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Do premium air filters perform better than standard air filters?

I went in for an oil change recently and the Jiffy Lube technician tried to up sell me on buying a better oil for my car, and on buying a more expensive air filter. My car is a fairly normal compact ...
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Can i remove the rear diff in my land rover freelander?

recently the rear diff in my 1998 land rover freelander has gone (makes a horrible clicking sound around corners). The car has been a constant pain and i was wondering what is actually the cause of ...
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Advantages of getting your car's oil changed at the dealer

Are there advantages go getting your car's oil changed at the dealership from which you purchased the car versus a "quick change" place like Jiffy Lube or Wal-Mart? I've used all three, and I feel the ...
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2answers
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Location of Blend Door Actuator in 2003 Chevy Malibu

I am fairly certain that my Blend Door actuator is faulty. I get all hot air in my car, which is great for the winter, not so much for the summer. I want to replace it, and followed directions on ...
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1answer
1k views

Replacing Vauxhall Corsa C (2002) rear fog light

I need to replace the right rear fog light in a 2002 Vauxhall Corsa C; not just the bulb but the whole unit. I'm looking for instructions on how to replace the lamp preferably without removing the ...
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1answer
298 views

When should I change the oil, as the tech recommends or as my oil change light indicates

I have a Toyota Corolla 2008. It has an oil change light indicator. The tech at the one hour oil change place recommends to change it every 3,000 miles but the indicator light only goes off about ...
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3answers
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1997 Olds 88, trans issue?

A friend of mine pointed me this way due to my current problems; I've been working on this for three weeks and am no closer to diagnosing the issue, so hopefully someone here can point me in the right ...
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1answer
387 views

Check Oil Light Stays on for 20+ Seconds When 2004 Trailblazer Starts

Lately, my 2004 Chevy Trailblazer has been displaying the "Chk Oil" light when the vehicle first starts up for more than 20 seconds - much longer than the normal dash light test. Then is turns off and ...
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1answer
252 views

Replace front wheel studs '99 saturn

I'm trying to replace front wheel studs on a '99 saturn w/o removing the hub. I got the old ones out, but for the life of me can't seem to get the new ones in securely. I attempted pressing them in ...
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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan not starting, mystery wires?

1997 Dodge GC with 180k miles, has been sitting for maybe 6 months after being driven a little, and now it won't start. cranks fine, all electronics work, but doesn't fire. I checked there is fuel ...
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556 views

Odd brake squeak only at the very end of the stop

I have a 2003 Infiniti FX 35. It has ~130K miles on it but new front and rear brakes were put on in the last year. Just recently, after about a month of sitting around without being driven, the car ...
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1answer
766 views

How do I change the CV Joints on my 2003 Acura TL?

How do I change the CV Joints on my 2003 Acura TL? My 2003 Acura TL 3.2 has been making creaking sounds when I turn around corners and I've been told that old, noisy CV joints are likely the culprit. ...
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1answer
895 views

Should I change automatic transmission fluid on an older vehicle?

I have a Pontiac Vibe 2004 with an automatic transmission. The mileage now is around 120k miles and I've never changed the transmission fluid. There are no mechanical problems with the vehicle at the ...
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1answer
208 views

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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1answer
94 views

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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1answer
1k views

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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1answer
1k views

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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1answer
328 views

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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1answer
241 views

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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2answers
784 views

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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3answers
3k views

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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1answer
547 views

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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3answers
4k views

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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2answers
589 views

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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3answers
320 views

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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2answers
595 views

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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3answers
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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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2answers
3k views

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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3answers
2k views

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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1answer
233 views

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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1answer
210 views

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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3answers
1k views

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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1answer
350 views

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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0answers
69 views

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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2answers
466 views

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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7answers
9k views

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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2answers
155 views

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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4answers
462 views

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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2answers
1k views

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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4answers
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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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1answer
162 views

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 ...
4
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3answers
7k views

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 ...
2
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0answers
263 views

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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3answers
671 views

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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4answers
2k views

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 ...
1
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2answers
647 views

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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2answers
361 views

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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4answers
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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 ...
5
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3answers
188 views

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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3answers
122 views

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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