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What to know before buying and OBD-II reader

I read the features to look for in an OBD-II reader, but I am curious if getting one is the right move. I'm just planning to get a cheap one, which is proving to be interesting shopping local. What I ...
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Will higher octane fuel improve gas mileage?

I've heard from some people that high octane fuel will increase gas mileage. Around here, we have the basic unleaded(87), mid-grade(89), and premium(93 or 91). I've been using the basic 87 unleaded ...
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2answers
477 views

Adding Towing Capability to my '09 Chevy Traverse

My '09 AWD Traverse doesn't have the towing package. On one side we didn't realize what that meant when we bought it and on the other I rarely tow much beyond a small trailer to haul some stuff from ...
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5answers
177 views

What are Daytime Running Lights for?

I'm looking to buy a car for the first time, and I see the option to have a Daytime Running Lights. What are they for, and do I need them? I live in Los Angeles, where the the two seasons that do ...
3
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2answers
336 views

s60 won't start, no lights, nothing at all

I accidentally left my keys in ignition overnight - and now nothing. Have charged battery and tried spare key, but neither fixed the issue.
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2answers
1k views

Random grinding sound when applying brakes

I've been noticing a troubling trend with my car as of late. Randomly, it will decide to make this blood curdling screech when I apply the brakes, and occasionally the noise will continue as I ...
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3answers
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What do I risk if I don't fix my leaking evaporator core on my 2004 Jeep GC?

The shop just tested my non-working AC, and recharged the freon - so, for now, it's working. Cost $118 all in. However, they tell me I have a leak in my evaporator core, and that it will take 16 ...
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Why might I experience a power falloff after starting my car with the AC On?

I have a 2000 Chrysler Neon which generally runs well. I have noticed that if I start the vehicle, turn the AC on and reverse out of the driveway, the engine seems to struggle/sounds like it is going ...
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Audi A4 (1998) extremely noisy when idle, occasional oil light

I have an Audi A4 1998 with over 200k miles. It gets extremely noisy when idle. It usually doesn't happen until it has been running for a while. Revving above 2000rpm can settle it and it isn't noisy ...
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2answers
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Should you replace shocks in pairs?

I have one (slowly) leaking shock. It was pointed out to me by a service place, and they also told me that they would recommend replacing both shocks (i.e. the left and right side) at the same time ...
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What to check when buying a used car?

I'm looking to buy a used car. What do you think I should check (mechanically) before buying it (especially if it's diesel)?
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1answer
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What is the adhesive used to attach the gasket to the hood?

The Gasket that seals around my hood has come loose. There is the residue of an adhesive on the painted metal and the rubber gasket. What is this likely to be?
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2answers
648 views

Creaky / Banging sound when going over bumps

I have a 2001 Hyundai Sonata, it is making a "creaky" or "metallic banging" sound when I go over bumps. The sound is coming from the right rear wheel area, is this a bad strut? When I push on that ...
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1answer
351 views

Sudden Oversteer - What Might Be the Cause

I drive a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS (front-wheel drive vehicle). Periodically, during left-hand curves at highway speeds, my car will suddenly begin turning tighter than I'm asking it to. It's ...
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1answer
2k views

Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?

I have a 1997 Caravan [short wheelbase, base model] with a 4-speed automatic transmission. After it sits [off] for a few hours, the shifter will get stuck in park. A little jiggling and a hard pull ...
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7answers
4k views

When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?

I just recently got a 2005 Volvo S40 with a turbo engine; I want to take good care of it, so naturally, when the instruction manual recommends 91 octane fuel but says it takes a minimum of 87, I have ...
3
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2answers
901 views

Ducati Monster M600 - Engine Vibration/Cold Cylinder

I have a 1995 Ducati Monster M600. Recently I noticed an engine vibration and whilst trying to figure it out I noticed that the horizontal cylinder exhaust is hot (hot enough to burn leather gloves) ...
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1answer
468 views

Can I easily replace the Throttle Position Sensor on a 1999 Maxima?

My '99 Maxima's Check Engine light came on recently. I whipped out my OBD-II reader, and pulled off two codes. P0325 (Knock Sensor) and P1705 (TPS) Reading online it appears the knock sensor ...
4
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3answers
2k views

Replace front brake pads and rotors?

I went to my Honda dealership for a B-1 service, and he came back saying that I needed to replace both my front brake pads and rotors. The quote for that is $531. I am wondering if I should go ahead ...
4
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1answer
1k views

Stuff coming out from my AC

I recently left my car (Honda Accord) in the parking lot of my apartment complex for a little over a month while I was out of town. It was working fine when I left. Now that I've come back, I've ...
2
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2answers
1k views

MA Inspection rejected due to wiper blades. For real?

I took my car to my dealer to get inspected and they tried to pressure me into buying some new wiper blades from them for ~$40. The blades are only 6 months old, and the car is otherwise in great ...
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1answer
724 views

reverse lights always on

I have an older 1993 Mitsubishi Triton ute. The issue is that the reverse lights are always on while the car is running regardless of gear position. The gearbox works, that is to say that the car ...
7
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1answer
441 views

Car Suddenly Decides To Not Crank

Today I turned the key to start up my car and all the lights (headlights and instrument panel) came on bright and normal, but the engine made absolutely no sound. It wouldn't start, it didn't even try ...
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1answer
699 views

How can I be sure of the reading on my automatic transmission fluid dipstick?

This may seem like a silly question. I've been trying to read the dipstick for my automatic transmission fluid but am having a very difficult time determining the level. The fluid is very light and ...
6
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3answers
329 views

Identifying the Cause of This Tire Wear

The tire is worn on only on side, suggesting incorrect camber alignment. However, the amount of wear varies along the rotation of the tire. Does the fact that the wear is not even for the entire ...
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2answers
95 views

Disconnecting rear lock assembly

Still working on the 2000 Honda CRV. Trying to get the lock assembly out of the door so I can work on it, but I'm having trouble disconnecting it from the outside door handle. part #8 plugs into the ...
3
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3answers
1k views

Alternative reverse light switch

I am about to take me ute to get a "safety" certificate so that I can get it registered (QLD, Australia) and I have one issue left that is still a possible problem. The switch that operates the ...
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2answers
3k views

Jump starting a dead battery: Connect black wire to negative pole of battery or grounded metal?

Most of the advice I've seen for jump starting cars instructs to connect the black wire to a bare piece of metal on the car with the dead battery. However, I've always just hooked up both poles to the ...
2
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1answer
257 views

Automatic lock not working

2001 Honda CRV, when lock button is pressed rear PS door lock sounds like a machine gun (ra-ta-ta-tat) and door remains unlocked. Door cannot be manually locked either, what could be causing this? Is ...
2
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2answers
239 views

Muffler inlet corrosion problem

My 2001 Honda Civic needs a new muffler every two (2) years or so, because the inlet pipe corrodes just after the union. Is this a common problem, or would installing a better quality muffler prevent ...
4
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2answers
1k views

Slow rolling power windows

I have a 2000 Honda CRV where the power windows are slow to roll up, and usually need manual assistance to fully close. When rolling up the windows (front DS, front PS), they start up slow and ...
1
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1answer
727 views

2005 Honda Accord Hybrid Won't Start Or Go In Neutral

A few weeks ago the car would start in the morning but not start in the afternoon. The next time it started I drove it straight to the Honda near my work. They told me the 12volt battery had a bad ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

hydraulic clutch fails to fully disengage

I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla Verso 2.0 D4D (UK model). The clutch does not disengage fully with clutch pedal fully pressed. This is a hydraulic clutch. When in gear and brake is released with clutch ...
4
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1answer
297 views

Biodiesel and DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter)

I read a little about DPFs and biodiesel. Some claim that there's a reduction in lubricity and/or viscosity of engine oil when using B30 or above. They warn about increased engine wear because of it. ...
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1answer
222 views

Diesel engines maintenance [closed]

Diesel engines are more complex than their petrol counterparts. What are the basic diesel engines maintenance must-dos?
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0answers
82 views

How to Get Basic Car Repair Knowledege [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting Started in Auto Repair I'm looking for some teach yourself sources for auto repair. I'd like to start restoring an old car in my dad's garage, but I don't have ...
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2answers
752 views

Dealer service records from Toyota, Honda, Mercedes Benz - don't exist?

I'm shopping for used cars at the moment, and have been considering some models from Toyota and Honda, as well as an older Mercedes Benz. Many of the cars I've seen so far have been at dealers, i.e. ...
0
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0answers
100 views

Getting Started in Auto Repair [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. How to begin learning engine tuning? My dad has an old Mazda that has been sitting in the garage for a long ...
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6answers
8k views

Couldn't start my Volvo due to Key Error. Called assistance and he fixed it by hitting the key with a screwdriver. What could be the error?

My Volvo S40 (06) would not start when I turned the ignition key. I got a message that was somewhat like "Key Error, please try again". I tried with both my keys so it wasn't the key itself. I think I ...
4
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2answers
2k views

2001 Honda Civic: rough ride, even after new struts

My 2001 Honda Civic has what I can only describe as a "rough ride" in the front wheels. When I put my foot on the brake pedal (not pressing on it), there's a roughness there I can feel. It's less at ...
3
votes
1answer
298 views

Difference between steady and flashing CEL?

What is the significance of a flashing CEL, vs. a steady one? I recently read and cleared the codes on my 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII. After driving it for awhile, the CEL came back on. During that ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

High / fluctuating oil pressure causes?

My girlfriend has a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SSE (3.8L GM 3800-II, non-supercharged). It ran low on coolant a few weeks ago, and started to overheat. I refilled with coolant, but the next time I was in ...
2
votes
1answer
797 views

Adjust clutch on toyota tazz…

I took my car in for a service. Upon receiving it back I have to push the clutch in to it's absolute max before shifting gears. It wasn't like this before. If I can describe in terms of percentages it ...
2
votes
1answer
112 views

What happened to my tire between the time I got it and the time I found it deflated?

Here's the scenario: I purchased 4 new tires with installation for my 2003 Ford Focus with almost 200,000 miles on it (original aluminium wheels). When I got my car from the tire place, I noticed ...
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vote
4answers
228 views

How to prevent a car from boosting?

Considering a turbo car. The specific model is a Dodge Caliber SRT 2008, but I'd prefer a more generic answer. How can one prevent the car from boosting while still having a car that can be driven ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

How can I check if my 1995 Lancer CC GI has OBD-II

As my title say I want to know if my current car that I just purchased has an ODB-II port. I have looked under the steering wheel and I can see what I think to be a OBD-II connector, but am unsure. ...
3
votes
1answer
158 views

How much do I need to sand before proceeding?

I noticed a few days back that the upper portion of my driver side back wheel has got rust. I took a sand paper and started cleaning it hoping to remove the rust and apply primer-paint on it but as I ...
6
votes
1answer
3k views

What is surging?

I've been reading a few of the questions here just to learn a bit more about cars out of curiosity and one thing I see quite a bit is the word "surging" I searched and I'm not seeing any straight and ...
4
votes
2answers
518 views

1998 Ford Ranger surges when idling

What should I be looking at to diagnose my Ford Ranger which surges when stopped? This typically only happens while the vehicle is warming up. After that, it's fine.
4
votes
3answers
721 views

Intermittent start on hot days with 1992 Honda Civic

This happened twice last summer, and twice this summer. On very hot days ~90F, only after my car has been sitting in the sun all day (so, right after work), it won't start. The first time I thought ...

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