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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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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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How to undo transmission nuts

I have an ~1986 Yamaha Ag 200 and I've been pulling it apart as a bit of a hobby to understand a bit more about how it works and hopefully in the end get it going. I've opened it up so some gears ...
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Really high idle after tightening spark plugs

I had a very nasty tick in my engine after doing a bunch of work to it, I just redid my chain tensioner which went a long way to fixing it, then I found that spark plugs could cause a tick, so I ...
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Oil in my radiator fluid tank?

I have a 97 Ford F350 with the 7.3l powerstroke diesel engine. There's oil where my radiator fluid should be. Do I have a blown head gasket?
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2000 3.8 L Ford Mustang Cov

2000 Ford Mustang 3.8L //// Engine Vehicle Shakes entire front end of car when at idle, all the way up to 2,000 rpms then it goes away. Starts right up, had problems with a few computer codes fixed ...
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'98 Honda Accord electrical/power issues… What could the culprit be?

I've been having some gradually worsening issues with the electical & power functioning of my 1998 Honda Accord. Here's a detailed rundown of the symptoms I've been experiencing since I first ...
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Grinding sound when stopping with 2010 Honda Civic.

I've had brake pads and rotors checked. Mechanic said they were fine. Grinding noise becoming louder. Mechanic said it could be brake dust. Will brake dust continue to get louder? How safe is this?
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My 2006 Jetta is making a loud sound and sometimes stalling when I try to accelerate

My 2006 Jetta every so often will slow drastically down or sometimes totally stall when I try to accelerate, especially on hills. It also makes a loud vrooooom sound. The dial to the left of the ...
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Oil change: which is the best option? [closed]

I am a new driver and need to change oil. I have following options. Which one should I select? My car: Toyota Camry 1994 LE, 4 cyl, 127000 miles. NTB: $19.99 It includes following services: Tire ...
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Late 90's Saturn - troubleshoot A/C

My son's car was hit in a low-speed collision...messed up the windshield and some cosmetic damage. Aside from that, the A/C has stopped blowing cold (but it still blows). A visual inspection of the ...
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03 honda civic will not start

03 honda civic will not start. Ran fine night before next day would not start. All lights and gauges came on with out problem but would not start, no clicking, nothing . Tried to jump start and ...
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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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Nissan Hardbody Heavy Duty Rear Leaf Springs

My Heavy Duty truck currently has Regular Duty rear leaf springs. The original springs broke when my dad owned the truck and had it a little over loaded. New Heavy Duty springs were too expensive, and ...
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Change in engine oil color just after oil change

I have changed my new Swift VDI car engine oil at 19344kms. Just after the oil change at 19344reading means car is not run even 100 feets i checked the oil and i found it very black in color and it ...
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how do i fix noisy brakes

My altima 2008 brakes squeal when touched lightly. I bought the Bosch BC815 QuietCast Brake Pad Set, hoping that "QuietCast" means that they are cast to be quiet, but they really don't. I'm now at the ...
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Proper fuel for motorcycles?

I've heard that regular petrol (92 octane ULP) from some fuel companies is not good for motorbikes as it is intended for cars only. Is this just an old wives tale?
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Motorcycle Leaking Fuel (1999 CBR600 F4)

Just fired up my motorcycle after 3 years in storage. Changed the oil and replaced the fuel in the tank. It starts easily. It is leaking fuel from somewhere under the gas tank. The engine has a ...
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Honda S2000 Vehicle Speed Sensor Readout

I'm attempting to figure out how the Vehicle Speed Sensor on my 2001 (AP1) Honda S2000 works. Unfortunately, I don't have access to a proper oscilliscope, just a multimeter. I was hoping it would be ...
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what happens when you hit engine button on a keyless ignition?

My car is a keyless ignition and as such just has a button I press to have it start. My question is... what happens if I hit it while I'm driving?
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If my brakes overheat, do they need to be replaced?

Let's say I take my car track racing, and during it, the hard braking leads my brakes to massively losing stopping power due to them overheating (a likely outcome on stock brakes). Or likewise, I take ...
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1answer
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Oil leak from oil pan in new car, will gasket repair have shorter life than factory seal?

I recently purchased a 2013 Lexus RX450H and when it came time to do the 5,000 mile service, a leak was detected of the oil from the oil pan. Further investigation revealed that at the factory there ...
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What is this called - rear wheel edition?

A few weeks ago I heard a horrible sound when driving my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6, 4.0L, front disc rear drum) into work and when I parked my truck, I touched the left rear wheel and found that it was ...
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Is a 1994 Jeep Wrangler engine reliable

Its gone 150000 KM (93,205 miles). Would its engine be reliable to last another couple of years? Should I be on the lookout for any noises the engine makes that signal trouble? Thanks
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How should I remove a paint scuff on my vehicle?

The painted edge of a side mirror on another car recently scraped the side of my vehicle, leaving a scuff of paint about half a meter long. There is no indentation or scratch, but the other vehicle ...
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3 Questions related to fixing/replacing 2005 Toyota Prius bumpers?

I have a large crack on the left rear corner of my white '05 Prius bumper from when my wife bumped into a another car in a parking lot when the temperature was around 4 below. I also have a large ...
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1answer
280 views

Battery dies over weekend

This is about my Nissan Altima 2.5S. I drive it to work and drive back to home every weekday. My workplace is 10 miles from my home and it's about 20 minutes' ride single trip. Other than that the car ...
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1answer
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Is it safe to replace a Hyundai air flow sensor with Nissan?

When I try to accelerate my car (a 2000 Hyundai Accent 1.3L hatchback), it gave some misfires and tries to stop the engine. My mechanic said it is due to an airflow sensor failure, and that he can ...
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Car crash: when does a car catch fire?

Which kind of crash does it need for a car to catch fire? I'm asking because I was discussing about an accident where a car crashed into a full-grown brown bear. Is it realistic under normal ...
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Is it wise to use engine compression to help slow down a car to prolong brake life? [duplicate]

I have a 2010 Mercedes C-300 with six speed standard transmission. I'm wondering if it is wise to downshift to get engine compression to help slow down the vehicle when stopping to lessen brake wear? ...
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How to avoid damaging clutch while stopping and going uphill [closed]

I have been studying how to drive manual before I actually practice on a car and I came across a bit of advice from Car Talk: Tips for Stopping Briefly, Then Starting, on a Hill If you're ...
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Two hoses that run from the carburetor - Is the upper hose cut and zip tied? Is that's the one that brings fuel to the carburetor?

I bought a VIP Future Champion, took it to the shop and had the heads changed because the mechanic said it had bad heads, so 200 dollars later... I went in to pick it up and the mechanic says there is ...
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1answer
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Proper pressure for run-flats on Mini Cooper

I have custom rims and Kumho 205/45/RF17 run-flats on my 2007 R56 Mini Cooper S (not convertible), and the tire pressure light came on. I checked, and indeed one of the tires was low (around 29 psi) ...
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Can I use lower octane fuel at high elevation?

Here in Colorado, gas stations sell "regular" gasoline which is rated at 85 octane ((M+R)/2). In most of the rest of the US, 87 octane is the lowest grade available. (As noted previously, higher ...
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1answer
2k views

What is Honda Coolant?

My 2000 Honda Civic 1.6 Aerodeck is getting a little low on coolant, and so needs a top-up. The question is - what do I put in? The manual rather unhelpfully says "use Honda coolant", but doesn't ...
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1answer
310 views

Can a Hydraulic clutch be adjusted?

The biting point on my Mazda 2's clutch is very, very short and the car is uncomfortable to drive. Car is still under warranty, but the mechanic advised that it could not be adjusted and all Mazda 2 ...
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2009 Mini Cooper. How do I open the trunk?

This is an odd question, I am sure, but we bought a used Mini Cooper, but it didn't come with an owner's manual. We have figured out how to open it with the key fob, obviously. The problem comes ...
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1answer
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CVT on 6 cylinder cars

The 2013 Honda Accord has both 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder cars, however, only the 4 cylinder cars have a continuously variable transmission (CVT). I was wondering... is there any particular reason for ...
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1answer
294 views

2007 T5 AWD Volvo S40 key won't start the car or unlock the doors

I didn't drive the car for three weeks. When I went to open the car to drive to work my keyless entry fob wouldn't work so I used the actual key to open the door. When I tried to start the car of ...
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1answer
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What (if anything) does the Sport button on a Mini Cooper do?

There is a button next to the stick shift labelled Sport. It feels like it just re-maps the throttle so the pedal is more sensitive, but does it really change anything about the performance, ...
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Resources for learning how to drive stick shift [closed]

I apologize if this isn't the correct place to post this question, but it's the closest of the SE sites I could find. I need to learn to drive a stick shift, but I don't have a car to practice on, ...
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1answer
358 views

safe to drive with coolant system error code

I have an 03 Passat with 1.8t engine I recently purchased. The indicator light went off and reads the error code P2181 which I've read might be the temp sensor, thermostat, or water pump. Is it safe ...
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1answer
891 views

Subaru Outback 1998 high idle rpms and CEL P0507

My wife's 1998 Subaru Outback threw a check engine light the other day, and when I read the code, P0507, it corresponded to a problem I'd noticed for a while: high idle rpms. The problem is most ...
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1answer
399 views

2000 Lexus ES 300 Showing P1135 and P1155 codes

This auto has 22k miles and both sensors were changed a year ago about 2k miles with OEM parts. Can anyone tell me how to test these? they have 2 black leads a blue and a white lead. I have voltage to ...
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1answer
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Malibu turns over, does not start

2005 Malibu (Classic, fleet version) with 2.2 L Ecotec four-cylinder engine fails to start. It turns over, and scattered weak pops indicate that there’s rudimentary combustion going on, but it does ...
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0answers
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09 honda vtr 250cc motocycle losing power

My Honda vtr 2009 250cc is loosing power during long rides. The throttle at this time does not pick and it slowly stalls. I tried replacing the plugs but still has not worked. It only solves the ...
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2answers
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I put too much oil in my car, the level has been corrected now but it's still smoking

I put two quarts of oil in my car, then it just started throwing out smoke almost immediately out of exhaust pipe. Drove it home less than a mile, my husband said i put too much oil. So he drained the ...
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1answer
495 views

Low compression and will not ignite after broken camshaft pin and replaced head and gasket

My 95 Geo Metro Lsi 1.0L had a blown head gasket. I replaced the gasket and drove the car for approximately 120 miles before it started spitting and sputtering. Then it died just before I got home. I ...
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2answers
1k views

1991 Honda Civic Death by Poor Timing Belt?

I was driving to work one morning and the car just staled, after waiting hours to be towed by a flatbed truck and sending it to a shop, I received a call that my timing belt broke. Which was not ...
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2answers
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Offroad Kit - Are the brakes replaced?

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger that a previous owner modified by adding an offroad kit to it. I don't have a picture of the suspension system at the moment, but this one is pretty close in terms of wheel ...

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