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How to know if timing belt failure will result in immediate engine damage?

I own two cars: a 2003 Acura TL and a 2005 Volvo S60. I've been told that depending on what car you drive, a failed timing belt can result in immediate engine damage. I would like to know (not just ...
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1answer
149 views

Sound made in Ford Focus when plugged in

I had a dead battery this morning and plugged in my '03 Focus for the first time to charge up enough to get the dang thing out of the garage. I was a little bit worried when I plugged it in because I ...
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1answer
178 views

Are these upper ball joints universal (driver/passenger side) or is it a mistake?

I have this 1994 Ford Crown Victoria (police interceptor). I wanted to replace upper ball joints but there's this thing I can't understand. On ebay and other part dealers websites, some uppper ball ...
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1answer
96 views

Cost to alter the transmission system

How expensive would it be to replace a manual transmission system to an automatic?
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1answer
528 views

2001 Sienna Won't Start, Dim Dashboard Lights

My mom's 2001 Sienna won't start. When I try to start the car, I get a very rapid clicking noise. The lights are very dim; in fact, the dashboard lights flicker constantly and are almost going out. ...
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1answer
908 views

Ford Ranger clutch pedal won't depress

I just had the clutch replaced 2 months ago on my 1995 Ford Ranger. I went to the store yesterday and when I went to leave, the clutch pedal wouldn't depress.
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2answers
362 views

How is the clanging sound produced in the engine?

Imagine riding your motor bike from plain ground to an uphill path, initially it climbs the road in top gear. Then gradually the bike begins to slow down and the sound from the 100cc petrol engine ...
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1answer
379 views

Cold & damp starting problem with delica

the car starts 3-5sec later stutters & dies it can do this up to 5 times i keep rev's at 2 until warm. It starts fine rest of day, Have 2 new battery's?
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3answers
56k views

Sloshing Sound Under Dash

I have a 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover AWD with MT. Sometimes when I start it up, begin moving forward, or quickly decelerate I can hear what sounds like water (or some other liquid) moving from one ...
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1answer
172 views

Aluminum Alloy Wheel Scratch Repair

I have a copper 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover. I bought it in May, and I accidentally put a pretty big scratch on one of the aluminum alloy wheels the other day when I hit the curb. Can this be repaired ...
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1answer
221 views

Body Paint Scratch Repair

I have a copper 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover. I bought it in May, and it is already scratched, in one spot all the way through to the metal. I'd like to get some kind of touch-up or clear coat on it to ...
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1answer
245 views

Solution to integrate car audio with iPod/IPhone at CD quality and optional bluetooth car kit functionally

I am looking for a solution that would integrate default car audio system with an Apple iPhone, providing this functionality: play music/playlists from iPhone at CD quality (no BT for FM) charge ...
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3answers
156k views

What is the pin or keycode for ELM327 bluetooth OBDII adapter?

The infamous ELM327 OBDII device came without any paper, just a crappy CD with no document related to the device (only some software and drivers thrown on the CD almost randomly). I tried the ...
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3answers
2k views

How much pressure can car brakes take?

Is the brake system supposed to support as much pressure as you can physically (with your foot) give it? I would think yes, but I'm curious if there is a specification of some kind or even if its ...
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1answer
1k views

How to diagnose “Creaking” / “Scraping” sound when entering parking lots?

My drive to work involved entering a lot that has a fairly steep grade compared to the pavement. As such, in low riding vehicles, you need to enter it fairly slowly. The thing is, recently, I can ...
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2answers
950 views

What system should I inspect first for the following issues on a 2004 Chevy Aveo?

A 2004 Chevy aveo with around 78,000 miles has the following issues: The Daytime Running Light indicator (as well as the lights themselves) randomly turn on and off. This is a slow thing and has ...
3
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3answers
3k views

How reliable are bubble balancers?

I'm starting down the DIY-automotive path and was reading about how some people use bubble balancers to balance their own tires at home. Can anyone speak to the accuracy of these balancers? Does ...
3
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2answers
232 views

Car sitting for several months: what should I do to keep it running well?

I have a car that's been sitting for several months and I just got it working again. What should I do to ensure that it keeps running well?
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1answer
144 views

Banging/Snapping Sound When Turning ('04 TrailBlazer)

I'm thinking that this is the sway bar or sway bar links. Does this sound right? This happens often and it doesn't matter which way I turn.
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2answers
121 views

Can I use 10% ethanol gasoline on equipment that recommends against it?

Not as simple as the title suggests.. I wouldn't hesitate to drive a few more miles to find ethanol-free gas for the snow blower and generator, but there is none to be found. After looking around ...
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2answers
223 views

Removing rust / prepping for repainting

I have several developing rust spots on my car. What's the best way to remove the rust / prep the surface? I picked up a wire cup brush with a 1/4", but it's limited to 4,500 RPM. My tool options ...
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2answers
1k views

Loud rumbling and burning smell when turning on defroster

Tonight while driving my 2003 Kia Sedona with the defroster on, suddenly I heard this very loud rumbling which sounded like it was coming from the engine compartment on the passenger side. My first ...
2
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1answer
415 views

Brakes and low-pitched squeak

I've had my 02 Honda CR-V for 3 months or so now and have noticed a growing squeak upon application of my brakes. This squeak is different from the normal high-pitched squeal that comes from the metal ...
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2answers
2k views

2001 Honda Accord won't start in cold

Last week, I went to start my car in the morning and it wouldn't immediately start. After cursing a bit, I held the key for ~10 seconds and it fired up. I drove home (30 min drive), turned it off ...
2
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1answer
569 views

CAN-BUS in a SEAT cordoba 99'

Does anyone know if SEAT cordoba (99' model) has CAN-BUS interface? Where can one find this kind of info? Thanks!
10
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6answers
21k views

Is it okay to leave a car for 5 months without driving it?

I need to travel to the east coast and work from there for a duration of 5 months. I can leave my car in covered parking here and ask a friend to start the car for a few minutes every week. What ...
2
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4answers
23k views

Wobbly Steering-wheel after changing Rims/Tires?

I've just recently swapped Summer Tires/Rims for my Winter set on my own for the first time. As it should be an easy concept, I went to a "U-Wrench" type shop where you rent a stall with a lift/tools ...
2
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3answers
183 views

Will a used Jetta with 60k miles be a fixer upper?

I am interested in a Jetta and am curious if 60k on an automatic 2001 model is considered high. I will enjoy changing the brake pads and other maintenance, but not dumping a ton of money into it over ...
2
votes
2answers
789 views

Audio player doesn't read some songs [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question, so if it isn't feel free to move or delete or whatever. I just burned an MP3 cd with about 80 songs on it, and it plays fine on my ...
2
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1answer
10k views

How can I diagnose a scraping sound when turning left?

My car is a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX with 72k miles. About three weeks ago I started noticing a scraping sound when I turn left. My mechanic did a courtesy check of alignment, balance and tire pressure ...
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votes
3answers
999 views

Looking for suggestions about what to try and fix on my tecumseh snow blower engine that stalls after you stop putting load on it

I have a troy bilt snow blower with a tecumseh engine and it starts great and runs great. Most of the time, anyway. It will scoop up snow and throw it just fine, and then for no obvious reason it ...
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votes
3answers
1k views

how to clean up spilled oil?

I changed the oil in my pickup a couple months ago, and had about a quart of clean oil left in the container when I was done. I don't have a garage or other handy place to keep stuff like this, so I ...
3
votes
3answers
4k views

turning right causing small vibration and noise

My 2004 Ford Focus makes small grinding and vibrating noises when turning to the right. The problem was much more severe earlier this month. I took it to the shop and had them get me new tires and an ...
2
votes
1answer
247 views

Should I replace my oil bath air filter with a normal one?

I have a 1959 Nash Metropolitan with an oil bath air filter. Would you recommend just leaving it alone or should I replace it with a modern air filter? (The replacement looks the same from the outside ...
2
votes
2answers
101 views

Turn lights are blinking at a different rate

I am rewriring my car with new harness and I noticed something strange. My left turn lights blink faster than my right turn lights. They are both routed through the same relay and I don't think they ...
3
votes
1answer
544 views

Adding air condition (con) CONTROLS to a Peugeot 206

I emphasise CONTROL because pug has an air con button. I have heard people say it is too expensive/difficult/ just not worth retrofitting air con to a car but I would like to swap the single button ...
3
votes
5answers
5k views

2006 Kia Sedona intermittently not starting

What could be causing my (non-)starting issues? Occasionally (once every two weeks or so) when the keys are inserted and turned to the start position, nothing happens. No noise, no dome lights dimming ...
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2answers
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Peugeot 206: Dash and clock backlights stopped working

I've double checked all internal and external fuses I can find, that being panel next to the battery and panel under steering wheel. I adjusted wires on my head unit but then when I put it all back ...
3
votes
3answers
5k views

Manual Transmission - Stuck in Neutral

I was at a red light and my car was in neutral and got stuck (wouldn't go to first). My mechanic told me that it is the clutch and is going to cost $1,200 to replace. The guy at AutoZone said that it ...
4
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1answer
1k views

How can I remove heating blower fan from the blower motor - Mercedes-Benz 308D van?

How I can remove the plastic fan from the axle of the heating blower motor? The vehicle is a Mercedes-Benz 308D van from 1992. The blower motor is a Bosch part number 0 130 007 027. I know that also ...
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1answer
736 views

Cruise Control and Brake Lights not Working

I recently fixed a problem where the cruise control and brake lights stopped working at the same time in my 2006 GMC Canyon. The question is not how to fix this, but how it broke to begin with. I ...
2
votes
1answer
282 views

What might cause a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TMPS) to intermittently get no reading?

I bought a used car a few years back that has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) including a readout on the dash with the pressure level on all tires and a warning indicator when any of the ...
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1answer
122 views

HomeLink not opening garage door in the mornings

I have a 2011 Nissan Murano and am currently experiencing the following situation that started about two weeks ago: I am not able to use the in-built programmed HomeLink garage door opener in the ...
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vote
2answers
672 views

Remote locking button stopped working with 1997 BMW 728i

I have a 1997 E38 with a very strange problem with the remote locking mechanism. I'm able to unlock the doors and open the bootlid, but the locking button doesn't lock the doors anymore. It used to, ...
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3answers
12k views

How can I get a stuck broken screw out of a rear license plate?

So I was putting my girlfriend's plates+frame on her Civic, and being the he-man that I'm not, I managed to break the heads off both screws in two tries. I went to Home Depot and picked up one of ...
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1answer
98 views

Trying to diagnose from this sound when accelerating

I have a '96 Holden Apollo, automatic, that has a point when accelerating where it sounds like its revving up a bit higher and seems like the gears might not be really gripping. Thats my uneducated ...
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1answer
246 views

ceramic vs. semi-metalic brake pads for '04 Corolla and '00 Frontier

I'm getting conflicting information on the type of brake pads to install on my vehicles. I own a '04 Toyota Corolla and a '00 Nissan Frontier (4cyc., 2WD). I'm trying to figure out whether I should ...
4
votes
2answers
955 views

How to improve suspension on my 2005 Volvo S60?

I recently purchased a 2005 Volvo S60. The car runs great, but I've discovered that the suspension feels a bit stiff. When I go over a bump, I get shaken up a lot more than I do going over bumps in ...
2
votes
1answer
433 views

DIY Throttle Body Cleaning - Worthwhile?

Although I'm fairly familiar with the question of using fuel injector cleaning solutions, and using Seafoam for intake/injector cleanings, recently I've been looking into cleaning my throttle body ...
4
votes
2answers
714 views

Is it best to replace HID headlights in pairs?

I've heard that halogen headlights should be replaced in pairs. I've been wondering if the same is true of HID headlights. They are much more expensive, so I would like to avoid having to buy two of ...

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