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1998 Ford Explorer loss of power on take off

Can bad gas or clogged air filter cause loss of power on take off? The car was running fine then I fueled up and checked air filter immediately after it lost power.
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Check Engine code P0420 Catalyst efficiency below threshold bank 1

After months of normal driving with no problems, my 2003 Honda Civic EX check engine light came on during a long trip. Got it scanned and it's P0420: Catalyst efficiency below threshold bank 1. They ...
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Hand turned the crankshaft while in gear. Clutch damage?

My timing belt broke on a 2008 Hyundai Accent and due to being broke I decided to try and fix it myself. I managed to get everything off, two slightly bent valves on the head which I took to a shop ...
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Wrinkled seat cover. Solution?

I have a seat cover that was installed by someone who didn't do a very good job. The result is what we have in the picture below. Is there any way of fixing the wrinkle without removing the whole ...
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Car loses power while driving very briefly and on hills?

At this point I am positive it has something to do with the exhaust system but I am hoping to narrow down whether its a bad sensor or a gasket issue. I will replace them all but kind of enjoying the ...
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Suggestions for refinishing suspension springs

Can anyone suggest a tried and tested method for refinishing suspension springs. The springs I have at the moment have shed their protective coating which I assume was some sort of powder coating? I'...
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How do I remove a pulley where I have no way of stopping it turning anti-clockwise, like I'm turning the nut?

I've been told I need an airgun, but I have no means of getting one. An alternative is a tool that looks like this. It has a handle of flat steel that splits into a wide U, almost Y shaped but the V ...
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honda civic 2000 model

I have a 2000 Honda Civic .... In hot weather, right after work, my car won't start. It just makes a click noise by the relay (solenoid?)... I replaced the battery and it worked fine.... Then, a few ...
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What type of Ferrari's came with wire wheels?

I always thought wire wheels was a British thing but recently I saw a very neat looking Classic Ferrari with wire wheels. Was this odd for an Italian car? Did they come stock with these or was it just ...
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Does it save wear on AWD drivetrain to shift to Neutral before going into Park or Reverse?

I have an old Subaru with All Wheel Drive. I can feel in some circumstances the larger and more complex drivetrain "winding and unwinding" all those differentials and CV joints. It feels unpleasant, ...
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What should I use to remove spray paint

Some people, presumably kids, spray painted my windows and other parts of my car the other weekend. I took the critical area's (the windows) off with a razor blade paint scraper. How can I get the ...
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Ducati Monster S4 electrical problems

I have a 2001 Monster S4. The fuel level sensor hasn't worked since I bought the bike. This is mostly an inconvenience, but as there is no reserve facility it means I need to keep a close eye on my ...
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Ticking noise which gets faster at idle and slows after blipping

Car: Audi S5 2008 V8 4.2L Transmission: Manual Symptoms: There is a quiet (but noticable) ticking noise which can be heard from inside the cabin when the car starts. It starts of slow (maybe 10 ...
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2003 Tibaron ECU fuse blows while driving, not when idling

This is a 2003 Tibaron. The ECU fuse blows only when driving. It can idle for hours. What runs off the ecu fuse? I replaced the ECU, didn't help. Checked power and grounds, no problem found. I'm ...
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Oil leaking into spark plug well despite new gaskets — is RTV a solution?

I replaced my valve cover gasket and the spark plug well sealer gaskets on my 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer recently because of an oil leak. The previous owner (or his mechanic) had over-tightened the bolts ...
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

We have a lot of stray cats in my neighborhood and they possess an uncanny ability to know when a car has been cleaned for them to sit on and enjoy. Needless to say, the dirty, dusty paw marks they ...
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Does brake fluid require topping-up as brake pads wear out?

The other day I was watching a video of a guy changing brake pads, and the first thing he suggested was opening the brake fluid container to remove some fluid with a syringe. This is to avoid ...
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2002 Subaru Forester S - Multiple Non-functional Electrical Components

Bought the car a few days ago, now I'm noticing something that I'm betting may have been done on purpose. My power locks do not work at all, have to manually lock each door. Not the worst thing but ...
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1answer
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How can I repair cracked/broken non-structural carbon fibre parts?

I managed to crack one of the carbon fibre fork protectors on my motorbike. From the damage it looks like this was due to an impact with a solid object. Below are some pictures: It would seem that ...
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Jetta mk2 petrol, reasons for loss of power other than fueling & ignition

I'm planning on buying a 1989 VW Jetta A2 with a 1.6 carb engine and automatic transmission. The particular car I'm interested in is generally in very good condition, except for being low on power and ...
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My feet turn black

I left the pedicure salon, started my car and drove less than 3 miles to pick up something from the store, when I stepped out of my car my feet were black... and I don't meant just from dirt, It ...
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4answers
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What is the BCM (Body Control Module) in a car?

I own a Fiat Grande Punto. Recently I was told by the authorized auto workshop that the BCM in my car has failed and needs to be fixed. So I have two questions regarding this: What is the BCM and ...
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1answer
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My 2005 Honda Accord with OBD codes: 0507 and 0011. Howto Troubleshoot

The check engine light came on very recently with two error codes being thrown. From this source, the following will cause 0507 P0507 HONDA - Idle Control System RPM Higher Than Expected A vacuum ...
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1994 Toyota Celica - Possibly getting too much fuel and causing a flooding condition

This car was running fine and then one day it wouldn't start. I let it set for a couple days and then it started right up. I drove it around for about 12 miles and then parked it. When I went to start ...
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When driving car at 100-120km/h steering wheel starts to vibrate

I drive a Ford Fiesta which has clocked 110 000km total. When I cross 100-120km/h on a smooth road, the steering wheel starts to vibrate, and the vibration reduces when I reduce my speed. I guessed ...
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How hot is “HOT” on a transmission fluid (ATF) dip stick?

I want to add some fluid additive (Lucas) to my transmission, but I don't want to overfill it. The dipstick has add, warm, and hot for measuring. So how hot is the hot level? My temperature gauge ...
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Ball mount ground clearance

I would like to install a ball mount on my 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee but I'm not sure how high the bottom of the ball should be from ground. I've seen different drop and rise numbers on the ball mount ...
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My BMW 325xi smells like gas

It is difficult to start my BMW it runs rough and smells like raw gas from the exhaust pipe. My check engine light is on. What could be the problem? I just had the engine replaced I am over 8,000 ...
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1answer
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Need help installing engine with 2-wire crank sensor into 3-wire setup

My problem is the 2008 chevy trailblazer 4.2 has a 3-wire crank sensor and the reluctor ring on the crank looks similar to a bicycle sprocket. While I did not look at the reluctor ring on the 2005 4....
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317 views

How to program spare key for Toyota Premio 260

I have a Toyota Premio 260 model vehicle, anybody please help me to pair my extra smart key to my vehicle. your help highly appreciated.
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Honda Civic 2002 - Car won't start; electrical system issue suspected

As of yesterday, my 2002 Honda Civic no longer starts or even cranks, even with a boost from another vehicle. Check engine light isn't on, and the car is currently too unstable for me to get a reading ...
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1answer
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2005 Honda DX 4dr 5spd - Gauge Cluster and Int Wipers not working, why?

OK, I have a 2005 Honda Civic DX 4dr Sedan with a 5 speed manual Transmission, Standard everything, no power windows, A/C, plain basic setup. So the other day suddenly my Gauge cluster stops working, ...
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RPM fluctuation while idling

I have a 2003 Ford Explorer that hasn't been idling well lately. It normally idles around 800 or 900 rpms, but lately it will slow down to 400 or 500, then burst up to 1100 and repeat the process ...
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Car rattles at low RPM

I have a 2002 E39 BMW. The car gives a rattling noise when rolling at low rpm with the clutch engaged in any gear. The noise goes away if I add a little gas or depress the clutch any idea what ...
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1answer
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Parking Light Switch Engages Head Lights

On my 1996 Ford Explorer when I turn the knob for my headlights (3 positions, 1 for off, 2 for parking lights, 3 for headlights) to position 2 it turns on my headlights, when I turn to position 3 it ...
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How can I make my metal pedals less slippery when wet?

It's been raining a lot recently, and I have often been getting my pedals wet, they have been quite slippery when I get in the car. Is there anything I can do to them to make them grip better in the ...
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My 05 F150 engine knocking

Drove it - reached destination and started knocking - NO oil on dipstick. Put in 5 quarts of oil - ran fine until reached next destination - started knocking again - oil was present this time - drove ...
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1answer
411 views

How do the power locks work in a 2004 Buick Rendezvous?

I'm trying to figure out why the power lock is not working in one of the doors of a 2004 Buick Rendezvous, unfortunately I don't really understand how the power lock system works. There are two ...
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Will higher octane fuel improve towing power?

According to Will higher octane fuel improve gas mileage? higher octane fuel does NOT notably improve fuel efficiency. Will higher octane fuel, increase power while towing? I looked online and ...
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1answer
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Brake fade and spongy brakes at high speeds

I was driving my girlfriends Ford Fiesta last week and it started to experience brake fade. It always happened after driving the car at higher speeds over 100kmh (60 MPH). The brake pedal became ...
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1answer
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2006 Dodge Durango 4.7 L V-8 running hot

My 2006 Durango runs hot after a while . It's not losing much coolant. Also if the cap is off and you start it, Iit will blow back water out the opening. I thought it may have a head gasket crack or ...
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How to diagnose a starter motor that does not work

My e46 M3 would not start when I got to the parking garage after work. When I first turned the key, I heard a sound like grinding gears, but I was so startled that I immediately stopped trying to ...
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2answers
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Motorcycle Starting Motor does not crank, WHY?

Eureka! After replacing the starter relay purchased on eBay with the original Honda one the engine starts and runs perfectly! ''''''2''''' UPDATE: installed a new fully charged battery = still no ...
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1answer
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My car is sputtering

I have a 2004 Saab 9-3. Changed the coils less than a year ago. My car is sputtering when idling and when driving. Started using premium gas at Chevron---thought it was the gasoline. Mileage is 11600. ...
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1answer
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Volvo Turn Signal Light Problem

My dad has an old Volvo V70 from 2001. One of the blinkers (that yellow light that you turn on if you go left or right) is not working properly. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We opened ...
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2answers
451 views

Jeep Wrangler spark-plug issue

I just got the spark plugs changed because my 2009 6 cyl. Jeep Wrangler (with 70,000 mi) was throwing code for a misfire. After the change, it doesn't run as smoothly as before. It chugs and skips, ...
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2answers
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Where is the clutch pedal located on a manual 1998 Ford Contour?

In the early/mid 2000s, my mother owned a manual transmission Ford Contour, and I got to drive it a couple of times in my early teens. Both she and I remember the clutch pedal being in the middle (...
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3answers
554 views

Kawasaki EX650 - What causes a stator to burn out?

My motorcycle recently required a new stator (plus a new regulator rectifier and battery) because the stator burnt out and fried everything. What are the typical causes of a burnt-out stator? Does ...
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1answer
278 views

Motorcycle Headlight Conversion

I've decided to install a new headlight on my bike. The current setup is two bulbs, one is on for low beam and both on for high beam, with two wires going out of each (h11?). Here is a short video of ...
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2answers
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Suzuku Katana does not start after an accident

I have a Suzuki Katana GSX600F. After an accident I was in, I rode the bike home and all was fine except a little cosmetic damage. In rainstorm it tipped over and after picking it up and trying to ...

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