Questions tagged [car]

A car is a wheeled, self-propelled vehicle. Normally, a car has 4 wheels and is designed for the transport of passengers. Depending upon locale, cars may also be called 'autos.'

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Trouble connecting 16 pin car stereo power cable to Pioneer radio

A bit of a mystery to me (I'm new to this). I have a power cable in my car like this: The back of my new Pioneer stereo has a connector like this: Basically it doesn't fit (the plug does not have ...
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Banging noise Over bumps

I get banging noise over bumps. Its seems like car has been dropped from some height. If I go slowly over bumps then nothing comes and even suspension works perfectly fine but this noise comes when I ...
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Battery Corrosion

I just got my car serviced 2 1/2 months ago. Today my car wouldn't start and found out i have massive corrosion around the connectors and it looks like the connectors have been eaten thru so it doesn'...
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What makes a caliper stick?

If a calliper sticks, is this always caused by the calliper itself malfunctioning or can it be caused by something other than the calliper ? Meaning if a calliper is sticking intermittently and the ...
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Coolant pressure issue

I am in need of some assistance. I am having a coolant pressure on my 1.8 16v clio. (Renault), coolant, cooling-system, overheating (car maintenance) In that when left to idle and engine gets up to ...
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white smoke coming from engine

I have a 2007 Holden Barina. About 2 months ago my engine was constantly over heating and I was having to top it up with water at least every third day. Took it to the mechanic who said he thought ...
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Can I put a Flip Light in the boot of my car?

I have an Hyundai i30 and the light in the boot is very dim , I recently bought somthing similar to flip light I wondering if it is ok to stick it on the walls of the boot. I'm mainly concerned if ...
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can prolonged tyre pressure lead to loosened lug nuts/damaged bearing and thus cause a wheel to mysteriously fall off?

Cause this just happened to my bro. Traveling on the highway and to my knowledge has had low tyre pressure for at least half a year on all wheels.
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Dent removal from passenger door

I have a huge dent in my front passenger door from where I was attacked by an elk. This dent has been in the door for probably 12 months as I previously did not care that it was there. Now I would ...
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Why does my RPM drop when sitting idle at traffic lights?

While I'm sitting idle at traffic lights I put the car into neutral. The engine stays idling at about 1000 RPM. However every now and then it drops down to about 500 RPM and then quickly back up to ...
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How do I know if my car battery needs replaced or just fully charged?

I've had my Mazda 3 2013 since 2016. This winter in Massachusetts it's died on an almost daily basis in the morning, and sometimes at night if it's particularly cold out. I mostly drive to school, ...
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My car won't start and is silent when turning the key and the lights are ok. What's the most likely reason?

This is the second time my car has died on me in the one month that I have owned it. Everything has been running fine until I parked it for 30minutes and then it wouldnt start. No cranking No trying ...
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Priming fuel system from fuel tank?

Mechanic changed my Focus 2014`s diesel fuel filter, then because he didn't know the correct method to bleed the system, instead he pressurized the fuel tank with compressor. Car ran fine. But the ...
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Tires too big for the car?

About 6 months ago we took my daughters '03 Volvo S60 to a national chain and purchased new tires for her. They installed 205/65/R15 tires. Since that time, I have noticed that her tires seem low an ...
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Car engine coolant system (radiator cap) air

I have only one question! So what I've heard, it's bad to have air left in the coolant system! So my question is, can air get inside the coolant system if I just take off the radiator cap to check ...
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Increase ground clearance of hyundai accent 2012

I have a Hyundai Accent car - 2012 model. Since the roads in my country are not so smooth, I am having a tough time taking it around. Is it possible to increase the ground clearance for my car, even ...
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Where is the odometer in this car?

I'm not really good with cars. I need help with finding an odometer. Is that the little box with numbers over the wheel? I don't know if the pictures are of any help, so a model is a Chevrolet Impala ...
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clone transponder

Is it possible to clone a 134.2 kHz transponder for a car? I see there are quite inexpensive projects for readers, and I was wondering if the encoding is such that the transponder I have for my car ...
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2005 Mercury montago

I replaced the back passenger side brake rotor and caliper today and added more brake fluid and pumped the brakes but I still have to push the pedal all the way to the floor before it starts to stop. ...
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Citroen Jumper start issue - PLEASE HELP

I have a Citroen Jumper (or Relay) 2.2 Hdi 2006 When I start the car the first start is working fine. After that I turn of and start again the starter motor wroking but cant start the car. If I wait 1-...
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Are trims (Hubcaps) on a car tires necessary?

Are there any mechanical / safety issues arise when you do not put trims on car tires? Even when using the car in winter temperatures? (Say -15C to -20C)
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Fan not working and overheating for my Saturn

I currently have a 2003 Saturn lw200 2.2l and recently discovered it overheating and found that fan has not kicked on. I was conflicted and did some research and found out about troubleshooting the ...
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Car battery won’t charge

So I’ve come back from uni and my dad flattened the battery in the car (a new battery) and was recharging it back up. It was reading nearly full on the charger and I needed to go out so we unplugged ...
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Max miles a car should be driven in a day, to avoid long-term damage?

I have a 10 year old car with 100K miles on it, in good shape. Normally I drive 40 miles total for work on weekdays, which obviously causes almost no wear-and-tear to my car. But if I went on a 500 ...
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2000 Oldsmobile Alero stalls at decreased speed

I have a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero that has been stalling and sometimes dying at decreased speeds or when coming to a stop. I can be coming off a ramp on the interstate, coming up to a stop sign, or ...
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Starter motor or Alternator?

Can anyone offer any advice? Got in my car on Monday and it was dead. I turned the key and there was no noise at all, but all the lights etc came on. No clicking or anything. I got a jump start and ...
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Why would a lighter flame go into an exhaust pipe?

I just saw this image and I am wondering what is happening here: The car was running and it seemed that the wind direction was out of the pipe?
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How long does it take to build oil pressure

Run a modern car (2010+ model) until all parts, oil and coolant has fully reached operating temperature. After driving for some time, shut it down at the gas station and leave it off while refueling (...
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Why don't cars have multiple disk clutches as motorcycles do?

We know from our experience so far that wet multiple disk clutches like these used on motorcycles have a way longer life that single disk clutches used in car engines. Why don't cars use the same ...
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Maintenance manual

I recently started working as an aircraft technician and quickly learnt that for all things related to maintenance there is a chapter in a book called a maintenance manual. I assume that for cars ...
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Starting from a stop in 4th gear vs 1st gear [closed]

My employer had an argument with me as he didn't like the fact I was starting from a stop in 4th gear. He said it is better to shift into 1st gear when starting from a stop. While I said it is better ...
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Brake have failed. Alternative means of braking [closed]

My brakes on my car have failed. I cannot afford to replace them anytime soon. Is a acceptable to stop a car by putting the car into reverse gear, giving it some gas so it does not stall, and then ...
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Filling the tires with something other than air, to avoid puncture hassles?

I'm asking because: - I've had flat tires four times in two years and it has been very annoying. - The entire family of an acquaintance died when their car tire burst and the car turned turtle on a ...
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Car 12V Problem

I have a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder, there are 2, 12 volt outlets in the car, one up front near the driver, and the other in the very back. The outlet in the very back has continuous power even when the ...
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Advice on buying this car that has been in an accident [closed]

I'm thinking about buying something small and fast like the Golf GTI. I found this one, unfortunately, it has been in an accident. I need some advice on whether I should even consider buying it, your ...
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Power steering pulley broken. Not drivable?

I was looking at a vehicle to buy but the owner said the power steering pulley is broken. Is it still drivable at all? Obviously I will have to fix it but will I be able to drive it home? Is it super ...
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How can I find the date code on my battery?

I can't find out what the date of manufacture is the car battery. The battery is Autopart Galaxy Optimal power and its code N5243 ZHL 0146.
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How to fix Car doors only lock and unlock when the key is in the on position in the ignition

I have a 2008 kia sorento lx 4wd and up until yesterday my door locks were working just fine but now they wont lock or unlock unless the key is in the ignition in the on position. I can lock and ...
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Does a wider tire always mean more grip/traction

Recently, i had a discussion with someone about tire width. I claimed, that with bigger (wider) tires, a car would have more traction/grip. The person i was discussing this with, agreed with me, up to ...
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How to fix loose car door panel upholstery?

Just bought a 8 years old car. Left door panel upholstery is loose though: https://imgur.com/a/vWGTI3H (top picture, compared to right door at the bottom). Is there an easy way to fix that oneself ...
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Shall car accident witnesses try to turn a capsized car back wheels down? [closed]

In car accident videos on Youtube, I often see that when car gets upside down, other drivers and spectators typically team up to turn the car back to normal position. Is it recommended course of ...
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Jump starting a car without battery terminals connected

Back around 1978, my wife and I bought an old Fiat 124 sedan. It was at the owner's house and the battery was dead. I disconnected the battery terminals and connected the jumper cables from our car ...
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Can I replace my California emission engine with Federal emission engine?

So, recently I found out that my 2005 Toyota Camry 2.4 L (AZFE) California emission engine needs to be replaced. I found 2005 Camry engine for $800, which turned out to be Federal emission engine. ...
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Can a car's mileage that's been clocked roll back to its correct mileage?

There is a car that was bought by a relative that was over 10 years old and advertised as having only 60k mileage. This relative inspected the car before purchasing it and saw that the mileage was ...
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Car starting hack works - but is it an issue with car battery, starter or alternator?

I recently noticed that my car had the issue starting without giving it a boost. It has original battery and has 155k on it. Over the course of 2 weeks I realized below two things which helps car ...
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Vehicle audio system cuts off

So I've lately had a problem with my vehicle where my car's entire audio system will cut off for a brief period of time whenever I apply brakes (brake lights turn on), or when I use my turn signal ...
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Is that tire good to use?

It had a small leak (32 PSI after two weeks became about 16 PSI). The shop repaired it and now there is no leak for a few weeks, but I saw it stays expose from outside. What is your opinion, may it ...
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should I change the tyres soon?

My car's tires are 3+ years old and the front is like in image. There are some cracks between the treads on the front tires. It is quite similar to what's been posted here: Do these tyre cracks ...
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Key won't turn unless I physically move my car (2001 Jetta)

I have a 2001 Jetta that is standard. When I get in my car and try to turn the ignition, the key won't turn at all. This happens about 75% of the time when I am trying to start the car. The only thing ...
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Can I use CRC Dry Graphite Lube for Car Door Lock?

It comes in an aerosol can and WITHOUT a straw to fit into the lock slit, which surprised me enough that I was looking into returning it. I can spray it on the key and get at least some of the stuff ...

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