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How to fix an electronic transmission that chooses overdrive and torque converter lock

'95 BMW 540i Automatic If I drive for a short (5 min) trip say go in to a store and come out. The engine will start and idle fine, but upon gear selection the car will try to drive through the brakes ...
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Brightening dim headlights

The headlights on my car are very dim. When on the normal setting they only illuminate around 2-3 seconds down the road @ about 55mph. The high beams are brighter, but are still very dim. If I have my ...
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Brakes are Squeaking

We have a 2003 Honda Oddessy. We had the brakes replaced by a friend of my dad's, but a week after replacing them, they squeaked terribly. They make much less noise now, but they are still pretty ...
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What do these wheel markings mean?

I'm trying to sell my old alloy wheels, and I need to know a few crucial sizes (like the bolt diameter and width) to put up an ad. Unfortunately I cannot make heads or tails of these numbers. Here's ...
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How do I find a replacement radio?

I have a 1995 Mazda Protege LX and the radio has been dead for a while, so I want to replace it. The installation/removal looks pretty simple. How to I find a radio that will work as a replacement ...
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Engine revs up while idling

I have a 2007 Toyota Matrix, and sometimes(not always) it will rev up to about 1700-2000 RPM while idling. It normally idles at about 900 RPM once it warms up. I just changed the oil & air ...
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Rims for 2007 Honda Accord

Honda tech says vibration in steering wheel and generally unsmooth ride is due to 3 bent rims. I drive 40k miles a year on bad roads and hit potholes every other week, so I don't doubt him. OEM rims ...
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What skills does one need to have to get started in auto body repair?

I've been looking into a career in auto body repair and was wondering what sort of skills / knowlege one might need to get into this field.
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Audi 06 - Replace Thermostat

My check engine light came up yesterday. Just brought it into Audi and they say I need to replace the thermostat with the note "cooling system malfunction)". They're charging $600. Is this necessary ...
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Setting timer for central locking for forgetful owners

Is it technically possible to set a timer for central locking so that it locks after 5 minutes, say, after the engine has been turned off? This is to help if you forget to lock your car at night. ...
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Ford Focus steering wheel vibration and noise from front right wheel4

I drive a Ford Focus 2004 which has about 104 thousand km on the clock. There is a constant noise from the front right wheel which goes away when I depress the clutch. Moreover around 60km/h and 120-...
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How can I secure this rear hatch panel?

I'm curious if anyone knows how to reattach the rear hatch panel on a 1996 VW GTI which houses the license plate shown in the photo below. This panel additionally contains the lock and release ...
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Replacing Honda Civic Taillight ?

I have a Honda Civic 2008 whose exterior plastic on one of the taillights was broken sometime ago. I duck taped it to keep it in place. The taillight bulb itself is good and functioning properly. ...
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What's the name of the little plastic bolt (?) that is used by a passanger/driver to lock the door from the inside?

I'm talking about a (for example) seat/skoda/vw car, in which (un)locking the car from the inside requires the driver to press a locking bolt. Two of them broke in my car and I'm trying to find a ...
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Smoke on start-up: valve gasket?

I have a 1990 Honda Accord. Sometimes, when starting up after sitting for a long time, I get blue smoke from the exhaust. This only lasts for a minute or two, after that, there's no smoke whatsoever. ...
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My 2001 Mitsubishi Airtrek revs at 2250rpm for 30 seconds before slowing. Will this speed harm the engine?

My 2001 Mitsubishi Airtrek 2wd with 86000k revs at 2250rpm for 30 seconds before slowing. Will this speed harm the engine?
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What's the catch in Ford Mondeo Econetic driving at 3 liters per 100 kilometers story?

News report (here and here and lots more can be found that two guys drove Ford Mondeo Econetic with 1,6 liters diesel engine and got fuel consumption of about 3 liters per 100 kilometers. That's ...
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What is this component of this RV's engine?

While examining this RV's engine (1989 Fleetwood Southwind 33'), I noticed what appears to be a belt-driven component, which lacks a drive belt. I'm trying to decide how important it is to replace the ...
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Brakes suddenly grip harder while braking down shallow incline

2003 Honda Civic EX While braking continuously on a long shallow incline, the brakes will suddenly grip harder in a predictable way, jerking me forward a little and braking harder from then on. Like ...
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How do I unstick my tailgate?

I have a Mazda B2300 pickup with its tailgate stuck in the up position. The release lever doesn't require as much force to pull any more, and only one end seems to be releasing when I pull it. Any ...
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Inside door latch not working - Toyotta Corolla 2002

I have an Toyotta Corolla 2002 and sometime ago is not anymore possible to open the passenger door by inside. Opening the passenger door using the exterior handle is working only the inside handle/...
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What shop tools are most helpful for inspecting used cars?

I am curious what benefit a shop would provide vs a mobile inspection service. I know a lift is helpful in seeing certain parts of the car, and an engine code scanner is very helpful. Any others?
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Using an iPod / iPhone in a 2005 BMW 525i Sedan

I just purchased a BMW 525i (2005 model, automatic) and was wondering if this model supports an adapter like later models for an auxiliary or iPod cable integration? I did some Googling and found some ...
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What's the purpose of the cover on the catalytic converter?

On my 1990 Honda, it's falling apart. I'd like to just rip it off; will that cause any problems? More specifically: will the car pass New York state inspection with a missing cover?
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VW Lupo 1.0 door lock and window

Central locking of my VW Lupo 1.0 model 1998 is not working from the driving side but from the passenger side central locking working fine. Any idea? Most recently the power window from the driving ...
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What resistance is typical across a small engine ignition coil?

I have a hedge trimmer I'm troubleshooting (link) and I'm wanting to rule out the ignition coil. What resistance should I measure across a typical small engine ignition coil? I would have thought down ...
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How can I be sure my vehicle is a 4x4 / AWD?

I bought a pre-owned Volvo XC90 - 2007 3.2 V6 AWD. Or at least that's what it says on the car and the paperwork. Even in the dry, this car regularly spins the front wheels and there is fairly ...
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Best brand of premium gas? [closed]

I just bought a car with a turbo engine that requires 91 premium gas. Out of the major gasoline companies like Shell, Chevron, BP, etc., is there one in particular that is better than the others that ...
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Does length of jumper cable matter while jumpstarting a motorcycle from car battery as a booster?

I recently left my Harley Davidson 883 Superlow in ignition on for 8 hours, headlight drained all the battery. This was my first time jumpstart experiment. Had following few questions, happy to be ...
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How To Tell if a Pulley Not Attached to the Engine Is Bad

I have a pulley that I removed from my car. I probably should have done some more research before I actually removed the pulley. How can I tell if that pulley is in fact bad?
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Which O2 sensor is bad?

I'm getting codes p0031 and p1148 on my 2007 Altima 3.5 SE. From what I've read, p1148 is caused by p0031. P0031 relates to the voltage on the heater circuit of the 02 sensor on Bank 1, Sensor 1. I ...
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Battery replacement on 2001 Chevy Venture

I have a 2001 Venture that needs a battery replacement. Will disconnecting the battery activate the Theftlock system in my stereo? My impression is that the VIN is stored in flash memory, so a ...
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No power to any power outlets in 2007 PT Crusier

I am been trying to figure this out for the past hour. I was driving back home from a conference about a month ago and had a power inverter plugged into the outlet inside the center console when all ...
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Is there a standard for how much fuel is left in the tank when the meter reads empty?

I know this question is very similar, but I am specifically talking about the fuel gauge and not an indicator light. Almost every car I've owned could run for quite a while with the fuel gauge reading ...
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Volvo s40 Oil Pressure light

My fiance was driving our S40 to work this morning and saw a bit of smoke rolling from under the hood, she decided to let the smoke dissipate then limp the car home. On the return trip the car kicked ...
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My AC works well at night only

I'm unhappy with the performance of my '04 Pontiac GTO's AC. Here are the symptoms: Cooling goes down to zero when the car is stationary, starts to cool after the car has been moving for some time ...
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Am I getting ripped off by my mechanic?

We've been taking our cars to a local mechanic for years. Always been treated right, they've charged us fairly and everything was great. This year, though, we've had to take one of our cars in three ...
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What is you recommendation for a car antenna?

I recently bought a used car and it did not come with an antenna. There is a cap where one should be and a wire runs up to it. personlly I would like a short one (6" or less). What antenna would you ...
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possible alternator-battery mismatch if I replace the existing battery with a much higher CCA one?

I have a 2000 Audi A6 Avant 2.5 diesel whose current Audi battery (approx. 650 CCA) is dying. Am looking at an Exide X-Tra Plus at 900 CCA to replace it. However, should I be concerned that the ...
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A/C Compressor Replacement

An irregular knocking sound began about a week ago in our 2000 Honda Civic. The mechanic has told us that the Acc. Belt Tension Pulley needs to be replaced, and that this is related to the AC ...
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My automatic Honda Accord will only go past 30-40 mph in D3…How big is this problem?

So I just bought a Honda Accord for a 1,000. Basically the only drive gear that works is my D3. The 1st, 2nd, and D4 gears won't let the car go past 30-40 mph. Is this a serious problem?? What has to ...
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Factory Maintenance Schedule by Mileage or Years?

I have a 2001 Civic with 65K miles. I have not done the 60K service yet, but the maintenance schedule also says that is the 3 year maintenance. Is the age of the car as important as the mileage when ...
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Why might I experience a power falloff after starting my car with the AC On?

I have a 2000 Chrysler Neon which generally runs well. I have noticed that if I start the vehicle, turn the AC on and reverse out of the driveway, the engine seems to struggle/sounds like it is going ...
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Engine Code p0104 - EGR issues?

One of my family members owns a Ford Econoline E150 modified with a roof extender and power wheelchair lift, however the engine is a stock V8 which runs on regular gas. Anyway, after a fairly long ...
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When must I repair or replace a strut?

My mechanic says the right front strut of my Tacoma pickup truck is leaking oil. Q: What do I need to consider if I postpone repairs until I save the money? Q: What are tell-tell signs that I need to ...
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Volkswagen Golf Mk4 - Failed emission test (UK)

I don't know if the emissions tests are different in other countries so I specified UK. A garage just failed my girlfriends 1.4 Golf MK4 and said it was smoking bad, they tried sparks, cat, lambda, ...
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How do the cycles of the engine get converted into cycles of the wheels?

Is it the transmission that converts the high rpm of the engine into the lower rpm of the wheels rotation? Let's say that an engine was running at 500 rpm (this refers to the rpm of the crankshaft, ...
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Air conditioning gradually stopped working, hissing noise

On my 2003 Kia Sedona minivan, the air conditioning recently stopped working. This occurred somewhat gradually over the course of a week or so. I noticed today that if I turn the air conditioning on,...
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post suspension work alignment, is it absolutely necessary?

I have a ball joint and a tie rod end that both have bad boots. The ball joint boot is ripped at the center around the entire circumference. The tie rod end's boot isn't ripped, but it has come up ...
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Disconnecting rear lock assembly

Still working on the 2000 Honda CRV. Trying to get the lock assembly out of the door so I can work on it, but I'm having trouble disconnecting it from the outside door handle. part #8 plugs into the ...

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