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shop can't connect to onboard diagnostic system?

I've recently moved to California and am trying to get my car registered; they require a smog check (which is possibly actually more of an inspection than the name implies?). I went by a very basic ...
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3answers
668 views

driver's door does not lock when open

I have a 2005 Honda Civic LX. When the driver's door is open, it will not lock if you press the lock button on the remote or use the lock button on the door. Here is what I have noticed about the ...
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4answers
465 views

Oil on driveway: Will a Belly pan be helpful?

My car slowly drips oil from the drain plug and between the tranny and engine, at least, according to the mechanic. An unnecessary 1600$ repair. Do you think a belly pan would be helpful to at least ...
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Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?

Does the act of downshifting to slow your vehicle down have any negative side affects? I don't downshift more than one or two gears at a time and I let out on the clutch slow enough that I don't rev ...
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2answers
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Honda Civic easily overheats with air conditioning on high?

I have a 2005 Honda Civic DX. I drove my car for about 10 minutes, with the air conditioning on the highest/coolest level. I then parked my car in direct sunlight for another 10 minutes, and kept the ...
4
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1answer
450 views

Repetitive manual clutch failure

I've been having problems with my clutch in my manual Skoda Felicia (1997) car. After (usually) some long drives the clutch fails to disengage (forever from that point on) and must be replaced. I had ...
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2answers
156 views

How can I add tension to a motorcycle chain?

I have 2008 Yamaha Scorpio 225, and the chain is looking a bit loose. I've had a good look around, and I really can't find a way to tighten it. Does anyone have any idea where to look? Is there a ...
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1answer
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CEL 12, 21, and 55 on '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee

So, I've pulled the codes from my car based on the helpful information provided here: Check Engine Light on '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee Now, I need just a little help understanding what the codes ...
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1answer
346 views

Comparing v-twin with straight-four engines

This isn't really on-topic for "motor vehicle repair", but I figure it's kinda close. A few months ago, I bought a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 550, which has a straight-four engine. A friend of mine was ...
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2answers
309 views

Any recommendations on vehicle maintenance software for the DIYer?

I currently use a combination of Car Minder for the iPhone - it's only $2.99 but limited functionality - and Excel spreadsheets. Ideally I'm looking for something that will track all service for up ...
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1answer
246 views

Concealing a radar detector [closed]

I've seen some guides online for hard-wiring a radar detector into the electrical system of the car via the moon-roof line or similar. But what about concealing the detector itself. I'd like to ...
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1answer
306 views

Removing Mitsubishi Galant 2000 V6 Engine

How do I remove a Mitsubishi Galant 2000 V6 engine? I have the wires and everything disconnected, but I am not sure if I am supposed to take the transmission off, or just pull it out transmission and ...
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2answers
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Radio Wiring diagrams and/or color codes?

I've got an older Nissan truck (1994) that did NOT come with a factory radio. A previous owner had an aftermarket style radio installed, and the installers used one of these universal radio ...
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1answer
4k views

Check Engine Light on '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee

How do I get Check Engine Light codes (ODB-I) from a '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and where can I look them up?
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3answers
294 views

How can I choose the safest affordable tire available?

I need two new tires on my 1994 Toyota Camry, and I live in Minnesota. I have heard that choosing the right all-season tires can make a big difference for safety in rainy/snowy conditions. Suppose I ...
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1answer
262 views

Install 2003 Honda Civic stereo in 2000 Honda Civic

I replaced the stereo in my car and thus have a spare 2003 Civic stereo. My friend's 2000 Civic stereo is starting to have major problems. Does anyone know if it would be possible to put the spare ...
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5answers
510 views

All weather tires vs winter tires

I have a Honda Civic 2005 Value Package. The tires are worn out. I have moved to a location where there is heavy snow in winter. Are All-Weather Tires helpful or should I buy winter tires in winter ...
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1answer
392 views

small hole in A/C condenser for 98 blazer

I have a 98 chevy blazer 4dr. the A/C system in my truck is brand new, every last part of it. before i got hit, my a/c blew soo cold it was like being in a freezer room. when i got hit, it formed a ...
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2answers
326 views

Will stock tires from a toyota yaris fit a 2004 cavalier

I have a set of stock summer tires from a Toyota Yaris will they fit the stock rims of a 2004 chevy cavalier?
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2answers
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How to test a clutch

I have just bought a second hand car, and I have the feeling that the clutch is worn out. How can I do a quick clutch sanity check ?
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2answers
1k views

Is the vent from the pcv valve back into the air intake really needed?

After working on my car, I didn't bother to reattached the line from the pcv valve into the air intake before testing the motor. It ran normally. This made me question whether I need to even return it ...
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2answers
130 views

Intermittent stall at idle

I have a 98 Saturn sw2 with a recent problem. Two times now it has stalled while idling and when it doesn't stall it floats near 500 rpms (Usually 750 - 950). The first time, it would start and just ...
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1answer
307 views

What factors should I consider when selecting a suspension kit?

I'm in need of new struts, and see that there are many suspension kits available, ranging from around US$100-$200 to close to $2000 for performance/sport suspension packages. What are the advantages ...
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1answer
1k views

Is it possible to use biodiesel in a BMW 335d if I remove the DPF and remap the ECU?

The new (2009-current) BMW 335d sells in the U.S. with a DPF to reduce emissions, but which prevents the use of biodiesel. I've read about people removing the DPF and re-mapping their ECU to get ...
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3answers
626 views

Where can I look to find what kind of oil I should use for my car

Right now I want to change the oil in my 2002 Kia Sedona but I have several cars and I'm never quite sure what kind of oil to use in them. What I'm really looking for is a link to a site that I can ...
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2answers
6k views

What is a suitable air compressor for a home garage?

What type and size air compressor (HP, Tank Size, CFM, direct drive/2 stage... etc) would be suitable for a home garage where I'm going to do small amounts of maintenance but nothing major? So I would ...
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2answers
284 views

How to find out the “serviceability” of a car?

One of my concerns before purchasing a car is how expensive repairs are going to be down the road. For example my car up until recently was a Volvo 850, and the air conditioner didn't work in it; the ...
3
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1answer
2k views

Stripped/broken lug stud

My used 2003 Honda Civic has a broken lug stud on one wheel, which I've still managed to get a nut onto, and a stripped stud on another wheel, which I can't, so I'm driving with 3 out of 4 on one ...
3
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2answers
3k views

Why might SRS indicator light continuously?

After a trip to the beach, the SRS indicator in my 2003 Honda Civic is lit continuously. I don't think I have side airbags. A somewhat wet person sat in the passenger seat, and I moved the driver ...
6
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1answer
524 views

What do i need to know when replacing a valve cover gasket

I have an oil leak from a cracked valve cover gasket that i want to replace myself. I bought the gasket nearly 6 months ago and i am apprehensive at doing it myself without sort of feed back as to ...
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6answers
24k views

Is Prestone “All Makes/All Models” coolant *really* compatible with all models?

My car's manual says to use the blue Honda coolant: Always use Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 [MSDS]. This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. ...
5
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1answer
689 views

Is there a way to tell if a timing belt has been changed without actually changing it?

I had this 2003 Honda Civic checked out by a mechanic before I bought it, and the mechanic said it looked like the timing belt hadn't been changed he couldn't tell if the timing belt had been changed. ...
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3answers
6k views

What would cause a car to lose power a few seconds after starting, then run normally?

I start my 2003 Honda Civic each morning and drive to work. A few hundred feet down the road, the engine will sometimes behave as though it is running out of gas and lose power momentarily. It ...
4
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3answers
957 views

Motorcycle Leaking Fuel (1999 CBR600 F4)

Just fired up my motorcycle after 3 years in storage. Changed the oil and replaced the fuel in the tank. It starts easily. It is leaking fuel from somewhere under the gas tank. The engine has a ...
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1answer
378 views

Aftermarket Glass Run Rubber (for '94 Nissan D21 Truck)

I am searching for the Glass Run Rubber for a 1994 D21 Nissan Truck (what the window rolls up into on the outside of the vehicle door). My local dealership said the factory part numbers are 80335N ...
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4answers
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How far can I drive with 1 gallon too much oil?

I have way too much oil in my Acura TSX. Do I need to take care of it without turning it on or can I drive it to a service station? If I need to do it in place, I don't have the ramps or a pan or ...
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1answer
807 views

How should I go about replacing a windshield washer fluid line

I have just recently found a rather large hole in my windshield washer supply line. So I'm trying to figure out how I am going to repair this. Could I get new tubing and just re-run it? Is this an ...
3
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1answer
1k views

Engine stalls in hot weather

I have this strange problem with my Nissan Sentra 2002(80K miles). When it is about 90 deg F outside and driven more than about 10 miles the engine seems to miss badly(like for e.g. when you run out ...
4
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4answers
733 views

Does the tachometer provide any indication of fuel usage?

So, I'm driving along on the highway with the A/C blasting when I notice the price of gas. It makes me think, "what can I do to increase my fuel efficiency?" Some of the tips I've heard have included ...
3
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2answers
410 views

97 GMC k1500 missing badly. Ignition system problems?

I have a 97 GMC Sierra k1500 with a 305 (5.0L) engine. It seems like every year for a few years now it will suddenly start missing very badly. There will be random misfires on all cylinders almost ...
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1answer
12k views

How do I program a Chevy Malibu Key with chip in it?

I have a '07 Chevy Malibu and would like to know how to program the key. I lost the original, but was able to get a spare from the dealership. I do not want to pay the locksmith $150 to program the ...
7
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5answers
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Reasons for loss of radiator fluid

I've had to top up my car's radiator fluid twice in the last month after discovering that the expansion tank (plastic container where one usually tops up) had completely drained out (roughly a ...
5
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1answer
951 views

How important is it to use a real flare nut wrench when removing the fuel line on an old Ford tractor?

An article on overhauling the carbs on a Ford 8N tractor says to use a flare nut wrench to disconnect the fuel line. How important is it use that kind of wrench, vs. an open ended wrench?
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1answer
398 views

1997 Geo Metro dies after driving for a short time. What next in diagnosing culprit

Back Story: I recently took my Geo Metro on a road trip. 2700 miles of road trip. The first 800 mile nothing happened. Then going up a hill it died, dropped from 75 mph to 55 mph then the engine ...
7
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1answer
204 views

Finding And Fixing A Short

Make: Chevy Model: Cavalier Year: 1993 (old I know) Symptoms Turn signal no longer works. The lights do not come on, and there is no "ticking" sound. New Fuse for signal blows as soon as the car ...
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6answers
4k views

Do I need to torque my spark plugs?

I have never torqued them before on several vehicles that I do tune ups on. I just apply a bit of anti-seize lube and get them "snug" and everything seems to work fine. Should I be using a torque ...
8
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4answers
3k views

How do I select the right oil for my car?

I can give you my cars make and model and the conditions that I drive in, but I'm looking for a general guide to selecting the right oil for a car. I'm not really knowledgable when it comes to cars so ...
5
votes
3answers
672 views

How to ensure nuts holding wheels are properly tightened?

I'll need to help put wheels on a sedan that is currently parked on bricks near a building after some bad guys had stolen previous wheels. I'll likely have only a basic wrench that was shipped with ...
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2answers
249 views

Open the boot (trunk) lid of a 66 Datsun Fairlady (Roadster) when the lock mechanism is broken

I've got a '66 Datsun Fairlady (called a Roadster in the USA) and the locking mechanism on the boot (trunk) is broken. If the correct key is inserted into the lock the mechanism turns but with no ...
7
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3answers
2k views

Good template for keeping maintenance records?

I'm looking for ideas on templates to use to record service for multiple vehicles. Excel is preferred format, but open to all in interest of gathering ideas. Anyone have any templates?

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