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Engine oil leak from motorcycle

I'm having this peculiar problem. There is an engine oil leak from my 160 cc motorcycle. The thing is that, I got the engine oil changed couple of days back, by a nearby mechanic. Now the problem is ...
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replacing wheel studs on a 92 Buick century

Some of my studs are crossthreaded from the last mechanic who replaced my tires and wasn't paying attention to his impact wrench. The problem is, there is no space to get the new studs in, and I had ...
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Why do old motorcycle engines rev so slowly?

I know someone with an older Yamaha XS750. It's from the late 1970's. When I rev the engine in neutral it rev's up really slow. It comes down from the revving a slowly as well. When I rev a 2005 ...
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Is there such a thing as a “drive tire”?

I once went to get my tires replaced on my '03 Honda Accord after not having rotated them in a while. One of the front tires seemed to be more worn than the other front tire. An employee at the tire ...
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1978 Ford 302 is using a lot of water

My 1978 Ford 302 is using a lot of water. There is no oil in the water or no water in the oil and I cant find any leaks. What can I do?
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Saying its running hot but full of coolant and not over heating

2005 Hyundai Elantra. Says its running hot but has coolant and so far hasn't over heated and also can't turn on heat in car because smoke pours from vents into the inside of car.
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What senses/controls how much fuel is spent for a given RPM?

When maintaining a constant speed on the highway whether up, down or flat the engine still has the same RPM (assuming the incline is shallow enough not to require a gear change) - common sense would ...
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2002 Ford Escape creaky steering (correlates to AC)?

2002 Ford Escape 3.0 XLT, 87,000 miles. Just started getting hot here so I've started using the AC, and consequently noticed the steering gets creaky like a rusty door. Off and on though, comes ...
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1980s motorcycles and engine size: still good performance?

A buddy of mine is considering a fix it upper road bike for fun and to learn (prior dirt bike rider). I still go by the rule of thumb that 600cc is iffy for beginners but a lot of used 1980s bikes are ...
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Wheel Positioning - Camber and Toe

I have a baseline of information regarding camber and toe. Why would I add more or less camber to my wheel unless I'm a NASCAR drivier making only left hand turns and want better traction for that ...
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Motionless car with tire spinning on ice causes burning rubber smell?

I live in New England, where "Winter Wonderland" often involves large amounts of ice on the road. A number of times I've had to help someone get their car out of a parking spot where their drive ...
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Low-pitched buzzing/droning sound at highway speeds

I recently noticed my car is making a barely-perceptible, low-pitched, buzzing or droning sound at highway speeds. It kind-of sounds like some cars' exhaust, but it's quiet enough that I seem to be ...
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A foul odor inside vehicle, like something is dead inside vehicle (Toyota Camry 2002), especially when car is not running [duplicate]

Over the past 5 days, I detected a really bad foul odor inside my 2002 Toyota Camry. It is worst when the car sits overnight, or for any length of time. As soon as I open the car door, "the smell ...
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BMW e46 cabin air vent smells [duplicate]

The cabin vents smell like mold and mildew. It's worse during humid days. I'm pretty sure the AC has something to do with it (since it smells bad when I turn the AC off and keep the fans blowing) but ...
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toyota corolla 2001 air duct smell [duplicate]

My 2001 Toyota Corolla recently started smelling very foul whenever the air system was turned on. According to the research I've done online, there is no cabin air filter to change. The glove box ...
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How do I flush out bad smells in my air conditioning? [duplicate]

My car seems to have a pretty bad smell in the air conditioning. WHat is the best way to flush out these smells?
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Horrible rotten feet smell from my 2013 chevy malibu ltz [duplicate]

I just purchased a 2013 Chevy Malibu LTZ and every time I turn on the air conditioner, there is this horrible odor of rotten feet that comes out of the vent. The longer I run it, the stronger it ...
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How do I get to the top bolt on the starter of my 1997 Saturn SL1?

I went to replace the starter on my car, and I can't for the life of me reach that top bolt. I removed the bottom one just fine, but I've spent maybe 2 hours trying to find the top one and I just ...
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Why no exhaust gas turbine generator in hybrid vehicles?

I found something interesting on Wikipedia today: a hybrid turbocharger. This is a device that charges a battery with an exhaust gas turbine, and at the same time operates an air compressor using the ...
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1answer
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Turning off Toyota Yaris ABS system

I unplugged the ABS fuse from my Toyata Yaris 2006 1.5 Hatchback CE to turn off the ABS system which was giving me trouble when trying to stop on snowy/icy roads. The car stops much better now, so ...
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Battery Explosion - What are the reasons a battery would explode?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I saw a battery explode. I was about 100 feet away and two mechanics were jump starting a Harley Davidson from a truck. The operator of the truck was ...
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1999 Mazda 626 Auto Transmission Starts in 2nd, wont shift past 3rd

My wife has a 1999 Mazda 626 that had the transmission rebuilt 5 or 6 years ago. Recently the car started having problems starting unless it was shifted in to neutral. I replaced the neutral safety ...
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1answer
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Snap on flashlight lockout mode

I'm looking into a snap-on light, and it features a "lockout mode". Does anyone know what it is?
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Why vehicles use fuel and how can fuel economy be improved?

Why vehicles use fuel? Where does the energy in the fuel go? Vehicle fuel efficiency is continuously increasing. Why is this the case? What technologies car manufacturers are using to improve fuel ...
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GSXR 1000 K5 turns off on hot days

My name is Joel from Sydney and I'm trying to diagnose a strange problem on my bike. Apologies if this is the wrong forum to be asking this question I'm new to this forum. Bike: GSXR K5 1000 Mods: ...
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Trouble Shooting Lawn Tractor Starter Engine

I own a Craftsmen 917.270930 and I am having a difficult time getting it to start. When I turn the key, The fly wheel spins a few rotations and stops ( No clicking noises ). The battery sits at ...
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How to Improve My Diagnostic Process

I had some problems which I suspected were related ( diagnostic index at pg. 150 in 98 US WSM ): idle speed too slow and excessive engine shake pg. 167 Hesitation / Stumble: Momentary pause at ...
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1answer
308 views

Paint thinner/magic marker smell coming from AC

I recently purchased a 2012 Honda Civic (~36,000 miles). The AC will intermittently give off a paint thinner or magic marker smell. From what I understand, antifreeze has a sweet smell, and mold or ...
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495 views

Why do many hybrids have little or no trailer towing capacity?

I have noticed that many hybrid vehicles have little or no trailer towing capacity. For example, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports hybrid model has 375 kg trailer towing capacity (unbraked + braked) ...
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How do seat belt pretensioners work?

I was reading another post that had mentioned seat belt pretensioners with no explanation of how they function and are activated. From what I understand seat belt pretensioners are a one time use ...
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Toyota Sienna 2005 ignition switch issue?

Takes some time to start up Sienna. Have to take out the key, put it back, wiggle it around, eventually it starts. When it just started happening, we took it the Toyota Dealer and they replaced the ...
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1answer
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Spongy brakes after brake pad swap - moisture or bubbles?

I changed the rear brake pads on my BMW last week, following the steps outlined in this video. Unfortunately the brake pedal now feels spongy. The pedal feel was firm prior to the brake swap, so it ...
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1answer
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Honda Accord 2005 Headlight relay location

Side marker and full(high) beam working fine, but not dipped (low beam) headlights. Checked all fuses - ok. I looked at the cover of the fuse box above (pic below). Honda Accord 2005 under-bonnet ...
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Honda CR-V 2001 window winding fault

My crv passenger window goes up only on the door switch and neither up or down on the master switch located on the dashboard. Any ideas, I have got a new window regulator mechanism, another door ...
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Peugeot 206 engine occasionally cutting out when idle

Sorry if this is vague, I don't know very much, but I'll do my best. I want to have as much information possible before taking it to a garage to do anything. I have a 2003 Peugeot 206 1.1l which has ...
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How to install a California oxygen sensor into a federal catalytic converter assembly?

I have a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4L Engine with California emissions. Installed is a new federal catalytic converter assembly. The problem is that I do not know what kind of oxygen sensor to ...
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2004 Tahoe Conking, Glub Glub Glub

My 2004 Tahoe is not running well and conked out on me the other day. I just had it repaired for some other reasons and the repair shop suggested we needed to have spark plugs replaced so it will run ...
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1answer
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One tire worn 1mm more, what are the chances of an alignment problem?

When recently changing my summer wheels to winter wheels on a front-wheel drive car, I noticed that the summer tire on the front right had only 4mm of tread left whereas all other tires had 5mm of ...
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Do I need to eliminate old gas before changing fuel injectors?

I have a truck with a full tank of gas (12-16 gallons?) that's been sitting for 12 months and I'm about to change the fuel injectors. The truck can barely make it around the block due to stalling out ...
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Why don't motorbikes have chain covers?

I notice that except for small commuter bikes and older bikes (before the 80s), hardly any of the larger and/or sportier bikes have covers to protect their chains: . They seem quite practical, and ...
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1answer
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A Suzuki GZ125 marauder that won't power on at all

I've been having a problem with my bike. I went to go to work in the morning and it turned on ok. Left to run for a few minutes then cut out. It turned over again and same thing ... I tried a third ...
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Engine rev in motorcycle

I somewhere read that for a good launch we should hold engine revs at peak torque, not peak horsepower. What does "hold engine revs at peak torque, not peak horsepower" means? How can I hold engine ...
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1answer
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Auxiliary Shaft Sprocket

I have an '89 ford ranger that loses power and stutters intermittently around 2000 rpm. I thought this could be a timing issue. The Camshaft Sprocket and Crank pulley are lined up nicely but the oil ...
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1994 Suzuki GSX600FR Katana - How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?

I'm aware of how important they are, but have been coming up empty in my searches to determine if they're worn to the point of needing replacement. The service manual just says to inspect and replace ...
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404 views

The car won't start the battery is new, there's not even a click sound

I have a corolla verso 2005 model. The car does not start, the battery is new. What can it be?
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6answers
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Will different tread depths hurt my 4 wheel drive?

I have a Ford F150 4x4. The front 2 tires treads measure 12/32, one rear is 6/32 and the other is 10/32. The dealership told me I should replace the rear 2 tires because the big difference in tread ...
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Series Hybrids: Why Isn't Anyone Making Them?

My impression is that all the mass produced hybrid vehicles on the market are parallel hybrids, namely both the ICE and the electric motor are both connected to the drivetrain to drive the wheels. ...
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Is it necessary to do '3 part fuel induction system service' when replacing Spark Plugs?

I got engine light on. MIDAS told me I need to replace Spark Plugs ($300) and do '3 part fuel induction system service' ($100). I asked if we can stick just with the spark plugs replacement and was ...
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Why do hybrids still use mechanical transmission?

One of the comments on this question reminded me of something I've been wondering for a while. Given that engines get the best efficiency at peak torque, why do most hybrid cars still use a mechanical ...
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What do you use to clean oil off of drive belt

a power steering hose leaked near my drive belt and it is squealing a bit. I have fixed the leaky hose and need to clean up the mess. What can I use to clean the drive belt?

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