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How can I keep my backup camera lens clean?

I recently purchased a new SUV with a backup camera. It constantly gets dirty from melting snow, rain, road grim, etc. How can I keep the lens clean, or clean it without causing damage to the lens? ...
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BG 44K Fuel system cleaner?

What's the proper way of using the product? With full or half tank of gas? Is it recommended to do motor oil change after the cleaner? Thank you in advance for help.
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Yamaha Vstar 250 won't start: need to diagnose and fix possible fuel, battery, or flooded carb

My riding experience: 1 day. Already I'm an idiot. This will probably be a good laugh for most of you. I purchased a used bike, Yamaha VStar 250, <2,000 miles, <4 years old. Battery has not ...
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02 Town&Country not shifting out of first

This has happened three times now, and it's definitely becoming worrisome. While driving on the highway, the check engine light comes on. Nothing seems to be wrong initially, until I exit the highway. ...
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44 views

good tire pressure for agressive driving

Apparently my current rear tire (talon, some cheap brand) seems to be out of round lately. I have been replacing it with the same tire from the same brand and I notice that every time I drive on deep ...
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1answer
58 views

What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?

So, my car has a bad case of the eccentric bolts being rusted solidly into the rear toe arm. Best practice repair is sawzall through the bolt where it goes through the outer bushing, then pop the ...
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Why doesn't anyone ever repair an automatic transmission?

I am old enough to have had about four transmission failures spaced over about 40 years and at no time did any mechanic ever offer to “fix” it; the only diagnosis has been a complete rebuild. This is ...
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Does only traveling short distances hurt my car?

I have an 04 Corolla that travels < 1 mile twice a day. Is this bad for the car? Reading online, I get a lot of mixed answers, so I'm hoping for definitive answer. In freezing temperatures, I ...
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1answer
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I feel my shock absorbers are no more working. Need to know if I need to replace them or are there any recommendations to ge them properly repaired?

Pulsar 150CC.. Rear shockers. Bajaj showroom Mechanic suggests to replace them but other mechanic suggests that they can be repaired. it ran around 54K. I am confused now. Please suggest.
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1answer
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Does Registering a Salvaged Car in California Require a “Brake and Light Certificate”?

My car was totaled after the accident and I salvaged it from the insurance company. I didn't realize I had to pay more fees to the California Department of Motor Vehicles and do some extra things. ...
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spark plug separated @ porcelien & metal

Can a engine run ssmoothly with a broke in half spark plug(where the porcelain meets the metal)no vibrations & would the plug wire boot hold the 2 pieces together?
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Engine hesitates when accelerating - 1996 Sunfire

I have a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire with the 2.2L engine. When I accelerate slowly the engine seems to run fine. However, if I accelerate quickly the engine seems to hesitate. I have already replaced the ...
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308 views

Why check oil when engine is at operating temperature?

The owner's manual to my VW Golf Mk7 states With the engine at operating temperature, park the vehicle on a level surface to ensure that the engine oil reading is correct. Why is it important ...
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1answer
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2003 Honda Civic 1.7 vTec - White Smoke from the tailpipe

I have a Honda Civic 2003 gx 1.7 liter vTec stick shift 4 cylinder. Just today I had to put oil in my car. Drove for about 5 minutes got to a light and when I shifted into first gear a white cloud of ...
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1answer
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How to replace an alternator?

I've got an '05 Mazda 3 SP 2.3 and my question is how do I replace my alternator? My situation is pretty much the exact same as described on this site: ...
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1answer
48 views

Mechanic Troubles And A Small Watery Oil Leak

My car is a 2005 BMW 525i E60 with about 180,000km on the clock. It has been well looked after and serviced. I don't get dealer services, but go to a mechanic who has always been good and uses the ...
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2answers
87 views

What part is this on my Honda Accord 1996?

I was looking under the hood, trying to learn what's what, and I was wondering what this was. The circled part.
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1answer
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2005 Suzuki Reno S wipers and fluid

I recently filled up my windshield washer fluid and was wondering two things. How do I operate my rear wiper? Is there a separate reservoir for fluid for the washer fluid for the rear windows or ...
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2answers
66 views

Hit a wall with my car how to remove paint?

Hit a wall with my door handle. What's the best way to remove paint? Thanks
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1answer
45 views

Replacing the ignition switch tumbler (cylinder)

Recently we started having problems turning my 2000 Sienna's key in the switch past the OFF position. I have to wiggle the wheel for some time and play with the key, until it "catches" the right ...
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1answer
55 views

Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job

I'm about to start replacing the head gaskets on a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback according to the procedures described here: ...
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2answers
84 views

Formula for calculating output power after putting a rpm reduction gear

I'm thinking of starting of converting an old car to an electric car. I have a question, but google won't answer me my very long not very well explained question. Take this scenario. I would take a ...
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2answers
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How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?

I'm aware of how important they are, but have been coming up empty in my searches to determine if they're worn to the point of needing replacement. The service manual just says to inspect and replace ...
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1answer
39 views

My 2004 F150 FX4 has a vibration in the front end

My 2004 F150 FX4 has a vibration in the front end. I feel it in the accelerator pedal. When I am driving strait or turning left it is there but to the left it stops. I have changed my cv’s and ...
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1answer
46 views

Kawasaki ZZR600 Model D3 - where is the fuel filter?

I've been looking for the location of the fuel filter. At first I thought it might not have one, and only the Model E ZZR's have one, because there seems to be no explicit mention of it or diagram in ...
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2answers
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Car I test drove had a high clutch engagement point; why?

I test drove a 2002 BMW 325xi with 80,000 miles on it the other day and while it didn't have any major issues cosmetically or mechanically from what I could see, there was something strange about the ...
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0answers
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2004 Chevy Malibu Classic

I was riding along and my 2004 Chevy Malibu Classic stopped accelerating. I was pressing the gas but it wouldn't go any faster. I coasted off the highway and turned it off, then I started it back up ...
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0answers
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Does OBD II explicitly or implicitly include forward/reverse information?

From my understanding, OBD II does not directly tell if a car is in forward or reverse gear. I wonder what the best way to derive such information from OBD data if there is any. Following the ...
2
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2answers
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Service intervals for old, low mileage car

I have a manual 2000 Ford Focus, with only 64k miles on the clock. This question is more general than a specific car and year, I am really asking about > 10 years, with sub 100k miles Generally, I ...
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1answer
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Series of troubling electrical problems in my '07 Mazda 3. Any ideas?

I'm having a series of what I will call electrical problems with my Mazda 3. I'm not sure if they are interrelated and wanted to get some advice or ideas from you guys. Apologies in advance for the ...
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1answer
35 views

How to fix O2 sensor system?

After getting some type of P116x primary heated O2 sensor error (I forget the exact error), I replaced the primary O2 sensor on my car. (I had to make a bracket for the electrical connector because ...
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2answers
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What xenon discharge tube goes to Mercedes B 180CDi (2009)

I have a Mercedes Benz class B 180CDi from year 2009. I ordered a D2S High Intensity Discharge tube with a note that it should be compatible with my car. The seller answered that I should order D1S ...
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1answer
30 views

How long does OnStar RemoteLink app take to refresh from a Chevy Volt?

It takes anywhere from 20 to 60 seconds to get the status from my car (like if I want to know how charged the battery is). I'm wondering if this is normal or something is wrong.
3
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1answer
97 views

What is this part called?

So in the beginning ONE of my windshield wipers just went absolutely dead (could move it easily with my hands) and I took it to the shop and the guy removed what he called ''arms'' but when I went to ...
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1answer
46 views

Which sway bars to buy?

I wish to reduce sway in my 2005 Daihatsu Copen. I have found a number of different vendors, and I have heard good things about Ultra Racing. They sell the following bars: Front Upper Strutbar ...
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1answer
64 views

DIY Alternator Belt Tensioner

I've got a diesel engine in my boat, but the previous owner had somehow snapped the alternator bracket, and fitted it fixed to the boat rather than the engine. Now the alternator doesn't move when the ...
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Fitting secondary fuel filter

My 2005 Daihatsu Copen has a "lifetime" fuel filter, inside the fuel pump housing, located in the fuel tank. I am wary that, over time, crud will get sucked up by this filter and saturate it. What ...
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1answer
67 views

Easiest and the chepest way to touch up missing paint patches on 2000 Chevy Cavalier

I have a chevy 2000 cavalier. I started noticing patches (pictures posted below) on the top and in front of the car. I'm not sure if it needs touch up paint or waxing (I'm a total illiterate when it ...
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1answer
44 views

1999 ford f350 will not start under 50 degrees

If my 99 ford f350 with a 7.3 diesel is not plugged in it will not start under 50 degrees what should I check?
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1answer
56 views

I drove with the handbrake on for 1000 metres

I left my handbrake on for about 1000 meter when driving this winter. I smelled something burning when I opened the front door. Since then there is often a burning smell back right wheel after ...
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2answers
123 views

What is the point of a vacuum pump with a fuel injection engine?

I recently got an OBD-II dongle with the Torque Android app, which allows me to read the computer's output in real time. The app will let me drag and drop different gauges on my screen, which works ...
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votes
4answers
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Caliper piston will not collapse on Almera 98

I was changing brake pads on a Nissan Almera 98 and I accidentally pumped the brake piston a bit out. I tried putting it back with a C clamp and the old pad but it won't budge. It's completely stuck! ...
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The Tire dealer put a different tire on my car

I drive a 2004 Nissan Maxima SE, the tires are an R18. I recently bought replacement tires and the dealer installed R17 tires. What is the impact of this? Should I complain? Does it really matter? ...
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0answers
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Vauxhall aux assembly connector

Can anyone tell me what the connector connecting the Aux-in assembly to the car wiring is called? This is the newer-style Aux that is fore of the cup holders and is angled towards the passengers in a ...
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1answer
27 views

1989 Nissan pintara problem

I have a 1989 U12 2.4l Nissan Pintara. It started running really rough one day and when I got home the exhaust manifold was glowing red hot. I changed the catalytic converter and it still is running ...
3
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2answers
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Squeal from timing belt area

When starting the engine from cold on my Volvo 440 (1.8 LI, K reg) there is a loud squeal coming from the timing belt area. The noise goes away after a couple of minutes driving. What could be the ...
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2answers
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Brakes lose grip when car hits bump

I have a 2007 Honda Civic. I had its front brake pads replaced 2 months ago and had the rotors replaced. Now (and perhaps before--I can't recall) whenever I'm braking and hit a bump, the brakes lose ...
2
votes
1answer
53 views

Ford Escort - Brake Fluid leak in car

I own a Ford Escort 1992, 1.9l, manual. Recently my default-idle had been really high and so I did some research and figured out that my brake booster probably broke. So I went to the junkyard and got ...
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0answers
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2008 Honda Rebel 250 idle problem

I have honda rebel and it's been running great for the last year. It does have about 8000 miles on it but I haven't had any serious issues. Lately, I noticed the idle was higher than normal. It seems ...
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1answer
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Ford Expedition sitting on my driveway [closed]

I have a ford expedition 2001 with about 250K miles on it. A fantastic vehicle. However every time I go for inspection it costs me a couple of grand (last couple of years). This time I did not have ...

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