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Single Cylinder 4 stroke misfire at idling rpm

I have a Zongshen 200gy-2 bike, that has of late developed a misfire if there is no throttle, like waiting at traffic lights. It has recently been serviced, but the spark plug has not been replaced. ...
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1answer
110 views

98 Windstar: An 8x5x3 black plastic box fell off

When I got home from work yesterday and parked my '98 Ford Windstar next to the house, my wife pointed out that a 8"x5"x3" black plastic box was sitting at the end of the driveway, and a slightly ...
2
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1answer
173 views

Squeal (vacuum leak?) and high idle after rebuilding carbs on '82 Yamaha XJ 750 Maxim

I've got an '82 Yamaha XJ 750 Maxim. I rebuilt the carburetors this weekend, and after putting it back together, it seems like it's got a vacuum leak. There's a loud squeal every time a cylinder ...
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2answers
6k views

Engine Size and Fuel Consumption

I have this weird misconception that the engine size is related to the amount of fuel being burned in one cycle(4-stroke engine). I know this is stupid but how does engine size relate to the amount of ...
3
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1answer
549 views

Megane release childlock without button

I have a 2005 Renault Megane (ie #2 model). The child locking button on the driver side window control panel is broken (will be sourcing one when I find a spare). In the meantime my childlocks are ...
2
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2answers
609 views

How often should I do fuel induction and why should I do it if my car runs perfectly fine?

I've owned 6 cars now and I only remembered doing fuel induction once. Yesterday I went to the Toyota dealer and they recommended me doing fuel induction every 3000 miles. I have a 2009 Toyota ...
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3answers
323 views

Water pump lifetime

What is the lifetime of water pumps? I got the water pump replaced 8000 miles age (around 2 years ago) when changing the timing belt. Today I showed my car to a mechanic for a noise that is coming ...
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2answers
178 views

1998 Volvo S70 beeping randomly

I have a 1998 Volvo S70. The question here sort of describes my problem, but I will be more specific. At (apparently) random intervals, I will hear a short (half a second) beep coming from somewhere ...
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3answers
274 views

The garage I went to cannot get the wheel off my car

I have a BMW with a flat tire, I took it to tire shop but we could not find the bolt nut, and he said he could not do anything. So I went to breakers yard, they had one and tried to get the tyre off, ...
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2answers
273 views

New Car Stereo Not Saving Stations

I have put in an aftermarket stereo into my car. (Pioneer DEH-4500BT). I hooked it all up ok and it was all working. However i noticed that it did not turn off with the engine. Before i had brought ...
4
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1answer
503 views

'00 Volvo S40 Idle surging

The idle surges when in neutral and park, but there is no noticeable surge in gear or reverse. The car has an automatic transmission, if that makes a difference. I have to this point replaced the ...
2
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1answer
4k views

Oil in 2011 Toyota Corolla

My 2011 Toyota has 15,000 miles on it. I just got its oil changed, and the new place that I took it to told me that I NEED synthetic oil 0W-20 (so they put in "Castrol Edge 0W-20"). But they also told ...
3
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3answers
2k views

Air trapped inside radiator after adding coolant

It has now happened twice to me that after adding coolant to the radiator, when I turn the car on the RPM's will bounce up and down and the engine is reving (between 1k and 1.5k RPM's). Normal idle is ...
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2answers
95 views

Why doesn't the engine coolant dry up while the engine is running?

Why can't coolant dry inside the engine during engine operation?
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2answers
135 views

No power to interior lights, etc

I got Mercedes A Class W168. Recently I got a weird problem, when I switch the key, only battery & SRS lamps lit at dashboard. Engine, headlamps, radio, horn, windows, power steering work. ...
1
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1answer
186 views

Replace door on BMW 320D E46

I recently bought a BMW 320D E46 (2001) with two doors (passenger side) that are dented beyond repair (i.e. repairing them would be ridiculously expensive). I have the opportunity to buy two ...
2
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1answer
402 views

Where can I get/buy a repair manual for a Mercedes-Benz CLK200 Kompressor -2002?

I have checked haynes.com but it seems like they only cover C230 - C350. Any other good sources to check? I have tried to contact Mercedes-Benz Europe directly via e-mail for a regular manual, but ...
2
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2answers
207 views

What brake components need to be lubricated?

When doing a DIY brake job, I understand that it's necessary lubricate several components of the pad/caliper assembly. From various sources, I have been told that the following are the places where ...
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4answers
418 views

Applying brake vs. shifting into Park at a red light - which is better for long-term maintenance? [closed]

When at a red light for a prolonged period of time, which leads to a lower amount of wear/lower cost of maintenance over the long term: keeping the brake applied for the duration of the light, or ...
3
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4answers
432 views

Front-end metallic vibration noise - poorly lubricated brakes?

I have a manual-transmission 2008 Mazda 3 I. For the past day or two, I have detected a somewhat quiet metallic vibration noise coming from the front-end of my car. Some things I have noted: The ...
3
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1answer
313 views

How important are swing arm bushing pivot collars ? [ Honda CB400T Motorcycle ]

I've got a project motorcycle which is a bit of a frankenstein. It came to me with a Honda 400T engine but the compliance plate says it's a 1982 CB-250T, looking over the frame though the swing arm at ...
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1answer
31 views

Do ester-based oils less or more likely to disappear from the engine? [duplicate]

It is known that some oils are eaten up by the engine, at a rate of up to 1L per 1k miles or so. Are ester-based oils (like Redline 5W40) less or more likely to disappear from the oil pan after going ...
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2answers
248 views

How can I verify my brakes are decent when I can't trust the mechanic who worked on them?

I took my car to my local chain repair shop last Saturday because the parking brake was nonfunctional -- the lever, when pressed, had no resistance, and was clearly not hooked up to anything. They ...
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3answers
266 views

How to prioritize repairs?

My car needs some work, but I don't like taking out too much debt and my savings are sort of depleted for the moment, so I need to do a little at a time. How can I prioritize the work that needs to be ...
0
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1answer
107 views

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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0answers
93 views

1982 Yamaha Virago 750

I am considering buying a 1982 Yamaha Virago 750 that I found on craigslist. I have read online that many of these bikes have starter problems and I am just curious as to how hard it is to fix or ...
3
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3answers
2k 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 ...
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1answer
97 views

Why need to change gear in car? [closed]

Could someone let me know why it is necessary to change from gear to gear ?What is the scientific foundation? I heard " The higher your speed the higher your gear, the lower your speed the lower your ...
5
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3answers
406 views

Does a small amount of dried coolant warrant replacing block heater, radiator and hose Or can I use K-Seal?

My garage found a small amount of dried coolant on my radiator and block heater and tell me that I needed to replace my radiator, block heater, and hose urgently, as it could leak at any moment. I ...
2
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1answer
99 views

Is shop paint visibly different to factory paint?

I've got my 2008 Jetta painted at a shop in Northern California with a very good reputation and customer satisfaction. Whilst I was originally happy with the work, after not seeing my car for a ...
4
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2answers
421 views

Replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce

Is replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce, an expensive repair? I've been told it is better to just replace the engine all together. Is it a tough job for a backyard mechanic or a diy ...
3
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3answers
1k views

How do you troubleshoot cruise control? (Mazda Tribute 2005)

I just bought a used 2005 Mazda Tribute. The only problem I have with the car is that the cruise control doesn't work....and I have no clue how/where to start! The cruise light on the dashboard ...
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1answer
91 views

Does a low oil level mean some synthetic has converted to sludge?

In a 2008 Jetta, 2.5L petrol engine, I started driving more on the highways, and taking longer trips, and noticed a much better mileage than the prior driving that was still mostly highway, but ...
3
votes
1answer
57 views

Why wasn't my engine getting fuel?

This is a 1975 Ford F-350. It has been sitting idle for 6 months, and is rarely used. Normally, when I try to start it after sitting for a long time, it takes a bit of cranking before it starts. I ...
1
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1answer
126 views

First generation Nissan Micra gearbox

I have a first generation Nissa Micra and the gearbox is on the way out. It currently only has a 4 speed gearbox! Are any other gearboxes compatible with the car (maybe a 5 speed) and how can I find ...
4
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1answer
171 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 ...
4
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2answers
654 views

Saab 9-3 stuttering and cutting out [closed]

I've got a 1999 Saab 9-3 2.0l Automatic (not the turbo). It's been running fine, then a bit more than a month ago it started to stutter when accelerating or decelerating. Only occasionally, but it ...
4
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2answers
368 views

How can I remove Factory Air Conditioning from a 1965 Mopar Big Block

I have a 1965 Mopar 383 Big Block with factory air conditioning. I would like to remove the air conditioning from the engine, including the A/C pump. Unfortunately, the belts for the accessories are ...
3
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2answers
1k views

Cigarette lighter fuse repeatedly blows

I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla. Recently, the fuse for the cigarette lighter blew when I put in a car charger. The fuse powers the cigarette lighter as well as the radio and I think the backlighting on ...
2
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1answer
36 views

Is it safe to mount a wire bracket to a hitch?

I recently installed a Curt hitch on my jeep wrangler. It is perfect, but I want to mount a 7-pin wiring harness via drop-down bracket. Is it safe to drill and tap the main bar that goes across the ...
2
votes
1answer
102 views

Remove stuck steering gearbox mounting bolt?

I'm removing the steering gearbox from my 2004 E-250. I'm trying to remove the gearbox from the frame, but one of the three bolts that mount it to the frame is stuck. I've managed to get the bolt ...
2
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1answer
338 views

Ford Fiesta - the colour of the water in the water container

I own a hatchback ford fiesta. I took my car out for a drive today for 10 minutes and when I came back, I opened the hood and checked that the water in the water container was quite hot (not ...
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0answers
82 views

Chevron Oil Filter, any good?

There are lots of information about what's inside oil filter from several brands... but zero on the Chevron ones. The closest place i have is a BigQ and they told me they use that. I'm pretty sure ...
3
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2answers
372 views

High-pitched squealing coming from engine

I Have a Datsun Safari 1983 2,8L petrol. Recently I was driving off road with it and the next morning the fan belt was making this squealing noise. So I adjust it and all was well. 300km later a new ...
2
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1answer
249 views

Evap code continues to warn after replacing the gas cap

Replacing the gas cap as suggested here worked for about a week. But now the check engine light (evap code) continues to re-appear. This is about the third time in three months the check engine light ...
2
votes
1answer
220 views

Leaving heavy load on the back of a pickup truck

I was wondering if it is bad for a pickup truck to keep a heavy load in the back (e.g. 1800 lbs) for prolonged periods of time (e.g. 2-3 days), assuming the truck is not in motion. The disadvantage ...
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4answers
355 views

High Beam Indicator Problem

I have a situation where I'm doing wiring for the dashboard of a vehicle. For whatever reason, the turn signal/headlight switch on this vehicle outputs a 6 volt signal on the high beam wire when the ...
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2answers
93 views

Can I mix synthetic and mineral oils?

I cannot find out for sure if the oil that I'm using is synthetic or mineral. I have suspicions that it is mineral based on unreliable web sites, but the recommended oil for my car (Renault Megane MK1 ...
3
votes
1answer
79 views

Yamaha YZ125K 1983 transmission bearings

I'm restoring an engine and am unable to locate 3 gearbox bearings. Identifying mark is either IXO or IKO. It is a needle roller bearing type and sits RHS crank case 1/3rd gear shaft. Mark clearly ...
3
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1answer
73 views

Broken spark plug

How do I remove a spark plug broken off in the engine block of a 2002 Malibu? I successfully removed and changed three spark plugs in my 2002 Chevy Malibu. The fourth one broke off.

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