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Is 30k mile maintenance really required?

Is 30k mile maintenance really required? I have a subaru wrx '09 and the time has come for the check. I called the dealer after going through the manual. They quoted me 500+ for the check which ...
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How important is it to use a real flare nut wrench when removing the fuel line on an old Ford tractor?

An article on overhauling the carbs on a Ford 8N tractor says to use a flare nut wrench to disconnect the fuel line. How important is it use that kind of wrench, vs. an open ended wrench?
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How to know how much fuel is left when the light turns on

In general, where can one find information about the quantity of fuel that is left in the vehicle's tank when the warning light turns on? More specifically, in a Suzuki Swift GLX (auto) 2010 model?
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Manual horn switch

what are the pitfalls or things to look out for when manually wiring a switch from the battery to the horn? Some background: I just moved to texas where they require vehicle inspections. My horn ...
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My car wobbles while driving

I have a Honda Civic VTI, 1997 model, automatic transmission. When I start driving my car gives a feeling that one of the front wheel is wobbling and the steering wheel receives continuous jerks. This ...
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Preventing visor from fogging

How do you prevent your visor from fogging? I ordered a pinlock today for my HJC helmet, but had read some good things about NEC pinkstick (some kind of wax for visor). Usually I just keep the visor ...
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What is an acceptable amount of up/down play in a distributor shaft?

1995 Chevy S-10 Blazer - 4.3 L Vortec V6 (vin W with PCM) - This is the distributor style with vertical cap posts. 230,000 miles original owner. EDIT: Please click on link below to see a photo ...
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Long silent delay before Honda Accord 2003 cranks

I have a Honda Accord 2003 car. I have been having an odd problem lately, and I'm not sure what the cause of it is. Generally in the mornings when I go to start the car, it takes several seconds to ...
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How to know when thermostat is open?

Is there a way in modern vehicles to know when the thermostat is on vs off? Is it possible to tell when you don't have access to under the hood, IOW when you're driving?
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Flushing coolant after driving only with water in

If I drive my truck for 30 min with just water in my system, would it be equivalent to just flushing it stationary (the proper way to flush it)? IOW, if I just drive around with a clean water refill ...
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How to determine if P0430 is O2 or catalytic converter

2009 CTS4 3.6L P0430 catalyst below efficiency bank 2 comes on periodically. (There are no other codes being thrown.) I put a data logger on it today on my drive to work and the rear sensor is ...
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Royal Enfield Classic 350 - Motor Break-in Best Practice

How many km's should be driven with a lower speed to setup the bore for a Royal Enfield Classic 350, what is the minimum speed for that duration and how many km's should we maintain that lower speed?
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How is “Fuel consumption (economy) - combined” Calculated?

I have a Mazda - 323 S V (BA) - 1.8 i 16V (114 Hp) and the data sheet for it says: Fuel consumption (economy) - combined 7.9 l/100 km. How is this calculated and under what driving conditions?
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how do i know if my lead-acid battery has been resurrected?

The OEM battery in my 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L has been nearly fully discharged one month back (had insufficient surface charge after a prolonged use without the engine running, but leaving it idle for 20 ...
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Why would turning on the A/C affect my alternator output voltage?

So yet another chapter unfolds in the A/C gremlin saga of my LS1 Chevy. Backdrop A/C compressor is relatively new (2 years old) One of the belts is squeaking (not sure which one) Recently performed ...
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A/C Does Not Continuously Blow Cold

I have an '06 Chevrolet Silverado with a 5.3L L33 engine and 146k miles. I have been having issues with the A/C not continuously blowing cold air. It seems to cycle between cold and luke-warm. I have ...
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Is this a wheel spacer?

I just swapped my aftermarket winter alloy wheels&tires, for original summer wheels & tires. The steering wheel feels wobbly after I did that. I read this thread here on mechanic exchange ...
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539 views

Astra Turbo sounding like a diesel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph6JOhFJcJA The video above demonstrates the sound I hear when my car is at operating temperature. I don't know why it would sound so rough. It doesn't sound quite as ...
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Block Test: Can't suck any more air, is this normal? (1999 Suburban)

I performed a block test recently to diagnose a problem I'm having. The liquid stayed blue, but I want to clarify I have done this right. The purpose of the test was to see if I could prove a head ...
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644 views

How to prioritize repairs?

My car needs some work, but I don't like taking out too much debt and my savings are sort of depleted for the moment, so I need to do a little at a time. How can I prioritize the work that needs to be ...
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Car average mpg display correctness

I have been wondering about the correctness of the average MPG displays on modern cars. Mine in particular is a Renault Modus. What I did is fill the tank, drive around and then refill the tank to see ...
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455 views

2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE oil in the coolant

Recently my car started chugging and "vibrating" at low speeds, and the check engine light is flashing on and off. On inspection, I found oil in the coolant. I don't know a lot about cars, but a ...
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Impala no heat at Idle

I have 2006 impala that randomly will blow cold air at idle. Sometimes if I stop at redlight the heater will blow cold air. If I get the engine above idle by reving the engine to about 1K rpm it ...
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190 views

Rumbling noise related to road speed

There is a rumbling noise which is related to road speed. It is slightly louder when the steering wheel is turned. Could it be wheel bearings? I have BMW 528i year 2000.
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Charger doesn't stay put in cigarette lighter outlet

The cigarette lighter outlet was never designed to be an electrical outlet the way it's commonly used today. Even so, I've yet to find a plug for charging USB devices that fits and doesn't fall out. ...
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New headlight lenses?

So my 97 Subaru Legacy has pretty dim headlights, and it drives me up the wall. I like nice, thorough illumination when I'm driving at night; being able to see really does wonders for confidence on ...
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Will brake dust corrode my wheels?

I've had my car for 1 month and 2,000 miles now and my wheels, which were once very shiny chrome, now look like I painted them gray because the brake dust is so bad. First of all, is brake dust ...
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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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Car not starting: How likely that it's the fuel pump?

So I have a 1987 Hyundai Pony that was a little stubborn starting last time, but did run in the end. Then it sat for a couple of weeks. It's kind of cold (but not that cold—I'm in Vancouver). Now ...
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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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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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Engine never warms up (actually: it cools down) at highway speeds

I have a 1997 Caravan (base model) and normally on my drive to work and my highway drives in rush-hour, the engine warms up just fine. I took a road trip for work, about an hour and fifteen minutes ...
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Forced induction and engine braking

So does forced induction negate the effect of engine braking on compression motors? For example, going down an incline, drop into 3rd (automatic) to get some engine braking going. With my new Chevy ...
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Creaky / Banging sound when going over bumps

I have a 2001 Hyundai Sonata, it is making a "creaky" or "metallic banging" sound when I go over bumps. The sound is coming from the right rear wheel area, is this a bad strut? When I push on that ...
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Stuff coming out from my AC

I recently left my car (Honda Accord) in the parking lot of my apartment complex for a little over a month while I was out of town. It was working fine when I left. Now that I've come back, I've ...
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Volvo won't start - “Immobilizer - See Manual” [duplicate]

My 2004 Volvo XC90 refused to start tonite, occasionally displaying the message "Immobilizer - See Manual". I searched for solutions, and came across two suggestions: lock & unlock the door 5 ...
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Why should winter tires not be used at summer? [closed]

I heard a tire salesman say winter tires are dangerous in summer. What are the structural and material features that make winter tires not suitable for summer use?
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All weather tires vs winter tires

I have a Honda Civic 2005 Value Package. The tires are worn out. I have moved to a location where there is heavy snow in winter. Are All-Weather Tires helpful or should I buy winter tires in winter ...
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Will different tread depths hurt my 4 wheel drive?

I have a Ford F150 4x4. The front 2 tires treads measure 12/32, one rear is 6/32 and the other is 10/32. The dealership told me I should replace the rear 2 tires because the big difference in tread ...
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does a car normally continue moving at a constant speed when in gear and the foot is taken off the accelerator pedal?

I remember when driving a passenger car, when I took my foot off the accelerator pedal completely, but remained in gear, the car would normally continue to move at some low speed, different for each ...
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Can a motorcycle's brake lever be bent back into shape?

I recently had a low speed spill on my bike leaving the brake lever rather bent. Can I bend it back (roughly) straight or it is likely to just break? Given that it is cast aluminium, I suspect is will ...
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How does a torque converter work?

I am still in the learning process and I am okay with torque converter but there is something I can't understand very well: Why does the impeller and turbine have vines in opposite directions? Why ...
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1995 Geo Tracker - Shifting Issues

I just put in transmission fluid and replaced the clutch cable. I've re-adjusted it (not that I have much if a clue on what I'm doing). It did good for a few days then I had a problem with 2nd gear ...
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VW Golf 2001 Mk4 Diesel ASR Engine Problem

I've spent a crazy amount of money on my car lately and I still have the same problem. I've replaced the: Catalyst Converter Radiator Starter Motor EGR Valve Track Rod ends & Wheel Bearings ...
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I have had wheel alignment and balancing several times, still my car is shaking

I have had wheel rotation, wheel alignment and balancing for my car several times at different service stations, still my car is shaking. Steering is also shaking. What could be the reason for this? ...
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Should I care about valve order or are they interchangeable?

So I've just learned how to take valves down and I'm pretty fascinated by the whole mechanism. I got a C-clamp compressor and took two valves out just to try. Went smooth. A question: is it important ...
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What is a stress riser?

What is a stress riser and why is it important to avoid them during engine construction or rebuild?
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What exactly is Honda's i-VTEC technology

I see that almost all of Honda's cars have an "i-VTEC" logo at the back. I googled it and came to know that it has something to do with different cam profiles. Can someone explain? A diagram or ...
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What happens to a car engine when giving max throttle while not in gear

I was driving (well standing still actually) during rush hour, and I was suddenly wondering what would happen to a car engine when I would push the accelerator pedal all the way down while the engine ...
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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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