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Loose Handbrake?

Today I think I pulled my handbrake maybe a little too hard to stop my self from rolling down a hill. The stick is now loose and it engages only when I pull it to the very top. I can pull it up ...
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What skills does one need to have to get started in auto body repair?

I've been looking into a career in auto body repair and was wondering what sort of skills / knowlege one might need to get into this field.
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Audi 06 - Replace Thermostat

My check engine light came up yesterday. Just brought it into Audi and they say I need to replace the thermostat with the note "cooling system malfunction)". They're charging $600. Is this necessary ...
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My 2007 Jeep Commander is blowing hot air into the cabin even though the temperature is set to cool

Even if I have the fan set to off and the temperature dial set all the way to cold, extremely hot air is coming from my vents into the cabin. It seems to get worse at higher speeds. If I turn the ...
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1answer
988 views

Ford Focus steering wheel vibration and noise from front right wheel4

I drive a Ford Focus 2004 which has about 104 thousand km on the clock. There is a constant noise from the front right wheel which goes away when I depress the clutch. Moreover around 60km/h and ...
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1answer
136 views

Setting timer for central locking for forgetful owners

Is it technically possible to set a timer for central locking so that it locks after 5 minutes, say, after the engine has been turned off? This is to help if you forget to lock your car at night. ...
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2001 honda civic failing to start when hot

my 2001 honda civic is giving me problem: When starting from cold in the morning, the car starts at one click but when driven for a while with the engine at temperature, if I stop and turn off the ...
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1answer
266 views

1999 diesel Ford fiesta not starting

I'm having trouble starting a 1999 ford-fiesta, diesel (EN engine), that would be mk4 of fiesta. What I tried (in that order) was: Changed fuel filter Tried starting spray (the engine seems to have ...
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1answer
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What's the name of the little plastic bolt (?) that is used by a passanger/driver to lock the door from the inside?

I'm talking about a (for example) seat/skoda/vw car, in which (un)locking the car from the inside requires the driver to press a locking bolt. Two of them broke in my car and I'm trying to find a ...
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2answers
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2001 Chevy Malibu Repair Manual

I'm a car n00b looking for a repair manual for my 2001 chevy malibu. I've heard that the Chilton manuals are way better than the Haynes manuals from several people. However, the Chilton manuals ...
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2answers
591 views

Honda CVT Multimatic Gearbox oil-change frequency

I'm planning to buy a 1999 Honda Civic with Multimatic Gearbox and the current owner claims that he needs oil changes after every 7,500 Kms. But when I read about it most suggest the oil change only ...
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1answer
341 views

What's the catch in Ford Mondeo Econetic driving at 3 liters per 100 kilometers story?

News report (here and here and lots more can be found that two guys drove Ford Mondeo Econetic with 1,6 liters diesel engine and got fuel consumption of about 3 liters per 100 kilometers. That's ...
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1answer
592 views

Is this reservoir for power steering fluid? (1989 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome)

Low-speed steering on this RV causes a loud squeal, presumably a slipping belt. I am trying to find check the level of the power steering fluid. I found this unmarked reservoir in the forward ...
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2answers
115 views

Mazda Air Mass Meter - where can I buy one?

I have a 1993 Mazda 323 estate (GLXI 1.6l petrol). It's not been terribly reliable and has suffered from inconsistent idle - sometimes idling fast (~1500 rpm) and sometimes erratically and sometimes ...
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1answer
103 views

What is this component of this RV's engine?

While examining this RV's engine (1989 Fleetwood Southwind 33'), I noticed what appears to be a belt-driven component, which lacks a drive belt. I'm trying to decide how important it is to replace the ...
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2answers
5k views

Clunking sound at back of car when applying brakes

Since having my tires changed, I've been hearing a clunking sound from waht sounds like the back driver side of my car when I apply the brakes if they're applied jsut enoug to start slowing down the ...
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2answers
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Foul Smell when turning on air conditioning

I have a 2007 Chrysler Aspen, and recently (past 2 weeks) when I turn on the ac, I notice a 'foul' smell, like burnt rubber, or even sulphur-like. The smell will last a few minutes and will gradually ...
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1answer
1k views

Smoke on start-up: valve gasket?

I have a 1990 Honda Accord. Sometimes, when starting up after sitting for a long time, I get blue smoke from the exhaust. This only lasts for a minute or two, after that, there's no smoke whatsoever. ...
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3answers
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radiator grill fins bent

I have a over heating problem. I have replaced the water pump, thermostat, upper radiator hose and the coolant temperature sensor. They were all in need of replacement, but my car still over heats ...
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5answers
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Why does my 2003 Acura TL intermittently make humming sounds when the engine is off?

I drive a 2003 Acura TL. This has been a great car, but there is one unexplained nuisance: It keeps making a humming sound while the engine is switched off. Normally, it isn't a problem when the car ...
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3answers
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Clunk noise from my brakes on first application

I have had the brake pads replaced on my Forester STi (4 pot Brembos all round) and have noticed a strange noise on first application of the brakes after moving either forwards or backwards. By this ...
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1answer
406 views

Replacing power window motor in a 2003 Corolla

What should it cost (parts and labor) to replace a power window motor in a 2003 Toyota Corolla? What should I consider when deciding between factory vs. used vs. aftermarket?
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2answers
1k views

Where exactly is the Check Engine Light connector on a 1997 Honda Honda Civic?

The check engine light on my 1997 Honda Civic lit up. I came across a method for troubleshooting (http://honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=1901557) but I'm having trouble finding the connector. Can ...
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1answer
701 views

Inside door latch not working - Toyotta Corolla 2002

I have an Toyotta Corolla 2002 and sometime ago is not anymore possible to open the passenger door by inside. Opening the passenger door using the exterior handle is working only the inside ...
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2answers
292 views

Shorted electrical, lots of things not working

I was installing a boost gauge, and must've shorted something out because now my turn signals, fog lights, ac blower, and wipers don't work. I checked the fuses but they weren't blown. How can I ...
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1answer
62 views

What shop tools are most helpful for inspecting used cars?

I am curious what benefit a shop would provide vs a mobile inspection service. I know a lift is helpful in seeing certain parts of the car, and an engine code scanner is very helpful. Any others?
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6answers
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What is the difference between normal, platinum, iridium plugs?

What is the difference (besides price) between normal, platinum, and iridium spark plugs?
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3answers
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Why am I smelling exhaust inside the cabin of my car?

When I drive my car the first few miles, I smell exhaust inside the car with the windows rolled up. It happens when I have either the AC or the heat/air on... What's going on?
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1answer
2k views

Using an iPod / iPhone in a 2005 BMW 525i Sedan

I just purchased a BMW 525i (2005 model, automatic) and was wondering if this model supports an adapter like later models for an auxiliary or iPod cable integration? I did some Googling and found some ...
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1answer
320 views

Vibrating sound coming from air condition vent when turned up high?

When I turn my ac up high, I hear a vibrating sound coming from one of the vents. It vibrates more if I turn it up higher. What could this possibly be?
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3answers
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Cleaning fuel injectors?

I took my car (2006 Honda Civic) to firestone to get an oil change and they told me I should get the fuel injectors cleaned. I was in an Advanced Discount Auto Parts store the other day and I noticed ...
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5answers
1k views

Should you change all of your transmission fluid?

I took my Lexus RX 300 to the shop, to change the transmission fluid. While talking to the tech, he said he sucked out half the fluid and left the other old half there. Is this proper? Shouldn't they ...
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1answer
390 views

What's the purpose of the cover on the catalytic converter?

On my 1990 Honda, it's falling apart. I'd like to just rip it off; will that cause any problems? More specifically: will the car pass New York state inspection with a missing cover?
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2answers
1k views

Engine never warms up (actually: it cools down) at highway speeds

I have a 1997 Caravan (base model) and normally on my drive to work and my highway drives in rush-hour, the engine warms up just fine. I took a road trip for work, about an hour and fifteen minutes ...
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2answers
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Bad CV joint, but which side?

Honda Accord EX 1990, just bought. When I make a tight turn, I sometimes hear a rhythmic clunking sound. This is supposed to be a tell-tale sign of a worn CV joint. But how do I know which side it's ...
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3answers
114 views

Jet performance chips & mfgr warranties

I was toying with the idea of getting a bit extra from my 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco. It's a great car but I think the turbo is being control via the computer and in my opinion, could be a bit better. I was ...
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1answer
411 views

Floor mat holder clip hook for 2003 Honda Civic

I got Honda floor mats that fit the floor perfectly, and the driver's side has two holes through which hooks can hold it in place. There are flaps with square holes for the clips to mount into, but ...
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2answers
164 views

Brakes suddenly grip harder while braking down shallow incline

2003 Honda Civic EX While braking continuously on a long shallow incline, the brakes will suddenly grip harder in a predictable way, jerking me forward a little and braking harder from then on. Like ...
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1answer
176 views

Best brand of premium gas? [closed]

I just bought a car with a turbo engine that requires 91 premium gas. Out of the major gasoline companies like Shell, Chevron, BP, etc., is there one in particular that is better than the others that ...
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1answer
6k views

Wheel Alignment: Just how bad is bad?

Context/Information: If I understand correctly, having a fixed axle in a car makes getting things aligned significantly harder. This seems to be the case in my 2009 Toyota Corolla and the rear axle. ...
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2answers
515 views

Does length of jumper cable matter while jumpstarting a motorcycle from car battery as a booster?

I recently left my Harley Davidson 883 Superlow in ignition on for 8 hours, headlight drained all the battery. This was my first time jumpstart experiment. Had following few questions, happy to be ...
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3answers
955 views

How can I be sure my vehicle is a 4x4 / AWD?

I bought a pre-owned Volvo XC90 - 2007 3.2 V6 AWD. Or at least that's what it says on the car and the paperwork. Even in the dry, this car regularly spins the front wheels and there is fairly ...
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7answers
4k views

What would cause motor mounts to go out on a factory engine?

I got my factory motor mounts replaced on my 2000 eclipse at 175k miles. I am now at 189k and the mounts blew again. I can hear the same rattling and squeaking. I had the spark plugs and valve cover ...
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3answers
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What is ECT Mode for? - Toyota Cars?

I'm not sure if this is a feature on Toyota cars alone, but I currently drive a '99 Avalon XLS and in addition to the D3 mode which I know disables overdrive, right above the radio near the top of ...
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1answer
260 views

Window Seal Leak

I have a 2008 Honda Civic that is currently leaking water into the backseat floorboards. We have done some diagnostics that have shown the seal on the outside of the window has separated from the ...
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1answer
1k views

What resistance is typical across a small engine ignition coil?

I have a hedge trimmer I'm troubleshooting (link) and I'm wanting to rule out the ignition coil. What resistance should I measure across a typical small engine ignition coil? I would have thought down ...
2
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2answers
268 views

HVAC is not blowing. Is it most likely the blower motor?

I have a 1998 Buick Park Avenue (standard not ultra). Recently the heating and air stopped blowing. It acts normal in every other way (lights and indicators work as normal) but I am not getting any ...
3
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2answers
6k views

Rattling/tinkling noise under load - is this knocking/pinking/misfiring?

I have 99 SEAT Ibiza, which was until quite recently owned and driven by my mother. It's therefore been well cared for, but was hardly ever given a good run or allowed to get warm. On its last major ...
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1answer
2k views

Is it possible (or practical) to repair a turn signal cancel switch instead of replacing it?

tl;dr: My turn signal has stopped cancelling reliably - can I repair it or should I get it replaced? Full Query/Context: A properly functioning turn signal system, I believe, will typically cancel ...
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1answer
218 views

How to do a 2005 v6 Avalon Oil Pan Removal (Australian Model)

My mechanic has said that I need to clean the filter at the bottom of the block inside the oil pan as this is causing the oil light to come on (I can't afford to pay the mechanic to do that currently) ...

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