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Knocking noise when turning at full lock/opposite lock?

I have noticed that I have a knocking noise when I turn full lock or full opposite lock. The noise is a single knock as I reach lock and then another knock as I start turning back. I will ...
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BMW M41 cold start problems

I have sometimes this problem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvpjEdGH8-A The engine coughs for a long time before starting ... I don't understand why, because, sometimes, with the same cold ...
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How different is the injection phase in a BMW M41 Engine in flat terrain vs climbing terrain?

Let's say I am driving in a BMW 318 TDS (gasoil) : on flat terrain, at 70km/h, with only one passenger, at 2000rpm on a climbing terrain, at 70km/h, with 4 passengers and a loaded car at 2000rpm ...
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Gasoil and fuel are known do contain a lot of undesirable wastes. Worth filtering them before use?

Is it worth to filter the fuel / gasoil we buy from the fuel station before putting it in our car ? Filterings may include - removing small particles - removing the water that might be in the fuel - ...
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Rover 25 Head Gasket replacement - is it a long-term fix?

My Rover 25 (2004, <50k) began overheating and the nearest-to-me-at-the-time garage (not my usual one) which I pulled in to diagnosed head gasket failure. They gave a £700 estimate for a new head ...
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1answer
121 views

How to unlock all doors with the key on a 2006 Mazda

If I turn the driver-side door key clockwise, release it, and turn it clockwise again, all the doors on the vehicle lock. However, if I turn it counter-clockwise, release it, and turn it ...
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Proper crank time for auto start to avoid damage/dead-battery

My '99 Grand Prix has an aftermarket remote-start. When the weather gets around 5°F like it is now, the engine does not start after 0.8 seconds of cranking. The system detects the car is not running ...
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Ford Escape won't shift into gear, O/D light flashing

I've got a 2002 Ford Escape (automatic transmission) that will start fine and reverse without any problems, but when I put it in drive and try to pull forward, it remains in idle. I can hit the gas ...
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Second burst ancillary hose on Z20LET engine

This morning was the second time the same ancillary coolant hose burst in my car. It's a 2005 model Opel/Vauxhall Astra turbo coupe (engine is Z20LET). Prior to this, I have had many problems with ...
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880 views

Extremely high then fluctuating idle at very cold temperatures

Twice in the past month my 92 Civic has exhibited really bad idle behavior in temperatures around 10-20 degrees F. When first starting the engine, it idles at something like 2000-2500 RPMs (by ear; no ...
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1answer
80 views

No airflow on any driver side vents

1993 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Elite. Hello, I have an odd problem where the driver side vents have almost no airflow coming out of them. This is for all positions, so no combination of ...
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701 views

Reading CAN messages through UART to OBD-II Board and MATLAB Toolbox

I want to read/write CAN messages. I have MATLAB in my laptop which has a Vehicle Network Toolbox which supports reading/writing CAN messages. I have my hardware OBD-II to UART board, FTDI and OBD-ii ...
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1answer
95 views

Motorcycle tire shopping confusion

I'm having a hard time choosing a tire for my bike ('11 Yamaha FZ8n). The main source of my confusion are very similar markings on a multitude of tires that don't make a lot of sense to me. I was ...
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3answers
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Methods of diagnosing a non-starting Fiat Uno

I have a little Uno inherited from my dad. Just before he passed away he was having trouble getting it to start, and before that, having it die on a drive somewhere, even close. I would now like to ...
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1answer
81 views

How can we measure the tilt of steering wheel in car without any special sensor for it?

I am searching for some possible way so that I can get the tilt or amount by which the steering wheel is rotated and without any use of special sensor for it , in Indian Cars like Swift D-Zire , Beat ...
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2answers
89 views

Can a variable engine exist?

I have really no knowledge about mechanics but such a curious guy. Excuse my Ignorance. Does a variable engine exist? Like as the vehicle slows down the engine will slow down and when the vehicle ...
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1answer
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Engine suddenly died on uphill, then went back to life after a few tries

Car: BMW 318 TDS Compact. 90HP. 168.000KM Situation: was driving a very intense uphill section at 70km/h, in 4th gear (2.000 rpm). Everything was ok. Engine sound, temperature, etc... Suddenly, ...
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1answer
104 views

What is the right way to attach the Micarb to the engine head of my Enfield Bullet 500?

Before an upgrade to a new Hitchcock conical air filter, the carburetor was held in place by both the original (massive) air filter and the rubber manifold attached to the engine head, and it was ...
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1answer
169 views

Wobble in steering (not tyre)?

I have a '94 4th gen Honda Prelude. Driving home today I felt a distinct wobble through the steering wheel. I immediately thought I had a flat and pulled over but found the tyre is fine. The wobble ...
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2answers
710 views

Could a fuse be responsible for my VW Jetta not shifting while in drive?

Issue with my VW Jetta (2001) Automatic transmission, gasoline engine My tail lights were out because of a missing fuse. So in the dark I looked to find a good one to replace it with (of the ones ...
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2answers
169 views

key wont turn inside

I have a Chevy Cobalt 2008. I drove the car yesterday before the freezing cold and during the snow. This morning the key will not turn in the ignition but the lights come on. The sun is up but still ...
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1answer
107 views

steering angle sensor in indian cars

Does Indian cars have steering angle sensor? Actually what I have to see if a car travels straight when made to move on straight line and determine if there is some problem with alignment.
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3answers
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Lights randomly coming on in middle of the night

I have 2011 Volkswagon Jetta 2.5 and have been having an intermittent issue where my lights seem to come on randomly in the middle of the night. This only seems to happen in the winter. When I came ...
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1answer
214 views

How long should fusible links be?

I've installed a 12" fusible link as a replacement for a fusible link on the line that charges the battery from the alternator. I showed the OEM part to the guy at the parts store and he gave me a 12" ...
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2answers
592 views

How does the heater core work?

How does the heater core work? What are the inputs to the system? What are the outputs of the system? What are some common ways that it can fail?
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2answers
42 views

What items are in the cooling system loop?

What items are in the cooling system loop? I know there's the Radiator, and the Block, but what else?
5
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1answer
216 views

OBD2 and CAN-bus

Do all vehicles with OBD2 have a CAN-bus? Otherwise, what are the alternative buses used? Are there special versions of the buses for trucks and school-buses than for cars/suv/vans?
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6answers
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Is it safe to drive a car that has a broken suspension spring?

Yesterday I was driving home from work and heard a loud noise which I can only really describe as a "clang". After looking at it today, it looks like the spring for the front left (passenger side) ...
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2answers
352 views

Writing CAN Messages

I want to know what should I write with the CAN ID to send it to ECU. I am using ELM327 and Raspberry Pi with all connections to OBD-ii. initially for sending general PIDs to the ECU through ELM327 ...
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1answer
15k views

DIY - How to create a car paint booth? What's Involved?

Thinking about painting my next project car, and came across a YouTube video where the OP built a makeshift booth in what appeared to be his garage. Fast forwarding to later videos when he brought ...
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2answers
119 views

What is the best temperature range to check/inflate tires?

Question came to mind because of some colder than usual weather we've had here these past couple of weeks, (-12°F at one point), and my wife's new fangled car with all it's sensors in its infinite ...
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1answer
2k views

RPM fluctuation when maintaining speed in high gear

I recently got an oil change on my 2008 Audi A4 Quattro. Now I notice that when I am cruising in 3rd, 4th, or 5th gear (but not 6th), and I am at about 1200 RPM, the tachometer is not stable. The ...
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2answers
139 views

How to work on engine out of car?

I'm currently doing an engine swap on on 97 Corolla Levin, need to swap over the exhaust manifold, water pump etc from one engine to the other, but not sure what the best way to handle the engine ...
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1answer
39 views

1996 gmc 3500 cube vanheater problems

1996 gmc 3500 cube van when heater fan is on and in cold position it blowes very hard but when you turn it to full heat it hardly blows at all?? what do I need to clean or fix
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1answer
1k views

Jetta intermittent starting problem

I have a 2007 Jetta with 75k miles on it. What I'm running into is that out-of-the blue, the car will not start. Generally, it turns over, but never starts. One time, it started but shut itself off ...
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5answers
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Should rotors with rust on the rims but not the faces be replaced along with the pads?

I have an Audi A4 with approximately 35k miles. My dealership has recommended that I replace both the brake pads and the rotors and helpfully forwarded a picture to me of the rotors indicating the ...
6
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4answers
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What to do when the wireless key fob battery dies on a 2005 Hyundai Elantra

I have a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. This morning the battery on my wireless key fob died, so I'm unable to use it to unlock the car. From past experience, I know that unlocking the car using the physical ...
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1answer
104 views

Good (android based?) music center+nav replacement for 2008 Audi A4 Quattro?

I have 2008 Audi A4 Quattro with the RNS-E Navigation System Plus built in. Also, I have an Ipod connector in the glove compartment. I am interested in replacing that whole system with something newer ...
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1answer
709 views

2008 Audi A4 Quattro (3.2L) Ipod dock and music

Couple questions about music in my 2008 Audi A4 Quattro (3.2L). I used to have a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. I used to use a bluetooth media streaming app to play music and GPS navigation via the ...
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1answer
214 views

CEL Code 41 on '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee

According to this answer a CEL code of 41 means: charging system circuit not responding to control signal What are likely causes of this?
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3answers
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Reattach Rear View Mirror (No Glue Required)

My driver side door didn't like the cold weather this season so I started using the other doors, and acrobatics, to place myself in the drivers seat. Through this process I kept hitting my head on my ...
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1answer
197 views

89 jeep cherokee will run but when i turn it off and try to restart it the battery is dead

The battery is still good and the motor will keep running when you disconnect a terminal. Can my alternator be bad? If not I'm also thinking a dead short? What is the best way to find out?
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1answer
93 views

In the -20F temperatures last week my temperature gauge was stuck under the 1/4 mark. Heating was also affected

Now that it has warmed up, things are back to normal. Even my heat is back. I think that my thermostat was stuck, but can they get "unstuck"?
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3answers
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How much protection do grill guards give?

My wife was just rear-ended by some woman who was "tired" (her claim—in fact she was more probably texting) and not paying attention. This did a lot of damage to the rear end of our Honda ...
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2answers
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Why won't my car unlock? Why does it spontaneously lock itself?

My 2001 Toyota Camry wouldn't unlock this evening. If I turned the key to the "lock" position, it seems to lock OK, but it won't turn at all in the other direction. I managed to break in to the car, ...
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2answers
207 views

When I drive at 80 kmh the whole car shakes violently

I have a Suzuki Jimny 2007 model. When I drive at 80 kmh, the whole car shakes violently. It has the same vibration when the speed comes back untill 50. I spoke to my garage guy and as he said I ...
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1answer
62 views

Sputtering Mazda

I have a 1996 Mazda Protege. Left for 3 weeks, came back and car is sputtering. Was very cold while sitting, below 0 at times. Ethenol in gas doesn't seem to be helping. Could there be ...
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1answer
149 views

Battery won't hold a charge. 2001 Ford Mustang

2001 Ford Mustang V6. Bought brand new battery in Nov 2013. I tested the core of the alternator at the same time as buying the battery and it tested good. I also switched out a relay in the engine to ...
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votes
3answers
4k views

Slow power window problem

On my 2000 Toyota Sienna, the driver's side power window behaves strangely. The window rolls down just fine. However, when closing it, it begins rolling up in the normal rate, but half-way up gets ...
3
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1answer
479 views

Does a snapped in half lug nut stud need to be replaced if a nut still goes on?

I snapped one of the lug nut studs on the front wheel hub on my 2003 Honda Civic in half when trying to get the nut off, but there was enough of the stud left that I bought a new nut and put it on. ...

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