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2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Draining Battery

I have a 2000 Jeep grand Cherokee. I can jump or charge, drive it, then the moment I shut it off it is dead and needs a jump. I have pulled all of the fuses, and bought numerous batteries. It is not ...
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Is there a smog abatement program for repairs greater than a certain amount in california?

I just bought a used car, and I'm going to get it smogged soon. Apparently (this is what the mechanic said), I can't get it smogged until 2 "checks" turn on. I think this means that the check engine ...
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Power vampire in car. Where do I start looking?

I have been to the car store four times and each time they tell me that the battery is good. A few of the cold-cranking amps (maybe at 50 or so, I don't remember the exact amount) are gone otherwise ...
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Clips that hold plug wires onto coil pack?

On my 1999 Saturn SL2, there are clips that are supposed to hold the ignition/plug wires in place onto the coil pack and the bolt that goes through it may play a role in grounding the circuit. One of ...
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314 views

How to let off the carburetors of a 1993 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for winter storage?

My '93 Gixxer is in the shed for winter. I had it fully tanked, the shed is (moderately) warm, and every couple of weeks I attach a trickle charger to its battery. However, I know that there is still ...
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Why use a car battery charger?

What's the need for car battery chargers that I often see on display in auto parts shops? I mean a battery is sold charged (and if it discharges too much it just dies and can't be restored) and every ...
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1answer
464 views

Faulty TCC solenoid or bad computer?

Make: Pontiac Model: Sunfire Year: 2001 Engine: 2.2 L Trans: Automatic Hello to every one, bought my first car and it is fine except for this little annoying problem. After driving it for a ...
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How does an automatic gearbox know when to change gear

As the title suggests, how does an automatic gearbox know when to change gear, for example, how does the autobox know to shift down when you hit a gradient for example, also how does it know to shift ...
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How do I remove old stickers from my windshield?

There are some old stickers applied to my windshield and they won't peal off. How do I remove these stickers and any adhesive residuals without damaging the windshield?
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97 Bonneville, strange problems accelerating

I'll try to explain this problem as clearly as possible. I have a 97 Bonneville, automatic transmission. When accelerating from idle, sometimes two strange things happen: the car reaches ~20 mph, ...
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2005 chrysler neon clunking noise from front end

My neon has 125000km. Recently started clunking especially over speed bumps - replaced the the lower bushes and shock absorbers but still continues. Related is a Brrrrrr sound on hard acceleration ...
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How should I prepare my car for its annual MOT test

My car has its MOT test coming up in a month, what can I do at home to help it pass through and make it ready/easier for the mechanics.
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Ford Focus door not latching closed at freezing temperatures

I recently bought a 2007 Ford Focus. This morning was the first time the car was in freezing temperatures since I have owned it and after unlocking the door and opening it the door latch would not ...
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1answer
156 views

Connector for driver's side seat belt cable in KIA Soul

Make: KIA Model: Soul+ Year: 2012 There is a cable that runs from the dash, under the seat, to the driver's side seat belt buckle. Underneath the seat, there is an obscure wire-to-wire molex ...
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Just HOW urgently should I replace this tire? Is it safe to drive on at all?

It's my rear right tire. It has a significant bulge in the sidewall. Here are two pictures of the bulge (original URL): Do I need to replace it before I ever drive on it again? Should I put on ...
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2answers
76 views

Turn Signal Malfunctioning

My left turn signal started malfunctioning the other day, here are the symptoms. left turn signal (on dashboard) clicks at roughly twice the rate as the right turn signal. rear turning light flashes ...
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What's the best way to remove headlight condensation?

Quick googling, I found forums saying to put the headlight in the oven at around 250 until condensation evaporates, and the glue around the edge will reform. Is this safe? Is there a better way to ...
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1answer
729 views

How do I change a headlight bulb in my 1996 subaru wagon? (outback)

I looked up online how to do this and got two decent resources - one is a video and one is a text description. Unfortunately the video does not show what I have in my car. My car has some kind of ...
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1answer
2k views

DIY Panel Beating - Got any Tips?

Well recently I bumped into the side of a fence while reversing out of my drive way. It wasn't very fast but there is a huge dent on the rear left of the car. Luckily I missed the brake lights and the ...
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1answer
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Car is frozen. cannot start

Okay, my car is frozen. it's negative Fahrenheit over here now. What I've tried: jump start, warm up starter, new spark plugs. nothing helps. I guess the only approach is to heat it in the garage, ...
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3answers
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Why would the steering be intermittently very heavy in a 2001 Dodge Caravan?

The steering wheel is very hard to turn immediately after starting the van when the engine is cold. This only happens intermittently (maybe 1 out of 30 times) After a few seconds it becomes easy to ...
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1answer
437 views

2002 Ford Focus CEL blinked for a minute and then turned off

I have a 2002 Ford Focus with around 100k miles on it. I just brought it back from the mechanic for a fuel pump replacement. As this question shows. Anyway I was driving around going uphill when I ...
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3answers
296 views

Is my mechanic ripping me off?

My 2002 ford focus (built after may 23) died and the AAA and tow guy both said that it needs a new fuel pump. Anyway I went to the mechanic and he said it'll be 350 for the pump and 200 for labor. I ...
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0answers
779 views

What is the OBD-II drive cycle for a 2003 Toyota Corolla?

This site includes a post with the specific drive cycle that resets the OBD-II monitors on several 2000-2002 Toyota vehicles. What does the drive cycle look like for a 2003 Toyota Corolla?
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Why does a Turbocharger only produce boost when the engine is under load

As per the Title. Why does a turbocharged car only produce significant boost whilst the engine is under load. Is is something to do with how much exhaust is being produced or is there some kind of ...
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Is it possible to harm your car by giving someone a boost?

This post explains why it's a potential hazard to clip to the negative post on the dead battery when giving a boost. But I've also been told that I could damage the electronics in my own car if I give ...
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3answers
945 views

What's happening when you give someone a boost?

While I've given and received boosts before I've always been following instructions by rote and never really understood what's happening. The procedure I've been told is: Attach red clamp to the ...
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1answer
468 views

Car decelerating quickly

I recently changed my brake pads and did wheel alignment at the official workshop of my car manufacturer. It was driving just fine but suddenly as I was driving it at one fine point the steering ...
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1answer
558 views

Why does the price of Catalytic Converters vary so much?

My check engine light came on and the diagnostic code says it is a problem with the catalytic converters so I'm getting ready to schedule an appointment with a mechanic to take care of that. The ...
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1answer
288 views

Throttle Position Sensor: Complete failure, then starts working again?

Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai XG350 L Today while driving to work on the Interstate, my check engine light clicked on and suddenly my gas pedal seemed to just stop working. I managed to coast off an exit and ...
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Timing Chain vs. Timing Belt

What is the service life of a timing chain and how does having a chain drive cam benefit from a belt drive cam and vice-versa?
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3answers
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Is there a reliable way to repair a pin hole leak in a radiator

I have heard a few different ways to fix a pin hole leak in a radiator. I have heard put a small amount of black pepper in the radiator, or use jb weld to patch the hole, and not to use the stop leak ...
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2answers
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Replacing front struts on a 2006 Hyundai Sonata

I want to replace the front strut shocks on my 2006 Hyundai Sonata and I'm not sure if I'll need a spring compresser to do this. I have searched the internet for an answer to this question and I ...
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how to compute performance of clutch [closed]

I have this idea: attaching electric motor to clutch and then to a generator then computing when for example we 1kw give the motor how much generator will take back? now we have performance of ...
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1answer
665 views

ambient air temp. sensor reading -40 on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

The old sensor got broken during a accident with a deer. I've replaced the sensor and it's reading -40 deg. Is there a reset on this unit? The sensor worked about a year after the wreck until the ...
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1answer
543 views

Removing front panel to install new stereo? (Toyota Levin 97)

I'm thinking of buying a new stereo for my 1997 Toyota Levin and I was wondering if anyone knew how to take the front panel off so as to get to the old stereo?.
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2answers
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Volkswagen Golf 2005 - Fueltank cap does not open

I have a problem with my golf 5, earlier someone has tried to steal gas from my tank, but failed this, when I try to open my fueltank cap from the inside (button on the driver door) i can hear the ...
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2answers
293 views

key wont turn, can't change gear on automatic Plymouth Neon 2000

The key wont turn in ignition switch, I can't change the gear (the button is locked sort of). 2000 Plymouth Neon Automatic. Is there a temporary fix to it? Never had this problem before.
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2answers
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How to run a 50 amps short term load off the car electrical circuit?

I window-shopped for a car air compressor and there's a variety of them with different performance levels. Low performance compressors (like 30 liters per minute) have a cigarette lighter connector, ...
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1answer
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Block Heater Plug Location 2007 Ford Focus

I am unable to locate the cord to plug in the block heater on my 2007 Ford Focus SES. I have not had trouble finding it on other vehicles in the past, but I have searched all over under the hood and ...
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3answers
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Squeaking Noise when Cold Start. Suspect something wrong with belts, Also engine missing when sudden acceleration desired from Total Stop

From the past few weeks whenever I crank my car there is a squeaking noise which may continue for about 30-60 sec or even longer (This is intermittent sometimes it doesn't really happen). The engine ...
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2answers
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02 Trailblazer with front end vibration which seems to increase over time

About a month ago my trailblazer developed this new features. When you get into the car and start driving, everything feels completely fine. Then after about 5 minutes you start noticing slight ...
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4answers
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How do I know if my air filter needs replacing?

They say when an air filter is dirty, you should replace it. However, I'm just not sure how "dirty" is dirty? Is there some sort of easy test to determine whether I need to replace it?
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1answer
474 views

Normal spark advance for 96 LT1 engine? STFT also varies bank 1 vs bank 2. What does it mean?

I used my HP Tuners as a scan tool on my 96 LT1 in an Impala SS. The "Advance" as read by the tool sits at -12 deg at idle, then goes down to -35 deg if I rev it (no load) to about 2k RPM. I'm ...
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5answers
767 views

How can I achieve a streak free windshield?

I can never quite get the streak free shine on my windshield from using Windex. Is there another product that works better?
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4answers
4k views

How do I mix up my own windshield washing liquid for low temperatures?

I've tried all kinds of commercial sub-zero windshield liquids but am so far satisfied with none, because of the following reasons: They all seem to freeze below about -5C. Or at least become thick ...
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4answers
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Power steering seems to be coming out of its reservoir from the top. Whats wrong?

I have a 2003 Honda Accord and I thought I had a leak in my power steering because of the whining noise and low fluid. I filled it back up but it kept falling out. I checked where my car is parked and ...
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2answers
134 views

How is a vehicle's age legally defined?

Is a vehicle 'born' when it is first registered? And to expand on this, at what point in the process of modifying a vehicle would it have to be legally classified as a 'new' vehicle?
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3answers
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Stiff gearchange especially when cold

I have a 2002 Skoda Octavia. Recently I've noticed that when it's cold, the gearbox is very recalcitrant, particularly in the lower gears. The feeling is of "stodginess" with a slight audible squeak. ...
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2answers
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Can't hear voices through newly installed head unit

I have a 2002 Honda Civic and recently installed an Apline CDA-9853 head unit. It still has factory speakers. I have a weird problem, such that when I connect an iPod to the unit (via a KCA-121B), on ...

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