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Cold engine works on three out of four cylinders

When my Honda CBR900’s engine is cold, it works only on three cylinders. When the engine begins to warm, all goes fine and all the cylinders begin to work. What can cause this?
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Why is my 2005 Volvo S60 losing its power steering fluid?

Last year, I bought a 2005 Volvo S60 for my wife to drive to her job. The car had 103,000 miles on the clock, so a few weeks ago, I installed a new timing belt, tensioner, idle pulley, and water ...
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Heat only works when engine is revving and at full power

On a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, the air only works when turned up to maximum power. At any of the 3 levels below that, no air comes out. Additionally, when the heat is on, it only blows hot air while the ...
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Running with straight water as coolant in the summer. Is it fine?

I grew up flushing the coolant twice yearly. In the Spring, you drain the antifreeze and fill with straight water for the summer. In the Fall, you drain the water and put in a 50/50 antifreeze/water ...
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1answer
193 views

2004 Buick Rainier Ignition Coil Replacement

I have a 2004 Buick Rainier (6 cyllinder). I just found out the 4th bank ignition coil is bad. Seems easy enough just looking at it (I just replaced a few of the spark plugs a few nights ago with no ...
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1k views

Why is my car hesitating to accelerate only when I first start my car?

I've got a 1999 toyota corolla with over 170K miles, and I've had my fair share of problems over the years. Currently, I have this problem that my car seems to hesitate accelerating when I first ...
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Will brake dust corrode my wheels?

I've had my car for 1 month and 2,000 miles now and my wheels, which were once very shiny chrome, now look like I painted them gray because the brake dust is so bad. First of all, is brake dust ...
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Trailer hitch for third gen. (1997–1999) NA Ford Escort wagon

I am looking into adding Class 1 trailer hitch to 1999 Ford Escort wagon (NA 3rd generation (1997–1999)). I had checked several NA manufacturers (such as Curt, U-Haul etc.), none of them offer a hitch ...
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How can I remove rust from a screw thread without harming paint?

The screw sockets for the license plates on my car have some rust in them due to a rusty screw. If possible I'd like to clean out the rust from the screw sockets when I replace the screws, but I'm not ...
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What problems to look for when buying used motorcycle

I'm planning to buy a used Honda Goldwing. Researching the prices, my budget will allow me to get something in the range up to year '95-96 models. As this is going to be my first bike, I have no idea ...
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304 views

O2 Sensor Error after replacing spark plugs?

Ford Taurus 2004 Sedan SES DOHC. (The car is actually in the shop right now and I told him to hold off until I get more info.) Took the car to the local shop to get the spark plugs replaced. Because ...
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BMW E30 M20 oil warning light goes on on hot days but the motor sounds and performs fine

The car: BMW '90 E30 320i Cabrio with the six-cylinder M20 engine. The problem: the red engine oil warning light inside the instrument cluster (not the check control) lights up after some driving. ...
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2010 Toyota Corolla - pumping gas - the gas pump kicks off constantally

In another forum someone said "Screen down the fillneck may be partialy plugged up with matter." Is this something a neophyte can change or fix himself, or should I take it to an auto shop? How can I ...
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280 views

OBD2 protocol in trucks

How can I check if these trucks are OBD2 compatibile? Trucks: Mercedes Atego, type 818 [Daimler 970.21] Man, type 8.113 If they are compatible with this protocol can you tell me where can I find ...
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Squeaky door gets the grease?

When should you grease a door hinge? When it's dry or when it starts making noise? Is there a universally appropriate type of grease to use? How should it be applied?
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1answer
777 views

What is wrong with my 99 gsxr 600 when my regulator keeps burning out?

I recently had my clutch replaced and a new battery put in. Within a month my regulator/rectifier burnt out of it. So, I purchased a new one. After 2 weeks that one burned out also. I replaced the ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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1answer
597 views

1994 Ford Escort won't start

I have a 1994 Ford Escort that was bought used 2 years ago. When we bought it, it would barely run, and we had to replace the engine head. As a result of that and other repairs, it has been losing ...
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Possible causes of this Honda Civic K20 engine whine/hiss?

I own a 2008 Euro Civic Type-R which has almost the same engine as the US Civic Si (K20Z3 vs K20Z4). Since a bit of time I have a really annoying high pitched noise coming from the engine. It's ...
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1answer
111 views

Determine Trim on a Saab 9-5

I've a used saab and I need to determine the Trim for Amazon.com's car maintenance section. Here's a picture of it: I really don't know how to determine the Trim. Amazon wants to know if its a: ...
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1answer
618 views

Does repeated turning on/off Xenon HID headlights harm them?

I've got Xenon headlights and my car has a feature which automatically turns the headlights on at night. Currently I'm hesitant to use the auto-on feature because the headlights turn on when I start ...
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0answers
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Alfa 156 pollen filter leak

Should I have a cover for my Alfa 156 pollen filter? I'm getting a small leak though it when it rains. Any advice? EDIT Sorry I did some googling and found there should be an enclosure, which ...
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1answer
472 views

Sound system volume fades in/out erratically

I recently got a 2006 Mercedes e350, passed it's Mercedes certified check up a week ago so it's electrical should all be in working order. The last couple days I noticed the volume of the sound ...
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I bought a new radio. How difficult would it be for an amateur to install?

They gave me a "kit" and a "harness" in addition to the radio. I'm at the knowledge level where I don't know what that means, but I'm assuming the harness holds it in place and the kit involves the ...
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2answers
518 views

is motorcycle chain lubrication absolutely necessary?

Lubricating your chain is certainly one of the easiest maintainance tasks for a motorcycle owner, however I frequently wonder how necessary it really is. Are there any negative effects which can come ...
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Pulsar 180 - How Can I Measure the Mileage?

Could anybody please tell me how to measure the mileage of my Pulsar 180 bike accurately? I have tried by emptying my tank. I failed miserably, and I had to take my bike walking long distance.
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How do I resolve error code P1135 in my Toyota Camry?

I recently replaced the downstream O2 sensor in my Toyota Camry. Shortly thereafter, the check engine like came on again providing the following codes: P1135 which I understand to be the upstream ...
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3answers
521 views

leak in rear-left of 1998 Honda CRV

I have a Honda CRV which is parked on a very very slight hill, nose up. There is a small puddle just inside of the rear-left wheel that smells like gasoline. When I crawl up under I can see some ...
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1answer
101 views

What is the point of HID lamps?

I was reading a discussion about different HID lamps and I was wondering why would you use HID lamps in the first place? Is it for fuel/energy efficiency? Is it for their higher brightness? Color of ...
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2answers
371 views

Water leak in roof of 2007 honda pilot

I have a 2007 honda pilot and have been dealing with a water leak in the roof for over a month now. My mechanic has replaced the windshield twice, thinking that it was a bad seal. He now thinks that ...
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1answer
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What is the correct way to clean and lubricate the chain of a Yamaha FZ 16?

I own a 2011 Yamaha FZ 16 bike; which has an open chain; occasionally dirt gets accumulated to the chain and despite my many attempts I am unable to properly clean the chain. Also could you also help ...
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2007 prius premium gas or not?

I have a 2007 prius with around 125000 miles. my mileage dropped about a year ago. I had the fuel jets cleaned, but it didn't really make a difference. the dealer shop said it probably was the ...
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244 views

Synthetic Oil and oil change frequency

My car (a 2008 Scion tC) says to have its oil changed every 5K miles or 5 months. I just took a new job and commute into the city by bus so I'm driving a whole lot less. I was told that if I got full ...
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1answer
358 views

Lifter tick—safe to ignore short-term? What to do about it?

I have a 2002 Toyota Camry V6 (1MZ-FE) with about 129,000 miles on it. Recently, I noticed a ticking that seems to be loudest at the end of the front valve cover, on the opposite side of the timing ...
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2answers
221 views

Brake Pedal Requires More Distance to Push

My brake pedal requires a further distance to push than it used to. This is not to say it's harder to actually apply the brake; it's just that when I apply the brake, the pedal goes further back than ...
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1answer
108 views

XJ600 1994 Seca 2

I am wondering if anyone can shed light on an issue we are having with this particular bike. Basically, the bike starts fine cold and warms up and drives perfectly for about 15 minutes ( responsive to ...
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1answer
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Follow Maintenance Manual or Service technician recommendations?

We have a 2006 Highlander. Whenever we take it for regular servicing, the service technician recommends some items not specified in the maintenance manual. We told him that and he said it is common ...
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1answer
380 views

Upgrading the V70's HU603 with iPhone support

I checked the FAQ and it does really seem clear to me if I can ask this or not... so I give it a go anyways. I have a Volvo V70N, 2002 "Jubileums modell" with the premium sound package. That include ...
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3answers
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Can a heavy key-chain damage your ignition?

I just bought a 2012 VW Jetta TDI. The dealer asked me to do a 2,000 mile check-up to make sure everything is within tolerances. At the check-up the service representative said my key-chain was too ...
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1answer
275 views

Honda Unicorn Electricals Problem due to water

I am using Honda CB Unicorn 150cc. Last day I had to ride my bike through water, after which none of the electricals were working. Only Head lamp will work while the engine is on. After when I ...
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1answer
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how a car engine can get accustomed on some behavior?

A lot of people say that a car engine gets accustomed to the driver style and in particular to specific RPM gear changing and it will perform into those "learned" parameters. I must mention that I am ...
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1answer
239 views

How are digital speedometer readings typically calculated?

This seemed like the most suitable SE site, I do apologize if this shouldn't go here. How are digital speedometer readings (for things like average speed calculations, etc) typically calculated - ...
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1answer
366 views

Torque App Mileage reliability?

I am using an OBD-II sensor and the Andriod Torque app to look at my fuel economy and see that it shows a whopping 37 MPG for my Mazda 6, 2005 (2.3 Automatic). This seems fishy as some random googling ...
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Fuel usage change from 250 CC to 900 CC

I'm currently driving a Honda Hornet 250 CC (because it's the engine size limit on a provisional license in New Zealand). Once I get my full license I want to get something bigger, possibly a Honda ...
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1answer
187 views

Fuel leaking out of drain tube

I just purchased a 1985 Suzuki gs300l. When I put gas in the tank it immediately started pouring out the drain tube that is connected to the air box. What is wrong and how can I fix it?
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3answers
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What should I do about PS0128 “Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature)” error code?

I have a Mazda 6 and recently purchased the OBD 2 module and saw the check engine light with the PS0128 Error Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature). I ...
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2answers
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Replacing keys for 09 Malibu

I bought my 09 Malibu used and was given only one set of keys. I've lost them and now the dealership is telling me it will cost about $900 to replace them because the lock system was installed ...
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1answer
216 views

2004 Buick LeSabre sputters in wet weather only when accelerating

My 2004 Buick LeSabre recently started behaving strangely. At first I thought I had filled up with some "bad gas." I used Heat to treat and after a week or so it seemingly started to work fine. Then ...
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1answer
182 views

Pollen filter, air heater and dust in the air ventilation

I bought old car - VW Bora 2001 - and the air ventilation is full of dust, especially when I turn the air heather on I can smell burning dust. How can I clean the air vent system besides changing ...
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1answer
260 views

AC sytem repair after bad compressor

I had my AC compressor removed and replaced with a dummy pulley about a year ago. The reason was I had a long trip ahead of me and the compressor was making some funny noises, as if she was about to ...

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