Questions tagged [maintenance]

Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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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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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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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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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 ...
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Tire uneven wear - cause and appropriate preventative action?

The inside of the tires are worn as seen in the attached photos (both front and rear). This is an SUV with about 80k miles on it. Any ideas on 1) what would cause this, 2) how the car could develop ...
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High mileage vehicle: Long drive before and after maintenance

I'm preparing to make a long dive over the Thanksgiving holiday using a high mileage vehicle (Chevy 4.3 with 265k miles), and I am wondering if there are any curious/gimmicky maintenance suggestions I ...
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Is it okay to leave a car outside in the winter without driving it for 1 month?

I'm working in Grinnell Iowa for a year. I plan on traveling to the east coast for a few weeks in December- 1 month at most. The town is really tiny so there's practically no options for covered ...
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How to clean and maintain the underbody of a convertible

Normally, with hard-top cars, the easiest way to clean the underside of the car is to run it through an automatic car wash. On convertibles, where doing this can cause damage to the top seals and ...
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What is the point of changing coolant if it gets constantly replaced?

I drive a 2016 Scion FRS, and based on the maintenance schedule of the coolant: 1st replacement interval is 11 years/137,500 miles (220,000 km). 2nd replacement interval is 6 years/ 75,000 miles (...
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Do all cars rust eventually even with repeated proper rustproofing methods?

My understanding is that rustproofing works and lasts when done properly, but once the coating used to rustproof wears off I'm guessing the process to rustproof needs to be done all over again. With ...
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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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Small Chunks off my Tire Sidewall - Need Help! Fiat 500x

I stupidly scraped a curb in my Fiat 500x going maybe 5mph so not fast at all but I scraped my rims and took these two small chunks out of my tire. You guys can see they are the size of my tiny ...
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what tests should I do on a 30 year old car driven 1,000 miles per year?

Car was owned by a grandfather and never used very much. Kept in a garage and never used during cold or rain. Now I want to use the car, but hesitate due to concerns about seals and tires, etc. Can ...
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Polishing internals?

How should I polish the internals of an engine to create a smooth and carbon free surface? I am just wanting to polish the internals with little to negligible amounts of metal being removed. I was ...
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How much washing is too much

I wash my car once a month normally.During rains I need to do it more frequently. I have seen it in one of the youtube videos where the person was of the view washing your vehicle too often is bad. I ...
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Pros and Cons of vehicle maintenance done with dealer vs private company [closed]

I have Lexus CT200H hybrid vehicle & the regular dealer recommended maintenances are performed with Lexus dealer. But they charge too much especially for major maintenance like 30K miles ...
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turning problem left side only

Hi I have a 2014 dodge grand caravan crew. I have own it for three years now.My problem is when I sharply turn left,theirs a loud grinding noise coming from the front end somewhere.I have changed the ...
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Do fuel additives harm the engine in the long term?

Many fuel compamies (i.e. esso diesel synergy) use additives in their fuel to clean the engine and improve performance. My question is whether these additives will harm the machine after 5-6 years of ...
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Symptoms for oil change

Its difficult for everyone in determining the oil's health by mere inspection from a dipstick and check for the viscosity etc.Are there any other symptoms which a vehicle craving for new oil would ...