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RPM bouncing when in idle, especially when AC in switched on

I have a diesel common-rail 1.5l engined car. Lately I am facing an issue where the RPM needle is bouncing in the tachometer when the car is idling. The normal idling RPM is around 820. When idling, I ...
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Audi A4 (B8) Whine

I've got a 1.8 TFSI A4, and it's making a whining noise. It's audible if you rev the engine, and when driving. Very pronounced at lower speeds. If you depress the clutch, it stops. But, if you rev ...
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Steering wheel “center” different from vehicle “straight”

I just had a 4 wheel alignment done on a vehicle. While taking it for a test drive, I noticed that the steering wheel is not quite centered for the vehicle to drive straight. It's not pulling in ...
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1986 VW Westfalia van A/C

I had my AC refrigerant professionally changed to Red Tek in my van. It worked well for 2 or 3 years but then stopped cooling. I successfully refilled with difficulty and it was fine for a further ...
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Daiwoo Kalos engine squeal on ignition

There is a short squealing noise (sounds like a belt maybe?) when I start the engine, but not every time. It's been happening for a few weeks now. Last week my battery was dead so I replaced it, could ...
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MG ZS 180 - overheating clutch

So I got a new (well 2004) MG SZ 180 the other day and it turns out there is a small issue with it. After using the clutch in stop/start traffic, changing gear gets harder and harder until I end up ...
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1answer
168 views

How to test for radiator leaks?

There is coolant leaking from my 2007 Tacoma's radiator SOMEWHERE because there is leakage dripping from the lower right corner. I saw it when I took the skid plate off to replace the serpentine ...
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Is it possible to drain oil pan without getting any oil on your fingers?

This may be a frivolous question or a brain teaser... But I've always wondered if it is possible to so skillfully remove the drain bolt from the bottom of an oil pan upon oil change as to not get any ...
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59 views

Running 4 tires of a slightly larger section height than stock/recommended

I'm considering replacing all my tires with a set of slightly higher ones — installing 205/60R16 instead of 205/55R16. My incentive is mostly availability of the particular model of tire I'm ...
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139 views

Causes for engine/oil gunk around bottom of engine bay

My 2007 Tacoma has a lot of engine/oil black gunk around the bottom of the engine bay (below the battery and that area). I'm talking about solid black. Could that be caused by a leaky oil pan gasket? ...
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What will happen in result of the failure of a clutch release bearing?

I drive a 88 Mazda RX-7 non-turbo 5spd. The previous owner claims the clutch was done last July(little under a year ago) and I have no reason to doubt such claims. I do believe the clutch release ...
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Installing lower speed-rated tires than recommended

I have a 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i and I need new tires. My current tires are P225/55R17 95H. Searching around, I found some Yokohama Avid Ascend tires, which look to be great touring tires, ...
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218 views

Repairing of electronic throttle control

I am the owner of an Opel Astra G Caravan (This is the European name, don't know how it is in USA) from year 2007. It has an 1.4 Twinport engine Z14XEP and a manual gear. A few days ago I noticed ...
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Focus ST170 2002 Electric Mirror only works horizontal

I am in the UK and drive a 2002 (52 reg) Focus ST170. Recently the electric mirrors would only work vertically intermittently (always worked horizontally), and as of now will not move vertically at ...
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673 views

Manual engine has no power in third fourth and fifth gear when driving up an incline.

When my engine is in neutral it reaches red line with no problem. It also has power in first and second gear. The problem happens when i am driving up a long incline, I will be in third or fourth ...
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274 views

Accidently put biodiesel fuel in 2009 Nissan Altima. What to do?

I made a really stupid mistake earlier tonight. I was at a gas station refueling my 2009 Nissan Altima (2.5L 4-cylinder engine). I stupidly selected the only option that was available at the pump ...
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Diagnosing pinging issue in 2003 Nissan Sentra

While under load, the engine sounds like there is a bunch of marbles bouncing around in the engine. Revving the engine in neutral does not create the noise. Filling the gas tank with 93 octane instead ...
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3answers
367 views

Urgent! BMW 318i 2007 E90 Heating Up

I've BMW 318i E90 2007 which is heating up after about 2-3 miles and since it has been heating so quick esp in down town and low speeds, I have not had a chance to take it to highways. Now, there are ...
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Yamaha fz700 brake and headlights problem [duplicate]

Recently bought a Yamaha fz700 bike. Headlights don't work whatsoever, checked fuses, bulbs, and I found that wires aren't getting any power. Flipping the Hi/Lo beam switch doesn't change anything ...
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1answer
156 views

How to find and access the actual terminals of car battery

2013 Honda Civic here. I need to disconnect my car battery so that I can clean off some corrosion. Here are the pics: And: Obviously the positive terminal is under the big red cap with the plus ...
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What is the part called that connects the engine to the air intake system? (Photo included)

The image below is from a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire. Credits to (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontiac_Sunfire) for the photo. I've put arrows to the the part that I'd like to know what it's called. I ...
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1answer
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2005 Civic Lower Control Arm replacement or Bushing?

My Front Passenger side compliance bushing is bad. I can get the bushing for $27, or I can get the entire control arm (including bushing) for $41. Wouldn't it be worth it just to change out the ...
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186 views

Glass / Tire puncture

Are you more likely to cause a punctured tire if you drive over glass pieces on the road ahead in a regular car at a fast speed (30 mph+) or slow speed (5 mph). The former would cause quicker contact ...
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1answer
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how do you wire in an emergency stop into 12v

Just wondering how you would wire in an emergency 'E' stop into a 12 volt or 24 volt diesel engine?? Do you have to wire into the ignition circuit or the fuel solenoid to prevent any chance of the ...
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0answers
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2004 Nissan Altima manifold exhaust bolts [duplicate]

My dad and I were trying to take off the manifold on our Nissan and the bolts will not budge. We don't have the money to do it and we need it done because we don't have any other car. We tried ...
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2answers
265 views

My motorbike handle gets a hit when I hit a bump or pothole

My 2 month old bike is a 200CC Bajaj Pulsar (made in india) with only 2000kms on the odometer. I have ridden it carefully. I touched 100km/h accidentally on a drag race with my friend, just one time, ...
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Which car parts require more energy than the starter?

Today, my car didn't start. I think that the crank was turning over because I could hear the loud sound a car makes just before starting up but the car was not starting. Anyways, I called a mechanic. ...
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1answer
75 views

Duke 390 Tyre rotation problem

I have observed that my ktm duke 390's back wheel is difficult to rotate even while its in neutral. If i'm riding the bike, if i put it in neutral, the bike slows down pretty quick than it used to be. ...
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2answers
725 views

Ford Transit not going into 1st gear easily

With a lot of Googling I've found loads of different things that could be causing this - and none for a Ford Transit so I hope someone can explain exactly what is causing this problem, and from the ...
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1answer
140 views

Is Honda Shine Rear-Suspension claimable on Warranty\Extended Warranty [closed]

I own a Honda Shine (125cc) bike which started giving a less cushioning problem on its rear suspension since it was near to its second service (1200 km, 5 months from purchase). Though I told the same ...
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1answer
62 views

How do I troubleshoot a P1443 code for a Chevy Equinox

I have a 2012 Chevy Equinox LT that started reporting code p1443, and has started to die from time to time. This happens when the Equinox is at rest, either in gear or in "Park," then begins moving in ...
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1answer
114 views

Mazda 323P,Electrical circuit of engine control

For me is necessary the electric diagram of engine control Z5 and the procedure regulation of throttle position sensor.
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2.5L four-cylinder able to tow 2,700lbs?

My wife and I are looking at purchasing a new Subaru Outback. In the manufacturer's specifications, it states that for the 2.5L (four-cyl), that the towing package allows us to tow up to 2,700lbs. In ...
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1answer
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Battery Cable Replacement 1987 Chrysler 5th Avenue

The negative battery cable on my 1987 Chrysler 5th Avenue is two-wire and very old and brittle. The 4 ga cable connects to alternator; smaller lead to frame of car. Both are about 20 inches in ...
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1answer
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Can a blown head gasket cause overheating, without losing coolant?

My 2006 Subaru Outback overheated when my wife was driving. I got to the car that evening and its radiator was pretty low. I refilled it, and the car ran fine for a week. Then it overheated again. ...
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1answer
240 views

Achieving least wear on clutch when changing gears? [closed]

I want to do the least wear on my clutch on a manual car. I only recently passed the test and I wonder if I ever learnt to use the clutch efficiently. Here's how I change gears: foot of gas press ...
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votes
1answer
676 views

2004 Jeep Liberty overheating

My car overheated on the drive in to work today. I'll describe the symptoms... I've been dealing with a minor coolant leak for about a month now. I top it off once per week, about 1L of fluid. The ...
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1answer
79 views

Damaged Muffler Degrades Performance

I purchased a replacement muffler from the internet for my 2004 Xterra. It arrived yesterday but had some noticeable dents in the resonator. My question is: will these dings degrade the sound ...
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0answers
238 views

Fault code: P0812: Reverse Input Circuit.

I've a 2007 Honda Civic. It has 155k in odometer. It has been in an accident recently. The reverse gear indicator light on the dash board is turned off. The fault code say P0812: Reverse Input ...
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3answers
386 views

How do I reduce engine idling rpm without stalling it?

Considering idling losses are present in every engine, reducing the idling rpm might be providing significant savings. But, as I noticed on my bike, the chances of engine stalling increases with ...
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votes
3answers
363 views

Pontiac g6 runs lean; throwing codes

My 2006 g6 v6 3.5 is showing codes p0171, p0174, p0705 and u0073 171 and 174 show that the engine is running lean. Is this a serious issue? 0705 shows the trans range sensor a circuit 0073 says the ...
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1answer
119 views

Split flange for converter-resonator coupling?

'04 Cavalier. The converter outlet coupling failed - the bolts broke, and the bolt holes in both flanges are pretty much useless. Given the age of the car, and the cost of replacing all the ...
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2answers
86 views

I want to attach some hooks inside my car

Want to: attach some hooks on the inside of my car, so I can hang stuff on them. The problem: The inside of my car consists of hard plastic panels. But when I try to get a screw in them, it gets ...
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0answers
56 views

Replace shaft seal in power steering pump

I want to replace the shaft seal (4th element on the schematic) in my power steering pump. My question is: How do I remove triangular element of power steering pump? Thanks.
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1answer
175 views

Heavy Towing 2007 Chevy Avalanche 5.3L [closed]

I'm going to be doing a bit of heavy towing with my truck. Up to and sometimes over its rated weights (approx 7000lbs). What can I do to add the necessary power and transmission performance that I'm ...
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votes
1answer
777 views

Should we wait a few seconds before starting the engine?

My OCDed cousin's told me when he enter his car, he put the key to ignition then count to 3 and start the engine. The main raison of him doing that is to give enought time to fluids (I'm not sure ...
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2answers
347 views

Non-starting Uno

Good morning to all I have a Uno 1.1 Mia 2001 model. I have a problem of it not starting. One morning my wife was driving with it and some 1km from home, the car just died and did not want to start. ...
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1answer
54 views

Fuel rail pressure port size on 1985 Porsche 911

What fitting do I need to attach my pressure gauge (female 1/8" NPT) to the port on the fuel rail? I know the port is metric but I'm not sure of the size.
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1answer
76 views

Clutch issue in 1995 Mazda Miata

My clutch pedal had absolutely no pressure unless I would pump it, but that wouldn't do much. It finally gave out so I changed the master cylinder next to the break cylinder with one that I know works ...
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vote
1answer
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Gear slips MM540 while applying clutch/stop accelerating

While I drive in 3rd gear its fine, but if I try to apply brakes/stop acceleration suddenly, 3rd gear slips into neutral position (Not exactly neutral) and while I try to put third gear again, it ...

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