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Cheap winter tires vs high quality all seasons

I have on my Toyota RAV4 summer tires that are described as "all-season tires". They are not safe to use in winter. Recently, I drove using these summer tires in light snow extremely carefully, and ...
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Do cars go from Drive to Neutral on their own?

To my understanding, no. I've never seen this behavior before in any auto I've ever driven or read about. I think it would be a safety issue if it did. If you needed to move suddenly (for whatever ...
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Best Way to Repair Damage to Exterior Door Shell

In my approximation, your "best bet" is to buy a replacement door out of a wrecking yard. Without extensive work, there's just about no way to fix what's there. If you can find a door of the ...
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Will running engine after replacing A/C components ruin the new compressor before system is recharged with freon/oil?

Your compressor should be clutch driven. If so, then running the engine won't do it any harm. The clutch won't engage the compressor without a refrigerant charge present. With the pressure at ...
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What type of tool has more strength? CR-V (Chrome Vanadium) or those black color tools?

If those black sockets are the quality ones meant for impact guns then they are rated higher. However if they are a cheap chinesium copy they may not be strong at all.
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What type of tool has more strength? CR-V (Chrome Vanadium) or those black color tools?

The matte black coated ones are impact sockets: They are supposed to resist the forces from a impact gun. They are heavier and thicker than the chrome coated ones. The chrome coated ones are suited ...
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low beam does not work, daytime running and high beam do

Most vehicles not using an LED headlight have multiple filaments in the bulb. These frequently do burn out independently. Low beam is also the most used filament, and likely to burn out first. Given ...
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Which knob setting best cooks the mold inside HVAC?

The reason for the odor is that water condenses inside the ducts when the AC cools the air. Though there are drains, there will still be enough moisture in the system to allow mold to grow. The ...
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What does D-3 light mean and why did it randomly illuminate?

See if the below image below helps: That would indicate your transmission is in direct drive. Usually this happens if you have inadvertently switched off the overdrive or have put the gear selector ...
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Cheap winter tires vs high quality all seasons

I would recomend buying decent or higher quality winter set. Yes, it is not an insignificant ammount of money to pay but the set won't last just one season**. Some cheap winter sets are more of ...
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Engine not starting after melted Ignition Coil

This issue is, you have serious cylinder pressure (or should I say, non-pressure) issues. The pressure test results you give (as long as the test was done correctly), shows a massive drop in cylinder ...
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What is the metal brace on this rubber hose? How important is it?

I don't know exactly what it's for, but usually they'd put these in there for one of two reasons. They need a hard place to mount the hose so what's holding on to it doesn't wear on it. They are ...
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Steering wheel stiff while turning while driving

My first thought would be the power steering system. On most modern cars there is a power steering pump, which is powered either by the engine mechanically (like with a belt) or electrically. This ...
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Cheap winter tires vs high quality all seasons

The advice I got for turbocharged sporty cars with very wide tires was to go to winter tires on a smaller wheel. The narrower aspect ratio tire can have the same outside diameter, so the wheels have ...
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When should brake fluid be changed in a Honda 2016 CRV?

Most cars have brake fluid changes every 2 years. It may be occasionally the case that car manufacturers experiment with longer intervals, finding them to be unsuitable and reverting back to the ...
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Car inconsistently won't start

Thanks for all the help! It turned out that when I got my battery tested and they said it was "good" they were reading it after the battery had been charged from driving it. I had it tested again this ...
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What type of tool has more strength? CR-V (Chrome Vanadium) or those black color tools?

Basically PR, the black looks stronger. Strength depends on: hardness, thickness, reducing any notches (that can cause stress concentrations). Chrome or black finish has only psychological affects. ...
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Do cars go from Drive to Neutral on their own?

I've driven a few automatic Opel Vectra's (2003 model) and they all had something of what you describe. The transmissions were somehow smartly adaptive to my recent driving style (sporty or cruising). ...
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For cleaning HVAC with Lysol, should the AC be on or off?

You will have to turn the ac on have the fan on full speed, turn off the recirculation, spray the lysol. roll the windows down blah blah..... Watch this video this has the complete procedure and the ...
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My 98 Honda CRV power steering gets heavy after driving for a few minutes

This sounds like air in the system. It is the most common cause of this symptom. Leaks in the pump to reservoir hose or pump inlet o-ring fitting are common. Even if you do not see bubbles.
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2007 honda cr-v dead battery, electrical fuses blown

It isn't very plausible that the battery was hooked up backwards. I believe what the mechanic was trying to say is that when the jump was attempted, the jumper cables were put on incorrectly and ...
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Emissions - High CO reading only

The Lambda readings are slightly lean but within the acceptable range for normal catalytic converter operation. The CO is in the normal output range for an engine that is running normally and within ...
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CRV Black Death -- recommendations

It's impossible to say for sure whether you are having black death from your post, although the description you have does not indicate it. The description of the black death symptoms indicate it's ...
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Honda CRV unknown buttons

The first looks like a button for disabling the window lifters on the rear seats and perhaps the passenger seat. I have the same button on my 2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid, although it has a better symbol ...
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Honda CRV unknown buttons

Mate I'll make this like icing on top of a super cake. Child lock and window lock enable/disable Cruise control toggler Fog light toggle switch
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Engine not starting after melted Ignition Coil

A bad starter wouldn't cause misfires or high engine temps, and there aren't any "safe modes" that prevent starting. Test your battery, make sure it is healthy Inspect your belts, make sure they or ...
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When should brake fluid be changed in a Honda 2016 CRV?

Specifically (meaning as applies to Honda vehicles): Your engine oil needs to be in spec which is defined by Honda, you can deviate at your own risk. Oils may be incompatible with gaskets, etc. Most ...
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Letter D on dashboard

According to page 11 and 12 of the owner manual, there are two available gauge configurations. The one you described has the Shift Lever Position Indicator above the speedometer. There is another ...
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97 Honda CRV overheating and radiator fan not turning on by itself

A laser sight infrared temp gun would tell you what you need to know. 16 dollars on amazon. When you jump the fan switch and the fans come on, you have reduced the possibilities down to: You ...
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Low beams do not work, high beams do

There should be fuses for the low beams. Fuse #21 in the under dash fuse box feeds both low beams. #16 and 17 are redundant fuses for right and left. See if fuse #21 is blown, replace if needed. If 21 ...
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