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Car stalling in the morning

So I have been dealing with an elusive CE light and some shaking of my car for a while now. For a while it was just shaking occasionally, I thought it was a moisture problem, but that doesn't seem ...
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How do you replace the cupholders in a late 90's (1999) model Toyota Corolla?

The cupholder mechanism in my 1999 Toyota Corolla broke on the bottom and on the sidebar and they need to be replaced. How would I go about doing that? I assume the center console has to be taken ...
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Leaking, then not leaking, carburetor

My '59 Nash say for a few months (ok, a year). I recently got it running again by changing out the spark plugs and fuel filter. We let it run for awhile, then shut it down. That's when we noticed ...
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Volkswagen A/C Intermittent

I want to repair my Volkswagen Passat '07 A/C. I've taken it to two shops (dealer and independent) and they both say the entire a/c system needs to be replaced. The strange thing is, that sometimes it ...
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350 views

98 Ford Expedition. Anti theft-ignition problem (car not running)

98 Ford Expedition. The car is flushing the theft lights, and is not starting. I been looking for information about this problem. It sounds that it is related to the PATS system that ford has on those ...
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Do I need expensive tires for my Audi A4?

I need tires for my 2005 A4 quattro. Every time I go and get a quote I'm asked what kind of vehicle I have, and once I say "Audi" they recommend for me to get the more expensive tires. Do I need to ...
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142 views

Little heat at idle great heat when reving engine

I have new radiator put in due to leak, 96 Dodge Ram Van 1500. I have little to no heat, changed t-stat, flushed heater core, burped system on incline. Heat is slightly better. When I rev the engine ...
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208 views

Peugeot 207 Handbrake lever loose with handbrake on

I would like to begin by saying that my mechanical experience with cars only stretches as far as I've seen on Top Gear. My knowledge about cars isn't any better than a 5 year olds. Now then, I've got ...
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326 views

Changed O2 Sensor and my mileage went down

I changed the O2 sensor on my 97 Mazda 323 BA 1.8L BP DOCH Lantis and my mileage actually went down. The car had the original sensor in it, with about 200,000 kilometers on it and I replaced it with ...
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What's wrong with worn-out suspension?

I'm about to buy an RV from a friend. I've never bought any kind of vehicle before, and I know nothing about cars except through web searches. But I do have a grad-level physics education and some ...
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Clutch/transmission noise [duplicate]

I have a manual transmission in a Ford Ranger with 240,000 miles and it has recently started making an intermittent grinding/grating noise. The conditions under which I have heard it are: Clutch is ...
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What to Inspect / Clean / Change After Buying a Used Car Without A Service Record [duplicate]

Let's say you've bought a second hand car that seems decent, but has no service record. What are the things you would inspect, clean or change right off the bat?
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Polo TDI 2004 - intermittent power, smoke, turbo issue

Car: Polo TDI 2004 1.4 with 190,000 km (118,060 miles) on the clock. While Issue: driving it intermittently (distance/time are not factors it seems) it starts to spew black/dark grey smoke and all ...
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Repair very old car or buy newer used car?

I am debating whether to repair a very old car or buy a newer used car. There is a particular newer used car I have easy/trusted access to, so I will use that as the example below... The old car: ...
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Engine doesn't want to stop

I have a '59 Nash Met. with a straight 4. It runs great, but when I turn it off the engine continues to run for up to a minute, sometimes violently shaking as it comes to a halt. Any idea what causes ...
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Why are gears designed in this pattern in motorcycles? [duplicate]

On motorcycles with manual transmissions, the shifting gears goes (down to up) like this: 1st Gear (all down) Neutral (half up) 2nd (full up) 3rd (so on) What is the logic behind this? Wouldn't ...
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225 views

Mk5 Golf TDI with battery drain and brake lights coming on on their own

I have a 05 Mk5 Golf TDI. I have to jump it in the mornings as its battery is dead, but it will last all day if I'm driving it. It will start straight up if I stop for a hour or more, but if left over ...
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1answer
244 views

Pulsar 150 drifts right side

3 years old, 25000km done. The main problem is that the bike pulls or drifts towards the right side. I took it to the original service centre where they said the front fork bent and they overhauled it ...
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64 views

weather causing power loss

Why would my engine lose power when the weather temperature gets warmer. While driving the vehicle will not have as much power when it gets warm or hot.
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520 views

What does a healthy spark plug look like?

The spark plug pictured here: Has some black carbon on the underside of the ground electrode and has black carbon on the "base" area below the centre electrode (not pictured). Is this normal and ...
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4answers
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1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power Loss

I have a 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee with about 183,000 miles. Over the last couple of days it has developed a problem where when accelerating it will lose all engine power for about 5 seconds (rpms drop ...
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0answers
354 views

Front wheel scraping noise

I have some weird scraping/rubbing noise in my right front wheel. I I hear it regardless of weather i brake or not, and the slower i go the more low pitched and grindy it sounds. It continues to ...
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1answer
30 views

Using dry moly lube as an alternative to anti-seize

While shopping for some anti-seize for my O2 sensor install, I came across some transmission lube that had me wondering about whether I could use it as an alternative to anti-seize. It appears to ...
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Comprehensive Dictionary of Auto parts

Does anyone know of a website, list, book, etc that provides a comprehensive list of auto parts, description and synonymous words? Update: An example for my Jeep I just had the ignition pickup ...
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1answer
156 views

How far can I drive with too much oil?

I have 2005 Nissan Sentra. The car tends to leak oil, so I check it about twice a month. I checked today and the oil was probably an inch above the full line, but I'm not sure why. I got the oil ...
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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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0answers
179 views

How to hack an on-demand rear diff locker on FJ Cruiser bypassing the ECU?

The Electronic Control Unit on my FJ Cruiser is not relaying the signal properly to the rear differential lock actuator when I switch it on. I want to bypass the ECU altogether and make the switch ...
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Power loss in Nissan Primera SVE. Possible causes?

I have a Nissan Primera SVE (2002 model). Mileage is about 200000KM. Had its timing chain replaced at the end of 2013 because it was "stretched". Since then, I haven't had any problems (up until now). ...
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BMW 530xd E60 2008 diesel possibly fuel pump problem

Car details: BMW 530xd E60 2008-05 Diesel 170kw. The pump is working as it should be, it has been tested in BMW center. Problem is, when I turn the ignition on, the check engine light doesn't come ...
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What is the difference between BMW 318i, 320i, 325i etc?

I'm wondering what the difference is between the different model numbers in the BMW 3-series. Also, what is the difference between the E30, E36 and E46?
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86 views

How to install replacement lens for headlight

My 2002 Toyota Corolla got backed into by a snowplow a few month's back: The headlight/bulb still works (amazingly); however The lens/plastic covering over it is busted; and The entire headlight ...
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1answer
46 views

Programming error Buick Enclave 2008

I just installed a brand new PCM on my Buick enclave 2008 gives me the P0602 code, the vehicle does not work, and some tell me it takes flasher PCM? I would like to know how flacher PCM (the stage) ...
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1answer
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Series Hybrids: Why Isn't Anyone Making Them?

My impression is that all the mass produced hybrid vehicles on the market are parallel hybrids, namely both the ICE and the electric motor are both connected to the drivetrain to drive the wheels. ...
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1answer
131 views

What is Total litres (reserve, usable)15 litres (3.2 litres reserve, 2 litres usable)?

I bought a new bike(Pulsar 150), and while reading its specs in the user manual i found Total litres (reserve, usable) = 15 litres (3.2 litres reserve, 2 litres usable). what does this mean, I assume ...
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46 views

Running my camper on solar

I would lIke to run my camper fully on solar and I'm unsure what I would need to do it right. It would be for heavy use, lights, appliances, tv, ect... I have a 2014 camper that has a 50 amp plug on ...
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546 views

Can 1/2 drive impact wrenches be adapted to use 3/8 sockets?

I need to add a cordless impact wrench to my toolset do some exhaust work (loosen some really tight bolts, basically). I also plant to use it for CV joint-related work. They seem to be kind of ...
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1answer
31 views

my tire is wobbling and I need to know possibilities!

I had a flat tire on my front right and I definitely need an alignment because they were wearing on the inside of both front tires. I moved my rear tires to the front and just replaced and balanced ...
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1answer
33 views

How can I tell when a tire was manufactured?

Unused tires harden and deteriorate quickly in harsh desert climates. When I shop for tires I want to make sure I get ones that are as fresh as possible from the factory without trusting the sales ...
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2answers
124 views

how do i know if my lead-acid battery has been resurrected?

The OEM battery in my 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L has been nearly fully discharged one month back (had insufficient surface charge after a prolonged use without the engine running, but leaving it idle for 20 ...
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1answer
66 views

Buying wider wheels

I'm considering buying wider tires for my car. How do I find out the maximum width that would fit? Im currently running 205/50R16, if that indicates anything.
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1answer
59 views

Ford Expedition Speakers - Loud Pop and Burning Smell

I have a 1997 Ford Expedition, which, when I bought it, only the speaker in back left door was working. The sound quality was fine, so I made do with just the one speaker. But a couple days ago, while ...
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Does 4-wheel alignment involve taking wheels off?

I was wondering if a 4-wheel alignment involves taking off all the wheels. I called NTB to check whether their wheel alignment includes tire rotation and they said it didn't. But if they have to ...
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1answer
76 views

How inaccurate is the stock wideband 02 sensor in the SG9 Subaru Forester XT at WOT

As the title suggests, I'm trying to get concrete data on how inaccurate the stock wideband O2 sensor is in the Subaru Forester XT (MY06 to MY08). I am attempting to create a custom map for the car ...
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1answer
261 views

What happened to side marker reflectors?

I was looking at an older car recently and noticed its side reflector was missing. Then I realized, cars dont have side marker reflectors anymore. What happened to them? I assume there was a U.S. ...
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2answers
106 views

Minor body rust sanding and repair

I had a minor accident a little over a year ago, the damage from which I did not immediately repair so a paint scratch has corroded over time. Finally, I'm getting the time to fix it. My questions ...
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2000 VW Beetle-Manual Transmission: Shakes at low rpms when acceleration is too high

I've been driving the car for about 5 years now, the car belong to my mother before that. I noticed the problem first in late September, early October. When I shift into a gear and accelerate, if ...
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1answer
93 views

Fiat Punto Grande 2007 does not start right away

I own a 2nd hand 2007 automatic Fiat Punto Grande. For some time now, I have been experiencing strange behavior when I try to start the engine: Sometimes, it starts right away, i.e., normally, but ...
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2answers
146 views

Bad Radiator Messed up Head Gasket

I have a 2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 V6 and today my radiator was leaking from the bottom. I drove it to the mechanic and at about 4.5 miles from the mechanic the car temperature gauge was all the way to ...
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4answers
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What is the life expectancy of a Honda Civic Hybrid Continuously Variable Transmission?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid with continuously variable transmission (CVT). At the 90k tuneup, the mechanic added 3.5 quarts of the regular automatic transmission fluid. At 110,000 miles, the ...
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0answers
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2004 Hyundai Elantra disable keyless entry

I would like to fully disable keyless entry (and the alarm too) and use only keys. Is it sufficient to unplug all the cables from ETAC MODULE (ELANTRA ETAC MODULE 95400-2D510) behind the dashboard? ...

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