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Can I avoid buying a ridiculously expensive replacement starter motor?

My situation can be described with a photo: That's my starter motor, which doesn't appear to be in a healthy condition. What I would like to know is, can I avoid spending over $500 on a new one in ...
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Should I remove the rings when cleaning a piston?

I want to clean my piston in a small ultrasonic cleaner (with distilled water). Do I need to remove the piston rings to do so, or can I leave them on and make sure it dries completely? If I replace ...
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I have a 2002 Mitsubishi L300 SWB Van - Can it get too cold to start it without damaging it?

It's currently with me in the mountains where it gets very cold, is there any chance of me damaging it by starting it? I started it 3 days ago and let it run for like 15 mins, but haven't since. It's ...
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Is Ackerman steering solved?

I heard of jeantaud mechanism of steering. does it accomplish the right steering everytime? aren't tyres slipping in any situation? I mean, is it the definitive solution to the Ackerman steering or ...
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What alternator failure modes create excess drag without making allot of noise?

I was wondering in what ways could an alternator partially fail such that it would create excess drag on the engine ( enough to cause some shaking / lugging ) but not make any immediately apparent ...
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Nil HydroCarbon in the exaust

If hydrocarbons (HC) are nil and Carbon Monoxide (CO) is 0.33% and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is 14% Why does the HC show up as nil? Is there a problem with having no HC readings?
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Weird starting and not starting for my 2005 Kia Sedona

My 2005 Kia Sedona has a weird start and not start issue about every couple of weeks. It is currently doing it more often. It also does this weird thing when I am trying to start it, it seems almost ...
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Why does stopping and starting a car in heavy traffic burn more fuel?

Why does stopping and starting a car in heavy traffic burn more fuel than simply coasting on a highway at 55 mph?
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The Parking Brake on my 1965 Buick hasn't been used in 20 years, what maintenance should be done before use?

I have a 1965 full-size Buick with front and rear drum brakes which has been in storage for several years. I never used the parking brake even when I used it as a daily driver so it's been engaged ...
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Will a 205/55r16 replace a 225/45r17 tire?

I purchased tires in the size 205/55r16 for my 2005 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLX 4-motion based on the sizing suggested by nearly every major tire seller online. Well, today I noticed that her current (...
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Reset TPM system on 2005 Toyota Corolla

Recently, my daughter told me the tire pressure monitor (TPM) light had come on in our 2005 Toyota Corolla (USA model). We checked the tires and found that one was indeed a bit low, and we brought it ...
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Water leaking through visor area into interior

My car leaks when it rains. Rain drips from the visor area. I suspect an area outside and above the windshield that is showing some rust. I also suspect that my windshield was not replaced (long ago)...
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Car not starting after few kilometer of driving ( chev cruise 1.8 2011 model)

My car don't start after few kilometre drive but start nice every morning or let me say it always start fine when the engine its cold, I am suspecting its petrol pump or let me say the fuel system. ...
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Is grinding the “ear” of a disc brake pad ok to make it fit?

I searched this but no luck finding an answer. I recently did a disk brake rotor and pad replacement on a friends car. One of the pads would not fit in the allocated space in the caliper frame. The ...
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Lawn mower safety cable issues

I spent all weekend trying to fix why the lawnmower would sometimes not start/stay started. It needed maintenance anyway so I changed the spark plug, changed the oil and even rebuilt all the o-rings ...
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08 Silverado 5.3 cold start exhaust smoke and engine stall

For some time now I've been getting a considerable amount of dark smoke from my tailpipe on cold starts which I believe to be an oil burning issue. I have an oil consumption test in progress, so far ...
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RTV Sealant or similar for replacement of lawnmower crankcase gasket

A while ago I hit a stump with my lawnmower and bent the crankshaft in my lawnmower. I could only pull the bottom of the crankcase off partway, so I had to cut the crankshaft in half. When I was ...
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I lost a door lock wire inside the door

I was refitting repaired door lock and accidentally the wire that is used to push down the lever on the actuator (?) fell inside the door. I can hear it rattling somewhere in the corner but I have no ...
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1answer
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Hero Passion Pro - Choke Issues

I have a Hero Passion Pro Motorcycle. It does not get started when the choke is on. It does start when the choke is turned off? The engine produces a disturbing noise and smoke goes out when the ...
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0answers
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02 upstream wire harness diagram

I have a 1996 Dodge Neon 2.0 L Vin C. DTC P0171 when I went to change 02 Sensor. I saw that my upstream 02 sensor connector harness side got melted, was to close the the exhaust. Don't know how to ...
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Starter problem with 1994 Honda Accord

so, when I turn the key to start position on the Accord (EX) no sound is made. You can push start it, and the battery is fine - lights, horn, everything. But there is absolutely no noise. I'm ...
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VW Mk4 TDI (ALH) – Suggestions for Removing Stuck Water Pump

I'm in the middle of replacing a leaking water pump on our 2002 ALH TDI and have finally gotten to the point where I'm trying to remove the old pump. So far no joy... I got the new pump from ...
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2003 chchevorlet S-10 pickup truck

My abs light comes on but then it goes away my problem is when im coming to a complete stop you hear a noise a little motor sound and then the left side driver side like it pulls to the right side it ...
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Honda Civic- no start-no crank

I have a 1989 Honda Civic DX Hatchback. I tried to start the vehicle after running it for some time. It did not start. When I turn the ignition switch, the battery light comes on (normal) and brake ...
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faint whining sound coming from air conditioner

My wife has an '05 Honda Element and when we turn the A/C on there is a very faint whining sound. The sound is not constant, it goes on and off and you have to listen closely to hear it. The A/C is ...
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1answer
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Proper way to install a U-Joint

I recently posted this question about finding the proper U-Joint for my truck (Chevrolet Silverado EC/SB 1500 4x4 Z71 LT3 L33). I'm planning on purchasing U-Joints which have zerks in them, so I can ...
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Multiple misfire on a 1998 Infinity Code

I bought a 1998 Infinity, and it has been running poorly, with a poor gas usage. I went and had a parts store run the computer, It gave me the code Multiple miss fire, along with Knock sensor, Evap ...
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Which of these parts can protect my gasoline from theft?

I am aware of this question, and I believe the answer there is excellent. But what I'm asking for is the list below and what to make of it. Some people in my neighbourhood have been stealing gasoline ...
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1answer
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Terracan 2.9 crdi 2004 won't start

Wile driving i activated the high beam (headlights) and the rpm-meter started flickering for a moment and then dropped down to 0. Stopped the car and shut of the engine for 10 min for other reasons. ...
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1answer
46 views

What computer does a Toyota Corolla use?

I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla. I took it to AutoZone because my check engine light was on, and they plugged in some electronic thing that read the problems. What computer / electronic system is keeping ...
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Grease on wheel bolts or not?

My father (an engineer, but not an auto mechanic) taught me to use a tiny dab of machine grease on the thread (not the rim) of each wheel bolt. This would help against corrosion, and help when ...
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2003 Mercury Sable - lack of power and hesitation when accelerating

2003 Mercury Sable When accelerating from stop sign, red light, attempting to get on the highway the car has no power when applying pressure to the gas pedal. Struggling to get past 20-25 mph. Once ...
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Are there any risks if I use impact wrench to loosen lug nuts while the tire not touching ground?

I was watching a couple of videos on how to change tires and I keep hearing that it is recommended to loosen the lug nuts while tires are touching the ground. I followed this advice when I changed ...
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Oldsmobile Alero (2004) brake issue

I was driving this car around yesterday quite a bit with no problems, when I stopped to go into a store for a few minutes. After I came out, I started the car, and the brakes went right to the floor ...
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honda fit aria (2007) gear engage vibration and sound

A sharp sound and a vibration come when releasing break paddle after the gear is engaged in reverse (R) or in drive (D). When the car is in motion, they get disappeared. what could be the reason?
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Starting fluid, does it require a spark or autoignite?

If a four stroke gasoline engine (inline-four, digital fuel injection) starts with starting fluid (but not without it, and stops firing when the spray is removed), is this an indication that the spark ...
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2004 Ranger won't shift into second

I have a 2004 Ford Ranger. It suddenly stopped going into seconds gear. All the other gears work fine. Do you know why?
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U-Joints for a Pickup

I am in need of U-Joints for my 06 Chevy Silverado 1500 Ext Cab Short Bed Z71 LT3 L33 4L60e pickup truck. The issue I'm having is, when I looked it up on RockAuto.com (my go to site), I found there ...
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Why does my manual gear sometimes slip into neutral?

I have a Mazda 323 Astina (called something else outside of Australia), 1997 model. When the weather is cold the car sometimes slips out of 5th gear into neutral. It only ever does it once a day, ...
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Trying to fasten a steel tube to an exhaust manifold

Does anyone have experience trying to fasten/connect a small diameter steel tube to a cast iron exhaust manifold? I'm working on a 1979 Ford F-100 with a 300 CID/4.9L inline 6 engine. Part of the ...
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More In Cylinder Pressure Testing Questions

So I was looking at a 06 Pontiac G6 2.4l with a complaint of low power on hills. Had been at another shop to have the transmission checked and they referred the customer to us. Road test confirms car ...
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1answer
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Power to seperate starter switch only when motor isn't running

I need a circuit to disengage power to the start switch which is seperate from key switch when engine has started so there is no chance of accidentally engaging the starter with the already operating ...
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1answer
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Stuck valve, loss of pressure. Risky or only poor performance?

I have a 1998 Toyota Tacoma 2.7L 4cyl with 202,000. The engine has been running rough and will occasionally sputter and die when I let off the gas pedal. I had it diagnosed and they think it's a ...
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1answer
22 views

Fuse box location

I've have a 2006 Renault Scenic 1.6 Liter. I can't seem to find where the fuse box is located as it's not where it says it is in the handbook. The cigarette lighter fuse has blown but cant find the ...
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1answer
26 views

Does Pirelli have a motorcycle tire warranty?

I can't find any information about a motorcycle tire warranty for Pirelli. Does anyone know if Pirelli offers a warranty on their motorcycle tires?
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Do I really have to pull the engine to remove broken spark plugs?

I broke 2 spark plugs in my Buick lesabre 3800. The plug is broken at the top of the nut. The porcelain is all broken off in the socket. Took it to a mechanic and was told he would have to take the ...
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votes
2answers
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Are there potential issues with leaving a car without a battery for a few days?

I am sure I read, or was told, that completely removing a battery from a car is bad because it resets things in the car's computer or it dumps some sort of acquired tuning data, or something along ...
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vote
0answers
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How to fix P0301,P0302,P0303,P0304,P0306,P1399 error codes for Honda Accord 2000?

Make: Honda Model: Accord Engine: 3.0L Year: 2000 Error codes: P0301,P0302,P0303,P0304,P0306,P1399 Knowledge level: I know little about cars Help needed: Please help me find out what is going on ...
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1answer
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Light bar vs Car battery

I have a light bar that pulls close to 22 amps how long can I have it on and my jeep off without hurting my battery?
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1answer
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Dual suspension to monoshock

I have a Bajaj Discover 135 with dual suspension. I have seen some photos on Google of some people who have successfully done this conversion. Now my question is, what would be the steps to do this?...

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