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ECU signals to CAN bus

What methods or ideas are out there that can match or change an SR20det ECU's signals or codes in order for a newer CAN bus system to read, for example, the power steering to work as well as the ...
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1answer
84 views

my timing belt is broken and top dead centers (TDC) are off

T-belt on Sienna 2004 was broken. How do I do re-timing for my car both cam-and-crankshafts before installing the t-belt? Thanks
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3answers
445 views

Are recommended tire pressures the same for non-stock tires?

This post on the TireRack blog http://blog.tirerack.com/blog/docs-advice-on-tires/what-is-the-best-tire-pressure-for-my-new-tires recommends that tires be inflated to the vehicle manufacturers ...
4
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4answers
2k views

What does it mean when soot is coming out of my exhaust?

I have a 2001 Jetta Wagon (Golf Variant is caller in my country). Petrol engine. Usually rides school and back (15 miles) with engine between 2000 and 3000 rpm. Just did a 300 mile trip at ...
2
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1answer
62 views

Pioneer Navigation Setup video playback

I have a Pioneer Navigation Setup and it supports only AAC, MP3 and WMV format of videos to play, Now the problem is AAC, MP3 are working fine, but WMV i am unable to figure out how to make it work, ...
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1answer
319 views

Is starting with my automatic transmission in Neutral a good idea? [closed]

I have bought an auto transmission sedan but have no idea how to drive it correctly. All I know is put to D gear, and just drive. I was wondering, is this the right way to use an automatic gearbox? ...
2
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2answers
115 views

Steering feels vague, especially when going over bumps (Mk1 Golf/Rabbit)

There is a little play in the steering and it feels a little vague when making slight turns at speed. I've had an issue with the steering rack attachment before but this seems fine. Could this be ...
4
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1answer
46 views

Toyota Corolla won't start without fiddling with the central locking first

Something's happened recently, and I figured out to start the car, I needed to use the Central locking remote to lock and unlock the car while being inside to turn it on. The button for the remote is ...
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1answer
55 views

Hybrid auto vs convential car …longetivity?

Given that it is driven 12k miles a year ...will an hybrid last as many years as a conventional car (before excessive repairs)....I do not think so because I think that electronics will degrade ...
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1answer
112 views

Hesitation in RPM drop when shifting manual transmission, 2007 Mazda6

I recently said goodbye to a 2002 Mazda Protege that made it to just over 300,000 miles. So naturally I purchased another Mazda - 2007 Mazda6, 5-speed manual, 91k miles. Besides the difference in ...
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0answers
72 views

1983 Mercedes Diesel - Loses Power Over Time

I picked up this car as a gift, and on day one drove it the 370+ miles home. After the first 160 miles or so I noticed that the car was struggling to maintain highway speeds. So I pulled over into a ...
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1answer
40 views

Remove alternator before cleaning

Removed alternator, sprayed brake cleaner inside and out.blew it out with air reinstalled it. works fine. charging at 14.5 volts .dont know how long it will last????? Do you?
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0answers
36 views

Does Ford SYNC 2 resolve unresponsivness issues? [closed]

I've read a lot about My Ford Touch issues with being slow and unresponsive. Does Sync 2 resolve those errors?
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0answers
93 views

2009 Kia Rio Radio seems to not be able to get a signal (no sound)

I have a 2009 Kia Rio. Recently the car radio stopped working. The unit powers on, all the buttons/display seem to work normally, but the radio scans for a station with no sound. No, static, nothing. ...
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1answer
58 views

New oval car speakers.Which size?

i want to buy new oval speakers for the rear side of my car.But i'm having trouble figuring out which one to buy.The car came with the holes and ready cables for the speakers but without them.The hole ...
3
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1answer
182 views

How can one calculate volumetric efficiency without a MAF sensor?

I am completely new in the field of OBD2 sensor; I am looking for a method (or a formula) to calculate Volumetric Efficiency of: Diesel Car Petrol Car which do not have a MAF sensor. Can anyone ...
2
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2answers
124 views

Is there any protective sealant or bladder within a motorcycle tank?

I am learning metal work and will one day build my own motor cycle tank. Do these have any internal sealing or bladder?
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1answer
423 views

Manual Transmission- Can bad shifting destroy transmission

Been driving a car with a manual transmission for 6 years. I never had to replace the clutch but the transmission recently blew up on me. I was aware that my car was leaking transmission fluid for ...
3
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1answer
193 views

1995 Yamaha virago 535 Fuel pump problem

On my 1995 Yamaha virago 535, why does the fuel pump click 10 or so times before trying to start? I've replaced the fuel pump and fuel pump relay. It still has the clicking issue and will not start. ...
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0answers
240 views

Which is the best / most reliable car automatic gearbox technology for frequent climb mountain [closed]

Today we have in the market so many car with different types of automatic gearbox system, produced by many manufactures, like ZF, Getrag, Aisin... producing from conventional automatic gearbox, to ...
1
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1answer
77 views

Power Steering Only Works on Left Turns

I just bought a restoration project, and I'm having trouble diagnosing a problem with the car. It's a 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie with a 289. It has power steering, which works, but only when you turn the ...
1
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1answer
89 views

What's the best alternative to carnauba wax for coating a winshield under extreme heat conditions?

I was watching a ChrisFix video talking about making the winshield very clean. He notes that he likes using carnauba wax after fully cleaning the winshield glass with cleaner and clay. However, ...
3
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0answers
105 views

2003 Tarago with Headunit 16069 want to change language from japanese to english

Bought a Toyota 2003 tarago with the following head unit , just taking a chance to see if someone out there knows how to change the language from japanese to english. I only have a Japanese manual ...
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2answers
66 views

Oil on radiator cap what could be the cause for that?

I have recently discovered that there is oil on the radiator cap. I am driving a Toyota corolla with 4A engine which is automatic. What could be the cause for that?
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2answers
92 views

Headlight sealant?

So a year ago the headlights on my ten year old car started going yellow and opaque. Ive often heard you can clear that up with toothpaste. So I gave it a shot and it worked perfectly. My ...
2
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2answers
125 views

How do I flush out bad smells in my air conditioning? [duplicate]

My car seems to have a pretty bad smell in the air conditioning. WHat is the best way to flush out these smells?
1
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1answer
69 views

Does 5w-20 synthetic engine oil provide better resistance to heat than 0w-20 synthetic engine oil?

I read a comment on a Youtube video about doing an oil change for a 2012 Honda Civic. The recommended oil type for a '12 Civic is a 0w-20 synthetic oil. However, the youtube posted a comment ...
4
votes
1answer
33 views

Weird charging issue

I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey that I changed the battery on about a month ago. I was a little paranoid that I might also have a charging problem so I've been keeping a little voltmeter plugged into the ...
3
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1answer
117 views

Switched battery terminals when installing, 2008 Chevy Cobalt

2008 Chevy Cobalt LS I was installing a charged battery and accidentally put the positive wire on the negative terminal and then as soon as I touched the negative wire to the positive terminal I ...
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4answers
12k views

I drove with my Parking Brake on for 30 mins: should I be worried?

Yesterday, I was driving my car for about 30 minutes on the highway at speeds of up to 60 mph. I felt my brakes weren't really working and looked down to notice my emergency brake had been on the ...
4
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3answers
132 views

What car has a hood badge with T in an Elipse with a slash through it? [closed]

Today I spotted a car with a hood badge I didn't recognize (actually it was on the grille but grille badge sounds wrong). The badge was a broad ellipse with a T inside it, and a diagonal slash ...
3
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1answer
136 views

Does it cause wear on a clutch if it's partially engaged, but in neutral?

Just wondering if it causes any wear engaging/disengaging the clutch if you're in neutral.
4
votes
3answers
126 views

How would a bad barometric reading affect gas mileage?

My wife drives an '08 Hyundai Azera Limited 3.8L with ~79k miles. Over the past few months she has been complaining that the gas mileage has gone down. Normal around town driving was getting us ~19.6 ...
3
votes
1answer
39 views

Diagnosis: Gasoline leak

My grandmother has a 2002 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.5L. Observations: It is leaking gasoline fumes (not liquid; that I have found) after running the vehicle for some time and for about 30 mins to an hour ...
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votes
2answers
331 views

Would a non-turbo diesel perform better in high altitudes than a comparable gasoline engine?

I live close to the Rocky Mountains and drive into them quite often. I have a small naturally-aspirated four-banger that tends to lose a very noticeable amount of power getting into the higher ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Low-side and high-side pressures lower than expected after AC repair

I just did my first automotive AC repair, after the compressor in my 2004 Lancer 2.0 ate itself, cracked its casing, and blew all the refrigerant out. I think I did the repair & recharge ...
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1answer
80 views

Drive no longer works on my Chrysler 300

I have 2006 300 Chrysler v-6 Hemi engine AWD 6 cylinder. I went to start my car this morning, put it in drive, but it wouldn't go. Then I put it in reverse and it would drive back as well as neutral. ...
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1answer
235 views

Changed alternator in '05 Altima, now it won't start

The alternator went bad a couple of months ago. I replaced it and the car started and ran fine. During a road trip on Tuesday, the battery and brake dummy lights flashed intermittently and eventually ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

ATV engine does not start well

I have a chinese ATV with an engine copied from an ~2006 Honda Foreman 400 (a very simple 1 cylinder 400cc carburetor based engine). It's an exact copy with regards to parts. However it does not start ...
4
votes
2answers
275 views

Loosening stuck power steering hoses

I'm trying to replace the power steering hose in a 2005 Honda Odyssey. It doesn't seem like it would be too difficult a job except for removing the line from the steering box. I've got a Craftsman ...
2
votes
0answers
45 views

My 1992 Volvo 940 Turbo won't Accelerate [closed]

It will start, idle, rev up to 6,000 RPM in park or neutral but as soon as you put it in gear and step on the accelerator it dies or chugs ? PS: Limp mode does the same !
3
votes
2answers
935 views

How to simulate that automatic-engine stop feature?

I have a brand new Honda Vezel (Japanese market only). It has this fanciful but useless and nuisance feature that shuts down the engine when I come to a stop and automatically restarts the engine ...
2
votes
1answer
79 views

2002 4Runner - Smell of fuel by drivers side

I smell fuel off the drivers side wheel well of my 2002 4runner. My check engine light is on and I changed my gas cap. The lights went out and back on. I think it's the connection. It has a cover ...
1
vote
2answers
43 views

03 Pontiac Grand Am won't start

I was driving the car today oil light came on went 1 mile to store and got oil but was only 1 qt low put it in had about 3 miles to go got one mile when it died again pushed it to the house now it ...
3
votes
1answer
87 views

BMW radiator problems

My radiator is spewing water when it is shut down. No hoses are leaking. Comes out of the bottom of the BMW and there isn't any over heating that the gauge shows.Can I still drive it if I fill the ...
2
votes
1answer
673 views

engine light is blinking now

My car had no oil in it. I went and got the oil changed, and it was running better .I filled the gas tank up and then all of a sudden the engine light started blinking and it did not have power ,like ...
4
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2answers
118 views

Car won't start until days later

I have a 1998 Honda Accord with 158k miles on it. This problem started over a month ago now. After parking my car over night, I get to my car only to find out that it won't start. After 2 days, it ...
7
votes
1answer
397 views

Why the different the colors of terminal corrosion on the battery?

I have a 2001 Ford Windstar. When I went to clean the battery terminals: the one with the RED cover over it was a bright blue color; the other had normal white corrosion. I do not know why the this ...
9
votes
5answers
935 views

How to become a self-taught amateur mechanic?

I'm a computer systems engineer (we did a lot of embedded systems and some electrical at university) and I own a Suzuki SV650S. I am considering doing several upgrades to it (e.g. replacing the front ...
2
votes
2answers
367 views

Erratic Oil pressure in a 2005 Chev 2500HD with 6 litre gas engine

Bought truck in April. about one month later oil pressure would drop to zero and warning message would display Low Oil pressure and warning chimes would go off. Local GM dealer tested with mechanical ...

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