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How can I identify which cylinder is responsible for a petrol engine misfire?

My petrol engine has developed a persistent misfire. How can I figure out which cylinder is the culprit in order to hone in on the root cause?
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How to replace balljoint?

Out of curiosity, how does one go about replacing the balljoints in a car? Specifically the rear toe arms from a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse? I've got a set of good condition rear arms that have suspect ...
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noisy free wheeling hub

Having manually locked my front hubs (they operate freely) and engaged H4 on my fj40 cruiser there is an intermittent droning from the l/front wheel at approx. 50mph. At low speeds turning a corner L ...
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1answer
203 views

Does non-synthetic 10w30 motor oil contain sulphur?

I ask this question as I plan on using 10W30 motor oil in my Jeep's manual transmission and need no sulphur added to the oil so that it is "yellow metal safe". I'm not looking to start a discussion ...
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1answer
97 views

What options do I have if I've stripped the threads for my Helicoil repair?

A while back I had repaired a stripped thread on my aluminium timing chain cover with a M6x1.0 Helicoil. This involved: drilling out the damaged thread tapping a slightly larger M8x1.0 internal ...
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1answer
360 views

How much of a VIN code is needed to identify make & model, across model years?

In a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) code, do the first 8 digits always refer to the same make/model, or does it change from year to year? For example, here is a VIN (5TDDKRFH5ES03F736) decoded: ...
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2answers
818 views

Radio Wiring Harness for a 2000 Chevy Cavalier

I'm trying to locate a wiring harness for my new stereo that I want to install into my 2000 Chevy Cavalier, but I'm having a difficult time find one. Does anyone know of a after market harness that ...
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Brakes locking up while driving

I have a Honda accord 2008 which has performed well until recently. On my may to work I noticed my car wasn't accelerating as usual; it had this feel like it was dragging. On parking, I noticed smoke ...
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937 views

Do the Check Engine and Oil Pressure lights have any significance when the engine is off?

I should preface this by saying that I'm a relatively brand new driver, and I know next to nothing about cars. I've got a 2005 Chrysler Sebring, and I've noticed just today that when I put the ...
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1answer
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What types of thread-locking Loctite do I need to be aware of as an automotive DIY-er?

I am very confused when it comes to distinguishing between the different grades of red and blue Loctite. Are the different grades of Loctite intended for different torque ratings? Which Loctite(s) ...
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1answer
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Battery dash light comes on when starting car then disappears while driving

2002 Honda Civic EX here. When I start my car, my battery dash light has been staying on usually until I get onto the highway, then it will turn off. If I hit a stop sign or red light, then it'll ...
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using OBD II how can i detect an accident with airbag [closed]

i need help with c++ program, if either the airbag is triggered or the deceleration detected is greater than 5 Gs, we consider that an accident occurred. The vehicle decides to ask nearby by sendig ...
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2004 Mercury Sable -Trouble with starting and stalling

I've had my car in and out of the shop for several weeks and I'm really becoming very frustrated. I don't really know ANYTHING about cars, but about a month ago the car would sporadically have ...
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1answer
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Nissan Altima Intermittent Emergency brake warning light

Every morning when I release the emergency brake, the light on the dashboard stays on. At times I apply and release as hard as I can and the light goes off. During the day, there is no issue with ...
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1answer
437 views

Accidentally put regular PS fluid instead of DEXRON-III

Vehicle: Toyota Tacoma 2007 V6 4WD 4L I accidentally (ignorantly) put regular power steering fluid in the reservoir after needing to take the pump out but I took it out again and drained the ...
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1answer
202 views

polo 2012 - driver door won't unlock with key but will lock

I'm having an issue with my polo, the lock on the drivers door won't unlock but will lock once it's been unlocked via the passenger door using the same key. The key just spins infinately. It used to ...
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1answer
589 views

Small two-stroke engine runs poor

I have a borrowed cultivator (Echo TC-2100), and having hard time running it. It looks fairly new, and in good condition, but was possibly poorly stored and was not winterized. At first I could not ...
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1answer
1k views

Ford Explorer Dash Light

So my battery light on my 2004 explorer is coming on intermittently (block light with a plus and minus symbol). Recently my battery died while I was at work, and after I got a jump I took it to ...
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2answers
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I have an issue with Stepping on gas and no increase in speed

It only happens rarely.. but sometimes when stepping down the gas it would suddenly max out the speed gauge, and you hear the very loud engine noise as if i stepped down the gas all the way, but what ...
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1answer
212 views

Are some drill bits better for mechanical (metal) work than others?

I am looking to buy a set of high quality metal drill bits. Usually, drill bits out there on the market are not classified for metal vs. wood and other softer materials. Are some drill bits better ...
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1answer
112 views

Is it necessary to bleed brakes if the system is never opened?

Just wondering if there is a point to bleeding the brakes if the system is never opened, since it's effectively a closed system. For example, does the chemical change should the fluid reach boiling ...
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1answer
59 views

How are the engines of street cars different from trucks and performance cars?

Consider three cars. All three cars have different engines, but all engines are 3 lit. V6s. The engine in first car is made for great gas mileage. The engine in second car is made to be able to tow ...
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1answer
711 views

Changing the exhaust on a motorbike

I have a Yamaha XJ6 from 2012 and I would like to change the exhaust. But I have a choice. Do I change only the muffler or the whole "line"? Other than cost what are the pros and cons of changing ...
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Lugging the Engine (Manual Transmission)

So...lugging the engine obviously isn't something that is good. But why? For example when you feather a clutch to get the car moving, it lugs for a quick moment when you hit the catch point (When ...
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1answer
203 views

Is there a way to remove a broken screw?

I broke the screw that holds the fluid hose going into my power steering pump. It is a 10 or 12 mm screw head. What came out is the head plus maybe a quarter inch while the rest is stuck inside. Is ...
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1answer
99 views

Serpentine belt area has insane amount of gunk

I had to replace the alternator on my Toyota Tacoma V6 4L and I noticed an ungodly amount of gunk collected on and around the old one. The truck is 2007 with just over 100K mi on it. The old ...
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0answers
61 views

Volvo 440 GL with 2 liter motor vibrating without gear, why? And how to diagnose this?

The Volvo is the Nordic model 440 GL, same as here. I have experienced this vibration earlier only in 1-2 gears with 1-2k rounds. Now I am able to experience it with no gear. My friends are suggesting ...
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2answers
298 views

Clutch Catch Point Car Shudder?

So Im still pretty new to driving stick. However even if I feather the clutch to get it rolling from a stop it always vibrates the car a little bit when I get close to the catch point. I've tried ...
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2answers
123 views

Require solution to reduce breaking of tiles indoor, when operating an electric tow truck

I am using an 3 wheeled, rear drive, electric tow truck vehicle indoors on commonly used floor tiles. It seems that when braking the vehicle some floor tiles break . Its specs are similar to ...
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1answer
54 views

engine noise on a carburated 327 chevy engine

What does it mean when i rev my engine up to about 4500-5000 rpms and it squeals could it be my serpentine belt
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3answers
8k views

Is it bad to drive a vehicle if power steering is defunct?

My truck's power steering pump is broken (leaking) so I had to drain the fluid. I was able to drive it around the parking lot, with considerable difficulty steering. I need to get the truck home, ...
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2answers
147 views

Adding stereo controls to a steering wheel not designed for that purpose

I own a Fiat Panda from 2004. Its interiors look very similar to this picture: As you can see, the steering wheel has no control buttons for the stereo. Is it possible to add stereo controls to ...
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2answers
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1976 Land Cruiser fj40 front disc rotor removal

How do I remove front disc rotors. I know how to remove calipers and free wheeling hubs but not rotors. Is this possible without disassembling the hubs?
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1answer
237 views

Broke one of the two power steering pump brackets/anchors

Vehicle: Toyota Tacoma 2007 V6 4L While I was taking my power steering pump out, I manager to brake one of the two brackets (or anchors) that attach it to the main body of the engine. It is an SOL ...
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2answers
61 views

Should brakes lock when hit hard?

I drive a 2011 Ford Fusion SEL. If relevant, I've noticed by seeing through the wheels that it's 4 wheel disc-brakes. I used to drive a 2003 Mazda Protege DX. When I hit the brakes hard in that ...
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1answer
121 views

Is it necessary to have the good car's engine running when jumpstarting

When jump-starting a vehicle, one first connects the positive and negative terminals between the two cars: positive to positive and negative (good battery) to a bolt head on the vehicle with the dead ...
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1answer
1k views

Trying to locate the cause of a horrible scraping sound

Last year at this time, the car (1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX) didn't make any bad noises. :-) Then in the Summer, the left rear wheel bearing failed and turned into a really big deal. When I finally ...
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1answer
632 views

Can a head gasket leak cause the cat to plug?

Well, like the title reads ... I replaced the heads on a Dodge Ram V8 3600 gas engine. It's now running like the cat is plugged. Can blowing the white plume of coolant exhaust out the tailpipe cause ...
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1answer
2k views

air bubbles in diesel fuel line of peugeot 206

Hi I have a peugeot 206 1.9L Diesel (1999). I recently changed the fuel filter and now the engine is running very rough and sometimes cutting out especially at low speeds. I have noticed that there is ...
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1answer
173 views

Removing difficult engine bolts

Currenly trying to remove part of the engine mount off my Vauxhall Astra to get to the thermostat and I've hit a stumbling block by two VERY tight screws that are almost impossible to get a wrench on ...
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1answer
256 views

mitsubishi l200 power window issue

I´ll need some help with identifying some DTC´s, right front passenger power window got stuck, so I have made some diag checks, I have found this trouble code list but I am lost: U1507 LIN ...
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2answers
763 views

Add Muscles to my Tata Nano Car [closed]

Any Suggestions for Tuning my Tata Nano car into getting a muscle look and also an increase in power??.. Thanks in Advance.
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2answers
182 views

Noise and vibrations in car (VW GTI 2011)

I have been having lots of noise and vibrations at high speed. I took to the dealer (VW) and was told it was because of flat spots on my tires. Its a front wheel drive. My threads are in pretty good ...
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1answer
49 views

Is 3m injector cleaner a good product? [closed]

I want to add an injector cleaner to a Nissan Tiida 2012. It has around 15000 miles and I never add any fuel additive. Sonax injector cleaner costs 20 dollars and 3M costs 10 dollars. Which one do you ...
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2answers
122 views

Should i check quantity of battery liquid?

The battery of my Nissan Tiida is similar to the ones in the pictures below. Should I check if there is enough liquid inside? and in case it needs, should I add distilled water?
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4answers
812 views

Right hand side blinkers on Holden/Opel Barina not working

The right hand side blinkers in my 2005 Holden/Opel Barina stopped working. When I turn the blinkers on they do the right click-click sound just much faster than usual. All 3 blinkers stopped working. ...
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1answer
80 views

Repairing crack on edge of windshield

I was replacing my windshield wiper motor (after asking about it here) and while putting in the new windshield wiper motor, I hit it on the edge of the windshield causing a few cracks. I asked a ...
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1answer
48 views

Are there comprehensive parts lists available for vehicles?

I am looking for a particular part for my new '99 Dodge Ram 1500. I have found that it is very difficult to locate OEM part numbers for individual items in the car. My thought process is that if I ...
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2answers
5k views

New Toyota Camry tire pressure light came on and then off

My new Toyota Camry (LE 2014, just bought with no miles on it) all over the sudden had a "Tire pressure" warning light come on on the dashboard about 1 week after purchase. It stayed on consistently ...
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4answers
240 views

New batteries with acid at 80% charge— if I run then tend, will it bring it up to 100%?

I have read that, when you add electrolyte and acid to a new battery, it will then be at 80% of max charge. You can put the battery in your bike and it will turn. However, it's highly recommend to ...

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