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How do brake lines connect to their respective fittings?

I'm planning on replacing a leaky section of brake line for the rear driver side wheel on my 2004 Hyundai Getz 1.3 Gsi. The section of brake hose is relatively short, with one end connected to the ...
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Paint color code between metallic water based and not water-based (Mayerling Green)

This should be a metallic water-based paint with color code ESB-MOSB, Mayerling green. What I am trying to find out is if I can find the same color tone but just not as water-based, what would the ...
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3answers
60 views

How to lock crank shaft while torquing central screw?

It seems I have to replace the oil seal at the pulley-side of my crankshaft. According to the technical manual of my car, the central screw should be torqued with 120-145Nm. I don't know how much ...
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1answer
53 views

Smell of Ammonia when driving. What can be the reason?

I started smelling ammonia when a drive. What can be the reason? I did recently changed the exhaust pipe. I drive infinity G35.
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1answer
326 views

What is powder coating and how do you do it?

In a comment to my question regarding white powder which had formed on aluminum parts after cleaning them with heavy duty degreaser, @Paulster2 mentioned a process called powder coating which would ...
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1answer
324 views

Why has white powder formed on metal parts after cleaning with degreaser and what can I do about it?

I just cleaned much of my engine compartment with Abro Heavy Duty Degreaser, and I noticed that on certain metal parts like the valve cover, thermostat housing and transmission housing a white powder ...
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1answer
48 views

No Acceleration, loss of power, backfiring, CEL, stalling

91 Caprice - l am having problems on acceleration, loss of power, backfiring, check engine light, stalling. Had to repair shop three times and they have not fixed it. Is there a scanner that can ...
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1answer
79 views

Proper operating temp for a 1983 Mercedes 380SL?

My 1983 Mercedes 380SL seems to be running hotter than I like. It settles down at right at 100 C by the instrument panel temp gauge after running at highway speed for 10 minutes or so. When I first ...
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1answer
169 views

Coolant pouring out from under 1998 GMC Yukon as fast as i put in

I filled my radiator with water and it is pouring right back out of the rear of engine as fast as i fill. It seems to be near or behind the transmission. https://youtu.be/27qV-ufMsQc How can I find ...
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VW Transporter T5 - p1503 Generator Terminal DF (Load signal) Signal Improbable

I have a VW Transporter T5 2007 with 2.5 TDi BNZ engine. I have the following fault code (among many): p1503 Generator Terminal DF (Load signal) Signal Improbable. This fault code gets repeated ...
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60 views

Service intervals of different cars

Background So in the process of buying a used car, I feel I need to know what kind of service a car should have had prior to the purchase and will have to have after the purchase. I'm looking for a ...
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1answer
46 views

How bad is 30% cylinder leak?

I recently performed a cylinder leakdown test searching for a cause for oil loss. On 5/6 cylinders, I pumped it up to 90 psi on the left gauge and the right gauge was between 75-80. Only 1/6 wouldn't ...
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1answer
176 views

Seat heater fuse at 12V even when ignition is off?

I'm looking for a fuse in my 2015 Honda Odyssey that is 0v when ignition is off. I thought the passenger side seat heater should be the one but I tested 12 V when ignition is off. Is this normal?
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81 views

Unsticking a stuck rear electric window

I have a 2007 Mazda 3 sedan which I bought about a year ago. Everything on the car was great, until the weather started to get hotter when the windows would sometimes take a moment to "unstick" if ...
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3answers
153 views

When spraying a part of a car, how do you avoid 'cut off lines'?

The corner of my rear bumper is chipped and cracked. I sanded it down, applied filler, undercoat and paint. It looks fine but I can see a little line where I masked off the area. Are there any tips ...
2
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2answers
56 views

2016 RAV4. 18'' vs. 17'' wheels?

I am hesitating between the RAV4 XLE and the RAV4 SE. The RAV4 SE has really cool 18'' wheels and the RAV4 XLE has normal 17'' wheels. I want to get the SE (because of aesthetics), however, I'm afraid ...
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0answers
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Cylinder misfire after leak down test

I am getting cylinder misfire OBDII error codes after performing a cylinder leakdown test. During the test, I was turning the crankshaft to reach TDC for each cylinder and I'm now thinking whether it ...
4
votes
1answer
23 views

2005 Ford Taurus U Vin Unstable Idle, Charging System Problem?

A Short Story So a friend asked me to look at a Taurus at his shop. The car originally came in for a P0420 code and they put an anti-fouler on the rear o2 sensor. Whatever. During the road test the ...
8
votes
5answers
438 views

How long before replacing tires that are already at 2/32?

My tires need to be replaced, but the tires I want need to be ordered and could take up to a week. I took my car to the shop 2 weeks ago and I was told that my tires need replacing. I checked them ...
7
votes
1answer
92 views

Replacing a dashboard for another one with more indicators

I'm thinking of purchacing a Citroen BX dashboard from a superior model than my BX 14 wich currently only features a Velocimeter, fault lights and an analog clock, for one with various analog ...
9
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3answers
458 views

Starting a 2 stroke jet boat after several years

The parents in law gave me a jet boat, it hasn't been started in 5 years. The boat resided in NH on a trailer on their yard for 5 years, so it has seen freezing temperatures frequently. From what I ...
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0answers
17 views

grande punto 2009 1.4 active duaologic LPG problem

grande punto 2009 1.4 active dualogic after LPG (BRC) montage, it doesnt go regular in eco mode while changing gear (especially from 1 to 2 or to 3). it means working intermittently. what can be ...
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2answers
56 views

How to diagnose the cause of no power reaching the spark plugs when power reaches everything else, after checking fuses?

I've been trying to get my long-suffering Toyota RAV4 first generation (1998) to start after numerous different problems, the latest of which I've narrowed to the spark plugs not firing seemingly due ...
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Why do some 2 wheelers have an attachment to their fork [closed]

I've noticed some two wheelers. Non geared to be specific that they have a different fork. I am assuming this to be for protection. But did not find a lot of references.. Does anybody know if ...
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4answers
300 views

Automatic car won't start, steering wheel won't turn, key just makes car click etc - but radio works?

Someone else was in the driver seat and they were trying to drive. At one point I took out the key and when he put it back in the car wouldn't start. This was yesterday and it still won't start. The ...
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4answers
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How can an oil plug just fall out after three months and 3,000 miles and the car has just 35,000 miles on it, 2014 Ford Escape

We had an oil change done at a quick lube type shop. After nearly 3 months and 3,000 miles driven, the oil drain plug fell out, resulting in blowing up the entire engine. There was no oil leakage or ...
5
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1answer
39 views

Broken shifter? My 96 Ford Taurus won't shift out of park, and I don't know why! Help?

I have a 96 Ford Taurus and the shifter is giving me issues. For some reason it won't move out of park and I do not want to try to force it to shift and cause further damage. I'm aware that I need to ...
4
votes
0answers
72 views

CVT transmission slipping

I have a Toyota vitz 2007 and I am facing a problem for about 2 weeks now. Sometimes when I press the accelerator, the engine revs up but I hardly see any acceleration. The problem is severe when I ...
4
votes
1answer
26 views

Volvo V70 turn light activator

The left stick behind the steering wheel is missing a piece as you can see here: I was wondering if this is replaceable and if so what the part number would be. Thanks in advance.
0
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0answers
24 views

pinging sound when starting car

2005 honda civic, 43,000 miles. when I turn the key I hear a "pinging" sound. There is no problem with car starting up. Just wondering if this is a sign that the starter is going bad.
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votes
2answers
53 views

2000 Chevrolet Silverado brakes dragging, 4 new rotors, 4 sets of pads, new e-brake shoes, new front calipers

I recently replaced myself or had replaced all pads, all rotors, front calipers, rear guide pins and brackets, rear brake shoes, and rear e-brake hardware, as well as the e-brake cable on my 2000 ...
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vote
1answer
19 views

08 Silverado static/scratching noise from dashboard

Recently my truck picked up a new quirk. When I start or stop the engine there is a static scratching noise that comes from the dash. I also tried turning the key just far enough to get power and ...
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vote
1answer
16 views

08 Saturn Aura needs help

If I sit in my car with it idling the heat goes cold, but if I press the gas or drive off it heats back up. Can anyone help pinpoint this problem? Also, with engine running I can clearly hear fluid of ...
6
votes
1answer
77 views

How long would pouring a little oil into a spark plug well take to stop a car starting?

I realise this is a strange looking question! I'm in a country where many local mechanics unfortunately have a bad reputation for creating small problems while fixing other problems in order to get ...
3
votes
1answer
24 views

Honda Jazz 2007 1.4 Dsi CVT

My Honda Jazz is in for 195,000 km service, Bosch service centre contacted me and said that my Control Arm Bushings are worn, but they need to replace the entire control arm as the bushings are not ...
3
votes
1answer
40 views

2003 Dodge Durango - Can I take the front drive shaft off and drive the vehicle?

I most likely have a messed up front differential on my 4x4. I was wondering if I can just take my drive shaft off and run it on RWD only? Can I just remove the universal joint pin and retain the ...
2
votes
1answer
30 views

Lexus HS 250h car; a/c noise from inside the car

I am getting these kind of noise https://youtu.be/QhmK7oDX1tE Any idea what's wrong? Car details Year : 2010 Model : Lexus hs250h Its happening when I switch AC/Fan on and it last for 30 sec and ...
2
votes
1answer
73 views

How much force is needed to push a piston down? [closed]

Combustion from fuel and air is used to push a piston down. When they combustion it creates a lot of force, my question is how much force is needed to push the piston all the way down when the vehicle ...
8
votes
4answers
397 views

Cylinder leak down test to detect oil leakage

My 2007 Tacoma loses about 3.5 qt of oil out of 5 every about 1500 mi. I know it's low because the engine starts periodically rattling, I don't know which part but it's 100% correlated to the low oil ...
2
votes
1answer
35 views

Tires squealing when braking

When I apply the brakes at high speeds, not lightly but not enough for them to lock up, my tires squeal. I believe the sound is coming from the tires and not the brakes at all. One thing to note is ...
5
votes
2answers
41 views

Engine oil sludge

My question is, have ever heard of it making engine oil gel, or turn sludgy if you can call that a word? I haven't, but 05 Chevy Equinox I'm servicing had this happen. Not sure if it started before or ...
2
votes
0answers
28 views

Tmec 50QT-2 scooter wont start

I have a Tmech 50QT-2 scooter (Chinese type). The scooter revs when using the electronic start button and or the kick start but it will not actually start. just bought a new battery for it and the ...
3
votes
1answer
32 views

Interface tracking device with OBD II (or alternative sources of data)

I have recently been working on writing software for some very small tracking devices. I decided to take on an electronics engineer and start building some boards myself using a GPS/GPRS module. I ...
8
votes
2answers
369 views

Does engine braking an automatic wear out the transmission?

My question is a variation on these two: Engine braking with an automatic transmission What are the “1” and “2” or “L” gears used for on an automatic? I recently bought an automatic transmission ...
2
votes
1answer
28 views

Does a full fuel tank speed up the CEL turning off after changing the fuel cap?

Consider this scenario: The CEL (check-engine light) is on. The fuel cap is subsequently replaced. The fuel tank is half full. I am wondering: Is it advantageous to fill the tank to the top to ...
4
votes
1answer
41 views

Inside temperature reading 13 degrees lower than actual outside temperature - what could be the problem?

I have a 2006 Nissan Sentra. Its inside temp is reading 58 degrees when it is actually 71 degrees outside. What could be the problem? Also, I just changed the thermostat today.
10
votes
2answers
321 views

Can't start a Kawasaki GPX 750

I'm in the process of getting my 1986 Kawasaki GPX 750 back in running condition. The bike was sitting in the garage for two years. In this period it wasn't started even once. Two years ago the engine ...
2
votes
2answers
30 views

Overheating and more

Hi I have a 2000 Buick park ave v6 3800 series and the problem started as a small leak in the radiator from the little drain plug so I righted that and the leak moved to the whole opposite side of the ...
5
votes
0answers
96 views

Car bounces back and forth after shifting

I've been having this issue for a while on my 1999 Volvo V40 T4 manual. Whenever I shift and release the clutch quickly, the car often does a nasty bounce. Let me try to describe it with much detail ...
6
votes
1answer
55 views

Have any systems been created for electric cars to intentionally reduce torque in icy conditions?

So, I daydream quite a bit about owning a Tesla Roadster, then it hit me. What happens when it's icy and I need to go get groceries? Well, in my Lotus Elise, I could easily just pop the thing in ...

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