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Top new questions this week:

Can I leave my car sitting outside for about 5 years?

I need to park my car for about 5 years. I have a 2006 Civic with 244k miles.. I'm going to cover it and start it every 2 weeks.. someone told me that after that many years it's going to fall apart ...

honda storage  
asked by Eugene G 21 votes
answered by narkeleptk 67 votes

Brake disc and pads corrosion, do they need replacement?

I've taken my Ford Ranger to The garage for a health check test. The car has 2 years and 25k miles. Apparently there is corrosion on the inside part of the front discs. This affected the brake pads ...

ford ranger disk-brakes  
asked by Cristian 7 votes
answered by Nick C 17 votes

Can I use a gasket maker instead of a gasket for a lawn mower engine?

Is it okay to use a gasket maker instead of a gasket? No this is not going in a car it is for a lawnmower/small engines.

small-engine gasket-maker  
asked by user53950 5 votes
answered by Solar Mike 7 votes

Cigarette in the ac vent

I have a Ford Fiesta, a friend of mine dropped a cigarette inside the left air conditioning vent..Should I worry about it catching fire? Even if not, how do I get it out?

cleaning vents  
asked by Aryan 4 votes
answered by PeteCon 8 votes

What is the name of the hose that comes out of the oil fill?

What is the name of the hose that comes out of the oil fill in a Dodge Ram 1500 V8 5.7L Hemi truck? Mine is disintegrated and leaking oil. I want to replace it, but I can't find a drawing or part ...

oil hose  
asked by Audra 3 votes
answered by Jeeped 4 votes

Can running the heater with the A/C on damage your car?

I find that having the A/C on with the heater helps defog the car faster in the winter. Is it possible that doing this can damage the car?

ac heater  
asked by neverendingqs 3 votes
answered by zipzit 9 votes

Is my car battery health bad and should I replace it?

I bought a 2010 Golf in march and I do not know how old the battery is (no dates on the battery) and with winter coming in I feel a bit nervous. Usage I do not use the car very often but I try to ...

electrical battery voltage  
asked by Thibault D. 3 votes
answered by GdD 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

How do I determine what type of jumper cable I should carry?

I recently bought a used car, and it didn't come with any jumper cables, so I'm going to buy some. I briefly looked around at a store and online, and there seems to be a wide variety of prices and ...

electrical battery jump-start  
asked by nhinkle 13 votes
answered by Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 15 votes

When do brake rotors really need to be replaced?

I need to replace my rear brake pads. A mechanic suggested I also replace my rotors because they are rusted around the edges. The rotors are in fact quite rusted, however, there is no rust on the ...

brakes rust brake-rotor  
asked by ESultanik 33 votes
answered by Scott Hillson 13 votes

Can I drive a car with only water and no coolant if it has a leak?

Recently, I was informed that a car I share ('02 Nissan Sentra) was close to overheating. I was told it gets close to the upper limit very quickly upon running the car. When I inspected the vehicle, I ...

coolant radiator cooling-system  
asked by Travis J 15 votes
answered by Timo Geusch 9 votes

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 ...

mercedes-benz key  
asked by Ben Brocka 8 votes
answered by Ben Brocka 5 votes

what is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids?

What is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids? What could possibly go wrong if I use a (4 times cheaper) DOT3 brake fluid instead of the DOT4 which manufacturer recommends (but allows ...

brakes brake-fluid dot3 dot4  
asked by miernik 40 votes
answered by ManiacZX 22 votes

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 ...

engine fuel-consumption  
asked by RHPT 22 votes
answered by Jessie 12 votes

How to convert Amp Hours to CCA?

Is there a formula for converting a battery amp hour rating, which is used in much of Europe and Asia, to an Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) rating?

battery theory  
asked by Robert S. Barnes 5 votes
answered by Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 7 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Toyota prado 2015 map disk error

I see this in Toyota Prado Land Cruiser 2015 Which in english it says: Unable to load program please consult your dealer. How can I (preferably DIY) solve this? Additional Photo incase you need ...

toyota diy navigation land-cruiser prado  
asked by YulePale 2 votes

How about how many amps does a vehicle pull at idle

Assuming the lights and stereo are off, how many amps can you expect an idling vehicle to pull? In this particular case I'm wondering about an F350, with flexfuel engine?

electrical idle battery-drain  
asked by Frank 1 vote
answered by Solar Mike 0 votes

Which type of coolant is most suited for a Volvo XC90?

I have a 2006 Volvo XC90 that is low on coolant, and I want to change it. Since the coolant is low anyway, I will flush it, but I'm wondering what type of coolant to get. The manual, of course, ...

coolant volvo  
asked by Morce1946 1 vote
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