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Oil leaking from spark plug socket

I have oil leaking from a spark plug socket on my 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck. Before you ask, it's swapped with the 1.6 gas motor instead of the 1.6 diesel. The oil leak appears to only be ...
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1996 Chevy Suburban 1500: starter problems

So I have replaced the starter several time over a three year span. Every single on I pull off is busted. I don't know a whole lot but k ow enough to troubleshoot small things. Cant help but think ...
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2005 Toyota Avalon how to reactivate vehicle's ECU

2005 Toyota Avalon FOB stopped working, got replacement, now believe accidentally deactivated vehicle's ECU, by turning ignition on/off 5 times during process of adding new FOB. So now how can I get ...
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Headlight conversion

I've decided to install a new headlight on my bike. The current setup is two bulbs, one is on for low beam and both on for high beam, with two wires going out of each (h11?). Here is a short video of ...
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Why would a new gas cap cause the “check engine” light to shut off?

This happened to a friend of mine: The "check engine" light came on in his truck (Toyota). He replaced the gas cap and the light shut off. Then I also had a "check engine" light come on in my 1994 ...
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Saab 93 Automatic died when waiting for traffic light and won't start again

I just bought a 2006 Saab 93 Aero 2.0T automatic in October, 72000 miles. Everything seems perfect. But 2 weeks ago, the engine died while I was waiting for red light in the town centre, I just braked ...
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Where is the alarm siren located in a Ford Ka 2010?

I have a Ford Ka 2010 and the alarm siren stopped sounding. The problem doesn´t look related to the alarm central unit because the lights still flash and you can hear the relay clicking sound coming ...
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Negative-grounded vehicles: some switches on positive, some on negative, why?

As far as I can tell, on my van which is negative-grounded, all fuses are somewhere between the positive terminal and the load being protected by the fuse. However, some switches are on the positive, ...
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07 Subaru Forester XT Electric window working intermittently

A few days ago my Subaru Forester's driver's window (RHD) developed this habit of not opening when I push the switch, or sometimes I push the switch, then nothing happens for a couple of seconds, then ...
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268 views

2007 Rabbit - Intermittently wont start

Vehicle: 2007 VW Rabbit. Auto. 2.5L Problem: The problem started one week ago. When starting car sometimes it will only turn over once and then silence. Solution is to wait a minute or so and then ...
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Are 'voltage stabilizers' a scam?

I have a 2002 Saturn SC2. I was told that adding a voltage stabilizer could improve its performance. Is this true? The units appear to simply be some capacitors hooked up between the battery ...
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1answer
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Astra G 2.2 - Electrical Issue

I have an Astra G 2.2. It was working just fine, no issues. Recently passed MOT with no advisories or issues. Today I topped up the oil and replaced the overhead interior bulbs with LEDs. They ...
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Is there a way to prop up a window that falls down?

The windows on my car stopped working a few months ago. I could hear the motor running but the wouldn't go back up. Managed to get them closed by putting my hand flat against the window and pushing ...
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Does downshifting ( Engine Braking ) help when my car brakes CAN lock the wheel?

Know facts: When your car brakes (e.g. because of the weight) can't stop the car, it's recommended to use downshift (engine braking) to help brake the car. The best way to stop the car is to brake ...
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2answers
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mixing brands of DOT4 brake fluid

I have changed my DOT3 brake fluid to DOT4 brake fluid. Will it hurt to mix DOT4 fluid with another brand of DOT4 fluid?
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1answer
219 views

My ER6 was lowered to accomodate a shorter driver than me. How can I adjust the height?

I want to adjust the height of my Kawazaki ER6n from 2006. Specifically, I want to reset the height to factory settings. Is this something that's possible to do without hiring a certified mechanic or ...
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1answer
28 views

petrol vehicles, why not use turbo charger?

Diesel vehicle often use turbo chargers. Petrol vehicles vehicles frequently do not. Why not use a turbo charger all the time in petrol vehicles?
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2answers
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I accidentally kept my vehicle Choke ON while riding?

I have Honda Dio 2015 Model. Yesterday, I kept the Choke ON while riding. I wanted to know what are the damages it probably causes to the engine? Does it have any after effects on the engine?
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1answer
92 views

Outside temperature displays wrong values in Peugeot 207

For some weeks now my mother-in-law's Peugeot 207 (2009 model I think) shows a wrong outside temperature. While the actual outdoor temperature has been somewhere around freezing (0°C) the temperature ...
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3answers
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Odometer gained 65,000 miles after battery replacement

I brought my 2002 Saturn SL2 in to replace a battery and seal; only when I brought the car into the shop my odometer read less than 23,000 miles and afterwards it read 91,000 miles. I was able to get ...
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4answers
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Squeaky steering?

Before going off to college, I had my car carefully inspected by a trusted mechanic whom I asked to inform me of any major problems. That is to say, the car has none now. However, I just noticed ...
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0answers
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Cannot get Kubota tractor engine to fire

I have a Kubota T2080 lawn tractor. It has a basic 2-cylinder gasoline naturally aspirated engine. I let it sit last winter and now that it's the spring, I cannot get the engine to fire. The electric ...
2
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1answer
238 views

Nissan Altima Alternator/Battery Problems

I own a 2005 Nissan Altima which has been having alternator/battery problems for past 1 year. My car has 112,000 miles on it. My car battery was past warranty so I had the battery replaced about a ...
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1answer
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Derbi Cafe 125 stalling when changing to 1st

I have a Derbi Cafe 125. This morning I started the bike up, let it run for a few minutes, changed from N to 1st, and the bike cut out. This happens repeatedly until I walked to work. I then realized ...
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47 views

MK 1 citi sport temp gauge fault

I own a MK 1 Citi Golf Sport 1.6 Carb that has 523220 km and recently flushed cooling system and changed coolant. after flush the temp showed above normal despite changing EVERYTHING! I also replaced ...
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1answer
33 views

What is a “confidential vehicle identification” number?

What is the "confidential vehicle identification" number? What cars bear that and where is it located?
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5answers
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Why do some tuned cars have very inclined tires?

I've seen photographs of cars with strange inclined tires like the one in the picture I pasted here. They seems to be Japanese cars. Is it for drifting? Maybe for appearance? Do the tires get ...
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2answers
249 views

1990 Toyota Pickup 22re fuel injection EFI relay is getting hot

While driving my truck, the engine stopped dead, like it ran out of gas. I used a by-pass wire to go around the EFI and Circuit open relay, the truck ran fine. I noticed a ground wire leading from the ...
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2answers
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2001 Maxima starts but won't stay running

I have a 2001 Nissan Maxima 3.0L V6 that starts no problem but dies almost immediately. If I give it gas as I start it and hold the idle around 1500-2000 for a few seconds, then ease off, it will stay ...
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2answers
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Prius burns off oil very fast. Is this normal?

I replaced the oil on my mom's Prius today, which is 3200 miles or so since I replaced it last. The car only takes 3 quarts of oil, but only drained a little over 2 quarts. My jeep, on the other ...
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0answers
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Would “one cylinder's out” semantics include a head gasket? [on hold]

I sold a car on craigslist with part of the title being "Runs, but one cylinder's out". I had taken the car to Firestone to diagnose why one cylinder wasn't firing right and they said it has 0% ...
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1answer
76 views

Clutch is stuck disengaged and pedal will not move

My clutch pedal on my 2005 Toyota Corolla will not move. I can start the car by pressing the clutch safety switch by hand. I can put my transmission into gear with the engine running, so the clutch ...
3
votes
1answer
45 views

VW Mk4 Golf/GTI airbag indicator warning light

My 2002 VW GTI MkIV recently had the airbag warning indicator light turn on. The VW dealership wanted to charge around $600 to fix it. They told me the seatbelt latch was at fault because it had an ...
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0answers
11 views

How to improve suspension on my bike TVS Star City 110 CC 2012 Model

I ride a TVS Star City 110 CC 2012 Model bike weighing 109 Kgs. I am feeling uncomfortable with the bike suspension. When I checked with my mechanic, he said it is fine. I can feel it is jumping even ...
2
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1answer
13 views

Current from key to solenoid of starter motor relay

I am considering installing a starter motor immobilizing relay inline with the starter setting of the key and starter solenoid. I recently got a MAH-112-C-4 online. It has a 30A switching ...
3
votes
1answer
822 views

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 ...
3
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0answers
53 views

Do power steering hoses just burst randomly or is it usually caused by installation error?

Power steering pump went out 10 months ago. Took it to Pep Boys where they replaced it. Today, while driving, the power steering goes out again.... It was explained to me at Pep Boys that the power ...
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6answers
81k views

What's the point of the D3 gear in an automatic transmission?

My Honda Civic has a D gear and a D3, which apparently prevents it from going into 4th. Why would I want to do this? What is it good for? Does it make my fuel efficiency better or worse? Does it ...
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1answer
32 views

2000 Toyota Camry power seat will not move forward more than 1" from back position.

2000 Toyota Camry power seat will not move forward more than 1" from the far back position. When I move the switch to move it forward the seat will move about 1" and stop and it will also move that ...
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4answers
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How important is a fuel cap?

I lost my fuel cap a couple months ago and haven't bothered finding a replacement. I haven't noticed any issues with it, but I'm wondering whether it's causing any damage or reducing gas mileage or ...
3
votes
1answer
60 views

Brakes smell, car pedal hard, light smoke, slows down during gear shift

3 weeks ago I bought a car from a private dealer. When I tested it out, the car was completely fine. Not to long ago after, I noticed that my back tail lights were on and figured out it was the braker ...
3
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1answer
49 views

Stiff clutch on Toyota Corolla: can it be adjusted?

I have a 2003 Corolla (mileage ~70K) that drives very well generally, except for one problem: The clutch has always been quite stiff since I purchased it a couple of years ago, and I think it's slowly ...
2
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1answer
3k views

How do I fix power window buttons?

The power window buttons in my 2007 Ford F-150 seems to have stopped functioning for the passenger and both rear windows and sometimes my driver window stops working. Since it is happening to three ...
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2answers
3k views

Misfire the next morning if car runs only for 15 seconds

So I had this gremlin in my wife's BMW 330i for at least 4 years. The car runs great but once in a while you would start it in the morning and the engine would sound rough with some shaking. After few ...
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1answer
30 views

Which car is this?

Can anybody help me to identify the year, make and model of this car?
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5answers
880 views

How can I increase the life of my diesel engine when my car does lots of small trips?

What things can I do to increase the life of my diesel engine when I make lots of short trips in the car? My daily routine means that the trip to work goes via another destination which gives my ...
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0answers
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2002 honda civic is dying. after cooling off it starts up again and runs till it dies

I have replaced the catalytic converter twice. I have replaced sensors before and after the catalytic converter. I have replace the spark plugs and a coil pack. It seems like the catalytic ...
3
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0answers
10 views

Lost torque on my Yamaha XVS650

I have a Yamaha DragStar 650 1999. I have a Highway Hawk exhaust and I removed the baffles. Now the exhaust is completely open. When the engine is cold I can start it only if I pull the acceleration ...
2
votes
1answer
21 views

Brakes pads changes and cutting rotors

My brakes started vibrating occasionally when slowing down on highways at high speeds. I have been realizing that the brakes feel low. I went to a shop for an oil change and the mechanic peeked in ...
3
votes
3answers
24 views

2003 F150 5.4L V8 Long Term Fuel Trim High Bank 2

I am currently chasing a lean condition in my Ford F150. My fuel trims were reading high on one bank (bank 2) and I am curious when I find the vacuum leak or whatever is causing the high readings, how ...

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