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comment Why did car go quiter and cut out after fuel change?
I've seen both yellow and black for diesal in the states (where black handle on diesal and green on unleaded...) I think what happened is you got a bit of bad gas / watered down gas. Happens a bit out here, and the symptoms are similar. I've had that happen to me - car got quiter, chugged a little, almost didn't want to run. Eventually got over it. Try filling up again somewhere else and it should even out. Long as you're able to run you should be fine....
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comment Why does my car keep having high rmp and not speeding up over 10-15mph?
check engine light should store a code for roughly 50 on/off cycles for a vehicle
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answered Is it safe to get power from OBD 2 port for dash cam?
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comment Is it normal for car battery to drain this fast or is something causing this?
If you do want to keep that battery at 100% charge though.... get a bigger solar charger, like 10-15w or more, and use a charge controller that will disconnect at the appropriate voltage. On my car I covered the roof with a 100w flexible panel and had the car battery + a 50ah deep cycle battery at 100% nonstop so I could leave electronics plugged in inside the vehicle
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comment Is it normal for car battery to drain this fast or is something causing this?
If you disconnect that solar charger and measure the charger's output voltage, with the car parked where you're leaving it to charge, what's it read? If it's only outputting like 12-13 volts, that may be why. Most '12v' solar chargers really output 15-18v with low amperage when in full sun. Otherwise, it may not be putting out enough power to fully charge the battery / overcome the battery's internal resistance. Either way it should be fine, if it prevents battery from discharging, goal should be met.
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comment 2006 Buick Rendezvous 3.5 will not rev over 3500 rpm in park or driving with pedal to the metal. Any ideas?
In almost any case the engine light would come on if this were the case
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comment Is it normal for car battery to drain this fast or is something causing this?
If you can leave the car for 2-3 weeks without the voltage dropping significantly, you've got a winner; Most cars will discharge their battery in about 18-30 days (Or less if they have more electronics running); I found a need for a solar charger when I was in Phoenix and started riding a bike to work and only driving about once per month (and thus found myself with a dead battery as it had discharged). The solar charger solved the problem outright
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comment Is it normal for car battery to drain this fast or is something causing this?
Your battery is 'fully charged' at roughly 12.7-12.8v. If you're not getting up to this voltage, your battery isn't fully charged. However, if something electronic is on inside the vehicle (Or outside the vehicle, for example, headlights), the load will temporarily lower the voltage present at the battery. Make sure everything's off when you check the battery voltage for charge to get the most accurate readings. 12.6v isn't bad, the goal here is less to keep your battery at 100% and more to keep your battery at a charge level that can start the car.
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answered Battery issues - Honda Accord 2009
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comment cigarette lighter is always on
I got this done once (with a self-provided female cigarette plug I had available) for just $50; well worth
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comment cigarette lighter is always on
@IssySzemeti, instead of modifying the existing one, ask a mechanic or an auto mod store to wire up an additional cig plug that turns on and off with the engine; If you later have a need for one that's always on, you'll feel like a genius.
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comment Clunking noise when braking — possibly bad CV axle?
Also have someone check your engine mounts, serious vibrations and clunking could be coming from one or more failed engine mounts