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470 views

Explain the sound of a car's ignition?

A normal, working car, nothing wrong with it, makes a very distinctive sound when you turn the ignition. I have a vague understanding of a distributor spinning around real quick and firing the spark ...
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Car Cigarette Lighter Keeps Blowing Fuse

I have a 99 Chrysler 300M. The fuse for the cigarette lighter blew out randomly, so we replaced it. I tested it afterwards and it worked. A few days later I went back out to use it and the fuse was ...
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4answers
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Does switching to neutral on an automatic transmission improve braking for immediate stopping?

I've been told that when needing to brake quickly, throwing the gear into neutral on an automatic transmission actually allows for better/quicker braking. I understand how things work pretty well but ...
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1answer
246 views

'00 Civic Brake Imbalance

My 2000 Honda Civic Aerodeck just failed its MOT (roadworthyness test) on Front Brake Imbalance (51%). I changed the pads a few months ago, and had trouble with both calipers on the driver's side of ...
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2answers
3k views

Where is the fuse for the front windshield washer pump on a '09 Chevy Traverse?

On my '09 Chevy Traverse, the windshield washer pump stopped working on both the front and back. I first checked for fuses. There was one in the fuse block under the hood, that one looked good. I ...
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1answer
119 views

What would be a very efficient on-board camera?

I can't decide myself to buy an on board camera ... There are many models, some of them, very expensive. On Amazon.com, there are many models, most of which have received no rating. Thus, choosing a ...
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0answers
40 views

Access OnStar Wires on 2012 Equinox

I've got a 2012 Equinox that I want to attach an inviscord to the Onstar wires, but I am not sure how to access the wires. There is a wide black plastic cover where the rear view mirror attaches to ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Attaching poorly-fitting exhaust components without welding?

I recently replaced my muffler, and attached it to the existing pipe using clamps around a short coupler pipe (sorry, I don't know the right name for these things) that fits around the outside the the ...
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1answer
92 views

What is this exhaust type thing?

What is this black exhaust type thing coming off the side of this land cruiser? What is it for?
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3answers
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Temporary repair for broken clutch pedal sensor

I have 2003 Ford Fiesta. My clutch master cylinder push rod came off of the pedal today. I put a cable tie on, it should hold it for a bit. But I also noticed a sensor for the clutch pedal that has ...
2
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1answer
120 views

Does a water leaking make the engine heat faster?

I have a Range Rover classic 1993 which is heating very fast even if I just drive for 10 min, the heat is not rising too much but I used to drive this Range Rover before and especially in winter ...
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2answers
145 views

'83 Mercedes 300D will not start when warm

The car runs great when first started, great pickup, etc. However, if I stop and shut off the engine, it will not start back up. At times I can pump the accelerator 5 or 6 times and then it will start ...
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4answers
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Should I turn off my headlights while having the car run to “defrost” while I scratch ice off the windows?

My 2009 Ford Mondeo Clipper has a very nice "Max Heating" setting, where it both defrosts front and back windows, and sets the airco to max temperature, max fan speed. When I find my car windows ...
2
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1answer
926 views

Car audio wattage quesions, rated vs. peak, vs. RMS

I'm shopping on Sony's site for all the parts I need for a car audio system, and they have me confused on their power statistics. I understand what peak power is, and I know that I don't want my amp ...
4
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1answer
119 views

How do I know what quality tires to choose? What criteria sets them apart?

I recently needed to get my left rear tire replaced because of a bulge in the sidewall. Upon the recommendation of the serviceman at the chain tire store I replace both rear tires. He showed me a ...
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3answers
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When do I need to replace my spare tire?

Recently I went to a chain tire shop/garage. My left rear tire had a bulge just above the hub cap. I looked online and it appears that this could be really bad if I didn't fix it. So, the serviceman ...
4
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1answer
372 views

Honda Prelude: digital fuel and temp gauges dimming and brightening repeatedly

I have noticed an annoying issue on my '94 (4th gen) Honda prelude. The digital petrol and temperature gauges appear very faint when starting the car. After about 5 mins they brighten again, only to ...
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2answers
102 views

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Value

I think this is a useful enough question, so I'm posing it. Some kid rear ended me, and it's going to cost more to repair the bumper and two package than my WJ is worth. Can I expect his insurance ...
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2answers
391 views

'92 Toyota Corolla with a oil leak

My 1992 Corolla is leaking oil when driving then pools while parked. Already checked the oil pan and no leak. Where else could it be coming from?
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2answers
357 views

Headlight bulb continually breaking

A Jeep Grand Cherokee 1998 had a broken headlight. I replaced the bulb, and noticed that the glass had shattered. The new bulb broke soon, also shattered. Any idea what's going on?
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1answer
1k views

Vauxhall Astra clutch/flywheel

My car needs a new clutch/flywheel. I found a kit on eBay described as : LUK clutch/dual mass flywheel kit. I'm now having the clutch fitted elsewhere, but the mechanic says that this car does not ...
0
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1answer
949 views

Where is the block heater on 99 Ford Taurus?

Where can I find the block heater to plugin in the hood. My car is a Ford Taurus 1999. edit: Does it even have one?
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0answers
140 views

Volvo 940 Dashboard Flashing winter Driving arrow

The flashing “winter driving” arrow on the dashboard according to the maintenance manual calls to take it to a Volvo dealer due to a transmission failure. Could this be due to cold weather, and what ...
2
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2answers
531 views

How can I add cruise control to a 2003 Chevy Express Van?

I have a 2003 Chevy Express 1500 Cargo without cruise control. Is it possible to add this, and how would I go about doing so?
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1answer
66 views

Truck overheating and affecting the heater blowing could air occasionally

I have a 2001 Oldsmobile Bravada with about 160,000 miles. At first I could hear a faint gurgling sound from the right front side under the hood when I’d stop and go. Then about a month later my truck ...
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4answers
588 views

How to deal with a hot turbocharger

A piece of advice that seems to be widely accepted is that after a long high-speed run, when the turbocharger is thoroughly hot, you should let the engine idle for a while before stopping it. The ...
5
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1answer
500 views

How do I prime a carburetor safely?

I have an old Falcon that's been sitting for six months and won't start. The battery is fine -- I'm pretty sure the issue is that the gas in the carb has evaporated. As I understand it, the solution ...
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1answer
410 views

Using clutch and motor brake - good or bad? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? Edit: As mentioned in the comments: Duplicate of Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and ...
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2answers
8k views

Failing alternator, idler pulley, or something else?

I have 1997 Chevrolet Lumina sedan. I’m trying to diagnose a sound coming from my engine. It is a “whirring” noise that varies with the engine speed (e.g., if I accelerate, the sound becomes louder ...
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2answers
848 views

How does a belt drive CVT variator work?

The title basically says it all, but I am the most interested in what the rollers actually do?
2
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1answer
275 views

1993 Dodge Stealth Clutch Pedal Flat On The Floor

I have a 1993 Dodge Stealth that had not been driven for the past 4 years. Recently I have the need for the car and was trying to get it running. I was able to start the engine (got a new battery) ...
4
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5answers
2k views

Is there a good crash course website or book for auto repair for beginner who's just getting into auto repair?

I'm wondering if there's a good crash course website or book for auto repair for beginner who's just getting into auto repair?
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1answer
211 views

Pulley Difference After Drive Belt Change

I have one worry after yesterday's fairly difficult but successful drive belt change on my Big Boy scooter. The main nut on the fron pulley now goes on much less further than before it came off. I ...
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1answer
121 views

2011 Ford Fusion bounces on bumps..no leak dealer wont replace struts even though still in warranty

Brought my car 2011 Ford Fusion 4 cyl SEL to the dealer before the 36,000 mile warranty expires because in my opinion the car bounces, it does not absorb the bumps although no problem on the highway. ...
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2answers
865 views

Ford Escape 2002 idling rough in cold weather

Last week my 2002 Ford Escape started idling rough when the temperature was in the 30-40°F (-1°C to 4°C) range. It also seemed to have trouble shifting or something at 40-45 mph. I'd describe it as a ...
3
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3answers
791 views

How do I remove a pulley where I have no way of stopping it turning anti-clockwise, like I'm turning the nut?

I've been told I need an airgun, but I have no means of getting one. An alternative is a tool that looks like this. It has a handle of flat steel that splits into a wide U, almost Y shaped but the V ...
2
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1answer
69 views

Rounded bolt head on possibly broken bolt

I'm trying to remove the transmission casing on my belt drive scooter. All of the bolts have tiny 8mm heads, and are very cheap and soft - cheap Chinese manufacture - and one was already slightly ...
3
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1answer
454 views

battery? or something else

I have a 2004 Ford Focus ST170. Some days I go to my car and it starts fine, but some days I put the key in and nothing happens. All the electrics fail like the battery is dead. If I get out, close ...
2
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3answers
1k views

08 f150 with vibration in the front driver side tire when turning left only.

2 months ago I installed a 2 inch suspension lift and replaced upper control arms, tie rods and shocks. The tires were pretty bad and got worse quickly. Vibration and noise started shortly ...
2
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1answer
571 views

How to interface with obd ii elm327?

Do I have to buy this in order to get all the PIDs and the full instruction set for communicating with the car's obd ii interface via an ELM327? I tried looking for some kind of api for the ELM327 ...
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1answer
151 views

How well should a slip yoke be polished to give a proper seal?

Gear oil started leaking out of the rear output seal on my '01 Outback started -- onto the exhaust of course, as every fluid in a Subaru seems to do. It's not a lot, but smells terrible. Along with ...
7
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1answer
2k views

Engine revs up when braking

Background: 2012 Honda Civic EX, 5-speed automatic, with no mods except a non-stock tire (ran over a large bolt). I keep it maintained per the manufacturer's manual and always see the Honda dealership ...
9
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3answers
423 views

Should I change my tires so they all match?

Here is my situation: 2012 Honda Civic EX, 1.8L with P205/55R16 tires recommended Three (both front, and left passenger) tires are OEM Continental ContiProContact P205/55R16 89H with about 20,000 ...
4
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1answer
132 views

Solution against motorcycle gasoline theft?

During these last few weeks, somebody has been stealing gas from my motorcycle. It's a Honda Vt 125 Shadow, and since all the wires and hoses are apparent, it's pretty easy to unplug the hose and ...
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1answer
55 views

Where should I mount the engine management electronics in a 1993 Ford Mustang?

Bought myself a 1993 Ford Mustang (2.3L I4, the 5.0L V8 was sold with it but the car was an I4 from the factory, so it lacks the stronger brakes, suspension, etc. -- The engine would be a ...
2
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1answer
131 views

Tachometer doesnt show correct RPM sometimes

On my Honda CBF 150cc , the Tachometer shows RPM correctly when i'm at a constant speed. But some times when i slow down and accelerate the RPM Needle moves unexpectedly. (say to 0 even i'm at a ...
3
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3answers
5k views

Turbo losing boost at around 4000 rpm

I have a 2005 Opel Astra Turbo Coupe. I would imagine most of you guys are more familiar with the Vauxhall or Holden badge, but it's the same car with the same Z20LET Turbo Ecotec engine. Anyways, ...
2
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1answer
98 views

2000 Audi A6 4.2 rotors

I have a 2000 Audi A6 4.2 and just had a new set of tires installed — but purchased the same Continental tires. However, two days after the new tires were installed, I started getting a shimmy when I ...
3
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1answer
398 views

Rear LCA bushings worn out - better to just replace the whole LCA?

The rear lower control arm bushings on my 92 Civic are badly worn and need to be replaced. I've looked into what's involved in replacing them and it looks like a lot more work than I'd like to do, and ...
3
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2answers
3k views

Do I really need a lathe to turn my rotors?

Last time I changed my brake pads (Toyota Tacoma v6 4WD), I did not get my rotors turned and was told I should have taken them to a mechanic to get it done. I was wondering if there is any ...

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