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Engine rev in motorcycle

I somewhere read that for a good launch we should hold engine revs at peak torque, not peak horsepower. What does "hold engine revs at peak torque, not peak horsepower" means? How can I hold engine ...
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1answer
193 views

Coolant boils over but temp gauge registers normal

I have a 2002 Ford Taurus 3.0 L V6. I have had trouble off and on with it running hot for about a year. At first I put a new thermostat on it and it seemed to fix the problem. Month or so later, it ...
2
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1answer
102 views

Will putting new subs and amp in car drain my battery

I have a 99 Acura 3.2 TL with a Napa legend 75 battery would putting a 1000 watt amp and 2 15 subs hurt my car?
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Is it bad to drive slow at low rpms in 4th or 5th gear? Do you get better gas mileage?

Obviously running your engine at too high an RPM for too long isn't good. But what about running it too low? not so low that it stalls or lugs, but within around 1,000 RPM? Would you get better ...
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121 views

Advice for buying used car

I am a newbie car driver (I got the license few days ago). I am about to get a used car and I am perplexed regarding which one to get. My concern at the moment is what is the maximum mileage that I ...
3
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1answer
70 views

Steering wheel doesnt return to center in peugeot 108

If I turn the steering wheel 20 degrees is not return to the center, I tested it with the low and high speeds, someone told me that in electric steering this is normal and it is not a problem, is it ...
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1answer
84 views

Downshifting to a stop- wear and tear?

I drive a Mustang GT, and I love the deceleration "pop" that you get when the engine revs climb without the accelerator being pressed, so as one might surmise, I tend to downshift to a stop at lights ...
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131 views

Could a vacuum valve be responsible for a P1110 code on 2001 Saab 9-5 2.3T with check engine light on?

All of my monitors are in ready mode, only a P1110 code left, for which I have installed booster pipe O-ring, new booster valve or hooter valve, my only culprit left is the vacuum valve on firewall, ...
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1answer
37 views

How much should it cost to change to brake fluid on a ford fiesta 2012 Hatch [closed]

How much should it cost to change to brake fluid on a ford fiesta 2012 Hatch, I believe that I may be being overcharged.
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490 views

Does hitting the exhaust on bumps (Bottoming Out) damage my car?

I see hundreds of exhaust scrapes on speed humps and things, or general gashes in the direction in which cars travel over them. Does hitting the exhaust on bumps damage the car? It's probably ...
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Is it recommended/necessary to wear rubber gloves while replacing a car battery?

I'm not too car-savvy but I want to start working on my car on my own. My first challenge has arisen: replace battery. Do I need to concern myself with being shocked while trying to change the ...
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2answers
104 views

My overflow is bubbling or boiling but my car isnt overheating

I have a 2006 Dodge Stratus and my overflow is either bubbling or boiling but my engine doesn't over heat until I have drove for about 30 minutes or so. I just had my alternator and tensioner pulley ...
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1answer
50 views

Corolla 2009: I would like to fix my front spoiler myself

I am posting pictures of my front spoiler. Can any of you instruct me on how to fix this, or whether it cannot be fixed and needs to be replaced? I am not very handy, and have never fixed any parts of ...
5
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2answers
1k views

Impact vs. Regular Sockets

What is the difference between impact vs regular ratchet/breaker bar sockets? They look similarly shaped and their corresponding tool drives seem to be of the same dimensions. Are the impact ...
1
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2answers
137 views

Does “bumping” up and down a kerb damage my car?

My driveway does not have a dropped kerb, so every day I have to bump up and down the kerb. Does this do any damage to my suspension or tyres doing this every day? If I do it quickly (say at 5mph), ...
2
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1answer
161 views

Can dry rot be prevented for long term storage?

The last time I saved a good tire and gave it to the tire place to replace one of my other tires, they said they couldn't due to dry rot. I had stored it in a plastic bag in a shed subject to seasonal ...
2
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2answers
614 views

Air Impact Wrench vs Air Ratchet Wrench

What is the difference between an air IMPACT wrench and an air RATCHET wrench? They appear to be of the same sort. Is there a difference in the drive shape in that the impact has a different drive to ...
1
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1answer
84 views

Dodge Caravan headlights; 1 on with running lights, other on with headlights

I have a 2002 Dodge Caravan. When the running lights are on, one of the headlights is on. When I turn the headlights on, they switch; the one that was on with the running lights turns off, and the ...
2
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3answers
325 views

Steam out of exhaust after complete engine rebuild

I have completed a full engine rebuild, down to the bare block, of my Tacoma. Replaced all the gaskets, cleaned and lapped all the valves tight, tuned the valve lashes to spec, cleaned everything, ...
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2answers
88 views

What does it mean when manufacturers state two cars are of same platform

Manufactures like Volkswagen have things called as vehicle platforms where two or more cars are based on the same platform like the skoda octavia and VW Golf or the Fabia and the Polo. Apart from the ...
4
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1answer
228 views

Brake pad failure and chewed up rotor after 1 month

Replaced front rotors and brake pads less than a month ago, and now my right front brake pad is completely gone....and the rotor is totally chewed up! Began to notice a metal grind like sound on the ...
1
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2answers
27 views

What is OSHA/NIOSH?

I have heard both OSHA and NIOSH mentioned in answers here what are they and why do I need to be concerned about them when it comes to working on my car? This is inspired by a question from Wyatt ...
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0answers
46 views

2000 Kawasaki Vulcan Vulcan 800 Throttle Cuts at High Speeds (85mph+) [closed]

The bike starts fine but it coughs a lot when giving throttle in first gear. Runs great 2nd - 5th but when pushing around 85 mph or more the acceleration quits. The engine is still running but feels ...
5
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3answers
194 views

Spring vs regular strap-and-screw clamps?

I understand spring clamps are convenient to use on smaller hoses. However, my Tacoma came with them on even larger hoses, such as the radiator hoses, that are, I believe 1.25" and I can't seem to ...
5
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2answers
87 views

Is it a good idea to top off the gasoline with higher octane fuel in a specific case?

When topping off the gasoline in a vehicle that is rarely driven (100 miles/month), is there any advantage in topping it off with a higher octane gasoline? I've heard stories that the octane of ...
7
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2answers
85 views

First time brake job - can't get new pads into the brackets

As the title says, this is my first time doing my own brakes ('06 Corolla). I replaced both my front pads and rotors. When putting the new pads in, I've been having quite a bit of difficulty with the ...
3
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1answer
23 views

99 Jetta - ":Three Tones and Flashing Brake Light

We just bought a 99 Jetta - Working on the bugs. With the emergency brake OFF, once I exceed 15 mph I hear 3 tones and the "brake" light starts flashing. Am I right to think it may be from an emerg. ...
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1answer
44 views

Information from an EEC-IV on 92 Ford F150

Good evening. My general question is, what information, preferably real time, can be obtained from the EEC on a 92 Ford F150? I'm particularly looking to hook up an Arduino and digitizing the gauges ...
6
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2answers
128 views

Is it important to fix paint deterioration?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic, and the paint on the roof is beginning to deteriorate. It looks as though maybe the top coat is discoloring and coming off, revealing the coat underneath, which seems to ...
3
votes
1answer
60 views

Can I use Dexron III H for power transmission requiring Dexron IID/III?

I've got a Freelander 1999 2.0L DI. I need to top up some power steering fluid. In the manual it says to use Dexron IID or Dexron III. I'm wondering whether I can use Dexron III H (e.g. Castrol ATF ...
5
votes
1answer
140 views

Installing a new water pump - what to do about the gasket?

I'm replacing the water pump on a 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 2WD 4 cylinder. One of the videos I watched mentioned using gasket sealant when installing the new pump. I asked autozone for gasket sealant, but ...
3
votes
1answer
37 views

Golf mk4 climate control show speed instead of outside temperature

I know you can change climate control to show current speed when you enter diagnose mode but it gets reset after ignition restart and also you cant adjust your temperature or something like that while ...
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1answer
41 views

adaptor for 1994 Mazda B2300 P/U

My engine light comes off and on, I bought a DIAGNOSTIC SCAN TOOL (CAN OBDll) to check the engine light, as per Mazda book it shows in the diagram from my eec test plug to connect system selector tool ...
1
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1answer
42 views

What are the original tires for the 2002 Honda Accord SE? Any place for me to check?

For example, the brand and size. Is there any place for me to check what the original tires which come with the car are? I live in Canada and whenever I search it on Google the links lead to ...
1
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1answer
18 views

2008 vti refuses to start.what should I do?

I have a 2008 vti and it refuses to start. The engine only makes "tch" sound everytime the key is turned on. I have tried moving it in reverse and forward as some make-shift mechanics suggested ...
4
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2answers
11k views

What is a rod knock?

What is a rod knock? What causes a rod knock, how bad is a knocking rod, and how can I tell if a rod is knocking?
3
votes
3answers
66 views

How to remove this gear from this pump and motor?

Actual story is both driven & driver gear teeths are warped up. I am trying to remove this gear coupling from the motor side using gear pulling device by applying load, but it still not coming: ...
1
vote
3answers
106 views

Timing belt changed, won't start

I just did the timing belt change in a Honda 2007 V6 Accord. I thought I aligned the belt, but I guess I didn't. Now it won't cranks but won't start. How do I fix the timing issue? mark on Crank is ...
2
votes
1answer
65 views

Ford has proper fuel pressure and spark but won't start

My '97 Ford Expedition turns over but won't start. I have replaced the fuel pump and filter with no results. Fuel is hitting the rail at pressure. I checked the spark with a noid light, and it's ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

Cars 101: How is torque conveyed from transmission to differential?

This is a very basic question. I understand that the torque is passed from the engine onto the transmission via the flywheel in manual transmission or flexplate in case of automatic. The transmission ...
8
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3answers
759 views

How to dispose of engine coolant?

This question is pretty straight forward... How to properly dispose of engine coolant? Should it be taken to a treatment facility like used engine oil or is it safe to pour down the drain?
1
vote
1answer
57 views

How to properly add engine oil?

My car is loosing engine oil and so every once in a while I need to add anywhere between a liter and two liters to it. So far, I've done it with the engine warm, and I'm only careful not to let the ...
1
vote
1answer
128 views

2007 chevy cobalt reduced engine power

I have a 2007 Chevy cobalt that shows a reduced engine power error. The problem is sporadic sometimes it will run like a sewing machine and other days it will show the error and shake like it is about ...
6
votes
3answers
999 views

Rough Low Idle and Engine Shakes, Hesitation and Lack of Power

On a 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L I'm working on the engine seems to shake / wobble for about a second / second and a half when going to WOT from any starting rpm. It also almost sounded like maybe one of the ...
6
votes
3answers
718 views

Will an auxiliary battery hurt a vehicle's alternator?

I am going to be road tripping and living out of my SUV for a while. I need a way to power a tiny portable cooler/fridge 24/7 and would like to be able to power my cell phone, laptop, and maybe a few ...
0
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0answers
20 views

I have a 1999 chevy Silverado pickup that has been sitting outside for about 15 years, [duplicate]

Im young and learning more little by little, so i need pointers in what i need to do to have my safety percatiouns and have a good look at what replacements i might need
2
votes
2answers
79 views

2005 toyota tundra double cab special edition - rear axle seal replacement

Is this vehicle safe to drive if needing a rear axle seal replaced? It is leaking and unsure what oil needs to go back in her ... appointment booked for next week, but wondering if its safe for use ...
1
vote
1answer
195 views

Car radio stopped working

Hi I'm 16 years old and have just bought my first car. It's a 2001 Mazda protoge. Today while I was driving I plugged in a USB charger for my phone and the radio shut off. Now the radio won't turn on ...
2
votes
2answers
63 views

Bolt reaches end of hole but threads don't grip

Is there anything I can use short of Helicoil, which I'm really hoping not to have to use, to make sure a bolt sits in its threaded socket in my engine block and torques to spec ? The problem that I ...
4
votes
1answer
34 views

Oil pressure low on an 84 Ranger

I've recently changed the oil and filter on my 84 Ranger 2.8L V6. I used 10w-30 dino oil and filled it in range on the dip stick. I noticed that after I changed the oil, the oil pressure gauge (on ...

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