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How would I go about becoming a mechanic?

So, for the most part, I know how an engine works. I understand how a car converts liquid fuel to physical power, and most of the concepts behind the operation of a vehicle. Recently, i've begun to ...
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Ford Bronco doesn't drive right after front end work [closed]

I just had new upper and lower ball joints, inner and outer tie rods replaced and an alignment on my front end of my 4x4 bronco done. As I drove it further I noticed a grinding sound as I drove. Also,...
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Can I increase the power in the high tension leads? [closed]

I want to increase the spark from 2kv to 7kv the spark going in one lead is 2kv and the lead coming out is at 7kv. This is for petrol engine.
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2answers
51 views

How can you tell when rusted metal brake lines should be changed?

My 2000 Nissan Altima has some rust on the metal brake lines. Is there a way to tell when they should be replaced?
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5answers
87 views

Burning a lot of oil. Need tips to reduce!

I have a 2002 Toyota Highlander V6 4wd with 165,000 miles. And right now I am burning a lot of oil. About 1 quart per 300-500 miles (under normal use). Going on long trips burns an excessive amount ...
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0answers
50 views

While in Drive, transmission failed to engage after stopping at light

I have a 2011 Nissan sentra. MESA remote start installed 2 weeks ago. It all works fine. However, last night stopped at light, went to go, and it's like neutral and the engine derates. However I don't ...
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120 views

Ford Focus - Central Locking Failure

I would really appreciate some help. So my central locking has stopped working. I can put the key into the door and lock and unlock the car but I can't use the fob on the key. Attempt 1 I tried was ...
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2answers
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02 Mustang GT 4.6

I was on my way to work and car started to run rough stumble and check engine light started to flash. Immediately turned around limped home about 3 miles. Changed plugs and swapped some old coils ...
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1answer
88 views

How do I test fuses with a circuit tester?

Lights all flicker. When I an in the cabin the head lights flicker. I want to test my fuses with a circuit tester. Should the engine be running or will I be blown away? Please help, I'm a newbie ...
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1answer
69 views

2012 Audi Failed Smog - Will Dealer Repair for Free?

I received a surprise today when my 2012 Audi Q5 failed its smog emission test in Nevada. I've never had a car fail and is surprising for a 3 year-old Audi. I was told that it was part of the oxygen ...
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1answer
100 views

How do I check if I have bad fuel in my car?

I just brimmed my 2003 Opel Agila to the tank (35 litres) with regular unleaded from Tesco (large supermarket). On the way home, it just seemed to be completely gutless, and struggle a lot more when ...
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vote
1answer
32 views

Lawn tractor won't start

Not sure if this is the right stack exchange forum to post this in or not, hoping it is... I have a Toro lawn tractor which is having issues starting. I have been using it fine for the last few weeks ...
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2answers
377 views

A/C Temporarily Cures Low, Hiccupping Idle

I have a 99 Nissan Almera 1.6L MTX ( nearly identical to the Sentra sold in the US ) which has developed a problem with low idle, occasional stalling at stop lights, what seems to be misfires and ...
3
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1answer
43 views

Power Brake Booster Removal

Can someone please explain the easiest way to remove a Power Brake Booster from a 1994 Honda Accord Wagon lx. everything has been dismantled. the hard part here is the removal only part. there isn'...
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3answers
43 views

1995 Ford Thunderbird

When I step on the brake pedal I hear a hissing sound and the pedal goes all the way to the floor and the brakes barely stop the car. This doesn't happen every time but most of the time. Any ideas of ...
3
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0answers
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parking light on 1990 Volvo 240 not working,

The driver's side parking light on my 1991 Volvo 240 is not working. Bulb is ok. Turn signal and head lights working fine. Mechanic says it is most likely a corroded wire inside an "assembly" or "...
7
votes
1answer
64 views

Finding a constant and non constant power wire in a car

The car I have is a 2001 Buick century. I have a after market push to start kit. It came with a main unit and the diagram shows that a brown wire is for a constant power when the engine is on. And a ...
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vote
1answer
89 views

brakes have been bled still go to floor

I have already bled brakes and changed the master cylinder. What would be the next step to try to fix the brakes. The brakes still go to the floor.
4
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1answer
32 views

Honda CR-V 2001 window winding fault

My crv passenger window goes up only on the door switch and neither up or down on the master switch located on the dashboard. Any ideas, I have got a new window regulator mechanism, another door ...
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votes
0answers
48 views

1993 Ford f150 302 v8 5.0 liter

I had a problem with my wipers. The motor was junk, so I replace the motor. I bolted it back on, plugged it back in, and it still doesn't work. I unplugged it and pushed the button for the wipers and ...
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vote
2answers
170 views

Is it normal for the car to vibrate on the BITE when no gas is given in a manual transmission?

Is it normal for the car to vibrate on the biting point when no gas is given? When I give enough gas it seems fine but not when I very slowly release the clutch and hold at the biting point. Is this ...
5
votes
2answers
349 views

Is manual start/stop good on older cars?

I have an old car (but with electronic injection) that predates by far start/stop systems which are used nowadays to save fuel (turning off the engine brings savings after 3-5 seconds, see Calculating ...
5
votes
1answer
65 views

2006 Honda Civic, Automatic, Weak Start-up

My car is a 2006 Honda Civic, about 90k miles, Automatic, new battery about 6 months ago. No issues before now. Over the last week, it has been starting weakly. By that I mean when I turn the key, ...
3
votes
3answers
80 views

03 Chevy Suburban Fuel Pump Failure

A few days ago, my dad's Suburban was running while sitting on a steep driveway with a low level of fuel in the tank, and the fuel pump suddenly cut out. Knowing that fuel pumps can wear out from heat ...
2
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2answers
407 views

How to calculate the amount of consumed gas?

If we have the cc of the engine, and its running speed, how can we calculate the mass of gasoline in milligrams sucked in each intake stroke and the mass of gas consumed in a given distance, based on ...
3
votes
1answer
79 views

Low beams are acting weird

I have a 1991 Ford Explorer. Today I fired it up and the low beams weren't working so I opened the hood while they were still not working. My girl call me so I slammed the hood and BAM it started ...
4
votes
3answers
153 views

judging oxygen sensor quality

I was looking at oxygen sensors for my vehicle on rock auto and found large price discrepancies. I saw sensors ranging from $25 up to $100. in general what do the more expensive sensors have that the ...
4
votes
1answer
75 views

how do I crank a remanufactured engine for the first time?

Just installed my first long block manufactured engine (360 in a 1987 Jeep j20). Got gas, spark and air. Engine turns over but will not hit to fire. Does a manufactured engine come with timing preset? ...
6
votes
1answer
135 views

Low beam not working in headlight

I have a 1999 Miata, i bought the car for 750$ as a project car. it had some body damage but i figured i would fix it. The car is mostly done now, but i have one major issue. The low beams in my ...
3
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0answers
85 views

BMW E90: Coming Home automatically on darkness

I have a BMW E90 ( pre- facelift ) with light package . Currently my car is set so that the " Coming Home " function can by pressing the headlight flasher is switched off, press at ignition . My ...
8
votes
1answer
5k views

Ford Focus with error code P242F (DPF failure)

I have a 2008 Ford Focus (UK) with a 1.6 TDCi engine and 60K miles. This weekend I got error code P242F stating "diesel particulate filter restriction ash accumulation" and the vehicle has gone into ...
3
votes
0answers
46 views

Antifreeze in my engine, and now it's making a ticking noise

I changed a busted intake out, also changed the plugs. Some old antifreeze get in the plug holes when I pulled the plugs. I have reassembled the car, but it runs bad and has a ticking noise. ...
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3answers
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Afraid to crank engine - how can I tell if my cylinders are flooded with water?

Backdrop We had really heavy rains here today. I was in my '99 M5, idling in traffic when I noticed the brake pedal feel became really notchy. When I let go of the brakes the pedal would not travel ...
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votes
2answers
221 views

Ford KA Car stereo reset after battery removed, requiring security code

I had the battery replaced in my Ford KA (08), and now the radio is requiring a passcode, which I do not know. Is there a way to find out what the passcode is, or bypass it somehow? I have seen this ...
3
votes
1answer
82 views

on 1989 f350, after turning ignition on to crank position, turn key to off and remove key, starter continues to crank . what is sticking?

After inserting key and turning to start position, starter continues to crank after engine starts. You can turn ignition off and remove key and starter continues to crank. have replaced solenoid, ...
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3answers
2k views

Is it dangerous to drive with partially torn control arm bushings?

My 2008 Acura TSX had developed a violent shake when accelerating. Upon a brief inspection, I noticed the control arm/compliance bushings were partially torn (completely at one point, partially at two ...
2
votes
1answer
40 views

Help with six cylinder out of a trailblazer.05 into a 06

I would like to know if I can just drop in. Can't find anything on how to tell what reluctor wheel is in the motors. Need help due to the fact that I took on a project and don't have a lot of ...
2
votes
2answers
137 views

How do I get rid of spiders inside my car?

I often have spider webs on my right side mirror and in the handle to open my boot. I've seen a spider on the boot handle once, but when I tried to catch it, it crawled inside the handle somewhere (...
2
votes
1answer
427 views

Consequences of failing to replace bad struts and sway bar bushings

My car is kind of a beater and I don't want to pour money into it. Apart from a bumpy ride, is anything really bad going to happen if I don't replace these parts? For example, will this put a ...
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votes
4answers
1k views

How can I fix my cracked radiator temporary for a trip? Is there any way to do it?

My car is a Chevrolet Lumina 2001. About 2 months ago I changed the radiator of my car because it was leaking, the guy that changed the radiator got the radiator in a junk yard place for cheap price. ...
4
votes
1answer
59 views

Android App for ELM 327 that allows to reset codes for Cadillac CTS

On my Cadillac I get engine light to come up because I have changed my petrol cap and sensor is malfunctioning. I got myself wifi ELM 327 OBD-2 reader, and by using my laptop I managed to get RPM of ...
4
votes
2answers
76 views

Starting 6 HP outboard with cordless drill/driver

I have a Honda BF6 outboard that only gets started each summer. Before winterizing, I drain the fuel etc., but it is still very difficult to start the 1st time in the summer. I can remove the cover ...
3
votes
1answer
72 views

Will mixing multiple types of automatic transmission fluid in a power steering system cause problems?

A few months ago I noticed that my power steering fluid was a little low. My owner's manual stated that automatic transmission fluid should be used, so I went out and bought a quart of cheap ATF and ...
4
votes
1answer
150 views

A strange rattling only when accelerating from 0 in cold weather

I've been quite baffled by this for a while now. There is an odd rattling, or more like a chain moving, (sometimes it even sounds almost like a trickle) sound which only occurs in : 1) Cold weather ...
3
votes
1answer
54 views

Possible Fuel pump damage

My Toyota Vitz 2007 idles very rough. Sometimes it stalls if I suddenly stop after few miles drive. I took the vehicle to a mechanic and he cleaned up the fuel pump. He used compressed air to clean ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Where (and what?) are the fuses in Renault Megane Grande Scenic?

There are some in the glove compartment. There are some 4 or 5 under the drawer under the passenger seat. There are some somewhere under the bonnet I believe. The car manual describes some but does ...
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3answers
59 views

Rotor replacement on 2010 Honda Accord w/ 170k mi!

My 2010 Honda Accord has ~170k mi, a lot of hwy miles, so minimal brake use! The original rotors AND front brake pads (seriously!) are still on and the rear brake pads that were replaced at only ~32k ...
3
votes
0answers
109 views

Toyota Avalon 2006 headlight low beam height adjustment

Recently I replaced my headlight low beam Halogen bulbs with LED bulbs. But after driving for couple days I noticed that my lights are pointing too high. I am trying to understand what may cause an ...
2
votes
1answer
245 views

Vauxhall Corsa heating problems

I have a Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTI EcoFlex and initially when I bought it the heater resistor we thought was broken as the blower fans would only work on dial 4, we replaced it and it worked for about a ...
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votes
1answer
47 views

My car won't start. Nothing happens

Hi so when I try to start my car nothing happens I even got a new battery nothing happens. Also my cars remote control has no effect on the vehicle. Please help me what is this problem ?

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