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How do I know if my air filter needs replacing?

They say when an air filter is dirty, you should replace it. However, I'm just not sure how "dirty" is dirty? Is there some sort of easy test to determine whether I need to replace it?
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How much mpg am I losing with different inflated tires?

I have the front passenger side and rear driver side tires at 34 psi. The other two wheels are around 28. How much is this affecting the mileage on the car? It is a 2004 Cadillac SRX V8, and the ...
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Fan switch not working

On my 2006 Dodge Ram 1500, my fan switch only has 2 modes now: off and high. On the low and medium settings the fan turns off. Do I just need to replace the switch or is there more to it than that?
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Replacing front struts on a 2006 Hyundai Sonata

I want to replace the front strut shocks on my 2006 Hyundai Sonata and I'm not sure if I'll need a spring compresser to do this. I have searched the internet for an answer to this question and I haven'...
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rear deicer causes radio interference

Last year snow and ice fell off my house and damaged my 2006 impala.The roof was replaced along with front and rear glass.Now when the rear deicer is on it causes radio interference.Returning it to ...
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Are the brake/clutch levers on a (pre-2008) Ninja 250 supposed to be symmetric?

I bought a used 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 250R a couple months ago. I had a mechanic check it out first, and I've been riding it since with no issues. The other day I noticed that the brake lever seems to ...
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What is a damper and how do I determine whether it is in good or bad condition?

I'm looking to improve/adjust my wheel alignment on a lowered BMW E36. I have been advised to check the condition of my dampers but I'm not sure how to do that!
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2002 Ford Focus CEL blinked for a minute and then turned off

I have a 2002 Ford Focus with around 100k miles on it. I just brought it back from the mechanic for a fuel pump replacement. As this question shows. Anyway I was driving around going uphill when I ...
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Wear on inner of rear tyres

I have a rear wheel drive lowered car (BMW 325 E36). A few months ago, the driver side rear tyre burst (I hadn't noticed the wear on the inside). Now I can see the inner of the rear tyres is ...
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How can I open a latched bonnet in a 1997 Renault Clio?

My Renault Clio RL Panache (1997) has been outside in the cold for a while, and needs a jump start to get the battery charged again. Alas, I tried to get the bonnet open a few weeks ago when it was ...
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Car decelerating quickly

I recently changed my brake pads and did wheel alignment at the official workshop of my car manufacturer. It was driving just fine but suddenly as I was driving it at one fine point the steering ...
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Engine and gearbox replacement for 1993 Mitsubishi Triton 4x4

I'm sure it's possible technically but I would like to know what the options are for engine replacements. The 4 cyl engine in my Ute is past its life expectancy. I'm interested to know if a new modern ...
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Renault Megane I 1.6 Airconditioning pump seized

My Renault Megane I 1.4 RT's airconditioning pump recently totally seized. When the seize happened, it also broke off the crank pulley. I have now replaced both the airconditioning pump and crank ...
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What is the torque and sequence for a '99 Jetta Oil Pan?

I have a '99 Jetta TDI (diesel) with a cracked oil pan. I'm looking for the sequence of tightening the bolts and the torque needed for each bolt. I've been doing to google-fu but can't seem to find ...
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Where to start with 'Motor for Intake Manifold Flap (V157): Open or Short to Ground'

I recently hooked my 2005 Audi A3 to VCDS after the engine management light came on and got the reading: Motor for Intake Manifold Flap (V157): Open or Short to Ground I have seen various images ...
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Elantra stereo adapter

I own a 2006 Hyundai Elantra, and I just bought this stereo. Upon installing it, learned that the hookup to my factory stereo is radically different from that of the new one. don't really have any ...
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Rattling/tinkling noise under load - is this knocking/pinking/misfiring?

I have 99 SEAT Ibiza, which was until quite recently owned and driven by my mother. It's therefore been well cared for, but was hardly ever given a good run or allowed to get warm. On its last major ...
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Help with car movie/DVD player - Invision Generation

Our "Invision Generation Series" DVD player (installed by the dealer in our '08 Toyota Highlander) plays some DVDs just fine, but for many others, it doesn't get past the initial previews. It has ...
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How should I prepare my car for its annual MOT test

My car has its MOT test coming up in a month, what can I do at home to help it pass through and make it ready/easier for the mechanics.
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Replacing a LSD, what needs to be considered between 1, 1.5, 2 way?

I need to replace the LSD on a 1995 (NA series) MX-5. The original diff was a viscous LSD, and over time has deteriorated as I hear they do. It is now essentially an open diff, if I lift one wheel off ...
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Can I use 10% ethanol gasoline on equipment that recommends against it?

Not as simple as the title suggests.. I wouldn't hesitate to drive a few more miles to find ethanol-free gas for the snow blower and generator, but there is none to be found. After looking around ...
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Best cars for drifting [closed]

I'm trying to find list of best cars for drifting (cheep and with left wheel), Can anyone please suggest me some cars?
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Can anyone identify this part on a '96 Honda Prelude?

I have an image of a particular part on my '96 Honda Prelude and I have no idea what it is. It's connected to the power steering and is some kind of sensor. Anyone have any insight?
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How can I find replacement parts for a Hyundai Sonata headlight assembly?

My wife's sonata recently failed inspection because it has no parking light on the driver's side, and apparently no socket to hold the bulb (The assembly had previously been damaged and we installed a ...
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How do I remove old stickers from my windshield?

There are some old stickers applied to my windshield and they won't peal off. How do I remove these stickers and any adhesive residuals without damaging the windshield?
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Mazda Air Mass Meter - where can I buy one?

I have a 1993 Mazda 323 estate (GLXI 1.6l petrol). It's not been terribly reliable and has suffered from inconsistent idle - sometimes idling fast (~1500 rpm) and sometimes erratically and sometimes ...
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Connector for driver's side seat belt cable in KIA Soul

Make: KIA Model: Soul+ Year: 2012 There is a cable that runs from the dash, under the seat, to the driver's side seat belt buckle. Underneath the seat, there is an obscure wire-to-wire molex ...
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Check Oil Light Stays on for 20+ Seconds When 2004 Trailblazer Starts

Lately, my 2004 Chevy Trailblazer has been displaying the "Chk Oil" light when the vehicle first starts up for more than 20 seconds - much longer than the normal dash light test. Then is turns off and ...
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DIY Panel Beating - Got any Tips?

Well recently I bumped into the side of a fence while reversing out of my drive way. It wasn't very fast but there is a huge dent on the rear left of the car. Luckily I missed the brake lights and the ...
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Squeaking Noise when Cold Start. Suspect something wrong with belts, Also engine missing when sudden acceleration desired from Total Stop

From the past few weeks whenever I crank my car there is a squeaking noise which may continue for about 30-60 sec or even longer (This is intermittent sometimes it doesn't really happen). The engine ...
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Squeaky Brakes: How much of a concern are they?

I recently bought a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a dealership. When we bought it, I noticed that the brakes were not working very well, and the dealer fixed them before we finalized, putting in a ...
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Is my mechanic ripping me off?

My 2002 ford focus (built after may 23) died and the AAA and tow guy both said that it needs a new fuel pump. Anyway I went to the mechanic and he said it'll be 350 for the pump and 200 for labor. I ...
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Is there a reliable way to repair a pin hole leak in a radiator

I have heard a few different ways to fix a pin hole leak in a radiator. I have heard put a small amount of black pepper in the radiator, or use jb weld to patch the hole, and not to use the stop leak ...
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What's happening when you give someone a boost?

While I've given and received boosts before I've always been following instructions by rote and never really understood what's happening. The procedure I've been told is: Attach red clamp to the ...
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how to compute performance of clutch [closed]

I have this idea: attaching electric motor to clutch and then to a generator then computing when for example we 1kw give the motor how much generator will take back? now we have performance of ...
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Is there a kit that would allow me to replace a sealed beam headlamp with a halogen bulb?

In the future, I could just replace the bulb as needed without replacing the whole lamp. This is for a 1997 Toyota Tacoma 4x4.
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ambient air temp. sensor reading -40 on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

The old sensor got broken during a accident with a deer. I've replaced the sensor and it's reading -40 deg. Is there a reset on this unit? The sensor worked about a year after the wreck until the ...
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Is there such a thing as a throttling valve that can operate with oil as the working fluid?

I'm searching for a throttling valve that uses oil in order to convert pressure into thermal energy that can then be extracted via a cooler. Is there such a thing as a oil throttling valve? It would ...
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key wont turn, can't change gear on automatic Plymouth Neon 2000

The key wont turn in ignition switch, I can't change the gear (the button is locked sort of). 2000 Plymouth Neon Automatic. Is there a temporary fix to it? Never had this problem before.
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Block Heater Plug Location 2007 Ford Focus

I am unable to locate the cord to plug in the block heater on my 2007 Ford Focus SES. I have not had trouble finding it on other vehicles in the past, but I have searched all over under the hood and ...
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Find short circuit in your car

I have three engine code on, two for two O2 sensors and one for EGR Value ($350). My mechanic is suspecting a short somewhere. My O2 sensors give almost 0 home resistance when it should give about 6 ...
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Hyundai Elantra 1998 Child Restraint Anchors

Just wondering if anyone has had experience fitting child restraint anchors to a Hyundai Lantra 1998 (or similar)? I've located the holes for where the anchors should go (according to the manual) but ...
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How to run a 50 amps short term load off the car electrical circuit?

I window-shopped for a car air compressor and there's a variety of them with different performance levels. Low performance compressors (like 30 liters per minute) have a cigarette lighter connector, ...
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No check valve on valve cover

On a 2004 Neon RT 2.0 SOHC we had an issue with one of the rockers. When we took the valve cover off to replace the rocker, we noticed that there was no baffle in the valve cover. There were large ...
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Catalytic converter readiness monitor never sets

I Reset the computer in my 1998 Chevy Astro, but even after driving around for a few days and putting it through the GM drive cycle, the OBDII reader is saying that the CAT monitor is not ready. I ...
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Engine squealing

After replacing the belt and the idler pulley, the 6 cylinder 2005 Chevrolet Silverado still has a high pitch squeal. Have not checked the power steerinmg or water pump to see if the noise is coming ...
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Does anyone know of a commonly available DPDT or DPST relay? (For use as replacement starter relay)

I have a car (1971 Jaguar E-Type 6 cylinder) with a bad starter relay. The original relay is not available, and all of the specialty parts suppliers sell a generic replacement relay. I'd like to ...
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Brakes and low-pitched squeak

I've had my 02 Honda CR-V for 3 months or so now and have noticed a growing squeak upon application of my brakes. This squeak is different from the normal high-pitched squeal that comes from the metal ...
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How is a vehicle's age legally defined?

Is a vehicle 'born' when it is first registered? And to expand on this, at what point in the process of modifying a vehicle would it have to be legally classified as a 'new' vehicle?
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Can't hear voices through newly installed head unit

I have a 2002 Honda Civic and recently installed an Apline CDA-9853 head unit. It still has factory speakers. I have a weird problem, such that when I connect an iPod to the unit (via a KCA-121B), on ...

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