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How do I fix P0431 Warm Up Catalyst Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 2

I just got my 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor Limited 4WD back after 4 weeks in the shop, there was a problem with the transmission and $1800 later the transmission was completely replaced. I was ...
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How to reset the service reminder on a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor?

I have been looking for a few days now on how to reset the service reminder that keeps showing every time I start the car. I know the car repair shop can do this, but I would like to know how to do it ...
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Want to buy Honday Odyssey van [closed]

I live in OC, Ca. My long term goal is to buy a good used Honday Odyssey family van. please let me know how do I do it. I am on a low budget and looking to get good bang for the buck. I have never ...
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Should an automatic transaxle be pressure flushed?

The statement "Never pressure flush the CD4E..." worries me a bit. Should it?
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Top off differential fluid

How do you top off / fill the differential on a 1996 Chevy Caprice? Can it be done without taking the cover off and changing the gasket? Any gotchas to watch out for?
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Popping / Clunking noise coming from rear of vehicle

What could be causing a popping / clunking sound from the rear end of a 1996 Caprice? The sound is only present (or apparent at least) after the vehicle has been driven for a while and seems to ...
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436 views

Loose airbag in 1998 Ford Contour LX

If you've got a Ford Contour with a loose airbag (still attached to the wheel, it just rattles on rough pavement), how do you tighten it? What type / size are the screws?
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How does the tracking on the car get hit 'out'

As per the title. If the tracking on a car is adjusted by adjusting the threaded part on the track rod end, how exactly does the tracking go 'out' of alignment over time, and/or how does hitting a ...
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Where'd my heat go?

My air vents blow out air. That's it. They do it well, too. Two weeks ago, when I turned it to high heat, the air was HOT. But now it's just air. The AC doesn't work either, but I know where that ...
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Car Stalls When Coming to a Stop

Make: Chevy Model: Cavalier (4 cyl.) Automatic Year: 1993 Miles: 230K Normally my Cavalier drives just fine without problems. However, if I drive for 45+ minutes then it will sputter and stall out ...
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Vauxhall Vectra Automatic CDTI 150 Gearbox Problem

Gearbox fine when cold. After about 25 mile drive it sticks in some gears, revs up between changing gear. Got oil changed. No difference. 2007 model. 79,000 miles. Can anyone help? Thanks.
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What can I do to give my lawn mower more power?

I have a 21" Craftsman push lawn mower with a Briggs and Stratton 7 hp engine that is about 6 years old. I've got it cutting on the highest setting, and it still has issues cutting the grass without ...
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Nissan Pulsar ST1.8 oil filter change

First time replacing oil filter and oil. I've drained the old oil from the oil tank and I now want to remove the existing filter. For the life of me, it seems as though the filter is in the most ...
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1answer
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Thieves tore out my ignition switch

I have a 2002 ford econoline van. They tore out the ignition switch and tried to steal it. I replaced the ignition switch but now it is like there is no power. I checked the regular fuses in the panel ...
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C-clamp stuck in brake caliper

I'm a first timer replacing (front) brake pads in my Nissan Pulsar 1.8 (hatch). I had problems removing the caliper bolts on both sides - after successfully removing them, I removed the old pads and ...
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Horn / hooter works when car is off, not when car is on?

I have a (South African) Opel (Chev? Vauxhall?) Corsa bakkie (ute?). But I think this is more a general question than specific to this type of car. However, this model I own does not have many onboard ...
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1answer
355 views

What's the procedure to associate a new remote with a 2006 Cobalt?

How do I associate a new keyless entry remote on a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt? I've got the original chipped keys.
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1answer
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How do I check the fluid level in the rear end (differential) on a 1996 Caprice?

What is the procedure to check the fluid level in the rear differential? The RPO code for this particular rear end is G80.
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Car Parts Software To View Parts of a Car

Is there computer software that lets you see parts of a car for common car models, like European brands, and browse them in 3D. Is there anything that would have autocad schematics or something like ...
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2answers
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Driver side front inside door handle does not work on a 1998 Ford Contour LX

The driver side front inside door handle and lock tab are not working on a 1998 Ford Contour LX I'm working on. There is no tension on either part. The only way to lock the door is from the outside ...
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1answer
672 views

Why is there oil pooled around the spark plugs on a 2.0L Zetec in a 1998 Ford Contour LX?

I started to change the spark plugs on a 1998 Ford Contour LX with a 2.0L Zetec (4-Cylinder) recently. It's got just over 100,000 miles on it. According to the service schedule, they're due at ...
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How To Get Organized Without a Garage Workspace?

People I've seen who have garages have it made. They have a clean, dry workspace with all of their tools within arms reach. In the most organized garages, a mixture of rolling Snap-on Roll Cab with ...
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How Does a Person End Up With Their Timing “180 Out”?

I have a 1969 Ford Thunderbird 429 Thunderjet and replaced the distributor with a stock distributor with a Pertronix electronic ignition. In the process of troubleshooting why it wouldn't start, we ...
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Car dying at low RPM only after filling up with gas

My question is closely related to one about a Jag dying at low RPM, but is slightly different because it only occurs after refueling and because the problem persists after cleaning the throttle body, ...
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1answer
301 views

Can hydraulic clutch line be easily replaced with a cable?

I've got a 92 Civic (first year with a hydraulic clutch instead of a simple cable) with a slight clutch fluid leak somewhere, and I'm curious if, when it gets bad enough to need fixing, it might be ...
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Water droplets on inside of glass that covers headlight

I am seeing water droplets on inside of the glass that covers the headlights. They don't seem to go away. How can I fix this? I think I found the answer here: ...
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Crackling static in speakers, Sony Audiophile, Ford Focus 2005

I have a Ford Focus 2005 ZX4 ST, that has Sony Audiophile speakers, which come packaged by default with that particular model. I have not modified them since buying the car used, and everything ...
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2answers
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Lancer ex 2008 CVT - Slow Down warning on display!

Yesterday, i had the "slow down" warning on my display when i was doing above 180kmph on the motorway and i was no longer able accelerate. it was as if i was driving an electric car. Though after some ...
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I have a key for 2005 Nissan Xterra, what other models and/or years could this fit?

I would like to sell this key but I'm not sure what other models or years it may fit. Is there anyone who knows or knows where I could find out?
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problem with overheating and heater core in 1998 Subaru Forester

UPDATE: It has been a year and a half and it is now happening again! (same exact presentation.) It started happening again when it started getting cold out and is still going on now. Took it to the ...
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What minimum maintenance should I do to get my cycle to a shop where it can be looked over professionally?

It's been in the garage all winter. It starts, but I'm nervous about getting it to a mechanic (about 10 miles away). It's a 2007 Honda Rebel 250cc. I have zero maintenance experience. None. A couple ...
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Enormous discrepancy in part cost estimation; reliability of refurbished parts online?

3-Part Question: My car is squealing lately when I turn it on/am idling at stoplights/am making slow turns i.e. parking lots. I go to an engineering school, and some friends of mine who build ...
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Is at home dent repair worth it?

I have a dent in the drivers side door, and I've been wondering if I should use one of these dent repair at home companies. Obviously they are going to tell me it'll look brand new when they finish, ...
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How much isopropyl alchcol to deodorize AC ducts?

i'm looking to remove an odor from my Corolla's fresh air intake. There are products available where you spray the product into the fresh air intake (near the windshield wipers), while the fan is ...
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Does a car lose its pickup with age?

I bought a used 2001 Lexus ES 320 with 195K miles on it. It drives well, but I feel its pickup is not as good as I would expect from a 3.0L V6 engine. By pickup I mean the time it takes for the car to ...
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1answer
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Where is engine oil cap on Mazda 626?

There is a front cap but it does not say engine oil. When I open it, i can see engine parts in it. I just want to pour in more oil? Is it somewhere hidden, or this is it? I understand there are 2 ...
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How to generate involute gear milling Gcode

I need to make some gears/pinions myself. I have access to a high quality 4-axis CNC mill, but not to a lathe. I'd like to cut these gears out of flat stock (facing), rather than round (edgewise) ...
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Cannot Pull Oil Dipstick

Here's a simple, yet frustrating, problem. I cannot check my oil, because the dipstick is stuck fast to the tube. I don't really want to pull and twist so hard that it breaks off.
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Fixing side mirror on my Buick

I have a 2005 Buick Lesabre, and I managed to break my side mirror off from its enclosure. In the images, you can see there are 3 sockets on the mirror - 1 large and 2 small. I broke the large one one ...
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Should I replace the tires earlier?

I recently read from a reputable source that tyres should be replaced at 3.2mm of tread thickness, not 1.6mm as the previous dogma suggested. My tyres are all in the 2.0mm - 2.5mm range. I understand ...
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Is this gouge in the side of the tire a safety issue?

During a routine tire pressure check, I noticed this gouge in the side of my tire: See image here. I'm wondering if it is a safety issue, but I hesitate to take it to a tire shop because I want an ...
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1answer
207 views

What do these Diagnosis Error Codes mean?

A transmission mechanic gave me the following error codes for my Kia Sedona 2005 model. Not sure what they mean and which ones I need to have fixed. P2422 P0116 P0304 P02015 Any help or ...
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Should I do anything or check anything before starting my push mower after sitting all winter?

I didn't do anything to "winterize" it, but we only had a few stretches of really cold weather (less than 20F) and the majority of the winter was between 20F and 50F. Should I do anything before ...
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Car runs uneven and jerky, but why? (Mazda 626)

I have a Mazda 626 (sedan) -97 and lately its been running uneven and jerky. Have had in in for repairs and changed battery, oil+filter and spark plugs. Still had problems and tried to use a engine ...
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How do you detect and deal with a freon leak?

My heat works great, but my AC is nonexistent. Just blows out normal air, which in this weather is quite hot and unpleasant. I had the freon refilled two years ago, but I haven't used the car in over ...
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If one coil spring needs replacing, do I need to replace both?

I just had my car serviced and they discovered that the front, near side coil spring is "incomplete" and needs replacing. I'm getting conflicting advice about whether I need to replace both front ...
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Ants in my lawn mower engine

Related questions: Are small engines on topic? (meta) Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. With the arrival of Spring, I went to dust off my riding lawn mower. It had been sitting ...
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Are automakers required to maintain spare parts infrastructure for 15 years?

Are (U.S.) automakers required to maintain an infrastructure of spare parts for 15-years (in the U.S. or in California)? Reading about the GM EV-1: The EV1's discontinuation ... to avoid ...
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1answer
174 views

Toyota Camry 2000: Odd Coughing when starts

Recently, I notice that my car begins coughing couple minutes after it starts. It have happened since Jan, 2012. First, I thought it might be due to Winter since it is cold weather. However, it ...
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2005 Infiniti G35x - squeaky brakes only when backing up slowly

Don't squeak when braking forwards, or braking hard/fast backing up. Only when backing up and lightly pressing on them. Extended squeal, and very loud. Anything I can do?

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