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Top new questions this week:

What makes a CV Joint make a popping or clicking sound?

I recently bought an "old" 1996 Dodge Dakota. When I turn left in a tight circle, I hear a pop or a click on the front-right side of the vehicle. I was told by the previous owner that it's the CV ...

dodge cv-joint  
asked by Trevor 5 votes
answered by Paulster2 4 votes

Why is my entire 2008 Toyota Camry dashboard sticky and how do I clean/fix it?

I have a 2008 Toyota Camry, which is kept outside in the hot, Florida sun. My entire dashboard has been sticky / tacky for years. I do not know why or how it got this way. It accumulates dust, and ...

toyota cleaning repair camry  
asked by JoshDM 4 votes
answered by JoshDM 0 votes

What do the numbers in 195/60/R15 mean?

As far as I know, each type or size or whatever of tyres has its own set of numbers which presumably mean something. In the instance of my last car these numbers were 195/60/R15. What do each of ...

tires  
asked by Flyk 4 votes
answered by Flyk 5 votes

What are the side effects of using the wrong tires?

Last time I got new tyres I was advised that as they were out of stock of the particular size I was after (195/60/R15) and since they were part used tyres, I should be OK going with a slightly ...

tires safety  
asked by Flyk 4 votes
answered by Paulster2 2 votes

Is it important that the gasket on the dipstick make a seal against the dipstick tube?

I just did an oil change on my 1995 Nissan Altima, and noticed that the gasket on my dipstick does not make a seal inside the dipstick tube. The inside diameter of the tube is maybe 3/32 of an inch ...

nissan oil-change altima pcv-system  
asked by Edwin 4 votes
answered by Paulster2 5 votes

How do I get the brakes on my old car feeling like new?

Even after a fresh brake and rotor job, my brakes still don't have that new feel on the pedal, there's still a lot of travel before I stop what am I missing? I've never bled the brakes, replaced any ...

brakes  
asked by BigHomie 3 votes
answered by Paulster2 3 votes

What would cause a clutch master cylinder to go bad?

I have a 1980 Honda Prelude and have only driven it a few hundred miles per year for the 10 years I've owned it. Redid the clutch when I got it, with new cylinders and everything. Last week I got in ...

clutch clutch-cylinder  
asked by CommaToast 3 votes
answered by Paulster2 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is ECT Mode for? - Toyota Cars?

I'm not sure if this is a feature on Toyota cars alone, but I currently drive a '99 Avalon XLS and in addition to the D3 mode which I know disables overdrive, right above the radio near the top of ...

automatic-transmission performance towing  
asked by theonlylos 4 votes
answered by Brian Knoblauch 3 votes

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 8 votes
answered by Tim B 17 votes

Can you answer these?

Strange surging and like it's going to stall, hesitant whilst idling

I have been having an issue with my Peugeot 207 (2008 model) 1.6L VTI petrol engine. The cam cover was replaced by the garage but hasn't fixed the problem. I have lost faith in them. I managed to ...

engine noise peugeot  
asked by Mike Rouse 1 vote

Neutralizing sulfur-like smell from car

A full bottle of jewelry cleaning (links product and material safety data sheet below) broke in my car and went unnoticed for a few days. Now the car has a sulfur-like smell whenever I go into the ...

cleaning smell  
asked by Brian 1 vote

Is it normal to attach a catalytic converter with U-bolts?

I need to replace my catalytic converter. The current one is held in place by U-bolts. Two U-bolts between the cat and the manifold exhaust pipe (looks like a patch). One holding the exhaust pipe to ...

exhaust catalytic-converter  
asked by Trevor 1 vote
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