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1answer
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Octane rating of fats and oils versus diesel fuel

I'm struggling to understand why, apart from viscosity, it's so easy to substitute lipids (i.e. SVO, WVO) for diesel fuel. I'd have to assume these fuels have inherently different octane ratings and ...
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3answers
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Car slides on painted lines

I've googled all over the internet and believe it or not I can't find any answers on this question... Why the heck does my car lose traction for a second when I drive over painted road lines? Here's ...
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2answers
23 views

Safe engine braking in automatic cars

When I was learning to drive, I took my lessons in a manual car. On one of the lessons I was performing a reversing maneuver and I controlled the car on both the clutch and the brake pedal... which I ...
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0answers
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Security Relearn for 2006 Chevy Aveo

I had to replace a faulty ECM in a 2006 Chevy Aveo, and I ordered the part pre-programmed (based on my VIN and possibly some other info). I've installed the part and have began the security relearn ...
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Lugging vs stalling an engine

Does stalling an engine count as lugging it? I know lugging is not good for the engine for various reasons. Does stalling do those to the engine as well? Thanks
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1answer
14 views

Live scan tool for OBD 1.5 GM transitional?

1995 S-10 Blazer 4.3L Vortec V6 (vin W) with Powertrain Control Module (PCM) 1995 was the OBD transitional year for GM. The PCM itself is OBDI, but the interface connector has the 16-pin D-style ...
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1answer
35 views

How to Detect a Bad Transmission When Buying a High Mileage Vehicle

Rebuilding a transmission is one of the most expensive things that can be done on a car and I've been told it's one of the main reasons people dump cars other than timing belt issues. I've read ...
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1answer
22 views

How Difficult / Expensive is it to Swap An Automatic Transmission?

Let's say you are thinking of getting a car cheap due to it having a spotty automatic transmission. How difficult / expensive would it typically be to get a low mileage second hand transmission from ...
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2answers
21 views

Manual Transmission Grinding Occasionally Shifting Into Fifth

I have a 99 Nissan Almera which occasionally grinds / doesn't engage when I try and put it into fifth gear. Not often, but maybe once or twice a day. I'm not sure if the problem is operator related, ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
20 views

How Many Partial Oil Transmission Fluid Changes Until Clean

I have to change my transmission oil (2008 Nissan Sentra CVT). It has a 7 liter total capacity, but due to the torque converter, I can only drain 4 liters at a time. Thus, I have to make several ...
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2answers
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How to clean cylinder head and engine block contact surface before gasket change?

How should I clean my cylinder head and engine block contact surfaces before a head gasket change? There is residue paint from the old gasket on both the head and block side. Should I do it ...
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0answers
13 views

Wheel and tire clearance to trailer chassis

I have a trailer with a rubber-torsion axle (axle is fixed to chassis, hubs are mounted to swing arms that are embedded in the ends of the rubber-filled tube axle). Since the swing arms move only in ...
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0answers
10 views

Window Motor Gear Bushings

Using that popular guide on this website I have tried a few times to conquer the task of changing the bushings in my motor gear for my '92 Explorer Sport. I am mechanically inclined (not that this is ...
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0answers
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Excursion SuperDuty Cannot Calibrate Speedometer

I have an 02 Excursion Limited Diesel and cannot get the speedometer calibrated. I purchased the vehicle with 35" tires (original equipment is 32") The tires were about 75% worn and the speedometer ...
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0answers
20 views

Electronics not working after trying to replace stereo

The trunk release, power locks, key fob, radio, interior lights, power mirrors, and the horn (horn only works when car is running) all don't work but my power windows still work great. What could be ...
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Which cars are more comfortable? [on hold]

If you're driving for around 4 hours continuously which types of car would stand out in comfort? For example sedan or suv, or any other type. Definition of Comfort: Less noise Ease of getting in ...
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0answers
26 views

key start is not working

I purchased a new motorcycle but it doesn't start using the key.It means it doesn't start manually.But it starts using automatic switch.So what could be the cause of this problem and how can it be ...
3
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1answer
39 views

Should I worry about buying this bike?

I'm looking at buying a 2014 Ninja 1000 with 1,400 miles on it. I asked the guy about the maintenance he's performed and he said he hasn't done anything to it so far. I know you should change the oil ...
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1answer
42 views

What is an acceptable amount of up/down play in a distributor shaft?

1995 Chevy S-10 Blazer - 4.3 L Vortec V6 (vin W with PCM) - This is the distributor style with vertical cap posts. 230,000 miles original owner. EDIT: Please click on link below to see a photo ...
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0answers
18 views

2008 2AZ-FE rougher, throatier idle; and growl on heavy accel out of sharp turn

I have a MT Scion TC. Key detail on the heavy acceleration out of sharp turn is this usually only happens when I've been engine braking into the turn, and not every time. I'm not certain on the ...
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0answers
16 views

2003 Chevy Cavalier (manual trani) stalls when coming to a stop after the car warms up

We have replaced the MAP sensor, the throttle position sensor and the fuel pump. None of these things made any difference. Also the problem is worse in warmer weather.
3
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2answers
257 views

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 ...
3
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1answer
20 views

Is the knock an early sign of Dual Mass Flywheel problem. Main dealer says acceptable noise?

Ford Mondeo 2012 1.6 TDCi DPF SS 115. At 15,500 mls I am experiencing a knocking sound when raising the clutch pedal but only when the engine is running. The sound outside the car is really loud. It ...
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0answers
13 views

Renault kangoo 1.4 2006 has no power

My vehicle has no power.. she will drive and reach normal driving speeds for both town driving or open road..however when i need to gear down to overtake or when i need power, she falters and starts ...
2
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1answer
40 views

Handbrake not engaging on hills

What is the ideal range to pull handbrake on and engage so vehicle doesn't move on a hill on a Ford focus climate.
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0answers
22 views

A/C now blowing hot air

2004 VW Jetta A/C started blowing hot air this morning on way to work. What could cause this?
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2answers
28 views

synthetic oil change frequency

2004 VW Jetta GLS: always using full synthetic oil (Castro Edge 5w30) how often should the oil be changed? Can't find my manual or info online.
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0answers
18 views

Replacing the power steering hose(s)

On my 92 Ford Explorer I have a terrible power steering fluid leak. If someone turns the whee all the way left or right RIGHT before it hits the turn lock, fluid starts squirting out of one of the ...
2
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0answers
13 views

04 Tahoe “Engine Coolant Hot” message

I am out of town with my Tahoe and getting the message "Engine Coolant Hot" on my dash message system. When it pops up I notice that the temp gauge goes up almost to the red line. Also the air ...
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0answers
6 views

2006 Pontiac g6 rough idle and intermittent spongy brake and starting issue

I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 with 160k on the 3.5 motor. Around 155k the brake pedal went hard and spongy. Also, about 1 in every 40-50 times I start it cold, the starter will turn without a successful ...
2
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2answers
31 views

Seized brake caliper following brake pad & disc replacement - what could be wrong?

Took my 2006 VW Touareg in for servicing and had the dealership replace the rear brake pads and discs. In a post-replacement test drive the dealership discovered that one of the sides has a stuck ...
3
votes
1answer
34 views

Do Compression Rings and Oil Ring Wear at the Same Rate?

Is it possible that the oil control rings might be worn to the point that you're burning significant amounts of oil, but the compression rings still be good? Or do they typically wear out together ...
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0answers
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2002 Chevy Trailblazer sputtering problem

All of a sudden my 2002 Chevy Trailblazer has been sputtering, almost stalling when im stopped at lights and fails to accelerate normally when i am trying to move forward. There's no noises I hear ...
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1answer
28 views

Getting information from manufacturing code on Exide car battery

If you can help me decode the following manufacturing code on EXIDE EA640 battery, especially which production plant has made it what was the date of manufacturing Code: 3EC28K5 Perhaps 28K ...
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0answers
19 views

Brakes, pads, and calipers sticking after replacement

2006 Honda Element. I replaced brakes and calipers. They are still sticking and getting hot. What should I try next? Should I change back brakes?
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1answer
25 views

What is a stress riser?

What is a stress riser and why is it important to avoid them during engine construction or rebuild?
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0answers
10 views

Be van with problem at higher altitudes

2000 euro van engine shuts off when reaching altitude of 9000 feet in mountains. After standing for 20 minutes, it starts. This happened twice but ran well when not in the mountains. Similar to cars ...
3
votes
1answer
18 views

MX5 lost power after spark plug change

I own a Mazda MX5 mk2 1.6L. I had severe problems with engine misfiring, caused by the valve cover seal, to leak. The oil that was leaking was concentrated near the spark plugs, and periodically it ...
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0answers
15 views

Access to Piaggio MP3 engine

Some help needed here. I ride a Piaggio 250 mp3 scooter. After a few weeks of stalling at traffic lights, it finally refused to start engine at all. I've tried the garage but they didn't repair it ...
0
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1answer
21 views

Non-interference engine explanation animation/Videos?

Non-interference engine explanation animation/Videos ? I did ask my Toyota dealer about published material on 1999 Camry 2.2 non-interference engine that did not cause piston hitting valves/ valve ...
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1answer
18 views

Air conditioning compressor

Can I remove the non working a/c compressor from my '85 Chevy S 10 Pu truck? It is not working and I want to get it out of the way.
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0answers
16 views

Hyosung GT250R not starting, some repairs have been made

Hoping to find some good advice on fixing my (above mentioned) motorcycle. I'll try to keep it brief but with as much details as I can. I had an issue with the bike and it sucked up some varnish from ...
2
votes
1answer
20 views

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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vote
0answers
15 views

No sound to single speaker, even after replacing the speaker

I have a 2005 Chevy Aveo, and the front passenger speaker has no sound. I was able to find a replacement, and swapped out the original speaker for the spare. Unfortunately, this did not help. I know ...
3
votes
1answer
30 views

Can windshield wiper arms be shortened or lengthened?

I bought new wiper blades for a Honda Civic coupe, not realizing that apparently, the blades are not supposed to be of equal size. Looking at this, however, it looks as though I might be able to ...
1
vote
1answer
21 views

When to get an alignment

Sometimes it can be hard to tell when your vehicle needs an alignment other than when there are obvious warning signs. For example, steering wheel off center when driving straight, car veering to one ...
1
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0answers
25 views

Gas pedal suddenly not giving power to my car

I have a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer.I was driving about 110 km/hr and then my car started to lose speed. I was pressing on the gas pedal but it was like it lost the ability to work. My battery light and a ...
2
votes
3answers
53 views

Preventing Car Theft by Removing Fuses

My car was recently stolen in the middle of the night, and I just bought a replacement. I'd like a simple, cheap way of disabling the vehicle, and I was thinking of doing something like just pulling ...
3
votes
0answers
19 views

Second battery for Android Stereo

I have an android head unit that suffers (like most stereos) a power drop/fail on starting the car. While the unit is engineered to retain OS power for a few seconds, the dvd player has to restart, ...

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