Questions tagged [maintenance]

Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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Local mechanic ok to repair exotics? [closed]

I use a local mechanic to repair my Volvo 850 and he does a good job. He has college-level mechanic training and knows how to do basic electronic diagnosis and maintenance. Sometimes there are delays ...
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Coolant - meaning of label on bottle

I am currently on vacation in Mallorca, Spain. The car (Citroën C4 Picasso running on diesel) that I am driving is running low on coolant. I went to a gas station to buy a bottle of coolant for the ...
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How do I check the brake fluid in master cylinder of my car?

I want to check the brake fluid level of my car, its my first time so I dont know how to check it.
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Maintenance more expensive for Infiniti-discontinued G25?

I recently saw a 2011 Infiniti G25 for sale at a very good price. But I've read in car forums that the maintenance for a G25 (ie. the parts for that specific model) would be more expensive since the ...
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Drum brake adjustment question - First time

My brakes were making a very faint squeak/click at low speeds about 10mph when coming to a slow stop. Serviced the front thinking it was the slide pins but turns out it was my rear drums. I'd ...
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Would anyone know if the o2 sensor is the pre-cat or post-cat?

i have a honda accord 2007. I had the car go for a diagnosis and its come up with faulty 'o2 sensor"?? Would anyone know if thats the pre-cat or post-cat?
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Does speeding reduce the life of your car?

Me and my friend were discussing the death of his old car, a Peugeot 207, he believed that constant speeding on the motorway is what caused his car to die. the UK limit for speed is 70mph, and he ...
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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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Why can't I reinstall my automatic cam chain tensioner?

I'm putting my '07 Kawasaki ZZR600 back together after a valve adjustment, but I can't get the auto cam chain tensioner re-installed. I have the unit back in and the plunger pushed as far in as it ...
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Optimal clutch engagement speed at wide open throttle

While pretending I was a race car driver this morning, a question occurred to me: When you engage the clutch quickly while up-shifting at wide open throttle (i.e. accelerating as fast as possible and ...
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Maintenance Light Reset on Toyota 2015 Highlander

I recently changed my own oil and oil filter, successfully. I have a 2015 Toyota Highlander. I need to reset that annoying little maintenance light. This is the light that comes on after a preset ...
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How can I remove black scuff marks from paint work?

I have an '08 Silverado, I recently had to haul a load of furniture a little over a thousand miles, using a tarp to keep it dry, and with the way my bed is laid out I have no tie down points. I ...
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Over full oil on a road trip

I've got a 2010 toyota prius. I'm on a road trip and changed the oil right before I took off, unfortunately I was in a hurry and didn't realize I overfilled the oil. (likely 0.5-1.2quarts overfilled ) ...
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Can I use this coolant in a Toyota Camry 2003 with water?

Can I use 'Coolelf Auto Supra' in my Toyota Camry 2003? And can I use that coolant in combination with water?
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How car parts codes works?

Are the parts code universal or does each company have their own code? Please provide brief answers, or if someone know any relevant site please share. That will be highly appreciated. Thanks
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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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2010 Chevy Traverse Head Lamp replacement

I have replaced the bulbs for my Traverse ( each one ) at least twice in the last 2 years. Is this normal? If not, any suggestion to a more permanent fix as it is a giant pain to get to the bulb and ...
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Swapping fully-synthetic manual transmission fluid for semi-synthetic

I changed my gearbox oil today but afterwards I noticed that the bottle said 75w-90 Semi-synthetic, this got me curious so I rang ford to double check the spec and they said that I should use 75w-90 ...
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Unsure what to repair first after 27 point inspection

I was given a summary of my 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe after a 27 point check: Wheels must be retorqued within 50km Tire pressure set at 35 Front tires LF10 RF10 Rare tires LR10 RR10 Tire size 225/70R16 ...
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Rough/loud knocking and different noise when accelerated

I have a 1999 Toyota Camry with 193,000 miles on it. When I was driving a few days ago, the battery light came on and the engine died at a red light. It started right back up, so I didn't think ...
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Homemade 'Car' Vehical

I am interested in saving a few grand on a car by fishing parts out of a junkyard, whipping them together, duct-taping a fancy car decal onto it to make it look safe, adding golf-ball shaped holes to ...
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What other maintenance items are good to do if a transmission is dropped?

My car (2005 Suburban with 130,000 miles) has transmission issues (clanging noise coming from around the flexplate). Likely the transmission is going to need to be dropped, and unfortunately I'll ...
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How much oil should drain from a lawn tractor?

I have a Craftsman lawn tractor with an 18.5 HP Intek Engine (97700 series). The manual says it holds 3.5 pints of oil; however, when I change the oil, I am lucky if I can get 2 pints out. (That is ...
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When can desulfation extend the life of a battery?

So I was reading up about battery desulfation, and it seems like a promising way to rejuvenate lead-acid batteries. Questions Can this work on a severely discharged battery, e.g. less than 9 V for a ...
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buying a new unused car parked in storage

I am thinking of buying a car that has been in storage for the last 9 months.It only clocked less than 30km mileage to date. The company that owns this car bought in volume (good discount) for their ...
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Hood Unlatches but Won't Pop Up

Okay, I've got a 1998 Volvo V70 that takes two people to open the hood. When you pull the release on the inside, it unlatches but the hood won't pop open the inch or two until it reaches the safety ...
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What is this container in the engine and should it be filled with water?

The car is Honda Life 2007. While checking for water I wondered what this is and should it be filled with water/coolant? I have attached the image of the engine with the container I am talking about ...
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Is there such thing as flushing coolant to often?

If I were to go with a coolant flush every 15 to 20 thousand miles is this considered a little too excessive? It’s a ford fiesta mk 6 the service interval by the manufacturer is recommended at 100 ...
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Mayonnaise on tip of dipstick - new car, low miles, well maintained. What to do?

This question is about a 2014 Renault engine fitted in our family car, we've owned it since new and I've done all the maintenance to the book. We chose the petrol engine over the diesel because we ...
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Engine sound louder when accelerated from 20mph - Nissan Altima 2015

I bought a Nissan Altima 2015 and its been 18 months since I am using it and have around 17000 miles on my car. Recently I started experiencing engine sound louder than expected when accelerated to 40 ...
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Is the “italian tuneup” a real phenomenon? [duplicate]

I have heard of a term called the "italian tuneup", also sometimes called the "internal metal polishing effect", where your push your car hard (up until redline) in order to remove carbon deposits ...
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How to select a good recondition vehicle [duplicate]

What are the important things to check before buying reconditioned vehicle?
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Preventative maintenance on 10 yr old Honda Accord with 65k miles

I have a 2007 i4 Honda Accord EX that I just bought with 65,000 miles. The car was from Southern California and I just brought it up to NJ. I'm about to start a 5 year surgery residency program and ...
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Car lurched slightly after changing rear brake pad

Long story short, after jacking up right rear, taking wheel off, putting back on and lowering, when I sat in the driver's seat, I felt a sudden further lowering (drop) in the right rear side. Could ...
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What kind of wear does a spark plug cable go through?

I'm about to change spark plugs on my car, and given the cost of getting just the plugs or plugs + cables, I'm considering just keeping the current ones. The car runs fine (well, it's consuming way ...
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will it freeze if i leave it overnight with no antifreeze or water

will my engine block freeze with no antifreeze or water? I just replaced the water pump and i am stuck on the power steering pump mounting brackets i am hoping to find a diagram or a link to a website....
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Multiple Batteries Charging

I have multiple batteries off from motorcycles, and each of them has it's own charge level (12-13 Volt measured at rest). Assuming I have only one 12 Volt charger, can I charge them in parallel until ...
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What clean, non-sticky lubricant can I use for door hinges?

I cleaned the hinges of my doors and tailgate, the grease had attracted all sorts of dirt and turned black, tar-like and abrasive (metal shiny when I wiped the stuff off). I used a toothbrush, WD-40 ...
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What is the significance of rotating tyres in this pattern?

The Toyota owner manual contains this diagram. For non-directional tyres, what is the significance of swapping tyres in this pattern? Specifically, why is it advised to keep the front tyres on the ...
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How can I increased mileage of my Bike

I have a Honda CB Shine 125cc bike. When I purchased it, it was giving me mileage of 50 km/L, but now it is reduced to 40 to 45 km/L. How can I increase the mileage of my bike and increase it up to 55 ...
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Aftermarket wheels and tires and persistent mild vibration

I drive a 2011 F-150. I put on aftermarket 20" Fuel Maverick wheels and 305/50/20 Nitto Terra Grapplers after having a 2 inch leveling kit installed this past summer. I've been struggling with a mild ...
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Recommended 100k mile maintenance

I have a 2011 Ford F-150 at 97,000 miles. I love this truck to death, am always on top of regular maintenance in terms of oil changes etc... I've been fortunate to have very little go wrong with the ...
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What are the most common recommended “scam” repairs/maintenance? [closed]

I've seen forums, Q/A sites, and many questions on this SE site pertaining to whether or not a suggested repair is a scam or not, but I've never seen an attempt to compile a list of the most common/...
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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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How to best deal with ice buildup on inside front window of car?

No I am not trolling. Unfortunately I don't have a garage or underground parking and as such the car is exposed to the elements in winter. Recently to my bafflement I have had ice buildup all over the ...
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Do I have to use clamps or does the sealant do the same thing…I need help

I have to put my muffler pipe in but I'm kinda confused...can I put the pipe on and use the sealant would that be alright to do or do you have to use clamps ?
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02 Sienna new brake squeal and grind

New brakes squeal and grind. I replaced the front rotors and pads on a 2002 Sienna. Almost within a week they started grinding like there are no pads left. They also have a high pitched squeal when ...
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Is it important that the four tires have the same mark on the sidewall?

I bought 4 new tires and i noticed that the rear tires have an "outside " mark on the sidewall but the front tires have an "inside" mark, Is this right ??
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Where can I find my minimum tire pressure?

While changing my tires for the winter, I checked my tire pressure and it was low (30psi) compared to the car recommended pressure (35psi). This made me curious as to what the minimum tire pressure ...
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Oil overfill with residue in exhaust manifold

Can overfilling your oil cause oil residue in your exhaust manifold without you breaking a ring?