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What is the purpose of AC re-circulator?

I think every car has re-circulator functionality in AC control panel. But I don't really use it, because it fogs up all of the windows. What is the purpose of the re-circulator?
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What's the quickest way to defog a windshield?

For a properly functioning auto, what's the quickest way to defog the windshield? There are lots of air control options - hot vs. cold air, exterior vs. recirculated air - but which are the most ...
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Diagnostic: Autodata newest version

I have seen people using autodata for general information about cars, like how to fix a timing belt for particular types of cars. But the version that was being used only had up to cars made in 2009 ...
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When do engine type and mileage of a car affect pricing?

I'm currently designing a customer relationship management tool for auto shop owners and was wondering: Does engine type or the odometer value of a car ever affect pricing for a customer? What ...
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1answer
555 views

Remove transmission cooler lines K1500 '00

What is the trick from removing the cooler lines from the transmission on my 2000 k1500? I know how to disconnect the lines. I just don't know how to reach the clip on the lower connection on the ...
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691 views

How to diagnose ABS problem (ABS light on) on a 1992 Volvo 940 turbo diesel estate?

The ABS light came on after car was not used for a few weeks and a new battery fitted. The ABS light is now on all the time. The garage can't find the diagnostic plug. Any ideas on either of the ...
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How can I elegantly secure a USB charging cable to the dashboard?

In extension of this Q about the power outlet I have a related question about how to secure the USB charging cable that runs from the power plug in the cigarette lighter socket to the corner of the ...
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Charger doesn't stay put in cigarette lighter outlet

The cigarette lighter outlet was never designed to be an electrical outlet the way it's commonly used today. Even so, I've yet to find a plug for charging USB devices that fits and doesn't fall out. ...
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344 views

Wiper linkage converting from RHD to LHD

What is main diferences beetwen RHD and LHD wiper linkage? Is possible some how convert RHD -> LHD wiper linkage for BMW E46? I have good working LHD wiper linkage motor and full RHD linkage with ...
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How to repair a 2003 Kia Sedona side mirror

I've just bought used 2003 Kia Sedona. The left side mirror accidentally hit a pole at my house, flipping the left side mirror backwards. I pushed it back, and it looks normal but I can no longer ...
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251 views

1997 turbo Diesel Toyota Hilux Gear Selection Problem

Got a problem with a turbo Diesel 97 Hilux ute. It now has a recon gear box and new clutch. Problem is sometimes I can put my foot down on the clutch and the car is still in gear and moving (1st, 2nd ...
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1answer
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2012 Toyota Tacoma won't shift into Reverse

I've just had my 2012 Tacoma towed to the dealership due to the truck not shifting into reverse correctly. I first noticed a problem when I was driving home and the RPMs would get up to between 3 and ...
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What can cause excessive fog on a windshield?

Recently there has been a lot of fog on all of the windows in the car, particularly on my windshield. It's been bad enough that I've had to stop and wipe the glass off, but the fog can come back ...
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2answers
280 views

Plastic end-tank radiator

Why are modern radiators made from aluminium with plastic ends? What is the durability compared to 100% aliuminium radiators?
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What essential preparations should I take before winter driving?

Two years ago I published this blog post on being prepared for the winter, covering off: Practice Planning the route Mechanical Supplies Geek essentials Some of these might be a bit tongue in ...
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1answer
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Thumping from rear of car after shutdown: EVAP system?

In a 2004 VW R32, after shutting down the engine, a repeated thump is heard approximately 2 times a second from the rear of the car. What are the likely sources of this noise? My first thought is ...
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FWD vs RWD winter time [closed]

Background: All my life I drove FWD (Front Wheel Drive) cars. I drove FWD in different conditions with all-season tires and always got good and even predictable handling during winter periods. In ...
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4answers
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What is a shock absorber?

I was told that I need to replace the shock absorber in my 1992 316i BMW. When I attempt to visit a web site to order the part it does not list any of parts with this name. I know nothing about cars ...
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5answers
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How to save fuel on downhill slopes on a motorcycle: clutch or neutral?

I have a two wheeler i.e. bike (Honda company, four stroke) which has four gear. While driving my bike, when I come to downhill slopes, I shift the motorcycle to neutral to save the fuel. (The slopes ...
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2answers
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How to fix windshield washer pump in Yaris Verso

My windshield washer pump in my Toyota Yaris Verso has stopped working. The fuse seems to be fine, so either it's due to a loose connection, or the pump is broken. What is the likely cause, and how ...
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140 views

Jumping car battery

Donor cables hooked up correctly receiving car cables reversed. Didn't start, smoked. Mechanice shop portable jumper then used receiving car again had cables reversed. Again smoked, didn't start. ...
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616 views

how to increase mileage of petrol to match with diesel car

My relatives bought a diesel car and I found out that their gas mileage is better than my petrol gas mileage. Now, the price of petrol is soaring. Can I increase my mileage to match their gas mileage? ...
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Why would my heater sometimes blow cold air?

This morning after running the car for 2 miles, my car was still blowing freezing cold air. I messed with the temp knob moving it all the way cold to all the way hot a few times. Then I started to get ...
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2007 BMW Z4 won't start when my phone is plugged into the cigarette lighter plug

Sometimes when my cell phone is on charge in my 2007 BMW Z4 before I start it, nothing happens when I turn the key. The car is acting like it would if I did not have the clutch pushed in - the key ...
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4answers
694 views

How to increase braking power in fully loaded Wagon-R

I used to travel 500 Km to my native village with a fully loaded vehicle along with 5 person in my WagonR. I also used to cruise with speed in between 80 to 100 Km/hr but the vehicle braking decrease ...
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Can I drive a car with only water and no coolant if it has a leak?

Recently, I was informed that a car I share ('02 Nissan Sentra) was close to overheating. I was told it gets close to the upper limit very quickly upon running the car. When I inspected the vehicle, I ...
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1answer
767 views

How do I find the correct pins in a CAN-BUS connector?

This question might be too technical for this forum, but I'll give it a go. I have a 2012 BMW R1200R motorcycle with CAN-BUS. I'd like to make an Arduino interface to the connector on the bike, but I ...
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3answers
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Alternate fuel for motor cyce

In some countries, Government mixes ethanol with petrol & diesel and distributes it to their consumers. This will save some of their imports. My question is Can I blend petrol with Zatropha ...
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1answer
120 views

Mileage problem in motor cycle

I am using Honda CD 100 ss 100 cc two wheeler. If I increase the head light bulb watts little bit, will the mileage per liter of fuel reduce? and if so, any relationship?
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1answer
445 views

Engine Code P1312 on 2001 Saab 9-3

I have replaced to brand new spark plugs. After some research, it seems that the problem might be the direct ignition cassette. Could there be other possibilities? Thanks
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Third brake light (LED) test

I have a 2008 Honda Civic and the 3rd brake light is having an issue. It seems in the morning (first cold start) it works when I depress the brake (I can see it light up the rear window). But after a ...
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1answer
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P2238 Positive Current Circuit Low on Toyota Camry 2004

I'm getting P2238 Positive Current Circuit Low from my car, for O2 Sensor in Bank 1 Sensor 1 for my Toyota Camry 2004 (4 cylinder). What is it and how can I fix this problem? From what I've read on ...
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1answer
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P0136 Bank 1 Sensor 2 - Sensor location

I'm getting P0136 bank 1 sensor 2 circuit malfunction from my Toyota Camry 4 cylinder, which from past experience means I need to replace it. I've replaced the O2 sensor in the exhaust manifold ...
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1answer
251 views

CEL code 43 on 1992 Civic

I'm getting CEL code 43 after doing a lot of work on my car (changing the head gasket, which involved removing and reattaching lots of exhaust and intake components, and replacing the fuel filter and ...
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2answers
359 views

Why did GM change the pressure rating of their coolant tank cap for existing vehicles?

GM has changed the part number for the radiator surge tank cap on vehicles that came from the factory with Dex-Cool. The new cap is 18 PSI (RC87 - part number 25713160), the old one for many vehicles ...
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1answer
599 views

Why did GM supercede/change part numbers for their power steering fluid?

The part number for GM power steering fluid changed at some point from 1050017 to 89020661. Anybody know what has changed, if anything? The aftermarket fluids at the parts stores (Autozone, Advanced ...
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2answers
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Oil in air intake: is this a faulty breather valve or by design?

I noticed the other day that a component (breather valve) was not fitted properly (the clip that held the valve cover breather in place was sitting between the O-ring and the lip, instead of fastening ...
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3answers
129 views

Where to buy interior parts, that OEM doesn't sell?

I am trying to find an armrest cushion in Altima 2008 (this part). But Nissan and all OEM re-sellers will not sell the cushion only, they are only selling it as a whole door panel, which is very ...
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1answer
111 views

“Flight recorder” for automobiles? [closed]

As I sat in traffic court last week for a non-moving violation, many of the cases were clearly he said/she said issues.. particularly with stop sign violations. I can easily see how this specific ...
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2answers
564 views

Blue smoke on engine start

I got my 2002 Camry when it had 86K and now it has 97K on it. In the morning when I start the engine, I see blue-ish smoke coming out of the exhaust for a while. I don't know if I had it before, but ...
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3answers
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How effective are exhaust patch kits?

How effective are exhaust patch kits in terms of longevity and limiting noise and leakage? Specifically I'm looking at using the kind that consist of heat-activated tape, an aluminium sheet and two ...
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1answer
431 views

Replace stop light switch cushion - 2003 Toyota Camry Altise

So my brake lights are always on and it is the stop light cushion. I have purchased a new one from the dealer and now need to replace. I have tried pointy nose pliers and they are just not working. I ...
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2answers
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What Could Cause a Sudden Loud Noise When Driving on Highway?

1990 Toyota 4Runner, V6, automatic transmission, 2 or 4 wheel drive (which I always keep in 2WD). I've owned the car for about two months, the previous owner, whom I know and trust, drove this car ...
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2answers
393 views

My mazda milenia wont rev past 2500 rpm

So I just recently bought a 2000 Mazda Milenia s Millennium edition,and on my first day out with it, I experienced a very unusual problem. After about 20 minutes of driving the car wouldn't rev past ...
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1answer
258 views

How important is time-based servicing vs. distance-based servicing?

For years I have been driving a very old car, and servicing it every 10,000 kilometres even though it took me almost a year to drive that much. Now I have a newer car which I care about more. It's ...
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1answer
179 views

What should I use to lubricate the flaps that controls the temperature and which vents the air comes out of?

The control shafts that move the flaps which control the the hot/cold air and which vents the air come out have broken. The car is a 1999 93 Saab so I'm assuming that the hinges (the flap has a peg ...
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266 views

Custom drive shaft manufacturers in the UK

As there is no Kit car section in the Stack yet, I thought I should ask this one here. I am building an engine conversion project, which requires custom drive shafts. I have the CV joints for both ...
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1answer
78 views

My drivers side window no longer closes with one press of the button 1

I share a similar plight with the guy before only difference is it's with an 04 Forester STi. I held the passenger front window switch up for a little too long next thing I know my driver side window ...
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3answers
259 views

Mercedes C320 2003 tires & rims

I have a 2003 C320 Mercedes & am needing to replace the front 2 tires & rims. I have 255/35/ZR19 on the back so would a 245/45/R17 work for the front?
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1answer
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Why would my engine temperature raise from normal to high and drop back down again?

I have a Nissan Micra (UK, 51-plate, 2001 model) that I have been using to drive to work on a daily basis - 10 miles each way a day on a variety of roads - streets, main roads, main roads in traffic, ...

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