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Questions tagged [maintenance]

Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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Engine ticking at idle on 2001 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6

2001 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6 stepside
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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.
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How can I make sure it is safe to take a long drive with an older vehicle?

I'm going to be making a round trip from Ontario to Florida (2000 km/1200 mi, one way) in December and will be borrowing a 2008 Toyota Sienna to make the trip with my family. I'm concerned about the ...
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Engine maintenance on plug-in hybrid vs. regular vehicle

Plug-in hybrid vehicles have enough power to cover 100% of my daily commute. Driving on electricity alone and not having to run the gasoline engine greatly appeals to me, but I also understand that ...
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What wrench sizes are needed to maintain a Skyteam ST-50 monkey bike

I've made the nutty decision to ride a tiny motorcycle across a foreign country and I'm trying to get a tool kit together. The bike is a Honda Z-50 mini-trail knock off called a Skyteam ST-50 (aka ...
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Possible Causes of an Engine Tick?

I own a 1999 Mercury Cougar, running the 2.5L Duratech DOHC V6. I was recently out with a friend drifting (not the smartest idea, especially since my engine was already running rough), and while ...
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Disabling or removing alarm from '98 Lexus ES300?

I have a '98 Lexus ES300, and if I try to open any door when the car is locked, the alarm will be activated. What I do is when the alarm starts blaring is that I get in the car and turn the ignition, ...
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Will a previous valve cover leak effect what needs to be done while replacing spark plugs?

I had some leaking valve covers about two months ago, and was warned this meant I'd need to have some vaguely defined extra service done during the next tune-up or I'd risk ruining the new spark plugs....
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CEL after cleaning throttle body and replacing PCV valve - false negative?

Today I performed the following maintenance on my 2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i wagon: Replace air filter Clean throttle body Replace PCV valve Replace all PCV pipes Replace throttle body gasket The PCV ...
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What deal-breakers should I be looking for before buying a late 1970s Rolls-Royce?

I am looking at a late '70s Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow with around 70,000 miles on it. There is no significant rust, the exterior is in good shape, and the interior front seat leather and wood veneer ...
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Which vehicle runs the best without changing the oil? [closed]

I was watching the Discovery Channel and a Japanese Engineer said that in Japanese built Engines that the engines run cool enough to not need an oil change unless burnt from overheating. He also added ...
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20 Year old car. What should be replaced next?

I'm buying a Nissan Maxima 98 Auto. It has about 50k miles on the odometer. I'll put an engine pic just for reference, it was very well mantained. However, it is still a 20 year old car. What should I ...
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Transfer case vs Wheel alignment

I have a 1999 mercury mountaineer AWD Had four new tires put on at Wal-Mart about 2 weeks ago as I was backing up. It mad a clunk notice and short grinding notice. Never did before. I had had work ...
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08 altima burning through gas like crazy

2008 Nissan Altima 2.5s is burning through gas like crazy! Motor has 164k on it. I put in a half tank yesterday and I've only gone about 50 miles, 80% Highway and I currently have 36 miles remaining. ...
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Can't detect Proton GEN2 ECU

I bought an old 2004 Proton Gen2 car, and its Engine light is on, so I bought an OBD2 device to check the engine errors, but I can't manage to access to ECU. Photo of engine light on: photo of OBD ...
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Bought OBDII tool - System too rich

My 04 Isuzu Rodeo has had a too rich code for some time now. I definitely smell the fuel out of the exhaust. In the last 6 months I have had the following done to try to fix this issue: New spark ...
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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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Filled a battery with distilled water and trickle charged for days

The starting voltage was 10.5 volts and when I left it charge at a 2Amp current it took a day to get to 11 volts and another day to get to 11.5 volts and would not go any higher. I took it off charge ...
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Rear number plate UK laws [closed]

I replaced my rear bumper number plate over the weekend and it has just been pointed out to my by a colleague that it's fallen off in the driveway at work. I'm not able to get hold of any glue or ...
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Proton Gen2 - Engine Oil

what brand or oil type should I use for Proton gen2 (2004)? and is it a good idea to flush the engine oil, it has 135K mileage so far. I don't have the owner's manual.
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How to know information about my car

recently I bought a second-hand car (Proton Gen2) which doesn't have any manual with it, I asked the owner and he doesn't have any clue about car manual. All I know are these: Make: Proton Model: ...
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Does an engine with lower viscosity oil require less warming up?

I have always seen that an engine should be driven gently (low throttle, low revs) for about 15 minutes after starting, in order to bring the oil up to temperature and lubricate the engine properly. ...
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How can I maximize my car warranty benefits before it expires

I currently own a 2015 Audi S4 I bought new. Its warranty is about to expire. Although the car seemed pretty trouble free at close to 60K km (knock on wood), I still want to know if there is a common ...
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headlights not working but they do if jumping battery

im guessing the solution is to replace the battery but i dont want to spend $100+ on a battery if that is not the fix. here is the scenario: headlights stopped working so i bought some fuses and ...
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Accidentally removed the rubbery coating from the jack attachment point

I was changing tyres just now and since the current car (VW Caddy) it a bit longer than the old one I had to turn it around once to change the front wheels. Not paying attention at that moment, when I ...
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Do I need to add oil if I evacuated the old refrigerant and replace it with a new refrigerant?

I'm planning to replace my rear AC fan motor since its too noisy. To do that I need to remove the rear cooling cool. I will need to evacuate the system. After that, I'll be replacing it with a new ...
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Engine Starts Screeching at Low RPM and Continues When RPM is Raised

I have a 2003 Honda Civic D17A1 manual, 202k. I recently rebuilt my cylinder head and replaced all timing components (the timing belt broke), and replaced a bunch of sensors, vacuum hoses, PCV and ...
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Delco battery code

I have two new Delco batteries and the code reading methods I have seen don't seem to work. there is an etched number in the top 7MKD27, then there is a sticker P0585 with group number on the ...
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Why does this transfer box fluid bottle look squished?

I recently bought a few bottles of unopened transfer box fluid for my LR3. I have no way of telling how old the fluid is, but it seems to have done something over time to reduce the volume of air ...
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Any maintenance advantages to replacing shift solenoids that have not failed?

Is there any maintenance advantage to replacing shift solenoids that have not failed? There isn't a stated service interval for these parts, that I am aware of. By contrast, most vehicles have ...
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how to deal with a car in the winter morning [closed]

Suppose you have a car in the winter morning where there are snows all over the car and the windows are frozen. What will be the steps that you would take before driving/
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Comparing maintenance between '02 SC430 and ES300?

I've have an '01 es300 for many years. How does maintenance and parts for this car compare to the maintenance of an '02 SC430? I recently saw a nice and (apparently) well-maintained '02 sc430 with ...
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How to get into motorcycle maintenance? [duplicate]

I've been reading Zen and The Art of Motorcycle recently, and am about to buy my first proper bike (Yamaha MT-07). The book has inspired me to learn about the mechanics of the bike. However, I'm a ...
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Maintenance: Why wait for some seconds before cranking a petrol engine? [duplicate]

When turning the ignition to "ON" position, there is a slight sound that comes for about 3 seconds. My dad told me that it's a good practice to wait for some 3 seconds before cranking the engine. I'm ...
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Why was the mechanic using 20/50 oil in our Mazda 1598 cc in a tropical country?

I recently checked my wife's car and its maintenance record and saw that the agency has been replacing the engine oil with 20/50 during routine maintenance. We live in a tropical country where the ...
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A tale of two diffs: which one needs more TLC?

Background My 2009 V8 LR3 has done around 150k km. It has a permanent 4WD system. I have no record of prior drivetrain-related maintenance. Question If I have to prioritize which diff's fluid to ...
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Accidentally drove with the hand brake on [duplicate]

I have a new peugeot 108 and accidentally drove about 10 / 15 minutes with the hand brake on. I could smell burning at the rear of the car so turned car off to cool down. Just wondering if this will ...
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What are the dangers of driving a repaired car that was in major accident?

When I'm shopping for a second hand car, I often hear an advice to find out if a car has been in a major accident and refrain from buying in this case. When I tried to find out why that is, I was told ...
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Is there a simple metric to compare tire lifespan?

Companies with a fleet of vehicles (taxi, limo, etc) think of car tires as a cost that cut into their profits. For this reason, it's best for them to buy the cheapest tire for the same expected ...
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Is my delivery (Auction) vehicle legitimate of fraudulent mileage scam ?

I have 2003 Dodge V6 CV Delivery van . It was from Auction source Postal. Had bad this and bad that (below) I have been told by mechanics,that they think the van NO WAY had the reported 32,300K ...