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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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1999 VW Beetle head gasket repair or?

Fiance has a 1999 VW Beetle. Was told two months ago that it was leaking water from a cracked water pump (mechanic). She never got it fixed. About a week ago the car began making a loud noise. She ...
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1answer
82 views

Car electronics [closed]

I am developing system and I have this converter: Picture And I need to connect this to car electronic. Where is the best spot to connect this? Can you post a picture to show me the wires.
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Brake pedal will not return after being depressed: brake booster diagnosis?

After being on holiday for a few weeks, I come home and find that the car brake pedal on my (automatic tranmission with ABS brakes) car will no longer spring back up after depressing it. After doing ...
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615 views

Jack stand positioning for rear wheel drive vehicles?

If you're going to work on the rear end of a rear wheel drive vehicle with the wheels off, where do you put the jack stands? On a body-on-frame vehicle, is the frame preferable to the axles? The ...
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Oil change with front wheels on ramps?

From the obsessive compulsive department: I've been changing my own oil by driving up on a pair of ramps, draining and filling. Based on a slight overfill condition after adding the specified amount ...
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2answers
111 views

What is the difference between the wiper motor and the wiper motor control? Caddilac CTS 2006

What is the difference between the wiper motor and the wiper motor control? Does the wiper motor control work the relay switch, in other words if your wipers wont shut off is that a wiper motor ...
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1answer
2k views

Pros/cons of higher profile tires?

I have a 2002 Hyundai Elantra, which ordinarily comes with P195/60R15 87H tires. What are the pros and cons of changing these tires to a set of P185/65R15 86T? Some sites say they're compatible, but ...
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2answers
368 views

Maintainance of shock absorber

I have a 125cc bike. My cousin uses my bike more than me. He is more than 110 kg in weight. So I feel that my bike's shock absorbers will be break down soon because of my cousin. So is there any ...
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1answer
318 views

Adjusting the idle setting on a 2005 Cavalier

The air conditioning unit on my 2005 Cavalier only engages when the engine is idling above a certain level (observationally, it appears to be between 1000 and 1200 rpm). During the summer months, ...
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2answers
125 views

1976 Beetle 1600 curved windscreen

I'm looking for and any information on this particular model. Specifically wiring informtion. Would also like to know how many were manufactured?
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1answer
166 views

Rear & front camera

I'm looking for a product that combines the classic car camera (records front for insurance purposes) and rear camera (for reverse) with a single display. Do you know if such product category exist?
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3answers
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High Octane petrol's effect on turbos

I have a 2001 SAAB 9-3. I was told that I should use a high octane fuel...that it would extend the life of the turbo. Is this true?
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1answer
3k views

Problem starting Husqvarna Kohler 20 hp Gas Powered Riding Mower.

I am pretty new at this but I'm trying to learn more about my lawn mower. I am having problem starting the lawn mower, I've tried the following steps to diagnose the problem ... maybe I can get more ...
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3answers
349 views

New brakes squealing?

I just had all my brakes, calipers, and something else related to that replaced. Brand new. And they're working perfectly. So why are they squealing whenever I touch the brake pedal?
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1answer
202 views

Toyota 4-runner front axle

I recently ran into a big problem with my driver side front axle on my 1995 toyota 4-runner. for some reason its not wanting to act right. I replaced the axle, bearings, rotor, sway bar, bushings and ...
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2answers
9k views

How do I fix P0431 Warm Up Catalyst Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 2

I just got my 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor Limited 4WD back after 4 weeks in the shop, there was a problem with the transmission and $1800 later the transmission was completely replaced. I was ...
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1answer
1k views

How to reset the service reminder on a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor?

I have been looking for a few days now on how to reset the service reminder that keeps showing every time I start the car. I know the car repair shop can do this, but I would like to know how to do it ...
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1answer
76 views

Want to buy Honda Odyssey van [closed]

I live in OC, Ca. My long term goal is to buy a good used Honda Odyssey family van. please let me know how do I do it. I am on a low budget and looking to get good bang for the buck. I have never ...
0
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1answer
33 views

Should an automatic transaxle be pressure flushed?

The statement "Never pressure flush the CD4E..." worries me a bit. Should it?
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1answer
104 views

Top off differential fluid

How do you top off / fill the differential on a 1996 Chevy Caprice? Can it be done without taking the cover off and changing the gasket? Any gotchas to watch out for?
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4answers
3k views

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 ...
0
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1answer
494 views

Loose airbag in 1998 Ford Contour LX

If you've got a Ford Contour with a loose airbag (still attached to the wheel, it just rattles on rough pavement), how do you tighten it? What type / size are the screws?
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2answers
4k views

How does the tracking on the car get hit 'out'

As per the title. If the tracking on a car is adjusted by adjusting the threaded part on the track rod end, how exactly does the tracking go 'out' of alignment over time, and/or how does hitting a ...
5
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1answer
852 views

Where'd my heat go?

My air vents blow out air. That's it. They do it well, too. Two weeks ago, when I turned it to high heat, the air was HOT. But now it's just air. The AC doesn't work either, but I know where that ...
4
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1answer
2k views

Car Stalls When Coming to a Stop

Make: Chevy Model: Cavalier (4 cyl.) Automatic Year: 1993 Miles: 230K Normally my Cavalier drives just fine without problems. However, if I drive for 45+ minutes then it will sputter and stall out ...
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2answers
2k views

Vauxhall Vectra Automatic CDTI 150 Gearbox Problem

Gearbox fine when cold. After about 25 mile drive it sticks in some gears, revs up between changing gear. Got oil changed. No difference. 2007 model. 79,000 miles. Can anyone help? Thanks.
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10answers
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What can I do to give my lawn mower more power?

I have a 21" Craftsman push lawn mower with a Briggs and Stratton 7 hp engine that is about 6 years old. I've got it cutting on the highest setting, and it still has issues cutting the grass without ...
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2answers
1k views

Nissan Pulsar ST1.8 oil filter change

First time replacing oil filter and oil. I've drained the old oil from the oil tank and I now want to remove the existing filter. For the life of me, it seems as though the filter is in the most ...
2
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1answer
109 views

Thieves tore out my ignition switch

I have a 2002 ford econoline van. They tore out the ignition switch and tried to steal it. I replaced the ignition switch but now it is like there is no power. I checked the regular fuses in the panel ...
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2answers
1k views

C-clamp stuck in brake caliper

I'm a first timer replacing (front) brake pads in my Nissan Pulsar 1.8 (hatch). I had problems removing the caliper bolts on both sides - after successfully removing them, I removed the old pads and ...
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5answers
3k views

Horn / hooter works when car is off, not when car is on?

I have a (South African) Opel (Chev? Vauxhall?) Corsa bakkie (ute?). But I think this is more a general question than specific to this type of car. However, this model I own does not have many onboard ...
3
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1answer
598 views

What's the procedure to associate a new remote with a 2006 Cobalt?

How do I associate a new keyless entry remote on a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt? I've got the original chipped keys.
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1answer
300 views

How do I check the fluid level in the rear end (differential) on a 1996 Caprice?

What is the procedure to check the fluid level in the rear differential? The RPO code for this particular rear end is G80.
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1answer
2k views

Car Parts Software To View Parts of a Car

Is there computer software that lets you see parts of a car for common car models, like European brands, and browse them in 3D. Is there anything that would have autocad schematics or something like ...
2
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2answers
2k views

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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1answer
985 views

Why is there oil pooled around the spark plugs on a 2.0L Zetec in a 1998 Ford Contour LX?

I started to change the spark plugs on a 1998 Ford Contour LX with a 2.0L Zetec (4-Cylinder) recently. It's got just over 100,000 miles on it. According to the service schedule, they're due at ...
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2answers
536 views

How To Get Organized Without a Garage Workspace?

People I've seen who have garages have it made. They have a clean, dry workspace with all of their tools within arms reach. In the most organized garages, a mixture of rolling Snap-on Roll Cab with ...
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1answer
5k views

How Does a Person End Up With Their Timing “180 Out”?

I have a 1969 Ford Thunderbird 429 Thunderjet and replaced the distributor with a stock distributor with a Pertronix electronic ignition. In the process of troubleshooting why it wouldn't start, we ...
5
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3answers
7k views

Car dying at low RPM only after filling up with gas

My question is closely related to one about a Jag dying at low RPM, but is slightly different because it only occurs after refueling and because the problem persists after cleaning the throttle body, ...
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1answer
426 views

Can hydraulic clutch line be easily replaced with a cable?

I've got a 92 Civic (first year with a hydraulic clutch instead of a simple cable) with a slight clutch fluid leak somewhere, and I'm curious if, when it gets bad enough to need fixing, it might be ...
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2answers
1k views

Water droplets on inside of glass that covers headlight

I am seeing water droplets on inside of the glass that covers the headlights. They don't seem to go away. How can I fix this? I think I found the answer here: ...
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1answer
555 views

Crackling static in speakers, Sony Audiophile, Ford Focus 2005

I have a Ford Focus 2005 ZX4 ST, that has Sony Audiophile speakers, which come packaged by default with that particular model. I have not modified them since buying the car used, and everything ...
3
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2answers
2k views

Lancer ex 2008 CVT - Slow Down warning on display!

Yesterday, i had the "slow down" warning on my display when i was doing above 180kmph on the motorway and i was no longer able accelerate. it was as if i was driving an electric car. Though after some ...
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1answer
58 views

I have a key for 2005 Nissan Xterra, what other models and/or years could this fit?

I would like to sell this key but I'm not sure what other models or years it may fit. Is there anyone who knows or knows where I could find out?
4
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4answers
2k views

problem with overheating and heater core in 1998 Subaru Forester

UPDATE: It has been a year and a half and it is now happening again! (same exact presentation.) It started happening again when it started getting cold out and is still going on now. Took it to the ...
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2answers
131 views

What minimum maintenance should I do to get my cycle to a shop where it can be looked over professionally?

It's been in the garage all winter. It starts, but I'm nervous about getting it to a mechanic (about 10 miles away). It's a 2007 Honda Rebel 250cc. I have zero maintenance experience. None. A couple ...
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2answers
353 views

Enormous discrepancy in part cost estimation; reliability of refurbished parts online?

3-Part Question: My car is squealing lately when I turn it on/am idling at stoplights/am making slow turns i.e. parking lots. I go to an engineering school, and some friends of mine who build ...
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2answers
131 views

Is at home dent repair worth it?

I have a dent in the drivers side door, and I've been wondering if I should use one of these dent repair at home companies. Obviously they are going to tell me it'll look brand new when they finish, ...

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