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2002 Citroen Saxo - Clicking / tapping noise from inlet manifold

I have a clicking / tapping noise coming from the inlet manifold on my 2002 Citroen Saxo VTR (1.6 8v) I have manually adjusted the valve clearances (see this video to hear what the engine sounded ...
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Knocking valve sound after gasket replacement

I changed the intake gaskets top and bottom along with valve cover gaskets on my Ford F-150. After I finished it was hard getting started but I finally got it started and now it sounds like the valves ...
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VW Jetta GLI making intermittent grinding noise on launch

I just saw a 2007 GLI with 120,000 kms that I was interested in purchasing today. There were 3 issues that I need help with: Upon launching the car (gas pedal floored) I could hear some kind of ...
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2003 Buick Century Right Turn Signal Stuck when dark out, car dies when left gets used

I have a 2003 Buick Century and whenever it is dark out my car turns my lights on automatically upon turning the car on, the right blinker stays solid. This has been going on for a while but now when ...
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2003 honda accord battery light

Battery light keeps coming on and off and power steering feels like it is going out. New battery a year ago, new alternator a year ago. Replaced the accessory belt a week ago as well as the accessory ...
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Audi A6 C6 on board computer is off

I'm not sure if it's something wrong with on-board computer or I just don't know how to turn it on. When the car is started the display is completely off. and only turns on sometimes when some kind of ...
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Idle drop in 1991 Buick Park Avenue

I have a 91 Buick park Ave that is experiencing these symptoms. When starting from a cold start the engine will turn over, reach around 1000 rpm, then die. When applying gas and turning the key the ...
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What causes an engine idle to increase briefly?

I have an 82 Honda 450 Nighthawk motorcycle that I'm rebuilding and I need to tune/balance the carbs. I have them bench-balanced and reset the idle screw on both. Now it runs a lot better, but every ...
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Does repeated turning on/off Xenon HID headlights harm them?

I've got Xenon headlights and my car has a feature which automatically turns the headlights on at night. Currently I'm hesitant to use the auto-on feature because the headlights turn on when I start ...
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Seat Ibiza Electronic power control

I lease a Seat Ibiza 1.4 16V Stella and have an interesting problem. After 6 months the EPS light will show up occasionally. It's been back to the garage a few times for the issue where they reset ...
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Repairing broken power steering pump mounts

I replaced the power steering pump in my Mercedes and after Two days the mounts which are attached to what looks like the engine broke off. Not the mounts on the pump. What is the best way to fix ...
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1993 Merc 300SE always stalling soon after startup, fuel pressure tests > 50psi

From the moment car starts to the moment engine stalls, which is about 40 - 60 seconds, fuel pressure is always above 50 psi. Can I safely conclude stalling is not caused by fuel system problems? I ...
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On Board Diagnostics-II for Electric Vehicles

I'm learning about OBDII, and I'm wondering whether it is valid on EV's too. According to Wikipedia's PIDs article, the Service 01 PID 51 (or Fuel Type) has a value 8 that means that the fuel type ...
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'07 Escalade - AC issues

2007 Escalade AWD. Yesterday, I noticed that the air conditioning keeps turning on and off. To clarify: the control unit does not indicate that it's turning off. I still have the fancy snowflake ...
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Audible clicking at high speeds - what could it be?

I just recently started hearing an audible clicking sound in my 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost. I only hear it in 3rd and 4th gear and only when I'm at about 3.5k rpm and higher. (I originally just ...
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Ford Probe '95, 2.0l, 85kw starting problems

I'm trying to diagnose why my car doesn't start. Hope you guys will share some ideas for what to test. First of all, the car started when towed by another car and holds idle, but as soon I press the ...
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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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Clunking noise from dash of 2005 Ford Explorer

All of a sudden there is a loud clunking noise coming from the dash of my 2005 Ford Explorer. Observations It definitely sounds cyclical. Exists only when climate control system is ON. Sound ...
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Need to find out which type of radial shaft seal I have

I am repairing the coilover of a Yamaha XT600 2kf and I need to replace a radial shaft seal. Unfortunately I have not been able to identify the exact type of seal this is. I have only been able to ...
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Car with EGR and without catalyst

TL;DR Mercedes 250 diesel 12/1995 Rode 350.000km always in low revs Feels clogged, low power Disabled EGR, empty catalyst Questions: How to restore power to the engine Should an EGR be active ...
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Lincoln MKX 2013 Front Bumper Mystery

I purchased a certified 2013 Lincoln MKX on 9/14/15. I noticed cracks in the front bumper 2 weeks after purchasing this car. The front bumper has been replaced 4 times since and is still cracking/...
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Chevy Malibu 2009 coolant sensor

I have a problem with my malibu, I got a code on the obdii reader as though the coolant temperature reading is not correct, so in the car lcd on the instrument cluster I can see Coolant temperature : -...
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Hard Start 2007 VW Rabbit 2.5L

Warm weather (above 50F/10C) after sitting awhile car needs to be cranked 5+ seconds or more. Definitely air in fuel line as about 1/2 mile down road car stutters for a bit. Every time. Cold weather ...
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ford focus 2002 low idle problem varying

I have a ford focus 2002. It has an idle problem. At a stop the idle will vary from normal down to about 500 RPM, almost stalling. It does this variation very cyclically, every 5 seconds or so. ...
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1998 Nissan Sentra (automatic): Hard/No (Re)start, Intermittent Stalling, Jerky Acceleration

In an attempt to be as detailed and thorough as I could be in order to correctly and potentially definitively diagnose the issue(s) plaguing the vehicle in question, this post is very long. ...
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How to test if turbo is properly working in a 2006 Forester XT

I recently had my Forester engine serviced and afterwards it didn't feel like I was getting boost and was getting a whirring/spinning noise while throttling. I brought it back and they realized they ...
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2004 Saturn Ion Quick Connect from OEM

I've purchased a new radiator for 2004 Saturn ION and it came with quick connect fittings. My oil cooler lines require thread connect. Is there a way to switch them to quick connect, or is there a ...
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Judging self adjusting clutch reserve

I was told that the position of the protruding adjustment springs (indicated in red on the picture) can indicate the thickness of the remaining clutch lining. Is that true and can somebody estimate ...
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Honda Shadow Phantom VT750 2016 trouble starting

Having a little trouble here. My current Phantom is my 4th bike, and I drove it off the lot at 0 miles just a few months ago. The other morning (It was a cold morning relative to the surrounding days, ...
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Steering wheel/gas pedal vibrations after new tires and wheels

I'm familiar with SE but new to the Mechanics side of the site. Anyway, I bought new wheels and tires for my 2005 Mazda 3 S hatch back in June. I upgraded the then-current "MB" brand 16" aftermarket ...
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Why is my drive axle clunking when I first accelerate or release the pedal?

I recently replaced my drive axles and my passenger side clunks when I first accelerate or decelerate. It also clunks when I let it coast at a low speed. Pushing on my brake stops it. I'm thinking it ...
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Corolla rumbles at 2800 RPMs but not higher

I recently bought a 2013 Corolla LE (automatic transmission). I am noticing that the car starts rumbling at 2700 RPM and stops rumbling at 3000 RPM (maximum rumbling at 2800 RPM) when speeding up and ...
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Difference between FMS and OBD

What is the difference between FMS and OBD. Whether OBD is a standard or protocol. Recently I am working on a GPS device to tap the CAN bus in order to integrate with our fleet management system. In ...
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Automatic toyota 2002 premio car straining noise

i drive an automatic toyota premio car and it makes a straining noise as it picks up speed and but normalizes when i slow down. What could be causing this?
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Diagnosing oil consumption on Nissan VQ35DE (350z / G35)

I have a 2004 Infiniti G35 6MT coupe. Nissan VQ35DE engine with a bit over 156,000 KMs (about 96,000 miles). Since I bought it, I've noticed some oil consumption at a rate of about a litre every 4,...
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2006 Jeep Liberty - AC clutch won't engage

The AC clutch on my Jeep Liberty 2006 won't engage. Here is what I have checked so far. Fuse 14 in the passenger cabin 21 in the engine compartment are ok AC relay ok When I jump the AC relay I ...
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Citroen C3 - Passenger Doors Fail to Open

I have a Citroen C3 and all passenger doors will not open. I have reset the immobolizer, pressed the lock buttons inside the car including child locks button, replaced the driver door central locking ...
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1993 Model Craftsman (917.257560) dies when blades are engaged

So this mower is only 5 years younger than I am... I was having problems with it last weekend when I was trying to get it out. Charged the battery, checked the carb and checked the starter. Everything ...
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VW Golf MK4 1.4 16v 1998 - Steering wheel hard to turn after Power Steering Rack change

Sorry for my English, I had a problem with my power steering rack that had some fluid leaks and some noise when the fluid level was down. I never used the car without fluid. Except the steering noise ...
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GM 4L60-E Rebuild Questions - Part 1

I am in the process of rebuilding my first 4L60-E (I've done a 4L30-E before) and I had a couple questions. 1st: In terms of the input drum pistons I know there are both aluminum and steel models, ...
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1991 Ford explorer shaking on takeoff

I recently just bought this explorer, and while I was test driving it, I never experienced the problem, but once in a while, the vehicle will shake when taking off from a stop, then goes away second ...
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Mazda 626 1995 automatic won't shift gears

I have a 1995 Mazda 626, 2.0L, automatic transmission. The transmission won't shift. It stays in 3rd gear and won't go into any other gear. The car does drive, but won't change gear out of 3rd. The ...
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Is a parallel 4 link safe compared to a triangulated 4 link?

After researching the topic the closest article I've ever been able to find was written by Ridetech: "What’s the difference between a triangulated 4 link and a parallel 4 link?". However, a concern ...
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No fuel pressure

97 Ford f350 7.3 turbo with duel tank set up ..... I need to know a few things. 1) what can cause no fuel to pump into the fuel bowl, other than the camshaft and the mechanical fuel pump? 2) with a ...
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2000 Mercury Marquis Check Engine Light Issue

I have a 2000 Mercury Marquis. When the temps were -20+ I went out and started the car often letting it run at 20 minute intervals. On the last day of the cold spell the check engine light stayed on. ...
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Power steering works normally to one side, but hard to the other

My Ford Mondeo was leaking from the steering rack. So it was repaired by a steering specialist. After about 1,000 kms it steers smoothly to right but when turning towards the left it feels like there ...
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1995 VM Jetta/Vento - ECU pinout for my car

I own a 95 Vento GL (Jetta for the american market), with an 1.8 8v, 90hp ADD model engine. The ECU for this model is marked with part number 037 906 021A. I have checked with VAG-COM software and it ...
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Are More Recent API Oils always “Better”?

The API ( American Petroleum Institute ) provides certifications for engine oil. Such certifications range from SA for 1930's era vehicles up to the current standard SN. The above linked document ...
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Ford Expedition knocking and repeated spark plug wire failures

Is this the underlying problem or a symptom of something else? I have a 1999 Ford Expedition that has a knocking and pinging problem. Two different mechanics have narrowed it down to the ignition ...
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Evap. circuit malfunction on Mercedes Benz

I have a 2002 ML320 suv. The CEL is on, and the code is P0446. It states that there is something wrong with the evap. system circuit, specifically at the charcoal canister shut-off valve. I've tried ...

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