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Transmission disengages itself

Seems like my car disengage itself from drive to neutral while in motion. I drive a 2004 Honda Accord. When in drive and in motion, the car starts slowing down even with my foot on accelerator. It ...
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Will I damage my car if I don't fix evaporator core leak?

Pretty sure my evaporator core has a leak, super expensive to fix. Can I just charge it 3 times a year or so? Is this going to damage my car?
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Hydraulic steering goes left but not right

I am working on a project with a group of friends. We have built a vehicle using a hydraulic steering valve from an old ditch witch. The vehicle goes left but not right. The inlet is in the out port ...
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Is it okay to splice a backup camera into the reverse lights?

I saw another thread that was similar, but it didn't a definitive or clear answer on the matter. I'll be brief. I want to install a Nexus 7 (2012) tablet in the dash of my car. I want it to be able ...
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What are the “1” and “2” or “L” gears used for on an automatic?

In a car with an automatic transmission, we are normally greeted by the acronym PRNDL, or in some cases (older cars) PRND21. I know that the L, 1, or 2 will cause the transmission to stay in a ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

I would REALLY like to get rid of my spare wheel. The wheel is heavy and I need the spare wheel well for... other purposes. In my history of driving I never had to use the spare wheel, so it cost me a ...
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4answers
847 views
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High oil warning in Mercedes B class diesel

I have a Mercedes B class diesel 2010. I have had it since August 2015 from a dealer who serviced it, and everything is running fine. I have noticed a warning saying drop oil level, so I measured the ...
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Are classic cars safe?

Are classic cars safe? I am interested to know the differences between modern vehicles and vehicles of old from the 1960s. In the event of an accident, how does a classic vehicle compare to a ...
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Volvo V60/S60 <2012 LED bulb replacement

The LED bulb unit that sits between the headlamp assembly and the rad has gone. I have bought a new complete unit (two led strips inside) but cannot see how to unplug the old one and plug in the new ...
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Prepare car for long distance towing

I'm moving soon and will be towing my car (2003 Honda Civic EX w/ automatic transmission) about 1,600 miles. The car will be towed behind a box truck on a trailer, i.e. the wheels will not be on the ...
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Why is a flywheel important to a car? [duplicate]

I know that a flywheel is used to provide inertia. Do motorcycles have them? If not, why don't they have it?
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Can a lightning strike cause your car to not run?

If lightning strikes a tree in your yard and your car is close by, can this cause your car to not work properly? I had an employee call in stating that lightning struck a tree beside their mobile ...
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Clicking type sound when braking at low speeds

Most of the time when I brake at low speeds I hear a clicking type sound, that is fairly faint. I do NOT hear squeaking, grinding or any high pitched noises that might indicate my brake pads are ...
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1answer
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How to check if spark plugs are firing? Coil-on plugs

While trying to diagnose a tricky car not starting problem I was asked to check if the spark plugs were firing at all. I've found plenty of resources on inspecting the condition of spark plugs after ...
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Main engine not firing after non-engine-related fixes (replacing fuses and transmission fluid), starter/fan fine

This order of events makes no sense to me, I'm hoping someone here can see some possible link between them that I can't. Car is a 1998 Toyota RAV4 automatic, FWD: I had a car-not-starting problem ...
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1answer
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I think my clutch is failing, how can I tell what needs to be replaced?

I have a 2000 Mazda Protege with a 5-speed manual transmission. In recent months, I have noticed something that I believe is the clutch slipping. Sometimes when I am accelerating to highway speeds, ...
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Do I have to reprogram the ABS module to fix the ABS light on 528i BMW?

I'm not sure if this is true but I've heard that in order to fix my ABS light, they have to remove the module and send it out to reprogram. Is this true?
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How fast is one RPM on average?

I know this depends on a lot of factors but I heard a revolution can happen in 0.02 second is this the case? I can't even stop my stop watch that fast?
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1answer
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Shifting on a motorbike by preloading

I have a few different questions that popped into my head after reading about preloading the shifter in motorbikes, here's one of three: Shifting between 1st and 2nd on a motorbike - will the bike ...
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0answers
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Help installing LED tail lights [duplicate]

I just ordered LED tail lights for my Jeep (made by KC, not something super sketchy). I used to have LED turn signals up front (before I realized they looked aweful). I remember that the LED turn ...
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4answers
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Could a faulty fuel level sensor cause a vehicle to stall?

I have a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe with just over 90,000 KMs and recently the fuel gauge started to fluctuate wildly. I had the sensor's replaced and filled the tank and it only showed half full. So one ...
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1answer
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Meaning of relay acronyms: H-LP, E/G, DIM etc

I'm trying to get to know my fuse and relay boxes better. They're labelled, but the labels are mostly acronyms and shorthand, and googling any particular acronym gives a lot of mentions of common ...
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2answers
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Volvo V60 Daytime Running Light - what is the bulb type? Instructions to replace bulb? Or what relay/fuse to replace?

That ^ is a 2010 Volvo V60, UK, with one daytime running light that doesn't work. (The one on the other side is fine). So I want to replace the bulb rather than drive to the Volvo dealer (which ...
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2answers
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What are the dangers of refilling your air conditioner yourself?

Both of the Haynes manuals for my cars list refilling the refrigerant in your car as a do it yourself procedure. Both vehicles use R-134a refrigerant and the manual shows them being recharged with a ...
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2answers
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The causes of a noisy serpentine (auxiliary) belt

During the last few months my car developed a not too loud, but annoying noise (squeak) coming from the auxiliary belt area. Sometimes it starts as soon as the car is started, sometimes it seems to do ...
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1answer
45 views

Tire slash or blowout on 2005 Corvette

My dad is convinced someone slashed his tire at work, but I think this could be a blowout. Is there any way to tell the difference from looking at the tire? Does this look like a slash or a blowout, ...
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0answers
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Motorcycle dumping gas from tailpipe

I'm in the process of getting my 1982 Honda Magna back in running condition. I've cleaned out the carb and put in a new battery. It now runs, but dumps a TON of gas out the tailpipe. Almost a constant ...
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1answer
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Overheating 98 Subaru Legacy Outback EJ 25

I bought this car about a month ago with an overheating problem it couldn't travel for 3 miles without overheating after replacing the thermostat and gasket. The previous owners cut away the ...
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2answers
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Diagnosing P0171 2007 Toyota Corolla

First time poster trying to get into cars. So my 2007 Toyota Corolla (with around 89k miles) has a Check engine light that reads error code P0171 (System too lean Bank 1). I was looking that up and ...
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1998 toyota corolla automatic cranks but no start

I have a 1998 Toyota corolla automatic transmission that have a difficulty in starting when the car has parked for a period of over 4 hours or when kinda cold, the car starter motor cranks well. After ...
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2answers
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Hand-testing Shock Absorbers

Does manually hand-testing shock absorbers have any validity for checking if a shock is good or bad? Does hand-priming shock absorbers help? I usually hand-prime shock absorbers that I feel are ...
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1answer
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What would be the need for more than 2 ground wires in any car, truck, suv, van?

With the understanding that most all vehicles have at least 2 grounds wires, what items would add to the list of minimum requirements for a safe grounding system. An 'item' is defined as an object ...
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1answer
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What is a vibrator on a Model T ignition coil for?

In this post here What vehicle does this ancient ignition coil fit? there is a device that is cited in @paulster2's response that is called a 'vibrator'. Here's the diagram from his answer where ...
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0answers
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Slow speed crunch/pop sound?

Having this issue that started recently. Hearing and feeling in the steering wheel and pedals crunch/pop sound when rolling slowly. On/off brakes doesn't seem to matter. In gear/off gear doesn't ...
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2answers
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Why should I back off all valve lash adjusters until valves are closed when changing a head gasket?

My Suzuki Swift 01 is leaking coolant. I'm trying to change the head gasket. I've gotten as far as taking the camshaft cover off. See this picture: I'm not sure what Step 11, "Back off all valve ...
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2answers
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Fixing a gasket oil/transmission fluid leak with epoxy glue - possible reaction with oil?

I'm in Sierra Leone where mechanics have an impressive flair for improvising with limited resources, but a lack of formal training and a cavalier attitude to long term safety. I've had a transmission ...
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3answers
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Does increasing head gasket thickness make it more failure-prone?

A well-known fact when adding forced-induction to an engine originally designed for naturally-aspirated applications, is that it may be necessary to reduce the compression ratio to counter the ...
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5answers
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Is it necessary to have two ground wires (1 to engine and 1 to car-frame)?

My jeep's stock wiring has two ground cabled coming from the negative terminal. I recently upgraded all of my positive cables, and now I'm on to the negative. Is it necessary to have one cable going ...
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1answer
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Overfilled my B&S 725ex self propelled lawmower

I overfilled my B&S 725ex self propelled lawnmower. I cut front yard no problem. Yesterday I went to cut back yard. I realized I had overfilled it with oil. I drained oil refilled to proper level ...
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Do no-name tires go through thorough testing?

Tire (tyre) brands come in three categories: Major brands that advertise extensively Relatively unknown brands that are actually made by the major brands Relatively unknown brands that are ...
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1answer
57 views

Ford Focus won't crank no clicking light on dash come on.

Okay so I have a 2000 Ford Focus 5 speed. I was coming off the interstate and hit a bump and the car shut off. All the light on dash come on even the radio but it won't crank. Not even clicking. I've ...
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2answers
777 views

How to test a bolted-in heavy duty 50a / 80a / 100a fuse with a multimeter without removing it?

I want to check if this particular 50 amp fuse on a RAV4 (1998 first generation) is blown or not. Just looking, it's hard to tell because of what I assume are blue-green deposits on copper (this is ...
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1answer
336 views

How to remove the 50 amp, 80 amp and 100 amp fuses from the positive terminal of a RAV4?

I want to check the fuses at the positive battery connection of my 1998 (first generation) Toyota RAV4. Visually, the 80a and 100a look fine, but the 50a has blue deposits and I can't tell if it's ...
3
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1answer
20 views

Corsa D Stuttering Accelaration with Malfunction Light flashing

I have a 1.2l Vauxhall Corsa D (62 plate) that has done 63K miles. A problem has developed over the last day or two that is becoming a concern, and has got worse over the last 24 hours. Whilst ...
4
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4answers
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Car turns off due to low RPM, only when starting car

Background: I had my 2003 Infiniti g35 at the mechanic to fix an electrical problem (turns out remote starter wires were rubbing and causing a short) and to fix an oil leak. All in all they changed ...
8
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1answer
145 views

Minor boost leak and shrill tone at peak boost: hose clamp, gasket or blow off valve?

Vehicle in question: 2004 Subaru WRX wagon. This weekend, I replaced the intercooler hose (y-shaped upset the intercooler), the throttle body hose and the blowoff valve hose (routes the over boost ...
4
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1answer
32 views

Heavy noise from the tappet of my RE Classic 350

I own a Royal Enfield Classic 350 (2014 model). After completing 10000 km, I started hearing an irritating sound from the tappet (service guys says so). At that time it didn't last long, so I thought ...
11
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2answers
187 views

Rough idle @ stoplights - O2 sensors reading zero voltage

I have an '05 4.7L Dodge Dakota that has had an issue with rough idle for over a year now. It seems to only happen after coming to a stop at a traffic light. It seems to happen more often after having ...
4
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1answer
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2010 Ford Taurus in neutral has higher idle speed

I have this question which really puzzles me. I'm from Europe and used to drive manual. I used to shift to neutral going down the hill to save on gas. Now I moved to the USA and I have cars that use ...
4
votes
3answers
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BMW E46 electric headlight leveling

My E46 BMW 320d was recently driven through some water too deep for it. The engine and rest of the car is fine but the electric levelling feature for the headlights has failed. The headlights were in ...

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