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Is Prestone “All Makes/All Models” coolant *really* compatible with all models?

My car's manual says to use the blue Honda coolant: Always use Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 [MSDS]. This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. ...
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2answers
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How to I stop the 'never-ending' turn signal?

I have an '07 Chevy Malibu, whose turn signal doesn't seem to disengage whenever I make a turn, unless it's more than roughly 160 degrees (a U-turn). What are some of the possible causes and are ...
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How do I safely siphon gas from a tank?

Our 2003 Windstar was recently totaled in an accident (everybody's ok). This happened the day after we filled the tank. Before we hand over the car to the insurance, we'd like to get the fuel out of ...
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Proper Jack Location

In general, where is the best place to put a jack to prevent damage when lifting?
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Must I Replace All 4 Tires on an All Wheel Drive (AWD) Subarau, when only 1 is damaged?

I have a 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Wagon. I just destroyed the passenger-side rear tire. The tires have approx. 6/32" tread remaining, per an informal measurement with a coin (I used this guideline ...
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How do I find the correct pins in a CAN-BUS connector?

This question might be too technical for this forum, but I'll give it a go. I have a 2012 BMW R1200R motorcycle with CAN-BUS. I'd like to make an Arduino interface to the connector on the bike, but I ...
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What are the possible causes of vibrating steering wheel?

What can be the cause of a vibrating steering wheel when driving faster than a specific velocity (let's said 60 mph). How to discriminate one cause from on other ?
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Why does a Turbocharger only produce boost when the engine is under load

As per the Title. Why does a turbocharged car only produce significant boost whilst the engine is under load. Is is something to do with how much exhaust is being produced or is there some kind of ...
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How to fix freezing locks

Does anyone know how to prevent locks on car doors from freezing, this is usually only a problem in older cars. I'm not thinking of solutions like WD-40 that really only work for a few days and then ...
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4answers
209 views

What clues are there to identify real mileage?

This is a bit theoretical question, maybe viable for a wiki. Suppose you want to buy a 10yo car and among available deals you see one with suspiciously low mileage (e.g. 5'000 km). Seller assures you ...
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Heater blows cold air at idle

I have 2006 VW beetle with the 2.5L engine. Once the engine has warmed to operating temperature, and I am driving it around, the heater works great. As soon as I stop at a red light, or am idling for ...
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Brakes make grinding noise during stops at low speeds

I've got a Mazda B2300 pickup that's started making a grinding sound whenever I come to a stop. Braking at a high speed doesn't make any noise, but once I get under 25-30 MPH, the grinding sound gets ...
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Cold start squeaking noise in engine

I just purchased a used 2010 Corolla 3 days ago. I've only now noticed that when I start the car, there is a squeaking sound coming from the engine. It lasts no more than a second. Sounds like it ...
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1answer
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What are the tell tale signs of a catalytic converter that might be going bad?

I've owned two vehicles whose catalytic converters were recalled due two a couple of reasons: one being the quality of the CC and the other being a reduction in power due to a material building up and ...
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2answers
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My car has multiple ODBII engine fault codes

2002 Nissan sentra se-r 2.5l Hope you can advice me on my car. My codes are: 0447, 1490, 0340, 0031, 0037 My symptoms: 1. Car stalls after driving for 5 minutes than cannot start for another 2 ...
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1answer
306 views

When should I change the oil, as the tech recommends or as my oil change light indicates

I have a Toyota Corolla 2008. It has an oil change light indicator. The tech at the one hour oil change place recommends to change it every 3,000 miles but the indicator light only goes off about ...
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1answer
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Do newer cars actually monitor the quality of oil? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the change oil light system work and does it matter what type of oil you use for it to work properly? Starting last August, I am currently leasing a BMW 328i ...
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Doing my own fuel induction service - how to, and how difficult?

Was recommended to get a fuel induction service for a 2002 V4 Camry, and am considering doing it MYSELF. The reasons for considering this are: My car idles a bit rough, especially when the AC is on. ...
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4answers
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What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle engine?

I recently heard an urban legend-like story about a guy in a developing country who decided engine oil was too expensive and so used some vegetable oil instead. The story says the car ran for some ...
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3answers
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Troubleshooting 'random' clutch problems

I've got a customer who came in complaining that the clutch pedal had gone 'funny': it wasn't 'coming back up' like it used to. As he was in for service anyway, we replaced the clutch fluid, and it ...
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3answers
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How do I apply dielectric grease to my battery?

I recently had a new battery installed in my 2006 Subaru Forester. The shop did not use any dielectric grease, just connected the leads to the terminal and that's it. What is the preferred method of ...
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Car stalls when braking (VW Mk1 Golf)

I have bought a Mk1 Cabriolet that has been sitting for over a year. I am trying to get it road worthy. So far so good, but I am having an issue with the engine and braking: The engine stalls when I ...
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2answers
278 views

What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?

Just took the second head off the 98 Subaru Outback I'm working on and I found one of the alignment dowels was badly crimped over the gasket for about 1/3 of its circumference. I have no idea how it ...
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key wont turn inside

I have a Chevy Cobalt 2008. I drove the car yesterday before the freezing cold and during the snow. This morning the key will not turn in the ignition but the lights come on. The sun is up but still ...
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Do different brands of the same oil really make a difference?

I've found several other questions on here that answer, "what's different between synthetic oil and regular oil?" or "Can I use X oil in Y car?", or similar, but nothing that quite answers my ...
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2answers
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Can I use lower octane fuel at high elevation?

Here in Colorado, gas stations sell "regular" gasoline which is rated at 85 octane ((M+R)/2). In most of the rest of the US, 87 octane is the lowest grade available. (As noted previously, higher ...
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1answer
275 views

What could be a likely cause of unusual “torque steer” after repairs?

I have a 2012 Dodge Avenger SXT. Recently, I had a collision with an inanimate object which damaged my front-right tire and rim and also caused some very minor body & paint damage. Immediately ...
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1answer
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Bubbling sound from coolant and increase coolant liquid level

I drive an old Daihatsu Charade 1993. Just 2 days ago, I heard a bubbling sound from the coolant when I turned off the machine. I didn't really care much until yesterday when the car got hot ...
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What is involved to recharge the Air Conditioning System?

What is involved to recharge the Air Conditioning System? I believe you need a machine to do it, so I am guessing you can't do it yourself.
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2answers
519 views

What are the causes of fluctuating intake manifold vacuum

I have a 2005 Honda CBR600 F4i which suffers from occasional hesitation at low rpm when accelerating. I also get occasional fault codes from the ECU indicating a vacuum leak. Today I connected a ...
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3answers
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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
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Huge puddle of water under car

I parked my Dodge Viper after driving for about two hours. Half an hour later I noticed a huge puddle under the engine, on the passenger side. I am pretty sure it was water since it was thin, ...
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Foul Smell when turning on air conditioning

I have a 2007 Chrysler Aspen, and recently (past 2 weeks) when I turn on the ac, I notice a 'foul' smell, like burnt rubber, or even sulphur-like. The smell will last a few minutes and will gradually ...
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Is 30k mile maintenance really required?

Is 30k mile maintenance really required? I have a subaru wrx '09 and the time has come for the check. I called the dealer after going through the manual. They quoted me 500+ for the check which ...
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1answer
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How important is it to use a real flare nut wrench when removing the fuel line on an old Ford tractor?

An article on overhauling the carbs on a Ford 8N tractor says to use a flare nut wrench to disconnect the fuel line. How important is it use that kind of wrench, vs. an open ended wrench?
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How to know how much fuel is left when the light turns on

In general, where can one find information about the quantity of fuel that is left in the vehicle's tank when the warning light turns on? More specifically, in a Suzuki Swift GLX (auto) 2010 model?
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Manual horn switch

what are the pitfalls or things to look out for when manually wiring a switch from the battery to the horn? Some background: I just moved to texas where they require vehicle inspections. My horn ...
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3answers
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My car wobbles while driving

I have a Honda Civic VTI, 1997 model, automatic transmission. When I start driving my car gives a feeling that one of the front wheel is wobbling and the steering wheel receives continuous jerks. This ...
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5answers
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Preventing visor from fogging

How do you prevent your visor from fogging? I ordered a pinlock today for my HJC helmet, but had read some good things about NEC pinkstick (some kind of wax for visor). Usually I just keep the visor ...
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Is topping up the oil enough of an oil change?

If you use synthetic ester-based oil in a relatively new petrol engine, top it up regularly, and the engine runs very quietly and basically without any noise whatsoever (especially after another top ...
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1answer
206 views

Why would turning on the A/C affect my alternator output voltage?

So yet another chapter unfolds in the A/C gremlin saga of my LS1 Chevy. Backdrop A/C compressor is relatively new (2 years old) One of the belts is squeaking (not sure which one) Recently performed ...
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2answers
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Is this a wheel spacer?

I just swapped my aftermarket winter alloy wheels&tires, for original summer wheels & tires. The steering wheel feels wobbly after I did that. I read this thread here on mechanic exchange ...
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1answer
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How can I diagnose gradual electric power loss in a VW Golf Mk5?

I'm experiencing loss of electrical power to my Mk5 Golf. It seems to happen mostly when the car hasn't been run for two or three days. We changed the battery a few months ago. More recently, there ...
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3answers
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How to prioritize repairs?

My car needs some work, but I don't like taking out too much debt and my savings are sort of depleted for the moment, so I need to do a little at a time. How can I prioritize the work that needs to be ...
4
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1answer
341 views

2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE oil in the coolant

Recently my car started chugging and "vibrating" at low speeds, and the check engine light is flashing on and off. On inspection, I found oil in the coolant. I don't know a lot about cars, but a ...
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4answers
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Impala no heat at Idle

I have 2006 impala that randomly will blow cold air at idle. Sometimes if I stop at redlight the heater will blow cold air. If I get the engine above idle by reving the engine to about 1K rpm it ...
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1answer
176 views

Rumbling noise related to road speed

There is a rumbling noise which is related to road speed. It is slightly louder when the steering wheel is turned. Could it be wheel bearings? I have BMW 528i year 2000.
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4answers
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New headlight lenses?

So my 97 Subaru Legacy has pretty dim headlights, and it drives me up the wall. I like nice, thorough illumination when I'm driving at night; being able to see really does wonders for confidence on ...
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2answers
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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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Cost of replacing struts on a 99 camry - and is it doable on our own?

My girlfriend is having a heck of a vexing time with navigating her options for getting the rear struts on her 99 camry replaced. One major chain auto repair store quoted $580-$600 for the job. ...

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