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How to find out the “serviceability” of a car?

One of my concerns before purchasing a car is how expensive repairs are going to be down the road. For example my car up until recently was a Volvo 850, and the air conditioner didn't work in it; the ...
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1answer
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Stripped/broken lug stud

My used 2003 Honda Civic has a broken lug stud on one wheel, which I've still managed to get a nut onto, and a stripped stud on another wheel, which I can't, so I'm driving with 3 out of 4 on one ...
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2answers
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Why might SRS indicator light continuously?

After a trip to the beach, the SRS indicator in my 2003 Honda Civic is lit continuously. I don't think I have side airbags. A somewhat wet person sat in the passenger seat, and I moved the driver ...
6
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1answer
624 views

What do i need to know when replacing a valve cover gasket

I have an oil leak from a cracked valve cover gasket that i want to replace myself. I bought the gasket nearly 6 months ago and i am apprehensive at doing it myself without sort of feed back as to ...
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7answers
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Is Prestone “All Makes/All Models” coolant *really* compatible with all models?

My car's manual says to use the blue Honda coolant: Always use Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 [MSDS]. This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. ...
5
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1answer
770 views

Is there a way to tell if a timing belt has been changed without actually changing it?

I had this 2003 Honda Civic checked out by a mechanic before I bought it, and the mechanic said it looked like the timing belt hadn't been changed he couldn't tell if the timing belt had been changed. ...
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What would cause a car to lose power a few seconds after starting, then run normally?

I start my 2003 Honda Civic each morning and drive to work. A few hundred feet down the road, the engine will sometimes behave as though it is running out of gas and lose power momentarily. It ...
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Motorcycle Leaking Fuel (1999 CBR600 F4)

Just fired up my motorcycle after 3 years in storage. Changed the oil and replaced the fuel in the tank. It starts easily. It is leaking fuel from somewhere under the gas tank. The engine has a ...
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1answer
443 views

Aftermarket Glass Run Rubber (for '94 Nissan D21 Truck)

I am searching for the Glass Run Rubber for a 1994 D21 Nissan Truck (what the window rolls up into on the outside of the vehicle door). My local dealership said the factory part numbers are 80335N ...
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4answers
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How far can I drive with 1 gallon too much oil?

I have way too much oil in my Acura TSX. Do I need to take care of it without turning it on or can I drive it to a service station? If I need to do it in place, I don't have the ramps or a pan or ...
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1answer
857 views

How should I go about replacing a windshield washer fluid line

I have just recently found a rather large hole in my windshield washer supply line. So I'm trying to figure out how I am going to repair this. Could I get new tubing and just re-run it? Is this an ...
4
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2answers
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Engine stalls in hot weather

I have this strange problem with my Nissan Sentra 2002(80K miles). When it is about 90 deg F outside and driven more than about 10 miles the engine seems to miss badly(like for e.g. when you run out ...
4
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4answers
840 views

Does the tachometer provide any indication of fuel usage?

So, I'm driving along on the highway with the A/C blasting when I notice the price of gas. It makes me think, "what can I do to increase my fuel efficiency?" Some of the tips I've heard have included ...
3
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2answers
440 views

97 GMC k1500 missing badly. Ignition system problems?

I have a 97 GMC Sierra k1500 with a 305 (5.0L) engine. It seems like every year for a few years now it will suddenly start missing very badly. There will be random misfires on all cylinders almost ...
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1answer
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How do I program a Chevy Malibu Key with chip in it?

I have a '07 Chevy Malibu and would like to know how to program the key. I lost the original, but was able to get a spare from the dealership. I do not want to pay the locksmith $150 to program the ...
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5answers
32k views

Reasons for loss of radiator fluid

I've had to top up my car's radiator fluid twice in the last month after discovering that the expansion tank (plastic container where one usually tops up) had completely drained out (roughly a ...
5
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1answer
1k views

How important is it to use a real flare nut wrench when removing the fuel line on an old Ford tractor?

An article on overhauling the carbs on a Ford 8N tractor says to use a flare nut wrench to disconnect the fuel line. How important is it use that kind of wrench, vs. an open ended wrench?
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1answer
477 views

1997 Geo Metro dies after driving for a short time. What next in diagnosing culprit

Back Story: I recently took my Geo Metro on a road trip. 2700 miles of road trip. The first 800 mile nothing happened. Then going up a hill it died, dropped from 75 mph to 55 mph then the engine ...
7
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1answer
209 views

Finding And Fixing A Short

Make: Chevy Model: Cavalier Year: 1993 (old I know) Symptoms Turn signal no longer works. The lights do not come on, and there is no "ticking" sound. New Fuse for signal blows as soon as the car ...
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6answers
6k views

Do I need to torque my spark plugs?

I have never torqued them before on several vehicles that I do tune ups on. I just apply a bit of anti-seize lube and get them "snug" and everything seems to work fine. Should I be using a torque ...
8
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4answers
3k views

How do I select the right oil for my car?

I can give you my cars make and model and the conditions that I drive in, but I'm looking for a general guide to selecting the right oil for a car. I'm not really knowledgable when it comes to cars so ...
5
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3answers
808 views

How to ensure nuts holding wheels are properly tightened?

I'll need to help put wheels on a sedan that is currently parked on bricks near a building after some bad guys had stolen previous wheels. I'll likely have only a basic wrench that was shipped with ...
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2answers
267 views

Open the boot (trunk) lid of a 66 Datsun Fairlady (Roadster) when the lock mechanism is broken

I've got a '66 Datsun Fairlady (called a Roadster in the USA) and the locking mechanism on the boot (trunk) is broken. If the correct key is inserted into the lock the mechanism turns but with no ...
7
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3answers
2k views

Good template for keeping maintenance records?

I'm looking for ideas on templates to use to record service for multiple vehicles. Excel is preferred format, but open to all in interest of gathering ideas. Anyone have any templates?
3
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1answer
1k views

Ambient temperature sensor reading -58 F degrees

I have a 2001 Audi S4. Last fall, I had maintenance performed on my car, and the shop accidentally, cracked my front fender. They told me about it and replaced it without any issue. However while ...
4
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3answers
1k views

Rough ride on LL Bean Subaru, are the struts the cause?

I have a 2004 LLBean with 88,000 miles on it. It rides worse than my old 2001 limited. The ride is hard. I was told that as long as the struts are not leaking oil, they are fine. Is this true? I ...
3
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3answers
282 views

How do I find wiper refills for my 2008 Nissan Frontier?

I never had any trouble finding wiper blade refills for my 1998 Honda Accord or 2000 Toyota Echo. They were inexpensive because all you bought was the rubber part of the blade. The steel strips to ...
4
votes
1answer
925 views

How can I measure Rim Offset?

I've got a non-standard set of rims and I'd like to know what Offset they are as I believe they are incorrect for the car they are on. I have a rough idea what Offset means but how do I easily and ...
2
votes
1answer
139 views

How should I diagnose an exhaust “howl” when descending through 3200 rpms?

As mentioned previously, I have a 2004 WRX wagon with a stainless Prodrive circular-tip axle back installed around 2006. Lately, the weather has been nice enough to drive with the windows open and ...
4
votes
1answer
113 views

Safety Inspection after repair

My car was recently repaired (turbo air intake motor, motor mounts, brakes) at which time I also asked them to do the annual NC safety inspection. When I picked up the car and asked about the ...
3
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2answers
2k views

Should only the left “Rear Fog Light” actually light up in a pair?

On a 2003 Saab 9-5 Aero, only the left rear fog light lights up. The right side has a bulb but when I switch the bulbs, the left still is the only side that lights up. I thought it might be a wiring ...
6
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5answers
10k views

Can I use spray paint to touch up my car?

I have several really small nicks and major scuffs on my car; the nicks from driving on the highway (flying debris hitting chassis) and the scuffs from two fender benders. The nicks have started to ...
2
votes
1answer
133 views

Tips for finding a good mechanic

As a programmer, if I had a non-programmer friend who was looking for a programmer, I could think of a few tips to help him sort out the sheep from the goats and avoid some common traps. Do you have ...
2
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1answer
3k views

Difference between water pump and water outlet housing

I recently took my car into the shop because I was leaking coolant. (I thought it was tranny fluid. See my other question from a while ago to see how bad I suck at fixing cars :) I ended up putting ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

What is the torque and sequence for a '99 Jetta Oil Pan?

I have a '99 Jetta TDI (diesel) with a cracked oil pan. I'm looking for the sequence of tightening the bolts and the torque needed for each bolt. I've been doing to google-fu but can't seem to find ...
4
votes
6answers
8k views

Will different tread depths hurt my 4 wheel drive?

I have a Ford F150 4x4. The front 2 tires treads measure 12/32, one rear is 6/32 and the other is 10/32. The dealership told me I should replace the rear 2 tires because the big difference in tread ...
2
votes
1answer
371 views

2008 Toyota Tacoma cabin air filter replacment

What steps do I take to replace the cabin air filter on my 2008 Toyota Tacoma?
6
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2answers
299 views

Oil pressure question

I am driving a 1995 Bonneville and, lately, whenever I am idle, at a stoplight for example, my oil pressure drops and my check engine light comes on. Any ideas on why this could be happening?
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3answers
5k views

chevy impala jerks after stopping

I have a 2003 chevy impala. When I hit the gas (whether it be a light tap or hit it pretty hard), my car kind of waits a second, jerks and then takes off (revs go kinda high when it's waiting). To ...
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3answers
687 views

What engine is more durable? 3 or 4 cylinder ? [closed]

I would like to know what engine would last longer and with less problems? A 3 or a 4 cylinder engine? Thanks. Alik.
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1answer
895 views

Does a warped engine block affect compression test?

Check other questions, and did not see an answer. Backstory: Driving around, discovered pin hole in radiator. Chose to drive home, since I was at my exit, and I lived right there. Blew head gasket. ...
2
votes
2answers
882 views

Suzuki Jimny 2009 shaking?

I have a Jimny model year 2009. When I get up to 80 km/h, the steering wheel shakes slightly; it does the same when braking from any speed above 80 km/h down to the 80 mark, but much more violently. ...
2
votes
3answers
116 views

What is this tank for ?

I just bough an old (1980s) Nissan Pathfinder. In the engine I have managed to identify the engine-oil hole, the radiator-water hole and the windshield-washer hole (you can tell I'm a car expert!) ...
5
votes
3answers
216 views

What is the best practice to maintain a bike?

I have an Avenger 180cc bike, I want to maintain the bike without much help from the service center, external help etc. What would be the best practice methods?
1
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1answer
162 views

Changing motorcycle oil

How do I change the oil on my motorcycle? I can see where to check the level, but how do I drain it? It's a Honda CB400 2011 model
3
votes
2answers
114 views

Free online databases?

I know there is AllDataDIY, but are there any free websites? With diagrams of where things are, or diagnosing and repair guides?
3
votes
2answers
762 views

What is the potential damage of a temporarily partially submerged front end?

I have a 2005 Nissan Sentra (base model, FWD, 1.8L 4-cyl engine) and I took some bad advice from the Maps app on my iPhone and I ended up driving on a very, very bad road. At one point, I drove into a ...
5
votes
4answers
229 views

Is it even possible to buy gasoline anymore that does not contain ethanol in the US?

I can't remember the last time I went to a gas station and it didn't have a notice that the gas contained some quantity of ethanol. As I understand it, ethanol is harder on my engine than regular ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Is it OK to skip gears?

I'm not sure if this is on topic, but I'd like to know the answer before it comes a repair question. I have a Y2K Triumph Speed Triple - great bike. First gear comfortably takes to 90km/h. Needless ...
1
vote
1answer
803 views

Requirements for number plate illumination (UK) (Are LED Bolts good enough for cars?)

Could someone tell me what the law states with regards to the illumination of number plates in the UK? (i.e. number of lights, intensity in mcd (milli-candella)?) I have installed a reversing camera ...

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