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1999 Dodge Ram - New Mirrors, Weird Behavior

I recently purchased replacement mirrors for my '99 Dodge Ram 1500. When I put the door back together and tested, I found that when I tried to move the mirror leftwards or upwards, the mirror on the ...
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2answers
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Bikes power is iffy [closed]

Hi I have a 03 katana and for some reason the bike won't power on anymore...I turn the key and nothing no lights nothing. I'm not sure if it's the battery or what. What should I do to trouble shoot ...
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1answer
84 views

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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1answer
28 views

How, and why, do you test coolant concentration?

In the owner's manual for my 2001 Ford F-150 (5.4L), in the section on "Adding engine coolant", it specifies the type of coolant to be used, and says it should be mixed 50/50 with distilled water. It ...
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1answer
28 views

98 honda accord 3.0 v6 bad idle, running issue

I have a 98 accord v6 that will jump idle between 1k and 2.2k rpm. When driving this is not too much of an issue until the transmission down shifts then the engine tries to catch up. Getting ...
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2answers
962 views

Mercedes ML 430 will not start. No click, no electrical lights nothing.

After taking a nap in the parking lot at my job, the driver's seat (power seating) -- the passenger seat did work-- I had laid back could not be readjusted. After work I went home (3am closing shift). ...
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2answers
46 views

Is it complicated to retrofit ABS?

I was considering it for my car, as I did an emergency stop today and left a 20m skid mark along the road, as well as attracting a load of attention from pedestrians from the skidding noise! Also the ...
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2answers
2k views

Should motorcyle exhaust headers ever glow red hot

I've got a '99 Pegaso 650 which hasn't been running for about 7 years. It's was in a quite a deteriorated state when I got it, i.e. seized carbs, tank full of water, sump full of an ugly fuel/oil mix, ...
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3answers
73 views

Will vtec engage without a factory released VTEC ECU when swapping to VTEC engine?

I replaced my honda civic d15z4 engine with a d16A. Apparently, VTEC engages at 5500rpm on these engines. My car is still practically standard, I'm not sure if it does switch over, if it does, the ...
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1answer
24 views

Can I use tap or A/C water in my battery?

I am a little confused on this, I have been using tap water which seems to work(I don't know if there are some long time after effects). But someone recommended to use the water coming out from my A/C ...
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3answers
351 views

Is it typical for a shop to charge extra for labor if you bring your own parts?

I brought my car into a new mechanic today for brake issues, and they discovered that my rear brake calipers had completely seized up. They gave me an itemized quote for parts (~$700) and labor ...
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1answer
121 views

How to diagnose a bad spark plug?

What I always did up to now to check if my spark plug was doing fire : Remove it. Keep it plugged into the spark plug cable. Ground it on the frame. Start and check if sparks happen. If they are ...
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11 views

2003 Nissan Frontier pick up 4 cylinder

When I turn AC on engine surges up and down. Why and what is wrong. Have changed all belts, and replaced tensioner for AC.
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1answer
9 views

How to test if heater core is causing cooling malfunction?

My 2007 V6 Tacoma is overheating, I have done just about any test imaginable, replaced the thermostat, water pump, did many other checks, incl. chemical test for gas residue in the coolant system etc. ...
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0answers
23 views

My car A/C works sporadically, and has weird symptoms, help?

(I know I'm not the first with similar issues, but my situations way weird) Chevy Malibu Classic '04 The fan always works. But if I click the A/C button, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. ...
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3answers
16k views

How is “outside temperature” measured in a car?

Most cars have a display for outside temperature, and I have been wondering how it was measured... In other words, where exactly is the sensor and how reliable is it?
2
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1answer
17k views

Low beam headlights out, High beam working

The patient is a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice with dual-filament bulbs. Both filaments in both bulbs light up in high beam mode, but no filament on either bulb lights up in low beam mode. What could be ...
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2answers
26 views

deep pressing of disc brake lever when whee not in position

I would like to know what happens when the disc brake lever is deeply pressed when wheel is removed. Does it cause any damage? If yes then what should be the repair and how much it may cost? Update: ...
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1answer
520 views

Should I disconnect the battery when working on my instrument cluster

I am going to be changing a few bulbs on my Opel Astra's instrument cluster. Part of the process involves disconnecting the entire cluster from the wiring harness and obviously replacing it when done. ...
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2answers
104 views

Poor idle speed when engine is warm

I drive a Mitsubishi Eclipse 2000 2.4L. In the past few days my car has started to idle horribly when the engine warms up. While it is cold, the rpms seem to be normal except for a small fluctuation ...
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0answers
21 views

Chevy 4.8 misfiring

I drove the truck through a big puddle and it killed it. Found I had completely soaked the air cleaner and had possibly got water in the intake. I replaced the filter and took contact cleaner to all ...
2
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1answer
14 views

Mounting bar end mirrors on non-hollow bars?

I bought a CRG hindsight bar end mirror but the CRG adapters and all the adapters I find online seem to be for hollow bars. But the bars on my 12 Yamaha R6 just have a threaded hole for a bolt.
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1answer
38 views

Consequences of leaking valve covers

I took my valve covers off on my 2007 Tacoma V6, while digging deeper to look into a possible head gasket issue, and noticed that one of them had a nut missing that went on an upright flange threaded ...
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2answers
1k views

Accessing Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) in car

I want to know how can I access DTCs by writing a code and parsing it? I have RaspberryPi and related hardware for communication with the OBD-II of car. I will generate manual faults and then after ...
2
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1answer
323 views

my car acts like its going to stall at a stop

my car drives fine but when i come to a stop light or any stop it acts like it will stall but never does. did some easy things like oil change. no check engine light is on but it seems to keep ...
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0answers
146 views

1992 Mitsubishi 3000gt sl. no power and won't go above 2k rpm

I bought an automatic 1992 Mitsubishi 3000gt sl 2 days ago. I got it cheap knowing it would have problems, and that's why I'm here. When I put it in drive and slam on the gas the car just simply ...
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1answer
260 views

Fiat 500 Airbag Sensor

My Fiat 500, 2008, 1.2 Pop, 51Kw has had its front left side somewhat crushed. The body has been fixed for the most part, but the electrician/mechanic tells us he cannot turn on the vehicle in order ...
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1answer
199 views

My 2003 Impala blows some heat and then cold

My car heater started acting up. It would heat, then no heat. So I put a new thermostat in, had the heater core flushed, and new coolant added. The other day after this, it got so hot it shut down. I ...
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1answer
31 views

Aveo 2012 brakes do not work when the engine is running

I have this problem when you depress the brake pedal it moves all the way to the floor and does not slow the car down. It's happen only when the engine is started. Please any fix or help. I really ...
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1answer
26 views

Does it matter which side to turn crankshaft?

When doing things like setting TDC or just random testing (of the timing chain/belt, for example), does it matter whether the crankshaft is rotated clockwise or counterclockwise?
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1answer
24 views

Can machine resurfacing of cylinder heads cause valve malfunction?

I learned that warped (uneven) cylinder head surface that goes against the engine block can be remedied by taking to a machine shop to get it resurfaced, basically to make it flush all the way so that ...
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8answers
142k views

What is the difference between normal, platinum, iridium plugs?

What is the difference (besides price) between normal, platinum, and iridium spark plugs?
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3answers
199 views

Should I insulate the air conditioner pipe in my car?

I got my refrigerant re-filled and observed that the pipe going into the compressor gets very cold on the operation of the AC. IF it is getting cold it means that there is a possible heat loss and the ...
2
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1answer
23 views

Cylinder Leak-down vs Compression Test

I understand that both cylinder leak down and compression tests are used to test for cylinder head, cracks, warps, and gasket leaks. I understand the difference between how each works: compression ...
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1answer
31 views

Identify a piece in the air intake assembly

I need to replace the part shown in the picture bellow (i'm not affiliated in any way with ahparts.com, i'm just borrowing their picture) in my car; However, I don't know the name of it. Can somebody ...
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1answer
183 views

How to check if your muffler will fit your car

So i'm thinking about buying a muffler for my 2001 seat ibiza 6K2. I came across a few good ones and after watching some video's about people installing them (mightycarmods for example) i'm really ...
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2answers
28 views

Annoying hissing sound from passenger side window

When I exceed 60mph I hear a hissing sound from the passenger side window as if you have havent closed the window propely, I have also installed window vents(see image below) for that sake, and have ...
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1answer
35 views

Acceleration and engine issues

So I have a manual 02 Chevy Cavalier with 147000 miles 2.2L. I have been noticing that when I fully step on the gas I get zero acceleration. It gets even worse when I'm in either 4th or 5th gear after ...
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1answer
53 views

Rust underneath rear of car (Toyota Mk1 MR2)

I have recently acquired an old (1989) Mk1 Toyota MR2 and took a few photos of the underside rear of the vehicle. There seems to be a fair amount of rusting on the rear axle and gear box: gear ...
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1answer
106 views

2008 MB C300 Will not start

My MB C300 will not start. I put the key in and turn it but nothing happens. The radio and internal lights do come on but not the car. The steering wheel is locked and can't put it on Neutral either ...
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0answers
34 views

Shakes, loss of power, and smells of gas

2003 F150 truck loses power and shakes when accelerating. I used injection cleaners and carb cleaner. Seemed to be getting better, but today it is back and can smell gas now.
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2answers
508 views

Are floor jack and jack stand pads necessary?

I recently purchased a floor jack and a jack stand set and would like to know about their proper usage. I noticed some people use rubber pads for their floor jack and jack stand contact areas - some ...
5
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3answers
179 views

Is the fuel in my engine under pressure?

I have a 2008 Seat Leon FR TDi and need to change one of the fuel pipe (which has become torn slightly). The hose is ~ £50 + VAT so I am keen to do it correctly. Can anyone advise if the fuel in my ...
2
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1answer
199 views

How to remove air from the fuel line in a MK2 Seat Leon TDi

I have just changed two of the fuel hose (white and blue tipped ones) that lead to the fuel pump. The reason I changed them was because one of them was split and slowly leaking fuel. I have came out ...
5
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1answer
207 views

Ibiza Mk2 MOT emissions test failure

I've had my SEAT Ibiza Mk2 for about three years and it's just failed its MOT on the emissions test - there's fuel in the exhaust on idle, and only on idle. It's in the garage at the moment and ...
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0answers
69 views

Where can i find my car's schema?(seat ibiza ST 1.6 TDI)

I have a seat ibiza ST 1.6 TDI. Where can i find a schema which shows me where is the general parts(break hydrolic container, ECU etc. )
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1answer
175 views

Possible to connect a amp and sub to a stock 2001 seat ibiza radio

Yesterday i bought an amplifier and matching subwoofer (1200watts amp with dual 10" 800 watts subwoofer). Now i've been looking for a replacement dash panel for a seat ibiza for some time now and ...
3
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1answer
122 views

How do I know where to place my air filter?

I am thinking of buying a performance air filter for my 2001 SEAT Ibiza (6K2). The reason I'm considering this is because my stock filter needs replacing and I figured I might as well do it right the ...
3
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2answers
189 views

What is an inverted triangle piston skirt?

The recently launched Suzuki Gixxer 150cc has boasts an inverted triangle piston skirt. From what i was told, it seems to be a MotoGP technology which has been stripped down to suit a 150cc bike. ...
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0answers
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Rear wheel wobble

I recently took my '12 Yamaha R6 completely apart when I repainted it. When I put it back together I didn't realize but I'd forgotten a washer on the swingarm axle which was causing some movement of ...

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