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Durability of chrome rims vs aluminum alloy

We have a Japanese car that recently developed a slow leak in the right rear tire. One tire shop told us that we needed new tires on the back, but the justification sounded weak so I drove it for a ...
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What happens if a dry charged battery is used without electrolyte?

I bought a battery today for my scooter. The mechanic fitted the battery into the scooter and it seems to be running fine. But when I noticed the battery's box later on, it said "Dry Charged" and on ...
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accidentally placed oil in the coolant reservoir in a BMW 325i. How do I fix it and what is the cost?

I accidentally added oil to my coolant reservoir. I have a BMW 325i. The oil light came on and I figured my oil may be low. When the oil was added the oil light warning went off. However, the ...
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2001 Saturn L-200 replacing one tire

So, today I was driving and all of the sudden my front passenger tire blew out. I pull over to find out that I ran over some piece of metal and the tire is torn unrepairable. Luckily there was a tires ...
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How to find ignition wire on mercedes truck

Hi all I need to find ignition wire as I need to connect t to my ower supply. This should be behind the key lock right? How do I approach to it and how to know which one is right wire? Truck s ...
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xenon balast and igniter testing

I have a BMW E46 with EOM xenon headlight, but they stopped working. I checked and BMW xenon headlights have two pieces: balast and igniter. Is it possible to determine which one is broken? I added ...
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How do the audio controls on the steering wheel communicate with the radio?

Do they use some sort of wireless protocol, such as Bluetooth? I can't imagine there is enough room to have physical connections for all of the controls that would also allow for the full rotation of ...
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1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Disc Brake Conversion

I just bought a '72 FJ40 and realized that three out the four (drum) brake cylinder's are seized and one of the grease seals is leaking bad. Since I have to replace the brake cylinder's, I am ...
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I lost my Mercedes smart key, how do I get a new one?

If I lose a Mercedes smart key fob, how do I get a replacement? Is there anything I should do to prevent the old key from being used if it was stolen?
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Can I reprogram a used Mercedes smart key?

I want a new key for my Mercedes Benz and I've heard that you can get a used smart key for much cheaper than a new one from a licensed Mercedes mechanic. Can I reuse an already programmed Mercedes ...
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Understanding NA Ford Escort air conditioning modes

I had read through 1999 Ford Escort Owner’s Manual, and have few questions regarding air conditioning modes. The manual’s section on climate control states: The air conditioning compressor will ...
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Four-body carbs regulation.

I would like to adjust four-body carbs by myself, in order to avoid spent money every time. What are the basic rules, tools and secrets of many body carbs regulation?
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Chevy C2 brokes its valves when the timing belt is broken?

The Chevy C2 is and Opel Corsa designed by General Motors México. The version I own is model 2007 and its gear transmision is automatic. I Bought this car used and I send it to the mechanic yo ...
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How to determine if a Mercedes key is original?

I have made a duplicate of my car key ( 2001 E320) and I want to know if the key (reprogrammed used key) is original; manufactured legitimately by Mercedes or an authorized manufacturer. I didn't ...
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New headlight lenses?

So my 97 Subaru Legacy has pretty dim headlights, and it drives me up the wall. I like nice, thorough illumination when I'm driving at night; being able to see really does wonders for confidence on ...
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1answer
710 views

How should I clean brake dust off my hands?

Wiped a bunch of brake dust off my car's wheels and got some on my hands; what's a good, responsible way to wash my hands after I get brake dust on them? I don't really know if it's unsafe to get it ...
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1answer
452 views

Broken washer hose junction and clip hardware

I'm working on a 1998 Ford Contour. The hose from the washer pump comes up on the back corner of the engine bay on the passenger side and runs across the hood toward the drivers side. The nozzle on ...
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Broken window crank handle

I'm working on a 1998 Ford Contour with manual windows that has partially broken crank handles on both sides in front. The knob you grip while rotating the handles has broken off, which makes it ...
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Will a BCM prevent a car from starting?

I've been dealing with an issue for over a year wherein my 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix starts sometimes and does not start at other times. I had the issue diagnosed last year by the GM dealership. They ...
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What can cause a 1973 BMW 2002 stock solex carburetor to idle badly but run well at high RPMs?

When the engine revs are high it runs well, the air adjuster screw is set at recommended setting (1.5 turns) and at low rpms the engine sputters out, but isn't flooding. I've tried a replacement carb ...
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How to determine by ear which part of exhaust needs replacing?

I have a 1.3L Skoda Felicia, (carburetter engine without catalytic nor other gimmicks). Since past 1-2 months I would hear the exhaust sound has changed, it became more and more audible and at full ...
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1answer
951 views

Top Speed varies even when using the same bike

I own a Hero Honda CBZXtreme bike. The top speed that I have reached is 122Km/Hr. But I am not able to reach this speed always. Sometimes the speed does not even cross 105 Km/Hr while travelling on ...
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Maintenance on a 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S

My previous car was totalled and while shopping for used cars, I have found a 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S on sale for a very good price. It is being sold by the current owner, and it has been going to the ...
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Do my struts need replacing? Is it possible to repair them? What's a reasonable price?

I have a 2003 Mazda Protege with about 100,000 miles on it. Even very uncertain guestimates at the appropriate price for this would be appreciated. Will worn struts damage my tires? How quickly? ...
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How to reduce engine drag

Reading this question - Is engine braking harmful? - reminds me of a question I have always wanted to ask. I used to own a Prius. When the Prius is cruising at low speed at a slight downward slope, ...
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How do you clean battery corrosion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use coca cola or baking soda + water to clean my battery clamps? My roommate's car wouldn't start, and we found a ton of corrosion on the battery posts. He ...
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Is there any benefit to replacing lights in pairs?

Similarly to this question, the replacement tail/brake combined lights I bought from Halfords for a Chevrolet Lacetti advised that the bulbs be replaced in pairs. They're dual filament conventional ...
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What could be causing the rattle in the front of my car?

I have a 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring. Whenever I'm stopped (either in park or braked in drive) there's a rattle that seems to be coming from the driver side dash. I'm having trouble figuring out what ...
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1answer
438 views

Audi A3 Brake warning after MOT

just dropping in to show my support for this forum and to ask a quick question! Had my '06 Audi A3 2.0 TDI Quattro Sport serviced and MOT'd yesterday. Knew my front pads were very worn (tried to ...
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1answer
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How to repair a leaking power steering system in a 2002 Hyundai Elantra

How can I fix a leaking power steering system on a 2002 Hyundai Elantra myself? Here you can see that the bottom hose is very damp with power steering fluid. The top hose has some wetness near the ...
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Is there a way to prop up a window that falls down?

The windows on my car stopped working a few months ago. I could hear the motor running but the wouldn't go back up. Managed to get them closed by putting my hand flat against the window and pushing ...
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How to know if I need new tires?

For the first time in my years of driving, I slid pretty badly the other day. I've slid before a little bit, but this is the first time I slid badly-- I nearly went off the road. Granted, it was ...
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1answer
169 views

ODB scanner with manufacturers error codes support

What is the story with ODB scanners like ELM237 - do they read manufacturer's error codes? Previously, I had a Volvo S60 04 and cheap scanners could read only general error codes. This was not useful ...
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How do mechanics and shops manage liability?

I would like to know how professional mechanics manage liability in the event that something goes wrong with a repair and a customer's vehicle is damaged or destroyed. Let's suppose for example, that ...
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1966 t-bird speedo reads way too high

Just bought a 66 tbird and everything is pretty straight, I love the car, but the main impediment to me registering it is the spedomometer, which typically reads about 50-60 when I am going much ...
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Is engine braking harmful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? My wife and I have a disagreement about a practice of mine--engine braking. When I'm driving her manual ...
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1answer
190 views

4L60E fluid change

I'm going to change the transmission fluid on a '96 B-Body with a 4L60E transmission and an LT1 engine. The transmission fluid pan does not have a drain plug. I'd rather not drop the pan unless I ...
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1answer
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Coolant flush procedure?

I'm going to change the coolant on a '96 B-Body with an LT1 engine. It's got expired Dex-Cool in it (past the rated 5 year life). I want to get all the old coolant out in case it has turned to the ...
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1answer
596 views

Is it true that white car paint will eventually turn yellowish?

I have heard that white car paint turns a bit yellowish, but never really saw a convincing evidence or explanation for it. So, is it true? And why?
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How to clean/dispose of oily/greasy shop rags?

I have some rags (as I'm sure we all do) that are covered in oil and other various fluids. Is it alright to wash these in a standard washing machine and then air dry them? Is there a specific ...
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1answer
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Engine Coolant Temperature sensor goes bad whenever the outside temperature is hot

This is on a 1998 Chevy Cavalier, automatic transaxle, 2.2L. This sensor went bad last July and I replaced it then. When it goes bad, the check engine light comes on and then the temperature gauge ...
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3answers
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Should I use coca cola or baking soda + water to clean my battery clamps?

The clamps that are attached to the car battery are corroded, I was told either of these liquids will work. Which one is better? Is there a how to guide on the exact steps I need to take? With my ...
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1answer
452 views

Jetta turns off immediately after starting

So I parked my Jetta ('06 2.5) 2 nights ago, when I went to start it yesterday morning, the starter seems to work fine- turns over, then instead of idling down, it turns off. Must have tried it 5 ...
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1answer
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Cold engine works on three out of four cylinders

When my Honda CBR900’s engine is cold, it works only on three cylinders. When the engine begins to warm, all goes fine and all the cylinders begin to work. What can cause this?
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Why is my 2005 Volvo S60 losing its power steering fluid?

Last year, I bought a 2005 Volvo S60 for my wife to drive to her job. The car had 103,000 miles on the clock, so a few weeks ago, I installed a new timing belt, tensioner, idle pulley, and water ...
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2answers
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Heat only works when engine is revving and at full power

On a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, the air only works when turned up to maximum power. At any of the 3 levels below that, no air comes out. Additionally, when the heat is on, it only blows hot air while the ...
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Running with straight water as coolant in the summer. Is it fine?

I grew up flushing the coolant twice yearly. In the Spring, you drain the antifreeze and fill with straight water for the summer. In the Fall, you drain the water and put in a 50/50 antifreeze/water ...
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1answer
272 views

2004 Buick Rainier Ignition Coil Replacement

I have a 2004 Buick Rainier (6 cyllinder). I just found out the 4th bank ignition coil is bad. Seems easy enough just looking at it (I just replaced a few of the spark plugs a few nights ago with no ...
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1answer
3k views

Why is my car hesitating to accelerate only when I first start my car?

I've got a 1999 toyota corolla with over 170K miles, and I've had my fair share of problems over the years. Currently, I have this problem that my car seems to hesitate accelerating when I first ...
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2answers
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Will brake dust corrode my wheels?

I've had my car for 1 month and 2,000 miles now and my wheels, which were once very shiny chrome, now look like I painted them gray because the brake dust is so bad. First of all, is brake dust ...

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