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Help finding diagnostic software? [closed]

Do you guys know if diagnostic software is capable of telling me everything going on in each cylinder?
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How does the coolant disappear?

If there is no leak? So how does the coolant level decreases as time passes? Does it get pressurized so it's level decreases? Or what happens? Since it keeps circulating to the engine and coming back ...
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How to repair assist handle on 2015 Toyota Avalon

Not a huge problem obviously, which is why I'm alright with doing it myself. It seems like the spring has just come out of its socket. Album here Basically, it doesn't spring back up and if you'll ...
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Can I replace the halogen H1 55w headlight bulbs on Peugeot 307 with decent LEDs?

Can I replace the halogen H1 55w headlight bulbs on Peugeot 307 with decent LEDs? I initially purchased some "xenon" (blue coated!) bulbs rated 100w but out of 4 only one worked, the other seems to ...
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Paying a mechanic to replace a blown engine for a used one - should he be responsible for changing gaskets?

I'm paying US$800 in labor for a mechanic to replace a blown engine with a used one I purchased. Should changing gaskets be his responsibility? I will be paying for the gaskets.
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What is the car's sound?

If you press the gas pedal, the engine makes louder sound, which I am guessing is the sound of fuel explosion, so why if you are in neutral the sound gets louder than you are engaged to the ...
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Tuning an ancient carbureted Honda motorcycle

I was in an accident recently. Tboned by a minivan at an intersection. Totaled my nice bike. My buddy gave me an old rust bucket he had laying around just to get me to work for a few weeks until I ...
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What OBD II protocol does the 2004 Ford Explorer?

Does the 2004 Explorer use J1850 or some other protocol ? Is there a way to extract codes by jumpering pins on the OBD connector ? Thanks
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How is barometric pressure related to emissions testing?

In the VW emissions cheating scandal, news reports say the following: According to the EPA, "the position of the steering wheel, vehicle speed, the duration of the engine's operation, and barometric ...
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99 honda civic motor issues

I have a 99 honda civic. The engine started knocking while my boyfriend was driving it. He said it had just started. It was low on oil so i figured it was just overheating. However that didnt fix the ...
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ECU replacing procedures

In a Renault Laguna 1.6 2003 , the ECU got damaged physically (the connector went off ) so i have to replace it with another one ( used ECU ) , I've read that I will need to disable the Immobilizer ...
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What can we reliably tell from an in-vehicle battery voltage display?

The Red Cross division I am with recently purchased a new ambulance. It comes with a touchscreen display in the cockpit where we can control lights, sirens, check the temperature in the back, control ...
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How long can I keep motor oil for before it needs to get put in the car or thrown out?

To save going to the auto shop each time I need to do an oil change, I'm thinking about buying in bulk. Though I'm unsure if not using the oil for 6 months to a year, and only then putting it in the ...
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What is the simplest way to replace a Subaru front power window motor?

2006 Subaru Impreza It's a recently purchased car. All other windows can be opened from the driver's side 4 switch control, except for the drivers window so it appears the drivers window motor itself ...
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New engine and clutch, have weird vibration @3K RPM

I just replaced (well, had someone else replace) the engine in my 06 Solstice. The engine runs great for the most part (will open a separate question about that), but there is a weird vibration at ...
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Why does a petrol engine need to maintain an air-fuel ratio, while a diesel engine doesn't?

This simple question has been bugging me for a while. The amount of fuel injected into a petrol engine is calculated according to the amount of air entering through the throttle valve (as measured by ...
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What is the howling noise from the roof bars when driving at speed?

I have some square roof bars, but whenever I drive along at 40mph+ there is a loud howling noise coming from them. It isn't just my car, as whenever I remove them the noise disappears. This also ...
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How can I make my metal pedals less slippery when wet?

It's been raining a lot recently, and I have often been getting my pedals wet, they have been quite slippery when I get in the car. Is there anything I can do to them to make them grip better in the ...
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Motorcycle Headlight Dies After Engine Start

I am having a weird problem with my headlamp on my 1983 Honda FT500. When I go out to start it in the morning, insert my key and turn it (engine still not started tho), the headlamp comes on as one ...
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356 views

2001 Toyota Sienna LE P0330 Error

I don't know much about cars, so I might get some terms wrong. My girlfriend drives an '01 Sienna LE and for a couple months the check engine light has been on. When I took the van to O'Reilly's and ...
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Volvo S80 II 2.4 D5 DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) regeneration conditions

What are the conditions required for the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) regeneration? Is it only exhaust temperature or speed and RPM also? I'm wondering if DPF can regenerate while car is at ...
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Chiptuning for a car with DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) is a bad idea?

I know that it is possible to disable DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). I'm wondering how bad it could be to leave DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) functioning and add a chip to a car?
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Can trouble codes P2138 & P2279 be related for a 2005 Honda Pilot?

My 2005 Honda Pilot is having an issue where it loses power and the check engine light and several other lights appear at the same time. If I were to stop the car and cut it off and back on it will ...
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Viable replacements for lead-acid batteries?

Given the state of battery technology, is it viable for either motorcycles or cars to replace the original spec 12V lead-acid battery with a different type of battery? My question comes about as I ...
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87 views

2006 Nissan Altima brake and battery dash lights

What would make the instrument panel brake & battery lights come on at the same time and stay on while driving my 2006 Nissan Altima 3.5? Brakes felt OK.
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Subaru Forester XT 2002 driver power window malfunctioning

My driver side power window does not go down automatically but will go down if you keep the switch depressed. On the other hand the up function only work by continuously pulling and releasing the ...
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1answer
107 views

2012 Chrysler T&C - Exterior mirror questions

Back-story: I bought a used 2012 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L. The driver side mirror was obviously damaged, so I returned the vehicle for warranty work to address that damage. However, the ...
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Kawasaki EX650 - What causes a stator to burn out?

My motorcycle recently required a new stator (plus a new regulator rectifier and battery) because the stator burnt out and fried everything. What are the typical causes of a burnt-out stator? Does ...
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3answers
542 views

What happen if an engine is welded directly to frame (no mounts)?

Just curious ... any downside beside a lot of vibrations?
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187 views

Will power-steering while stationary cause greater tire and steering wear?

I learned to drive in small cars with no power steering. As such, I have a good feel for how much more effort is required to move the steering when stationary, as compared to moving. The ability to ...
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1answer
70 views

where to buy the tool for this special hex nut?

I am trying to install a trailer hitch on my 2011 Toyota Camry. I have to lower the exhaust. All bolts (14mm or 9/16") are removed except the one with a special hex nut (not sure is a hex or not but ...
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175 views

Is it bad to shift into reverse while still moving forwards?

I often put my manual car into reverse while still moving forwards. I do it at less than 10mph. However, sometimes the gears crunch. Am I doing any damage by doing this? Why do the gears crunch? I ...
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1answer
456 views

How can I increase the ride height of my vehicle?

2001 Buick Regal It already has a naturally low ride height, And I feel like I've lost some over the years. The suspension is stock with the exception of new shocks I installed about 6 months ...
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2answers
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How to cleanup disk brake rust rings

Some years ago I replaced the stock rotors for slotted and drilled on all four wheels of my 2003 Monte Carlo. At the time I needed to replace the rotors and they had a habit of warping. The new ...
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Car won't start with a perfect new battery

I have a Toyota Tacoma 2001 and my car won't start off the battery under the hood. The battery is brand new and has a full charge. It's been working perfectly for 3 months since I installed the new ...
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Half of my cylinders aren't firing. Is it safe to move my car to a garage (~30km)?

I am having some issue with my ECU or ignition system which I can't fix myself. Only two of my four cylinders are firing. Is it safe to drive my car to the official mechanic at 30km distance? Should I ...
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171 views

Does shifting gears at 10000 rpm damage my car?

If you drive a high power gasoline sports or a muscle car with a manual transmission, will it do any damage if I shift gears at 10000 rpm?
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313 views

Ticking or clicking when accelerating

So I've had my Ford F-150 for a few years now. It's a 2001 and up until the other day it was running and sounding like new. On the way back from work I stopped at the gas station to fill up. When I ...
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Can I jumpstart a non-hybrid car from a hybrid or full electric car?

This morning I had starter battery troubles with my 2001 VW Eurovan. As it happened, my father-in-law arrived just at the right time in his fancy new Toyota Camry hybrid. So we opened the hoods, dug ...
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Car won't start, possibly due to ants in batteries

Yesterday there were a ton of ants crawling out of some hole in my backseat. I sprayed the shit out of them. This morning, when I try to start the ignition, my engine clicks a lot but won't turn ...
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1answer
94 views

Starting using a deep-cycle battery

This weekend, during a camping trip, the starter battery on my 2001 VW Eurovan camper started to show signs of weakness - cranking was much slower than usual and took about 5 attempts to get the ...
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1answer
4k views

Car won't start, lights and electronics flicker

Ford Focus. When i turn the ignition, the engine will not start. The lights and electronics will flicker while i am turning the ignition. I do not hear the engine "turning over". What is my issue? ...
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1answer
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Testing a used car: steering is not 100% light

A very newbie driver here. The only car that I tried was the car I used in the driving lessons. It was a Golf 2013. Today, I tried the first car and it is a Mercedes Benz C200 (it has power steering). ...
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1answer
118 views

Reversed the battery terminals - What damage have I done? [closed]

I inter-switched my battery wires, positive to negative. Now the car moves but does not accelerate, even with the pedal to the floor. What damage have I done by reversing the battery terminals? The ...
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2answers
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DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and Turbo: Golf TDI Bluemotion(hybrid)

I have a problem with my 2012 Golf TDI Bluemotion. The DPF and turbo need to be replaced. The replacement costs about R65 000 SA Rands. Is this common with this TDI blue motion engines or it's my ...
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156 views

can big sub woofer be a problem for car cng cylinder

I have an old toyota corolla e 100 sedan. A CNG cylinder is installed in my car because here it is cheaper than octane. I was thinking about setting up a good audio system in my car, which includes a ...
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127 views

Where are ECUs and for which tasks are they used? [closed]

ECUs are "Electronic Control Units". I've heard that modern cards have about 30 - 70 ECUs, but I couldn't find good sources for that. Do you have (citable) sources for where ECUs in modern cars are, ...
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Can a valve suddenly break in half? Versys 650 destroyed engine

this week-end, I had to disassemble an engine from a kawasaki versys 650 (early). The bike lost power while making ugly metal sounds. It never started again. RIP. context: 108.000km, mostly higway ...
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1answer
222 views

Excessive Vibrations in Drive when holding down the brakes

I'm working on a 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L with an automatic transmission. While I'm used to driving manuals, I would say that the amount of vibration when sitting stopped in drive with the brake on seems ...
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1answer
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What makes a good oil filter good?

I figured this would be a better way to ask "what's the best oil filter?" What should I look for when choosing an oil filter for my daily driver? I put about 15k miles on it per year (lots of weekend ...

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