Questions tagged [maintenance]

Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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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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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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Glamour fuel injector repair

My Glamour FI bike flooded and was fully covered with water. After drying my bike, I changed engine oil, air filter, and cleaned the silencer and petrol tank. After that, I switched on the bike using ...
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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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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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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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I drove my car with the dipstick left out, did I do any damage?

Please guide me. I went for a regular check up of my new Celerio gasoline driven car. The Maruti Workshop mechanic made a mistake. He left the dipstick out after he checked my oil. I figured it out ...
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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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Can an 18V-5W Solar Panel Provide an Equalizing Charge for a Battery?

I recently finished a project in which I installed an additional cigarette lighter port on my car that was always on (the existing one was only on when engine was running), and connected a small solar ...
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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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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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Moped dies when trying to give gas after filling up gas tank

My moped has been running just fine lately but after I put gas in it immediately started choking off when I give it gas. The tank was pretty close to empty when I topped it off. Is that the reason ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to detect defect of vehicle's engine by examining sound it makes

The idea is: every once in a while I use some imaginary smartphone app and record vehicle's engine sound. Then the app should interpret that sound and say OK/NOK. If NOK I drive to be further examined ...
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Is it okay to leave a car for 5 months without driving it?

I need to travel to the east coast and work from there for a duration of 5 months. I can leave my car in covered parking here and ask a friend to start the car for a few minutes every week. What ...
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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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Remove stuck crankshaft bolt on 2003 Acura TL for timing belt change?

A friend is helping me change the timing belt on my 2003 Acura TL 3.2. Yes, I paid for the beer!!! We've successfully removed the upper timing belt covers, drive belt, and serpentine belt. We're ...
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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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O2 Sensor Error after replacing spark plugs?

Ford Taurus 2004 Sedan SES DOHC. (The car is actually in the shop right now and I told him to hold off until I get more info.) Took the car to the local shop to get the spark plugs replaced. Because ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I protect chrome before there is any rust, and right after I have removed rust off of it?

I have an old motorcycle with chromed parts. Some of them look brand new, but others have rust on them. Is WD-40 good for preventing corrosion on chrome parts? Can it also be applied after removing ...
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Should I pull my wipers away from the windshield when parked during a winter storm?

When we are expecting snow storm and the vehicle is parked, do we pull out the wipers so they don’t touch the glass to avoid the freezing to the windshield? Or would that hurt the springs in the wiper ...
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Is an “oil life indicator” a reliable indicator for when to change the oil?

I have a 2014 Honda Pilot with 3600 miles on it. Historically I have always changed oil in my vehicles every 3000 miles, using good quality non-synthetic oil. Now this Honda has an "oil life ...
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Re-stud old winter tires

Can old studded winter tires have old worn rusted studs removed and Re-studded with a new batch??? any tips either way
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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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Putting a cover on the bike while engine is hot

Is it safe to cover your bike as soon as you shut the enigne after a 20 mile ride? I cover 40 miles daily to and fro for work. I reach home around 11 pm and barely have the patience to climb down from ...
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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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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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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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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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Minimal set of maintenance recommended for 60,000 mile Honda civic based on prior history

So I have a 2009 Honda Civic and it's getting close to 60k in miles. I know there is a big maintenance that's supposed to be done at that level, and I've been quoted for $400 for it at my local Honda ...

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