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Can you change HP by adjusting valves?

This may be a crazy question but can you increase your HP if you adjust your valves (by changing your lifters or whatever other mechanism is used for shimming) to decrease the gap between the riding ...
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Paint thinner/magic marker smell coming from AC

I recently purchased a 2012 Honda Civic (~36,000 miles). The AC will intermittently give off a paint thinner or magic marker smell. From what I understand, antifreeze has a sweet smell, and mold or ...
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Part 2. dodge overheating [duplicate]

I have a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 with a 4.7 liter the condenser fan isnt coming on does anybody know why it would not come on
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1answer
98 views

Why such a large difference between car stereo & speaker power?

There are so many speakers rated at 50W RMS (and 250W PMPO), while absolute all head units are about 14-22W RMS per channel (50W max). What am I missing? Could it be that those aftermarket speakers ...
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543 views

After Replacing EGR valve and tube: repeat of code P0401 for 98 Accord V6

About 13 months and 7500 miles ago, my mechanic replaced the EGR Valve and Tube and cleaned the intake to solve the low airflow problem. Now I'm again getting an insufficient flow warning with my ...
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What vehicle does this ancient ignition coil fit?

My father-in-law gave this ford branded ignition coil to me today, and I'm curious to know what vehicle it went to, and how it was hooked up originally. Can I easily determine whether it works or not ...
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Oil resistant marker for timing chain positioning

This is a bit unusual of a question but does anyone know of really durable markers (as in Sharpie) that leave durable markings that resist erasure due to exposure to oil and other retarding agents? I ...
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1answer
242 views

2007 Hyundai Sonata Automatic Key Won't Turn

This started before the steering wheel was locked, I locked it because I forgot what a locked steering wheel feels like and wasn't thinking too much. Had a LOT of time to wiggle the key before it was ...
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1answer
73 views

1999 Yamaha 80hp Outboard Electrical Problem (Rectifier Overheating)

I recently purchased a pontoon boat and on day #3 my motor died, I'm hoping to get some help from the community with correctly diagnosing and fixing the problem. The motor - 1999 Yamaha 80hp four ...
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1answer
71 views

Does fire damage the electrics of a vehicle?

I have a bike but the question is also for a car of my neighbor. Both are parked in the garage where, sadly, some moron proved his moronity by doing something moronic, which caused a fire to flame. ...
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Can I take the front rotors and put them in the back

I have some front rotors from when I replaced them it looks like I didn't need them so I kept them. I would like to take them to get shaved and put the in the back. Is this possible to do something ...
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1answer
99 views

Honda Shadow VT750 louder exhaust noise, low power

Recently, my motorcycle got smashed by my girlfriend (who was driving behind me) in the rear. As a result of the impact, I got propelled into the rear of the car in front of me. Both fenders are ...
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111 views

How to activate Aux on Japanese Honda Fit 2009 Gathers VXH-093 cvi?

How to activate Aux on Japanese Honda Fit 2009 Gathers VXH-093 cvi? I bought an IP-BUS aux cable, and I don't know how to activate aux on Gathers VXH-093 cvi.
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2009 Volvo S40 sudden thump [closed]

When at constant speed I notice a slight thump. Almost as if for a split second the car lost fuel to the engine then kicks back in. It does not register on the instruments. Also at lower speeds it can ...
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What to do when accidentally overfilled a car battery

My car, a 2003 Toyota Kijang (known as Toyota Revo in other markets) uses a non maintenance-free battery that has to be topped up every now and then with distilled water. Today, while filling it up, ...
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1answer
45 views

How can one find a trustworthy mechanic?

When shopping around for a new mechanic, are there any signs one can look for to see if the guy is a scam artist or if he is honest and knowledgeable?
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1answer
779 views

TVS Apache RTR 160 - What Grade Engine Oil Should I Use?

I bought a TVS Apache RTR 160 second hand. I want to know what grade engine oil should i use for my bike. I was suggested to use 15W50. Is that a good choice. The bike has done almost 65000Kms.
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1answer
73 views

How to find source of power steering fluid leak?

How do I pinpoint a power steering fluid leak without replacing everything? fluid leaks out completely if filled up. I am not sure if i am skilled enough to do job myself or if its too dangerous. if ...
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1answer
103 views

Car is slow to start, shakes occasionally, and smells hot… but runs fine?

I am driving a 2000 Ford Explorer with 140k miles on it. Although the car runs well, it feels like it is on the verge of a breakdown that I'd like to stay in front of if possible. When I start the ...
3
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1answer
137 views

Can I fit parking sensors on the front of my car?

I'm getting a reversing camera for the back of my car, as I often have to park in very tight spaces, or am parked in. However, I can't fit a camera to the front, so I was wondering: Can I fit rear ...
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714 views

Does resting your foot on the clutch wear it out?

Does driving with your foot always resting on the clutch (not pushing) generally wear it down?
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211 views

Portable jumpstart kits: why aren't regular car batteries this small?

I was looking at the details of this jumpstart product: It claims to be 2 lbs and 14.2 x 12 x 3.5 inches, which I think is for the outer black canvas case, so I would guess the actual device is ...
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3answers
143 views

Honda Civic Touring 2014 - can use R16 instead of R17

For a Honda Civic Touring 2014, can i use 205/55/R16 instead of 215/45/R17? If not, what size should i use for 16" tires, as I want to use 16" tires. Thanks
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1answer
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Tyre Pressure monitoring system

How does TPMS work in real time, both the direct and indirect versions. A diagram of the device should help.
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How brake vacuum booster works?

If the brake vacuum booster makes vacuum on one side and the other is with normal atmospheric pressure, why doesn't it get sucked by itself towards the vacuum side? If the vacuum isn't enough to pull ...
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0answers
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Formula For Homebrew Gasket Remover

I looked around many shops in my area, and pretty much no one even knew what gasket removing compound was. Are there any effective homebrew formulas for making gasket remover / softener? I found the ...
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2answers
376 views

Removing catalytic converters on a 2000 v6 Mustang?

I live in Oklahoma, so we don't have to get emissions checked. I have a 2000 v6 3.8l Mustang. I bought the car for $3500 at 70k miles (it was a really good) so I don't want to spend more money than I ...
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1answer
122 views

noise at idle after replacing new clutch

Some noise is coming when the car is running at idle. The noise goes away when the clutch pedal pressed. This is happening immediately after replacing the clutch and clutch release bearing. what ...
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0answers
144 views

2002 Dodge Ram 1500 overheating

I have a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 two wheel drive with a 4.7 liter engine. It's been overheating so I replaced the whole cooling system: I replaced the condenser cooling fan because its not coming on ...
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1answer
81 views

GSF400 Bandit carburetor model or type,

I have Suzuki Bandit GSF400 model '92. May I know the type of carb do I have on it? I am trying to do some replacement on jets but I need sizes.
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How to Remove Baked On Gaskets

I removed a throttle body which had a brittle, baked on gasket, part of which adhered to the intake manifold and part of which adhered to the throttle body. How do I get the baked on parts of the ...
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1answer
128 views

Which is better, Power to Weight Ratio or Horsepower

When looking for specifications of a car/vehicle we come across two parameter. Horse Power/Pferdestärke (PS) Power to weight Ratio So, while considering any vehicle , which one of the above ...
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1answer
57 views

fuel tank always be full at 90%

For the past couple of months, I've been having trouble filling my gas tank. I have a 2004 civic Honda, which has a 52-liter tank. When I buy gas, the pump clicks off after dispensing only two or ...
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1answer
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Error MIL: off Spark ignition

I checked my OBD2 sensor and it shows on DTC that message. Along with P0171 system too lean on my Mazda 3. I put in an injen intake and that was 3 years ago. The check engine light came on 3 months ...
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timing belt 96 honda accord vtec

So the other day I was driving and my timing belt broke I tried to turn the key a few times then tore off the valve cover and noticed that the timing belt was broken people have told me the engine ...
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1answer
86 views

2004 Ford Explorer accelerates too quickly from idle

I have a 2004 Explorer/v8/4wd/bauer edition. When I take off from a stop, there is a slight lag and then the vehicle over accelerates (sort of "jumps" off the line). If I gradually apply the ...
2
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1answer
122 views

Intermittently loss power steering on low RPM

My 2000 Model 323f Mazda AT, 1.6L suddenly has problem on power steering. Yesterday morning, I started the engine and after half a minute started driving slowly. While backing and doing the curves, ...
2
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1answer
88 views

Symptoms of valve adjustment necessity

I have recently had to rearrange my valve lifters in order to tune to an optimal clearance between cams and lifters, which on my Tacoma is 0.15-0.25 mm for the intake and 0.29-0.39 mm for the exhaust ...
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1answer
33 views

Wipers come on in the off position

1998 Corvette wipers comes on while in the off position. I changed the motor and the switch. Is there a relay some where? What should I do next?
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1answer
50 views

replacing wheel studs on a 92 Buick century

Some of my studs are crossthreaded from the last mechanic who replaced my tires and wasn't paying attention to his impact wrench. The problem is, there is no space to get the new studs in, and I had ...
2
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1answer
73 views

What do you do with dielectric grease on spark plugs?

There seems to be a lot of conflicting answers on what you're supposed to do with dielectric grease. The instructions on the grease I bought says to squeeze it into the boot, but everywhere I've read ...
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1answer
159 views

Who decides Idle engine rpm and how? [duplicate]

I was just searching for an answer to find how the idle speed of an engine is decided and who makes that decision. Is it the engine designer alone or is it based on the inputs from all the vehicle ...
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1answer
128 views

Why did front rotors and brake pads have to be replaced after one year?

KIA replaced my front rotors and brake pads Aug 2014. One year later my brakes were not functioning well and KIA said the right front rotor was grooved because of rust and should be replaced, adding ...
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1answer
442 views

Daughter's 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SE - No Low Beams - High Beams Fine

Daughter was driving home last night from work and noticed "it was very dark" on the way. Turns out low beams won't come on at all. High beams, parking, tail, turn signal and flashers all fine... just ...
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1answer
119 views

GF4A-EL Transmission Flush

I just got a 98 Mazda 626 2L and need to flush the atx fluid, it's really dirty brownish red, but not burnt and I didn't notice any particles in it. I think the car has a CD4E tranny ( it turns out ...
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2answers
333 views

'00 Honda CBR929RR - Unknown issue, help!

Sorry for the ambiguity here.. I'm not sure what the issue is with my bike. I have a bunch of symptoms and my hypothesis is that it's a cascading failure and I'm just seeing a bunch of effects down ...
2
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2answers
43 views

Determine Tire Age

I want to determine how old the tires on my car are. I understand there is an age code on each tire. But what if the age code is on the inner side? Is there some code I can use on both sides of the ...
2
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1answer
58 views

Audio noise when laptop connected to power inverter and the car's 3.5mm audio jack

On a recent road trip we wanted to have a laptop to play movies while on the road. We brought an Apple MacBook Air, a power inverter (to plug in the laptop's charger into the cigarette lighter), and a ...
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2answers
70 views

Rain tyres for motorcyles

I have recently started driving a motorcycle to work (60 km/day). I have a Honda XR125L. Today I had an accident. I was driving at 10-20 mph and wanted to break for cars that were standing still. I ...
2
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1answer
111 views

Hyundai Elantra 2001 wont start. Hear sound from the top of the engine when I turn the key on

I changed the battery and let the car sit for a long time since I was out of town. The car wont start now. I hear a clicking noise when I start the car. I opened the hood and I hear the clicking ...

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