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What are reverse lights used for besides showing intention to reverse?

Recently I have noticed cars in parking lots with their reverse lights on even when the driver is not behind the wheel. I stop to let the drivers back out, and then realize they have no such ...
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Is it worth having a fire extinguisher in the car?

I've always had a small 1 Kg (2.2 pounds) multipurpose ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher in the car. It has finally expired and I'm wondering whether I should get a new one. In my region it is not ...
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Is Paint Protection worth paying for?

I've just bought myself a new car, and as expected the dealer is trying to sell me extra items. The two options they are trying to push on me are Paint Protection nano technology paint protection ...
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Do I need to go to a dealer for a simple maintenance?

I just bought a 2012 CRV. Now, it's time for an oil change. I already moved so the dealer is too far away from my house (may need half day off) and there is no other public transportation to go there. ...
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What problems can come from AC not running for years?

I have an 81 Chevy C10 that I inherited from my dad. This truck has mostly sat for the last seven years, with me running it enough to keep it in condition. I've been using this truck mainly for the ...
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All weather tires vs winter tires on well-plowed roads

I live in Minnesota. I've seen lots of people recommend changing to winter tires in the winter. However, what doesn't make sense to me is that the roads are plowed very well here. 90% of my driving ...
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What is a suitable air compressor for a home garage?

What type and size air compressor (HP, Tank Size, CFM, direct drive/2 stage... etc) would be suitable for a home garage where I'm going to do small amounts of maintenance but nothing major? So I would ...
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Wire a headphone jack into a head unit

I have a tape deck in my car which only gets used to read one of those dummy tapes that feeds from a 3.5mm headphone jack. I have no use for a CD player and would not like (nor can I afford) a new ...
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Why does diesel engine need a warm-up before the start-up?

When starting up, diesel engine needs approximately 5s before turning the key for ignition. Why is this neccessary and what can be damaged if you don't do that?
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Replacing four tires or two front tires on a front-wheel drive car

I have driven my car since ~84,000 miles. As stated below, I have replaced the front passenger tire for slow leaks twice. The other tires haven't been replaced since I started driving it. I am ...
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Is moving the rear tires to the front wheels a no-no?

After finding out that my front wheels were both aiming a little bit outward (together by half a degree), and apparently thus having caused the wear on the inside (inch or so) of the front tires, I ...
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Shutting off fans at highway speeds

On my vehicle (92 Civic) and most others I've seen, the condenser fan comes on whenever the A/C clutch is engaged. This seems like a waste of electricity (and thus fuel) when cruising at 60-75 mph, ...
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Should I replace the Timing belt in 2004 Kia

I own a 2004 Kia Spectra. It only has 47,000 miles on it (I don't drive much) When I had the transmission fluid changed they said the 3 outer belts needed to be replaced due to dry rot. I am in ...
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Extending the Cargo Space of a 2007 Honda Fit

My wife and I are moving 1,000 miles away. Because we have dogs, we have to drive. We don't have enough stuff to merit a moving van, so we are loading up her 2007 Honda Fit with all of our worldly ...
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Oil change with front wheels on ramps?

From the obsessive compulsive department: I've been changing my own oil by driving up on a pair of ramps, draining and filling. Based on a slight overfill condition after adding the specified amount ...
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Tires stick when turning after a car wash

I have a 2010 F-150 that just went through a car wash. After the car wash, I immediately noticed that the turning feels reduced/impaired. Specifically, when I have the steering wheel turned more ...
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Car Suddenly Decides To Not Crank

Today I turned the key to start up my car and all the lights (headlights and instrument panel) came on bright and normal, but the engine made absolutely no sound. It wouldn't start, it didn't even try ...
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Good template for keeping maintenance records?

I'm looking for ideas on templates to use to record service for multiple vehicles. Excel is preferred format, but open to all in interest of gathering ideas. Anyone have any templates?
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chevy impala jerks after stopping

I have a 2003 chevy impala. When I hit the gas (whether it be a light tap or hit it pretty hard), my car kind of waits a second, jerks and then takes off (revs go kinda high when it's waiting). To ...
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Can coasting in neutral damage an automatic transmission?

When I drove a manual transmission, I got in the habit of shifting to neutral on long, shallow grades to save fuel. Now I'm driving an automatic (specifically, a recent Corolla) and still doing it. ...
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Are used tires valuable?

I'm in the process of having my 1994 Corolla being picked up for recycling. Currently the car is equipped with relatively unused winter tires with excellent tread. Are used winter tires valuable? ...
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2001 Ford Explorer clunk during turns, especially inclines or bumps

I have an early-model (it has 2000 model brakes) 2001 Ford Explorer that demonstrates a noticeable (tactile and somewhat loud) clunk occasionally during turns. It seems to be much more likely when ...
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What material should I look for in an oil drain plug gasket?

I've recently purchased my first car (2004 Subaru Legacy), and though I sent it to the shop soon afterward for routine maintenance, I want to learn and do as much as possible myself. 3,000 miles have ...
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What is the likelihood that my crankshaft is warped?

This may be an involved question so bear with me. :) I have a 1998 Honda Accord EX (4cyl) with 281xxx KM, and last week I was told by my mechanic that the harmonic balancer is warped. And in fact, ...
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Engine revs up when braking

Background: 2012 Honda Civic EX, 5-speed automatic, with no mods except a non-stock tire (ran over a large bolt). I keep it maintained per the manufacturer's manual and always see the Honda dealership ...
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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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Gas mileage down significantly the last few tanks: what should I look for?

The gas mileage in my car is degraded significantly the last three tanks. What should I look for? Details of the vehicle are below, but this question could also apply to anyone who sees this problem ...
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Does idle RPM increase when there is heavy load on the electrical system?

I am thinking about installing a 500w halogen (HDX brand) on the roll bar in my jeep as the dome light because often I work in the back when it is dark or when I would like more light. The 500w light ...
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Heater blows cold air at idle

I have 2006 VW beetle with the 2.5L engine. Once the engine has warmed to operating temperature, and I am driving it around, the heater works great. As soon as I stop at a red light, or am idling for ...
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Is there a type of car heater that starts immediately?

I've noticed that most cars have a heater that takes a few minutes to start after the car has been started, presumably because it derives its heat from the engine which hasn't heater up yet. Are ...
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Ants in my lawn mower engine

Related questions: Are small engines on topic? (meta) Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. With the arrival of Spring, I went to dust off my riding lawn mower. It had been sitting ...
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Honda Civic (2004) gauge cluster is intermittently dead

My 2004 Honda Civic gauges have started failing in an intermittent way. When this happens, all the gauges (speedometer, tachometer, fuel, temp, LCD odometer) all read zero. When the gauges are in ...
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What are the tell tale signs of a catalytic converter that might be going bad?

I've owned two vehicles whose catalytic converters were recalled due two a couple of reasons: one being the quality of the CC and the other being a reduction in power due to a material building up and ...
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Intermittent starting trouble with new battery

I sometimes have problems starting my 2003 Ford Fiesta Diesel. When I turn the key it'll either start normally or just start to kick over then die. If I try again, the same thing happens. My battery ...
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Why is my Toyota dashboard shiny and sticky, and how do I clean it?

I have a 2008 Toyota Camry, which is primarily kept in Florida (southern U.S.). My entire dashboard has been sticky / tacky for years. I do not know why or how it got this way. It accumulates dust, ...
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Will I be okay running thinner oil with a minor oil leak on an older car?

Recently when I had some work done I was shown a minor leak, I believe he told me it was the oil pan. It doesn't drip out onto the ground, but if you look closely you can see condensed oil drops on ...
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What do i need to know when replacing a valve cover gasket

I have an oil leak from a cracked valve cover gasket that i want to replace myself. I bought the gasket nearly 6 months ago and i am apprehensive at doing it myself without sort of feed back as to ...
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Finding And Fixing A Short

Make: Chevy Model: Cavalier Year: 1993 (old I know) Symptoms Turn signal no longer works. The lights do not come on, and there is no "ticking" sound. New Fuse for signal blows as soon as the car ...
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How to fix leaking air conditioning schrader valve

I have a 98 jeep cheerokee sport. The air conditioning coolant leaks. After doing some diagnostics, I detected audibly a hissing sound coming from the low input port, leading me to believe the ...
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Removing a painted picture on my car

I recently bought a 2003 Deville, someone had hand brush painted a small picture of Mickey Mouse leaning against the Cadillac symbol. It is very dry. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove ...
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'83 Mercedes 300D will not start when warm

The car runs great when first started, great pickup, etc. However, if I stop and shut off the engine, it will not start back up. At times I can pump the accelerator 5 or 6 times and then it will start ...
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how can I measure the amount of fuel injected into a diesel engine in real time in a purely mechanic pre-OBD vehicle?

This is a Mercedes-Benz 308D van, year 1992, model 602.316. Pre-OBD, no electronics of any sort, everything is purely mechanical. I would like to retrofit a system which would measure the precise ...
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Diode selection or “Engine Running Only” electrical source on 1965 Mustang?

I am working with a 1965 mustang and have added heated seats. The seat heater wiring does not have a latching circuit and is controlled by a SPDT Hi/off/Low switch. In an effort to only allow the ...
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How much does spark plug gap affect fuel efficiency?

I've read conflicting reports regarding how plug gap can affect fuel efficiency. For example, I've read that too small a gap won't cause a clean burn, or that too large a gap can cause misfires due ...
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Failing alternator, idler pulley, or something else?

I have 1997 Chevrolet Lumina sedan. I’m trying to diagnose a sound coming from my engine. It is a “whirring” noise that varies with the engine speed (e.g., if I accelerate, the sound becomes louder ...
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What would cause motor mounts to go out on a factory engine?

I got my factory motor mounts replaced on my 2000 eclipse at 175k miles. I am now at 189k and the mounts blew again. I can hear the same rattling and squeaking. I had the spark plugs and valve cover ...
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How long should I let me car warm up in the winter?

I have been reading mixed reviews about how long to let your car warm up before driving in the winter months. Most of the articles say that the best way to warm it up is to let it idle for 1-2 ...
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562 views

Car enthusiast beginner kit

What is a good place to begin building a kit/set up for performing your own service? For ex: oil changes waxing detailing What is the best starting equipment one can start on?
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What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle engine?

I recently heard an urban legend-like story about a guy in a developing country who decided engine oil was too expensive and so used some vegetable oil instead. The story says the car ran for some ...
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Viability of using an electric impact driver instead of an air impact wrench

I'm an amateur mechanic, and i'm wondering if i could use an electric impact driver in place of an air driven impact wrench. I don't have a lot of space to use and store an air compressor, so a ...

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