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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 ...
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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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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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1answer
468 views

is there any way to adjust my idle speed - 2003 Cadillac CTS

My 2003 CTS vibrates pretty bad at idle speed (around 600 RPMs) But If I rev up to 800 or so, it's totally smooth. The real problem is partially due to worn motor mounts, but I dont want to spend ...
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How should I prevent my battery going flat when I leave my car alone for a month?

I will be leaving my Focus alone for around a month in (scottish) winter weather. Ordinarily I would make sure to take the vehicle out at least once a week to prevent the battery going flat in the ...
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What is the technical reason the engineer decided the motorcycle gear pattern as follows?

The gear pattern is selected by clicking a lever with your left foot, and is typically laid out as follows: 6th gear (if applicable) 5th gear 4th gear 3rd gear 2nd gear NEUTRAL 1st gear What ...
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1answer
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2005 Montana heater blowing warm air only

My Pontiac Montana is blowing warm air with the heater turned on. I was receiving a code(not sure what the number was but the message referred the engine was running cooler than it was supposed to.) ...
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1answer
157 views

Removing Rust from 2010 Civic Doors

I have some scratches on my doors. After some reading, it seems like my best option is to paint over it, and optionally scour the rust. I don't have access to fancy tools, and I believe that ...
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1answer
871 views

2006 Audi A4 2.0T, No passing power

I have a 2006 Audi A4 2.0T Turbo Tiptronic Automatic that has no passing power. When I step on the accelerator the car will shift down into a lower gear, rev about 3500 RPMs but will not shift up ...
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2answers
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Permanent fix to AC drain clogging in '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

For some time, my Jeep has had something leaking or draining into the carpet in the front-passenger floor space. My mechanic has told me that the AC drain keeps getting clogged by leaves and such, ...
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Can an engine stop from a bad battery?

The car is a 2005 Toyota Corolla CE. Its engine is the 1ZZ-FE, a 1.8L straight four that runs on gas, not diesel. The alternator is stock, and tests out just fine on the multimeter in both voltage ...
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1answer
148 views

Securing Trunk on a Civic [closed]

I have a 2010 Civic. If I have to transport stuff that sticks out of the trunk and won't allow it to close, how can I do this? Normally, in other cars, you can take a bungee cord (which I have), ...
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1answer
184 views

Do I have to get another Volvo?

I live in Florida and have mold allergies. Multiple times my 2008 Sienna van has a bad AC smell develop which makes me cough my head off. The dealer has cleaned the evaporator and ducts and the ...
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0answers
417 views

How do I fix an immobilizer problem on a 2006 Kia Sedona?

How do I fix a problem with my immobilizer? This is a follow up to this question: 2006 Kia Sedona intermittently not starting What parts (if any) do I need? What would be the best way to go about the ...
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2answers
199 views

How to remove dipstick tube from 2003 Acura TL?

In the course of changing the timing belt in my 2003 Acura TL, my Hayne's manual says to remove the dipstick tube. The manual says that this is accomplished by removing one bolt. I removed the bolt, ...
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1answer
218 views

What's the reason for a battery light coming on and becoming brighter as the engine revs higher?

The vehicle is a 1993 LandRover Discovery 3.5 V8. Today when I hopped in to drive home the battery light came on when I started up, and remained on. It gets brighter as the engine revs and just ...
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4answers
3k views

Remove stuck crankshaft bolt on 2003 Acura TL for timing belt change?

A friend is helping me change the timing belt on my 2003 Acura TL 3.2. Yes, I paid for the beer!!! We've successfully removed the upper timing belt covers, drive belt, and serpentine belt. We're ...
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1answer
56 views

Tyre equivalency

I'd like to know if there are less expensive equivalents of the Hankook Ventus R-S2 high performance tyre. It is a 215 / 35ZR18 84Y. I popped one of mine, and it is unrepairable, as the damage is on ...
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1answer
374 views

Which is it; transmission,clutch, or slave cylinder

I have a problem with my 92 Geo Prizm 5 speed manual transmission. I could use some advice from someone knowledgeable about manual transmissions. Here are the symptoms: DURING cranking, in ...
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1answer
340 views

2000 Dodge Neon flooding problem

This is a very common problem with Dodge Neon cars. They flood in the back seats big time. I had this problem with 1998 Dode Neon (manual), then bough 2000 Neon. Inititially it did not flood at all ...
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1answer
100 views

A big tuck sound from the back

My car is doing great but now suddenly I hear this big tuk sound from the back as if something has misplaced. It happens repeatedly with intervals. I examined my car underneath and I blame this one ...
2
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1answer
633 views

BMW E30 coupe rear side window frame

How can I put the rear side window's lower frame back on?
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2answers
4k views

How do I add a second key fob to my 2008 Prius

I have a series II 2008 Toyota Prius. I purchased a second key off of eBay and would like to program it for ignition and remote control.
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2answers
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Key cycling to determine cause of check engine light

The check engine light is on in my 1989 Ford E250 Econoline van. I heard from a mechanic (who changed my oil) that there's a "key cycling" process that will cause the light to flash in a certain ...
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1answer
149 views

How can I know what engine is compatible with a 2001 Mazda 626

I am selecting an engine to go into this vehicle and I want to know what my options are. What I know is that the engine that was a 2.5L, The transmission is standard. Wikipedia says the 2.5L engine ...
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1answer
111 views

clutch being depressed engages starter [closed]

I have replaced the GEM module and the ignition. WHen ever I push the clutch the starter engages even with the key out. The driver side window does not roll up and the lights come on and off. What ...
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1answer
681 views

Blower resistor blowing on '02 Chrysler Voyager

We've got a 2002 Chrysler Voyager with something of an odd problem. The blower resistor likes to burn out. It's easy to replace, but after doing so, our vent speeds go out one by one, until all we ...
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1answer
89 views

Draining master cylinder (2005 Malibu)

What's the best way to drain the master cylinder on this car?
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1answer
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Car Heater Stopped Working…Kind of

Last night I was driving home and noticed that the heater wasn't blowing any hot air. I turned it up and nothing happened. I turned the fan-speed dial off, then turned it back on and hot air started ...
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1answer
85 views

Leaking axle bearings

In my Bronco, the 9" rear axle has the tapered roller bearings and has started leaking. With these bearings (Timken Set 20) is there supposed to be an inner axle seal? I have just been using the ones ...
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3answers
7k views

How to know if timing belt failure will result in immediate engine damage?

I own two cars: a 2003 Acura TL and a 2005 Volvo S60. I've been told that depending on what car you drive, a failed timing belt can result in immediate engine damage. I would like to know (not just ...
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1answer
137 views

Sound made in Ford Focus when plugged in

I had a dead battery this morning and plugged in my '03 Focus for the first time to charge up enough to get the dang thing out of the garage. I was a little bit worried when I plugged it in because I ...
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1answer
140 views

Are these upper ball joints universal (driver/passenger side) or is it a mistake?

I have this 1994 Ford Crown Victoria (police interceptor). I wanted to replace upper ball joints but there's this thing I can't understand. On ebay and other part dealers websites, some uppper ball ...
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1answer
91 views

Cost to alter the transmission system

How expensive would it be to replace a manual transmission system to an automatic?
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1answer
450 views

2001 Sienna Won't Start, Dim Dashboard Lights

My mom's 2001 Sienna won't start. When I try to start the car, I get a very rapid clicking noise. The lights are very dim; in fact, the dashboard lights flicker constantly and are almost going out. ...
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1answer
631 views

Ford Ranger clutch pedal won't depress

I just had the clutch replaced 2 months ago on my 1995 Ford Ranger. I went to the store yesterday and when I went to leave, the clutch pedal wouldn't depress.
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2answers
318 views

How is the clanging sound produced in the engine?

Imagine riding your motor bike from plain ground to an uphill path, initially it climbs the road in top gear. Then gradually the bike begins to slow down and the sound from the 100cc petrol engine ...
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votes
1answer
326 views

Cold & damp starting problem with delica

the car starts 3-5sec later stutters & dies it can do this up to 5 times i keep rev's at 2 until warm. It starts fine rest of day, Have 2 new battery's?
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3answers
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Sloshing Sound Under Dash

I have a 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover AWD with MT. Sometimes when I start it up, begin moving forward, or quickly decelerate I can hear what sounds like water (or some other liquid) moving from one ...
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1answer
166 views

Aluminum Alloy Wheel Scratch Repair

I have a copper 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover. I bought it in May, and I accidentally put a pretty big scratch on one of the aluminum alloy wheels the other day when I hit the curb. Can this be repaired ...
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1answer
196 views

Body Paint Scratch Repair

I have a copper 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover. I bought it in May, and it is already scratched, in one spot all the way through to the metal. I'd like to get some kind of touch-up or clear coat on it to ...
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1answer
219 views

Solution to integrate car audio with iPod/IPhone at CD quality and optional bluetooth car kit functionally

I am looking for a solution that would integrate default car audio system with an Apple iPhone, providing this functionality: play music/playlists from iPhone at CD quality (no BT for FM) charge ...
4
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3answers
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What is the pin or keycode for ELM327 bluetooth OBDII adapter?

The infamous ELM327 OBDII device came without any paper, just a crappy CD with no document related to the device (only some software and drivers thrown on the CD almost randomly). I tried the ...
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3answers
1k views

How much pressure can car brakes take?

Is the brake system supposed to support as much pressure as you can physically (with your foot) give it? I would think yes, but I'm curious if there is a specification of some kind or even if its ...
3
votes
1answer
966 views

How to diagnose “Creaking” / “Scraping” sound when entering parking lots?

My drive to work involved entering a lot that has a fairly steep grade compared to the pavement. As such, in low riding vehicles, you need to enter it fairly slowly. The thing is, recently, I can ...
2
votes
2answers
742 views

What system should I inspect first for the following issues on a 2004 Chevy Aveo?

A 2004 Chevy aveo with around 78,000 miles has the following issues: The Daytime Running Light indicator (as well as the lights themselves) randomly turn on and off. This is a slow thing and has ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

How reliable are bubble balancers?

I'm starting down the DIY-automotive path and was reading about how some people use bubble balancers to balance their own tires at home. Can anyone speak to the accuracy of these balancers? Does ...
2
votes
2answers
196 views

Car sitting for several months: what should I do to keep it running well?

I have a car that's been sitting for several months and I just got it working again. What should I do to ensure that it keeps running well?
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1answer
127 views

Banging/Snapping Sound When Turning ('04 TrailBlazer)

I'm thinking that this is the sway bar or sway bar links. Does this sound right? This happens often and it doesn't matter which way I turn.
3
votes
2answers
118 views

Can I use 10% ethanol gasoline on equipment that recommends against it?

Not as simple as the title suggests.. I wouldn't hesitate to drive a few more miles to find ethanol-free gas for the snow blower and generator, but there is none to be found. After looking around ...

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