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What pitfalls are there when buying an old car with low milage? [closed]

I've found a local listing for a 2007 Honda Civic with 40,000 miles. It's a standard-shift. I'm not looking for any recommendations, specifically, but I want to know - this is a very low number of ...
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Honda Accord 1998 [closed]

When I took radiator cap off, antifreeze came up like a volcano. The car wasn't on, and hasnt been on a day. I can't find out what it is, help?
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1answer
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1996 Honda Civic won't start

I have a 1996 Civic which was running fine and then stopped. When I turn the key to ON, the dash lights come on. When I turn the key to START the starter turns and the engine turns over but the dash ...
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1answer
210 views

1968 VW Beetle Steering Shaft/Box Slip

On my more-or-less stock 1968 Vw Beetle...why is the steering wheel slipping (to a new position) in reference to the wheels...after installing (two) new TRW steering boxes? I had the shop install a ...
2
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2answers
61 views

Do I NEED block heaters for winter?

I just bought my first house. It doesn't have a garage, only a driveway. I live in Canada. My cars are a 2014 sedan and a 2015 suv. I use them everyday. Do I NEED a block heater for January-...
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1answer
311 views

Why Does a Cracked or Loose Distributor Cap Cause Problems?

Why does a distributor cap that is improperly sealed, due to being either loose or cracked, cause problems such as erratic idle or not starting? Could a loose cap cause problems with an optical rotor ...
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398 views

As a consumer, can you buy the “OEM service manual” for your car direct from the manufacturer?

I recently found out you can buy a repair manual for your specific car (in this case Haynes and the repair manual is specific your make/model but spans multiple years). When I went to my car's Haynes ...
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6answers
575 views

Fuel consumption at same speed of different engine

I am wondering why two car running at 100 km/h for example with a 100 hp consume less fuel that an engine of 300hp. Even if I take a supercar lighter and more aerodynamics it will consume more. But ...
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128 views

Naturally Aspirated to Turbocharged

I have a NA 1.3 petrol engine and wanna load a turbo. I am looking at second hand parts at online stores and wondering if it is a problem to use a turbo from diesel engine. Does this make any ...
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0answers
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Honda Civic Hybrid 2010 oil life indicator

I'm unable to see the Oil Life percentage of a Honda Civic Hybrid 2010 (UK model) in the display although I followed correct instructions. I saw following instructions to see oil life of a Honda ...
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4answers
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2002 Ford F350 Superduty 7.3L Turbo diesel using a quart of oil every 43 miles

This Diesel engine has been rebuilt and it didn't use any oil till the HPOP went out. I replaced the oil pump and then I noticed my turbo when going up a hill and the Turbo would sound like a sneeze ...
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Best way to clean inside of windshield?

The inside of my windshield has a thin layer of grime. When the light hits it a certain way, it drastically reduces my visibility. I have used glass cleaner with clean microfiber car cloths and ...
2
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1answer
59 views

Do car manufacturers provide specific make/model/year information for each diagnostic-trouble-code?

Recently my car's check-engine light came on, I used a car OBDII port code reader to get the diagnostic-trouble-code (DTC) and then I googled what the DTC meant. I noticed that lots of the websites ...
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87 views

Does the checkengine light clear itself on it's own or require manual clearning?

I was discussing the behavior a car's check-engine light. When a check-engine light comes on, can the check-engine light turn off on it's own or does the check-engine light always require manually ...
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241 views

New starter overstarting

I put a new starter in my 2007 Tacoma about a month ago. In about 10% of starts, the starter continues to be driving the flywheel for about 5-10 sec even after the engine has started, which is evident ...
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1answer
67 views

Hand brake up and you drive new car [duplicate]

I drive my new car for 5km ar 60km/h with hsnd brack up and i feel little smell when stop on near to rear wheel. Now i will remove foot from brack when start driving there is a noise. Need sugestion ...
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1answer
86 views

Should I apply anti-seize to the back of brake rotors?

In regards to changing brake rotors: As I see in many youtube videos, it could be a bit of a challenge to remove old brake rotors. They can stuck. Is it a good idea to add some anti-seize compound ...
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1answer
383 views

Electronic key won't open car unless I open with key first

I have a Citröen C3 and the electronic button won't open the car door unless I open with the key and then press the button, at which point it unlocks all of the doors. There is no problem locking the ...
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1answer
2k views

OBD2 to USB Cable for Windows 10

One could put an argument that this question is about software and not mechanics, however now-days everything is computerized (including cars and their diagnostic tools) so I believe this question ...
2
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1answer
161 views

What is this ticking noise while pulling away?

Lately I noticed a slight ticking noise when pulling off calmly (from a stop light, for example) at the exact moment the car starts moving. Happens when the engine is still cool, before I hit the ...
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3answers
120 views

Will songs in subdirectory play on CD MP3 player in cars?

Does anyone know whether a car with a CD player which will play MP3s can play those MP3s if they're in subfolders? Basically, I want to create an MP3 CD of all my Van Halen CDs, but I want to keep ...
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2answers
63 views

Fuel Economy Gauge Modification

I have a little digital screen in my dash that re-evaluates my average fuel consumption (L/100km) every thirty seconds. How can I modify this to increase the reporting frequency? Preferably, at least ...
2
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2answers
307 views

Can I use my 1/2 inch torque wrench with smaller sockets?

I have a relatively expensive 1/2-inch torque wrench. Not all of my sockets are 1/2" and many of them are smaller. Is there any problem with using a socket adapter, so I can use my 1/2-inch torque ...
3
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1answer
95 views

How do I find out the proper torque number that I need to apply to an oil filter?

I am hearing mixed opinions how much should I tighten an oil filter. Does it depend on car or filter type? How do I find out the proper torque number that I need to apply to an oil filter? Thank you. ...
2
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1answer
72 views

Low rpm when gas is pumped

I have a 2001 Honda Prelude. Every time I pump gas the rpm dies down and even turns off some times. It doesn't matter if it's $10, $20, or a full tank it happens. I just wanna know what was can do to ...
2
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1answer
62 views

positive ground / neg. ground

With a/c current in a home rather than a vehicle, I don't think one would ever get a positive ground. Electricity always flow from the positive to the negative from what I have been learning about a/c ...
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1answer
764 views

Measuring Horse Power and torque without a dynamometer

I know I can take my car to a workshop and have a Dyno Run and can read the HP and torque figures from that. What I want to know, is there an alternative way to know the HP and Torque figures without ...
3
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1answer
63 views

Car radio cuts out the car will not start

I have a Mitsubishi Gallant-2004. Just recently, while driving, the car radio will cut out then come back on. After about a minute of doing this it will stop working completely. Lights do not dim, car ...
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2answers
382 views

My car has problems starting, but the dealership checked the battery and said it was fine

I have a 2006 Toyota Rav4 - The other day, the car wouldn't start. We jumped the battery and it started right up. No lights were left on and nothing is plugged in that would be causing this. I took it ...
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1answer
56 views

Is OBD-II a universal standard?

I'm following this guide: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-fix-your-check-engine-light/?ALLSTEPS According to this website an OBD-II reader will work with my 53 Vauxall Zafira, but I want to be ...
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2answers
283 views

Why do high-end electric cars have mechanical brakes?

(This isn't a "maintenance & repair" question, I hope you'll forgive me.) When powerful electric cars (such as, but not only, the Tesla) can accelerate from zero to ludicrous in half a jiffy, and ...
3
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1answer
265 views

Tire damage from mounting/unmounting, normal?

A mechanician that I know told me that the damage on the inside lip (extra rubber inside, not the bead) of the tire like the image below is normal and often happens when mounting/unmounting tires each ...
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1answer
38 views

Air / Fuel Ratio Problems relation to Fuel Trims

Wouldn't various A/F ratio problems such as vacuum leaks, low fuel pressure or clogged injectors cause a constant adjustment to fuel trims, first via STFT and then to LTFT? For example, if there is a ...
2
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1answer
602 views

my 2003 Santa Fe won't turn over but has full power

My 2003 Santa Fe wont start. I turn the key and I have power but no starter engaging. They looked at my car two days later and the car started. They said it was probably a broken wire they found on ...
3
votes
1answer
104 views

Suzuki vl 250 wont start

I have a Suzuki vl250. It's been running great until last weekend I rode it home from work turned it off and the Mrs decided she wanted to go for a ride only problem is bike wont start! Since then I ...
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2answers
321 views

Engine noise / rattle when clutch is fully pressed [BMW 320d e46, manual]

I have a strange noise, like a rattling/stomping sound at idle, when pressing the clutch pedal. The clutch and the flywheel (DMF), were both changed with new parts. Except for that sound, the car ...
2
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1answer
33 views

Bolt pattern equivalency reference

I'm shopping for a set of used wheels. Most sellers don't know the bolt hole measurements and just say the number of holes and the vehicle they came from, "5 bolt for Jeep Cherokee/Tacoma/Nissan/..." ...
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3answers
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Blocked water flow in engine?

My dad has a 1993 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L (no turbo) with a perplexing cooling problem. It overheats, and there doesn't appear to be flow through the cooling system. The upper radiator hose is extremely ...
3
votes
2answers
775 views

Electric power steering column noise

I have a 2014 Honda Accord coupe equipped with Electric Power Steering (EPS). When cranking the steering wheel, I can hear a noise coming from the steering column, mostly at slow speed like backing ...
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0answers
15 views

power window relay Pontiac Grandville 1971

Can you tell me where the location of the power window relay is situated in a 1971 Pontiac Grandville? Thanks, Hans
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0answers
128 views

Car won't unlock with remote and won't start? Toyota Camry 1999

My sister gave me this car for school and she told me this happens a lot. Her mechanic friend says it's an alarm problem and my alarm is locked. Unfortunately her and her friend live on the opposite ...
4
votes
2answers
408 views

Is there a key code with my Kawasaki

I hear that there is a key code for my 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT that can be given to a dealer who can then cut a new key for my bike if ever necessary. Now it is. But where do I find the key code?? ...
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2answers
77 views

Replacing a single tire [duplicate]

Is it safe to replace a single tire on the front axle and if yes should the new tire be moved to the back? We replaced a front right tire, after picking up a screw. Now we hear that it's not safe to ...
3
votes
1answer
29 views

6L90 Transmission swap

I'm swapping out a worn out 6L90 transmission that has over 220k on it in a 2011 GMC 2500 HD with one that has 89k on it from an identical truck. Will it have to be reflashed or reprogrammed to work?
3
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1answer
299 views

What does paint failure look like?

My car's paint looks bad and I'd like to repair it, but I'm not sure what it is called. I know there are different types of paint failure, what do they look like and what are they called?
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3answers
292 views

Hyosung GT250R Leaking petrol

Motorcyle 2006 Hyosung GT250R Syptoms Leaking lots of petrol when engine is on Info Hasn't been ridden in about 10 months. Has been stored outside with cover, leaning on it's stand. I've ...
4
votes
2answers
440 views

After putting on new winter tires, my steering is weak/light

I just had new winter tires put on my 2003 Honda Civic 4-door LX. The steering has been affected. The steering now feels "weak" or "light" or "loose". Meaning I now have to turn the wheel further to ...
2
votes
1answer
39 views

Honda City vTec Slow Start

I have a Honda City 2005 vTec Manual Transmission Car, which will be due for servicing in another 1000KM. I am not well used to driving manual car and I face a lot of traffic everyday going and ...
1
vote
1answer
52 views

Is there a tyre pressure gauge that is easy to use?

I always lose air from a tyre when I try to use one of the type of pressure gauge that depress the pin in the valve as the gauge is attached, so I have to pump it up whether or not the pressure was ...
1
vote
2answers
621 views

The car won't start the battery is new, there's not even a click sound

I have a corolla verso 2005 model. The car does not start, the battery is new. What can it be?

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