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Why does my car scream on cold start?

My 1988 Subaru XT6 2.7L engine screams at me on a cold start then it will stop and then do it again when I take it out of park, but then it stops. Also, my car is losing antifreeze. Any ideas why?
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cover for seats

I just bought some covers for my car seats. The problem is that I don't know how to remove the head rest of the front seats. My car is Fiat Punto (not Grande). If someone can provide a graphical ...
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1answer
539 views

Need help identifying grinding noise from the rear of 88 Toyota Pickup

I have 1988 Toyota Pickup 4x4 Manual 5-speed with the 22RE Engine. Starting a few weeks ago, while at speed, the truck would randomly make this loud rubbing/grinding noise coming from the rear. I've ...
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1answer
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What spark plug gap to use for old 5HP briggs and stratton

I am doing some maintenance on a ~25 year old garden tiller with what I believe to be a 5.0 HP Briggs & Stratton motor. I have no manuals for this thing. Cars I have worked on have had spark ...
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2answers
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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser misfiring with A/C

My car has been acting up for a while now with the following symptoms: When idling and with the A/C running it will run fine for a few seconds but then the car will sort of shake and the A/C will ...
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2answers
562 views

Vehicle sputters on cold start on cold mornings

I have a 1998 Ford Explorer with really low miles (< 30,000 miles; classic "little old lady who only drove it to the grocery store once a week" type vehicle). The first time I start it on cold ...
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2answers
307 views

Trying to figure out the name of this car part!

I got new tires today and saw that the part that's circled is broken on my car. It looks like it just snapped at the top because part of the bolt appears to still be in whatever the tube is. Anyone ...
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1answer
577 views

97 Ford Explorer battery going dead

On Friday, my girlfriend's '97 Ford Explorer v6 lost electrical while driving. We were able to get it going again with a jump start. Lost electricity (lights / gauges) while driving, but were able to ...
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1answer
312 views

Play in motorcycle chain - how much is ok?

Riding to day I could hear a rhythmic tapping sound. I occurs when I ease off the throttle. I think it is the chain tapping against the plastic chain guard when tension on the chain from accelerating ...
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2answers
574 views

1998 Ford Ranger surges when idling

What should I be looking at to diagnose my Ford Ranger which surges when stopped? This typically only happens while the vehicle is warming up. After that, it's fine.
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1answer
439 views

Ford Escape - Loud Brake Sounds in Reverse

2001 Ford Escape. I've recently had some work with the transmission done, but in the past 2 weeks or so, whenever I brake while in reverse, it makes a loud grinding sound. However, I've looked ...
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4answers
581 views

Why does my 2002 Ford Escape go through so many headlight bulbs?

Every 6-8 months, one of the headlight bulbs on my 2002 Ford Escape burns out. I used to replace just the one but usually the other would go within a couple of months. Now, I just replace them both. ...
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2answers
707 views

How much efficiency is robbed from 'pumping loss,' if any?

I'm specifically referring to the loss due to the pistons pulling air through a mostly closed throttle while cruising at highway speeds in a gasoline engine. To give an example, I've always wondered ...
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2answers
283 views

Shorted electrical, lots of things not working

I was installing a boost gauge, and must've shorted something out because now my turn signals, fog lights, ac blower, and wipers don't work. I checked the fuses but they weren't blown. How can I ...
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2answers
1k views

SRS indicator light keeps coming on, code 7-2 “Internal failure of SRS unit”

As in this question, my SRS light keeps coming on. I read the code using a paperclip in the OBDII connector, which is always code 7-2 "Internal failure of SRS unit", and then reset it using the SRS ...
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1answer
5k views

How to identify rattles and noises in the car?

My car has a few rattles and hums whilst driving, specifically a rattle somewhere in the dash as well as a noise somewhere in the back. I find that noise and vibrations are deceiving inside the ...
2
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2answers
233 views

Removing a nail from my tyre

I have a 2" nail in the side of my rear tyre on my motorcycle. The nail is fairly firmly stuck in the tyre but I'm not sure if it has actually penetrated it (it has gone in sideways). The damage is ...
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3answers
3k views

Clunk noise from my brakes on first application

I have had the brake pads replaced on my Forester STi (4 pot Brembos all round) and have noticed a strange noise on first application of the brakes after moving either forwards or backwards. By this ...
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3answers
526 views

Why doesn't homelink plus programming work as described in the manual?

I'm trying to program my 2007 Prius to open my garage door. I succeeded doing this for my 2006 Highlander with no problems. However, for the prius, I cannot get the car to work as described in the ...
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1answer
1k views

What current is “normal” for constant battery drain (not parasitic)

I'm having some problems with battery going dead sometimes, and I noticed that there are some small sparks after disconnecting the battery for a few seconds and then reconnecting again. It is not big ...
3
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2answers
120 views

68 Mustang hesitates at constant speeds

I have a 68 Mustang straight 6 1 BBL carb, 3 speed manual. Noticed the other day that when driving at constant speed that the car hesitates (like I am letting off and pressing down on the gas pedal). ...
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3answers
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How can I connect an Aux input to a 2004 Honda Jazz stock stereo?

Just bought a used Honda Jazz 1.4 SE for my wife, and although it has a CD/Radio with an Aux button on it, there is no external connection I can see. As she wants to be able to connect her iPod, I am ...
3
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1answer
808 views

2006 Audi A4 2.0T, No passing power

I have a 2006 Audi A4 2.0T Turbo Tiptronic Automatic that has no passing power. When I step on the accelerator the car will shift down into a lower gear, rev about 3500 RPMs but will not shift up ...
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1answer
3k views

Is this what is making my car sound like a racecar?

Recently, my car (2000 Mercury Grand Marquis) started sounding like a racecar: the engine became very loud. There's clearly something going wrong with the exhaust system. I'm trying to understand ...
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3answers
1k views

1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Disc Brake Conversion

I just bought a '72 FJ40 and realized that three out the four (drum) brake cylinder's are seized and one of the grease seals is leaking bad. Since I have to replace the brake cylinder's, I am ...
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2answers
776 views

Engine Revving/Misfiring - Formerly Running Lean - No Trouble Codes Now

For a few months now my 1999 Toyota Avalon XLS (California model - this apparently affects the emissions specs - I'm in NY however) with around 105k miles has been giving me these totally random ...
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2answers
2k views

Muffler off car. Safe to drive with exhaust open underneath?

So leaving work yesterday I heard a clang! - the muffler simply fell off. Further inspection revealed a lot of rust in one particular area on the pipe. Thankfully the forward muffler is still intact ...
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1answer
484 views

Diesel motor running slightly jerky on normal RPM after having the turbo repaired

I got my turbo repaired, the service told me that stopped working due to a sensor that had to be changed. It costed me a lot because they told me that the sensor was inside the turbo and it was hard ...
3
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1answer
203 views

1995 Chevy s-10 4 cylinder running hot but not overheating

I am having an issue with my s-10. It runs hot but is not overheating. It started when I replaced the temperature sending unit and thermostat. I put in an additional thermostat to make sure the first ...
2
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2answers
374 views

Simple Question: Do I need to bleed brakes if I removed the blake fluid cap?

This is probably a very simple question, but I was just poking around the engine bay and checking the fluid levels of the various reservoirs. I then opened the brake fluid one and I remember reading ...
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1answer
241 views

Recommendations as to how to seal or protect brand new leather seats?

My wife just bought a new Subaru Outback with leather seats. We said "no" at that point in the transaction when they try to sell you $1000 of interior / exterior protection, but now we are faced with ...
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2answers
217 views

What can i use to get insect/bug remains off my vehicle?

I recently went on a 10000k road trip, and accumulated a lot of insect remains on my vehicle. After several car washes, one of them that even included a bug spray before you entered the main wash, ...
3
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1answer
932 views

Tire Sizing: 2001 Toyota Corolla

Will 185/75R14 tires do the job on a 2001 Toyota Corolla? Stock size is 185/65R14.
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3answers
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Semi-automatic car inadvertently driven in manual mode

I have a 2008 Mazda 3 car with a semi-automatic transmission (i.e. it is automatic with the ability to switch to a manual mode). On the weekend, it was driven by somebody else who accidentally put it ...
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3answers
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How is “outside temperature” measured in a car?

Most cars have a display for outside temperature and I wonder how it is measured. In other words, where exactly is the sensor and how reliable is it?
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2answers
124 views

What's a good place to buy after-market auto parts? [closed]

What's a good place to buy (new or used) after-market auto parts?
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2answers
4k views

Bleeding Brakes with Car on or off?

There's a pump that runs when the car is on to pressurize the hydraulics, right? When bleeding the brakes, should the car be on or off so this pump is on or off? I'm specifically talking about a ...
2
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1answer
198 views

How much vacuum should be present in a 2 stroke intake manifold?

I have a 2 stroke Mercury 2.5 hp that has recently been dropped in the water. The motor used to run fine but now it won't start. I have dried the motor out and cleaned the carby, it's got plenty of ...
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1answer
49 views

Four-body carbs regulation.

I would like to adjust four-body carbs by myself, in order to avoid spent money every time. What are the basic rules, tools and secrets of many body carbs regulation?
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1answer
2k views

How to track down an intermittent battery drain?

I know there are several questions on here about finding the source of a battery drain (like Battery drains by itself when vehicle is parked (parasitic draw) ). However I don't think the answers ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Aftermarket start-stop system

I am looking for an aftermarket device that turn off the engine when the car is in rest and turn on the engine when the throttle is pushed. Which are the producer? Where i can find it on internet?
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1answer
71 views

'00 Mercury Sable speedometer and ??? issues

My Sable is having several issues and I can't tell if they are related. The car is driven less than average, three or four days per week. At some point, it lost coolant and I had to add about two ...
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3answers
4k views

Installing a used ECM

The ECM is dead on my 2003 Toyota Corolla. What are the risks of installing a used ECM? Will the ECM need to be reconfigured? I've heard it might have issues passing DEQ?
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2answers
5k views

What to do if 2010 Chevy HHR key is stuck in run position?

The key in my 2010 Chevy HHR automatic will not turn back to the OFF position. It is stuck in the RUN position with the car on. What is the cause of this problem? How can I shut off the car?
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1answer
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What are your main concerns when getting your car wrapped with custom-patterns?

Let's say you're getting your car custom wrapped. What would be your top concern when hiring someone to do the job? This would be a key area to filter when picking a service provider. Thanks in ...
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1answer
592 views

What causes the “pop” and “burble” noises on overrun?

I love the sound, just wondering what causes it.
3
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1answer
157 views

2000 Dodge Intrepid electrical problem

I accidently let the battery power cable touch the frame of the car and it sparked. Now my car does not light up dashboard or anything type of power. I tried jumping the car and still no sin of life. ...
3
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2answers
216 views

How to remove edges around body filler/bondo?

I have a curved area on fibreglass with a dent in it. I have filled it with body filler but when I sand it back there is still an obvious ridge where the filler meets the body. I have sanded it down ...
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2answers
2k views

How to safely remove stuck threads? (Brakeline from Brakehose)

I have an 81 Chevy pickup C10 that I was replacing the brake hose on. In the process of trying to take the brake line loose from it I started to twist the line when I thought I had finally started to ...
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1answer
247 views

Motorcycle battery - correct voltage running and stopped?

Hopefully a pretty straight forward one: I've been having trouble starting my bike. I checked the voltage on the battery when it was idling and got 12.9. Is this too low?

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