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Steering wheel gives a “cluck” sound

I have a Honda Civic VTI, 1997 model, automatic transmission. When I turn the steering wheel all the way to the left or right, it gives me a loud "cluck" sound. What is it?
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Sudden Oversteer - What Might Be the Cause

I drive a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS (front-wheel drive vehicle). Periodically, during left-hand curves at highway speeds, my car will suddenly begin turning tighter than I'm asking it to. It's ...
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Creaky / Banging sound when going over bumps

I have a 2001 Hyundai Sonata, it is making a "creaky" or "metallic banging" sound when I go over bumps. The sound is coming from the right rear wheel area, is this a bad strut? When I push on that ...
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What is the adhesive used to attach the gasket to the hood?

The Gasket that seals around my hood has come loose. There is the residue of an adhesive on the painted metal and the rubber gasket. What is this likely to be?
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Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?

I have a 1997 Caravan [short wheelbase, base model] with a 4-speed automatic transmission. After it sits [off] for a few hours, the shifter will get stuck in park. A little jiggling and a hard pull ...
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Automatic lock not working

2001 Honda CRV, when lock button is pressed rear PS door lock sounds like a machine gun (ra-ta-ta-tat) and door remains unlocked. Door cannot be manually locked either, what could be causing this? Is ...
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Stuff coming out from my AC

I recently left my car (Honda Accord) in the parking lot of my apartment complex for a little over a month while I was out of town. It was working fine when I left. Now that I've come back, I've ...
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Car Suddenly Decides To Not Crank

Today I turned the key to start up my car and all the lights (headlights and instrument panel) came on bright and normal, but the engine made absolutely no sound. It wouldn't start, it didn't even try ...
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How can I be sure of the reading on my automatic transmission fluid dipstick?

This may seem like a silly question. I've been trying to read the dipstick for my automatic transmission fluid but am having a very difficult time determining the level. The fluid is very light and ...
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Is it even possible to buy gasoline anymore that does not contain ethanol in the US?

I can't remember the last time I went to a gas station and it didn't have a notice that the gas contained some quantity of ethanol. As I understand it, ethanol is harder on my engine than regular ...
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Diesel engines maintenance [closed]

Diesel engines are more complex than their petrol counterparts. What are the basic diesel engines maintenance must-dos?
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Muffler inlet corrosion problem

My 2001 Honda Civic needs a new muffler every two (2) years or so, because the inlet pipe corrodes just after the union. Is this a common problem, or would installing a better quality muffler prevent ...
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hydraulic clutch fails to fully disengage

I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla Verso 2.0 D4D (UK model). The clutch does not disengage fully with clutch pedal fully pressed. This is a hydraulic clutch. When in gear and brake is released with clutch ...
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Is it possible to use biodiesel in a BMW 335d if I remove the DPF and remap the ECU?

The new (2009-current) BMW 335d sells in the U.S. with a DPF to reduce emissions, but which prevents the use of biodiesel. I've read about people removing the DPF and re-mapping their ECU to get ...
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Getting Started in Auto Repair [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. How to begin learning engine tuning? My dad has an old Mazda that has been sitting in the garage for a long time. ...
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How to Get Basic Car Repair Knowledege [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting Started in Auto Repair I'm looking for some teach yourself sources for auto repair. I'd like to start restoring an old car in my dad's garage, but I don't have the ...
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Motorcycle mud-guard hit and broken; any chance of repair, or is this something best addressed with replacement parts?

The front mudguard, built out of what seems to be flexible plastic material, recently cracked and needs to be either repaired or replaced. A friend of mine works at a car body-shop, and offered to ...
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Difference between steady and flashing CEL?

What is the significance of a flashing CEL, vs. a steady one? I recently read and cleared the codes on my 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII. After driving it for awhile, the CEL came back on. During that trip,...
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How can I check if my 1995 Lancer CC GI has OBD-II

As my title say I want to know if my current car that I just purchased has an ODB-II port. I have looked under the steering wheel and I can see what I think to be a OBD-II connector, but am unsure. ...
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Adjust clutch on toyota tazz…

I took my car in for a service. Upon receiving it back I have to push the clutch in to it's absolute max before shifting gears. It wasn't like this before. If I can describe in terms of percentages it ...
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What happened to my tire between the time I got it and the time I found it deflated?

Here's the scenario: I purchased 4 new tires with installation for my 2003 Ford Focus with almost 200,000 miles on it (original aluminium wheels). When I got my car from the tire place, I noticed one ...
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How much do I need to sand before proceeding?

I noticed a few days back that the upper portion of my driver side back wheel has got rust. I took a sand paper and started cleaning it hoping to remove the rust and apply primer-paint on it but as I ...
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Radiator drain plug for Ford Falcon BA Mk2 Wagon

I'm trying to flush the coolant on a 2005 Ford Falcon (BA Mk2 wagon model, with the 6-cylinder engine), but am having difficulty locating the radiator drain plug. I'm having difficulty even getting ...
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DIY: Can these dents be fixed?

I got a major sent of dents on my car recently from a side-collision with another car and have shown them in the pictures below. I managed to apply some primer and paint it myself temporarily but I ...
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Open the boot (trunk) lid of a 66 Datsun Fairlady (Roadster) when the lock mechanism is broken

I've got a '66 Datsun Fairlady (called a Roadster in the USA) and the locking mechanism on the boot (trunk) is broken. If the correct key is inserted into the lock the mechanism turns but with no ...
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Volvo won't start - “Immobilizer - See Manual” [duplicate]

My 2004 Volvo XC90 refused to start tonite, occasionally displaying the message "Immobilizer - See Manual". I searched for solutions, and came across two suggestions: lock & unlock the door 5 ...
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Rattle on Ford Focus, suspect heat shield

Ford Focus 1.8 Ghia '99 V A little while ago a large section of the aluminium heat shield above my exhaust came loose. Being in a situation where I needed to keep going and without tools, I crawled ...
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What can cause a window to just shatter?

While turning a corner [a left] my back driver's side window shattered and filled the back seat with bits of glass. As near as I can tell it all fell in. I can not see a rock amongst the debris. A ...
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What is the best way to clean axle components?

I'm currently servicing (changing seals/gaskets, some cleaning and repainting some parts) my front axle on a Toyota Land Cruiser 87. I'm also putting new brake rotors/calipers/pads. What is the best ...
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Can header / exhaust insulation replace metal heat shields?

Following up on my saga: What could be causing a distinct exhaust drone in a tight band around 3250 rpms on a 2004 Subaru WRX? At the end of that quest, we concluded that the right hand exhaust ...
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OBD/OBD2 port on a 1993 mitsubishi triton MJ

Does anyone know if there is an ODB2 diagnostics port on a 1993 Mitsubishi Triton MJ 4x4 Ute?
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2007 Nissan Maxima Windows and Sunroof are Unresponsive

All the windows will not go up or down including the sunroof. Everything else is working. The fuse under the hood looks ok. There no sign of it being bad. Can it still be the fuse and if not what else ...
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Why should winter tires not be used at summer? [closed]

I heard a tire salesman say winter tires are dangerous in summer. What are the structural and material features that make winter tires not suitable for summer use?
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2005 Scion tC - Handbrake indicator light intermittently turns on

The handbrake indicator light on my 2005 Scion tC intermittently turns on while I'm driving. I've read about two causes: low brake fluid and (not likely) the handbrake is somehow getting lifted while ...
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Audi 2001 A6 security system preventing car from starting

My father-in-law has an Audi A6 and randomly the security system prevents the car from starting, you can open the doors with the remote, but the car won't start. The only remedy is to unlock the door ...
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Symptoms of failed speed sensor code on Nissan Maxima?

Yesterday morning the check engine light turned on in my 1997 Nissan Maxima, 127K miles, manual transmission. The mechanic pulled a speed sensor code but it's testing within range now. I was ...
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Is it my ABS sensors that are bad on a 95 Safari Van?

When I drive on snowy roads, the brakes lock up nicely. When I brake on dry roads, the van hops all over the place when I brake.. to the point I feel like the front end is going to fall off. Could ...
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How much of the exhaust is the “cat-back”

My brother-in-law's car has just failed inspection. One of the items listed was a "cat-back." Since the bill is astronomical, I was wondering how much of the exhaust system is encompassed in this term ...
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What factors should I consider when selecting a suspension kit?

I'm in need of new struts, and see that there are many suspension kits available, ranging from around US$100-$200 to close to $2000 for performance/sport suspension packages. What are the advantages ...
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Oil on driveway: Will a Belly pan be helpful?

My car slowly drips oil from the drain plug and between the tranny and engine, at least, according to the mechanic. An unnecessary 1600$ repair. Do you think a belly pan would be helpful to at least ...
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Repetitive manual clutch failure

I've been having problems with my clutch in my manual Skoda Felicia (1997) car. After (usually) some long drives the clutch fails to disengage (forever from that point on) and must be replaced. I had ...
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Install 2003 Honda Civic stereo in 2000 Honda Civic

I replaced the stereo in my car and thus have a spare 2003 Civic stereo. My friend's 2000 Civic stereo is starting to have major problems. Does anyone know if it would be possible to put the spare ...
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Concealing a radar detector [closed]

I've seen some guides online for hard-wiring a radar detector into the electrical system of the car via the moon-roof line or similar. But what about concealing the detector itself. I'd like to ...
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How can I choose the safest affordable tire available?

I need two new tires on my 1994 Toyota Camry, and I live in Minnesota. I have heard that choosing the right all-season tires can make a big difference for safety in rainy/snowy conditions. Suppose I ...
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Comparing v-twin with straight-four engines

This isn't really on-topic for "motor vehicle repair", but I figure it's kinda close. A few months ago, I bought a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 550, which has a straight-four engine. A friend of mine was ...
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Intermittent stall at idle

I have a 98 Saturn sw2 with a recent problem. Two times now it has stalled while idling and when it doesn't stall it floats near 500 rpms (Usually 750 - 950). The first time, it would start and just ...
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small hole in A/C condenser for 98 blazer

I have a 98 chevy blazer 4dr. the A/C system in my truck is brand new, every last part of it. before i got hit, my a/c blew soo cold it was like being in a freezer room. when i got hit, it formed a ...
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Rough ride on LL Bean Subaru, are the struts the cause?

I have a 2004 LLBean with 88,000 miles on it. It rides worse than my old 2001 limited. The ride is hard. I was told that as long as the struts are not leaking oil, they are fine. Is this true? I ...
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Power steering noise that goes away

My e46 M3 is making the tell-tale whining and groaning of a power steering pump that is either out of PS oil, or gasping it's last breath. The oil level is fine, so I immediately jumped to the ...
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Stripped/broken lug stud

My used 2003 Honda Civic has a broken lug stud on one wheel, which I've still managed to get a nut onto, and a stripped stud on another wheel, which I can't, so I'm driving with 3 out of 4 on one ...

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