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2000 Dodge Neon P1390 Cam/Crank Correlation

Car comes in with a P1390 Cam/Crank Correlation code and note about adding coolant recently. The Neon 2.0 doesn't have timing marks on the front cover. You guess at cylinder 1 TDC using a rod through ...
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Slippery handlebar grip handles

Recently got me a new scooter, Honda Forza if that matters. However the grips are made from some unfortunate material and after a short ride the palms get sweaty and the grips becoming slippery ...
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IAC valve cycling eratically

I have a 2004 Freestar with 240000 kilometers on it have had problem with engine surging at about 1100 rpm or high idle. No check engine code put it on ford computer no results cleaned MAFS and IAC ...
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How do I save myself from a sinking vehicle?

Every year in Arizona there are monsoon storms and somebody inevitably get's killed in a car that is sinking in water. It appears the primary issue is getting free from the vehicle. After that, ...
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Can I balance my wheels at home?

My 2003 Opel Agila steering wheel shakes and the car vibrates from 65-80mph, and I think it's because my wheels aren't balanced as I have had new tyres, tracking and wheel balancing about two months ...
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Coolant expansion tank issue

My coolant tank is filled up to the correct level before driving off but I've taken a half an hour drive and it is very low and warning light comes on. Once stopped it cools down and the level rises. ...
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AC Cooling stops at high speed

My car ac works very fine in normal conditions. But when I drive it for awhile longer, and often at high speed, it stops cooling. I can still hear the fan sound loud and clear but air flow decreases a ...
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2013 Toyota Highlander Snow Tires/wheels work on 2016 XLE?

We have snow tires/alloy rims for our 2013 Toyota Highlander. We're thinking of upgrading to the 2016 XLE Highlander and am wondering if we can use the same snow tires/wheels. Does anyone know?
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How to Adjust Camber on a 1999 Chevy Suburban

I have a C1500 (2wd, 1/2 ton frame) 1999 Suburban with 4 in spindles installed, but now the camber is much to negative and it's going to cause wear on my tires, and I can't seem to adjust the camber ...
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Mazda 3, temporary acidic vinegar/mayonnaise smell

Lately I have noticed, just after switching on the A/c, I smell some sort of a vinegar/mayonnaise mixed smell for about 5 mins, post which it disappears automatically.What could be the possible cause, ...
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Warm fuel injected engine stutters when accelerating

I have a 1994 Honda Concerto 1.5l gasoline car, fuel injected. When the engine is cold there are no accleration problems. But once it warms up it stutters if I step hard on the gas. When it does ...
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is there always pressure when taking off the gas cap? Does it relate to a full reading on gas guage?

When I take off the gas cap, there is noise from the tank like pressure is released every time. Is this supposed to happen? Would this also affect the gas gauge reading full all the time?
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Car is shaking, feels like the car doesn't have as much power, gear knob also shaking and exhaust smelt of fuel (and was louder than usual)

Okay so the car is a Nissan 200SX S15 and as i'm relatively new to the manual transmission I wanted to practice hill starting (which is where i screwed up). I pretty much let go of the clutch way too ...
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Engine temperature range?

Our 'new' ('07) Cobalt has a digital temp readout. Temperature varies substantially, depending on driving conditions - I've seen it as high as 210(F) on city streets, on a not-very-warm day. Our old ...
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Is there something I can use to replace a fuel gauge sender float?

The little ball that's attached to the fuel gauge sender in my car has a hole in it meaning that the fuel gauge isnt working. You can't buy a replacement float - you have to buy the whole sender unit, ...
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0answers
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Pontiac G5 transmission sometimes grinds when shifting into first while stopped, occasionally stalls car

I have a 2007 Pontiac G5 with a 5-speed manual (Getrag F23 if you're curious) and about 145k miles. This problem has been ongoing for a couple years now but is progressively getting worse. Sometimes ...
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1answer
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“Valve like” noise after modifying camshaft ninja 300

A friend and I bought a modified camshaft for his ninja 300/EX 300. After installing and checking/adjusting valve clearance everything seemed ok. After a few laps on our local track the bike started ...
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Rumble strip noise on 1999 F250

I have the "sounds like driving on a rumble strip when I hit a bump" problem. I've read through the many threads about it on other sites and I'm trying to narrow down the cause for mine. There are ...
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1answer
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Is there any advantage to keeping the battery “topped up”?

I got an engine/cabin heater installed into my car right before winter, which was great for driving comfort this winter. One of its "side-effect" features is that it charges and keeps your battery at ...
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0answers
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Opinion on buying a Lancer A17++ vehicle [duplicate]

I guess this would be an ideal place to ask this question! If not, please direct me to a suitable forum. :) So my question is, I'm going to buy my first car and, ever since I was a kid I fell in love ...
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The Kawasaki H2R Motorcycle has a blower, why doesn't it have an intercooler?

Why no intercooler when it has a blower? My understanding is compressed air fuel mixtures have an increase in heat and are therefore prone to detonation. In this episode of Jay Leno's Garage at ...
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In Canada, would doing my own oil change void the warranty?

I'm looking to see if someone can confirm that changing the oil on my car will not void the warranty (I'm in Canada). Links for proof would be nice or get an idea where to look for such things. This ...
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1answer
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2004 Crown Vic seat belt tensioner won't extend

2004 Crown Vic had right rear door replaced, they didn't hang hinges carefully and door wouldn't open easily. I unbolted the front seat belt pretensioner from the door post to access the lower hinge ...
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Is tire life by mileage a failure point or wear point?

When getting new tires and a seller refers to a tire with a 60,000 mileage life does that mean that the actual tire is expected to reach a full wear pattern by a certain thickness or is that from a ...
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Torque convertor shudder?

I drive a 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD ex-cab 2wheel drive with a 6.0 gas engine and a six speed 6L90 automatic transmission. I have started noticing what I believe is called "shudder" from my tranny under ...
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1answer
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How Does Being in Drive Disable the Starter on an ATX Vehicle?

Being used to driving manual transmissions, I occasionally forget to put my ATX in park when I shut off the vehicle ( I'm getting better ). Today I did that without realizing it, and when I went to ...
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2answers
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Will a Slight Overfill Harm an Automatic Transmission

I flushed my transmission recently, and I overfilled it slightly, maybe by a 1/2 liter on a transmission that takes about 8 liters. When cold, the fluid is a little over the cold mark, but not up to ...
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2answers
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How much disc brake drag is acceptable?

As far as I know brake pads are supposed to maintain slight contact with the rotor at all times. As usually the only thing pushing the piston back after braking is flex of the square cut seal around ...
3
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0answers
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A/C only kicks on when set to defrost

07 Town & Country - The a/c compressor only kicks on when I have the it set on defrost. When I move the setting to vent or anything else it blows cold for about 3-5 mins then it gradually gets ...
6
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2answers
49 views

Rhythmic “soft screeching” noise for a minute after cold starts on cold days … sometimes

2004 Infiniti G35, 155k KMs (~97k miles), totally stock. Intermittently, after cold starts on cold mornings, I hear a "soft metal screeching" oscillating roughly twice a second. The sound disappears ...
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3answers
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Where can I get help finding my way around the engine of my specific model of car?

After a bit of intensive study I've learned the ins and outs of how a car works, the majority of it. Not well enough to stop needing a mechanic, but well enough to understand what every component ...
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1answer
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1998 VW Beetle - Clutch and Electrical Issues

I have a 98 VW BEETLE. I had to change my clutch all the way from the master cylinder to the clutch pedal. Still have no clutch. Then when I tried to start my car all the lights come on even radio ...
5
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1answer
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2013 Honda Accord clicking repeatedly on its own?

I come home at 2:30 today. Two hours later, I go out to the garage to find my car clicking repeatedly while the parking lights flicker in unison with the clicks. I hadn't even gotten into my car ...
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2answers
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Engine sputters when turning left corner

In my 1986 Ford F-150 (carbureted) when I go left around a corner, the engine sputters. Feels very similar to running out of gas, but it picks back up once I stop turning. Only happens in a sharp ...
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1answer
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When jump starting a car why not hook up the negative on the donor car last? [duplicate]

I understand the safety concerns leading to grounding to the frame or engine for the car with a dead battery. From what I've read the dead battery is the one with a chance of venting hydrogen, but ...
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1answer
46 views

08 Silverado 5.3 rough idle and dark cold start exhaust

I recently bought a 2008 Silverado 5.3 with 77k on it. After a couple weeks I noticed that at idle the engine would stumble and my rpms would drop slightly. It eventually set off the check engine ...
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Why do we mostly use fossil fuel instead of a more reliable and larger sum fuel?

Why do we mostly use fossil fuel instead of something like... Alcohol? We used it in a portion of our gas, so why don't we use it in greater quantities? Obviously there's a reason. My guess is ...
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1answer
46 views

Is there a way to use a PC as an ECU for testing CANBUS Sniffer devices?

Is there a way to connect CANBUS sniffer device to a PC (computer) with CAN-H and CAN-L pairs and test the sniffer device? I want to convert my PC to an ECU emulator, connect a CANBUS sniffer ...
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0answers
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Which electrical parts in motorcycles are obligatory for basic driving capacity?

According to this survey, electrical parts in motorcycles are the most probable to fail. Which of the electrical parts in modern motorcycles are necessary for maintaining basic driving capacity? In ...
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550 views

Making a custom exhaust

I drive a 1990's Citroen BX TGE16 with no o2 sensors or anyhing fancy on the exhaust as far as I can tell. My exhaust is all rattly most surely from rust and age so I'm planning on changing soon. ...
5
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2answers
54 views

2012 chevy equinox blows hot air even shut off

We have a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. We cant turn off the interior heat even when we turn the temp all the way down. Even when we turn off the heater it keeps blowing hot air. What could be the ...
5
votes
1answer
27 views

Canister purge valve constantly opening

I have a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS, 2.7 L V6, 2WD, 5-speed manual, 113,000 miles. I recently replaced the Canister Purge Valve, because the solenoid was burned up and check engine light was on for ...
6
votes
1answer
60 views

Why are shock absorbers in wishbone suspension systems mounted on the lower control arm?

Is there any particular reason (relating to the sprung mass) for having this kind of setup? I am yet to see a wishbone suspension with the shocks on the UCA.
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1answer
49 views

How clearly dilineated are the four strokes of a four-stroke engine?

So...I was taking a Facebook quiz sponsored by "How Stuff Works" about engine technology. One question asked, during what stroke did the spark plug fire. Knowing that the spark fires a few degrees ...
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1answer
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2012 Ninja 250 Clicks When Trying To Start

tried searching all over the Web to solve this problem without luck! My 2012 Ninja 250 keeps making a clicking noise coming from under the seat when I press the starter switch. I have a brand new ...
7
votes
1answer
57 views

BMW 1 Series (2016) Bumper Repair

I recently got a new BMW 1 Series 116D (2016) on a 4 year PCP deal. A week in, I've managed to scratch the bumper. Although it's a minor dink, I don't want there to be any risk of it devaluing the ...
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votes
3answers
560 views

Why do attempts to charge a flat car battery with an electronic battery pack give results as if there's a short circuit?

I'm not having a good weekend - car wouldn't start, even when jump started using a conveniently placed 12v generator battery (almost identical to this question, I suspect dodgy cabling to the ...
5
votes
1answer
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Starting Problem

I have a 2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7 Engine. It won't turn over, the battery is new and all indicator lights work. It starts with Bum start but not on its own.Any sugestions would be appreciated. Thanks; ...
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6answers
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Will higher octane fuel improve towing power?

According to Will higher octane fuel improve gas mileage? higher octane fuel does NOT notably improve fuel efficiency. Will higher octane fuel, increase power while towing? I looked online and ...
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votes
1answer
37 views

The Testing Procedure for the Mazda 626 Alternator in the WSM is Unclear

I have some questions regarding the alternator testing procedure outlined in the 98 US work shop manual ( this is related to my battery warning light question ), my car has the FS engine: When it ...

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