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What shop tools are most helpful for inspecting used cars?

I am curious what benefit a shop would provide vs a mobile inspection service. I know a lift is helpful in seeing certain parts of the car, and an engine code scanner is very helpful. Any others?
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What is the difference between normal, platinum, iridium plugs?

What is the difference (besides price) between normal, platinum, and iridium spark plugs?
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Why am I smelling exhaust inside the cabin of my car?

When I drive my car the first few miles, I smell exhaust inside the car with the windows rolled up. It happens when I have either the AC or the heat/air on... What's going on?
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Using an iPod / iPhone in a 2005 BMW 525i Sedan

I just purchased a BMW 525i (2005 model, automatic) and was wondering if this model supports an adapter like later models for an auxiliary or iPod cable integration? I did some Googling and found some ...
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Vibrating sound coming from air condition vent when turned up high?

When I turn my ac up high, I hear a vibrating sound coming from one of the vents. It vibrates more if I turn it up higher. What could this possibly be?
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Cleaning fuel injectors?

I took my car (2006 Honda Civic) to firestone to get an oil change and they told me I should get the fuel injectors cleaned. I was in an Advanced Discount Auto Parts store the other day and I noticed ...
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Should you change all of your transmission fluid?

I took my Lexus RX 300 to the shop, to change the transmission fluid. While talking to the tech, he said he sucked out half the fluid and left the other old half there. Is this proper? Shouldn't they ...
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What's the purpose of the cover on the catalytic converter?

On my 1990 Honda, it's falling apart. I'd like to just rip it off; will that cause any problems? More specifically: will the car pass New York state inspection with a missing cover?
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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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Bad CV joint, but which side?

Honda Accord EX 1990, just bought. When I make a tight turn, I sometimes hear a rhythmic clunking sound. This is supposed to be a tell-tale sign of a worn CV joint. But how do I know which side it's ...
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Jet performance chips & mfgr warranties

I was toying with the idea of getting a bit extra from my 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco. It's a great car but I think the turbo is being control via the computer and in my opinion, could be a bit better. I was ...
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Floor mat holder clip hook for 2003 Honda Civic

I got Honda floor mats that fit the floor perfectly, and the driver's side has two holes through which hooks can hold it in place. There are flaps with square holes for the clips to mount into, but ...
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Brakes suddenly grip harder while braking down shallow incline

2003 Honda Civic EX While braking continuously on a long shallow incline, the brakes will suddenly grip harder in a predictable way, jerking me forward a little and braking harder from then on. Like ...
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Best brand of premium gas? [closed]

I just bought a car with a turbo engine that requires 91 premium gas. Out of the major gasoline companies like Shell, Chevron, BP, etc., is there one in particular that is better than the others that ...
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Wheel Alignment: Just how bad is bad?

Context/Information: If I understand correctly, having a fixed axle in a car makes getting things aligned significantly harder. This seems to be the case in my 2009 Toyota Corolla and the rear axle. ...
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Does length of jumper cable matter while jumpstarting a motorcycle from car battery as a booster?

I recently left my Harley Davidson 883 Superlow in ignition on for 8 hours, headlight drained all the battery. This was my first time jumpstart experiment. Had following few questions, happy to be ...
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How can I be sure my vehicle is a 4x4 / AWD?

I bought a pre-owned Volvo XC90 - 2007 3.2 V6 AWD. Or at least that's what it says on the car and the paperwork. Even in the dry, this car regularly spins the front wheels and there is fairly ...
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What would cause motor mounts to go out on a factory engine?

I got my factory motor mounts replaced on my 2000 eclipse at 175k miles. I am now at 189k and the mounts blew again. I can hear the same rattling and squeaking. I had the spark plugs and valve cover ...
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What is ECT Mode for? - Toyota Cars?

I'm not sure if this is a feature on Toyota cars alone, but I currently drive a '99 Avalon XLS and in addition to the D3 mode which I know disables overdrive, right above the radio near the top of ...
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1answer
257 views

Window Seal Leak

I have a 2008 Honda Civic that is currently leaking water into the backseat floorboards. We have done some diagnostics that have shown the seal on the outside of the window has separated from the ...
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1answer
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What resistance is typical across a small engine ignition coil?

I have a hedge trimmer I'm troubleshooting (link) and I'm wanting to rule out the ignition coil. What resistance should I measure across a typical small engine ignition coil? I would have thought down ...
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2answers
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HVAC is not blowing. Is it most likely the blower motor?

I have a 1998 Buick Park Avenue (standard not ultra). Recently the heating and air stopped blowing. It acts normal in every other way (lights and indicators work as normal) but I am not getting any ...
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Rattling/tinkling noise under load - is this knocking/pinking/misfiring?

I have 99 SEAT Ibiza, which was until quite recently owned and driven by my mother. It's therefore been well cared for, but was hardly ever given a good run or allowed to get warm. On its last major ...
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Is it possible (or practical) to repair a turn signal cancel switch instead of replacing it?

tl;dr: My turn signal has stopped cancelling reliably - can I repair it or should I get it replaced? Full Query/Context: A properly functioning turn signal system, I believe, will typically cancel ...
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1answer
211 views

How to do a 2005 v6 Avalon Oil Pan Removal (Australian Model)

My mechanic has said that I need to clean the filter at the bottom of the block inside the oil pan as this is causing the oil light to come on (I can't afford to pay the mechanic to do that currently) ...
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3answers
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Start Motorcycle Garaged for Over a Year

What do I need to do to get my motorcycle running again after I've left it in my garage for over a year?
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How To Tell if a Pulley Not Attached to the Engine Is Bad

I have a pulley that I removed from my car. I probably should have done some more research before I actually removed the pulley. How can I tell if that pulley is in fact bad?
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How Do I Remove My Socket Wrench Between the Idler Pulley and Wheel Well

I, like an idiot, was using a socket wrench to remove the bolt from my idler pulley. I unscrewed the bolt too far, wedging the wrench between wheel well and the bolt. I could not even flip the switch ...
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What are the tradeoffs for positive vs. negative ground?

I just got a classic Ford 8N tractor running again. Someone trying to be helpful flipped the battery around, connecting negative to ground. This made the engine crank backwards! So I had spark, ...
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1answer
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What is the plastic part under the front bumper of a 2007 Sentra?

I have a 2007 Nissan Sentra. The other day I was driving on the interstate and noticed a loud-ish vibration/noise coming from the front of the car. When I got home I found that the plastic piece ...
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3answers
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Difference between “Hypoid” and “Limslip” oils

Recently I changed the oil in my vehicle's rear differential. The manual recommended the use of a "Hypoid" oil, but the guy at the auto parts store suggested a "Limslip" oil instead. I went along ...
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2answers
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Hyundai Elantra 1998 Child Restraint Anchors

Just wondering if anyone has had experience fitting child restraint anchors to a Hyundai Lantra 1998 (or similar)? I've located the holes for where the anchors should go (according to the manual) but ...
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Oil in coolant - how much trouble am I in?

I have oil in my coolant reservoir. Could it just be the head gasket or is it almost certainly the entire engine or might it be something else entirely? Thanks in advance...
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Automatic trasmission gear lock when accelerating

For awhile now since getting my first car (and only driving Automatic transmissions) I've had plenty of experiences where when making a turn out of a parking lot with my wheels turned a bit too much, ...
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3answers
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Why would welsh plugs start leaking?

I have a VW Citi Golf, and the Welsh plugs on the engine block suddenly started leaking water. The engine sounds fine, but it obviously leaked a lot of water and although I didn't drive far, I'm not ...
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Weird Noise from Front Right Wheel when driving between 90kmph and 105kmph

I am driving a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The noise started happening after I had a bump to the curb on a snowy day early this year. The right wheel bumped to the curb during a left turn. The damage ...
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SRS indicator light keeps coming on, code 7-2 “Internal failure of SRS unit”

As in this question, my SRS light keeps coming on. I read the code using a paperclip in the OBDII connector, which is always code 7-2 "Internal failure of SRS unit", and then reset it using the SRS ...
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2answers
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Catalytic converter readiness monitor never sets

I Reset the computer in my 1998 Chevy Astro, but even after driving around for a few days and putting it through the GM drive cycle, the OBDII reader is saying that the CAT monitor is not ready. I ...
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1answer
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AC: Fixing or Recharging?

I have Toyota Camry 2000. The problem is AC does not blow any cold air. So, I bought R134a and recharging it myself. It costs me about $12. However, it lasts for about a month. I checked with couple ...
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1answer
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Is there a standard for how much fuel is left in the tank when the meter reads empty?

I know this question is very similar, but I am specifically talking about the fuel gauge and not an indicator light. Almost every car I've owned could run for quite a while with the fuel gauge reading ...
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1answer
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No power to any power outlets in 2007 PT Crusier

I am been trying to figure this out for the past hour. I was driving back home from a conference about a month ago and had a power inverter plugged into the outlet inside the center console when all ...
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1answer
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Passing Emissions Test: Can't figure out how to fix code P0705 on a 1997 Nissan D21 / Hardbody / Pickup

So hello. I have had a lot of luck with my other vehicles on forums and a recently became the (hopefully-soon-to-be)-proud owner of a 1997 Nissan D21/Hardbody/Pickup XE. It has 156k miles on it and is ...
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Why does my vehicle still stay in gear when I press clutch to floor?

I've read these posts but I still don't fully undestand how a clutch works. Clutch Test Clutch Adjust Clutch Troubleshoot Clutch Has Low Catch A few weeks a go my mechanic replaced the clutch master ...
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How can I increase the life of my diesel engine when my car does lots of small trips?

What things can I do to increase the life of my diesel engine when I make lots of shot trips in the car? My daily routine means that the trip to work goes via another destination which gives my ...
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1answer
585 views

97 Ford Explorer battery going dead

On Friday, my girlfriend's '97 Ford Explorer v6 lost electrical while driving. We were able to get it going again with a jump start. Lost electricity (lights / gauges) while driving, but were able to ...
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2answers
130 views

Reaching top speeds to maintain engine tuned

I live in Central America. Driving is different than in 'Western' countries. Roads are often in bad shape, and it is very common to encounter people / cows / carts / painfully slow cars on the ...
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1answer
571 views

Volvo s40 Oil Pressure light

My fiance was driving our S40 to work this morning and saw a bit of smoke rolling from under the hood, she decided to let the smoke dissipate then limp the car home. On the return trip the car kicked ...
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Does the amount of fuel in the tank matter?

As long as there is some fuel in the tank, does the fuel level matter? In other words, is it advisable to make sure the tank is mostly full most of the time, or is this just silly? In other words, are ...
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Check Engine code P0420 Catalyst efficiency below threshold bank 1

After months of normal driving with no problems, my 2003 Honda Civic EX check engine light came on during a long trip. Got it scanned and it's P0420: Catalyst efficiency below threshold bank 1. They ...
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1997 Ford Thunderbird, pulls right while driving intermittenly, always pulls left while braking

1997 Ford Thunderbird, pulls right while driving intermittenly, always pulls left while braking. It makes a loud noise while driving, but when the front end is on jackstands, and no weight on the ...

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