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Car jerks when stopped in traffic

I replaced the PCV valve of my Toyota Vitz 2007 some time back, due to oil level reducing. After I got the car back from the mechanic, it had this weird behavior of making a sudden jerk after five or ...
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Can a blend door be easily fixed/replaced in a Ford Escape Hybrid 2006? Also, passenger side airbag removal?

I recently got my AC compressor fixed, but after doing this it turns out my AC still isn't great because of a messed up blend door (according to my mechanic). Apparently this is a fairly common ...
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Passenger side front wheel locked up 93 topaz

The passenger side of my daughters 93 Topaz is locked. There was a noise and the cv boot was torn so I thought I would change the brakes too. When I got the front end off the ground I put in drive to ...
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Explanation of phrase relating to tyre tread depth

The highway code states that 'Cars, light vans and light trailers must have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire ...
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How to find out my car's specs?

I purchased my car secondhand a couple years ago but not sure anymore what are its exact specs, for instance in terms of engine power and stuff. Is there a way to know this easily, maybe some online ...
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1answer
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Equipping tire pump with pressure gauge

Is it possible to add a pressure gauge to a tire pump that has no pressure gauge? I was googling for pump hoses with built-in pressure gauge but couldn't find any. I was also looking for pressure ...
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Removing material scraped onto car paintwork from plastic wingmirror

What is the quickest way to remove material scraped onto a car's paintwork from another car's plastic wingmirror? Removing even a small amount is so far taking a large amount of elbow grease.
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Brakes sticking in front [2010 Chrysler Town & Country]

I changed the front brakes & rotors on my 2010 Chrysler Town and Country. Now the front brakes will not release after driving it for awhile. They both heat up and sound like they are grinding ...
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installing car radio - cords issue

I bought a simple radio, and i am trying to install it. From the new radio the following wires exist: speakers: 2*grey, 2*pruple. 2*blue, 2*green. Yellow - go to battery Black - go to ground red (acc) ...
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Portable generator starter problem

The generator is King Canada Model no. KCG-6500GE, the battery is 12v and is in good condition. When I turn on the key to start it nothing happens, I do have power to the starter connection. What ...
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1998 Dodge ram 1500 4x4 5.9 electrical issues

Pulled up to gas station to fill up, came out truck wouldn't turn over was after a heavy rain couple months back. truck has to be wired to a toggle switch to start, windows wont work along with blower ...
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Outside of a total repaint, can anything be done about clearcoat rot?

One of my vehicles is exhibiting an increasing amount of what looks to be like clearcoat failure. Its that white patches or areas on the exterior that seems to multiply like a virus. Outside of a ...
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1answer
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How to find the cause of sudden high fuel consumption of a motorbike?

About my bike Model: Honda CBR 250R Total Run: 35000kms Total Time: 2 years 3 months Clutch Plate changed at 30k kms after an accident Engine oil, engine oil filter and air filter changed in ...
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Is there a way to know that window film is what it's advertised?

Is there a way to know that you're getting the window film that you were told it'll be? E.g., if I'm interested in an 78% Visible-Light-Transmission ceramic film with 43% Total Solar Energy Rejection ...
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0answers
18 views

Engine Bogs Down after Cold Start

I drive a 2011 Ford Focus (Petrol, Manual). Lately, I've noticed that when I do a cold start, the engine tends to "bog down" at about 1.5k revs. If the car is moving at the time (i.e. I've already ...
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45 views

Is there really such a thing as a skeleton key?

I've worked in the motorcycle industry for a while. I've heard ridiculous claims of something called a "skeleton key" which could turn any ignition to "on". Does something like this really exist? Is ...
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1answer
24 views

Converting Cylinder Compression Specs to Inches of Vacuum

If I have the specifications for cylinder compression can I convert that to how much intake vacuum the engine should be pulling? For example, if I have a 4 cylinder engine that is supposed to have ...
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2answers
395 views

What to Look for When Buying a Rebuilt Engine

I'm looking at a 98 Mazda 323 1.8L with a rebuilt engine. Basically, a mechanic bought it cheap due to shot rings and rebuilt the engine to sell it at a profit. He said it's the fifth engine he's ...
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0answers
36 views

ESP warning light on

Audi A3 8PA 2005my 1.9tdi Esp warning light is on and diagnosis with VCDS shows fault :- 00493-ESP-Sensor unit (G419): No signal/Communication No other warning lights are showing. I have tried ...
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Ford Focus TDCI (2003) chokes at red lights

I've got a problem with my French Ford. I replaced the engine a year ago although I'm not entirely sure the old one is dead (but it's run 380,000km). Anyway, for a couple of months the engine stops ...
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0answers
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Can't get my riding mower to start, Craftsman LT1000

Ok, so here's the full timeline on what's happened. About a week or 2 ago I got a mower from a guy I know who wasn't using it. It's an 18HP Craftsman LT1000. The only issue he told me about is that ...
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1answer
18 views

Dodge Journey Crew GPS activation

My brother in law got a Dodge Journey Crew 2013, pretty fancy and well-equipped, with a huge screen inside. He has the rear-view camera and he can play DVDs on his screen, he's got the wheel pressure ...
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0answers
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What causes an engine idle to increase briefly?

I have an old twin cylinder motorcycle that I'm rebuilding and I need to tune/balance the carbs. I have them bench-balanced and reset the idle screw on both. Now it runs a lot better, but every 10-15 ...
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1answer
321 views

Why does an engine's idle RPMs take time to settle from a cold start?

I've noticed my car's (healthy) engine will idle at a slightly higher RPM for a few moments after it's been started from cold/not run for a day. I also noticed that my (somewhat less healthy) other ...
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46 views

Suggestions for replacing/upgrading exhaust/silencer for a 125cc Motorbike [closed]

I have a 125cc Yamaha Gladiator SS125, which is about 3 years old. I had my stock air filter (paper-based) removed and installed a K&N conical filter about a year ago. I wanted to know if anyone ...
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574 views

What exactly is a “burnt valve” and what causes it?

I've come across this term a couple of times in the context of diagnosing engine-related issues, but don't know what it refers to. Here is an example from an automotive forum I frequent: I gotta ...
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Engine sounds like it's in 4th gear while it's in 5th gear, the revs stays normal [closed]

Engine sounds like it's in 4th gear while it's in 5th gear, the revs stays normal, what could cause that?
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Why my bike shows petrol missing before 2000 RPM in all gears?

I am using Hero Karizma R (225cc, 5 gears). Recently I feel a missing in all gear befor 2000 RPM. Sometimes my bike turn off due to this missing. Usually it happens at 1st/2nd gears. After 2000 RPM ...
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1answer
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Rim/tire two wrongs make a right?

One of the back wheels on my car has a different rim size than the others. Specifically that odd wheel is 195/65R15 whereas the other three tires are 205/55R16. I calculated the total diameter of the ...
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1answer
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Brakes smoke on driver side, but only after non-level terrain

I recently had my brakes serviced. Pads and rotors were replaced. Everything seemed fine. Today, I took a 30 minute drive where I applied the brakes significantly on the way back due to hilly terrain, ...
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2answers
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Can an old car engine be used outside of a car?

After selling my car for salvage recently I began to wonder if I could repurpose my next car's engine for anything. Can old car engines be made into generators or other useful machines?
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2answers
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Can shaft journals ever lose lubing against bearings?

Having opened cylinder valve covers, I was observing how my camshaft is mounted onto the static bearings via journals (basically, parts of any shaft that rest against bearings) that completely wrap ...
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2answers
171 views

Synchromesh, Helical gear design

What specifically, is the design principle behind the Helical shape of gears in a synchromesh transmission? Are the Helical gear designed, in any known vehicle, to disengage? Is that why the gears ...
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1answer
46 views

Hyundai Getz roof antenna mount broke

So, I went to wash the wife's car yesterday, and (as always) struggled with unscrewing the roof antenna from its base. This time, however, the thing broke. Now I'm thinking, is this something I can ...
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2answers
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Car explosion during compression

A question recently dawned upon me: do cars explode when they are compressed at junkyards? It seems like the answer would be 'no', obviously, or else this would most likely not be common practice. But ...
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1answer
73 views

Fuel efficiency and volumetric efficiency

I was reading about the better volumetric efficiency of DOHC engines as compared to SOHC engine and was wondering if fuel efficiency is directly related to volumetric efficiency.
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1answer
62 views

Torque spec variance with Anti-Seize

I see a lot of variances with torque specs when a fastener is lubed with anti-seize. Some places say 25% less torque is required for same clamping load, some places say 40% less is required. I'm ...
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2answers
663 views

Why not have drive chains instead of drive (serpentine) belts?

My drive (serpentine) belt was recently chewed down to about half the width and I had to replace it. Which brings the question: if the automotive industry has been gradually replacing timing belts ...
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2answers
48 views

Washing shop clothes with lots of motor oil on them

What's the most effective way to wash your shop clothes that have lots of motor oil? I don't want to put it in the washer together with my regular dirty clothes to avoid spreading the oil onto them. ...
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3answers
108 views

How to add Fog Lamps to Maruthi Suzuki Alto 800

I have a Suzuki Alto 800 lxi 2015 model and I would like to add Fog lamps for that, which is does not come with this model. But the Alto K10 has it. So I would like to modify it. Can I do that ? and ...
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2answers
87 views

Wheel offset effect on performance

When it comes to upgrading wheels and tires, drivers tend to have two different goals in mind: Improving their vehicle's handling/performance Improving their vehicle's appearance A lower positive ...
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1answer
31 views

Doors unlocking themselves after being locked for hours. Mitsubishi Verada [closed]

doors are unlocking after hours of car being locked up. Mitsubishi Verada.
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2answers
57 views

AJS Regal Raptor cranks but won't run

I have a AJS Regal Raptor DD125E. When I push the starter switch the engine spins but no spark at the plugs. However as I release the starter switch I get a spark from the plugs on the engine overrun. ...
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3answers
108 views

08 Audi A4 B7 2.0T DTC P0503 speed sensor erractic/high

I just finished reinstalling the intake manifold after cleaning the valves and went to start the car. It starts for about 2 seconds before shutting itself down. It throws 6 pending codes. P0503 - ...
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2answers
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Find the version of a motorcycle

I need to know the exact version of my motorcycle, I can't find this information on the frame nor the user manual. It's a Kawasaki ER-5 sold in October 2005 in France. I want to replace the fork oil ...
2
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1answer
63 views

Does Mazda's Skyactiv-G engine avoid EGR altogether?

It looks like Mazda sees high compression-ratio engines as the way forward to boost fuel economy and specific power on their midsize gasoline engine lineup (13:1 is an impressive achievement). ...
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votes
1answer
38 views

Installing a Camry engine in a Highlander

Recently bough a Toyota Highlander v6 3.0 4wd, it has an engine knock. I was wondering if I could use a Toyota Camry's engine instead of buying a new one for the Highlander. If I do this, what will be ...
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1answer
18 views

Is the steering ratio of Ford C-Max constant or variable?

I would like to know whether the steering ratio is constant or rather variable on a Ford C-Max Mk1 (2003-2010).
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Car slightly lurches forward once or twice while braking to a stop, transmission bumping

I have an Automatic transmission 2002 Nissan Maxima and want to know if a faulty vehicle speed sensor can cause a car to lurch forward when braking. If I am travelling at 40 mph in 3rd gear and then ...
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0answers
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Pre-purchace Testing with a Vacuum Gauge

I'd like to use a vacuum gauge to test older, high mileage vehicles I'm thinking of purchasing. I figure I'll probably be limited to this, checking with a multi-meter, a balance test and whatever I ...

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