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removing crankshaft pulley without the puller tool?

It sounds ridiculous but I have to wait until tomorrow for the tool, but I'm sure there is a way to do it? I haven't even attempted it yet on fear that I mess something up big time. My 95 Camry ...
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1answer
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Engine misfire during load at 2500+ rpms on 3rd and 4th gears

I am in the process of making a 1977 Nissan 280z road worthy once again after having it sit for about a year. Here's what I've done: cleaned fuel injectors cleaned fuel lines replaced air filter(...
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Can the warning chime tone of a 2007 BMW 525i be changed, or shortened somehow?

Can the warning chime tone of a 2007 BMW 525i be changed, or shortened somehow? The chime of this car comes from the computer and is used for most warnings such as seatbelt, temperature, door-open, ...
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1answer
29 views

Citreon Berlingo Diesel Manual

Opened the bonnet, looked to LHS beyond screen-wash reservoir, removed cap on (?) hydraulic oil, found it to be RED in colour and below minimum level when engine not running. Went to shop: insisted I ...
5
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1answer
42 views

What options are there to minimize thread corrosion in rust-prone applications?

Any carbon steel thread that suffers from prolonged exposure to air, moisture and (sometimes) salt will suffer from rust, sometimes to the point where it creates problems. While many fixes exist to ...
4
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1answer
133 views

What is the maximum torque a 1/2 drive can withstand?

I just broke two 3/8 in. extensions trying to crack an underdrive pulley loose (specs say the pulley is at 130 ft/lbs, but feels much higher than that). This begs the question: are there standard ...
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1answer
45 views

Engines in our company's fleet frequently overheat

Our company has more than 40 vehicles, comprising lorries, 4-wheel drive vehicles, vans, and a sedan car. Most of those vehicles are shared and are more than 10 years old. Most of our lorries and 4-...
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2answers
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Wheel Alignment: Just how bad is bad?

Context/Information: If I understand correctly, having a fixed axle in a car makes getting things aligned significantly harder. This seems to be the case in my 2009 Toyota Corolla and the rear axle. ...
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4answers
195 views

How to Test an Ignition Coil with a Multimeter

I have a 98 Mazda 626 GF and I'd like to test the ignition coils with a multimeter to see if any of them are starting to fail. The car has ECU controlled timing / ignition and there are two coils, ...
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3answers
128 views

Can I change a single worn tyre instead of a pair?

In April last year I bought a 2008 Ford Focus. The tyres were relatively new, all apart from the front right which was more worn than the rest. I've driven the car roughly 7,000 miles in nearly 11 ...
4
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1answer
42 views

Do most tyres have the year of manufacture printed on them? [duplicate]

I recently came back from a few weeks holiday to find a rim with an old tire on it had completely deflated. The tire was needing replacement anyway so I took it to a tire shop to get a new tire put on....
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Change in exhaust note after extreme backfires--what did I break?

I had quite a morning with my 1986 BMW K75 this weekend. The plan was to ride the bike to a friends house to store it for the winter. The weather was pretty cold on this particular morning, perhaps 15*...
5
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3answers
94 views

How to make an electronic system know which gear the engine is on?

I am on a team and we're working on a car. Our car has a motorcycle engine and its gear-shift mechanism is electronic, controlled by a microcontroller. Now, we are figuring how can we make the ...
5
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3answers
545 views

Replace driver side first, then passenger side brakes?

Need advice. I am replacing brake rotors and pads for all four wheels. My home 2-car garage only gives me enough room to work on the side facing the other car, the middle of the garage. Is it safe ...
4
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2answers
101 views

Putting a cover on the bike while engine is hot

Is it safe to cover your bike as soon as you shut the enigne after a 20 mile ride? I cover 40 miles daily to and fro for work. I reach home around 11 pm and barely have the patience to climb down from ...
5
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4answers
2k views

Subaru Impreza 1999 - no power on acceleration

My father called today to tell me that when he steps on the gas in his 99 Subaru Impreza (at normal operating temperature), the car moves dangerously slow. Does anyone else have experience with this ...
3
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2answers
79 views

fuel system problem

I have a 89 camaro I personally don't think it's a fuel pump issue and I recently changed the relay, but whenever I turn the key over sometimes I hear the fuel pump turn on sometimes I don't. Could it ...
2
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1answer
66 views

2000 Jeep Cherokee 2WD battery light comes on

I recently purchased a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, and I live in Syracuse NY, where the winters are pretty cold. When I start it in the morning when it's cold out, the serpentine belt and tensioner need to be ...
2
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3answers
823 views

How to program a transponder key of a 2000 Toyota Sienna

This is a follow-up question to my previous question regarding the replacement of the ignition switch cylinder in my car. In my 2000 Sienna there is an immobilizer circuit embedded in the switch. I ...
5
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1answer
71 views

Manual transmission noise

What causes a grinding or scratching noise when shifting from 2nd to 3rd Gear on a 2000 Celica GT? I did have my mechanic add some gear oil but was thinking maybe I should have him drain out old ...
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2answers
107 views

What is a safe procedure for replacing a fuel filter on a 2000 Toyota Camry?

I bought this 2000 Toyota Camry from some very nice folks who cannot even spell "maintenance". So I need to replace the fuel filter as no one knows when it was last done. What I would love to know is ...
3
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2answers
43 views

1999 Honda Civic xD hatch back overheating

My Honda has been overheating when it is in idle. The temp gauge will jump to max really fast. After driving it for 5-10 mins a white sweet smelling smoke will come from the coolant reservoir. I ...
4
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2answers
293 views

Side mirror fell off, what adhesive should I use to re-attach it

The plastic mirror surface came free from the side mirror housing. Is there a special type of adhesive that should be used for this? Or with a good cleaning would most adhesives work?
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1answer
75 views

Ford Focus MK3 disable key free entry

I'm driving a German ford focus MK3 titanium with key free entry. But I read a article about a security issue with this function. Can someone explain me how to disable it without losing Keyfree ...
7
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1answer
86 views

How bad is this strut mount damage?

I noticed a crack in the strut mount rubber of my 1999 Volvo v40. The suspension often creaks when going over speed bumps (and sometimes it doesn't) though I'm not sure it's the fault of this mount. ...
2
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1answer
62 views

KTM Duke 200, Broken Airbox

My duke generates an odd noise and when I looked under my seat what I saw was an open air filter box because of the broken screws. When I took my bike to the service center what they told was to ...
6
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2answers
36 views

Belt driven Water pump failure?

I have a 95 camry LE (6 cylinder) that has a major overheating problem. I managed to rule out the thermostat, leaks, radiator, and fans as the cause of the overheating. But the water pump has me ...
7
votes
1answer
118 views

Engine hesitates and stalls when warm

My car is a Toyota Vitz 2007 and it has 80k KM on it. I usually drive short trips (about 5km) most of the time in a low traffic road. Car drives mostly fine in these short trips. But, if I drive for ...
4
votes
3answers
17k views

Stiff gearchange especially when cold

I have a 2002 Skoda Octavia. Recently I've noticed that when it's cold, the gearbox is very recalcitrant, particularly in the lower gears. The feeling is of "stodginess" with a slight audible squeak. ...
3
votes
0answers
54 views

Light shudder on idle speed

I have a 2003 Golf 1.9 TDI pd 100 with 120,000 on the clock. When I have the engine running at idle , after a about 30sec to a minute, it starts to shake a little, like as if an injector is not ...
7
votes
1answer
361 views

Does synthetic oil expire?

I just bought a bottle of Castrol Edge oil for topping up. The oil is advertised as being 'Fully synthetic', I don't really know what that means but it was produced sometime in 2012. That seems like ...
6
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0answers
48 views

Changed the brake caliper on the driver front side of my 2003 Ford Expedition and the wheel wont turn. What's wrong? [closed]

Help me find out why my wheel on my 2003 Ford Expedition will not turn after I have changed the brake caliper on the front driver side.
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1answer
50 views

Hood smoking, coolant leaking. 92 Subaru legacy

My car recently would heat up extremely quickly and begin smoking, the reservoir for coolant was low so I refilled(was accidentally overfilled). That did not help so I refilled the radiator itself ...
3
votes
2answers
33 views

What fuel injectors I have to install? [duplicate]

Recently the fuel injectors of my Mazda 3 SP5 2006 2.3L stop working, they still works, but my mechanic said that are in bad conditions. Anyway, when I search the fuel injectors for my car, I found ...
3
votes
1answer
130 views

Motorbike has no power, but kick start works

First up the motorcycle in question is a Skyteam V-Retro 250 (V-Raptor in some countries). On the way home last night I noticed that my tail lights weren't working so I bought a new bulb like I had ...
71
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17answers
113k views

Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?

Does the act of downshifting to slow your vehicle down have any negative side affects? I don't downshift more than one or two gears at a time and I let out on the clutch slow enough that I don't rev ...
5
votes
1answer
106 views

Engine weakening for Bajaj pulsar 220F

Everyone knows that apparently a bike looses it's power with age. But I refuse to agree to this. Shouldn't proper care allow your bike to maintain its pickup over the years? I own a 2014 Pulsar 220 ;...
3
votes
1answer
62 views

Why does air always blow out of the dash vents?

This is something that occurs on every vehicle I've driven in the last 15 years, so it's obviously not a malfunction but a design choice. When you turn the selector to blow either on the floor or ...
7
votes
1answer
132 views

Should you stop a motorcycle's engine with the side stand?

My main question is already in the title, but just to make sure it's clear, what I'm asking is, is there any harm done to the bike if you stop it by lowering the side stand. Also, if anyone can ...
4
votes
1answer
133 views

Replacing a tube on the engine

I'm trying to replace a tube in my Ford Focus 2000. I tried to look up the schematics for the engine to see what the part is called but I'm pretty newbie so I don't know what I'm doing. Luckly the ...
7
votes
3answers
376 views

2003 Toyota Corolla, 185k: erratic OBD codes, fuel smell, other symptoms

TL;DR: O2 sensor data, thermal measurements, and physical resonance tests all point to a failed Catalytic converter. Here's the back story. MIL illuminated with codes P0440, P0420, P0404. Around ...
9
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2answers
205 views

Firing a Coil on Plug

I was wondering if there is a simple way of firing a coil on plug outside of the car. The coil in question is just a two wire coil on plug and I don't know if its possible to just hook up a 12V ...
5
votes
2answers
60 views

Will an engine overheat if it has no coolant recovery tank?

My wife's Mini has a leak in the coolant recovery tank, and she has been told by the dealer that her car is at risk of overheating without the coolant recovery tank.Frankly, I don't believe it. Cars ...
14
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8answers
60k views

What can cause a car to consume more fuel?

All over my long driver career, I had 4 cars (5 years). I always compare my fuel consumption with other people who have the same car. 3 times out of 4, I found out that my cars were consuming more ...
7
votes
1answer
85 views

Erratic single fault code: P0420, P0440, P0446. Normal variance, or indicative of something deeper?

Working on diagnosing an evap/emission/fuel system problem on my Toyota 2003 Corolla. More on that in this question. On 3/2, I saw a mechanic use his handheld OBD to read a code P0420. On 3/12, ...
3
votes
3answers
88 views

I have replaced my brake cylinders, but the brake pedal goes to the floor

I have a '07 Silverado. Both rear wheel brake cylinders blew apart. I fitted new ones along with new shoes. I have bled the brakes but my pedal still goes to floor. What else can I do?
6
votes
2answers
46 views

Thermostatic Cooling Fans

Most cars these days have a cooling fan that only runs when needed.The advantages in fuel economy ,warmup time ,pollution,HP are well documented elsewhere.The popular methods are the electric fan and ...
0
votes
2answers
44 views

94 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

My '94 Jeep seems to want to stall out at red lights and stop signs. It runs fine otherwise. However, upon cranking first thing of the day I have to let it idle for maybe five minutes before driving.
4
votes
0answers
22 views

Central locking for LR Defender Td5 year 1999

Is it possible to change the manual locking system into central locking system for all three doors for this model of 1999? Also, can the manual window opening closing system be changed into an ...
3
votes
1answer
40 views

Reccommended booster for 2000 Jaguar S type (3 litre petrol, UK)

I only drive this car on weekends, and if I have only done short journeys there is a risk of a flat battery. This happened to me two days ago, and standing on a street in the cold waiting for ...

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