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Red vs black vs grey RTV - what's in a color?

When buying gasket maker at my local auto-supplies store some time back, I was unsure about whether or not the color of the tube made any difference. The only thing I could see was a different ...
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brake pedal staying down. Then ok after a few days being stood

I have a Mercedes C200 and the other day the brake pedal stayed down while I was driving. It did come back up a little as I carried on home. I haven't driven the car for a day or so. then this morning ...
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1answer
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97 thunderbird brakes

Recently purchased a 97 t bird and brakes went to floor but had the front drivers side lock up under a emergency stop. I add fluid but see no leaks so it's got to be going somewhere but was thinking ...
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1answer
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Should I care about valve order or are they interchangeable?

So I've just learned how to take valves down and I'm pretty fascinated by the whole mechanism. I got a C-clamp compressor and took two valves out just to try. Went smooth. A question: is it important ...
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0answers
13 views

50cc scooter Carburetor help

Just got a new carburetor for my 50cc scooter and it has an extra hose it's under the manifold intake hoping someone can tell me where it's suppose to go
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4answers
82 views

Torn tire tread and sidewall on Subaru Impreza

My wife hit a curb in my 2012 Subaru Impreza and there is a small tear in the tread. Do I need to replace all 4 tires or can I just replace 2? I was told that I may have to replace all 4 tires because ...
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1answer
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When to Use a Timing Set with a Needle Thrust Bearing?

I need to replace the timing chain on my 98 Dodge Dakota 3.9L. When looking at timing chain sets, there are about three different price points: $60, $170, $250. In the $170 and $250 sets, a needle ...
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1999 Eurovan fumes in cabin

I am smelling fumes inside the cabin of my 1999 Eurovan, enough to cause headaches and make me feel sick. It has happened before and seems to happen when the car has been working hard, AC has been ...
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0answers
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Ford Sync MyTouch Weather

Is there a weather app or screen related for Ford Sync MyTouch with Nav installed. GM OnStar let you get radar overlays while driving. EDIT - SOLVED - It was Under Sync Services. After I ...
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1answer
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Determine age of timing belt on a 2003 Honda Accord before purchase

The belt which I can see when I open the car bonnet seems to be new, but my friend says that is not the timing belt and it can not be seen from outside. The car is a Honda accord 2003 V6 which I am ...
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1answer
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Dashboard Warping

The dashboard in our car recently started warping around the passenger side airbag. Should I be concerned about airbag deployment? Is there a simple way to fix it before it gets much worse? We ...
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1answer
27 views

How to prevent the windows from sticking to the rubber seal?

When I lower down the windows of my car, I hear that the seal is a little stuck to it and I think that's going to damage it eventually. What would be the way to prevent this? Is there some product I ...
2
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4answers
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Jumping car with too many amps?

Is it bad to jump your car with too many amps (i.e., with a 1000 amp jumper vs. a 400 amp jumper)? Or does the car regulate how many amps it will take? EDIT: I was told 400 amps is enough for most ...
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2answers
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Why are intake valves dirtier than exhaust?

I took my engine apart and one of the things I noticed, on both cylinder heads of my Tacoma V6, is that the intake valves (picture right) are significantly darker (or dirtier) than the exhaust ones ...
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2010 jonway scooter won't start

This scooter won't start when it gets wet when it rains what could be the problem? The undercarriage is not getting wet and the harness in the front is not getting wet and I don't have a clue where to ...
3
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1answer
31 views

Brake fluid gone, rear brakes out. '99 pathfinder

The other day I started my car and the e-brake light stayed on after releasing it and I figured it was electrical at first. When I started using the brakes I realized I had to push about twice as far ...
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2answers
62 views

How to clean engine when oil is contaminated with metal shards?

During a recent oil change Istripped the oil pan bolt. It took a bit of trial and error for me to realize the stripped hole was a 14mm 1.25 thread so I got a tap and rethread it to 14mm 1.5 thread ...
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0answers
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DIY carbon-fiber parts layup

I'm gathering the necessary equipment to start my next little hobby project building my own fairings. I got about 5 yards of carbon-fiber/Kevlar and another 5 yards of fiberglass, 10ft of 3' carbon ...
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2answers
226 views

Steering suddenly has become very loose

I have a Mk1 Golf (no power steering). Today I was pulling a hard right to do a U turn and heard a slight clunk. Now the steering is very loose and unaligned. You almost have to turn the wheel 45 ...
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0answers
23 views

Coolster dirt bike wont start

My 125 Coolster dirt bike has no spark. Replaced coil, CDI box ,and stator. Checked kill switch with ohm meter. Wiring seems good.
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3answers
80 views

How does brake-by-wire exactly work?

I am interested in getting to know how brake-by-wire system works in today's cars. This video shows that the Electronic stability control/program (ESC/ESP) intervenes by braking individual wheels. So ...
3
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0answers
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1999 Mazda 626 Auto Transmission Starts in 2nd, wont shift past 3rd

My wife has a 1999 Mazda 626 that had the transmission rebuilt 5 or 6 years ago. Recently the car started having problems starting unless it was shifted in to neutral. I replaced the neutral safety ...
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1answer
127 views

Engine revs to 4000 RPM without pressing gas pedal

I tried to start my car today but something strange keeps on happening. It turns on just fine, but once the engine is operating it starts revving to 4000 RPM even though I am not pressing the gas ...
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1answer
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Rear Mazda 3 tyres wearing from the inside

My rear tires are getting worn from the inside. I don't know whether the rubber bushes are worn-out or is something else. There is that clanging sound from the back. I tried wheel alignment many times ...
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2answers
58 views

Should the spare tyre be periodically replaced?

What are the dangers associated with using a spare tyre that is several years past expiry? I have seen people do this and live to tell the tale (a spare wheel manufactured in 2003 used to hobble an ...
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votes
2answers
71 views

Can this tire sidewall damage be repaired or should I replace the tire?

I* hit a curb and got a small tear in the front passenger side tire. The tear is about 1" long and goes mostly across the surface of the tire but also a little bit, maybe 1/4", toward the inside of ...
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0answers
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1998 Ford E150 Van - Implementing Power Doors and Windows

I put different doors on my ford van that have power windows and locks. My van was not equipped with these features originally. How do I get power to the doors in order to make the windows and ...
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0answers
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Rattle when starting manual 2008 sentra

There is a weird rattle when I start my manual Sentra. It lasts like a second at the most and it rattles for like 2 when I shut it off. Idk what I could be
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1answer
32 views

06 Solstice - CEL, no DTC, won't crank

Drove the car to work yesterday, made a few stops along the way with no issues. When I got out of the office, the car would no longer crank. I have a CEL, but no DTC (checked with HP Tuners). No ...
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2answers
38 views

Crackling/popping when wheels move at slow speed (e.g., rolling forward in drive)

My suspicion is that there is something loose (pebble, rock, or some other small, foreign object) behind the hub cap, but I hear a crackling or popping sound (almost like Pop Rocks or Rice Krispies) ...
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2answers
20 views

Tire Vibration from right rear tire at high speeds

The tire appeared to have a slow leak as I kept having to add air to it. So, I used Fix a Flat and now I have vibration at high speeds from that tire. What do you think might be the problem. I have ...
2
votes
1answer
31 views

Alternator voltage range

I'm just trying to figure out the normal operating range of an alternator. The best I've found is: http://www.f150online.com/forums/electrical-systems/469058-alternator-high-voltage-15-3v.html ...
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2answers
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what happens to a car that hasn't been driven for 3years? [duplicate]

I'm hoping that I'll soon be the owner of 4.0l turbo charged, 4wd 1994 jeep cherokee that's been sat in a garage, undriven for 3years. but i don't know what to start with during the reviving process
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1answer
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Octane rating of fats and oils versus diesel fuel

I'm struggling to understand why, apart from viscosity, it's so easy to substitute lipids (i.e. SVO, WVO) for diesel fuel. I'd have to assume these fuels have inherently different octane ratings and ...
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3answers
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Car slides on painted lines

I've googled all over the internet and believe it or not I can't find any answers on this question... Why the heck does my car lose traction for a second when I drive over painted road lines? Here's ...
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3answers
86 views

Safe engine braking in automatic cars

When I was learning to drive, I took my lessons in a manual car. On one of the lessons I was performing a reversing maneuver and I controlled the car on both the clutch and the brake pedal... which I ...
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0answers
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Security Relearn for 2006 Chevy Aveo

I had to replace a faulty ECM in a 2006 Chevy Aveo, and I ordered the part pre-programmed (based on my VIN and possibly some other info). I've installed the part and have began the security relearn ...
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3answers
81 views

Lugging vs stalling an engine

Does stalling an engine count as lugging it? I know lugging is not good for the engine for various reasons. Does stalling do those to the engine as well? Thanks
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1answer
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Live scan tool for OBD 1.5 GM transitional?

1995 S-10 Blazer 4.3L Vortec V6 (vin W) with Powertrain Control Module (PCM) 1995 was the OBD transitional year for GM. The PCM itself is OBDI, but the interface connector has the 16-pin D-style ...
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1answer
70 views

How to Detect a Bad Transmission When Buying a High Mileage Vehicle

Rebuilding a transmission is one of the most expensive things that can be done on a car and I've been told it's one of the main reasons people dump cars other than timing belt issues. I've read ...
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1answer
30 views

How Difficult / Expensive is it to Swap An Automatic Transmission?

Let's say you are thinking of getting a car cheap due to it having a spotty automatic transmission. How difficult / expensive would it typically be to get a low mileage second hand transmission from ...
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votes
2answers
40 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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votes
2answers
113 views

Should I lap my valves if I have easy access?

Now that I have my cylinder heads out of my V6 Tacoma, I am considering taking the valves out to inspect them in case they are bent or whatever and grind them. There is no symptoms of valves ...
2
votes
1answer
37 views

How Many Partial Oil Transmission Fluid Changes Until Clean

I have to change my transmission oil (2008 Nissan Sentra CVT). It has a 7 liter total capacity, but due to the torque converter, I can only drain 4 liters at a time. Thus, I have to make several ...
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2answers
164 views

How to clean cylinder head and engine block contact surface before gasket change?

How should I clean my cylinder head and engine block contact surfaces before a head gasket change? There is residue paint from the old gasket on both the head and block side. Should I do it ...
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1answer
40 views

Wheel and tire clearance to trailer chassis

I have a trailer with a rubber-torsion axle (axle is fixed to chassis, hubs are mounted to swing arms that are embedded in the ends of the rubber-filled tube axle). Since the swing arms move only in ...
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0answers
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Window Motor Gear Bushings

Using that popular guide on this website I have tried a few times to conquer the task of changing the bushings in my motor gear for my '92 Explorer Sport. I am mechanically inclined (not that this is ...
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0answers
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Excursion SuperDuty Cannot Calibrate Speedometer

I have an 02 Excursion Limited Diesel and cannot get the speedometer calibrated. I purchased the vehicle with 35" tires (original equipment is 32") The tires were about 75% worn and the speedometer ...
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0answers
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Electronics not working after trying to replace stereo

The trunk release, power locks, key fob, radio, interior lights, power mirrors, and the horn (horn only works when car is running) all don't work but my power windows still work great. What could be ...
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Which cars are more comfortable? [closed]

If you're driving for around 4 hours continuously which types of car would stand out in comfort? For example sedan or suv, or any other type. Definition of Comfort: Less noise Ease of getting in ...

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