radio near the top of ...
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0answers
525 views

2005 Toyota Rav4 Won't Start

I have a 2005 Toyota Rav4 with about 130k miles on it which, after the other day, will no longer start. I drove it to the store, and while stopped, idling at a stoplight on the way home, the engine ...
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1answer
324 views

2004 Ford Escape Reserve Coolant mixed with oil

I have been using my 2004 ford escape 4x4 v6 for nearly 7 years now since my dad gave it to me. I am not a very technical guy when it comes to car maintenance but I see to it that it is always ...
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1answer
79 views

Do you recognize this connector?

I bought a pair of side marker lamps for my car (OEM p/n 26160-JK00B). They are compatible with Nissan MO/Infinity. My car is a Nissan Murano 2009 (US model) which doesn't come by default with ...
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2answers
359 views

How to fix a door scratch?

Got a Black, Crystal Black Pearl, Crosstour. Just last night, I reckleslly backed into the parking lot, and front right door was scratched by the short stone wall adjacent to the spot. I'm not cheap, ...
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0answers
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Help Identify Noise in 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Anyone have any clue what this noise is? It feels like it is originating deep in the dashboard on the passenger side. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRfXuy7S-8E It seems to be related to the A/C ...
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How do you get the carburetors out of a 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000 P?

It's a 4-cylinder engine, and the carbs are really wedged in there. The best way I know is to loosen the boots on both sides, pull the carbs back, and try to slip them out sideways, but what a pain! ...
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0answers
338 views

Toyota Tacoma 2007 fuse diagram

I am having bad luck searching online to find a concise fuse diagram for my Tacoma. I am a little frustrated with the abbreviations that are on the diagram on the box cover. In particular, I need to ...
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0answers
134 views

Where is the “comfort relay” in a BMW 1992 325i AUTO?

Please advise where the Comfort Relay is positioned in my car which is right-hand drive. The problem is that the windows and sunroof do not open or close.
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2answers
104 views

Is is possible to fit an extra seat belt into a 1998 Suzuki Wangon R+?

I have a Suzuki Wagon R+ from '98 and there are only 2 seat belts on the rear but space enough to accommodate at least 3 (skinny) people. Can you recommend me any good practice advice on fitting an ...
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9answers
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How can you tell the oil needs to be changed?

I know oil should be changed every 3000 or 6000 miles (depending on the car and conditions) but I'm not all that great at keeping track and I've let the car go for 10,000 miles before and it still ...
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1answer
64 views

Overflow tank's lid has been opened for a long time

I've just found that overflow tank's lid has been opened by itself. I dont know how long maybe four months since I bought it. Coolant level is now above the full mark. Does it cause any damage to the ...
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2answers
128 views

Standard headlight socket type for 2006 Forester

I'm confused. I bought replacement bulbs from Amazon that it assured me were correct for my car. After they arrived I realized they were the wrong socket type. I researched socket types and determined ...
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11answers
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What happens if a single spark plug unexpectedly goes down in a multi-cylinder engine?

AFAIK vehicle manuals say owner must replace spark plugs every N miles. Suppose he fails to do so and a single spark plug unexpectedly dies in an engine with multiple cylinders right in a freeway. ...
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votes
2answers
380 views

How do keyless ignition fobs charge?

I have a 2013 Honda Accord with a keyless entry system and can't figure out how to charge the keyless entry fob. I've looked in the manual and can't find anything about it. I asked the dealer and they ...
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5answers
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RPM and duration to recharge a battery?

My car had been sitting for a while without being driven. The battery now has a weak charge but it can get the engine started (barely). I would like to charge the battery by running the engine, but ...
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2answers
206 views

Can an engine be 'too lean' at 0%/closed Throttle?

This is regarding an argument I'm looking to settle with my friend, over in particular a Triumph TT600 motorcycle. When off the throttle and above 6k RPM, the engine will 'hang' at 4.5k-5k for a few ...
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3answers
125 views

Should I get a second opinion from a different mechanic?

Previous question for context TL;DR: My 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE had a flashing check engine light and I found oil in the coolant. A family member took the car to a mechanic this week. He checked ...
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2answers
200 views

Determining the size/pitch of bolts and nuts before taking things apart

I'm a shade tree mechanic with an old car that's got a fair amount of rust on various fasteners (particularly in the under-regions). When I'm doing maintenance, I often like -- or find the need to -- ...
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vote
2answers
47 views

How to undo transmission nuts

I have an ~1986 Yamaha Ag 200 and I've been pulling it apart as a bit of a hobby to understand a bit more about how it works and hopefully in the end get it going. I've opened it up so some gears ...
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votes
2answers
931 views

Really high idle after tightening spark plugs

I had a very nasty tick in my engine after doing a bunch of work to it, I just redid my chain tensioner which went a long way to fixing it, then I found that spark plugs could cause a tick, so I ...

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