Questions tagged [maintenance]

Questions about general routine maintenance of a vehicle or engine.

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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?
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Radically different car maintenance schedules in manual and service instruction sheet

I own a 2013 Fiesta Ecoboost 1.0L 74kW, and noticed that the maintenance instructions in the US version of the owners manual are very different from the service schedule available on Ford Etis. (EU ...
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Are belt conditioners safe?

A service advisor at a vehicle repair shop recommended belt conditioner to help ensure longevity of rubber belts (timing, serpentine, etc.) and as a possible inexpensive fix to various engine noises. ...
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Effects of higher oil viscosity

After reading "Can viscosity affect gas mileage?", it appears that it can affect gas mileage. However, what would be the consequences of going from the manufacturer's recommended 0w-20 to the 5w-40 ...
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What kind of coolant can I use for my 2006 Subaru Forester? Does color matter?

The coolant levels in my 2006 Subaru Forester seemed low so I was going to pick up Prestone pre-mix from the store and top it off. The coolant in my car is blue. The manual says SUBARU coolant or an ...
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2003 Honda Civic Pulling to the left after collison

Car was in a very bad curb jumping accident. Had asked a previous question on here, to find out that my tie rod bolt had came off completely & detached the tie rod causing car to come to complete ...
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Prevent birds from making nests in wheel well

I've had an unusual issue a few years now, so I thought I would ask for any ideas. There is a pair of robins that seems to think that our van's tire makes a good place for a nest. They are ...
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If a manual timing chain adjustment is out of travel, does it indicate the timing chain needs to be replaced?

I have a 1981 Yamaha XT250H. This motorcycle uses a single cylinder engine with a single overhead cam and two valves. The timing chain has two guides, one on both sides of the timing chain. The ...
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Would the brake proportioning valve be the cause of my brakes getting tight by themselves.

I own a Ford Focus 2006 Zx4 2.0 Well I'm asking if the brake proportioning valve could be the cause of my brakes getting tight on their own. I have asked another mechanic and told me it could be it. ...
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My car is shaking like wave on small bump

I bought a new Maruti S-Scross zeta model 8 months back. After use of 6000 miles, I felt like my car is taking wave especially visible on the rear passenger head. When I show all of them from my car's ...
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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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2006 Grand Prix GXP V8 high mileage engine

I'm looking at purchasing a high mileage, very well maintained 2006 Grand Prix 5.3 v8. It has 396,000km on the original engine (new tranny). I'm guessing GM put this motor in a number of work trucks, ...
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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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Do car manufacturers change reliability of their cars by country? [closed]

I've heard from time to time that the same model cars or same manufacture will release cars that last less time in one country based on the habits of the market. e.g. In a market where people keep ...
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Any benefit in doing regular maintenance in authorized Infiniti dealer?

I've been searching for an older Infiniti G35/G37 ('07-'09), and most of the time, besides mileage and owners, I ask if the car maintenance has been done in an authorized Infiniti dealer. So I've ...
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Squeeze some extra life out of radiator and condenser fans

Both my radiator and condenser fans are whining, high pitch and loud, presumably from the bearings although maybe something else is rubbing somewhere. They started around the same time, I think it ...
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what is the process for replacing 12V car battery?

What is the process for replacing the 12V battery? How would I clean the contacts of the terminals? My OEM battery in 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L appears rather clean, including the terminals, but I recall ...
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Prevent (or significantly reduce) brake line rust

I few years back a large chunk of my brake lines were replaced due to a failure in my brake booster. Working on my vehicle now I can see the usual cost of driving on salty winter roads, the lines are ...
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Ideas for removing a broken screw in battery hold down?

I was installing a battery and ended up doing this while putting the clamp over the battery: As you can see, I overtightened and the screw went right through the hole (I think?). The thing I'm ...
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How do I tell if I screwed up my oil change?

I just changed my oil in my 2500 HD Silverado for the first time by myself. I've changed my oil in a 2004 Toyota Camry a handful of times, but I always had a friend supervise me. I need to know common ...
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Are there “standard” torque values for fasteners?

For "normal" applications (say attaching the oil pan or valve cover) are there standard or typical torque values for fasteners? I'm wondering if it is possible to use a rule of thumb for those ...
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Washing a vehicle in the hot sun?

A quick search online turns up a number of pages that recommend against giving your vehicle a carwash in the hot sun. Will this actually damage the finish on the vehicle? Will it cause any harm to ...

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