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Is it worth repairing/replacing a noisy timing belt tensioner on a MkV VW Golf?

The timing belt tensioner on my early-2005 Golf 1.6l FSI (50k miles on the clock) "sticks" when the engine is started from cold, apparently the tensioner tightens the timing belt when you start the ...
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1answer
1k views

2003 Suzuki Katana 600 won't start

My bike doesn't want to turn over. It ran just fine last week, but something has changed. I have enough power with a new battery and I can hear the motorcycle trying to turn over. The exhaust pipe ...
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1answer
441 views

What may be wrong with my central locking?

My Skoda Felicia from 1998 has central locking (not remotely) which has problems. The doors can be unlocked through central locking from the front doors. However, the driver's side door only unlocks ...
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1answer
141 views

How should I approach my insurance claim when I was rammed from behind [closed]

I drive a 2009 Camry and was rammed from behind by a SUV last evening. Had to brake hard in order not to hit the car in front of me that sharply braked and turned right without signalling at a ...
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4answers
1k views

In what order does it make sense to upgrade suspension components?

I have recently started competing in autocross. Because of some after-market wheels/tires, which I bought before I started autocross, I can't compete in the Stock class. The class I'm in, Street ...
6
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1answer
356 views

Do I need to lift my car up before adjusting lug nut torque?

I recently put new wheels on my car. I don't have off-street parking, much less a garage to work in, so I had the wheels installed by a mechanic. Since they were installed, they have been driven ...
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2answers
2k views

What happens to a car when it hasn't been driven for 12 years?

I'm hoping that I'll soon be the owner of 2l turbo charged, 4wd hatchback that's been sat in a garage, undriven for over a decade. Trouble is that I won't be able to give it a full inspection until I ...
2
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2answers
94 views

Backing light for clock gone

The backing light to the clock of my Nissan Pulsar ST1.8 has gone. I've checked the fuses and they all seem fine. How should I go about fixing it? Here are some pictures:
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Cheap way to fix peeling clear coat?

The coat on my car is peeling away something like as shown in following picture which I just pulled up from google as an example: This is my first car and I have never done any car work myself ...
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1answer
163 views

Buick Timing Chain or Cam Problem

I have a 1995 Buick Century with a 3.1L v6 engine. I was driving along one day and the car simply quit. After having the car towed to the local shop, they explained it could be a timing chain or the ...
2
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1answer
252 views

i have 1998 jeep cherokee 4x4 4.0 liter battery not charging

I have 1998 jeep cherokee 4x4 4.0L. I've tested the alternater, battery, starter, (they all tested good) and replaced the pick up coil, but the battery is still not charging. It's backfiring, the dash ...
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2answers
875 views

What else should I replace when replacing valve cover gasket?

Since I'm investing in time to replace valve cover gasket, should I have mechanic inspect/repair/replace anything else related to valve cover assembly/dis-assembly? Vehicle is 1997 Toyota Sienna.
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1answer
58 views

2007 S40 - Accessory Delay (5 secs) when turning the Key to Position II

My son's 2007 S40 has an accessory delay of 5 (secs). The lights and indicators ultimately come on. The car has no problem starting and runs nice. The dealer says it needs a new ignition. An ...
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2answers
902 views

How do I know if I need new brakes?

I recently purchased a car with 135k miles on it and I have no idea when the brakes were last replaced. I've done work on my cars before but never have changed the brakes, so I'm not sure how to tell ...
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1answer
777 views

BMW E30 uneven idle especially when cold

My '90 E30 with the six cylinder M20 engine idles unevenly, especially when the engine is cold. A local mechanic said the mixture seems to be too fat but had no concrete solution saying I have to live ...
1
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2answers
605 views

What type of Anti-Seize compound should be used on spark plugs?

Is there a particular type of Anti-Seize compound that is preferred for use on spark plugs? What temperature rating is needed?
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1answer
216 views

2006 Kia sedona has a burnt electrical smell

My 2006 Kia Sedona has a burnt electrical smell but the van is running fine right now although it did seem to be acting like it was loosing power but then was fine we are at a loss any ideas
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2answers
401 views

Why are there multiple ways to deactivate cruise control?

This is more of an educational question, than a problem. On most cars I have seen, the cruise control activation is in two steps, you usually have a separate switch to turn it on, and then you have ...
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1answer
5k views

Is Anti-Seize a lubricant, abrasive, or both?

I'll flesh my personal bias at the outset - being a heavy diesel mechanic for a time, and mechanically inclined my entire life, I use Anti-Seize wherever I can. If it has threads and it's not part of ...
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2answers
508 views

Why does RPM jump between 1000 and 2000 at standstill (2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 K)?

My car has a kind of a rough idle and it's like it gives a bit of gas, meter goes between 1000 and 2000 rpm at standstill. Same if I shift up to 1 or 2nd gear. If I then take it for a drive, car jerks ...
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2answers
147 views

Flaky turn signal

I'm working on a 1998 Ford Contour with a right rear turn signal that is acting up. The indicator on the dash and the right front turn signal are quick flashing while the right rear signal/bulb is on ...
2
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2answers
295 views

Are radios model-specific?

My car radio is having trouble reading CDs; I need a new one. Will pretty much any interchangeable radio fit in any car that has an interchangeable-style radio port? Or does it vary from car to car ...
3
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5answers
10k views

RPM and duration to recharge a battery?

My car had been sitting for a while without being driven. The battery now has a weak charge but it can get the engine started (barely). I would like to charge the battery by running the engine, but ...
1
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1answer
471 views

What can cause a stiff brake pedal that softens when stopped?

I have a 2002 Toyota Avalon. Overall the car is in excellent shape, no major issues. Recently, I have noticed the brake pedal requiring increasing pressure, but only when moving (which is obviously ...
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2answers
1k views

1999 VW Beetle head gasket repair or?

Fiance has a 1999 VW Beetle. Was told two months ago that it was leaking water from a cracked water pump (mechanic). She never got it fixed. About a week ago the car began making a loud noise. She ...
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1answer
80 views

Car electronics [closed]

I am developing system and I have this converter: Picture And I need to connect this to car electronic. Where is the best spot to connect this? Can you post a picture to show me the wires.
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5k views

Brake pedal will not return after being depressed: brake booster diagnosis?

After being on holiday for a few weeks, I come home and find that the car brake pedal on my (automatic tranmission with ABS brakes) car will no longer spring back up after depressing it. After doing ...
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2answers
319 views

Jack stand positioning for rear wheel drive vehicles?

If you're going to work on the rear end of a rear wheel drive vehicle with the wheels off, where do you put the jack stands? On a body-on-frame vehicle, is the frame preferable to the axles? The ...
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3answers
2k views

Oil change with front wheels on ramps?

From the obsessive compulsive department: I've been changing my own oil by driving up on a pair of ramps, draining and filling. Based on a slight overfill condition after adding the specified amount ...
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2answers
70 views

What is the difference between the wiper motor and the wiper motor control? Caddilac CTS 2006

What is the difference between the wiper motor and the wiper motor control? Does the wiper motor control work the relay switch, in other words if your wipers wont shut off is that a wiper motor ...
3
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1answer
899 views

Pros/cons of higher profile tires?

I have a 2002 Hyundai Elantra, which ordinarily comes with P195/60R15 87H tires. What are the pros and cons of changing these tires to a set of P185/65R15 86T? Some sites say they're compatible, but ...
2
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2answers
187 views

Maintainance of shock absorber

I have a 125cc bike. My cousin uses my bike more than me. He is more than 110 kg in weight. So I feel that my bike's shock absorbers will be break down soon because of my cousin. So is there any ...
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1answer
163 views

Adjusting the idle setting on a 2005 Cavalier

The air conditioning unit on my 2005 Cavalier only engages when the engine is idling above a certain level (observationally, it appears to be between 1000 and 1200 rpm). During the summer months, ...
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2answers
113 views

1976 Beetle 1600 curved windscreen

I'm looking for and any information on this particular model. Specifically wiring informtion. Would also like to know how many were manufactured?
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1answer
133 views

Rear & front camera

I'm looking for a product that combines the classic car camera (records front for insurance purposes) and rear camera (for reverse) with a single display. Do you know if such product category exist?
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3answers
1k views

High Octane petrol's effect on turbos

I have a 2001 SAAB 9-3. I was told that I should use a high octane fuel...that it would extend the life of the turbo. Is this true?
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1answer
2k views

Problem starting Husqvarna Kohler 20 hp Gas Powered Riding Mower.

I am pretty new at this but I'm trying to learn more about my lawn mower. I am having problem starting the lawn mower, I've tried the following steps to diagnose the problem ... maybe I can get more ...
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2answers
276 views

New brakes squealing?

I just had all my brakes, calipers, and something else related to that replaced. Brand new. And they're working perfectly. So why are they squealing whenever I touch the brake pedal?
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1answer
140 views

Toyota 4-runner front axle

I recently ran into a big problem with my driver side front axle on my 1995 toyota 4-runner. for some reason its not wanting to act right. I replaced the axle, bearings, rotor, sway bar, bushings and ...
3
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1answer
5k views

How do I fix P0431 Warm Up Catalyst Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 2

I just got my 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor Limited 4WD back after 4 weeks in the shop, there was a problem with the transmission and $1800 later the transmission was completely replaced. I was ...
0
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1answer
682 views

How to reset the service reminder on a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor?

I have been looking for a few days now on how to reset the service reminder that keeps showing every time I start the car. I know the car repair shop can do this, but I would like to know how to do it ...
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1answer
65 views

Want to buy Honday Odyssey van [closed]

I live in OC, Ca. My long term goal is to buy a good used Honday Odyssey family van. please let me know how do I do it. I am on a low budget and looking to get good bang for the buck. I have never ...
0
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1answer
32 views

Should an automatic transaxle be pressure flushed?

The statement "Never pressure flush the CD4E..." worries me a bit. Should it?
2
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1answer
99 views

Top off differential fluid

How do you top off / fill the differential on a 1996 Chevy Caprice? Can it be done without taking the cover off and changing the gasket? Any gotchas to watch out for?
2
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4answers
1k views

Popping / Clunking noise coming from rear of vehicle

What could be causing a popping / clunking sound from the rear end of a 1996 Caprice? The sound is only present (or apparent at least) after the vehicle has been driven for a while and seems to ...
0
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1answer
409 views

Loose airbag in 1998 Ford Contour LX

If you've got a Ford Contour with a loose airbag (still attached to the wheel, it just rattles on rough pavement), how do you tighten it? What type / size are the screws?
2
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2answers
2k views

How does the tracking on the car get hit 'out'

As per the title. If the tracking on a car is adjusted by adjusting the threaded part on the track rod end, how exactly does the tracking go 'out' of alignment over time, and/or how does hitting a ...
5
votes
1answer
362 views

Where'd my heat go?

My air vents blow out air. That's it. They do it well, too. Two weeks ago, when I turned it to high heat, the air was HOT. But now it's just air. The AC doesn't work either, but I know where that ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Car Stalls When Coming to a Stop

Make: Chevy Model: Cavalier (4 cyl.) Automatic Year: 1993 Miles: 230K Normally my Cavalier drives just fine without problems. However, if I drive for 45+ minutes then it will sputter and stall out ...
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2answers
2k views

Vauxhall Vectra Automatic CDTI 150 Gearbox Problem

Gearbox fine when cold. After about 25 mile drive it sticks in some gears, revs up between changing gear. Got oil changed. No difference. 2007 model. 79,000 miles. Can anyone help? Thanks.

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