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Mixing antifreeze?
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If you want to know for sure, you can ask the dealer what they use. It would be good to know for the future anyway. There are two main types of anti freeze, generally they all use ethylene glycol as ...

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Steering wheel shakes when braking at high speeds
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Your initial symptoms do indeed point to an issue with the brake rotors, but given that resurfacing did not address the issue, it is possible that you have an issue with uneven tire wear or wheels in ...

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Wiper motor voltage troubleshooting
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Where exactly are you measuring the voltage and getting 200mV? If you're seeing this at the connection for the wiper motor, then I strongly suspect your problem is upstream of the wiper motor. You ...

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Weak front brake on dirt bike
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It is unlikely that simply removing and re installing the wheel would cause air to enter the brake system, though I suppose if someone had repeatedly squeezed the brake lever while the wheel was off ...

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How to drive a car in snow
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The recommendations given on the travel site hit most of the high points. As someone who grew up in snowy Western New York and had the opportunity to drive all manner of vehicles in the snow, I can ...

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Two hoses that run from the carburetor - Is the upper hose cut and zip tied? Is that's the one that brings fuel to the carburetor?
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The upper hose that you found cut and zip tied is likely to be a vacuum line, rather than a fuel supply line. (image credit www.scootusa.com) If so, the fact that it is cut and plugged should not ...

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black smoke from maruti 800 1996 model
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If your 3-cylinder, ~800cc engine was only running on 2 cylinders, I would not think that anyone would describe it as being in "good running condition". Black smoke from a gasoline engine is ...

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Is there a risk of a spark igniting hydrogen when removing or installing a battery?
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I'd like to preface my answer by saying that I think the OP has asked an interesting theoretical question that deserves a theoretical/hypothetical discussion. In no way should the following be taken ...

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VW Golf manual will not move forward in 1st gear but can reverse
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What is the exact behavior when the car will not move forward in first gear? If it feels like the car won't go into gear (i.e. the shift lever doesn't drop into position in 1st gear), this is likely ...

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Oil pan threads stripped?
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Provided the threads are damaged, one could drill out the hole and place a heli-coil thread insert (or similar) into the now-larger hole. Whether this would work in your particular application depends ...

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Can't remove stuck rear dirt bike axle
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First, I have to compliment your stamina. I doubt I'd be able to keep swinging a mallet for two whole weeks. Soak the area in a good penetrating oil. I like Wurth's Rost Off, but there are many ...

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How often should I do fuel induction and why should I do it if my car runs perfectly fine?
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I'm hoping you may have missed a zero in the recommended service interval in your question. Modern cars don't even recommend oil changes more frequently than 5,000 miles, so an induction service every ...

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How do I correctly monitor the fuel (diesel) in the automobile?
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It sounds like you just don't know the characteristics of the output of the fuel level sender in the vehicle--perhaps learning more about that sensor would solve your problem. In terms of an ...

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Torque and engine power
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You've actually asked two different questions. There is a very simple, mathematical relationship between torque and power. The power P generated at any given point in time is equal to the torque T ...

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Motorcycle Front Forks: Fork tube stuck in bottom pipe - clunking sound when trying to remove
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Don't know about the CB400's fork in particular, but on some forks the bushings won't fit past eachother to allow easy removal of the stanchion ("pipe" 6 on diagram) from the slider ("case", 19 on ...

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Fixing small scratches on the body paint
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If the wider scratches are just surface scratches, you may be able to make them disappear by polishing/buffing the area using a suitable polishing or rubbing compound. Some of these products are ...

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Throttle randomly gets stuck in closed position
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Is the car running when you try to "get it stuck again by hand"? If not, remember that when the car is running with the throttle closed, there is vacuum being pulled against the throttle butteryfly by ...

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2003 Acura TLS running hotter than usual
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You said that the service station didn't mention having to top up the coolant, but I'd start by checking the coolant level yourself. The coolant overflow bottle should be prominent in the engine ...

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Is Paint Protection worth paying for?
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Want paint protection? Wash and wax your car. I wouldn't buy anything the dealer is selling as "paint protection." All these treatments are typically very similar to products you can buy at a local ...

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VW Golf 2.0 SDI (2005) - smokey when pulling away
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It's possible that the smoke you're seeing isn't indicative of any major problem. Some of the VW diesel engines have a tendency to build up unburned fuel and other deposits on the exhaust side of the ...

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Does the Timing Chain Need to be Replaced on the 2008 Toyota Sequoia at 90,000 Miles?
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The 5.7L engine (3UR-FE) does have a timing chain, while the 4.7L engine (2UZ-FE) uses a belt. Generally, timing chains are designed to be maintenance free. If your service manual does not recommend ...

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Why are copper washers required on banjo fittings?
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You are correct that the copper washer is required to create a seal. Even flat copper washers will deform during tightening to create a seal. They're made from annealed copper, which is very soft. ...

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Should I pull my wipers away from the windshield when parked during a winter storm?
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Regarding the effect of raising the wiper arms on the wiper arm springs: raising the wiper arms will not make the springs weaker for future use. The only way that the springs could produce reduced ...

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How severe is a bad oil seal on a used car?
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Personally I wouldn't be all that concerned unless the oil leak was large. One simple check for the state of health of the engine would be to take the car to an independent mechanic and have a ...

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Can't move Chrysler 300M gear selector out of park
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There's a solenoid that needs to be activated to allow you to shift from park. Generally this solenoid is only energized when you depress the brake pedal (there may be other requirements as well). ...

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Why won't my Honda Rebel shift when idling?
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I'm assuming that the bike shifted better at a standstill before the rebuild, otherwise you wouldn't be asking...but nonetheless, many motorcycles are difficult to shift at a standstill, it has to do ...

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Can I install a plow on my stock Silverado?
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I plowed with a Chevy 1500 and a Ford F250. You could definitely feel the weight of the plow more on the smaller 1500 compared to the F250. The 1500 would squat quite a bit when the plow was lifted. ...

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How to prevent body damage and rust from salted roadways?
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Regular washing and waxing is your best bet. We kept our cars in one piece through the Rochester, NY winters with nothing more than this. The wax provides a sacrificial protective coating for the ...

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Honda Accord bubbling / gurgling sound when braking first few times
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If you're hearing a distinct gurgling, I'd start by looking at the coolant system. It's possible that the deceleration of braking creates a condition where the gurgling noise happens, maybe in the ...

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Can chafing brake pads damage rotors?
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One possibility is that your new pads haven't fully "bedded in", or mated with the rotors, and/or that these new pads don't do as effective a job of cleaning the rust off of the rotors in your normal ...

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