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Max temperature for studless ice/snow tires on asphalt?

I realize this is probably a loaded question with no clear-cut "line in the sand" answer, but I'd still like to see what people say. I live 3 hours from Tahoe area, so in the winter it is nice to ...
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Is it possible to harm your car by giving someone a boost?

This post explains why it's a potential hazard to clip to the negative post on the dead battery when giving a boost. But I've also been told that I could damage the electronics in my own car if I give ...
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1answer
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2011 Mini Hardtop Sparkplug

I would like to know whether I can use NGK 90223 spark plug on my R56 - 2011 Mini Hardtop(~50k miles). The original spark plugs on it (Beru 12ZR6SP2) seems to have worn and engine is misfiring under ...
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VW Golf TDI makes a 'sneezing' sound on startup

I really don't know how else to describe it. Car has no issues starting or running, but for about the last 2 months every time I cold start it, the engine makes a sharp, high-pitched noise like a ...
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Fiat 500 (2010) airbag replace - crash sensor help

Recently replaced airbags in a fiat 500 1.2L (2010 model). I've also cleared the crash codes/data from ECU. I assume I would have to replace the front crash sensor as well, but couldn't locate it. ...
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Sputtering while driving & idling

[My car: 2004 Mazda 3] So, my wife came home from running some errands and told me the check-engine light was on and that the car was sputtering and felt like it was going to stall while stopped at ...
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Wire front camera+sensors+display on SINGLE Ignition switched 12V wire

I want to install front parking sensors & camera (+display). So I have: Kit of 4 sensors + controller Camera Display Basically I know how to install & wire them, the thing I don't sure is: ...
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1answer
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White smoke is coming from my engine. how do i find out what it is?

I own a 92 chevy lumina, when i drive or let it run for a little bit it will smoke from underneath the upper radiator hose. it is not the actual radiator hose as i changed it thinking it was that. ...
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Knocking noise when turning at full lock/opposite lock?

I have noticed that I have a knocking noise when I turn full lock or full opposite lock. The noise is a single knock as I reach lock and then another knock as I start turning back. I will ...
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2008 ford escape hybrid blend door actuator

i have a similar issue, my 2008 ford escape hybrid driver side remains on cold and my passenger side climate control works fine, no problems. I also notice that when i turn the knob on the driver side ...
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Can a blend door be easily fixed/replaced in a Ford Escape Hybrid 2006? Also, passenger side airbag removal?

I recently got my AC compressor fixed, but after doing this it turns out my AC still isn't great because of a messed up blend door (according to my mechanic). Apparently this is a fairly common ...
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2answers
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Why do cars allow you to shift from Reverse to Neutral/Drive without brakes?

Every automatic transmission car I've driven (not sure if all do this) allow you to shift from Reverse to Neutral and from Neutral to Drive (and therefore Reverse all the way to Drive) without ...
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Does using an impact wrench instead of a breaker bar prevent damaging to nuts or bolts?

I broke two of my car's lug nut studs, and I had to take the car to mechanic for repair. The mechanic explained that sometimes lug nuts are highly over-torqued because all shops use impact gun to ...
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1answer
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Front of the car(sedan) hitting speed bumps when approached at right angle

The front end of my sedan hits on bumps if I approach at a right angle. The mid/rear portion of the car doesn't hit bumps and mid/rear clearance is decent however the front clearance is poor. My doubt ...
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1answer
20 views

1999 T&C Low-beam Headlight Replacement

My question is very basic. How do you replace a low-beam headlight on a '99 Chrysler Town&Country Lxi? Also can I replace just high-beams with blue lights?
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1answer
167 views

After brake bleed, pedal goes to floor

2005 Toyota sequoia. Brake pedal was fine most of the time but occasionally it would sink to the floor while stopping and it would be hard to stop. I bled my brakes and now the pedal goes to the floor ...
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1answer
56 views

How do you remove a stubbornly stuck rear hub on a 1993 Honda fourtrax 300?

I have a Honda Fourtrax and I have tried numerous things to get this stubborn hub off the rear axle it just won't budge I am open to any idea short of a stick of dynamite.
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I almost stalled and my oil light came on

I was driving along this evening and lifted the clutch too quickly by mistake. I have hardly ever done this (about twice a year) However, this time the engine revs dropped to about 100-200rpm, and ...
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2answers
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Can I replace a compliance (Lower Control Arm) bushing myself?

The Compliance bushing, on my 2001 Honda Civic needs to be replaced. Is this something a backyard mechanic can do, or are there special tools required that only a real mechanic would have? The ...
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2answers
90 views

Does intermittent starting difficulty indicate alternator or starter?

Tl;dr: Car is having trouble starting, and I'm wondering how to determine if it's the alternator or the starter. I don't experience the longer turn over times of a typical starter malfunction, but I ...
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4answers
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Shift “Grinding” Issue?

Lately I've been noticing a grinding/resisting force and sound when I shift from first to second gear in my 2003 Jetta GLI. It is ruining driving for me because every time I shift from first to second ...
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0answers
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Citroen C2 Alternator

Please if someone could help me ill really appreciate it. I've got a Citroen C2 the Bendix of the starter was completely worn so we purchased a new starter and put it in. At first it started. Once ...
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2answers
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Should I connect the “power antenna” wire to the “auto antenna” wire?

I have a new radio (Clarion cx501) for my 2005 Mazda 3. I bought a special wiring harness to make the installation easier. I have two wires that I'm not sure if I must connect. They look like the same ...
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2answers
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What is the part called that connects the engine to the air intake system? (Photo included)

The image below is from a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire. Credits to (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontiac_Sunfire) for the photo. I've put arrows to the the part that I'd like to know what it's called. I ...
3
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1answer
3k views

What does error code: POO13 mean?

My vehicle: Saturn VUE 2008, 2WD 4Cylider. Checking light is steady on. Read code at auto zone store, POO13. The mileage is only 45K. I have no idea. Thanks for advice.
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2answers
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Can i remove the rear diff in my land rover freelander?

recently the rear diff in my 1998 land rover freelander has gone (makes a horrible clicking sound around corners). The car has been a constant pain and i was wondering what is actually the cause of ...
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1answer
303 views

Mazda5 - any way to disable “recirculation off while in defrosting mode” feature?

I have Mazda5 2013, trying to fix an annoying issue - every time I set air to blow towards windshield, recirculation is turning off - and there is no way to turn it back on if selector is still in the ...
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0answers
147 views

What is making a noise under my steering wheel when car is not moving?

I have a Toyota Corolla Verso bought in 2005. Recently it has started to make a noise somewhere in the steering column. Whilst it is only as loud as a clanking keyring, the odd thing is that the noise ...
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1answer
49 views

Empty Radiator with no leaks

I have a 1998 Ford Ranger 4 cycl. and 8 spark plugs which all the water was gone in the radiator with no leaks to be found...What would cause water to totally evaporate from radiator without any leaks ...
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1answer
106 views

accidentally placed oil in the atf reservoir in a BMW 520d. How do I fix it?

I accidentally placed engin oil in the atf reservoir in a BMW 520d. How do I fix it? I have to ask that what effect on my car and how i remove all the ATF oil and how to refil new oil. BMW E39, ...
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1answer
196 views

2006 Hyundai Santa Fe stalls in the rain

I just bought a used Hyundai Santa Fe 2.6 engine. This car stalls out every time it rains. You go through a puddle and the battery and brake warning lights come on and it loses power steering and ...
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2answers
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When reconnecting a battery, why connect the positive first? [duplicate]

When reconnecting a battery, why is it recommended to connect the positive lead first, and the negative lead last? What difference does it make if they are connected in the opposite order?
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1answer
41 views

What are the properties of a car painted using electrostatic coating?

When I was younger, I had a bike that I was told was chromed with electrostatic coating, and was very scratch resistant. So, I used a razor blade to scrape the stickers off of the bike. I didn't ...
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1answer
47 views

Do Distributor Caps need Regular Replacement?

Does the rotor physically contact the points in a distributor cap and cause them to wear down such that the cap would need replacement at regular intervals?
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2answers
68 views

Is there a key code with my Kawasaki

I hear that there is a key code for my 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT that can be given to a dealer who can then cut a new key for my bike if ever necessary. Now it is. But where do I find the key code?? ...
3
votes
2answers
76 views

Can I use Turbo Diesel oil in my Petrol car?

I need to top up the oil in my 2003 Opel Agila with some 5W-40 oil. However, the only oil that I have are: Mobil 1 Turbo Diesel 5w-40 Halfords Ford Oil 5w-40 However, I have a Vauxhall/Opel Agila ...
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2answers
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Mercedes ML 430 will not start. No click, no electrical lights nothing.

After taking a nap in the parking lot at my job, the driver's seat (power seating) -- the passenger seat did work-- I had laid back could not be readjusted. After work I went home (3am closing shift). ...
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5answers
739 views

The poor man's Start Interrupt Switch — non-obvious way to disable starting

There's some idiot stealing similar cars to mine -- mid to late 90s Subarus -- in this part of town. The police are pretty confident that he has a jiggle key (the cars have been mostly recovered, ...
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2answers
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Sidewall has gashes, should I replace?

I had planned to put on my winter tires this weekend and noticed that one tire had some gashes in the sidewall. Should I mount them or not? The third picture, is the worst IMO. They still have a few ...
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0answers
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ABS (Anti-lock Breaking System) light turns on in hot weather?

For the last 3 summers in a row I have observed that my ABS light in the dashboard turns on during hot summer days. It gets in this sticky state where it does not turn off automatically on its own. ...
4
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2answers
73 views

Rear end Differential - rebuild or replace with used?

I have a 01 Ford F 150 with 320K miles. I love this truck and don't plan on ever selling it. I thought the bearings were going out in the back right side so I took it to mechanic. Two different ...
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vote
1answer
63 views

I have a small 196cc 6.5 horse power engine

I am using this motor in a small pit bike. And was wondering why there was 2 oil spots. I was told on is for the motor oil and one is a white merky fluid but dont know what to look for. Please help.
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1answer
236 views

Does towing an automatic transmision car in neutal with engine not running will damage it?

My daughter had a friend tow her 1996 chevy. automatic transmission without engine running while in "N" SLOWLY for probably 7 or 8 miles distance. Do you think she has damaged the transmission? The ...
2
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1answer
147 views

Read error codes without scanner on Pontiac G6

I've read certain vehicles may begin flashing their check engine light if one bridges the diagnostic plug correctly with some wire before starting the vehicle. How does one do this for a Pontiac G6? ...
5
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1answer
8k views

Ford Escape won't shift into gear, O/D light flashing

I've got a 2002 Ford Escape (automatic transmission) that will start fine and reverse without any problems, but when I put it in drive and try to pull forward, it remains in idle. I can hit the gas ...
6
votes
4answers
82k views

Car shakes when in gear at red light

I bought a '96 Toyota Camry about a month ago. When I first turn the car on and the engine is cold, I can have the car stopped (in gear) and it will not shake. The idle RPMs will be at 1000. After ...
3
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1answer
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Brake light connector drops to 0v when bulb is in, 12v without bulb

I'm stuck with a basic electric problem, on my honda cb500. The rear light bulb is a twin-filament for position/brake, 12v 5/21w. It's brand new and tested. The battery has 11.9v. On the rear light ...
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11answers
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Wheel stuck or fused to drum

1997 Chevy 1500 My right rear wheel is stuck or fused to the drum. I can get the lugnuts off, but no luck getting the wheel off. I took it to a tire place and they couldn't remove it either, and said ...
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3answers
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What to do if 2010 Chevy HHR key is stuck in run position?

The key in my 2010 Chevy HHR automatic will not turn back to the OFF position. It is stuck in the RUN position with the car on. What is the cause of this problem? How can I shut off the car?
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I need to replace the female part that a headlight bulb fits into

I don't think the make/model matters here, but just in case, I own a 2009 GMC Acadia. My driver-side, low-beam headlight went out yesterday. I bought a replacement H11 bulb and began replacing the ...

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