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Is this tire puncture able to be plugged?

My wife picked up a rather large screw in her tire. It's a very clean entry, but I'm pretty sure it's too large to plug the hole. One shop even said as much, but I figured I'd get a second opinion ...
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My 2004 Audi a4 is making a gurgling noise from my engine

My 2004 Audi a4 is making a gurgling noise from my engine. I am also having to constantly put antifreeze in it. Is this related? I know I'll have to take her to be looked at but can anyone tell me ...
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1answer
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Speaker setup in Subaru Impreza

I recently had an Alpine INE-W960A Navigation head unit and SPR-60C component speakers installed in my 2016 Impreza hatchback. As my budget was limited I did not replace the rear door speakers at the ...
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1answer
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Higher CCA in batteries in warmer climates

If a battery with a higher CCA capacity is used in a warmer climate, would it effect the battery's performance in the longer run?
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1answer
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Activa engine noise

My neighbor and I purchased an Activa 3g at the same time. When my bike is in idle (just after immediate start) as well in running condition, it sounds little bigger/ rough noisy like dub dub... Also, ...
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2answers
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Hard shuttering and engine dies when A/C is on at idle

When the car is idling and the A/C is turned the engine will shutter hard and/or turn off. I've already replaced the IAC valve; it was working for a little, but now it's back to shutting off. The ...
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How do you remove a broken oil dipstick tube?

I broke it off by mistake and am trying to replace it. Here's what I'm looking at. and here's what I've tried so far. If I try the green one I can pull very hard but it doesn't come loose. I can ...
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Fuel Type (octane) for Mazda Axela 2010

I bought an imported (from Japan) Mazda Axela 2010 (i-stop, 1990cc, sedan) and the dealer asked me to use 95 octane petrol. There are a lot of misconceptions about octane and I heard many dealers ...
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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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5answers
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What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle engine?

I recently heard an urban legend-like story about a guy in a developing country who decided engine oil was too expensive and so used some vegetable oil instead. The story says the car ran for some ...
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1answer
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Rumble strip noise on 1999 F250

I have the "sounds like driving on a rumble strip when I hit a bump" problem. I've read through the many threads about it on other sites and I'm trying to narrow down the cause for mine. There are ...
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Intermittant starting problem

1967 Camaro SS 350 with Powerglide trans. sometimes will not start. No click, no dimming of lights when key is turned, nothing happens. It will do this maybe one time out of 15 or 20 starting ...
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0answers
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04 GMC Savanna G2500 4.8 V8 No Power

First time I looked at this the A/C compressor clutch wasn't engaging. Long story short: the high side pressure switch on the back of the compressor was unplugged. Noted that the engine was shaking (...
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2answers
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High beams work, low beams do not. What is wrong with headlight?

I have a 2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ and the high beams work but the low beams don't. I replaced one of the relays under the hood and the high beams started working but the low beams still don't work. What ...
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2answers
155 views

2000 Toyota Sienna Rear Blinker Assembly Clips Broke Off

I recently took off the tail light on our 2000 Toyota Sienna and the clips on the light assembly side broke off as I was pulling it off. Any idea where I can get replacement clips? Or would I have to ...
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1answer
9 views

Strange dull areas on paintwork after trip to bodyshop

After a crash I had some work done to my car at an Audi approved bodyshop. This involved some respraying. Since I've got it back I've noticed dull matte marks on one side of the paintwork. They seem ...
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3answers
352 views

Diesel Engine Runaway - What is it?

I was watching some youtube videos and diesel engine runaway videos started to pop up where apparently the diesel engine runs out of control until it destroys itself. My Question What is diesel ...
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0answers
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Discharging alternators

I had to replace the original alternator on my '99 Z28 Camaro in January and have had 3 after market and 1 OE and all continue to discharge with air and radio on. Mechanic says it is fine but I think ...
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4answers
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Overheating in E-46, 3.23i

My BMW E-46, 3.23i temperature is always going to the red zone. My water pump is fine, the thermostat is okies, but the hose on top is hot and swollen. The lower hose, however, is cold and fine. I ...
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4answers
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Front brake caliper mounting bracket out of alignment with rotor

When the brake caliper mounting bracket bolts are tightened to the hub (on the passenger side only!), the new rotor binds against the bottom of the bracket on the outside (away from the center of the ...
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1answer
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Where is the Nissan Rogue purge valve?

Friend has a 08/09 Nissan Rogue with the check engine light on. Ran my OBD2 scanner on it and pulled a single code, P0444, which indicates per my search the Purge Control Solenoid Valve. When I ...
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1answer
12 views

Does a CEL always result in an OBDII DTC?

Will any error which causes the check engine light to go on show up as a DTC during a regular OBDII scan? This is obviously only in relation to OBDII compliant vehicles.
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1answer
17 views

How did luxury cars provide smoother rides without active suspensions?

It seems all luxury cars have active suspensions now, so it's not a fair comparison to "non-active" cars. But I was recently driving a mid-2000 Mercedes E-class over the same roads I normally travel ...
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0answers
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Coolant loss out of overflow of an 1980 c-10

I have an 1980s Chevy 305 engine. Was out for early morning breakfast and noticed coolant was coming out of overflow tank. The motor had not gotten warm yet. What could be causing it to overflow???
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1answer
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Diesel Yaris doesn't start very well after an alternator change?

I have recently changed the alternator after it died in my diesel Yaris. I have done about 150 miles with the new alternator however it still doesn't start very well. It now takes 1 long or sometimes ...
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0answers
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Acura MDX rear-seat cup holder not opening

I have an Acura MDX 2008, and I recently noticed that the rear seat cup holder was broken. It won't open up. As I don't have a warranty on the vehicle, how can I fix this issue? Thanks!
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2answers
519 views

What is the difference between H7 and H7U bulbs?

Scenario I'm changing my left headlight bulb and it says it is a H7U one. What does the U marks? Possible solutions I searched a bit and found two possible solutions: Marks the shape of the bulb. ...
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2answers
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Car Won't Start After Disconnecting and Reconnecting Ground Cable

I wanted to reset my check engine light to see if a problem I think I fixed resurfaces, so I disconnected my negative lead from the post. When I reconnected the lead the car refused to start. ...
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0answers
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After market lights

My aftermarket led lights work at first but if I turn them on after a short period of time they don't? if I plug stock third brake light back in they work fine?
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0answers
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Vibration when stopped in gear

1998 Mercedes E320 (57,000 miles), when stopped, in gear, brake pedal down and before car warms up we have a bad vibration. If you put it in neutral, park, or reverse, the vibration goes away. Runs ...
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0answers
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New LED 3rd brake light stops working

Swapped out LED taillights and third brake light on my '05 Sierra. Tail lights work fine but the third brake light will work when first plugged in but after a short while the cab lights don't work.
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1answer
15 views

Motorcycle won't start without jumping the solenoid

If my bike wont start but does start when I use the wrench on the solenoid trick; does that mean I need to replace the solenoid? I'm having trouble working this out as I'm new to mechanics and trying ...
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5answers
360 views

What can cause a gasoline engine to suddenly & mysteriously stop (non-catastrophically)

I was thinking about this question and found myself wondering what could cause a gasoline engine to suddenly stop, and then be restartable? So not things like running out of fuel, or suffering a ...
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4answers
2k views

Infamous WRX/XT overheating problem

I need some help figuring out what's wrong with my 2007 Forester XT Manual. Background: The headgasket popped in November of last year. I had it fixed by an RMI certified workshop. They skimmed the ...
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0answers
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Accidentally poured gas into antifreeze in tractor

I was gonna fill our tractor with gas and there were to caps, a metal one a d a filter looking one, neither was labeled so I figured the metal cap was the gas cap, I put gas in it for just a few ...
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1answer
103 views

Car stalls and won't restart, but disconnecting the battery fixes it?

2005 scion tc 5 speed. 106xxx Yesterday driving home car stalls out on the highway and power steering goes with it. Battery and oil light come on and won't restart immediately. Dash lights still ...
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1answer
8 views

Hydraulic pump receiving power but not running

I have a Mk1 Golf Cabriolet with an hydraulic roof. Today I went for a drive and whilst the roof lowered as normal, I could not raise it again. I checked the fluid levels and they're fine. There is ...
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votes
1answer
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What could be causing my front right brakes to get tight and decrease in speed very rapidly on a Ford Focus 2006 zx4?

Well I've been having this problem for a long while now causing me not only frustration but not to be trusted at work for getting there late and other personal problems. I'm trying to sell the car ...
3
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1answer
58 views

Running in oil a for light diesel engine (Japanese, Toyota 3L)?

What would you use as a running in (break-in) oil for this engine? I have this engine, and it has just been reconditioned, new pistons, conrods, crank and bearings.
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5answers
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Why nitrogen and not carbon dioxide is used in critical tire applications?

In critical applications tires are inflated using pure nitrogen (link). But carbon dioxide (CO2) is a larger molecule (will leak slower from the tire), as well as inert (will not oxidize rim and will ...
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votes
0answers
61 views

Starting a diesel tractor

I have a diesel tractor with a generator. After sitting for a long period the battery was low so I used a portable jumper battery but mistakenly hooked up the cables in reverse. This caused smoke to ...
3
votes
2answers
17 views

Steering control panel upgrade for the 2015 Kia Forte

I purchased a 2015 Kia Forte LX and I'm wanting to replace the stock remote control panel on the steering wheel with that of the panel on the EX. I know it's possible because every time I spoke to ...
3
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2answers
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Grind/Crunch Sound Near Alternator (video)

1983 Chevy 305 small block. Hearing a grinding sound near the alternator. Is this a bearing or something grinding near the belt ? Not exactly sure how to diagnose. Video: https://www.youtube.com/...
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6answers
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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 ...
2
votes
1answer
15 views

2002 Honda Civic over heating fan does not comes on

I need some help. My girlfriend has a 2002 Honda Civic that keeps overheating. The fan doesn't turn on. We tested both fans and they work properly. We changed the thermostat, the cooling fan switch ...
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votes
2answers
41 views

Can bolts become fused with an exhaust manifold? If so is it possible to remove them?

I'm starting to think this is a sick joke. It's shaped like a bolt. It has threads like a bolt. But for all intents and purposes it is one with the exhaust manifold. Here's the piece I'm working ...
2
votes
1answer
11 views

Retrieving handbrake status light and reverse light from OBD II

I have a project to replace my car's instrument panel with a Android tablet. So I'm developing an application that communicates with an ELM327 device through bluetooth. I have managed to successfully ...
3
votes
4answers
52 views

Ideas for rewiring headlights – convert from halogen with DRL to HID + LED DRL

I need some ideas. My 2009 Ford F150 pickup uses the same wire for daytime running lights (DRL) and "full" headlights. The stock setup was halogen bulbs with full brightness receiving 12 V and the DRL ...
2
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1answer
12 views

If I don't change pinion seal right away how much damage can be caused?

I have an '86 Jeep Comanche with a leaking pinion seal, I don't remember how long it has been leaking. I thought it was the rear differential gasket and changed that but it still leaks. Hope I can go ...
3
votes
2answers
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Ticking noise on acceleration & idle?

I have an '86 jeep comanche with over 380000 mls that has started to tick on acceleration and through gears. Also at idle. Have changed motor mounts, transmission mounts, track bar, rear differential ...

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