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Air Conditioning not cold on 2011 Honda civic

I have a 2011 Honda Civic LX with about 70k miles on it. As of a few weeks ago the AC really started having cooling problems; however, this all seemed to happen gradually. It seems to get a bit colder ...
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STEAM coming from under the hood?

This is my car ->(1990 Honda Accord EX Sedan 4 door 5 speed manual) Ok this is the first time I have ever seen a leak from my car. I bought it in Primo condition & I only use it for errands ...
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Cheap repair of hole in car paint

Recently my car paint has been damaged, I suspect it got hit by a little stone and the paint bursted. The bursts is not very nice but is very hard to notice because they are just about 3 cm long and ...
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856 views

Could too much transmission fluid cause problems?

Is my reasoning here a plausible explanation for the issues described below? Background The CEL on my friend's 2003 Mazda6 lit up yesterday, along with a flashing HOLD light. We hooked it up to a ...
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How easy is it to overfill transmission fluid?

I was helping out a friend yesterday who was facing some issues with a transmission-related CEL on his automatic 2003 Mazda6. When we checked the ATF dipstick the transmission fluid was a clear ...
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Wiper fluid sprayer no longer works on Nissan Sunny 1997. Could it be a blown fuse?

When I try to activate the wiper fluid spray on the front windscreen of my car, the sprayer pump no longer activates (the wipers do though, after a short delay). It's quite a noisy pump, so I'd hear ...
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Recommended rotor disc combination for Ranger truck. Normal usage [closed]

Any recommendations for brake rotor and brake pad combination for good stopping power. My rotors warped after 185,000 miles. I am easy on my brakes; first set of pads lasted 150,000 miles. This is for ...
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Change calipers on both sides?

Four months ago, I had a seized brake in the front left. The slide bearing was stuck and the outer pad was worn more than the inner (at the piston). I wasn't able to move the journals of the bearing ...
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What is the difference between a MAP and a MAF sensor

Generally a car uses either MAP or MAF to determine the air flow index the engine is getting and that older cars used to have MAP and newer ones often use MAF and cars like the Mitsubishi EVO uses ...
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Burn through old gas or mix it?

Vehicle has been sitting unused for 3 months with a half tank of gasoline. Is it better to burn through that half tank of fuel, or mix it with a fresh half tank and burn through that mixture?
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honda accord 1997 2.2L timing belt

I took off the timing belt and balancing belt before finding top dead center what can I do to get everything lined up before I put belt back on
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Machine turns off randomly and won't start after staying off for a while

It all started about a year ago. I had to go to another city and the drive was about an hour long, it went perfectly fine. I left the car parked on the sun for about 2 hours, nothing special, on a ...
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1answer
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What can dry or get damaged in a car after idle time?

I have a Nissan Sentra 2007, 118k. It is well maintained (consistent checks at the Nissan shop), well, as much as possible assuming integrity of the shop. I am not a mechanic myself unfortunately. I ...
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Gasket sealant with exhaust manifold

I am about to reinstall my exhaust manifold on a V6 Tacoma and I was contemplating the need for gasket sealant. When the old one came off, it didn't look like it had any sealant so my guess is no. ...
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Gauging valve lashes with shuffled set of lifters

When I took my cylinder heads apart, I wasn't aware of the need to keep track of the order of valve lifters so I didn't. I did, however, separate the left from right side of the engine (V6 Tacoma). ...
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Can hooking up jumper cables incorrectly damage the electrical system of the receiving vehicle?

Our Jeep was having problems turning over, so we called a tow truck driver. He connected the jumper cables incorrectly, starting a small fire on the battery box. After the fire was out, the Jeep no ...
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3answers
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What is this thing behind my oilpan and is it bad that it's cracked?

Sorry I can't be more specific. I have no idea what it is and my google-fu has failed me. Here is an image of the part in question. It is in the center of the image and has a large crack in it. ...
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Better instructions how to use a micrometer

I am confused by these instructions on how to use a micrometer. Does anyone know of better ones? I need to measure the thickness of my valve lifters (and then do a feeler gauge test but that is not ...
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Do any generic OBD tools provide re-keying OBD Key? [closed]

It seems the rekeying mechanisms use OBD II. Here is an example of one. Do any generic OBD II Diagnostic and Key Code Clearing tools support this rekeying functionality via OBD Key? Preferably one ...
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Removing stripe or decal glue from exterior paint

I bought a Ford Fiesta Zetec and the previous owner has removed the stripes that run over the middle of the car, which has left a terrible looking mark, as if the glue has not come off when they ...
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1answer
424 views

Will using a higher speed rated tire do anything for the car?

I heard that going down on the manufacturer's tire speed rating will affect the handling but will going up from an H to a V do anything such as increasing tread life.
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1answer
103 views

Cooling the ignition coil

I had an old 64 Fairlane that died in rush hour traffic one day. I called a buddy who worked near me-- he pulled up to the side of the road with a bag of ice, and held it to the ignition coil. The ...
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1answer
87 views

How to measure torque statically?

I am familiar with the concept of torque wrench. However, with a torque wrench, one can only apply a desired amount of torque. Is there a way to measure how much torque has been applied to a certain ...
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1k views

What happens if you keep starting the car for too long?

If you're starting the engine and it has already started but you keep pressing the key and the starter keeps working while the engine is running. What can this cause?? Could it harm anything?
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2answers
475 views

Run-flat tires vs. fix-a-flat?

I just bought a car without a spare, on which all the tires will need to be replaced soon. Run-flat tires are crazy expensive. How well does fix-a-flat work for getting me to a tire shop in the case ...
2
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1answer
83 views

Removing the smog pump on an 84 Ranger

I have an old 84 Ranger with a 2.8L V6 and I'm trying to squeeze out as much power out of the engine as possible. The cat had been removed by the last owner, so the pump was essentially just pushing ...
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2answers
160 views

How can I turn my rear window into a one-way mirror?

I still want to be abl to see out the back of my car, but at the same time I want to give all those obnoxious pricks who drive around with their high-beams on at night even when they're behind another ...
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1answer
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Honda Jazz 51 no electrics

Hi my wife cars electrics are not working (no central locking, no lights on the dash - nothing). I have tried charging the battery and jump starting but no luck. Could a fuse stop all the electors ...
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How to measure angle when ratcheting a bolt?

The torque spec for my Tacoma says that cylinder head bolts should be torqued (in a specific sequence) to 27 ft/lbs initially and then again each should be turned another 180 degrees in the same ...
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1answer
65 views

CRC field calculation for CAN 2.0 B

Do you have a practical example on how to calculate the CRC field for CAN 2.0 B?
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2k views

Car pulls to right when letting go of accelerator?

I'm driving an old Grand Voyager minivan temporarily, and notice that when I accelerate then let go of the accelerator, the car pulls slightly to the right, and I have to correct it by steering a ...
2
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1answer
482 views

What's the difference between a Compounding, Finishing, Buffing, and Polishing pad?

3M and other companies make numerous different types of foam pads (links are to 3M products), Compounding Finishing Buffing Polishing What's the difference between these types of pads? How do I ...
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3answers
155 views

different tire ratios

I have a 2006 GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab 4x2. I have 4 extremely worn tires. We are traveling from Texas panhandle to Carlsbad NM so I need to replace them. The problem is I can only afford used ...
7
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1answer
83 views

Clutch pulls in too easy after reassebling the clutch basket, what did I did wrong?

I have a 1982 Kawasaki KZ550C LTD. When I got the bike one of the bearings on the starter assembly was worn out and would slip. So I pulled the engine and had to tear it down in order to get to the ...
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193 views

How to remove engine cooling fan from a W169 Mercedes A-Class

How do you remove engine cooling fan from A-Class Mercedes W169?
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725 views

For 2 identical car models, 1 being cabriolet, which consumes less fuel?

What is the effect on car fuel consumption of having a roof or not? I guess it may depend on the car model, but generally, considering common commercial cars, which setting saves more fuel?
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1answer
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Why is American Toyota cars design different from European Toyota cars?

If compare Toyota same models from toyota.com (US) and toyota-europe.com (Europe) websites the models are a little bit different in design. So I wonder why Toyota makes different cars of the same ...
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1answer
158 views

Car shuts off right after cooling fan turns on

After several months of looking for issues in my car, I have finally fixed most of them, except for the "catalytic converter" light and the sudden shut off of the motor. Today I turned on the car ...
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1answer
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1995 Mercury Sable 3.8l - 2300rpm at Starting Of Engine but Will Not Fall Below 1500rpms

This car is driving me absolutely batty. I have never had any problems with it before. The other day I drove my car to Vegas airport from Orange County (about 4 hr drive) and my car died on me 6 ...
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1answer
53 views

Is It Harmful to Have a Small Gap at the Bottom of Trunk Weatherstrip?

I just replaced the trunk weatherstrip on my 1999 Civic coupe because the old one was rotting, rain was getting into the trunk, and I'm pretty sure that was the culprit. The replacement weatherstrip ...
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2answers
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2006 Pontiac Solstice - Wipers turn on by themselves

Here's a new one: Three times in the past week, the wipers have randomly turned themselves on. Each time turning the switch on and back off has fixed the issue. I haven't seen anything else ...
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3answers
697 views

Do cowl hoods actually help with engine cooling?

I've read that cowl hoods used to be the method for air induction for older vehicles with carburetors and that the only purpose they serve for vehicles with fuel injection is for looks. However, I ...
4
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1answer
207 views

Honda Civic 1997 steering fluid leak

I bought my -97 Civic two weeks ago. After a week of driving, the power steering started to screech whenever I turned the wheels while the engine was cold (with warm engine the eerie screeching sound ...
2
votes
2answers
82 views

Car wont turn over after trying to get it out of snow

I have a 1998 Mustang V6. Last winter I attempted to get it out of the snow on an inclined driveway. I revved it apparently too hard and the engine sputtered for a moment and stopped. Since then it ...
2
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2answers
164 views

Cleaning Oil Siphon Tube with Brake Cleaner? (Is brake cleaner oil-safe?)

I recently used some siphon tubing to remove some oil from my engine. This worked great until I realized I wasn't sure how I could clean the tube for reuse as I don't want to use a siphon tube that ...
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2answers
42 views

BMW 320d es auto engine size

I would like to know how to tell engine size of a BMW. I only buy cars a 1.9 litre or smaller engine.
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3answers
7k views

Can a vehicle be harmed with bad inputs via an OBD-2 port?

I bought a cheap (sub $10) ELM 327 Bluetooth clone OBD-2 diagnostic adapter on a local "ebay-style" market where the seller specializes in car diagnostics and has several thousand positive reviews ...
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1answer
68 views

I have a small 196cc 6.5 horse power engine

I am using this motor in a small pit bike. And was wondering why there was 2 oil spots. I was told on is for the motor oil and one is a white merky fluid but dont know what to look for. Please help.
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Mystery wiring harness underneath the gearshift on a 2004 Ford Focus

My Ford Focus had an evaporator core leak, so the DIY hobbyist in me took apart the instrument panel, dashboard and finally, replaced the evaporator core. I'm on my way putting parts back together. ...

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