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Is there a way to section a frame without fish plating?

When building a frame is there a way to join the sections together without having to fish plate?
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Electronic Power Steering Conversion Kit for Box Trucks?

Are there any electric power steering conversion kits that will work for larger vehicles such as box trucks? Do larger vehicles need larger electric motors to help steer?
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What is the effect of changing rim diameter while keeping wheel width constant?

Which advantages or disadvantages would I obtain by changing the rim size while keeping the overall diameter of the wheel and the thread width constant? For example, in ...
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Does Tig welding a frame add more strength where fish plating isn't required?

Usually when someone builds a custom frame they are typically Mig welded and fish plated but if a frame is Tig welded does that generate better penetration when welding pieces together so you don't ...
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Wheel rim chrome repair

I recently bought a used vehicle which has some aftermarket rims on it. For whatever reason the previous owner failed to take good care of them and there are areas of them (some are 2 or 3 inches) ...
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Mazda CX7 metallic pulsating sound when driving below 20 MPH

I have this issue with my CX7, when I drive at a regular speed, the car performs very well. Now when I release the gas pedal and brake the car makes no sound until it goes below 20 MPH, then I can ...
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What is fish plating a frame?

When building a frame I've heard people refer to adding a fish plate. What does fish plating a frame do and what exactly is it?
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Software solutions to lighter flywheel issues

This great question discusses the disadvantages of a lighter flywheel: More twitchy to drive Shorter window of opportunity to complete gear changes Possible stalling at low RPM It seems to me that ...
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Can't get into trunk of 2000 mercury marquis

Anyone have any ideas to get into a locked, jammed trunk of a 2000 mercury marquis? They key, the remote, and the button on the door all do not work, although a clicking sound is produced. You can't ...
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Mercedes E-350, 2006 sedan ignition problem

I own a Mercedes e-350 2006 sedan whose ignition box was vandalized and taken away by vandals. I could not start this car since then and I thought of buying a used ignition box to use on the car with ...
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2003 Ford Focus 5 speed Stuck in Reverse [closed]

The shift lever is stuck in reverse and will not come out. I took out the shift tower to check the cable, and nothing appears to be missing or stuck. What could be causing this problem?
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Does putting an automatic car into neutral at stop lights significantly harm the transmission?

I drive a 2013 Mazda 3, in case that makes any difference to the answer. There seems to be a few discussions on the web which indicate that putting an automatic car into neutral does not ...
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As all metric threads appear to have the same angle, is a metric thread file universal?

I'm doing the top mounts on a 1997 Mk3 Golf 1.6 GLI (101HP) at the moment. The car is equipped with Koni sport suspension and is using Mk2 spring caps. I'm replacing the Mk3 top mounts with Mk2 ...
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Mercedes c240 4matic: permanent AWD?

I plan to buy a car (a Mercedes c240 4matic from 2003) with AWD. I heard, all-wheel drive is really good in winter, and maybe on the mountains. But in sommer it's only a waste of gas. The engine has ...
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Car interior rattles on idle

My carb Citroën BX interior rattles on idle. This mostly happens before the engine warms up, as soon as I apply the smallest amount of throttle this disappears, which leads me to apply throttle when ...
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Motorcycle Starting Motor does not crank, WHY?

Eureka! After replacing the starter relay purchased on eBay with the original Honda one the engine starts and runs perfectly! ''''''2''''' UPDATE: installed a new fully charged battery = still no ...
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0answers
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2000 Mercury Sable instrument cluster and headlights do not turn off

My 2000 Mercury Sable Premium LS (3.0L 24V Duratec V6) has an electrical issue: When I remove the key from the ignition, the instrument cluster and headlights do not run off. I can reach in at any ...
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0answers
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Jeep Cherokee A/C Trans?

The A/C wouldn't blow cold even after freon put in. The condenser and fan replaced but it keeps blowing fuses and still no A/C. Now when I check there are bubbles in transmission fluid now. What is ...
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1answer
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2006 VW Jetta TDI EGR cleanup

I am going to cleanup the EGR pipe in my VW Jetta TDI. Are there any special considerations on how to remove the carbon which might be blocking the flow?
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1answer
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WOT uphill, no increase in RPM, consuming more gas?

I own a city car Chevrolet Spark 2016. When going up a steep hill say in 4th gear, having the throttle down at 60% or WOT is practically the same. There's a minimal increase in RPM and power. Will the ...
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0answers
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Why does my 2000 Honda civic always leak heat [duplicate]

Even when my fan is off, hot air is always being blown out on me. Does anyone know why this is happening? It doesn't seem like the car is overheating, because the gauge looks fine.
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0answers
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Manual vs Automatic Transmission Performance [duplicate]

I used to drive a Suzuki Khyber, 1989 model. It has a 1.0L 5 speed manual transmission. Recently I have shifted to Toyota Passo+Hana, 2008 model. It is 1.0L 4 speed automatic CVT transmission. Now ...
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4x4 for sports cars (street use)

As some of you may know from this question i am currently rebuilding my car. The plan is to rebuild it from scratch. An important part is the engine. At the moment there is a 1.4l 8V petrol engine ...
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1answer
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how much coolant required in chevrolet spark

Which coolant I can use in my Chevrolet spark and how much coolant and water required
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VW Jetta GLI making intermittent grinding noise on launch

I just saw a 2007 GLI with 120,000 kms that I was interested in purchasing today. There were 3 issues that I need help with: Upon launching the car (gas pedal floored) I could hear some kind of ...
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Radiator Water Issue

The water in my radiator keeps depleting I've checked for leaks but I can't seem to find any. Every morning when I check the radiator I have to fill it up for about a litre. Yesterday I didn't use ...
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3answers
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Modding Honda Ridgeline cigarette lighter to power USB ports

I am doing a project in my '06 Ridgeline where I am taking out the iPod / Aux add-on and putting in a Bluetooth / Aux add-on at the back of the radio. In the process I will be removing the left ...
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Why do combustion chamber combustion gasses turn the engine when it only burns?

I asked this because if I have a small portion of fossil fuel and light it, the fuel will only burn. But inside a combustion chamber of a vehicle this same combustion will propel the piston downward ...
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1answer
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john deere sx75

My SX75 was moving when it stopped. It does not move forward or backwards. The clutch pedal feels fine. If i put it in gear with the tractor off it cannot be pushed forward or backwards (trans ...
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1answer
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How is AFR calculated from ODBII readings

In another post (A most intriguing cold-start misfire mystery) I found this quote: Mass air flow = 3.66 g/s Fuel flow = 1.27 l/h, Fuel rail pressure = 380 kPa This indicates to me that AFR ...
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2answers
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BSFC (Brake Specific Fuel Consumption) - How is this a beneficial measurement?

Brake Specific Fuel Consumption or BSFC Measuring various attributes of an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) and how it performs certainly gives a greater understanding of how a particular ICE ...
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Horsepower at wheels calculation

I have used Torque Pro App for sometime in my Hyundai i10 Era (2011 model) and it gives me Horsepower at wheels. But the values seems to be much less. To find out the problem, I logged the car OBD ...
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0answers
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2010 mini cooper transmission noise and gear shift at RPM higher than normal

I'm hearing rattling noise when the transmission is engaged (drive) and it get's louder at higher rpm. previously I did not hear this. There is no noise when I rev engine in park mode. The gear in ...
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Optimal acceleration for automatic transmission? [closed]

In a car with automatic transmission, what's the best way to accelerate so as to minimize fuel consumption? Assume I'm not going to change the gears manually. Note that I'm also considering non-flat ...
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1answer
32 views

Should a suspension air bag be changed after so many miles?

I've referenced several manufacture sites (such as Firestone & Slam Specialties) to find any verbiage on their site's but I was unable to find if air bags for a hot rod should be changed after so ...
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What are the benefits of a lightweight flywheel and why aren't they lightweight already?

This previous question explains what a flywheel does and why it is needed. That explanation means that the flywheel needs a certain amount of mass to do its job. However, an "upgrade" for many cars ...
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2answers
57 views

Why is a flywheel important to a car? [duplicate]

I know that a flywheel is used to provide inertia. Do motorcycles have them? If not, why don't they have it?
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Are there requirements for building a car-PC and it's software?

I am currently rebuilding a car as a hobby. As a part of it I am planning on building in a car PC with custom software for some multimedia usage, navigation and some diagnose usage. I know there are ...
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2answers
167 views

Cleaning and Shining Black, Under Hood Rubber and Plastic Parts

There are various black plastic and rubber parts under my hood I would try to make look nice such as my cold air intake box: I tried cleaning it with water that had a little vinegar added to it, ...
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1answer
53 views

Headlight and dome light flickers

My car's headlight and dome light flickers when the car is started, but when the car is already moving light is working fine. Other lights works fine, though I wasn't able to check the tail lights and ...
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2answers
33 views

93 325i E36 - help with tires

So I have 2 different rims in the back. One is wide and the other is thinner, along with two different size tires. It pulls hard to the left. Is there a way to fix this without having to get ...
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4answers
314 views

Cold Air Intake and Engine Wear

I'm contemplating whether or not to retrofit my car with a cold-air intake and performance air filter. Will doing so lower the lifespan of my engine? That is to say, increase likelihood of engine ...
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2answers
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What are the pros and cons of having “summer wheels” and “winter wheels”?

I bought a lightly used VW GTI last year, and it has alloy rims I have been in SoCal, so the weather is pretty fine, but we're moving to the midwest :(. Should I plan on buying steel ...
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1answer
124 views

Cleaning brake fluid (general tips)

There are some other threads on other websites about cleaning up brake fluid. But I just wanted to get a more organized, concise answer here on SE. Wanted to confirm that cleaning up brake fluid just ...
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2answers
34 views

MAP sensor covered with gasoline

I have a 2007 Hyundai Accent SE with a 1.6 liter engine in it. It was stalling often so I hooked up a code reader and it said the MAP sensor was bad. I tried to check it to see if it might just be ...
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20answers
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

We have a lot of stray cats in my neighborhood and they possess an uncanny ability to know when a car has been cleaned for them to sit on and enjoy. Needless to say, the dirty, dusty paw marks they ...
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2answers
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My 94 Honda Civic..which is a manual..will crank but not start… but it will clutch off

My 94 Honda Civic..which is a 5 speed manual..will crank but not start..It will clutch off and runs and drives well after that. I have to pump the clutch several times before it will even start to ...
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2answers
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Is this the ATF drain plug on 06 Ford Fusion (please confirm)?

2006 Ford Fusion SE Auto. I have it jacked up now ready to do a drain and fill of the ATF fluid but I'm not 100% sure about the drain plug. If you know this car please confirm, is this it in the pic? ...
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2answers
64 views

Power on issues - Car radio

I'm not if someone here has any experience with car radios or if I can even ask diagnosis questions? I have a dual din DVD player. It's an Absolute DD-3000ADT Problem it's having is the display ...
5
votes
3answers
56 views

Brakes getting tight on their own

I own a Ford Focus ZX4 LE 2.0 engine. This is on my Android so bullet points are not available. But I would explain as good as I can. -The problem I have is when I drive anywhere either on the ...

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