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Installing Xenon headlights in 2004 Chrysler Sebring

I was thinking about installing Xenon headlights in my car. I hate other drivers who have them because I go blind, but after riding in my friends car equipped with them, I'm more than ready to take ...
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What is the durability of a plastic valve cover?

After a change of the valve cover gasket didn't fix a rather persistent leak (than managed to cover my entire engine in oil) I took my car to a mechanic. They called up saying that they have ...
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Considerations when painting brake calipers

Aside from not getting paint on the discs and pads, do you have any advice or tips when preparing and painting brake calipers?
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How can I secure this rear hatch panel?

I'm curious if anyone knows how to reattach the rear hatch panel on a 1996 VW GTI which houses the license plate shown in the photo below. This panel additionally contains the lock and release ...
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Power steering noise that goes away

My e46 M3 is making the tell-tale whining and groaning of a power steering pump that is either out of PS oil, or gasping it's last breath. The oil level is fine, so I immediately jumped to the ...
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How to assess battery charge level and alternator performance?

What diagnostics can be done to to assess battery charge level? I'm interested both in one-off tests like can be done in car service and also continuous monitoring during normal use. Car panels ...
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1answer
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High oil pressure after oil and filter change

I recently changed the engine oil and filter in my Westerbeke diesel. I gave it the usual (and specified) 4.5 quarts of SAE 30, specifically Chevron DELO. Now when it starts up it reads 80 psi of ...
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How to get a motor to Top Dead Center

I'm not sure how specific to my car this is or not, so I will include my car information just in case: It's a 1991 Honda CRX, base trim(the motor is the d15b2). On to the question: How do I go about ...
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Are there any performance hits using washable/renewable air filters?

Would the use of re-usable (a la K&N) air filters, bring any performance drops? I've heard stories from both sides of the argument.
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What are the resistance values for a 1970s GM fuel level sender?

I'm looking for a chart that will tell me the resistance values for each fuel level. There are a few such charts like that for resistance readings on coolant temperature senders. Does anyone know of ...
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Are there any OBD II converters on the market?

I know there are tons of readers and software on the market, but what I really need is something to convert signals of my1970s sensors (fuel level, speed, coolant temp, etc) to OBD compliant signals. ...
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How do you locate a battery drain? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Battery drains by itself when vehicle is parked (parasitic draw) Something is leaching current from my battery. Leaving it parked for a few days results in the battery ...
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Kia Soul aftermarket headlights

What are the options (in Canada) for aftermarket headlights, e.g. HID, etc. for the Kia Soul? I find the Soul's headlights to be lacking, and I would like to get something brighter since I do quite a ...
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Fix / Replace ABS module

I have an Audi A6, 2000. My ABS light is on, and the brake light blinks. I was told that the ABS module needed to be replaced at the cost of $850 minimum. Is there a way to get these things fixed ...
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What iPhone/iPad app works best with ELM327 Bluetooth OBD-II reader?

I've found a number of apps for the iPhone/iPad that connect to ODB-II readers via WiFi, but unfortunately that means that it disables 3G and all the benefits of having a 3G device built into my dash. ...
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How do I fix power window buttons?

The power window buttons in my 2007 Ford F-150 seem to of stopped functioning for the passenger and both rear windows and sometimes my driver window stops working. Since it is happening to three out ...
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Best Ways to Pass Emissions?

I recently bought a 1989 Mercedes 300E that didn't run. Has a straight-six gas engine. Thanks to the miracle of Seafoam and a lot of luck, I was able to get fuel delivery happening again. I then ...
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662 views

Emergency Brake light on 2003 Chevy Tracker stays lit

The emergency brake indicator stays lit even though the brake is not engaged. Problem has progressed...early on, it would come on going around corners (?). Presumably, some sensor needs replacing... ...
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1answer
349 views

2000 Fleetwood Southwind - Where do I refill the leveling jacks with hydraulic fluid?

Pretty much all in the subject...the level jack lights stay on even when fully retracted, which I think is a sign of low fluid levels. I've got the hydraulic fluid, but I can't figure out where in the ...
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How should I remove a paint scuff on my vehicle?

The painted edge of a side mirror on another car recently scraped the side of my vehicle, leaving a scuff of paint about half a meter long. There is no indentation or scratch, but the other vehicle ...
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What is the best way to remove a stuck/rusted exhaust bolt?

I'm trying to disassemble the exhaust system on a 2000-2003 nissan maxima and I'm having trouble removing one last bolt.. its got a 14mm head and its just plain STUCK. I've tried soaking it overnight ...
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How to attach PCV breather hose on MkIII Golf?

The old "breather hose" on my Mk3 VW Golf became cracked and fell off. I bought a replacement tube, which connects to part of the PCV apparatus on top of the engine via a hose clamp, but it is not ...
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1answer
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How to fix stuck electric sunroof on MkIII VW?

The electrically-operated sunroof on my Mk3 (1995) VW Golf has trouble operating under its own power. When I push the button to open/close it, it moves a fraction of an inch and then gets stuck, with ...
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384 views

What are good features to look for in an ODB-II reader

I recently took my car in for the engine light. It turned out to be a minor problem (crack in gas cap let water in). It would be nice to have a low-cost ODB-II reader to be able to find out for ...
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3answers
690 views

Turn signal clicks randomly.

I recently had the turn signal relay in my 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee replaced due to regular/intermittent malfunctions. Prior to the replacement of the part, there would be unpredictable occasions ...
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Pros/cons of higher capacity car battery?

I'm shopping for a new car battery for 1998 Subaru Outback (2.5l). For the physical dimensions the battery has to match, I see some variance in capacity (Ah) rating, and in price too, of course. The ...
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Intermittently fluctuating/non-functioning speedometer in Volvo 940. Possible causes?

I have a 1992 Volvo 940. A few months ago, the speedometer started malfunctioning intermittently. Sometimes it would read correctly, other times the needle would wobble around, and sometimes it would ...
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Fuel door hinge got bent. Is there an easy fix?

I've got a 2006 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL and someone hit me (gently) on the rear bumper. It somehow managed to bend my fuel door's hinge and now the door doesn't open and close smoothly. I have to pry it ...
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How Do I Locate Difficult-To Find Power Seat Track Interior Parts for a 1968 Ford Thunderbird?

I have a 1968 Ford Thunderbird Fordor with bucket seats. The seat-track motor gears that connect the motor to the track have worn out. Most of the catalog parts stores that specialize in Thunderbird ...
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How Do You Keep Mold From Growing In a Non-Running Car That Has Leaky Windows?

I have a car that isn't running at the moment, but that soon will be. Where I live, it rains 7 days per week, and I've recently cleaned mold from the interior of the vehicle. What types of things ...
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How to pinpoint a noisy bearing or pulley

My '98 Protege makes a high pitched whine for the first couple hundred yards when both the engine and outside temperature are cold (below freezing). It doesn't sound like a squealing belt. The sounds ...
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2answers
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What effects can paint peeling away have?

I've had a car that was getting quite old, and the paint on the top of the car is peeling away rapidly. Is this just for cosmetics, or should I seek to re-paint the vehicle to protect it for the ...
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How to diagnose a starter motor that does not work

My e46 M3 would not start when I got to the parking garage after work. When I first turned the key, I heard a sound like grinding gears, but I was so startled that I immediately stopped trying to ...
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Possible short in reverse lights on 2003 Nissan Frontier Pickup Truck

When I engage reverse on the manual transmission of my 2003 Nissan Frontier pickup truck, the reverse lights tend to sporadically turn on and off. I'm trying to figure out what path to take to ...
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how to protect metal from scrape through the paint?

A rock from the road scraped my car's hood a while ago. I have not gotten around to fixing it until now. The paint was completely scraped away down to the bare metal. My first thought is to take a ...
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Starting a car that has been sitting for about a year [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. My 1998 Trans Am has about 80,000 miles on it and has been sitting for about a year without being started in my ...
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Where can I get cheap light housings?

I have cloudy light housings from lots of miles on my car (2003 325i with glass housings). Any one who has ever had to replace any lighting housing, front or rear, knows how much they cost. Where is ...
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Jack points for a 2003 BMW 325i

So I know about the 4 rubber pads on the sides of the car. They make really stable points for my jack stands. Problem is getting my jack stands under the pads if I'm using them to prop up the car. The ...
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Good resources for BMW repair, diagrams? Besides Mechanics.stackexchange.com

I have a 2003 BMW 325i and I wanted to know where I could find good technical documentation on it. I presume there is a maintenance manual or a Climber guide. Being that this is the age of the ...
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What differences between synthetic and dino oil?

What are the main differences between synthetic and dino oil, and is one always better than the other?
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1answer
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Are there any alternatives to the OEM muffler for a Volvo XC90?

I've been looking for an alternative to the OEM muffler for a Volvo XC90 2.5T AWD. There are a number of other Volvo vehicles that use the same drivetrain, but not one of the national muffler shops ...
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What is the rattle near my VIN tag and how do I fix it?

I have a Subaru Impreza WRX wagon with 110K miles on and, naturally, it has developed a few rattles. One that's particularly annoying is coming from the dash near the windshield to the left of the ...
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1answer
431 views

Ford Escape - Loud Brake Sounds in Reverse

2001 Ford Escape. I've recently had some work with the transmission done, but in the past 2 weeks or so, whenever I brake while in reverse, it makes a loud grinding sound. However, I've looked ...
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How to fix leaky tires after 2 shops couldn't

I have an SUV with factory 16" steel wheels and P235/70R16 tires. The tires have just under 30,000 miles of gentle driving on them. Two of the tires have been leaking quite a bit (about 10 psi per ...
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How do you get the carburetors out of a 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000 P?

It's a 4-cylinder engine, and the carbs are really wedged in there. The best way I know is to loosen the boots on both sides, pull the carbs back, and try to slip them out sideways, but what a pain! ...
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1answer
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Things to consider when building a stroker small block Chevrolet

So I'm looking at the decision to buy vs build a 383 Chevy for my motorhome. I've built motors before but they were all import engines where the most machining done was a small overbore. I'll most ...
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466 views

How to interpret tire condition

What information can be gleaned by visual inspection of a set of tires on a car? How would I interpret excessive wear on the outside edge of the tires vs. wear on the inside vs. wear in the center? ...
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655 views

How to troubleshoot excessive timing retard?

I've seen numerous cars that for one reason or another, retard timing excessively at wide open throttle - getting worse over time. Seat of the pants impression is that power drops off steeply as RPMs ...
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2answers
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How to diagnose excessive coolant consumption?

Whats the best way to determine the source of coolant consumption? How should one differentiate between say a leaking radiator, leaking waterpump, leaking hoses, a blown head gasket, or crack in the ...
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3answers
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What is the proper way to extract a broken sparkplug?

When dealing with a car with aluminum head(s), what is the proper way to extract a broken sparkplug?

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