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What are the ideal conditions for changing oil in a car engine?
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It sounds like you're thinking the distance you have to drive will affect the quality of the oil change. I don't think there's anything to be concerned about either way. The main advantage to changing ...

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Is Torque a Property of Lug Nuts or Lug Bolts?
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It's really a property of both, but the bolt is the more important of the two. As you tighten the nut onto the bolt, the parts actually distort slightly. When you tighten a lug nut onto a bolt, the ...

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Why does my car beep if I open the door and then shutdown the engine?
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This is probably a warning to help you avoid locking your keys in the car. Keyless entry systems can generally tell whether the keyfob is inside or outside the car, and the car is probably checking ...

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Is it possible to create a PCV hose with a custom shape?
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Yes, it's possible to create your own custom hoses. PCV hoses can be anything from a short run of hose to a complex pipe with brackets depending on the car, so there's really no one general answer. ...

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Why can a motorcycle rev higher than a car, in spite of both reaching the same speed?
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One important factor is the mass of the components. Smaller, lighter components and shorter strokes allow higher RPMs. Given equal RPMs, an engine with a bigger stroke will put higher stresses on the ...

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Exide battery manufacture date
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According to this site, it looks like Exide uses different coding schemes for their batteries depending on what country you're in. The chart is currently found about two-thirds of the way down the ...

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Car got mildly flooded - what to do first?
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Vacuuming a second time is not a bad idea. Water will slowly flow around, so an area you vacuumed dry before could get damp again. Even if there's no liquid coming up, the vacuuming process forces air ...

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What would be so wrong with using ATV preventative tire sealant in a street car?
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For the product to provide long-term preventive sealing, it needs to remain in a fluid state. Driving a car on the highway with a tire full of liquid is dangerous. Fix-a-flat style repairs are ...

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Can someone verify that the damage could have been caused by the accident?
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What you really need to do is find a mechanic who can inspect the actual vehicle and provide an expert opinion as to whether it was caused by the accident or not. The opinions of a bunch of people ...

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How wary should I be of this used Honda which sat for "years"?
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It's really impossible to answer whether it's worth the risk or not, as that depends on you and how comfortable you are with making repairs yourself or paying for them to be done. All cars need ...

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How should Camshaft Position Sensor output look on oscilloscope?
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I'm gonna take a stab at answering some of your questions, even though I'm not familiar with your vehicle. A perfect square wave may or may not be normal for your car, you'd need to know what type of ...

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SUV's = we live on gravel
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You're not going to be able to buy an airtight vehicle. That would be dangerous for multiple reasons. There are a few possible explanations for dust "pouring in" to your Equinox, such as loose door ...

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How can I disable my 2002 Ford Explorer so someone with a key can't start it?
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Remove the publicly available key. Make one copy of the key for each person or household who needs to be able to move the car. Give a key to each person and have them sign an agreement that they ...

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1991 Buick Skylark shakes when applying brakes
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It's not unheard of for some mechanics to charge for repairs that were incomplete or even never done. You'll need to judge how trustworthy the mechanic you used is. You state that the rotors were ...

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How does cruise control interact with my hybrid car?
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Cruise control is not generally considered to be a fuel economy feature. It's mainly intended for comfort and convenience on long highway trips, where fatigue can be a problem. Traditionally, cruise ...

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Mustang dies when I put it in park
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From the symptoms and the timing of it happening after the fuel neck repair, my first guess would be during the repair a fuel-related vacuum leak of some sort was created, maybe a hose came loose ...

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Briggs & Stratton 7.5 hp wood chipper loses power after an hour of runtime
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This could be caused by a clogged gas cap vent. As fuel is used, air comes in through the vent to replace it. If the vent is clogged, then air can't replace the dropping fuel, and a partial vacuum can ...

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What's this automotive connector?
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This might be a Delphi Metri-Pack connector. http://www.terminalsandconnectors.com/Products/Product/12059595

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Do month-year coloured dots on batteries signify install-by expiration date?
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No, these are not sell-by dates or expiration dates. If batteries expired within a couple of months of manufacture, they'd be useless for their intended purpose. Getting a battery that's been ...

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what is the process for replacing 12V car battery?
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The major cause of terminal corrosion is moisture. Even a small amount of water getting into small gaps or spaces where the metal surfaces touch can lead to electrolysis, which will erode the metal. ...

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Fault code 27 with engine light on '94 Jeep Cherokee
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This could be any number of things, a bad injector, broken wire, or a loose or corroded connector. I'd start by checking the connections to all the injectors. Make sure there's no crud in the ...

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How do I flush out bad smells in my air conditioning?
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Bad AC odors are usually related to poor drainage of condensation, which allows mold to grow. There is a small drain hose which allows the condensation to drip out, but this can get clogged up or ...

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How would a bad barometric reading affect gas mileage?
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Atmospheric pressure changes are rarely fast enough to see them happen on a gauge, it tends to take minutes or hours for them to be noticeable. Unless you're experiencing strong weather or rapidly ...

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2002 Stratus doesn't crank when key turned (radio is also off)
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Basically, the battery is supplying electricity to the car, but it's not getting to the starter motor. When you turn the key and there's not even a click, my first thought is a bad starter relay, ...

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Whistling noise from rear door
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One way you can find out if it's a leaking door seal is to apply glycerine to the door seals and then drive around to see if the noise changes or disappears. If there's no change at all, the sound is ...

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Can I replace the halogen H1 55w headlight bulbs on Peugeot 307 with decent LEDs?
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GE makes a line of Nighthawk LED headlights which might be suitable. They claim to exceed all DOT requirements, and they also claim to be less obnoxious to oncoming drivers than HID lamps. They're ...

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Sound insulation material for an old car? Foamed underlayment vs rock wool
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My recommendation would be to go with a foam-based product that's specifically designed for acoustic dampening. Noise dampening insulation basically comes down to two things: absorbing or blocking ...

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Can I take the front rotors and put them in the back
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Without more information, I'd just take a wild guess and say probably not. Often front and rear rotors are different. Sometimes the front rotors are larger, and in many cases, rear rotors are slightly ...

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Portable jumpstart kits: why aren't regular car batteries this small?
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The two biggest disadvantage of lead acid batteries compared to the newer types like Li Ion are that they are heavier, and that they contain liquid acid. Another possible issue is that they can ...

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2012 Ford Escape grinding noise while braking
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If it's a rhythmic noise which repeats regularly, but slows down as the car slows down, first I'd look for a warped disc or drum.

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