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Is coolant testing necessary on modern vehicles?

My father in law continually reminds me to check my antifreeze when it starts getting cold. I get the squeeze tester out and it always shows everything is fine. We drive cars that are always less than ...
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2007 Ford Ranger no heat

My 2007 Ford Ranger has no heat when I turn it on, but the COLD A/C works beautifully? All of the sudden the heat stopped working. It doesn't get humid or tepid at all, just no heat. What can I look ...
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'66 Doge Dart made a loud CRACK, engine almost stalled. The second time it happened, there was a puff of black smoke

I was driving my wife's automatic '66 Dodge Dart 270 (slant-6) for about a mile when I heard a loud CRACK and the engine almost stalled, but then it immediately seemed fine. I looked in the rearview ...
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What is the cold engine light really telling me?

My 2013 Honda Fit has been for the past few weeks or so invariably showing me the cold engine light (a blue thermometer with the letter C) when I start it up before or after work (or most other ...
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Car not starting easily in the cold?

I drive a 97 Subaru Legacy. The engine was resealed with mostly new parts within the last 6 months. The oil was changed recently. The battery is 2 years old. Normally I get NO TROUBLE, ever, ...
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102 views

2003 Honda Accord V6 - steering sounds

When I turn the steering wheel more than 30 degrees one way or the other, I start to hear a zzzzhhhhhh sound. What could be causing the sound? How would I go about diagnosing what is causing the ...
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06 Chevy Cobalt ls 2.2 l . Replaced B1S1 O2 sensor still having issues

I went and had my 06 Cobalt checked out because the dreeded check engine light came one and I got the P0420 threshold bank 1 code. My mechanic, who has been a good friend of mine for quite some time, ...
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Bmw E46: strange problems with automatically closing windows and broken light warning

I have had a couple of strange problems and I can't really make sense of it. When I parked the car, I locked the doors as always with the windows closed (I am absolutely sure about this; it was ...
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OVERHEATING 07 grand prix

My car has been overheating bad I took it to auto zone and hooked it up to the check engine thing and they said it was getting to 207 withing 10 secounds. It get hot fast and my heat doesnt work ...
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When should you replace plastic constructed ramps?

Is there a recommendation on how often you should replace plastic ramps? If the ramps look visibly damaged or warped it would make sense to buy a new pair, but I'm curious if the structural integrity ...
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1answer
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In Columbus, Ohio. 28 degrees out for last 9 hrs. Only water in radiator.Can I start and drive safely?

99 Ford Windstar. I kept water in all summer or else it ran hot. Been trying to get antifreeze in through the top because I had no money to pay to find and fix problem, now since cooler outside, water ...
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793 views

How do I determine if my Toyota Camry 1994 LE has a 5S-FE or 1MZ-FE engine?

My car: Toyota Camry 1994 LE, 4 cyl, 4 door sedan. What is the type of the engine?
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1answer
161 views

Repair broken headlight mounting bracket 2007 Toyota Tacoma

I have recently hit a deer and it broke the top two brackets that are holding the headlight in place. The brackets are actually plastic and are integrated (plastic welded?) into the light housing. ...
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1answer
77 views

Strange sound of Clutch when it is up and when starting the car from cold

The sound stops when I press it down or hold it more up. The car is in Finland now so there is something like minus -5 celcius which causes the problem when the car is kept outside. I will record the ...
2
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1answer
97 views

New Rotor making noise after installation

Replaced rear rotors, calipers, pads, hardware. One wheel was making noise as I test drove it. I found the rotor had some scratches closer to the inside but other than the pad I couldn't find what ...
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2answers
2k views

Replacing four tires or two front tires on a front-wheel drive car

I have driven my car since ~84,000 miles. As stated below, I have replaced the front passenger tire for slow leaks twice. The other tires haven't been replaced since I started driving it. I am ...
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How to fix leaking air conditioning schrader valve

I have a 98 jeep cheerokee sport. The air conditioning coolant leaks. After doing some diagnostics, I detected audibly a hissing sound coming from the low input port, leading me to believe the ...
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1answer
989 views

oil sludge in my 1998 Honda Civic LX radiator

My 1998 Honda Civic LX appears to have oil sludge in radiator overflow tank. Mechanic says I need to replace engine or buy a new car. What would cause this to happen. Have been very faithful in ...
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1answer
236 views

What could cause a sudden pop-up (explosion/blow off) noise inside the car while driving?

2006 Hyundai Sonata, V6, automatic transmission. I've owned the car for a year and a half now without any troubles. Today while driving there was a sudden explosive noise inside the car as if ...
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0answers
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Honda Accord 2003 V6 - seems that there's a slight lag in acceleration than before - what could be the cause?

I've recently noticed that there's a slight lag from when I depress the gas pedal to feeling the car accelerate. What could be the cause? I the mornings when I start the car I hear a ...
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2answers
451 views

2003 Honda Accord - driver side low beam light bulb replacement

I've been researching this because I figured that I can do this myself. I was able to change the passenger side one once before. On the driver side, the battery is in the way so it is impossible to ...
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3answers
100 views

truck will not start

2000 F350 Diesel will not turn over. Replaced Fender mounted solenoid and batteries and it still just clicks. Had the starter tested and it tested good. Still just clicks, could it be the starter ...
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1answer
109 views

2008 Chevy Cobalt Toe In?

While getting the oil changed on a 2008 Chevy Cobalt, they performed an alignment analysis (and made the change take 1.5 hours longer >.>). The technician printed a report stating my front end had too ...
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0answers
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New car should run slow for better mileage - Myth or reality? [duplicate]

I just bought a Ford Ecosport and it has been only hours old. The dealer told me to drive the car at as slow speed as possible for the first 3 months (not more than 80 kmph) although my car can easily ...
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1answer
332 views

Timing Chain Tensioner Assembly Life Expectancy - 2003 Corolla

Question about the tensioner assembly for my 2003 Corolla. At 99,000 miles Toyota replaced the assembly. This week, after a routine inspection, the same Toyota service shop suggested replacing the ...
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1answer
785 views

Emergency brake light always on

I got a 94 honda accord. Recently ebrake light on the dash shows up even the ebrake handle is down. I tried to look at the switch on the ebrake and mess with it a little bit. Then the ebrake light ...
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4answers
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F-150, heater will blow hot, then cold

F-150, heater will blow hot, then cold and then heat gauge will rise to extreme high, will boil over then gauge will drop to normal. Just had it flushed and no change. After driving for about 10-15 ...
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1answer
81 views

Is the wing (AKA fender) on a BMW 335d MSport attached by glue?

I have cracked my wing and discovered that there is glue under the wing as if it has been repaired before. The garage I bought the car from is claiming that it is factory fitted and that BMW use glue ...
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1answer
447 views

How much money to spend maintaining a 12-year-old Civic [closed]

I hope it's OK to ask this here. This was the only site I could find related to cars. I have a 2002 Honda Civic which I got in Nov 2001, so it is fully 12 years old. However, I've been commuting by ...
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1answer
441 views

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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1answer
101 views

Cheapest/right bypass for Avatel 4111L remote start. DBALL or the 556U?

I'm doing my homework before getting professional installation with mail-order parts. I want to install a Avatel 4111L in my 2006 Acura TSX. Avatel (Directed Electronics) Support recommends the ...
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1answer
385 views

Astra Turbo sounding like a diesel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph6JOhFJcJA The video above demonstrates the sound I hear when my car is at operating temperature. I don't know why it would sound so rough. It doesn't sound quite as ...
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2answers
298 views

2000 Dodge Ram 1500 won't idle

The battery died last week. After I jumped it I noticed the truck would only stay running if I was revving the engine. As soon as I take my foot off the gas rpm drops to 0 and the truck dies. ...
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2answers
2k views

How can you tell the difference between oil or transmission fluid in the antifreeze?

I am in the process of repairing my 1997 Toyota 4-runner with a v-6 engine. I have only had the vehicle for a couple of days. I was doing a routine maintenance check on all the fluids. What I found ...
4
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1answer
84 views

1999 jimmy with no heat in the cab

I have a 1999 gmc jimmy 4.3 L V6. I recently bought this truck and have had some minor problems with it but that is expected for the year. Lately the weather is starting to get colder. 0 Celsius over ...
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2answers
1k views

Daytime running light failure — one side only

I have a 1991 Miata. It's a Canadian vehicle, and so is equipped with daytime running lights. Recently, I've noticed that the passenger side light is not working as a DRL. The driver's side light ...
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2answers
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VW Golf TDI makes a 'sneezing' sound on startup

I really don't know how else to describe it. Car has no issues starting or running, but for about the last 2 months every time I cold start it, the engine makes a sharp, high-pitched noise like a ...
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1answer
2k views

How to remove driver's side front door handle on a Mercedes Benz 2007 A-class W169?

I am stuck trying to remove the door lock barrel from the inner mounted door module on the driver's side front door of my Mercedes Benz 2007 A-class W169. I have undone the Torx T15 screw from the ...
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1answer
37 views

Does the advantage of ballast make minimum weight rule pointless? [closed]

Rules pertaining to the minimum weight of cars in motorsport (600+ kg in F1) were introduced to prevent manufacturers from producing dangerous designs for the sake of being lightweight. However, we do ...
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1answer
250 views

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
146 views

2005 Town & Country Power Steering Hose Repair [closed]

I just got my power steering hose replaced. I'm faithful to this shop but I'm a little currious about this last repair. I was charged $42 for inspection, $62 for the hose, and $127 to do the repair. ...
2
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1answer
117 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
234 views

Timing chain of a mercedes benz

Does the valves bend when the timing chain slips on sprokets, on a mercedes benz 2008 model C200 komp?
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1answer
873 views

High pitch whistle at a very particular throttle level

The symptom: while accelerating, at a very particular throttle level/pedal angle my engine recently started whistling in a very high pitch. If I let go of the gas or push it in more the sound goes ...
4
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1answer
591 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 ...
3
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2answers
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My car won't start. Is it that I ran it without coolant or is it my battery?

Sunday I didn't use my car. At 9pm I moved it across the street because the street sweeper was passing on Monday. Monday morning at 8:30am my car doesn't start. I remembered that I haven't checked ...
2
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1answer
3k views

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 ...
2
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2answers
283 views

1998 Renault Clio screeching/squealing clutch

Ever since I got my Clio a few months ago it's been making a sort of squealing sound when I'm letting the clutch pedal out at a certain RPM. If I'm moving off at a lower RPM (such as for downhill ...
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6answers
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What is causing this terrible grinding/groaning noise when I come to a slow stop sometimes? (but not always!)

Update 11/9/2013 After a good bit of driving, the noise reoccurred. I took it back to the mechanic and we decided it must be the brake pads. They're pretty worn out, and like I said before, they're ...
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1answer
165 views

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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