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Is Prestone "All Makes/All Models" coolant *really* compatible with all models?
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Every manufacturer recommends their own fluids. Everybody wins because your engine gets "less corrosion" and they great great markup on those things. A while ago I did cooling system maintenance (...

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Why does my 2002 Ford Escape go through so many headlight bulbs?
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Could be you. I've heard from several sources that when installing light bulbs you should not touch the glass at all. When you touch the glass, any dirt/grease from your fingers will end up on the ...

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How to begin learning engine tuning?
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this is only one of probably many paths that you could take, but this is what I've done: go online to a local community college and look through automotive classes they offer. Select an intro class (...

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Burning smell and faint white smoke
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Sounds you have a small leak. A fluid collects somewhere and then makes itself to the exhaust manifold or headers and because that's hot, it burns/evaporates causing the smoke you are seeing Does it ...

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driver's door does not lock when open
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My wife had a 2000 Civic that had exactly the same "feature". First time I borrowed her car, I thought I broke her door. This is how it comes from the factory and by design. The idea is either you ...

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Buying new tires R15, R16, R17?
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The choice depends on what you are trying to achieve with new tires and what's important to you. handling? ride comfort? looks? These are the reasons people buy higher size rims: Since you want ...

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Why does a Turbocharger only produce boost when the engine is under load?
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You pretty much guessed it, and if you didn't wikipedia is your friend. In summary, turbocharger operates by having two turbines connected to the same rotating axis. One turbine is spun by the ...

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Best way to approach a tire with a bubble in the sidewall
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I'd say 20k difference for tires is a lot. Generally the recommendation is to keep the tires paired (2 fronts and 2 rears) at even wear level. For your car it'll most effect handling because left/...

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Is it OK to skip gears on a motorcycle?
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nope, not at all. I have a z06 vette and the engine has so much torque that I can easily go from 1st to 5th. Under normal driving I skip gears all the time. Generally transmissions don't really care ...

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What's happening when you give someone a boost?
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Here's a diagram. It shows two batteries connected to each other and wires from each battery going to each respective car. What the diagram doesn't show is that those wires, "To Starter" --> "Ground" ...

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What is the best way to clean axle components?
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I always use brake cleaner for all metal parts, some of which could be related to actual brakes. It's good for for anything from gears to axles, bearing races, rotors.

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Stiff gearchange especially when cold
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I used to have this with my 89 Acura Integra. It was exactly the same as you described and it definitely got stiffer in the cold weather. One day I decided to get the transmission out, open it up ...

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2001 Honda Civic: rough ride, even after new struts
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when you describe "rough ride" most people associate that with stiffer than normal suspension and uneven road conditions making their way all the way from the wheel to your butt. In other words, any ...

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What factors should I consider when selecting a suspension kit?
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If you don't even know what handling means or what different suspension setups do and you know for a fact that you need new shocks/struts, then just get direct replacements. The only advice I'd give ...

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Suzuki Jimny 2009 shaking?
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if the shake becomes worse when you apply the brake, then I'd agree with the garage. The rotors are wearable items and as they get older, they often develop a warp (or to be more precise according to ...

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What is the potential damage of a temporarily partially submerged front end?
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You engine compartment is not closed off from the elements even in normal driving. Water/mud/dust gets in there and cars still run for years and years. I'd say you didn't do that much damage if any. ...

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Timing Chain vs. Timing Belt
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I may not be 100% accurate but I think belts have expected lift time of 60k-100k and at 100k they should definitely be changed. Chains are claimed by a lot of manufacturers to have lifetime duration ...

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2001 honda civic failing to start when hot
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When you get into the car, turn the key to on position but do not start the car. While everything is quite, do you hear whirling sound. If you do, that's your fuel pump creating fuel pressure. If ...

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Burning rubber smell from Ford F-250 -- diagnosis?
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In addition to what Nick said, burnt oil also creates the burnt rubber smell. Check if there's an oil leak that could be hitting hot exhaust parts.

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Intermittent start on hot days with 1992 Honda Civic
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So when your car doesn't start, what happens? does the engine turn over? or you just get some clicking but nothing else? If the engine does turn over, but doesn't get going, then it could be the ...

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02 Trailblazer with front end vibration which seems to increase over time
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It was driver-side wheel bearing. I've had 4 other bad wheel bearings (2 in this car, 1 in wife's BMW 330i and 1 in my old Integra) and they've always sounded the same. Smooth, mid- to high-pitch ...

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Power steering seems to be coming out of its reservoir from the top. Whats wrong?
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Not sure about Accords, but my wife has a BMW 330i and it has the same feature. It's leaking from a vent hole in the reservoir and apparently that's "works as designed". BMW community has accepted ...

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s60 won't start, no lights, nothing at all
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it really sounds like a dead battery. If you are 100% sure that the battery has juice, my next guess would be to a) check terminals as Larry pointed out and then b) check the fuses.

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