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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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468 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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431 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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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4answers
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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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2answers
680 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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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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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 ...
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1answer
276 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 ...
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226 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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3answers
1k views

Remove rounded manifold bolt

I'm trying to take off the manifold bolts on an old Chevy 350 (the ones that connect the manifold to the header). I got 4 out of the 6 bolts out, but 2 are extremely struck and rounded due to all the ...
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52 views

What key parts of a car should responders know about?

This might be on topic here, so I'm going to ask it: If a car was hit by another one and responders needed access to it, what key parts should they be aware of the location when entering the vehicle?
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How do I find a vacuum leak? I'd highly prefer not to use a carb cleaner spray

The car is a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue with 3.8L V6 engine (3800 Series). I've been doing my research and due diligence, but please understand I'm very inexperienced with automobiles. I went to ...
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1answer
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How does low oil level cause misfires or VTEC malfunctions?

So a few days ago my 2003 Honda Civic EX started misfiring while accelerating, especially with the A/C turned on, making popping noises, and then yesterday got a P1259 "VTEC system malfunction code". ...
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2answers
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Larger cylinder volume, but less power, how?

KTM Duke 200 which has an engine of 200 cc, and, on the other hand, Royal Enfield Bullet 350 with a 345 cc engine. I.e. Enfield has 150 cc more than the Duke. But KTM produces 25 BHP of power, whereas ...
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5answers
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Is unlocking radio without code possible?

I bought Ford Mondeo 2004 but I forgot about the radio code. After unplugging the battery the radio now requires code and is locked. What options do I have now? Is it in essence possible to unlock a ...
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1answer
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Battery does not work after servicing?

The battery of the vehicle which is working fine before servicing at an authorized dealer, suddenly stops working a day after bringing the vehicle back from the service center. I've faced a problem ...
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1answer
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OHV vs. OHC: which is faster in speed, horse power?

What are the main differences in OHC and OHV engine designs, and which is faster or more powerful? Also, which is more reliable?
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How to add hybrid technology to a 4-stroke engine motorcycle?

I am enthusiast of automobile, and especially of motorcycles. I don’t know much about engines practically, but I read a lot. I was reading an article at How Stuff Works about the hybrid technology ...
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0answers
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Renault Fluence voltage source under dashboard

I want to connect an electrical device that runs on 12V or less voltage. Where can I connect it from below the dashboard (the lighter doesn't count, unless it has an under the hood part).
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1answer
2k views

Slow acceleration, high fuel consumption after spark plug change

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger 4.0 L V6 4x4 model. I recently was having some problems with the truck idling too low when cold and I decided to change the spark plugs. I put in 4 out of the 6 new plugs and ...
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1answer
936 views

Car keys off but fuse still lights up the tester when set to ground

So normally when you want to test your fuses, you set the car to on and put the tester clip to ground then put the tester's lead on the fuse. if it lights up then the fuse is working. Well, even when ...
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1answer
70 views

engine speeds on startup (wont idle) after sitting for years - 1986 honda civic

Engine speeds on startup (wont idle) after sitting for years - 1986 honda civic. As soon as I turn the key on it will keep speeding up higher & higher.
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1answer
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Aux port '12 Pathfinder not going in all the way

So I have a Pathfinder and the stock has an auxiliary port when I got it (used), but the 3.5 cords that I insert into them doesn't go in all the way, and I'm giving it quite a bit of pressure. I'm not ...
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3answers
666 views

Two-stroke engine won't start - water in gas?

I realize this isn't a car question. There doesn't seem to be an appropriate Exchange for it, so I'm trying it here. I have a two-stroke engine (for a rototiller), and it worked more-or-less well ...
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1answer
590 views

AC not cold anymore on brand new VW Polo

I've brought a new VW Polo 2012 plate. It's only a few months since it was registered by the dealer. However all a sudden the AC has stopped working. When I press the button labelled AC the light ...
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2answers
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SB350 cutout at freeway speed, revs fine in neutral

Was hoping someone could help me out with an issue I'm having since I'm running of ideas... In case it helps, its a 71 Nova with a small block 350. Carbuerated and HEI, without any computer chips or ...
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Possible reasons for loss of power, engine shaking, and smell of liquid fuel (not burning)?

The car (Renault Megane 1998 1.6e hatchback) lost power (about 500rpm in a bursty rhythm) after I re-ignited on a traffic light, the engine started shaking, and I could smell liquid fuel. There was no ...
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Repair or replace rusted rear wheel arches on 92 Civic?

The wheel arches on the rear fenders on my 92 Civic are badly rusted out, which seems to be a common problem. I've seen replacements you can weld in at very reasonable prices, but I have no welding ...
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Any sense of buying Saab 9-3 1.9?

Saab is now in bankrupt so it may be difficult to get parts for maintenance in the future. So is there any sense of buying the Saab? I am thinking between Volkswagen Passat and Saab 9-3 1.9. Both are ...
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3answers
761 views

2002 Hyundai Elantra power locks?

My friend just bought a 2002 Hyundai Elantra and neither of us can figure out how the door locks work. It doesn't have any separate lock/unlock button on the inside of the door like most vehicles ...
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0answers
56 views

2000 Chevy Camaro starts, idles low around 1000 rpms for 4 or 5 seconds before dying

It's a 2000 Camaro v6 manual. Most days the car starts just fine but on other days I might have to start it 20 times before it stays on. When I start it, the RPM is around 1000 but slowly drops to ...
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2answers
520 views

Car making a groaning sound when it moves?

Let's be clear-- the sound is not coming from the engine. It's something more along the lines of suspension, maybe? It's like when the car moves, turning or moving forward, whenever the inertia ...
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2answers
281 views

Cream on oil cap? How to maintain a car that drives only short distances in Nordic environment?

My friend needs a car for night-time driving for distances about 15 km to-and-fro for his work. I read that short distances may be problematic to cars because the engine does not get hot enough -- ...
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2answers
234 views

How to know when automatic-transmission box needs to be changed?

My friend is very odd: this thread about durability comparison between automatic/manual durability meant to him that manual is always better option because you can learn to change the clutch and only ...
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2answers
2k views

Durability of automatic transmission boxes versus durability of manual transmission boxes? Their lifetimes?

My friend is against cars with automatic transmission because he thinks that they break easily and that their repairing cost a lot. He thinks that it is impossible to maintain an automatic ...
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4answers
198 views

92 ford escort - Is there a way to remove a ball joint without a pickle fork AND without removing the brakes?

I'm trying to replace the ball joints on my escort but i don't have a pickle fork. Most of the things i've seen so far without the fork require removing the calipers and rotor. Is there another ...
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3answers
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Diesel Engine difficult to start

I have a diesel powered Audi A4 B7 (2006) 2.0TDi (the 170BHP variety) with a manual gearbox, which I've owned for around 18 months. The car has just short of 100k miles and has a full dealer service ...
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0answers
194 views

Audi A6 2.4L 99 - randomly sets off brake warning lights, no abs, no rpm, no A/C

Randomly while driving or standing still I get a bunch of warning lights that come on, beep and blink. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes, sometimes it will stay on for a few days of driving and turning ...
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2answers
976 views

What components make the Honda tire pressure system work?

I had to have a tire repaired today on a new 2013 Honda Accord. When the tire was repaired for a puncture, I saw nothing that looked to me like a tire pressure monitoring system inside the wheel or on ...
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1answer
283 views

Suzuki Esteem door repair

2 of the doors are broken: passenger and rear-driver. Broken as in they can only be opened from the inside. Additionally the driver rear door has the child safety lock enabled -- so i can't even open ...

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