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Audi a4 2007 2.0T boosts but poor performance, fuel economy

My 80,000 mile 2.0TFSI Turbo Audi has lost a lot of performance but no check-engine-light (CEL) or codes. One month ago an independent garage looked at it and did $2200 of work including transmission ...
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59 views

Renault Fluence voltage source under dashboard

I want to connect an electrical device that runs on 12V or less voltage. Where can I connect it from below the dashboard (the lighter doesn't count, unless it has an under the hood part).
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2answers
605 views

What type of Anti-Seize compound should be used on spark plugs?

Is there a particular type of Anti-Seize compound that is preferred for use on spark plugs? What temperature rating is needed?
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5answers
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Does a timing chain need maintenance?

Does a timing chain (as opposed to timing belt) need any specific maintenance? In particular I'm talking about a BMW Z4
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1answer
192 views

PT Cruiser will not start

The battery is fully charged. The lights come on and there isn't a clicking noise. I had the ignition switch replaced and it still will not start
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2answers
2k views

Durability of automatic transmission boxes versus durability of manual transmission boxes? Their lifetimes?

My friend is against cars with automatic transmission because he thinks that they break easily and that their repairing cost a lot. He thinks that it is impossible to maintain an automatic ...
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1answer
165 views

Damaged frame on my motorbike

My 10 year old Yamaha Super Tenere 750 has been off the road for a while as when I got it I learned it had had a bad crash which bent the frame. The rest all works, so I plan to take it to a garage to ...
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3answers
476 views

Two-stroke engine won't start - water in gas?

I realize this isn't a car question. There doesn't seem to be an appropriate Exchange for it, so I'm trying it here. I have a two-stroke engine (for a rototiller), and it worked more-or-less well ...
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3answers
531 views

Honda Unicorn missing during rain and cold weather

I have a 2009 model Honda unicorn motorcycle. It's very difficult to ride during rain or cold weather, because of missing. I asked service center but they did not do anything. I have changed the CDI, ...
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1answer
49 views

Aux port '12 Pathfinder not going in all the way

So I have a Pathfinder and the stock has an auxiliary port when I got it (used), but the 3.5 cords that I insert into them doesn't go in all the way, and I'm giving it quite a bit of pressure. I'm not ...
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1answer
437 views

AC not cold anymore on brand new VW Polo

I've brought a new VW Polo 2012 plate. It's only a few months since it was registered by the dealer. However all a sudden the AC has stopped working. When I press the button labelled AC the light ...
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0answers
50 views

2000 Chevy Camaro starts, idles low around 1000 rpms for 4 or 5 seconds before dying

It's a 2000 Camaro v6 manual. Most days the car starts just fine but on other days I might have to start it 20 times before it stays on. When I start it, the RPM is around 1000 but slowly drops to ...
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3answers
92 views

Any sense of buying Saab 9-3 1.9?

Saab is now in bankrupt so it may be difficult to get parts for maintenance in the future. So is there any sense of buying the Saab? I am thinking between Volkswagen Passat and Saab 9-3 1.9. Both are ...
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7answers
6k views

When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?

I just recently got a 2005 Volvo S40 with a turbo engine; I want to take good care of it, so naturally, when the instruction manual recommends 91 octane fuel but says it takes a minimum of 87, I have ...
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2answers
179 views

How to know when automatic-transmission box needs to be changed?

My friend is very odd: this thread about durability comparison between automatic/manual durability meant to him that manual is always better option because you can learn to change the clutch and only ...
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2answers
290 views

Car making a groaning sound when it moves?

Let's be clear-- the sound is not coming from the engine. It's something more along the lines of suspension, maybe? It's like when the car moves, turning or moving forward, whenever the inertia ...
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2answers
214 views

Cream on oil cap? How to maintain a car that drives only short distances in Nordic environment?

My friend needs a car for night-time driving for distances about 15 km to-and-fro for his work. I read that short distances may be problematic to cars because the engine does not get hot enough -- ...
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1answer
183 views

'99 Audi A4 seat belt warning sign

I've had this seat belt warning light on my dash for a few weeks now. My dealer says the wiring to my driver seat is gone and replacing it could cost close to 800 USD. Is there a better option?
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1answer
194 views

Suzuki Esteem door repair

2 of the doors are broken: passenger and rear-driver. Broken as in they can only be opened from the inside. Additionally the driver rear door has the child safety lock enabled -- so i can't even open ...
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3answers
3k views

Is high octane fuel a requirement for high-compression engines?

I own and use a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 as my daily commuter vehicle. I'm not interested in trying to eek out a few extra miles on a tank, I want to keep the vehicle and its engine running as ...
4
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1answer
586 views

What components make the Honda tire pressure system work?

I had to have a tire repaired today on a new 2013 Honda Accord. When the tire was repaired for a puncture, I saw nothing that looked to me like a tire pressure monitoring system inside the wheel or on ...
2
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0answers
149 views

Audi A6 2.4L 99 - randomly sets off brake warning lights, no abs, no rpm, no A/C

Randomly while driving or standing still I get a bunch of warning lights that come on, beep and blink. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes, sometimes it will stay on for a few days of driving and turning ...
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1answer
354 views

How do you adjust the idle on a 1981 Suzuki GS 650 GL?

I'm asking this for a friend, so if you need more details, I'll have to ask him. He brought his bike with him when he moved, and with the elevation change, the idle isn't high enough. How can he ...
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2answers
106 views

Car Radiator Fan may have a Fault, I'm an electrical noob

I took the fan out from my engine compartment and am now ready to test it. It consists of two fans, one larger than the other connected I believe in series with two large wires, one red, one brown ...
2
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2answers
2k views

My drivers side window no longer closes with one press of the button

I have an idea what may have failed but before I take my door off I thought I should ask here: The drivers window switch has 5 positions, open (one press takes the window all the way to the bottom), ...
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1answer
168 views

Ford Focus 2006 - Trunk latch won't close

I lost my keys, so I had a locksmith come and make another Key. He took the lock latch off to do something with a computer as well as the door and ignition. Now the trunk latch will not latch and ...
3
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4answers
542 views

Knocking in my engine during cold start / whistling when accelerating

My 2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT will spudder and the engine will shake occasionally on cold starts. Its not a consistent problem - not every time, but it seems to be growing worse. I can feel the engine ...
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2answers
502 views

VW 1.4 TSI EA113 Variations

What does VW do to improve HP and Torque from their 1.4 TSI engine? e.g.: CAXA: 90 KW @ 5000 200 NM @ 1500-4000 CAVD 118 KW @ 5800 240 NM @ 1500-4500
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0answers
20 views

Car Radiator Fan may have a Fault, I'm an electrical noob [duplicate]

I took the fan out from my engine compartment and am now ready to test it. It consists of two fans, one larger than the other connected I believe in series with two large wires, one red, one brown ...
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1answer
220 views

Ford Explorer overheating

2003 ford exp xlt overheating. replaced t-stat and dumped & refilled coolant. Still over heating bad when on the highway at about 65 mph.
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1answer
59 views

What could be causing an uneven roll at low speeds?

I've noticed that my car has an uneven roll at very low speeds, almost as if one of the tires is being favored. Is this likely to be an issue with a tire or are there other potential issues?
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2answers
625 views

My ELM327 OBD-II adapter is not responding anymore to its original bluetooth PIN (1234). Is it possible to recover access to it?

I recently bought an ELM327 adapter from China and was very satisfied with it. It was working fine with Torque and other OBDII apps for Android, and I could always pair with it using 1234 as the ...
2
votes
1answer
83 views

Please Identify these tires and are they ok for truck?

I have a 86 Chevrolet C30 dually truck. The tires are something I've never seen before. The brand is "A ? X" (some symbol in middle). A mechanic said these may be nylon tires and could be the ...
2
votes
2answers
131 views

Holden Commodore not moving

I own a petrol powered Holden Commodore car 1998 model and it worked fine till last week. Suddenly it stopped moving freely. When I press the accelerator up to 30% it makes noise but doesn't move. If ...
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2answers
172 views

Any danger if 4 of 8 spark plug leads not connected while driving

After driving 2 blocks I knew something was wrong with the engine, and when I stopped and checked under the hood I discovered that 4 of the 8 spark plug leads were there but disconnected. This was ...
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2answers
394 views

Can I use just any 17mm bolt?

I hope to be replacing the shock absorbers on my 2005 Mazda 3 this weekend. I have purchased the shocks themselves (Monroe P/N 5607), as well as new mounts. The only thing left to get is new bolts.... ...
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2answers
58 views

What do these lights mean?

When I stop the car (by hitting the brake pedal), the engine all of a sudden stops while on drive. Here are the lights I get: What do they mean? Is it a battery problem?
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2answers
172 views

Engine condensation causing no-start condition

I have a 2000 GMC Savanna, and I've had this problem twice. If we have a particularly cold few days, then a warm humid front moves through overnight, the engine won't start. I can see quite a bit of ...
2
votes
3answers
548 views

Fitting speakers on the door of a hatchback

I'm thinking of fitting an audio system for my hatchback. I'm a little bit confused over fixing the speakers. I have three options to fit the speakers. Fit them on an MDF tray above boot. [6x9 oval ...
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4answers
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
289 views

What can cause gas to blow back into air filter in a motorcycle

I have a 1987 kawasaki ninja. I've had it for two years and it ran good until this year. When I started it this week, gas started to flow back into air filter box. Has anyone ever encountered this? ...
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2answers
465 views

95 geo metro 1.0L pushing coolant out of overflow

I have a 95 geo metro. Car runs good and has normal power. When car is idling it runs fine with no overheating or coolant being pushed out of the overflow. I was told to replace the water pump, ...
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votes
2answers
1k views

Key won't come out of a Ford Fusion, 2007

The keys are stuck in the ignition in this vehicle, even when the car is in park. What can be done to fix this, so the keys can come out again? Thanks!
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2answers
52 views

Online service for tracking maintenance

Is there a good service online for tracking vehicle maintenance that either you do or have a workshop do? It'd be nice to have a service that sends emails and lets you track when you change your oil, ...
2
votes
1answer
420 views

Power steering fluid started to leak after changing it

I have a Hyundai Elantra 2002 and changed its power steering fluid with a turkey baster. Four days after changing the power steering fluid and running 1000 miles I noticed that the power steering ...
2
votes
1answer
81 views

How can I keep a car window up?

My car window just fell down while I was driving. I drive a 2002 Ford Explorer. I dont care if I can ever get it to automatically roll up and down again, but how can I get it to stay up?
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vote
1answer
2k views

Is it possible to have a manual transmission electric car?

Reading about the new supercar from VW, I distinctly noticed when the author specifically mentioned shifting to "drive". I know the car in article is an automatic, but it got me thinking. Is it ...
2
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0answers
182 views

2005 Nissan Sentra - Pressing gas pedal has no effect - vent control valve

My car (2005 Nissan Sentra) had a problem for a while: gas spills out when pumping. I was lazy and did noting about it. After a month or so the car started to fail. At first it was only hiccups but ...
3
votes
1answer
214 views

Stiff Gas Pedal 03 Corolla

I have an '03 Corolla with about 87k miles on it. I just bought it a while ago and everything on it seems to run perfect. Recently I've been a bit conscious of how I drive and accelerate and noticed ...
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vote
3answers
569 views

Is rebuilding an alternator a DIY project?

I'd like a high performance alternator similar to one of these. Is it possible to rebuild a stock alternator to similar output, using majority of tools one would have at a home garage? Of course one ...

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