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Top new questions this week:

Odometer gained 65,000 miles after battery replacement

I brought my 2002 Saturn SL2 in to replace a battery and seal; only when I brought the car into the shop my odometer read less than 23,000 miles and afterwards it read 91,000 miles. I was able to get ...

saturn odometer  
asked by Joshua Potvin 5 votes
answered by Move more comments link to top 7 votes

What are some Seafoam Alternatives

I read this procedure for using Sea Foam ( also listed on their website ) to clean the intake manifold, injectors and crankcase. I think this would be useful for my vehicle, however Sea Foam isn't ...

cleaning fuel-injection intake-manifold crankcase  
asked by Robert S. Barnes 5 votes
answered by Paulster2 7 votes

mixing brands of DOT4 brake fluid

I have changed my DOT3 brake fluid to DOT4 brake fluid. Will it hurt to mix DOT4 fluid with another brand of DOT4 fluid?

asked by Burton B. Olesen 4 votes
answered by Paulster2 2 votes

Why can I not set my Tempomat (cruise-control) to a speed below 30km/h?

Why is it impossible to set a speed below 30 km/h on every Tempomat I've ever seen? Is it for legal reasons or technical difficulties with low speeds? It would be helpful in a stop and go situation.

cruise-control speedometer  
asked by Samoth 4 votes
answered by Rory Alsop 5 votes

2008 Prius Dead Battery

My Prius' battery is dead. It is in a narrow garage. 1) Can I shift it into neutral and push it out of the garage? 2) Can I open the rear hatch to jump the auxiliary battery in the trunk? 3) Is ...

battery toyota prius  
asked by V. Hansmann 4 votes
answered by Paulster2 2 votes

Are 'voltage stabilizers' a scam?

I have a 2002 Saturn SC2. I was told that adding a voltage stabilizer could improve its performance. Is this true? The units appear to simply be some capacitors hooked up between the battery ...

electrical saturn  
asked by danielcg 3 votes
answered by Paulster2 0 votes

Do power steering hoses just burst randomly or is it usually caused by installation error?

Power steering pump went out 10 months ago. Took it to Pep Boys where they replaced it. Today, while driving, the power steering goes out again.... It was explained to me at Pep Boys that the power ...

ford power-steering taurus  
asked by P.S. 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why should the fuel petcock valve be turned to “Off” position when not using the vehicle?

It’s mentioned in the user manual of my motorbike, that when not using the vehicle, I should turn the petrol tap (the one that has three positions “On”, “Off” and “Reserve”) to “Off” position. I don’t ...

motorcycle fuel-system parking  
asked by Nav 9 votes
answered by Tim B 18 votes

Is unlocking radio without code possible?

I bought Ford Mondeo 2004 but I forgot about the radio code. After unplugging the battery the radio now requires code and is locked. What options do I have now? Is it in essence possible to unlock a ...

ford radio  
asked by daniel.sedlacek 3 votes
answered by mikes 3 votes

Can you answer these?

Lost torque on my Yamaha XVS650

I have a Yamaha DragStar 650 1999. I have a Highway Hawk exhaust and I removed the baffles. Now the exhaust is completely open. When the engine is cold I can start it only if I pull the acceleration ...

motorcycle exhaust carburetor yamaha  
asked by gaby_d2006 3 votes

Are More Recent API Oils always "Better"?

The API ( American Petroleum Institute ) provides certifications for engine oil. Such certifications range from SA for 1930's era vehicles up to the current standard SN. The above linked document ...

asked by Robert S. Barnes 2 votes

Where is the alarm siren located in a Ford Ka 2010?

I have a Ford Ka 2010 and the alarm siren stopped sounding. The problem doesn´t look related to the alarm central unit because the lights still flash and you can hear the relay clicking sound coming ...

ford alarm ka  
asked by Claudio 1 vote
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