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Should I be worried about bumper reinforcement condition after being rear ended?

Recently a car rear ended me at about 10 mph. Cosmetic damage to my rear bumper is not that bad and because of that I am considering to let the other person get away without making claims to his ...
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A way to tell if mechanic used synthetic or organic oil?

I brought my car to a mechanic and asked for synthetic oil change. However, now I have realized that mechanic has put a new sticker in my windshield that states that next oil change is due in 3000 ...
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Rattling sound and loss of power

My brother's '85 Toyota Camry with ~190k miles started making a funny rattling sound and lost about a quarter of its power. The rattling seems to come into play when it's under load, like when he's ...
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How much vehicle life is added by rebuilding cylinder heads?

Now that I have fully rebuild the cylinder heads (all engine gaskets + valve lapping + lash tuning) on my 2007 Tacoma with 124K mi, I am curious how much life I added to the vehicle, approximately. I ...
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Do greasable ball joints tend to last longer than sealed ones if they're regularly greased?

I need to replace some ball joints, and I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to get greasable ball joints or if I should get the cheaper sealed ball joints. The difference in price is only about $15,...
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Defective connection between radiator fan relay and ignition?

I have a Toyota AE101 DX Corolla. When I turn the key to start the car it does not tumble. It turned out that the fan relay doesn't come on with the key turned on like it usually does. Mind you this ...
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What are swirl flaps?

I've heard a lot of talk about "swirl flaps" recently. What do they do? What are they for? Are they only found on petrol or diesel cars, or both? I've also heard they can be ingested by the ...
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Should overflow tank be filled when replacing coolant?

I have recently fully rebuilt my engine, minus the block and pistons. All the gaskets were replaced, valves lapped, valve lashes tuned etc. I did it because I had an overheating problem and a head ...
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98 Toyota 4Runner headlights turning on without truck on

My headlights are turning on randomly after I turn the engine off and the keys are out of the ignition. Any thoughts?
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Will using the AC accelerate refrigeration loss due to a leak?

I developed a leak in the lines of my AC system (verified). The system has been recharged so it is working for the time being, but I do not expect it to last indefinitely. I am due to buy a new car, ...
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Sound insulation material for an old car? Foamed underlayment vs rock wool

I have an old car (FIAT Panda, 1993) which has basically no sound insulation. I like to work on the car to improve it, so I thought about sound insulation. I'm not looking to improve sound deadening ...
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122 views

My aqua/prius c came without a auto side mirror closing/opening option when locking/unlocking the car. How to install that option?

I have a 2012 aqua G model. The newer versions have the auto side mirror closing/opening option when locking/unlocking the car. How can I install this in my car? Do I need a software update or a new ...
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Vibration at idle, much worse after warm

My car is a 2001 Pontiac Firebird with a V6 (3800 Series II (L36)) and a manual transmission. These are all at a stop: When the car is cold, I don't feel too much vibration when sitting in it. (I ...
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2011 Hyosung GT250R - Stalls and Stutters at Lights [closed]

I have owned a 2011 EFI Hyosung GT250R for about a month. I haven't had any problems. Today, I was riding in 2nd gear and I shifted down to 1st to make a quick stop, and once stopped the idle speed ...
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Not using antifreeze in warm climates [duplicate]

I am just curious if antifreeze has any purpose in climates where freezing temperatures are guaranteed not to happen. Can 100% distilled water be used just as effectively to cool the engine just like ...
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How to unblock washer jets?

My washer jets are blocked up on the driver's side. I cannot get any water on this side to wash the windscreen. Is there anything I can use to unblock them? EDIT: It seems the blockage is in the ...
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1answer
387 views

2006 Hyundai Santa Fe stalls in the rain

I just bought a used Hyundai Santa Fe 2.6 engine. This car stalls out every time it rains. You go through a puddle and the battery and brake warning lights come on and it loses power steering and ...
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How can you change a pressed wheel bearing without a hydraulic press?

Is there a good way to change a pressed wheel bearing without a hydraulic press? Clearly it's better to do it the right way, which I'm doing (well, a mechanic is doing), but I was wondering if a ...
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223 views

Installing an aftermaret cd player Peugeot 307 2003

I want to install Halfords | Pioneer DEH-1700UB Car Stereo to my 307 , 2003 model. I managed to takeout the factory fitted player. Do I need additional adapters or kit to install this ?
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Automatic A/C recirculation problem [closed]

I have a Toyota 2014 4-Runner limited and I have a problem where the recirculation button will automatically turn off. It works fine when it's on, but is there a way to turn off the auto turn off?
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1answer
218 views

Mazda 3 wont start

I owe Mazda 3 4 door AT 2011 model Gasoline Engine, and I have got it second hand. The total Kilometers on the dash is around 20K. Last night I drove may car from my office to home which is around 4KM,...
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Engine rev in motorcycle

I somewhere read that for a good launch we should hold engine revs at peak torque, not peak horsepower. What does "hold engine revs at peak torque, not peak horsepower" means? How can I hold engine ...
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288 views

Coolant boils over but temp gauge registers normal

I have a 2002 Ford Taurus 3.0 L V6. I have had trouble off and on with it running hot for about a year. At first I put a new thermostat on it and it seemed to fix the problem. Month or so later, it ...
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125 views

Will putting new subs and amp in car drain my battery

I have a 99 Acura 3.2 TL with a Napa legend 75 battery would putting a 1000 watt amp and 2 15 subs hurt my car?
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Is it bad to drive slow at low rpms in 4th or 5th gear? Do you get better gas mileage?

Obviously running your engine at too high an RPM for too long isn't good. But what about running it too low? not so low that it stalls or lugs, but within around 1,000 RPM? Would you get better ...
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Advice for buying used car

I am a newbie car driver (I got the license few days ago). I am about to get a used car and I am perplexed regarding which one to get. My concern at the moment is what is the maximum mileage that I ...
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1answer
95 views

Steering wheel doesnt return to center in peugeot 108

If I turn the steering wheel 20 degrees is not return to the center, I tested it with the low and high speeds, someone told me that in electric steering this is normal and it is not a problem, is it ...
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1answer
95 views

Downshifting to a stop- wear and tear?

I drive a Mustang GT, and I love the deceleration "pop" that you get when the engine revs climb without the accelerator being pressed, so as one might surmise, I tend to downshift to a stop at lights ...
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159 views

Could a vacuum valve be responsible for a P1110 code on 2001 Saab 9-5 2.3T with check engine light on?

All of my monitors are in ready mode, only a P1110 code left, for which I have installed booster pipe O-ring, new booster valve or hooter valve, my only culprit left is the vacuum valve on firewall, ...
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1answer
41 views

How much should it cost to change to brake fluid on a ford fiesta 2012 Hatch [closed]

How much should it cost to change to brake fluid on a ford fiesta 2012 Hatch, I believe that I may be being overcharged.
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745 views

Does hitting the exhaust on bumps (Bottoming Out) damage my car?

I see hundreds of exhaust scrapes on speed humps and things, or general gashes in the direction in which cars travel over them. Does hitting the exhaust on bumps damage the car? It's probably ...
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Is it recommended/necessary to wear rubber gloves while replacing a car battery?

I'm not too car-savvy but I want to start working on my car on my own. My first challenge has arisen: replace battery. Do I need to concern myself with being shocked while trying to change the ...
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My overflow is bubbling or boiling but my car isnt overheating

I have a 2006 Dodge Stratus and my overflow is either bubbling or boiling but my engine doesn't over heat until I have drove for about 30 minutes or so. I just had my alternator and tensioner pulley ...
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1answer
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Corolla 2009: I would like to fix my front spoiler myself

I am posting pictures of my front spoiler. Can any of you instruct me on how to fix this, or whether it cannot be fixed and needs to be replaced? I am not very handy, and have never fixed any parts of ...
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Impact vs. Regular Sockets

What is the difference between impact vs regular ratchet/breaker bar sockets? They look similarly shaped and their corresponding tool drives seem to be of the same dimensions. Are the impact stronger?...
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Does “bumping” up and down a kerb damage my car?

My driveway does not have a dropped kerb, so every day I have to bump up and down the kerb. Does this do any damage to my suspension or tyres doing this every day? If I do it quickly (say at 5mph), ...
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1answer
224 views

Can dry rot be prevented for long term storage?

The last time I saved a good tire and gave it to the tire place to replace one of my other tires, they said they couldn't due to dry rot. I had stored it in a plastic bag in a shed subject to seasonal ...
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2answers
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Air Impact Wrench vs Air Ratchet Wrench

What is the difference between an air IMPACT wrench and an air RATCHET wrench? They appear to be of the same sort. Is there a difference in the drive shape in that the impact has a different drive to ...
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1answer
105 views

Dodge Caravan headlights; 1 on with running lights, other on with headlights

I have a 2002 Dodge Caravan. When the running lights are on, one of the headlights is on. When I turn the headlights on, they switch; the one that was on with the running lights turns off, and the ...
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3answers
468 views

Steam out of exhaust after complete engine rebuild

I have completed a full engine rebuild, down to the bare block, of my Tacoma. Replaced all the gaskets, cleaned and lapped all the valves tight, tuned the valve lashes to spec, cleaned everything, ...
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2answers
105 views

What does it mean when manufacturers state two cars are of same platform

Manufactures like Volkswagen have things called as vehicle platforms where two or more cars are based on the same platform like the skoda octavia and VW Golf or the Fabia and the Polo. Apart from the ...
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1answer
341 views

Brake pad failure and chewed up rotor after 1 month

Replaced front rotors and brake pads less than a month ago, and now my right front brake pad is completely gone....and the rotor is totally chewed up! Began to notice a metal grind like sound on the ...
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2answers
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What is OSHA/NIOSH?

I have heard both OSHA and NIOSH mentioned in answers here what are they and why do I need to be concerned about them when it comes to working on my car? This is inspired by a question from Wyatt ...
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0answers
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2000 Kawasaki Vulcan Vulcan 800 Throttle Cuts at High Speeds (85mph+) [closed]

The bike starts fine but it coughs a lot when giving throttle in first gear. Runs great 2nd - 5th but when pushing around 85 mph or more the acceleration quits. The engine is still running but feels ...
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3answers
302 views

Spring vs regular strap-and-screw clamps?

I understand spring clamps are convenient to use on smaller hoses. However, my Tacoma came with them on even larger hoses, such as the radiator hoses, that are, I believe 1.25" and I can't seem to ...
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2answers
116 views

Is it a good idea to top off the gasoline with higher octane fuel in a specific case?

When topping off the gasoline in a vehicle that is rarely driven (100 miles/month), is there any advantage in topping it off with a higher octane gasoline? I've heard stories that the octane of ...
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2answers
94 views

First time brake job - can't get new pads into the brackets

As the title says, this is my first time doing my own brakes ('06 Corolla). I replaced both my front pads and rotors. When putting the new pads in, I've been having quite a bit of difficulty with the ...
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1answer
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99 Jetta - ":Three Tones and Flashing Brake Light

We just bought a 99 Jetta - Working on the bugs. With the emergency brake OFF, once I exceed 15 mph I hear 3 tones and the "brake" light starts flashing. Am I right to think it may be from an emerg. ...
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1answer
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Information from an EEC-IV on 92 Ford F150

Good evening. My general question is, what information, preferably real time, can be obtained from the EEC on a 92 Ford F150? I'm particularly looking to hook up an Arduino and digitizing the gauges ...
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2answers
171 views

Is it important to fix paint deterioration?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic, and the paint on the roof is beginning to deteriorate. It looks as though maybe the top coat is discoloring and coming off, revealing the coat underneath, which seems to ...

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