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Car average mpg display correctness

I have been wondering about the correctness of the average MPG displays on modern cars. Mine in particular is a Renault Modus. What I did is fill the tank, drive around and then refill the tank to see ...
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2answers
197 views

Drivers side back tire not spinning

I have a 1990 Toyota pickup, and I noticed when I got stuck in some sand that only the passenger side back tire spins, while the driver's side does not. Any ideas why?
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4answers
1k views

Controlling door locks via CAN bus

I'm trying to figure out how to lock and unlock the doors of a 2010 Toyota RAV4 using the CAN bus via the OBD-II port. I have a microcontroller attached via an CAN controller and a CAN receiver, and ...
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2answers
416 views

Change thermostat preemptively or wait for signs of problems?

I have been advised by an experienced "car guy" to change the thermostat on my 94K miles 2005 Toyota Matrix, although everything seems to be fine at the moment. Everybody else is telling me to leave ...
2
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1answer
205 views

What do I need to put rear shocks on my 1982 Yamaha Maxim XJ 750?

I bought the bike and didn't notice the previous owner had taken the rear shocks off (worst oversight I ever made, kicking myself now). I want to put some shocks on it, but I'm not really sure what I ...
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3answers
127 views

Should I get a second opinion from a different mechanic?

Previous question for context TL;DR: My 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE had a flashing check engine light and I found oil in the coolant. A family member took the car to a mechanic this week. He checked ...
2
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1answer
110 views

Suzuku Katana does not start after an accident

I have a Suzuki Katana GSX600F. So, after an accident I was in, I rode the bike home and all was fine except a little cosmetic damage, then in a rainstorm it tipped over and after picking it up and ...
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1answer
126 views

What causes grey engine corrosion?

I recently had my oil light come on in my 2004 Chevy Malibu. This resulted in a visit to a mechanic (after putting 3 QTS of oil in it) to see if there might be something more serious than a leak ...
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2answers
385 views

2001 Honda Civic LX won't stay in 4th gear

I have a 2001 Honda Civic LX, automatic transmission. There are 3 gear settings: 2, D3, and D. If I'm driving in D3 and shift into D, I can feel it shift gears up (from 3 to 4), but then it ...
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3answers
143 views

Automobile EDR / Black Box - What is it for?

My partner has just started driving, and her insurance company have fitted a "Black Box" to her car. My understanding of these devices is somewhat vague, as some sites suggest that they only collect ...
2
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2answers
241 views

Advice on buying a new car (Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 vs. Subaru Impreza 1.5R)

This question is probably somewhat subjective as all cars are slightly different. I am currently in the process of looking for a new car. I'm currently driving a Vauxhall Astra 1.8 SRi (mk-5, 5 door ...
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1answer
173 views

Schedule for brake fluid replacement in Subaru

How often should brake fluid be replaced in a Subaru Impreza 2002? Or should it be replaced at all? (Looking for distances in km)
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1answer
174 views

Front grill electrical component near radiator

I have a 2008 Mazda 3, and unfortunately I ran over some road debris (probably a tire or something, I didn't get a good look at it). My local Mazda dealer checked it out and said there was nothing ...
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2answers
1k views

2006 Civic: What maintenance is due next?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic LX 4-door sedan. Rather than a fixed maintenance schedule, this car has a "maintenance minder" display on the dash which counts down the remaining "oil life" (based, I ...
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2answers
474 views

Reading OBD2 too fast

I'm writing a software to make a telemetry application for my 2001 VW Golf mk4 reading parameters from OBD2 using an ELM327 compatible cable. I succeeded so far. The problem that I have now, is that ...
3
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1answer
47 views

Which 100kmi car should be in better shape: newer or older?

I'm looking to replace my dying '96 Accord, and I've been skimming Craigslist for used cars. While searching for Acura TLs, I noticed one in my price range that was significantly newer than the ...
3
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2answers
60 views

Windshield repair

I cracked my windshield in the very low corner on the passenger's side. The sharded area is perhaps 10 sq in at the most but then some crack extend out of it and go 6-7 in (2 or 3 of them). I ...
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1answer
158 views

Keyed shaft is worn down, how do I keep pulley from riding off the end?

I have a belt driven pump on a sprayer that is powered by a small engine. The keyway on the shaft of the pump is a little worn and at some point the key worked itself out. Unfortunately I did not ...
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1answer
209 views

Clutchless shifting and long term maintenance

Will (assuming perfectly, or almost, considering we're humans)clutchless shifting your car all the time affect in a worst way the shifting box mechanism than shifting the gear in a regular fashion, ...
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0answers
48 views

1999 accord v6 automatic loses power intermittantly

Throttle cuts in and out on highway. fuel pump has good pressure. mechanic says possibly the fuel regulator.
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7answers
68k views

Steering wheel shakes at high speeds

the steering wheel sometimes shakes at high speeds around 70 miles per hour. It does not always happen. Some day when I am driving at 70, I feel no shakes. some day it shakes badly at the same speed. ...
2
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2answers
36 views

How do I fix my riding lawnmower?

I have a craftsman riding lawnmower. It has a manual gear that I have to push up to get the blade to start. There is a physical heavy gauge wire going from this gear to something below that snapped ...
4
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1answer
304 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 ...
5
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2answers
704 views

Have tow ball but not electricity for a trailer

I have a Toyota Camry 2004. When I just bought it, I have noticed that it has a tow ball. I didn't really intend to use it but now it could really help me to move few things around with a trailer I ...
3
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1answer
6k views

Revs shooting up when accelerating in high gears

The other day my '03 Ford Fiesta suddenly failed in 4th gear when I changed from 3rd to 4th. My revs shot right up reaching roughly 5000 without any acceleration then after a few seconds the revs went ...
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2answers
240 views

AC repair need help so bad it's hot!

08 PT Cruiser blows warm air but never gets cold. Tried Freon but it doesn't blow cold or last long at all. It sounds like it's clicking on and off not too rapidly when driving it blow slightly cooler ...
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2answers
100 views

Is there a megametre (Mm)? [closed]

With miles, there are no SI prefixes, so, you just write "every 3k/10k miles". With kilometres, there's already an SI prefix present. What's the sane way to write, say, "5000 / 16'000 km" in a ...
2
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1answer
330 views

2009 Toyota Camry.. ABS light comes on occasionally.

There doesn't seem to be any pattern to it coming on. The only way to turn it off is to kill the engine, and restart it. Brakes seem to work alright when the light is on. How do I test it to see ...
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1answer
37 views

Do ester-based oils less or more likely to disappear from the engine? [duplicate]

It is known that some oils are eaten up by the engine, at a rate of up to 1L per 1k miles or so. Are ester-based oils (like Redline 5W40) less or more likely to disappear from the oil pan after going ...
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1answer
191 views

Does one have to change ester-based fully synthetic oils?

They say that ester-based oils are used in jet-engines, where the oil is sealed, and it never has to be changed. If I use an ester-based oil as the lubricant for my Jetta 2.5L petrol, such as the ...
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1answer
163 views

very bad gas mileage in a brand new german car

I bought a brand new 2008 Jetta SE (2.5L petrol engine, automatic transmission, 21mpg city, 29mpg highway) in May 2008, which had under 200 miles on it. I immediately within a week drove it from ...
3
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1answer
134 views

is a visible paint seam on the roof-top ok?

Someone with a provisional licence hit my 2008 Jetta on the side, and the side of my car had to be reshaped and repainted. It involved repainting the whole side, including the strip on top of the ...
2
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1answer
111 views

Is shop paint visibly different to factory paint?

I've got my 2008 Jetta painted at a shop in Northern California with a very good reputation and customer satisfaction. Whilst I was originally happy with the work, after not seeing my car for a ...
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1answer
105 views

Does a low oil level mean some synthetic has converted to sludge?

In a 2008 Jetta, 2.5L petrol engine, I started driving more on the highways, and taking longer trips, and noticed a much better mileage than the prior driving that was still mostly highway, but ...
3
votes
1answer
72 views

Car FM radio for overseas use?

Living in the US, I want to purchase a car Radio/CD player unit to be installed in an car in Israel. A few years ago, I bought a cheap MP3 player w/ FM tuner to use there (not a car unit, just one of ...
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3answers
1k views

Why does my car smell badly after it has been raining?

I park my 2006 Toyota 4Runner outside, and, after it rains, the inside of my car smells badly. i suspect that the moisture causes mildo. That said, I have two questions: How do I eliminate the odor? ...
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2answers
2k views

Power loss in truck - triage options?

I've asked at least one question about my specific situation earlier, but at this point, I'm looking for information on how to operate in triage mode, my primary goal is to get my truck working well ...
3
votes
1answer
37 views

Buying a 1981 Kawasaki 440 D questions

There is a 1981 Kawasaki 440 D that is belt driven on Craigslist for $850 and I just have a few questions on about it being a belt drive. Is a belt drive ok to have? Is it worse than chain drive? And ...
5
votes
2answers
463 views

Spark plug gaps - manufacturer or shop manual?

So I have a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L V6 OHV Engine and I recently replaced the spark plugs. The thing is, the original recommended spark plugs have a gap of 0.52-0.56, which is what is recommended in ...
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1answer
426 views

Loud clunking noise shifting into reverse and with sudden acceleration

My 94 Integra has always had a loud clunk/jolt when shifting into reverse, and recently I've noticed that when I accelerate quickly (for example, at rest in an intersection for a left turn) I ...
2
votes
1answer
143 views

Safe way to clean oil sludge around the engine?

My Case 85xt Skid Steer has a hydraulic leak somewhere but the engine area is covered in oil sludge so I can't tell where it is coming from. Is it safe to use de-greaser and or water around the engine ...
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0answers
43 views

1995 gsx 750 won't start

I bought a katana 750 from a guy that had it sitting for a while. He said he rode the bike and it started but won't cut off, then the bike stopped firing and dosen't try to turn on - the lights come ...
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3answers
133 views

Can VIN number be used to steal cars?

I have been recently told that thieves these days are using your car VIN to steal cars by ordering your car key replica. Is that correct, because my VIN and most of the new cars is visible on the ...
2
votes
1answer
36 views

Is it safe to mount a wire bracket to a hitch?

I recently installed a Curt hitch on my jeep wrangler. It is perfect, but I want to mount a 7-pin wiring harness via drop-down bracket. Is it safe to drill and tap the main bar that goes across the ...
2
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4answers
3k views

Why are drum brakes still fitted on Ford's cars?

Currently I own a Mk5 Astra SRi, however I am looking to sell this and buy a Ford Focus Mk2. The other day I looked at a Ford Focus Zetec Mk2. My understanding is that Zetec is sort of the ford ...
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vote
2answers
679 views

Shake while braking at certain speeds, intensified with steering input

150k miles 2.0l gas mkIV Jetta, 5-speed manual. Braking at speeds of around 40mph down to 20mph there is shake in steering and overall jerky stopping. If slight steering is added(say gentle ...
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1answer
1k views

2000 VW Golf TDi (Mk. 4) grey smoke from exhaust before engine has warmed up

I have had my Golf for 8 years. It’s had good maintenance and a the record is kept by my dad. It’s just passed its MOT (Ministry of Transportation) test, and the mechanic mentioned that the tappets ...
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3answers
4k views

Replaced brake pads - one pad was full, the other was gone. Brakes now very hot after driving

The content is pretty much contained in the title. When I went to replace the brake pads, one pad was completely gone and the other was almost like new. Now that I have replaced the pads, the wheel ...
2
votes
1answer
275 views

Leaving heavy load on the back of a pickup truck

I was wondering if it is bad for a pickup truck to keep a heavy load in the back (e.g. 1800 lbs) for prolonged periods of time (e.g. 2-3 days), assuming the truck is not in motion. The disadvantage ...
2
votes
2answers
224 views

Grinding noise on transmision on a Ford Focus 1.4 i Zetec - 2002

Can anyone help me to find out where this grinding metallic noise comes from? Transmision fault? Bearing gone? or what? Here is how it sounds - http://youtu.be/YGAeINSTtrQ . The first part is when ...

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