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How much does spark plug gap affect fuel efficiency?

I've read conflicting reports regarding how plug gap can affect fuel efficiency. For example, I've read that too small a gap won't cause a clean burn, or that too large a gap can cause misfires due ...
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How to get items out of the HVAC system from a 2003-2007 Honda Accord

Before I ruin my dashboard/car, I wanted to know if my approach is correct. I don't know much about cars but logically, it seems like a simple enough task to remove vents, reach in and grab items, ...
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Proper way to do maintenance on an air bag system (SRS)?

My air bag system light started coming on a while ago. Sometimes it will come on and stay on, other times it will go off after a while. This usually happens when it starts raining out. I did some ...
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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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Honda Accord 2000 V6, loses electrical although engine is still running - what could it be?

After driving about a mile with a cold engine, I lost power steering and all the dash lights came on (battery, oil, all the doors registered open, etc). I pulled off the road and turned the car off. I ...
5
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Permanent car camera secuity system?

I am getting a new VW and from past experience I want to have a camera system built in the car for few reasons. First, to record any possible accidents while driving and while I am not there. Second ...
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Mystery Sensor on Manual Transaxel Housing

I have a 97 Mazda - 323 S V (BA) - 1.8 i 16V (114 Hp) with a manual 5 speed transmission. While trying to change the oil, I noticed the following connector, with one missing wire on what I think is ...
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Saturn Headlight Problem

I have a 2001 Saturn SL2 that is having a problem with one of its headlights. When I turn on the headlights, frequently one is not lighting. If I go to the front and give the lens a quick knock, it ...
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Leftover parts after head gasket change; are they engine mounts or braces?

About a year ago, I replaced a head gasket on a 1994 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L. After I put everything back together there were two parts left over. The car runs good considering it's 20 years old, however ...
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ODIS 5.0.6 diagnostic tool : how can I remove an option from a transformed vehicle?

We have a transformed car, a Bentley, which no longer has a motorized sunroof. The blind has also gone. However the car diagnostics exhibits a fault on the related, non-present devices and motors. We ...
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What is the Bluetooth revision supported by the 2015 Prius C?

I am trying to find out what is the maximum Bluetooth protocol level that the 2015 Prius C will use (if it matters, I have the "Two" trim, without the Entune system). I understand that Bluetooth ...
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Front wheel scraping noise

I have some weird scraping/rubbing noise in my right front wheel. I I hear it regardless of weather i brake or not, and the slower i go the more low pitched and grindy it sounds. It continues to ...
3
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How to hack an on-demand rear diff locker on FJ Cruiser bypassing the ECU?

The Electronic Control Unit on my FJ Cruiser is not relaying the signal properly to the rear differential lock actuator when I switch it on. I want to bypass the ECU altogether and make the switch ...
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Buzzing noise or whining noise from center of car while driving, not related to engine speed

My 2003 Passat B5 TDI with 6-speed gearbox is making a buzzing/whining(?) noise while driving and it appears as if it comes from under the gear shifter. The noise is: Dependent on road speed (more ...
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39 views

Hooking up daytime running lights on my vehicle using relays

I am looking to run my 2006 Honda Ridgeline's daytime running lights on 50% power, or close to it, on the accessory wire. When I turn my park lights, head lights, or brights on, I would like them to ...
3
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For the love of all things sacred, what technical reason was there for GM to put a different connector on each side for the rear oxygen sensors?

I just busted my knuckles breaking the oxygen sensors free in hopes of swapping them to see if the problem stayed on the driver side or went with the sensor. Only to find out the connectors are ...
3
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0answers
22 views

i30 GD Diesel hatch rear wheel alignment query

I've got a 2014 Hyundai i30 GD Active Hatch, 1.6l diesel manual, just had the 15000km service done. As part of the service I got a report from the dealer that the front alignment was 0 mm and 6 mm ...
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Jeep stalls after about 10-15 minutes driving or idling

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited This just started yesterday. Instance#1: After about 10-15 of driving (note: It had been about 12 hrs since it was last used) I was waiting at a traffic light when ...
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Ford Puma only blowing hot air

I recently had the clutch replaced on my car (well a friend did when I lent it to him). He replaced some other part he said was leaking - it looks very like the heater control valve when I google them ...
3
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Trying to order a part, shows up brake knuckle spindle assembly, but all are used for 98 civic?

I'm trying to order the hub assembly and brake knuckle spindle assembly for a 98 Honda Civic so that I don't have to do any press work with the bearings. On other vehicles the parts can be bought new ...
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Rebuild for longevity

So, I have a question about a 98 2.0 rt neon. I am going to get a top/bottom rebuild on it, the block has 260000 km on it. I have seen rebuild kits on the market anywhere from 300 dollars (ebay ...
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Strange electrical issue with after market brake lights

I've got a 1991 Jeep Wrangler. About 3 years ago I put LED brake lights on. They worked great until just a couple days ago, when the drivers side stopped working. Shortly after, they started working ...
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High Idle and Engine Noise in Chrysler 300c Hemi

I recently bought a 300, it had 170000 miles on it. When I test drove it nothing felt wrong what so ever. Week later it started turning off by itself in the middle of the freeway or alleys. Got it ...
3
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Clunking Noise from Rear, Right Tire when hitting bumps

I have a 2003 Ford Taurus SE with ~95000 miles. It has been a very cold and harsh winter in New England. Recently, I have been hearing a clunking noise in the rear, right tire region when hitting ...
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Any way to prevent the dome light from being always on

My Honda Fit 2013 has 3 settings for the interior dome light: off, on temporarily (when opening the door or switching off the ignition) or always on. This morning I got into the car and found the ...
3
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Mystery rubbing or slapping noise while driving

My 2005 Dodge Caravan makes a strange rubbing or slapping noise under the hood that is quite loud and has to do with rotation of the tires or front axle. As you slow down it slows down and vice versa ...
3
votes
0answers
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O2 Sensor - 1998 Toyota Camry 2.2L 4-cyl

I was getting a few error messages p1135 being one of them, which seems to indicate that the O2 1st bank 1st sensor should be replaced. My car is 4cyl, so there is only one sensor under the hood (pre ...
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Ford Fiesta Mk6 Diesel Engine Fault

Upon acceleration the following lights illuminate once the engine reaches 3000-4000 RPM: A message; "Engine Fault" appears on the dash screen. Once this happens, the engine will no longer rev ...
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Sound fluctuation after Aerial replacement

I have replaced the Aerial on my car because the original one broke (car wash), the factory replacement is quite expensive, so I replaced it with a cheaper one. The stereo itself seems to work fine, ...
3
votes
0answers
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How much to get an old restomod running?

potentially a difficult question here. It's looking like I'm going to be moving out of state for a new job here in the next few months, which is throwing a big wrench into projects I have going on. ...
3
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What factors are considered when deciding on gasket material?

Automotive gaskets come in many materials, shapes and sizes and find application in many places. I'm curious to learn more about why manufacturers use certain materials for certain applications. I ...
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0answers
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Ford Expidition Eddie Bauer 4.0 v8 2003 automatic rpm goes high

When driving, sometimes when I want stop the vehicle, I go to press the brakes, but that time engine rpm goes high, keeping brakes pressed hard, after 5 second engine becomes normal. It goes high when ...
3
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Volvo V40 wont start, red led light on speaker flashes rapidly

My Volvo V40 will not start. When I put the key to position 2, the red LED light on the left speaker on the dash flashes rapidly for 15 seconds. When I turn the key to position 3 the lights on the ...
3
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Citroen Xsara went into “Eco mode” then total blackout

I recently bought a used 2002 Citroen Xsara 2.0 Exclusive (petrol) which had a single electrical issue; the rear wiper did not stop in the "park" position but rather timed out in a random position. ...
3
votes
0answers
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Can I make a Kevlar (or fiberglass) part without a vacuum?

I'm trying to make a panel that will replace this crappy diamond plate (as seen in the photo below). I would like to make something that is flush with the dash, this has been troubling me for some ...
3
votes
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Wet conditions cause heat to come on full blast

Our 2006 Honda Odyssey minivan has a weird behavior with the climate control. When it is very wet, the heat only comes out at full blast when turned on, regardless of what the temperature is set ...
3
votes
0answers
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Squealing sound coming from driver side on 99 park ave

I have a 99 Buick Park Avenue. When my car is warmed up (no noise the first 15min of driving or idling) it starts to make a squealing noise, something like a belt noise, but it isn't the belt. The ...
3
votes
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95 manual civic… loud knocking sound when decelerating

I have a 95 civic lx standard ... Recently on way home from work it started making a knocking sound after I let go of the gas . I pulled off fwy put it up on two jacks engaged gears accelerated then ...
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Ford Expedition ignition cable problem

Is this the underlying problem or a symptom of something else?? I have a 99 Ford Expedition that has a knocking and pinging problem. Two different mechanics have narrowed it down to the ignition ...
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2001 Ford F150 Serious Fuel leak

I have a 2001 F150 XLT. I recently had my fule tank replaced because it had a leak. The garage that did the work did say the tank had a hole. Yesterday I picked the truck up. they had put a used tank ...
3
votes
0answers
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2015 Hyundai Sonata not accelerating

I recently purchased a 2015 Hyundai Sonata its only 2 months old and while driving on a freeway I was unable to accelerate. I was cruising at 65 mph and while trying to pass someone it just limped ...
3
votes
0answers
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Stuck storage compartment door

I have a 2008 Chevy HHR with a stuck dash storage compartment door. I've tried to pry it open with a screwdriver and I've tried to push the obstruction out with some wire. I have no idea how to get it ...
3
votes
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Honda Accord 2005 Headlight relay location

Side and full beam working fine, but not dipped headlights. Checked all fuses - ok. I looked at the cover of the fuse box above (pic below). Honda Accord 2005 under-bonnet fuse box Lid Which covers ...
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votes
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How do I aim the headlights of a '95 Geo Prizm?

Two years ago, my grandfather gave us his old '95 Prizm when he bought a new car. A few weeks ago, I decided that the old headlight bulbs were too dim and I replaced them with new ones. The light ...
3
votes
0answers
254 views

Weird Problem! Need to turn steering wheel to crank start the car

I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla It started to have starting problem a few weeks ago. If I didn't drive my car for 1 or 2, the car won't start. The only way to start the car is to turn the steering wheel ...
3
votes
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365 views

John Deere SX-85 will not go into reverse, or move backwards

I have John Deere SX-85 riding lawnmower which comes with a Peerless 910 series transaxle. It has mowed the lawn twice since the installation of all new belts over the winter. During the second mow, ...
3
votes
0answers
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What is this part and how do I remove it?

I am trying to replace my motorbike clutch friction plates, but cannot remove the basket around the plates ( I think that's what people mean when the say 'basket' - the cover over the plates that ...
3
votes
0answers
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Volkswagen A/C Intermittent

I want to repair my Volkswagen Passat '07 A/C. I've taken it to two shops (dealer and independent) and they both say the entire a/c system needs to be replaced. The strange thing is, that sometimes it ...
3
votes
0answers
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How do I make my 2nd generation Toyota Hi-Ace start more easily?

My 2nd generation Toyota Hi-Ace Diesel is not starting easily, or occasionally not starting at all. I have: Tested the glow plugs - all quick and fully bright; Changed battery; Changed the air ...
3
votes
0answers
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How to access the Idle Air Control Valve, Renault Clio mk2

I have an idling issue with my Renault Clio mk2 1.2L 2002 - the engine stalls as I slow down at lights and roundabouts etc... I have been searching the web for solutions to this problem, Most answers ...

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