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Transmission replacement and changing gear ratios

I have 1998 Dodge Durango. It's a 4x4 5.9L v8. I'm looking at replacing the transmission and seeing as I don't really need 4wd in the city, I'd like to get better fuel economy and better acceleration. ...
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160 views

Car won't start, dies after jump

I have a 2007 Ford Mustang, 6 cylinder. A few hours after I drove it, the battery was completely dead. It can start with a jump, but if left to idle the engine stops soon after the cables are removed. ...
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3answers
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How do I find a vacuum leak? I'd highly prefer not to use a carb cleaner spray

The car is a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue with 3.8L V6 engine (3800 Series). I've been doing my research and due diligence, but please understand I'm very inexperienced with automobiles. I went to ...
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1answer
120 views

What is brake imbalance? How can I fix it?

My 2000 Opel Agila 1.2 has an advisory on it's MOT saying: Front Brake imbalance [sic] high at 23% What does this mean? What's wrong with my brakes? What does the 29% mean? How can I fix it? ...
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1answer
768 views

Using an open vs closed clutch cover on a motorcycle with a dry clutch

A common modification I've seen on motorcycles with a dry clutch is to replace the closed clutch cover with an open one. Besides the visual and auditory differences, will I notice anything else ...
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3answers
152 views

Ford Focus steering oscillation at low speeds

Yesterday I bumped my left wheel on a pavement, due to an understeering after accelerating (my bad). I smashed it quite good and I was certain the alignment was off, so I did some tests. No tire ...
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1answer
6k views

Ignition switch or starter issues?

I have a 2004 ford f350 diesel and some very perplexing problems: The ignition won't turn over the starter yet the lights shut off when engaged (usually means the ignition switch is ok) but also the ...
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1answer
49 views

2001 Ford F150 howling when braking with trailer

I have a 2001 Ford F150 Lariat with the 4.6L V8 Engine. Sometimes while I have my trailer hooked up I get a tremendous howling while braking. Almost so loud you can't hear anything else in the cab. ...
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1answer
193 views

Ford Fiesta and Focus Clutch Issues

I am in the UK and I am currently planning to get a Ford Focus/Fiesta depending on the budget and features. I have viewed 2 Fords so far - a Focus (100K miles, 2001 model) and a Fiesta (35k miles, ...
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56 views

Crossover amp selection question

I have a 2012 Chevy Silverado C1500 with factory (non-bose) sound. I have upgraded my speakers using Kicker DSC65/DSC654, and now am looking to add a amp for the speakers. I am interested in a unit ...
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1answer
28 views

Residue lapping compound in valve shafts

I have read that valve lapping compound, as it is abrasive, should by no means get into valve guides as it will impede the reciprocal motion or damage the valve. Should I worry about small amount ...
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3answers
225 views

Can a tow truck tow you and your trailer?

If your vehicle breaks down while towing a trailer can a tow truck tow both your vehicle and the trailer? The tow vehicle in this case is rear wheel drive.
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3answers
11k views

Mass Air Flow Expected Values

I have a 2002 Audi A4 Quattro 3.0. I have a Vagcom USB cable and I am trying to diagnose the MAF sensor. I had a friend get some readings from an OBD2 scanner, which indicated that both precat O2 ...
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0answers
68 views

2009 Kia Rio - Potential Misfiring?

I have a 2009 Kia Rio with ~75,000 miles. After I first start the car and accelerate away from where it was parked (especially if I accelerate hard), the car will repeatedly make a quick sound that ...
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0answers
141 views

Engine randomly turns off on Mazda Capella 2000

Recently I have been having some issues with my Mazda Capella 2000 occasionally just switching off while I am at low revs. It doesn't often happen but when it does it seems to happen multiple times in ...
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1answer
57 views

Rebuild for longevity

So, I have a question about a 98 2.0 rt neon. I am going to get a top/bottom rebuild on it, the block has 260000 km on it. I have seen rebuild kits on the market anywhere from 300 dollars (ebay ...
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2answers
175 views

Motor oil going into the radiator and reservoir- Chrysler 300

I got the motor heads modified (think thats what you call it), timing belt and water pump replaced in March 2014. The last few months I've been having problems with my car over heating. It turns out ...
4
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3answers
433 views

How do I finish my DIY, single-stage paint job to a gloss?

After driving around with a huge hole in my front bumper cover for two years, I finally decided to replace it myself. I bought a new bumper cover through my local friendly auto body supply store, ...
3
votes
2answers
302 views

What is choppy throttle response and bad fuel mapping and can it be fixed?

I'm looking to purchase a motorcycle and according to it's wikipedia article it has two major flaws: Being the company's first fuel-injected 600cc sportbike, the initial 2000 model had choppy ...
2
votes
3answers
4k views

Interpreting AC Delco's manufacturing date for car batteries

I understand that AC Delco encodes the month of manufacturing a car battery using two digits and encodes the year by one digit. The battery I just purchased, for example, is labeled P124R, which, ...
3
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2answers
2k views

Why do Subarus run so rich under boost

This isn't a general question regarding air/fuel ratios. I want to know why Subaru specifically insists on making their cars run ridiculously rich under boost. For instance, my 2007 Forester XT has an ...
2
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4answers
130 views

Remove Transmission Oil Pan Stuck Bolt

I'm still in the process of changing my 2009 Nissan Sentra CVT fluid. But now I'm stuck, well, me and the pan bolt are stuck. I tried the combination wrench but couldn't get enough leverage. Took the ...
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2answers
637 views

Noise when pressing clutch pedal

I have a Saab 900 and when I press down on the clutch pedal to change gear it makes a rasping noise? Could someone tell me please is this serious?
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0answers
38 views

Broken 2009 Town and Country power sliding door

The passenger side power sliding door will not work aside from manually opening closing it. The wire enclosure appears to be ok, it seems to be an issue with the components toward the back of the door ...
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1answer
263 views

What is this part and how do I remove it?

I am trying to replace my motorbike clutch friction plates, but cannot remove the basket around the plates ( I think that's what people mean when the say 'basket' - the cover over the plates that ...
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1answer
39 views

A relatively new tire question [duplicate]

I have 3,300 miles on my car. I went to have the tires rotated and they said I have a small bubble on the driver side front. Can the tire be repaired? If I buy the exact same tire will the car drive ...
3
votes
1answer
250 views

Can't unlock the driver's side door with the key

I can't use my key to unlock the door on the driver's side of my Honda Accord 2004 DX. It feels as though something is stuck inside the cylinder. I tried to clean it with CRC cleaner, but it still ...
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4answers
189 views

Should I pull up the handbrake as high as it will go when parked?

I always pull my handbrake up as high as it will go when I am parked (I put the button in and yank it pretty hard, until it won't go up anymore) It is easy to remove again. My friend says this ...
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3answers
582 views

connecting backup camera in my honda 2001

I am trying to set my back view camera in my Honda 2001. I could not figure out how to make electric configuration - I just want to avoid using tail light and my backup camera can keep running while I ...
3
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0answers
109 views

Dash Lights and Headlight Angle Adjust Stop Working

I have a 99 Nissan Almera on which the horn was replaced a few days ago and I just noticed that the dashboard lights and the headlight angle adjuster are no long working. A more powerful aftermarket ...
2
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1answer
82 views

I get a blast of hot air during stop start driving. What could cause this?

I am a learner driver with a Hyundai i20. Every now and then when I stop and then go and switch to second gear I get a blast of heat at my legs and feet. The aircon is off and its a diesel. I am ...
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0answers
25 views

Install Air Conditioning in the car that does not have air conditioning build in [duplicate]

Is it good idea for me to install air conditioning in my car if my car does not have air conditioning build in? Is it worth for me to spend the money to buy and install the air conditioning or it is ...
2
votes
1answer
106 views

Replacing the Faceplate on an after-factory Alpine stereo

I bought an Alpine CDE-9841 stereo and now I'd like to upgrade to a unit with an auxiliary port. I was wondering if I could leave the receiver in place and just purchase a new faceplate. I can't find ...
3
votes
3answers
117 views

How to get mold smell out of car - 07 Ford Mustang GT

This car sits under a cover for an unfortunate amount of time. It's a 2007 and only has 39,000 miles, if that's any indication. It probably only receives love during the summer and sporadically ...
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3answers
7k views

Third brake light (LED) test

I have a 2008 Honda Civic and the 3rd brake light is having an issue. It seems in the morning (first cold start) it works when I depress the brake (I can see it light up the rear window). But after a ...
2
votes
0answers
26 views

1990 Nissan TRX headlights and Tail Lights

I recently purchased a 1990 TRX and I'm hating the headlights as they only have a single bulb. Just wondering IF there are compatible headlights and tail lights from something like an S13 etc ... I ...
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2answers
99 views

1989 Nissan pintara problem

I have a 1989 U12 2.4l Nissan Pintara. It started running really rough one day and when I got home the exhaust manifold was glowing red hot. I changed the catalytic converter and it still is running ...
2
votes
3answers
137 views

What are the different types of disc brakes

I have head of Ventilated Disc,Carbon Ceramic disc. I do not know what are the different types of disc brakes available on the market. Which one should I choose. I would also like to know the ...
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votes
5answers
2k views

Does wheelspinning damage my car?

Apart from the tires, if I pull off quickly and I wheel spin, do I cause any damage to the internals of the car? Obviously I don't mean reving it to 4k+ and then dumping the clutch, I mean speeding ...
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vote
2answers
135 views

how a car engine can get accustomed on some behavior?

A lot of people say that a car engine gets accustomed to the driver style and in particular to specific RPM gear changing and it will perform into those "learned" parameters. I must mention that I am ...
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votes
1answer
99 views

Volkswagen Jetta 2006 front right door window stopped working

Recently my front passenger door window stopped working. Is there anything I can try at home to fix it?
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votes
2answers
9k views

what would cause the no.1 sparkplug to foul out 10 minutes after replacing it on a 1997 Buick 3.8 v-6 engine

About 6 months ago, I had some preventative maintenance done on my car that included oil change, plugs and wires. Within a week of running out of gas my car began "stumble" and idle rough. I ran ...
4
votes
1answer
80 views

Second battery for Android Stereo

I have an android head unit that suffers (like most stereos) a power drop/fail on starting the car. While the unit is engineered to retain OS power for a few seconds, the dvd player has to restart, ...
4
votes
3answers
9k views

Is the vent from the pcv valve back into the air intake really needed?

After working on my car, I didn't bother to reattached the line from the pcv valve into the air intake before testing the motor. It ran normally. This made me question whether I need to even return it ...
5
votes
1answer
122 views

Stuck storage compartment door

I have a 2008 Chevy HHR with a stuck dash storage compartment door. I've tried to pry it open with a screwdriver and I've tried to push the obstruction out with some wire. I have no idea how to get it ...
0
votes
1answer
77 views

Brakes sticking in front [2010 Chrysler Town & Country]

I changed the front brakes & rotors on my 2010 Chrysler Town and Country. Now the front brakes will not release after driving it for awhile. They both heat up and sound like they are grinding ...
0
votes
2answers
117 views

Honda Accord 2006 back right door lock got stuck

The back right door of my Honda Accord got stuck and will not open. The door is stuck in locked and will not unlock. How can I fix this?
2
votes
1answer
49 views

What kind of air compressor do I need for a proper auto body point job?

I want to repaint my 2001 Lexus ES300. If I were to buy or rent an air compressor, what kind of specifications do I need for it? I.e. the minimum CFM, HP, etc.
5
votes
3answers
4k views

Chronic ignition problems with 1996 Suburban, replacing distributor cap makes it go away

I'm trying to diagnose an ongoing ignition problem with a 1996 Chevy Suburban. Sometimes it won't start, and the previous owner said this happens regularly, and every time the problem occurred, ...
0
votes
1answer
228 views

Where is the engine temperature sensor located on a Mazda 323?

2003 Mazda 323 Astina, 1.8l, I am trying to figure where the engine temperature sensor is located in the car. How can I tell if it's faulty? I am only guessing it is because the car overheats, the ...

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