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My mechanic asks me to press the clutch pedal while starting engine during winter

Does he mean to say that my engine doesn't disengage completely when the clutch is released, if that's the case then my clutch would wear out. Am I correct in thinking so?
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1997 Escort idles rough when a/c is off

Escort runs great with heater or a/c on. It runs rough and sometimes dies when they're off. What could be the problem?
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difference between mechanical and hydraulic clutches

What are the differences between a mechanical clutch and a hydraulic clutch? Applications Performance/driving Reliability Maintenance/Repair
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Why does my motorcycle's brake get loose easily?

I drive a 100cc motorcycle which has drum brakes on both the wheels. I have faced this problem with the rear wheel's brake for the past two years and I adjusted it many times. About an year back, I ...
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Will engine braking damage my transmission? How can I tell?

I drive a manual transmission '08 Honda Fit. On my daily 17 mile commute to work, there are three long hills that I can coast down, each about a half mile long. Going down these hills, I've done two ...
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What's the Purpose of Park on an Automatic Transmission?

When one wants to park a manual transmission (MTX) vehicle, one puts it in neutral, and engages the emergency / parking brake. With an ATX vehicle, the practice I've learned is to put it in Park, and ...
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How to calculate Car “Distance Till Empty” without knowing the fuel level

I've Renault Duster RxZ. I would like to calculate the DTE(Distance till Empty) which is based on the "how much fuel the car has" and the "mileage of the car" ? Currently the OBD doesn't return ...
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OBD 2 Fuel reading says No Data

I wanted to read fuel level from the car and display it on my application. The communication was established using the ELM327 Bluetooth interface dongle. The ELM module replies NO DATA for the code ...
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The purpose of covering the grill during cold weather

In some countries it is quite popular to cover up the front grill in winter (especially on diesel engined cars). As I understand the intention is to inhibit airflow to the radiator, but why would you ...
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3rd gen vios hitting speed bumps even on-angle entry

I have a 3rd gen vios, and most of the time I have full passenger (5 total) and sometimes full load on trunk. Most of the time my bottom part hits speed bumps when I am full, even when entering speed ...
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Building exercise bike [closed]

I'm not good at mechanics. If any question like this was asked, sorry. We intend to build an exercise bike with a brushless motor. Anyone will be able to adjust the difficulty of bike. It could be ...
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Manual transmission at stop: 1st with clutch in, or neutral with clutch out? -OR- Throwout Bearing wear

When sitting in traffic or at a long red light, is the Best Practice to have the car in 1st gear with your foot on the clutch, or in neutral with your foot off the clutch? Some say that you should be ...
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Cause of double trailer dump truck brake lockup

Earlier today I was driving behind a double-trailer dump truck configured something like this: As we approached a red light, the driver obviously applied the brakes, and for the last 50 or so feet ...
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Rear ABS Sensors Peugeot 307

I have a Peugeot 307 and the passenger side ABS sensor had recorded a fault (after an expensive Diagnostics) so I replaced both rear sensors now there is an ABS fault on both rear wheels communication ...
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What's the most environmentally responsible method of car parts cleaning?

I'll be the first to admit that this one has been hard for me. I clean cylinder heads, axle bearings, calipers, crankcases....the list goes on. I want to be clear here. I am not talking about ...
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Mini Cooper 2003 - Changed lights to LED, insanely fast indicator lights now

Changed all the lights on my Girlfriend's Mini Cooper last weekend, since then the indicators have been going crazy (assuming due to power consumption being very low). I know you can replace the ...
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My car A/C works sporadically, and has weird symptoms, help?

(I know I'm not the first with similar issues, but my situations way weird) Chevy Malibu Classic '04 The fan always works. But if I click the A/C button, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. ...
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Why might you choose to change to using an aftermarket throttle body?

I have heard that some people might want to buy an aftermarket throttle body. Is the reason for this simply to replace a broken one or are there also other specific advantages (and disadvantages) to ...
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What are slip rings with respect to a cars alternator?

This is not a physics forum, and as such I don't expect answers to explain Faraday's law of induced emf (electromotive force), which is the basic physics principle behind how an alternator is able to ...
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What is the effect of the throttle body on the power curve produced by the engine?

I heard from another member of this community that the throttle body, among other things, has the ability to change the power curve of the engine. What exactly is a throttle body? How might the ...
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Response to 2001 Toyota Carolla vvt code 1349: what should I do?

I got a vvt 1349 code on my 2001 Toyota Carolla. I have noticed a sharp decrease in fuel economy. Some people have reported that the oil control valve may be causing the issue. The oil control valve ...
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1997 Ford Expedition Intermittent Hot/Cold Air

I have a 1997 Ford Expedition with a seemingly random Hot/Cold air swapping issue. In the winter, when I turned on the heat, it would randomly alternate between blowing freezing cold air from outside, ...
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Jeep stalls after about 10-15 minutes driving or idling

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited This just started yesterday. Instance#1: After about 10-15 of driving (note: It had been about 12 hrs since it was last used) I was waiting at a traffic light when ...
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VW Beetle Distributor Identification/Timing Specs

Can anyone tell me what kind of distributor this is? I'm specifically trying to find out what the timing specs are. I was told it is electronic. I had a mechanic a while back tell me it needed to have ...
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Proper glow plug operation

Are glow plugs supposed to stay on after the engine has started to help with the firing of the first few revolutions?
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2004 Mercury Sable -Trouble with starting and stalling

I've had my car in and out of the shop for several weeks and I'm really becoming very frustrated. I don't really know ANYTHING about cars, but about a month ago the car would sporadically have ...
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Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?

This is a really classic and common old car problem. I see it all the time but this is the first time it's started happening to my own car. Basically when I first turn the car on, there's instantly a ...
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Failure to start in frigid temperatures

RE 2001 Ford Explorer It has a new battery, coil, and wires in place. The truck will not start below -7 F despite strong cranking; in these temperatures, sound of fuel pump priming is muted or ...
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How do I remove a broken drill bit from metal?

I was building a mount for my custom bobber. My 1/4" carbide drill bit broke off into 3/4" plate of steel. How do I remove it?
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Fiat Punto Wont Start. Fuel Light & Three warning lights flashing

My Fiat Punto 1.2 Year 2000 MK2 (I believe) will not start. The engine turns over but the car won't start. The fuel light is flashing and petrol gauge says empty which isn't the case. There are three ...
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How Important Are the Rear Shocks / Struts

When people talk about changing the shocks or struts, it's usually the front ones due to comfort, handling and safety reasons. But what about the rear ones? How much of a problem are worn out rear ...
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How much air should a tire lose each month?

How much air does a tire typically lose each month? Do nitrogen-filled tires actually lose less air (well, nitrogen) each month? If so, what's normal for them? According to a tire store manager I ...
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Cheap tyres on rear of car?

I've bought a car with two worn rear tyres (still legal, but between 3 - 4mm of tread left, so will need replacing soonish) and two brand new (but cheap off brand) tyres on the front. I'm wondering ...
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How to know if I need new tires?

For the first time in my years of driving, I slid pretty badly the other day. I've slid before a little bit, but this is the first time I slid badly-- I nearly went off the road. Granted, it was ...
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Help with Strange Intermittent yet predictable parasitic battery drain?

I'm having an issue where while testing circuits for the offending drain, I will see NO drain for about 30 seconds and then a 6-9 amp drain for about 10; rinse and repeat. Anybody have an idea what ...
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Does (forcefully) overriding the self-canceling damage my indicator levers?

Sometimes I don't want my indicators to self cancel, so I hold the indicator on while turning the wheel, and it makes a cracking/clicking noise. Am I damaging anything if I do this? EDIT: To ...
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2000 VW Polo struggles to/won't start when engine warm

My 2000 1.4 petrol polo struggles to start when warm and sometimes will not start, until the engine has cooled down a bit, when the engine is on the hot side of warm. Embarrassingly, I have lived ...
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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Wont Start

let me start off first by saying, I'n not much of a car guy, which is unfortunate because I feel like I could have saved myself a lot of money over the years. With that being said, I'm not opposed to ...
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1answer
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Installing new Body Control Module

I recently bought a new BCM for a 2009 Infiniti FX50S. On installing new BCM, there was total blackout; no more ignition light. How can I programme the new BCM to work with my car?
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Do any car batteries come dry with the electrolyte in a seperate container?

Small batteries for Motorcycles and Lawn Tractors are typically sold with the electrolyte in a separate bottle and must be added to the battery at home before installing it. I've never seen a "dry" ...
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Squeaking brakes on motorcycle - an issue or not?

The front disc on my motorcycle emits a low pitch squeaking noise when I'm pulling up to a complete stop (almost like the sound train brakes make when pulling up to a station). This only happens when ...
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Late 90 Honda Civic cooling system hose broke off ,is it safe to drive?

One of the cooling system hoses, Freon I believe, broke off. I capped both ends. Is it safe to drive? Also, there's a noise near the front driver side tire, like a rubbing sound. The car decelerates ...
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Honda oydessy year 2000 does not go in reverse does not go forward but you can drive it in netural [closed]

I have a 2000 Honda Odyssey that only drives in neutral; no reverse or forward. What do you think is wrong?
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1answer
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1994 GMC Rally 3500 Low Beam out, High beam works intermittently

Low beam doesn't work. High beam will work, but cuts off and then on again. Also, if related, the switch must be jiggled for the interior dash lights to work. Could all of the problem be in the ...
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Minimum Care of Leather Interior

I have just bought a used Honda Accord with leather seating. I'm not necessarily a car enthusiast, but I would be interested in knowing the minimum I should do to keep the interior in good condition. ...
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How to find the cause of sudden high fuel consumption of a motorbike?

About my bike Model: Honda CBR 250R Total Run: 35000kms Total Time: 2 years 3 months Clutch Plate changed at 30k kms after an accident Engine oil, engine oil filter and air filter changed in ...
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Can I disable antitheft (PATS) on 03 Mustang?

Just bought an 03 Mustang from an auction and took it on a trip. The anti-theft system kicked in and I had to disconnect/reconnect the battery to get it working again. That worked a few times and I ...
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1answer
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Coolant Reservoir

Two questions, One, is there any reason why some coolant bottles are shaped in this way? Two, if this coolant bottle was placed on its side such as in the image below for example would coolant ...
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Used odometer supposedly showing incorrect reading

I am shopping for a used car (2006 Volvo XC90) and encountered the following situation: The car itself has odometer reading 110k miles. I intend to appraise and price at as if a 110k car. The seller ...
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Squeaking under the hood only while throttle is pressed

My 2001 F150 with 255xxx miles has a squeaking under the hood. It is only present while the throttle is pressed while driving. It is loud enough to be heard in the cab, but not over the radio. It ...

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