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Why should the fuel petcock valve be turned to “Off” position when not using the vehicle?

It’s mentioned in the user manual of my motorbike, that when not using the vehicle, I should turn the petrol tap (the one that has three positions “On”, “Off” and “Reserve”) to “Off” position. I don’t ...
3
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1answer
139 views

Brake lights on '94 Honda Prelude stuck on

All 3 brake lights on my Prelude seem to be permanently stuck on. This occurs all of the time - the lights stay on even if there is no key in the ignition. I've had to disconnect the battery. Would ...
3
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1answer
1k views

2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Fails to Start and Electronics Go Awry

My mother-in-law drove over this morning to pick up my wife, and when they tried to leave the car wouldn't start. Not only that; the horn honked, the wipers started, the trunk popped open, and the ...
8
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3answers
2k views

Can my tire blowout be attributed to a lower speed rating?

Yesterday I had a tire blowout. When I visited a tire shop (Costco Tire Center) afterward, the person there told me that my tires are under-rated for my vehicle. My vehicle is a Honda Accord 2002, ...
2
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2answers
376 views

EVAP System or faulty CEL?

I drive a 4 cylinder 2001 Honda Accord LX and recently my check engine light turned on. The code was for the EVAP system, but I was wary of having it repaired immediately. I see 3 problems with a ...
3
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1answer
476 views

2000 Grand AM GT engine and electric cut out randomly while driving

My Grand Am is cutting off randomly while driving. I have not been able to purposely reproduce the problem, which makes diagnosis difficult. I am looking for any advice in diagnostics, or parts to ...
3
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1answer
2k views

Adjust window end position?

I have a Toyota Yaris Verso (2000) and one of the screws holding the driver-side window fell out. As a result, the scissor mechanism of the motorized window adjuster was bent slightly before I was ...
4
votes
2answers
569 views

Remote Starter/Bypass Module Issue - 1999 Buick Regal [Viper 4103XV and XpressKit PLJX Bypass]

I have a 1999 Buick Regal that I installed a Viper 4103XV remote starter [3/4 installed, anyway :)] and XpressKit PLJX bypass module in. I've yet to be able to get it to start consistently is the #1 ...
5
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2answers
854 views

Changed radiator, now have misfiring?

I have a 1996 Nissan Altima. I had to change my radiator recently because it developed some cracks on the top of the tank and I would have to refill the tank every few days. When I changed the ...
2
votes
1answer
703 views

2003 Honda CR-V AWD - intermittently Flashing Drive light

My Wife's 2003 Honda CR-V's Drive light in the cluster occasionally starts flashing. The manual states that this means that the transmission requires service, but it doesn't do it all the time, and ...
3
votes
1answer
260 views

How do I install a shoulder belt if it already has a lap belt?

Have a classic car with a bench that only has a lap belt. Instead of replacing the whole belt system (newer 3 point seat belt), are there any options to install just the upper body restraint, in ...
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3answers
407 views

If I can feel the difference between two-wheel and four-wheel drive, am I imagining it?

My SUV (Mitsubishi Outlander Elegance automatic) has the ability to switch between four-wheel and front-wheel drive at any time during operation with a little dial next to the handbrake. I feel that ...
5
votes
2answers
232 views

What is this? Hanging out of my wiring, with yellow wrapping - a testing port maybe?

Can you explain what this yellow thing is?
4
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2answers
1k views

What is the correct/factory wiring for a Suburban 1998 battery/alternator?

I have included a picture showing what I have now on this Suburban. Note that there is wiring not shown in the picture which is a second electrical connection to the positive side of the battery ...
2
votes
2answers
773 views

Is alternator rating at pulley rpm or engine rpm?

I just got a new alternator for my jeep that says 160amps at 2k rpm. Is this rating for the pulley rpm on the alternator - or is it the rpm of the engine? Also, if the pulley is spinning slower than ...
1
vote
1answer
558 views

Alloy wheel corrosion damage - do I need new wheels?

After the last couple of winters, my alloy wheels are getting quite corroded, and one of them has large flakes of the surface missing, and almost a bubbling effect in the metal. I have read on ...
1
vote
1answer
153 views

Polycarb or Polystyrene for vacuum molding?

I am working on making some projector headlights for my car. I would like to vacuum mold some plastic for the external cover to protect the lenses and housing from rocks and debris. I have made a ...
4
votes
2answers
317 views

Identify cause of tire wear inside of rim

This past week, the owner of my former car came to me with this problem: The tire is new and was mounted after she purchased the car from me. It has worn some inside of the bead. The tire was ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

Does idle RPM increase when there is heavy load on the electrical system?

I am thinking about installing a 500w halogen (HDX brand) on the roll bar in my jeep as the dome light because often I work in the back when it is dark or when I would like more light. The 500w light ...
1
vote
1answer
463 views

Motorcycle: increasing choke kills engine

My bike struggles to idle on cold mornings. No issue there: I just open the choke till it warms. However, I must do this ever so slowly and delicately otherwise the engine cuts out. I find this odd as ...
1
vote
1answer
121 views

What does “washed out” mean, in terms of headlights?

I have been doing research for retrofitting my headlights to HID and projectors. On different forums people are talking about how 55w ballasts tend to wash out the color of the bulbs. What would a ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

My car wasn not accelerating and finally come to stop

I have chevy lumina 1991. The motor is very clean and looks like and used to work like a brand new car. However, these days since I was getting broke , I had to wait till my gas meter is very low and ...
2
votes
1answer
988 views

Why is my exhaust pipe so rusty?

I think all cars exhaust pipes get very rusty after not very long. Why is that? I know that the pipe gets extremely hot, but how come that makes it rust more than any other part of the car?
4
votes
1answer
614 views

Windshield wipers worked intermittently then quit altogether

The wipers on my 2000 Mazda Protege recently quit working. It wasn't an all-of-a-sudden thing, though. Every so often over the last few weeks they would stop for a few seconds, then start again. ...
3
votes
4answers
643 views

Suzuki Access stops running during rains

My Suzuki Access stops running even when there is very little rain or when there is very little water in the roads. Every time when I take it to the mechanic, there is water logged inside the air ...
5
votes
2answers
7k views

RPM fluctuation while idling

I have a 2003 Ford Explorer that hasn't been idling well lately. It normally idles around 800 or 900 rpms, but lately it will slow down to 400 or 500, then burst up to 1100 and repeat the process ...
5
votes
3answers
8k views

Stubborn oil drain plug caused by hot oil?

I'm trying to change the engine oil but running into difficulties removing the oil drain plug. One of the instructions I followed to change the engine oil was to give the car a short drive prior to ...
1
vote
1answer
278 views

Are cabin air car filters a standard size?

I'm aiming to replace my 2010 Civic's air filter. While looking online to see what stores have it, I noticed that none of the stores bother to mention the size/dimensions of the air filter. The only ...
4
votes
3answers
3k views

2003 Toyota Camry power seat will not move forward?

I have a 2003 Toyota Camry and in the last week the seat has locked all the way at the back. If I move the switch to move it to the front the seat will move about 1/4" and stop, and it will also move ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Defogger won't work in 2008 Chrysler 300

As winter is now here a functional defogger is a requirement yet this year my car won't defog no matter what I try. All vents in the car are functional and blow whatever is pumped through them (eg I ...
5
votes
2answers
813 views

How do you set side mirrors?

In a passenger car with 3 mirrors (rear-view and 2 side mirrors), how do you set your side mirrors so as to see as much as possible?
2
votes
1answer
349 views

1996 Chevy Tahoe Won't Start

My Tahoe won't turn over. There are no clicking sounds. Lights will turn on. Nothing happens when I turn the key.
4
votes
1answer
326 views

Diagnosing Cruise Control Problems

I have an aftermarket cruise-control system which only somewhat works in a 2005 Ford Focus. By this I mean that it controls the speed but is largely inaccurate (+/- at least 10mph). Going up/down ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Dashboard lights are dim?

We own a 2011 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GTV. We noticed that the dashboard lights were dimmer than normal. What could possibly cause this? Would replacing the battery fix this?
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votes
2answers
378 views

How to detect a failing car alternator..?

Is there some way we can predict that the car alternator is about to fail in order to avoid a discharged battery situation on the road.. Although it will slow the sound of horn and will dim the ...
6
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2answers
1k views

2004 Ford Focus engine cover would not budge after all screws are removed

I have a 2004 Ford Focus SE 2.0L. There’s some oil leak on the engine. A mechanic told me it could be the engine valve gasket being cracked (the car is pretty old and never had a valve gasket change). ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Ignition switch or starter issues?

I have a 2004 ford f350 diesel and some very perplexing problems: The ignition won't turn over the starter yet the lights shut off when engaged (usually means the ignition switch is ok) but also the ...
3
votes
3answers
159 views

Is there any safe way to buy a used car and have it shipped to me?

I'm looking to buy a used car that is somewhat uncommon in the combination of year, make, model, trim package, etc. I found a car that I would like to buy but it is a 17-hour car ride away (one way). ...
4
votes
2answers
183 views

Audi A6 : brighter reversing lights?

On my 2007 A6 the reversing lights are very feeble, enough to make it quite difficult to reverse in my own driveway in the dark. I understand that I can't simply use higher-wattage bulbs or LED ...
6
votes
2answers
362 views

Do I have to change my speedometer setting if I get larger tires?

I bought a jeep with very small tires (not sure the exact size). I recently bought a new pair of tires that are probably 2 or 3 inches larger radius. Do I have to update my jeep so the speed is ...
7
votes
2answers
18k views

Heater blows cold air at idle

I have 2006 VW beetle with the 2.5L engine. Once the engine has warmed to operating temperature, and I am driving it around, the heater works great. As soon as I stop at a red light, or am idling for ...
2
votes
1answer
282 views

2010 Mercury Milan Headlight alignment

Is there any way to adjust the vertical alignment of the headlights on my Milan? The driver's side headlight shines up too high. Also, there is a dark spot in the middle of the beam. Could these two ...
3
votes
1answer
252 views

Pontiac Aztek 2004 Oil Leak

There is some leaking underneath the engine. My guess is that it's an engine oil leak. Do you think I'm correct? From your experience, what is a good place to start looking for the leak? Thank you!
6
votes
4answers
25k views

Sputtering while driving & idling

[My car: 2004 Mazda 3] So, my wife came home from running some errands and told me the check-engine light was on and that the car was sputtering and felt like it was going to stall while stopped at ...
0
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0answers
174 views

Moped bike motor problem carburetor

I have tried many technicians but none have solved my problem. I had problems in the past past, but one day my bike started to make a noise while opening the throttle when cold after about 50km/h ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

How to prevent body damage and rust from salted roadways?

I bought a used 2001 Toyota Camry this past summer. Overall it's in great shape, and I presently see no rust. Living in Wisconsin, we use salt pretty liberally to deal with snowy and icy roadways. ...
3
votes
1answer
667 views

Help setting up Bi-Xenon lights with h4 wiring

I am doing one of the oh-so controversial HID retrofits - I got myself I nice pair of projectors and bulbs (I am using cheep ballasts until I have the money for some nice OEM ones). The projectors I ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Brake lights, but no tail lights

I've got a 2001 WJ 4.0, The right brake light wasn't working, so I installed a new bulb, but I must have done something in the process because now all my brake lights work but I have no running ...
4
votes
1answer
4k views

Can the starter be bad even if the solenoid appears to work?

2004 Honda Odyssey. Car won't start. Turn the key, lights come on, all dash comes on, normal beep noises. No bad engine light or anything. Solenoid engages. One click only. Turn off car, ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Replacing a Ford Focus electric power steering pump

The electric power steering pump in our 2006 Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi 5 Door Hatchback (this is a UK car) has failed and I plan to replace this myself. The part in question looks like this: According to ...

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