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Should I do anything or check anything before starting my push mower after sitting all winter?

I didn't do anything to "winterize" it, but we only had a few stretches of really cold weather (less than 20F) and the majority of the winter was between 20F and 50F. Should I do anything before ...
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Car runs uneven and jerky, but why? (Mazda 626)

I have a Mazda 626 (sedan) -97 and lately its been running uneven and jerky. Have had in in for repairs and changed battery, oil+filter and spark plugs. Still had problems and tried to use a engine ...
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How do you detect and deal with a freon leak?

My heat works great, but my AC is nonexistent. Just blows out normal air, which in this weather is quite hot and unpleasant. I had the freon refilled two years ago, but I haven't used the car in over ...
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If one coil spring needs replacing, do I need to replace both?

I just had my car serviced and they discovered that the front, near side coil spring is "incomplete" and needs replacing. I'm getting conflicting advice about whether I need to replace both front ...
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Ants in my lawn mower engine

Related questions: Are small engines on topic? (meta) Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. With the arrival of Spring, I went to dust off my riding lawn mower. It had been sitting ...
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1answer
604 views

Are automakers required to maintain spare parts infrastructure for 15 years?

Are (U.S.) automakers required to maintain an infrastructure of spare parts for 15-years (in the U.S. or in California)? Reading about the GM EV-1: The EV1's discontinuation ... to avoid ...
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1answer
156 views

Toyota Camry 2000: Odd Coughing when starts

Recently, I notice that my car begins coughing couple minutes after it starts. It have happened since Jan, 2012. First, I thought it might be due to Winter since it is cold weather. However, it ...
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2answers
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2005 Infiniti G35x - squeaky brakes only when backing up slowly

Don't squeak when braking forwards, or braking hard/fast backing up. Only when backing up and lightly pressing on them. Extended squeal, and very loud. Anything I can do?
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Squeaky steering?

Before going off to college, I had my car carefully inspected by a trusted mechanic whom I asked to inform me of any major problems. That is to say, the car has none now. However, I just noticed ...
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1answer
48 views

How do I track down a leak?

During rain, you can feel a small drip on your feet on the passenger side of my 97 Subaru Legacy. How do I find the source of the leak?
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4answers
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How do I know if my car battery is dead?

By mistake, I left the headlights on overnight for my Honda Civic 2008. 24 hours later when I tried to start it, the car would not start and nothing would come on including the internal lights and the ...
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1answer
304 views

safe to drive with coolant system error code

I have an 03 Passat with 1.8t engine I recently purchased. The indicator light went off and reads the error code P2181 which I've read might be the temp sensor, thermostat, or water pump. Is it safe ...
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Audi a4 2007 2.0T boosts but poor performance, fuel economy

My 80,000 mile 2.0TFSI Turbo Audi has lost a lot of performance but no check-engine-light (CEL) or codes. One month ago an independent garage looked at it and did $2200 of work including transmission ...
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1answer
576 views

2006 Corvette Key Fob

I am trying to associate a new key fob with a 2006 Corvette. Accroding to the user's manual it reads: To match a new transmitter to your vehicle when you have a recognized transmitter (two ...
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3answers
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One brake light not working - 2001 Dodge Durango

I have a 2001 Dodge Durango, and the passenger-side brake light will not work, even after replacing the bulb. The bulb that I replaced was obviously burned out. I double-checked the new bulb, and it ...
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What are the critical maintenance items for a new motorcycle?

I have purchased a new motor bike recently. What are the critical maintenance items that I should focus on? For example: Is it true that we should not run new bikes on high rpm for some time? What ...
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What are the advantages of filling nitrogen instead of “normal” air in the car tyres?

As the question says, does filling pure nitrogen has any significant advantages, given the fact that normal air is ~80% nitrogen? Thanks for your time.
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3answers
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How long does a typical car battery survive without recharging?

I sometimes will stay in the car for extended periods with music player, parking lights turned on and engine turned off. I was wondering how long can the car battery survive this load. Should I be ...
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Constant belt squeak

I have a 2002 GMC Sierra 2500HD. The main belt constantly squeaks, it did not start squeaking until after I had my water pump and heater hoses replaced. The shop has replaced the belt 8 times over the ...
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8answers
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1999 Mazda 626 Shakes when Idle

I've got a 1999 Mazda 626 that shakes really badly when idling. It gets a little better when put into neutral, but not much. I've had two people suggest possibilities: Fuel filter Vacuum hose ...
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3answers
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Mazda 3 on acceleration drops engine power

I'm having this problem for some time now. Usually in 2nd (and mostly 3rd) and higher gears, when gas pedal is completely pressed to the end, the car is accelerating, but when it reaches about ...
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1answer
100 views

Usability of Unused Winter Tires

I have not used my winter tires for ten years. They were used only for one winter. Are they still good? Tread is good but has the rubber been affected by long storage?
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3answers
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Typical Stock Boost Values

For an engine that is boosted out of the factory, what are typical maximum and average boost values? Are they conservative in the 5-6 PSI range or do they get more aggressive getting up to 10-15 PSI? ...
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1answer
676 views

Sudden battery drain in brand new Accord

The other day we stopped for lunch for about an hour on a long trip in a 2012 Honda Accord EX-L 4 cylinder. When we came back the battery had drained so much the car had to be jump started. The ...
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1answer
67 views

What are those big plates on both sides of the steam engine?

I would like to know what are those two big plates on both sides of this engine:
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4answers
641 views

Are there any disadvantage to fuel efficient tires?

I'm in need of new tires and I saw some fuel efficient/low rolling resistance tires. Is there any disadvantage to this type of tire?
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1answer
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Car steering wheel question [closed]

When you turn your car steering wheel, does it turn all four wheels or two wheels in front or at the back? How can you learn to steer properly?
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What is an oil catch can for?

Some RX-8 owners have been recommending installing an oil catch can, to prevent problems from "overfilling" the oil. I assume this doesn't mean spillover (does it?), but instead, too much oil in the ...
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1answer
726 views

mitsubishi mirage check engine light

My relative has a Mirage circa 2000 with a "Service engine soon" light. He showed it to his mechanic and he said that he doesn't know what is wrong with it and that the car needs to be taken to the ...
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3answers
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Engine Bogs down with A/C or Defroster On

This started to happen relatively recent. It's 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. What is happening when the engine is idling and I turn the A/C on or the defroster (which also uses the A/C I believe), the ...
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1answer
86 views

Diagnostic, diy repair guides, technical manuals

So I was wondering for a list of good diy diagnostic, repair softwares (not obd). I am aware of Autodata, Vivid and Mitchell on Demand. What else do you know? I am also looking for a software that ...
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10answers
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Honda Accord 2000 V6 intermitently stalls when idling after start. What may cause it?

I have 2000 Honda Accord V6 with 140K miles and which is very well maintained and runs really nicely. However, every once in a while when I start it it would do some erratic rpm changes on idle and ...
2
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1answer
113 views

Crash survival data for old cars

Where can I find a large amount of data on crashes that have happened to answer the question Which old cars (specific models and years) are you most likely to survive a crash in? Obviously you would ...
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3answers
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Approximately how many hours of labour is involved in a clutch replacement

Because the cost of labour varies dramatically from country to country, region to region, city to city and sometime even suburb to suburb it doesn’t make much sense to ask how much the labour portion ...
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1answer
299 views

Can I add an MFD to my VW Polo?

I have a 2004 Polo 9N, very basic (even has wind-up windows!) and was wondering if I could retrofit the MFD that the higher-spec models have? Thanks, Gareth
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How to improve fuel economy in high-mileage car?

I'm driving an 2003 Acura TL 3.2 with 177K miles on it. I bought the car with 110K miles on it. It seems to me that the car is not getting the same fuel economy that it did when I acquired it. I ...
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2answers
572 views

Single Cylinder 4 stroke misfire at idling rpm

I have a Zongshen 200gy-2 bike, that has of late developed a misfire if there is no throttle, like waiting at traffic lights. It has recently been serviced, but the spark plug has not been replaced. ...
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2answers
307 views

Trying to figure out the name of this car part!

I got new tires today and saw that the part that's circled is broken on my car. It looks like it just snapped at the top because part of the bolt appears to still be in whatever the tube is. Anyone ...
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2answers
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07 Honda Odyssey timing belt change interval for “normal” driving conditions?

The owners manual for my 2007 Honda Odyssey seems to indicate that the timing belt should be changed at 60,000 miles for extreme driving conditions. It's not clear what the schedule is for normal ...
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3answers
100 views

improving fuel efficiency in a 96 taurus

I have a 1996 Ford Taurus with less than 200,00km on it I don't want to spend too much on it but want to improve the fuel efficiency on it. I do mostly highway driving with a bit of city driving. ...
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3answers
101 views

What are some typical maintenance things that every owner should do regularily?

Right now I just get a car wash every month, and my oil changed and whatever is included in that. Usually just a quick "inspection". Is there anything else I should be doing for my car? Or also, is ...
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2answers
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What parts are required to replace a clutch?

I've got a 1995 Subaru Legacy Outback. I'm trying to get the best price for a clutch replacement and am putting together a list of all the necessary parts and prices. Can someone give me a list of ...
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1answer
232 views

Fan switch not working

On my 2006 Dodge Ram 1500, my fan switch only has 2 modes now: off and high. On the low and medium settings the fan turns off. Do I just need to replace the switch or is there more to it than that?
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Why don't my wipers clean the windshield very well?

My windshield wipers do not remove all the water from my windshield. In the photos, you can see that there are portions of the windshield that should be cleaned by the wiper, but are not. I’m not ...
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1answer
133 views

How much mpg am I losing with different inflated tires?

I have the front passenger side and rear driver side tires at 34 psi. The other two wheels are around 28. How much is this affecting the mileage on the car? It is a 2004 Cadillac SRX V8, and the ...
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2answers
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Do I need to replace rear differential if it's leaking?

When we got an oil change, he said it's "leaking, but not out of fluid or low". Do we need to do any replacement/maintenance on it, or just wait until it gets worse? How would I check something like ...
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4answers
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Why does my car scream on cold start?

My 1988 Subaru XT6 2.7L engine screams at me on a cold start then it will stop and then do it again when I take it out of park, but then it stops. Also, my car is losing antifreeze. Any ideas why?
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3answers
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Effect of loss of fuel tank vapours on mileage

Are there any estimates available on how much fuel you can expect to lose from a fuel tank that is leaking vapours? Leaking vapours would be caused by cracked/missing evaporative emissions hoses, a ...
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2answers
9k views

Accidentally poured engine oil into the coolant reservoir

My 1990 Mazda 626 leaks oil like a sieve, so I regularly top up the oil. In a moment of stupidity, I opened my radiator cap instead of my oil cap while topping up my engine oil, and poured about ...
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2answers
2k views

Misfire the next morning if car runs only for 15 seconds

So I had this gremlin in my wife's BMW 330i for at least 4 years. The car runs great but once in a while you would start it in the morning and the engine would sound rough with some shaking. After few ...

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