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Vauxhall/Opel Astra H How to remove front door electrical connector

The front door electrical connector on the Astra Mk5 H, is a rectangular multiplug. Is there a special technique for pulling it off. Are there clips which must be released first? Any tips ...
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Oil low - incorrect oil already in. Stick with the wrong type or add correct type? [duplicate]

Vehicle: 2004 Mini Cooper (1598cc Petrol, 3-door hatchback) (United Kingdom). My knowledge-level: Low. Background: My oil level is below 'minimum'. I suspect a leak and have booked it into the ...
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How do you compare two ECU maps

I want to update my ECU mapping on my motorcycle to the latest one supplied by the manufacturer, but I'd also like to see what changed before doing so. I downloaded what was on the bike ECU and also ...
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Gas Pedal, Power breaks/Steering stops working… for a while?

I was just driving my car in a parking lot. After driving for about 15-20 minutes my gas pedal stops working! This has happened once before, I wasn't too surprised. I waited for about 3 minutes and ...
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Is it acceptable to use a 3/4 inch socket to loosen what are presumably 19mm lug nuts?

I've have a spare six-point 3/4" flank drive socket I'd like to keep in the trunk with a breaker bar. (From recent experience, the little collapsing wrench that comes with the seventh-gen Chevy Malibu ...
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1answer
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What make and model carburetor does a Farmall H tractor have?

I've been asked to find parts for a Farmall H Tractor carb. None of the searches I try identify the Make and Model. I believe the engine is an IH C152. I can see that the same carb is used on an H, ...
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How do I make a self start bike using a Hero Honda CD 100?

Very, very new to this community. I want to customize my old bike with a self start along with user authentication via Bluetooth using a smart phone. I can make the electronics part (Means Software ...
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Can I stock brake rotors or brake pads for more than a year?

I can get really good deal on brake rotors and brake pads in a local auto part store. This type of 50% deal won't happen quite often on good brands. The problem is that I won't need a to change my ...
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What's the best place to safely store a life hammer?

This is not really a maintenance question, but I figured this would be a good place to ask. I have a life hammer in the glove compartment, but I'm having doubts about where to store it. I figure that ...
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1answer
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Tire showing low pressure after few KMs of ride

I am having this question from long back. I am using N2 for my tyres. After a few KM (say some 3-4 KMs), measuring the PSI, shows a less pressure. Whether, due to the increase in the temperature in ...
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What does a liter class engine mean?

I have had this question for a long time, can I assume that a 1000 CC engine is able to hold a liter (1L) of water content? Please let me know if my understanding is correct, so I can understand ...
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Hardware Installation on Fiberglass boat

I had to rebuild the jet pump on a 1992 boston whaler rage. I noticed a putty like substance on the hardware I removed directly from the hull, I assume it is used to waterproof the bolt holes in the ...
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Should I replace fuses as a part of regular maintenance?

I've been having a few problems that might be electrical in my car. Seeing as mechanics always want to replace parts first, I'm having to diagnose this problem myself. It seems like replacing all ...
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1answer
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Motorcycle front brake lever too close to grip

The front brake lever on my 1998 Honda VFR is coming back way too close to the grip. This is since it came out of winter storage in April. It's an adjustable lever and I've changed it from 3 or so to ...
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1answer
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Tire Replacement - 30k mile, mechanic says its okay to only replace one?

We have a 2014 Toyota Corolla with a little under 30,000 miles. A few months ago some road debris resulted in a punctured tire (rear passenger side). We had the tire fixed, but found out that they ...
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1answer
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Benchmark about quality levels in car parts

I want to replace a front grille of Honda Civic 2014 EX Sedan (4 doors). I've been suggested to buy it from this auto part dealer RockAuto which has a great catalog. I found the part in "CAPA" and ...
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1answer
137 views

How to remove the clips of the Honda Emblem. Safely

Can someone suggest me how to remove the clips/pins behind the emblem of the front grille of a Honda Civic 2014 EX Sedan. I wanna replace the grille because it's cracked. I saw many tutorials in ...
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1answer
60 views

What action to take when GM Goodwrench breaks something? [closed]

I'm just back from GM Goodwrench for an airbag recall. The part in question is as you see in the picture. It looks like a fresh break, and the repair required pealing the carpet partly back, but I ...
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1answer
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Locating the O2 sensors and the cat along the exhaust

I gather that the upstream O2 sensor is the one right in the center of this picture. I also gather that the catalytic converter (the "cat") is the bulbous part of the exhaust right behind this sensor. ...
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1answer
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Am I missing a cover in the underbelly of the glove compartment?

After a service call for a 2003 Vibe, the underbelly of the glove compartment looks like this: As you see in bottom left of the image, one plug is missing. Also the white mechanical part seems too ...
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6 YO Honda CB Twister 100 cc bike delivers rough (struggles to keep pulling) power output post 40-50 kmph

It's just that the engine struggles to put out more power, with a lot of roughness in the engine sound post 50 kmph - What might be the problem? The recommended engine oil is 10w30 for this, but i've ...
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1answer
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2008 Grand Prix GPX

What spark plug should I be using? I did my own tune up and the guy at auto advance told me to get some Bosch spark plugs for my car but then I notice less power. A mechanic told me I shouldn't have ...
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High acceleration and dieing when brake is pressed

I have a 2003 Ford Taurus its been good only needed a new starter and new brakes besides the standard changes in the 6-7 yrs since i got it. Then 7 Jan 2016 hit. Since then it has been in the shop 5 ...
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2006 Mazda 5 2.3L cranks but no start

I have a vexing problem and so far two mechanics and the dealer haven't been able to solve it. The car will crank and crank and crank but will not start. On the initial crank the fuel pump will come ...
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Does P0420 on a Vibe result from a pre- or a post- O2 sensor?

My CEL is on and the code reads P0420 on a 2003 Vibe. There are apparently three options: Pre-cat O2 sensor Post-cat O2 sensor CAT model 51274 This is most likely beyond my mechanical abilities ...
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1answer
37 views

BMW Tyre pressure control system (RDC) - tire replacement

I have one damaged tire that needs to be replaced on my BMW 320i year 2014. Can I buy only one new and expect no annoyances from RDC? The point being the old tire has a worn a couple of millimeters - ...
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1answer
42 views

My car wouldn't start

I drive a BMW 525i, recently hasn't been starting up, I drove to see my friends once and was fine, when I left them I try to start and would not dare to start, so checked on the radiator, the was no ...
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1answer
52 views

What kind of amperage and sticks needed to weld a nut to a stripped cap/bolt?

I was trying to get a cam gear cap/bolt thing off a 2000 Volvo S80 2.9l and stripped the torx pattern out of a bolt. I'd guess it's around 1-1/2" in diameter, and this is what it looks like: I have ...
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1answer
35 views

Re-wiring Harness in Jet Boat w/ Ford 460

I'm replacing the wiring harness on my jet boat. It has a Ford 460 in it. The boat has five gauges on it. A tachometer, oil pressure, amperage, fuel gauge, and water temp. There is also a toggle ...
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1answer
27 views

2006 Chevy impla 3.5

The coolant is hot and bubbling. The car is not overheating. I changed the water pump, the thermo sensor, thermostat and intake gaskets. Not sure if it sealed completely. Wondering, is it the head ...
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1answer
40 views

Best way to add amp and sub to car [closed]

I just got my first car, a Chevy Cavalier 2000 base, and I would like to put in a new radio, a decent amp and sub to drive the speakers and sub. I am right now looking at this radio. I would like to ...
4
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1answer
26 views

2003 Dodge Ram 1500 3.7 engine knock

My truck has been making a knocking noise upon acceleration. Today the knocking is constant and louder. What could this be? Pistons? Oil sludge? New motor?
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2answers
468 views

How can I be sure that a rod knock is actually a rod knocking?

I have a 2005 Ford Escape 2.3 L engine, there is a knocking type sound as soon as the engine is started and the speed of the "knocking" follows the RPM. How can I be sure that it is in fact a rod ...
5
votes
1answer
71 views

Why is oil filling up in my air intake system?

The car that I am working on displayed below is a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2 DOHC. I would like to admit that my knowledge of cars is little to none. I decided to start tinkering around with it ...
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1answer
71 views

Does turning fan speed down affect AC compressor load

When I have my AC running, and I turn down the fan speed, does this also change the load the AC puts on the engine? Since the compressor puts load on the engine, and reduces fuel economy, I am ...
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1answer
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Remote does not always lock/unlock the car: diagnosing RF receiver issues

The remote central locking thing on my car key does not alway lock or unlock the car. Sometimes it works right away, sometimes I have to press it dozens of times before it works, sometimes it never ...
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Why is gas around a car battery only at risk of ignition from jumper cables?

As pointed out in Jump starting a dead battery: Connect black wire to negative pole of battery or grounded metal?, you connect the black jumper cable to the dead car's chassis to avoid sparks made ...
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2answers
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Transmission Dip stick reading at Hot level [closed]

I just bought a 2000 GMC Jimmy with 170,012 miles on it. Is it normal that it is reading hot on the dip stick of the tranny fluid? yes this is after its been running for awhile.Also the previous owner ...
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2answers
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Car Shuts Off during low RPM and only happens at night or early morning

I have a Holden Barlina 2004 VY model v6 I have it for at least 2 years now, but this issue only started to happen two months ago. As I turn it on, it goes smooth and quietly, but as I drive, ...
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2answers
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1989 Chevy Scottsdale 2500 HD 5.7 liter 350

I have just finished a body off restoration of my 1989 Chevrolet Scottsdale 2500 HD. My question, is there an OBDI or OBDII or do I need a adapter to scan it? Even if I rebuilt the engine and ...
5
votes
2answers
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Car gives knocking noise from front during braking

I have a 2002 BMW E39, the car gives a knocking noise when braking, which can be felt and heard from the front. Outside it is much louder than inside. Could this be caused by a rotten brake dust ...
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2answers
93 views

How does hydropneumatic suspension perform vs conventional suspension?

My stock Citroen BX is equipped with hydropneumatic suspension. I have a ser of xantia suspension spheres mounted which brings the pressure up to 70bar vs the standard 45. My question is, how ...
5
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2answers
62 views

Missing part on '87 Ninja 600R

I bought an '87 Ninja 600R (ZX600b) and can't figure out whats missing that goes in or over this hole. Is it missing a plug, a hose, or something else? Is it important?
4
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0answers
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2000 Tacoma Stalls then Wont Idle

I have a 2000 Toyota Tacoma that has stalled 3 times in the past 6 months. The engine will turn off while exiting the freeway, admittedly at a faster pace than normal, and following the off-ramp as ...
6
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1answer
51 views

What should I use to maintain leather seats?

I have a 2007 Honda Odyssey with leather seats. What can I do to keep them from drying out and cracking?
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1answer
274 views

My brand new bike stopped while running - why? [duplicate]

I purchased a brand new Royal Enfield Classic 350 yesterday. This morning I rode it to my office (around 20 Km), parked in the basement, and in the evening I started to ride home. After 10 Km the ...
4
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1answer
21 views

2001 pontiac montana minivan- gas gauge does not work

My gas gauge does not work at all. How do i diagnose the problem, to find out if this needs a new sending unit or if there are other issues?
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5answers
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Smart and effective ways to light up a garage without relying on power outlets?

I am currently renting an garage in an underground parking lot. The garage has no light inside nor electric plugs. The only form of illumination available comes from the few neon lights in the ...
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1answer
37 views

Leaking water under bottom left of the engine block

I have a 1999 ford explorer Eddie Bauer SOHC 4.0L and it is pouring water from a hole in the engine. I'm not sure where or what goes in the but it is running out fast.
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Strong gas odor 1997 VW Eurovan [closed]

Not strictly the gas cap...mechanic cannot diagnose the problem. I am the original owner, vehicle has 100 K in excellent condition except for this and the air conditioning also just went out ...

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