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Honda Civic Clicks but won't Crank

I have a 2005 Honda Civic and today out of the blue it wouldn't start. I hear a click sound when I turn the key to start, but nothing else. The car lights still work, and they dim slightly when ...
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My car has the wrong coolant in it. Now what?

Hello I realized today after beating my head about my car's overheating problems that I have the wrong coolant in it. About a year ago, my car ran dry. At the bottom of the expansion tank was an ...
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How to understand different engine oils?

When I went to shop for engine oil, I found many types as such: 5W-30 A5 5W-30 A1 5W-20 SAE 5W-30 10W-30 Also I see other information such as: Fully Synthetic Semi Synthetic Oil Synthetic ...
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Coolant spills out of the overflow tank at high pressure

My '98 Subaru Forester spills all its coolant with very high pressure and overheats. I changed the radiator cap and did a flush, but still have the same problem. I added stop leak, but that did ...
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Using an open vs closed clutch cover on a motorcycle with a dry clutch

A common modification I've seen on motorcycles with a dry clutch is to replace the closed clutch cover with and open one. Besides the visual and auditory differences, will I notice any other ...
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Odd sound after tire rotation?

About two days ago I got my tires rotated on my 2005 Chevy Cobalt while I was getting an oil change. This was the first time that the tires had been rotated in at least 14,000 miles (since I purchased ...
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What are the differences between a wet motorcycle clutch and a dry motorcycle clutch?

What are the differences between a wet motorcycle clutch and a dry motorcycle clutch? More specifically, what are the differences in applications performance reliability maintenance/repair
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Can you stop fuel delivery to one cylinder of a 2003 Ford F150 with 5.4L Triton Engine?

Can you disconnect a wire so gas will not pump into the cylinder? I have a spark plug blown out and need to get my 2003 F150 5.4 Trition engine home without paying another tow charge.
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Coolant overflows into overflow when accelerating, but completely empties when car cools

My VW Polo's coolant overflows out of the expansion tank. It's like there is too much pressure, causing the coolant to boil out of the tank, yet the temperature is normal. The fan always kicks in, ...
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Lancia Kappa SW Turbo Dual Mass Flywheel

Is there any proper source where I could find a list of cars with Dual Mass Flywheels (DMF)? I have an opportunity to buy the said car, but I had some bad experience with DMF, so I would avoid them ...
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Automatic Throttle Body and TPS on a Manual

This is in continuation to my question Fast Idle and High Fuel Consumption. I just bought a Manual 97 Mazda Lantis 323 1.8L DOHC 16 Valve BP ( apparently called a Protege in the US ) which has a fast ...
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Is 30k mile maintenance really required?

Is 30k mile maintenance really required? I have a subaru wrx '09 and the time has come for the check. I called the dealer after going through the manual. They quoted me 500+ for the check which ...
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What causes mud in my radiator?

Ive changed my oil about one month ago but just recently my check oil light has started coming on and I started losing my heat. I thought I might just have low antifreeze but when I opened my radiator ...
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How to remove a tailgate strut that do not have a c-clip

I have a 2006 Honda Odyssey (Japanese Imported). I am located in New Zealand. Normally you would remove the strut by loosening the c-clip and easily snap the strut off. But my struts do not have ...
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Intermittent start on hot days with 1992 Honda Civic

This happened twice last summer, and twice this summer. On very hot days ~90F, only after my car has been sitting in the sun all day (so, right after work), it won't start. The first time I thought ...
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Identifying a crescent-shaped thin sheet of metal that has rusted off the wheel area

I have a 2005 Matrix in a place that is too salt-happy during the winter. The following rusted off and fell out from the inner side of the front wheel -- looks like a mud guard of some sort. Is it ...
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175 views

Ford Taurus Rear Brake Job: How to relieve spring pressure on emergency brake cable?

Doing brakes shoes on 2003 Ford Taurus SE, having problem disconnecting the brake shoe lever from the brake cable. How do I relieve the spring pressure on the emergency brake cable that's at the ...
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I have a GMC Acadia

When I put it in reverse it stalls on me and shakes on me. When I put the gas for it to go back, the mph won't rise at all. I have to put it in park and then put it in reverse again. Then it goes ...
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2004 Jetta - Secondary Air Injection System Incorrect

My check engine light came on and I took it to the parts store to get the computer read. The error that came up is Secondary Air Injection System Incorrect. and the probable causes listed were: ...
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What are the pitfalls of buying a used car after an accident?

I have the option to buy a car that has been in an accident. There are alternatives, but within my budget the alternatives are usually older/have higher mileage. The seller is a local mechanic who did ...
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99 views

Motor Oil in Coolant Reserve [duplicate]

2004 Mercedes E500 - Yes, I am sure of it. In a moment of stupidity, I added about 8oz of motor oil to the coolant reserve. I have heard nothing will happen and I've also heard it can mess up the ...
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Should I check my rear toe after replacing a rear strut, and how?

I see a lot of information about how to check and adjust front toe at home using the string method, but it seems to rely on rear wheels that are properly aligned. I understand that the rear wheels on ...
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1answer
343 views

Front Suspension Rattle (Linked Sound Clip)

I've got a 1994 Nissan pickup. I had new shocks installed about 3 years ago I replaced the ball joints about 2 years ago I replaced the tie rods and front brake calipers about 1 year ago I had the ...
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wiring trailer lights wont work when hooked up to truck [duplicate]

trailer lights rewired and work directly off a battery. PU truck trailer light housing works with test light...When I hook up housing to trailer , trailer lights don't work... all grounds ok help
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8 pin aux audo cable into cd-changer port on radio?

I have a VOD Dayton MS 4150 car radio: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/185772/Vdo-Dayton-Ms-4150-Rs.html?page=4#manual with a 8-pins CD changer port (C3 on the manual). The radio does not have an aux ...
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Remove Aux Audio Panel

I have a 2009 Kia Rio. The auxiliary input (headphone jack) has gotten loose. I can only play audio through it if I hold the cable just so. I'd like to take it out and repair it, but I'm not sure how. ...
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Car stalls when braking (VW Mk1 Golf)

I have bought a Mk1 Cabriolet that has been sitting for over a year. I am trying to get it road worthy. So far so good, but I am having an issue with the engine and braking: The engine stalls when I ...
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What is a hot patch, and how is it done?

I recently picked up a piece of metal in my tire, leading to a flat. The mechanic said he could not plug the tire, and that a "hot patch" was required. What is a hot patch, how is it applied, and ...
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What are the temperature ranges for different oil grades?

I was reading up on oil grades in wikipedia and was wondering what the operating temperatures are for the various oil grades. I'm wondering since the area I live in is a pretty Mediterranean climate ...
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My 2003 Grand Am won’t start

I have a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am that would not start. All the lights, power windows, radio etc. work, but when you turn the key it is silent. It won’t even jump start. I had also put in a new solenoid, ...
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Adjust sector shaft on newly installed steering gear box?

I replaced the steering gear box on my 2004 E250 with a remanufactured one. I'm still getting play in the steering wheel, about an inch as measured by the circumference of the wheel. I took a look ...
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1answer
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How to change Ball-Joint with No Motor

I have a 1970 Camaro and put the wrong Ball-Joint in the upper control arm. Does anyone have an idea on how to change it without a motor? I can't drill a hole in the garage floor to anchor the frame. ...
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Diesel Engine throwing fuel from last engine pipe when engine starts

I have 2002 Hyundai Accent with diesel engine. It is throwing diesel from engine when gives speed. It sprays lots of oil from last diesel pipe. And in neutral when I start the engine. Its throws a ...
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When do I need to replace my spare tire?

Recently I went to a chain tire shop/garage. My left rear tire had a bulge just above the hub cap. I looked online and it appears that this could be really bad if I didn't fix it. So, the serviceman ...
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1answer
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1997 Toyota Camry - Battery is just fine one day, but drained the next

Went to start my car (1997 Toyota Camry) which was running just fine the day before. It didn't start, as the battery was drained. It took forever to charge back up. What would cause the battery to do ...
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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan not starting, mystery wires?

1997 Dodge GC with 180k miles, has been sitting for maybe 6 months after being driven a little, and now it won't start. cranks fine, all electronics work, but doesn't fire. I checked there is fuel ...
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Car will not restart after running a while

I drive a Maruti Alto 800, 2013 Petrol model. It is a manual car. It starts fine, cold. I drive for, say half an hour and stop for say refueling then it would not start. It would start after waiting ...
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1answer
44 views

Change of transmission oil

automatic transmission My service manual states that the fluid to use is Dexron 11 .My local garage mechanic used ATF 111 is this ok?
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Car Stalls When Coming to stop

A Little Information About Car Make: Chevrolet Model: Daewoo Matiz(Internationally Known),Joy(Local Name in Pakistan) 1.0 Ltr Year: 2008 KM: 112500 Transmission: Manual I have a strange, but not ...
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What happens if a dry charged battery is used without electrolyte?

I bought a battery today for my scooter. The mechanic fitted the battery into the scooter and it seems to be running fine. But when I noticed the battery's box later on, it said "Dry Charged" and on ...
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car stereo connectors

I just bought a new stereo for my Honda CRV and now I would like to buy a connector to avoid rewiring. Unfortunately neither of the two plugs are standard connectors. Does anyone know what these ...
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How to find and fix an oil leak on a Yamaha scooter

Some months after I had my scooter serviced I noticed oil splotches under my bike everytime I left if for a while in the one spot. The company that serviced the bike did numerous things wrong ...
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Alloy and Steel Rims - Can I get away with having no Alloys?

I have recently bought my new car which has 14" wheels i.e. 14" rims (steel). One of my friends was asking me, "Dude, where are the alloys?". I didn't have much attention to it before until he asked. ...
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Turn signal malfunction, is it multifunction switch or the flasher relay should be replaced?

I am having a similar problem on my 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, and the problem is: Stalk left: left/right all off Stalk neutral: left on Stalk right: left on. I will try the same trick and to ...
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1answer
593 views

2001 Mercury Sable — Rough Idle/High RPM and Transmission Leaks

I have a 2001 Mercury Sable (24V DOHC V6) that has been having problems with its vacuum system. I live in Florida where the average temperature lately has been in the 80s. For roughly a month now, ...
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0answers
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How to install an electric motor-driven radiator cooling fan instead of the belt-driven one?

I want to know about how to install an electric motor-driven radiator cooling fan instead of the belt-driven one. Vehicle: 1998 Mitsubishi-fuso fm617 Engine: Mitsubishi 6d16 diesel engine (radiator ...
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votes
1answer
160 views

How to replace the fuse for both indicators on a Nissan Wingroad 2004?

While towing a borrowed trailer yesterday, my indicators stopped working. The noise usually made by them turning on and off also stopped, and the lights for the indicators in the dashboard stopped ...
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1answer
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2007 Jeep Commander left turn signal will not turn off

I made a left turn today and now my left turn signal will not turn off (i.e., the interior arrow is flashing and the exterior front/rear blinkers are flashing). Here is the current state of things: ...
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Misubishi Colt CZ1 Window Demister

I have a 2007 Mitsubishi Colt CZ1 2dr Hatchback. I was trying to operate my car's window demister but it seems that the it takes a while for it to work (10-12) minutes. Is this usual? Does anyone have ...
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Why does the starter motor not start on my 2003 Nissan Primera?

I have a 2003 Nissan Primera, Diesel which has been working without any issues. Last night I drive it 40 miles, parked, then tried to use it 2 hours later but couldn't start the engine. Now, when I ...

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