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Is it worth getting an OBD2 scanning tool?

I have a Opel Corsa 1999 B type. It is giving me problems now. I have read a little bit about OBD2 scanning tools. But don't know if one could help me, or that I am maybe hoping for too much. I ...
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2answers
691 views

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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2answers
192 views

Removing a nail from my tyre

I have a 2" nail in the side of my rear tyre on my motorcycle. The nail is fairly firmly stuck in the tyre but I'm not sure if it has actually penetrated it (it has gone in sideways). The damage is ...
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1answer
4k views

How to identify rattles and noises in the car?

My car has a few rattles and hums whilst driving, specifically a rattle somewhere in the dash as well as a noise somewhere in the back. I find that noise and vibrations are deceiving inside the ...
5
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1answer
795 views

What current is “normal” for constant battery drain (not parasitic)

I'm having some problems with battery going dead sometimes, and I noticed that there are some small sparks after disconnecting the battery for a few seconds and then reconnecting again. It is not big ...
4
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1answer
2k views

Getting a stuck spark plug out

4 spark plugs--three finally changed but one won't come out and is apparently stuck with a deposit of carbon. Has a service every year so not as though it is ignored. we don't want to change the car ...
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1answer
654 views

Vw Golf-5 Cant turn the ignition, brake pedal stiff and key broken

My VW golf-5 does not turn the ignition on, radio turns on together with the light and no dim lights. The brake pedal is stone hard,tried wriggling the steering wheel left and right while at the same ...
5
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3answers
1k views

How to amplify car speakers without stereo?

I have a 1980 VW Dasher with its original speakers but no radio. It has an unusual (erroneous?) electrical configuration where most accessories (e.g. lights, cabin fan, etc) still run even with the ...
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1answer
2k views

Is this what is making my car sound like a racecar?

Recently, my car (2000 Mercury Grand Marquis) started sounding like a racecar: the engine became very loud. There's clearly something going wrong with the exhaust system. I'm trying to understand ...
4
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1answer
249 views

Misfiring Engine Hyundai Accent Executive

My Hyundai Accent Executive is 2001 model. Recently the engine started misfiring badly during idling with Air conditioner on. It is almost like the engine is going to turn off any moment. The ...
2
votes
1answer
246 views

How do I re-attach a trim panel that has partially popped off?

I have a Pontiac Vibe, and the top clip of the rear door panel (that goes around the wheel well) has become unattached. This panel serves as trim for the door. I am not sure how to go about ...
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2answers
1k views

Muffler off car. Safe to drive with exhaust open underneath?

So leaving work yesterday I heard a clang! - the muffler simply fell off. Further inspection revealed a lot of rust in one particular area on the pipe. Thankfully the forward muffler is still intact ...
3
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2answers
115 views

68 Mustang hesitates at constant speeds

I have a 68 Mustang straight 6 1 BBL carb, 3 speed manual. Noticed the other day that when driving at constant speed that the car hesitates (like I am letting off and pressing down on the gas pedal). ...
2
votes
2answers
303 views

Simple Question: Do I need to bleed brakes if I removed the blake fluid cap?

This is probably a very simple question, but I was just poking around the engine bay and checking the fluid levels of the various reservoirs. I then opened the brake fluid one and I remember reading ...
1
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1answer
230 views

Recommendations as to how to seal or protect brand new leather seats?

My wife just bought a new Subaru Outback with leather seats. We said "no" at that point in the transaction when they try to sell you $1000 of interior / exterior protection, but now we are faced with ...
3
votes
1answer
110 views

Jeep Grande Cherokee clicking when warm

A Jeep Grande Cherokee 1998 runs perfectly fine for about 6 miles (Or 15 minutes), and then starts to slowly at first, and more frequently later, have a behavior where it sounds like a high frequency ...
3
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1answer
882 views

Tire Sizing: 2001 Toyota Corolla

Will 185/75R14 tires do the job on a 2001 Toyota Corolla? Stock size is 185/65R14.
3
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2answers
182 views

What can i use to get insect/bug remains off my vehicle?

I recently went on a 10000k road trip, and accumulated a lot of insect remains on my vehicle. After several car washes, one of them that even included a bug spray before you entered the main wash, ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Semi-automatic car inadvertently driven in manual mode

I have a 2008 Mazda 3 car with a semi-automatic transmission (i.e. it is automatic with the ability to switch to a manual mode). On the weekend, it was driven by somebody else who accidentally put it ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Where can I get button graphics/decals for car interior (preferably for specific models)?

I have seen around a few threads by the business that created this video. They supply (supplied?) kits to replace the surface of car interior buttons (radio, climate control, etc) that have become ...
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3answers
5k views

How is “outside temperature” measured in a car?

Most cars have a display for outside temperature and I wonder how it is measured. In other words, where exactly is the sensor and how reliable is it?
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2answers
118 views

What's a good place to buy after-market auto parts? [closed]

What's a good place to buy (new or used) after-market auto parts?
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2answers
3k views

Bleeding Brakes with Car on or off?

There's a pump that runs when the car is on to pressurize the hydraulics, right? When bleeding the brakes, should the car be on or off so this pump is on or off? I'm specifically talking about a ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Altima Clutch and/or Transmission Problems

I have a 2005 Nissan Altima SE with a manual transmission. The clutch was completely replaced about 7k miles ago. I bought the car about 5k miles ago. At around 2-3k miles ago is when the problems ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

How to track down an intermittent battery drain?

I know there are several questions on here about finding the source of a battery drain (like Battery drains by itself when vehicle is parked (parasitic draw) ). However I don't think the answers ...
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1answer
288 views

Can these problems be blamed on a faulty dimmer switch in a 2003 Skoda Fabia 1.4 MPI (AQW)?

Here is the description of my problem occurring on my Skoda Fabia 1.4 MPI car, built in 2003: The green dashboard cluster illumination (that illuminates the speedo, rev counter, time and miles) is ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

'00 Mercury Sable speedometer and ??? issues

My Sable is having several issues and I can't tell if they are related. The car is driven less than average, three or four days per week. At some point, it lost coolant and I had to add about two ...
3
votes
3answers
3k views

Installing a used ECM

The ECM is dead on my 2003 Toyota Corolla. What are the risks of installing a used ECM? Will the ECM need to be reconfigured? I've heard it might have issues passing DEQ?
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2answers
1k views

What is a hot patch, and how is it done?

I recently picked up a piece of metal in my tire, leading to a flat. The mechanic said he could not plug the tire, and that a "hot patch" was required. What is a hot patch, how is it applied, and ...
2
votes
1answer
547 views

What causes the “pop” and “burble” noises on overrun?

I love the sound, just wondering what causes it.
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1answer
45 views

What are your main concerns when getting your car wrapped with custom-patterns?

Let's say you're getting your car custom wrapped. What would be your top concern when hiring someone to do the job? This would be a key area to filter when picking a service provider. Thanks in ...
3
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2answers
4k views

What to do if 2010 Chevy HHR key is stuck in run position?

The key in my 2010 Chevy HHR automatic will not turn back to the OFF position. It is stuck in the RUN position with the car on. What is the cause of this problem? How can I shut off the car?
3
votes
1answer
150 views

2000 Dodge Intrepid electrical problem

I accidently let the battery power cable touch the frame of the car and it sparked. Now my car does not light up dashboard or anything type of power. I tried jumping the car and still no sin of life. ...
4
votes
2answers
885 views

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser misfiring with A/C

My car has been acting up for a while now with the following symptoms: When idling and with the A/C running it will run fine for a few seconds but then the car will sort of shake and the A/C will ...
4
votes
2answers
148 views

Proper fuel for motorcycles?

I've heard that regular petrol (92 octane ULP) from some fuel companies is not good for motorbikes as it is intended for cars only. Is this just an old wives tale?
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3answers
464 views

Why doesn't homelink plus programming work as described in the manual?

I'm trying to program my 2007 Prius to open my garage door. I succeeded doing this for my 2006 Highlander with no problems. However, for the prius, I cannot get the car to work as described in the ...
1
vote
1answer
223 views

Motorcycle battery - correct voltage running and stopped?

Hopefully a pretty straight forward one: I've been having trouble starting my bike. I checked the voltage on the battery when it was idling and got 12.9. Is this too low?
3
votes
2answers
742 views

Engine Revving/Misfiring - Formerly Running Lean - No Trouble Codes Now

For a few months now my 1999 Toyota Avalon XLS (California model - this apparently affects the emissions specs - I'm in NY however) with around 105k miles has been giving me these totally random ...
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vote
2answers
201 views

Possible to diagnose broken transmission without starting engine?

While I know a little about cars, the bulk of my knowledge came from when I was a kid bolting on stuff to my Honda and racing it illegally. (So, not much.) My '96 Civic DX (5-speed) recently passed ...
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1answer
282 views

BMW 33D 2001 no power problem

I have: BMW 330D, 2001 year, saloon, 135kw Recently I have change the turbo charger of my car. There was a problem related with this post. Then I went to the garage and they ran the diagnostics. ...
2
votes
2answers
196 views

How to remove edges around body filler/bondo?

I have a curved area on fibreglass with a dent in it. I have filled it with body filler but when I sand it back there is still an obvious ridge where the filler meets the body. I have sanded it down ...
2
votes
1answer
161 views

Why do my wipers only operate at high speed?

I have a 2003 Volvo XC90, and the wipers now only work at high-speed, regardless of the stalk setting. The normal order is off - intermittent - low - high; however now they go to high speed for all 3 ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

How to safely remove stuck threads? (Brakeline from Brakehose)

I have an 81 Chevy pickup C10 that I was replacing the brake hose on. In the process of trying to take the brake line loose from it I started to twist the line when I thought I had finally started to ...
7
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3answers
2k views

What may happen if I do not replace my motorcycle's chain

I have a aging (y2k) motorcycle with not too many Ks on the clock. I have been told by a mechanic that I need to replace my sprockets and chain. This seems reasonable since the chain has been poorly ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

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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3answers
858 views

Motorcycle: Honda VTR 250 difficulty starting

I have a 2000 model Honda VTR 250. Up until now the bike has been super reliable. However, recently it has been struggling to start in the morning. The engine turns over many times before catching and ...
4
votes
2answers
611 views

Saab 9-3 stuttering and cutting out [closed]

I've got a 1999 Saab 9-3 2.0l Automatic (not the turbo). It's been running fine, then a bit more than a month ago it started to stutter when accelerating or decelerating. Only occasionally, but it ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Aftermarket start-stop system

I am looking for an aftermarket device that turn off the engine when the car is in rest and turn on the engine when the throttle is pushed. Which are the producer? Where i can find it on internet?
2
votes
2answers
160 views

Is it safe to take the paint back to the undercoat? (will it rust?)

I have a 94 Honda Prelude. The paint is absolutely shot from being in the sun too long. I was thinking about getting it repainted and sanding it back to the undercoat myself panel by panel to save ...
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vote
2answers
3k views

2004 Mercury Grand Marquis blower motor not coming on at all

I'm working on a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis. The blower motor has suddenly stopped working. All speeds were available and it was blowing cold air before the malfunction. It was blowing fine, ...

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