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Help with car movie/DVD player - Invision Generation

Our "Invision Generation Series" DVD player (installed by the dealer in our '08 Toyota Highlander) plays some DVDs just fine, but for many others, it doesn't get past the initial previews. It has ...
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What car wash tasks should be done after an automatic car wash?

I have access to free automatic car washes. It is a pretty basic and short cloth car wash and dry. What should I do in additional to the automatic car wash? I was thinking about drying off any spots ...
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1998 Ford Contour P0171 P0174

I have a 1998 Ford Contour that has a check engine light. I checked the codes, and found: P0171 System Too Lean (Bank 1) P0174 System Too Lean (Bank 2) P0401 Insufficient EGR Flow P1131 Lack of ...
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What do battery numbers mean? E.g., 26R-5N

I went to Walmart and put my car's information (2000 Dodge Neon) into the electronic battery selector, and it told me to purchase a 26R-5N battery (which matches my current battery). However, what do ...
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The windshield are blurry, possible because of oils

Today rain caught me and while the wipers swept I noticed the windshield is blurry, so the visibility was reduced. It is perhaps because of oily spots. What solution should I try to remove this ...
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Turn Signal Randomly Changes Directions

I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The left turn signal has started randomly switching over to blinking the right signal light. When it happens, the sequence is usually: Turn on the left signal, it blinks ...
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Are there different kinds of 10W-40 oil?

I was given a used riding mower as a gift, and the other day I started to do some of the yearly maintenance as recommended by the owner's manual. When I got to the part about changing the oil, I saw ...
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Blue-ish smoke coming out from the exhaust

I have a VW Golf mk4, 1.9 TDI from 2001 with 230.000+ km on board and for some time now I have blue smoke coming out of the exhaust. The problem aggravates when I'm stuck in traffic or when the ...
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Diesel motor running slightly jerky on normal RPM after having the turbo repaired

I got my turbo repaired, the service told me that stopped working due to a sensor that had to be changed. It costed me a lot because they told me that the sensor was inside the turbo and it was hard ...
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Car not starting: How likely that it's the fuel pump?

So I have a 1987 Hyundai Pony that was a little stubborn starting last time, but did run in the end. Then it sat for a couple of weeks. It's kind of cold (but not that cold—I'm in Vancouver). Now ...
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BMW 330xi car keys dead

I have 2006 BMW 330xi whose car-keys (the automatic one) is dead. I think its batteries are dead. What are my options? I tried driving around to charge it but that didn't work.
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When should I get an oil change if I drive infrequently?

I drive a 1997 Honda Accord maybe 6,000 miles each year. In past years, I've driven about 12,000 miles per year and changed the oil about every 3,000-4,000 miles, or about every three months. When ...
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Why rear disk brakes do not wear the pads even?

While changing the pads for my rear breaks (disk), I saw that while the external pads were all gone, the internal ones were at 1/3 to 1/2 only. Is this normal? Should I address this? What is the ...
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What is the best way to prevent my doors from freezing shut in the winter?

What is the best way to treat door seals to prevent the doors from freezing in winter? I noticed that the doors on both of my vehicles are a bit "sticky" this time of year, where the temperature is ...
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How to access negative battery terminal in 04 Pontiac Montana

So my hand is all scuffed up from trying to get to the (-) terminal for jumper cables to jump my Ford Focus with the defective trunk latch which apparently has been draining my battery. The fuse box ...
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What to look for when buying a salvage title car

Other than the normal stuff to look for when buying a used car, what else should you check or have inspected when buying a used car with a salvage or junk title?
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2004 Buick Ranier Oil Filter Location

Changing my oil right now, but can't seem to find the oil filter on my 2004 Buick Ranier V6. Any ideas? I don't have it up on stands
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How much vacuum should be present in a 2 stroke intake manifold?

I have a 2 stroke Mercury 2.5 hp that has recently been dropped in the water. The motor used to run fine but now it won't start. I have dried the motor out and cleaned the carby, it's got plenty of ...
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How do you test relays?

I have a Pontiac Grand Am. After getting a hose replaced, I noticed that my fans don't come on now. I checked the fuses and cooling fan #2's fuse is burnt out, which (I think) should be for AC only. ...
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Would changing to an air suspension give a smoother ride?

The road here can be a little bit rough sometimes, so I was wondering how I could improve the ride. How about upgrading to an air suspension system? Would that improve the ride? How much would such a ...
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Scooter Powerband Spiking

When I start accelerating, after around 3 seconds I get a spike in my engine rpm (at least it sounds like it). After another few seconds it calms back down and continues escelating as expected. I ...
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Why is the brake pedal higher than the accelerator pedal

All cars I've encountered (here in the UK) have the brake pedal higher than the accelerator pedal. Is this a standard, world wide? I would have thought that for safety (getting to it quicker) you'd ...
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2004 Ford Escape battery light comes on intermittently - what likely cause(s) are there?

I have a 2004 Ford Escape Limited on which the battery light has been coming on randomly for varying amounts of time while the vehicle is in active operation. I have checked the battery cables and ...
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Should I buy a car that is due a new cambelt?

I am about to buy a car from a private seller. I've already given him the deposit (not a great amount, £100). The car is a 2004 Ford Focus 2.0 Ghia. It has a FSH but I think the next service would be ...
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Applying brake vs. shifting into Park at a red light - which is better for long-term maintenance? [closed]

When at a red light for a prolonged period of time, which leads to a lower amount of wear/lower cost of maintenance over the long term: keeping the brake applied for the duration of the light, or ...
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Parking brake inspection question

NY State inspection guidelines call for a parking brake test similar to this: "Car must hold in Drive under moderate acceleration. Parking brake must lock in place and be released independently from ...
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Shift “Grinding” Issue?

Lately I've been noticing a grinding/resisting force and sound when I shift from first to second gear in my 2003 Jetta GLI. It is ruining driving for me because every time I shift from first to second ...
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Car shifts hard when warm

My car, 2003 Toyota Camry shifts hard when warm. Fliud level is normal, mileage is 100k. I cannot spend too much time on it, just want to try some inexspensive tests, to understand what could be the ...
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How do I deal with frozen washer fluid?

Now that temperatures are dropping below freezing, I decided to fill my wiper fluid reservoir with winterized fluid. I used almost an entire bottle, so it must have been almost empty, but there was ...
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How do I diagnose ABS problem with Toyota CE110 - 1996

The ABS indicator is illuminating in this car, according to the mechanic the ABS ECU is fried. I have tried rotating few reconditioned ABS ECUs with the same problem. So I'm not very sure if the ECU ...
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How to remove stuck AC barrier hose without damaging barb fittings?

I'm trying to remove 23-year-old AC barrier hose from aluminum line so I can replace them. I split the crimped ferrules and removed them. The hoses are stuck on. I'm sure they've permanently deformed ...
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Why does my automatic 2002 Honda Accord EX V6 seem to struggle when shifting gears?

It's happening more and more these days where I will hit the gas while at a complete stop. My car starts moving, but not as fast as it should based on how far I have the pedal down. Anymore, I can ...
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Vehicle sputters on cold start on cold mornings

I have a 1998 Ford Explorer with really low miles (< 30,000 miles; classic "little old lady who only drove it to the grocery store once a week" type vehicle). The first time I start it on cold ...
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97 taurus heat does not work

My wife's 97 taurus' heat has stopped working entirely. In fact on defrost it seems to be blowing the air conditioner. The coolant is topped off and I've checked the lines into the heater core and ...
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Are these repairs necessary, and can I do them myself?

I'm wondering if the maintenance my dealer recently suggested is necessary, and if so, if it's worth it for me (a person who has technical skill but is inexperienced with auto) to undertake on my own ...
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How do I keep my wheels looking nice and shiny after cleaning them?

I have a '05 Mazda3 with pretty much stock wheels. I have washed my car a few times, and the first thing, without fail, that gets dirty are my wheels. What is the best protectant I can use to keep ...
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Gas mileage down significantly the last few tanks: what should I look for?

The gas mileage in my car is degraded significantly the last three tanks. What should I look for? Details of the vehicle are below, but this question could also apply to anyone who sees this problem ...
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is there any way to adjust my idle speed - 2003 Cadillac CTS

My 2003 CTS vibrates pretty bad at idle speed (around 600 RPMs) But If I rev up to 800 or so, it's totally smooth. The real problem is partially due to worn motor mounts, but I dont want to spend ...
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How should I prevent my battery going flat when I leave my car alone for a month?

I will be leaving my Focus alone for around a month in (scottish) winter weather. Ordinarily I would make sure to take the vehicle out at least once a week to prevent the battery going flat in the ...
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What is the technical reason the engineer decided the motorcycle gear pattern as follows?

The gear pattern is selected by clicking a lever with your left foot, and is typically laid out as follows: 6th gear (if applicable) 5th gear 4th gear 3rd gear 2nd gear NEUTRAL 1st gear What ...
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2005 Montana heater blowing warm air only

My Pontiac Montana is blowing warm air with the heater turned on. I was receiving a code(not sure what the number was but the message referred the engine was running cooler than it was supposed to.) ...
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Removing Rust from 2010 Civic Doors

I have some scratches on my doors. After some reading, it seems like my best option is to paint over it, and optionally scour the rust. I don't have access to fancy tools, and I believe that ...
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2006 Audi A4 2.0T, No passing power

I have a 2006 Audi A4 2.0T Turbo Tiptronic Automatic that has no passing power. When I step on the accelerator the car will shift down into a lower gear, rev about 3500 RPMs but will not shift up ...
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Permanent fix to AC drain clogging in '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

For some time, my Jeep has had something leaking or draining into the carpet in the front-passenger floor space. My mechanic has told me that the AC drain keeps getting clogged by leaves and such, ...
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Can an engine stop from a bad battery?

The car is a 2005 Toyota Corolla CE. Its engine is the 1ZZ-FE, a 1.8L straight four that runs on gas, not diesel. The alternator is stock, and tests out just fine on the multimeter in both voltage ...
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Securing Trunk on a Civic [closed]

I have a 2010 Civic. If I have to transport stuff that sticks out of the trunk and won't allow it to close, how can I do this? Normally, in other cars, you can take a bungee cord (which I have), ...
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Do I have to get another Volvo?

I live in Florida and have mold allergies. Multiple times my 2008 Sienna van has a bad AC smell develop which makes me cough my head off. The dealer has cleaned the evaporator and ducts and the ...
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How do I fix an immobilizer problem on a 2006 Kia Sedona?

How do I fix a problem with my immobilizer? This is a follow up to this question: 2006 Kia Sedona intermittently not starting What parts (if any) do I need? What would be the best way to go about the ...
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How to remove dipstick tube from 2003 Acura TL?

In the course of changing the timing belt in my 2003 Acura TL, my Hayne's manual says to remove the dipstick tube. The manual says that this is accomplished by removing one bolt. I removed the bolt, ...
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What's the reason for a battery light coming on and becoming brighter as the engine revs higher?

The vehicle is a 1993 LandRover Discovery 3.5 V8. Today when I hopped in to drive home the battery light came on when I started up, and remained on. It gets brighter as the engine revs and just ...

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