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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
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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
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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 ...
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3answers
789 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?
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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
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1answer
129 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 ...
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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
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720 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 ...
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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
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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 ...
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1answer
197 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
4
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1answer
112 views

Safe Way to Remove Engine Mount Support?

I'm working on a 98 Mazda 626 2L and I'd like to change the transaxle oil filter. However, a number of the pan bolts are blocked by a beam which has an engine / transmission mount sitting on it ( see ...
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2answers
69 views

Ticking in the engine

there was a ticking sound coming from my boyfriends truck Tuesday...once he had driven it for a little while the noise stopped...I asked him to check the oil and when he did, it was close to dry. We ...
2
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2answers
231 views

The coolant is boiling when I shut off engine

I have a 2000 Chrysler 300m. A few days ago out of the blue my car cut off on its own and I was unable to start it for a few hours. I left it sit in the grocery store parking lot. Went back 3 hours ...
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1answer
41 views

Electric car charging - what types of chargers are used, and how many of each?

I am an Engineer, at a company that provides transportation related products and solutions. Recently I was asked to design an EV car charging station. I quickly realized that car charging lacks ...
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1answer
592 views

Skoda Fabia - reverse parking sensors not working?

I bought a used Skoda Fabia that is fitted with a parking assistant (reverse parking sensors) which does not seem to work. According to the manual when I change into reverse it should either make a ...
7
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1answer
141 views

Car can't start after rocker gasket change

I have a 2008 BMW 120d LCI with N47 engine. Recently was diagnosed with some oil leak on the rocker gasket near the injector area. Were advised to change the rocker gasket seals. So I did change the ...
3
votes
1answer
108 views

How to repair cut/ripped convertible soft top?

I have a Miata soft-top. The top was recently cut open overnight. I used a bit of epoxy to glue it back together (rain was coming). Is there some type of typical procedure/kits to repair this type of ...
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1answer
125 views

Drive cycle on 2001 Saab 95 with codes P1312 & P1110

I replaced DIC, did a basic drive cycle to remove codes, but didn't remove codes. All my monitors are in ready state. The check engine lite was on, however, now it's off, I still show codes on ...
2
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1answer
28 views

ODB2 Fuel Level 2004 Chrysler Town & Country

I am wondering if anyone knows if a 2004 Chrysler Town & Country supports Fuel Level over ODB2. I have been unable to find a list of which vehicles do/don't support this. Thanks.
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1answer
62 views

How to re-start Sentra after 6-yrs storage? [duplicate]

1991 Nissan Sentra XE, 1.6L engine, 5-speed manual trans, 78k miles. I unexpectedly had to stop driving this Sentra and it's been sitting unstarted in my garage for the past 6-years. It ran great, no ...
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1answer
459 views

Occasional Crunch/Grinding noise when shifting into first gear at speed

When I am doing about 30-20mph, and am about to stop at a junction, where I know I will have to stop, I shift my car into first gear However, sometimes when I do this, it makes a quick gear grinding ...
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1answer
240 views

30K recommended service for honda civic 2013

I have Honda Civic 2013 and have 37K miles on odometer. Haven't done 30K recommended service but i scheduled appointment with dealership. The detail service list is 4 Wheel Brake Service Air Filter ...
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1answer
30 views

Wind Shield Wiper not working

I had a new windshield installed a few weeks ago...and now the wiper blade drivers side does not fully rotate to the left side...stops at about the 11:00 position should go to about 10:00 ...
3
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1answer
99 views

I lost one of my Toyota axio 2015 smart keys. How can I create a duplicate using the other key?

How can I create a duplicate using the other key?
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1answer
563 views

Brake Lights Won't go On, Tail Lights Won't go Off

I noticed that my tail lights stay on even with no keys in the ignition, but that my brake lights have stopped working. Also, my left turn signal blinks double speed. When I remove the fuse for the ...
3
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2answers
618 views

Why is the symptom of a bad camshaft position actuator hard-shifting?

I recently had one of the camshaft position actuators on my '07 Pontiac G6 go bad. The symptom was a sort of "hard-shifting" that made me think something was wrong with the transmission. Luckily, ...
2
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0answers
86 views

2000 mustang v6 3.8l tapping noise camshaft sychronizer bearing or timing chain? [closed]

My car makes this tapping noise (chain like tapping noise) and (most noticeable) when driving up hill, or at low speeds under a load. Another that has started to happen after this issue, is a type of ...
2
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1answer
118 views

2000 mustang v6 engine swap?

Im planning on putting a short block v8 motor into my mustang. The problem I am facing right now is knowing how much torque and horsepower my transmission (4R70W) can stand. The junk yard sells motors ...
3
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2answers
992 views

Why do cars allow you to shift from Reverse to Neutral/Drive without brakes?

Every automatic transmission car I've driven (not sure if all do this) allow you to shift from Reverse to Neutral and from Neutral to Drive (and therefore Reverse all the way to Drive) without ...
2
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2answers
62 views

Is it bad if gasket maker gets into bolt holes?

My timing chain cover does not use a solid gasket, instead it relies on gasket maker, which is caulk-like paste. The cover is fastened by something around 20 bolts. I am curious how bad can it be if ...
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1answer
317 views

Difference between mineral engine oil and synthetic engine oil [duplicate]

I would like to know the exact difference between mineral engine oil and synthetic engine oil. Why is it advised to use mineral oil for the engine when the bike is new and later switch to synthetic ...
3
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1answer
56 views

Metalwork: How can I maintain a curve during the planishing process?

I am new to metalworking, am teaching myself and am practicing making a motorcycle fender. I have managed to get a nice double curve in the sheet metal. However, this diminishes when I try to reduce ...
4
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3answers
508 views

Is it safe to charge two batteries off of one alternator?

Right now I have a 3000 Watt invertor wired to a 100ah sealed deep cell battery that I trickle charge at night. My plan is to run #6 wire from the battery in the engine to the spare battery so the ...
5
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2answers
323 views

How does push starting damage the catalytic converter?

In the manual for my 2003 Opel Agila it says: Do not start by pushing or towing, Your vehicle is fitted with a catalytic converter, it must NOT be started by pushing or towing. Why & how ...
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0answers
88 views

Spark plug blown out of engine in one cylinder, twice. [closed]

I have a 454 engine in my cabin cruiser boat. After operating at normal cruising speed for 20 minutes or so a spark plug was blown out of the engine, with the center electrode melted, and the rest of ...
2
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1answer
111 views

2004 Honda Civic, No Start, No Power, Key Light Previous Trip, Possible Spark Plug?

On the last trip I made my car (Honda Civic 2004 Sedan VP) had trouble starting. It clicked as if it had trouble getting power but eventually started up although the key light was on. I drove home as ...
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vote
0answers
36 views

How does the choke on my mower work? [closed]

I am wondering if the choke may be part of the reason I am having trouble with my mower. It appears that there is very little force causing it to stay open or closed. I am wondering if there is a ...
1
vote
2answers
50 views

Small engine starts then stops

A craftsman mower did not start at all. I cleaned out the carburetor, cleaned the passages on the bowl bolt. The air filter is clean, the fuel drips in a 1/8" stream without the bowl attached. ...
2
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0answers
54 views

Chrysler Town and Country Van Door

I have a 2009 Town and Country and the automatic van door will not open. At least one problem is a broken plastic part that holds the thin wire in place which pulls the door open. I am attaching a ...
5
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4answers
2k views

How does a lightbulb with two filaments know which one to light up?

I need to replace the taillight/brake light on my car, and it's a bulb with two filaments (known as 12V P21/5W - see pic) My car has two taillights on each side. A standard 5W bulb for the top half, ...
3
votes
1answer
225 views

How do the bore and stroke affect the characteristics of an engine?

How do the lengths of the bore and stroke affect the performance (power and torque), and general running characteristics (e.g. redline, noise etc) of a 4 cylinder engine? Note: When asking this ...
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2answers
289 views

Why do engines run badly below the normal idle speed?

When the engine speed in my petrol car drops below about 650-700 RPM - the normal idle speed - it starts to shake and judder. This could be because say, I didn't give enough gas when pulling away. ...
7
votes
1answer
257 views

Battery Light Won't Go Off Since Changing Battery

I just changed the battery on my 98 Mazda 626 and now the battery light comes on and stays on after starting the car. I checked the battery and it's reading 12.8v with the engine off, and 13.8 with ...
1
vote
1answer
129 views

2005 Mini Cooper manual transmission stuck in between gears

Trouble started popping out of 5th gear, then also 2nd gear, then all the gears. Then it wouldn't go into gear, it would go in if I gave it gas, enough to get it home. I was able to drive it to a ...
3
votes
3answers
311 views

Are low-impedance fuel injectors just a placebo?

From this Hot Rod article, I understand that low-impedance injectors run higher current and open and close faster than high-impedance equivalents. The heating effect of the higher current also results ...
3
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0answers
88 views

toyota altezza cutting and maintenance [closed]

My toyota altezza is cutting off randomly while driving. I have not been able to purposely reproduce the problem, which makes diagnosis difficult. I am looking for any advice in diagnostics, or parts ...
3
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1answer
20 views

2000 mazda 626 v6

My Mazda shuts off when I apply the brakes. Can anyone help me with this problem. It idles just fine but when I apply the brake to put it in reverse it bogs down and completely shuts off. What could ...

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