Questions tagged [maintenance]

Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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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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Is it harmful for my car to be only driven once a week? [duplicate]

I spend most of the time at home and I rarely drive my car. I only drive it one day per week to keep it as lubricated as possible. Is it harmful for my car? Should I drive it more often to keep its ...
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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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Car jumps when accelerating around 30 mph

I just bought a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant, Ive already fixed the motor mounts and the starter, when I accelerate hard around 30 mph the seems to jump a bit. Its only happens around 30mph. It doesnt jerk ...
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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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2017 CF MY17 Black Edition - “Routine Maintenance Required”

My 2017 Black Edition Lancer shows this alert every time I start the car. It's been doing this for a few days now. The service sticker says next service at 17,000km; I'm only halfway there. What ...
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is it warming up the engine for a short period of time a good thing or bad?

If I have a motor vehicle as a general question, Is warming up the engine for a short period of time - let's say 5 min, is it a good thing for the engine or bad? and what about specific for this ...
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I have 2005 golf 1 1.6 feul injections.car starts fine then rough idle high and low on the Rev counter then cutts off

I had diagnosis Don and the results were. Manifold press send signal too high. Throttle valve adapter/potentiometer open circuit short circuit to B+ Throttle valve potentiometer open circuit short ...
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How to maintain a new car

I recently bought a 2019 Mitsubishi Xpander. This is my first time owning a car, and I'd like to know what are the basic periodic checks I should be doing. (the car manual is not in English, and I ...
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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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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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