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Is shifting to neutral on a decline more fuel efficient than keeping the gear engaged?

I always had the habit of shifting to neutral on long declines and using the brakes to slow down as needed. Intuition made me believe I'd be saving fuel as opposed to keeping a gear engaged. However, ...
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How extend a drilled hole

How do I extend/make a hole oval? It is in a rectangular beam (6 cm) and needs to be extended 5mm in one direction. When mounting a tow bar, I discovered that some holes in the tow bar are not ...
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1998 Honda Accord V6

My daughters accord idles really rough after driving it for about 10 minutes, but not as you are driving it, only when you stop. Then, when she stops, the car usually shuts off. It normally starts ...
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Is a loose part on a 1995 Mercury Tracer important?

I just noticed a loose part on my 1995 mercury tracer trio. Honestly, I am unsure of the name of the part and its importance. It's the black plastic piece under the front bumper and it's hanging but ...
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What is the best way to determine if my hydraulic motor mounts are bad?

I am experiencing delayed forward movement at take off. I apply the accelerator nothing happens until it jolts forward. When I stop it lunges forward, which leads me to believe it is the motor mounts. ...
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What causes an engine to burn oil?

What are the different problems that can cause an engine to burn oil and in general how difficult / expensive is each one to repair? How do you diagnose each potential cause? I found this article ...
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My VW 2000 Bug is consuming too much fuel [on hold]

I am not really know how to put this. Put in laymans terms, I use up 15 litres of fuel over short distances everyday. This is without using the air conditioner. To me 15 litres a day isnt meant to b ...
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Yamaha FZS Ver- 2.0 Engine Seizure

I gave my bike (Yamaha FZS ver 2.0) to an authorized service center for it's first-time service. The mechanic didn't fit the drainbolt (which is under the engine) properly causing the engine oil to ...
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Air-conditioning intermittent failure

I drive a 2007 model Skoda Fabia 1.4Ltr mpl. My air conditioning trips off after driving for 5minute. Hardly stays on during traffic. Fan still rolls but cooling stops. Also noticed it tries staying ...
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98 honda civic radiator problem

I have a problem with my 98 1.6 sohc honda civic . There seems to be grey sludge that looks just like cement in the water and radiator but the car is not over heating and seems to be running perfect . ...
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Cannot get Kubota tractor engine to fire

I have a Kubota T2080 lawn tractor. It has a basic 2-cylinder gasoline naturally aspirated engine. I let it sit last winter and now that it's the spring, I cannot get the engine to fire. The electric ...
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How to begin learning engine tuning?

Quite simply, I want to begin tuning and modifying automotive engines for hobby. I have always been fascinated with cars, and I want to become knowledgeable in as many aspects of car tuning as ...
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MK 1 citi sport temp gauge fault

I own a MK 1 Citi Golf Sport 1.6 Carb that has 523220 km. I recently flushed the cooling system and changed the coolant. After the flush the temperature showed above normal despite changing ...
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Corsa D engine issue?

I have a 2011 1.4 petrol Corsa D. When accelerating the car lurches. This doesn't happen all the time and is seemingly random. It may happen when I accelerate from 60 on the motorway back to 70 or 30 ...
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I have a 98 neon that won't start

I have a 98dodge neon, and all the electrical works but my starter will not even click, nothing else is a problem only the starter I've checked all the connections and break pedal and gearshift it's ...
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Air conditioning trips off [duplicate]

My air conditioning trips off after driving for 5 minutes, and it hardly stays on in traffic conditions. The fan keeps rotates but cooling stops. When I increase the fan speed and am driving at high ...
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'99 Honda accord sputtering when accelerating and stalling at idle

My car is a '99 Honda Accord (V6). I have been putting mid-grade gas since I got it but I put in regular gas the other day and I believe that's when it started sputtering. It's getting worse now. The ...
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Lost torque on my Yamaha XVS650

I have a Yamaha DragStar 650 1999. I have a Highway Hawk exhaust and I removed the baffles. Now the exhaust is completely open. When the engine is cold I can start it only if I pull the acceleration ...
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Removing badly rusted and broken bolt from suspension

I'm stuck trying to replace the rear lower control arms on my 92 Civic. One of the bolts was broken, and while I've now gotten the old arm off by taking a Dremel to the bushing and bolt, part of the ...
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Unibody Frame - Straightening Procedure and Limitations

When a uni-body frame is bent there is a limitation to how much damage can be repaired and have the frame retain at least some of it's initial integrity. As well, the procedure to actually straighten ...
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Where is the alarm siren located in a Ford Ka 2010?

I have a Ford Ka 2010 and the alarm siren stopped sounding. The problem doesn't look related to the alarm central unit. The lights still flash and you can hear the relay clicking sound coming from ...
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2005 Toyota Avalon how to reactivate vehicle's ECU

2005 Toyota Avalon FOB stopped working, have a replacement. Now believe accidentally deactivated vehicle's ECU by turning ignition on/off 5 times during process of adding new FOB. So now, how can I ...
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Why would a new gas cap cause the “check engine” light to shut off?

This happened to a friend of mine: The "check engine" light came on in his truck (Toyota). He replaced the gas cap and the light shut off. Then I also had a "check engine" light come on in my 1994 ...
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Why are drum brakes still fitted on Ford's cars?

Currently I own a Mk5 Astra SRi, however I am looking to sell this and buy a Ford Focus Mk2. The other day I looked at a Ford Focus Zetec Mk2. My understanding is that Zetec is sort of the ford ...
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1996 Chevy Suburban 1500: starter problems

So I have replaced the starter several time over a three year span. Every single one I pull off is busted. I don't know a whole lot but know enough to troubleshoot small things. Can't help but think ...
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Ford radio unlocking

I have a Ford Ka and need to re-enter the code. I have removed the radio and have the code (some nice person wrote it on the top of the radio) but I cannot get the "Locked" message off the screen on ...
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What does the vacuum hose below the EGR assembly on a 1997 Ford Escort attach to at either end?

I'm trying to figure out what the vacuum hose that attaches to some sort of assembly underneath the EGR on a 1997 Ford Escort with a 2.0 Split Port 2000 engine connects. It is attached to the ...
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volvo s40 2005 key error message

my volvo s40 2005 will not start and has message key error any idea what may be causing this problem . I have fitted a new battery and have changed the battery in the key fob but no change
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Oil leaking from spark plug socket

I have oil leaking from a spark plug socket on my 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck. Before you ask, it's swapped with the 1.6 gas motor instead of the 1.6 diesel. The oil leak appears to only be ...
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Headlight conversion

I've decided to install a new headlight on my bike. The current setup is two bulbs, one is on for low beam and both on for high beam, with two wires going out of each (h11?). Here is a short video of ...
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Saab 93 Automatic died when waiting for traffic light and won't start again

I just bought a 2006 Saab 93 Aero 2.0T automatic in October, 72000 miles. Everything seems perfect. But 2 weeks ago, the engine died while I was waiting for red light in the town centre, I just braked ...
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Negative-grounded vehicles: some switches on positive, some on negative, why?

As far as I can tell, on my van which is negative-grounded, all fuses are somewhere between the positive terminal and the load being protected by the fuse. However, some switches are on the positive, ...
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07 Subaru Forester XT Electric window working intermittently

A few days ago my Subaru Forester's driver's window (RHD) developed this habit of not opening when I push the switch, or sometimes I push the switch, then nothing happens for a couple of seconds, then ...
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2007 Rabbit - Intermittently wont start

Vehicle: 2007 VW Rabbit. Auto. 2.5L Problem: The problem started one week ago. When starting car sometimes it will only turn over once and then silence. Solution is to wait a minute or so and then ...
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Are 'voltage stabilizers' a scam?

I have a 2002 Saturn SC2. I was told that adding a voltage stabilizer could improve its performance. Is this true? The units appear to simply be some capacitors hooked up between the battery ...
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1answer
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Astra G 2.2 - Electrical Issue

I have an Astra G 2.2. It was working just fine, no issues. Recently passed MOT with no advisories or issues. Today I topped up the oil and replaced the overhead interior bulbs with LEDs. They ...
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Is there a way to prop up a window that falls down?

The windows on my car stopped working a few months ago. I could hear the motor running but the wouldn't go back up. Managed to get them closed by putting my hand flat against the window and pushing ...
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Does downshifting ( Engine Braking ) help when my car brakes CAN lock the wheel?

Know facts: When your car brakes (e.g. because of the weight) can't stop the car, it's recommended to use downshift (engine braking) to help brake the car. The best way to stop the car is to brake ...
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mixing brands of DOT4 brake fluid

I have changed my DOT3 brake fluid to DOT4 brake fluid. Will it hurt to mix DOT4 fluid with another brand of DOT4 fluid?
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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
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petrol vehicles, why not use turbo charger?

Diesel vehicle often use turbo chargers. Petrol vehicles vehicles frequently do not. Why not use a turbo charger all the time in petrol vehicles?
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I accidentally kept my vehicle Choke ON while riding?

I have Honda Dio 2015 Model. Yesterday, I kept the Choke ON while riding. I wanted to know what are the damages it probably causes to the engine? Does it have any after effects on the engine?
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1answer
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Outside temperature displays wrong values in Peugeot 207

For some weeks now my mother-in-law's Peugeot 207 (2009 model I think) shows a wrong outside temperature. While the actual outdoor temperature has been somewhere around freezing (0°C) the temperature ...
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Odometer gained 65,000 miles after battery replacement

I brought my 2002 Saturn SL2 in to replace a battery and seal; only when I brought the car into the shop my odometer read less than 23,000 miles and afterwards it read 91,000 miles. I was able to get ...
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Squeaky steering?

Before going off to college, I had my car carefully inspected by a trusted mechanic whom I asked to inform me of any major problems. That is to say, the car has none now. However, I just noticed ...
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1answer
244 views

Nissan Altima Alternator/Battery Problems

I own a 2005 Nissan Altima which has been having alternator/battery problems for past 1 year. My car has 112,000 miles on it. My car battery was past warranty so I had the battery replaced about a ...
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1answer
23 views

Derbi Cafe 125 stalling when changing to 1st

I have a Derbi Cafe 125. This morning I started the bike up, let it run for a few minutes, changed from N to 1st, and the bike cut out. This happens repeatedly until I walked to work. I then realized ...
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What is a “confidential vehicle identification” number?

What is the "confidential vehicle identification" number? What cars bear that and where is it located?
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Why do some tuned cars have very inclined tires?

I've seen photographs of cars with strange inclined tires like the one in the picture I pasted here. They seems to be Japanese cars. Is it for drifting? Maybe for appearance? Do the tires get ...
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2answers
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1990 Toyota Pickup 22re fuel injection EFI relay is getting hot

While driving my truck, the engine stopped dead, like it ran out of gas. I used a by-pass wire to go around the EFI and Circuit open relay, the truck ran fine. I noticed a ground wire leading from the ...

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