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Suspension broken - attempting triage

My wife's Honda Jazz hadn't been driven for a few days, and on driving out of our street yesterday there was a large clang and the front right corner dropped an inch. Turning the wheel lock to lock I ...
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Why are my headlights always powered on?

My '97 Ford F-150 truck has power going to the headlights all the time. The back window light is also suffering from the same problem. It can't be the relay because it clicks when you play with the 2 ...
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Where does the dinging sound come from?

When you drive without a seatbelt, the dinging sound comes on. Where does it come from? Under the dash? behind a panel? 2013 Toyota Highlander 2003 Toyota Matrix I know how to stop the sound. This ...
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Mounting bar end mirrors on non-hollow bars?

I bought a CRG hindsight bar end mirror but the CRG adapters and all the adapters I find online seem to be for hollow bars. But the bars on my 12 Yamaha R6 just have a threaded hole for a bolt.
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Long brake pedal travel after replacing pads

I recently installed new brake pads. They haven't been bedded in yet and I don't intend to use them for daily driving. The pressure feedback from my brake pedal progressively increases as I apply ...
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Prestone power steering fluid

Can I put Prestone power steering fluid into a Buick Enclave? Or does it require OEM fluid?
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Can frequent engine lugging lead to blown head gaskets?

I've heard that prolonged driving at low RPMs (AKA "lugging") can cause head gaskets to blow. Is that true and, if yes, can you provide a lowdown of the causality?
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What can I do to stop a clunking noise when releasing the handbrake on hills?

Model: Vauxhall Agila Year: 2000 Engine: 1.2 (Z12XE) Only on hill starts, or when I lift the clutch higher than usual above the biting point, whenever I just release the handbrake I get a ...
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cause of Rough / fluctuating RPMs in low RPMs

It's not dying (hasn't yet) but when the car is idling or in low RPMs the car (Mazda Protege 5) is fluctuating in RPMs. Also, the last start was rough. I've had issues with air intake before that ...
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two 12 volt power sources into one device

How can I power one 12 volt outlet (feeding a xm radio transformer) from two separate 12 volts sources on a RV (ignition and coach power). Is it feasible to use 2 diodes
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What happens when cranking vehicle in gear?

What happens when you crank the engine but the transmission is not in neutral? Are you applying torque to the transmission? Should the vehicle always be in neutral when turning the crankshaft ...
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0answers
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Fuel line leak - can't separate disconnect

('04 Cavalier) I have a leak in the (steel) fuel return line, just where it mates with the plastic line from the tank. I have released the latch on the 'quick' disconnect, and, with effort, I can ...
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Dodge Ram 2500 gasoline won't run after key starts

So my old keys start and run fine. I had a new key cut, it works fine in the door and starts ignition fine but the engine cuts out within seconds of starting. The old keys keep it running just fine. ...
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Leaving vehicle on 4 jack stands several days

I was wondering if it is bad (for the frame or the drive train) to leave my 4WD V6 Tacoma on 4 jack stands for several days while I work on the transmission. I could certainly lower it down after ...
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3answers
216 views

Torque wrench vs regular ratchet

What is the difference between a torque wrench and a regular ratchet that you'd normally use with sockets? When should you use one vs. the other in automotive applications?
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BDL primary driver inner plate install

I am for the first time ever, in the process of installing a replacement Ultima 6 speed transmission with the same make and model on my 1994 Harley Davidson softail custom trike conversion. It has a ...
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1answer
50 views

Read steering angle data in real time

I need to read vehicle steering angle (front wheel angle) data in real time for a research project that I am involved in. How can I achieve that? What HW and SW do I need for it? So far I can think ...
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1answer
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Read vehicle speed data in real time

I need to read vehicle speed (velocity) data in real time for my research project. How can I achieve that? What HW and SW do I need for it? I guess it can be read from CAN bus via OBD2 interface? I ...
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0answers
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Audi A4 1.6 2000 Coolant level sensor flashing

I have a problem with the coolant level sensor. After a minute of driving the temperature sensor on the car starts flashing and also alerts with beeping. Of course the coolant tank level is normal. ...
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1answer
31 views

Aveo 2012 brakes do not work when the engine is running

I have this problem when you depress the brake pedal it moves all the way to the floor and does not slow the car down. It's happen only when the engine is started. Please any fix or help. I really ...
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1answer
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Starter motor 'stutters' (Mk1 Golf)

Recently the starter motor on my VW Mk1 Golf seems to be stuttering when starting. The car starts fine and in the same amount of revolutions as always, but the starter motor sounds like it is ...
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1answer
29 views

Is vehicle's fluid level monitoring the best way to detect all leaks?

I did an oil change for my friend's car and the mechanic was trying to convince me that it is leaking oil and brake fluid. He suggested that the car needs a costly repair (~$1400). While I don't have ...
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0answers
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Intermittent instrument panel light & windshield wiper failure

When I drive at night in the rain, sometimes both my instrument panel lights and wipers go out at the same time, seemingly randomly. What would likely cause this? Could it be a problem with the ...
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0answers
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Had major overheat issue but engine was rebuilt 3 months ago

I had my engine completely rebuilt three months ago (new gaskets, timing belt, water pump, etc.) and yesterday the engine completely overheated (temperature was at the mid-line, then 10 minutes later ...
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1answer
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How do final stage resistors fail?

I replaced the FSU on my BMW today to restore normal fan speeds to my HVAC blower (having just 20% fan speed in 40+ °C isn't always comfortable). After removing the old resistor pack, curiosity got ...
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1answer
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How important is it to replace engine torque mount? (have pic)

I just bought a 2007 Buick Lucerne. The rubber in the engine torque mount has separated into two pieces. How important is it to replace the mount? If I do decide to replace it, is the job as ...
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2answers
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No Sound from one Car speaker

I have an old Impreza 2002. Stereo Receiver died. I bought an inexpensive Boss Receiver from Amazon and also bought a Scosche Wiring Harness that fit my car. Put it in and not getting sound from ...
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0answers
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Switch from XM to Sirius on a 2013 Nissan Altima

I have a new (to me) 2013 Nissan Altima SV. The car comes w/ XM installed, but I'd like to switch this to Sirius, since the two companies do not allow you to have both types of radios on one account ...
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1answer
51 views

Most important : CAMBELT , SHOK ABSORBER or BALL JOINT

I have got a Peugeot 307 2003 1.6cc Current milage is 97,000+ I got done MOT last week and it passed . Then I had a overall check from Halfords yesterday and got 3 RED points (and many AMBERs!) . ...
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Long silent delay before Honda Accord 2003 cranks

I have a Honda Accord 2003 car. I have been having an odd problem lately, and I'm not sure what the cause of it is. Generally in the mornings when I go to start the car, it takes several seconds to ...
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1answer
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Car and bike. How to keep it in good condition when unused for two months?

I've seen this post, this one and this one. But what about a bike like a Hero Honda Splendor+? Apart from keeping the fuel petcock off, what else should be done to ensure that the bike runs fine after ...
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1answer
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Why is this hollow plastic piece attached to the Karizma's air intake?

I was helping my cousin with a motorcycle teardown a while back (planning for a café racer build) and was puzzled by something on his '07 Karizma. The red arrow in the picture above points to a ...
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1answer
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Long term storage of parts

I recently bought some spare parts for my Subaru Forester XT and would like to store them the right way until I need them. Specifically, I have a turbo, injectors, exhaust and intercooler that needs ...
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0answers
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Radio Stations overlaying and interfering

I've purchased a car a few months back and it's radio has been driving me crazy. Whenever I start up particular radio stations in the morning, I can also hear another radio station in the background. ...
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0answers
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To repair, or sell: that is the question

1998 Volvo S70 4D $117k miles. No accidents, inherited from 2nd owner. I've got a big list of repairs to make: ABS control unit throws 8 fault codes, can replace w/ a rebuilt unit Front strut ...
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3answers
361 views

Is it typical for a shop to charge extra for labor if you bring your own parts?

I brought my car into a new mechanic today for brake issues, and they discovered that my rear brake calipers had completely seized up. They gave me an itemized quote for parts (~$700) and labor ...
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2answers
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Why is martensitic steel used instead of grey cast iron for ATV disc brakes?

Grey cast iron has better thermal properties -- conductivity and specific heat -- lower density, better castability, and better friction than martensitic stainless steel. Why are OEM parts made of ...
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2answers
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Are there plug-n-play ECUs?

I was just curious if there is such a thing as aftermarket plug-n-play ECUs that are compatible with a vehicle (have all the features the OEM ECU does) but also have some extra ones, such as maybe ...
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0answers
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Iridium spark plugs [duplicate]

I looked at different choices for spark plugs for my 2007 V6 Tacoma on RockAuto and here is the summary of categories: Copper (higher conductivity than platinum/iridium & shorter lifespan) ...
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1answer
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2006 Solstice - car won't turn over following engine replacement

I recently installed an engine (complete from oil pan to the valve cover) from a 2010 Malibu in my 2006 Solstice. (Replacing a blown engine.) The car will not crank / turn over. Symptoms include: ...
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1answer
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Why doesn't my rev limiter bounce?

I have a BMW 630i Steptronic from 2007. If I floor the pedal in neutral the RPM is of course limited, but it doesn't "bounce" like regular rev limiters. Instead it keeps a constant and "clean" RPM. ...
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1answer
168 views

No windscreen washer fluid coming through (VW Passat 1997)

When I pull back the stalk to squirt washer fluid onto the windscreen, 1997 Passat, the wipers move but no fluid comes out. There's not even the sound of anything trying to come out. Does this mean ...
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1answer
35 views

hard shifting and snapping noise

I have a 2007 dodge ram 1500 hemi. When I accelerate hard I hear a slapping noise when it shifts, it also clunks when shifting if I let off the gas during a shift
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1answer
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Altima 2006 2.5 S Code P0462 = Fuel Level Sensor A Circuit, Low Input Fuel Gauge Is Inop

My fuel gauge does show a full tank when filled, however as fuel is used the gauge will not read accurately. I'm getting the fault code - P0462 Fuel Level Sensor Circuit Low Input Which is ...
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1answer
38 views

Reverse grinds and transmission won't lock into 1st gear

I have a 2001 Ford Escort ZX2 with manual transmission. It has had noticeable play in the shifter but had no problems until suddenly the clutch just would not engage after being pushed down ...
2
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1answer
30 views

95 Corolla overheats, probable coolant leak or maybe thermostat, need more advice.

Vehicle is a '95 Toyota Corolla. Was driving yesterday for about 5 minutes and glanced at the temperature gauge which I noticed was running pretty high (weather has been around 90 degrees f ...
3
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2answers
49 views

Individual wheels' toes are out of range but combination is within specs

I went to have my 1999 Chevy Tahoe aligned after getting new tires mounted. I am concerned about the toe results. The left front toe is 0.37, specified to be 0.02-0.22; the right is -0.5, with same ...
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1answer
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Can replacing valve cover affect engine performance?

I have seen some pictures of people replacing their OEM valve covers with something aftermarket, usually something painted. Considering that is only pretty much just a lid that goes over the topmost ...
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0answers
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My 98 Honda CRV power steering gets heavy after driving for a few minutes

The weird thing is, though, that if I shut off the car and start it back up (even just 5 minutes later), everything goes back to normal for a while. But once I am driving for say 10 - 15 minutes or ...
2
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1answer
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Rusty exhaust manifolds

Most of the engine on my 2007 V6 Tacoma is in a really good shape but both exhaust manifolds coming out of the engine block are really rusty. Q1: Is that a reason to worry or replace them, provided ...

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