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Why can't alternators provide full current at idle?

I was reading about load testing and full fielding alternators in a few different books I've got, and one of the points they all made was that to test an alternator's maximum output (or close to it) ...
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2014 Dodge Grand Caravan will not shift out of park

I was wondering if anyone know where to start a repair on a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan that will not shift out of park? • The “Malfunction Indicator Light” is currently on • The “Electronic ...
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Only cold air at idle

I need help finding why my car (2011 Ford Mustang v6) is only blowing cold air at idling? And also when on the highway when it's hot outside it blows hot air. Why?
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Standard Practices for Use and Care of Click-Type Torque Wrenches

Torque wrenches, while straightforward in concept, require much different use and care compared to a regular ratchet. This can be confusing to someone who has never used one before. There are several ...
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1answer
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How to repair B1C2B error code for Dodge Grand Caravan 2013?

It will be higly appreciated if someone can help in trouble shooting the error code B1C2B in my 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan. It has a 3.6L Engine. I know little about cars. Please help me find out what ...
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1989 Ford Econovan - clutch issues

I have a 1989 ford econovan and this morning when i got in the clutch fully depressed with no resistance. I parked it 4 days ago and had no issues while driving. The van starts up fine, but will not ...
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1answer
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what is the difference in terms of effective use comparing stainless or normal steel wire brush/rotary tool?

When using a wirebrush (on a dremel head for example), which is more abbrasive and what are the advantages of stainless and normal steel?
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2010 Ford Taurus keypad panel pulling away

I just bought the car and in process of discussing the issue I have with the door keypad panel pulling away. The dealer promised to get a garage(close to my house) to fix it for me but I'd like to ...
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1answer
41 views

How to make the side mirrors open or close with the locks of the car?

I have a corolla 2012 and I want to make some modifications on it. I want the side mirrors to close and open when I press the the lock and unlock button of the remote control. Anyone has any idea of ...
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1answer
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How can I connect the flashing light circuit from an alarm into the main vehicle lighting on a Toyota Hiace van?

I have installed a Uniden VX2600 car alarm into my 1993 toyota hiace super custom. The only thing left is to connect the parklight wires from the alarm to the actual vehicle parklights or ...
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1answer
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My car 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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Mercury Comet Gear Shifter Is Loose

I have a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente that I am restoring and I'm trying to make it drive as smoothly as possible. However, the car's gear shifter lever on the steering column (automatic transmission) ...
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1answer
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Seemingly poor A/C efficiency in Chrysler Town & Country

I feel like the A/C in my 2012 Chrysler Town & Country is under-performing. So, I measured the A/C temperature output on it and my 2003 Toyota Corolla, and I'm having trouble reconciling the ...
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1answer
295 views

Will cold air blow if A/C Clutch doesn't engage?

My 2001 Honda CRV is blowing cold air in the front seat, but in the middle of the summer in the back seat, it's not very cool. If the A/C Clutch isn't engaging, will the A/C still blow somewhat cold? ...
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2answers
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Burning smell and smoke from rear tire

I was driving when I began smelling a burning, possibly rubber, smell and when I pulled over there was smoke coming from my passenger side rear tire well. Nothing appears to be wrong with the tire or ...
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1answer
41 views

Designing IC engine [on hold]

I am trying to design a theoretical internal combustion (IC) engine. The ultimate goal is to achieve 3000 hp with this engine, for which I know I will need low bore x stroke ratio, high compression, ...
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6answers
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Does switching to neutral on an automatic transmission improve braking for immediate stopping?

I've been told that when needing to brake quickly, throwing the gear into neutral on an automatic transmission actually allows for better/quicker braking. I understand how things work pretty well but ...
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3answers
816 views

How Does a Quick Shifter work in a motorcycle

I have often seen motorcycles like the BMW S100RR and the famous Ducati Panigale with Quick Shifter technology which allows seamless gear changes. I want to know how these things work mechanically ...
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3answers
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Leaking gas tank due to road damage. Is repair in-place an option?

Mechanic wants $2000 for replacement -- do repair kits work? Anyone have experiences good or bad with them?
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0answers
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Mercedes key replacement [on hold]

I need to get a Spare Mercedes Key. The cost in Australia is too much! where to get in touch with the contact you mentioned for Mercedes Spare key? Where it cost 100 GBP or ZAR 1600?
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1answer
56 views

Auto door lock does not work with automatic transmission shifting to and from “Park”

My toyota corolla 2014 Altis auto door lock has not been worked. I read Electric central door lock does not work with automatic transmission shifting to and from “Park” and also Toyota Corolla ...
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2answers
19 views

2004 chevy silverado 1500 brake pedal is loose after turning the engine on

I replaced the pads rotors and calipers on the rear of my truck along with a new master cylinder and cannot get what seems to be the air out of the lines. The brakes will appear to work until I start ...
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2answers
18 views

Are there any OBD scan tools compatible with a Volvo V50 2005 Europe

I understand this is not a website to ask for specific products. I have spent nearly 3 hours on the web trying to find a scanner that will be able to read and erase codes from my Volvo V50 2005 Europe ...
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3answers
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Ford Taurus common oil leak area?

On my last oil change, the technician noted some oil around top and side of the engine block and said there is a small leak. The only way to find where it is coming from is doing the whole dye test, ...
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1answer
30k views

'Check Engine' code P0171 System Too Lean - Is it safe to drive?

My 2003 Toyota Corolla's Check Engine Light came on. I read the codes using an OBD code reader and got P0171 - System Too Lean (Bank 1) and P0133 - 02 Circuit Slow Response (Bank 1, Sensor 1). The ...
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2answers
52 views

1999 Subaru Forester - bad acceleration, rough shifting

I have a 1999 Subaru Forester with an automatic transmission and a 2.5 Liter Motor. It has poor acceleration and rough shifting I started to notice 'hesitation' on take off. It just slowly appeared....
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3answers
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How to understand different engine oils?

When I went to shop for engine oil, I found many types as such: 5W-30 A5 5W-30 A1 5W-20 SAE 5W-30 10W-30 Also I see other information such as: Fully Synthetic Semi Synthetic Oil Synthetic ...
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3answers
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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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3answers
45 views

Motorcycle randomly loses power

I have a single cylinder, 200cc, carbureted, 5 speed, 12V, 2006 Lifan LF 200 motorcycle that typically runs fine. It will sometimes randomly lose power and I cannot get it to go above 25 mph. When ...
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1answer
35 views

A fuse slot has disappeared

My 2003 Opel Agila has recently had a catastrophic electrical problem, and my electric mirrors do not work anymore. The recovery guy pulled out and replaced a few fuses, and I drove home all fine. ...
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2answers
2k views

1st gear hard to engage unless stopped, Subaru 2004 Impreza Outback Sport

Since I've bought my 2004 Impreza Outback Sport, I've had a problem with shifting into 1st gear. First gear is generally difficult to engage while moving. You can just force it, but it's really ...
3
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2answers
35 views

Car door dented

I dented my car door while trying to turn into a tight spot. When I took the car for service they told me that the door will have to be replaced and is gonna cost big bucks. However there is no damage ...
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1answer
48 views

Need urgent help - car cut out and instruments frozen and will not start

I have just broken down. I am safe. My car has suddenly cut out and my instruments are frozen. The car will turn over but it refuses to start. My fuel gauge is stuck as well. My engine is cold so I do ...
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3answers
428 views

How to test for a leak in the exhaust manifold gasket?

I suspect that my 1999 Volvo V40 T4 has a leaky exhaust manifold gasket. In winter there used to be some odd faint whistling while the engine was cold and now I'm trying to find the reason of a ...
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0answers
18 views

1997 Infiniti J30 is sometimes very slow to get power after a full stop, otherwise fine

My 1997 Infiniti J30 is sometimes very slow to get any power when I start going from a full stop. I can put the pedal to the floor, and it will slowly creep forward for 3-5 seconds, then suddenly ...
2
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1answer
24 views

2010 Chevy Cobalt will not turn over

I have a 2010 Chevy Cobalt. I drove the car shut the engine off, when I went to restart the car it did nothing. All of my dash lights worked and my radio would play, but the car wouldn't turn over. ...
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4answers
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What are the benefits of low profile tires?

I have yet to find anyone that knows of any benefits of low-profile tires. All of the pros that I've asked have said there is no benefit. Naturally, the number of pros that I have available to ask is ...
7
votes
1answer
127 views

Idle gets stuck at 2000RPM

I have a friend with a 1989 Toyota Camry Wagon and the idle occasionally gets stuck at 2000RPM. In order to get the idle unstuck, we have to press down the gas, kick up the revs and then it will ...
5
votes
2answers
68 views

Where is the fuse box on a TGB Urban 125cc scooter?

I can't find the fuse box on a TGB Urban 125cc scooter. I looked under the seat and under the foot rest. All i could find is the main fuse wired in the battery cable: Is this the only fuse? Is ...
3
votes
1answer
35 views

Convertible top vinyl small crack repair

So I have a 2012 convertible V6 Ford Mustang and there is a very small crack developing in a crease on my roof: I believe the top is made from Vinyl and I must confess that I've neglected it. The ...
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3answers
10k views

Lugging the Engine (Manual Transmission)

So...lugging the engine obviously isn't something that is good. But why? For example when you feather a clutch to get the car moving, it lugs for a quick moment when you hit the catch point (When ...
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3answers
7k views

Ticking noise when accelerating

I have a Vauxhall Corsa "C" (2003)(EU) which is a standard 16v 1.2 petrol, the engine is chain driven and sits at 50k. I don't think it was well looked after (service wise) in previous lifes. ...
3
votes
0answers
22 views

converting tramsmission

my car has in a Toyota 4e engine which uses a corolla 3 speed transmission. The transmission is faulty so i would like to change it to a 4 speed transmission toyota starlet transmission, same (engine)...
4
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8answers
11k views

Keeping floor mats from moving - no hook on car floor

Looking for some ideas to keep floor mats from moving. In particular, my 91 MR2 has no plastic hook on the car floor to hook into the floor mats and hold them in place. The floor mats I have only ...
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1answer
27 views

Change clock to 24-hours mode on radio in Honda Element

Is there a way to change the settings on a factory-installed CD-radio unit that came with my 2004 Honda Element to display the clock in 24-hour mode? Looked in the owners manual, but no mention there....
7
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1answer
37 views

2015 Honda Mobilio - Car shakes when started

I have a 2015 Honda Mobilio with a manual transmission. I have had this car for 6 months and have not experienced any problems until yesterday morning. When I start my car, the engine shakes badly. ...
2
votes
2answers
443 views

Whistling noise from Toyota 4Runner when idling or gassing

Our 2000 4runner just started making a noise a few days ago. It’s not very noticeable unless you roll down the window. It is high pitched, and when it happens it’s intermittent, never a longer tone ...
3
votes
1answer
927 views

Did cold weather cause my Jeep's heater fan to stop blowing and then start again later?

I just bought a used 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, I've had it for a week. I brought it in to get the windshield washer nozzles replaced (they were spraying weird). When I got the car back I ...
2
votes
4answers
10k views

What does the Check Engine Light on 2000 Camry at 180,781 miles mean?

The check engine light just came on in my 2000 Camry. It has 180,781 miles, and the 180k mark is the recommended timing belt replacement mark. I've checked the tightness on the gas cap, and I'm ...
2
votes
2answers
483 views

2008 Toyota Tacoma cabin air filter replacment

What steps do I take to replace the cabin air filter on my 2008 Toyota Tacoma?

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