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What should I do about PS0128 “Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature)” error code?

I have a Mazda 6 and recently purchased the OBD 2 module and saw the check engine light with the PS0128 Error Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature). I ...
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Replacing keys for 09 Malibu

I bought my 09 Malibu used and was given only one set of keys. I've lost them and now the dealership is telling me it will cost about $900 to replace them because the lock system was installed ...
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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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347 views

Pollen filter, air heater and dust in the air ventilation

I bought old car - VW Bora 2001 - and the air ventilation is full of dust, especially when I turn the air heather on I can smell burning dust. How can I clean the air vent system besides changing ...
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1answer
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AC sytem repair after bad compressor

I had my AC compressor removed and replaced with a dummy pulley about a year ago. The reason was I had a long trip ahead of me and the compressor was making some funny noises, as if she was about to ...
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Where can I find OEM inserts for Toyota wiper blades?

I'd like to replace the wiper blade inserts on the original Toyota Highlander 2006 Hybrid blades. Not all dealers carry these, I'd like to order them online, but cannot seem to find anyone that ...
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706 views

Electric central door lock does not work with automatic transmission shifting to and from “Park”

My 2004 Toyota Corolla S does not lock or open the central door lock when moving from/to “Park”. The manual and remote works just fine. It is only with the automatic transmission that when I move to ...
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1answer
723 views

Refueling 2004 Toyota Corolla S Causes Problematic Starting

We've got a 2004 Toyota Corolla 'S' that, ever since we acquired it years ago, has problems starting when it is refueled. Basically, the engine will crank for a few seconds before finally taking off. ...
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Noise in stereo that changes pitch with engine RPM

This is a question of curiosity. I have a '98 Acura Integra, a cheap car stereo with a 3.5mm aux in, a cheap inverter and a smart phone. If I have the smart phone audio hooked up to the car stereo and ...
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0answers
136 views

Do products like Redex work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are fuel system cleaners (like Gumout) worth using regularly? Do products like Redex, which state that they "[help] to stop harmful deposits build up on the carburettor ...
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Effects of significant draw on alternator and battery

Hypothetically speaking, let's say I've equipped a vehicle with an aftermarket audio system with an amplifier that has a higher draw (in amps) than my alternator produces causing my average voltage ...
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Seat Leon FR TDi 170 injector recall - affected cars

I am looking at purchasing a 58 plate (late 2008) Seat Leon FR TDi 170. I am aware of the injector recall, however I would like to know for how long the problematic injectors were a problem for? The ...
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1answer
340 views

How much longer than a copper plug will an iridium plug last (on average)?

I've been hearing a lot about iridium spark plugs lately. I have read claims that these plugs are more durable than copper plugs due to iridiums high melting point and anti-corrosive properties, but ...
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1answer
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What might cause inconsistant ignition, an extemely loud bang but no visible damage?

I have an old 1993 Triton ute. It has a 4G54 carby engine. It's run as well as can be expected of an engine like that with nearly 400k on the clock. Just recently one day I jumped in to go for a ...
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169 views

Can anyone identify the problem?

I just broke down. Here's a description: ('97 Subaru Legacy) Driving completely normally along a town road, the car suddenly began to sputter and jump as I pressed on the gas. Then the check engine ...
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What to do if your car breaks down a LONG way from home?

What if you're driving 200+ miles and your car breaks down? Assuming you don't know anyone in the area it happens in, is there any way out of this nightmare?
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1answer
155 views

Bounds and solution to electrical failure in a 2004 Grand Marquis

What follows is a simple problem with hopefully a simple solution. While mechanically-oriented, vehicle repair is not my specialty, so forgive me for any lapses in problem description and terminology. ...
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1answer
549 views

Where can I get/buy a repair manual for a Mercedes-Benz CLK200 Kompressor -2002?

I have checked haynes.com but it seems like they only cover C230 - C350. Any other good sources to check? I have tried to contact Mercedes-Benz Europe directly via e-mail for a regular manual, but ...
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1answer
98 views

Getting Mazda 6 real time sensor information?

Does the Mazda 6 2005 have a connector I can use to get info from the on board sensors? If so is there a Bluetooth dongle/iPhone app for it. I am almost sure I have heard of such a thing but can't ...
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737 views

Can I save money using E85 in my flexible fuel vehicle?

Where E85 Ethanol is available (not very common), the price per gallon is often lower than regular unleaded gasoline. Though I've read that fuel economy is commonly reduced by 20% or more, when using ...
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2answers
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Steering wheel shuffling sound when turning - Astra H

Often, but not always, when I turn the steering wheel (during parking for example) I can hear a shuffling sound from somewhere near the steering wheel mounting. This happens when turning in both ...
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1answer
291 views

My ER6 was lowered to accomodate a shorter driver than me. How can I adjust the height?

I want to adjust the height of my Kawazaki ER6n from 2006. Specifically, I want to reset the height to factory settings. Is this something that's possible to do without hiring a certified mechanic or ...
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1answer
228 views

Cleaning a Jerrycan

I have a couple of 10 Litre steel jerrycans which I used for draining kerosene (UN1223 28sec burning oil) from a tank. After disposing of the kerosene I left the open jerrycans upside down over some ...
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Motorcycle starter sometimes clicks, but doesn't start - tapping with hammer helps it start

It seems to happen particularly when the bike is hot. But sometimes when I go to start up the bike, the solenoid will click, but the starter won't turn over. Tapping the starter with a hammer always ...
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1answer
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Ford Fiesta MK6 front fog light

The glass cover of one of the fog lights has broken on my car. I thought changing it couldn't be too hard a job and so I already have a whole fog light part to replace it myself. The Haynes Manual I ...
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Cost of replacing struts on a 99 camry - and is it doable on our own?

My girlfriend is having a heck of a vexing time with navigating her options for getting the rear struts on her 99 camry replaced. One major chain auto repair store quoted $580-$600 for the job. ...
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936 views

Is it worth repairing/replacing a noisy timing belt tensioner on a MkV VW Golf?

The timing belt tensioner on my early-2005 Golf 1.6l FSI (50k miles on the clock) "sticks" when the engine is started from cold, apparently the tensioner tightens the timing belt when you start the ...
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1answer
2k views

2003 Suzuki Katana 600 won't start

My bike doesn't want to turn over. It ran just fine last week, but something has changed. I have enough power with a new battery and I can hear the motorcycle trying to turn over. The exhaust pipe ...
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1answer
596 views

What may be wrong with my central locking?

My Skoda Felicia from 1998 has central locking (not remotely) which has problems. The doors can be unlocked through central locking from the front doors. However, the driver's side door only unlocks ...
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1answer
165 views

How should I approach my insurance claim when I was rammed from behind [closed]

I drive a 2009 Camry and was rammed from behind by a SUV last evening. Had to brake hard in order not to hit the car in front of me that sharply braked and turned right without signalling at a ...
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In what order does it make sense to upgrade suspension components?

I have recently started competing in autocross. Because of some after-market wheels/tires, which I bought before I started autocross, I can't compete in the Stock class. The class I'm in, Street ...
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Do I need to lift my car up before adjusting lug nut torque?

I recently put new wheels on my car. I don't have off-street parking, much less a garage to work in, so I had the wheels installed by a mechanic. Since they were installed, they have been driven ...
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What happens to a car when it hasn't been driven for 12 years?

I'm hoping that I'll soon be the owner of 2l turbo charged, 4wd hatchback that's been sat in a garage, undriven for over a decade. Trouble is that I won't be able to give it a full inspection until I ...
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2answers
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Backing light for clock gone

The backing light to the clock of my Nissan Pulsar ST1.8 has gone. I've checked the fuses and they all seem fine. How should I go about fixing it? Here are some pictures:
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Cheap way to fix peeling clear coat?

The coat on my car is peeling away something like as shown in following picture which I just pulled up from google as an example: This is my first car and I have never done any car work myself ...
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1answer
305 views

Buick Timing Chain or Cam Problem

I have a 1995 Buick Century with a 3.1L v6 engine. I was driving along one day and the car simply quit. After having the car towed to the local shop, they explained it could be a timing chain or the ...
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1answer
404 views

i have 1998 jeep cherokee 4x4 4.0 liter battery not charging

I have 1998 jeep cherokee 4x4 4.0L. I've tested the alternater, battery, starter, (they all tested good) and replaced the pick up coil, but the battery is still not charging. It's backfiring, the dash ...
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What else should I replace when replacing valve cover gasket?

Since I'm investing in time to replace valve cover gasket, should I have mechanic inspect/repair/replace anything else related to valve cover assembly/dis-assembly? Vehicle is 1997 Toyota Sienna.
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2007 S40 - Accessory Delay (5 secs) when turning the Key to Position II

My son's 2007 S40 has an accessory delay of 5 (secs). The lights and indicators ultimately come on. The car has no problem starting and runs nice. The dealer says it needs a new ignition. An ...
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How do I know if I need new brakes?

I recently purchased a car with 135k miles on it and I have no idea when the brakes were last replaced. I've done work on my cars before but never have changed the brakes, so I'm not sure how to tell ...
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1answer
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BMW E30 uneven idle especially when cold

My '90 E30 with the six cylinder M20 engine idles unevenly, especially when the engine is cold. A local mechanic said the mixture seems to be too fat but had no concrete solution saying I have to live ...
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What type of Anti-Seize compound should be used on spark plugs?

Is there a particular type of Anti-Seize compound that is preferred for use on spark plugs? What temperature rating is needed?
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1answer
305 views

2006 Kia sedona has a burnt electrical smell

My 2006 Kia Sedona has a burnt electrical smell but the van is running fine right now although it did seem to be acting like it was loosing power but then was fine we are at a loss any ideas
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689 views

Why are there multiple ways to deactivate cruise control?

This is more of an educational question, than a problem. On most cars I have seen, the cruise control activation is in two steps, you usually have a separate switch to turn it on, and then you have ...
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Is Anti-Seize a lubricant, abrasive, or both?

I'll flesh my personal bias at the outset - being a heavy diesel mechanic for a time, and mechanically inclined my entire life, I use Anti-Seize wherever I can. If it has threads and it's not part of ...
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Why does RPM jump between 1000 and 2000 at standstill (2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 K)?

My car has a kind of a rough idle and it's like it gives a bit of gas, meter goes between 1000 and 2000 rpm at standstill. Same if I shift up to 1 or 2nd gear. If I then take it for a drive, car jerks ...
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Flaky turn signal

I'm working on a 1998 Ford Contour with a right rear turn signal that is acting up. The indicator on the dash and the right front turn signal are quick flashing while the right rear signal/bulb is on ...
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2answers
535 views

Are radios model-specific?

My car radio is having trouble reading CDs; I need a new one. Will pretty much any interchangeable radio fit in any car that has an interchangeable-style radio port? Or does it vary from car to car ...
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RPM and duration to recharge a battery?

My car had been sitting for a while without being driven. The battery now has a weak charge but it can get the engine started (barely). I would like to charge the battery by running the engine, but ...
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1answer
720 views

What can cause a stiff brake pedal that softens when stopped?

I have a 2002 Toyota Avalon. Overall the car is in excellent shape, no major issues. Recently, I have noticed the brake pedal requiring increasing pressure, but only when moving (which is obviously ...

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