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caliper leaking…

I drive a 2008 Ford Taurus X. In June, I had the rear rotors and pads replaced. They also had to replace the right rear caliper. Last week (less than 2,000 miles later) the left rear caliper started ...
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Fluctuating ammeter on 1948 automobile

On an old auto 6 volt (generator/regulator) system, what causes the ammeter to fluctuate between zero and -35 amps? Seems acceptable at idle but fluctuates on the discharge side when driving. Will ...
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Subaru Outback subtle vibration while turning

My 2008 Subaru Outback has a gentle vibration I can feel in the steering and accelerator pedal and also a bit of noise associated with it. At first I thought it was just the road but I noticed it ...
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How to find a used car with telescoping steering wheel?

I need a car with adjustable steering wheel distance. I need to pull the seat all the way back and if I do so, my arms are straight. It makes driving very uncomfortable. People selling them are not ...
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Will an inspection done by a certified mechanic reveal any and all damage done to a car that has been in a previous accident?

So I'm looking to buy my first car. I'm going to buy something used and have come across a dealership that sells previously leased cars. I've looked up reviews for this particular dealership and most ...
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Should I lap my valves if I have easy access?

Now that I have my cylinder heads out of my V6 Tacoma, I am considering taking the valves out to inspect them in case they are bent or whatever and grind them. There is no symptoms of valves ...
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Why are intake valves dirtier than exhaust?

I took my engine apart and one of the things I noticed, on both cylinder heads of my Tacoma V6, is that the intake valves (picture right) are significantly darker (or dirtier) than the exhaust ones ...
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Should I care about valve order or are they interchangeable?

So I've just learned how to take valves down and I'm pretty fascinated by the whole mechanism. I got a C-clamp compressor and took two valves out just to try. Went smooth. A question: is it important ...
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Acceptable amount of slack in a timing chain with high mileage?

1995 Chevy S-10 Blazer - 4.3 L Vortec V6 (vin W with PCM) - 230,000 miles original owner. FWIW, this model car/engine does not have timing chain inspection and/or changing as part of the routine ...
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What does valve lapping compound actually do?

As I understand, valve lapping is done to ensure a seal between the valve and its seal ring at the end of the shaft. I am just curious how valve lapping compound facilitates that? Does it make a ...
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Valve lapping and lubrication

I have recently taken all my valves out and cleaned them with a wire brush as well as the shafts in the cylinder heads. I am now getting ready to put them back in and have several questions: What ...
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Car still burning oil after replacing head gasket and rings; what's next?

I have a 1991 BMW e34 525i with 374,000 km which burns oil. I don't have any leaks, and I have little smoke when I go uphill and accelerate. I have replaced the cylinder head gasket set and the ...
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What Do I Use for a Thrust Plate After Double Roller Timing Chain Swap

History/Background of This Engine The Magnum 3.9 V6 was introduced in 1992. In 1997, a TSB was issued to fix excessive timing chain noise. The fix was to remove the cam thrust plate and chain oil ...
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When to Use a Sleeve 'N' Seal?

A Sleeve N Seal is a thin-walled metal ring ~1" deep with an accompanying tube of "seal". It comes with some timing cover gasket sets. To install it, you heat the ring up in the oven on 500 degrees ...
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Timing Sprocket Marks Disagree with Distributor for TDC

I am in the middle of replacing my 1998 Dodge Dakota 39. V6's timing set. According to the manual and everywhere online, the camshaft sprocket dot should be at the bottom and the crankshaft ...
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Reliability of water test for valve seal

I took my valves out, cleaned and lapped them and put them back together. I also put new valve stem seals. At least on one side of my V6 Tacoma. I performed several water tests to check the seal of ...
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Are valve guides normally reusable?

A valve assembly diagram from my Tacoma FSM designates valve guides as non-reusable. I was wondering if that is just a CYA or really the case.
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linking a phone to a car via OBD-II and Bluetooth: Automatic (1st gen) in Europe

I am relocating to Europe soon, and I'm pretty sure my new car would have OBD-II. Why is Automatic adamant their current product is for the US only? Is it a regulatory issue, or something technical ...
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Key won't turn to off position on 2010 Chevy Aveo

I have a 2010 Chevy Aveo and the key will not turn to the off position. It starts and drives but when you try to turn it off it will not turn past the accessory position to the off position. When the ...
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Hyundai Tucson died while driving; will not start

I have a Hyundai Tucson 2011 directed injected diesel which has just broken down. What happened is that while driving the engine suddenly stopped and won't start. There is no check engine light on. ...
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Can't move Chrysler 300M gear selector out of park

I got into my car this morning and couldn't move it from park after I started it. I can't change the gear at all. I can move the wheel, though. I've tried to wiggle it but haven't forced it because I ...
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Brake cleaner vs carb cleaner vs throttle-body cleaner

So I was spring-cleaning my man-cave/garage over the weekend and came across my assortment of chemical sprays - specifically carb cleaner and throttle body cleaner which caught my eye. Is there any ...
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Trouble with lights on truck, using dc-dc converter & flasher unit

Hello EE Stack peoples, I have a friend who has asked me to help him sort out his truck lighting. It is a 24v truck with a 24-12v dc-dc converter for the body. It has 2 flashing lights, that when ...
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Do valves rotate over time?

As I was doing my valve servicing, one question came to mind: As valves undergo millions of cycles of reciprocating motion, do they actually rotate or is their position relative to the seal fixed? Or ...
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Burn marks near SOME exhaust valves inside heads

As you can see in the picture, there are burn marks around SOME of my exhaust valve tops and not others (2 out of the 3 cylinders in the picture): What could be the reason for them? Could it be ...
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Is it safe to overload the roof rails?

According to the manual, the "permissible" load for the standard rails is 35kg. I need to take two Kayaks around with me, which in total weight is about 40-45kg. Would I unintentionally turn my ...
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Why is my Chevy 2008 Cobalt not acting as though it's getting enough fuel and reading “cylinder 4 misfire?”

I have a Chevrolet 2008 Cobalt (LS) that I've had for about 7 years. No sooner do I have this thing payed off, when it starts giving me the following problem (I've never had any trouble with it ...
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High idle while coasting in neutral

I have a 1999 Chevrolet Camaro with a 5.7 liter engine and a manual transmission. It recently started idling high but only when coasting. If I slow down because of a stop sign or whatever and hit ...
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Tires for a Opel Vectra 2003

Im searching for tires for my car which is a Opel Vectra 2003 (this car is also known as Vauxhall Vectra, Holden Vectra, Chevrolet Vectra) I cover a lot of road in a year. I do at least at least ...
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Roof paint peeling badly, with rust — what to do?

I've got a 97 Dodge Grand Caravan that's generally in pretty good shape, but the roof has started peeling badly, and a few spots have accumulated some rust. This is an old car with limited value, so ...
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What is that sound?

I have a 2004 VW Golf Variant. There's no problem, I'm just curious. Just after I have opened the driver's side door, a small motor runs for about one second, then stops. This also happens if I stay ...
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What is this lever?

Recently I parked next to a (beautiful) 1957 Buick "Special" and took a bunch of photos. But I also noticed a lever to the right of the steering wheel, between the dash and the driver's side door, ...
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Reprogramming a Magneti Marelli Microplex MED604C

Im interested in reprogramming a Magneti Marelli Microplex MED604C ecu for the ignition of a uno turbo, but I can't seem to find any documentation for this? I'm new to ecu remapping, and my ...
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What does the 'cc' mean on a motorcycle?

I'm relatively new to motorcycles, my flat mate taught me how to drive his two Royal Enfields around New Delhi, and for the past year and a half I've been taking care of them as they break down ;) ...
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Are there plugs for sale that are used to plug unused (thin) vacuum lines?

A bit of the background: I have a Mercedes that has a serpentine belt-driven air pump to help reduce smog in the exhaust. I heard this whole pump can be removed without causing any trouble, so I ...
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Dodge Stratus 2000 shaking at idle after timing belt replacement

I have a Dodge Stratus 2000 SE 2.4 L with 150,000 miles on it. I decided to change the timing belt and water pump, since my mechanic told me to do so because of the mileage it had on it. Anyways, I ...
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After long journeys, gear slips in 5th, but not into neutral

This is a follow up to another question I asked. I've managed to get some video of it happening this time. It started happening after travelling for about 2 hours. I was experiencing heavy traffic. ...
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1answer
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What are the names of each window on a typical non-commercial vehicle?

Please list the windows on a vehicle starting from the front, i.e. the windshield. The three "typical" vehicles I'm thinking of are car/SUV, van, and truck. I'm looking for things like: The little ...
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What is the pin layout / labels of this oil gauge?

I have a veglia oil pressure gauge from a fiat coupe 16v. On the reverse of the clock is 4 pins, the top and left ones are labeled negative and positive respectivly, but can anyone tell me what the ...
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many issues with my 2000 Plymouth Neon

I have a 2000 Plymouth Neon and today it broke down on the highway. The first thing I noticed (its cold out so I had the heat on low) was that my heat gauge was running high. (note that I just had the ...
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How can torque converters fail?

In what ways can a torque converter stop working properly? Are there any symptoms that indicate failure, or simple tests one could do to determine a malfunctioning TC?
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1answer
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Loss of engine power between 2100 and 2500 RPM on humid days - 2011 Malibu

I drive a 2011 Chevy Malibu LT (4 cyl, 2.4L, 6 spd. automatic) and have been experiencing this problem for the past year and a half. Basically, whenver its hot (90f+) and humid out, my car exhibits ...
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Car turning itself off in highway

I drive a 2001 Chevrolet Lumina and I was just wondering if someone here has had any experience like mine. Today I was driving on the highway and then suddenly the car had turned itself off ...
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Why is this motorcycle burning oil, and how can I get it to stop?

I have a newbie question for you. I'm considering buying a 2004 Yamaha TTR600RE- a single-cylinder, air-cooled dirt-focused dual-sport bike. It's perfectly set up for adventure touring, which is what ...
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1answer
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Can the evap canister valve be ordered and replaced separately for a 2001 Toyota Camry

I'm tripping some codes for the check engine light and took my car in to get repaired. They did a smoke test and are fairly certain that I need to replace a valve on the canister (there are others ...
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1answer
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Vauxhall Astra Rear Jet Washer

I have a 5 door Vauxhall Astra [Club Twinport] (07 plate). The rear jet washer is blocked some how. The front jets work nicely (although one was initially blocked but the fine needle tip worked well) ...
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Engine on BMW G650GS 2011 does not start when it's hot

I have a rather strange problem with my BMW G650GS. In the morning, when the engine is cold, it starts fine with a single crank. There is no problem with riding, the engine works fine and never ...
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2002 Mercury Sable with wrong coolant in it

My wife's 2002 Mercury Sable we purchased a year ago has red coolant in it. I found the owner's manual online and it recommends Ford Green or Ford Yellow. Will this coolant damage her vehicle? Can it ...
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How to fix leaking air conditioning schrader valve

I have a 98 jeep cheerokee sport. The air conditioning coolant leaks. After doing some diagnostics, I detected audibly a hissing sound coming from the low input port, leading me to believe the ...
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Water leaking into frame case/engine?

I just had my 2012 Mini Cooper S (66K miles) repaired last week last week for a failed/leaky water pump. My car had an episode where it overheated and shut down and wouldn't start after pulling over ...

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