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What could cause a 2001 Toyota Echo not to start (constant clicking)?

I have a 2001 Toyota Echo that is not starting. The eclectrical seems to be fine (lights, console, everything boots up), but when trying to start there's just a constant clicking, no turn over. Doing ...
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176 views

What are the brake specs on a 2008 VW GTI?

I have a fairly new to me 2008 VW GTI (US model, aka "Golf GTI" in other parts of the planet) and am trying to figure out the specs for the brakes. Specifically, I'm trying to determine the exact size ...
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Why won't my Honda Rebel shift when idling?

I recently ( and successfully ) rebuilt the engine of my '09 Honda Rebel; she's running well but doesn't want to change gears when idling. If I'm moving she shifts gears without any hanging, ...
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1answer
142 views

Motorcycle: Way to stop plastics fading?

I have a 13yo motorcycle that has a black plastic instrument panel. Although it is not regularly exposed to the sun the black plastic is fading to a chalky white. I was wondering if anyone knew of a ...
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1answer
279 views

Steering very difficult on 1996 Taurus

I'm trying to help a friend diagnose/fix a problem with the steering on his 1996 Taurus wagon. When the vehicle is not moving, turning the steering wheel is extremely difficult, even moreso than if ...
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2answers
137 views

Holden Commodore not moving

I own a petrol powered Holden Commodore car 1998 model and it worked fine till last week. Suddenly it stopped moving freely. When I press the accelerator up to 30% it makes noise but doesn't move. If ...
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1answer
282 views

What are the pros and cons of using big tires in front on a bike? [closed]

I need to know more about the pros and cons of using different size tires in front and back. My bike has a lower curb weight, so every time its back tire skids.
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1answer
167 views

Increase your Prius battery capacity?

There's a lot of info about Prius battery upgrades hidden in web forums, but I would like to bring some of that to SE. What are some of the easiest ways to hook up aftermarket batteries to your ...
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1answer
122 views

1996 Caprice Classic rear end rub a little and jumps barely while backing up

I noticed that, when my ’96 Caprice is backing up on smooth concrete, it kind of grinds and jumped just barely. Is it my gears in rear end? Any other issues could cause this?
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359 views

Will the firewall in my car deteriorate such that it will need to be repaired periodically?

I have purchased a Mazda 323 which has approximately 90k km on the clock. While driving in the rain some water will come in above the brake pedal, approximately 5 or 6 drops during an average local ...
3
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1answer
657 views

Slow chugs from starter with warm engine but not cool engine?

Suburban 1998. Starts pretty good at first, but after a 30 minute drive it is sounds like trouble. A good start usually has a quick series of short chugs, each getting stronger until less than a ...
2
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2answers
95 views

How should I clean the engine area

What is the best way to clean the engine area at home. I'd like to avoid damaging the electrical system or other components present.
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1answer
41 views

Vauxhall Repair Center vs Local Mechanic

I'm in a point that I have to decide between: Vauxhall Service Center - that I have never used before Local mechanic - which I have done MOT and service checks before and sounds reasonably ...
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1answer
86 views

Honda dealership questionable maintenance

My 2009 CRV with 59,500 miles and absolutely no problems went in for the 60,000 service. I was called and told that my power steering fluid smelled burned and looked dark. I was told that I needed a ...
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2answers
3k views

Car randomly stalls (driving or stationary), then generally kicks back in or starts back up straight away

I have an Australia-built Ford Falcon which has a 4.0L multi-point fuel injected straight 6 and is manual. I rebuilt the head in the car myself last year (blown head gasket) and it has been running ...
2
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1answer
575 views

Peugeot 307 CC with power folding mirrors - Replacing Passenger side window motor

I have a 2006 peugeot 307 CC. My front passenger side window motor works now and then, but grinds, and only goes up in 1" stages. Also, the roof only opens part way, then stops. I have had an auto ...
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2answers
304 views

Tire pressure warning when pressure is ok

The low tire pressure warning light has recently come (and stayed) on in my 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The pressure in all 5 tires (spare also) is at the proper level. Any suggestions as to what the problem ...
2
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3answers
140 views

Should I clean the engine area

Should I clean the engine area to remove years of built up grease and dirt? What are the benefits?
4
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1answer
202 views

Motorcycles: Way to maintain shiny chrome on exhaust outlets?

I have a motorcycle that has chromed exhaust pipes. I am worried that there will eventually be discolouration where the pipes join the engine, due to the heat. Is there a way to treat the pipes so ...
3
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0answers
115 views

Is there a general procedure for retrofitting “smart key” cars with real keys?

With all the cost, trouble, loss-of-use, and inability to shut the vehicle off if electronics fail associated with "smart" keys, if I ever get a car that needs one I think I'd want to adapt it to ...
2
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1answer
106 views

which 3m filter for painting?

I am repainting a door using spray cans. I am planing on giong through about 6 can... 1 primer, 2 paint, and 3 clear coat. I have a 3m respirator that I plan on wearing but which filters should I ...
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1answer
179 views

Rubbing noise when driving with clutch engaged?

I am a complete newbie when it comes to jeeps (and cars in general). However, I am very good at fixing things... once I know what the problem is. After a summer of riding with the top down I was used ...
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2answers
1k views

How do I change the rear lights on Peugeot 307 CC?

How do I change the rear lights on Peugeot 307 CC? The CC (Coupe) version doesn't seem to have a visible place to open the back light cover.
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2answers
360 views

Charging battery on BMW 320ci 2003

I left my BMW unused for 6 weeks. Then I started the engine for 10 seconds and turned it off. A few days later I started the engine and drove it 10 metres and turned it off. Then I attempted to start ...
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1answer
423 views

My Mazda 626 is loosing power steering; however, it is NOT leaking under car… What's wrong?

My Mazda 626 is loosing power steering; however, it is NOT leaking under car. What's wrong? I am not a mechanic; I'm puzzled why I'm loosing power steering fluid; however, it is not visibly leaking! ...
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1answer
405 views

What does 'peak power' mean in car inverter characteristics?

I'm looking for a power inverter to use it primarily to power up a vacuum cleaner in the car. The vacuum is 550 Watts. There are power inverters 600+ watts, but they are a bit more expensive and ...
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1answer
215 views

How to diagnose a vacuum hose leak or pcv pump problem

I have a old 1993 Mitsubishi Triton MJ which is having a bit of an issue at the moment with acceleration. With the initial acceleration such as moving away from traffic lights the engine will often ...
4
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8answers
2k views

Why no alternate (hand-cranked, spring-loaded) starter for a car?

A dead battery is a common and serious problem. At a minimum it takes time to jump-start the car. But oftentimes a second car is unavailable, or there's no jumper cables, or a serial killer is ...
3
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1answer
440 views

Tail light is intermittently out on Dodge Caravan

I have a 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan. A couple of days ago, the right turn signal started flashing rapidly when turned on to indicate a burned out bulb. I checked and found the right tail light was ...
2
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1answer
230 views

Rear motorized hatch in 2005 Nissan Armada will not open

My 2005 Nissan Armada rear hatch has opened unexpectedly (while parked) several times in the past few weeks. Now the rear hatch will not open with either the key fob or via the interior hatch button. ...
2
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1answer
227 views

Peugeot 406 won't start in cold weather

I drive a Peugeot 406 2.0 HDI, 2001. This morning it was -13 °C (9 °F) and the engine couldn't start. First two times, I could hear the engine running, but the third time it died and my temporary data ...
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2answers
934 views

2002 Renault Clio V6 won't start - just turns over

So I'm round my old dears and park on her drive. She needs to move my car (a 2002 Renault Clio V6 3.0) off the drive to get her car out. She gets in, reverses it and stalls it. Starts up again and she ...
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2answers
91 views

steering does not respond appropriately

I started my car this morning and backed up out of my parking spot. When I left the parking lot I lost steering (the response from the wheel is extremely stiff and behaves as if there is no power ...
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0answers
345 views

Nissan Micra oil leak

My Nissan Micra is a 51 usually a good runner however today after work on my way down the main road which is 60 my car would not gain speed. It would only reach 40 at a push. When I’ve arrived to my ...
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2answers
427 views

Determining the cause of engine failure in 1999 Ford Escort (NA)

Few months ago our 1999 Escort Wagon (third North American generation, standard 2.0L CVH motor, about 120 000 miles (roughly 200 000 km)) exited the building with a bang. That is, driving down the ...
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2answers
423 views

Can I install a plow on my stock Silverado?

I've got a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4x4, and I'd like to install a plow. I want to avoid damaging the truck, as it's also my primary means of transportation. Do I have to do anything to stiffen ...
3
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1answer
105 views

Wiper blades not moving, electric windows not moving

I have a 89 Mercedes and a few days ago the wiper blades stopped working as well as the windows. They were iced over and I cleaned off the ice and tried again the next day. There is no sound when ...
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2answers
305 views

dead battery 350z limited possiblities still eluding what is it?

So one night i parked my car and the next morning it was dead. It cranked like a half then 1/4 then nothing barely enough for lights on dash. I boosted it and it fired right up ran fine. Turned it ...
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3answers
2k views

How to lubricate automotive locks?

I have locks on few vehicles that are in need of lubricating. I had read/heard of several options, and I wanted to see what are the common methods and techniques. Graphite powder. Quite a few people ...
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3answers
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Motorcycle: Puncture in tubeless tire. OK to plug yourself?

I got a nail in my tire the other day. Its wedged in the tire so tightly that the tire isnt actually losing pressure. A friend told me I could fix it myself by using a kind of volcanised rubber glue ...
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1answer
2k views

Why would my electrical systems cut out when I brake?

So I told this little story to the dealership service department, and they were baffled. Never heard of anything like it in ten years, said they'd have to examine it very closely. Here's what ...
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2answers
213 views

Toyota manual transmission problem

I took my 2003 Toyota Matrix in to the dealership for service. It has 105,000 miles - the oxygen sensor needed replacing, but no other issues found. Now I feel as though I need to shift to a higher ...
2
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1answer
117 views

What is the difference between an intake manifold and a fuel rail?

I have read that intake manifolds distribute the fuel evenly to all the fuel injectors-- but then I read that the fuel rail did that exact same thing. So obviously I'm missing something. Help!
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1answer
2k views

What is the function of a blow-off valve vs a wastegate?

I am waiting for a 2013 STI and have been looking into upping the performance, but before I go down that road I would like to thoroughly understand the components in a forced induction vehicle. I've ...
3
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1answer
2k views

How to loosen drive belt tensioner on 2007 Toyota Corolla?

My understanding is that I need to follow these steps to replace a drive belt: Use a breaker bar and 19 mm socket and turn the tensioner release nut clockwise to release tension on the belt. Remove ...
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2answers
88 views

96 Legacy Overheating

I have a 1996 Legacy that is overheating. After looking over the car, it only overheats under load after driving for about 5 min after it warms up. It happened before and i noticed the coolant had a ...
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2answers
317 views

Should I replace the Timing belt in 2004 Kia

I own a 2004 Kia Spectra. It only has 47,000 miles on it (I don't drive much) When I had the transmission fluid changed they said the 3 outer belts needed to be replaced due to dry rot. I am in ...
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1answer
171 views

Is talcum powder really beneficial for a tyre tube?

The local mechanic who replaced my motorcycle tyre tube added what looked like talcum powder to the insides of the tyre before inserting the new tube. I asked him the advantage of doing that and he ...
2
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1answer
303 views

1993 Mustang dies at idle in extremely cold weather

So we've had some mornings dipping down below 5deg F recently here in WI. The good: my stripped-down 1993 Mustang starts, can run, and drives just fine in this weather. This is the 2.3L N/A, with an ...
6
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3answers
1k views

Why don't FWD cars have rear differentials?

This confuses me. The point of a differential is to make it so the wheels don't slip when one needs to be turning faster than the other, such as during turns. So if the rear wheels are directly ...

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