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Best way to approach a tire with a bubble in the sidewall

I found a bubble in my front right tire's sidewall on my 2006 Mazda3 2.3L (FWD, open diff). So it needs to be replaced. The replacement tire will end up going on the rear as it's time to rotate them ...
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2001 Suzuki Katana 750 won't start after jump start and new battery.

Bike has been running just fine. Recently left the lights on while at work, completely draining the battery. Couldn't get it push started there, but was able to get it jumped. I thought no biggie ...
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What is the procedure for replacing a belt tensioner pulley on a 2002 Subaru Outback?

My wife's 2002 Subaru Outback (the Legacy body) has approximately 100K miles on the odometer. Under acceleration, I'm hearing a sound like a possible failing belt tensioner. It's a very distinct ...
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Is there a general fix or product I can buy to silence a squeaky belt?

I have a squeaky belt in my car that is driving me crazy! Is there a general fix or belt treatment product I can buy to silence a squeaky belt? If belts are squeaky, does that mean time for ...
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Better instructions how to use a micrometer

I am confused by these instructions on how to use a micrometer. Does anyone know of better ones? I need to measure the thickness of my valve lifters (and then do a feeler gauge test but that is not ...
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1answer
70 views

What is brake imbalance? How can I fix it?

My 2000 Opel Agila 1.2 has an advisory on it's MOT saying: Front Brake imbalance [sic] high at 23% What does this mean? What's wrong with my brakes? What does the 29% mean? How can I fix it? ...
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1answer
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Engine run-on (dieseling) condition suddenly getting much worse

1995 Chevy S-10 Blazer - 4.3 L Vortec V6 (vin W with PCM) - 230,000 miles original owner. OBD-I (or 1.5) GM transitional year with OBD-II style connector. I've been working on my vehicle a lot ...
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5th gear slipping of 5th gear at 3000 revs, but not into neutral

I'm planning to take my car to Mr Clutch on soon, but I wanted to see what every else's impression is of my car's problems. Last night I was driving along the motorway, accelerating to 70mph, when ...
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How long does items in the engine last in general for standard size cars?

I have a volkswagon passat wagon. It just reach 70000M and it is 2007 model. I recently check the engine at the dealership. Now they asked me to replace all the following items to fix engine overheat ...
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Dash Lights and Headlight Angle Adjust Stop Working

I have a 99 Nissan Almera on which the horn was replaced a few days ago and I just noticed that the dashboard lights and the headlight angle adjuster are no long working. A more powerful aftermarket ...
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Tire Vibration from right rear tire at high speeds

The tire appeared to have a slow leak as I kept having to add air to it. So, I used Fix a Flat and now I have vibration at high speeds from that tire. What do you think might be the problem. I have ...
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Cylinder Leak-down vs Compression Test

I understand that both cylinder leak down and compression tests are used to test for cylinder head, cracks, warps, and gasket leaks. I understand the difference between how each works: compression ...
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1answer
56 views

Possible cause of sudden breakage of windsheild?

My father was driving at about 30/40 kmph with ambient temperature of about 30 degree Celsius, AC turned off, when the windshield shattered. I want to know the possible causes. I have nullified all ...
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1answer
41 views

Rusty exhaust manifolds

Most of the engine on my 2007 V6 Tacoma is in a really good shape but both exhaust manifolds coming out of the engine block are really rusty. Q1: Is that a reason to worry or replace them, provided ...
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1answer
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How to bleed Toyota Tacoma clutch system?

Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Tacoma 4WD v6 6 speed I found this tutorial on pre-bleeding but it is generic (not vehicle specific) and I think there are differences between the cylinder it uses and Tacoma's, ...
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0answers
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Performing a Cylinder Power Balance Test

In the course of trying to diagnose a hot weather rough idle / stalling problem ( which doesn't occur in winter weather ) on my 97 Mazda 323 I performed a cylinder power balance test eye balling the ...
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1answer
72 views

Current from key to solenoid of starter motor relay

I am considering installing a starter motor immobilizing relay inline with the starter setting of the key and starter solenoid. I recently got a MAH-112-C-4 online. It has a 30A switching ...
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1answer
705 views

What is seafoam? What does it do? How do you use it?

Mech's seem to get a real rubbery one about Seafoam. Is it just fuel additive, like something similar to Lucas Oil? Do I just pour it into my gas tank as a gas treatment? What will it do/help with.
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1answer
1k views

Driving on a tire with different aspect ratio number than recommended?

I have a 2012 VW Passat SEL. Corrently I have Han Hankook tires 215/55R17 on them. I am looking to get a full size spare tire and am looking on Craigslist for a cheap alternative. What will be the ...
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0answers
104 views

06 scion Tc turns over then shuts off in two seconds

My fiancé drove the car with no problems this morning. After work she realized she left an interior light on which killed the battery. She got a jump from a car and charged the battery up a bit. The ...
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0answers
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Negative surface charge?

At about 20°C, there has been a situation that the OEM battery in my '08 Jetta was not capable of starting the car at all (virtually no movement of the starter at all), after being used for at ...
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2answers
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Vibrating sound and shaking when turning the wheel after changing timing belt?

On Monday I went to the mechanic to replace a ripped timing belt (red arrow in the picture). He also replaced some wheelie that was damaged. He told me that green circled box in the picture was the ...
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1answer
477 views

Using an open vs closed clutch cover on a motorcycle with a dry clutch

A common modification I've seen on motorcycles with a dry clutch is to replace the closed clutch cover with an open one. Besides the visual and auditory differences, will I notice anything else ...
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1answer
155 views

Automatic Throttle Body and TPS on a Manual

This is in continuation to my question Fast Idle and High Fuel Consumption. I just bought a Manual 97 Mazda Lantis 323 1.8L DOHC 16 Valve BP ( apparently called a Protege in the US ) which has a fast ...
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1answer
595 views

If the timing belt doesn't turn with the starter, is it broken?

So, I've got a 07 eclise 2.4. It ran fine on my way to work, but when I shut it off it wouldn't start again. I checked the basics (fuses, battery, plugs, coils) with no success. I then checked the cam ...
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1answer
161 views

How do I add an auxiliary battery to a van?

I have a 2500 Savanna (GMC, 2001, extended), with an entertainment system. The stock battery is fairly small, and I don't want to run the engine or drain the engine battery when playing videos for ...
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3answers
108 views

Motorcycle Recharge System Checks?

I have a 2007 V-Strom DL1000 motorcycle, whose recharge system is not recharging a new battery. I also have a multi-meter. Could someone share how I can check the recharge system without removing the ...
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1answer
50 views

How to ensure body repair parts will fit?

How can you ensure, when you are purchasing body parts online or from a vendor, that the parts you get are going to be an exact fit for your vehicle? I’ve heard horror stories of body parts not lining ...
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3answers
377 views

Is Petrol usage Proportional to Gas Pedal position

I was wondering about this the other day. Is the petrol usage in the car only influenced by the position of the gas pedal? So for example if I take my foot of the gas and coast for 30 seconds, would ...
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2answers
732 views

Need to know about spark plug

What is the most suitable spark plug for Toyota 3A engine in Asia? (NGK/Champion/denso/BOSCH and also copper/platinum or iridium) Please explain the differences/advantages between them and how it ...
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1answer
364 views

Is this repair estimate for misfiring and fuel trim on a '98 Mercedes reasonable?

Just got a '98 Benz ml320 and two days later it cut off on me, twice, within about 5 minutes. I took it for a diagnostic. I'm wondering how overpriced this estimate is and possible ideas of best ...
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2answers
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Windshield wipers stop and motor makes noise

I was driving my 2003 Toyota Camry LE today (while it was snowing) and I had my windshield wipers going at full. All of a sudden the windshield wipers stopped in the middle of a wipe and it started ...
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1answer
363 views

Kawasaki ZZR600 Model D3 - where is the fuel filter?

I've been looking for the location of the fuel filter. At first I thought it might not have one, and only the Model E ZZR's have one, because there seems to be no explicit mention of it or diagram in ...
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2answers
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Ford Focus - bad starter?

Car 1.6L Ford Focus estate, made in 2000. It is right hand drive, although I doubt that matters. Issue When the ignition key is turned from "On" to "Start", there is a click (sounds like a relay ...
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1answer
414 views

Can I use ethanol instead of petrol in my car?

I have a 2001 Ford Focus (EU/UK spec) and I'm planning a road trip to Europe. My research shows that they serve up something called E85 at their petrol pumps in addition to petrol and diesel. I've ...
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2answers
595 views

2004 x3 BMW heater blows cold air when stopped or idling

Heater only works when moving blows cold air when stopped or idling
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1answer
959 views

Brake fluid reservoir level drops fast to minimum but not below

The brake fluid reservoir level drops very fast in my 2007 4WD V6 Toyota Tacoma, probably within 3-5 days of filling it up. The funny thing is, it drops to just below where it says minimum but not ...
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2answers
780 views

Grey smoke when idling 1999 GMC Suburban, coolant system pressure loss

The most recent update is at the bottom. This looks interesting. The Smoke I'm confident the smoke is from burning oil. It's slightly blue, absolutely not white. If the engine is warm and I am ...
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5answers
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Scooter won't start

My friend has a Chinese 50cc scooter "VIP Future Champion" that won't start. He let the battery run down when it was still operable, over a year ago, and when he finally replaced the battery, it ...
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1answer
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Getting the best results sealing head gasket leak with Blue Devil

The 1998 Subaru Outback I've been having cooling system problems with turns out to have a combustion gas leak into the coolant. I suspected this but couldn't get a test to turn up anything; taking it ...
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2answers
325 views

What do these compression figures mean

This is a follow up question to What are the causes of fluctuating intake manifold vacuum I have a 2005 Honda CBR600 F4i which suffers from occasional hesitation at low rpm when accelerating. After ...
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2answers
567 views

EVAP System or faulty CEL?

I drive a 4 cylinder 2001 Honda Accord LX and recently my check engine light turned on. The code was for the EVAP system, but I was wary of having it repaired immediately. I see 3 problems with a ...
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1answer
1k views

2006 Cobalt SS - Traction Control Light & Hard Shifting

I drive a 2006 Cobalt SS (not supercharged) with the 2.4L engine. In the last month or so the traction control light has been coming on periodically. Turning the engine off and back on causes the ...
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2answers
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My drivers side window no longer closes with one press of the button

I have an idea what may have failed but before I take my door off I thought I should ask here: The drivers window switch has 5 positions, open (one press takes the window all the way to the bottom), ...
2
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1answer
4k views

Why is my car hesitating to accelerate only when I first start my car?

I've got a 1999 toyota corolla with over 170K miles, and I've had my fair share of problems over the years. Currently, I have this problem that my car seems to hesitate accelerating when I first ...
2
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1answer
412 views

2004 Buick LeSabre sputters in wet weather only when accelerating

My 2004 Buick LeSabre recently started behaving strangely. At first I thought I had filled up with some "bad gas." I used Heat to treat and after a week or so it seemingly started to work fine. Then ...
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4answers
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Popping / Clunking noise coming from rear of vehicle

What could be causing a popping / clunking sound from the rear end of a 1996 Caprice? The sound is only present (or apparent at least) after the vehicle has been driven for a while and seems to ...
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2answers
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Driver side front inside door handle does not work on a 1998 Ford Contour LX

The driver side front inside door handle and lock tab are not working on a 1998 Ford Contour LX I'm working on. There is no tension on either part. The only way to lock the door is from the outside ...
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2answers
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Audi a4 2007 2.0T boosts but poor performance, fuel economy

My 80,000 mile 2.0TFSI Turbo Audi has lost a lot of performance but no check-engine-light (CEL) or codes. One month ago an independent garage looked at it and did $2200 of work including transmission ...
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3answers
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Front End Alignments

I recently had my vehicle in for a front end alignment. They told me all of my shocks were bad, causing all of the problems, and that they would not be able to align the front end with those bad ...

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