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Alignment is out of spec a tad - should I worry?

So I bought new tires recently for my 2002 Nissan Sentra and wanted to make sure that my alignment would not eat them up. Even though effectively my entire suspension/axle system was overhauled ...
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1answer
249 views

Had shocks, rear axle, tires replaced - alignment still out of spec and car vibrates?

Last year my old tires became ruined (cupped and feathered) because of ancient, horrible shocks and struts. Since then, I've had all new shocks put in, my rear axle was replaced (because toe couldn't ...
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4answers
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What is the purpose of plastic engine covers?

I have a 2010 Toyota Corolla. What is the purpose of the large plastic cover that stretches over my valve cover? Does it have a particular function? Are they just for looks? Or are they designed by ...
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1answer
206 views

Which Mercedes-Benz models are associated with this photo? There are many, I want to know them all

This is Mercedes-Benz S600 Coupe of 2000 year. I know there is SL50 that looks the same. I wish I knew all the models that are associated with this and look the same.
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1answer
156 views

Strange “plastic” knocks near the heater

Recently I started hearing a strange "plastic-like" knocks right after starting the engine. EDIT. Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4mLn_-nUYA I also tried it with the engine off ...
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2answers
565 views

Can I put the tires in the opposite direction on the rear-end on my front wheel drive configuration?

When using a front wheel drive car, the rear end is only used for braking. Is it a good idea (and if not, why) to "reverse" the tires so the tire threads are useful when braking? I know it might ...
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1answer
310 views

H11 socket with D4S headlights?

I would really like to upgrade my mom's Prius headlights to projectors this Christmas. It is a 2008 Prius with factory HIDs in reflectors. The beam pattern is not terrible, but I think that a ...
3
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2answers
3k views

Is short drive trip bad for your engine?

My wife's car often uses to drive to a nearby grocery store, which is too close to our house (about 2 miles). Some one told me that I should change the engine oil more often because engine is working ...
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3answers
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2009 Toyota Camry 2AZFE idle vibration remains after new motor mounts

My wife's Camry went in to the shop 2 months ago for a rough idle. We bought the car used in February with 72K miles. We've put on 10K and decided to have a mechanic look it over and tell us what it ...
4
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1answer
508 views

Brakes gripping and causing skidding

I'm experiencing a problem with the brakes on my 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I replaced almost every component of them over the course of the 2 years. Most of the replacements occurred in April 2012, ...
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1answer
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Car starts with push start but not with jump leads

Perhaps somebody can identify this issue. The car is a 2003 BMW Z4. The symptoms are: Car wouldn't start last week Jump leads did nothing Push started the car in 2nd, engine starts. Took The car ...
3
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1answer
133 views

Honda Accord 2004 V6 Australian, Can stopped in the middle of the road

Recently, when I was driving and had to stop at a set of light the car all of a sudden stopped. All the lights on the spedometer came up, but the A/C, radio all was working fine. I turned it off and ...
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0answers
376 views

2001 Mk1 Renault Megane Central Locking Drivers Door Release

I have a 2001 Mk1 Renault Megane which has recently stopped unlocking the other doors when the driver's door is opened. The 'door open' indicator light also does not illuminate when the driver's door ...
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2answers
511 views

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. ...
2
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2answers
1k views

How to reduce vehicle swaying (body sway)

I have a stock 2010 acura tsx. I dont know what the official term is (maybe body sway) but i would like to reduce the amount of swaying it does as im going through turns, especially at higher speeds. ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Cleaning fuel injectors with a pressurized can?

I've been experiencing rough idling on my 2003 Mitsubishi Galant for the last year or so. It has 182,000 miles on it. About every 6 months now I use seafoam cleaner in the tank and that clears it up ...
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2answers
245 views

How do I handle scarring on a cylinder head?

A few weeks ago, my Rebel 250 blew a piston, allowing the piston rod to beat on the top of the cylinder and the valves. There's some scarring there now, as well as a jagged protrusion or two. What ...
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1answer
136 views

First generation Nissan Micra gearbox

I have a first generation Nissa Micra and the gearbox is on the way out. It currently only has a 4 speed gearbox! Are any other gearboxes compatible with the car (maybe a 5 speed) and how can I find ...
2
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1answer
186 views

When looking at a transmission, how can I know if there is a LSD?

How can I know if there is an LSD installed on a transmission from a Dodge Neon 2003? For what indicators should I look for?.
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2answers
3k views

Is it normal for a car's first oil change to be sooner than the regular interval?

Related: When should I change the oil, as the tech recommends or as my oil change light indicates Do newer cars actually monitor the quality of oil? How does the change oil light system work and ...
4
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2answers
816 views

Add 2 stroke oil to a 4 stroke petrol engine during burn-in period

I'm planning to get a new petrol (gasoline) car soon. A friend of mine, who worked as a motorbike mechanic when he was young, told me he puts a small quantity (125 ml / 4 oz) of 2 stroke oil in the ...
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1answer
71 views

Radiator water leak

I have a Ford Mustang. Today I drove the car almost 150 KMs at normal speeds. When I Stopped the car, the radiator water drained out completely. What is the reason for that? What will be the cost ...
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3answers
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How long can I drive on a donut spare?

This is a pretty common question and I get a lot of conflicting responses from "Extremely dangerous could blow out at any minute" to "I've driven on it for a month". A mechanic at midas told me I ...
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7answers
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How old is too old for a new tire?

When shopping for new tires from tirerack.com, the production date of the tires is listed. I'm considering tires from a 2007 production run, which would make them around 5 years old today (after ...
3
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2answers
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Is it OK to replace only 2 tires on an AWD car?

On a 2004 VW R32 (which uses a Haldex AWD system), I have one damaged summer tire. All the tires have at least half of their usable tread depth left. At $200 ea, I'd like to replace only a pair of ...
2
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1answer
772 views

How to determine tire compatibility [93 4runner]

I have a 93 Toyota 4runner with 31/10.5-15, if I understand the conversions correctly that would be a 267/76/R15 in metric. I am looking at replacing these tires and have found a set of 235/75/R15's ...
3
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1answer
107 views

2005 pacifica rear window shatters

Fourth rear window in 3 years to shatter on its own. Different weather conditions on each day it broke, car not sealed tight ie. window open. Once while in car driving it broke. Glass company can't ...
3
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3answers
15k views

Impala no heat at Idle

I have 2006 impala that randomly will blow cold air at idle. Sometimes if I stop at redlight the heater will blow cold air. If I get the engine above idle by reving the engine to about 1K rpm it ...
6
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3answers
1k views

Max temperature for studless ice/snow tires on asphalt?

I realize this is probably a loaded question with no clear-cut "line in the sand" answer, but I'd still like to see what people say. I live 3 hours from Tahoe area, so in the winter it is nice to ...
5
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1answer
66 views

Probably a stupid question: normal for lubricant to leak around edge of new tire?

I just ordered and installed a new set of wheels/tires from Tire Rack. The tires were already mounted and balanced. It was my first time doing this (installing wheels), but everything seemed ...
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1answer
101 views

Having to replace tires

I have a 2011 Kia Sorento. I've had it since March, 2010, so almost three years. In that time, I've had to replace each of the tires at least once, if not twice. Two months ago I had to replace the ...
3
votes
2answers
335 views

2007 GMC Sierra Rod Assembly for the Spare Tire

We recently purchased a 2007 GMC Sierra and are looking for some details on the assembly for the spare tire. The truck did not come with the rod assembly for the spare tire and we were hoping to make ...
4
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1answer
168 views

Rumbling noise related to road speed

There is a rumbling noise which is related to road speed. It is slightly louder when the steering wheel is turned. Could it be wheel bearings? I have BMW 528i year 2000.
2
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1answer
102 views

1986 VW Jetta Glow Plugs Not Getting Current

My 1986 VW Jetta seems to have a cold air sensor switch that isn't working. When I turn the key on and wait the little yellow light glows and then turns off just like it should but the plugs don't ...
2
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1answer
3k views

Step-by-step guide to changing oil of a 2004 Nissan Xterra

I'm looking for a step-by-step guide to changing the oil of 2004 Nissan Xterra. I found one a very useful one for my Lexus but I can't find one for my Nissan. Does anyone know of one or would like to ...
4
votes
1answer
407 views

What are good techniques for cleaning metal filings out of a crank case?

My Honda Rebel managed to beat one of the pistons into a billion pieces and bend the offending piston rod. I've identified all the damaged parts and ordered replacements, or had them repaired ( ...
3
votes
1answer
540 views

Cruise control not working

I have a 1999 Dodge Dakota. Roughly a month ago my cruise control stopped working. When I turn on the cruise control I get the light showing that it is on. However, when I try to engage/set the ...
4
votes
2answers
342 views

Heater not getting very hot

I have a 1999 Dodge Dakota. Early in the spring I had to have my heater core replaced. Now it is starting to get cold outside. When I run my heater it is getting luke warm at best. Before the ...
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vote
1answer
249 views

Engine reving and stalls after filling gas tank

Whenever I fill my car with gas, when I start my car the rpms start jumping and the car sometimes stalls. It's not from over filling because it happens even after adding only a few gallons.
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1answer
121 views

2001 Grand Cherokee Has not been starting?

In September someone broke into my car, nothing was missing but the alarm went off until the next day I came back from school and the battery was completely drained. So my dad jump started it and ...
5
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2answers
2k views

should I replace gaskets when replacing exhaust?

I need to replace a broken section of exhaust. Should I replace the gaskets also? one of the gaskets is directly between the engine and the new part. The other is between the new and an old part of ...
1
vote
1answer
46 views

cabin fan motor loud then burnt out

I figured out that my fan mower's bearing were going out by the loud screeching it made. Being lazy I ignored it. Then one day I was sitting at a light and the cabin filled with horrible smoke. I ...
3
votes
1answer
505 views

Level control on 2008 Chevy uplander stuck on

Our 2008 Chevy Uplander has an auto levelling system, where if a certain amount of weight is placed in the rear, it will pump air in, or take it out of the rear suspension to keep the vehicle level. ...
1
vote
1answer
728 views

96 Jeep Grand Cherokee acceleration loss

After a routine tune-up, my Grand Cherokee would stall constantly at low idle and the acceleration would quit if I let up on the gas pedal right around 50mph. I had to wait til it dropped below ...
2
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1answer
201 views

98 Grand Cherokee drains battery

The battery would go dead after sitting for a day. I checked battery and found a bad cell with a hydrometer. Replaced the battery and the problem remained. I hooked my meter between the positive post ...
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1answer
1k views

What does PRNDSB means?

My Daihatsu Mira does not have any manual, Its an automatic car with TurboEngine and Gear with PRNDSB. What does all these means? My car is four wheel drive as I can see rear differential in it. If ...
4
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2answers
416 views

How can I adjust gaps to spark plugs?

Have a couple spark plugs that needs adjusting. Whats the best practise for this? Is this valid? http://motorqa.com/question/8/whats-the-best-way-to-adjust-gap-in-spark-plugs
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0answers
74 views

Low acceleration

My car WagonR is behaving strange its acceleration is very slow and it feels like lacking in power to pull. What might be the problem. My friend who owns the same model says that he had to press the ...
9
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5answers
1k views

How to properly change out spark plugs?

I am looking into how to change out my spark plugs on my 4 cylinder 2005 Mazda 3. All I know to do is: 1: Open each cylinder. 2: Use a spark plug socket (with the rubber insert) to remove the old ...
0
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1answer
4k views

motorcycle headlight with single SPDT relay

I have bike with 35 watt HS1 bulb and I want to upgrade brightness of headlight so I decided to put H4 60/65 watt xenon bulb. An expert on this forum suggested me to use relays as the new bulb ...

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