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How to diagnose “Creaking” / “Scraping” sound when entering parking lots?

My drive to work involved entering a lot that has a fairly steep grade compared to the pavement. As such, in low riding vehicles, you need to enter it fairly slowly. The thing is, recently, I can ...
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What system should I inspect first for the following issues on a 2004 Chevy Aveo?

A 2004 Chevy aveo with around 78,000 miles has the following issues: The Daytime Running Light indicator (as well as the lights themselves) randomly turn on and off. This is a slow thing and has ...
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885 views

How reliable are bubble balancers?

I'm starting down the DIY-automotive path and was reading about how some people use bubble balancers to balance their own tires at home. Can anyone speak to the accuracy of these balancers? Does ...
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2answers
194 views

Car sitting for several months: what should I do to keep it running well?

I have a car that's been sitting for several months and I just got it working again. What should I do to ensure that it keeps running well?
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126 views

Banging/Snapping Sound When Turning ('04 TrailBlazer)

I'm thinking that this is the sway bar or sway bar links. Does this sound right? This happens often and it doesn't matter which way I turn.
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2answers
118 views

Can I use 10% ethanol gasoline on equipment that recommends against it?

Not as simple as the title suggests.. I wouldn't hesitate to drive a few more miles to find ethanol-free gas for the snow blower and generator, but there is none to be found. After looking around ...
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2answers
162 views

Removing rust / prepping for repainting

I have several developing rust spots on my car. What's the best way to remove the rust / prep the surface? I picked up a wire cup brush with a 1/4", but it's limited to 4,500 RPM. My tool options ...
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791 views

Loud rumbling and burning smell when turning on defroster

Tonight while driving my 2003 Kia Sedona with the defroster on, suddenly I heard this very loud rumbling which sounded like it was coming from the engine compartment on the passenger side. My first ...
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1answer
339 views

Brakes and low-pitched squeak

I've had my 02 Honda CR-V for 3 months or so now and have noticed a growing squeak upon application of my brakes. This squeak is different from the normal high-pitched squeal that comes from the metal ...
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2answers
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2001 Honda Accord won't start in cold

Last week, I went to start my car in the morning and it wouldn't immediately start. After cursing a bit, I held the key for ~10 seconds and it fired up. I drove home (30 min drive), turned it off ...
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1answer
465 views

CAN-BUS in a SEAT cordoba 99'

Does anyone know if SEAT cordoba (99' model) has CAN-BUS interface? Where can one find this kind of info? Thanks!
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Is it okay to leave a car for 5 months without driving it?

I need to travel to the east coast and work from there for a duration of 5 months. I can leave my car in covered parking here and ask a friend to start the car for a few minutes every week. What ...
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4answers
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Wobbly Steering-wheel after changing Rims/Tires?

I've just recently swapped Summer Tires/Rims for my Winter set on my own for the first time. As it should be an easy concept, I went to a "U-Wrench" type shop where you rent a stall with a lift/tools ...
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3answers
161 views

Will a used Jetta with 60k miles be a fixer upper?

I am interested in a Jetta and am curious if 60k on an automatic 2001 model is considered high. I will enjoy changing the brake pads and other maintenance, but not dumping a ton of money into it over ...
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2answers
484 views

Audio player doesn't read some songs [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question, so if it isn't feel free to move or delete or whatever. I just burned an MP3 cd with about 80 songs on it, and it plays fine on my ...
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1answer
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How can I diagnose a scraping sound when turning left?

My car is a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX with 72k miles. About three weeks ago I started noticing a scraping sound when I turn left. My mechanic did a courtesy check of alignment, balance and tire pressure ...
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3answers
533 views

Looking for suggestions about what to try and fix on my tecumseh snow blower engine that stalls after you stop putting load on it

I have a troy bilt snow blower with a tecumseh engine and it starts great and runs great. Most of the time, anyway. It will scoop up snow and throw it just fine, and then for no obvious reason it ...
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3answers
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how to clean up spilled oil?

I changed the oil in my pickup a couple months ago, and had about a quart of clean oil left in the container when I was done. I don't have a garage or other handy place to keep stuff like this, so I ...
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2answers
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turning right causing small vibration and noise

My 2004 Ford Focus makes small grinding and vibrating noises when turning to the right. The problem was much more severe earlier this month. I took it to the shop and had them get me new tires and an ...
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1answer
225 views

Should I replace my oil bath air filter with a normal one?

I have a 1959 Nash Metropolitan with an oil bath air filter. Would you recommend just leaving it alone or should I replace it with a modern air filter? (The replacement looks the same from the outside ...
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2answers
91 views

Turn lights are blinking at a different rate

I am rewriring my car with new harness and I noticed something strange. My left turn lights blink faster than my right turn lights. They are both routed through the same relay and I don't think they ...
2
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1answer
392 views

Adding air condition (con) CONTROLS to a Peugeot 206

I emphasise CONTROL because pug has an air con button. I have heard people say it is too expensive/difficult/ just not worth retrofitting air con to a car but I would like to swap the single button ...
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3answers
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2006 Kia Sedona intermittently not starting

What could be causing my (non-)starting issues? Occasionally (once every two weeks or so) when the keys are inserted and turned to the start position, nothing happens. No noise, no dome lights dimming ...
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2answers
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Peugeot 206: Dash and clock backlights stopped working

I've double checked all internal and external fuses I can find, that being panel next to the battery and panel under steering wheel. I adjusted wires on my head unit but then when I put it all back ...
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3answers
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Manual Transmission - Stuck in Neutral

I was at a red light and my car was in neutral and got stuck (wouldn't go to first). My mechanic told me that it is the clutch and is going to cost $1,200 to replace. The guy at AutoZone said that it ...
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1answer
823 views

How can I remove heating blower fan from the blower motor - Mercedes-Benz 308D van?

How I can remove the plastic fan from the axle of the heating blower motor? The vehicle is a Mercedes-Benz 308D van from 1992. The blower motor is a Bosch part number 0 130 007 027. I know that also ...
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1answer
521 views

Cruise Control and Brake Lights not Working

I recently fixed a problem where the cruise control and brake lights stopped working at the same time in my 2006 GMC Canyon. The question is not how to fix this, but how it broke to begin with. I ...
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1answer
195 views

What might cause a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TMPS) to intermittently get no reading?

I bought a used car a few years back that has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) including a readout on the dash with the pressure level on all tires and a warning indicator when any of the ...
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1answer
118 views

HomeLink not opening garage door in the mornings

I have a 2011 Nissan Murano and am currently experiencing the following situation that started about two weeks ago: I am not able to use the in-built programmed HomeLink garage door opener in the ...
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2answers
445 views

Remote locking button stopped working with 1997 BMW 728i

I have a 1997 E38 with a very strange problem with the remote locking mechanism. I'm able to unlock the doors and open the bootlid, but the locking button doesn't lock the doors anymore. It used to, ...
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3answers
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How can I get a stuck broken screw out of a rear license plate?

So I was putting my girlfriend's plates+frame on her Civic, and being the he-man that I'm not, I managed to break the heads off both screws in two tries. I went to Home Depot and picked up one of ...
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1answer
93 views

Trying to diagnose from this sound when accelerating

I have a '96 Holden Apollo, automatic, that has a point when accelerating where it sounds like its revving up a bit higher and seems like the gears might not be really gripping. Thats my uneducated ...
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1answer
216 views

ceramic vs. semi-metalic brake pads for '04 Corolla and '00 Frontier

I'm getting conflicting information on the type of brake pads to install on my vehicles. I own a '04 Toyota Corolla and a '00 Nissan Frontier (4cyc., 2WD). I'm trying to figure out whether I should ...
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2answers
678 views

How to improve suspension on my 2005 Volvo S60?

I recently purchased a 2005 Volvo S60. The car runs great, but I've discovered that the suspension feels a bit stiff. When I go over a bump, I get shaken up a lot more than I do going over bumps in ...
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1answer
365 views

DIY Throttle Body Cleaning - Worthwhile?

Although I'm fairly familiar with the question of using fuel injector cleaning solutions, and using Seafoam for intake/injector cleanings, recently I've been looking into cleaning my throttle body ...
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2answers
493 views

Is it best to replace HID headlights in pairs?

I've heard that halogen headlights should be replaced in pairs. I've been wondering if the same is true of HID headlights. They are much more expensive, so I would like to avoid having to buy two of ...
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3answers
144 views

I'm looking to buy a new car and I'm wondering what does more damage on a car: time or miles?

So the title is pretty self explanatory. I'm looking at getting a minivan, and there is a 2011 model with 50k miles, and a 2008 model with like 30k miles. What's better? Is it better to have ...
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8answers
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How do I loosen stuck lug nuts in order to change a tire?

How do I loosen car tire lug nuts (so that I can change a tire) when they are really really stuck? I have tried turning the provided wrench, even standing and jumping on it. This worked for 4 of the ...
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2answers
5k views

OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag light

Is there an OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag warning light? My 2004 Honda Element EX has a red air bag warning light that recently has turned on. The nearest Honda dealer wants ...
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1answer
125 views

Blocked windshield washer jet 96 Suburban K2500

The passenger side washer jet on my 96 GMC Suburban K2500 got something in it, and I can't figure out how to clear it. The tubing is buried somewhere inside the firewall and I can't find the end to ...
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1answer
161 views

Which of these two front struts is the correct one for a 2002 Subaru Outback?

The wife's car (2002 Subaru Outback) is ready for new struts and I'm trying to determine the correct part set. TireRack, surprisingly, lists two different sets of front struts. One set is for ...
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2answers
1k views

Rover 25 - My battery light starts flickering on/off on the dashboard

My girlfriend noticed this yesterday and thought it was odd, it stopped but started happening again this morning on my way to work, I think its a V plate.... "as I’m driving along my battery light ...
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4answers
276 views

Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?

Usually I am stuck doing this sort of stuff by myself and I don't trust my kids (4 and 7) yet to help me with this. Any tricks to doing this or is this really a 2-man job?
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3answers
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What should I look at when my brakes are soft?

I replaced my brake pads this weekend and now my brakes seems like they are much softer than before. I can easily put the brake to the floor. The vehicle is a '98 Chevy Malibu. I have seen some ...
4
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1answer
106 views

I know this isn't good, but what is it and how hard is it to replace?

While replacing my brakes this weekend I saw this: My best guess is that it is the stabilizer bar. It is attached further back in the frame or axle (can't remember for sure). How hard would this ...
2
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1answer
376 views

Lower radiator hose heater. Is it worth it?

As winter and cold temperature are coming soon, I was looking at getting a block heater and I came across a thread talking about installing a lower radiator hose heater. Does anyone have one ...
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3answers
2k views

Do I need steel lugnuts when using steel wheels

Here in the northern part of North America, we're about to start winter, so off come the mags with the summer tires, and on go the steel wheels with the winter tires. Do I need to use steel lug nuts ...
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vote
1answer
237 views

2004 ford crown victoria - Fuel Cap pressure

My check engine light came on yesterday. with that another little light that says "check fuel cap" also lights up but only stays on for about a second or two. I have never noticed this before so ...
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2answers
448 views

What to do about snapped out retaining pins?

I attempted to remove the drums on my wifes 98 jeep cherokee sport but in attempting to remove the drum, the brake shoes also were coming off and as a result the retaining pins popped out. I was able ...
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2answers
762 views

Anything I should/can spray in the ductwork while I'm replacing the cabin air filter?

Every time I start the fan blower on my 99 VW gti after the car's been sitting overnight, I get this really nasty pungent disease kinda smell out of the vents. I open the windows and it blows away, ...

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