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2010 dodge ram 1500 reg./E-85

I let my wife put gas in the car and she thought it was E-85. But she put eco-diesel gas (only) 5.00 dollars worth so my guess maybe 2 gallons now my truck smokes a lot and wants to shut off. I bought ...
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231 views

Are there downsides to making an accessory socket always live, if accessories are removed when not in use?

In some cars, the power line from the battery to the accessory outlet (aka cigarette lighter socket) is always live. In others, it's off until ignition. It seems pretty much random which cars are ...
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1answer
116 views

Premium vs. regular in medium compression engines

We probably all know that using premium grade gasoline in a low compression engine (less than 9.5:1) is nothing but a waste of money, but what about medium compression engines with a compression ratio ...
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1answer
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2001 Clio Leaky Roof - Sunroof issue?

Driving on the motorway at the weekend I discovered a leak in the ceiling of my '51 plate Clio. The leak is located roughly an inch forwards from where the passenger sunshade sits when stowed. Its ...
6
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2answers
598 views

How to replace front fog light housing on a Corsa C 2005

I need to replace my front fog light housing before my MOT as it's completely ruined. What is the best way to do this? DO I need to take the entire bumper off? The image below is what I'm ...
4
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1answer
104 views

In the US, how do I tell if a car is in good condition?

Say I am planning to buy a used car in the US. How do I judge the car is in good condition? Are there a specific set of documents I should ask for? What are the tests I can conduct before deciding ...
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How to use an engine stand

This is one thing which I have asked many times on a car forum and never received a satisfactory response for. I know that the engine block is somehow bolted onto an engine stand like the one ...
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0answers
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Fiat Siena EL 2001 was starting but jerking very bad whist running [closed]

Fiat Siena EL 2001 model It has a starting problem, I'm really desperate to get it running again, please help. The car was starting and running but was jerking very bad when in 2nd gear. The ...
5
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1answer
64 views

Replaced a ton of parts - grey/white/black exhaust smoke and funny noise persist

I've replaced my Corsa Bakkie's cylinder head, changed plugs & oil, cleaned the petrol pump, replaced everything that I could. There is still a funny noise (like the sound when you put a card at ...
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173 views

Cold temperatures and tire pressure light

I have 2013 Nissan Rogue. I live in Toronto, Canada, so it is very cold here right now. I understand that cold temperatures can cause the tire pressure light to come on, but will it actually affect ...
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2answers
559 views

Two-Stroke Diesel Engine - Do they use forced induction on them?

As I have indicated before, I'm very diesel ignorant. I just know the basics, very basics. In a two-stroke diesel engine using forced induction seems necessary but at the same time I see challenges. ...
8
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2answers
211 views

Mazda B3000 (Ranger) Truck takes several tries to start?

I have a 2002 Mazda B3000 (essentially a Ford Ranger) that almost never starts on the first attempt. Usually it takes 2 or 3 tries before the car finally turns over. Each time I hold in the crank I ...
6
votes
1answer
178 views

Two-Stroke vs. Four-Stroke Diesel Engines - What is most commonly used in heavy vehicles?

I am not well versed in diesel engines. To prove my point, I've learned in the last month that a two-stroke diesel engine actually exists. My Question. What kind of diesel engine (four-stroke or ...
9
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1answer
117 views

What is Lobe Separation Angle (LSA)?

What is Lobe Separation Angle (LSA) and how is it used in camshaft design? How is it measured? What difference does a long or short LSA make?
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1answer
173 views

What is the average radiator capacity on 6 cylinder engines?

Yesterday I drained the radiator on a 99 Monte Carlo. Owner's manual states that it should take 11.6 quarts (2.85 gallons). I removed the petcock, flushed the system by running a hose into the top ...
4
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1answer
50 views

2004 V8 LT Chevy Suburban No Heat at Idle

I have a 2004 Chevy Suburban that had no heat in the front or rear at idle. I found this mechanics stack exchange article, discovered I was low on coolant and now I have heat in the front when idle ...
3
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1answer
39 views

1998 Nissan Sentra transmission

Why does a 1998 Nissan Sentra Automatic transmission change to neutral from reverse while going downhill? This just started a couple of weeks ago. The engine shut off the first couple of times it ...
8
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4answers
969 views

Is control module voltage and battery voltage the same?

Is the Control Module Voltage (from OBD Mode 01 PID 42) and battery voltage the same? If not, what is the relation between them? Why is the max value of Control Module Voltage (from OBD Mode 01 PID 42)...
10
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1answer
654 views

How to detect engine/ignition (on/off) status using OBD2?

My device needs to know when a car engine/ignition is started and stopped. Is it possible to get that status using OBD2? If yes, which PID will give me that information? Do I need to write any car-...
4
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1answer
71 views

New Case - Watered the battery and got rust on one of the engine pipe

I bought new car and I added battery water to level. But some spilled on the engine and one of pipe got effected and it has rust on it. I went to mechanic, he told me to apply diesel on it. I did, ...
7
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2answers
183 views

Normal Operating Temp for an Automatic Transmission

While I was able to find information on testing the ATF temperature sensor in the GF4A-EL manual I've got: I was unable to find any info on the normal operating temperature of the transmission. I'...
6
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2answers
183 views

AirbBag and 4x4 light is on after changing BMW X3 battery. Why?

After I changed my BMW X3 2008 battery at home the 4x4 and AirBag light is on. Any ideas why? Some people claim that changing BMW x3 battery is not straight forward, however, they don't explicitly ...
8
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1answer
447 views

Is it possible to auto close the power window of a car using OBD and CAN bus?

I am not an electrical or automobile engineer, so pardon my ignorance. I found this product in the market to auto close power windows for certain brands. How can we send signals to the CAN bus using ...
5
votes
1answer
200 views

I used 0W-30 instead of 0W-20. Is it serious?

I have a Nissan Sentra 2014. I wanted to start using full synthetic oil, and the manual said I should use 0W-20. I changed both the oil and the filter (I used this one), and after finishing I realized ...
6
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4answers
231 views

Cheap vs Expensive Fuels [closed]

What is the difference between the cheapest fuels in a place like Tesco's and the 'high quality', highly priced competitors? Is there actually any noticeable difference in available power, engine ...
9
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1answer
206 views

What exactly are fuel trims?

What is meant by the term "fuel trim"? Why are they so important in diagnosing engine operation issues? How do short-term fuel trims differ from long-term fuel trims?
5
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2answers
75 views

2004 VW Passat B5 Peculiar Engine Noise

Recently I have noticed that whilst driving there is a very high pitched whining coming from the front of the car. On closer visual inspection with the engine running I opened the bonnet to try to ...
6
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2answers
453 views

2005 Honda Accord 4cyl revving idle when warm

My 2005 Honda Accord I4 is idling fine when cold but once warm it begins "revving" on its own between 1200-2000RPM at about 0.5Hz. The vehicle initially threw a DTC P0507 ("Idle Air Control System RPM ...
3
votes
0answers
44 views

Break-in engine [duplicate]

I am going to buy new car Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (Model: MBS MT 4x4). I've heard stories of people 'breaking in' engines for the first few hundred or couple thousand kilometers using methods such as: ...
8
votes
2answers
516 views

Fiat Punto Wont Start. Fuel Light & Three warning lights flashing

My Fiat Punto 1.2 Year 2000 MK2 (I believe) will not start. The engine turns over but the car won't start. The fuel light is flashing and petrol gauge says empty which isn't the case. There are three ...
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4answers
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When does it make sense to replace a camshaft?

Preamble (Rant) I was reviewing this question in which the OP presents a repair quotation that includes replacing the "intake camshaft" to fix an engine that had overheated. To me this ...
4
votes
1answer
25 views

Intermittent fault with engine start inhibitor on Citröen C3

I have a Citroen C3 Exclusive semi-automatic. The problem is that you need to put some pressure on the brake pedal before you can start the engine. I have just had home start who didn't listen to a ...
5
votes
1answer
55 views

What Engine/Transmission combinations am I restricted to with a Ford 9" Rear-end?

If using a Ford 9" Rear-end in a hotrod build, am I limited to specific engine and transmission combinations?
3
votes
1answer
365 views

VW Passat B5 EPC Light on Dashboard

There is a yellow light on my dash that says 'EPC'. I have no idea what this could mean on my car as I haven't noticed any difference in the way it drives, nor are there any unusual sounds other than ...
7
votes
2answers
769 views

2004 VW Passat B5 Cigarette Lighter Broken - Common Problem

The problem I have been having with my VW Passat was that my cigarette lighter was not working in the car. It is the only one in the main part of the car (there is another one in the boot) and it ...
6
votes
2answers
819 views

VW Passat B5 Rear Door Central Locking Issue - Door Lock Actuator Replacement

My 2004 VW Passat has an issue where the nearside rear door will not always open when the corresponding button is pressed on the car key. When the other doors are unlocked, the faulty door makes an ...
4
votes
3answers
171 views

2003 Toyota Avalon hard to start in cold weather

It is very hard to start when it is cold. Below 50 degrees. What could it be? This is a 2003 Toyota Avalon XL. Like it is laboring making all sorts of rattling noise. Yesterday when it was about 49 ...
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votes
1answer
56 views

Power cuts out when I wiggle positive battery terminal [closed]

Power cuts out when I wiggle positive battery terminal right when I wiggle it left power comes back on megane 225 please help when I put foot on accelerator it feels like I'm being g pushed backwards ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

2000 Vw passat 1.8l oil is in radiator

I have a 2000 VW Passat GLS 1.8l and it has oil in the radiator reservoir. and my Oil light says oil compression low. i flushed the radiator and found oil in it again, (the radiator overflow) it ...
7
votes
1answer
214 views

What should one do to reduce the HP lost at the wheels on an automatic transmission?

I have a 1990 Toyota Supra Turbo 4 speed auto. I've done some research about automatic transmissions and manual transmissions and what are the positives and negatives of each. (For example, MT is said ...
5
votes
2answers
165 views

Should I avoid hard braking when I've changed my discs and pads?

I had my brake pads and discs changed a few days ago. Should I make any changes to my driving style to "run them in" or anything, like not braking hard, or avoiding prolonged breaking?
5
votes
1answer
191 views

Multiple issues with AUX input (Mazda 3 2007)

I experience a bunch of problems with my 2007 Mazda 3's electrical system: The most annoying issue is that I hear [a rather loud] engine noise when I connect a phone to the AUX (3.5mm audio jack) ...
10
votes
2answers
129 views

Why Have More Than One IAC Type Device On an Engine?

I've had two Mazda's, a 97 323 and 98 626. On both these car's engines there was only a single IAC mounted on top of the throttle body, and no other device for adding air flow on the intake side. ...
7
votes
1answer
54 views

Gasoline grade manufacturer recommends vs what was used during testing

Toyota recommends to use regular(87) grade of gasoline, but tested cars with the gasoline grade 91(see user manual). Somebody know why they recommend to use grade 87 if they did not tested cars with ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

How can I improve water flow within this diagram? [closed]

I'm hoping I'm asking this in the right place. I'm trying to determine how I can improve the water flow within a project I'm working on. The flow starts out at the large water pump on the bottom ...
3
votes
1answer
69 views

Car won't start but battery is new

I have a 2000 Opel corsa b and I stalled it today, the lights started flickering and clicking, I tried to start it about 15 minutes after this but it won't start and lights keep flickering and ...
6
votes
2answers
223 views

RPMs jump to 2500 when clutch is disengaged or transmission put in neutral

Good morning all. I drive an 05 Chevy Cavalier, 2.2L, 5-spd manual trans. Lately I've been having issues which I am told is throttle related. As I'm driving for a little bit (time varies) I go to ...
11
votes
1answer
150 views

How does one use a chain press to remove a motorcycle chain?

I recently found out about this tool from this answer. I'm interested in understanding the steps involved in using this tool to remove/install motorcycle chains. Also, would it be possible to use ...
10
votes
2answers
525 views

2007 Hyundai Elantra - Car beep when I lock the door no longer working

I got in a minor accident the other day. Cosmetically my hood was a little crumpled and the grill cracked. Functionally the only thing not working is the wireless lock beeping feature. Is this ...
7
votes
2answers
117 views

Battery and Alternator Pass Test - 2003 Mustang GT

I have a 2003 Ford Mustang GT, I had the battery tested and it will take a jump and start up so naturally I am thinking the alternator is bad. I take the alternator out and have it tested 3 times and ...

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