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How do I know when to replace shock absorbers?
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A simple test that you can perform in your own driveway is: For each corner of the car, push down hard several times (the car should be bouncing visibly up and down) When pushed down, release and ...

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What is more economic to run? Pre-heater or the engine itself?
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Let's do a little back-of-the-envelope calculation: Assuming that the heating unit has an efficiency close to 1.0 and that automotive diesel has an energy density of ~39 MJ/l which translates to ~...

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My car wobbles while driving
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I would say that it is most likely a balancing issue. In order to find out, I would: Use the car's jack to clear each front wheel from the ground. Give the wheel a spin and check to see that the ...

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Why use a car battery charger?
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E.g., driving only short distances may make it difficult for the alternator to keep up (low running-engine-time to number-of-starts ratio.) Connecting a battery charger when the car is parked can keep ...

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Motorcycle starter sometimes clicks, but doesn't start - tapping with hammer helps it start
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Could be the carbon brushes that are almost worn out. These brushes ensure the electrical connection between the stationary and rotary parts of the starter motor. Tapping the motor could shift the ...

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Brakes suddenly grip harder while braking down shallow incline
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(Adding to Larry's answer based on OP's update.) I watched the tachometer this time and it jumps up in RPM when the braking gets harder, so it's the gear shifting. Is it supposed to affect the ...

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Oil pressure light on Golf R Mark 7
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This site already has a few "what gear to leave a parked manual". Answers vary but I have found no evidence (neither on this site nor elsewhere) that parking in a low gear is actually harmful. ...

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Replaced brake pads - one pad was full, the other was gone. Brakes now very hot after driving
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With the brake piston fully compressed the pads should have a little clearance, enabling minor "play." When replacing brake pads it is important to make sure that the caliper itself moves freely in ...

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I'm looking to buy a new car and I'm wondering what does more damage on a car: time or miles?
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It depends! A few things to consider: One or more owners Parked on street or in (heated?) garage Insurance may be cheaper for older model Newer model may be better equipped Also, there have been a ...

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Fuses of motorbike
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Most likely a short-circuit somewhere. Did you do any work related to indicator, horn, etc. recently? Start by doing a visual inspection of wires. Pay special attention around narrow bends and where ...

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Citroen Xsara went into "Eco mode" then total blackout
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The car is now fixed. The BSI (central computer) was totally reset / re-initialized and all is now good and well. The garage assured me that normally disconnecting the battery shouldn't leave the car ...

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Extremely high then fluctuating idle at very cold temperatures
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Not being familiar with the technical layout of Honda engines this may be a long-shot. However, my Peugeot of the same era had identical symptoms. I replaced the idle air control valve and the problem ...

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If my brakes overheat, do they need to be replaced?
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In absolutely no expert on the subject of physical properties of metal. However, in relation to this specific question my main concerns would be: Will the overheated discs warp during cool-down? This ...

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