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02 Accord, rough idle and hessitates when cold

2002 Honda Accord EX, L4-2254cc 2.3L SOHC (VTEC) MFI, 108,000 miles. Recently Bought it from a private owner and was told nothing was wrong with the car. Car starts rough when the engine is cold. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What damage takes the car if not regularly used?

Sometimes I'm using the car on daily basis, but there are months I'm not using it at all, it sits parked outside for 5+ weeks, with battery disconnected. (Main reasons: working from home that time, ...
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High beam bulbs burnt out?

On my '92 Ford Explorer.. I have no high beams! This isn't a big deal.. but I'd like to have them if I ever needed them! The headlights and everything else works fine, but when I turn on the high ...
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Kawasaki H2R flames come out of exhaust system

Kawasaki recently launched the H2R motorcible. The world’s only supercharged production hypersport streetbike. This bike has 326 bhp. I saw few videos of this incredible bike. My question is about ...
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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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Are 320d/520d N47 engines made after March 2011 still susceptible to timing chain failure?

I've read all about the dreaded timing chain failure on 320d/520d BMWs with N47 engines manufactured between 2007 and 2011. I wanted to know if models after March 2011 (when they supposedly changed ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Timing Chain vs. Timing Belt

What is the service life of a timing chain and how does having a chain drive cam benefit from a belt drive cam and vice-versa?
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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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94 Camry Le shut off going down the road; cranks only after cooled, then shuts off again

The car cut off when going down the road. It would not would not crank until after about 30 minutes. Than it ran for 10 minutes and cut off again. Can anyone suggest what may be wrong
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Strong vibrations when idling even after replacing engine mounts (automatic transmission)

I have a '93 Acura Integra with automatic transmission. Ever since I got it some time ago the car has been vibrating a lot when stopped at a light, for example. The vibration is worse when in gear ...
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1answer
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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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Leaving '08 Civic sitting for a few months [duplicate]

Quick question: I have a 2008 Honda Civic. It has been sitting for almost 4 months now, and there will be no chance to drive it for another month or so, making it 5 months in total. I believe the oil ...
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1answer
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Ford 460 Does Not Start Only Backfires When Cranking Over

I have a Pioneer Jet Boat with a Berkeley Pump attached to a Ford 460 big block. The 460 has a Holley carbureter, and Basset water-injected headers. The engine was running fine until one day when ...
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95 honda civic ex, smoking heavily from exhaust

I have a 95 honda civic ex (manual), and it smokes really bad from the exhaust. It's thick white smoke that lingers, and it also burns oil, but when checking the oil, it is not clouded up or milky or ...
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cause of Rough / fluctuating RPMs in low RPMs

It's not dying (hasn't yet) but when the car is idling or in low RPMs the car (Mazda Protege 5 2002) is fluctuating in RPMs. Also, the last start was rough. I've had issues with air intake before ...
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Resource for external specifications?

I am trying to find front and rear overhang measurements for various classes of vehicles. I did find this one site: http://www.aras360.com/resources/vehicle-specs-database.html But all that gives ...
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What are the risks of overfilling a small engine with oil?

I recently overfilled a 4 stroke lawnmower engine with oil. It has been run for about 1.5 hours while overfilled. It smokes a lot right after being started but after 30 seconds or so the smoke clears. ...
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Brake fluid leak after recent brake line replacement

I have a 2001 Mazda 626 which had its brake service light come on some time back, and the brakes became spongy and ceased functioning properly. I took it to my mechanic and he replaced the brake ...
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1answer
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How can I keep the windshield frame in place?

I have a 97 Accord and part of the windshield frame (or maybe it's called "rubber trim") along the passenger side has come loose, as seen in this photo: I took my car to the dealer, and they said ...
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Brake pedal is hard to push even after new brakes

The brake pedal in my 06 Pontiac g6 seems harder to push than normal. Since the issue started, I've had the rear rotors and pads replaced, along with a control arm. For the first 10-15 minutes of city ...
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Does limiting the use of a vehicle's turbocharger improve fuel economy?

I have heard that when a turbocharger is being used it will cause the fuel economy of your car to drop. Without thinking about techniques to improve fuel economy in general, how does a driver ...
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1answer
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Knock sensor ground and dieletric grease

The knock sensor for my 2001 Subaru Outback grounds through the engine block. I've seen various advice about whether to put dielectric grease on the underside (where the grounding takes place). Some ...
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0answers
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Does Mazda's Skyactiv-G engine avoid EGR altogether?

It looks like Mazda sees high compression-ratio engines as the way forward to boost fuel economy and specific power on their midsize gasoline engine lineup (13:1 is an impressive achievement). ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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2001 Chevy Astro- oil in the radiator

I have a 2001 Chevy Astro Van. Yesterday the radiator starting spewing a thick, black substance out the side of it. It looks like old oil. I had the oil changed 1 1/2 weeks ago. The oil on the ...
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1answer
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Rumbling sound from brakes in Lexus

My family has a 2013 Lexus RX 350. Today was the first time we noticed a low rumbling sound coming from the brakes when they are pushed. We've had a maintenance check with no issues a month ago. Any ...
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Can you replace only the rubber in 2008 Jetta (Mk5) wipers?

Is it possible to replace only the rubber part of the windscreen wipers on a 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L? I know that the original wipers are always made in Belgium (those sold in Ontario and in Northern ...
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08 Audi A4 B7 2.0T DTC P0503 speed sensor erractic/high

I just finished reinstalling the intake manifold after cleaning the valves and went to start the car. It starts for about 2 seconds before shutting itself down. It throws 6 pending codes. P0503 - ...
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How to verify if a oil pan needs to be replaced

I have a 2000 honda accord v6 lx with about 190K miles on it. I was told recently by a mechanic that I need to get the oil pan replaced and it was going to cost $400-$500 dollars. I did some research ...
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1996 Ford Mustang 3.8L V6 - Intermittent Stalling on Slow Down/Stop

I am having a rather interesting problem that I can't figure out with my 1996 3.8L v6 with 137k on it. Occasionally, I will experience a problem when I slow down or stop the car just gives out and ...
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1answer
221 views

Cadillac CTS 2007 3.6 oil consumption

3 months ago I bought Cadillac CTS 2007 3.6 with 31k miles, next day I went to local garage and changed the oil, filters, etc. I have driven 7k miles since and when driving last week car started ...
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Can't get gas in my truck

I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado. When I go to put gas in my truck it stops after like 3 dollars worth of fuel. Since I know it's not full, I click it again and gas shoots back out at me. What do you ...
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Why do valve lifters get stuck? How come they unstick by themselves?

I've seen this happen on a couple of different engines so far (BMW S62, Mitsubishi 4G63) but am not sure about how commonplace it is. If an engine isn't used for an extended period of time, the ...
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Keeping radio/stereo unit powered to save pre-set preferences?

In my previous cars I could save certain radio stations, volume levels, etc. on my stereo and they would stay saved (unless the battery went dead). I'm using the same stereo head unit in my latest ...
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1 Piece versus 2 Piece Drive Shaft

A guy on a Nissan forum asked why he should keep his 2 piece drive shaft in his truck instead of changing over to a 1 piece version. This was the answer I gave him: The 2 piece drive shaft (DS) ...
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1answer
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2014 Ford Fusion Front Speaker Replacement (Wiring Question)

I'm replacing the front door speakers in my 2014 Ford Fusion, it is the 6 speaker system(NO 8" LCD or Premium Sony Package). I'm looking at the factory wiring harness and it consists of 4 wires going ...
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Ford Fusion 2014 Wiring Diagram

I just picked up a new 2014 Ford Fusion and am planning on modifying the factory audio equipment. I've been searching around on some websites (The 12 Volt and various forums) and can't seem to find a ...
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Why don't thermostats have a sensor?

One of the more common reasons of overheating is a stuck thermostat. One of the most common reasons for blown head gaskets is overheating. One of the most expensive vehicle repair procedures is head ...
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Can shaft journals ever lose lubing against bearings?

Having opened cylinder valve covers, I was observing how my camshaft is mounted onto the static bearings via journals (basically, parts of any shaft that rest against bearings) that completely wrap ...
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1answer
112 views

My 2004 F150 FX4 has a vibration in the front end

My 2004 F150 FX4 has a vibration in the front end. I feel it in the accelerator pedal. When I am driving strait or turning left it is there but to the left it stops. I have changed my cv’s and ...
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How to find out my car's specs?

I purchased my car secondhand a couple years ago but not sure anymore what are its exact specs, for instance in terms of engine power and stuff. Is there a way to know this easily, maybe some online ...
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1answer
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Grating Sound coming from beneath Jeep

Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee (2WD) <-- :( Issue: Makes a sort of 'grinding' sound when it's running. It appears to be RPM dependent, and seems to be the worst at low RPMs (idling is the ...

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