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What is an effective way to clean up gasoline spill?

My gas tank started leaking and left a rather large area covered in gasoline. What is the best way to remove the gasoline from the ground? This is pavement. I covered the stain in kitty litter and ...
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Catalytic converter heat shield fell off .. Drive home or call tow truck?

One hour drive from home with family. Heat shield fell from 2007 Honda accord. Both top and bottom halves of shield rusted from corner bolt. Safe to finish trip and repair tomorrow, or is the ...
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Are L/100km figures reported by the Canadian government attainable?

I'm in the market for a new car, and fuel efficiency is important since I'm commuting 2 hours a day. The EPA and Canadian governments use different measures of fuel efficiency. I don't mean just the ...
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Unable to start the vehicle depending on how long it has previously been driven

I have a Citroen C3 which is giving me a headache. The problem is a recent one, and is basically that I can't start the car. The strange thing is that the problem only surfaces when I've been driving ...
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147 views

motorcycle oil for m50B25TU (BMW E34)?

I just bought an e34 from a friend and he said he uses liqui moly racing synth 10w-50 for the engine. My mechanic was quite surprised when I told him and said I shouldn't use that, instead use real ...
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2answers
232 views

Determining the size/pitch of bolts and nuts before taking things apart

I'm a shade tree mechanic with an old car that's got a fair amount of rust on various fasteners (particularly in the under-regions). When I'm doing maintenance, I often like -- or find the need to -- ...
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106 views

Corsa Sport (2007) low compression cylinders 2 & 4

I have been having trouble with my Corsa. It sometimes just cuts out or does not want to start at random times. I have had the car serviced, I have had the starter motor replaced & am now having ...
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Causes of early clutch failure EXCLUDING driver style

UK 61 plate, Ford Diesel Mondeo Estate, Econetic: clutch replaced at 31,800 miles; failure caused by 'driver style' I use my car daily for commuting and for business. It's supplied to me as a company ...
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432 views

Iveco VIN Database (Decode)

i cant decode vehicle VIN numbers: ZCFA1AD1202576571 ZCFA1AD1202576573 I tried almost all databases what could I find, but no success. i need to find you vehicle registration date. does anybody ...
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324 views

How to reach the fuse box from Mk1 Golf Cabriolet?

On an 91 Golf Cabriolet (Mk1), the fuse box is hidden behind the knee bar, and has no access hatch. I need to have a look at the top of the fuse box to see if fuse 19 (indicators) is broken. Is there ...
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1answer
165 views

Battery has a draw with key off

I have a 2000 Grand Cherokee, and I’m having 2.23 Amp draw off the battery when the key is off. Leave the door open 2‒10 min., and the battery is dead or not strong enough to start the vehicle. I go ...
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332 views

Shift Solenoid Value causing misfires?

I have a 2003 Acura TL-S. I started it today (seemed fine yesterday) and it ran really rough. I also hand a weird burning smell. I attached my OBD2 reader, and got the following data: P0300 - ...
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2answers
140 views

burnt motor oil: do suspended particles burn off, too?

My 2008 Jetta SE, 2.5L, seems to be burning quite some oil — engine looks clean, and there are no spots on the ground, but I've already added a few extra litres of factory-recommended synthetic ...
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2answers
843 views

Car average mpg display correctness

I have been wondering about the correctness of the average MPG displays on modern cars. Mine in particular is a Renault Modus. What I did is fill the tank, drive around and then refill the tank to see ...
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2answers
267 views

Drivers side back tire not spinning

I have a 1990 Toyota pickup, and I noticed when I got stuck in some sand that only the passenger side back tire spins, while the driver's side does not. Any ideas why?
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4answers
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Controlling door locks via CAN bus

I'm trying to figure out how to lock and unlock the doors of a 2010 Toyota RAV4 using the CAN bus via the OBD-II port. I have a microcontroller attached via an CAN controller and a CAN receiver, and ...
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2answers
553 views

Change thermostat preemptively or wait for signs of problems?

I have been advised by an experienced "car guy" to change the thermostat on my 94K miles 2005 Toyota Matrix, although everything seems to be fine at the moment. Everybody else is telling me to leave ...
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1answer
257 views

What do I need to put rear shocks on my 1982 Yamaha Maxim XJ 750?

I bought the bike and didn't notice the previous owner had taken the rear shocks off (worst oversight I ever made, kicking myself now). I want to put some shocks on it, but I'm not really sure what I ...
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3answers
133 views

Should I get a second opinion from a different mechanic?

Previous question for context TL;DR: My 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE had a flashing check engine light and I found oil in the coolant. A family member took the car to a mechanic this week. He checked ...
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1answer
112 views

Suzuku Katana does not start after an accident

I have a Suzuki Katana GSX600F. So, after an accident I was in, I rode the bike home and all was fine except a little cosmetic damage, then in a rainstorm it tipped over and after picking it up and ...
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1answer
167 views

What causes grey engine corrosion?

I recently had my oil light come on in my 2004 Chevy Malibu. This resulted in a visit to a mechanic (after putting 3 QTS of oil in it) to see if there might be something more serious than a leak ...
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2answers
450 views

2001 Honda Civic LX won't stay in 4th gear

I have a 2001 Honda Civic LX, automatic transmission. There are 3 gear settings: 2, D3, and D. If I'm driving in D3 and shift into D, I can feel it shift gears up (from 3 to 4), but then it ...
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3answers
152 views

Automobile EDR / Black Box - What is it for?

My partner has just started driving, and her insurance company have fitted a "Black Box" to her car. My understanding of these devices is somewhat vague, as some sites suggest that they only collect ...
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2answers
283 views

Advice on buying a new car (Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 vs. Subaru Impreza 1.5R)

This question is probably somewhat subjective as all cars are slightly different. I am currently in the process of looking for a new car. I'm currently driving a Vauxhall Astra 1.8 SRi (mk-5, 5 door ...
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1answer
216 views

Schedule for brake fluid replacement in Subaru

How often should brake fluid be replaced in a Subaru Impreza 2002? Or should it be replaced at all? (Looking for distances in km)
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1answer
203 views

Front grill electrical component near radiator

I have a 2008 Mazda 3, and unfortunately I ran over some road debris (probably a tire or something, I didn't get a good look at it). My local Mazda dealer checked it out and said there was nothing ...
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2answers
2k views

2006 Civic: What maintenance is due next?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic LX 4-door sedan. Rather than a fixed maintenance schedule, this car has a "maintenance minder" display on the dash which counts down the remaining "oil life" (based, I ...
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2answers
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Reading OBD2 too fast

I'm writing a software to make a telemetry application for my 2001 VW Golf mk4 reading parameters from OBD2 using an ELM327 compatible cable. I succeeded so far. The problem that I have now, is that ...
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1answer
50 views

Which 100kmi car should be in better shape: newer or older?

I'm looking to replace my dying '96 Accord, and I've been skimming Craigslist for used cars. While searching for Acura TLs, I noticed one in my price range that was significantly newer than the ...
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2answers
66 views

Windshield repair

I cracked my windshield in the very low corner on the passenger's side. The sharded area is perhaps 10 sq in at the most but then some crack extend out of it and go 6-7 in (2 or 3 of them). I ...
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1answer
207 views

Keyed shaft is worn down, how do I keep pulley from riding off the end?

I have a belt driven pump on a sprayer that is powered by a small engine. The keyway on the shaft of the pump is a little worn and at some point the key worked itself out. Unfortunately I did not ...
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1answer
373 views

Clutchless shifting and long term maintenance

Will (assuming perfectly, or almost, considering we're humans)clutchless shifting your car all the time affect in a worst way the shifting box mechanism than shifting the gear in a regular fashion, ...
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0answers
54 views

1999 accord v6 automatic loses power intermittantly

Throttle cuts in and out on highway. fuel pump has good pressure. mechanic says possibly the fuel regulator.
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8answers
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Steering wheel shakes at high speeds

the steering wheel sometimes shakes at high speeds around 70 miles per hour. It does not always happen. Some day when I am driving at 70, I feel no shakes. some day it shakes badly at the same speed. ...
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2answers
37 views

How do I fix my riding lawnmower?

I have a craftsman riding lawnmower. It has a manual gear that I have to push up to get the blade to start. There is a physical heavy gauge wire going from this gear to something below that snapped ...
4
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1answer
376 views

2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE oil in the coolant

Recently my car started chugging and "vibrating" at low speeds, and the check engine light is flashing on and off. On inspection, I found oil in the coolant. I don't know a lot about cars, but a ...
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2answers
934 views

Have tow ball but not electricity for a trailer

I have a Toyota Camry 2004. When I just bought it, I have noticed that it has a tow ball. I didn't really intend to use it but now it could really help me to move few things around with a trailer I ...
3
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1answer
8k views

Revs shooting up when accelerating in high gears

The other day my '03 Ford Fiesta suddenly failed in 4th gear when I changed from 3rd to 4th. My revs shot right up reaching roughly 5000 without any acceleration then after a few seconds the revs went ...
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2answers
293 views

AC repair need help so bad it's hot!

08 PT Cruiser blows warm air but never gets cold. Tried Freon but it doesn't blow cold or last long at all. It sounds like it's clicking on and off not too rapidly when driving it blow slightly cooler ...
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2answers
115 views

Is there a megametre (Mm)? [closed]

With miles, there are no SI prefixes, so, you just write "every 3k/10k miles". With kilometres, there's already an SI prefix present. What's the sane way to write, say, "5000 / 16'000 km" in a ...
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1answer
386 views

2009 Toyota Camry.. ABS light comes on occasionally.

There doesn't seem to be any pattern to it coming on. The only way to turn it off is to kill the engine, and restart it. Brakes seem to work alright when the light is on. How do I test it to see ...
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1answer
38 views

Do ester-based oils less or more likely to disappear from the engine? [duplicate]

It is known that some oils are eaten up by the engine, at a rate of up to 1L per 1k miles or so. Are ester-based oils (like Redline 5W40) less or more likely to disappear from the oil pan after going ...
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1answer
224 views

Does one have to change ester-based fully synthetic oils?

They say that ester-based oils are used in jet-engines, where the oil is sealed, and it never has to be changed. If I use an ester-based oil as the lubricant for my Jetta 2.5L petrol, such as the ...
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1answer
180 views

very bad gas mileage in a brand new german car

I bought a brand new 2008 Jetta SE (2.5L petrol engine, automatic transmission, 21mpg city, 29mpg highway) in May 2008, which had under 200 miles on it. I immediately within a week drove it from ...
3
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1answer
159 views

is a visible paint seam on the roof-top ok?

Someone with a provisional licence hit my 2008 Jetta on the side, and the side of my car had to be reshaped and repainted. It involved repainting the whole side, including the strip on top of the ...
2
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1answer
128 views

Is shop paint visibly different to factory paint?

I've got my 2008 Jetta painted at a shop in Northern California with a very good reputation and customer satisfaction. Whilst I was originally happy with the work, after not seeing my car for a ...
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1answer
133 views

Does a low oil level mean some synthetic has converted to sludge?

In a 2008 Jetta, 2.5L petrol engine, I started driving more on the highways, and taking longer trips, and noticed a much better mileage than the prior driving that was still mostly highway, but ...
3
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1answer
82 views

Car FM radio for overseas use?

Living in the US, I want to purchase a car Radio/CD player unit to be installed in an car in Israel. A few years ago, I bought a cheap MP3 player w/ FM tuner to use there (not a car unit, just one of ...
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3answers
2k views

Why does my car smell badly after it has been raining?

I park my 2006 Toyota 4Runner outside, and, after it rains, the inside of my car smells badly. i suspect that the moisture causes mildo. That said, I have two questions: How do I eliminate the odor? ...
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2answers
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Power loss in truck - triage options?

I've asked at least one question about my specific situation earlier, but at this point, I'm looking for information on how to operate in triage mode, my primary goal is to get my truck working well ...

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