Questions tagged [maintenance]

Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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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 ...
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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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