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Fixing wheel runout after “detour” through ditch

I recently took a detour through a ditch on the way to work. There was a lot of snow there which made itself known - my car and it got along pretty well but as far as I'm concerned, they need to ...
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2answers
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Hissing Sound when Turning Sharp

I drive a 1980 Jeep CJ-7, and I've noticed when I turn the wheel sharply to the left or right, I can hear a hissing sound. It seems to be coming from the engine compartment/end of the steering column ...
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3answers
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why do engines have so much unused horsepower?

I've looked at the power rating of an engine used in a Humvee (5500 lbs) and was surprised it's only ~190 horsepower, which is exceeded by many 4 door sedans. So an obvious question is why doesn't my ...
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3answers
236 views

Honda Odyssey engine cut out

I have a 1997 Honda Odyssey automatic, it stopped running in the middle of the road and when I tried starting it again it made a loud whining sound, then I turned the key off and tried again and it ...
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1answer
539 views

Is it possible to automatically lock the doors when my Santa Fe is shifted from park?

I'm working on a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. I'd like to get the doors to lock when the vehicle is shifted from park, and unlock when the vehicle is shifted to park. There is an indicator on the dash that ...
3
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1answer
56 views

Dealing with deposits on salt flats/mines

I am planning to visit Bonneville Salt Flats in a few weeks, and wanted to take my bike out for a spin there. Not breaking any speed records, you see, just for fun, and the sense of history, so to ...
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3answers
2k views

Does the Timing Chain Need to be Replaced on the 2008 Toyota Sequoia at 90,000 Miles?

The service manual that came with my vehicle recommends replacing the timing belt at 90,000 miles. It has a note at the bottom of the page though that this is for the 2uz-fe engine only. Apparently ...
5
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1answer
156 views

How to know whether a Lexus rx450h qualifies for California Emissions standards?

I'm looking at a 2012 Lexus rx450h but will be moving to one of the states (Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, ...
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1answer
434 views

Why are copper washers required on banjo fittings?

Why are copper washers required on banjo fittings? Why do they need to be replaced each time you remove/loosen the banjo fitting? I'm assuming that copper is a softer metal than bronze, brass ...
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5answers
55k views

Oil in the radiator, but no coolant in the oil

The car is a '98 Buick Lesabre with the 3800 engine and about 170k miles. It appears as though some oil was in the radiator, but I haven't seen any signs of coolant in the oil. The water pump recently ...
3
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2answers
2k views

Trunk lid release

I own a 2005 Ford Focus 4-door sedan. The button on the FOB and button on the dashboard to open the trunk no longer works. I can hear a click inside the car when I push the button. It started about 6 ...
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1answer
870 views

My car stereo does not save radio station presets

I have a 2005 Honda Accord with original radio. The problem is that it doesn’t save any radio station presets. Well, sometimes it does, it seems like when the engine is hot and I program the stations ...
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1answer
737 views

How to use BG Fuel Injection System Cleaner?

Recently, after a periodic servicing visit for my car (which has a multi point fuel injection system), the mechanic handed me BG Fuel Injection System Cleaner Part No. 210 and asked me to put it in ...
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1answer
89 views

2010 Sebring maintains speed for about 5 seconds after depressing accelerator pedal

My car maintains speed for 4 or 5 seconds when releasing gas pedal, then the speed starts dropping slowly. When I’m getting close to a stop light, my car wants to keep going same speed, so I need to ...
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1answer
42 views

Motor will not crank

I cranked my motor up and it was running then it started making a funny sound so i cut it off and tried to crank it up again and it would never crank. What would be the main reason for it not ...
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1answer
491 views

Vauxhall Vectra C Blower Motor Sqealing / Clunking

I have just replaced my Blower Motor Resistor as my fan wouldn't work on any setting other than 4 (in line with a previous post: How to troubleshoot a fan that won't work unless it's on ...
2
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3answers
107 views

Which is stronger: solid sockets, or two piece sockets?

My jeep has a lot of torx bolts that I need to remove and then replace some of. A while ago I bought a single torx socket from ACE hardware that is made from two steel pieces of metal. The other day ...
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2answers
48 views

What is the downside to buying an Ebay Leveling Kit?

I'm looking at a leveling kit on Ebay, but I'm wondering what the downside to this is VS buying the kit from the dealership at $1000
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2answers
829 views

2000 Ford Focus ZX3 stalls while idling

I’ve had this problem for a while now. When my car is warmed up, and I’m at a stop light or just idle when parked, the engine struggles to stay on. The RPM stays under 1000 and fluctuates a lot, ...
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2answers
196 views

Car not starting

My car worked fine till yesterday and yesterday evening I just injected engine oil, power steering oil, coolant and water for wipers. I am pretty sure I added right fluids in right places and I parked ...
9
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10answers
28k views

Should I pull my wipers away from the windshield when parked during a winter storm?

When we are expecting snow storm and the vehicle is parked, do we pull out the wipers so they don’t touch the glass to avoid the freezing to the windshield? Or would that hurt the springs in the wiper ...
3
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2answers
261 views

Replacing boot (tailgate/trunk) struts/pistons

The struts/pistons are no longer strong enough to hold the boot (trunk for americans) open. I went to buy one from the shop only to find the price was for an idividual unit. Is there ever a case where ...
0
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2answers
392 views

Is changing gear to `Neutral` at all possible times a bad practice? [duplicate]

In a Automatic Transmission vehicle, changing gear to Neutral at all possible times like, before breaking for stopping for a color light or driving downhill will save the fuel in a considerable ...
2
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2answers
15k views

Using only coolant or mix of water for radiator?

Do I have to use only coolant for radiator or mix coolant with water, if so what percentage of coolant and water should be mixed?
4
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1answer
953 views

How to troubleshoot a fan that won't work unless it's on it's on the highest setting?

My car fan won't work unless it's on 4 (full power). I have 4 options of power for the fan 1 - 4 but nothing happens on options 1 - 3. I have taken the panel off and cleaned all the contacts for the ...
2
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1answer
111 views

Does starter replacement make sense in a heat sink situation?

Related to: Slow chugs from starter with warm engine but not cool engine? It seems that while the engine is running, it heats up the starter, and then it sounds like it is barely able to start. This ...
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1answer
111 views

SD255 vs PMGR Starter - GMC 1998 Suburban

I plan to replace the starter on my Suburban. When I go to BuyAutoParts.com, and fill in the make/model/year http://www.buyautoparts.com/selectpart/1998_GMC/Suburban/Starter/30-0.html I get two ...
5
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2answers
620 views

1993 Jeep stalls on acceleration, floods, hard to start

My 1993 Jeep Wrangler has about 200,000 miles, in good shape. It usually starts right up, but it's started intermittently flooding, so that I have to crank and crank with the accelerator all the way ...
0
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0answers
108 views

How to degauss a distributor

I have a 1994 Chevy Suburban that is stalling after a short warm up. I finally put it in the back yard until I get a new idea, but without going into the problem and what I have tried (which includes ...
3
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2answers
435 views

What could cause a metal-on-metal noise when braking only while backing?

I have a 1998 Acura Integra with 204k miles on it. Some mornings after the car has been parked in my driveway facing up a slight slope overnight with the handbrake set, the first time I apply the ...
1
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1answer
2k views

Carburetted motorcycle stalls when accelerator is applied

My father has 1995 Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan with low kilometrage (18 000, 11 000 miles). We had installed new Vance & Hines pipes on it (in hindsight, way, way too loud, but that’s beside the point, ...
2
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4answers
2k views

Can't move Chrysler 300M gear selector out of park

I got into my car this morning and couldn't move it from park after I started it. I can't change the gear at all. I can move the wheel, though. I've tried to wiggle it but haven't forced it because I ...
5
votes
2answers
518 views

How severe is a bad oil seal on a used car?

Okay, go easy on me. I'm a bit of a vehicle lightweight. I can do basic maintenance, but in terms of "how bad is this," I'm usually lost. My boyfriend bought a 2010 VW CC a few days ago. Two days ...
2
votes
1answer
142 views

How do I make my safety button on the gear shifter unstick?

On my '98 Malibu, the safety button (what you have to press to get out of park in conjunction with the break) on the gear shifter sticks. It it sticking so bad that it sometimes takes me minutes of ...
4
votes
1answer
387 views

Hazards work but turn signals do not

I have a 1991 Honda Accord that started experiencing some electrical issues yesterday. At first, the right turn signal would not turn off. Shortly after, the turn signals stopped working completely ...
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2answers
60 views

How to properly maintain a collector car [closed]

Im considering purchasing a brand new Corvette Z06 and I was simply wandering how I could best maintain for the long-haul. For example, what would be the appropriate miles to drive per week to ...
0
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1answer
106 views

OBD2 interfacing with external guages

Is there some kind of OBD2 hub that can output to five gauges at once. I’m looking at installing a 5-pod gauge system on to a 2008 Holden Commodore (Pontiac G8) that has an OBD2 port. And I would ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

What could cause a 2001 Toyota Echo not to start (constant clicking)?

I have a 2001 Toyota Echo that is not starting. The eclectrical seems to be fine (lights, console, everything boots up), but when trying to start there's just a constant clicking, no turn over. Doing ...
6
votes
1answer
215 views

What are the brake specs on a 2008 VW GTI?

I have a fairly new to me 2008 VW GTI (US model, aka "Golf GTI" in other parts of the planet) and am trying to figure out the specs for the brakes. Specifically, I'm trying to determine the exact size ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Why won't my Honda Rebel shift when idling?

I recently ( and successfully ) rebuilt the engine of my '09 Honda Rebel; she's running well but doesn't want to change gears when idling. If I'm moving she shifts gears without any hanging, ...
2
votes
1answer
155 views

Motorcycle: Way to stop plastics fading?

I have a 13yo motorcycle that has a black plastic instrument panel. Although it is not regularly exposed to the sun the black plastic is fading to a chalky white. I was wondering if anyone knew of a ...
1
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1answer
363 views

Steering very difficult on 1996 Taurus

I'm trying to help a friend diagnose/fix a problem with the steering on his 1996 Taurus wagon. When the vehicle is not moving, turning the steering wheel is extremely difficult, even moreso than if ...
2
votes
2answers
155 views

Holden Commodore not moving

I own a petrol powered Holden Commodore car 1998 model and it worked fine till last week. Suddenly it stopped moving freely. When I press the accelerator up to 30% it makes noise but doesn't move. If ...
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votes
1answer
320 views

What are the pros and cons of using big tires in front on a bike? [closed]

I need to know more about the pros and cons of using different size tires in front and back. My bike has a lower curb weight, so every time its back tire skids.
1
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1answer
189 views

Increase your Prius battery capacity?

There's a lot of info about Prius battery upgrades hidden in web forums, but I would like to bring some of that to SE. What are some of the easiest ways to hook up aftermarket batteries to your ...
1
vote
1answer
129 views

1996 Caprice Classic rear end rub a little and jumps barely while backing up

I noticed that, when my ’96 Caprice is backing up on smooth concrete, it kind of grinds and jumped just barely. Is it my gears in rear end? Any other issues could cause this?
4
votes
2answers
433 views

Will the firewall in my car deteriorate such that it will need to be repaired periodically?

I have purchased a Mazda 323 which has approximately 90k km on the clock. While driving in the rain some water will come in above the brake pedal, approximately 5 or 6 drops during an average local ...
3
votes
1answer
978 views

Slow chugs from starter with warm engine but not cool engine?

Suburban 1998. Starts pretty good at first, but after a 30 minute drive it is sounds like trouble. A good start usually has a quick series of short chugs, each getting stronger until less than a ...
2
votes
2answers
96 views

How should I clean the engine area

What is the best way to clean the engine area at home. I'd like to avoid damaging the electrical system or other components present.
1
vote
1answer
41 views

Vauxhall Repair Center vs Local Mechanic

I'm in a point that I have to decide between: Vauxhall Service Center - that I have never used before Local mechanic - which I have done MOT and service checks before and sounds reasonably ...

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