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Questions tagged [driving]

The act of operating a vehicle.

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Brake pedal goes to floor “sometimes” only

Driving a 2007 Volvo S40, automatic transmission. As title states, my braking pedal sometimes goes to floor during driving, mainly when I'm in a traffic jam and using the brakes actively. It also ...
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Technique to driving over parking lot speed bumps [closed]

I live in a large apartment block and the parking is 3 floors down, with a speed bump on each floor parking level. The speed bumps are very aggressive and seem squared off like in the picture below ...
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Why have new inner tie rods made car less fun to drive?

Car is civic vti 99. I have just replaced one steering rack gaiter and both front inner tie rods after the one tie rod was found to be 'loose' while doing the gaiter replacement. Since replacing tie ...
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Does drifting damage a car?

Sometimes when it's wet outside and there are no cars or pedestrians nearby I will take corners hard and drift. I'm aware that drifting has a safety risk and wears out tires. It also places some ...
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What is the best way to brake to maintain the rotors?

What bad braking habits will result in warped rotors? What braking habit will prevent that from happening? Lastly if rotors can go bad from bad braking is there a way to brake to correct them?
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Hybrid or petrol car in the given scenarios? [closed]

What kind of engine (or car in general) - hybrid or petrol - is more suitable (economically justified and less prone to damage and faults) when driving in the following scenarios: Every day, very ...
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Stationary racing track to simulate driving (dynamometers?)

As part of maintenance we need to keep the cars in check, which includes monthly driving on the road for X miles depending on the car/model. Please avoid trying to prove this process is obsolete, it ...
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shaking while driving not felt in steering column new vehicle

Brand new VW Atlas. driving fine to work. coming home part way through the drive started to shake/shimmy significantly but not felt in steering wheel pulled over checked tires, absolutely nothing ...
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Is it more efficient to drive with the windows down or the AC on?

When driving, is it more efficient (in terms of gas consumed) to use the air conditioner, or to drive with all of the windows down? While the air conditioner reduces efficiency through drag on the ...
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Check Engine light soon after starting car

I started my car this morning from the outside by leaning in through the window and turning it on, to let it heat up. About 20 seconds after, I heard my engine change in sound, similar to how it ...
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When will a new emission driving cycle be implemented?

For emssion tests, they have used the NEDC driving cyle here in Europe for quite a while now. I'm not sure about America and Asia, but i believe they use similar driving cycles. After the emission ...
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Why can some cars pull up a hill with just the clutch?

Ultimately - I've been driving two cars - an old 2003 1.6l 4 door type affair, and a newer Vauxall Corsa 1l. Even on the smallest of inclines (hills) - the old 2003 car will stall if you lift the ...
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How can I avoid damaging my engine with a manual?

I know the standard bad stuff that damages your clutch: feathering too long, riding the clutch, etc. But, what actually causes damage to the engine? Stalling Can stalling damage the engine? I've ...
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What points of failure should I be aware of when driving with only the parking brake?

To start off with, I know this is not ever an ideal scenario, and is probably illegal in most jurisdictions, HOWEVER, it may occur that the brakes go out while driving and someone needs to get to a ...
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Most reliable way to stop an automatic with a stuck throttle

I was thinking about a recent question here as well as that 2009 Toyota incident. I'm not particularly paranoid of this happening, as it's highly unlikely, but I do like to mentally run through sticky ...
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How to not hit the car in front whatever the car? [closed]

I'm designing a 3d model of a car with some specifications. The question that I thought of now and also is a good question as I don't personally know the answer while driving my own car is: How can ...
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Mazda CX7 metallic pulsating sound when driving below 20 MPH

I have this issue with my CX7, when I drive at a regular speed, the car performs very well. Now when I release the gas pedal and brake the car makes no sound until it goes below 20 MPH, then I can ...
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Correct braking technique on a manual transmission [closed]

I drive an old mechanical (non fluel injection) gasoline manual transmission car, and my approach to braking is pretty much as follows: Cruising Dissengage acceleratior, press clutch 100% in Press ...
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For how long should I idle at a stop?

As I approach a stretch of road that has been single-laned due to roadworks, the sign-flipper spins the sign to STOP. Having been through these roadworks before, I know I'll probably be waiting at ...
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Drive by wire disables steering when car is off?

I've recently purchases a manual transmission 1.5 Honda Mobilio. Which claimed to be a drive by wire vehicle and I assume it really is (don't know how to tell if a car is drive by wire). I am a new ...
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Driving slower at low constant rpms or driving fast to get to destination faster, which saves more gas?

As the question title says. I am a new driver and I understand that driving at higher RPMs can burn more gas faster. However getting to a destination longer would mean you were spending gas at a ...
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What is the best “automatic” gear to be in when going up a snowy incline?

My car is a Volvo S80, it's great in ground-level snow. I tried going up an incline in "D" and it wasn't having it, basically just slowed down and stopped dead in its tracks. I have never used the 3 ...
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How is this pavement optimized to suppress water splashing?

In my experience driving through the rain at speeds above 100 km/h results in a cloud of sprayed water behind the car, like so: However, I encounter more and more recently repaired road sections ...
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Blipping the Throttle [duplicate]

I have a 2004 VW Passat with a manual transmission. I have heard that "blipping" the throttle can be a good thing to do in order to achieve smoother downshifts whilst driving. What does this mean? How ...
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Is it healthy to drive with a bad IAC? [closed]

My IAC is bad and in order to keep my car running while a stop sign/light is to have one foot on the brake and one foot on the gas. Is this an effective fix to travel until I get it fixed? Or ...
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Ford Bronco doesn't drive right after front end work [closed]

I just had new upper and lower ball joints, inner and outer tie rods replaced and an alignment on my front end of my 4x4 bronco done. As I drove it further I noticed a grinding sound as I drove. Also,...
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Will driving through puddles do any damage to my car?

I've often been told that driving through puddles (anything from a small one to 3-4cm deep) can be bad for my car, and I shouldn't drive through them. I know about aquaplaning, but is there any other ...
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Does resting your foot on the clutch wear it out?

Does driving with your foot always resting on the clutch (not pushing) generally wear it down?
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Hatchback vs sedan snow performance

I haven't owned a hatchback and was wondering, holding everything else equal, if they perform better in snow than sedans.
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Car slides on painted lines

I've googled all over the internet and believe it or not I can't find any answers to this question... Why does my car lose traction for a second when I drive over painted road lines? Here's a ...
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Why do open differentials drive the wheels on the ground when a vehicle drives on two?

In this youtube video, a Toyota FJ cruiser in Saudi Arabia drives up on two wheels while 5 people get out and remove the wheels on that side. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQm5BnhTBEQ This turns ...
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Jeep stalls after about 10-15 minutes driving or idling

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited This just started yesterday. Instance#1: After about 10-15 of driving (note: It had been about 12 hrs since it was last used) I was waiting at a traffic light when ...
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Ways to increase driver space and comfort in a small car?

I'm the owner of a 2003 MG TF[see photo], I love the car although being 6'4" it borders on uncomfortable when driving longer distances and is not very dignified getting in or out, and my knees brush ...
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Is the ECON button just a placebo?

I recently bought a Honda Civic that had this in the car: I have no idea what it does, and how it's supposed to help. Even Honda's website is ambiguous, just using a lot of fuzzy words to describe ...
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Do fast cars need to occasionally be driven fast?

In the broad spectrum of cars, there's higher end models with sport-focused engines. Examples would be an BMW M3, and even more so Ferraris and Koenigseggs etc. Apparently they're more fussy, in that ...
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Resources for learning how to drive stick shift [closed]

I apologize if this isn't the correct place to post this question, but it's the closest of the SE sites I could find. I need to learn to drive a stick shift, but I don't have a car to practice on, ...
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How to drive a car in snow [closed]

I have never driven a car in a region where it snows. I am planning on a vacation to states where it snows and would want to be prepared to drive in snow. What necessary steps/precautions can I take. ...
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How to drive a car in snow [duplicate]

What is the recommended way of driving a car in snow in the USA ? I have lived in Southern USA all my life and have seen very little snow fall(once in a decade). Which doesn't even stick on the road ...
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Fuel consumption: Coasting vs in gear without thrust [duplicate]

If you're driving downhill would it be more economical to put the car in neutral and coast, or leave the car in gear and let the wheels drive the engine? Please ignore any safety concerns for this ...
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My automatic transmission slid to neutral while driving down the freeway. Can I just put it back in drive?

Just curious if this has ever happened to anyone. I know people who like to put objects behind the shifter, heavy enough to slide the shifter to neutral. So it got me thinking, if this happens, can ...
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How do you set side mirrors?

In a passenger car with 3 mirrors (rear-view and 2 side mirrors), how do you set your side mirrors so as to see as much as possible?
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Switching gears without clutch

I drove manual car for a long time but never tried to switch gears without clutch. Question: given that clutch-less shift is executed properly, does it take a toll on transmission in any way? For ...
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FWD vs RWD winter time [closed]

Background: All my life I drove FWD (Front Wheel Drive) cars. I drove FWD in different conditions with all-season tires and always got good and even predictable handling during winter periods. In ...
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recommended driving speed for maximum fuel efficiency

what is the recommended driving speed for a petrol car with manual transmission to have maximum fuel efficiency? in India AFAIK it is 60 Kmph
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Manual transmission at stop: 1st with clutch in, or neutral with clutch out? -OR- Throwout Bearing wear

When sitting in traffic or at a long red light, is the Best Practice to have the car in 1st gear with your foot on the clutch, or in neutral with your foot off the clutch? Some say that you should be ...