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Identifying American (Mercury) Mariner outboard

We have Mariner 9.9E outboard motor. Having hard time figuring out year and Yamaha equivalent (early Mariners were Yamahas in disguise). There is very little information on those, and it is hard to ...
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Should I pull my wipers away from the windshield when parked during a winter storm?

When we are expecting snow storm and the vehicle is parked, do we pull out the wipers so they don’t touch the glass to avoid the freezing to the windshield? Or would that hurt the springs in the wiper ...
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How often do I need to change my oil in a VW TDI?

The manual for my 2003 VW TDI says to change the oil every 12 months or 10,000 miles. My dealer says every 6 months or 5,000 miles. Are they just trying to make twice as much money off my oil ...
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1answer
10 views

Little heat at idle great heat when reving engine

I have new radiator put in due to leak, 96 Dodge Ram Van 1500. I have little to no heat, changed t-stat, flushed heater core, burped system on incline. Heat is slightly better. When I rev the engine ...
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1answer
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Does timing jump cause engine replacement?

Does timing jump cause engine replacement? =========================================== My TOYOTA Camry 1999 was driving OK. I do check under the hood on and off, I did not do that check for awhile. ...
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Do jump starts with a place for full-size car battery exist?

I have an old battery left from the old car and I need a jump starter kit. It seems all jump starters have integrated motorcycle battery inside. I curious whether jump starters with a place for a car ...
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57 views

1996 Toyota Camry - ignition or wiring

My car won't start I turn the key and nothing happens no click or turning of the engine. When I wait after a while the car makes a beeping noise like it resests itself then it starts but as soon as I ...
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1answer
38 views

Body parts(auto) spray painting requirements

I have a 24l Fragram compressor, airbrush & gravity feed spraygun. I want to spray small Auto body parts(plastic). Will the compressor maintain?
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1answer
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Evidence of rustproofing

How to do find evidence of rustproofing done on the bottom of a car? We are talking rustproofing done with "grease" / "oil" techniques at regular garages. What should I expect to see after ...
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1answer
37 views

What maintenance changes do I have to make to my 09 Acura TSX when it reaches 100k miles?

My Acura TSX is reaching the 100k miles range soon and I'm looking to get advice on maintenance changes. Thanks in advance for your help!
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2003 Ford Escape..strong fuel smell

2003 Escape 3.0L V6 149,000 miles 4x4. Three weeks ago a very strong fuel smell coming from rear of vehicle after I park it. Don't smell it anywhere else. Replaced the original fuel cap with after ...
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1answer
256 views

Honda 2005 CRV - tire noise or bearing noise?

I have a 2005 Honda CRV (RD7), with 190k km on the clock. Over the last 10000km or so, there's been a slight hum coming (I'm pretty sure) from the rear, and sloooowly getting worse. The specifics of ...
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1answer
26 views

battery and alternator problems, 2003 olds alero

I had a battery fail in my 2003 olds alero (6 cyl), replaced it, then my alternator failed (bosch), replaced that now the new alternator failed after 2 days why?
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1answer
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Mazda 3 1.6 OBDII P0403 resolved after changing spark plugs?

I had been plagued by intermittent OBDII P0403 check engine light for months. I changed the EGR valve, had the harness replaced but to no avail. The workshop said it is the PCM and quoted a hefty ...
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2answers
19 views

Mk5 Golf TDI with battery drain and brake lights coming on on their own

I have a 05 Mk5 Golf TDI. I have to jump it in the mornings as its battery is dead, but it will last all day if I'm driving it. It will start straight up if I stop for a hour or more, but if left over ...
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1answer
96 views

Pulsar 150 drifts right side

3 years old, 25000km done. The main problem is that the bike pulls or drifts towards the right side. I took it to the original service centre where they said the front fork bent and they overhauled it ...
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3answers
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Can I reprogram a used Mercedes smart key?

I want a new key for my Mercedes Benz and I've heard that you can get a used smart key for much cheaper than a new one from a licensed Mercedes mechanic. Can I reuse an already programmed Mercedes ...
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7answers
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Is idling bad for your engine?

If I sit in my car for 30-40 minutes with the AC and the car idling, does that "hurt" the engine, or does it simply waste gas and pollute the air? Would it be better if I turned off the car? A ...
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1answer
14 views

Clearing a P0507 on a Dodge Stratus

My 06 Dodge Stratus (4 cylender) is showing a P0507 off of the Torque app. My idle is sitting at near 1100 rpm versus the standard 800. I read up on the code and started looking for a vaccum leak ...
2
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1answer
98 views

roots blower pressure on Detroit 2 cycle Diesel 371 cubic inches

I need the blower pressure for a Detroit 2 cycle Diesel 371 cubic inch Oliver 99 tractor
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3answers
2k views

Jack points for a 2003 BMW 325i

So I know about the 4 rubber pads on the sides of the car. They make really stable points for my jack stands. Problem is getting my jack stands under the pads if I'm using them to prop up the car. The ...
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4answers
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Cooling fans not running

My 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT (6 cy/3.4L) has been having cooling issues. I started by replacing the thermostat and performing a flush & fill on the radiator. This didn't seem to resolve the issue ...
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1answer
144 views

Comparison between spark plugs

Is there an Autolite spark plug available that compares to a Champion J12Y spark plug? I would like to go with an Autolite plug if there is one available which will work. What type of plug would you ...
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1answer
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Repair or replace frayed fuel injection wiring harness?

This is on a 2008 Chevy Impala, 3.5L V6, non-flexfuel. Recently got cylinder 1 misfire / ignition failure codes. An investigation revealed that mice had gotten into my garage, made themselves at ...
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1answer
85 views

2001 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L hiccups badly after startup

I own a 01 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L and the error codes I get after an ODB check is p0171. When i first start it up it's like it loses power, constantly hiccuping. So i have to press on the gas to keep it ...
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2answers
55 views

Recommended maximum amount of time to allow a small engine to sit without being run

I recently ordered a small 2 stage snow blower. I live in the midwest US and some winters we don't get a lot of snow, so it's possible that I could go a whole winter without running the snowblower. ...
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1answer
26 views

Front wheels have different camber after suspension replacement

I recently got my vehicle's front right suspension replaced by some mechanics. Before driving off from the mechanics I had a look at the front and noticed that the right wheel (driver's side) has the ...
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6answers
2k views

What can I do to give my lawn mower more power?

I have a 21" Craftsman push lawn mower with a Briggs and Stratton 7 hp engine that is about 6 years old. I've got it cutting on the highest setting, and it still has issues cutting the grass without ...
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1answer
14 views

Honda Civic 2002 - Car won't start; electrical system issue suspected

As of yesterday, my 2002 Honda Civic no longer starts or even cranks, even with a boost from another vehicle. Check engine light isn't on, and the car is currently too unstable for me to get a reading ...
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1answer
24 views

1999 Dodge Ram - New Mirrors, Weird Behavior

I recently purchased replacement mirrors for my '99 Dodge Ram 1500. When I put the door back together and tested, I found that when I tried to move the mirror leftwards or upwards, the mirror on the ...
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2answers
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Why is my motorcycle losing power when accelerating?

I ride a Honda Rebel 250 motorcycle and over the past few days I find that the bike is losing power when accelerating fast. When I twist the throttle to accelerate quickly (in any gear) I hear the ...
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2answers
377 views

BMW 530xd E60 2008 diesel possibly fuel pump problem

Car details: BMW 530xd E60 2008-05 Diesel 170kw. The pump is working as it should be, it has been tested in BMW center. Problem is, when I turn the ignition on, the check engine light doesn't come ...
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2answers
104 views

Peugeot 206 engine occasionally cutting out when idle

Sorry if this is vague, I don't know very much, but I'll do my best. I want to have as much information possible before taking it to a garage to do anything. I have a 2003 Peugeot 206 1.1l which has ...
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3answers
60 views

how much water can be safely added to a battery?

My 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L has the battery as follows: ENERTEC EMC // 1J0 915 105 AD // 12V 61 Ah 330A DIN // 540A EN/SAE. It would appear that the battery can no longer hold the starting charge after an ...
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1answer
39 views

Is the 2008 Honda Fit Rear Left Wheel Alignment Not Adjustable?

I just got 4 new tires on my 2008 Honda Fit Sport. Here is the report from the alignment: The mechanic said that nothing can be done about the rear-left wheel because the alignment is not ...
2
votes
1answer
77 views

dodge intrepid 2000 electrical problems

I have a Dodge Intrepid 2000 My car was recently wrecked.The front is bent in. After the wreck everything electrical was still working the only thing wrong with it was the alignment belt. I had ...
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0answers
20 views

Low Pressure with New Coolant System

I recently had my head gasket, radiator, thermostat, and hoses replaced on my BMW 318i, but the water pressure is still showing there is a leak somewhere; any idea what is going on?
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5answers
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Can I use spray paint to touch up my car?

I have several really small nicks and major scuffs on my car; the nicks from driving on the highway (flying debris hitting chassis) and the scuffs from two fender benders. The nicks have started to ...
4
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1answer
69 views

Why would a vehicles exhaust sound significantly deeper after a broken timing belt replacement?

Last Tuesday, my timing belt sheered of several teeth. I got one on order and replaced it, and the car fired right up. I was able to hand crank the engine several times after re-timing it and it ...
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1answer
251 views

Mercedes ML 430 will not start. No click, no electrical lights nothing.

After taking a nap in the parking lot at my job, the driver's seat (power seating) -- the passenger seat did work-- I had laid back could not be readjusted. After work I went home (3am closing shift). ...
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0answers
24 views

What's this strangely marked control on my Eclipse?

My 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse, and presumably other Mitsubishis of the same era, has a control over by the rear windshield wiper control, near the center vents. It's got 2 pictures of a person sitting. ...
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2answers
344 views

Problems with Power Door Locks

I have a 2009 Honda Accord with approximately 95k miles. About 2 years ago, I began having periodic trouble with the rear driver's side door lock. All other doors would lock/unlock with the power ...
2
votes
1answer
52 views

GSX-R front suspension technology timeline

I have noticed that people frequently choose the GSX-R front end for a front end conversion on old bikes to improve handling and comfort. The GSX-R was produced from 1985 through the present, and I'm ...
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1answer
12 views

Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4.7 Losing Coolant

I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with a 4.7 magnum, and I have replaced the radiator, thermostat and water pump. I keep having to fill the reservoir every couple of days. Fluid keeps coming out of the ...
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vote
1answer
37 views

Ford Figo starting problem

I have 2012 Ford Figo diesel.I recently got the work done for clutch plate and wheel bearing. Now the car is not starting itself. I got it checked by a local mechanic also he said everything is fine ...
2
votes
1answer
40 views

Fixing cuts on the seat

I don't know how these cuts happened (picture below), but on taking it to the official service station, the mechanic said he'd try fixing it with black insulation tape. I didn't think insulation tape ...
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votes
1answer
29 views

Putting three headlights on my bike

I want to fit a total of three headlights on my average 220. What type of modifications do I need to make in the wiring to make it possible?
2
votes
1answer
85 views

Fiat 500 Airbag Sensor

My Fiat 500, 2008, 1.2 Pop, 51Kw has had its front left side somewhat crushed. The body has been fixed for the most part, but the electrician/mechanic tells us he cannot turn on the vehicle in order ...
4
votes
3answers
16k views

How do I resolve error code P1135 in my Toyota Camry?

I recently replaced the downstream O2 sensor in my Toyota Camry. Shortly thereafter, the check engine like came on again providing the following codes: P1135 which I understand to be the upstream ...
2
votes
1answer
116 views

My 2003 Impala blows some heat and then cold

My car heater started acting up. It would heat, then no heat. So I put a new thermostat in, had the heater core flushed, and new coolant added. The other day after this, it got so hot it shut down. I ...

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