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When reconnecting a battery, why connect the positive first? [duplicate]

When reconnecting a battery, why is it recommended to connect the positive lead first, and the negative lead last? What difference does it make if they are connected in the opposite order?
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Do Distributor Caps need Regular Replacement?

Does the rotor physically contact the points in a distributor cap and cause them to wear down such that the cap would need replacement at regular intervals?
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2005 Honda Accord 4cyl low idle and stalling when warm

Yesterday my 2005 Honda Accord was running at a low idle when cold and stalling out when warm. Today I resolved the issue but I'm not sure what exactly I did that resolved it or what the original ...
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ABS (Anti-lock Breaking System) light turns on in hot weather?

For the last 3 summers in a row I have observed that my ABS light in the dashboard turns on during hot summer days. It gets in this sticky state where it does not turn off automatically on its own. ...
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Read error codes without scanner on Pontiac G6

I've read certain vehicles may begin flashing their check engine light if one bridges the diagnostic plug correctly with some wire before starting the vehicle. How does one do this for a Pontiac G6? ...
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Does towing an automatic transmision car in neutal with engine not running will damage it?

My daughter had a friend tow her 1996 chevy. automatic transmission without engine running while in "N" SLOWLY for probably 7 or 8 miles distance. Do you think she has damaged the transmission? The ...
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Does intermittent starting difficulty indicate alternator or starter?

Tl;dr: Car is having trouble starting, and I'm wondering how to determine if it's the alternator or the starter. I don't experience the longer turn over times of a typical starter malfunction, but I ...
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Rear end Differential - rebuild or replace with used?

I have a 01 Ford F 150 with 320K miles. I love this truck and don't plan on ever selling it. I thought the bearings were going out in the back right side so I took it to mechanic. Two different ...
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2002 Honda CRV Suddenly Throwing Multiple Codes and then a Dead Battery

Last night the CEL came on, and I got the codes read on the way home. P0122: Throttle Position sensor "A" circuit low voltage P0139: Secondary HO2S12 (heated oxygen sensor - bank 1 sensor 2) circuit ...
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Sidewall has gashes, should I replace?

I had planned to put on my winter tires this weekend and noticed that one tire had some gashes in the sidewall. Should I mount them or not? The third picture, is the worst IMO. They still have a few ...
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Unable to move in first and second gear in VW Polo

I am facing a problem in first and 2nd gear in my VW Polo diesel car. I am unable to move car in these gears, I tried it so many times. So for the time being I used 3rd gear to move the car & ...
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Mondeo MK3 power consumption and damaged radio

I'm not quite sure if this is the best Stack for my question but I will try. So from some time I noticed that in my car when engine is turned off there is still quite huge power consumption which ...
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Brake light connector drops to 0v when bulb is in, 12v without bulb

I'm stuck with a basic electric problem, on my honda cb500. The rear light bulb is a twin-filament for position/brake, 12v 5/21w. It's brand new and tested. The battery has 11.9v. On the rear light ...
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Does a corroded starter drain battery?

I know a "bad" starter can drain battery, but am unsure what constitutes "bad enough" to allow a starter to drain the battery. Suppose a hypothetical coolant leak has corroded one's starter. Would ...
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How to conduct an at-home winter safety check?

I have an '09 Honda Fit. It's a manual transmission. I bought it in the summer of 2013 and there are no warranties left on it. Other than regular oil changes, tire rotations, and having the battery ...
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tire bubble on audi [duplicate]

I have an Audi Quattro with 29000 miles on the tires. One has developed a bubble and tire shop said I need to replace all 4 because of 4 wheel drive could damage differential. Is this true?
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I have changed my Kia Carens tire size

I have changed my Kia Carens tire size My original car Kia Carens tire size was 225/45 R17 (total Diameter 25") I changed the front tires to 225/50 R17 (total Diameter 25.9") Difference 3.6% And ...
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Car doesn't like ceramic brake pads

I used to have a 96 Nissan Sentra with 1.6l. I had the car for a very long time and did at least 3 brake jobs on it. Every time i would change the pads and rotors I would try using ceramic brake pads. ...
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Near stalling shake at slow turns

It is 2012 Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI DSG7. When slow turns (i.e. u turns), car starts to shake like it is about to stall. The rpm is low but stable, engine sounds under-rpm, tiny vibration on steering ...
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I need to replace the female part that a headlight bulb fits into

I don't think the make/model matters here, but just in case, I own a 2009 GMC Acadia. My driver-side, low-beam headlight went out yesterday. I bought a replacement H11 bulb and began replacing the ...
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Are inverters bad for your car?

I bought a Duralast 130W inverter and it says 260 peak watts and it plugs into the 12V cigarette lighter. I want to charge my HP laptop with it. Is it bad for the car?
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2000 Chrysler LHS coolant tank is giving off a bubbling sound when I park the car.

I recently had my thermostat replaced due to hearing bubbling in my coolant tank once I turn the car off I also noticed on the opposite side other coolant tank there was leaking on the ground not a ...
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Winter is here, what measures should be taken to protect a motorcycle?

After a mere two months of owning a motorcycle, it's already winter and I'd like to know how best to prepare for the inevitable ice/snow/cold. Other than basic cleaning and lubrication, are any other ...
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2000 Toyota Sienna Rear Blinker Assembly Clips Broke Off any idea how to fix clips.? and where to get clips..?

in my 2000 Toyota Sienna Rear Blinker Assembly Clips Broke Off while replacing light ..?any idea how to fix clips.? and where to get those clips..? or i need to to buy whole assembly kit..?
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Does using an impact wrench instead of a breaker bar prevent damaging to nuts or bolts?

I broke two of my car's lug nut studs, and I had to take the car to mechanic for repair. The mechanic explained that sometimes lug nuts are highly over-torqued because all shops use impact gun to ...
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ford mondeo v6 st24

Just wondering if anyone can help as we have this Mondeo and all of a sudden all the ignition went and have no power at all. Any suggestions as to what it might be? All the fuses are fine and still ...
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Engine oil reducing almost to half

I recently changed engine oil of my Apache rtr 160. I used otul 5100 15W50. Later I started experiencing vibrations, a lot of vibrations. I checked on the engine oil. The quantity is reduced to half. ...
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Is there any problem with jack a car from its side?

Is there any problem with jacking a car from its side? The following illustration shows the idea: Assuming that the car is on park and parking break is fully engaged. With this approach, I can ...
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Question about Ryobi P261 Impact Wrench Torque

I am planning to buy this Impact Wrench: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-ONE-18-Volt-1-2-in-Cordless-3-Speed-Impact-Wrench-Tool-Only-P261/205885687 This Impact Wrench has 3 speeds: 0-2,900 RPM for ...
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2010 Volvo S80 - Cabin HVAC system schematics

Something in my sedan's cabin air system smells bad (organic bad, not mechanical bad), even after changing the cabin air filter. I have a bore scope, vacuum, compressor, and hoses sufficient that I ...
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Why would my odometer reset to the same mileage whenever I turn off the ignition?

I have a 2000 Nissan Altima and the odometer (not trip meter) reads 86186 miles when I first start the car. As it's driven, the odometer seems to work correctly, incrementing miles. But if I turn off ...
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1answer
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Auxiliary Shaft Sprocket

I have an '89 ford ranger that loses power and stutters intermittently around 2000 rpm. I thought this could be a timing issue. The Camshaft Sprocket and Crank pulley are lined up nicely but the oil ...
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Why does my 2016 Mustang GT Manual jolt/thud when I shift?

I just learned how to drive manual in my 2016 Mustang GT. It has 3300 miles on it. It makes a "thud" noise when I put the stick into low gears (1,2,3) sometimes. This noise makes the car jolt, such ...
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Misfire on 2000 Subaru 2.5 diagnosis problem

I've got this 2000 Subaru Legacy, manual transmission, with a 2.5L 4cyl. I've been getting occasional codes for bank 1 system too lean for a couple years now, but haven't had many issues with it and ...
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Should I leave the license plate screws in while the car is unplated? [closed]

I currently have an unplated car sitting outside while I get some administrative tasks done. Should I leave the screws for the license plate in?
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my car fuel consuption is very high!

my car is mitsubishi spacewagon 99model , I change the engine from GDI to small 4G63 & the fuel consuption of the vehicle is very high, I've change the nozzle,airflow meter, fuel pump & ICU, ...
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1answer
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Should I repair before selling? [closed]

I have a Toyota Echo 2005 and was quoted a ~$800+ repair for a broken AC compressor. I trust my mechanics and his diagnosis, and without the repair the car is unusable (very loud grinding noise). He ...
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How to diagnose BMW MOST bus fiber optic for a break in the loop

Got a BMW e93 with no sound, center console displays "No Warning Tones" message. Searching the web, came to conclusion that there maybe a break in the fiber optic MOST bus loop. Car has been ...
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1answer
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Fixing vibrations caused by replacing springs?

I am slowly restoring a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport with 97K miles to use as a winter/light towing vehicle. I had some sag in my coil springs and leaf springs and the shocks were shot. So I had my ...
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How does the thermostat work?

What does it mean when the thermostat is stuck open or closed? How does it work?
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2009 Toyota Camry's brand new OEM power window master switch won't control the drivers window

Why would the driver's side window operate perfect with the original master switch but not work when I install a new power window master switch? I purchased 2 new aftermarket power window master ...
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Can I use Turbo Diesel oil in my Petrol car?

I need to top up the oil in my 2003 Opel Agila with some 5W-40 oil. However, the only oil that I have are: Mobil 1 Turbo Diesel 5w-40 Halfords Ford Oil 5w-40 However, I have a Vauxhall/Opel Agila ...
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1996 Rav4 not warming up properly when driving and heat not hot

I have a weird problem. I recently changed the radiator and flushed the whole coolant system during replacing the radiator. I also flushed the heating core by itself. The thermostat was recently ...
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2000 Yamaha R1 Quick Action Throttle

I've 2000 Yamaha R1 that I'm racing in my local Clubman's Championship. At the moment the throttle travel is very long, ie. half a turn or more from fully closed to fully open. I want to change this ...
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1answer
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Odd Dashboard Cluster and Control Behavior

Car: 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Problematic behavior About this time last year is when this all started. It first surfaced in that when I went to startup the car it started but after about a second ...
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2answers
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Multimedia system fuse detach

I have a problem in the multimedia system in my car. Whenever I leave the car off for two days (like the weekends for example), the multimedia system drains the battery and, subsequently, I have ...
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No radiator fluid in resevoir

Obviously you shouldn't drive with no coolant, because in most cases obviously your car will overheat, blow a head gasket and all that fun stuff. I drive a 4cyl 2.5L Ford Ranger. One time I realized ...
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3answers
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What is the State of the Ignition Pin of a Vehicle?

I got a Vehicle Tracking Unit, The Connection required is Red - +12V Black - GND Green - Ignition. I need to test the unit before putting it into the car. So to simulate the ignition procedure, what ...
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1answer
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accidentally placed oil in the atf reservoir in a BMW 520d. How do I fix it?

I accidentally placed engin oil in the atf reservoir in a BMW 520d. How do I fix it? I have to ask that what effect on my car and how i remove all the ATF oil and how to refil new oil. BMW E39, ...
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What pitfalls are there when buying an old car with low milage? [closed]

I've found a local listing for a 2007 Honda Civic with 40,000 miles. It's a standard-shift. I'm not looking for any recommendations, specifically, but I want to know - this is a very low number of ...

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