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My Mazda 626 is loosing power steering; however, it is NOT leaking under car… What's wrong?

My Mazda 626 is loosing power steering; however, it is NOT leaking under car. What's wrong? I am not a mechanic; I'm puzzled why I'm loosing power steering fluid; however, it is not visibly leaking! ...
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What does 'peak power' mean in car inverter characteristics?

I'm looking for a power inverter to use it primarily to power up a vacuum cleaner in the car. The vacuum is 550 Watts. There are power inverters 600+ watts, but they are a bit more expensive and ...
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How to diagnose a vacuum hose leak or pcv pump problem

I have a old 1993 Mitsubishi Triton MJ which is having a bit of an issue at the moment with acceleration. With the initial acceleration such as moving away from traffic lights the engine will often ...
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Why no alternate (hand-cranked, spring-loaded) starter for a car?

A dead battery is a common and serious problem. At a minimum it takes time to jump-start the car. But oftentimes a second car is unavailable, or there's no jumper cables, or a serial killer is ...
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910 views

Tail light is intermittently out on Dodge Caravan

I have a 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan. A couple of days ago, the right turn signal started flashing rapidly when turned on to indicate a burned out bulb. I checked and found the right tail light was ...
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291 views

Rear motorized hatch in 2005 Nissan Armada will not open

My 2005 Nissan Armada rear hatch has opened unexpectedly (while parked) several times in the past few weeks. Now the rear hatch will not open with either the key fob or via the interior hatch button. ...
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359 views

Peugeot 406 won't start in cold weather

I drive a Peugeot 406 2.0 HDI, 2001. This morning it was -13 °C (9 °F) and the engine couldn't start. First two times, I could hear the engine running, but the third time it died and my temporary data ...
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2002 Renault Clio V6 won't start - just turns over

So I'm round my old dears and park on her drive. She needs to move my car (a 2002 Renault Clio V6 3.0) off the drive to get her car out. She gets in, reverses it and stalls it. Starts up again and she ...
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steering does not respond appropriately

I started my car this morning and backed up out of my parking spot. When I left the parking lot I lost steering (the response from the wheel is extremely stiff and behaves as if there is no power ...
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Nissan Micra oil leak

My Nissan Micra is a 51 usually a good runner however today after work on my way down the main road which is 60 my car would not gain speed. It would only reach 40 at a push. When I’ve arrived to my ...
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Determining the cause of engine failure in 1999 Ford Escort (NA)

Few months ago our 1999 Escort Wagon (third North American generation, standard 2.0L CVH motor, about 120 000 miles (roughly 200 000 km)) exited the building with a bang. That is, driving down the ...
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Can I install a plow on my stock Silverado?

I've got a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4x4, and I'd like to install a plow. I want to avoid damaging the truck, as it's also my primary means of transportation. Do I have to do anything to stiffen ...
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Wiper blades not moving, electric windows not moving

I have a 89 Mercedes and a few days ago the wiper blades stopped working as well as the windows. They were iced over and I cleaned off the ice and tried again the next day. There is no sound when ...
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dead battery 350z limited possiblities still eluding what is it?

So one night i parked my car and the next morning it was dead. It cranked like a half then 1/4 then nothing barely enough for lights on dash. I boosted it and it fired right up ran fine. Turned it ...
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How to lubricate automotive locks?

I have locks on few vehicles that are in need of lubricating. I had read/heard of several options, and I wanted to see what are the common methods and techniques. Graphite powder. Quite a few people ...
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Motorcycle: Puncture in tubeless tire. OK to plug yourself?

I got a nail in my tire the other day. Its wedged in the tire so tightly that the tire isnt actually losing pressure. A friend told me I could fix it myself by using a kind of volcanised rubber glue ...
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Why would my electrical systems cut out when I brake?

So I told this little story to the dealership service department, and they were baffled. Never heard of anything like it in ten years, said they'd have to examine it very closely. Here's what ...
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Toyota manual transmission problem

I took my 2003 Toyota Matrix in to the dealership for service. It has 105,000 miles - the oxygen sensor needed replacing, but no other issues found. Now I feel as though I need to shift to a higher ...
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135 views

What is the difference between an intake manifold and a fuel rail?

I have read that intake manifolds distribute the fuel evenly to all the fuel injectors-- but then I read that the fuel rail did that exact same thing. So obviously I'm missing something. Help!
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What is the function of a blow-off valve vs a wastegate?

I am waiting for a 2013 STI and have been looking into upping the performance, but before I go down that road I would like to thoroughly understand the components in a forced induction vehicle. I've ...
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How to loosen drive belt tensioner on 2007 Toyota Corolla?

My understanding is that I need to follow these steps to replace a drive belt: Use a breaker bar and 19 mm socket and turn the tensioner release nut clockwise to release tension on the belt. Remove ...
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2answers
100 views

96 Legacy Overheating

I have a 1996 Legacy that is overheating. After looking over the car, it only overheats under load after driving for about 5 min after it warms up. It happened before and i noticed the coolant had a ...
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491 views

Should I replace the Timing belt in 2004 Kia

I own a 2004 Kia Spectra. It only has 47,000 miles on it (I don't drive much) When I had the transmission fluid changed they said the 3 outer belts needed to be replaced due to dry rot. I am in ...
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231 views

Is talcum powder really beneficial for a tyre tube?

The local mechanic who replaced my motorcycle tyre tube added what looked like talcum powder to the insides of the tyre before inserting the new tube. I asked him the advantage of doing that and he ...
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467 views

1993 Mustang dies at idle in extremely cold weather

So we've had some mornings dipping down below 5deg F recently here in WI. The good: my stripped-down 1993 Mustang starts, can run, and drives just fine in this weather. This is the 2.3L N/A, with an ...
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Why don't FWD cars have rear differentials?

This confuses me. The point of a differential is to make it so the wheels don't slip when one needs to be turning faster than the other, such as during turns. So if the rear wheels are directly ...
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93 views

01 Monte Carlo electrical gremlins

My wife has an 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that sat for about 6 years before she got it 3 years ago. It’s having a few electrical problems. Temperature gauge doesn’t work. I replaced the sender with ...
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Engine turns over but doesn't start. Puff of smoke

This morning I got in my car (Mk3 Golf) and went to start it. The engine will turn over indefinitely but not start. On my second attempt, again it would turn over, but as soon as I let go of the key ...
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What is the difference between a V belt and a serpentine belt?

I can't seem to figure this out exactly. My understanding is that in either case it is a belt that is connected to the crankshaft and via a series of pulleys powers all the peripheral systems of the ...
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1answer
71 views

Tire Diameter Vs Tire Wear

I was told that larger diameter tires, in my case 55/R19 , wear faster than a comparable smaller diameter, say 55/R17 inch tires. Fact or fiction?
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1answer
440 views

Explain the sound of a car's ignition?

A normal, working car, nothing wrong with it, makes a very distinctive sound when you turn the ignition. I have a vague understanding of a distributor spinning around real quick and firing the spark ...
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Car Cigarette Lighter Keeps Blowing Fuse

I have a 99 Chrysler 300M. The fuse for the cigarette lighter blew out randomly, so we replaced it. I tested it afterwards and it worked. A few days later I went back out to use it and the fuse was ...
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Does switching to neutral on an automatic transmission improve braking for immediate stopping?

I've been told that when needing to brake quickly, throwing the gear into neutral on an automatic transmission actually allows for better/quicker braking. I understand how things work pretty well but ...
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'00 Civic Brake Imbalance

My 2000 Honda Civic Aerodeck just failed its MOT (roadworthyness test) on Front Brake Imbalance (51%). I changed the pads a few months ago, and had trouble with both calipers on the driver's side of ...
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Where is the fuse for the front windshield washer pump on a '09 Chevy Traverse?

On my '09 Chevy Traverse, the windshield washer pump stopped working on both the front and back. I first checked for fuses. There was one in the fuse block under the hood, that one looked good. I ...
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1answer
119 views

What would be a very efficient on-board camera?

I can't decide myself to buy an on board camera ... There are many models, some of them, very expensive. On Amazon.com, there are many models, most of which have received no rating. Thus, choosing a ...
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Access OnStar Wires on 2012 Equinox

I've got a 2012 Equinox that I want to attach an inviscord to the Onstar wires, but I am not sure how to access the wires. There is a wide black plastic cover where the rear view mirror attaches to ...
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1answer
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Attaching poorly-fitting exhaust components without welding?

I recently replaced my muffler, and attached it to the existing pipe using clamps around a short coupler pipe (sorry, I don't know the right name for these things) that fits around the outside the the ...
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1answer
88 views

What is this exhaust type thing?

What is this black exhaust type thing coming off the side of this land cruiser? What is it for?
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Temporary repair for broken clutch pedal sensor

I have 2003 Ford Fiesta. My clutch master cylinder push rod came off of the pedal today. I put a cable tie on, it should hold it for a bit. But I also noticed a sensor for the clutch pedal that has ...
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1answer
115 views

Does a water leaking make the engine heat faster?

I have a Range Rover classic 1993 which is heating very fast even if I just drive for 10 min, the heat is not rising too much but I used to drive this Range Rover before and especially in winter ...
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138 views

'83 Mercedes 300D will not start when warm

The car runs great when first started, great pickup, etc. However, if I stop and shut off the engine, it will not start back up. At times I can pump the accelerator 5 or 6 times and then it will start ...
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Should I turn off my headlights while having the car run to “defrost” while I scratch ice off the windows?

My 2009 Ford Mondeo Clipper has a very nice "Max Heating" setting, where it both defrosts front and back windows, and sets the airco to max temperature, max fan speed. When I find my car windows ...
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1answer
864 views

Car audio wattage quesions, rated vs. peak, vs. RMS

I'm shopping on Sony's site for all the parts I need for a car audio system, and they have me confused on their power statistics. I understand what peak power is, and I know that I don't want my amp ...
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113 views

How do I know what quality tires to choose? What criteria sets them apart?

I recently needed to get my left rear tire replaced because of a bulge in the sidewall. Upon the recommendation of the serviceman at the chain tire store I replace both rear tires. He showed me a ...
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When do I need to replace my spare tire?

Recently I went to a chain tire shop/garage. My left rear tire had a bulge just above the hub cap. I looked online and it appears that this could be really bad if I didn't fix it. So, the serviceman ...
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1answer
360 views

Honda Prelude: digital fuel and temp gauges dimming and brightening repeatedly

I have noticed an annoying issue on my '94 (4th gen) Honda prelude. The digital petrol and temperature gauges appear very faint when starting the car. After about 5 mins they brighten again, only to ...
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101 views

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Value

I think this is a useful enough question, so I'm posing it. Some kid rear ended me, and it's going to cost more to repair the bumper and two package than my WJ is worth. Can I expect his insurance ...
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2answers
374 views

'92 Toyota Corolla with a oil leak

My 1992 Corolla is leaking oil when driving then pools while parked. Already checked the oil pan and no leak. Where else could it be coming from?
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339 views

Headlight bulb continually breaking

A Jeep Grand Cherokee 1998 had a broken headlight. I replaced the bulb, and noticed that the glass had shattered. The new bulb broke soon, also shattered. Any idea what's going on?

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