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Brightening dim headlights

The headlights on my car are very dim. When on the normal setting they only illuminate around 2-3 seconds down the road @ about 55mph. The high beams are brighter, but are still very dim. If I have my ...
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Brakes are Squeaking

We have a 2003 Honda Oddessy. We had the brakes replaced by a friend of my dad's, but a week after replacing them, they squeaked terribly. They make much less noise now, but they are still pretty ...
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What do these wheel markings mean?

I'm trying to sell my old alloy wheels, and I need to know a few crucial sizes (like the bolt diameter and width) to put up an ad. Unfortunately I cannot make heads or tails of these numbers. Here's ...
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1answer
159 views

How do I find a replacement radio?

I have a 1995 Mazda Protege LX and the radio has been dead for a while, so I want to replace it. The installation/removal looks pretty simple. How to I find a radio that will work as a replacement ...
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1answer
623 views

Engine revs up while idling

I have a 2007 Toyota Matrix, and sometimes(not always) it will rev up to about 1700-2000 RPM while idling. It normally idles at about 900 RPM once it warms up. I just changed the oil & air ...
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309 views

Rims for 2007 Honda Accord

Honda tech says vibration in steering wheel and generally unsmooth ride is due to 3 bent rims. I drive 40k miles a year on bad roads and hit potholes every other week, so I don't doubt him. OEM rims ...
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Loose Handbrake?

Today I think I pulled my handbrake maybe a little too hard to stop my self from rolling down a hill. The stick is now loose and it engages only when I pull it to the very top. I can pull it up ...
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1answer
52 views

What skills does one need to have to get started in auto body repair?

I've been looking into a career in auto body repair and was wondering what sort of skills / knowlege one might need to get into this field.
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1answer
237 views

Audi 06 - Replace Thermostat

My check engine light came up yesterday. Just brought it into Audi and they say I need to replace the thermostat with the note "cooling system malfunction)". They're charging $600. Is this necessary ...
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1answer
118 views

Setting timer for central locking for forgetful owners

Is it technically possible to set a timer for central locking so that it locks after 5 minutes, say, after the engine has been turned off? This is to help if you forget to lock your car at night. ...
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1answer
791 views

Ford Focus steering wheel vibration and noise from front right wheel4

I drive a Ford Focus 2004 which has about 104 thousand km on the clock. There is a constant noise from the front right wheel which goes away when I depress the clutch. Moreover around 60km/h and ...
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4answers
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What is the best overall ODB2 scan tool?

There are a number of different ODB2 scan tools out there, some PC based, some standalone units, some more for tuning and some more for diagnosing problems. What are the different features that these ...
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4answers
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shop can't connect to onboard diagnostic system?

I've recently moved to California and am trying to get my car registered; they require a smog check (which is possibly actually more of an inspection than the name implies?). I went by a very basic ...
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2answers
316 views

How can I secure this rear hatch panel?

I'm curious if anyone knows how to reattach the rear hatch panel on a 1996 VW GTI which houses the license plate shown in the photo below. This panel additionally contains the lock and release ...
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2answers
352 views

Replacing Honda Civic Taillight ?

I have a Honda Civic 2008 whose exterior plastic on one of the taillights was broken sometime ago. I duck taped it to keep it in place. The taillight bulb itself is good and functioning properly. ...
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1answer
61 views

What's the name of the little plastic bolt (?) that is used by a passanger/driver to lock the door from the inside?

I'm talking about a (for example) seat/skoda/vw car, in which (un)locking the car from the inside requires the driver to press a locking bolt. Two of them broke in my car and I'm trying to find a ...
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1answer
873 views

Smoke on start-up: valve gasket?

I have a 1990 Honda Accord. Sometimes, when starting up after sitting for a long time, I get blue smoke from the exhaust. This only lasts for a minute or two, after that, there's no smoke whatsoever. ...
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3answers
270 views

My 2001 Mitsubishi Airtrek revs at 2250rpm for 30 seconds before slowing. Will this speed harm the engine?

My 2001 Mitsubishi Airtrek 2wd with 86000k revs at 2250rpm for 30 seconds before slowing. Will this speed harm the engine?
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How far should you put your handbrake up?

My feeling is to just pull it up as far as it goes, but I've heard this is bad for the brakes and the car and so it would be better to pull it up with the button pressed till you feel slight ...
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1answer
315 views

What's the catch in Ford Mondeo Econetic driving at 3 liters per 100 kilometers story?

News report (here and here and lots more can be found that two guys drove Ford Mondeo Econetic with 1,6 liters diesel engine and got fuel consumption of about 3 liters per 100 kilometers. That's ...
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1answer
96 views

What is this component of this RV's engine?

While examining this RV's engine (1989 Fleetwood Southwind 33'), I noticed what appears to be a belt-driven component, which lacks a drive belt. I'm trying to decide how important it is to replace the ...
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4answers
12k views

How Do You Keep Mold From Growing In a Non-Running Car That Has Leaky Windows?

I have a car that isn't running at the moment, but that soon will be. Where I live, it rains 7 days per week, and I've recently cleaned mold from the interior of the vehicle. What types of things ...
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2answers
153 views

Brakes suddenly grip harder while braking down shallow incline

2003 Honda Civic EX While braking continuously on a long shallow incline, the brakes will suddenly grip harder in a predictable way, jerking me forward a little and braking harder from then on. Like ...
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1answer
360 views

Floor mat holder clip hook for 2003 Honda Civic

I got Honda floor mats that fit the floor perfectly, and the driver's side has two holes through which hooks can hold it in place. There are flaps with square holes for the clips to mount into, but ...
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3answers
606 views

How do I unstick my tailgate?

I have a Mazda B2300 pickup with its tailgate stuck in the up position. The release lever doesn't require as much force to pull any more, and only one end seems to be releasing when I pull it. Any ...
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2answers
925 views

Engine never warms up (actually: it cools down) at highway speeds

I have a 1997 Caravan (base model) and normally on my drive to work and my highway drives in rush-hour, the engine warms up just fine. I took a road trip for work, about an hour and fifteen minutes ...
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1answer
548 views

Inside door latch not working - Toyotta Corolla 2002

I have an Toyotta Corolla 2002 and sometime ago is not anymore possible to open the passenger door by inside. Opening the passenger door using the exterior handle is working only the inside ...
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1answer
58 views

What shop tools are most helpful for inspecting used cars?

I am curious what benefit a shop would provide vs a mobile inspection service. I know a lift is helpful in seeing certain parts of the car, and an engine code scanner is very helpful. Any others?
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1answer
1k views

Using an iPod / iPhone in a 2005 BMW 525i Sedan

I just purchased a BMW 525i (2005 model, automatic) and was wondering if this model supports an adapter like later models for an auxiliary or iPod cable integration? I did some Googling and found some ...
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3answers
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Why am I smelling exhaust inside the cabin of my car?

When I drive my car the first few miles, I smell exhaust inside the car with the windows rolled up. It happens when I have either the AC or the heat/air on... What's going on?
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1answer
320 views

What's the purpose of the cover on the catalytic converter?

On my 1990 Honda, it's falling apart. I'd like to just rip it off; will that cause any problems? More specifically: will the car pass New York state inspection with a missing cover?
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1answer
507 views

VW Lupo 1.0 door lock and window

Central locking of my VW Lupo 1.0 model 1998 is not working from the driving side but from the passenger side central locking working fine. Any idea? Most recently the power window from the driving ...
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1answer
825 views

What resistance is typical across a small engine ignition coil?

I have a hedge trimmer I'm troubleshooting (link) and I'm wanting to rule out the ignition coil. What resistance should I measure across a typical small engine ignition coil? I would have thought down ...
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3answers
741 views

How can I be sure my vehicle is a 4x4 / AWD?

I bought a pre-owned Volvo XC90 - 2007 3.2 V6 AWD. Or at least that's what it says on the car and the paperwork. Even in the dry, this car regularly spins the front wheels and there is fairly ...
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1answer
170 views

Best brand of premium gas? [closed]

I just bought a car with a turbo engine that requires 91 premium gas. Out of the major gasoline companies like Shell, Chevron, BP, etc., is there one in particular that is better than the others that ...
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2answers
415 views

Does length of jumper cable matter while jumpstarting a motorcycle from car battery as a booster?

I recently left my Harley Davidson 883 Superlow in ignition on for 8 hours, headlight drained all the battery. This was my first time jumpstart experiment. Had following few questions, happy to be ...
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2answers
207 views

HVAC is not blowing. Is it most likely the blower motor?

I have a 1998 Buick Park Avenue (standard not ultra). Recently the heating and air stopped blowing. It acts normal in every other way (lights and indicators work as normal) but I am not getting any ...
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1answer
179 views

How to do a 2005 v6 Avalon Oil Pan Removal (Australian Model)

My mechanic has said that I need to clean the filter at the bottom of the block inside the oil pan as this is causing the oil light to come on (I can't afford to pay the mechanic to do that currently) ...
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1answer
166 views

How To Tell if a Pulley Not Attached to the Engine Is Bad

I have a pulley that I removed from my car. I probably should have done some more research before I actually removed the pulley. How can I tell if that pulley is in fact bad?
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1answer
1k views

Is it possible (or practical) to repair a turn signal cancel switch instead of replacing it?

tl;dr: My turn signal has stopped cancelling reliably - can I repair it or should I get it replaced? Full Query/Context: A properly functioning turn signal system, I believe, will typically cancel ...
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1answer
498 views

Which O2 sensor is bad?

I'm getting codes p0031 and p1148 on my 2007 Altima 3.5 SE. From what I've read, p1148 is caused by p0031. P0031 relates to the voltage on the heater circuit of the 02 sensor on Bank 1, Sensor 1. I ...
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3answers
3k views

What are the tradeoffs for positive vs. negative ground?

I just got a classic Ford 8N tractor running again. Someone trying to be helpful flipped the battery around, connecting negative to ground. This made the engine crank backwards! So I had spark, ...
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2answers
487 views

Weird Noise from Front Right Wheel when driving between 90kmph and 105kmph

I am driving a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The noise started happening after I had a bump to the curb on a snowy day early this year. The right wheel bumped to the curb during a left turn. The damage ...
3
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1answer
495 views

Battery replacement on 2001 Chevy Venture

I have a 2001 Venture that needs a battery replacement. Will disconnecting the battery activate the Theftlock system in my stereo? My impression is that the VIN is stored in flash memory, so a ...
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1answer
3k views

What is the plastic part under the front bumper of a 2007 Sentra?

I have a 2007 Nissan Sentra. The other day I was driving on the interstate and noticed a loud-ish vibration/noise coming from the front of the car. When I got home I found that the plastic piece ...
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1answer
39 views

No power to any power outlets in 2007 PT Crusier

I am been trying to figure this out for the past hour. I was driving back home from a conference about a month ago and had a power inverter plugged into the outlet inside the center console when all ...
4
votes
1answer
850 views

Is there a standard for how much fuel is left in the tank when the meter reads empty?

I know this question is very similar, but I am specifically talking about the fuel gauge and not an indicator light. Almost every car I've owned could run for quite a while with the fuel gauge reading ...
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votes
1answer
2k views

Why does my vehicle still stay in gear when I press clutch to floor?

I've read these posts but I still don't fully undestand how a clutch works. Clutch Test Clutch Adjust Clutch Troubleshoot Clutch Has Low Catch A few weeks a go my mechanic replaced the clutch master ...
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2answers
121 views

Reaching top speeds to maintain engine tuned

I live in Central America. Driving is different than in 'Western' countries. Roads are often in bad shape, and it is very common to encounter people / cows / carts / painfully slow cars on the ...
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2answers
146 views

Tata Nano — why do they have a tendency of self combusting?

Basically, 4 nanos in the past 3 months have caught fire. Total sales have been close to 6500. Any idea on what is it that causes nanos to self combust? Each of these fires has been in the engine ...

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