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How to get the most money out of potentially totalled car?

I crashed my car :( Accidentally rearended a pickup :( It's not drivable because the radiator fell out, but I was told by the guy who towed it that the frame wasn't damaged. I don't know what to do ...
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What's the most environmentally responsible method of car parts cleaning?

I'll be the first to admit that this one has been hard for me. I clean cylinder heads, axle bearings, calipers, crankcases....the list goes on. I want to be clear here. I am not talking about ...
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2006 Pontiac torrent

2006 Pontiac torrent won't start. Brand new battery one week old, will not start with remote starter or either key! All the lights come on , radio and electronics but when I turn the key the final bit ...
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Steering ratio for European Ford Focus Mk2 (2004-2010)

What is the steering ratio for the European Ford Focus Mk2 that was in production between 2004-2010? I can not find it anywhere... I need it for a research project. There is somewhat relevant answer ...
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48 views

98 Saturn SL2 Starter and Water Pump Will Not Work [closed]

I just put in new radiator and sometimes the car will start, but not lately. It is also heating up quickly. I think that both the starter and water pump are not working due to some sensor or fuse they ...
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1answer
134 views

Engagement delay when shifting from neutral to drive or reverse

My 2001 VW Eurovan (T4) has automatic transmission and about 160k miles on the clock. When I use the transmission selector to move from N to D or from N to R, there is a noticeable delay until I feel ...
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144 views

Natural Gas Engines - What are these things?

Someone I knew when I was younger converted a car to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) because CNG was extremely cheap in comparison to petrol or diesel. How can cars be converted to run on CNG and ...
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Steam Engines - What are these things?

I know that steam engines are considered to be old fashioned, impractical and rarely used. Why are they considered impractical therefore rarely used? How exactly might a steam engine work to power a ...
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1answer
79 views

External Combustion Engines - What are these things?

What are external combustion engines? How do they work? What types of external combustion engines are there? What are all the common advantages and disadvantages of external combustion engines in ...
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Is the Ford Fiesta 2008, style climate D, 1.4 TDCi engine made by Peugeot?

Is the engine made by Peugeot or Ford? Apparently if it's Peugeot, it could be prone to the turbo failing due to engine fault.
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What “type” of engine does a Ford Fiesta, 2008, style climate D, 1.4 TDCi have? [duplicate]

a mechanic asked me this and I didn't know the answer.
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330 views

Location of exhaust manifold

In four cylinder engines, why are some cars designed with the exhaust manifold towards the front of the car while other cars have it towards the back? Is there any advantage in one design over the ...
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2answers
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Hyundai Accent starting issue

My car started fine a couple of days ago and today when I went to start it, it won't even turn over. The lights work, the battery is only a year old. Not sure where to check next. Any suggestions???
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1answer
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How do I get the sway bar link to line up with new strut and spring?

I am swapping the struts and sway bar links on a 2006 Toyota Sienna AWD. I got the first strut in place and started to put the sway bar link on but it does not want to line up with the mounting hole ...
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1answer
68 views

will not start, when I just had driven it about a hour ago

2003 grand am 4 door automatic,everything works, lights, radio, windows,buzzes when key is in ignition. I hear nice noise, if it was the battery all the other things in the car would not work. What ...
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Why does a gas engines torque and horsepower curve always meet at 5252 RPM?

I'm watching a TV show called Tech Garage and they just made the claim that an engines torque and horsepower curves always meet at 5252 RPM. Assuming this is true, why does this happen? Is it ...
6
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1answer
45 views

Heim joints with zerk fittings

On my truck I have heim joints setup in the steering to provide additional strength. Currently I have a 3/4 by 3/4 heim with teflon coatings, and with the mud and dirt where I live, they are getting ...
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107 views

What is an A/R ratio?

I heard the term A/R ratio today while watching a video about turbochargers. What does the term A/R ratio mean? Does it just apply to turbos? If not, what else does it apply to? How is it computed? ...
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2answers
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Fault code 27 with engine light on '94 Jeep Cherokee

I own a '94 jeep cherokee 4.0 liter. The 27 code indicates the injector circuit is not syncing with the input signal. How do I trouble shoot this?
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1answer
41 views

Radio and Charging Outlet Stopped Working

I have a 2000 Honda Accord V6 LX. The radio was working yesterday and the charging outlet was working earlier today, but now neither are. Did some research and I'm assuming it could be a blown fuse. ...
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1answer
79 views

Alternator grinding - Is it OK to drive to mechanics?

I have a 2000 Suburban and the alternator is making a grinding sound. The Suburban still starts up and I am wondering if it could harm other engine components (like the serpentine belt) trying to ...
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1answer
146 views

How is a power steering pump vacuum leak test performed?

There have been a few power steering pump questions lately. I've heard responders mention a power steering pump vacuum leak test to identify where air is getting into the power steering fluid system. ...
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1answer
53 views

Roller rockers to a stock valve train

78 Nova but the engine is from a different car; casting # V0707CMH. I have a 350 with 305 heads. Stock valves, pushrods, cam, and lifters. The nuts on my stock rocker arms are in need of replacement; ...
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1answer
48 views

Acceleration pickup of a car

When I say "Tata Winger can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph in nearly 19 to 20 seconds, which is quite good for this class" - how is it measured? Is this by accelerating the car from 0 to 100 kmph on a ...
6
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1answer
66 views

2005 Ford Escape airbag light & beeps

When I first started having the problem the airbag light started flashing, after a week or so airbag light stayed on. When ignition is on for two minutes I get five (5) beeps Five (5) times for a ...
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3answers
68 views

leaving the rear defroster on constantly

So the front defroster of my vehicle seems to work by blowing air up at the window. The rear defroster seems to work having a bunch of wires that run the length of the window. My question is... would ...
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0answers
50 views

2000 Dodge Ram 8 cyl Doesn't want to run, Have to keep foot on the gas [closed]

Today, went to leave and my truck would not start. It is not the Battery. When checking all my fluids noticed I needed water. Pour water in radiator and it all came out under the motor area.
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1answer
100 views

Do any car batteries come dry with the electrolyte in a seperate container?

Small batteries for Motorcycles and Lawn Tractors are typically sold with the electrolyte in a separate bottle and must be added to the battery at home before installing it. I've never seen a "dry" ...
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1answer
134 views

Do car batteries degrade when left charged, boxed and unconnected for long periods, e.g. in a shop?

I was discussing where to buy car batteries with a friend who is a professional driver and who has briefly worked as a mechanic. He suggested buying from one particular shop for several reasons, one ...
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6answers
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When is a cold air intake system beneficial?

Cold air intake must be one of the popular mods there is, and one subject to the most controversy as well. Manufacturers of such systems advertise 5-20 HP gains, yet there are claims that this mod ...
4
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0answers
51 views

How does one fix peeling paint on a car? [closed]

Do i need to repaint it? Its peeled to the black with silver paint.
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1answer
144 views

Why don't cars use Sequential gearboxes?

I have always felt that the Sequential Gearbox configuration is much much faster than a ordinary gearbox used in cars. Why is this design used ? Any advantages? Note: I am aware that racing cars(...
3
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2answers
36 views

Mitsubishi lancer 2003

is it ok to shift from 95 octane to 91 octane? as my car is suitable to use 91 octane only..but because of ignorance we use 95 octane from the start until now.my car is a 2003 mitsubishi lancer 1.3.. ...
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Why does my RPM drop when sitting idle at traffic lights?

While I'm sitting idle at traffic lights I put the car into neutral. The engine stays idling at about 1000 RPM. However every now and then it drops down to about 500 RPM and then quickly back up to ...
6
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1answer
51 views

Steering tight and orange fluid on ground after failure to start

This morning, my car wouldn't start so a friend of mine and I tried to push start it, with no luck. We got around a corner in my neighborhood and fortunately found someone who could jump it. ...
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4answers
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How do you un-seize an engine?

I have an older engine that is seized. It is a 1953 Desoto Hemi. How can I un-seize it? I have sprayed Sea Foam Deep Creep down the plugs and let sit for weeks. As well as transmission fluid. To no ...
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4answers
1k views

Can you run an engine without a radiator?

I've heard of people starting engines in a build without a Radiator hooked up, to see if it fires. If you have an old engine and want to see if it will run: Can it be started without a radiator? ...
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5answers
266 views

Charging circuit

I have a motorhome and tow my car behind. Since I have to leave the car in accessory mode so the steering wheel is unlocked, the battery doesn't last a long time. I want to run a DS line from the ...
5
votes
2answers
63 views

Will putting de-icer spray in the washer bottle remove ice from my windscreen?

I have no screenwash, and my water in the washer bottle keeps freezing up, and I can't get to the shops for a few days. It says nothing about the ingredients, but it says it has "Bitrex" for ...
6
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2answers
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2000 jaguar locks

2000 jaguar - the remote went dead. I got a new battery and I know I have to get that reprogrammed in order to use. My problem is that I can't use the key to lock the doors or trunk. when I lock it ...
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1answer
221 views

Changing gears at what speed? [closed]

Can someone please link me to a website where I can get the speed at which a car must shift gears, (manufacturer wise would be better). Or maybe, link to a website where I will be able to calculate ...
5
votes
2answers
80 views

why do my tail lights and brake lights remain on when 95' honda accord is turned off?

i've replaced brake light bumper switch, hazard and tail light relay and tail light switch but still didn't fix my problem. Have to take the fuse out to keep from battery draining. Is it an electrical ...
8
votes
2answers
544 views

Why is the effect of a bad fuel pump more noticable at higher speeds?

I get that the main effect of a bad fuel pump is that the engine will cut out at higher speeds, and that this is often not easily noticeable until that happens because there are little or no prior ...
6
votes
1answer
70 views

Can anyone identify this connector?

All I have been able to find is the image on google. This connector is used on my Mitsubishi and I would like to source replacements for some custom wiring. Wondering if anyone else has seen it or ...
4
votes
2answers
63 views

Why does my car die completely (after a battery recharge)?

Recently, the keys in my car were left in the ignition in the 'on' position and my battery was drained. I posted a question about replacing v. recharging (24930). I removed the battery from the car ...
10
votes
1answer
131 views

The purpose of covering the grill during cold weather

In some countries it is quite popular to cover up the front grill in winter (especially on diesel engined cars). As I understand the intention is to inhibit airflow to the radiator, but why would you ...
4
votes
1answer
73 views

Honda Civic starting problems?

my honda doesn't want to start, in the morning it starts with one crank but as soon as I drive and I switch off the car and I want to start again then it doesn't want to start. When I take a piece of ...
3
votes
2answers
181 views

OBDII ELM 327 Bluetooth adapter - is it reliable? [closed]

I got myself such a bluetooth adapter for my car, because the display on the radio stopped working, and I wanted to see if it will show up any errors. There are even apps for Android that work with ...
14
votes
4answers
821 views

What makes two-stroke engines less fuel-efficient than four-strokes?

It is a commonly-held belief that two-stroke engines are less fuel-efficient than four-stroke engines, and some example BSFC figures appear to confirm this as well. But what is it that causes two-...
6
votes
1answer
100 views

Why is my car so icy in the winter?

The car is a 2004 VW Passat B5.5. The last few days have been colder than usual where I live (below 0 degrees Celsius). The outside of my car has been covered in ice in the mornings and I use a ...

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