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Electronic key won't open car unless I open with key first

I have a Citröen C3 and the electronic button won't open the car door unless I open with the key and then press the button, at which point it unlocks all of the doors. There is no problem locking the ...
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OBD2 to USB Cable for Windows 10

One could put an argument that this question is about software and not mechanics, however now-days everything is computerized (including cars and their diagnostic tools) so I believe this question ...
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What is this ticking noise while pulling away?

Lately I noticed a slight ticking noise when pulling off calmly (from a stop light, for example) at the exact moment the car starts moving. Happens when the engine is still cool, before I hit the ...
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Will songs in subdirectory play on CD MP3 player in cars?

Does anyone know whether a car with a CD player which will play MP3s can play those MP3s if they're in subfolders? Basically, I want to create an MP3 CD of all my Van Halen CDs, but I want to keep ...
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Fuel Economy Gauge Modification

I have a little digital screen in my dash that re-evaluates my average fuel consumption (L/100km) every thirty seconds. How can I modify this to increase the reporting frequency? Preferably, at least ...
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Can I use my 1/2 inch torque wrench with smaller sockets?

I have a relatively expensive 1/2-inch torque wrench. Not all of my sockets are 1/2" and many of them are smaller. Is there any problem with using a socket adapter, so I can use my 1/2-inch torque ...
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How do I find out the proper torque number that I need to apply to an oil filter?

I am hearing mixed opinions how much should I tighten an oil filter. Does it depend on car or filter type? How do I find out the proper torque number that I need to apply to an oil filter? Thank you. ...
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Low rpm when gas is pumped

I have a 2001 Honda Prelude. Every time I pump gas the rpm dies down and even turns off some times. It doesn't matter if it's $10, $20, or a full tank it happens. I just wanna know what was can do to ...
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positive ground / neg. ground

With a/c current in a home rather than a vehicle, I don't think one would ever get a positive ground. Electricity always flow from the positive to the negative from what I have been learning about a/c ...
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Measuring Horse Power and torque without a dynamometer

I know I can take my car to a workshop and have a Dyno Run and can read the HP and torque figures from that. What I want to know, is there an alternative way to know the HP and Torque figures without ...
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Car radio cuts out the car will not start

I have a Mitsubishi Gallant-2004. Just recently, while driving, the car radio will cut out then come back on. After about a minute of doing this it will stop working completely. Lights do not dim, car ...
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My car has problems starting, but the dealership checked the battery and said it was fine

I have a 2006 Toyota Rav4 - The other day, the car wouldn't start. We jumped the battery and it started right up. No lights were left on and nothing is plugged in that would be causing this. I took it ...
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Is OBD-II a universal standard?

I'm following this guide: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-fix-your-check-engine-light/?ALLSTEPS According to this website an OBD-II reader will work with my 53 Vauxall Zafira, but I want to be ...
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Why do high-end electric cars have mechanical brakes?

(This isn't a "maintenance & repair" question, I hope you'll forgive me.) When powerful electric cars (such as, but not only, the Tesla) can accelerate from zero to ludicrous in half a jiffy, and ...
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Tire damage from mounting/unmounting, normal?

A mechanician that I know told me that the damage on the inside lip (extra rubber inside, not the bead) of the tire like the image below is normal and often happens when mounting/unmounting tires each ...
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Air / Fuel Ratio Problems relation to Fuel Trims

Wouldn't various A/F ratio problems such as vacuum leaks, low fuel pressure or clogged injectors cause a constant adjustment to fuel trims, first via STFT and then to LTFT? For example, if there is a ...
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767 views

my 2003 Santa Fe won't turn over but has full power

My 2003 Santa Fe wont start. I turn the key and I have power but no starter engaging. They looked at my car two days later and the car started. They said it was probably a broken wire they found on ...
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Suzuki vl 250 wont start

I have a Suzuki vl250. It's been running great until last weekend I rode it home from work turned it off and the Mrs decided she wanted to go for a ride only problem is bike wont start! Since then I ...
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Engine noise / rattle when clutch is fully pressed [BMW 320d e46, manual]

I have a strange noise, like a rattling/stomping sound at idle, when pressing the clutch pedal. The clutch and the flywheel (DMF), were both changed with new parts. Except for that sound, the car ...
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Bolt pattern equivalency reference

I'm shopping for a set of used wheels. Most sellers don't know the bolt hole measurements and just say the number of holes and the vehicle they came from, "5 bolt for Jeep Cherokee/Tacoma/Nissan/..." ...
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Blocked water flow in engine?

My dad has a 1993 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L (no turbo) with a perplexing cooling problem. It overheats, and there doesn't appear to be flow through the cooling system. The upper radiator hose is extremely ...
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Electric power steering column noise

I have a 2014 Honda Accord coupe equipped with Electric Power Steering (EPS). When cranking the steering wheel, I can hear a noise coming from the steering column, mostly at slow speed like backing ...
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power window relay Pontiac Grandville 1971

Can you tell me where the location of the power window relay is situated in a 1971 Pontiac Grandville? Thanks, Hans
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Car won't unlock with remote and won't start? Toyota Camry 1999

My sister gave me this car for school and she told me this happens a lot. Her mechanic friend says it's an alarm problem and my alarm is locked. Unfortunately her and her friend live on the opposite ...
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Is there a key code with my Kawasaki

I hear that there is a key code for my 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT that can be given to a dealer who can then cut a new key for my bike if ever necessary. Now it is. But where do I find the key code?? ...
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Replacing a single tire [duplicate]

Is it safe to replace a single tire on the front axle and if yes should the new tire be moved to the back? We replaced a front right tire, after picking up a screw. Now we hear that it's not safe to ...
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6L90 Transmission swap

I'm swapping out a worn out 6L90 transmission that has over 220k on it in a 2011 GMC 2500 HD with one that has 89k on it from an identical truck. Will it have to be reflashed or reprogrammed to work?
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338 views

What does paint failure look like?

My car's paint looks bad and I'd like to repair it, but I'm not sure what it is called. I know there are different types of paint failure, what do they look like and what are they called?
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Hyosung GT250R Leaking petrol

Motorcyle 2006 Hyosung GT250R Syptoms Leaking lots of petrol when engine is on Info Hasn't been ridden in about 10 months. Has been stored outside with cover, leaning on it's stand. I've ...
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After putting on new winter tires, my steering is weak/light

I just had new winter tires put on my 2003 Honda Civic 4-door LX. The steering has been affected. The steering now feels "weak" or "light" or "loose". Meaning I now have to turn the wheel further to ...
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1answer
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Honda City vTec Slow Start

I have a Honda City 2005 vTec Manual Transmission Car, which will be due for servicing in another 1000KM. I am not well used to driving manual car and I face a lot of traffic everyday going and ...
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1answer
53 views

Is there a tyre pressure gauge that is easy to use?

I always lose air from a tyre when I try to use one of the type of pressure gauge that depress the pin in the valve as the gauge is attached, so I have to pump it up whether or not the pressure was ...
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The car won't start the battery is new, there's not even a click sound

I have a corolla verso 2005 model. The car does not start, the battery is new. What can it be?
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Can I disregard the sticker on my sparewheel?

This week I got a flat tire. I replaced the tire with my spare one. Since I own a Volkswagen the spare is a full size tire. The spare have a sticker on it that say don't go over 80km/h (50miles/h). ...
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457 views

Why does my clutch “bounce”?

'97 Jeep Wrangler 4.0L, though I doubt the phenomenon is that specific. Sometimes, when I accelerate normally from a light or a stop sign (at the same rate as everyone around me) while keeping the ...
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557 views

2014 Mazda 3 Audio with Android phone through USB

For reference, I have this audio unit. I used to just plug in my iPhone and press the 'Media' button to get songs to play, but it doesn't seem to work with an Android phone. I just get a 'Check USB'...
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Is a valve stem and valve guide oil seal replacement on my 4.0 Ford possible?

Is a Valve stem and valve guide OIL SEAL replacement on my 4.0 Liter ford possible? Would (plenty of Hot) compressed Air be helpful to have for this process. My brother (aspiring genius mechanic) says ...
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Car engine dies when I am not pressing the Gas

Make: Chevrolet Aveo UVA 1.2 LT 2007 model. When ever the gas is not pressed, the engine stalls. Even the engine does not starts unless I press the gas while turning the key. At high speeds every ...
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What is this recall for my Vauxhall/Opel Zafira heating?

My 2005-2014 Vauxhall/Opel Zafira B has recently been involved in a recall. What is this for? How can I tell if I'm affected?
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I damaged 1 rim. Should I replace 2 rims?

I hit a rock and it destroyed my tire and damaged the (steel) rim. Should I replace 2 rims (matched pair), or is it ok to replace just the one damaged rim? Is the car going to be balanced? It is the ...
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157 views

Radio volume slowly decreases to silent

So my friend drives an old, second-hand car in which the original radio has been replaced by the previous owner for an aftermarket radio. His issue with the radio is that the volume slowly decreases ...
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162 views

How can I listen for a tire noise without driving?

When driving I can sometimes hear a metal noise coming from the tire. It can be intermittent or continuous, like a brake part or a bad bearing. It doesn't sound like road noise or something stuck in ...
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How can I empirically evaluate the condition of my used motor oil at home?

I changed my oil recently, and my careful scientific observation led me to discover that it was black and a bit runny. Not clear golden like new oil, but neither tarry sludge like a haven't-serviced-...
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Engine oil going into the coolant

My 2005 Saturn Relay got a hole in a water hose and suddenly overheated, so I shut it down immediately. Found the crank case empty and the coolant full of oil. Replaced the hose and put oil in it, ...
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Bent winter allow wheels, repair myself with rubber mallet?

So both of my rims currently installed in the back are bent. Since this is my winter wheels set, Someone suggested me to just try to straighten them with a rubber mallet. Is this a good idea? Can I ...
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Low-pitched buzzing/droning sound at highway speeds

I recently noticed my car is making a barely-perceptible, low-pitched, buzzing or droning sound at highway speeds. It kind-of sounds like some cars' exhaust, but it's quiet enough that I seem to be ...
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Ac on 2006 jeep liberty

Does the ac system have to be empty to change high pressure switch on 2006 jeep liberty. I have tested everything on the system electrical and I have power ac is full of Freon but clutch will not ...
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114 views

Is my new car engine damaged?

I bought New Nissan 2 months ago. I was driving on down hills but as it was late at night and no car on the road, I enjoyed of high speed (4-5 min) and I didn't use the break . When we reached my ...
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Can I use DOT 4 brake fluid when DOT 4+ is recommended?

My Chevrolet Lumina SS calls for use of "Heavy Duty Brake Fluid (DOT-4 Plus)". The brake fluid bottle I have readily available is DOT 4; the label claims to be compatible with DOT 4 and DOT 5.1 ...
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Diesel Engine Power

Let's say we have a 6 cylinder diesel engine having 385 KW power. Now I am running this engine at high idle of 1900 rpm. What will be power produced by this engine? Is it equal to max power or less ...

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