Questions tagged [maintenance]

Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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Can low fluid levels cause a knock sensor to become faulty?

I recently had one or both of the knock sensors in my '05 Toyota Highlander V6 go bad and I went to a mechanic to get both of them replaced. Some background: the check engine light came on and the ...
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Maintenance tips to prolong engine lifespan for short trips

I just sold my car and will soon purchase a new one (probably a used one with 1-2 years on it). I decided on a Volkswagen up! with an EA211 1.0 TSI engine. I have heard from many different people (at ...
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Hesitation on acceleration and no power when the AC is on and slight shake on idle

I have a honda jazz with an automatic transmission and im experiencing some hesitation when accelerating with the AC on, but with the AC off it runs so smooth that its like im riding a different car. ...
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How to deal with the 1ZZ-FE's problems?

In brief: What should I look for when evaluating the 1.8 liter 1ZZ-FE (prior to 2005)? What can an owner of the same engine do to avoid its common reliability issues? The 1ZZ-FE (prior to 2005) is ...
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Rusty drip rails, high top van fiberglass roof, leaking

Not replacing roof or cutting out rust. What type of sandpaper to clean up drip rails enough to apply flex seal clear only around drip rails? Short on $$, need to stop leaks before rain.
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How to tell whether mid 2010s Volvo XC70 actually needs maintenance?

How do I tell whether the Volvo XC70 actually needs maintenance or it's just the vendor attempting to earn more money? How do I self repair it and diagnose if I don't want to go to the vendor?
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Effects of using diesel fuel in a gasoline engine

This is similar to this question but I'm more interested in possible long-term effects. The story is we think my son (new driver) accidentally put diesel fuel in his 2005 5.7L Hemi engine. Luckily ...
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My reverse lights stay on when truck is in park but won't come on when in reverse. What would it be.?

1989 Chevrolet Scottsdale pickup truck The problem happened roughly one week ago.
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Over heating problems

I have a 2004 Honda Civic ex 1.7 ltr. I’ll drive it on the highway and temperature gauge holds steady but as soon as I hit residential streets it starts to climb. Thought it was the fan motor but once ...
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Why do worn diesels emit black smoke?

I have often noticed that on the road, whenever a heavy diesel accelerates, it emits a huge cloud of black smoke. If this happens in front of me, I put the air recirculation mode on. This typically ...
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Best Way to Clean A Plastic Inlet Manifold?

What is the best way to clean a plastic inlet manifold? Is it safe to soak it with a mix of water and dishwasher overnight? Edit: Is it safe to apply engine degreasers on a plastic inlet manifold?
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Honda jazz i-DSI front ignition coils bad or not?

I have a honda jazz with an i-DSI engine and when I did a coil check by unplugging the coils one by one, all four coils in the front does not affect the engine rpm when removed, except the 4 in the ...
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Rough idle, Car hesitation (jolting sensation), Lack of Power, No check engine light

I have a 2006 honda fit and i am experiencing some Rough idle, Car hesitation (jolting sensation), Lack of Power in my car sprecially when the AC is on. And whenever i put the car on drive the rpm ...
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My new car was driven almost 100 miles without oil

I took my 2019 Mazda CX5 Turbo into a Mazda dealer for it's first 5,000 mile maintenance and while driving back to my town noticed that the check oil light was on. I called the service department and ...
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What can be used to get rid of hard water spots?

Most water spot removers available on Amazon or automotive stores are just fine abrasives which remove a small amount of your car's clearcoat every time you use them. I'm looking for a chemical/...
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Is this normal - scoring in the water pump housing?

Just changed out the water pump on a 2009 Toyota Corolla with 149,000km on the 2ZR-FE engine. The previous water pump was likely stock from factory. With the water pump removed the housing had some ...
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hyundai coupe 2005 replaced battery and horn, indicators and wipers on constant. will not start

Car wont start after battery replacement. Horn blowing constantly. Also indicators and wipers are on constantly.
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Land Rover Freelander 2 - Bad MPG

2007 Freelander 2 Was having what I consider bad MPG for a diesel, averaging around 23-24mpg Initially thought it needs a service, so lots of money later for a full service which would have ...
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Maintenance Plugs

I was going through the FSAE International Rule-Book 2019 and encountered the term Tractive System Accumulator Container – Maintenance Plugs at section no. EV.3.3 I am actually a bit confused that ...
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What actions or preparations should I take, to leave car stationary for extended periods? [duplicate]

If I travel out of country for several weeks or even months, what actions should I take for preserving a car, mechanically speaking, so I can pick up and drive again with minimum of fuss? Car is ...
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Cleaning the air vents of Ather 450

It is recommended to clean the air vents of the electric motorcycle Ather 450. How do I do that? Can I use water and is it safe?
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Drove through water now car wont drive,

I was driving on a back road in my Nissan Altima and went through tons of mud and puddles. Now my car will start but it will not accelerate forward or backwards. It sputters and then clicks off. ...
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When should I change my car's oil?

I had my Toyota Corolla 2013's maintenance light starting to flash when I turn on my car. Probably due to an automatic maintenance schedule or oil change. I had my car's oil changed Jun 1, 2018 with ...
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Toyota Corolla Maintenance light flashing [duplicate]

My Toyota Corolla 2013 maintenance light starts flashing (for 8 times) when I turn on my car. What does it mean?
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Please help no one knows what's wrong

I have a 2008 Chevy Equinox went to start it and nothing no sounds nothing all lights and gauges work battery is fully powered had it towed to garage and they said it was starter so we replaced it ...
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What is a “upper intake cleaning” and do I really need to do it

I took my '06 ford ranger (140k miles) to the shop after it was misfiring badly. They informed me that I need new plugs/wires and a new coil pack. They also wanted to sell me a upper intaking cleaning....
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Using 10w-30 instead of 5w-30 engine oil

My car is Suzuki alto japan 2017. According to the owner's manual, car manufacturer recommends 0w-20 or 5W-30 engine oil. But the previous owner has used 10w-30 oil. The average temperature of the ...
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Vw passat cc 2011

2011 vw cc, machanic told me from LHS shock leaking need new set, because they are self stabilising shocks it will cost 800€, can't I put in normal shocks no?
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Cracks near the tyre tread. Are they concerning?

The guy at the tyre shop tried to convince me that my tyres need replacement. My car is just above 2 years old and I plan to change them after 3 years. Please have a look at the picture and advise.
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93 Thunderbird LX priority maintenance?

Purchased from first owner that said he had kept the basic rules and procedures for a stored automobile when I come in from out of town and sees a jump start hooked up this is where I knew it was not ...
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What is the best cleaner for ICV?

I got a mazda 323,DOHC engine - B6DP, (non carburetor type). Every PM (usually yearly), I have the mechanic clean the ICV. They are using the carburetor cleaner to clean it and remove the accumulated ...
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DSG transmission fluid vs engine oil change

Sorry for a rather rookie question. I am very new to vehicle maintenance, and trying to do my own oil change. Recently I bought a used Volkswagen T5 Transporter 2.0 TDI DSG. And I've been looking at ...
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Does a pair of “2 ton” axle stands support 2 tons together or they each support 2 tons?

I bought a pair of axle stands that came as a set and it stated "2 ton" capacity on the box. Each axle stand has a sticker stating "2 ton" capacity. Since they came as a pair, does that mean one axle ...
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Maintenance oil change

Why would a tamper seal be installed when I took my vehicle to a meineke shop for an oil change? When it says memo on slip & the shop offers free towing, need I now be worried something is wrong ...
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Are there “preventative healthcare” options for cars? [duplicate]

I've had a Volkswagen Passat for a little over a year now, and it's been driving without any major issues so far. However, I've noticed the ride feels just generally "worse" that it did before. ...
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Which of the two scales is the “right one” on the antifreeze tester?

I've bought an antifreeze tester yesterday, and the scale on the floater is divided as follows: the upper half is for methanol-based antifreeze, the lower half is for the ethylene glycol-based one (...
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Car Sat Outside

My car has sat outside and unstarted for about 6 months in my yard, the part I was waiting on has finally arrived. Is there any services that I should have done to my full-size car while I have it in ...
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1 year old car needs brace servicing and rotor replacement?

I work at home and don't drive much (3,000 km on the car). I have a 2017 Mazda CX5 I bought last fall. Most of the time it's in my (attached, insulated) garage. I drive it maybe once or twice a week. ...
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Car Selling Etiquette and Ethics in Foreign Setting [closed]

I am an expat living overseas in Africa and am looking to sell my car soon. I wanted to get some opinions about what is customary for servicing. Some background, I have a 4x4 car with 114,000 km. I ...
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Is changing the oil in a Jetta TDI something a non-mechanic can do?

I always change my own oil, newer or older car. I have been looking at the Jetta TDI, 2015+. They are pretty good buys (I'm in the US, if that matters.) I have read this, What is the cost of ...
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What maintenance and upkeep costs must be considered for a 15-20 year old car over a newer car?

My daughter is looking to purchase her first car, and is looking at 16-18 year-old vehicles costing $2k - $3k. This does not surprise me; she's always been fiscally responsible and cautious with her ...
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just changed head gasket reusable?

so, my car was sent to the shop to change a new head gasket just a few days ago. my car is an old 2e toyota engine which I was thinking of painting it to look nice. But in order to paint it I have to ...
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Boiling of my motorvehicle

I have a Madza Scrum/ Suzuki curry small truck which is boiling whenever i travell just 5 kilometers, please help what might be the problem
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How to replace electric tailgate lift on Volvo XC 60 2012?

My volvo xc60 has been having issues with the trunk and the lift gate. We got the lift gate to come off with a flat head screwdriver but the "electrical" part is still connected. I'm wondering what ...
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High daily mileage preparation

I know a couple of people who started driving for Lyft and Uber. One of those people plan on doing it full time. I know they haven't even thought of what driving hundreds of miles a day might do to ...
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Can my ECU tell me if my air filter should be changed?

While replacing my air filter I was looking at the old one and wondering, "I can see this has debris on it, but how much was that affecting airflow to the engine?" Obviously the more restrictive the ...
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Is idling a high milage car good?

Environment aside is idling a crappy car before driving better than not? All the answers to the like questions always say if you have a new car there is no difference except waste. Is this still true ...
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How often to do a tire rotation when you drive very few miles a year?

I have a Hyundai Accent 2014 and the user manual recommends to do a tire rotation every 7,500 miles. I'll be driving around 2,000 miles a year. Should I still do my tire rotations every 7,500 miles (...
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glamour fuel injector repair

My glamour fi bike flooded and fully covered with water. after drying my bike i changed engine oil,air filter, and cleaned silencer and petrol tank. after that switch on the bike using key, then my fi ...
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My 2010 Hyundai Elantra won't start without a jump

My car won't start without a jump. I’d jump it with cables, it will start with no problem, but as soon as I turn it off, I won't turn over.