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3answers
757 views

What's happening when you give someone a boost?

While I've given and received boosts before I've always been following instructions by rote and never really understood what's happening. The procedure I've been told is: Attach red clamp to the ...
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1answer
379 views

Car decelerating quickly

I recently changed my brake pads and did wheel alignment at the official workshop of my car manufacturer. It was driving just fine but suddenly as I was driving it at one fine point the steering ...
2
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1answer
523 views

Why does the price of Catalytic Converters vary so much?

My check engine light came on and the diagnostic code says it is a problem with the catalytic converters so I'm getting ready to schedule an appointment with a mechanic to take care of that. The ...
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1answer
276 views

Throttle Position Sensor: Complete failure, then starts working again?

Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai XG350 L Today while driving to work on the Interstate, my check engine light clicked on and suddenly my gas pedal seemed to just stop working. I managed to coast off an exit and ...
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5answers
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Timing Chain vs. Timing Belt

What is the service life of a timing chain and how does having a chain drive cam benefit from a belt drive cam and vice-versa?
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3answers
2k views

Is there a reliable way to repair a pin hole leak in a radiator

I have heard a few different ways to fix a pin hole leak in a radiator. I have heard put a small amount of black pepper in the radiator, or use jb weld to patch the hole, and not to use the stop leak ...
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2answers
2k views

Replacing front struts on a 2006 Hyundai Sonata

I want to replace the front strut shocks on my 2006 Hyundai Sonata and I'm not sure if I'll need a spring compresser to do this. I have searched the internet for an answer to this question and I ...
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2answers
82 views

how to compute performance of clutch [closed]

I have this idea: attaching electric motor to clutch and then to a generator then computing when for example we 1kw give the motor how much generator will take back? now we have performance of ...
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1answer
596 views

ambient air temp. sensor reading -40 on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

The old sensor got broken during a accident with a deer. I've replaced the sensor and it's reading -40 deg. Is there a reset on this unit? The sensor worked about a year after the wreck until the ...
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1answer
479 views

Removing front panel to install new stereo? (Toyota Levin 97)

I'm thinking of buying a new stereo for my 1997 Toyota Levin and I was wondering if anyone knew how to take the front panel off so as to get to the old stereo?.
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2answers
698 views

Volkswagen Golf 2005 - Fueltank cap does not open

I have a problem with my golf 5, earlier someone has tried to steal gas from my tank, but failed this, when I try to open my fueltank cap from the inside (button on the driver door) i can hear the ...
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2answers
272 views

key wont turn, can't change gear on automatic Plymouth Neon 2000

The key wont turn in ignition switch, I can't change the gear (the button is locked sort of). 2000 Plymouth Neon Automatic. Is there a temporary fix to it? Never had this problem before.
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2answers
83 views

How to run a 50 amps short term load off the car electrical circuit?

I window-shopped for a car air compressor and there's a variety of them with different performance levels. Low performance compressors (like 30 liters per minute) have a cigarette lighter connector, ...
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1answer
1k views

Block Heater Plug Location 2007 Ford Focus

I am unable to locate the cord to plug in the block heater on my 2007 Ford Focus SES. I have not had trouble finding it on other vehicles in the past, but I have searched all over under the hood and ...
2
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3answers
2k views

Squeaking Noise when Cold Start. Suspect something wrong with belts, Also engine missing when sudden acceleration desired from Total Stop

From the past few weeks whenever I crank my car there is a squeaking noise which may continue for about 30-60 sec or even longer (This is intermittent sometimes it doesn't really happen). The engine ...
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2answers
3k views

02 Trailblazer with front end vibration which seems to increase over time

About a month ago my trailblazer developed this new features. When you get into the car and start driving, everything feels completely fine. Then after about 5 minutes you start noticing slight ...
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4answers
2k views

How do I know if my air filter needs replacing?

They say when an air filter is dirty, you should replace it. However, I'm just not sure how "dirty" is dirty? Is there some sort of easy test to determine whether I need to replace it?
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1answer
435 views

Normal spark advance for 96 LT1 engine? STFT also varies bank 1 vs bank 2. What does it mean?

I used my HP Tuners as a scan tool on my 96 LT1 in an Impala SS. The "Advance" as read by the tool sits at -12 deg at idle, then goes down to -35 deg if I rev it (no load) to about 2k RPM. I'm ...
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5answers
640 views

How can I achieve a streak free windshield?

I can never quite get the streak free shine on my windshield from using Windex. Is there another product that works better?
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3answers
3k views

How do I mix up my own windshield washing liquid for low temperatures?

I've tried all kinds of commercial sub-zero windshield liquids but am so far satisfied with none, because of the following reasons: They all seem to freeze below about -5C. Or at least become thick ...
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4answers
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Power steering seems to be coming out of its reservoir from the top. Whats wrong?

I have a 2003 Honda Accord and I thought I had a leak in my power steering because of the whining noise and low fluid. I filled it back up but it kept falling out. I checked where my car is parked and ...
2
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2answers
131 views

How is a vehicle's age legally defined?

Is a vehicle 'born' when it is first registered? And to expand on this, at what point in the process of modifying a vehicle would it have to be legally classified as a 'new' vehicle?
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3answers
3k views

Stiff gearchange especially when cold

I have a 2002 Skoda Octavia. Recently I've noticed that when it's cold, the gearbox is very recalcitrant, particularly in the lower gears. The feeling is of "stodginess" with a slight audible squeak. ...
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2answers
329 views

Can't hear voices through newly installed head unit

I have a 2002 Honda Civic and recently installed an Apline CDA-9853 head unit. It still has factory speakers. I have a weird problem, such that when I connect an iPod to the unit (via a KCA-121B), on ...
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1answer
51 views

Is there such a thing as a throttling valve that can operate with oil as the working fluid?

I'm searching for a throttling valve that uses oil in order to convert pressure into thermal energy that can then be extracted via a cooler. Is there such a thing as a oil throttling valve? It would ...
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1answer
66 views

v-tech now vs then

Back around 2003-2006 I looked into V-Tech which was using a variable cam lobe with a more agressive profile that engaged when "needed". Today, we have motors with a continuously variable valve timing ...
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1answer
266 views

Does anyone know of a commonly available DPDT or DPST relay? (For use as replacement starter relay)

I have a car (1971 Jaguar E-Type 6 cylinder) with a bad starter relay. The original relay is not available, and all of the specialty parts suppliers sell a generic replacement relay. I'd like to ...
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1answer
1k views

Slow, clear fluid leak

I noticed yesterday that the vehicle I'm driving (2011 or 2012 Hyundai Accent "Blue"), is slowly leaking a cold, clear, mostly odourless, bad tasting fluid. Based on the colour and temperature I ...
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2answers
152 views

Accessing the Stereo in a '96 Infiniti G20

I do some of my own repair work on my car, a 96 Infiniti G20. Since I got it, the front speakers haven't been working and I want to fix them. How can I troubleshoot the problem? I assume it's either ...
2
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1answer
188 views

Starting the car with dis-functioning fuel pump

I have mazda 6 diesel 2003 136hp and a problem with a fuel pump. It seems that the suction control valve (SCV) needs to be replaced. The problem is that the car will not start and I have to go to ...
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3answers
378 views

Dying car, at random intervals

So my 1996 Jaguar XJR is just stopping at random. It happens when the car is doing low RPM, like when I am coming/stading at a stop light. Any ideas on where to start to troubleshoot this problem? ...
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1answer
160 views

How can I find replacement parts for a Hyundai Sonata headlight assembly?

My wife's sonata recently failed inspection because it has no parking light on the driver's side, and apparently no socket to hold the bulb (The assembly had previously been damaged and we installed a ...
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4answers
561 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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1answer
1k views

How to replace a washer-fluid pump on 2008 Equinox

Looking for directions on replacing the washer-fluid pump on a 2008 Chevy Equinox. I've found that the fuse works both the pump and the wipers, and the wipers still work. Seeing as I do not hear the ...
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5answers
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2000 VW Golf heater won't blow hot air

My 2000 2.0L Golf GLS won't blow hot air at operating temperature, the air is only lukewarm at best. This started a few months ago inexplicably. The car isn't overheating or underheating, it reaches ...
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1answer
2k views

Auto transmission shifting late, staying in low gear

The mother-in-law's 2005 Renault Clio (auto) shifts very late and stays in too low a gear. When decelerating the tranny downshifts early (it really likes the revs). The garages all want a heafty sum ...
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3answers
473 views

Engine squealing

After replacing the belt and the idler pulley, the 6 cylinder 2005 Chevrolet Silverado still has a high pitch squeal. Have not checked the power steerinmg or water pump to see if the noise is coming ...
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1answer
260 views

Renault Megane I 1.6 Airconditioning pump seized

My Renault Megane I 1.4 RT's airconditioning pump recently totally seized. When the seize happened, it also broke off the crank pulley. I have now replaced both the airconditioning pump and crank ...
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2answers
2k views

Is it a good idea to have MOT and Full service at the same time?

Or is it better if we do them in two different places? MOT Test = Ministry of Transport Test - an annual test carried out on vehicles over 3yrs old in the UK to ensure they are roadworthy (i.e. safe ...
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2answers
4k views

Can I disable antitheft (PATS) on 03 Mustang?

Just bought an 03 Mustang from an auction and took it on a trip. The anti-theft system kicked in and I had to disconnect/reconnect the battery to get it working again. That worked a few times and I ...
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1answer
160 views

Replacing car audio on Lancer 9

I need to replace a car audio unit on Lancer 9. The problem is that I have a 2-din panel, that I am unable to remove. When I pull the panel at the mark "1" - it is being released a bit on the ...
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1answer
276 views

2000 Chevy Silverado 5.3L turns over but won't start, no spark

A few weeks ago I noticed that the wire going to the starter from the solinoid was broken off at the connection, so I resoldered it, and it ran for a few weeks until this happened: I went out to ...
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1answer
239 views

Access to EVAP Canister Vent Valve

My TSX is coding P2422 - EVAP Canister Shut Valve close malfunction. I'm finding posts online that it is often a blockage (spider nest??) that can be blown out with air. I'd like to try that first ...
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1answer
98 views

Access to front ceiling light box on a 2006 Acura TSX

I'm trying to follow these instructions for my similar TSX: http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=540405 But I haven't found the proper way to remove the front ceiling light cover (the one ...
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1answer
223 views

Car shudders when I hit a sharp bump (2003 Maxima)

I have a 2003 Nissan Maxima SE and I've noticed that when I hit a sharp bump (like a shallow pothole) that the car seems to shudder or vibrate for a second. The car just hit 100k miles on the ...
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2answers
857 views

Do premium air filters perform better than standard air filters?

I went in for an oil change recently and the Jiffy Lube technician tried to up sell me on buying a better oil for my car, and on buying a more expensive air filter. My car is a fairly normal compact ...
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1answer
998 views

Can i remove the rear diff in my land rover freelander?

recently the rear diff in my 1998 land rover freelander has gone (makes a horrible clicking sound around corners). The car has been a constant pain and i was wondering what is actually the cause of ...
4
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3answers
2k views

Advantages of getting your car's oil changed at the dealer

Are there advantages go getting your car's oil changed at the dealership from which you purchased the car versus a "quick change" place like Jiffy Lube or Wal-Mart? I've used all three, and I feel the ...
3
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2answers
1k views

Location of Blend Door Actuator in 2003 Chevy Malibu

I am fairly certain that my Blend Door actuator is faulty. I get all hot air in my car, which is great for the winter, not so much for the summer. I want to replace it, and followed directions on ...
3
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1answer
1k views

Replacing Vauxhall Corsa C (2002) rear fog light

I need to replace the right rear fog light in a 2002 Vauxhall Corsa C; not just the bulb but the whole unit. I'm looking for instructions on how to replace the lamp preferably without removing the ...

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