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What happens if I mix green and orange coolant in a 2008 Chevy cobalt?

It’s a 2008 Chevy cobalt ss. I recently bought the car from a friend, and it sat for awhile before I bought it. I’m now trying to update all its needs, and I wasn’t sure what coolant was in it to ...
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Tools required for installing 2005 Malibu serpentine belt on side of road

The serpentine belt on my 2005 Malibu (3.5 L) has broken while driving on backcountry roads in Ontario. I'm going to get a replacement part from a local parts shop tomorrow, Sept 28, 2022. I will ...
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2016 Subaru Forester - gas and oil - aftermath of a long roadtrip

Before heading out on a 2+ week, 5000 road trip, I brought my 2016 Forester (50k miles at the time) in for new brakes, an oil change and an inspection for anything else that might need to be looked at....
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Atkinson Cycle: Does the efficiency of a high-compression engine come from compression ratio, expansion ratio, or both?

I understand that, in an internal combustion engine, efficiency can often (up to a point) be improved by increasing the compression ratio, this being a major reason why diesel engines (which do not ...
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2010 Ford Fusion with a 3.0L

I have a 2010 Ford Fusion with a 3.0L I turn the key all the dash lights come on and the radio comes on but it won't crank over but when I run a jump wire off the solenoid it will crank over and start ...
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1989 Chevrolet S10 Blazer AC issue

I have a 1989 S10 Blazer with a 4.3 L V6 engine. It has an AC that is giving me some trouble. Observed Behavior: When i slide the mode selector to any AC mode , it blows the ac fuse. Ive replaced the ...
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A/C not cold on highway

Ac not blowing cold when driving on highway. 2006 scion XA with a fresh r134a recharge. Ac blows cold idling and around town, but when driving on highway (>50mph) ac blows totally warm. Cools down ...
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2023 Q5 removed aux audio inputs, what options do I have?

The center console only has a usbc input. The mmi won’t recognize either a usb Bluetooth receiver or a usb to 3.5 adapter, it tells me the name of the device but says it’s not supported. I tried using ...
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Should I leave the oil filler cap off for 15mins before checking level?

New to car ownership, I was confused by this oil checking procedure in the 2022 Hyundai Tucson owners manual: It sounds like I should take out the dipstick and oil filler cap immediately after ...
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What are some installation best practices of a higher wattage pure-sine inverter to connect to pre-April, 2016 Model S Tesla?

This is a follow up question of "What is the best price-to-value 2000 w pure sine inverter for a mid-2015 Tesla Model S with a DC-DC inverter?" Question My understanding is there are (at ...
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What is the best price-to-value 2000 w pure sine inverter for a mid-2015 Tesla Model S with a DC-DC inverter? [closed]

On a non-OEM installation of a 1000 w inverter "us[ing] 4 AWG wire directly to the 12V battery posts with a 100A fuse on the positive terminal, and replaced the switch on the inverter with a ...
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Rattling/buzzing from engine bay before start

if I turn the key before starting the car, a quite loud buzzing can be heard from under the hood. The car can be started and runs fine for over more than half a year, is this normal? I’ve made a video ...
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Ford fusion motors 2013

I need help understanding my 2013 Ford Fusion. I just purchased a new motor and it isn’t running correctly
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Honda Jazz Ignition Coil Issue

I have Honda Jazz 2007, 200k KM mileage. My car ignition coil last maximum 6 months and after that it requires replacement. Whenever it happens, my car misfires only while driving. There are no any ...
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2010 Dodge Avenger : Battery light coming on, battery discharging

The patient is a 2010 Dodge Avenger R/T with the Federal-spec 2.4L I4/4 speed automatic. It has ~117K miles. My son's original complaint was that the battery light had come on while driving to an ...
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Can you inspect your own vehicle in Texas?

In Texas, with the proper licensing and training, is it possible to inspect one's own vehicle? https://www.dps.texas.gov/section/vehicle-inspection/inspector-qualifications-and-training
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i have a 2002 e-320 the abs light and bas/esp light came on, it caused reduced power and when i shut it off, it will not crank. any ideas

the abs light and bas/esp. light came on while driving had reduced power when running I shut it off and now no start and no crank. any ideas please?
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Trying to purchase correct power inverter for long trip, confused by the specifications

I am going on a long road trip with a buddy soon and I was going to use a power inverter that plugs into the cigarette lighter socket of his car so I could use my laptop while we drive. I'm trying to ...
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2003 acrua mdx. Coolant leak between ac bracket and engine block dripping on corner of oil pan

This 2003 acrua mdx leaks coolant from the alternator and ac compressors bracket mounts and leaks between block down on the corner of the oil pan is there a freeze plug hole it could be leaking ...
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I have a 3500 watt car audio system and want the cheapest way to run it?

I have a 3500w system I need to know if I need a high output alternator or can I just replace my stock battery with a 4800 w energie battery
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RPM fluctuation when driving

Nissan Altima 2009 RPM goes up and down and car jerks when driving below 60mph and going up and down the hill.
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Where is the fuel pressure test port located on the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan?

I purchased the Innova 3640 Professional Fuel Injection Pressure Tester, and I want to test the fuel pressure on my 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan. Where is the fuel pressure test port located under the ...
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What can cause powered, but not functional Wipers, 2012 VW Passat?

A few weeks ago my wipers started acting up when raining. The wipers will suddenly stop working. It happened about 3-4 times or so, and stopping the car, powering it off, opening the door, closing the ...
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Overheating car

I have a 2009 Jeep Patriot Sport. So I noticed a couple of months ago that my car started overheating. When i opened the trunk i noticed that there was anti-freeze everywhere but I didn’t know where ...
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2016 Honda CRV - Radio Buttons Falling Off

I've had my CRV for about six years now, and in the last six months or so, have had multiple radio buttons on the left hand side start falling off (picture below) without explanation. While I can &...
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Gunk around wheel cylinder. (Drum brakes)

'07 Cobalt LS, rear drums I find some slightly sticky brown 'goo' around where this wheel cylinder mates with the backing plate. (Picture below) The other side doesn't have this. I don't find ...
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My never dying didital clock

Why would my clock and Odom digital lights stay on even when car is off and when jump starting it the cables correct you still get spark
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Why don't cars have circuit breakers instead of fuses?

While there are exceptions the majority of cars use fuses instead of circuit breakers to protect electronics and I'm wondering why circuit breakers are not more widely used. Is it practicality, cost, ...
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What is the Difference Between VW 8X0951253 (650) and 8X0951253A (655) Relays?

What is the difference between the 8X0951253 (650) and 8X0951253A (655) VW Relays? Original 2012 VW Passat, these (wiper) relays are Blue, have the part number 8X09512531 and top marking 650`. Seems ...
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What could this part be circled in green of this Bizzarini 5300?

The Bizzarini 5300 GT has the Chevrolet 327 l76 small block. In some versions it has the 4 barrel holley and it looks like the regular l76 327 from chevrolets of the day but when they put 4 Weber DCOE ...
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Do I need to change my rotors and brake pads when getting new calipers?

I just got new rotors and brake pads out into my car less than a month ago. Yesterday my rotor was smoking, so I am pretty sure I have a sticky caliper. I don’t have the extra money to replace ...
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Fuel/gasoline smell under car. Normal or problem?

Is there any normal process or function which could result in some fuel / gasoline smell under the vehicle? Or does this necessarily indicate an issue? On a 2009 Toyota Venza, I got some whiffs of ...
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Car making a weird noise

My husband hit 115 mph in our 2013 Hyundai Senada it shut off but started right back up and drove fine. We went home in about an hour later went to take it to the store was doing about 55 mph and all ...
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low oil pressure alert and engine flush

I have 140.000 kms diesel engine second hand. the low oil alert fired 2 times when driving on high revs for a while. at low it does not fire. got the car in the garage and they propose a clean of the ...
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Do few pull starts with fuel and ignition off cover the cylinder in oil in a splash lubricated small engine?

Some 1-cylinder small engines have instructions that before long-term storage you should take off the spark plug, pour few milliliters of oil into the cylinder, and very slowly pull the starter cord (...
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Micra K12 Start/Electrical Issues

My partner's Micra SE (2006) has had starting/electrical issues for a while now. Multiple mechanics have diagnosed bad batteries and replaced with the problem returning within days/weeks of the ...
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2009 VW Polo, leaking power steering fluid, repair or replace?

I am in the UK. My 2009 Polo first had this leak from the power steering around 1 year ago. my repair garage told me the costs to replace the part was prohibtive and it was best just to replace the ...
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What is the socket size for Kia wheels?

I drive Kia Sportage 2018 I want to buy a socket that fits my impact driver to help me change my car's tyres. What size socket shall I get?
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Which piston rings affect compression/seal?

Do only the top two piston rings, which are thicker and each sits in their own lands, affect the compression and sealing of the combustion chamber, or do the bottom three AKA "side rails" ...
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Throttle Linkage for Kohler Command 18 Engine in Cub Cadet 2186

I pulled apart my engine and now can not figure out how to connect my engine controls. Update: I did eventually get the bushing (#22) and rod (#23) to fit in the large hole by putting the bushing in ...
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Why would a properly sealed fuel tank help with cold starting?

Weird question I know. For a long while my Mk1 Golf had trouble cold-starting. It would cough a few times but not catch until maybe the 6th attempt. Over the years I tried a number of thing to try and ...
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Citroën C2 won't start

Citroen c2 did start fine, but after changing cam belt it won't start. It is cranking over, but not starting. Dash lights are on. Doesn't seem to get spark. Please Help?
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1978 Jeep Wagoneer - Rotor problems

-I am trying to change the rotors on a 1978 Jeep Wagoneer (5.9L 4WD, Quadtrac), but in order to do that I need a special tool to remove the socket that holds the rotor, I don't know what tool that is. ...
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Engine mount bent over bolt, how to get out?

The lower engine mount on my honda civic is bent over the bolt. This prevents me from getting a ratchet over the bolt. A wrench fits but there's not enough room to turn. How do I straighten the ...
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EV Tracking & Privacy

I'm investigating the possible purchase of an EV, some privacy issues come to mind. I'd rather my car not be tracked... ie location, speed, or anything else for that matter. I don't want my car &...
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How to tell what mark is my golf?

So I bought my first car a VW Golf Model Variant GOLF Model Description 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr Year Of Manufacture 2013 Registration Date 02/12/2013 I would like to know what Mark Golf it is, is it mk6 ...
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Younger Engine or Head Gasket Replacement?

I have an issue on my engine which maybe can be resolved with ("only") a head gasket replacement (see details here). An alternative to repairing the engine may be to replace it (I found an ...
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Starting (Cranking) problem

Recently, I have had some problems with my starter. When I turn the ignition on, I hear a clicking sound, then nothing happens (No cranking) for about 3 seconds and then finally it cranks the engine ...
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What's going on with the "temperature" part of this pressure gauge?

Ok, I think I finally understand the pressure bit of this gauge that came with this set of poorly documented hoses I got off Amazon. From 0 to 350, it's actually measuring pounds per square inch (PSI)....
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Confirming Head Gasket Only Culprit

Model: Mercedes Vito 638 108 CDI, 2.2L, 1999 Mileage: 270,000 Km. My exact question is: Does my head gasket need to be replaced (is this the source of my problem), and is this the ONLY problem ...
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