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Where to start with 'Motor for Intake Manifold Flap (V157): Open or Short to Ground'

I recently hooked my 2005 Audi A3 to VCDS after the engine management light came on and got the reading: Motor for Intake Manifold Flap (V157): Open or Short to Ground I have seen various images ...
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What are the pros and cons of installing an filter on a bike?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of installing high performance air filters (K&N,Green cotton,etc.) over original filter? What are the changes/working occur internally?
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1997 Geo Metro Stalled when I hit a hole in road and will not restart

Hit a hole in the road the car stopped & now acts like it is out of gas. Is there a reset somewhere for the gas, in case it was shut off some how as an emergency thing when I hit the hole. I ...
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Elantra stereo adapter

I own a 2006 Hyundai Elantra, and I just bought this stereo. Upon installing it, learned that the hookup to my factory stereo is radically different from that of the new one. don't really have any ...
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part of rear brakes for 2000 tracker

My 2000 trackers rear brake cylinder blew. The mechanic also said among the parts needed was something I can't remember the name of. It was bent and therefore comprimised. He said it is not easy to ...
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Best way to cover up the vents on a headlight that leak?

My aftermarket headlights that I just purchased have had problems with condensation for some time now. All the rubber covers around where the bulbs are place are sealed tight and installed correctly. ...
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Polo TDI 2004 - intermittent power, smoke, turbo issue

Car: Polo TDI 2004 1.4 with 190,000 km (118,060 miles) on the clock. While Issue: driving it intermittently (distance/time are not factors it seems) it starts to spew black/dark grey smoke and all ...
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Replacing a LSD, what needs to be considered between 1, 1.5, 2 way?

I need to replace the LSD on a 1995 (NA series) MX-5. The original diff was a viscous LSD, and over time has deteriorated as I hear they do. It is now essentially an open diff, if I lift one wheel off ...
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LSD on BMW M3 or 330ci E46

There is an LSD for BWM. Can anyone give me an link to sale of this where I can find LSD for BWM M3 E46 / E36, or BWM E46 330i?
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Best cars for drifting [closed]

I'm trying to find list of best cars for drifting (cheep and with left wheel), Can anyone please suggest me some cars?
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RWD vs FWD advantages and disadvantages

I want to know the advantages and disadvantages of rear wheel drive and front wheel drive cars I know that cars with FWD can't drift. Are there any other advantages or disadvantages?
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Front End Alignments

I recently had my vehicle in for a front end alignment. They told me all of my shocks were bad, causing all of the problems, and that they would not be able to align the front end with those bad ...
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Broken Clutch Linkage Under Dash on 1987 Ford F150 4x4

On the way to work Thursday morning, the clutch pedal sanpped to the floor when I pressed it, and it stayed there. It was still in gear, and I was able to limp to a parking lot. I looked under the ...
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Can anyone identify this part on a '96 Honda Prelude?

I have an image of a particular part on my '96 Honda Prelude and I have no idea what it is. It's connected to the power steering and is some kind of sensor. Anyone have any insight?
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292 views

How long to you need to drive to recharge to offeset the power it took to start it?

I thought I heard the guy at the store said 7 miles, but it could have been 7 minutes. What is average? I live about 4 miles from work and it takes around 10-12 minutes to get there depending on the ...
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How do I know when a car battery was produced?

I have a hard time finding when my car battery was produced - can't find any defintive information. The battery is Bosch Silver with the following data printed: 5EN in huge letters and two rows of ...
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What precautions are needed when charging a car battery in an apartment?

Suppose a car owner lives in an apartment building and parks his car nearby. He wants to detach the battery, bring it home and charge it with a mains-powered charger indoors. How to properly handle ...
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Disc brake damage, how can it happen?

I bought a brand new 207 '12 and its done its 1000mile checkup. During this i told them there was a horrible grinding noise comming from when i was breaking, even a metal on metal screech sometimes?? ...
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2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Draining Battery

I have a 2000 Jeep grand Cherokee. I can jump or charge, drive it, then the moment I shut it off it is dead and needs a jump. I have pulled all of the fuses, and bought numerous batteries. It is not ...
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Is there a smog abatement program for repairs greater than a certain amount in california?

I just bought a used car, and I'm going to get it smogged soon. Apparently (this is what the mechanic said), I can't get it smogged until 2 "checks" turn on. I think this means that the check engine ...
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Power vampire in car. Where do I start looking?

I have been to the car store four times and each time they tell me that the battery is good. A few of the cold-cranking amps (maybe at 50 or so, I don't remember the exact amount) are gone otherwise ...
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Clips that hold plug wires onto coil pack?

On my 1999 Saturn SL2, there are clips that are supposed to hold the ignition/plug wires in place onto the coil pack and the bolt that goes through it may play a role in grounding the circuit. One of ...
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How to let off the carburetors of a 1993 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for winter storage?

My '93 Gixxer is in the shed for winter. I had it fully tanked, the shed is (moderately) warm, and every couple of weeks I attach a trickle charger to its battery. However, I know that there is still ...
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Why use a car battery charger?

What's the need for car battery chargers that I often see on display in auto parts shops? I mean a battery is sold charged (and if it discharges too much it just dies and can't be restored) and every ...
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Faulty TCC solenoid or bad computer?

Make: Pontiac Model: Sunfire Year: 2001 Engine: 2.2 L Trans: Automatic Hello to every one, bought my first car and it is fine except for this little annoying problem. After driving it for a ...
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How does an automatic gearbox know when to change gear

As the title suggests, how does an automatic gearbox know when to change gear, for example, how does the autobox know to shift down when you hit a gradient for example, also how does it know to shift ...
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How do I remove old stickers from my windshield?

There are some old stickers applied to my windshield and they won't peal off. How do I remove these stickers and any adhesive residuals without damaging the windshield?
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97 Bonneville, strange problems accelerating

I'll try to explain this problem as clearly as possible. I have a 97 Bonneville, automatic transmission. When accelerating from idle, sometimes two strange things happen: the car reaches ~20 mph, ...
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2005 chrysler neon clunking noise from front end

My neon has 125000km. Recently started clunking especially over speed bumps - replaced the the lower bushes and shock absorbers but still continues. Related is a Brrrrrr sound on hard acceleration ...
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How should I prepare my car for its annual MOT test

My car has its MOT test coming up in a month, what can I do at home to help it pass through and make it ready/easier for the mechanics.
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Ford Focus door not latching closed at freezing temperatures

I recently bought a 2007 Ford Focus. This morning was the first time the car was in freezing temperatures since I have owned it and after unlocking the door and opening it the door latch would not ...
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1answer
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Connector for driver's side seat belt cable in KIA Soul

Make: KIA Model: Soul+ Year: 2012 There is a cable that runs from the dash, under the seat, to the driver's side seat belt buckle. Underneath the seat, there is an obscure wire-to-wire molex ...
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Just HOW urgently should I replace this tire? Is it safe to drive on at all?

It's my rear right tire. It has a significant bulge in the sidewall. Here are two pictures of the bulge (original URL): Do I need to replace it before I ever drive on it again? Should I put on ...
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Turn Signal Malfunctioning

My left turn signal started malfunctioning the other day, here are the symptoms. left turn signal (on dashboard) clicks at roughly twice the rate as the right turn signal. rear turning light flashes ...
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What's the best way to remove headlight condensation?

Quick googling, I found forums saying to put the headlight in the oven at around 250 until condensation evaporates, and the glue around the edge will reform. Is this safe? Is there a better way to ...
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How do I change a headlight bulb in my 1996 subaru wagon? (outback)

I looked up online how to do this and got two decent resources - one is a video and one is a text description. Unfortunately the video does not show what I have in my car. My car has some kind of ...
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DIY Panel Beating - Got any Tips?

Well recently I bumped into the side of a fence while reversing out of my drive way. It wasn't very fast but there is a huge dent on the rear left of the car. Luckily I missed the brake lights and the ...
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Car is frozen. cannot start

Okay, my car is frozen. it's negative Fahrenheit over here now. What I've tried: jump start, warm up starter, new spark plugs. nothing helps. I guess the only approach is to heat it in the garage, ...
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Why would the steering be intermittently very heavy in a 2001 Dodge Caravan?

The steering wheel is very hard to turn immediately after starting the van when the engine is cold. This only happens intermittently (maybe 1 out of 30 times) After a few seconds it becomes easy to ...
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2002 Ford Focus CEL blinked for a minute and then turned off

I have a 2002 Ford Focus with around 100k miles on it. I just brought it back from the mechanic for a fuel pump replacement. As this question shows. Anyway I was driving around going uphill when I ...
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Is my mechanic ripping me off?

My 2002 ford focus (built after may 23) died and the AAA and tow guy both said that it needs a new fuel pump. Anyway I went to the mechanic and he said it'll be 350 for the pump and 200 for labor. I ...
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What is the OBD-II drive cycle for a 2003 Toyota Corolla?

This site includes a post with the specific drive cycle that resets the OBD-II monitors on several 2000-2002 Toyota vehicles. What does the drive cycle look like for a 2003 Toyota Corolla?
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Why does a Turbocharger only produce boost when the engine is under load

As per the Title. Why does a turbocharged car only produce significant boost whilst the engine is under load. Is is something to do with how much exhaust is being produced or is there some kind of ...
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Is it possible to harm your car by giving someone a boost?

This post explains why it's a potential hazard to clip to the negative post on the dead battery when giving a boost. But I've also been told that I could damage the electronics in my own car if I give ...
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What's happening when you give someone a boost?

While I've given and received boosts before I've always been following instructions by rote and never really understood what's happening. The procedure I've been told is: Attach red clamp to the ...
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1answer
379 views

Car decelerating quickly

I recently changed my brake pads and did wheel alignment at the official workshop of my car manufacturer. It was driving just fine but suddenly as I was driving it at one fine point the steering ...
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1answer
523 views

Why does the price of Catalytic Converters vary so much?

My check engine light came on and the diagnostic code says it is a problem with the catalytic converters so I'm getting ready to schedule an appointment with a mechanic to take care of that. The ...
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276 views

Throttle Position Sensor: Complete failure, then starts working again?

Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai XG350 L Today while driving to work on the Interstate, my check engine light clicked on and suddenly my gas pedal seemed to just stop working. I managed to coast off an exit and ...
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Timing Chain vs. Timing Belt

What is the service life of a timing chain and how does having a chain drive cam benefit from a belt drive cam and vice-versa?
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Is there a reliable way to repair a pin hole leak in a radiator

I have heard a few different ways to fix a pin hole leak in a radiator. I have heard put a small amount of black pepper in the radiator, or use jb weld to patch the hole, and not to use the stop leak ...

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