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Heater smells like sulfur

I drive a 2006 Toyota Sienna. When driving with the heater on I often smell sulfur. This is more common when I am driving up a hill, but if I turn the heater off, the smell goes away. What causes this ...
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1answer
193 views

Do I really need to use that expensive grade of fuel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the benefits of premium (high octane) petrol? The owner's manual that comes with my car says that I should use the more expensive higher octane fuel for the ...
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What type of weld process should I use to weld onto a van's frame?

I'm currently in the planning phases for a project to turn a 1990 Econoline Van into a moving sculpture. Part of the plan involves welding onto the frame of the vehicle (after removing most of the ...
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Least wear-and-tear, most fuel efficient method of coasting in a manual transmission car? [closed]

I drive a manual transmission '08 Honda Fit. On my daily 17 mile commute to work, there are three long hills that I can coast down, each about a half mile long. Going down these hills, I've done two ...
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190 views

Steering Wheel Replacement on a 25 year old car

I've got an '85 Corvette, and the steering wheel is really beat to hell so I'm looking to replace it with a more modern and sporty wheel. What I'm looking to find out: Is this a safe repair to do ...
2
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2answers
495 views

unusual noise when switching into the second gear - other gears are fine

Almost every time I switch into the second gear, a quite loud crackle sound is heard shortly. It only happens when switching into the second gear, other gears are fine. I depress the clutch fully of ...
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1answer
559 views

How to start a car which was unused for a year? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. I left my car in a driveway for a year. I read that I shouldn't try to jump it because the battery might explode. ...
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1answer
128 views

Repairing some bodywork holes

A panel has come lose from my vw transporter t5 and on closer inspection its because of of the holes in the bodywork have flaired. Whats the best way to repair this? Should I just go at it with a ...
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3answers
677 views

What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle engine?

I recently heard an urban legend-like story about a guy in a developing country who decided engine oil was too expensive and so used some vegetable oil instead. The story says the car ran for some ...
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1answer
2k views

how to optimize fuel consumption by changing the rear differential ratio?

Is it possible to improve the fuel consumption (decrease it) in my van by changing the rear differential ratio? I would like to optimize it for low-speed driving about 40 km/h (25 mph). Is it true ...
4
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2answers
140 views

How to convert a gasoline powered vehicle to all electric.

I would like to convert a Ford Escort to an Electric Vehicle (EV). I would like to have a 40-60 mile cruising range and would not need to go faster than 55 MPH. Can you recommend a conversion kit (or ...
3
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1answer
309 views

What is the best way to prevent rust when cutting in your car's body?

For example, I want to cut a hole in the car's front left fender, to fit a snorkel. What is the best way to prevent rusting on the exposed metal on the edge of the cut?
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1answer
241 views

Leaking wiper fluid tank, 2000 BMW 328i

I have a 2000 328i, and it cannot retain wiper fluid. Is that tank easy to replace? Do I need to be very careful with the intake hose inside the tank (is it especially fragile?)?
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1answer
617 views

The ebrake light in my car stays on when the ebrake is disengaged, should I be concerned?

I have a 2002 Ford Taurus Station Wagon, and the ebrake light stays on when the ebrake is disengaged, should I be concerned? I tried tramping down on the ebrake peddle really hard and then ...
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2answers
883 views

does a car normally continue moving at a constant speed when in gear and the foot is taken off the accelerator pedal?

I remember when driving a passenger car, when I took my foot off the accelerator pedal completely, but remained in gear, the car would normally continue to move at some low speed, different for each ...
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2answers
567 views

How to view error codes on a speedometer with no OBD reader?

I have a 2000 Dodge Neon and don't have a real OBD reader yet. The other day I started to turn my car on and, before I got to the ignition the speedometer came on with a "p" and a "1684" (the check ...
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1answer
457 views

What should I look for in a basic motorcycle maintenance toolkit?

I'm looking to do more of my motorcycle maintenance myself, and am wondering what I should be investing in, when it comes to tools/devices. What are the basic tools that I'd need when starting to do ...
2
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1answer
477 views

Passat - Oil warning light on engine rev. Expensive fix?

looking to buy my first car, which is a daunting task for someone with little money and even less knowledge of motors. Seen this one on ebay, which ticks all my boxes but is cheap because: When ...
4
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1answer
391 views

Motorcycle chewing through too many front tyres

Hey, I have a Y2K Triumph Speed Triple that has an excessive appetite for front tyres. It eats two front tyres for each rear tyre. This is reverse what it should be. I run the tyres at about 38 PSI ...
3
votes
1answer
168 views

Remove interior stickers such as airbag deployment warnings from car

I would like to remove the stickers on my visors that explain about the airbags from my car without damaging the visors. What is the best way to accomplish this?
3
votes
1answer
142 views

What is a gasket head kit?

I am looking at buying a used car, many listed have had "gasket head kit" installed? What is a gasket head kit? Should i be wary about buying a car with one installed? Will the "gasket head kit" ...
2
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2answers
69 views

Flaky alarm system

My wife's Acura's alarm system was the most sensitive one I had ever run across. It was installed by the former owner, a professor in Princeton. Now we are in a little town with low crime so when the ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I know when to change my spark plug

I ride a Piaggio scooter with a single cylinder engine. Recently I broke down and the engine wouldn't restart. It turned out the spark plug was stuffed. How can I ensure that doesn't happen again?
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1answer
164 views

Can I decrease the sensitivity of my seat belt “person detector”?

Any time I put something - as light as 10 pounds in my passenger seat, my seat belt alarm goes off in my 2007 Pontiac Vibe. To avoid the VERY annoying beeping, I usually end up buckling up my ...
2
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1answer
286 views

1989 Mazda 626 - Shifter is loose, what's wrong?

I have an 89 Mazda 626 LX. The shifter is really lose even when it's in gear. It shifts fine, no slipping or anything, but when it's in gear I can move it back and forth as if it was in neutral. ...
3
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1answer
872 views

Spark Plugs 1998 Buick Lesabre

Where are the spark plugs in a 1998 Buick Lesabre? Pictures would be helpful as I'm a novice at this type of thing. I'm assuming I need all six because I'm getting a check engine light saying number 6 ...
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3answers
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Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time.

Some related topics: How to maintain a sometimes-used vehicle? How long does it take for gas to go bad? The first related topic addresses preparing a vehicle for long-term disuse, and maintaining ...
3
votes
1answer
374 views

97 altima 5spd sputters, has loss of power under 3500rpm, dies when clutch is disengaged

My 97 altima has been to the same shop four times for the same problem. It will sputter and smoke( black smoke) and has large loss of power under 3500rpms and dies just about every time you depress ...
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4answers
2k views

How to assess battery charge level and alternator performance?

What diagnostics can be done to to assess battery charge level? I'm interested both in one-off tests like can be done in car service and also continuous monitoring during normal use. Car panels ...
4
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2answers
2k views

Oil leak when parked on steep incline

The other day I parked my car, and came back a couple of hours later to see a massive oil puddle under my 1994 Corolla. This was the only time I had ever noticed that much of a leak, and I realized it ...
4
votes
2answers
5k views

What are the audible symptoms of a failing starter motor?

My 2004 Subaru WRX has 110000 miles on the odometer and I'm worried about the original equipment starter motor. Here are the audible symptoms that have me concerned: During the winter, I noticed ...
12
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3answers
754 views

What is the proper way to bleed brakes and replace the fluid?

What is the proper way to replace the brake fluid in a car? What tools are required? I want to make sure I do not get any air or bubbles in the system as this is something that needs to be done right ...
7
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3answers
258 views

Are used tires valuable?

I'm in the process of having my 1994 Corolla being picked up for recycling. Currently the car is equipped with relatively unused winter tires with excellent tread. Are used winter tires valuable? ...
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1answer
2k views

Timing Belt Replacement Schedule on 2004 KIA

Can anyone tell me at what recommended mileage should the timing belt be replaced on a 2004 KIA 4 clylinder engine. And if you know, is this a job for a pro or can a do it yourself person do it? ...
2
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5answers
823 views

How to solve unexpected skidding in 1995 Toyota Camry

My 1995 Camry LE (4 cyl) skidded twice. Luckily I escaped both occasions unhurt and without damage to the car. First time it happened on a freeway when I applied brakes @ 50mph. I thought it was ...
2
votes
1answer
862 views

How can I test my EGR?

My check engine light has come on a couple of times, and each time the code was P0300 Random Misfire detected. According to this site, one cause could be a bad EGR. Another symptom of a bad EGR is ...
3
votes
2answers
452 views

Installing Xenon headlights in 2004 Chrysler Sebring

I was thinking about installing Xenon headlights in my car. I hate other drivers who have them because I go blind, but after riding in my friends car equipped with them, I'm more than ready to take ...
0
votes
1answer
457 views

2011 Honda CBR250r [closed]

Has anyone ridden this bike at all? How does it do at 70 MPH freeway speeds?
3
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4answers
491 views

is it normal for my car to accelerate on downhill when no gas is applied.

I find myself having to apply the break pedal everytime I go down an inclination. It's not too steep but the car seems to gain speed faster and faster. In the other cars I have driven, this was not ...
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3answers
5k views

How to determine if a wheel is bent

My E46 M3 vibrates moderately at highway speeds (> 60 MPH), but it can can only really be felt through the seat, and not through the steering wheel. My guess is that a wheel is bent (out of round) or ...
2
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2answers
128 views

Video: 1970 911T starts for the first time in 15 years - What next?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QQzbEQTWAo&sns=em My brothers and I have been working on this car since last fall. So far we've done the following: Had the zenith carbs rebuilt and bench ...
2
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1answer
160 views

when parked on uphill, it's difficult to engage any other gears on my automatic chevy 2004 impala.

when the car is parked on uphill, and I try to move the gear back on to reverse, it becomes extremely difficult. Like you have to put a little effort into it. Once it gets into gear, it makes a loud ...
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3answers
70 views

Where can I get cheap light housings?

I have cloudy light housings from lots of miles on my car (2003 325i with glass housings). Any one who has ever had to replace any lighting housing, front or rear, knows how much they cost. Where is ...
4
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2answers
1k views

Oil change checklist

I prefer to do my own regular oil changes, and only take my car to the mechanic/dealer for significant servicing milestones (e.g. 30/60/90k). Each time I change the oil, I can't help but feel that ...
3
votes
3answers
92 views

What concerns should I have for having a car in a hot, dry climate?

I live in a hot, dry climate (Arizona, if anyone cares). It is very common in the summer for it to get over 110 F (That's 43 C for those of you metric buffs), usually having tens of days a year over ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

2000 Nissan Maxima Service engine light

The dealer diagnosed it and says it got tripped by catalytic converter and rear oxygen sensor. The total estimate was around $2000. The blue book value on his car is around that amount. Is there a way ...
4
votes
2answers
110 views

What parts can be recycled when doing regular maintenance?

I recently changed my wiper blades... are these just garbage or would an Autozone or perhaps some mechanics recycle parts like this? What other regularly-replaced parts can be recycled? EDIT: Other ...
2
votes
1answer
868 views

Pressing brake pedal during vehicle operation feels “choppy” ?

I am driving a 2004 Chevy Impala. When coming to a stop, I press the brake pedal, and I can feel the choppy vibration on the pedal. It's same regardless of weather. Should I get this checked out?
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1answer
1k views

Fix / Replace ABS module

I have an Audi A6, 2000. My ABS light is on, and the brake light blinks. I was told that the ABS module needed to be replaced at the cost of $850 minimum. Is there a way to get these things fixed ...
6
votes
2answers
448 views

how can I quiet a 'chirping' ventilation fan motor blade?

I have a 2006 VW Golf and the internal fan motor that blows the a/c & heat will start to 'chirp' (sound something like a bird singing) randomly. I believe the fan blade needs to be lubricated, ...

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