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I put too much oil in my car, the level has been corrected now but it's still smoking

I put two quarts of oil in my car, then it just started throwing out smoke almost immediately out of exhaust pipe. Drove it home less than a mile, my husband said i put too much oil. So he drained the ...
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Grinding sound when stopping with 2010 Honda Civic.

I've had brake pads and rotors checked. Mechanic said they were fine. Grinding noise becoming louder. Mechanic said it could be brake dust. Will brake dust continue to get louder? How safe is this?
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Resources for learning how to drive stick shift [closed]

I apologize if this isn't the correct place to post this question, but it's the closest of the SE sites I could find. I need to learn to drive a stick shift, but I don't have a car to practice on, ...
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Engine-wise, how damaging is oil burning?

Assuming that an engine always has enough oil to be lubricated properly but burns quite a bit of oil, can it cause any damage in long-term because it doesn't belong to the combustion chamber? I have ...
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258 views

My car pulls/stalls after i apply brakes and it makes a loud grinding sound

I have a 2002 Mercury Cougar and it makes a loud grinding sound every time i brake. Sometimes it even rolls backwards when in drive. What could be the problem(s)?
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1answer
624 views

Low compression and will not ignite after broken camshaft pin and replaced head and gasket

My 95 Geo Metro Lsi 1.0L had a blown head gasket. I replaced the gasket and drove the car for approximately 120 miles before it started spitting and sputtering. Then it died just before I got home. I ...
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Offroad Kit - Are the brakes replaced?

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger that a previous owner modified by adding an offroad kit to it. I don't have a picture of the suspension system at the moment, but this one is pretty close in terms of wheel ...
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1991 Honda Civic Death by Poor Timing Belt?

I was driving to work one morning and the car just staled, after waiting hours to be towed by a flatbed truck and sending it to a shop, I received a call that my timing belt broke. Which was not ...
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2007 MKZ Engine Won't Turn

The engine turn has been "weak" the last week or so. This morning it was kinda cold and it wouldn't turn at all; I'd hear a slight buzzing sound and the dash lights would kind of flicker when the ...
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Mixing antifreeze?

My dealer has not been good about topping off fluids lately. I bought some antifreeze (http://amzn.com/B0089LSFJ0) to get the level to just above minimum, but I'm concerned that I don't know what the ...
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1answer
122 views

Caravan Automatic Transmission gear selector

2001 Caravan. Very hard to change from park to any other gear. Selector very loose when pulling down to shift but very hard to get it to stop at a specific gear. Then it is almost impossible to put ...
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1answer
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How to identify transmission issues

I have a new Camry L (4 cylinder 5 gear)with about 6k miles on it. Whenever I push the car from 0 to 30 mph and then let go easy on the gas to keep the car at 30-35, then I can feel the car 'jerking' ...
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Tail Light / Turn Signal randomly not working

I have a 2003 Ford Sport Trac and the drivers side tail light went out a few months ago. The bulb was spent and I replaced it. After a couple of weeks it stopped working again, but the bulb is fine. ...
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Camry 1994 antenna doesn't go down all the way

It is Camry LE 1994. The motorized antenna doesn't go down all the way when I turn off the engine. How can I replace it?
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1answer
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AWD truck doesn't shift smoothly. I was advised to not change the transmission fluid

AWD Mercury Mountaineer. 1997 Automatic transmission. 8 cylinder 5.0L 150k miles. fairly good shape. Pretty awesome truck. From 1st to 2nd gear, the transmission shifts with a light clunk. Also, at ...
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1answer
456 views

Camry LE 1994 trunk lock not working

I locked the trunk of my Toyota Camry LE 1994 4 Cyl. Now when I insert the key to unlock it, it doesn't rotate. What can I do now? What will be the cost to fix it? Note: The keyhole is horizontal ...
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Wheel will not come off, may be bent around hub

The wheel of my 1997 Grand Caravan will not come off. I have tried banging it with a hammer, kicking it while sitting on the concrete, prying it with a pry bar, and loosening the nuts and driving the ...
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1answer
122 views

P0420 code for 09 Murano

I've had several opinions stating my car needs a cat converter but after failing inspection today, the mechanic said it might need ECT sensor changed. I've read previous posts that cat converters ...
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2answers
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Should I get my brake rotors turned without replacing the recently-replaced brake pads?

Earlier this year, I noticed my brakes starting to screech (especially in the morning or when it was cold out). Not the distinctive squeal of finished brake pads, but the more "grinding" screech of ...
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2answers
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What is a re-manufactured CV axle?

Today I replaced the passenger side CV axle of my 1994 Camry LE 4 Cyl. The package of the CV axle was saying 'remanufactured'. Should I assume that it was not new?
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1answer
91 views

Specs for a Toyota Avalon 97 Alternator?

So I was told during a check-up at a Jiffy Lube oil change that their analysis turned up a failed alternator giving 12.1V. Given that Jiffy Lube doesn't replace parts and thus gains nothing if I do, I ...
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1answer
36 views

fan motor stopped working

I have an 04 Cavalier. My fan motor stopped working so I changed the motor but the fan sill isn't coming on. I was thinking maybe it's the temp sensor - If so where would it be located, or what else ...
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Toyota camry 2003 , 2azfe - 2.4 L , vibrates at idling & does not accelerate properly

Recently I sent my Camry to the workshop as there was a blown water outlet pipe, and was told that the head gasket was damaged too. These were then replaced, and I took delivery of my car. But my ...
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2answers
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1997 Plymouth Voyager (U.S.) Ignition Cylinder R&R

Attempting to replace the ignition key cylinder. Attached are the instructions and photo's of the Voyager we're trying to replace the cylinder. I just don't see any access to the "cylinder release ...
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Steering wheel shakes when braking at high speeds

I got a 2011 lexus ES350, the steering wheel shakes badly when i push the brake. I have been told that its the rotors. I got the rotors resurfaced last week at the lexus service center but no ...
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424 views

Why do blinkers of two cars never blink synchronously

I dont know if I can ask this question here but have been trying to find an answer for this one for a long time. Take three cars of the same make/model/year. With the precision of microseconds, turn ...
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1answer
345 views

2002 Altima: Battery and Gas Pedal Issues Same Week

Car Info: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L with about 140k miles on it. The symptoms: On Tuesday of this week the car is in a parking lot, we return to the car, it starts and idles but when the accelerator ...
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How to protect the top of a sunlight / UV damaged steering wheel

The very top of my steering wheel is rough, where sun has damaged the plastic and eaten through to the cushion layer below. The common chemicals for automotive "uv protection" all warn against use on ...
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2answers
256 views

Faulty Fuel Gauge

I recently bought a 2002 Buick LeSabre and was told the float is not working so I have no idea how much gas I actually have. It often dings to say it’s low, but upon filling it I often need less than ...
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1answer
102 views

Buying Car Parts Online

It's clear to me that car parts are cheaper when purchased online rather than through the mechanic. I've been buying tires and break pads online for years with few problems. Now, the wheel bearings ...
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0answers
87 views

Gearbox Swap '93 model mitsubishi triton MJ

I bought two cars, one as a road vehicle and another as spares. They're both Mitsubishi Triton MJ. My road vehicle is a '93 model and the spare is a '94 model. My question is whether it's possible to ...
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4answers
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Can a oil leak cause a fire?

My mechanic has recommended that I fix an oil leak in my car. My car is old and really, I rarely drive it so I'm reluctant to spend any money on fixing it unless it's going to cost more later on or ...
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2answers
501 views

Can an improper jump start cause damage to the starter motor?

Can a charger pack applied to the wrong terminals cause damage to a starter motor on a car. This was done resulting in a loud bang, flash and smoke inside the vehicle. What other damage could have ...
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1answer
32 views

Can I plug dj gear to Pilot 2013?

The touring pilot 2013 can provide 650 watts, and has a 115V outlet. But can it handle a good 2-3 hours of djing or would it kill the battery? All together the dj gear may consume up to 150 watts
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Steam coming from radiator, odd noise while accelerating

I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla and last night while driving on the freeway, every time I pressed the gas pedal, the car would make a very noticeable sound. I pulled over and, as soon as I did, steam ...
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BMW 2008 328i Sedan iDrive GPS Navi LCD display - how to connect video RCA to it

Does anyone know how to connect a video RCA to the BMW iDrive LCD display? I opened it up and saw this 12-pin connector but there's no RCA hookups anywhere. I wanted to connect a rear view camera to ...
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1answer
2k views

What does error code: POO13 mean?

My vehicle: Saturn VUE 2008, 2WD 4Cylider. Checking light is steady on. Read code at auto zone store, POO13. The mileage is only 45K. I have no idea. Thanks for advice.
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1answer
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drove without #3 cylinder plug wire. Help!

I drove without a spark plug wire in my 1978 GMC Sierra 5.7L. It drove fine and I didn't notice any problems until it died after about 2 miles. It was acting as if it was out of fuel or power when it ...
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1answer
593 views

Wiper motor voltage troubleshooting

I am troubleshooting a rear wiper motor problem in a 2003 Ford Focus wagon (LE). When I measure the voltage to the contacts (with the wiper switch on), i get intermittent (~4 s) voltage at 200 mV. ...
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1answer
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1998 GMC Suburban Air Conditioner

I am a part time auto mechanic, and for the life of me cannot figure out this problem. No matter how many times I fix it, two weeks later it comes back. I cannot fix the air conditioner. I have ...
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2answers
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Is incessantly revving an engine necessary for tuning?

I have a neighbor who revs his engine loudly over and over again, for anywhere from 15 or 20 minutes up to several hours at a time, several days a week, and has been doing this for over a year. It ...
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2answers
670 views

Access car settings with aftermarket radio

I have an '03 Chevy Impala, and I wanted to upgrade its OEM radio (head unit) with an aftermarket one. I just have one concern. I recently realized (after reading the manual!) that the car has a ...
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3answers
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Slower Engine Start When “Cold”

I have a 2012 Honda Civic EX (4 Cyl Automatic, 5-speed transmission, Regular Gasoline). I get it serviced regularly and it has around 28k miles. The engine light has never come on. I am noticing this ...
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What is happening when a two-stroke engine is said to be “four-stroking”?

Many years ago, I was involved in a hobby of building and flying model aircraft. The aircraft used alcohol-fueled 2-stroke engines with glow plug ignitions. When these engines ran rich (and always at ...
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5answers
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How to drive a car in snow [closed]

I have never driven a car in a region where it snows. I am planning on a vacation to states where it snows and would want to be prepared to drive in snow. What necessary steps/precautions can I take. ...
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2answers
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Weak front brake on dirt bike

After changing the air tube in my front tire and reinstalling the wheel on my Suzuki RMZ450, I noticed that the front brake lost a lot of stopping power. What caused this and what do I need to fix to ...
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0answers
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How to drive a car in snow [duplicate]

What is the recommended way of driving a car in snow in the USA ? I have lived in Southern USA all my life and have seen very little snow fall(once in a decade). Which doesn't even stick on the road ...
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1answer
322 views

What is the button beside the VDC control on a 2001 Subaru Legacy VDC model

There is a button that looks like a demister on the dash beside the VDC button that I have no idea what it does. There is already demister buttons else ware in the car so it must be something ...
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1answer
119 views

Car doesn't start for 1 hr

My 1997 Dodge grand Caravan will run fine for about 2 to 3 weeks, then all of a sudden when I turn it off it doesn't want to start back up: all the lights work just fine and I got full power, but it ...
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2answers
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Where is the battery located on a Chevrolet Cobalt and how do you change it?

I'm trying to get a 2006 Cobalt back on the road. It's presenting the symptoms of run down battery (Dim lights, time on the radio is reset to 12:00, won't start). The battery is original, so it's ...

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