Questions tagged [maintenance]

Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How to setup the car so that while driving I do not have mist glass?

I have a second hand car with an old slider to switch from left to right, with the same icons 1, 2 as in the picture below. But I do not understand it well. Often when I am driving, my car windows ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is the ATF Level checked with the engine running?

I didn't realize until recently that the ATF level is supposed to be checked while the engine is running, unlike the engine oil level which you're supposed to check at least five minutes after ...
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How to find a part lost in the snow

How can one go about finding a very small part lost in the snow? — while working on my motorbike, one of the battery leads fell out and I can't find it. Buying a metal detector for the sake of ...
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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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2010 Hyundai Elantra squeals loudly on start up

I’d appreciate any advice or input you may have. I own a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. Bought it used in 2014 with 61K miles on it. The car was great for me for a couple years, and required nothing besides ...
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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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49cc scooter shuts off after back tire stops or touches ground

I recently changed the drive belt on my 49cc scooter. But when I did, it won't drive and for me to start it I have to make sure the back tire isn't touching the ground. If the back tire is stopped in ...
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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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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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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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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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Two hoses that run from the carburetor - Is the upper hose cut and zip tied? Is that's the one that brings fuel to the carburetor?

I bought a VIP Future Champion, took it to the shop and had the heads changed because the mechanic said it had bad heads, so 200 dollars later... I went in to pick it up and the mechanic says there is ...
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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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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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Good template for keeping maintenance records?

I'm looking for ideas on templates to use to record service for multiple vehicles. Excel is preferred format, but open to all in interest of gathering ideas. Anyone have any templates?
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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 ...