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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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1answer
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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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2answers
93 views

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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3answers
71 views

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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1answer
138 views

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: ...
5
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1answer
48 views

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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0answers
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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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1answer
42 views

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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1answer
110 views

How can I jump the solenoid in a starter?

My friend and I recently tried to investigate why his dad's '98 Pajero wasn't starting after heavy rains. After establishing that the starter relay was fine, I was hoping that tapping the starter ...
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12answers
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Should I pull my wipers away from the windshield when parked during a winter storm?

When we are expecting snow storm and the vehicle is parked, do we pull out the wipers so they don’t touch the glass to avoid the freezing to the windshield? Or would that hurt the springs in the wiper ...
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2answers
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Occasional ABS fault

'04 Cavalier, 120K mi. We've had it for 6 years, driven every winter. Now, this winter, we occasionally get an ABS fault. This probably always occurs under slipping conditions. When it happens, ...
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2answers
549 views

Noisy blower fan in 92 Civic

The blower fan in my Civic is really loud on the high setting; from inside the vehicle, it's much louder than the engine and even louder than wind/road noise at highway speed. Reaching up under the ...
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7answers
3k views

Are manual transmission cars disappearing? [closed]

You don't have to be an expert to notice that over time, the percentage of manual transmission cars has lowered. Automatic cars are not only more popular, but more comfortable, easier to use and ...
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1answer
61 views

Oxygen sensor malfunction

2005 Toyota Tundra v8 This truck overheats with no radiator fluid loss. Also had power loss. Motor shake. Codes came back with a voltage high/low and both oxygen sensors upstream needed replacement. ...
5
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1answer
67 views

1985 Suzuki lt185 cap starter problem

I recently purchased a 1985 suzuki lt185, the guy said it needs new recoil starter, and I bought a 86 recoil starter (all the other recoil starters I came across said fit 1984-1987 I went to go put it ...
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2answers
111 views

Is it normal for the car to vibrate on the BITE when no gas is given in a manual transmission?

Is it normal for the car to vibrate on the biting point when no gas is given? When I give enough gas it seems fine but not when I very slowly release the clutch and hold at the biting point. Is this ...
2
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2answers
3k views

Ford Figo starting problem

I have 2012 Ford Figo diesel.I recently got the work done for clutch plate and wheel bearing. Now the car is not starting itself. I got it checked by a local mechanic also he said everything is fine ...
5
votes
3answers
197 views

Jaguar S-type (2000) wiper mechanism sometimes very weak

Recently, and not all the time, the wiper arms on my car are so weak that they get stuck on the last wipe of a screen wash 'job'. At first I thought it was friction with the window, but I've since ...
5
votes
3answers
136 views

Why does my garage insist on using an engine flush when changing the oil?

My car handbook lists what should be done at each service, and it does not say “engine flush” should be used. The main dealers don’t use it. Yet most small garages seem to insist on using it at ...
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0answers
67 views

Reason for high petrol useage (Ford Focus Titanium 2013)

I'll start off with the car specs: 2013 Ford Focus Titanium Navigator 1.6L with about 39k miles on the clock. I recently checked the oil on the engine and it was on the bottom notch of the ...
5
votes
1answer
382 views

Possible cause for piston melt in CNG 6 cylinder?

I don't have engine overheat complaint. There was sufficient engine oil and coolant. Oil pressure also at specified rate? Always I am having this issue on first cylinder at maximum time?
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0answers
51 views

How durable are engines at maximum power [closed]

The maximum horsepower figures of most car engines have been high for many decades.How long would an engine last on the dyno when making max HP ? How would this expected life drop when aftermarket ...
2
votes
1answer
54 views

Are two-wheeler battery types interchangable [duplicate]

I have a Honda Activa 2007 model. The battery fitted in it is electrolyte topup battery which requires distilled water to be filled up from time to time. My question is can a maintenance free battery ...
6
votes
1answer
126 views

Why do cars still use mechanical blinker relays?

I think the electronic relays may be cheaper; and having less moving parts they are theoretically less prone to break. So, why do cars still use mechanical relays for turning lights?
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2answers
38 views

Check for overheat damage

I have a vehicle with a Chrysler 360 industrial application engine made in 1987 with 70k miles. I haven't driven it before and I don't know the prior history. recently I did drive it just a few ...
4
votes
2answers
76 views

Peugeot 406 1.8 engine, oil comes to radiator

In my Peugeot 406, manufacture year 2001, engine 1.8, very recently I had overheating issue due to thermostat valve block. I have replace thermostat valve and now I can see engine oil mix with ...
8
votes
1answer
129 views

Will slamming doors shut damage my car?

I hate it when people slam my car doors shut, as I am convinced that they will bend and will create wind noise. Is it bad to slam car doors? Will it cause the doors to bend?
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votes
1answer
21k views

How to repair a leaking power steering system in a 2002 Hyundai Elantra

How can I fix a leaking power steering system on a 2002 Hyundai Elantra myself? Here you can see that the bottom hose is very damp with power steering fluid. The top hose has some wetness near the ...
8
votes
1answer
258 views

Can i use ATF for power steering?

Can i use ATF dexron3/mercon in power steering reservoir in my '04 toyota 4runner. owners manual calls for dexron 2 or 3. i don't know what mercon is.
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votes
1answer
95 views

Temperature of coolant before and after radiator [closed]

I am doing an analysis project on radiators so I need to know the input temperature. At what average temperature does the coolant enter radiator (not thermostat opening temperature) during normal ...
10
votes
4answers
4k views

Why did V4 engines never take off?

I read that Ford Taunus (not to be confused with Taurus, it was a small model for German market) used to be made with a V4 engine but that's about it. How come V4 never became more used in modern ...
5
votes
1answer
39 views

Brake malfunction indicator turns on, all gauges die off, but engine and brakes still work

The car is a Volvo S80, produced in 1998 for the European market. Under some non-reproducible condition (it is in fact so non-reproducible that it appears random), emergency lights in the dashboard ...
2
votes
1answer
26 views

Relay for Auxiliary Fog lamps of 54 w (27W x 2 lamps)

I wish to install two LED Auxiliary Fog lamps of 27w each (54 w in total), for my motorbike powered through a 12V Battery. What type (capacity) of relay should be used for this. Kindly let me know.
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votes
2answers
53 views

2007 Honda Civic Coupe won't crank

Hey so I have this 2007 civic coupe and when I try to start the car it doesnt click at all. The dash lights come on and that's about it. The battery light, oil pressure light, and a small green key ...
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votes
1answer
51 views

What is commonly used nanofluid coolant for automobile radiator

What is commonly used nanofluid coolant for automobile radiator ? And any specific reason for that coolant ?
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1answer
3k views

Alternative to Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 stock headlamp

I am from India and I own a Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 2012 motorcycle. I travel on the highway while coming back home from the office at night. I am not satisfied with the brightness of my stock head lamp, ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Need help identifying grinding noise from the rear of 88 Toyota Pickup

I have 1988 Toyota Pickup 4x4 Manual 5-speed with the 22RE Engine. Starting a few weeks ago, while at speed, the truck would randomly make this loud rubbing/grinding noise coming from the rear. I've ...
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votes
3answers
193 views

2005 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor showing codes P0053, P0054, P0059 and P0060

I have replaced all 4 oxygen sensors and OBD II code still shows codes P0053, 54, 59, and 60. What could be causing this and how do I fix it? The O2 sensors have 2 white and 2 black wires. Exactly ...
3
votes
1answer
32 views

2003 Buick Rendezvous overheating without steam, coolant overflow at normal temperature [closed]

My car overheats to the max, the heater will not heat even in full blast. When the car overheats there is no steam or boiling coolant. The radiator has antifreeze and the reservoir is overflowing. I ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

Toyota camry 2003 , 2azfe - 2.4 L , vibrates at idling & does not accelerate properly

Recently I sent my Camry to the workshop as there was a blown water outlet pipe, and was told that the head gasket was damaged too. These were then replaced, and I took delivery of my car. But my ...
4
votes
6answers
14k views

How to lubricate automotive locks?

I have locks on few vehicles that are in need of lubricating. I had read/heard of several options, and I wanted to see what are the common methods and techniques. Graphite powder. Quite a few people ...
3
votes
1answer
40 views

Effects of loss of oil pressure after oil change [closed]

I'm curious some people say change oil every 3k miles, 6k, 10k and some even every 20k. What seams best for the engine and give the best protection would be the shortest interval 3k however I ...
6
votes
3answers
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2000 Ford Focus, low idle, stalling at lights, white smoke from exhaust - P0171 Code - problem?

I have a couple of issues which I hope are all related. The car is a petrol Ford Focus 2000 1.8. Seems to be listed as LX, but the engine is Zetec. When stationary, the idle is quite jumpy, and the ...
7
votes
1answer
97 views

How do nonlinear speedometers work?

Some cars, now have nonlinear speedometers. How can they achieve to get different spacing between some speed ranges? For better understanding, see the image of an old Audi A4 speedometer. The ...
5
votes
1answer
48 views

Re: Dry Gas (specifically STP Water Remover)

Well, it's butt cold here in Maine & my car wouldn't start. It has a 1/4 tank of gas & I was unable to add 1/2 bottle of dry gas as it comes out very fast. So despite the directions on the ...
3
votes
2answers
44 views

What would cause my truck to shut off during me cranking it?

My 1999 Mercury Mountaineer shut off during mid crank. It acted as if it wanted to crank then it shut off. Everything shut down. Outside and inside lights shut off. When I tried to crank it, it didn't ...
4
votes
1answer
24 views

No ignition lights and spark

I have a VW Golf 3 GSX 1995 carburetor. Yesterday it just died after a few attempts cranking the engine. I noticed the ignition lights were not lighting up. I then checked all fuses: all OK as well as ...
2
votes
0answers
127 views

How to activate Aux on Japanese Honda Fit 2009 Gathers VXH-093 cvi?

How to activate Aux on Japanese Honda Fit 2009 Gathers VXH-093 cvi? I bought an IP-BUS aux cable, and I don't know how to activate aux on Gathers VXH-093 cvi.
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vote
3answers
87 views

Car doesn't start, cranked at first but now it doesn't

I have a Honda Civic 1995 that suddenly didn't start after a day or two of not being used. I managed to start it with starter cables and drive but when I turned it off I did not start again. I didn't ...
4
votes
1answer
31 views

1995 Pontiac Grand Am Over-Heating and Cold air from heater, why?

My grand am is over heating while idling, blowing cold air out from heater and bubbling in coolant resevoir. Replaced thermostat and water pump and bled the valves to get air out and still same thing. ...

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