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Replacing a tube on the engine

I'm trying to replace a tube in my Ford Focus 2000. I tried to look up the schematics for the engine to see what the part is called but I'm pretty newbie so I don't know what I'm doing. Luckly the ...
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2003 Toyota Corolla, 185k: erratic OBD codes, fuel smell, other symptoms

TL;DR: O2 sensor data, thermal measurements, and physical resonance tests all point to a failed Catalytic converter. Here's the back story. MIL illuminated with codes P0440, P0420, P0404. Around ...
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Firing a Coil on Plug

I was wondering if there is a simple way of firing a coil on plug outside of the car. The coil in question is just a two wire coil on plug and I don't know if its possible to just hook up a 12V ...
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Will an engine overheat if it has no coolant recovery tank?

My wife's Mini has a leak in the coolant recovery tank, and she has been told by the dealer that her car is at risk of overheating without the coolant recovery tank.Frankly, I don't believe it. Cars ...
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What can cause a car to consume more fuel?

All over my long driver career, I had 4 cars (5 years). I always compare my fuel consumption with other people who have the same car. 3 times out of 4, I found out that my cars were consuming more ...
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Erratic single fault code: P0420, P0440, P0446. Normal variance, or indicative of something deeper?

Working on diagnosing an evap/emission/fuel system problem on my Toyota 2003 Corolla. More on that in this question. On 3/2, I saw a mechanic use his handheld OBD to read a code P0420. On 3/12, ...
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I have replaced my brake cylinders, but the brake pedal goes to the floor

I have a '07 Silverado. Both rear wheel brake cylinders blew apart. I fitted new ones along with new shoes. I have bled the brakes but my pedal still goes to floor. What else can I do?
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Thermostatic Cooling Fans

Most cars these days have a cooling fan that only runs when needed.The advantages in fuel economy ,warmup time ,pollution,HP are well documented elsewhere.The popular methods are the electric fan and ...
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94 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

My '94 Jeep seems to want to stall out at red lights and stop signs. It runs fine otherwise. However, upon cranking first thing of the day I have to let it idle for maybe five minutes before driving.
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Central locking for LR Defender Td5 year 1999

Is it possible to change the manual locking system into central locking system for all three doors for this model of 1999? Also, can the manual window opening closing system be changed into an ...
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1answer
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Reccommended booster for 2000 Jaguar S type (3 litre petrol, UK)

I only drive this car on weekends, and if I have only done short journeys there is a risk of a flat battery. This happened to me two days ago, and standing on a street in the cold waiting for ...
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2answers
59 views

Skipping speeds when downshifting

Is it bad to skip speeds when downshifting manually, e.g. from 4th directly down to 2nd etc?
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1982 Yamaha Virago - Several things are wrong and i'd like to repair myself

Several things have happened in the past couple days and I would like to know what could possibly be wrong before I take it all apart. Engine dies after letting off the throttle while on the road. ...
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1answer
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Vibration when braking

I have a 2013 Honda Civic LX. I started to feel a vibration when braking, so I bought new rotors and pads from Honda. After installing the rotors and pads, I put the car in reverse and used the brake ...
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1answer
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What type of Stero Cord / Port do I have here?

I'm having difficulty with a stereo cord that I have. I wonder if this might be some kind of USB. Does anyone know what kind of cord/connection this is?
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1answer
45 views

Motorcycle muffler is stuck

Trying to get my muffler off of my Yamaha L5T but am having no luck. Any tips or tricks to getting this off?
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0answers
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Nibbler Identification

I have an old drill attachment nibbler that I used 10+ years ago when I did bodywork. But the blade broke & I didn't replace it. I'd now like to find a replacement blade, but can't identify the ...
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1answer
82 views

1998 Honda Civic - O2 sensor or catalyst failure?

I have the P0420 code on my 1998 Honda Civic DX (catalyst system efficiency below threshold bank 1). I want to be able to properly diagnose the problem myself without just throwing new parts at it. A ...
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2answers
65 views

VW Beetle Distributor Identification/Timing Specs

Can anyone tell me what kind of distributor this is? I'm specifically trying to find out what the timing specs are. I was told it is electronic. I had a mechanic a while back tell me it needed to have ...
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4answers
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2009 Toyota Camry 2AZFE idle vibration remains after new motor mounts

My wife's Camry went in to the shop 2 months ago for a rough idle. We bought the car used in February with 72K miles. We've put on 10K and decided to have a mechanic look it over and tell us what it ...
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1answer
122 views

Motorbike chain tight when in gear pushed forward but loose when rolled backward

I have a Yamaha XJ600 diversion with a sidecar fitted. Recently had to fit two new tyres and a new rear sprocket for MOT. Chain seemed fine afterwards for a while but all of a sudden started making ...
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1answer
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Audi A3 2001 1.9 TDI ASV - which motor oil to use?

Which oil I should use? I have no reference guide in which I could tell what kind of oil to use. I live in Slovenia where lowest temperature is around -15°C and the highest at around 40°C. The thing I ...
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1answer
38 views

Sporadic speedometer, and performance lags when speedometer not engaged

I have a 2000 Honda Accord, 2.3L L4 with a 5-speed manual transmission. Recently, the speedometer has been sporadic- sometimes accurate, sometimes bouncing around, but mostly sitting at 0. I replaced ...
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2answers
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kraftsman lawn mower runs for 10 minutes, sputters and dies

I have a Kraftsmann 550 series push lawn mower with Brigg and Stratton engine that runs for about 10 minutes and then sputters and dies. I can start it again after prime it again, but it will run for ...
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1answer
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oily sludge in coolant reservoir

I have Chev Cruze 2010. There was a heatup and I noticed thick creamy sludge overflowing from the coolant reservoir lid. Mechanic diagnosed issue with engine oil coolant and repaired it. Later he also ...
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1answer
65 views

Car dies immediately when started

I have a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire. If I turn the key to 'ON', the electrics turn on. Lights, radio, fans, the works. Everything is normal. If I turn the key to 'START', then the whole car dies. ...
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Which gapping is for my car 1999 E320 4matic sedan

Okay I've been looking all over trying to see if there is any information but i haven't came across one. Asking for help I'm about to replace all 12 plugs need some answers so I start gapping. I ...
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Motor has been serviced in time and a day later the car won't start [closed]

2005 Citroen C4, 1400cc petrol model. After I changed my key FOB's battery, car was running fine. A day later I unlock the car by using the FOB and then try to start the engine. It turns over fine ...
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1answer
74 views

Has wrong glow plug damaged piston?

I recently had the engine on my VW Golf TDI replaced with a reconditioned engine. After having start up problems for a while, I asked an independent mechanic to have a look. He found that one of the ...
2
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1answer
39 views

Rough Idling in Citroen C4 [closed]

I have got a Citroen C4 1.6 litres petrol engine. I have been experiencing rough idling, engine vibration and also engine stalls when accelerating and it will pick up speed gradually. Does anyone have ...
6
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1answer
615 views

Citroen C4 - Poor idle and low rev performance?

I have a Citroen C4 1.4 with 1360cc 16V KFU / ET3J4 petrol engine with 120.000 km. This problem appeared 3 - 4 years ago at around 40.000 km. When the engine is cold / hot there is a flat spot ...
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0answers
56 views

My car shut off while driving [closed]

So I was driving down my block when all my light on my car turned on ( oil , brake , battery, ) and right after that my steering wheel got hard and the car turned off but i turned it back on right ...
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1answer
59 views

Replacing a very old radio by a slightly less old one

I have an old Daewoo car (from 1995) with a non working stock radio unit (a Philips DC508D). I got a "slightly less old" Pioneer DEH-2000R (from 1998) as a replacement. None of them has any kind of ...
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1answer
150 views

Diagnosing a rhythmic engine noise

I have a 2000 Toyota Camry with the 2.2l 4 cylinder, 5S-FE engine. The car has 143k miles on it. I currently run 0w40 Mobil 1 full synthetic motor oil with the Mobil 1 filter. When I was changing ...
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0answers
55 views

1991 Ford explorer shaking on takeoff

I recently just bought this explorer, and while I was test driving it, I never experienced the problem, but once in a while, the vehicle will shake when taking off from a stop, then goes away second ...
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3answers
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Turbo losing boost at around 4000 rpm

I have a 2005 Opel Astra Turbo Coupe. I would imagine most of you guys are more familiar with the Vauxhall or Holden badge, but it's the same car with the same Z20LET Turbo Ecotec engine. Anyways, ...
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2answers
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Petrol to CNG converted cars

Please excuse if posted at wrong place. Does running car on CNG wears out engine? I am planning to buy used CNG car (India) but many mechanic advise against it for any CNG car than has run more than ...
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0answers
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What could have cause these scratches on my LCD?

I had to remove the anti-glare coating on my LCD (using plastic polisher) because the previous owner probably used ammoniac based cleaner on it. After removing it with Novus plastic polisher, I found ...
4
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1answer
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Tank Dents - 69 Yamaha L5T [duplicate]

I've been trying to get a larger dent out of my old gas tank for a while now and am having no luck. I've been trying the hot glue method and am having no luck. This tank seems to be too thick for this ...
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1answer
240 views

Low MPG for my Ford Focus 2005

I have been driving this car for some time now (Ford Focus ZX4 2005). I have been seeing 25 - 27 MPG every time I fill up. I drive a little (10 min) in city and then the rest of my destination on the ...
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1answer
70 views

Breaking in a new catlytic converter?

I read somewhere you need to break in a new catalytic converter. To that end: Is this accurate? What is the purpose of breaking one in? How do you break it in?
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I have a BMW E30 the check light for brake & registration comes on & bulbs are all OK

BMW E30 Convertible check light for brake & registration coming on to indicate that the bulbs are blown but all bulbs are correct and not blown
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0answers
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2012 Honda Accord

I was just checking all of my fuses nothing was wrong with any of them so I closed everything up but when I started my car I was able to roll along so to say but no matter how far I pushed the gas ...
5
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1answer
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Civic R18A2 oil consumption

Looks like my Civic burned or lost 2L of oil in the past 6 months, I think that is excessive. At previous oil change garage mechanics advised me to use 5w30 viscosity oil because 0w30 is too thin. I ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

OK to use non-OEM/aftermarket camshaft position sensor?

I have a 2002 2.4L 4cyl Mitsubishi Galant with the error code to replace the camshaft position sensor. The car is having starting issues common with a faulty cam sensor. I know where the sensor is, ...
5
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1answer
112 views

2005 hyundai elantra error code p0501

So my 05 Hyundai Elantra has the check engine light on. I took it to the store & had them put the code reader on & it comes up with p0501 vehicle speed sensor performance. My question. . is ...
4
votes
1answer
121 views

Fuel lines: is Nicopp OK for gas?

I need to replace some rotted under-body lines. I'd like to use something easier to bend than old-school steel tubing - in particular, AGS' Nicopp. At that link, the blurb for Nicopp line doesn't ...
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2answers
181 views

Sequence for bleeding brake lines?

There are 4 brake calipers on most cars. Is there a proper order in which to bleed them when bleeding brake lines, or can you bleed them in any order with the same result?
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1answer
69 views

Paintless dent removal for old tank

Is there a way to remove dents like this on the right side of the image? I've seen suction tools but the reviews are bad. Any ideas?

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