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White smoke from tail pipe on operating temp start

I have a 89 Buick Century Custom. On the first start of the day, I have no problem. No smoke and no difficulty starting. However, after the car warms up, say, after driving to a gas station the ...
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Is starting your car with the A/C on bad?

I was always yelled at by my father when I was first starting to drive when I left the A/C on when I turned off the car, and then later turned it back on, with the reasoning that I was ruining / ...
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Is every BMW service, always needed?

Is every BMW service, always needed? I have a BMW 325i 2004. It's supposed to be due for a service. The advisor says it includes the regular oil change, check fluids and top off fluids as well as ...
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What to do when a mechanic can't reproduce possible transmission problems?

I have limited experience with cars. I bought a 2001 Mazda 626 to commute to and from school a few weeks ago. Today when merging on the freeway I noticed that the engine sounded like it was working ...
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Automatic transmission: Is shifting to neutral while approaching stops bad?

This is not with the intention of saving fuel (as I have seen many answers assuming savings in fuel while doing this). But I have this habit of putting the vehicle into neutral before approaching ...
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Uneven rotation sounds when my car gets to 50-60 MPH

My 2005 Mazda 3 with 73K miles (roughly 20K on the tires) on it starts to make a sound, just like your washing machine does when all of the clothes go to one side and its still spinning, when I get to ...
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429 views

How can I learn the details of an engine that's not original?

I've got an 86 Chevy C10 pickup. The engine has been replaced with what I have been told is a "354". Most of the work I've done on cars has been via a Haynes manuel. But, because I'm dealing with a ...
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3answers
592 views

Honda Unicorn missing during rain and cold weather

I have a 2009 model Honda unicorn motorcycle. It's very difficult to ride during rain or cold weather, because of missing. I asked service center but they did not do anything. I have changed the CDI, ...
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Advice needed - My car has burn mark on hood and seems to be leaking oil

I have a 4 year old, well loved Honda civic with only about 25K. It has been serviced nearly every 6 months. I just took it for a service a few weeks ago and today I noticed that it seemed to be ...
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1answer
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What to check on HVAC after verifying blower motor works?

I drive an 2003 Acura TL. This week, the fan stopped blowing air, regardless of what setting the temperature / A/C is one. I pulled out the blower motor and connected a multimeter to it. The ...
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Dust is coming into my Ford Contour 1998 2.5L when the window is closed

dust comes into my vehicle when the window is closed, looks like it comes from the passenger feet side. there is a peice of fabric that came off where the glove compartment is, could it be coming from ...
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Will I be okay running thinner oil with a minor oil leak on an older car?

Recently when I had some work done I was shown a minor leak, I believe he told me it was the oil pan. It doesn't drip out onto the ground, but if you look closely you can see condensed oil drops on ...
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Are engines of the same model bike identical?

I am planning to buy a Yamaha Crux from the showroom. I'd like to know how to compare the engines in each of the available bikes of the same model. Will they differ in any way? One mechanic I know ...
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2k views

Huge puddle of water under car

I parked my Dodge Viper after driving for about two hours. Half an hour later I noticed a huge puddle under the engine, on the passenger side. I am pretty sure it was water since it was thin, ...
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Trolley Jack Rating

My car's mass is approximately 1800kg from memory and I intend to purchase a trolley jack so that I don't have to use the provided scissor jack when at home. I've noticed that trolley jacks have ...
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What is the life expectancy of a Honda Civic Hybrid Continuously Variable Transmission?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid with continuously variable transmission (CVT). At the 90k tuneup, the mechanic added 3.5 quarts of the regular automatic transmission fluid. At 110,000 miles, the ...
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car dealership branding their cars

Do all car dealships brand their cars? By branding i mean putting the dealers name usually next to the model decal on the car. I find this very annoying - I dont want to put bumper stickers on my new ...
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What happens if petrol is used in a diesel engine?

The question is asked for various proportions : - 10% of petrol - 50% of petrol - 100% of petrol in a diesel engine. PS : not a duplicate of What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle ...
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Is it harmful to drive at high rpms

Does driving at high RPMs (3000-3500) in a manual transmission car cause any extra wear and tear to any mechanical parts? It obviously hurts gas mileage, but does it hurt anything else?
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Stereo/Audio LED “burned out”?

My 1996 BMW 328i convertible still has the original stereo installed, and it DOES work, however, the LED for the controls has ceased to display anything. Wondering if there's some magically easy fix ...
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Is there any particular difficulty in replacing Ignition coils in a BMW 528i?

My mechanic tells me that he has to replace the 6 ignition coils in my 1998 BMW 528i - he wants $800 to do it. I can get new coils online for about $30 each, and it seems to me that I could put them ...
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Honda Stereo Not Working - How to Troubleshoot?

I have a Honda Odyssey 2004 V6 with the optional DVD package. Recently, the stereo went out and won't turn on. We thought it may be the fuse at first, but the fuse says "INTR LIGHTS STEREO" and the ...
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Oil in air intake, and engine stalls

I have a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4, with the 4.0L inline-six engine. Recently, the car has been demonstrating some trouble maintaining idle. It usually would not stall outright, but the ...
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Anderson connector for car battery?

I am thinking about making a 20Ah LiFePo battery for my jeep with 4 tenergy LifePo4 cells from eBay. I will solder the terminals directly to each other, but for the leads going to the car, can I use ...
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Lance Vintage 150cc Fuel Pump

I have a Lance Vintage 150cc that we haven't rode in about a year. I just got it out and put a new battery, oil, and gas in it. When I try to start it, it makes that initial starting noise but the ...
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Identifying American (Mercury) Mariner outboard

We have Mariner 9.9E outboard motor. Having hard time figuring out year and Yamaha equivalent (early Mariners were Yamahas in disguise). There is very little information on those, and it is hard to ...
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1answer
436 views

When cranking an engine between 15 second intervals is ok?

The service manual in my car says that I should wait for 15 second before trying to crank the engine a second time. So does this website. make sure not to crank the engine for more than 15 ...
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What problems can come from AC not running for years?

I have an 81 Chevy C10 that I inherited from my dad. This truck has mostly sat for the last seven years, with me running it enough to keep it in condition. I've been using this truck mainly for the ...
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Car temperature displaying below Cold or just above Cold always?

I've noticed on my 94 Integra (bought used about 2 weeks ago) that the thermostat is often below cold, sometimes above cold but never up to the center mark. Today I was boiling inside my car as it ...
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Why are my wires melting together?

I'm currently neck deep in an eletrical shortage issue with my BMW 316i. I found the wires that are blowing my fuses, it's bad. Like at least 5ft of 8 or more wires fused together behind my dashboard ...
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Put Stop leak into engine. Can I reverse the process?

I accidently poured Barsleaks stop leak for the radiator into the engine oil compartment. Is there any way I can reverse the process? The stuff is hardening already. This a 2004 Volvo S80.
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How to remove Duct Tape residue?

I recently had my window get stuck only after having it rolled all the way down. So I had to put a trash bag in its place temporarily, to keep rain from damaging the interior of my vehicle, and it was ...
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Why isn't it allowed to ride a new motorcycle too fast?

I bought a new motorcycle. The manual says that for the first 500 km, I should not twist the throttle more than half. And for the first 1800km, should not twist it more than 75%. Why isn't it allowed ...
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Help deciphering the penny test

My tires are starting to burn out at nearly the drop of a hat, so it's time to start looking at tire wear. I've never had to replace tires due to wear before, so this is foreign territory for me. ...
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Is it feasible to Turbo a NA engine while maintaining 87 AKI octane fuel use?

I initially thought there should be a way to bolt on a small aftermarket turbo onto my naturally-aspirated Honda D17A2 (9.9:1 compression ratio) engine in my EM2 Civic EX without having to switch from ...
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AC not working in 2005 Chevy Cobalt

I have a 2005 Chevy Cobalt; its heater works fine, but AC doesn't seem to work at all. Fan works, but even at cooling set to max it just blows room temperature air. What could be the reason? Thanks!
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Mercedes start/stop system doesn't always kick in

We're the (humbled) owners of a 2011 Class B Mercedes with an inbuilt ECO start/stop system. As far as I understand this is how it's supposed to work: Gear in neutral. Press the brake pedal all the ...
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What are the possible causes of vibrating steering wheel?

What can be the cause of a vibrating steering wheel when driving faster than a specific velocity (let's said 60 mph). How to discriminate one cause from on other ?
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How do I weigh mileage against time when it comes to scheduled maintenance?

My 2001 Honda Civic's manual indicates that my timing belt should be replaced every 110,000 miles or 84 months. I bought the car in July 2001 and have around 49,000 miles on it. A dealer mechanic said ...
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Where are my Power Window Relays?

I have a 2005 Mazda 3, and I have located both the interior and exterior fuse box. Neither one of the fuse boxes have relays in it concerning the power windows. Does anyone know where they are on ...
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How many amps should my car pull while it is turned off?

I've recently started having a bit of trouble with my car. I typically drive my car to and from work each day. A couple weeks ago I went on vacation and when I returned, my car battery was as dead ...
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How do FRAM oil filters stand up to their competition?

My friend is telling me that Wix is a better oil filter. He says they don't use paper, and that the intake holes are bigger. I just bought a TG16 (which is the expensive FRAM filter). Is there any ...
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vw golf mkv spoiler removal

I need to change the rear spoiler on my 2005 golf gti. I read that it's possible to remove the adhesive by cutting through it with some kind of a thread, I guess nylon would be best. Has anyone done ...
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Central lock button blinking on Peugeot 407 when car is locked

When I lock my car, the central lock button (the one with padlock) on the panel starts blinking with a 1 sec. rate. I have check if the boot is closed, and it is (if it wasn't, it would also show an ...
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Keeping an old car alive?

So I drive a '97 Subaru Legacy with about 200,000 miles on it. Still runs like a charm, never gives me any trouble. Had the brakes, rotors, and calipers all replaced recently, tightened the power ...
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How can I identify which wire should hook to my headlight switch in my Mazda Protoge (91)?

The headlight switch in my dash is not connected to anything (I noticed this after the headlights quit working!), so I took the dash panel off in an attempt to find the plug. The only plug I could ...
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My 2005 Mazda 3 Front Passenger window motor receives signal to go down, but not up

If you look at the picture below you will see that I took the plastic panel off my door, and separated the motor from the regulator. After I disconnected the motor that I thought was bad, I connected ...
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Honda Accord Jerks when shifting gears and makes grinding sound?

I have a 99 Honda Accord 2dr 3.0L V6 automatic. When I drive this car it makes a whooooo sound coming somewhere from the engine, when I turn to the right it is intense and when I turn to the left it ...
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How can I put down stuck rear sunshade on a 2006 Mercedes E class?

I've got a 2006 Mercedes e-350 with an automatic rear sunshade; until a week ago the sunshade worked fine, but now it's stuck up and I can't get it to come down by any means. The button to move the ...
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How can I connect an Aux input to a 2004 Honda Jazz stock stereo?

Just bought a used Honda Jazz 1.4 SE for my wife, and although it has a CD/Radio with an Aux button on it, there is no external connection I can see. As she wants to be able to connect her iPod, I am ...

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