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possible alternator-battery mismatch if I replace the existing battery with a much higher CCA one?

I have a 2000 Audi A6 Avant 2.5 diesel whose current Audi battery (approx. 650 CCA) is dying. Am looking at an Exide X-Tra Plus at 900 CCA to replace it. However, should I be concerned that the ...
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The car won't start, not even click, but everything else works fine in the car

The car has powerful new battery (1 week old). I drove the car and after 4 hours, the car will not start, not even click when you try to start the car? All the lights are ok and they are not dim. What ...
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6answers
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Is idling bad for your engine?

If I sit in my car for 30-40 minutes with the AC and the car idling, does that "hurt" the engine, or does it simply waste gas and pollute the air? Would it be better if I turned off the car? A ...
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2answers
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Find short circuit in your car

I have three engine code on, two for two O2 sensors and one for EGR Value ($350). My mechanic is suspecting a short somewhere. My O2 sensors give almost 0 home resistance when it should give about 6 ...
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1answer
392 views

Factory Maintenance Schedule by Mileage or Years?

I have a 2001 Civic with 65K miles. I have not done the 60K service yet, but the maintenance schedule also says that is the 3 year maintenance. Is the age of the car as important as the mileage when ...
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2answers
418 views

Replacing Honda Civic Taillight ?

I have a Honda Civic 2008 whose exterior plastic on one of the taillights was broken sometime ago. I duck taped it to keep it in place. The taillight bulb itself is good and functioning properly. ...
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1answer
910 views

How to determine the compressed height of a spring?

I am looking at replacing the springs on my vehicle and am trying to get stiffer springs while avoiding a major change in ride height. With my vehicle, one of the old common ways to do this was to ...
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2answers
660 views

Forced induction and engine braking

So does forced induction negate the effect of engine braking on compression motors? For example, going down an incline, drop into 3rd (automatic) to get some engine braking going. With my new Chevy ...
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What does the Check Engine Light on 2000 Camry at 180,781 miles mean?

The check engine light just came on in my 2000 Camry. It has 180,781 miles, and the 180k mark is the recommended timing belt replacement mark. I've checked the tightness on the gas cap, and I'm ...
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Clutch catches VERY low, is this bad?

This is similar to the 'clutch catches very high' question but obviously the opposite. It's a Peugeot 206 X reg and I have had it since 30K miles and it has run fine and I and the previous owner ...
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1answer
522 views

'00 Volvo S40 Idle surging

The idle surges when in neutral and park, but there is no noticeable surge in gear or reverse. The car has an automatic transmission, if that makes a difference. I have to this point replaced the ...
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2answers
244 views

What functions & features should I look for when buying a multimeter?

Going to be used for car maintenance/restoration work and around the house repairs.
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1answer
788 views

When must I repair or replace a strut?

My mechanic says the right front strut of my Tacoma pickup truck is leaking oil. Q: What do I need to consider if I postpone repairs until I save the money? Q: What are tell-tell signs that I need to ...
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1answer
361 views

2001 Saab 9-5 Air Conditioner Fan (upper vents) not working

2001 Saab 9-5 Wagon 9-5 Air Conditioner (upper vents) Fan stopped working. I've examined the DICE fuses, but they all seem to be good. What should I be checking next?
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2answers
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Engine Code p0104 - EGR issues?

One of my family members owns a Ford Econoline E150 modified with a roof extender and power wheelchair lift, however the engine is a stock V8 which runs on regular gas. Anyway, after a fairly long ...
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2answers
2k views

Best way to store a car off pavement

I have a parking spot for my car, but it is weedy gravel. I've been warned that storing a car on grass is very bad because transpiration from the grass will rust out the car's underbody. Presumably ...
3
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1answer
298 views

Rattle in my left tire area everytime I brake slowly from more then 80kmh (50mph)?

I have a Chevy Cobalt 2007, and it has been doing this for a while. If I press the brake a little harder, the rattling stops. It doesnt rattle until I press the brake. Leading me to believe there is a ...
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1answer
1k views

Volkswagen Golf Mk4 - Failed emission test (UK)

I don't know if the emissions tests are different in other countries so I specified UK. A garage just failed my girlfriends 1.4 Golf MK4 and said it was smoking bad, they tried sparks, cat, lambda, ...
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1answer
107 views

How do the cycles of the engine get converted into cycles of the wheels?

Is it the transmission that converts the high rpm of the engine into the lower rpm of the wheels rotation? Let's say that an engine was running at 500 rpm (this refers to the rpm of the crankshaft, ...
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3answers
219 views

I am looking to buy a motorcycle which I can fully (or as close to fully) maintain and repair on my own. Which models should I look at?

Which motorcycles are well known for being easy to maintain and repair, and would be suited for a beginner to cut his teeth on? What are some features of motorcycles that I should look for, when ...
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4answers
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What could cause my Honda Civic to not start? And how can I address the issue?

I need help trouble shooting my honda civic. It will not start. I was driving it earlier today and I went to drive it again when it would not start. I'm glad I was at home when it decided to quit. ...
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3answers
3k views

How fast should a Honda CBR 600 F4i idle when the engine is cold

My CBR 600 F4i idles at about 3000 rpm when the engine is cold, after about 2 to 3 minutes when the engine warms up, it settles back down to regular idle speed of about 1300 rpm. Is this normal for ...
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1answer
1k views

Should motorcyle exhaust headers ever glow red hot

I've got a '99 Pegaso 650 which hasn't been running for about 7 years. It's was in a quite a deteriorated state when I got it, i.e. seized carbs, tank full of water, sump full of an ugly fuel/oil mix, ...
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2answers
2k views

Car overheating problem

I have a 2002 Ford Focus. Whenever the car is idling the heat gauge goes up at an alarming rate and goes the farthest into the red that it can if left alone. Now if I rev the engine a little the ...
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3answers
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What would be the most likely cause of engine sputter?

Most of the time my 2001 Honda Civic sounds like this... Vrooooooom. But some times when I start driving it sounds like this... Vrooom putt pa putt pa putt pa vrooooom. When it's in the "putt pa ...
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1answer
2k views

Air conditioning gradually stopped working, hissing noise

On my 2003 Kia Sedona minivan, the air conditioning recently stopped working. This occurred somewhat gradually over the course of a week or so. I noticed today that if I turn the air conditioning ...
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2answers
3k views

2006 Chevy Cobalt front end (strut mount?) noise

I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt and since I bought the thing, the front suspension makes this horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump. I don't know how to describe the noise other than it only ...
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2answers
2k views

Can I reprogram the key-less entry code on a Ford F150 without the original code?

My neighbor has a 2004 F150 with the key-less entry system. He purchased it at an auction (it was a repossession), and didn't get the code. Short of taking it to the dealer (they want to charge 1 hr ...
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1answer
948 views

Doors won't stay open

My terminology is a bit lacking so please bear with me. The doors on my 2004 Toyota RAV4 are very loose and will only stay open if I'm parked on a flat or declined surface. If I remember correctly ...
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1answer
76 views

Does a window lift motor have to be in a specific position when installing it?

When installing a replacement window lift motor, do I have to worry about the motor being in a specific position (as far as rotation is concerned)? Or does the motor stop at the top (closed ...
0
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1answer
586 views

VW Lupo 1.0 door lock and window

Central locking of my VW Lupo 1.0 model 1998 is not working from the driving side but from the passenger side central locking working fine. Any idea? Most recently the power window from the driving ...
1
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2answers
56 views

Left blinker quirky when braking

This is a bit of a strange problem but the left turn signal on my '98 Saturn SW2 is acting a bit funny. When braking the blinker will either simply not work or work very slowly. When not braking it ...
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3answers
958 views

post suspension work alignment, is it absolutely necessary?

I have a ball joint and a tie rod end that both have bad boots. The ball joint boot is ripped at the center around the entire circumference. The tie rod end's boot isn't ripped, but it has come up ...
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Is downshifting on hills harmful for non-trucks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? Since the days of taking drivers ed (many years back). I was told that when you encounter a steep or ...
3
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1answer
537 views

Battery replacement on 2001 Chevy Venture

I have a 2001 Venture that needs a battery replacement. Will disconnecting the battery activate the Theftlock system in my stereo? My impression is that the VIN is stored in flash memory, so a ...
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3answers
2k views

How do you troubleshoot cruise control? (Mazda Tribute 2005)

I just bought a used 2005 Mazda Tribute. The only problem I have with the car is that the cruise control doesn't work....and I have no clue how/where to start! The cruise light on the dashboard ...
3
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1answer
92 views

Which engine part is this?

I own a speedboat that is powered by a 5 liter V8 Mercruiser with 200bhp. Yesterday when trying it out for the 1st time this season, 2 things happened: 1 - the boat was always trying to turn left ...
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3answers
3k views

Determining how many miles can be covered on full tank [closed]

I'm interested in the following cars, but the questions apply equally well to any car: Audi TT Lexus IS 200 (SE or not?) I'm finding it difficult to determine the following: How do I figure out ...
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2answers
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Why does my 3rd gear grind on shifting when RPMs are high on 2002 Audi TT?

This only happens when shifting into 3rd gear (on a 7 gear Audi TT). If I shift when the RPMs are high (say over 2k) then there will be a horrible grinding noise. Instead I have to apply the clutch, ...
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4answers
4k views

2011 Mazda3 airbag disabled for light passenger

I recently bought a new 2011 Mazda3. Everything about it has been great so far, except one glaring detail. When my 87 pound girlfriend rides in the passenger seat, the "pass airbag off" light comes ...
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3answers
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How important is a fuel cap?

I lost my fuel cap a couple months ago and haven't bothered finding a replacement. I haven't noticed any issues with it, but I'm wondering whether it's causing any damage or reducing gas mileage or ...
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7answers
6k views

Most important preventive maintenance for high-mileage car?

My 2001 Chevrolet Prizm (a NUMMI) is about to hit 125,00 miles. I bought a little over 5 years ago, at which time it had ~79,000 miles on it. I bought it from a used car dealer that seemed to have ...
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1answer
49 views

Strokes during compression test?

Just wondering what the general consensus out there for the amount of times the vehicle turns over during a compression test? I have heard anywhere from 5-8, and personally crank 7. What is the ...
4
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2answers
707 views

Re-glue rear view mirror

My rear view mirror came off today while in work. Probably due to age and scorching Texas heat. What do I need to do to glue it back on? and what kind of glue should I buy to do it with?
3
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1answer
2k views

Car starts fine after sitting for half a day but has trouble immediately after being driven

I have a ten-year-old car that I don't use too often (it mostly sits in the garage). Last month, I took it for a ride and the engine overheated. I took it to the service station, and the guys there ...
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2answers
342 views

Giving an old car a refresh

I have an old car (1990 Volvo 240) which I am rather attached it. Lately it seems like it has been creaking and groaning rather more than usual. Is there some sort of spring cleaning(except it's a 20 ...
3
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1answer
1k views

2004 Mazda 3 - clank when shifting into reverse

Every morning, or after the car has sat for a while, there is a loud clank from the engine area when I shift it into reverse. Sometimes I hear the same clank when shifting into drive, but not always. ...
3
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3answers
457 views

Is there any way to determine when a water pump will fail?

Is there any way to determine whether a water pump needs to be replaced before it fails completely? I realize that if it dies, then I'm not going to get far. Am I better off waiting until it does than ...
1
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3answers
97 views

Is it important to get “K” work done by a dealer?

Several of the line-items in my motorcycle's maintenance schedule are marked "K", for "Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki Dealer". Example items are "Brake fluid--change" and "Steering stem ...
2
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3answers
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Can I charge a Car Battery with a Motorcycle charger?

Car battery to be charged is a DIN66 which I think is about 65ah. I have a Motorcycle charger which says it can be used on cars; it suits batteries from 4 ah to 40 ah. Does this mean that it can ...

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