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When the handbrake is not working, is it safe to fully depend on putting car into park instead?
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No, its up to you No No Assuming it is an automatic transmission using park is safe, there is a park pawl in the transmission that mechanically locks the output shaft, actually better than a parking ...

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Is it Safe to Drive With Low Engine Coolant?
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"Is it safe to continue driving with low coolant as long as I continue to watch the temperature gauge? " No, the temp sensor reads coolant temperature, if the coolant gets low enough to be below the ...

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Can a bad timing chain result in only a single cylinder misfiring?
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"Can a bad timing chain result in only a single cylinder misfiring?" No it cannot. It could be a Bad ignition coil on that cylinder, if there is a coil for each cylinder swap it from another ...

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94 Toyota Pickup hard to put into gear after clutch in too long
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If its a hydraulic clutch, it may be bleeding off, either a leak or a bypassing clutch master cylinder.

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50/50 Coolant Dilution after distilled water flush?
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Yes what you presume is correct. Depending on total volume of coolant (different for each vehicle) how much pure AF I put in, anywhere from 1/2 to 1 gallon, then top off with 50/50 mix. It is better ...

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What is this panel on the doors?
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There is a screw behind the pop out cover, used to remove the door panel. This may not be exact match to your car, for example only. Image thanks to Jason C.

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How do I roll my 4x4 vehicle back onto its wheels?
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Tool list: Several large/long tow straps (30ft each or longer recommended) Portable electric winch and battery, in case your buddy is not there to use his winch mounted on the front bumper. Some 4"...

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How do I know how much tread I have left on slick tyres?
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There are wear indicators on the surface of the tire, they look similar to a drill hole, when it is to the bottom or non existent, the slick is worn out, also check for even wear across the surface ...

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I've got oil in my coolant but no coolant in the oil - Ford Triton V10 Motorhome
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If it has an engine oil cooler, that is most likely the problem, a faulty oil cooler, some are made into the radiator, others have heater hoses running to a remote oil cooler, and a few I have seen ...

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What is this pipe that is going into my engine and where can I get the fitting that connects it to the engine
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Its a PCV valve in the valve cover, the neck has broken off in the hose, you can get a new pcv valve at most parts stores The link refers to the 1.6L engine, there is an option for the 1.8L engine ...

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Alternator squeal
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That year of RAV 4 uses the alternator to tighten the belt. It may not be adjusted properly and the belt is slipping. . .

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Can ceramic disc brakes pads contain asbestos?
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It looks like it is still up to the manufacturer if they use asbestos or not. NAO (Non Asbestos Organic) are guaranteed to have No Asbestos, buy they wear quickly and have poor performance. I wont use ...

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Why are engines labeled as 2L or 3L?
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L stands for Liter, the metric version of Cubic Inches. Example. 5.7L = 350 cubic inches. Simple math is to divide Cubic Inches by 61, or use one of the many internet conversion websites.

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How do brake lines connect to their respective fittings?
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Getting them to break loose is the biggest challenge. I use a good penetrate, soak them several times over 3-4 days, use high quality brake line wrenches to turn the nuts to prevent rounding the ...

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2004 Subaru Forester black smoke oil not accelerating
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My son had an engine failure on a 2015 WRX, same exact symptoms, connecting rod broke and punched through the engine block on the top side, breaking open an oil galley. 10K mistake after playing with ...

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How can I know if the airbags have expired and what are the consequences?
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You should check to see if your car is under the current Takata Air Bag recall Does an Airbag Expire? While some automakers have set time limits on when to replace an airbag, the actual ...

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How long before replacing tires that are already at 2/32?
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How Long? No time left, 2/32 is recommended depth they should be replaced Rain? You have a good chance of losing control of the vehicle if it hydroplanes on the water, and 2/32 does not leave much ...

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What would be the need for more than 2 ground wires in any car, truck, suv, van?
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Some sensitive electronic devices need a dedicated ground directly to the battery to cut down on DC line noise, in other words they need a clean as possible DC voltage supply. Some vehicles do not ...

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Can I run the engine for a short amount of time with a loose crankshaft pulley bolt?
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Crack it loose and then have them re-tighten to 70 lbs, this way you can remove it when you get home without risking it coming loose during the drive.

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Honda truck waiting recall parts/sitting @ dealer lot....good or bad?
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What can go wrong, Your battery will go dead, then you will need a new one, full discharge of the battery for any length of time ruins a lead acid battery. Possible vandalism or theft of the vehicle ...

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Smell of Ammonia when driving. What can be the reason?
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Have you changed the cabin filters lately? Black mold can smell like Urine-Ammonia, this mold can also grow on the ac evaporator coil. Pull the cabin filters and check for mold. Other than this it ...

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Starting a 2 stroke jet boat after several years
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Water in the cylinder? The engine is in bad shape from improper storage. Even if you get it freed up there will be rust on the cylinder walls and piston rings, which will cause more damage if you ...

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Dent removal from passenger door
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Roll the window up and pull the door panel, using various sized wood sticks (long ones for leverage) attempt to push or massage out as much of the dent as possible. You can gently use a hammer on the ...

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What's causing no power steering until 5-10 seconds after startup?
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Replace the battery and those issues will stop. Reason? The bad battery is so discharged after starting the engine the alternator takes a few seconds to bring the system voltage high enough for some ...

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Slack in Parking Brake Line
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Its possible the cable got pushed out of the equalizer bar. Check cable connections on both ends of the cables, inside the drum and the equalizer bar. Also be sure the parking brake bar inside the ...

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Rear Rotor 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan
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2 possibilities. Rotor is rusted to the center hub, soak center hub with penetrant then take a medium hammer and tap between studs to loosen it from center hub. Some rotors have threaded holes near ...

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2009 Ford Focus SE, Vibration returning after replacing Engine Mount
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There is a TSB on this issue and a shield to preven rocks from interfering with mount.

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Engine burning oil
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3 places where oil gets into the combustion chamber PCV system- you ruled this out Piston rings- engine rebuild time Valve stem seals- these can be replaced without cylinder head removal Thicker oil ...

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Charging Battery
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Charging a dead battery using the alternator is hard on the alternator, it is best to use a Battery charger. Alternator manufacturers know the same things about alternators that we do- they are ...

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Is it bad to mix different refrigerants?
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There is no difference between brands of R134A, unless there is some additive in it which will be stated on the label. Some include leak sealer, never use this, ever. The only real difference is ...

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