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Stiff gearchange especially when cold

I have a 2002 Skoda Octavia. Recently I've noticed that when it's cold, the gearbox is very recalcitrant, particularly in the lower gears. The feeling is of "stodginess" with a slight audible squeak. ...
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Can't hear voices through newly installed head unit

I have a 2002 Honda Civic and recently installed an Apline CDA-9853 head unit. It still has factory speakers. I have a weird problem, such that when I connect an iPod to the unit (via a KCA-121B), on ...
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Is there such a thing as a throttling valve that can operate with oil as the working fluid?

I'm searching for a throttling valve that uses oil in order to convert pressure into thermal energy that can then be extracted via a cooler. Is there such a thing as a oil throttling valve? It would ...
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66 views

v-tech now vs then

Back around 2003-2006 I looked into V-Tech which was using a variable cam lobe with a more agressive profile that engaged when "needed". Today, we have motors with a continuously variable valve timing ...
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263 views

Does anyone know of a commonly available DPDT or DPST relay? (For use as replacement starter relay)

I have a car (1971 Jaguar E-Type 6 cylinder) with a bad starter relay. The original relay is not available, and all of the specialty parts suppliers sell a generic replacement relay. I'd like to ...
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Slow, clear fluid leak

I noticed yesterday that the vehicle I'm driving (2011 or 2012 Hyundai Accent "Blue"), is slowly leaking a cold, clear, mostly odourless, bad tasting fluid. Based on the colour and temperature I ...
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152 views

Accessing the Stereo in a '96 Infiniti G20

I do some of my own repair work on my car, a 96 Infiniti G20. Since I got it, the front speakers haven't been working and I want to fix them. How can I troubleshoot the problem? I assume it's either ...
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183 views

Starting the car with dis-functioning fuel pump

I have mazda 6 diesel 2003 136hp and a problem with a fuel pump. It seems that the suction control valve (SCV) needs to be replaced. The problem is that the car will not start and I have to go to ...
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Dying car, at random intervals

So my 1996 Jaguar XJR is just stopping at random. It happens when the car is doing low RPM, like when I am coming/stading at a stop light. Any ideas on where to start to troubleshoot this problem? ...
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159 views

How can I find replacement parts for a Hyundai Sonata headlight assembly?

My wife's sonata recently failed inspection because it has no parking light on the driver's side, and apparently no socket to hold the bulb (The assembly had previously been damaged and we installed a ...
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547 views

Why does my 2002 Ford Escape go through so many headlight bulbs?

Every 6-8 months, one of the headlight bulbs on my 2002 Ford Escape burns out. I used to replace just the one but usually the other would go within a couple of months. Now, I just replace them both. ...
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How to replace a washer-fluid pump on 2008 Equinox

Looking for directions on replacing the washer-fluid pump on a 2008 Chevy Equinox. I've found that the fuse works both the pump and the wipers, and the wipers still work. Seeing as I do not hear the ...
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2000 VW Golf heater won't blow hot air

My 2000 2.0L Golf GLS won't blow hot air at operating temperature, the air is only lukewarm at best. This started a few months ago inexplicably. The car isn't overheating or underheating, it reaches ...
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Auto transmission shifting late, staying in low gear

The mother-in-law's 2005 Renault Clio (auto) shifts very late and stays in too low a gear. When decelerating the tranny downshifts early (it really likes the revs). The garages all want a heafty sum ...
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472 views

Engine squealing

After replacing the belt and the idler pulley, the 6 cylinder 2005 Chevrolet Silverado still has a high pitch squeal. Have not checked the power steerinmg or water pump to see if the noise is coming ...
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257 views

Renault Megane I 1.6 Airconditioning pump seized

My Renault Megane I 1.4 RT's airconditioning pump recently totally seized. When the seize happened, it also broke off the crank pulley. I have now replaced both the airconditioning pump and crank ...
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Is it a good idea to have MOT and Full service at the same time?

Or is it better if we do them in two different places? MOT Test = Ministry of Transport Test - an annual test carried out on vehicles over 3yrs old in the UK to ensure they are roadworthy (i.e. safe ...
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2answers
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Can I disable antitheft (PATS) on 03 Mustang?

Just bought an 03 Mustang from an auction and took it on a trip. The anti-theft system kicked in and I had to disconnect/reconnect the battery to get it working again. That worked a few times and I ...
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1answer
158 views

Replacing car audio on Lancer 9

I need to replace a car audio unit on Lancer 9. The problem is that I have a 2-din panel, that I am unable to remove. When I pull the panel at the mark "1" - it is being released a bit on the ...
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1answer
267 views

2000 Chevy Silverado 5.3L turns over but won't start, no spark

A few weeks ago I noticed that the wire going to the starter from the solinoid was broken off at the connection, so I resoldered it, and it ran for a few weeks until this happened: I went out to ...
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1answer
238 views

Access to EVAP Canister Vent Valve

My TSX is coding P2422 - EVAP Canister Shut Valve close malfunction. I'm finding posts online that it is often a blockage (spider nest??) that can be blown out with air. I'd like to try that first ...
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97 views

Access to front ceiling light box on a 2006 Acura TSX

I'm trying to follow these instructions for my similar TSX: http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=540405 But I haven't found the proper way to remove the front ceiling light cover (the one ...
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1answer
216 views

Car shudders when I hit a sharp bump (2003 Maxima)

I have a 2003 Nissan Maxima SE and I've noticed that when I hit a sharp bump (like a shallow pothole) that the car seems to shudder or vibrate for a second. The car just hit 100k miles on the ...
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820 views

Do premium air filters perform better than standard air filters?

I went in for an oil change recently and the Jiffy Lube technician tried to up sell me on buying a better oil for my car, and on buying a more expensive air filter. My car is a fairly normal compact ...
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1answer
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Can i remove the rear diff in my land rover freelander?

recently the rear diff in my 1998 land rover freelander has gone (makes a horrible clicking sound around corners). The car has been a constant pain and i was wondering what is actually the cause of ...
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Advantages of getting your car's oil changed at the dealer

Are there advantages go getting your car's oil changed at the dealership from which you purchased the car versus a "quick change" place like Jiffy Lube or Wal-Mart? I've used all three, and I feel the ...
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2answers
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Location of Blend Door Actuator in 2003 Chevy Malibu

I am fairly certain that my Blend Door actuator is faulty. I get all hot air in my car, which is great for the winter, not so much for the summer. I want to replace it, and followed directions on ...
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1answer
1k views

Replacing Vauxhall Corsa C (2002) rear fog light

I need to replace the right rear fog light in a 2002 Vauxhall Corsa C; not just the bulb but the whole unit. I'm looking for instructions on how to replace the lamp preferably without removing the ...
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1answer
262 views

When should I change the oil, as the tech recommends or as my oil change light indicates

I have a Toyota Corolla 2008. It has an oil change light indicator. The tech at the one hour oil change place recommends to change it every 3,000 miles but the indicator light only goes off about ...
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3answers
1k views

1997 Olds 88, trans issue?

A friend of mine pointed me this way due to my current problems; I've been working on this for three weeks and am no closer to diagnosing the issue, so hopefully someone here can point me in the right ...
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1answer
316 views

Check Oil Light Stays on for 20+ Seconds When 2004 Trailblazer Starts

Lately, my 2004 Chevy Trailblazer has been displaying the "Chk Oil" light when the vehicle first starts up for more than 20 seconds - much longer than the normal dash light test. Then is turns off and ...
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1answer
220 views

Replace front wheel studs '99 saturn

I'm trying to replace front wheel studs on a '99 saturn w/o removing the hub. I got the old ones out, but for the life of me can't seem to get the new ones in securely. I attempted pressing them in ...
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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan not starting, mystery wires?

1997 Dodge GC with 180k miles, has been sitting for maybe 6 months after being driven a little, and now it won't start. cranks fine, all electronics work, but doesn't fire. I checked there is fuel ...
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455 views

Odd brake squeak only at the very end of the stop

I have a 2003 Infiniti FX 35. It has ~130K miles on it but new front and rear brakes were put on in the last year. Just recently, after about a month of sitting around without being driven, the car ...
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1answer
662 views

How do I change the CV Joints on my 2003 Acura TL?

How do I change the CV Joints on my 2003 Acura TL? My 2003 Acura TL 3.2 has been making creaking sounds when I turn around corners and I've been told that old, noisy CV joints are likely the culprit. ...
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1answer
792 views

Should I change automatic transmission fluid on an older vehicle?

I have a Pontiac Vibe 2004 with an automatic transmission. The mileage now is around 120k miles and I've never changed the transmission fluid. There are no mechanical problems with the vehicle at the ...
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1answer
190 views

Help with car movie/DVD player - Invision Generation

Our "Invision Generation Series" DVD player (installed by the dealer in our '08 Toyota Highlander) plays some DVDs just fine, but for many others, it doesn't get past the initial previews. It has ...
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1answer
91 views

What car wash tasks should be done after an automatic car wash?

I have access to free automatic car washes. It is a pretty basic and short cloth car wash and dry. What should I do in additional to the automatic car wash? I was thinking about drying off any spots ...
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1answer
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1998 Ford Contour P0171 P0174

I have a 1998 Ford Contour that has a check engine light. I checked the codes, and found: P0171 System Too Lean (Bank 1) P0174 System Too Lean (Bank 2) P0401 Insufficient EGR Flow P1131 Lack of ...
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1answer
1k views

What do battery numbers mean? E.g., 26R-5N

I went to Walmart and put my car's information (2000 Dodge Neon) into the electronic battery selector, and it told me to purchase a 26R-5N battery (which matches my current battery). However, what do ...
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1answer
294 views

The windshield are blurry, possible because of oils

Today rain caught me and while the wipers swept I noticed the windshield is blurry, so the visibility was reduced. It is perhaps because of oily spots. What solution should I try to remove this ...
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1answer
196 views

Turn Signal Randomly Changes Directions

I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The left turn signal has started randomly switching over to blinking the right signal light. When it happens, the sequence is usually: Turn on the left signal, it blinks ...
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2answers
678 views

Are there different kinds of 10W-40 oil?

I was given a used riding mower as a gift, and the other day I started to do some of the yearly maintenance as recommended by the owner's manual. When I got to the part about changing the oil, I saw ...
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Blue-ish smoke coming out from the exhaust

I have a VW Golf mk4, 1.9 TDI from 2001 with 230.000+ km on board and for some time now I have blue smoke coming out of the exhaust. The problem aggravates when I'm stuck in traffic or when the ...
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1answer
455 views

Diesel motor running slightly jerky on normal RPM after having the turbo repaired

I got my turbo repaired, the service told me that stopped working due to a sensor that had to be changed. It costed me a lot because they told me that the sensor was inside the turbo and it was hard ...
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Car not starting: How likely that it's the fuel pump?

So I have a 1987 Hyundai Pony that was a little stubborn starting last time, but did run in the end. Then it sat for a couple of weeks. It's kind of cold (but not that cold—I'm in Vancouver). Now ...
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483 views

BMW 330xi car keys dead

I have 2006 BMW 330xi whose car-keys (the automatic one) is dead. I think its batteries are dead. What are my options? I tried driving around to charge it but that didn't work.
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3answers
283 views

When should I get an oil change if I drive infrequently?

I drive a 1997 Honda Accord maybe 6,000 miles each year. In past years, I've driven about 12,000 miles per year and changed the oil about every 3,000-4,000 miles, or about every three months. When ...
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2answers
479 views

Why rear disk brakes do not wear the pads even?

While changing the pads for my rear breaks (disk), I saw that while the external pads were all gone, the internal ones were at 1/3 to 1/2 only. Is this normal? Should I address this? What is the ...
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What is the best way to prevent my doors from freezing shut in the winter?

What is the best way to treat door seals to prevent the doors from freezing in winter? I noticed that the doors on both of my vehicles are a bit "sticky" this time of year, where the temperature is ...

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