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Are there any disadvantage to fuel efficient tires?

I'm in need of new tires and I saw some fuel efficient/low rolling resistance tires. Is there any disadvantage to this type of tire?
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Car steering wheel question [closed]

When you turn your car steering wheel, does it turn all four wheels or two wheels in front or at the back? How can you learn to steer properly?
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What is an oil catch can for?

Some RX-8 owners have been recommending installing an oil catch can, to prevent problems from "overfilling" the oil. I assume this doesn't mean spillover (does it?), but instead, too much oil in the ...
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mitsubishi mirage check engine light

My relative has a Mirage circa 2000 with a "Service engine soon" light. He showed it to his mechanic and he said that he doesn't know what is wrong with it and that the car needs to be taken to the ...
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Engine Bogs down with A/C or Defroster On

This started to happen relatively recent. It's 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. What is happening when the engine is idling and I turn the A/C on or the defroster (which also uses the A/C I believe), the ...
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1answer
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Diagnostic, diy repair guides, technical manuals

So I was wondering for a list of good diy diagnostic, repair softwares (not obd). I am aware of Autodata, Vivid and Mitchell on Demand. What else do you know? I am also looking for a software that ...
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Honda Accord 2000 V6 intermitently stalls when idling after start. What may cause it?

I have 2000 Honda Accord V6 with 140K miles and which is very well maintained and runs really nicely. However, every once in a while when I start it it would do some erratic rpm changes on idle and ...
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1answer
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Crash survival data for old cars

Where can I find a large amount of data on crashes that have happened to answer the question Which old cars (specific models and years) are you most likely to survive a crash in? Obviously you would ...
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Approximately how many hours of labour is involved in a clutch replacement

Because the cost of labour varies dramatically from country to country, region to region, city to city and sometime even suburb to suburb it doesn’t make much sense to ask how much the labour portion ...
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Can I add an MFD to my VW Polo?

I have a 2004 Polo 9N, very basic (even has wind-up windows!) and was wondering if I could retrofit the MFD that the higher-spec models have? Thanks, Gareth
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How to improve fuel economy in high-mileage car?

I'm driving an 2003 Acura TL 3.2 with 177K miles on it. I bought the car with 110K miles on it. It seems to me that the car is not getting the same fuel economy that it did when I acquired it. I ...
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Single Cylinder 4 stroke misfire at idling rpm

I have a Zongshen 200gy-2 bike, that has of late developed a misfire if there is no throttle, like waiting at traffic lights. It has recently been serviced, but the spark plug has not been replaced. ...
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Trying to figure out the name of this car part!

I got new tires today and saw that the part that's circled is broken on my car. It looks like it just snapped at the top because part of the bolt appears to still be in whatever the tube is. Anyone ...
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07 Honda Odyssey timing belt change interval for “normal” driving conditions?

The owners manual for my 2007 Honda Odyssey seems to indicate that the timing belt should be changed at 60,000 miles for extreme driving conditions. It's not clear what the schedule is for normal ...
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3answers
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improving fuel efficiency in a 96 taurus

I have a 1996 Ford Taurus with less than 200,00km on it I don't want to spend too much on it but want to improve the fuel efficiency on it. I do mostly highway driving with a bit of city driving. ...
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What are some typical maintenance things that every owner should do regularily?

Right now I just get a car wash every month, and my oil changed and whatever is included in that. Usually just a quick "inspection". Is there anything else I should be doing for my car? Or also, is ...
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What parts are required to replace a clutch?

I've got a 1995 Subaru Legacy Outback. I'm trying to get the best price for a clutch replacement and am putting together a list of all the necessary parts and prices. Can someone give me a list of ...
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1answer
257 views

Fan switch not working

On my 2006 Dodge Ram 1500, my fan switch only has 2 modes now: off and high. On the low and medium settings the fan turns off. Do I just need to replace the switch or is there more to it than that?
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Why don't my wipers clean the windshield very well?

My windshield wipers do not remove all the water from my windshield. In the photos, you can see that there are portions of the windshield that should be cleaned by the wiper, but are not. I’m not ...
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1answer
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How much mpg am I losing with different inflated tires?

I have the front passenger side and rear driver side tires at 34 psi. The other two wheels are around 28. How much is this affecting the mileage on the car? It is a 2004 Cadillac SRX V8, and the ...
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2answers
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Do I need to replace rear differential if it's leaking?

When we got an oil change, he said it's "leaking, but not out of fluid or low". Do we need to do any replacement/maintenance on it, or just wait until it gets worse? How would I check something like ...
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4answers
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Why does my car scream on cold start?

My 1988 Subaru XT6 2.7L engine screams at me on a cold start then it will stop and then do it again when I take it out of park, but then it stops. Also, my car is losing antifreeze. Any ideas why?
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Effect of loss of fuel tank vapours on mileage

Are there any estimates available on how much fuel you can expect to lose from a fuel tank that is leaking vapours? Leaking vapours would be caused by cracked/missing evaporative emissions hoses, a ...
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Accidentally poured engine oil into the coolant reservoir

My 1990 Mazda 626 leaks oil like a sieve, so I regularly top up the oil. In a moment of stupidity, I opened my radiator cap instead of my oil cap while topping up my engine oil, and poured about ...
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Misfire the next morning if car runs only for 15 seconds

So I had this gremlin in my wife's BMW 330i for at least 4 years. The car runs great but once in a while you would start it in the morning and the engine would sound rough with some shaking. After few ...
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1answer
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1990 Acura Integra LS manual transmission clutch replacement

I'm trying to replace the clutch in my manual transmission 1990 Acura Integra LS (5 speed, 4-cylinder). In the course of doing this, I need to remove the transmission which is connected to the shift ...
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1answer
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2001 Plymouth Neon-Smell coming from vents when on

Whenever I have the heat or ac on in my car it smells fine until I stop. If my car is not moving and the heat or ac is on it smells something like exhaust. Sometimes it is stronger than other times. ...
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rear deicer causes radio interference

Last year snow and ice fell off my house and damaged my 2006 impala.The roof was replaced along with front and rear glass.Now when the rear deicer is on it causes radio interference.Returning it to ...
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2answers
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Why do head gaskets fail in diesel engines?

I'm considering the purchase of a 2001 VW Golf TDI "mechanic's special", so named because it apparently has a failed head gasket (white smoke). I'm not a mechanic but I'm fairly handy with tools and ...
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3answers
238 views

Fuel efficiency and altitude

So a few months ago I moved from Colorado (~6400ft above sea level) to Florida (~10ft above sea level). Immediately after I moved the fuel efficiency in my car dropped significantly. Previously I was ...
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1answer
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What is a damper and how do I determine whether it is in good or bad condition?

I'm looking to improve/adjust my wheel alignment on a lowered BMW E36. I have been advised to check the condition of my dampers but I'm not sure how to do that!
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Will Putting An Extra Quart of Oil In My Car Ruin It?

I put too much motor oil in my car's motor. About a quart - have I ruined my car? I've been driving it. I know I need to get the oil drained. But I'm worried that I've ruined my car which has been ...
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1answer
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Megane release childlock without button

I have a 2005 Renault Megane (ie #2 model). The child locking button on the driver side window control panel is broken (will be sourcing one when I find a spare). In the meantime my childlocks are ...
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When to know it's time to fill the tyres with air again?

A colleague says it is a best-practice to fill air in the car and bike tires once every two weeks. He says not doing so causes tiny wrinkles/cracks in the tubing and reduces the life of the tire ...
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Frequency for servicing bike?

I have a Hero Honda air cooled single cylinder 4 stroke engine bike. It's about 5 years old, and I've done all the recommended servicing on time. I lost the servicing manual, but I remember that the ...
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Car engine starts only for a fraction of a second and doesn't anymore?

Recharged the car battery, dashboard lights all on, starter motor producing the starting sound. Engine not starting. After seeing this question, I cleaned the solenoid brushes and at the first turn of ...
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Lower suspension self locking nut stuck

I'm trying to change the shocks on my 1993 Acura Integra, but I just can't seem to loosen the self-locking nut from the bolt that connects the lower part of the shock to the knuckle. I tried Liquid ...
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One Key Starts, Two Others Don't

As of yesterday, my wife's key no longer starts our 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The key turns fine, all electrical accessories work, but the starter is never engaged. My key (an original) works fine. I ...
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Wear on inner of rear tyres

I have a rear wheel drive lowered car (BMW 325 E36). A few months ago, the driver side rear tyre burst (I hadn't noticed the wear on the inside). Now I can see the inner of the rear tyres is ...
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Preventative maintenance for rarely-driven minivan in heated garage

I just moved to the city and find that I am not driving my minivan (2003 Kia Sedona) much anymore. I've been driving it about 1-2 miles about once every 2 weeks. The rest of the time, it is stored ...
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How can I open a latched bonnet in a 1997 Renault Clio?

My Renault Clio RL Panache (1997) has been outside in the cold for a while, and needs a jump start to get the battery charged again. Alas, I tried to get the bonnet open a few weeks ago when it was ...
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Is it OK to mix oil of different viscosity?

I have a Mazda RX-8 (with a Wankel rotary engine). Mazda advises North American owners to use 5W-20 oil. The engine was just replaced 200 miles ago by the dealer so it currently has 5W-20 in it. ...
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How to Get Seagull Dropping Off of Vehicle Without Ruining Finish

During the day I park my car in a surface lot, which makes it vulnerable to the seagulls' refuse attacks. After baking under the Sun all day, their droppings becomes harder than cement and impossible ...
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Engine and gearbox replacement for 1993 Mitsubishi Triton 4x4

I'm sure it's possible technically but I would like to know what the options are for engine replacements. The 4 cyl engine in my Ute is past its life expectancy. I'm interested to know if a new modern ...
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Prius - Maintenance costs over lifetime [0k - 200k]

I am considering a hyprid, particularly Prius. I wanted to know what sort of maintenance costs are associated with a hybrid (or Prius) - as compared to a gasoline equivalent. Battery life (when does ...
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How do I repair the O2 sensor in a 2001 Toyota Camry?

I have a 2001 Toyota Camry and the O2 sensor near the front of the car is bad (this is confirmed by the code that the computer has returned). Though I'm not particularly knowledgable about cars ...
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'97 dodge grand caravan won't start - sometimes

intermitent won't start problem. Might start when I turn key a couple extra times or a 1000 times, til my fingers are sore. Sometimes I have to leave it and come back later, but sometimes I'm a ways ...
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1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power Loss

I have a 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee with about 183,000 miles. Over the last couple of days it has developed a problem where when accelerating it will lose all engine power for about 5 seconds (rpms drop ...
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How do you aim the headlights in a 2001 Saturn LS1?

The body was repaired after a front-end accident, but the headlights seem to be pointed down too much, and the illuminate the road in front of the car, but not that far out. There are two hex sockets ...
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CV Joint Overhaul - is it worth it?

I have problems with one of my CV joints on my 1993 Acura. I read the repair manual and they suggest that actually fixing the joint itself is a pain and that most people should just buy a new axle ...

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