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Is it always the side battery cells that need topup?

Adding distilled water to my car battery, I've noticed only the side cells very short of reaching the meniscus. The most positive cell, facing the front of my '08 Jetta 2.5L (which has empty space, ...
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Difference between “dumping the clutch” and N->D in an auto?

What's the difference between dumping the clutch, and going from N->D at high RPMs with an automatic transmission? Will this cause any damage to the vehicle?
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Designing an Ackermann steering mechanism

I'm designing a car with an Ackermann steering mechanism. According to everything I have read about Ackermann steering, if I set up my steering mechanism like this: ... then I should get behaviour ...
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Car with floor-integrated battery pack

IS there any electric car with a floor-integrated battery pack other than the Tesla cars?
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Easily serviceable/maintenance cars

I really want to get a little bit more familiar with whatever is going on under the bonnet, so I thought to buy an old car to conduct my experiments on it. What I had in mind - is trying basic ...
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Does VW T40057 drain all 6 litres of oil in 2008 Jetta 2.5L?

I came across the mention of the VW T40057 tool, that can be attached to the oil filter housing, and lets you drain the oil without creating a mess. However, it's not very clear whether or not this ...
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Front Vent Always On Regardless of Vent Setting 1997 Civic LX

My 1997 Civic LX has an issue where no matter the vent setting (feet only, defrost/feet, defrost only) the front vents are always blowing. I'm not talking about the little vents either that point to ...
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2000 Toyota Camry, check engine light at 164,450 - what does this mean? [duplicate]

I purchased this car used just one year ago, and the check-engine light just came on yesterday. I'm not used to having a Toyota, or even a car - all my previous vehicles, for the past 15 years, have ...
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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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Why did replacing the battery eliminate these symptoms?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic SI. It was slow to crank when starting up, and while driving, electrical systems progressively got worse (radio would turn off and on, power steering would stop, and then ...
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210 views

Timing chain of a mercedes benz

Does the valves bend when the timing chain slips on sprokets, on a mercedes benz 2008 model C200 komp?
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how fast does the alternator charge the battery?

It would appear that the common word of wisdom is that car alternators provide 50A of output. I actually looked at the supposed specs for my 2008 Jetta 2.5L on the internet -- a compact car -- and it ...
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'95 Honda Accord random/sudden electrical failures

I noticed a few things not working, one at a time, as I tried to use them. One, the rear defroster switch on the dassh quit. Two, the PULL feature on the wiper stick on the column for the window ...
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How Do You Keep Mold From Growing In a Non-Running Car That Has Leaky Windows?

I have a car that isn't running at the moment, but that soon will be. Where I live, it rains 7 days per week, and I've recently cleaned mold from the interior of the vehicle. What types of things ...
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1answer
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My 2003 Nissan Altima makes noise

My 2003 Nissan Altima makes noise. It seems to me like there is something touches to a running fan. The noise starts as soon as I start driving and after 10-15 km the noise disappears. I know I need ...
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Is any power from the alternator 'free'?

Cars generally (and specifically a Honda Accord 2002) are not very energy-efficient. Given all the inefficiencies, is it "free" to plug in, say, a smartphone into a car to charge while I am driving? ...
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Lubricating rubber fuel hose for easier future removal

I just changed my fuel filter, the connections to which are rubber fuel line fitted over metal pipes with bulging ends -- a bit like a barb. (There's a photo at http://i.stack.imgur.com/oH0Ns.jpg if ...
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Oil leak when parked on steep incline

The other day I parked my car, and came back a couple of hours later to see a massive oil puddle under my 1994 Corolla. This was the only time I had ever noticed that much of a leak, and I realized it ...
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0answers
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unpowered cigarette lighter

I've installed a remote car starter in Hyundai Elantra. When started remotely with no key in the ignition, the radio is off and cigarette lighter socket is off (it is back-lit though) I would like to ...
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3answers
476 views

Reattach Rear View Mirror (No Glue Required)

My driver side door didn't like the cold weather this season so I started using the other doors, and acrobatics, to place myself in the drivers seat. Through this process I kept hitting my head on my ...
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Intermittent no start/no crank problem 1989 Toyota Corolla

Have a 1989 Toyota Corolla 4 door manual, 190k miles. Runs great once it starts. Problem is it has an intermittent no start (no crank) problem. Relevant facts: When it happens, I clutch in (in ...
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1answer
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CRV 2014 mpg issues

We bought a Honda CRV 2014 in January. We are supposed to get 23 mpg but are only seeing 15 mpg. We run it in eco mode and dont drive fast at all. So why are we getting such low mpgs? What can I ...
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1answer
487 views

Is it possible to disable central locking on a Jaguar S-type (2000)

One of the many problems with my car is that occasionally I can't lock it because a mechanical problem in the passenger side front door interferes with the central locking process. I lock the drivers ...
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negative surface charge?

At about 20°C, there has been a situation that the OEM battery in my '08 Jetta was not capable of starting the car at all (virtually no movement of the starter at all), after being used for at ...
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1answer
99 views

How do 99 chevy tracker rear brakes self adjust?

I adjusted the brake shoes a bit after I installed them, but do they now adjust on their own as they are used, or how do I get them to adjust?
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1answer
84 views

Clutch Pedal will not depress

On my 2000 Jaguar V6 3Lt I replaced the clutch friction plate and slave cylinder/thrust bearing. After bleeding the clutch, the pedal is hard frozen and will not depress. I flipped the clutch wrong ...
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1answer
76 views

08 Hyundai Santa Fe Evap Leak (Large)

My 08 Hyundai Santa Fe, 86k miles, check engine light came on, then I smelled fuel. I had it scanned and it said Evap Leak Large, fuel level sensors. Can this be correct? Should it be the fuel ...
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Car temperature displaying below Cold or just above Cold always?

I've noticed on my 94 Integra (bought used about 2 weeks ago) that the thermostat is often below cold, sometimes above cold but never up to the center mark. Today I was boiling inside my car as it ...
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1answer
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Proper crank time for auto start to avoid damage/dead-battery

My '99 Grand Prix has an aftermarket remote-start. When the weather gets around 5°F like it is now, the engine does not start after 0.8 seconds of cranking. The system detects the car is not running ...
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1answer
42 views

Carpet cleaner for new car smell

I was a porter (car cleaner) at Chevrolet back in the 90's. New cars came in with plastic wrap in the interior. They did not arrive with "new car smell". That smell comes from the deep carpet ...
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Power Steering Fluid Compatibility

I would like to know if the Prestone Power Steering Fluid + Stop Leak compatible with my '07 Toyota Camry LE's (4 cyl) power steering fluid specifications since i don't see any mention of its use ...
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Why use a car battery charger?

What's the need for car battery chargers that I often see on display in auto parts shops? I mean a battery is sold charged (and if it discharges too much it just dies and can't be restored) and every ...
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What happens if you put the wrong kind of gas in your car?

I (like most people) just use regular unleaded gas in my car and always have. But once I accidentally put in the premium kind, mixing it with the unleaded that was already there, and I thought for ...
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When do brake rotors really need to be replaced?

I need to replace my rear brake pads. A mechanic suggested I also replace my rotors because they are rusted around the edges. The rotors are in fact quite rusted, however, there is no rust on the ...
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Is there a place where we can find out the model numbers of parts used in vehicles

My car is Nissan Sunny N16. Its ODOmeter display is partially burnt (similar to what happens to a digital watch). When I went to the garage, they say I need to replace the whole dashboard meter board ...
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1answer
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Brake sticking on 92 Chevy Sport pickup

I have a 92 Chevy sport pick up I have replaced the rotors, brakes, calipers and flex brake hose on both sides and the driver side is still sticking and the rim gets hot I have checked everything I ...
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1answer
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2010 Hyundai Accent brakes squeal/stick when wet

I've noticed that my 2010 Hyundai Accent has a peculiar issue. If it's raining and I first start driving and apply the brakes, maybe the first two or three times as I'm approaching a stop the brakes ...
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1answer
12 views

Help! 2005 Mazda 3 brakes

I noticed recently that my brake goes soft and almost to the floor. Several months ago I had new brakes put on and I just took it in again to bleed the brakes. I just picked up the car and the brakes ...
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1answer
22 views

Material and construction properties of drive shafts, wheel shafts, gearbox

I am looking for some typical properties of a 1.4L rear-drive car's drive shaft, drive-wheel shafts and the gearbox. I need to calculate the moment of inertia of the components of the drive-train. So ...
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1answer
24 views

Why is tire sidewall height expressed as percentage of width?

I'm quite familiar with the code used to define tire sizes, but one aspect of the code always confuses me. The second number defines the sidewall height as a percentage of the tire's width. As an ...
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1answer
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how to take petrol cars at high altitude ( plus 12000 feet)

i have Toyota Surf 3.0 L . i need to visit the places which are plus 4000 meters (15000 feet). do i need to use low octane fuel or do i need to increase the intake of fuel due to high altitude and ...
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Nuts for 2008 VW Jetta SE 2.5L battery terminal bolts: 1/4" or M6?

I want to use an external charger to charge the battery in my US-market 2008 Jetta 2.5L SE with an OEM battery. I need to figure out which nuts to get to fit the existing battery terminal bolt, in ...
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1answer
36 views

2009 Civic DXG leaking a LOT of fluid from AC drain tube, coolant low

Does the A/C compressor run/engage under certain conditions (like defrost) even if A/C has not been on for a week? We got a puddle of about a 1/2 liter of (confirmed) clear water under the car ...
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1answer
39 views

possibility of oil entry into coolant tank of figo

What are the possibilities of oil entering into coolant tank ? how to know it withoout seeing tank ? what need to be checked ? what precautions to be taken not reoccur the same trouble kishore
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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 ...
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1answer
12 views

tractor to small engine with gear reduction

I want to run an implement requiring a minimum of 35 hp at 540 rpm with a small engine running 3600 rpm with a 6:1 gear reduction. What horsepower engine would be required to get the min hp to run the ...
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1answer
98 views

2013 Nissan Rogue USB audio not working with iPhone 6 with iOS 8.1.1

I have a 2013 Nissan Rogue with the in-dash entertainment system (not the new connect system). Since I updated my iPhone to iOS 8.1, the USB audio hasn't connected reliably. When I first updated to ...
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1answer
15 views

Thermostat Problem?

The temperature where I live is in the fifties Fahrenheit and it seems like its taking a very long time for the engine to warm up and exit open loop mode. I have a 97 Mazda Lantis 323 and I'm ...
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2answers
481 views

OMVL LPG gas injector lifetime

My vehicle has LPG as alternative fuel. It have OMVL REG injectors without temp sensors. It has already ~ 60000 km (In picture you can see, that one injector not used; 3 from left). Check engine ...
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1answer
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2002 Mercury Sable with wrong coolant in it

My wife's 2002 Mercury Sable we purchased a year ago has red coolant in it. I found the owner's manual online and it recommends Ford Green or Ford Yellow. Will this coolant damage her vehicle? Can it ...

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