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comment Van makes knocking noise, even after it has been off for hours
"Internal unlock button" - does that mean the power locks? There should be a mechanical lock/unlock on the door itself as well, have you tried that?
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comment Van makes knocking noise, even after it has been off for hours
It does kind of sound like maybe a motor / solenoid / actuator of some kind on the door (or its lock) has been running nonstop and run down the battery. I would find the fuse for the door mechanism and pull it, and see if that stops the noise. If so, then try to jump start the car or otherwise recharge the battery, then investigate the problem further.
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comment Replace car batteries with capacitors?
FYI, standard English punctuation rules call for marks like . , ; : ! ? to have a space after them, and no space before. It's difficult to read your post the way it is.
Jan
30
comment How can you optimise the rate at which your electronic devices will charge in the car (fast in-car charging)?
These days it's pretty easy to find 12V USB chargers that output more than 500 mA.
Jan
21
comment Is it important to fix paint deterioration?
To be clear, in my case, the metal is not exposed to the elements; the base coat is intact and doesn't appear to be damaged at all. I agree that if metal were exposed there would be a risk of rusting and structural damage. But the problem is apparently with the clear coat only, and it is not clear to me whether that is likely to lead to problems with the remaining paint.
Jan
15
comment How can I tell if a flat car battery is charging when hooked up to a trickle charger?
@Paulster2: I will if/when I get the time - I think I should really include a diagram. If someone else wants to do so before I do, they are most welcome.
Jan
14
comment How can I tell if a flat car battery is charging when hooked up to a trickle charger?
Note that based on a quick back-of-the-envelope computation, you will get a very slow charge indeed - it would probably take at least two weeks.
Jan
14
comment How can I tell if a flat car battery is charging when hooked up to a trickle charger?
You could connect an ammeter in series with the charger and battery; this would at least tell you if the charger is doing anything. Whether it is actually charging the battery is a separate question.
Dec
30
comment Why do the batteries on some cars need to be hot-swapped?
If nothing else, you might think a mechanic would do this as a courtesy, so that the customer doesn't have to reset all their radio stations.
Dec
25
comment Can I buy a used car to learn auto repair & DIY?
"You can find away around the California insurance problem." How do you know? Can you be more specific? As it stands, just saying "you can find a way around", without actually explaining how to do so, can't be much help to the OP.
Dec
10
comment What non-driver, non-terrain factors can affect vehicle miles per gallon?
Tire pressure is one that's commonly mentioned - under-inflated tires roll less efficiently.
Nov
20
comment 2008 Honda Civic LX: Headlights are cloudy and very dull, What should I replace?
Related: mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/11882/…
Nov
8
revised High beam failure on Toyota Corolla 2010
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Nov
8
suggested approved edit on High beam failure on Toyota Corolla 2010
Nov
4
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Oct
27
comment What is this ticking noise while pulling away?
If you're not sure that it's detonation, you might not want to use that word in the title - it might get people thinking in the wrong direction. What about just saying "clicking sound"?
Oct
26
comment Fuel Economy Gauge Modification
This probably requires patching the car's software somehow. There might be patches like this available for some cars, but it would be specific to your make, model and year (maybe also country, trim level, etc), so please state what they are. Also note that even if this is possible, it might negatively affect your warranty. And a higher report frequency might give you reports that are much less accurate.
Oct
10
comment Headlight sealant?
Related: mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/11882/…
Oct
8
comment Drive no longer works on my Chrysler 300
Could you edit the title to something that describes the problem? That way, people can see from the title if it's something they know about and can answer.
Oct
7
comment High beams always on, except when lights off
Stupid question: on many cars the high beams are controlled by a separate switch from the ordinary headlights (often on the turn signal stalk) but only come on when the headlights or parking lights are switched on (with their own switch). You are looking at the switch that actually controls the high beams, right?