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How to prevent body damage and rust from salted roadways?

I bought a used 2001 Toyota Camry this past summer. Overall it's in great shape, and I presently see no rust. Living in Wisconsin, we use salt pretty liberally to deal with snowy and icy roadways. ...
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1answer
491 views

Help setting up Bi-Xenon lights with h4 wiring

I am doing one of the oh-so controversial HID retrofits - I got myself I nice pair of projectors and bulbs (I am using cheep ballasts until I have the money for some nice OEM ones). The projectors I ...
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Brake lights, but no tail lights

I've got a 2001 WJ 4.0, The right brake light wasn't working, so I installed a new bulb, but I must have done something in the process because now all my brake lights work but I have no running ...
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1answer
2k views

Can the starter be bad even if the solenoid appears to work?

2004 Honda Odyssey. Car won't start. Turn the key, lights come on, all dash comes on, normal beep noises. No bad engine light or anything. Solenoid engages. One click only. Turn off car, ...
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1answer
2k views

Replacing a Ford Focus electric power steering pump

The electric power steering pump in our 2006 Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi 5 Door Hatchback (this is a UK car) has failed and I plan to replace this myself. The part in question looks like this: According to ...
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3answers
190 views

Switching gears without clutch

I drove manual car for a long time but never tried to switch gears without clutch. Question: given that clutch-less shift is executed properly, does it take a toll on transmission in any way? For ...
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2answers
278 views

Is it possible to disable beep for opening door before shutting off the engine?

I have a Toyota Hybrid Camry with keyless ignition. If open the door (after I park the car) but before I shut off the engine the car will beep at me. This will continue until I get out and close the ...
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1answer
1k views

2003 Yukon XL 1500 5.3L Very rough, unstable idle on cold starts

When I say rough I mean like bad 70s carbureted motor rough. I've never seen an injected motor this rough during warm up. On the coldest days, it can even die out on me. The problem has only popped up ...
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1answer
162 views

Wet battery durability based on how we start a motorbike engine

I have a motorbike with a wet battery. I use its electric starter to start the engine. Is there any research done by others before to prove which one of the following makes the durability of the wet ...
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VW Golf fuel filler cap will not unlock

The fuel filler flap on my 09 VW Golf estate (diesel) will not unlock. I have tried locking and unlocking the car which should relase the filler flap but it remains locked. The owner's manual says ...
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2answers
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Burning smell, leak, losing power. Maybe transmission related

First off, I know almost nothing about cars. I can fill them up with gas and drive them. That's about it. This car is a '99 Subaru Outback, automatic. When I last took my car in for an oil change, ...
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Ford Taurus common oil leak area?

On my last oil change, the technician noted some oil around top and side of the engine block and said there is a small leak. The only way to find where it is coming from is doing the whole dye test, ...
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2answers
344 views

Can chafing brake pads damage rotors?

Since replacing all of the brake pads and passenger front rotor on my 2008 Chrysler Sebring convertible, the pads have been chafing and making a non-stop chirping sound while driving. There is a ...
4
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2answers
2k views

Honda Accord bubbling / gurgling sound when braking first few times

I have a 2009 Honda Accord. All 4 brakes were recently serviced so I don't think this is related to pads or rotors needing attention. When I first start driving, when I hit the brakes, there is a ...
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2answers
156 views

08 Prius, New battery. Still dead

Prius, 08, smart key. Dead on Sunday am --- nothing works. Put trickle on the underhood postive and neg to body bolt. Got enough juice to open rear hatch (and dome light comes on ) Replaced with ...
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1answer
43 views

Register Car in Illinois and Get Plates [closed]

I have a car which it's title and plates are registered in Wisconsin. The title is in the name of name of Family member but is signed over to me. I would like to register the car[ in my name] in ...
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2answers
913 views

How might I fix a dent in a Honda Rebel fuel tank?

In a silly move during an engine overhaul, I dropped my Honda Rebel's fuel tank and put a dent in the top side. Is it possible to pull this dent out? I've heard there is a method using heat and ice ...
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2answers
5k views

2000 Ford Focus, low idle, stalling at lights, white smoke from exhaust - P0171 Code - problem?

I have a couple of issues which I hope are all related. The car is a petrol Ford Focus 2000 1.8. Seems to be listed as LX, but the engine is Zetec. When stationary, the idle is quite jumpy, and the ...
2
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1answer
703 views

MK3 Ford Focus Jack Points

I have a brand new MK3 Ford Focus (it's an ST, but I don't think that matters). I know it has the four jack points in the corners inside the wheels (underneath door sills) but I don't know/can't find ...
2
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2answers
76 views

Battery shorts when key is turned quickly

My friend has a newish (~2009) Toyota Tacoma that apparently can short the battery when he turns the key from off to start too fast. By short I mean, when fully charged the truck will click once like ...
6
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1answer
779 views

Why does my 2013 Honda Fit's horn sound when I am jump starting my car?

I had to jump start my car recently, and couldn't get the horn to turn off for a long time. I'm still not sure what actually caused it to stop. The horn sounded on and off continuously from the moment ...
2
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1answer
695 views

VW Jetta 2002: O2 Sensor Heater Malfunction; how serious is this?

I have received an error code from my Jetta 2002: 16525 - P0141 - O2 Sensor Heater Circ.,Bank1-Sensor2 Malfunction Would anyone suggest, how serious is the problem? Does it have to be fixed asap or ...
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1answer
169 views

Would a Triumph Thruxton be suitable for everyday use? [closed]

I really love the look and design of the Thruxton and am considering getting one. I use my current motorbike every day, from getting to work and back, to shopping, to long trips. Its a bullet proof ...
3
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3answers
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How to diagnose high speed vibration?

I get a vibration at high speeds (50+), can feel it particularly in the steering wheel, front seats, dashboard. I have been trying to figure out what's going on, keeping in mind that: All 4 shocks ...
3
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1answer
103 views

can using an engine brake cause the engine to blow up?

I always use the engine brake on an F650 ,which has a caterpillar engine. It recently blew up and I've been told that this is the cause....is this even plausible?
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2answers
617 views

What would cause a 2003 Kia Sedona to have bad fuel economy?

I have 2003 Kia Sedona 2.5 liter AT in good condition. I've replaced some of the old parts with new ones. Both highway and city fuel consumption is bad compared to other cars with same engine ...
4
votes
2answers
246 views

engine squeak when I start it in the morning.

My 2004 Honda Accord squeaks when I start it in the morning. I replaced the belt and it still squeaks. It is getting worst. When I turn the stearing on Idle it is now squeaking. Also on Idle when I ...
2
votes
1answer
265 views

What happens when under-filled coolant overheats?

I have a bmw k1200s motorcycle. You suppose to fill in the coolant using vacuum. I usually fill it in at home, drive to a dealer and let them deal with the vacuum stuff. it didn't work out this time. ...
3
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5answers
243 views

Left signal light indicator stuck on

On my 2005 Cavalier, the left turn signal indicator is permanently lit when the headlights are on and flashes at about double speed when the turn signal is actually on. The actual signal lights ...
6
votes
3answers
869 views

Alignment is out of spec a tad - should I worry?

So I bought new tires recently for my 2002 Nissan Sentra and wanted to make sure that my alignment would not eat them up. Even though effectively my entire suspension/axle system was overhauled ...
2
votes
1answer
209 views

Had shocks, rear axle, tires replaced - alignment still out of spec and car vibrates?

Last year my old tires became ruined (cupped and feathered) because of ancient, horrible shocks and struts. Since then, I've had all new shocks put in, my rear axle was replaced (because toe couldn't ...
5
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4answers
4k views

What is the purpose of plastic engine covers?

I have a 2010 Toyota Corolla. What is the purpose of the large plastic cover that stretches over my valve cover? Does it have a particular function? Are they just for looks? Or are they designed by ...
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1answer
159 views

Which Mercedes-Benz models are associated with this photo? There are many, I want to know them all

This is Mercedes-Benz S600 Coupe of 2000 year. I know there is SL50 that looks the same. I wish I knew all the models that are associated with this and look the same.
3
votes
1answer
139 views

Strange “plastic” knocks near the heater

Recently I started hearing a strange "plastic-like" knocks right after starting the engine. EDIT. Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4mLn_-nUYA I also tried it with the engine off ...
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votes
2answers
449 views

Can I put the tires in the opposite direction on the rear-end on my front wheel drive configuration?

When using a front wheel drive car, the rear end is only used for braking. Is it a good idea (and if not, why) to "reverse" the tires so the tire threads are useful when braking? I know it might ...
0
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1answer
266 views

H11 socket with D4S headlights?

I would really like to upgrade my mom's Prius headlights to projectors this Christmas. It is a 2008 Prius with factory HIDs in reflectors. The beam pattern is not terrible, but I think that a ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Is short drive trip bad for your engine?

My wife's car often uses to drive to a nearby grocery store, which is too close to our house (about 2 miles). Some one told me that I should change the engine oil more often because engine is working ...
4
votes
2answers
6k views

2009 Toyota Camry 2AZFE idle vibration remains after new motor mounts

My wife's Camry went in to the shop 2 months ago for a rough idle. We bought the car used in February with 72K miles. We've put on 10K and decided to have a mechanic look it over and tell us what it ...
4
votes
1answer
389 views

Brakes gripping and causing skidding

I'm experiencing a problem with the brakes on my 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I replaced almost every component of them over the course of the 2 years. Most of the replacements occurred in April 2012, ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Car starts with push start but not with jump leads

Perhaps somebody can identify this issue. The car is a 2003 BMW Z4. The symptoms are: Car wouldn't start last week Jump leads did nothing Push started the car in 2nd, engine starts. Took The car ...
3
votes
1answer
117 views

Honda Accord 2004 V6 Australian, Can stopped in the middle of the road

Recently, when I was driving and had to stop at a set of light the car all of a sudden stopped. All the lights on the spedometer came up, but the A/C, radio all was working fine. I turned it off and ...
2
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0answers
337 views

2001 Mk1 Renault Megane Central Locking Drivers Door Release

I have a 2001 Mk1 Renault Megane which has recently stopped unlocking the other doors when the driver's door is opened. The 'door open' indicator light also does not illuminate when the driver's door ...
7
votes
2answers
353 views

Do I need to go to a dealer for a simple maintenance?

I just bought a 2012 CRV. Now, it's time for an oil change. I already moved so the dealer is too far away from my house (may need half day off) and there is no other public transportation to go there. ...
2
votes
2answers
832 views

How to reduce vehicle swaying (body sway)

I have a stock 2010 acura tsx. I dont know what the official term is (maybe body sway) but i would like to reduce the amount of swaying it does as im going through turns, especially at higher speeds. ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Cleaning fuel injectors with a pressurized can?

I've been experiencing rough idling on my 2003 Mitsubishi Galant for the last year or so. It has 182,000 miles on it. About every 6 months now I use seafoam cleaner in the tank and that clears it up ...
4
votes
2answers
220 views

How do I handle scarring on a cylinder head?

A few weeks ago, my Rebel 250 blew a piston, allowing the piston rod to beat on the top of the cylinder and the valves. There's some scarring there now, as well as a jagged protrusion or two. What ...
1
vote
1answer
125 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 ...
2
votes
1answer
183 views

When looking at a transmission, how can I know if there is a LSD?

How can I know if there is an LSD installed on a transmission from a Dodge Neon 2003? For what indicators should I look for?.
5
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2answers
2k views

Is it normal for a car's first oil change to be sooner than the regular interval?

Related: When should I change the oil, as the tech recommends or as my oil change light indicates Do newer cars actually monitor the quality of oil? How does the change oil light system work and ...
4
votes
2answers
605 views

Add 2 stroke oil to a 4 stroke petrol engine during burn-in period

I'm planning to get a new petrol (gasoline) car soon. A friend of mine, who worked as a motorbike mechanic when he was young, told me he puts a small quantity (125 ml / 4 oz) of 2 stroke oil in the ...

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