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“Irreparable” tire damage incurred due to road pothole

A little background: I live in Canada and recently I drove over a crater on a public road (60km max city road), which I assumed was caused by the recent extreme cold weather. It was night time and ...
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Can I patch a hole in washer fluid tank?

The windshield washer fluid tank on my Toyota Corolla has a C-shaped crack in the bottom. I removed the tank and drained it. Is there a reliable way to patch/fix this without having to buy a new ...
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Handbrake during cold winter between -50 Celcius and 0 Celcius? Should it be used or not?

My friend keeps saying that you should not use handbrake during the cold weather and use the gear 1 to keep car in place: if you set the handbrake on, it may freeze and get poor. Then again the friend ...
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Mercedes OM636: Can I Resolder Wire to Coolant Temperature Sensor?

The wire contact connected to the Coolant Temperature Sensor of my Mercedes OM636 (Boat engine same as Mercedes 170D, 180D) was corroded and got accidentally snapped off. Can I just solder this back ...
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379 views

What can I do to get my car to stop surging?

2001 Chevy Malibu has been surging for the past 2 years. The transmission has been checked, I had just replaced the catalitic converter around the same time the car started surging. I took off the MAF ...
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1answer
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No spark either side

Engine won't start but turns over. 4 cyl with 8 spark plugs all eight produce no spark while cranking. I have an 1989 ford ranger xlt 2wd 4 cyl. During the crazy cold spell here in northern ...
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Euro NCAP rating during time

Does the rating scale change in time? I mean if X stars from for example 2000 are less safe car than X stars from 2013? I am mostly interested in adult safety within frontal (and side) impact and the ...
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287 views

Whining noise from valve cover region, Nissan Primera P11 1999

Recently I've been hearing a whining noise from the engine bay. After checking, it seems to come from the valve cover. I've checked the motor oil; level seems ok although the oil is black but not ...
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Honda Loses All Power, but Starts Back Up

1998 Honda Accord EX (Automatic) - Loses all electrical power while traveling (speed doesn't seem to be an issue; loses power at slow (turning corner) or fast (highway) speeds. Flashers come on when ...
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Battery voltage slightly low. Especially when the car's been sitting for a while

My car is a 2004 Mazda 3. This happened with the last battery I had as well as this newer one. Basically if I leave the car sitting for 2-3 days without driving it, it doesn't have the voltage to ...
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Help with heat issue with pontiac vibe (toyota matrix)

I have a 2006 Pontiac Vibe. Same engine as the Toyota Matrix. The heat blows fine but isn't warm enough. I checked the antifreeze and the level is fine and there are no leaks. The hose into the ...
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1answer
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2005 BMW X3 Cranks won't run

2005 BMW X3 won't start after extremely cold weather. I replaced the battery and tried starting with spare key. The engine turns over but still won't start. It was running fine before cold weather. ...
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Volvo S40 Immobilizer Problem [duplicate]

I got the following error msgs from my Volvo S40 and the car wont start. - Immobilizer : check manual as I tried to start the car, I got : - System service required. What does this entail and ...
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1answer
189 views

My 2003 Impala blows some heat and then cold

My car heater started acting up. It would heat, then no heat. So I put a new thermostat in, had the heater core flushed, and new coolant added. The other day after this, it got so hot it shut down. I ...
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1answer
194 views

Spare smart key for mercedes

I need a second (spare) smart key for my 2005 Mercedes A Class. Short of going through a Mercedes dealer is there a relatively cheap way of acquiring one?
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1answer
598 views

Subaru Forester OBD Scan Codes “P0130” and “P0130 P”

My 2002 Forester Check Engine light is on. I connected an Autel MaxiScan MS300 OBD-II scan tool and got indication for two codes. Browsing through the codes, it reads P0130 and P0130 P. The first one ...
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2answers
419 views

What will happen if there is something else also with petrol in car

Today someone broke my car fuel outer case and taken out fuel. I came home by driving but then i have now one doubt in my mind. What if he put something else in tank like water, sand, etc in there. ...
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1answer
80 views

Lines on windshield in cold temperatures

Tonight I noticed thread-like lines in or on my lightly-frosted windshield in the current single-digit temperatures. They did not resemble any kind of crystalline pattern and looked more like long ...
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1answer
141 views

2010 Camry rear reading light bulb replacement

One of these bulbs burnt out. I'm not much of a mechanic. I need to get it changed. So, is it doable or do I have to take it to a shop? I don't even know what bulb goes there as I'm not sure how can I ...
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181 views

Is it efficient to use the cabin heat in my car?

As much of the United States struggles through the end of the nasty cold spell, a thought came to mind: Is it generally energy efficient to run the heat in my car? Let me be a little more specific. I ...
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1answer
148 views

Blazer overheating in cold temperatures

Sorry, this is going to be a bit wordy. I have lots of details... A few weeks ago, the temperature was in the single digits with a negative wind chill. I started up my 96 Blazer and let it run for 10 ...
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2answers
124 views

Low coolant in freezing weather

I have been running straight water as coolant in my truck. As we have very few days in the single digits, I have had no trouble. However, today dropped to 7 degrees. I allowed my truck to warm up ...
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2answers
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Does my car have an engine block heater? (2010 civic)

How do I know if my car has an engine block heater? I checked the manual, which has no mention of it I looked for a plug near the front of my car, but didn't see it. Where would it be? I searched ...
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4answers
401 views

How to remove a stripped/broken sparkplug on a 2001 Chevy Malibu

I have tried to remove the #3 spark plug from my 2001 Malibu, with no results. It is very hard to get to that particular spark plug because there is not much room between the fire wall and cylinder. I ...
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1answer
116 views

How to spot remove high temp engine paint?

I've recently painted an engine post reassembly, due to cost reasons. No doubt I've encountered overspray on certain parts. I know sandblasting the engine proper is a huge no-no, and soda blasting ...
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1answer
104 views

Intermittent aircon problem: Subaru Impreza Wagon 1996

Subaru Wagon Impreza 1996. Automatic, 1600cc. The gas (refrigerant) has been refilled recently, so that's all good. The air seems to be colder when the revs are higher (>2,500 rpm or thereabouts). ...
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3answers
78 views

Cylinder Misfire

I have a 2004 Grand Prix v6. I got my coils checked and number 2 fire was real weak while the others are strong. Could that be why it's showing a misfire on cylinder one? I took it to AutoZone and ...
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1answer
399 views

Vauxhall Vectra cdti 150 turbo whine

I have a faint whine from the turbo, most evident when the engine is cold. (Barely audible when warm). No loss in power at all and the noise cannot be heard when the engine is under pressure (ie more ...
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1answer
73 views

Engine Whine Problem

I have a 2000 Ford Explorer V6 4.0, manual. I bought it brand new and have put just over 175,000 miles on it. I was driving down a dirt road to my home and noticed what sounded almost like a hissing ...
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1answer
205 views

Juddering under load

My 2001 Ford Focus judders when idle, and is most seen under load. The rev counter goes from roughly 500rpm to 1500rpm during this juddering cycle, as if it is "hunting" for the correct place to be. ...
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2answers
43 views

Manually starting MIL(Malfunction Indicactor Light)

I want to know how can i manually start my Malfunction Engine Light (Check Engine Light) ? i actually want to generate a DTC so that i can see it on a OBD Scanner. I know even altering or ...
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1answer
4k views

Using a car with an inaccessible negative battery terminal to jump start

When trying to jump start my Volvo XC-60, I came across a very unexpected problem. I tried to use our 2nd vehicle, a 2010 Ford Escape, as the assisting car to jump start mine. But when I looked at ...
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1answer
254 views

Better to repair a CVT or replace with a used one?

Our 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid transmission died. Honda gave us an estimate of $4500 to replace the transmission. We took it to a different mechanic who suggested that instead of replacing the whole ...
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How will I know clutch pads need replacing?

I have a manual shift honda civic. How would I or the motor mechanic know that the clutch pads need replacing? Would they check it during oil change? Certainly you don't open the transmission box to ...
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1answer
737 views

Engine coolant gets to very low levels, but doesn't completely empty

2008 Toyota Tundra with a 5.7L V engine I noticed last month that my coolant reservoir was well below the 'low' mark. I filled her up, only to find out last week that it was back to the same spot ...
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1answer
42 views

'00 Mercury Sable Heater Only Working at ~20% Power

I've had issue with the heater in my Mercury Sable for a number of years. Over that time span I've worked on it several times, with a range of results. History ~5 years ago, I had a garage look ...
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1answer
129 views

Volvos with the same parts as the Volvo 440 GL with 2 liter motor?

I have an old Volvo 440 GL (~1994) and I need to find a part to the exhaust system that costs the same amount as the car itself if bought from the Volvo company itself: this is the flange part in the ...
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1answer
762 views

Can I use an OBD2 Scan Tool on older GM vehicle?

I can get an adapter that connects my OBD2 scan tool to my 12 pin GM scan tool connection. But will the tool be able to read the codes and tell me anything useful? Or do I need to get a scan tool that ...
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1answer
613 views

The interior fan on my 2012 Fusion squeaks: lubricate it?

I recently purchased a used 2012 Ford Fusion. When the interior fan is blowing at a low speed (1 or 2), it makes an annoying squeak. Can I put a few drops of lubricant somewhere to fix this? Does it ...
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1answer
269 views

97 Honda Civic putting and stuttering after a radiator hose failed

Whenever I am giving the car gas, it starts to putt and stutter. My car was overheating. I looked under the hood and noticed one of my hoses to the radiator had been pulled from it. I put the hose ...
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1answer
66 views

01 Chevy impala

My car won't do anything when I turn the key no lights or nothin, battery is new, alternator good new starter , but if I hook cables up to the side post battery it will turn over and when it starts it ...
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1answer
134 views

Should I throw away my wheels after they bumped in the sidewalks?

Rear right wheel The black liquid is traces of WD-40 Front right wheel This occured after driving at 30 km/h and bumping in a part of the sidewalk that was going into the street. Does this ...
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How could an oil drain plug fall out after 36 days and 2500 miles?

We had an oil change done at a quick lube type shop. After 36 days and 2500 miles driven, the oil drain plug fell out, resulting in severe engine damage. There was no oil leakage or any sign of ...
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2answers
994 views

How to remove all the fluid out of my motorcycle fuel tank?

I will be cleaning out my motorcycle tank using electrolysis. First, I have to remove all the gas from the tank, and then do the cleaning and then remove all the water that's left over, but I have a ...
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1answer
4k views

How much does displacement affect performance?

I'm interested in learning more about the steps that can be taken to increase the performance of an engine. I'm curious how much displacement affects performance. For example, compare the following ...
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1answer
112 views

Engine swap considerations

I'm interested in restoring an old car that has a relatively underpowered engine. I'm curious how difficult it would be to replace it with a different (cheaper, more common, more powerful) engine. ...
2
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1answer
117 views

Could my brake problems be caused by a wrong kind of brake fluid?

The brake light is on in my 2007 Toyota Tacoma 4WD v6. The recurring pattern has been that I would fill up the brake fluid but then it would drop below the minimum mark after just a few days. It ...
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2answers
2k views

What could cause crackling sounds from a suspension on vehicle start moving?

After a long trip (~500 miles) car started making weird crackling sounds, when it starts moving from full stop. Here's a video, and sounds could be observed from time 00:01, but there are multiple of ...
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1answer
206 views

What are MDLA and MDMA?

I'm looking at stuff for my 2001 Honda CR-V on Amazon.com, and it has a filter for transmission type. There are two options for automatic: MDLA and MDMA. I have searched on Google, and found the ...
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2answers
152 views

What does CC refer to when describing an engine?

I have been learning about various older cars on Wikipedia. I've always wondered what the "cc" refers to in the engine description. For example: 1964–1969 Porsche 911: 1991 cc 1965-1969 Porsche 912: ...

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