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Would ethanol-free gasoline avoid damage related to low usage?

My Mom recently got a brand new Tacoma and the dealer told her that she might want to consider Ethanol-free gas as it would prevent the engine from becoming "jacked up" (damaged) if not driven for a ...
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kraftsman lawn mower runs for 10 minutes, sputters and dies

I have a Kraftsmann 550 series push lawn mower with Brigg and Stratton engine that runs for about 10 minutes and then sputters and dies. I can start it again after prime it again, but it will run for ...
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How to dispose of battery terminal clean up leftovers?

Today I cleaned up the corrosion on the terminals of my car battery. I have a 2010 VW Jetta. I used a toothbrush and baking soda mixed with water to clean the battery terminals. Now the terminals ...
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1answer
64 views

Oldsmobile Stalling at Stop

My 1999 Oldsmobile Alero has been stalling when I come to stop. This happens when I'm driving at speeds of at least 45mph and coming to a quick stop, for instance, when coming off a ramp from an ...
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1answer
73 views

Would waiting a few weeks to replace pads and rotors have damaged calipers?

I took my Volvo s60 for regular 84k maintenance a few weeks ago and I requested to get my brakes and rotors checked. I was told that they needed to be replaced. I booked an appointment for three ...
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what does the highend OBD2 scanner offer?

I just want to clear some misconceptions that i have about the obd2 scanning tools : Is the difference between the high/low-end scanners is the software only? Do the highend use more connection ...
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232 views

How to make ride less bouncy?

In my 2003 Opel Agila, the ride is really bouncy. Whenever I go over bumps in the road, it feels like I am almost out of control. It is generally a bouncy car, but it this one seems to be worse than ...
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212 views

Can I run on 7 cylinders if I shut the injector to that cylinder off?

I have a 2006 F150 5.4 Triton 3 valve. I've had a really bad issue, where a socket is stuck in my spark plug chamber and everything has failed to get it out. The option I'm left with now is ...
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Does tyre pressure affect road noise?

I always pump my tyres up to the maximum (like 45 bar), for maximum fuel economy. However, does this affect road noise?
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Clutch gone on my Leon Cupra after less than 2 months of ownership

I bought a Leon Cupra TSI 280 less than 2 months ago and done 1750 miles and the clutch has gone! I took it back to them with around 900 miles on and less than a month old with the problem as the ...
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387 views

Speedometer stop working on My Opel corsa C 2006

Speedometer stop working on My Opel corsa C 2006, it always shows 0 km/h although I am driving the car, before it stop working it vibrated some times and then stopped. Does it have a specific Fuse in ...
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87 views

Unknown red wiring harness near cooling fan area on a Ford Focus 2004

I have a 2004 Ford Focus SE DOHC. Today, I opened the hood and found an unconnected red wiring harness (shown in the picture, it's the one with a question mark pointed at). I looked around the area ...
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Automotive electrical question

I would like to hook up a under hood lamp to my Cadillac Escalade. A TSB (Technical Service Bulliten) from Cadillac says to never connect accessories to the vehicles wiring without using a diode to ...
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39 views

My transmission is coming out of gear just as I get going [closed]

My transmission in my 2000 Dodge Dakota comes out of gear shortly after I begin to drive, so what is my problem? I only have tried to adjust my 4 wheel drive shift. How do I diagnose this problem?
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1answer
428 views

How do I remove my Parrot MKI9200?

My Opel Agila has been replaced with one which is identical, but three years newer (2003). However, it has no Bluetooth, which is something I used a lot in my old car (2000) Can I transfer the Parrot ...
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1answer
905 views

How often to start/drive a vehicle to keep it healthy?

In order to keep a gasoline-powered vehicle healthy, how often does it need to be started or driven? Please specify if it actually needs to be driven, or if just starting it and letting it run is ...
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1answer
71 views

Ford TDCi 1.6: more performance in cold weather

For some time, I've had a problem with the performance of my Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi (Diesel): when accelerating hard in the 3rd or 4th gear, there was a performance drop and I sometimes had to go off the ...
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1answer
84 views

Ford Fiesta Light Metallic Blue Scratch Repair

I stupidly scratched my first car using something too abrasive on the bonnet to wash it. The car is light blue/grey and I would say a metallic colour. I have been advised turtle wax. Is waxing ...
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77 views

Do I have battery or engine problems?

Yesterday, I used my car to drive literally 2mins. Away from my dorm building to get to my class building and back because of bad weather. 30+mins. Later I come back outside and use my remote to ...
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Remote Key Fob working only inside the car (close to reciever)

I am struggling to get my Peugeot 308 2-Button Remote Key back to work. I noticed first issues when my Remote Key unlocked / locked the car after several attempts. Then one day it suddenly did not ...
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3answers
193 views

Hatchback vs sedan snow performance

I haven't owned a hatchback and was wondering, holding everything else equal, if they perform better in snow than sedans.
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1answer
88 views

How much gasoline fuel to keep in tank of low use vehicle

For a low use vehicle, it was historically recommended to keep the gas tank full. The reasons were twofold: Prevent rust from forming in the metal gas tank Prevent water from forming in the gas ...
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0answers
206 views

Engine Running Fast in Park

Never had this issue before but I just started my vehicle and the tac automatically revved up to 1500 rpm when I cranked it. It didn't go back down while in park, it basically idled at about 500 rmp ...
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1answer
81 views

2015 VW Golf TSI Standard accelerating automatically

The car keeps accelerating after shifting to 3rd/4th gear at random times. I would shift, take my foot off the pedal and the speed would, in one occasion, accelerate to 40kmh and maintain speed. The ...
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0answers
64 views

Extra door seal mod

I own a Citroen C1. It's a basic car, but one that is nice to modify and improve yourself. My car doors only have a single door weatherstrip to stop water getting in, the passenger side has begun to ...
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1answer
238 views

Is vacuum line still necessary with manual locking hubs on an F350?

Several years ago, on my gas engine 2003 F350, I replaced my auto locking hubs with Warn manual hubs. Recently I am experiencing the dreaded A/C defaulting to the defrost vents under low vacuum ...
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4answers
966 views

Fuse box above battery melting

I have a 2001 VW Beetle which has a nasty habit of melting the above battery high voltage fuse box. I've replaced it three times already and replaced the alternator as well, but I'm at a complete loss ...
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1answer
111 views

Why is lugging hard on connecting rods?

I was researching the effects of lugging and came upon this thread, one of whose answers claims that lugging is really hard on the connecting rods. but without explaining why. Can you explain ...
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2answers
394 views

What damages may I have caused draining oil by filter?

My ATV oil drain plug is an allen 6mm bolt. The bolt was all rusty, and what I expected to happen happened - I stripped it. Instead of wasting times trying to remove the stripped bolt I drained oil ...
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2answers
150 views

MG Rover Immobiliser removal

I have a 2003 MG Rover Streetwise, I need to remove or at least completely bypass the OEM Immobiliser. Driver door lock is broken due to attempted theft, so no point trying to enter the code, the key ...
3
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1answer
61 views

High idle, not shifting gears - 1995 Mercury Mystique

My friend has a 1995 Mercury Mystique that was suffering from low idle problems (stalling out at stoplights, etc). He replaced the throttle position sensor, and after that the low idle problem was ...
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2answers
33 views

O2 code and cat efficiency code

On my 2005 dodge ram Daytona I have two codes, P0133 and P0420. Can a low cat efficiency be due to a slow responding o2 sensor?
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1answer
221 views

How to find model year of this Honda Shadow bike 'NC34-1002157'?

Recently, I was about buying nice Honda Shadow but the seller didn't know the model year of his bike. I saw many 17-digit vin numbers and I can decode it, but 11-digit vin is difficult and I don't ...
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1answer
100 views

Disconnecting negative battery terminal

Why do almost every automotive procedure instructions start by saying: Disconnect the cable from the battery negative terminal. ?
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2answers
204 views

Mechanic says lock is nonfunctional from broken power window?

My mom's car was broken into 2 days ago, both drivers side windows smashed. We sent the car to an auto glass technician to replace the windows and remove the glass fibers embedded in the seats. They ...
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2answers
756 views

Why use a 12-cylinder engine over a 8-cylinder engine

When I look at Lamborghini Veneno and compare it for example to the Ferrari 458 Italia I can see that Lamborghini used a V12 while Ferrari placed a V8 inside the 458 Italia. I wonder why Lamborghini ...
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1answer
167 views

Timing chain cycle vs. sprocket marker position

I reinstalled the timing chain on my V6 Tacoma as per the Toyota official spec and the Haynes manual. I made sure that the marker notches on the intake camshaft sprockets line up to the marks on the ...
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1answer
65 views

Dealer can't program new ECU for 2001 Mercury Cougar because of transmission type

I brought the original ECM in to order a replacement, put it in myself, and then towed the car to Ford. Now they are saying they can't program it because the computer is for a manual and my car is an ...
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1answer
32 views

Having starter issue

My starter motor is good, I can jump the solenoid and start my truck. Why isn't it working from the switch which was working before I put a new starter motor on?
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Motorcycle transmission occasionally pops out of gear

I'm having an issue where the transmission will occasionally downshift by itself during a fast acceleration. I have a 2005 Suzuki Vstrom 650 and it's been a great bike so far. At pretty high revs, ...
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1answer
23 views

1999 GMC Safari Shocks

I have a 1999 GMC Safari 2WD that has 160k on it. I need to replace the shocks on it. Does anyone know how to do this and have a recommendation on the type of shocks I should install? I only drive ...
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2answers
107 views

Is it necessary to maintain antifreeze to water ratio?

I had my radiator cleaned and flushed yesterday. The mechanic who did the work advised that pure distilled water is better than using mixture of water and coolant. I checked the manual and it just ...
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1answer
159 views

Inconsistent warm engine tick sound in 2013 F-150

I'm the original owner of a 2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7 which now has 30,000 km. After the last oil change, the engine is making an inconsistent tick sound when warm and also vibrates a little. The ...
3
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1answer
189 views

A/C Compressor not turning on?

Trying to diagnose an issue with my wife's 2001 Honda CR-V air conditioning. First off, the A/C gets down to 50F when car is running idle for several minutes, so it's not too bad ... however on hot ...
4
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1answer
102 views

'95 Chevy Blazer suddenly refuses to start

While driving my '95 Chevy Blazer (4.3L V6) on the highway, I pulled off to use a rest stop. The engine was (and has) been running/starting well, and upon returning to leave, the engine would not ...
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1answer
273 views

Shifter(auto) stuck in park and override won't work

I have a 2005 Toyota Tacoma TRD that won't shift out of park. I just came back from a 3-month trip and went to drive my truck somewhere but it wouldn't shift out of park. This has happened before as ...
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1answer
53 views

I have a car drive-train question. [closed]

I have a car drive train question. I'm looking at used SUVs since my last car died 3 months ago (20 yr old Honda Accord), specifically looking at vehicles like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.I know AWD ...
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1answer
2k views

Automatic: revs dropping then stalling when stopped at lights

Kia Sedona 2012 automatic. Drove 180 miles on a full tank of fuel without any problems. Started the car the next day and it didn't start cleanly but did eventually. Was waiting on the drive with the ...
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1answer
167 views

How do I find the manifold absolute pressure sensor on a 1998Honda Accord

Where is the manifold absolute pressure sensor at on a 1998 Honda accord? I have tried looking on YouTube but haven't been able to find anything.
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1answer
89 views

Hauling a motorcycle cross country — more or less wrong ways to do it.

I need to haul a 425 lb KLR650 motorcycle from Hoboken NJ to Oakland CA. I'm on a budget so I'd like to do this as cheap as possible (under $200 is great, maybe $500 max). I have a 1996 B4V VW TDI ...

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