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Using a car with an inaccessible negative battery terminal to jump start

When trying to jump start my Volvo XC-60, I came across a very unexpected problem. I tried to use our 2nd vehicle, a 2010 Ford Escape, as the assisting car to jump start mine. But when I looked at ...
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Better to repair a CVT or replace with a used one?

Our 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid transmission died. Honda gave us an estimate of $4500 to replace the transmission. We took it to a different mechanic who suggested that instead of replacing the whole ...
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How will I know clutch pads need replacing?

I have a manual shift honda civic. How would I or the motor mechanic know that the clutch pads need replacing? Would they check it during oil change? Certainly you don't open the transmission box to ...
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Engine coolant gets to very low levels, but doesn't completely empty

2008 Toyota Tundra with a 5.7L V engine I noticed last month that my coolant reservoir was well below the 'low' mark. I filled her up, only to find out last week that it was back to the same spot ...
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'00 Mercury Sable Heater Only Working at ~20% Power

I've had issue with the heater in my Mercury Sable for a number of years. Over that time span I've worked on it several times, with a range of results. History ~5 years ago, I had a garage look ...
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Volvos with the same parts as the Volvo 440 GL with 2 liter motor?

I have an old Volvo 440 GL (~1994) and I need to find a part to the exhaust system that costs the same amount as the car itself if bought from the Volvo company itself: this is the flange part in the ...
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Can I use an OBD2 Scan Tool on older GM vehicle?

I can get an adapter that connects my OBD2 scan tool to my 12 pin GM scan tool connection. But will the tool be able to read the codes and tell me anything useful? Or do I need to get a scan tool that ...
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The interior fan on my 2012 Fusion squeaks: lubricate it?

I recently purchased a used 2012 Ford Fusion. When the interior fan is blowing at a low speed (1 or 2), it makes an annoying squeak. Can I put a few drops of lubricant somewhere to fix this? Does it ...
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310 views

97 Honda Civic putting and stuttering after a radiator hose failed

Whenever I am giving the car gas, it starts to putt and stutter. My car was overheating. I looked under the hood and noticed one of my hoses to the radiator had been pulled from it. I put the hose ...
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01 Chevy impala

My car won't do anything when I turn the key no lights or nothin, battery is new, alternator good new starter , but if I hook cables up to the side post battery it will turn over and when it starts it ...
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Should I throw away my wheels after they bumped in the sidewalks?

Rear right wheel The black liquid is traces of WD-40 Front right wheel This occured after driving at 30 km/h and bumping in a part of the sidewalk that was going into the street. Does this ...
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How could an oil drain plug fall out after 36 days and 2500 miles?

We had an oil change done at a quick lube type shop. After 36 days and 2500 miles driven, the oil drain plug fell out, resulting in severe engine damage. There was no oil leakage or any sign of ...
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How to remove all the fluid out of my motorcycle fuel tank?

I will be cleaning out my motorcycle tank using electrolysis. First, I have to remove all the gas from the tank, and then do the cleaning and then remove all the water that's left over, but I have a ...
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How much does displacement affect performance?

I'm interested in learning more about the steps that can be taken to increase the performance of an engine. I'm curious how much displacement affects performance. For example, compare the following ...
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128 views

Engine swap considerations

I'm interested in restoring an old car that has a relatively underpowered engine. I'm curious how difficult it would be to replace it with a different (cheaper, more common, more powerful) engine. ...
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1answer
143 views

Could my brake problems be caused by a wrong kind of brake fluid?

The brake light is on in my 2007 Toyota Tacoma 4WD v6. The recurring pattern has been that I would fill up the brake fluid but then it would drop below the minimum mark after just a few days. It ...
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2answers
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What could cause crackling sounds from a suspension on vehicle start moving?

After a long trip (~500 miles) car started making weird crackling sounds, when it starts moving from full stop. Here's a video, and sounds could be observed from time 00:01, but there are multiple of ...
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242 views

What are MDLA and MDMA?

I'm looking at stuff for my 2001 Honda CR-V on Amazon.com, and it has a filter for transmission type. There are two options for automatic: MDLA and MDMA. I have searched on Google, and found the ...
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2answers
190 views

What does CC refer to when describing an engine?

I have been learning about various older cars on Wikipedia. I've always wondered what the "cc" refers to in the engine description. For example: 1964–1969 Porsche 911: 1991 cc 1965-1969 Porsche 912: ...
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2answers
225 views

Kia Optima 2013 - Turn off Dynamic Rearview Mirror

In my 2013 Kia Optima EX - my mirror will tint depending on how bright the lights behind me are. I want to disable this but I don't see anything in the manual except "Press The Power Button" which is ...
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2answers
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What does it mean if felt- like pieces come through vent when AC is on in Toyota Avalon?

2006 Avalon xls 70k miles has just started throwing out a few pieces of what appears to be little triangles of felt like material through the vent when AC is on. Not a lot but is something breaking ...
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2answers
328 views

Ducati ST4s not starting

I ride a 2002 ST4s that was bought new in 2008 and has now travelled 8800km. I have fitted a power commander and carbon mufflers and done some minor alterations to the air box. Spent some time setting ...
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2answers
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Accessing Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) in car

I want to know how can I access DTCs by writing a code and parsing it? I have RaspberryPi and related hardware for communication with the OBD-II of car. I will generate manual faults and then after ...
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2answers
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Just bought four BERU Glow Plugs. But they seem to have been used?

Is the color of the heated part normal for 4 glow plugs that are brand new ... ?
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1answer
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Which Reluctor Wheel on LS Engines?

Around 2005 or 2006, GM started using a 58-tooth reluctor wheel, where before they used a 24-tooth wheel in the LSx based engines (LS1, LS2, LS3, etc.). This wheel is used as a way for the computer to ...
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1answer
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Head Bolt Sequence - 2004 Chevy 4.3L V6 S10

I am trying to find the head bolt sequence for a 2004 Chevy 4.3L V6 S10 truck. I have managed to find the torque specs but the site I found them on does not list the order they should be removed or ...
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3answers
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Problems in building higher displacement 2 stroke engines

I understand(from preliminary research) that when engine gets bigger(higher displacement) it is practically not possible to have a two stroke engine. What are the implications in building a higher cc ...
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I have a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 v8 which shuts completely down,

I have a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 v8 which shuts completely down, Once the truck is hot it stalls and will not start..not until it cools down...then it starts strongly,sometimes I have it another ...
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3answers
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Effects and factors of wheelbase in the design of a motor vehicle

How does varying wheelbase during automobile design affect the properties of the vehicle that is going to be built (both two-wheelers and four-wheelers)? I know that greater wheelbase means less ...
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1answer
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Battery light comes on after starting the car. How big of a problem is this?

On my way to work this morning, the battery light came on. I would say it was about 2-3 minutes after I started the car. My drive to work is only a 10 minutes drive, and the light was on the whole ...
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2answers
71 views

Keyless control system does not respond

I have a 2000 Ford Excursion. Suddenly the remote system does not respond. I checked the battery of the keyless and replaced it, but it didn’t make any difference. Are there any thoughts, or steps ...
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3answers
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When should we change the machine lubricant? Cold engine or hot engine?

According to the manual, we should change the lubricant when the engine is still hot to easy the lubricant flow out completely. But from other perspective, loosening the bolt at the high temperature ...
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1answer
1k views

Manual ECU with Automatic Car

Have 92 Accord with 1.8 VTEC. The Installed Engine is From 98 Accord. The transmission is the original which came with 92 accord. This transmission is operated by Kick Down cable and does not have any ...
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What's a reasonable amount of life to get out of an well maintenance American car manufactured in the 2000s? 4 season climate?

Ages ago, it seemed like 100k miles was the 'aging point' of a car, either some type of milestone or a warning to start searching for something new. As engineering gets better though, it seems like ...
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Can I use a CNC machine or waterjet to make an adapter plate to adapt a 5 speed transmission to a rare, obsolete engine?

I am the sad, proud owner of a Nissan SD33T (Diesel), mated to a 4 speed T-19. The power this engine outputs (101HP, 160#/TQ stock) means it struggles on the highway, and I don't want to sacrifice my ...
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0answers
61 views

No power to instrument fuse

I have a 94 Oldsmobile Bravada and the digital dash quit working. I found that I do not have power to the instrument fuse but have power to all other fuses in the panel. I can not find an electrical ...
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what is difference between DOHC and SOHC?

I want to know the SOHC and DOHC configurations. On what factors an engine manufacturer decides to go with SOHC or with DOHC, what should I choose? DOHC or SOHC?
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1answer
364 views

Why is my 2004 BMW z4 front suspension making noise?

Every time I go into rough terrain, specifically bumps or speed bumps, there is a thud sound from the front end. Thinking it might be the bushings but I'd prefer not to purchase without confirmation. ...
3
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1answer
81 views

Truck won't start

My truck turns over for a second , maybe two and then stops cranking. It will do it over and over. A few days ago my ECM touched a hot battery terminal and that's when it started acting up. Does ...
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3answers
196 views

GOLF 5 GTD gas error led

I have the gas error light (yellow) always on, It turns off some time but it turns on again. I have some cleaning of the air system but it did not work. What could be the problem ?
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2answers
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Do I need computer reprogramming when transmission is replaced?

Honda Odyssey 2003: I'm replacing a transmission, and a local mechanic will help me to swap it in my garage. I've been told at a local shop, that in order to install remanufactured transmission ...
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4answers
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Slow Accleration And Moving RPMs

UPDATE: I bought a scan tool and downloaded the torque app. I don't get any error codes. I decided to drive it again today. I drove about a quarter mile and barely got to 20MPH. I turned around and ...
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2answers
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2005 Mercury Montego securilock appears stuck

I've got a 2005 Mercury Montego that wont turn over. You would think the thing is complete dead, lights don't turn on, power locks don't work, but the battery is full. What does happen though is a ...
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3answers
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Our brand-new 2013 Dodge Caravan makes a terrible screaming noise when we start it in the cold

My family owns a new 2013 Dodge Caravan. We bought it this summer. Lately, as the winter cold has set in, each time we start the car in the morning, it makes this god-awful screaming noise. The ...
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What is supposed to happen when my Subaru's test mode connector is hooked up?

There's an electrical connector under the dash of my 2000 Subaru Forester that is apparently instrumental in the diagnosis of some OBD-II trouble codes. It's a pair of bladed terminals like any other ...
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1answer
2k views

How can I diagnose gradual electric power loss in a VW Golf Mk5?

I'm experiencing loss of electrical power to my Mk5 Golf. It seems to happen mostly when the car hasn't been run for two or three days. We changed the battery a few months ago. More recently, there ...
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1answer
111 views

Inside radiator coming off?

I have recently (yesterday) went through coolant flushing and this morning, I have opened the radiator cap and found something weird going on inside: I'm pretty sure it was fully black all of ...
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3answers
151 views

Tear in Vinyl Seat of 2003 Ford Ranger

I have a tear in the vinyl driver seat. I'm looking for a purely functional (read: not concerned with aesthetics) way to effectively patch the tear to prevent further tearing and degradation of foam ...
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2answers
544 views

P0401 and P0122 on a 2005 Hyundai Sonata

Our car has the check engine light come on with a codes P0401 and P0122. The car seems to run fine. What sorts of things should we check?
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Wires Coming Out Of Center Console

I bought a 2011 Ram 1500 about 6 months ago. I removed the rubber liner for a small compartment in my center console. When I tried putting it back I realized it would not go down all the way and found ...

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