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Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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Are there any auto-repair parks?

I've seen skate parks, dog parks, water parks, bobsled parks, etc. Are there any auto-repair parks? I'm picturing something like concrete berms you can drive your car onto to get under it. Kind of ...
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How to keep my car well maintained?

I am a new driver and a new car owner. When I bought my car, I came to know I needed to change the engine oil to maintain the car. My car also gives an indicator to maintain oil. I can feel it when ...
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This indication is showing on my dashboard, am I sensing danger?

My car shows -91km service overdue, what do I do. I have no money right now.Is there anything I can do? It's a 2013-Honda Civc. Mensah.
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What preventative maintenance can i do to prevent rust on the axle nut

Hi everyone is there any specific grease or application I can use to help with preventing rust on the axle nut? I was worried due to a lot of salt being tossed on our roads in Ontario.
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Will a battery maintainer work in freezing temps if plugged in outdoors?

I have an outdoor car that working from home I don't drive more than once a week or so with a once a month longer trip. I'm not interested in going out for a thirty minute drive once a week to keep my ...
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Fluid Pumps for Various Maintenance Items

I have a fluid pump that I've used for brake fluid. I am going to tackle transmission and differential fluid drain-n-fills in semi-near future...any concerns about using same pump for all of these, ...
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Can I put a higher/bigger battery for my Suzuki XL7?

I have a 2020 Suzuki XL7 1.5L. It came with a wet-cell battery: Furukawa FB 38B19L (32Ah). I'm about to replacing my battery, and I wonder what type of battery I should consider. I already checked ...
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VW Eos - Is this normal kind of rust on the underside (control arm) of a 14 year old car?

My first post here. I'm looking to get a 14 year old VW Eos, but I noticed some rust going on in this underside bar shown in the picture. Everywhere else is fine. There are some circular holes in the ...
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Is it normal for rust to appear on brake disks within a couple of days of buying a new car?

I bought a Mustang Mach-E two days ago. Been very happy with it, except it rained last night and today the brake disks are covered in rust on all four wheels. We do live near a salt water bay, but my ...
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My Harley Davidson's fuel gauge has become very erratic over the last week

The fuel gauge on my 2011 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited used to move a little under heavy braking or acceleration, but broadly speaking was accurate-ish. The bike has done 20000 miles, and maintained ...
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Does running the engine without using air conditioner significantly influence battery life?

Is there a tangible benefit to never using the air conditioner and will doing so increase overall battery life ?
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Anti-seize on a slider pin?

Is there any circumstance in which it would be acceptable to put anti-seize on a slider pin (for a brake caliper)? A mechanic wrote this to me: "When slider pins are serviced, they are removed ...
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Brakes at 2mm, appt. in a week, should I stop driving?

The brake pads on my 2002 Honda CR-V are at 2mm, which, to my understanding, is quite low. I have an appointment in a week to get them changed. Should I avoid using the car until they are changed?
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Less driven Toyota Corolla 2007 Maintenance [duplicate]

I have this 15 year old car, mileage today is 37,000. I am very confused about when to change oil and do all the other recommended maintenance. I plan to drive it at about the same rate.
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Use of electronics in 49cc 2 stroke dirt bike engine

The picture is taken from here. Are there any electronics in this 49cc 2 stroke dirt bike engine. Are electronics responsible for the ignition timing of spark plug? Or, is the flywheel (that has ...
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What is a good resource I can reference to learn all about lubricants and sprays?

I think we can all agree that there are tons of lube products for screws, for belts, and for other car components and I cannot differentiate between them and I never know what to use in a given ...
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Do battery corrosion pads really work?

I see various sources suggesting that chemically-treated felt pads be placed under battery terminals, to reduce or eliminate corrosion - like these: Usually either red/black or red/green. Do these ...
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Can I wax these specific blue parts of my motorcycle?

So I got overwhelmed by many doubts regarding waxing. I'm new to riding and maintenance. This is my first motorcycle. It has a metal fuel tank with glossy blue metallic paint. The non metal parts (...
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Can a mechanic reliably determine if a high mileage used car is likely to require major/expensive repairs in the near future? [closed]

I need to buy a car and I can't afford a new one, and since my anticipated use is very light, I don't even want or need one. I live in the county (so no public transport) and I just need a second ...
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Engine Flushing

At what mileage is engine flushing recommended for an engine? Some mechanics have told me that it is not needed and others insisted on its importance once the car reaches ~120,000 KM. Cheers.
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First Time Motorcycle Owner. Maintenance Help

I'm new here and I'd like to ask for some help, and or, advice. I just got my first ever motorcycle and it was somewhat of a mechanic special. A 2000 Harley Davidson Sportster Sport XL1200S. I'm ...
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Grease gun for preventative maintenance

I'm intending to replace outer tie rods on a 2000 ford explorer, and they will need grease added with a grease gun. Are there other parts of the car that should be regularly greased that justify ...
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Should I change my 2005 Honda Accord's transmission fluid? [closed]

I just bought a 2005 Honda Accord EX-L v6 this last week. It has about 180k miles. I'm doing maintenance on it like changing oil, air filters, etc, but I'm nervous about changing my trans fluid. It ...
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Wheel bearings failure at low miles

I was recently unlucky enough to be in a crash. My car is modern (2016 registered). Driving on a highway at highway speeds, I heard a rumble noise. I knew the road I was on but thought i was going ...
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Confirmation of coolant valve on a Ford Focus

I'm prepping a radiator coolant change on a 2014 Ford Focus, and would like to confirm if the valve with a 1/2" diameter pipe shown in the picture is the one that needs to be turned to release ...
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Should I polish the car myself?

I am concerned about safety (of paint) and efficiency. My car is old (bought in 2013), and looks dull. I have never waxed or polished. I have just learnt that these two are "things". My car ...
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Wipers wont remove water in one area of windshield

when raining and I turn on my wipers they remove water from all areas of windshield except for one area in my view, after wiping across this area,the water is still there and I can't see the road in ...
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Will regular slamming of car doors cause damage during the lifetime of the vehicle?

How long would door slamming take to affect the regular functioning of the vehicle in any way, and are there any ways to find how many door slams a door for a particular individual make/model can take ...
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Fault Code - No Powertrain DTC's or Freeze Frame Data

I have a 2013 Dodge Dart that is showing a fault code - no powertrain DTC's or freeze frame data is presently stored in vehicle. How can I get this fault code reset so my check engine light goes off?
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What are the key maintenance things I should do to increase my car’s longevity? [duplicate]

I know about things such as changing the oil regularly and keeping the gas tank at least one quarter full at all times, but what other things can I do to increase my car's longevity? I define ...
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Lifespan of radiator hoses and serpentine belts

I've seen estimates as low as 4 years/60,000 miles (from places like NAPA, who obviously want people to replace their belts and hoses all of the time) to 7 years (from an anonymous Gates engineer), to ...
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Audi 2.0T Tapping Noise When Accelerating (Up to 3000 RPM only)

Car: 2013 Audi A4 2.0 4-Cyl Turbocharged AWD Mileage: 71,457 miles Video Clip: https://youtu.be/HX1wXk84wq8 The car is exhibiting a tapping noise when the engine is under load at lower RPMs. Test ...
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Can't do adjustment in clutch cable in motorcycle

I installed a new clutch cable on my bike but after installation, its adjustment bolt was tighten at last. I don't understand why it is like that I can't adjust anymore in new cable. Please suggest me ...
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What's everything I should replace/maintain while changing the clutch? [duplicate]

I've got a 2007 Corolla with what seems to be a bad pilot bearing. I know changing the clutch isn't a trivial job, so I'm going to do whatever else I can do w/ the gearbox removed. I just ordered this ...
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I got a wipe stuck/ clogged in the Air-filter holes need helpful advice

I was changing/cleaning out my Air filter inside my 2004 Chevy Classic and as i was cleaning it out i notice the box where the air filter gone was very dirty so i wiped it with a wipe and it fell ...
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How do I fix up a 2001 Buell Motorcycle that has been sitting for 2 years?

The bike I had been handed down has not been up and running for at least 3 years. I am afraid to start it because it hasn't been maintained for a while and I also don't know what to expect. I read ...
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Potential issues with this car that passed by a flooded street for a couple seconds?

There was a day where it rained extremely hard like buckets of water at a time. It flooded like crazy in a matter of 10-15 minutes literally. The floods were insane and I panicked driving through ...
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Buying the correct antifreeze type for my engine

I'm looking to flush and re-fill my cooling system, and I'm struggling to work out exactly what type of coolant I need to buy. My maintenance book says I need 'Ethylene glycol-based antifreeze with a ...
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Car has trouble starting ONLY after it has been sitting overnight

I own a Volkswagen Polo 2015, It has clocked around 40000 miles. It has a very peculiar problem, i.e the car has trouble starting only after it has been sitting for 7+ hours. Once the car starts, the ...
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Burning smell comes from the engine oil sump area

My motorbike has been suffering from an issue which goes like this . Whenever I drive for a few kilometres a smell comes from the engine oil sump area even if the engine oil is brand new . One year ...
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Does battery tender need to be in enclosed area?

I have a 2009 Winnebago Access motorhome that is rarely used. I had a battery tender but it stopped charging the battery. I purchased another tender & enclosed it in a small plastic storage box. ...
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Is the date on the oil sticker very important?

I'm trying to balance coronavirus with following my oil sticker. We are mostly staying at home and not driving much to avoid coronavirus, so our mileage is still slightly under the mileage on the ...
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Metal shavings in V8 truck engine oil change

I was changing the oil in my 2004 Chevrolet Siverado 1500 this weekend, and when I was going to put the plug back in, I noticed a few tiny wire-like metal shavings sticking to the magnetic oil plug. ...
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all dash warning lights came on, barely driving

My vehicle is a 2009 Chevy Equinox. My engine was knocking a couple weeks back and flashed on every warning light i had. Doors stared locking and unlocking on their own and the shifter button was ...
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Can I use tar removal to remove the stubborn mark at the tyre rim?

I have a stubborn mark on my tyre rim alloy. Please refer to the image below: Overview Zoom in Another view The brown mark on the tyre rim is very stubborn. I have use anti-grease liquid but it ...
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What type is this compressed air/pneumatic connector?

I need to build an adapter for this connector, however, I wasn't able to identify it. I measured it with a digital caliper. It doesn't seem to be a common connector, at least in Germany. Can you ...
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Engine oil for Honda SH150i

I want to change the engine oil of my Honda SH150i scooter model of 2005. What are some different options of oil that I could buy ?
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Can ceramic disc brakes pads contain asbestos?

I have been reading articles like this one and this one, talking about how asbestos is still a problem with car brakes. There is even a post in Mechanics stack exchange from 2016 asking about ...
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What to check/change on a car that hasn't hardly been used?

I received a car from my family that has been sitting in the garage for 2-3 years with very ocasional use only to keep it running but in all that time hardly any maintenance has been made to it (an ...
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How much time driving at operating temperature is adequate to boil off condensation in the engine, exhaust, and gasoline?

Let's say I drive for a total of 20 mins, round trip, each day for 4 days a week (a normal commute to the train station each day for work). The problem is that it's likely not enough time to hit ...
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