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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 ...
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1answer
434 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 ...
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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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3answers
161 views

I'm looking to buy a new car and I'm wondering what does more damage on a car: time or miles?

So the title is pretty self explanatory. I'm looking at getting a minivan, and there is a 2011 model with 50k miles, and a 2008 model with like 30k miles. What's better? Is it better to have ...
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9answers
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How do I loosen stuck lug nuts in order to change a tire?

How do I loosen car tire lug nuts (so that I can change a tire) when they are really really stuck? I have tried turning the provided wrench, even standing and jumping on it. This worked for 4 of the ...
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3answers
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OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag light

Is there an OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag warning light? My 2004 Honda Element EX has a red air bag warning light that recently has turned on. The nearest Honda dealer wants ...
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157 views

Blocked windshield washer jet 96 Suburban K2500

The passenger side washer jet on my 96 GMC Suburban K2500 got something in it, and I can't figure out how to clear it. The tubing is buried somewhere inside the firewall and I can't find the end to ...
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1answer
219 views

Which of these two front struts is the correct one for a 2002 Subaru Outback?

The wife's car (2002 Subaru Outback) is ready for new struts and I'm trying to determine the correct part set. TireRack, surprisingly, lists two different sets of front struts. One set is for ...
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2answers
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Rover 25 - My battery light starts flickering on/off on the dashboard

My girlfriend noticed this yesterday and thought it was odd, it stopped but started happening again this morning on my way to work, I think its a V plate.... "as I’m driving along my battery light ...
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4answers
383 views

Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?

Usually I am stuck doing this sort of stuff by myself and I don't trust my kids (4 and 7) yet to help me with this. Any tricks to doing this or is this really a 2-man job?
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3answers
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What should I look at when my brakes are soft?

I replaced my brake pads this weekend and now my brakes seems like they are much softer than before. I can easily put the brake to the floor. The vehicle is a '98 Chevy Malibu. I have seen some ...
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1answer
109 views

I know this isn't good, but what is it and how hard is it to replace?

While replacing my brakes this weekend I saw this: My best guess is that it is the stabilizer bar. It is attached further back in the frame or axle (can't remember for sure). How hard would this ...
2
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1answer
423 views

Lower radiator hose heater. Is it worth it?

As winter and cold temperature are coming soon, I was looking at getting a block heater and I came across a thread talking about installing a lower radiator hose heater. Does anyone have one ...
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3answers
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Do I need steel lugnuts when using steel wheels

Here in the northern part of North America, we're about to start winter, so off come the mags with the summer tires, and on go the steel wheels with the winter tires. Do I need to use steel lug nuts ...
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1answer
328 views

2004 ford crown victoria - Fuel Cap pressure

My check engine light came on yesterday. with that another little light that says "check fuel cap" also lights up but only stays on for about a second or two. I have never noticed this before so ...
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2answers
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What to do about snapped out retaining pins?

I attempted to remove the drums on my wifes 98 jeep cherokee sport but in attempting to remove the drum, the brake shoes also were coming off and as a result the retaining pins popped out. I was able ...
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2answers
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Anything I should/can spray in the ductwork while I'm replacing the cabin air filter?

Every time I start the fan blower on my 99 VW gti after the car's been sitting overnight, I get this really nasty pungent disease kinda smell out of the vents. I open the windows and it blows away, ...
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5answers
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Fuel efficiency and Shifting/RPM

I was reading a thread in a car forum where someone wrote: The lower the RPM, the less fuel you use, the less strain you put on everything.. Another person then replied, stating: Not true. ...
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2answers
152 views

does a 2004 ford focus sedan hood fit on the hatchback model?

hey i am trying to find a replacement hood for my 2004 ford focus hatchback, and from what i can tell every focus model from 2000 to 2004 will fit, but i dont want to drive 2 hours to pick up a used ...
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2answers
420 views

Clutch pedal on 1995 VW Golf is sticking

The clutch pedal on my 1995 VW Golf 'sticks' in the half-way-depressed position after I release my foot from the pedal. I believe that the clutch is fully engaged (unclutched) at this point, but a ...
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1answer
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Difficulty shifting into first gear on 1995 VW Golf

It has become very difficult to shift into 1st gear on my 1995 VW Golf. Pushing the shifter fully left and then forward now puts the transmission into 3rd. How can I fix this?
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1answer
1k views

How do I program a key for a 2005 Toyota Corolla?

I bought a blank replacement key for my 2005 Toyota Corolla and will have a locksmith cut it to match the existing master key. How to I program the car to recognize the new key for starting the ...
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4answers
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What is causing air in my fuel line?

I have a 2003 Jetta TDI. I drove it last night with no problem. This morning I cannot start the car. I popped the hood, and discovered air in the fuel line between the fuel filter and injection ...
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4answers
387 views

Options to cheaply connect MP3 device to car stereo

I have an old work car ('04 Intrepid) and I'd like to connect my MP3 device to the car stereo so I can listen to Podcasts. However, since it is an old work car I don't necessarily want to spend a ton ...
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4answers
3k views

Brightening dim headlights

The headlights on my car are very dim. When on the normal setting they only illuminate around 2-3 seconds down the road @ about 55mph. The high beams are brighter, but are still very dim. If I have my ...
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6answers
861 views

Tips for an oil change at home: cleanliness and disposal?

Drain oil, add new oil... find oil everywhere. It spills, the funnel is full of it when I'm done and drips forever, and I'm pouring kitty litter all over the driveway. If I had a proper garage this ...
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1answer
1k views

Engine revs up while idling

I have a 2007 Toyota Matrix, and sometimes(not always) it will rev up to about 1700-2000 RPM while idling. It normally idles at about 900 RPM once it warms up. I just changed the oil & air ...
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3answers
165 views

Brakes are Squeaking

We have a 2003 Honda Oddessy. We had the brakes replaced by a friend of my dad's, but a week after replacing them, they squeaked terribly. They make much less noise now, but they are still pretty ...
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1answer
222 views

How do I find a replacement radio?

I have a 1995 Mazda Protege LX and the radio has been dead for a while, so I want to replace it. The installation/removal looks pretty simple. How to I find a radio that will work as a replacement ...
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1answer
3k views

What do these wheel markings mean?

I'm trying to sell my old alloy wheels, and I need to know a few crucial sizes (like the bolt diameter and width) to put up an ad. Unfortunately I cannot make heads or tails of these numbers. Here's ...
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2answers
401 views

Rims for 2007 Honda Accord

Honda tech says vibration in steering wheel and generally unsmooth ride is due to 3 bent rims. I drive 40k miles a year on bad roads and hit potholes every other week, so I don't doubt him. OEM rims ...
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1answer
514 views

Differential Fluid Plug Right Above Catalytic Converter? - '99 Avalon XLS

Recently I was doing some routine maintenance on my 1999 Toyota Avalon XLS and when I was checking the 95k mileage procedures one of the items which caught my eye was replacing the differential fluid. ...
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2answers
6k views

Test Gasoline for Water Content

I live in a small town, and the Gas station there has a bad reputation for gas quality. With rumors like peoples gas tanks freezing solid and such. Is there a quick, safe, cheap way to test for ...
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3answers
3k views

What is the name of this part of my trunk release in my 2003 Jetta?

I can't open the trunk in my 2003 VW Jetta. After taking apart the trunk hood, I've determined the problem is the same as described in this thread, but I cannot find the replacement part. This ...
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6answers
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Racing Fuel (100 Octane Rating) - Better than Premium?

Earlier today while driving out East on Long Island I stopped to fill my tank with gas, and at the station, all the pumps had the usual Regular, Mid, Premium on one pump, but on the 2nd pump which ...
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1answer
157 views

Remote autostart suggestion

I'm looking for an inexpensive autostart. Preferably something that can be installed easily without service help. Winter temperature is usually 5-15F during the day. I need a long-range autostart, ...
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3answers
3k views

Tubeless Bead Won't Seat

In attempting to mount a motorcycle tire, I was unable to properly seat the beads. While the tire inflated and held air pressure, it failed to easily seat across identical points on both sidewalls. ...
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2answers
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Loose Handbrake?

Today I think I pulled my handbrake maybe a little too hard to stop my self from rolling down a hill. The stick is now loose and it engages only when I pull it to the very top. I can pull it up ...
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1answer
52 views

What skills does one need to have to get started in auto body repair?

I've been looking into a career in auto body repair and was wondering what sort of skills / knowlege one might need to get into this field.
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1answer
339 views

Audi 06 - Replace Thermostat

My check engine light came up yesterday. Just brought it into Audi and they say I need to replace the thermostat with the note "cooling system malfunction)". They're charging $600. Is this necessary ...
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1answer
2k views

My 2007 Jeep Commander is blowing hot air into the cabin even though the temperature is set to cool

Even if I have the fan set to off and the temperature dial set all the way to cold, extremely hot air is coming from my vents into the cabin. It seems to get worse at higher speeds. If I turn the ...
3
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1answer
1k views

Ford Focus steering wheel vibration and noise from front right wheel4

I drive a Ford Focus 2004 which has about 104 thousand km on the clock. There is a constant noise from the front right wheel which goes away when I depress the clutch. Moreover around 60km/h and ...
0
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1answer
159 views

Setting timer for central locking for forgetful owners

Is it technically possible to set a timer for central locking so that it locks after 5 minutes, say, after the engine has been turned off? This is to help if you forget to lock your car at night. ...
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4answers
6k views

2001 honda civic failing to start when hot

my 2001 honda civic is giving me problem: When starting from cold in the morning, the car starts at one click but when driven for a while with the engine at temperature, if I stop and turn off the ...
2
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1answer
310 views

1999 diesel Ford fiesta not starting

I'm having trouble starting a 1999 ford-fiesta, diesel (EN engine), that would be mk4 of fiesta. What I tried (in that order) was: Changed fuel filter Tried starting spray (the engine seems to have ...
2
votes
1answer
63 views

What's the name of the little plastic bolt (?) that is used by a passanger/driver to lock the door from the inside?

I'm talking about a (for example) seat/skoda/vw car, in which (un)locking the car from the inside requires the driver to press a locking bolt. Two of them broke in my car and I'm trying to find a ...
2
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2answers
2k views

2001 Chevy Malibu Repair Manual

I'm a car n00b looking for a repair manual for my 2001 chevy malibu. I've heard that the Chilton manuals are way better than the Haynes manuals from several people. However, the Chilton manuals ...
3
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2answers
721 views

Honda CVT Multimatic Gearbox oil-change frequency

I'm planning to buy a 1999 Honda Civic with Multimatic Gearbox and the current owner claims that he needs oil changes after every 7,500 Kms. But when I read about it most suggest the oil change only ...
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1answer
401 views

What's the catch in Ford Mondeo Econetic driving at 3 liters per 100 kilometers story?

News report (here and here and lots more can be found that two guys drove Ford Mondeo Econetic with 1,6 liters diesel engine and got fuel consumption of about 3 liters per 100 kilometers. That's ...
4
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1answer
826 views

Is this reservoir for power steering fluid? (1989 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome)

Low-speed steering on this RV causes a loud squeal, presumably a slipping belt. I am trying to find check the level of the power steering fluid. I found this unmarked reservoir in the forward ...

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