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Using clutch and motor brake - good or bad? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? Edit: As mentioned in the comments: Duplicate of Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and ...
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Failing alternator, idler pulley, or something else?

I have 1997 Chevrolet Lumina sedan. I’m trying to diagnose a sound coming from my engine. It is a “whirring” noise that varies with the engine speed (e.g., if I accelerate, the sound becomes louder ...
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How does a belt drive CVT variator work?

The title basically says it all, but I am the most interested in what the rollers actually do?
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228 views

1993 Dodge Stealth Clutch Pedal Flat On The Floor

I have a 1993 Dodge Stealth that had not been driven for the past 4 years. Recently I have the need for the car and was trying to get it running. I was able to start the engine (got a new battery) ...
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Is there a good crash course website or book for auto repair for beginner who's just getting into auto repair?

I'm wondering if there's a good crash course website or book for auto repair for beginner who's just getting into auto repair?
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Pulley Difference After Drive Belt Change

I have one worry after yesterday's fairly difficult but successful drive belt change on my Big Boy scooter. The main nut on the fron pulley now goes on much less further than before it came off. I ...
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1answer
105 views

2011 Ford Fusion bounces on bumps..no leak dealer wont replace struts even though still in warranty

Brought my car 2011 Ford Fusion 4 cyl SEL to the dealer before the 36,000 mile warranty expires because in my opinion the car bounces, it does not absorb the bumps although no problem on the highway. ...
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637 views

Ford Escape 2002 idling rough in cold weather

Last week my 2002 Ford Escape started idling rough when the temperature was in the 30-40°F (-1°C to 4°C) range. It also seemed to have trouble shifting or something at 40-45 mph. I'd describe it as a ...
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How do I remove a pulley where I have no way of stopping it turning anti-clockwise, like I'm turning the nut?

I've been told I need an airgun, but I have no means of getting one. An alternative is a tool that looks like this. It has a handle of flat steel that splits into a wide U, almost Y shaped but the V ...
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1answer
64 views

Rounded bolt head on possibly broken bolt

I'm trying to remove the transmission casing on my belt drive scooter. All of the bolts have tiny 8mm heads, and are very cheap and soft - cheap Chinese manufacture - and one was already slightly ...
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1answer
361 views

battery? or something else

I have a 2004 Ford Focus ST170. Some days I go to my car and it starts fine, but some days I put the key in and nothing happens. All the electrics fail like the battery is dead. If I get out, close ...
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3answers
832 views

08 f150 with vibration in the front driver side tire when turning left only.

2 months ago I installed a 2 inch suspension lift and replaced upper control arms, tie rods and shocks. The tires were pretty bad and got worse quickly. Vibration and noise started shortly ...
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473 views

How to interface with obd ii elm327?

Do I have to buy this in order to get all the PIDs and the full instruction set for communicating with the car's obd ii interface via an ELM327? I tried looking for some kind of api for the ELM327 ...
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128 views

How well should a slip yoke be polished to give a proper seal?

Gear oil started leaking out of the rear output seal on my '01 Outback started -- onto the exhaust of course, as every fluid in a Subaru seems to do. It's not a lot, but smells terrible. Along with ...
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2k views

Engine revs up when braking

Background: 2012 Honda Civic EX, 5-speed automatic, with no mods except a non-stock tire (ran over a large bolt). I keep it maintained per the manufacturer's manual and always see the Honda dealership ...
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346 views

Should I change my tires so they all match?

Here is my situation: 2012 Honda Civic EX, 1.8L with P205/55R16 tires recommended Three (both front, and left passenger) tires are OEM Continental ContiProContact P205/55R16 89H with about 20,000 ...
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1answer
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Solution against motorcycle gasoline theft?

During these last few weeks, somebody has been stealing gas from my motorcycle. It's a Honda Vt 125 Shadow, and since all the wires and hoses are apparent, it's pretty easy to unplug the hose and ...
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1answer
51 views

Where should I mount the engine management electronics in a 1993 Ford Mustang?

Bought myself a 1993 Ford Mustang (2.3L I4, the 5.0L V8 was sold with it but the car was an I4 from the factory, so it lacks the stronger brakes, suspension, etc. -- The engine would be a ...
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1answer
122 views

Tachometer doesnt show correct RPM sometimes

On my Honda CBF 150cc , the Tachometer shows RPM correctly when i'm at a constant speed. But some times when i slow down and accelerate the RPM Needle moves unexpectedly. (say to 0 even i'm at a ...
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3k views

Turbo losing boost at around 4000 rpm

I have a 2005 Opel Astra Turbo Coupe. I would imagine most of you guys are more familiar with the Vauxhall or Holden badge, but it's the same car with the same Z20LET Turbo Ecotec engine. Anyways, ...
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1answer
90 views

2000 Audi A6 4.2 rotors

I have a 2000 Audi A6 4.2 and just had a new set of tires installed — but purchased the same Continental tires. However, two days after the new tires were installed, I started getting a shimmy when I ...
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1answer
311 views

Rear LCA bushings worn out - better to just replace the whole LCA?

The rear lower control arm bushings on my 92 Civic are badly worn and need to be replaced. I've looked into what's involved in replacing them and it looks like a lot more work than I'd like to do, and ...
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2answers
2k views

Do I really need a lathe to turn my rotors?

Last time I changed my brake pads (Toyota Tacoma v6 4WD), I did not get my rotors turned and was told I should have taken them to a mechanic to get it done. I was wondering if there is any ...
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How to put 1997 Toyota 4Runner in neutral with dead battery?

My ’97 Toyota 4Runner with automatic transmission is parked head first in a small garage with a dead battery. I need to put it into neutral to push it out on the driveway so I can jump-start it. (This ...
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1answer
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Toyota FJ Cruiser transmission problem

Got Toyota FJ Cruiser 2010 Automatic, 4x4 full stock (no warranty, I live in Central Europe). I have strange transmission issues. I had already spent 2,5 years of life and about 2500$ just to diagnose ...
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3answers
419 views

How can I do a cheap but safe and good tuning which will improve the cars performance?

I have a Skoda Octavia 5 1.6 MPI and I want to make a good cheap safe tuning that will increase the cars performance above 100 hp it already has. How can I do that?
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Why should the fuel petcock valve be turned to “Off” position when not using the vehicle?

It’s mentioned in the user manual of my motorbike, that when not using the vehicle, I should turn the petrol tap (the one that has three positions “On”, “Off” and “Reserve”) to “Off” position. I don’t ...
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1answer
133 views

Brake lights on '94 Honda Prelude stuck on

All 3 brake lights on my Prelude seem to be permanently stuck on. This occurs all of the time - the lights stay on even if there is no key in the ignition. I've had to disconnect the battery. Would ...
3
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1answer
951 views

2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Fails to Start and Electronics Go Awry

My mother-in-law drove over this morning to pick up my wife, and when they tried to leave the car wouldn't start. Not only that; the horn honked, the wipers started, the trunk popped open, and the ...
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3answers
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Can my tire blowout be attributed to a lower speed rating?

Yesterday I had a tire blowout. When I visited a tire shop (Costco Tire Center) afterward, the person there told me that my tires are under-rated for my vehicle. My vehicle is a Honda Accord 2002, ...
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2answers
346 views

EVAP System or faulty CEL?

I drive a 4 cylinder 2001 Honda Accord LX and recently my check engine light turned on. The code was for the EVAP system, but I was wary of having it repaired immediately. I see 3 problems with a ...
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1answer
455 views

2000 Grand AM GT engine and electric cut out randomly while driving

My Grand Am is cutting off randomly while driving. I have not been able to purposely reproduce the problem, which makes diagnosis difficult. I am looking for any advice in diagnostics, or parts to ...
3
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1answer
2k views

Adjust window end position?

I have a Toyota Yaris Verso (2000) and one of the screws holding the driver-side window fell out. As a result, the scissor mechanism of the motorized window adjuster was bent slightly before I was ...
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2answers
525 views

Remote Starter/Bypass Module Issue - 1999 Buick Regal [Viper 4103XV and XpressKit PLJX Bypass]

I have a 1999 Buick Regal that I installed a Viper 4103XV remote starter [3/4 installed, anyway :)] and XpressKit PLJX bypass module in. I've yet to be able to get it to start consistently is the #1 ...
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2answers
805 views

Changed radiator, now have misfiring?

I have a 1996 Nissan Altima. I had to change my radiator recently because it developed some cracks on the top of the tank and I would have to refill the tank every few days. When I changed the ...
2
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1answer
684 views

2003 Honda CR-V AWD - intermittently Flashing Drive light

My Wife's 2003 Honda CR-V's Drive light in the cluster occasionally starts flashing. The manual states that this means that the transmission requires service, but it doesn't do it all the time, and ...
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1answer
245 views

How do I install a shoulder belt if it already has a lap belt?

Have a classic car with a bench that only has a lap belt. Instead of replacing the whole belt system (newer 3 point seat belt), are there any options to install just the upper body restraint, in ...
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3answers
374 views

If I can feel the difference between two-wheel and four-wheel drive, am I imagining it?

My SUV (Mitsubishi Outlander Elegance automatic) has the ability to switch between four-wheel and front-wheel drive at any time during operation with a little dial next to the handbrake. I feel that ...
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2answers
219 views

What is this? Hanging out of my wiring, with yellow wrapping - a testing port maybe?

Can you explain what this yellow thing is?
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2answers
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What is the correct/factory wiring for a Suburban 1998 battery/alternator?

I have included a picture showing what I have now on this Suburban. Note that there is wiring not shown in the picture which is a second electrical connection to the positive side of the battery ...
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2answers
740 views

Is alternator rating at pulley rpm or engine rpm?

I just got a new alternator for my jeep that says 160amps at 2k rpm. Is this rating for the pulley rpm on the alternator - or is it the rpm of the engine? Also, if the pulley is spinning slower than ...
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1answer
542 views

Alloy wheel corrosion damage - do I need new wheels?

After the last couple of winters, my alloy wheels are getting quite corroded, and one of them has large flakes of the surface missing, and almost a bubbling effect in the metal. I have read on ...
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1answer
149 views

Polycarb or Polystyrene for vacuum molding?

I am working on making some projector headlights for my car. I would like to vacuum mold some plastic for the external cover to protect the lenses and housing from rocks and debris. I have made a ...
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2answers
302 views

Identify cause of tire wear inside of rim

This past week, the owner of my former car came to me with this problem: The tire is new and was mounted after she purchased the car from me. It has worn some inside of the bead. The tire was ...
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3answers
2k views

Does idle RPM increase when there is heavy load on the electrical system?

I am thinking about installing a 500w halogen (HDX brand) on the roll bar in my jeep as the dome light because often I work in the back when it is dark or when I would like more light. The 500w light ...
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1answer
442 views

Motorcycle: increasing choke kills engine

My bike struggles to idle on cold mornings. No issue there: I just open the choke till it warms. However, I must do this ever so slowly and delicately otherwise the engine cuts out. I find this odd as ...
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1answer
119 views

What does “washed out” mean, in terms of headlights?

I have been doing research for retrofitting my headlights to HID and projectors. On different forums people are talking about how 55w ballasts tend to wash out the color of the bulbs. What would a ...
3
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2answers
3k views

My car wasn not accelerating and finally come to stop

I have chevy lumina 1991. The motor is very clean and looks like and used to work like a brand new car. However, these days since I was getting broke , I had to wait till my gas meter is very low and ...
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1answer
833 views

Why is my exhaust pipe so rusty?

I think all cars exhaust pipes get very rusty after not very long. Why is that? I know that the pipe gets extremely hot, but how come that makes it rust more than any other part of the car?
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1answer
562 views

Windshield wipers worked intermittently then quit altogether

The wipers on my 2000 Mazda Protege recently quit working. It wasn't an all-of-a-sudden thing, though. Every so often over the last few weeks they would stop for a few seconds, then start again. ...

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