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DIY: Prepare Virago for both tall and short riders

Background I currently ride a Honda Africa Twin and my wife rides a stock Virago 535, just like this: I will soon sell my Africa Twin and we'll keep only the Virago, but I'm not very familiar with ...
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Honda ATV TRX350 4x4 '89engine remove, how to disconnect from drive shafts?

I bought an 1989 Honda TR350 4x4 with possibly a blown rod bearing/scratched piston. The quad itself http://i.imgur.com/p0Bd1hA.jpg I'm trying to remove the engine, I have almost everything ...
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Should only the left “Rear Fog Light” actually light up in a pair?

On a 2003 Saab 9-5 Aero, only the left rear fog light lights up. The right side has a bulb but when I switch the bulbs, the left still is the only side that lights up. I thought it might be a wiring ...
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Astra H Oil found in coolant

What should I check/replace now? I already replaced a set of gaskets in the oil cooler. It did no help. Engine Z18-XER. Year - 2007. Nothing else happening. No white smoke, no external oil ...
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Is there any difference between pressing the gas pedal and opening the throttle by hand?

In a typical modern, heavily computer controlled, somewhat complex passenger car, is there any difference between pressing the gas pedal vs. opening the throttle valve under the hood by hand? E.g. ...
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Will Putting An Extra Quart of Oil In My Car Ruin It?

I put too much motor oil in my car's motor. About a quart - have I ruined my car? I've been driving it. I know I need to get the oil drained. But I'm worried that I've ruined my car which has been ...
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install software after HDD changed

how to install software on Toyota HDD Navigation (NHDN-W56g) after I've changed HDD? should I purchase it or can I dowload it and install using usb memory stick? thanks.
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04 Mercury Montery stalling while driving

While driving on the highway my van stalled. Once on the side of the road, I tried to restart and no joy. All indicators and lights came on but when I turned the key nothing happened. I jiggled he ...
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How to repair a leaking power steering system in a 2002 Hyundai Elantra

How can I fix a leaking power steering system on a 2002 Hyundai Elantra myself? Here you can see that the bottom hose is very damp with power steering fluid. The top hose has some wetness near the ...
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Diagnosing “wrench icon” on 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: will OBD2 scanner help me?

On my 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, I frequently get the yellow "wrench" icon which appears on the LCD screen to the left of the speedometer. On approximately 25%-50% of the trips I take with the car, the ...
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Engine stuttering when idle or low rev (no check engine light)

It's a 1999 Mazda Familia. When I start driving and the engine's cold the car often stutters and fluctuates between 500 and 750 revs. Then when I accelerate the revs go up but the car goes very ...
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Why doesn't the engine stall out when you come to a stop with an automatic transmission?

When you come to a stop with a manual transmission you have to push the clutch in or take it out of gear to keep the engine from stalling out. What keeps the engine from stalling in an automatic ...
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Are classic cars safe?

Are classic cars safe? I am interested to know the differences between modern vehicles and vehicles of old from the 1960s. In the event of an accident, how does a classic vehicle compare to a ...
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1answer
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battery tender keeps charging

Results for: so I have a motorcycle and use the Optimate1 battery tender. One day while using the tender I left and came back 6 hours later to find the Optimate still charging my battery. The battery ...
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How can a fuse drain a car battery?

My car battery drained itself after a week of not being used. I was researching how to identify the cause, and saw a comment under this article saying: What if I am not detecting a reading but the ...
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transmission blown?

while i was driving my car going about 20 miles an hour i tried to stop and all my brakes were gone even my e brake...i panicked shut my key and put my car in park..well it stopped but it made a boom ...
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What is happens to the brakes when an automatic drives below the speed for 1st gear with no added gas?

In a manual transmission car, when a driver wants to go below the speed the car travels at in first gear with no added gas using the gas pedal, my first driving instructor told me you ease off the ...
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2answers
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Craftsman push mower won't start after hitting stump

Hit blind stump, bent blade bad, replaced blade, no start. Replaced spark plug, air filter, still won't start (needed it anyhow) Prime or no prime, similar behavior. I cranked over 150 times now, ...
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0answers
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Ford Courier 2005, Cant engage 4wd high gear

I have 4wd Ford Courier 2005, I cant engage into 4 high gear.
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0answers
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Sealant plus wax, or just sealant?

I was reading in The Haynes Automotive Body Repair & Painting Manual ( 1989 ) that after polishing, you can put a sealant on before you wax in order to give better, longer lasting protection to ...
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548 views

1987 Ford Ranger fuel gauge not working right

My fuel guage will work but when it gets to half a tank it will drop to empty with in a few minutes but still has gas in it.
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1answer
39 views

Loud whining sound after revving. Alternator, maybe (but why)?

I have a 2001 Honda Prelude SH (180k miles), I am trying to identify a whining sound coming from the right side under the hood. The sound consistently starts after I tap the throttle, lasts at a ...
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clutch problems

Sat for a very long time (8 or 10 minutes) in gear with clutch depressed due to traffic problem. Once I got back into motion, my clutch seemed to have been blown. After the bike cooling down (half ...
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1answer
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1991 ford explorer 4x4 metal screeching

I just bought this vehicle, and it never did this when I test drove it. While I was driving it made this metal screeching noise, and second or two later the noise went away and the rear of the vehicle ...
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1answer
435 views

2003 Honda Accord - Intermittent no start/no crank

2003 Honda Accord, everything lights up fine but it has a really strange “groaning” noise, kinda quietly. Then after a few tries it starts up perfectly fine. Sometimes it starts up first time, ...
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2answers
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2015 Sentra tank does not fill up completely

My 2015 Sentra SV stops taking gas before it's full. I know for sure it's not a problem with the gauge as I ran the car almost empty and could only fill up a little over 7 gallons, whereas the tank ...
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1answer
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Honda accord high beams never shut off

2005 honda accord , suddenly when i switch off the engine the high beams didn't off !! I tried to cut the battery off and put it again but the high beams still on Can you help me please ?
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Is it possible to have a manual transmission electric car?

Reading about the new supercar from VW, I distinctly noticed when the author specifically mentioned shifting to "drive". I know the car in article is an automatic, but it got me thinking. Is it ...
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2answers
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Rough idle + slow acceleration + engine dying after spark plug change

I recently changed the spark plugs and wires on my 2002 Ford Focus SE with Zetec (DOHC) engine. I used NGK TR5IX (7397-4PK) Iridium IX plugs and Motorcraft wires. When I received the plugs, they were ...
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1answer
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1993 Ford Probe GT that has no spark and can't hear fuel pump kick in?

I had this car for three days. On the first day it was perfect and then the second day it just stopped out of no where. I started it up and it kept doing it every now and then until it never started ...
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1answer
39 views

Acceleration practices and wear on automatic transmission

Does a driver's acceleration practices substantially influence the wear on a car's automatic transmission? If a driver accelerates with a RPM > 3500 from stop, is this any "easier" on the automatic ...
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3answers
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Air/Fuel ratio at 3%-5% of throttle position (closed throttle)

Question about standard car with ECU controlled injection: Does the ECU still inject some fuel if my engine has higher revs than idle speed and throttle is closed (foot off)? As much as I know (I've ...
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1answer
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Trailer socket problems

I have a tow bar and a seven pin plug to operate the lights, fitted on my car. I recently took my boat for repair and when they brought it out of the workshop they dropped it from a forklift truck ...
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3answers
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1991 Honda Accord with intermittent brake lights

I've got a 1991 Honda Accord with three brake lights, one on each side and one in the rear window. For reasons I have yet to discover, I can't get the right brake light and the window brake light to ...
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2answers
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Where can I find a reference for Honda part numbers?

Where can I find a manual or detailed catalog or service manual of a specific car in order to know for example all its part codes to buy original replacement parts, from pieces and paint (Not owner's ...
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1answer
486 views

Why are gears still grinding after replacing transmission, clutch, and hydraulic cylinders?

Cavaliers are known for transmissions going bad, and my Cavalier's transmission was making a horrible grinding noise going into fifth. Double clutching seemed to be working until it started grinding ...
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3answers
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2000 Honda Accord Shakes under acceleration

I have have Honda Accord 2000 with manual 5 gear transmission. During acceleration it shakes like front end is ready to jump out. Engine doesn't misfire or anything - I have plenty of power on all ...
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1answer
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Reverse grinds and transmission won't lock into 1st gear [closed]

I have a 2001 Ford Escort ZX2 with manual transmission. It has had noticeable play in the shifter but had no problems until suddenly the clutch just would not engage after being pushed down completely....
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1answer
208 views

Ford Ranger manual transmission randomly squeals in 5th gear

My clutch started to slip and was squealing so I had a new clutch, flywheel, slave cylinder, pilot and throw out bearings all replaced. It drives fine, but it randomly makes a loud squeal in fifth ...
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1answer
1k views

Where can I find a Haynes manual/equivalent for Suzuki Alto

I've bought a Suzuki Alto (also known as a Maruti Alto in India) and have found it very difficult to obtain a Haynes manual for it. Does one exist in the UK, or is there an equivalent source to go to ...
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I drove with my Parking Brake on for 30 mins: should I be worried?

Yesterday, I was driving my car for about 30 minutes on the highway at speeds of up to 60 mph. I felt my brakes weren't really working and looked down to notice my emergency brake had been on the ...
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0answers
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Clutch/transmission noise [duplicate]

I have a manual transmission in a Ford Ranger with 240,000 miles and it has recently started making an intermittent grinding/grating noise. The conditions under which I have heard it are: Clutch is ...
2
votes
1answer
149 views

2006 manual transmission. Diesel Jetta.

My Jettas gear shift is not working properly. It's hard to pull out of reverse and it sticks getting into first and second. After first and second shifting is simple. I'm sure it's not the cluTch. My ...
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1answer
845 views

manual transmission issue when changing 3rd gear with polo 3 1998

I'm currently driving a 1998 Polo 3 known 6n (1.0 petrol) and i have issue when changing my 3rd gear, especially when the car is cold. It pop out while i'm changing 3rd gear and other times it will be ...
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0answers
165 views

95 manual civic… loud knocking sound when decelerating [closed]

I have a 95 civic lx standard ... Recently on way home from work it started making a knocking sound after I let go of the gas . I pulled off fwy put it up on two jacks engaged gears accelerated then ...
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2answers
371 views

Manual Transmission Grinding Occasionally Shifting Into Fifth

I have a 99 Nissan Almera which occasionally grinds / doesn't engage when I try and put it into fifth gear. Not often, but maybe once or twice a day. I'm not sure if the problem is operator related, ...
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0answers
122 views

2000 Chevy Camaro starts, idles low around 1000 rpms for 4 or 5 seconds before dying [closed]

It's a 2000 Camaro v6 manual. Most days the car starts just fine but on other days I might have to start it 20 times before it stays on. When I start it, the RPM is around 1000 but slowly drops to ...
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1answer
133 views

My clutch cable has been stretched and since tightened to fix it. Should I replace it?

I have a VW Polo 2001, 37000 miles, manual transmission, 1.4 engine, with a replaced clutch and timing belt, and a reconditioned gearbox. I didn't face any resistance in my pedal last night. The ...
2
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2answers
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2001 Chevy Malibu Repair Manual

I'm a car n00b looking for a repair manual for my 2001 chevy malibu. I've heard that the Chilton manuals are way better than the Haynes manuals from several people. However, the Chilton manuals ...
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vote
1answer
386 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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