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BMW E60 530i - Dashboard LCD Issues

After parking my car for too long I decided to drive it. I noticed that the dashboard LCD is covered in red. I don't know how this occurred. Is there a possible fix for this? Is there a ...
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After many repairs engine still vibrates (1995 Ford Probe, 4-cylinder, automatic)

If memory serves me correctly, repairs / replacements include: all mounts (engine and transmission), torque converter, entire electrical system, harmonic balancer pulley, various sensors, checked for ...
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Does an Engine Strut Bar have any effect on performance?

I just bought a 1988 foxbody and I'm currently working on restoring it and then maybe in the future do some engine improvements. I've had many people tell me to avoid this, as my car isn't going to ...
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Which vehicle manufacturer produces scissor jacks that have hex heads?

I had a flat last night and went to put on the spare and the jack had seized! After a couple of people started working with it, we finally broke it loose, but since the primary screw had rusted I ...
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P1135 code on 2003 Toyota RAV4

I have a Toyota RAV4 2003 and the CEL used to come on and off, but now lately it stay on all the time. I did check with OBD reader and the car had a P1135. I did check the voltage on upstream and ...
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Brakes to the floor HELP!

Please help, earlier this morning while driving from work, an young man was driving crazy on the freeway. He spin out of control hit 2 cars, then hit the semi-truck in front of me. Mind you we are all ...
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Is it really not advisable to let your fuel tank get low on fuel?

I have frequently heard people blaming engine problems on letting the fuel in the fuel tank get too low, in so doing allowing sediment to be sucked into the fuel pump, which then causes a blockage. I ...
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Single headlight does not come on but is not burnt out

I have noticed a problem recently with my Acura Integra's driver side 9006 headlight low-beam bulb. At first I thought the bulb was burnt out and needed replacement; however upon inspection I noticed ...
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High pitch hum/ringing

Ive started to notice that there´s a high pitch hum or ringing (sort of like a high pitch ringing in your ears sometimes) when the engine is running. And when i turn off the engine its like turning ...
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BMW 320D 2011 ED - Engine Malfunction Icon

driving back from work and this warning light came on.. the car wet into limp mode but then was ok after 1 second. No lights on after that! today the same thing happened driving to work came on for 1 ...
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Portable jumpstart kits: why aren't regular car batteries this small?

I was looking at the details of this jumpstart product: It claims to be 2 lbs and 14.2 x 12 x 3.5 inches, which I think is for the outer black canvas case, so I would guess the actual device is ...
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Hyundai XG350 - Positive or Negative Ground Battery?

I have a 2002 Hyundai XG350, and all of the wires from the battery run out of sight before connecting to the chassis. There is only one wire coming off of the negative, and a number of different ...
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What does NM@rpm mean in car's spec sheet?

I checked my car's specs sheet this morning and in it I noticed: Torque NM@rpm: 145@4600 What does NM@rpm mean?
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What are the pros and cons of fiberglass body?

Fiberglass is a prominent material for building boats. It's well-tested and durable. Over the years, there have been few attempts to adopt fiberglass as in automotive industry: Glasspar G2 - a 1950 ...
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2000 Honda Civic Won't Start after Replacing spark Plugs

My 2000 honda civic ex 4-dr sedan seemed like it was misfiring. I decided to check the spark plugs to see if that was the issue. I replaced the spark plugs. The car would turn over however the ...
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ECM vs. PCM vs. ECU?

Engine Control Module Powertrain Control Module Engine Control Unit Reading about them online, they seem to be the same thing, computers. So what are the spcific difference between them? Is the other ...
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No water flow in the radiator - 99 Cadillac STS

What's wrong when water doesn't flow from your radiator. I already put a water pump and a thermostat on putits still running hot. What could be the problem?
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How do I know if car ECU has a REV Limiter?

My car is fairly new and not that well documented online (it's a new model from late 2015) For safety, how do I know if my car has a REV-limiter without testing it and letting it go up the red line ...
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Is there a rev matching device?

I understand that rev matching is acquired skill by practicing and driving more. I'd like to know if there was a device you could attach to your car that would detect and notify you if engine rev is ...
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No fuel pressure

97 Ford f350 7.3 turbo with duel tank set up ..... I need to know a few things. 1) what can cause no fuel to pump into the fuel bowl, other than the camshaft and the mechanical fuel pump? 2) with a ...
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My car locks lower gears when on high speed, why?

When I'm on say 50 Km/h my first gear is not accesible and second gear is too, 3rd gear however is hard to push in but 4th gear is easy to slip in, why?
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What does BHP@rpm mean?

In my car's specs sheet I noticed: Power (BHP@rpm): 117@6600 What does BHP@rpm mean?
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Driving simulation while on front jackstands

I have a 2007 Tacoma, 4WD. I wanted to perform a driving simulation but with the truck being still in order to troubleshoot a rattling sound I can't reproduce when the engine is idling but the ...
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2000 Grand AM GT engine and electric cut out randomly while driving

My Grand Am is cutting off randomly while driving. I have not been able to purposely reproduce the problem, which makes diagnosis difficult. I am looking for any advice in diagnostics, or parts to ...
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STEERING ISSUE 99 TAURUS

My daughters 99 Ford Taurus recently started having steering issues. Noticed it on a recent ice covered road. Here is the issue: you go down the road & sometimes the driver side front wheel is ...
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“Missing” motor

My Subaru Forester 2003 runs fine until I go up steep inclines when it starts to loose power and goes into "limp mode" (ie shut down). I can restart it okay but the same thing happens after a while ...
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Is Torque App reliable to read O2 sensor data?

My 2006 Toyota Prius is throwing code P0420 and I used a cheap OBD-II reader with Torque App on Android to check if my O2 sensors are working or not. I tried the maintenance mode to just run the ...
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Exhaust Flame Kit

I have been searching over the past week or so trying to educate myself as much as possible before going ahead and trying to build an exhaust flame kit from scratch (the ones on sale on the internet ...
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1997 1.8t Audi Quattro - using coolant

I have an issue with my 97 1.8T Quattro using coolant. I've checked for external leaks and can't find any. The engine oil is still clean. Has anybody had this issue before? Is it possible for it ...
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How to apply brakes so there is minimal wear and tear?

I am looking to conserve energy and increase brake pad life in the following scenario - Say I need to stop 500 meters from where I am at. Assume I am a very aware and an expert driver and that there ...
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my 2002 Ford Taurus won't start and makes no clicking ,etc noise.

I went to start my car today, it turned over for a sec, then stopped and made no noise. All lights & accessories still work. First, I cleaned the battery terminals and cables to ensure clean ...
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Could a fuse be responsible for my VW Jetta not shifting while in drive?

Issue with my VW Jetta (2001) Automatic transmission, gasoline engine My tail lights were out because of a missing fuse. So in the dark I looked to find a good one to replace it with (of the ones ...
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Honda civic '97 crank, no start. Once started, drives fine

So over the weekend when I tried starting my car up with the fuel running from reserve (I know, times are tough), it didn't crank. We tried kick starting it, nothing. My neighbour went to get some ...
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Rear Window Defogger with only one terminal

Does the rear window defogger only work with both side terminals connected? I observed that one of the terminal of my rear window is broken, so is it that now it wont even defog half of the screen? ...
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How do I drain the brake fluid for a 1999 BMW K1200RS?

I need to drain the brake fluid for my 1999 BMW K1200RS with ABS in order to do some minor service on the Master Cylinder, but I don't have a service manual for the bike. How should I go about doing ...
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98 Olds Intrigue headlights turn off when driving turn back on by using switch

When I'm driving in cold weather, the headlights (which turn on automatically) go out. I can turn them on with the manual switch. Which relay or fuse does controls this? Does anyone have a number or ...
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How fast should a Honda CBR 600 F4i idle when the engine is cold

My CBR 600 F4i idles at about 3000 rpm when the engine is cold, after about 2 to 3 minutes when the engine warms up, it settles back down to regular idle speed of about 1300 rpm. Is this normal for ...
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2002 Toyota Camry LE trunk lid will not open

We've got a 2002 Toyota Camry LE, the trunk won't open. We've tried the key fob button, the release in the front of the car by the driver side seat, the Emergency pull handle inside the trunk itself ...
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How to Identify which O2 sensor is faulty WITHOUT readings from the car's system

I have a 2005 Hyundai Accent, and the check engine light is on. I'm almost 100% sure it's the O2 sensor because it's not as fuel efficient as usual... My work schedule conflicts with mechanics around ...
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What can cause an oil leak which spill everywhere in the car (Toyota) including the top inside of the hood?

My friend lent me her Toyota Corolla and as I put it in my driveway I saw oil drops. I later lifted the the hood and saw oil spilled inside the top of the hood and on the belt every where. It was ...
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How is video transmitted in the car? (E.g., from backup camera to NAV display.)

Does video from the backup camera or side mirror camera travel to the (NAV) display via the CAN bus or some other mechanism? I'm really curious if you can get access in some way to that video - or ...
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What are some typical maintenance things that every owner should do regularily?

Right now I just get a car wash every month, and my oil changed and whatever is included in that. Usually just a quick "inspection". Is there anything else I should be doing for my car? Or also, is ...
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Why are there multiple CAN buses in vehicles?

There are a number of questions on the CAN bus but none (so far as I can tell) that explain why there are several CAN buses in a vehicle. From what I understand many different nodes can be connected ...
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Key Card Battery Low message after replacing battery

I have a late 2012 Renault Megane and when using one of our key cards the dashboard displayed a message about the battery being low. I have replaced the battery with a brand new one and the message is ...
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Could a modern car be modded enough to work without ECUs?

With enough time and skill sets, could a modern car be modded enough to work without microprocessors? Having machining skills and a fitted workshop, without buying a new motor block or transmission. ...
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How can you unfreeze frozen windshield fluid?

The windshield fluid stops coming out of the nozzle in cold weather, leading me to suspect the fluid is freezing somewhere. I checked the tank and its full (and liquid). Also, liquid starts coming ...
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Cleaning mud from motorcycle radiator

Can anyone suggest a non damaging way to clean my muddy radiator? Preferably without removing it from the bike. Thanks! Update, after cleaning it with sprayed hot water and small brushes: ...
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Lubricating Spring Compresor Threads

I'm getting ready to replace the struts on one of my vehicles using a set of ampro T70570 coil spring compressors: I had vaguely remembered reading somewhere that it's a good idea to oil the ...
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Is it safe to lift up your wipers in cold weather? [duplicate]

Lifting up your wipers prevent them from sticking to the windshield in freezing weather. However, is it safe to do so? I'm concerned the wipers might get frozen / stuck while they are upright, causing ...
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Squealing noise and battery gage drops

I have a 1989 Chevy z71 pickup truck. The engine makes a squealing noise and I noticed the battery gage drops down as well. Replaced the idler pulley already. Battery is new also. The squealing ...

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