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Most important preventive maintenance for high-mileage car?

My 2001 Chevrolet Prizm (a NUMMI) is about to hit 125,00 miles. I bought a little over 5 years ago, at which time it had ~79,000 miles on it. I bought it from a used car dealer that seemed to have ...
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Strokes during compression test?

Just wondering what the general consensus out there for the amount of times the vehicle turns over during a compression test? I have heard anywhere from 5-8, and personally crank 7. What is the ...
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2answers
818 views

Re-glue rear view mirror

My rear view mirror came off today while in work. Probably due to age and scorching Texas heat. What do I need to do to glue it back on? and what kind of glue should I buy to do it with?
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1answer
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Car starts fine after sitting for half a day but has trouble immediately after being driven

I have a ten-year-old car that I don't use too often (it mostly sits in the garage). Last month, I took it for a ride and the engine overheated. I took it to the service station, and the guys there ...
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453 views

Giving an old car a refresh

I have an old car (1990 Volvo 240) which I am rather attached it. Lately it seems like it has been creaking and groaning rather more than usual. Is there some sort of spring cleaning(except it's a 20 ...
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1answer
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2004 Mazda 3 - clank when shifting into reverse

Every morning, or after the car has sat for a while, there is a loud clank from the engine area when I shift it into reverse. Sometimes I hear the same clank when shifting into drive, but not always. ...
3
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3answers
712 views

Is there any way to determine when a water pump will fail?

Is there any way to determine whether a water pump needs to be replaced before it fails completely? I realize that if it dies, then I'm not going to get far. Am I better off waiting until it does than ...
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104 views

Is it important to get “K” work done by a dealer?

Several of the line-items in my motorcycle's maintenance schedule are marked "K", for "Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki Dealer". Example items are "Brake fluid--change" and "Steering stem ...
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Can I charge a Car Battery with a Motorcycle charger?

Car battery to be charged is a DIN66 which I think is about 65ah. I have a Motorcycle charger which says it can be used on cars; it suits batteries from 4 ah to 40 ah. Does this mean that it can ...
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1answer
388 views

Crate motor for 2004 Dodge Neon

I'm looking for a good source to get a crate motor. I've tried some google searches but only found motors with high milage on them. I'm trying to decide on getting a crate or just rebuilidng existing ...
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toyota corolla 2001 air duct smell

My 2001 Toyota Corolla recently started smelling very foul whenever the air system was turned on. According to the research I've done online, there is no cabin air filter to change. The glove box ...
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2answers
453 views

What is E85 gasoline and how can I avoid it?

My new mower says not to use E85 gasoline. What is E85 gasoline, why should I avoid it, and how do I know if I'm buying it?
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Installing ubolts - How to push the slip joint forward

I'm in the process of removing the lift blocks from my 2000 silverado z71. Now that I'm ready to install new ubolts I've realized that the driveshaft and axle have slipped backwards away from the ...
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How do I remove car radio?

Well I just suffered 100% damage on my Daewoo Lanos (thank God nobody got seriously injured) and I want to remove as much usable components from it as I can before I sell it. One of them is Sony ...
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4answers
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How can I tell which body shop is better? Replacing or repairing parts with VIN numbers

I have a 7 month old car that was sideswiped when a driver drifted into my lane. It's a 2011 Ford Focus with a metallic gray exterior. It should all be covered by the other driver's Allstate policy. ...
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2answers
196 views

2000 Neon Suspension - Monroe Parts Life Expenctancy

I have to replace the suspension in my 2000 Chrysler Neon, and I'm trying to obtain the parts myself to save a few bucks. I was quoted $250 a corner ($1000 parts) for parts only using a combo ...
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1answer
3k views

How to fix Accord 1998 EX V6 OBD-II trouble code “P0108” — MAP (Manifold Absolute Pressure) Pressure Circuit High Input?

A few days ago, my Honda Accord 1998 V6 EX's "check engine" light came on. Since then, the engine experiences instability during idle. At stop lights, I can hear the engine having trouble stay running ...
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2answers
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Motorcycle engine running a bit hot?

For the past few rides, I think my 2007 Ninja 250 has been running hotter than before. At least, I think it feels hotter through the seat, but the oil temperature gauge seems to be pointing pretty ...
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2answers
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Burning rubber smell from Ford F-250 — diagnosis?

I have a 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty, gasoline V8 5.4L, automatic transmission, rear-wheel-drive. When driving on the highway, a burning rubber smell developed. I got the truck home, then to the ...
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2answers
1k views

Wheel Compatibility for 2003 Saturn Ion (4X100)

I'm trying to get inexpensive wheels for the snow tires that I own (P195/60R15), so that I may put them on my 2003 Saturn Ion. I know that the wheel's bolt pattern is 4X100 and I'm looking for a ...
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5answers
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What is a good car to start with if I want to learn auto repair?

A couple of other "getting started" questions have been closed (as redundant with these questions), so I hope that my question is different and specific enough. I'm interested in learning to repair ...
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1answer
5k views

Bent radiator fins — how many is too many?

Hi I thought I fixed some previous overheating problems but I only helped them. My car was running fine when it was 95F or so over the weekend but now it's 110F(yes, hell, I know) outside and my cars ...
6
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3answers
157 views

Where can I go to do basic work on my vehicle?

I live in the middle of a city. I have a tiny parking spot in an underground parking garage (have to fold the mirrors in just to get in!). Doing any maintenance is officially verboten, and it ...
3
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1answer
116 views

TPM on subaru wrx

Does Subaru Wrx not have a TPM(Tire Pressure Monitor) installed? when I recently changed my tires the installer said it did not have any monitor. That made me think, how the low tire pressure ...
6
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3answers
678 views

Car enthusiast beginner kit

What is a good place to begin building a kit/set up for performing your own service? For ex: oil changes waxing detailing What is the best starting equipment one can start on?
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1answer
140 views

Tires stick when turning after a car wash

I have a 2010 F-150 that just went through a car wash. After the car wash, I immediately noticed that the turning feels reduced/impaired. Specifically, when I have the steering wheel turned more ...
3
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1answer
545 views

Why do NASCAR (Sprint) cars still use carburetors?

The wikipedia entry for carburetor tells me that the last US domestic carburetted engines were produced in the early to mid-90's. So why does NASCAR still use them? Are they easier to build, repair, ...
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1answer
653 views

2003 Pontiac Bonneville - How to Remove Relays in Fusebox

My grandparents have a 2003 Bonneville which has, in the past few months, started to become very wishy-washy with its air conditioning fans. They'll work one day, then not the next. They'll hit a bump ...
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1answer
747 views

Low fuel pressure in Ford Escort/Mercury Tracer

My OBD shows that I have low fuel pressure in a 1997 Ford Mercury (tracer). Do I have to replace the fuel pump? If so, do I have to replace the whole thing or is it enough to replace just the motor ...
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2answers
3k views

oil leaks when driving, not while parked

My wife has a 2004 Mazda 6, 2.3 liter 4 cylinder. When the car is parked, oil doesn't pool underneath. After driving for about an hour, we need to add about 1-3 quarts. With this issue, where could ...
4
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1answer
886 views

A/C electrical problem on 92 Civic

I've had intermittent A/C failure on my 92 Civic DX going on for a couple years now. It's clearly an electrical problem. Normally it's solvable by putting some pressure on the control panel, but ...
4
votes
1answer
429 views

Sudden performance boost on 2006 volvo s40

It might sound strange to be worried about it - but, quite suddenly my car seems to have a lot more "oomph" from out of nowhere. It started when I was getting on the on ramp a few months ago. It ...
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1answer
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The dash light on my car went on/off while I was driving, what could be the problem?

1998 Dodge neon, it was like sitting in aeroplane and all light are going on and off, what could be the problem?
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2answers
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Is 30k mile maintenance really required?

Is 30k mile maintenance really required? I have a subaru wrx '09 and the time has come for the check. I called the dealer after going through the manual. They quoted me 500+ for the check which ...
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4answers
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My car has the wrong coolant in it. Now what?

Hello I realized today after beating my head about my car's overheating problems that I have the wrong coolant in it. About a year ago, my car ran dry. At the bottom of the expansion tank was an ...
6
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1answer
1k views

Do newer cars actually monitor the quality of oil? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the change oil light system work and does it matter what type of oil you use for it to work properly? Starting last August, I am currently leasing a BMW 328i ...
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4answers
2k views

Compatibility of car stereos

Is it likely that a given car stereo will work in a given car? Are there a number of different form factors (sizes)? Are some more common than others? Are there a variety of connector schemes? I'm ...
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1answer
153 views

wavering speedometer

The speedometer on my '94 Suzuki Sidekick wavers sometimes. This seem to happen only when I'm accelerating in about the 40-60 kph range. I think it may happen consistently under those circumstances; ...
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5answers
9k views

Doing my own fuel induction service - how to, and how difficult?

Was recommended to get a fuel induction service for a 2002 V4 Camry, and am considering doing it MYSELF. The reasons for considering this are: My car idles a bit rough, especially when the AC is on. ...
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2answers
9k views

How much power (HP) do the components on the engine belt generally use?

In general, how much power (HP) to the components on the the engine belt actually use? I'm trying to come up with an estimate of how much horsepower an engine wastes on things like the AC compressor, ...
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2answers
550 views

Check engine light on for O2 sensor (Oxygen) but O2 sensor has been replaced

Someone told me it could be a minor leak somewhere but the check engine light does indicate the above on Mazda 626,year 2000. Could the code be misleading?
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2answers
404 views

Are the brake/clutch levers on a (pre-2008) Ninja 250 supposed to be symmetric?

I bought a used 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 250R a couple months ago. I had a mechanic check it out first, and I've been riding it since with no issues. The other day I noticed that the brake lever seems to ...
3
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1answer
5k views

Fixing a trunk latch on a Ford Focus

If the latch on an '03 focus (not hatch back) just clicks at you 4 or 5 times and never actually closes what needs to be fixed? I can't close my trunk. The black plastic thing that the latch is ...
6
votes
1answer
236 views

What is the best way to detail your car inside?

I bought a used car and its seat, doors, dashboard all needs some good cleaning job. I am thinking to shampoo the seats and side doors and then vacuuming it. But I don't know what shampoo to use and ...
4
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5answers
4k views

2011 Chevrolet Cruze - Clicking Noise When Braking

So I leased a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, brand new (only 2 miles on it), last November, 2010. It was running perfectly fine for a while. Brought it in for the standard tire rotation/oil change a few months ...
5
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2answers
560 views

Window glass in 2002 Jeep Liberty is stuck in regulator even after clips removed

I am attempting to remove the window glass from my driver-side front door so I can replace the window regulator. I have removed the two metal clips that hold the glass in the lift plate. Now the ...
3
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2answers
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Which provides better engine flushing, traditional flushing oil or adding a flush additive to old oil?

Background I think that my vehicle would probably benefit from having it's lubrication system being flushed out at it's next oil change. Checking prices of flushing oil at local suppliers I noticed ...
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3answers
122 views

If the engine starts and keeps running, is my fuel pump okay?

I have an '06 GMC Canyon and I had it not starting in a parking lot last night. The starter was turning, but the engine would never actually turn over and start. There was an old timer that came by ...
9
votes
3answers
818 views

What to know before buying and OBD-II reader

I read the features to look for in an OBD-II reader, but I am curious if getting one is the right move. I'm just planning to get a cheap one, which is proving to be interesting shopping local. What I ...
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8answers
49k views

Will higher octane fuel improve gas mileage?

I've heard from some people that high octane fuel will increase gas mileage. Around here, we have the basic unleaded(87), mid-grade(89), and premium(93 or 91). I've been using the basic 87 unleaded ...

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