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Clutch less shifting - why does it work? Is it bad?

I have been driving stick for 15 years and within the last year I learned I can shift gear without the clutch. Normally the transmission will not let me shift gears without using the clutch. ...
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278 views

E46 Check engine light on at high altitude

In my E46 BMW, the yellow check engine light always turns on when visiting Lake Tahoe (altitude ranging from 6000-8000 feet). It usually turns off if I've been there for a couple days. After many ...
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1answer
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Oxygen sensor PID for 2004 Toyota Camry 4-cyl

My 2004 Toyota Camry with 170k miles is pulling a P0420 code, which I've read can be due to a bad catalytic converter or O2 sensors. I have an OBD-II tool with the DashCommand app on my iPhone. ...
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2006 Honda Civic Won't Start

This is what happens when I try to start my car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU1e2x3pghI I changed the battery about 2 months ago, and I just went for a tune-up last week. I even tried boosting ...
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3answers
337 views

What to Inspect / Clean / Change After Buying a Used Car Without A Service Record [duplicate]

Let's say you've bought a second hand car that seems decent, but has no service record. What are the things you would inspect, clean or change right off the bat?
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How to Inspect a Fuel Filter to See if it Needs Replacing?

I bought a used 97 Mazda 323 BA 1.8L 16 Valve BP DOHC and the previous owner has no idea when the last time the fuel filter was changed ( he was pretty clueless about everything related to the car ). ...
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1answer
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What could cause Oil Pressure light flickering

We've had one of the coldest winters in Michigan lately. Usually my car (2001 Buick Regal) is a trooper in the cold weather, but the other day as I was leaving work, I noticed a blinking light on my ...
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252 views

Opel corsa's horn alarms when car is locked

My Opel Corsa's horn keeps honking when I lock the car the same way it is supposed to if a window were to be left open, but it does this even when no window is left open. The one thing that could ...
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1answer
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Clio I indicator control non-functional

Model: 1997 Renault Clio RL Panache The hazard lights are functional and I've changed the fuse (to the on-board spare) for the indicators, but still the control stick for the indicators has no ...
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1answer
388 views

Kia Sportage 2002 radiator loss of water with no overheat or water leakage

I'm having a problem with my kia sportage 2002. My radiator is losing too much water. I topped it in the evening with 5 liters of fluid. In the next evening it was empty after driving about 20 ...
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How much does spark plug gap affect fuel efficiency?

I've read conflicting reports regarding how plug gap can affect fuel efficiency. For example, I've read that too small a gap won't cause a clean burn, or that too large a gap can cause misfires due ...
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63 views

Gapping New Spark Plugs from the Dealership

In general, if I buy plugs from a dealership which looks up which plugs I need based on my cars VIN or license number, do I need to worry about checking the plugs gap, or can I just assume they will ...
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197 views

why is it not good to stall a cold engine

I've always known that you cannot stall (regular turn off by turning key (i'm not sure how that's called in english)) an engine if it is not yet reached it's work temperature. For example, if i go to ...
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1answer
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Dash compatibility and the ECU

I have a Citroen C1 and it's a very basic model. It doesn't have a rev counter but I can add one because it has the cable and plug for it already exists, it's just not plugged into a rev counter. What ...
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107 views

2001 GMC Jimmy wont start? [closed]

Hi I have a 2001 GMC Jimmy it was running fine, then parked it. it starting acting funny, sometimes would take a couple times to start, so checked my oil dipstick, it read a little high and smelt ...
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1answer
48 views

Ventilation of batteries

i have two 180 Varta Sealed FLA 12v batteries in my stable block which are charged by a 240kw solar panel on the roof to provide lighting to the stables. The batteries are in the feed room and we ...
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1answer
71 views

Any reason I couldn't replace my entire fuse box with self-resetting breakers?

I'm always rewiring something or upgrading a component here or there on my vehicle. I recently discovered self-resetting breakers that can replace standard automotive fuses. This seems like a silver ...
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1answer
45 views

How to check 05 mustang quality of lights and sensors quality

Is there any way to have the sensors for dashboard lights and digital interface tested? The guys at Sears said they didn't like the sound of my car though the fluids were all fine. It's funny they low ...
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1answer
161 views

Diagnose and Handling of Frozen Batteries

So, it's been cold in the midwest. Actually it's really never been consistently this cold outside of Duluth and this means when jumping a dead car it's not a bad idea to consider if the battery is ...
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2answers
773 views

Why should I connect the red/positive terminal first when jump starting?

So, it's fairly popular consensus online that it's red/positive clips to the positive/red posts, then the black/negative clip to the frame One site mentions sparks, but you'll still get a spark when ...
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1answer
134 views

Identify these vintage Ford hubcaps

I am hoping to find an enthusiast who knows a bit about classic Fords. Can anyone identify these vintage Ford hubcaps ?
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1answer
135 views

Continual Brake Issues on a 2002 Kia Spectra

I have a 2002 Kia Spectra. We have replaced the rotors 3 times, but prior to doing that we were having problems with our back brakes. The mechanic we were going to said nothing was wrong with the back ...
2
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1answer
55 views

Car Hiccups when engine is cold 2002 Mustang

I have a 2002 Mustang V6 that when I first drive it in a day the car hiccups a couple times. It only happens when the engine is cold. I can't figure out what is causing it. So far I put in a catalytic ...
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2answers
277 views

How easy (is it possible) for an amateur to change the drain tube of a motorbike fuel tank?

The bike is a 1998/99 Honda CBR 600F. The drain tube seems to be corroded inside the fuel tank, based upon 2 symptoms: Filling the tank more than 3/4 full causes petrol to drain from the drain tube ...
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0answers
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Major electrical melt down in wiring

I have a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am. I noticed my cigarette lighter quit working. I had a friend put a new fuse in my car for me, then I used my cigarette lighter. All of a sudden smoke was coming through ...
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1answer
176 views

Mystery rubbing or slapping noise while driving

My 2005 Dodge Caravan makes a strange rubbing or slapping noise under the hood that is quite loud and has to do with rotation of the tires or front axle. As you slow down it slows down and vice versa ...
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1answer
184 views

E46 engine chirps when idling in the morning

The title pretty much sums it up. If I haven't driven the car in a few days, the BMW E46 engine makes a faint chirp for about 30 seconds when I start up the engine. It's more like a rapid chirp, as ...
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0answers
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Reasonable price for getting doors repainted? [closed]

I know this isn't the most on topic question, but I don't know where else to get good advice. I recently got my Jeep's doors stolen. My insurance gave my a check for $2550, so I bought some half ...
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1answer
137 views

What is the direction of rotation of the motor?

On 2005 Chev Classic 2.2 Ecotec, what direction do I need to turn it after replacing timing chain? I want to know what direction the motor rotates clockwise or counter-clockwise (anti-clockwise) when ...
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votes
2answers
259 views

Modest braking sounds similar to squealing tires

When I'm braking at a stop sign, I'm hearing a sound that sounds like a high pitched tire squeal; it's like a mix between tire squeal and the constant chirp from a bad belt, and it's coming from the ...
3
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1answer
225 views

O2 Sensor - 1998 Toyota Camry 2.2L 4-cyl

I was getting a few error messages p1135 being one of them, which seems to indicate that the O2 1st bank 1st sensor should be replaced. My car is 4cyl, so there is only one sensor under the hood (pre ...
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2answers
409 views

Bad Dashboard Coolant Temp Sensor?

In addition to the coolant temp sensor hooked up to the ECU, I have a second, single wire coolant temp sensor which is hooked up to the dashboard display. When the coolant temp is around 85C, right ...
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1answer
6k views

Engine's Normal Operating Temperature

I read in the Motor Oil University article on Bob the Oil Guy's websites that: The automotive designers usually call for their engines to run at 212°F ( 100°C ) oil and water temperature with an ...
4
votes
1answer
310 views

Old gas in 2 cycle engine

I have a 2 stroked engine that sat for over 2 years. I drained the gas and can get it to turn over when I put starter fluid in the carb. it is blowing out a water substance from the muffler and cuts ...
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1answer
104 views

Leftover parts after head gasket change; are they engine mounts or braces?

About a year ago, I replaced a head gasket on a 1994 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L. After I put everything back together there were two parts left over. The car runs good considering it's 20 years old, however ...
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1answer
71 views

Brake fluid to be used on a 1960 Chevrolet Corvair

I have a 60 Corvair and have never changed the Brake Fluid. I am planning to flush out the old fluid and replace it. What brake fluid should I replace it with. Dot 2,3,or 4
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1answer
173 views

I lubed a sticky throttle and now it's worse, but only in the cold

I've been teaching my friend to drive stick on my Subaru 2004 Impreza Outback Sport, and the gas was a little sticky/crunchy, so it was hard to give just a little gas. It was either none, or a little ...
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1answer
132 views

check engine light 2006 kia sedona

I had the oil changed on my Kia Sedona 2006 about 8 weeks ago . After I left the repair shop the check engine light came on. They rest it but it came back on. I tried to DEQ my Sedona and it would not ...
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0answers
81 views

URGENT: How to unlock e230 mercedes benz model [closed]

I have accidentally lock my mercedes benz with my key in it. Can anyone help me with it...
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1answer
288 views

toyota corolla '95 cranks but wont start

I am having problems with a toyota corolla '95. When i turn the ignition it cranks and doesn't die out but it wont start. I tried jumping the car but it still will not start. I have tried applying ...
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0answers
257 views

Ford Fiesta Mk6 Diesel Engine Fault

Upon acceleration the following lights illuminate once the engine reaches 3000-4000 RPM: A message; "Engine Fault" appears on the dash screen. Once this happens, the engine will no longer rev ...
2
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1answer
2k views

my car acts like its going to stall at a stop

my car drives fine but when i come to a stop light or any stop it acts like it will stall but never does. did some easy things like oil change. no check engine light is on but it seems to keep ...
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3answers
185 views

2004 Subaru XT under powered and smoking after oil change

Over the weekend I traveled home and back: about 140mi each way. About half way there the engine light came on, and, realizing it had been about 4500 miles since my last oil change, I added oil to the ...
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2answers
1k views

1st gear hard to engage unless stopped, Subaru 2004 Impreza Outback Sport

Since I've bought my 2004 Impreza Outback Sport, I've had a problem with shifting into 1st gear. First gear is generally difficult to engage while moving. You can just force it, but it's really ...
3
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2answers
63 views

Sound fluctuation after Aerial replacement

I have replaced the Aerial on my car because the original one broke (car wash), the factory replacement is quite expensive, so I replaced it with a cheaper one. The stereo itself seems to work fine, ...
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1answer
23 views

Ford 2000 wind star , tool slid into hallow area above front driver side wheel

How do i open the area up to retrieve the tool it slid down into it through the opening under the drivers side windshield wiper then into this hallow area above the wheel
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1answer
74 views

Intermitant Crank / No Start - 2002 Oldsmobile Alero

I currently own a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. I recently dropped money into it for maintenance, including brakes and a new battery. I have other issues with the car, but mostly I'm confused and my day gets ...
4
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2answers
84 views

1998 BMW 318is excessive current draw - possible starter issue

My 1997 BMW 318is started making a whirring noise that varies with engine speed, and an electrical burning smell after driving, and the battery goes flat very quickly. I measured the current draw ...
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0answers
99 views

Toyota camry 2003 front seat stuck forward [closed]

How do I pop off the side panel of the font seat, because it is stuck forward and won't move? 2003 Toyota Camry. How do I get the seat to go back so I can drive it?
3
votes
4answers
195 views

Why dual motor Tesla has more autonomy?

Maybe the question is more appropriate for Electronics Stack Exchange, I don't know. In the page http://www.teslamotors.com/models if we scroll down we see the several flavors Tesla sells its Model ...

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