9
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5answers
902 views

Second hand car - Engine/Tyres/Etc

I am looking into buying a second hand car from a reputable Mercedes-Benz dealer (not just some dodgy salesman by the side of a road lol....). Anyway, there are a few maintenance/mechanical things ...
5
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3answers
10k views

Hissing sound near brake pedal, stops on brake pedal press

I drive a Ford Fiesta Classic, 2008 model, clocked over 97k kms. Yesterday, When I left office at night, the surrounding was very silent and I observed a hissing sound coming from near the pedals ...
1
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2answers
741 views

Screeching noise when attempting to start car

I have a Ford Bantam 1.3l pickup (South African) with 31 000 km on the clock. This morning when I tried to start the car (cold start), it made a loud scratching/screeching noise (like when turning ...
3
votes
1answer
507 views

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? ...
3
votes
1answer
101 views

Valve lapping and lubrication

I have recently taken all my valves out and cleaned them with a wire brush as well as the shafts in the cylinder heads. I am now getting ready to put them back in and have several questions: What ...
3
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2answers
7k views

Reverse Gear Doesn't Work Anymore on an Automatic

I've been having troubles with my automatic transmission for sometime now mainly it's lost it's smoothness and has been slipping first thing in the morning. I've practically worked on every other ...
4
votes
0answers
234 views

Retrofit Ford 460 For Fuel Injection [closed]

I have a '78 Pioneer Jet Boat with a Ford 460 Big Block V8 as the power plant. Right now it has a Holley carb on it. We just started toying with the idea of converting it from carbureted to fuel ...
3
votes
1answer
116 views

turn signal blinks wrong direction

I have a 2009 Jetta SportWagen TDI (Mk5). When I turn on my right turn signal, usually the left turn signal turns on instead. I'm pretty sure it is a problem in the lever arm. I can consciously ...
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1answer
84 views

Options for removing broken lug nut?

What are my options for removing this broken lug nut?
9
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4answers
4k views

I drove my car about 1 km before realising that I didn't release the handbrake. Will this cause any big problems to my car? [duplicate]

Luckily, I drove slowly, about 20-40km/h. When I reached home, I realised that I did not release my handbrake. Will there be a big problem?
6
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1answer
69 views

Old immobiliser playing up, won't add new transponders

Is it possible that an immobilizer has malfunctioned to the point where the adding-new-fobs process doesn't work, but the actual immobilizer is still working? Or is it more likely I'm doing something ...
9
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2answers
2k views

Modern cars and diesel warm-up time

First of all let me say that I already read this question and its answer, so it's clear to me why diesel-powered cars need a warm-up time. My question is: do modern cars need it too? I have VW Golf ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

What does D-3 light mean and why did it randomly illuminate?

2011 Honda CR-V The D3 light randomly illuminated. What does it mean and what did I do to cause this? (I was doing regular, local driving--nothing new or unusual.) Thanks.
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2answers
1k views

2011 Jetta rear brake drum removal

Can anyone tell me how to remove rear brake drum from a 2011 VW Jetta? I can't tell if it should just pull off or does the center hub nut need to be removed. Thanks for any help.
2
votes
1answer
44 views

Correct AC Compressor for '04 Dodge stratus SE 2.7L 6cyl

Apparently, there are two types of AC compressors for my '04 Dodge Stratus SE, 2.7 liter 6 cylinder engine, and I need to know which one I need. I tried looking on a parts store, but I couldn't get ...
1
vote
1answer
115 views

What Power Steering Fluid to use with a 99 Nissan Almera?

What power steering fluid should be used with a 1999 N15 Nissan Almera GX 1.6L GA16DE engine? I've read that many modern vehicles can't use ATF and need specific fluids specified by the manufacturer. ...
6
votes
3answers
8k views

Do you really need to cool down your turbo after hard driving? [duplicate]

Vehicle: 2012 Subaru Sti I have been driving turbocharged cars for a while now and I have blatantly accepted that before shutting down you must let your car idle for a few minutes after driving hard ...
5
votes
3answers
399 views

Honda FIT GP1 HYBRID 2011 knock

in my auto gear honda fit gp1 hybrid car, (mileage 56 000 KM) I had a engine tune up and changed my injectors (8 injectors) last month and after 2 weeks i started getting a slight knock (jerk or ...
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votes
1answer
148 views

How much does it cost to fix headlights and window up/down button? [closed]

I drive a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. My headlights no longer work all of a sudden. My brights still work fine. Why did this happen? Also, the window up/down button on the passenger side no longer works ...
2
votes
1answer
302 views

Implications of a Leaking Power Steering Pump

If the power steering pump on my vehicle has a slow leak, what are the implications? Is it a safety hazard? Will it cause the failure, catastrophic or other wise of itself or other parts?
4
votes
1answer
119 views

2002 Honda Civic not starting

My Honda stopped running, so I took it to a shop to get it fixed. They replaced the fuel pump, spark plugs and put in a new battery. The compression is excellent. Now, it still will not start. It ...
2
votes
1answer
136 views

VW Passat 2.8 4motion b5 - Lack of Acceleration

Driving home car is working normally, driving at a constant speed then out of the blue heard a small thud then a rumble, after that the car had a problem where the acceleration was weak. Approaching ...
2
votes
0answers
59 views

2006 Nissan Maxima transmission

I removed the transmission from a 2006 nissan maxima and have a 2 3/4" metal ring with teeth pressed into it and I don't remember where it goes
2
votes
1answer
56 views

Are CO2 emissions proportional to MPG figures?

I was looking at the car tax (VED) system in the UK, as I'm considering buying a new car. I was just wondering, are CO2 emissions always proportional to the MPG figure of a car, both in theory - ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Pressing on gas and brake at the same time by mistake - How harmful is it to the gearbox?

I usually brake with my left foot when driving a car with automatic transmission. I find it easy to switch between right-foot and left-foot braking if needed (for example, if I need to drive a car ...
4
votes
0answers
94 views

2006 Honda Odyssey: input radio security code with broken buttons?

Within the last year the '1' and '4' preset buttons on my radio stopped working - at first you could play around with them & moosh them a little harder and they sometimes worked, but now they seem ...
4
votes
0answers
152 views

'08 Impala Front power locks don't work properly in hot weather

I have a 2008 Chevrolet Impala LS with approximately 80,000 miles. I've noticed that both front door power locks are not working properly when it's very warm out, especially if we're parked in the ...
0
votes
2answers
37 views

Honda Oydesssy wont start

My 2001 Honda Odyessy wont start. All I get is a clicking sound coming from underneath the hood and the light do not work.
0
votes
1answer
321 views

Lapping valves with a drill

I think lapping valves using one of those suction cup sticks is hard and there must be better ways. So here is what I was thinking. I was thinking to get a really thin (medical or engine) hose that ...
2
votes
1answer
124 views

What does valve lapping compound actually do?

As I understand, valve lapping is done to ensure a seal between the valve and its seal ring at the end of the shaft. I am just curious how valve lapping compound facilitates that? Does it make a ...
2
votes
2answers
116 views

Old, oily, wet gasoline. What to do with it?

I have a small amount (less than a gallon) of gasoline that's been in a can for two years. It has oil mixed in for 2-stroke engines. The can sprung a leak and rainwater leaked inside. Probably only a ...
9
votes
3answers
224 views

How do you test analogue electrical circuits?

When trying to diagnose problems with conventional analogue electrical circuits, such as lights, speakers, heated rear windows, etc, as well as short-circuits and unexplained current draws, it can be ...
3
votes
5answers
2k views

Saab 9-5 has problems starting

I am not a car mechanic so please excuse my ignorance but... my manual Saab 9-5 has increasing problems starting. The symptoms are as follows. When I turn the ignition the lights on the dashboard ...
3
votes
2answers
64 views

Yamaha fz700 handlebar bent

Bike got tipped over by a random person, handlebar got bent, and throttle is really hard to move now so I decided to try to take it out to see what I could do. Here is a picture of the bar: You can ...
5
votes
1answer
950 views

Acceptable amount of slack in a timing chain with high mileage?

1995 Chevy S-10 Blazer - 4.3 L Vortec V6 (vin W with PCM) - 230,000 miles original owner. FWIW, this model car/engine does not have timing chain inspection and/or changing as part of the routine ...
2
votes
2answers
688 views

Fluid Leak Near The Power Steering Pump

When I took my 99 Nissan Almera in for a pre inspection check and they put it up on the lift one thing we saw was a redish fluid leak from the steering column area. They indicated to me that it was ...
3
votes
1answer
158 views

Do I need to change these struts?

I just took my car ( 99 Nissan Almera ) in for a pre-inspection check and the mechanic said both struts have to be completely replaced because what appear to be rubber / plastic dust shields at the ...
4
votes
2answers
169 views

What is this pump-type nut fastener called and where is it useful?

At 1:42 in this S62 production video the engine assembler uses a pump-style tool to fasten the plenum cover nuts. What is this tool called? How does it work? Can it be used to loosen and fasten nuts, ...
2
votes
1answer
6k views

Red vs black vs grey RTV - what's in a color?

When buying gasket maker at my local auto-supplies store some time back, I was unsure about whether or not the color of the tube made any difference. The only thing I could see was a different ...
2
votes
0answers
59 views

brake pedal staying down. Then ok after a few days being stood

I have a Mercedes C200 and the other day the brake pedal stayed down while I was driving. It did come back up a little as I carried on home. I haven't driven the car for a day or so. then this morning ...
6
votes
2answers
55 views

97 thunderbird brakes

Recently purchased a 97 t bird and brakes went to floor but had the front drivers side lock up under a emergency stop. I add fluid but see no leaks so it's got to be going somewhere but was thinking ...
3
votes
1answer
153 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
275 views

Torn tire tread and sidewall on Subaru Impreza

My wife hit a curb in my 2012 Subaru Impreza and there is a small tear in the tread. Do I need to replace all 4 tires or can I just replace 2? I was told that I may have to replace all 4 tires because ...
2
votes
1answer
21 views

When to Use a Timing Set with a Needle Thrust Bearing?

I need to replace the timing chain on my 98 Dodge Dakota 3.9L. When looking at timing chain sets, there are about three different price points: $60, $170, $250. In the $170 and $250 sets, a needle ...
2
votes
1answer
75 views

1999 Eurovan fumes in cabin [closed]

I am smelling fumes inside the cabin of my 1999 Eurovan, enough to cause headaches and make me feel sick. It has happened before and seems to happen when the car has been working hard, AC has been ...
0
votes
1answer
86 views

Ford Sync MyTouch Weather

Is there a weather app or screen related for Ford Sync MyTouch with Nav installed. GM OnStar let you get radar overlays while driving. EDIT - SOLVED - It was Under Sync Services. After I ...
3
votes
1answer
170 views

Determine age of timing belt on a 2003 Honda Accord before purchase

The belt which I can see when I open the car bonnet seems to be new, but my friend says that is not the timing belt and it can not be seen from outside. The car is a Honda accord 2003 V6 which I am ...
1
vote
1answer
128 views

Dashboard Warping

The dashboard in our car recently started warping around the passenger side airbag. Should I be concerned about airbag deployment? Is there a simple way to fix it before it gets much worse? We ...
2
votes
1answer
139 views

How to prevent the windows from sticking to the rubber seal?

When I lower down the windows of my car, I hear that the seal is a little stuck to it and I think that's going to damage it eventually. What would be the way to prevent this? Is there some product I ...
4
votes
4answers
8k views

Jumping car with too many amps?

Is it bad to jump your car with too many amps (i.e., with a 1000 amp jumper vs. a 400 amp jumper)? Or does the car regulate how many amps it will take? EDIT: I was told 400 amps is enough for most ...

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