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2000 VW Golf TDi (Mk. 4) grey smoke from exhaust before engine has warmed up

I have had my Golf for 8 years. It’s had good maintenance and a the record is kept by my dad. It’s just passed its MOT (Ministry of Transportation) test, and the mechanic mentioned that the tappets ...
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1998 Chevy Lumina won’t start, crank, or click

I have a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina and recently I have had intermittent starting issues. My brother and I bought a new starter and put it in and it still wouldn’t start. After replacing the starter we’ve ...
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1answer
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WagonR refuses to start sometimes

My Suzuki WagonR (2008) is about four years old now. The problem is that my car refuses to start sometimes. I doubt my battery is the problem and the history of my battery is that I have not changed ...
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2answers
56 views

What key parts of a car should responders know about?

This might be on topic here, so I'm going to ask it: If a car was hit by another one and responders needed access to it, what key parts should they be aware of the location when entering the vehicle?
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3answers
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Replaced brake pads - one pad was full, the other was gone. Brakes now very hot after driving

The content is pretty much contained in the title. When I went to replace the brake pads, one pad was completely gone and the other was almost like new. Now that I have replaced the pads, the wheel ...
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2answers
473 views

How can I learn the details of an engine that's not original?

I've got an 86 Chevy C10 pickup. The engine has been replaced with what I have been told is a "354". Most of the work I've done on cars has been via a Haynes manuel. But, because I'm dealing with a ...
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3answers
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How to recharge AC using booster from auto parts store?

The AC on my 2002 Chevy Cavalier stopped blowing cold in the fall and I had planned on getting it checked out and recharged once the AC check specials started. I saw this for $30 and it seems too ...
2
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2answers
685 views

Larger cylinder volume, but less power, how?

KTM Duke 200 which has an engine of 200 cc, and, on the other hand, Royal Enfield Bullet 350 with a 345 cc engine. I.e. Enfield has 150 cc more than the Duke. But KTM produces 25 BHP of power, whereas ...
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1answer
251 views

Scratches - both light and deep

How on earth do I remove unsightly scratches from my paint work? There are plenty are are down to the white undercoat, how do I remedy them?
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2answers
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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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0answers
66 views

Renault Fluence voltage source under dashboard

I want to connect an electrical device that runs on 12V or less voltage. Where can I connect it from below the dashboard (the lighter doesn't count, unless it has an under the hood part).
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2answers
805 views

What type of Anti-Seize compound should be used on spark plugs?

Is there a particular type of Anti-Seize compound that is preferred for use on spark plugs? What temperature rating is needed?
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5answers
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Does a timing chain need maintenance?

Does a timing chain (as opposed to timing belt) need any specific maintenance? In particular I'm talking about a BMW Z4
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1answer
291 views

PT Cruiser will not start

The battery is fully charged. The lights come on and there isn't a clicking noise. I had the ignition switch replaced and it still will not start
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3answers
818 views

Two-stroke engine won't start - water in gas?

I realize this isn't a car question. There doesn't seem to be an appropriate Exchange for it, so I'm trying it here. I have a two-stroke engine (for a rototiller), and it worked more-or-less well ...
2
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3answers
663 views

Honda Unicorn missing during rain and cold weather

I have a 2009 model Honda unicorn motorcycle. It's very difficult to ride during rain or cold weather, because of missing. I asked service center but they did not do anything. I have changed the CDI, ...
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1answer
53 views

Aux port '12 Pathfinder not going in all the way

So I have a Pathfinder and the stock has an auxiliary port when I got it (used), but the 3.5 cords that I insert into them doesn't go in all the way, and I'm giving it quite a bit of pressure. I'm not ...
2
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1answer
708 views

AC not cold anymore on brand new VW Polo

I've brought a new VW Polo 2012 plate. It's only a few months since it was registered by the dealer. However all a sudden the AC has stopped working. When I press the button labelled AC the light ...
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0answers
62 views

2000 Chevy Camaro starts, idles low around 1000 rpms for 4 or 5 seconds before dying

It's a 2000 Camaro v6 manual. Most days the car starts just fine but on other days I might have to start it 20 times before it stays on. When I start it, the RPM is around 1000 but slowly drops to ...
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3answers
102 views

Any sense of buying Saab 9-3 1.9?

Saab is now in bankrupt so it may be difficult to get parts for maintenance in the future. So is there any sense of buying the Saab? I am thinking between Volkswagen Passat and Saab 9-3 1.9. Both are ...
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2answers
258 views

How to know when automatic-transmission box needs to be changed?

My friend is very odd: this thread about durability comparison between automatic/manual durability meant to him that manual is always better option because you can learn to change the clutch and only ...
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2answers
604 views

Car making a groaning sound when it moves?

Let's be clear-- the sound is not coming from the engine. It's something more along the lines of suspension, maybe? It's like when the car moves, turning or moving forward, whenever the inertia ...
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2answers
367 views

Cream on oil cap? How to maintain a car that drives only short distances in Nordic environment?

My friend needs a car for night-time driving for distances about 15 km to-and-fro for his work. I read that short distances may be problematic to cars because the engine does not get hot enough -- ...
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1answer
270 views

'99 Audi A4 seat belt warning sign

I've had this seat belt warning light on my dash for a few weeks now. My dealer says the wiring to my driver seat is gone and replacing it could cost close to 800 USD. Is there a better option?
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1answer
360 views

Suzuki Esteem door repair

2 of the doors are broken: passenger and rear-driver. Broken as in they can only be opened from the inside. Additionally the driver rear door has the child safety lock enabled -- so i can't even open ...
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3answers
5k views

Is high octane fuel a requirement for high-compression engines?

I own and use a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 as my daily commuter vehicle. I'm not interested in trying to eek out a few extra miles on a tank, I want to keep the vehicle and its engine running as ...
2
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0answers
212 views

Audi A6 2.4L 99 - randomly sets off brake warning lights, no abs, no rpm, no A/C

Randomly while driving or standing still I get a bunch of warning lights that come on, beep and blink. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes, sometimes it will stay on for a few days of driving and turning ...
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1answer
446 views

How do you adjust the idle on a 1981 Suzuki GS 650 GL?

I'm asking this for a friend, so if you need more details, I'll have to ask him. He brought his bike with him when he moved, and with the elevation change, the idle isn't high enough. How can he ...
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2answers
124 views

Car Radiator Fan may have a Fault, I'm an electrical noob

I took the fan out from my engine compartment and am now ready to test it. It consists of two fans, one larger than the other connected I believe in series with two large wires, one red, one brown ...
2
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2answers
2k views

My drivers side window no longer closes with one press of the button

I have an idea what may have failed but before I take my door off I thought I should ask here: The drivers window switch has 5 positions, open (one press takes the window all the way to the bottom), ...
1
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1answer
240 views

Ford Focus 2006 - Trunk latch won't close

I lost my keys, so I had a locksmith come and make another Key. He took the lock latch off to do something with a computer as well as the door and ignition. Now the trunk latch will not latch and ...
3
votes
4answers
984 views

Knocking in my engine during cold start / whistling when accelerating

My 2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT will spudder and the engine will shake occasionally on cold starts. Its not a consistent problem - not every time, but it seems to be growing worse. I can feel the engine ...
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2answers
791 views

VW 1.4 TSI EA113 Variations

What does VW do to improve HP and Torque from their 1.4 TSI engine? e.g.: CAXA: 90 KW @ 5000 200 NM @ 1500-4000 CAVD 118 KW @ 5800 240 NM @ 1500-4500
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0answers
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Car Radiator Fan may have a Fault, I'm an electrical noob [duplicate]

I took the fan out from my engine compartment and am now ready to test it. It consists of two fans, one larger than the other connected I believe in series with two large wires, one red, one brown ...
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1answer
332 views

Ford Explorer overheating

2003 ford exp xlt overheating. replaced t-stat and dumped & refilled coolant. Still over heating bad when on the highway at about 65 mph.
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1answer
80 views

What could be causing an uneven roll at low speeds?

I've noticed that my car has an uneven roll at very low speeds, almost as if one of the tires is being favored. Is this likely to be an issue with a tire or are there other potential issues?
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1answer
89 views

Please Identify these tires and are they ok for truck?

I have a 86 Chevrolet C30 dually truck. The tires are something I've never seen before. The brand is "A ? X" (some symbol in middle). A mechanic said these may be nylon tires and could be the ...
2
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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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2answers
207 views

Any danger if 4 of 8 spark plug leads not connected while driving

After driving 2 blocks I knew something was wrong with the engine, and when I stopped and checked under the hood I discovered that 4 of the 8 spark plug leads were there but disconnected. This was ...
5
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2answers
592 views

Can I use just any 17mm bolt?

I hope to be replacing the shock absorbers on my 2005 Mazda 3 this weekend. I have purchased the shocks themselves (Monroe P/N 5607), as well as new mounts. The only thing left to get is new bolts.... ...
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2answers
64 views

What do these lights mean?

When I stop the car (by hitting the brake pedal), the engine all of a sudden stops while on drive. Here are the lights I get: What do they mean? Is it a battery problem?
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2answers
387 views

Engine condensation causing no-start condition

I have a 2000 GMC Savanna, and I've had this problem twice. If we have a particularly cold few days, then a warm humid front moves through overnight, the engine won't start. I can see quite a bit of ...
2
votes
3answers
900 views

Fitting speakers on the door of a hatchback

I'm thinking of fitting an audio system for my hatchback. I'm a little bit confused over fixing the speakers. I have three options to fit the speakers. Fit them on an MDF tray above boot. [6x9 oval ...
2
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1answer
464 views

What can cause gas to blow back into air filter in a motorcycle

I have a 1987 kawasaki ninja. I've had it for two years and it ran good until this year. When I started it this week, gas started to flow back into air filter box. Has anyone ever encountered this? ...
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2answers
725 views

95 geo metro 1.0L pushing coolant out of overflow

I have a 95 geo metro. Car runs good and has normal power. When car is idling it runs fine with no overheating or coolant being pushed out of the overflow. I was told to replace the water pump, ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Key won't come out of a Ford Fusion, 2007

The keys are stuck in the ignition in this vehicle, even when the car is in park. What can be done to fix this, so the keys can come out again? Thanks!
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2answers
54 views

Online service for tracking maintenance

Is there a good service online for tracking vehicle maintenance that either you do or have a workshop do? It'd be nice to have a service that sends emails and lets you track when you change your oil, ...
2
votes
1answer
624 views

Power steering fluid started to leak after changing it

I have a Hyundai Elantra 2002 and changed its power steering fluid with a turkey baster. Four days after changing the power steering fluid and running 1000 miles I noticed that the power steering ...
2
votes
1answer
86 views

How can I keep a car window up?

My car window just fell down while I was driving. I drive a 2002 Ford Explorer. I dont care if I can ever get it to automatically roll up and down again, but how can I get it to stay up?
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1answer
2k views

Is it possible to have a manual transmission electric car?

Reading about the new supercar from VW, I distinctly noticed when the author specifically mentioned shifting to "drive". I know the car in article is an automatic, but it got me thinking. Is it ...

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